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  • Time to rethink x86 datacentres

    A new breed of ARM64 based servers could offer datacentre managers an alternative to x86 machines. What's the catch?

  • Royal Free Hospital digitises legacy patient medical records

    Royal Free teaching hospital in London has digitised 750,000 legacy case notes which contain patient medical records

  • The Human Face of Big Data: Data Driven

    On a small scale, the effects of software are benign. But at large companies, institutions, and agencies with hundreds of millions of users, something so apparently small as the choice of what should be a default setting has an immediate impact on the daily behavior patterns of a large percentage of the planet’s population.

  • The Human Face of Big Data: Pulse of the Planet

    After more than 50 years, the Computer Age as we’ve known it is ending. And what will replace it—perhaps we’ll call it the Informatics Age—will be a kind of Copernican Revolution in knowledge. That is, humans will no longer be the center of the data solar system, with all of the billions of devices orbiting around us, but will rather become just another player, another node, in an increasingly autonomous data universe.

  • An Information Architecture Vision

    Information is the lifeblood of an enterprise in a knowledge-based economy, but most are awash in a sea of data unable to leverage their information holdings to gain competitive advantage and/or improve services. This “big data” challenge is projected to increase significantly over time and provide major opportunities to those willing to move their organizations from a “data rich” to an “information smart” environment. This White Paper from the Open Group assesses the “big data” problem, proposes business and architecture visions, and develops an Enterprise Information Planning and Architecture Model. The vision and model will assist companies to systematically develop their information holdings and related services to achieve business value. The paper is based upon global best practices in business and government and addresses the lifecycle management of all types of information holdings and services from transaction processing to advanced decision support to records and archiving. This report is targeted at Business Planners and Analysts as well as Enterprise and Information Architecture practitioners. It is also of interest to all other professionals engaged in data, information, and knowledge management.

  • Beyond Big Data – The New Information Economy

    Organisations are faced with an ever-increasing flow of different data types, including formal, database transactional information as well as less structured documents, voice and video. Within this mix of data types lies the intellectual property of a given organisation – and ensuring that it is in a format that can be easily mined and monetised is an on-going battle. Big data will be part of this, but other issues have to be taken into account. To uncover the true value hidden in the mass of data under the control of a given organisation requires a cohesive and coherent approach to information management. Quocirca believes that this needs a fully integrated system that acts on data streams, rather than taking actions on already stored data, and that there are multiple functions – such as data meta-tagging, deduplication, indexing, search and reporting – to ensure that the intellectual property assets can be optimally discovered and managed.

  • Business Outcomes from Big Data

    Big data has not yet led to big outcomes. Despite all the hype, less than half of all employees find that corporate information helps them get their jobs done. The problem of getting the right information to the right people at the right time is getting worse with the growing number of information sources, uses, and users. Our previous research discussed how CIOs should help foster informed skepticism to boost the ability of employees to use big data for better decisions. This study discusses the CIO’s role in making big data attainable and useful.

  • Big data storage: Analytics takes small first steps in Turkey

    Etiya’s Somemto social media management project makes pioneering steps in big data with a Hadoop cluster on an Oracle Big Data Appliance

  • NAO reveals Home Office spent £347m on failed ICW programme

    The Home Office spent £347m closing its Immigration Case Work programme, which was supposed to replace legacy databases

  • Electronic document management – a paperless cure for the NHS?

    Will the NHS meet the 2018 deadline to go paperless? Or is it more likely that the NHS will just have less paper than it did in 2013?

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  • Royal Free Hospital digitises legacy patient medical records

    Royal Free teaching hospital in London has digitised 750,000 legacy case notes which contain patient medical records

  • BYOD – who carries the can?

    Balancing the costs, risks and benefits of bring your own device (BYOD) There is a trend among employees to want to use their personal choice of mobile device in the fulfilment of their work commitments. While this appears to bring many benefits for the employee to select their preferred device or devices and, on the face of it, reduces upfront costs for their employer, it does introduce significant on-going costs and risks for the organisation. However, with many appealing mobile consumer devices being offered, the trend is likely to increase, so organisations need to work out suitable strategies and policies to manage this complex and hybrid situation in the best interests of both themselves and their employees

  • Governance in IT and Architecture - TOGAF

    The primary audiences for this Paper are business and IT managers who are responsible for the performance of operations. However, enterprise architects also play a key role in supporting IT governance, including architecture governance. Governance is defined as giving direction to activities. In this Paper, the authors focus on governance of the IT domain and its alignment to business. Governance is viewed as a mechanism that influences the internal logic and decision-making of organizations. The internal logic is defined as a compromise between practically conflicting parameters. The mechanism that has to deal with these conflicting parameters consists of decision domains, governance structure, social processes between individuals and groups, and controls to ensure the proper functioning of IT governance. In the context of IT governance, enterprise architecture can be considered as a means for coordination of decision-making related to IT and business. Furthermore, it is recognized that enterprise architecture in its own right also needs to be governed.

  • Microsoft attacks UK government decision to adopt ODF for document formats

    Microsoft has questioned the merits of the UK government’s decision to adopt ODF - but meeting minutes show OOXML was given due consideration

  • UK government confirms ODF as standard document format, rejecting Microsoft proposals

    The government has confirmed plans to standardise document formats and has resisted Microsoft lobbying by rejecting its preferred standard

  • NAO reveals Home Office spent £347m on failed ICW programme

    The Home Office spent £347m closing its Immigration Case Work programme, which was supposed to replace legacy databases

  • Electronic document management – a paperless cure for the NHS?

    Will the NHS meet the 2018 deadline to go paperless? Or is it more likely that the NHS will just have less paper than it did in 2013?

  • Interview: Gerard Grech, CEO, Tech City UK

    Tech City UK CEO, Gerard Grech, thinks there are other places besides London to start a digital business in the UK

  • Huddle eases collaborative critical path for engineering firm WSP

    Engineering consultancy WSP chooses Huddle to allow its engineers and architects to share project data securely and collaborate, regardless of location

  • HP Autonomy executive: big data transcends analytics

    Robert Youngjohns, executive vice-president at HP, speaks to Computer Weekly about why big data does not reduce to analytics

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  • Royal Free Hospital digitises legacy patient medical records

    Royal Free teaching hospital in London has digitised 750,000 legacy case notes which contain patient medical records

  • World-Class EA: The Agile Enterprise

    The concept of “agile” has recently come to the fore, typically in connection with technical activities, such as software development. Subsequently, the agile approach has been extended and applied to, for example, solution architecture activities. However, we suggest that agile is in fact a way of working, a mindset. It applies to more than just software development, or architecture, or any other one area of activity. The real benefit comes from applying an end-to-end agile delivery approach throughout the enterprise.

  • Gartner: Best practices for I&O for cloud-readiness

    Cloud computing could end up being a hindrance rather than a help to an enterprise if not planned and implemented properly. In many infrastructure and operations (I&O) teams, it can be observed that previous failures are repeating themselves over and over. Very few organisations are mature enough in terms of people and process capabilities to be able to take cues from past failures and prepare themselves for the foreseeable as well as the unforeseen future.

  • Integrating and monitoring business-to-business (B2B) value chains

    Increasing globalisation and diversity of both the suppliers and customers a given organisation has to deal with mean that supply chains are becoming ever more complex. Maintaining capabilities across broad functions requires systems that are well integrated, audited, secure and capable of being reported on at a granular level. Cloud-based approaches introduce new opportunities to gain access to advanced functionality, but also introduce issues around B2B integration for organisations.

  • The Open Group Service Integration Maturity Model (OSIMM) Version 2

    Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an architectural style that supports service orientation. A service is a business task with an externalized service description that often represents a contract between a provider and a consumer. As organizations adopt SOA and the use of services as the fundamental structuring element of their architecture, they increasingly encounter the need to assess where they are in their migration path and how best to achieve the expected benefit derived from integrating and investing in greater levels of SOA maturity.

  • Governance in IT and Architecture - TOGAF

    The primary audiences for this Paper are business and IT managers who are responsible for the performance of operations. However, enterprise architects also play a key role in supporting IT governance, including architecture governance. Governance is defined as giving direction to activities. In this Paper, the authors focus on governance of the IT domain and its alignment to business. Governance is viewed as a mechanism that influences the internal logic and decision-making of organizations. The internal logic is defined as a compromise between practically conflicting parameters. The mechanism that has to deal with these conflicting parameters consists of decision domains, governance structure, social processes between individuals and groups, and controls to ensure the proper functioning of IT governance. In the context of IT governance, enterprise architecture can be considered as a means for coordination of decision-making related to IT and business. Furthermore, it is recognized that enterprise architecture in its own right also needs to be governed.

  • NAO reveals Home Office spent £347m on failed ICW programme

    The Home Office spent £347m closing its Immigration Case Work programme, which was supposed to replace legacy databases

  • Morrison Utility Services fills in holes faster with ETAdirect

    Morrison Utility Services is digging and filling in holes in the road more efficiently by using cloud-based mobile workforce management tool ETAdirect from TOA Technologies

  • Electronic document management – a paperless cure for the NHS?

    Will the NHS meet the 2018 deadline to go paperless? Or is it more likely that the NHS will just have less paper than it did in 2013?

  • Social media and why businesses need to embrace it

    Why are businesses using email for everything? Jack Vile gives the younger generation's perspective

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  • Royal Free Hospital digitises legacy patient medical records

    Royal Free teaching hospital in London has digitised 750,000 legacy case notes which contain patient medical records

  • Oracle in-memory option creates licensing pain and audit risk

    A former Oracle employee has highlighted a major issue in the way the new Oracle Database 12c Release 12.1.0.2 is licensed

  • The Human Face of Big Data: Data Driven

    On a small scale, the effects of software are benign. But at large companies, institutions, and agencies with hundreds of millions of users, something so apparently small as the choice of what should be a default setting has an immediate impact on the daily behavior patterns of a large percentage of the planet’s population.

  • The Human Face of Big Data: Pulse of the Planet

    After more than 50 years, the Computer Age as we’ve known it is ending. And what will replace it—perhaps we’ll call it the Informatics Age—will be a kind of Copernican Revolution in knowledge. That is, humans will no longer be the center of the data solar system, with all of the billions of devices orbiting around us, but will rather become just another player, another node, in an increasingly autonomous data universe.

  • An Information Architecture Vision

    Information is the lifeblood of an enterprise in a knowledge-based economy, but most are awash in a sea of data unable to leverage their information holdings to gain competitive advantage and/or improve services. This “big data” challenge is projected to increase significantly over time and provide major opportunities to those willing to move their organizations from a “data rich” to an “information smart” environment. This White Paper from the Open Group assesses the “big data” problem, proposes business and architecture visions, and develops an Enterprise Information Planning and Architecture Model. The vision and model will assist companies to systematically develop their information holdings and related services to achieve business value. The paper is based upon global best practices in business and government and addresses the lifecycle management of all types of information holdings and services from transaction processing to advanced decision support to records and archiving. This report is targeted at Business Planners and Analysts as well as Enterprise and Information Architecture practitioners. It is also of interest to all other professionals engaged in data, information, and knowledge management.

  • Big data storage: Analytics takes small first steps in Turkey

    Etiya’s Somemto social media management project makes pioneering steps in big data with a Hadoop cluster on an Oracle Big Data Appliance

  • Governance in IT and Architecture - TOGAF

    The primary audiences for this Paper are business and IT managers who are responsible for the performance of operations. However, enterprise architects also play a key role in supporting IT governance, including architecture governance. Governance is defined as giving direction to activities. In this Paper, the authors focus on governance of the IT domain and its alignment to business. Governance is viewed as a mechanism that influences the internal logic and decision-making of organizations. The internal logic is defined as a compromise between practically conflicting parameters. The mechanism that has to deal with these conflicting parameters consists of decision domains, governance structure, social processes between individuals and groups, and controls to ensure the proper functioning of IT governance. In the context of IT governance, enterprise architecture can be considered as a means for coordination of decision-making related to IT and business. Furthermore, it is recognized that enterprise architecture in its own right also needs to be governed.

  • NAO reveals Home Office spent £347m on failed ICW programme

    The Home Office spent £347m closing its Immigration Case Work programme, which was supposed to replace legacy databases

  • Electronic document management – a paperless cure for the NHS?

    Will the NHS meet the 2018 deadline to go paperless? Or is it more likely that the NHS will just have less paper than it did in 2013?

  • Interview: Gerard Grech, CEO, Tech City UK

    Tech City UK CEO, Gerard Grech, thinks there are other places besides London to start a digital business in the UK

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  • Royal Free Hospital digitises legacy patient medical records

    Royal Free teaching hospital in London has digitised 750,000 legacy case notes which contain patient medical records

  • The Human Face of Big Data: Pulse of the Planet

    After more than 50 years, the Computer Age as we’ve known it is ending. And what will replace it—perhaps we’ll call it the Informatics Age—will be a kind of Copernican Revolution in knowledge. That is, humans will no longer be the center of the data solar system, with all of the billions of devices orbiting around us, but will rather become just another player, another node, in an increasingly autonomous data universe.

  • Integrating and monitoring business-to-business (B2B) value chains

    Increasing globalisation and diversity of both the suppliers and customers a given organisation has to deal with mean that supply chains are becoming ever more complex. Maintaining capabilities across broad functions requires systems that are well integrated, audited, secure and capable of being reported on at a granular level. Cloud-based approaches introduce new opportunities to gain access to advanced functionality, but also introduce issues around B2B integration for organisations.

  • An Information Architecture Vision

    Information is the lifeblood of an enterprise in a knowledge-based economy, but most are awash in a sea of data unable to leverage their information holdings to gain competitive advantage and/or improve services. This “big data” challenge is projected to increase significantly over time and provide major opportunities to those willing to move their organizations from a “data rich” to an “information smart” environment. This White Paper from the Open Group assesses the “big data” problem, proposes business and architecture visions, and develops an Enterprise Information Planning and Architecture Model. The vision and model will assist companies to systematically develop their information holdings and related services to achieve business value. The paper is based upon global best practices in business and government and addresses the lifecycle management of all types of information holdings and services from transaction processing to advanced decision support to records and archiving. This report is targeted at Business Planners and Analysts as well as Enterprise and Information Architecture practitioners. It is also of interest to all other professionals engaged in data, information, and knowledge management.

  • Open Group: FAIR -ISO/IEC 27005 Cookbook

    This document discusses the different purposes of the two standards, how to reconcile the two with regard to terminology and process, and combine the best elements of both to produce a consistent, repeatable risk management process.

  • World-class enterprise architecture

    The world is changing at a pace faster than ever experienced. Several trends in demographics, technology, the environment, globalization, public attitudes, and political institutions are driving Government and Industry agendas as never before. In order to respond to the demands and needs of their stakeholders, organizations need to develop new and better ways of managing continuous change at ever-increasing pace to deliver significant value in a transparent manner. Organizations need an enterprise architecture function as an integral capability in order to support the requirement for continuous change. However, over the years, many organizations have attempted to set up enterprise architecture practices only to see them fail after a few years. These failures are due to several reasons, such as an inability to merge enterprise architecture processes with the other management processes within the organization – for example, demand management – or the lack of authority for enterprise architects – for example, when making strategic decisions or quality assuring programs and projects. In spite of these previous failures, organizations are again trying to set up enterprise architecture functions as they have found that no other pragmatic alternatives exist.

  • NAO reveals Home Office spent £347m on failed ICW programme

    The Home Office spent £347m closing its Immigration Case Work programme, which was supposed to replace legacy databases

  • Electronic document management – a paperless cure for the NHS?

    Will the NHS meet the 2018 deadline to go paperless? Or is it more likely that the NHS will just have less paper than it did in 2013?

  • MicroStrategy World 2014: Saylor announces AWS partnership and demos Usher

    MicroStrategy unveils partnership with Amazon Web Services and a beta programme for Usher password replacement technology

  • Bristol City Council launches open data initiative

    Bristol has launched an open data initiative to encourage citizens to build services using local data.

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