Michael Krigsman recently asked the questions "Do CEO's *really* care about
IT?" and reviewed a panel discussion by CEO's from tech companies talking
about the issues of Business-IT alignment. He says, after listening to that
discussion "it appears little progress has made been in addressing this
I would love to have heard the discussion between CEO's of non-tech companies
to see if their views differed - my guess is if they were honest they would
agree with Champy that "CEOs don't pay attention to technology unless
something breaks down."
Having said that, I have met many progressive CEO's who realize that their
business can grow and thrive as a direct result of their investment in IT.
On the issue of Business-IT alignment, this is one of the fundamental reasons
why we have championed Agile as a methodology for application development.
It's not just the lat... (more)
As promised, the customer, partner and OutSystems presentations that were
given at the NextStep '09 conference are now available online.
These include great case studies on Agile development, Agile technical tips
and tricks, and discussions on the future of agile, adoption and business
Also, if you have not yet completed the Agile Adoption Survey - it only takes
2 minutes and we would greatly appreciate your input!
Recently industry analysts, press, and bloggers have been writing about the
state of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and whether it's "dead" or in
the "trough of disillusionment."
These discussions have been fueled by surveys that suggest a decline in the
number of organizations considering SOA, or that organizations have
evaluated, but decided to shelve SOA for the time being. Or, even worse, that
after an initial investment in implementing SOA architectures, organizations
have been unable to capitalize on these investments.
So, what's happening? What were these companies ex... (more)
Our next presentation was by Stefan Meier, Associate Director, Software
Development, Information Sciences Department at XDx. Xdx is a biotech company
that relies on software and technology for their Molecular Diagnostic
Technology. They assess patients who have had a heart transplant and whether
they are likely to accept or reject the transplant. They are also working on
a clinical study to provide the data to find correlations between genetics
and pathology in disease/immune system-related areas.
Prior to Agile & OutSystems - the development team was 5 developers and 2 SQA
Last week, I attended Forrester's IT Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. In
looking back over my notes I wanted to share some of the highlights. The
first keynote started off with the resounding words: "Never Waste a Good
Crisis". Bobby Cameron, Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester
expanded on this notion it appeared that the main point is that during a
crisis change tends to be accelerated which should allow those savvy IT
organizations to address these key challenges:
• How do I get leaner and reduce IT waste?
• How do I protect and promote innovation?
• How do... (more)