Application Software Development Trends and Prediction Articles for 2014

Keeping pace with new trends such as mobile, big data analytics, and the growing move towards cloud-based systems has brought new and more challenging issues to the forefront of application development. In today’s environment, application development teams are exploring ways to increase agility, develop new skill sets, implement distributed teams, and implement more complex software engineering methods.

I recently published my trend report Application Software Development Trends to Watch in 2014.  It is over on slideshare.    Below I’ve provided you a list of 10 articles that you might be interested in.

Source Title
Zenoss Why 2014 is the year of the Software Defined Data Center
Computer Weekly The future of application development
SDNZone SDN Predictions 2014: How SDN Will Transform IT
ZDNet Enterprise software 2014: Three themes to ponder
sdnCentral SDN and NFV Technology Trends to Watch in 2014
Fierce Wireless Tech SDN will be 2014’s biggest network trend, says Strategy Analytics
The Guardian 10 app trends for 2014: privacy, wearables, education and more
Tech Republic 10 predictions for open source in 2014
APM Digest 14 APM Predictions for 2014
Web Ascender 14 Website Trends for 2014

 

CIOs: Are YOU Participating In The Social Media?

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(Note:  I originally posted this as Opening The Social Computing Door at InfoBoom, but thought readers here on HorizonWatching would enjoy the post as well)

At the heart of it, social computing really is all about enabling conversations between two or more people in an open environment. By making conversations more public, we can all learn from each other.  The benefits are very similar to the trend of open source development.  Social computing promotes open conversations instead of ‘behind closed doors’.  In doing so, we encourage learning and collaboration.  And that leads to better decision making.

So how should CIO’s be leveraging social media in their careers and for the enterprises they serve?

Participating in Conversations
First, future IT leaders can begin adding their voice to public conversations happening about subjects important to the IT industry.  If you aren’t participating in the public conversation, you can’t influence it.  My research, 2009 CIO Award Winners Are Not Embracing Social Media, found that 35 industry award-winning CIOs and IT leaders are not active in the social media.   These and future award winning IT leaders should be sharing their thoughts in a public space, not only behind the closed doors.  

For one perspective on this topic, John Suffolk, CIO of the UK Government discusses his views on blogging in Should CIOs blog publicly? and his views on the evolving role of the CIO as a Chief Collaboration Officer.

Gaining Business Leverage
Secondly, CIOs can help the business leadership team in achieving goals for the enterprise by providing leadership and guidance on how to leverage social computing and collaboration platforms, both internally and externally:

  • Learn how transformational social media can be to helping increase growth and/or drive productivity to improve the bottom line. 
  • Work with business leaders to find ways to embed social computing into the framework of every enterprise business process, including product development, marketing, sales, and customer support.  

I’ve compiled links to resources, blog posts, and articles that can help you understand just how transformational social media can be. Check them out at:  Social Media Case Studies and Lessons Learned.

Getting Smarter
To work smarter, we’ll need smarter organizations — enhancing and benefiting from their people’s expertise, enterprise and creativity, rather than inhibiting them.  CIOs can lead in transforming the collaborative infrastructure and processes of our places of work by enabling social conversations that will allow employees, partners, and customers to take advantage of the full scope of an instrumented, interconnected and intelligent planet.

Jumping In
Interested in following some CIOs that are active in the social media?  My research Top 50 CIO and IT Leaders in the Social Media, provides you with a list of CIOs who are setting an example for others on how to leverage the social media.   Explore their blogs and tweets, learn from them, and perhaps you can start adding your thoughts to the conversations as well. 

Want to be more active in the social media, but not sure how you should get started?  Check out my post Leveraging Social Media: 12 Steps To Develop Your Personal Online Brand.

InfoBoom: How Can CIOs Leverage Social Computing?

InfoBoom Mar16 This week I have authored the featured article on The InfoBOOM! community site (www.theinfoboom.com).  The article is written for CIOs, CTOs, and IT Leaders who have yet to get involved in the social media or who are wondering how to implement social computing solutions. 

If you know of any IT leaders, you may want to point them to the article.  It will be interesting to hear from CIOs what their challenges are with this disruptive trend.

About The Article

The article, Opening the Social Computing Door, provides some guidance for CIOs and IT leaders on how they can start leveraging social computing in their careers and for the enterprises they serve.  There is much work to do.  My research has shown that there are a relatively few number of CIOs that are truly demonstrating leadership in the social media today.

I break the article up into four sections

  1. Participating in Conversations
  2. Gaining Business Leverage
  3. Getting Smarter
  4. Jumping In

I provide links to research I’ve done that shed some like on what leading CIOs are doing in the social media and how it can be leveraged in the enterprise environment.   It’s my hope the article helps CIOs and IT leaders get started.  I’d be interested in any feedback you may have. 

About InfoBOOM!

The InfoBOOM! community has been developed via a partnership between CIO.com and IBM.  The site is about a year old and is an online community environment that fosters the free exchange of ideas among experts, midmarket CIOs and technology leaders.   The focus is on giving IT leaders at small and mid-sized firms the insights and perspectives they need on vital issues.  Each week, a new expert is featured and an article is written by that expert that provides a point of view on an important topic.  Then, Jim Malone, Senior Editorial Director a CIO.com authors a complementary or contrarian view.   As a result of the two articles, important discussion and collaboration happens each week on the selected topic.   Thus each week InfoBOOM! fosters open dialogue and contrary points of view between the editor, experts and members.  I encourage you to check out the site at http://www.theinfoboom.com

Top 50 CIO and IT Leaders in the Social Media


Top 50 CIO and IT Leaders in the Social Media

Yesterday my post here was titled 2009 CIO Award Winners Are Not Embracing Social Media.  In that post I provided the results of some research I did to understand if CIOs and IT Leaders who had received Industry related awards in 2009 were participating in the social media.  I found that those award winners I did research on had not embraced the social media trend.

Today, I provide the other end of the spectrum:  The Top 50 CIO and IT Leaders in the Social Media. 

For this post, I set out to find those practicing CIOs, CTOs, and IT Leaders who have embraced the social media with passion.  I scoured the Net to find CIO’s that are blogging and tweeting about issues and events that are important to CIOs and the IT industry in general.  These are the CIOs that are actively creating and participating in discussions in the social media.  They are sharing their experiences and ideas in the public Internet, instead of holding these experiences and ideas to themselves.

In addition to the blogging and tweeting, I was also interested in finding CIOs that were actively building their LinkedIn profile and connecting with others through LinkedIn.  

I found about 65 CIOs during my research.  I then developed a ranking system by scoring CIOs on a number of criteria, including the currency and frequency of their blog posts, the richness of their LinkedIn profile, and their participation on Twitter.  A quick sort by the total score and I have a list of the top 50 as displayed below.

Some stats from the list of 50.

  • 80% of those on the list are blogging on a public website.
  • 92% are actively using Twitter
  • 96% have a LinkedIn profile
  • 66% are on Facebook (note:  Facebook usage did not enter into my scoring and ranking system)

So here is the list of the top 50 CIO and IT Leaders I came up with.  I’ve provided links to their Blogs, their Twitter IDs, and their LinkedIn Profiles.  I encourage you to explore those links and learn from their posts and tweets.  More importantly, I encourage you to  participate in the discussions they are having by commenting on their blogs and responding to their tweets.  Perhaps they will even inspire you to start blogging or tweeting your ideas and thoughts about the important issues facing CIOs today.

Top 50 CIO and IT Leaders in Social Media

   

Name

Title/Industry/Social Sites

1

John Moore

CTO, and SVP of Engineering at Swimfish

Industry:  Technology  

LinkedIn:  John Moore

Blog:  John Moore's Weblog

Twitter: JohnFMoore

2

Phil Windley, Ph.D

CTO, Kynetx

Industry:  Technology

LinkedIn:  Phil Windley

Blog:  Windley’s Techometria

Twitter: windley

3

Bob Gourley

CTO and founder of Crucial Point LLC

Industry:  Technology

LinkedIn:  Bob Gourley

Blog:  CTOvision.com

Twitter: bobgourley

3

Andy Blumenthal

CTO, Bureau of ATF

Industry:  Government

LinkedIn:  Andy Blumenthal

Blog:  Andy Blumenthal

Twitter: totalcio

5

John Halamka, MD

CIO, Harvard

Industry:  Healthcare

LinkedIn:  John Halamka

Blog:  Healthcare CIO

Twitter: jhalamka

6

Chuck Musciano

CIO at Martin Marietta Materials

Industry:  Manufacturing/Aerospace

LinkedIn:  Chuck Musciano

Blog:  The Effective CIO

Twitter: EffectiveCIO

6

Werner Vogels

CTO, Amazon.com

Industry:  Technology

LinkedIn:  Werner Vogels

Blog:  All Things Distributed

Twitter: werner

6

Andrew Hoppin

CIO, New York State Senate

Industry:    Government

LinkedIn:  Andrew Hoppin

Blog:  globehoppin

Twitter: ahoppin

9

Padmasree Warrior

CTO, Cisco

Industry:  Technology

LinkedIn:  n/a

Blog: 
CiscoCTO Blog

Twitter: Padmasree

9

Shawn Riley

CTO, Austin Med. Cntr., Mayo Clinic Health System

Industry:  Healthcare

LinkedIn:  Shawn Riley

Blog:  HealthTechnica

Twitter: rilescat

11

Mark Cummuta

CIO @JobAngels

Industry:  Consumer Services

LinkedIn:  Mark Cummuta

Blog:  CIO Job Search

Twitter: TriumphCIO

11

Dave Fletcher

CIO, State of Utah

Industry:  Government

LinkedIn:  Dave Fletcher

Blog:  Dave Fletcher's Gov. and Tech. Weblog

Twitter: dfletcher

11

John David Son

CIO, Marshall County School District

Industry:  Education

LinkedIn:  John Son

Blog:  CIO Corner

Twitter: JDSCIO

11

Isaac Sacolick

VP, Technology, McGraw-Hill

Industry:  Media

LinkedIn:  Isaac Sacolick

Blog:  Social, Agile, & Transformation

Twitter: nyike

15

Steve Francia

CIO, Portero

Industry:  Retail

LinkedIn:  Steve Francia

Blog:  spf13

Twitter: spf13

15

Tony Maro

CIO for EvriChart

Industry:  Healthcare

LinkedIn:  Tony Maro

Blog:  OssRamblings.com

Twitter: tonymaro

15

Mark A. Silver

CIO, Health Svcs Div., Siemens Healthcare USA

Industry:  Healthcare

LinkedIn:  Mark A. Silver

Blog:  Social Media and Business Insights    
Twitter:
MarkSilver

15

Jim Haughwout

CIO, Neighborhood America (Florida)

Industry:  Consumer Services

LinkedIn:  Jim Haughwout

Blog:  Ex·se·cu·tus

Twitter: JHaughwout

19

Brian Blanchard

Chairman at St. Louis Innovation Camp

Industry:  Technology

LinkedIn:  Brian Blanchard

Blog:  Dev Revival

Twitter: BrianBlanchard

19

Chuck Hollis

VP and CTO of Marketing, EMC

Industry:  Technology

LinkedIn:  n/a

Blog: 
Chuck's blog

Twitter: chuckhollis

19

Hubert Vaudaux

CTO at FBA (www.groupefb.fr)

Industry:  Financial

LinkedIn:  Hubert Vaudaux

Blog:  HVaudaux Le Blog 
Twitter:
hvaudaux

19

Bill Schrier

CTO, City of Seattle

Industry:    Government

LinkedIn:  Bill Schrier

Blog:  The Chief Seattle Geek Blog

Twitter: billschrier

23

Casey Coleman

CIO, U.S. General Services Administration

Industry:    Government

LinkedIn:  Casey Coleman

Blog:  Around the Corner

Twitter: caseycoleman

23

Linda Cureton

CIO, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Industry:    Government

LinkedIn:  Linda Cureton

Blog:  Goddard-CIO-Blog

Twitter: Curetonl

23

Mike Schaffner

Dir. IT, Cameron

Industry:  Oil & Gas

LinkedIn:  Mike Schaffner

Blog:  Beyond Blinking Lights and Acronyms

Twitter: MikeSchaffner

26

John McMillen

CIO, Graves County Schools in Mayfield, KY, USA

Industry:    Education

LinkedIn:  John D McMillen

Blog:  Techucation

Twitter: ujdmc

26

Peter Kretzman

CIO/CTO

Industry:  Technology

LinkedIn:  Peter Kretzman

Blog:  CTO/CIO Perspectives

Twitter: PeterKretzman

26

Nigel Fortlage

VP, IT at GHY International

Industry:  Financial

LinkedIn:  Nigel Fortlage

Blog:  My Thoughts

Twitter: nfortlage

26

Arun Manansingh

CIO, FusionLatina, LLC

Industry:  Media

LinkedIn:  Arun Manansingh

Blog:  A CiO’s Voice

Twitter: solus72

30

Colin Osburn

CIO at Intelligentz Corporation

Industry:  Technology

LinkedIn:  Colin Osburn

Blog:  n/a

Twitter:
colinosburn

30

Will Weider

CIO, Affinity Health System

Industry:  Healthcare

LinkedIn:  Will Weider

Blog:  Candid CIO

Twitter: CandidCIO

32

Lev Gonick

VP, IT Services, Case Western Reserve Univ.

Industry:    Education

LinkedIn:  Lev Gonick

Blog:  Bytes From Lev

Twitter: lgonick

32

Ian Cohen

CIO, Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc

Industry:  Financial

LinkedIn:  Ian Cohen

Blog:  The Accidental CIO

Twitter: coe62

34

Paul Cheesbrough

CIO, Telegraph Media Group

Industry:  Media

LinkedIn:  Paul Cheesbrough

Blog:  Paul Cheesbrough

Twitter: paulcheesbrough

34

Stephen Gillett

CIO & GM of Digital Ventures, Starbucks

Industry:  Retail

LinkedIn:  Stephen Gillett

Blog:  The Guild CIO

Twitter: @stephengillett

36

Eric Egnet

CIO, Vitalize Consuilting Solutions

Industry:  Healthcare

LinkedIn:  Eric Egnet

Blog:  In The Know CIO

Twitter: InTheKnowCIO

36

Omri Tintpulver

CIO, Brunico Communications

Industry:  Media

LinkedIn: Omri Tintpulver

Blog:  Omri Tintpulver

Twitter: omri

36

John Suffolk

CIO, UK government

Industry:    Government

LinkedIn:  John Suffolk

Blog:  John Suffolk – Government CIO

Twitter: GovCIO

39

Chris Marsh

CIO, Aviacode

Industry:  Healthcare

LinkedIn:  Chris Marsh

Blog:  n/a

Twitter:
theChrisMarsh

39

Katherine Coomb

CIO, Morrison Facilities Services

Industry:  Services

LinkedIn:  Katherine Coomb

Blog:  Banking on IT

Twitter: kat_woman

41

Vivek Kundra

CIO, US government

Industry:    Government

LinkedIn:  Vivek Kundra

Blog:  IT Dashboard

Twitter: VivekKundra

41

Dr. Andy Chun

CIO, City University of Hong Kong

Industry:    Government

LinkedIn:  Andy Chun

Blog:  CIO's Blog

Twitter: CityUCIO

41

Eachan Fletcher

CIO, Sporting Index

Industry:  Leisure

LinkedIn:  Eachan Fletcher

Blog:  The Fletcher Project

Twitter: n/a

44

Victor Fetter

Global VP, Dell

Industry:  Technology

LinkedIn:  Victor Fetter

Blog:  n/a

Twitter:
vpfetter

44

Peter Birley

IT Dir., Brown Jacobson, LLP

Industry:  Legal

LinkedIn:  Peter Birley

Blog:  CIO blog

Twitter: birlep

44

Robert Carey

CIO, U.S. Navy

Industry:    Government

LinkedIn:  n/a

Blog: 
doncio

Twitter: n/a

47

Janet Claggett

CIO, Richland County, S.C.

Industry:  Government

LinkedIn:  Janet Claggett

Blog:  n/a

Twitter:
cio007

48

Steve Mannina

CIO Cook County Treasure's office

Industry:    Government

LinkedIn:  Steve Mannina

Blog:  n/a

Twitter:
smannina

48

Scott Lowe

CIO, Westminster College (Fulton, Mo.)

Industry:    Education

LinkedIn:  Scott Lowe

Blog:  n/a

Twitter:
scottdlowe

48

R. Todd Thomas

CIO, Austin Radiological Association

Industry:  Healthcare

LinkedIn:  R. Todd Thomas

Blog:  n/a

Twitter:
thomast360

As you look through the list, you will see that there are more than a fair share of CIOs from Healthcare & Government on the list.  I’m not sure why, but that could be a question for further research.

IBM: CIO Study Identifies Top 8 Emerging IT Project Areas

If you did not catch the news last week that IBM announced findings from its latest research into what’s on CIO’s minds these days.  The study, The Global CIO Study 2009, is titled “The New Voice of the CIO”.   This post contains a quick summary of the findings.

The big news is that 83% of the survey respondents identified business intelligence and analytics – the ability to see patterns in vast amounts of data and extract actionable insights– as the way they will enhance their organizations competitiveness.   With an increased focus on data analytics, the survey also revealed that data reliability and security have emerged as increasingly urgent concerns, with 71 percent of CIOs planning to make additional investments in risk management and compliance.

As the role of the CIO itself transforms so do the types of projects they lead across their enterprises, which will allow CIOs to focus less time and resources on running internal infrastructure, and more time on transformation to help their companies grow revenue. CIOs are transforming their infrastructure to focus more on innovation and business value, rather than simply running IT.

Findings include:

  • 76% of CIOs are undergoing or planning virtualization projects, mostly in an attempt to lower energy costs.
  • 76% of CIOs anticipate a movement towards centralized infrastructures in the next five years.
  • Slightly more than half are expecting to implement completely standardized, low-cost business processes.
  • CIOs focus 55% of their time on activities that drive innovation and growth, whereas traditional IT tasks like infrastructure and operations management now make up only 45 percent.

CIOs also identified the top eight emerging IT project areas, including

  1. Business intelligence and analytics
  2. Virtualization and green IT
  3. Service oriented architectures (SOA)
  4. Service management
  5. Cloud computing
  6. Mobility solutions
  7. Unified communications
  8. Collaboration, social networking tools, and Web 2.0 projects

About the Study:  The Global CIO Study 2009 is perhaps the largest face-to-face survey of CIOs ever conducted.  2500 CIOs from 78 countries, 19 industries, and organizations of every size were interviewed.  The research was conducted over a four month period from January to April 2009.  The full 2009 CIO Study, podcasts and video interviews about the study are available at www.ibm.com/ciostudy.

CIOL: Top Trends in India for 2009

India is a big part of the future of the IT industry.  I think we all realize that.

I was looking for 2009 trends lists that were specific to India and came upon the CIOL website.  CIOL is short for Cybermedia India Online LImited.  The CIO website http://www.ciol.com focuses on the Information Technology industry within India.  It appears that CIOL has become a popular Internet destination for IT professionals, vendors, solution providers, CIOs and CEOs of Indian enterprises.

The website had a Special Report that provided 2009 outlooks on a number of IT segments.  In many cases, CIOL invited executives from Indian IT vendors to provide their own views of what the important trends will be in the India IT industry during 2009. 

Below you'll find that I've summarized the relevant trends posts on CIOL by by major IT trend category. 

CIO Challenges

Mobility

Security

Outsourcing

Enterprise Technologies

Networking Trends 

Storage Trends 

So those are a bunch of trends posts that CIOL published.  After reading them you can get a good feel for what is important in India during 2009.   If anyone reading this has other good sources of 2009 trends in India, please provide them in the comment section below.  Thanks!

CIO: 10 Websites That Will Matter in 2009

My last post, ReadWrite Web: Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2008, provided 10 websites that were on the leading edge of web services.

Another article from CIO.com titled 10 Websites That Will Matter in 2009 also caught my eye.   I am always interested in articles like this as they almost always have a few new websites that I have never heard of before, but are pushing the envelope of Web 2.0 and web services.  This article did just that.

Take a look at this list of ten web sites.  They all have the potential to generate lots of buzz in 2009.  A few of them might become among your most favorite sites.

  1. TV.com:  TV.com (http://www.tv.com/). owned by CBS, has been relaunched with full-length programs (movies and prime-time TV shows).  In addition you can find promo clips, cast profiles, interviews, and discussions.  The big question in 2009 is will tv.com mount a big enough challenge to Hulu?  Right now Hulu (owned in part by NBC) has momentum and video quality on their side.  

  2. Qik:  Qik (http://www.qik.com/) provides a platform where you can easily stream and share live video from your mobile or cell phone cameral.  You can even set it up to send the video straight to YouTube, your blog, or to your page on Facebook.
  3. Boxee:  Boxee (http://www.boxee.tv/) is designed to collect video from all over the web (Hulu, YouTube, CNN.com, and many others) and put it in a very neat and easy-to-use interface that you can access via a PC or on your TV.  Currently available only on Apple / Linux machines, the company says it is working on a Windows version.
  4. Blackberry Application Storefront:  Research in Motion (RIM), learning a lesson from the Iphone playbook, is opening up a store for independently developed BlackBerry apps, called the BlackBerry Application Storefront.  This page is not open, but you can check for it at  BlackBerry signup page on the Storefront
  5. Loopt:   Finding friends and  then things to do with those friends has never been easier.  Loopt (http://www.loopt.com/) shows you a map, and your position on it, and also the positions of your mobile friends who are in the vicinity.  Then Loopt detects businesses in the area and makes suggestions based on your interests or specific queries ("beer, pizza, bowling"). 
  6. Blip.fm:  Blip.fm (http://www.blip.fm/)  really is like Twitter for music.  A social networking place for people who enjoy music.  What you see at the site is a scrolling list of people's song choices with their short comments about them.  These are called Blips. You can listen to the "blipped" songs as they come up, or skip up and down the list to songs you like. And that is just the start of all the fun you can have on this site.
  7. Power.com:  Power.com (http://www.power.com/) operates on the premise that many of us now belong to several social networking sites and that it is a hassle to log in and post to each site separately.  Power.com lets you log in once, then view (and post to) any of a long list of social networking sites that you sync the service up with–all from one place.  One thing to watch in 2009 is their stormy relationship with Facebook.
  8. Tweetag:  Designed to feed off the Twitter buzz, Tweetag (http://www.tweetag.com/) is a sort of search engine for "tweets." It allows you to look for trends in what is being publicly discussed on Twitter, and, more importantly, find discussions of things that matter to you.
  9. Hi5:  Hi5 (http://www.hi5.com/) is the third largest social network in the world, with 40 percent of the members coming from Spanish-speaking countries.  It has been growing rapidly and has some great features not found on other sites.
  10. Tripit:  Tripit (http://www.tripit.com/) wants to be your travel assistant.   Tripit aggregates all of your travel reservation details and based on those details, automatically pulls in key information for you like maps, local attractions, dinner reservations, and weather reports, and wraps it up in an easy-to-use master itinerary.

I've seen Tripit hyped before, so that sounds like a winner.  If you have not checked out Hulu (mentioned above in the tv.com entry, you should check that one out. 

I think in 2009 and 2010 we will see a ton of new sites like these that launch new and exciting services.  Can't wait to see them…

You can read the full article at titled 10 Websites That Will Matter in 2009.