Earning a Seat at the Table: Hybrid Cloud with Continuous Delivery & Insights (Part 2)

As discussed in my last post, after setting the vision to “responsibly move at market speed” and defining the KPI’s, you can break the technical organization into three focused, empowered teams:

Team 1: hybrid cloud

Team 2: continuous delivery

Team 3: continuous insights

I addressed hybrid cloud in my previous post. Today I’m going to focus on continuous delivery and insights.

Continuous Delivery

I like to think of the following guiding principle when approaching continuous delivery…

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I’ve been involved with previous projects that attempted to rollout Agile and DevOps across the organization that have failed because of philosophical debates. Those passionate about Agile methodologies would argue with those that believed Waterfall was best. Similarly, those that …

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Earning a Seat at the Table: Hybrid Cloud with Continuous Delivery & Insights (Part 1)

In my previous post, I addressed the need for organizations to transform and adapt their IT capabilities to ensure that they “responsibly move at market speed.” Now, I wanted to talk about how that can be achieved.

There’s a famous quote from Benjamin Franklin, “If I had more time, I would write you a shorter letter” that a mentor of mine transformed into a set of leadership principles that she called the “rule of 3”.

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By combining hybrid cloud, continuous delivery and continuous insights, organizations are able to optimize three KPIs:

  1. Development Velocity: the speed at which app teams can deliver new features to market.
  2. Shifting operational metrics from hardware-centric (e.g. 99.99% available), to user experience-centric by monitoring,
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The U.S. Government Ramps Up Investments in IT Operations and Aligns Itself with Silicon Valley Thinking

B_GSiiLXIAAU1wsIt’s no secret that the government has been slow to adopt commercial best practices. With the emergence of new technologies alongside the convergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), big data, security and cloud have left the government behind in the tech evolution. So, who better to turn to in the game of ‘catch-up’ than the tech capital of the U.S., Silicon Valley?

The government thinks so too.

There has been a recent uptick in discussions about Silicon Valley’s presence in the government following the Administration’s appointment of Dr. DJ Patil as the White House’s first-ever Deputy Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist (CDS).

At the highest level, Dr. Patil will use technology and innovation …

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Is Big Data IT’s gift to the CEO?

Data Gift copyAt the beginning of June, I was at the Gartner CIO & IT Executive Summit in Berlin. It was an interesting event to attend in terms of the advice given to the CIOs at the event, how to deal with the “digital industrial revolution” and how to support the CEO’s top business priorities.


From the Gartner survey, a CEO’s top five priorities for 2014/15 are growth, costs, profit, IT and the customer.

Growth was number one and to support the CEO’s top priorities, Gartner suggested that the CIO will need to deliver a digital technology architecture, an enterprise information architecture, a strong cybersecurity & risk program and an industrialized IT infrastructure.

After the keynote, I attended one of the presentations …

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Splunk and The Top 10 CIO Priorities for State and Local Goverment

On November 5, 2013, National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) released a member service document representing the top 10 state CIO priorities for 2014. The list presents no surprises as state CIOs try to do more with less extracting the most value out of every dollar, providing constituent services, protecting customer data and preventing data breaches.  The list is almost a mirror image of the benefits our customers are seeing with Splunk. I won’t go through the whole list but lets look at the top three.

Security is the number one priority for state CIOs in 2014:

“Security: risk assessment, governance, budget and resource requirements, security frameworks, data protection, training and awareness, insider threats, third party security

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The Big Data Opportunity

Looking forward to a Harvey Nash webinar next week, October 27 1p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.  The title is “The Big Opportunities of Big Data

We will be discussing the opportunity CIO’s have to innovate at their company by harnessing the power of digital machine data living and growing under their many business applications, systems, networks, and related infrastructure.  Please join us by registering here!

Presenters: Anna Frazzetto, SVP of Technology Solutions, Harvey Nash and Doug Harr, CIO, Splunk

When: October 27, 2011 1p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT

Length: One hour, including Q&A

For: CIOs, CTOs and VPs of Technology responsible for driving performance, innovation and revenue results

What You’ll Take Away:
• What big data is and the …

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Chief “Intelligence” Officer

For years we CIOs have been working with our teams to turn “data” into “information” and “information” into “intelligence.” We know how important it is for CIOs to lead our companies from reporting the past to monitoring the now, and even predicting the future.  This is our ultimate calling, and as luck would have it, we’ve just crossed into a new era where we can offer a new kind of analytics – an “operational intelligence” to our business customers.

We’ve spent the last 30 years perfecting the deployment and management of business application suites, from HRIS, to ERP, to CRP, and beyond. There is always more to do, but for many industries, these capabilities now approach “commodity” status. The new …

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Innovation and the Big Deal

We CIO’s continually seek to refine the definition of our role, with an eye towards justifying the vaulted positions we hold and maximizing our impact on the success of the company. I’m always reminded of that line from the movie “Anchorman” where Will Ferrell‘s character Ron Burgundy is trying to impress the leading lady and says “I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal ….people know me.”  Comedy often comes with a shred of truth. Pick up any CIO related media, and you will inevitably find a lot of advice as to who we CIOs are – articles like “how to influence customers”, “how to gain competitive advantage”, and others about …

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The Really Big Story: Splunk Your Media Site

By now, you may have already read the compelling story about web analytics and Splunk that seemed to make it to the ends of the earth last week. You can read it here and here. I’ll summarize the story for you: Splunking their web site gives a large media organization the ability to access, in nearly real-time, vital information about site visitors and listeners. If you thought Splunk was ‘just’ a security tool or ‘just’ a log manager, this story explodes that myth. This story is powerful because in one quick read it demonstrates the true power of Splunk. That is, if you’re in business, and your business depends in any part on IT functions, then Splunk isn’t just …

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Alternative IT

Greetings> Am so happy and proud to be the new CIO at Splunk. I knew this was the right company during the interview cycle between the point when we went thorough an awesome product demo, and a point near the close, when I was informed of the need to move kegs and surf boards from my new desk area.  Not only was this going to be a fun place, but it was also apparent that Splunk had adopted a cloud and open source based approach to sourcing IT solutions, which is very much in line with my philosophy.

In this space I plan to discuss the world according to me, as our CIO, and focus remarks towards the new realities …

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