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The Value of Unlocking Legacy Applications By Craig Marble, Sr. Director, Legacy Modernization Services, Astadia There's an impulse to roll one's eyes and think of legacy applications as problematic, almost by definition. They're old, and they may run on hardware that's slower or more difficult to maintain. But in many instances, that's too simplistic an assessment. Would you respond the same way to an older bottle of a Grand Cru Bordeaux? For many state and federal agencies, the data and the processes associated with legacy applications take on a similar rarified value. There may be years of insights bound up in that older database, processes that have been tried, tested and streamlined over years of use. That data and those processes may be an essential part of what enables an agency to meet its stakeholder needs. Rather than viewing it as a creaky old system that ... (more)

Cloud Computing Tips to Put Time (and Money) on Your Side | @CloudExpo #Cloud #APM #Monitoring

Five Cloud Computing Tips to Put Time (and Money) on Your Side By Kristen Ramos As your business grows, your technology requirements - and likely your physical footprint - will grow along with it. Improving infrastructure often means increased expenses due to additional physical data centers, expanded network capacity and improved server efficiency. Many organizations turn to the cloud as a less costly way to get better technology. Whether you've already made the leap to the cloud or you're still considering your options, you're probably wondering how to control cloud-related costs and save money over the long haul. When it comes to doing business in the cloud, everything from data migration to resource sprawl can strain a business's budget. Take control of your technology expenses with these cloud computing tips: 1.  Optimize Your Migration Plan with Mapping Unexpect... (more)

[slides] Offshore #Mobile Development | @CloudExpo @MobiDev_ #AI #IoT

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Offshore Development: How Not to Screw It Up In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, presented a success story of an entrepreneur who has both suffered through and benefited from offshore development across multiple businesses: The smart choice, or how to select the right offshore development partner Warning signs, or how to minimize chances of making the wrong choice Collaboration, or how to establish the most effective work processes Budget control, or how to maximize project results within possible constraints Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here You will see how it is possible to find your perfect software development partner and establish a long-term business partnership in the world of offshore development. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio Alan Win... (more)

[session] Business Transformation in Banking and Financial Organizations | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #FinTech

Enabling Business Transformation in Banking and Financial Organizations Through Connected Devices In his session at @ThingsExpo, Arvind Radhakrishnen will discuss how IoT offers new business models in banking and financial services organizations with the capability to revolutionize products, payments, channels, business processes and asset management built on strong architectural foundation. The following topics will be covered: How IoT stands to impact various business parameters including customer experience, cost and risk management within BFS organizations. Discuss an execution strategy, maturity model and using a reusable approach to achieve the scale as desired, while carefully considering enterprise security as fundamental pillar driving adoption. Briefly discuss the use cases as applicable for BFS organizations Speaker Bio Arvind Radhakrishnen is an adviser ... (more)

Successful Knowledge Management | @CloudExpo #AI #ML #DX #CloudNative

Simple Secrets of Successful Knowledge Management By LeAnn Smiles, Product Analyst, ManageEngine Knowledge that doesn't serve is knowledge wasted. And for knowledge gained from experience and research to be useful, IT enterprises need to organize, manage and offer it in the best way possible. Fortunately, the best way isn't a Herculean task when you employ simple tricks to build a profound knowledge base (KB). A sound knowledge base eliminates the need to rediscover or reformulate knowledge and improves the support process. With that in mind, consider these best practices to help build a successful knowledge base. 1. Collect information to build your KB. The most important part of knowledge management is building knowledge itself. The first step is to identify prospective areas from which knowledge can be derived and extract information. Resolutions on common issues can... (more)

Data Reduction Improves the Cloud Business Case | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #Analytics

Data reduction delivers compelling cost reduction that substantially improves the business case in every cloud deployment model. No matter which cloud approach you choose, the cost savings benefits from data reduction should not be ignored and must be a component of your cloud strategy. IT professionals are finding that the future of IT infrastructure lies in the cloud. Data reduction technologies enable clouds - public, private, and hybrid - to deliver business agility and elasticity at the lowest possible cost, making cloud the deployment model of choice for IT infrastructure going forward. You probably have already made a commitment to the cloud because it enables you to flexibly deliver IT resources more quickly and at a lower cost. IT buyers are steadily shifting towards cloud-first strategies where they can rapidly adapt to market dynamics as they are no longe... (more)

Announcing @CRIAuditwerx to Exhibit at @CloudExpo NY | #API #AI #Agile

SYS-CON Events announced today that Auditwerx will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Auditwerx specializes in SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 attestation services throughout the U.S. and Canada. As a division of Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI), one of the top 20 largest CPA firms nationally, you can expect the resources, skills, and experience of a much larger firm combined with the accessibility and attention of a boutique firm. For more information, visit http://www.auditwerx.com. The World's Largest "Cloud Digital Transformation" Event @CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2017 New York (June 6-8, 2017, Javits Center, Manhattan) @CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2017 Silicon Valley (Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA) Full Conference Registration Gold Pass and Exhibit Hall ▸ ... (more)

When Business Processes Don’t Mature

Have you ever dealt with a mid- to large-sized organization and come away from the interaction wondering how an organization of this size could seem so disorganized and chaotic in their dealings with customers?  After all, in order to reach the size they did, they had to have garnered a certain amount of revenue in spite of the disorganization and chaos that’s visible to an outsider.  One can only imagine how much disorganization actually exists if one were to view it from the inside.   And, therein lies the rub; from the inside one does not often see the chaos when they are entangled with it. I had a recent event that got me thinking about how business processes actually mature.  My credit card was used fraudulently.  The credit card company, which worked diligently on developing powerful algorithms for determining potential fraud, correctly detected the fraud and c... (more)

Product Review: FICO Blaze Advisor

This article reviews the features of Blaze Advisor, a business rules management system from FICO. Blaze Advisor helps technology teams maintain the business rules/policies separate from application code base and provides business users with ability to author & manage rules/policies in immediate response to business events. Blaze Advisor - Features FICO Blaze Advisor is a rules management solution that covers the entire process of developing, deploying and maintaining rule based applications. The features of Blaze Advisor 6.9 are detailed below: Rules Development Blaze Advisor provides an IDE for developers to model, build, test and deploy rules. Blaze can extract object definitions from legacy systems, databases or XML documents and extend them to define rules as using business terms. There is a performance monitor in the IDE that shows rule statistics like no of ti... (more)

Maximize Your Return on Data: The New Business Imperative

Application owners / senior-level IT allocate a certain percentage of their budget to sustaining, enhancing, and transforming their applications. In most organizations, the largest percentage of the IT spend is on sustaining the applications or basically "keep the lights on" type of activities, which leaves little money to enhance them to support business agility and new business requirements, or transform them to leap frog over the competition. Organizations that implement a solid data management strategy in support of their applications can maximize the return from their application investments. They can lower the cost of sustaining their applications, thus releasing budget to do what they should be doing, which is supporting the needs of the business. Innovative CIOs are actually rethinking their application environments, from just focusing on the application - t... (more)

Understanding Business Intelligence and Your Bottom Line

The term "Business Intelligence" and its acronym "BI" are so pervasive in today's data-intensive lexicon that it's a challenge to know just what to make of it. If you add in all the new trendy terminology such as business process management (BPM), data mining, data warehousing, business process automation, decision support systems, query and reporting systems, enterprise performance management, executive information systems (EIS), business activity monitoring (BAM), modeling and visualization, and so forth, your head can start spinning. Here is a workable definition of BI that was provided in a Technology Evaluation report from a January 10, 2005, Technology Evaluation Centers article by Mukhles Zaman entitled, "Business Intelligence: Its Ins and Outs": "BI is neither a product nor a system. It is an umbrella term that combines architectures, applications, and databa... (more)