In a recent press release, CSC announced the completion of its acquisition of BearingPoint’s operation in Brazil. Specializing in consulting and systems integration services, BearingPoint’s Brazilian business unit employs 550 people in offices in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. With this acquisition, CSC expands their horizontal capabilities and vertical industry expertise in its Chemical, Energy and Natural Resource sectors. BearingPoint Brazil’s clients include some of the world's largest producers of oil, gas and iron ore. This acquisition of BearingPoint Brazil is yet another for the company after declaring bankruptcy in February (significant portions have been sold to Deloitte and PwC; more recently Keane said it had reached an agreement to acquire portions of BearingPoint's North American public services unit).
CNET recently reported that Apple’s upcoming Snow Leopard OS will support Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. Why is this important for BYOPC? Because until this release, BYOPC presumed some amount of virtualization (in most cases desktop virtualization) to support the killer app — email. According to the CNET article, “Improved Exchange support will be integrated into Mail, iCal and Address Book in Snow Leopard, which means email, calendar appointments, to-do lists and contacts from Outlook will be viewable on your personal calendar, mail and address books. It also allows things like dragging and dropping contacts into iCal to schedule meetings, and your Mac will be able to discover time conflicts between personal and work calendars and change the meeting time and location.”
So, with virtualization no longer needed to support the killer app on a Mac, organizations will need to rethink how they will support users that want to use Mac’s in their native state for corporate activities. However, this is a huge step forward for employees wanting to use Mac’s in the corporate environment…IT can no longer hang their hat on email not being supported. This opens a few questions for me:
will IT shops have the proficiency to support the Mac?
A common diagnosis of many troubled app dev shops is that they don't understand the business well enough. The result is developers build applications that don't quite satisify the business needs, are hard to change, have poor user experiences, are not delivered on time, or any combination of the above. Despite all the silver bullets over the years such as formal methodologies, new roles, tools, and technologies, app dev shops remain largely afflicted. According to a survey I conducted last year, application developers concur that a common characteristic of great application developers is that they have a deep understanding of the business domain. Understanding the business does not mean you read the docs. It means you know the business in your bones.
I just got on Twitter yesterday. My Twitter handle is “cmooreforrester”.Wow, what an experience.I had 54 followers in 24 hours, and now have 83 followers in 2 days.In honor of the occasion, I thought I would write the 50 things I know about BPM, in 140 characters or less for each entry.(OK, don’t hold me to the 140 character count; I didn’t count the actual sentence length.)Hope you enjoy it and get value from it.The 50 things I know about BPM:
Business process management is a discipline, not a technology.
The discipline is grounded in Lean thinking, continuous improvement, total quality management, and six sigma.
I recently completed a report comparing the movements and trends in IT budgets across different countries across the Asia Pacific region. The general finding of the report was that although IT budgets are down on average, there is a chasm appearing between the "haves and have nots" for IT spend. In summary, while the average decrease in IT budget decrease is around 5%, of those companies getting an increased IT budget, their spend increased by between 15-20% on average, and for those receiving an IT budget cut, the decrease was often around 20%. The decisive factor on the direction of the IT budget was often the level of exposure to the global financial crisis. Those with a high level have seen the highest budget cuts, those with low levels of exposure (or those profiting from the crisis) are seeing increases or flat IT budgets.
But as is often the case with statistics, they do not tell the entire story. What is becoming clear is that even those companies with increased IT budgets are looking to decrease their IT spend in as many areas as possible. Much of the interest in the region in cloud computing has actually come from the public sector - one of the sectors that has been relatively sheltered from the slowdown in IT spend. Virtualisation is on the agenda for nearly all companies, as they look to make better use of the hardware that they already have.
Mike Gualtieri and I had a surprising argument about developer downloads with several vendors as we compiled our Forrester Wave: Complex Event Processing (CEP) Platforms, Q3 2009. Developers consistently tell us they want unrestricted platform downloads -- no time bombs, no forced contacts with the vendor's sales staff, no limited-function versions. The vendors in question disputed our insistence on valuing download policies that had no such limits.
We thought in this era of open source, everyone understood this point about developer downloads. Downloads are a great way to encourage developers to learn your product's ins, outs, values, and issues. But developers learn at their own pace, not on your schedule. Developers need your whole product because they will follow a variety of paths to knowledge, not just the paths that make sense to you. And developers don't want to listen to a sales rep's pitch on the wonders of your software.
Last week my colleague, Clay Richardson and I got to spend a few hours talking about case management. In fact, we examined case management from just about every angle possible. The occasion? We were doing a video shoot for EMC at its studio in Hopkinton, Mass. It was a lot of fun because it's cool to do videos and the EMC folks were loads of fun to work with--plus I'm truly passionate about case management.
At this point, you are probably curious to know: what is case management? and what is a case?