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Jackie Kahle

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While Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are very widely adopted, far fewer companies have implemented a comprehensive enterprise mobility strategy. When there isn't a consistent governance policy in place, the approach to mobility tends to become fragmented and siloed, with each department executing on its own strategy. Without a high-level, enterprise view of mobility and the governance policy to support it, mobility management will be supported by a series of redundant and fragmented point solutions, which can be quite costly. Worse still, failure to implement an end-to-end strategy leads to increased risk and sub-optimal service from lack of coordination. As the mobility phenomenon matures over time, companies are increasingly looking at mobility from a much higher level. Forget about devices. Forget about applications. What matters is the whole end-to-end ex... (more)

How the IT Team became the A-Team By @JackieKahle | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Gone are the days when IT was seen as unimportant or unchanging. IT is no longer only about supporting employees—it integral to businesses. CEOs have taken note of the fact that customers are more likely to interact with your brand through an app than a person, and companies are trying to reposition themselves in the new application economy. That allows IT departments to be more innovative and flex their creative muscles. Application economy leaders and laggards Now, IT is no longer a just a cost center, but a strategic weapon.  A recent survey of 1,425 IT and business leaders con... (more)

One Simple Step Can Make Your APIs More Secure

APIs - application programming interfaces -- are an old technology that has become today's hottest method for getting critical data to mobile apps. APIs are good for business. APIs drove $2 billion in business for Expedia by securely exposing valuable content to its affiliate network. But there are hidden dangers to using APIs. APIs share many of the same threats that plague the web, but APIs have unique risk profile that must be managed. It is a mistake to think we can secure APIs the same way we secure the web. But there are some really simple things that anyone implementing a... (more)

Seven Changes Driving the Future of IT

Today's IT leaders must feel like they are living in a mash-up of two songs -"The Times They Are a-Changin" and "We've Only Just Begun." The question isn't whether the role of IT is changing, it is what you as an IT leader need to do to get ahead of the change. A recent global survey commissioned by CA Technologies and conducted by Vanson Bourne illustrates how radically the role of IT is changing in today's business -- and not always to the benefit of IT leaders and staffers. The survey of 1,300 senior IT leaders from large organizations in 21 countries explored the IT departmen... (more)

How Risky Are Your APIs?

Andi Mann from CA Technologies recently pointed out that, at every turn, customers are interacting more and more with businesses through applications. "Think of real estate businesses like Trulia, Zillow and Realtor.com," he wrote in Wired's Innovation Insights. "Or think about restaurants. It used to be that we'd call a restaurant to make a reservation, or even drop in and make a reservation. Now it's all on-line, through OpenTable, or Foursquare." This is the emergence of the Application Economy, where the application becomes the primary point of contact between the business an... (more)