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CIO Summit 2017 Synopsis

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I’ve spent a bit of time at the CIO Summit in Auckland over the past couple of days and below is a synopsis from the sessions I attended.

Key overall themesDigital Transformation (DX) is still a key focus of organisations, with cultural change being one of the most fundamental shifts.Increased use of Cloud/“as a Service” models is prevalent across most organisations.Customer-centricity as opposed to other models such as Product-centric.Connections & ecosystems (internal and external to organisations) is key to DX, with APIs being a key enabler.Smart use of data is becoming increasingly important to drive great customer experiences.
Further detail Trends & Insights“The 3rd platform is the key to creating new value” IDGMobility, Big Data/Analytics, Cloud, Social“By 2020, over 2/3 of Enterprise IT and software spending will be for cloud-based offerings” IDG“70% of CIOs have a cloud first strategy” IDG“By 2019, 42% of IoT data will be processed at the edge of the cloud” IDG“By 201…

IT & Enterprise Architecture Conference 2015 - Day 2

Today was the second and final day of the IT & Enterprise Architecture Conference 2015. Below is a summary of my key notes.
Going beyond IT. What EA can really mean for your organisation John Pearson, Business Architect, IAG Consider the Demand vs Supply side of architectureIAG is using traditional TOGAF domains (Information, Application, Technology Infrastructure and Security) with business architecture being used to better align with the demand from the businessEnterprise Business Motivation Model (EBMM) - Accenture, Nick Malik (http://www.motivationmodel.com/)anchor diagram for business architectureusing to understand change impactBake business architecture approaches in early in the architecture journeyUnderstand the business, its priorities and where value can be addedUnderstand architecture capabilities in service to the businessUnderstand key stakeholder needs and communication preferencesBecome involved in the strategy conversationTechnology Strategy - development and ali…

IT & Enterprise Architecture Conference 2015 - Day 1

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Today I attended the first day of the IT & Enterprise Architecture Conference 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Auckland. This was my first time at the event and it was a good opportunity to network with the wider IT & Enterprise Architecture community. Below is a summary of my key notes.
Setting the scene: Enterprise Architecture 2015-2025 Craig Pitout, Senior Manager IT Advisory, EY (@CraigPitout) Cloud, Mobility, Big Data and Social Media are key forces of Digital DisruptionThemes affecting enterprise agilityCustomer centricProduct centricInternal efficiencyRegulatory requirementsForce for uniqueness vs Force for commonalityQuantifying the impactInnovation impact vs Value potentialDisruptive - disrupt the coreAdjacent - change and expandSustaining - incremental improvementsEY Business Reference Model - Agile (http://www.ey.com/GL/en/Services/Advisory/EY-translate-strategy-into-execution)
Agile behavioursResponsiveness to changeValue-drivenPractical experimentationEmpowered, self-…

Gather 2015

I attended the inspirational Gather 2015 unconference today. As described on the website for the event “It is the digital, technical and creative community’s big day out”. There were several sessions running simultaneously and it was hard to choose what to go to since there were so many interesting topics. Below is a summary of my key takeaways (or interpretations thereof) from the sessions I attended.

UAVs, Internet of Things, 3DVR: What are we going to do with these things? How do we get us/our companies/NZ to lead the way? What can we do to take advantage? These are the questions - does the room have the answers? MAKER CHANGE BUSINESS @lancewiggs FutureSkynetRemote MonitoringUAV Tour - e.g. rent a UAV and do tour of EgyptAuto-herdingGPS in humansBetter battery lifeSensors inc. in building beams to say if leak problemTrack robberTraffic controlDrone based terrorEvidence-based thinkingData —> InterpretationAuto milk ordering from fridgeMesh networks / Less centralisationConstant …

Book Review: ArchiMate 2.1 Specification

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Having used ArchiMate for the past few months (with guidance from an ArchiMate guru) I decided to read the specification.

The specification is fairly dry reading, quite academic at times and is more of a reference guide. I found myself wanting a more practical book so have subsequently ordered what has been highly recommended to me; "Mastering ArchiMate - Edition II" by Gerben Wierda.

Using Raspberry Pi as a Time Capsule to backup a Mac

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Time Machine is the built-in backup feature of OS X. It keeps a copy of all your files, and remembers how your system looked on any given day so you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past. Apple sells a device called a Time Capsule, but rather than buy one of these I opted for a diy approach using my Raspberry Pi and so far it seems to be working well.

My setup consists of:
Raspberry Pi Model B running Raspbian connected via network cable to a routerMacBook Pro running OS X Yosemite v10.10.1 connected via Wifi to a routerExternal 2TB drive (with separate power) attached via USB to the Raspberry Pi It was relatively easy to setup following the instructions at http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=47029 . I am reiterating the instructions here just in case the page disappears (with a couple of additions I needed):
1. Start with a clean installation of Raspbian, configured for your network

2. Power down your Pi, connect your storage drive, and boot your Pi b…

Book Review: The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

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"The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich" by Tim Ferriss is one of those books I had heard about but not got around to reading until now.

My key takeaways:
Think about what parts of your work or personal life you could outsource to free up time to do other things (some good references are provided in the book such as elance, Your Man In India and Brickwork). There are some good reminders about time management, handling interruptions, testing (even down to product name testing via Google AdWords) and keeping it simple for the customer by reducing the number of decisions they need to make.Some good advice was provided about having a minimum advertised pricing clause in order to prevent wholesaling wars (not only by organisations, but also by discounters on eBay)There are some useful links to tools and sites to get a website up and running quickly, some good advice about projecting that your company is bigger than it is (e.g. by having multiple …