Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Free Event : Delivering Enterprise Architecture with TOGAF and ArchiMate


Date and time:
Thursday, November 29, 2012 11:00 am
Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Panelist(s) Info:

Bas van Gils, PhD (EA Consultant, BiZZdesign)

1 hour


The Open Group standards for enterprise architecture – TOGAF® and ArchiMate® – are increasingly adopted on a global scale. As these standards converge, more and more organizations use them in conjunction to build an effective EA practice. As with many things: the proof of the pudding is in the eating. In this webinar we will therefore zoom in on the value add of the combination of TOGAF and ArchiMate. In order to cater for a broad audience, we will start with a high-level overview of both standards and then show with practical examples how the standards can be used in conjunction to deliver business value.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Download Forrester Wave for Enterprise Cloud Databases

Forrester has released it ‘Forrester Wave’ report for Enterprise Cloud Databases.

Microsoft Windows Azure has come out to be the clear winner in the report and is offering the reprint of full report as free download.


Download it from here before it goes away.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tweek : Gartner, Free eBook, Banks, Hybrid Cloud, IT Spending, Innovation ‏@CIOonline
Meeting the Challenges of Hybrid Cloud Computing Infrastructures

StrategyArchitecture ‏@strategyarch
Banks are becoming more Innovation friendly

StrategyArchitecture ‏@strategyarch
Download Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management

Gartner ‏@Gartner_inc
Gartner Says Worldwide Enterprise IT Spending is Forecast to Grow 2.5 Percent in 2013

StrategyArchitecture ‏@strategyarch
Free eBook : Agile for Dummies

Forrester Research ‏@forrester
An improved, superior #CustExp can equal BILLIONS in incremental revenue. That's billions, with a B. #outsidein

Nilofer Merchant ‏@nilofer
5 of 5 stars to HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations by Nancy Duarte

Friday, November 16, 2012

Banks are becoming more Innovation friendly

Highlights from the Infosys and EFMA innovation in retail banking report 2012. The study of 300 banks across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, and the Americas found that online and mobile channels are growing rapidly, with banks focused on areas of innovation that will attract new customers and grow revenues.


Get the full report from here :

Download Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management

Gartner recently released there Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management. Oracle being one of the vendor in leaders quadrant is offering free reprint of the full report for download.


Download the report at no cost from here before it goes away.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Download Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals

Few days back, Gartner released its Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals. Here is a quick description of scope of this MQ.

Gartner defines a portal as "a Web software infrastructure that provides interaction with relevant information assets (for example, information/content, applications and business processes), knowledge assets and human assets by select targeted audiences, delivered in a highly personalized manner." Enterprise portals may face different audiences, including:

  • Business-to-employee (B2E)
  • Business-to-consumer (B2C)
  • Business partners (B2B)

Of course, the public-sector corollaries to these three high-level audience types are also considered applicable. A portal product is a packaged software application that is used to create and maintain enterprise portals. These products can be used to design vertical or horizontal portals:

  • Vertical portals focus on accessing specific applications or business functions.
  • Horizontal portals integrate and aggregate information from multiple cross-enterprise applications, as well as specific line-of-business tools and applications.


Oracle being one of the leaders is providing the reprint of this MQ as free download. Grab it from here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Free eBook : Agile for Dummies


Download it from here :

Download Gartner MQ for Enterprise Architecture Tools 2012

Gartner has published Magic Quadrant 2012 for Enterprise Architecture Tools. EA tools are an important asset while executing the vision of Enterprise Architecture. Every EA should be proficient in atleast one the tools. The members and positions in leaders quadrant remain almost same as compared to last year.


Troux is offering free reprint of the report for download. You can download it from here:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Event : Microsoft vision for Enterprise Social


Microsoft Asia Pacific is hosting a virtual event on November 21, 2012 to offer participants a unique opportunity to learn about Microsoft vision for Enterprise Social and discuss the implications to their own organization.


  • Claus Mortensen
    is the Principal at IDC Asia/Pacific Practice Group.
  • Jared Spataro
    is Senior Director of Product Management for SharePoint, Project & Visio at Microsoft.

Register for the event here:

Free eBook : Private Cloud for Dummies


With compliments from IBM, for a limited time you can download free eBook on Private Cloud.

Grab it from the link below before it goes away.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Practical Career Tip : Reward yourself


Each one of us have few things on our ‘TO-DO’ list which we hate to do but we know that they need to be done. HBR shares few practical career tips on how to motivate yourself to do this task.

The one which I liked most is this one -

Pay yourself. Set up an account – a savings account, a gift card, an iTunes account – and pay into it every time you complete an especially challenging project. Set different dollar amounts depending on the size and unpleasantness of the task.

Read rest here :

Tweek : Jobs, Free eBook, TOGAF, Gartner, Big Data


Gartner ‏@Gartner_inc
Couldn’t make it to Barcelona for #GartnerSYM? Sign in or Sign up to access free keynotes and 3 session credits:

The S&A Group ‏@thesandagroup
I'm hiring! Global Head of Enterprise Architecture at The Strategy & Architectur - United Kingdom #jobs

Ovum ICT ‏@OvumICT
Mobile and social application integration is different in nature from cloud and enterprise application integration ‏@CIOonline
Gartner Upbeat on Big Data Jobs

Microsoft Enterprise ‏@MSFTenterprise
Personal branding advice and cautions for executives using Twitter and other social media outlets

TOGAF(R) ‏@togaf_r
Learn about TOGAF 9 Certification, now aligned with TOGAF 9.1. Practice tests, white papers, templates etc  

StrategyArchitecture ‏@strategyarch
Free eBook - Windows 8 for dummies

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Career - Let the entrepreneurial spirit grow offers some tips on how to manage your time and efforts between your work and urge to work on new ideas. While the context of article is mainly about starting something of your own, its equally relevant in day to day work life where your interest in working on a topic is much higher than a task/topic you are supposed to work today. The more your work domain is different from your interest domain, the higher the challenges.


Here are the tips:

  • Don’t stop thinking and writing down ideas.
  • If you have set work hours, stick to them.
  • If you don’t have set work hours, make them.
  • Allot blocks of time dedicated only to coming up with, planning out, and developing your ideas.
  • Let the entrepreneurial spirit grow.

Read tnw article here :

Free eBook - Windows 8 for dummies

Windows 8 is New. Windows 8 is different. is distributing free eBook on Windows 8.

Grab it now before it goes away.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report

Latest edition of Microsoft Security Intelligence Report is out.

Volume 13 of the Microsoft® Security Intelligence Report (SIRv13) provides in-depth perspectives on software vulnerabilities and exploits, malicious code threats, and potentially unwanted software in Microsoft and third-party software. Microsoft developed these perspectives based on detailed trend analyses over the past several years, with a focus on the first half of 2012.

HTML/Javascript continues to top the list when it comes to being platform for exploits.


You can download the full detailed report from here.

Starbucks Experience and Productivity

Recently came across this interesting video on how to improve customer interaction experience by influencing the productivity on customer side also. The author in this video talks about how Starbucks took a disruptive approach which may not be as customer friendly but improves overall service experience for both sides.


After watching this I realized, how much I have been practicing the same approach for many years during my career with my clients. I as a consultant mostly work with large enterprises which have many people to spend lot of time on long calls which can be done quickly. So to improve mine and their productivity, I mostly end up influencing their work style. What is your experience ?

Video :

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Obama and Technology–The wish list

Now that Mr. Obama has been elected President for another 4 years, what is our wish list for him related to Technology ?

We have in 4 areas.


Education : Encourage and Promote STEM education.

Skills : Facilitate importing of skills which are in shortage.

Government : Create policies which facilitate technology adoption and let Government agencies be the leaders in adoption.

Research : Fund and Promote research in areas where Sustainability is the core interest.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

IT and CIO : Journey and Future from Gartner

As part of its ongoing symposium, Gartner today published its point of view on what future holds for IT organizations and CIO. They have identified following four futures for CIOs.

  • IT as a Global Service Provider
  • IT as the Engine Room
  • IT ‘is’ the Business
  • Everyone’s IT


While Gartner sees them as four dominant futures, I see them more as four stages of their journey. My view goes like this:


Read more about Gartner’s press release here :