Tag: Software Quality

I hate Geometry.

Actually, I do not hate the concept of Geometry – I’m rather partial to shapes and appreciate the need to calculate the areas, perimeters, volumes, et al that they represent. What I hate about the subject – or should I say “hated” (past tense) since I haven’t had a Geometry class since the mid-1980’s – were the proofs I had to do in order to get full credit for my work.

Will the REAL Agile Please Stand Up?

interesting report a couple of weeks ago, authored by Francis Brown of consulting firm Stach & Liu, which focused on hackers using search engines to seek out vulnerabilities in organizations’ IT environments.

Google Hacking Tools Help Reveal Software Vulnerabilities

Talented IT teams regularly beat themselves up over technical debt and have built comprehensive plans to effectively manage and minimize its effects. Prodded by Larry Dignan in a recent post, just for today, take a break and instead look at the technical debt practices of enterprise software vendors.

A Gold Watch Salute for Technical Debt

I came across that old phrase, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?” the other day, in the context of marriage.  Why should people marry when they can just live together?  Well, you can imagine I came across a lot of opinions I won’t go into here.

An article by Naomi Bloom popped up, using the phrase in a technology context. She noted that vendors of traditional licensed/on-premise enterprise software had served themselves very well by forcing customers to buy both the apps as well as owning the data center and its operations, application management, upgrades, human resources, and more. This has provided traditional vendors considerable financial security and market power.

Getting SaaS-y about Technical Debt

My wife has more degrees than I do but she certainly is not a technorati. So when I accompanied her to the cellular phone store to pick out a new phone I was floored when I heard her talking about 4G with the sales guy. I’ve been in marketing for 20 years and, for most of that time, involved in high tech, complex sales marketing. We spend a lot of time and effort trying to simplify our marketing messages: elevator pitches, unique selling propositions, user scenarios, personas, sales decks, and PR briefing kits all designed to be concise and focus on pain-based messaging.

Why Does My Wife Know About 4G?

Imagine this scenario: your spouse, child or loved one is critically ill and is transferred from hospital to hospital, in search of that “House-like” diagnosis that will bring a cure, or at least remission. Think about the physical pain, the mental anguish, the uncertainty.

IT Must Keep Up with Electronic Medical Records

Last week, Steve Hall, Partner & Managing Director at ISG (formerly TPI), presented a webinar on the topic of aligning vendor SLAs with long-term value. The discussion focused on the need to not only consider cost savings within ADM (Application Development & Maintenance), but also the importance of risk mitigation and value enhancement of vendor-client relationships.

The Impact of Outsourcing on ADM

I’ve never been much of a horror movie fan. I think my deep-seated love and background of history and my fascination for things that are real diminishes my ability to kick back and allow my wits to be uprooted by monsters and other ghoulish figures like Jason from Friday the 13th or Freddie Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street.

New Year, Same Fear

Let’s face it, monopolies are evil. They distort markets, result in higher prices and stifle innovation. This is true whether the monopoly controls an industry, a sport or a way of thinking. John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil created artificially high prices until broken up, the NFL resisted updating its rules until the upstart AFL emerged and the Catholic Church’s control over people’s beliefs and lifestyles resulted in the Dark Ages.

Will CIOs Fiddle as IT Burns?

I couldn’t let this week go by without making at least one mention of what is taking place this weekend. This annual event held every year since the year I was born brings most of the United States to a mesmerized halt on the first Sunday in February…and this year I’ll be more mesmerized than I have been the past few years.

Sacking the Hackers

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said that "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." But decades after Lombardi's Green Bay Packers dominated the NFL, a new slogan joined the sports lexicon - "moral victory."

Mobilizing Security Failure

One of my favorite television shows these days is one of the highly successful USA Network dramas called “White Collar.” The plot revolves around a stellar FBI agent and a highly educated criminal mastermind, who specializes in art thefts and forgeries, whom the FBI agent brought to justice. The FBI agent then turns the criminal into a consultant to the FBI and together they go on to flourish as a crime-fighting team, clearing 94% of their caseload.

Who Secures Security?

My father was proud of his military service. He believed that young men and women could learn a lot not only from having served in the armed forces, but from having actually experienced the stress that comes with "taking fire."

Taking Fire over Technical Debt

Some among us may remember Earl Scheib who owned a chain of auto painting facilities; at least, that's what he called them. In actual fact, his shops were a national joke. In his TV commercials he would tell viewers, “I’ll paint any car for $99.95” and would promise one-day service. He did just that, but as the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for."

Speed Kills