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Current Issue: November 2013, Vol. 26, No. 11
by Scott W. Ambler, Guest Editor
This issue of Cutter IT Journal is a follow-up to June 2013's "Disciplined Agile Delivery in the Enterprise" issue. That edition of the journal covered strategies for bringing greater discipline to Agile software delivery teams, while this one focuses on how to scale disciplined Agile approaches. The term "scaling Agile" has at least two distinct definitions, both of which make complete sense. One vision focuses on adopting Agile techniques across an entire IT organization and ultimately instilling Agile behavior in the enterprise as a whole. The second vision focuses on how to apply Agile techniques in complex situations, in geographically distributed teams, or in regulatory regimes. Some people mistakenly believe these situations are outside the purview of Agile, but that's clearly not true in practice. In this issue, we explore these visions and show that both are key aspects to truly scaling Agile.
by Manjunath Paramashivaiah
The ability to analyze data in real time has enormous potential in significantly impacting business performance at both the departmental and strategic levels. Internal data sets spanning across multiple departments often hold massive amounts of valuable data. These data sets, coupled with carefully selected real-time digital data streams (DDS), are increasingly becoming critical in data-based decision making by departmental managers as well as strategic-level stakeholders. Until now, getting access to these data sets was very expensive and correlating them was complicated and time-consuming. In past years, real-time data processing was limited to real-time economic data processing, financial analysis, time-series analysis, and so forth. Recently, however, there has been a shift in this paradigm.