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EntCIO Decisions Agile v5

EntCIO Decisions Agile v5

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ENTERPRISE CIO DECISIONS DECEmbER 2011
 
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EterprieCIO
Decisions
december 2011 volume 11
Guiding technology decision makers in the enterprise
 
ENTERPRISE CIO DECISIONS DECEmbER 2011
 
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to’ ltt
When you think
of subjects that areworthy of their own manifesto, proj-
ect anageent (Pm) likely wouldnot e at the top of the list. mani
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festos are reserved for revolutionary,history-altering concepts, like co
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unis and, in the technology world,open source. Project anageent is,well, dull y coparison.but as we all know, project an
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ageent is aout how things reallyget done. For years, that eant fol
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lowing traditional Pm ethods, whichcan e rigid and tightly controlled.Nontraditional, aka Agile, ethods,have turned that odel on its head.In its own way, Agile, which has eenaround since the 1990s, has revolu
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tionized Pm, and hence got its naein 2001 with the
 Agile Manifesto
.In this edition of the
Enterprise CIODecisions Ezine
, SearchCIO.co looksat the ipact Agile is having on Pmwithin IT departents and eyond.SearchCIO.co contriutor NielNickolaisencan speak rsthandaout oth sides of the Agile divide,efore and after. He points out thatthe aws of traditional Pm ethodsare uniquely addressed y the advan
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tages of Agile ethods: Stakeholderscan see projects as they develop andgive iediate feedack without go
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ing through a lengthy change process.Agile has ecae a “revolution” atGeneral Electric, leading GE execu
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tives to ask, “Why can’t we introduceAgile across the entire copany?”
ports SearchCIO.co News DirectorChristina Torode. Agile is a results-driven technique, which points outaws quickly rather than at the end ofa project. “If anything failed, it failedwithin inutes, versus nding outin hours or days,” said Paul Rogers,executive anager of GE’s SoftwareSolutions Group.Agile expert Joseph Flahiffalso out
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lines est practices and what aspectsof scope, udget and schedule affecthow you can ipleent Agile ethods.In a world where the pace ofchange is increasing rapidly, Ag
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ile akes a lot of sense. CIOs cane leaders within corporations yspreading the gospel of the revolu
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tionary ethods, and reathe life intoinnovation not only in IT, ut acrossthe enterprise as well.
Sc Prs
Editorial Director CIO/IT Strategy Media
 
spetersen@techtarget
.co
Agility WhereIt Matter Mot
 
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ENTERPRISE CIO DECISIONS DECEmbER 2011
 
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,    oo tchology mg
ON THE JOB
Agile BI a Workin Progress
Petabyte
 
data warehouse? Check!Scalale to thousands of users?Check! Every usiness intelligence(bI) feature iaginale? Check!Agile bI?“One thing we do not yet know howto do well is agility,” acknowledgedboris Evelson, a principal analyst atCaridge, mass.-ased ForresterResearch Inc. Evelson has een cov
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ering bI for soe 30 years, and hasseen scalale, powerful, stale bIecoe a reality at copanies withenough oney and know-how. “Idon’t want to say it is a coodity,ut we know how to do that.”On the other hand,
 
Agile usi
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ness intelligence—the aility to reactfaster to the ever-increasing speed ofusiness change—reains “challengeNo. 1,” Evelson said.
One of the reasons it remains
elusive for ost CIOs, Evelson said,is that bI software is different froalost any other enterprise appli
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cation. With ERP or custoer rela
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tionship anageent, for exaple,once the requireents are denedand the software either procured ordeveloped in-house, IT can expect ashelf life for that software of 12 to 36onths, with inor odications.“With bI, if you do that, when you rollout the rst iteration, it is already toolate. The world changes way too fast,”he said.Given that CIOs can’t do uchaout the pace of change, how dothey get to Agile usiness intelli
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gence? In Evelson’s view, it requiresan Agile software developent eth
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odology—which relies on prototypingrather than specications—and anAgile organizational structure. Notthat either is easy to develop, espe
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cially the organizational structure.CIOs and their bI experts understand
 
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