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Experimentation Is Not Just For Scientists

The following article on experimentation is part 4 of an 8-part series on the Agile Mindset Principles. These are principles that help you obtain (and maintain) an agile mindset. Having an agile mindset is what makes everything else related to agile methodologies work. You can read part 1 here

Sustainability & Energy | Agile Considerations

This article on sustainability is another installment of the Agile Principles Series. You can read the first piece here.

Sustainability is something that is generally understood at one level or another in various industries and business departments. If you quiz anybody in the c-suite they would tell you that sustainability is important to their business functioning well; it’s a key component of the famous 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (known as “sharpening the saw”). The thinking is that as you work to find balance, you achieve sustainability.

On the Importance of Collaboration

Note, this is part 2 of an 8 part series of the agile principles series. You can find part one here.

One of the most important things you can do is foster an environment, culture, and habit of collaboration. This is a key feature of whatever agile framework you chose to employ at your work. All of the procedures, ceremonies, and processes are built around the idea of collaboration.

 

Why You Need Focus

Have you ever been working on a development effort and felt like you were on an endless merry-go-round? Did you ever participate in meetings or procedures without knowing why you were there in the first place? Are things that your are doing, or that your team is doing, stale?

Application Modernization and Digital Transformation

Lately, there has been a large emphasis on Application Modernization and Digital Transformation, but what do they mean? 

I Hate SharePoint

When I told people I was writing a blog about SharePoint, I got a lot of interesting responses. As the title of this document might suggest, most responses were firmly in the negative. Here are some examples:

  • “Better you than me.”
  • “SharePoint? Is it still 2004???”
  • “SharePoint sucks – Dropbox is so much better!”

You get the idea.

5 Ways to Improve Your Corporate Intranet

As an administrator, you want your users to use only the tools you give them.

While this sounds heavy-handed, this policy can be the only thing standing between you and an expensive data breach. One way to enforce this policy is through the use of a modern intranet.

Healthcare Security Demystified

Securing Applications and Data

For both traditional on-prem solutions and cloud-based solutions, how should organizations act to secure their data and applications?

When talking with IT service providers working in the healthcare space, we’ve found a few concerns repeated:

  1. My organization has become heavily security conscious after the malware attacks, but we’re not sure where to focus.
  2. Our leadership wants us to adopt cloud infrastructure and platform services, but our security team is preventing that as they are not sure of the security.
  3. As our development teams are building products, such as SaaS offerings for clients or other solutions, we are not sure what modern tools work for managing the infrastructure and apps involved.

Collectively, these concerns all engage in the shared idea of security and operations. 

 

You may not be selling the right thing to the right customers.

Business is tough. Your competition is actively trying to bury you, customers are slow to pay you, and the government will abscond with a pile of your cash if you have the audacity to show a profit.  At times it can seem as if the deck is stacked against you.  If those factors weren’t bad enough, here’s another nugget of inspiration for you,

“You’re probably digging the hole, jumping in, and burying yourself.”

The good news is when you stop digging, your competition will become less relevant, and your customers will fuel your growth instead of consuming your cash flow.

 

The Importance of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Planning

The current flooding in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey points out the need for technology architecture that is designed to keep the business operating during a disaster.  But that is not the whole story.

We conducted an in-depth interview with long term tech leader and CIO Mark Bates, along with Joe Kipp and Brandon Stephenson of KiZAN’s Modern Data Center and Infrastructure teams, to discuss possible learnings from our country's most recent disaster. 

The following are some brief takeaways.

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