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The Pride Tax

by Vince Kellen

Those of us who have been in IT long enough have all witnessed it: the pride tax.

What is the pride tax? It is the amount of money organizations overpay for bad technology decisions. The pride tax takes many forms: runaway enterprise systems projects that persist because leaders don’t want to admit mistakes, choosing wrong vendors based on personal or short-sighted reasons, getting too attached to a set of tools or architectures then defending them at all costs, or even making strategic errors based on unquestioned acceptance of (so-called) best practices or the status quo.

Executive Update

Business Capabilities in Business/IT Alignment and Cultivating the Value of EA, Part III

by Brian Cameron

Here in Part III of this three-part Executive Update series, we investigate current techniques and best practices for managing IT project portfolios and strive to create a solid bridge between corporate strategy and IT investments. ITPM is one of the critical tools available to an EA practice to better ensure IT alignment with business strategy.

Executive Update

A Hybrid Approach to Decision Making

by Sachin Mahajan

This Executive Update explores the mechanics behind various decision-making models and examines the boundaries and use cases for each. It discusses the qualitative value that experience or intuition can add to data-driven quantitative analysis, thereby providing the best approach to decision making. It is an attempt to ­understand the science of the art of decision making.


Three Waves of Wearables

by Rob Gleasure, by Jeremy Hayes

When we talk about wearables, most of us have one or two specific devices in mind that we use to add tangibility to our thinking. Yet the examples that occur to us most readily are typically those that require the least effort, rather than those that lend themselves to thorough consideration.


Industry/Domain-Specific IOT Solutions and Commercial Applications

by Curt Hall

Industry/domain-specific IoT solutions are typically built on the provider’s IoT platform, implementing frameworks and expertise designed to support popular IoT and Industrial Internet use cases. This Advisor provides some examples of what is available on the market.


Digital Transformation & Innovation Bootcamp

Cutter’s Digital Transformation Bootcamp is designed to get a team thinking analytically and strategically about how its industry is changing. The Bootcamp immerses an executive team in the challenges and opportunities digital transformation presents so that they can walk away with new ideas and strategies that have been vetted by other smart business leaders.


Mrs. O’Leary’s Digital Cow

by Robert Charette

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 served as a wake-up call not only to Chicago, but to other cities throughout the United States that they needed to do much more to manage their fire risks. This Advisor asserts that as we move into an era of truly hyperconnected, ubiquitous, cyberphysical systems, there could be huge consequences if these systems fail either accidentally or through deliberate actions, and that now, more than ever, there is a need for robust, reliable, and secure approaches across the lifecycle.


Innovation is a Reality for All Industries, Including Insurance

by Rashmi Melgiri

This article asserts that much like publishers, insurance companies will need to build digital solutions to serve a new generation of customers who demand it. Whether it's accomplished by building in-house teams to address the changing market, or by partnering with startups to cut through internal politics and move faster toward a digital solution, the shift towards a future where things are easier for customer, carrier, and broker is quickly becoming reality.