What is top of mind for New Zealand’s Chief Information Officers (CIOs)? At a recent ISACA event I attended in Auckland, three CIOs talked about some of their key areas of focus, including IT strategy execution, cloud strategy and cloud migration, and cyber security. The CIOs were Gerben Otter of Fonterra, Shane Ohlin of Paymark, and Wilson Alley of Delegat Ltd.
What does it mean to be a Business Analyst (BA) and how does business analysis add value to projects and business initiatives? Although business analysis has been around for some time, it still seems to be considered by some to be rather loosely defined. While the majority of people agree on the importance of the BA role within an organisation, few truly grasp what it is a BA actually does. Perhaps this is because when a BA is good at their job, the benefits they bring are often masked. Nobody sees the time, effort and cost that has been avoided.
DevOps is fast emerging as a better way to deliver quality software to customer expectations, on time and on budget, through processes of continuous deployment. Building on the success of SCRUM, Lean, and similar Agile approaches to software design and development, it brings agile philosophies to the realm of operations and infrastructure. DevOps and continuous deployment are a radical transformation from traditional ideas about how to manage operations and production environments. This requires a step change in cultural values, and it means that any successful DevOps initiative has to consider the impact on people and the way they work, as well processes, tools, and technologies.
It's a big decision to leave behind friends and family to immigrate to a new country, whether it's just for a few years or with a view to settling permanently. New Zealand's IT industry welcomes many new migrants every year from all over the world. Our own Dhruti Desai, Resourcing Coordinator at Presto Resourcing Options (an Optimation Group company), is one of those who made the jump. She came to New Zealand from India via Singapore three years ago and here, she shares her experience and passes on some tips on getting settled to new migrants...
Rear Admiral Adam Grunsell from the Royal Australian Navy was one of the keynote speakers at AMPEAK, the Asset Management Council's annual conference held this week in Adelaide, Australia. In this interview on the conference website, he discussed how the principles of good asset management are applied in a complex, large-scale context like defense. He also talked about the Interdependent Mission Management System (IMMS), developed with the help of Optimation’s Enterprise Awareness and Information Management consulting capabilities and using the ThoughtWeb platform.
I was especially privileged to attend TEDxWellington, recently, a great event that I believe really achieved the mantra of spreading great ideas. From learning about Te Reo emersion, to the amazing healing effects of honey, to a real, yes a real, solution to the housing crisis and a guy who made what I assume is now funky type of music on old equipment. I was and I am inspired.
On 5 March, Wellington will be buzzing with eclectic, inspiring ideas worth sharing at TEDxWellington 2016 and once again, Optimation is proud to be supporting the event. When we decided to become a founding sponsor of TEDx back in 2012, we saw it as the perfect opportunity to align Optimation, an innovator and driver of new possibilities in the IT space, with an event and a community that shared those same ambitions, but across every space. The theme of this year’s TEDxWellington is particularly fitting for us, because it is “Trust”, the basis of all great partnerships.
With resources tight and specialist expertise at a premium, most organisations need to engage external parties at some point to deliver specific outcomes. But we all know how common it is for IT projects to fall short of expectations or to fail altogether, and things can get very messy when multiple parties are involved. I recently attended an ISACA seminar where Hamish White, an experienced Managing Consultant and Senior Program Manager, shared some practical steps you can take in dealing with technology partners to ensure successful project outcomes.
I was lucky enough to attend Taxonomy Bootcamp in Washington DC in November of this year. Taxonomy Bootcamp is an annual conference for around 200 taxonomists and Information Architects. It was great to be around people who thought what I do for a job is normal!