Enterprise mobility news recap: July 28 ? August 1

Mobile technology is changing by the minute; sometimes you just can&#rsquo;t catch it all. Here&#rsquo;s what you might have missed this week: Google Hangouts is getting down to business. In a post on the company&#rsquo;s enterprise blog, Google announced Hangouts for work, which has the same Terms of Service as other Google Apps for Business, […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2014/08/enterprise-mobility-news-recap-july-28-august-1/feed/ 0 AirWatch earns patents for watermarking technology http://blogs.air-watch.com/2014/07/airwatch-earns-several-patents-watermarking-technology/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2014/07/airwatch-earns-several-patents-watermarking-technology/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:18:01 +0000 <![CDATA[Scott Solomon

How to Keep Your IT Strategy from Becoming Shelfware

By Barton Kaplan We&#rsquo;re living in tumultuous times. That sounds like a cliché, but a cursory glance at the most recent headlines and earnings news bears it out. Technologically, we&#rsquo;ve moved from the mainframe, to the client-server, and now to the mobile-cloud era, with tremendous implications for both the sellers and consumers of enterprise technologies. […]]> By Barton Kaplan

We&#rsquo;re living in tumultuous times. That sounds like a cliché, but a cursory glance at the most recent headlines and earnings news bears it out.

Technologically, we&#rsquo;ve moved from the mainframe, to the client-server, and now to the mobile-cloud era, with tremendous implications for both the sellers and consumers of enterprise technologies. Recent geopolitical events have shaken long-held assumptions and created new uncertainties.

Together, this combination of forces has made the work of an already beleaguered group within IT – strategic planners – even tougher. And it&#rsquo;s not as if things were going swimmingly prior to this latest wave of change. When advisory company CEB surveyed business partners about IT strategic planning, a meager 23% agreed that it was effective.[1]

But as tempting as it might be to fire your IT strategist and declare planning dead, 93% of those very same business partners also said they thought IT strategic planning was important.

Which begs the question: In a time of unprecedented change, how do you keep your strategy from becoming shelfware?

Leading organizations I&#rsquo;ve worked with employ the following three best practices to ensure their IT strategies stay relevant:

  1. Embed scenarios into strategy. It&#rsquo;s standard practice to align IT initiatives to business goals and objectives. In today&#rsquo;s environment, however, it isn&#rsquo;t enough to align to a single outcome. An automotive company I worked with looks instead at a range of possible outcomes, listing best case, worst case, and most likely scenarios. Each scenario is then heatmapped against the current IT portfolio to understand the potential impact. As a result of this exercise, project cycle times were reduced by up to three months.
  2. Define strategic triggers. To increase the agility of its strategy, a financial services company began to include possible economic, business, and IT events (e.g., an acquisition, a new product launch, etc.) that would require revisions to its roadmap. They go so far as to list specific actions that need to be taken should any particular event actually come to pass.
  3. Make it a living document. Strategic plans are especially vulnerable to quickly falling out of date and losing their currency. Too many organizations place a lot of emphasis on and resources behind the creation of a strategy, but don&#rsquo;t adequately think through how that strategy will be maintained and refreshed going forward. Effective strategies require ongoing care and feeding, which only happens when owners are named and responsibilities clearly spelled out.

In times of constant, radical change, maintaining both focus and flexibility will ensure your strategy stays relevant.


[1] &#rsquo;Flexible Strategic Planning,&#rdquo; CIO Leadership Council Webinar, June 2014.


Bart Kaplanis a business solution strategist with VMware Accelerate Advisory Services and is based in Maryland.

Gear Up for VMworld 2014! We Want to Hear What You?re Excited About in our 8/12 #cloudtalk

We know youmust be getting excited about VMworld 2014, because we are too! Leading up to VMworld 2014, we want to encourage all VMworld attendees and enthusiasts, both past and present, to join us for our next #cloudtalk and share your must-see sessions and events that you&#rsquo;re looking forward to at VMworld this year. For […]]>

We know youmust be getting excited about VMworld 2014, because we are too! Leading up to VMworld 2014, we want to encourage all VMworld attendees and enthusiasts, both past and present, to join us for our next #cloudtalk and share your must-see sessions and events that you&#rsquo;re looking forward to at VMworld this year.

For this month&#rsquo;s #cloudtalk on Tuesday, August 12th from 11am-12pm PT, we want to discuss your 2014 VMworld predictions and field your questions on the must-see events. Co-hosting the chat will be VMworld veterans David Hill, a VMware Technical Marketing Architect for vCloud Hybrid Service, and Barry Coombs, Technical Architect, Blogger and VMware vExpert.

Some of the topics covered during the chat will include:

  • What are your predictions for VMworld 2014?
  • What are you most looking forward to at VMworld?
  • What is your can&#rsquo;t-miss session?
  • What&#rsquo;s your most memorable VMworld memory?

Here&#rsquo;s how to participate in #cloudtalk:

  • Follow the #cloudtalk hashtag (via Twubs.com, Tchat.io, TweetDeck or another Twitter client) and watch the real-time stream.
  • RSVP for #cloudtalk on our Twtvite to see who else will be attending and participating.
  • On August 12th, at 11am, @vCloud will pose some questions using the #cloudtalk hashtag to get the conversation rolling.
  • Tag your tweets with the #cloudtalk hashtag to join the conversation. @reply other participants and react to their questions, comments, thoughts via #cloudtalk. Engage!
  • This #cloudtalk will last about 60 minutes.

In the meantime, feel free to tweet us @vCloud for more information. Remember, this is your chance to be heard – join us on Tuesday, August 12th for #cloudtalk!