What is SaaS all about? Software as a service (SaaS)

A software delivery method which provides access to software and its functions remotely as web-based service. it allows enterprises to access business functionality at a typical cost rather than paying for licensed applications since SaaS is priced on a monthly basis.

CMO v CIO, with IT in the middle

bitb540 cmo v cio with it in the middle
A couple of documents that came my way this week seem to foreshadow some pretty seismic shifts in the way IT resources are procured and managed in large organisations.

Dealing with digital pervasiveness

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A tweet popped up in my feed last week, just a picture, a slide quoting the chairman and CEO of Accenture, Pierre Nanterme, saying: “Digital transformation is massive, unprecedented and pervasive.” He might have added “and happening very fast”.

Digital disruption: flavour of the month?

bitb538 the human factor in digital transformation
If you’ve had any involvement in IT over the last couple of years you’ll know that digital transformation and digital disruption are flavour of the month: the literature abounds with predictions of cataclysmic upheavals to the established order. Examples of disruptors (Uber and Airbnb) and dinosaurs (Kodak) are held up as poster children of the new age and as dire warnings of doom for the unprepared.

Getting the measure of digital disruption

bitb535 getting the measure of digital disruption
We’ve all heard how digital disruption is overturning the established order, turning the giants of industry, like now defunct Kodak, to dust and spawning disruptive innovators like Uber and Airbnb. It takes a futurist like IBISWorld founder Phil Ruthven, to put some numbers to the wider effects of digital disruption, which is what he has done in the latest edition of his newsletter.

What keeps IT security pros awake at night?

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In April the Ponemon Institute published a report The State of Data Security Intelligence, reporting its research into ”how organisations are using data security intelligence to assess and minimise risks to their sensitive and confidential information on-premise and in the cloud.”

News ways to innovate

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This is the third of my blogs looking at the most popular in a series of Harvard Business Review reports published by The Enterprisers Project, an online community set up to discuss the evolving role of CIOs and how they can maximise their impact on the business.

DevOps and security - good news or bad?

BitB524 DevOps and security good news or bad
You've probably heard much about DevOps, and likely most of it has been positive. We recently quoted a Forrester report on the topic, saying: "Forrester surveyed 600 IT professionals with application development responsibilities in the US, Canada, France, Germany and the UK. It found that a third of teams were able to consistently deliver results [using DevOps] in one to three weeks.

Driving digital transformation, an uphill battle

BITB530Driving digital transformation an uphill battle
Driving Digital Transformation: New Skills for Leaders, New Role for the CI, — the Harvard Business Review report that I mentioned last week — covers ground that is now all too familiar: the need for digital leadership in the enterprise, for the very highest levels of an organisation — its board and CEO — to understand the impacts and potential of digital disruption and steer the enterprise accordingly.