The Heretech, episode 33: Chor-Ching Fan's major mash-ups

Chor-Ching Fan of Jackbe tells us how to build good mash-ups, the reasons for their adoption, and the kinds of solutions that are good fits for mash-ups. Plus, some quick research news (the Agile adoption doc is published!), and a great article on the value of failure. (c) 2010 Tom Grant

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Agile adoption study now published

The research that Dave West and I did on the state of Agile adoption is now published. Here's a link to the actual document, and here's a quick snippet about it from InfoWorld. The short version: If the odds that you'll wind up on an Agile team in your next job is at least one in three, Agile has certainly gone mainstream.

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Forrester's latest Security Survey findings published

I wanted to announce that the reports based on our annual Security Survey of nearly 2,000 organizations are live as of Monday, January 25th. These are among our most widely read security reports, with insight into IT security priorities, challenges, state of compliance efforts, and of course adoption of security technologies and services.

The two reports are:

“The State of Enterprise IT Security And Emerging Trends: 2009 to 2010”, at http://www.forrester.com/go?docid=56032

“The State of SMB IT Security And Emerging Trends: 2009 to 2010”, at http://www.forrester.com/go?docid=55093

Here’s a taste of some of the findings:

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No Iron Curtain for Java

The headline for a recent InfoWorld article about Oracle's plan for Java reads, "Java's Future Uncertain Under Oracle's Grip." Interesting choice of words, since we usually reserve grip to describe things like Stalin's handling of Eastern Europe after WWII.

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Beta's marketing focus

The research that Dave West and I did on the state of Agile adoption is now published.

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Forrester's latest Security Survey findings published

I wanted to announce that the reports based on our annual Security Survey of nearly 2,000 organizations are live as of Monday, January 25. These are among our most widely-read security reports, with insight into IT security priorities, challenges, state of compliance efforts, and of course adoption of security technologies and services.

The two reports are:

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IBM Establishes Collaboration Agenda at Lotusphere

I just returned from Lotusphere, where I was once again able to compare and contrast the thinking of IBM labs personnel, product teams, and customers in close proximity.  IBM is setting their collaboration agenda around business verticals and processes where real business value can be delivered.  In discussion with Rick McGee, VP Market Segment Management, I heard more about IBM’s collaboration agenda and their focus on selling their solutions to three key constituents at customer:

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Where in the world is the cloud going?

In a recent blog departures_cloudpost and press kit on Building Confidence in Cloud Computing, Microsoft's General Counsel, Brad Smith, calls for government action to "ensure that a robust privacy and security legal framework exists to protect and provide user rights and benefits in the cloud."  Microsoft's statement rightly suggests that in order for the promise of "cloud computing" -- be it applications, software infrastructure for developers or physical computing capacity -- to be realized issues of data protection must be better addressed. The statement appeals to the US government to to update, modernize and strengthen two existing pieces of legislation -- the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).  The statement also promotes greater transparency regarding security provided by cloud services providers as well as global collaboration around rules governing access to data for law enforcement purposes. 

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Facebook's counterproductive privacy approach

Earlier this month, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained his company's privacy policies:

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The Heretech, episode 32: Brian Lawley on the PM profession

Brian Lawley of the 280 Group tells us how the PM profession has changed, and what it takes to be an exceptional PM. Plus, advice for taking your application to a social networking platform like Facebook. (c) 2010 Tom Grant

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