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How do you establish agile enterprise architecture? How can you rapidly develop and deploy applications to satisfy or even lead the market demand? Many enterprises are constructing and reorganizing the architecture using the concept of service-oriented architecture (SOA). However, we may all encounter some problems when applying SOA using some existing development processes and notations, such as object-oriented analysis and design (OOAD), enterprise architecture (EA) frameworks, and business process modeling (BPM). For OOAD, it provides a micro-level abstraction such as classes and individual object instances, but the application can be changed easier than the services. We need a super level of abstraction on the application level, and sometimes it's not synchronized with the BPM. EA also is limited in that it cannot reach down to the design domain. For BPM, the pr... (more)

John Zachman, Edward de Bono and the Art of Presentation

What is common between John Zachman (who created the field of Enterprise Architecture) and Edward de Bono (who originated the term Lateral Thinking)? Both of them are now septuagenarian and have been pioneer in their respective field and have their respective strong personal brand – but that is not what I am talking about. Recently, thanks to Sunil of iCMG, I had the opportunity to meet John Zachman in an evening event. There I learned that he uses the old fashioned transparencies and overhead projector for all his training programs. In a way it is apt as one of the key points that he makes in an EA training is that Enterprise Architecture has very little to do with Information Technology. Couple of years back Edward de Bono was in India and he handled a program for our organization. He also believes in transparencies and overhead projector. Here is a picture which I... (more)

Zoho People Targets HR Departments

Zoho announced Zoho People, its human resource management application for companies that want to run their businesses online. People joins Zoho’s suite of business applications, including Zoho CRM, Zoho Meeting, Zoho Projects, and Zoho DB. The new offering is ideal for small and medium businesses (SMBs) with 50+ employees. “Zoho People is one of our first department-specific offerings,” said Raju Vegesna, Zoho evangelist. “Unlike other SaaS players, Zoho uniquely delivers online productivity apps, business apps, and now department-specific apps under a single umbrella. As we often say, we want to be the IT department for SMBs. This means we have to offer business applications along with productivity and collaboration applications.” HR for the People Purchasing and deploying most HR applications can cost anywhere from $10,000 to over $100... (more)

Situational Awareness

  Introduction   Leading businesses know that change is an ever-present and influential aspect of their operating environment. For many organizations, effective change management is nothing less than a core competency needed to maintain their competitive edge or even to survive. However managing change is a challenge and situational awareness (SA) is an important new capability that will help every organization manage change more effectively.   SA as a concept, technology and practice has been around for some years in specific operating environments, such as the military and aviation. SA supports the ability of individuals operating in these environments to handle complex and rapidly changing situations in which decisions are often made under stressful conditions. SA also assumes that these individuals are operating as part of a network of others and delivers an e... (more)

No metadata? No problem! Custom entity extraction in SharePoint 2013

Every organization wants better search results.  However, few have actually spent the time to create file plans, content types, and managed properties to make it happen.  SharePoint 2013 has a feature called entity extraction though that can actually infer values by comparing what it finds in the body of the document to a dictionary.  This feature is Entity Extraction.  If you are familiar with FAST Search for SharePoint or FAST ESP, you know that entity extraction is nothing new.  What it does is gives you the power to infer the values of managed properties in search without having metadata in your site columns.  FS4SP and SharePoint 2013 come with an extraction dictionaries for company names out-of-the-box.  This means when it crawls it will search the contents of the body of your documents and if it recognizes any companies it knows, you can then search and refin... (more)

US Navy PEO for C4I: An update for the enterprise technologist

By BobGourley In September, the US Navy executive in charge of major IT programs (the Program Executive Officer or PEO for Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Intelligence) RDML Jerry Burroughs published his 2013-2018 PEO C4I Strategic Plan (available here).  It’s worth a read.  The main focus is on how to achieve efficiencies and savings and I believe we will see some restructuring to strengthen the programs Navy cares most about – such as CANES (the common computing environment for Navy ships), which is moving from development to full deployment. A renewed emphasis will be placed on reducing variation among platform baselines.  During the hectic boom years of deploying rapid solutions to two war-fronts at once, multiple designs were able to slip through the acquisition process.  Getting the needed capability where it was required often trumped the “w... (more)

Actuate Announces Three Winners in its Latest “Plug-in 2 BIRT” Open Source Development Competition

Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), The BIRT Company™ – delivering more insights to more people than all BI companies combined, is pleased to announce the three winners of its latest “Plug-in 2 BIRT” development competition. Open to BIRT developers around the world, the semi-annual event gives new and experienced developers working with the BIRT IDE a chance to impress their peers on while competing for prizes. Actuate Corporation – co-founder and continued sponsor of the open source Eclipse BIRT (Business Intelligence and Reporting Tools) Project, the most widely adopted analytics IDE in the world – supports a growing developer community more than 2.5 million strong. The Plug-in 2 BIRT competition challenges these developers to create plug-ins that further enhance BIRT’s capabilities and create added value for fellow open source developers using ... (more)

DATIS Announces New Software Enhancements; New Website; Customer Advisory Board

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- DATIS, the leading provider of position control human resource (HR) and payroll software-as-a-service (SaaS) in the cloud for private companies, behavioral health and human services agencies, announces new software enhancements, a newly redesigned website and a customer advisory board.  The new software enhancements include workforce analytics, an expanded array of carrier feeds for benefits administration, enhanced user interface for position control HR, enhanced credential and recruiting management functionality. (Photo: Enhanced Position Control HR Position Control HR is the foundation of DATIS e3 Human Capital Management software. Position Control HR is critical for non-profit behavioral health and human services organizations, as it allows these organizations to ... (more)

A New Stage of Progression for Technology?

With the new administration in Washington, it may be useful to look at what has engendered new stages of technological innovation and adoption. The US economy has always tended to thrive in periods associated with the rise of certain key technologies: the Railroad, the Automobile, the Telephone, the Computer, the Internet. Where are we now, and where do we go to identify and develop the next innovations and advances that will support growth from here forward? In the case of the internal combustion engine and the automobile, the basic automobile appeared late in the 19th century, with the factory-produced version of what we would still recognize as an automobile – with pneumatic tires, transmission, and conventional steering - appearing in 1902. Vast improvements have been made since then, yet even after endless layers of enhancements, the basic architecture and tech... (more)

BIRT Used by FAA, Department of Defense and EEOC to Build Future-Proof BI Applications and Deliver Insights to Better Serve Citizens

Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), The BIRT Company™ – delivering more insights to more people than all BI companies combined, today announced that many federal agencies use open source BIRT to build their BI applications. In addition, an increasing number of government organizations are using BIRT-based ActuateOne® to create business analytics, data visualization and performance analytics solutions that deliver valuable insights to better serve citizens and constituents. Actuate will conduct a workshop at the event, and will demonstrate its Big Data visualization and analysis capabilities and discuss best practices at the Big Data for Defense and Government Conference on February 25-27, 2013 in Alexandria, Virginia. Government agencies using open source BIRT and/or ActuateOne include the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Department of Labor; US Patent & Trad... (more)

Productive Computing, Inc., a Platinum Member of the FileMaker Business Alliance, Announces the Release of OrgPlanner, a New Software Solution for Business Owners and Managers

SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/19/10 -- Inspired by author Michael Gerber's bestselling book, The E-Myth Revisited - Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It, this software allows small business owners and managers to define and document their company's Strategic Objective and Organizational Strategy in an easy to use software application. Key features include: Goal Tracking: -- Create business, professional and personal goals -- Specify whether they are short or long term goals -- Break each goal down into manageable tasks Positions and Organization Chart: -- Create departments, positions and staff members -- Assign staff to specific positions -- Display positions on the org chart of your business Procedures and Standards: -- Create procedures and standards for each task that your company does -- Assign procedures and standards to the pos... (more)