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Overview of the most popular Methodologies & frameworks for IT Service Management (ITSM)

Overview of the most popular Methodologies & frameworks for IT Service Management (ITSM)
The importance of IT service management cannot be exaggerated. If done well, it can help IT enable business growth. If mismanaged, it can turn IT into a budget and performance nightmare. This is where delivery, and not development, is the focus. As in life, so in management, there is no ‘golden rule’. There are several guidelines that have evolved over the years and address different business requirements. Let’s take a look at the popular ones.  IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL): ITIL is the most widely recognized approach to IT services globally. Built and refined over 25 years, it is a winner because it addresses specific and unique business needs across a wide range of industries. Trusted by the likes of Microsoft, Disney, Boeing etc., it enables businesses to prioritize tasks by revealing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of various aspects. IT investments get streamlined, consensus is gained, and productivity increased. Advantages...
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5 benefits of incorporating DevOps with your Business Intelligence strategy

5 benefits of incorporating DevOps with your Business Intelligence strategy
Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash DevOps is one of the biggest new trends, while BI continues to be in demand. Can we get them to play well with each other? It is true that DevOps is more common to the Big Data environment. Both are fairly recent innovations (at least in relevance to the concept of technology). Big Data, by definition, has enormous volume and movement of live data passing through. The DevOps approach attempts to keep production relevant by bridging the gap between development and operations. Business Intelligence, in contrast, deals with batches of data. The success of a BI implementation can only be measured by the extent of its adoption across the enterprise; the depth to which it is being used by the employees; and the improvement it brings in business decisions. Both – Big Data Analytics and Business Intelligence – depend on one organizational trait that defines their output quality. It...
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Power BI vs Tableau for BI Data Visualization

Power BI vs Tableau for BI Data Visualization
A Business Intelligence (BI) tool is a must for any businesses keen on making data driven decisions. If you are struggling to decide on a BI tool, you will not be short on choices. After all, the market is flooded with self-service BI tools such as Cognos, SAS, Oracle, Microstrategy, IBM, ThoughtSpot, and Qlik to name a few. The latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for BI tools simplifies the decision by pruning the list of contenders to just two – Tableau and Microsoft’s Power BI. While Microsoft’s Power BI fares better in completeness of vision, Tableau scores slightly on overall ability to execute. The competition is close. Making a decision can still be tricky! Let me help you out by advocating Microsoft Power BI over Tableau. While, yes, Tableau is perceived as the ‘the modern BI market leader’ still a bit ahead of Power BI in overall execution, but in my honest...
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4 tips to help with Agile implementation in the enterprise

4 tips to help with Agile implementation in the enterprise
While the implementation of Agile processes isn’t simple or straightforward for any organization, the success rate decreases with increase in complexities. Understandably, large enterprises are at the far end of this complexity curve. Multiplicity of business units and their teams across locations dealing with numerous products and services using the waterfall approach leads to intense resistance to the transition to Agile. However, that doesn’t imply that Agile isn’t meant for enterprises. It simply means that a ‘cookie cutter’ approach to adopting Agile doesn't exist. The Agile implementation plan must consider the complexities involved. In this post, I’m going to share with you four tips to help you increase your organization’s success with Agile implementation. However, to use those tips, you’ll need to buy-in to the concept of Agile. Here’s why you should.  Your business needs Zen. Agile is Zen. The Agile methodology is intuitively suited for delivering results in today’s rapidly...
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5 Lesser-Known Cross-Platform Mobile Solutions That Don’t Use JavaScript

5 Lesser-Known Cross-Platform Mobile Solutions That Don’t Use JavaScript
Over the past several years a staggering amount of new mobile frameworks have been released. Most frameworks were initially based on the standard JavaScript/HTML/CSS stack to allow for flexibility for leveraging existing web technologies and talent from in-house web developers. Two commonly used frameworks based off of this stack are PhoneGap and Ionic. Recently though, a wide variety of new frameworks involving other languages and stacks have begun cropping up. I previously discussed one example, Xamarin, in another post and wanted to take the time to show off a couple more mobile development options. These options use other languages besides JavaScript to rely on their functionality which can open doors when it comes to finding the right technical stack for your new application. RubyMotion As its name implies, RubyMotion is based on the Ruby programming language. In addition to the benefit of allowing Ruby to be used in your mobile application’s...
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