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By Johna Till Johnson
On Mar 25, 2014

Putting Wearables To Work in the Enterprise

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

As my colleague, Nemertes Research Analyst John Arkontaky, recently wrote, enterprises are beginning to tiptoe into the world of wearables. Although a vanishingly small percentage of IT organizations supported wearables in 2013, early indications are that this percentage has grown dramatically in 2014.

By Johna Till Johnson
On Feb 25, 2014

Security: Business Inhibitor or Business Enabler?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Can the right security posture actually enable business, rather than impeding it? Most folks would say no. Information security has long established itself as a barrier to productivity—how often have you heard employees complain they can’t do something “because of security”? In fact, among my clients we joke that security is the “Dr. No” of the organization

By Johna Till Johnson
On Feb 05, 2014

Turning Trust Into Value: Enabling Innovation

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Last post, I wrote about the need for IT to become an “enterprise trusted advisor”—that is, to move up the trust spectrum with business, so that business leaders consult IT leaders as part of setting strategy. That said, becoming a trusted advisor isn’t a necessary goal in and of itself. Sure, it feels great to have the higher-ups consult your opinion on matters strategic—but does it really add value to the business, or to your role as an IT professional? Yes, and uniquely so. What do I mean by that?

By Johna Till Johnson
On Jan 22, 2014

Innovation, IT and the Enterprise Trusted Advisor

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ask any IT professional if he or she is considered a “trusted advisor”, and you’ll get an interesting reaction. Almost never is it a straightforward yes or no—more typically it’s a long pause, and then “weeeeeelllll……..”

Part of the challenge lies in defining what, exactly, comprises a trusted advisor. Nemertes classifies providers—including IT departments, whose “customers” are typically the lines of business—into three main groups:

By Johna Till Johnson
On Oct 25, 2012

Five Reasons Not To Neglect The Coming Data Avalanche

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tempted to dismiss “big data” as industry hype? Bad idea.

Nemertes has conducted in-depth primary research with 220 individuals at 200 organizations in 2012 to understand, among other things, the impact of big data. We asked about big data drivers, technologies, and challenges, and the types of organizational structures that work well (and not so well) in big data initiatives.

The upshot? There are plenty of reasons to take big data seriously. Here are five:

By Johna Till Johnson
On Oct 23, 2012

Move From Big-Data to Big Information

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Our insightful editor, James Connolly, recently posted a blog about big-data applications, Big-Data Apps Open the Door for Opportunity. (Hey James, if I call you charming and handsome as well as insightful, do I get a raise?)

In all seriousness, though, James is spot on with the notion that big-data applications already surround us, and big-data is beginning to change our lives. Yet many folk are dismissive of the very concept. Common reactions I hear are, "That's all just a bunch of hype drummed up by vendors to sell more stuff," and "Big-data? We’ve been doing that for years."

By Johna Till Johnson
On Jun 22, 2012

The User Experience: Keep the Magic In Mind

Friday, June 22, 2012

One of my favorite quotes at the recent Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston was from Art King, the global infrastructure manager at Nike (the footwear and equipment company) who was talking about how IT teams need to step up when it comes to creating collaborative, social, and mobile applications. 

The goal, Art said, was to create a “magical user experience”.

By Johna Till Johnson
On Mar 16, 2012

IT, ET and the Higher Standard

Friday, March 16, 2012

By Johna Till Johnson, President & Founder, Nemertes Research

I work out at a CrossFit gym. If you haven’t heard of it, CrossFit is about developing “elite fitness”—the ability to be strong, flexible, and powerful across a range of activities.

By Johna Till Johnson
On Mar 13, 2012

What Is a Telco?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

By Johna Till Johnson, President & Founder, Nemertes Research

It was a watershed moment.

A half-dozen of us analysts were packed together in an SUV heading to dinner at the analyst day of a company that, while not a household name, was certainly well-established in its field. We were in a shuttle offered by the hotel, chattering animatedly about the event.

After a few minutes, the driver asked what should have been an easy question: "So, what does (company X) do?"

Dead silence.

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