May 23rd, 2018
So far, we’ve published three posts on the scope, challenges and data obligations of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our most recent post focused on how Dell Boomi can help organizations address three of the six high-risk obligations identified by Dell Technologies that are imposed by the GDPR: record keeping, accountability and data retention.
But good “data hygiene” is critical to routine business activities beyond the GDPR.
April 25th, 2018
As we noted in our first post about the European Union’s update to its 1995 Data Protection Directive — the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) — many CIOs in the United States are expecting to spend a million dollars or more to comply with GDPR. 
It’s hard to quibble with that kind of money, but millions of dollars won’t be enough — unless they’re spent wisely. And that means CIOs need a plan.
April 12th, 2018
The European Union (EU) Data Protection Directive was passed in 1995. However, it didn’t foresee all the changes that would happen because of the evolution of digital technology. As a result, an update was needed. And now it will be shortly. The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on May 25, 2018.
Though certainly not a fix for every aspect of the GDPR, data and application integration can play an important role in how organizations respond to GDPR requirements.
March 28th, 2018
The hyper-competitive financial services market is continually evolving. Tweaks made to services today have the power to attract swathes of customers tomorrow.
Now new Open Banking initiatives and regulations are ushering in something of a banking renaissance. Driven by legislation out of Europe, Open Banking aims to force financial institutions to open up their proprietary hold over consumer’s accounts. This means customer spending insights will be available not just to traditional payment services but also telcos, retailers, utilities and more.
February 21st, 2018
Across the globe extreme weather events and natural disasters routinely bring disruption, chaos and economic hardship to communities and businesses.
For example, in New Zealand where my IT consultancy Adaptiv Integration is headquartered, hard-working teams in the utility and local and central government sectors face constant pressure to respond 24x7x365 to the impact of natural and man-made events. And not always successfully.
Natural catastrophe and extreme weather events have topped the list of perceived risks to New Zealand in the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks report for 2018.
February 16th, 2018
As cloud technology and business practices evolve, it is important to capture the strategies that are working for chief information officers. To do this, I reached out to the followers of #CIOChat that I host on Twitter. I asked CIOs for their current thinking on public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud. We discussed how organizations can best take advantage of this fundamental technology shift. Hopefully, their insights prove valuable to you.
The State of Cloud Strategy
Most CIOs say they are currently carrying out a mixed cloud strategy and that the cloud-first approach is a relatively new development.
December 5th, 2017
Today Boomi announced the availability of the Fall 2017 release for Boomi, the industry’s leading low-code, native-cloud integration platform. With Boomi teams can quickly and easily integrate virtually any of their applications, helping bring together their increasingly complex cloud and on-premise IT environments. Boomi integration helps companies work smarter, faster and better.
This latest Boomi product release showcases more than 100 new and enhanced capabilities made generally available to Boomi customers in the second half of this year, including many features that were requested by Boomi customers.
July 20th, 2017
Chief information officers need to dramatically change their thinking, according to a recent article in The McKinsey Quarterly.
The article advises that IT organizations need to let go of neat and tidy thinking. Instead, they should build — even cobble together — business services quickly, lest they be outpaced and out-engineered by competitors. Homogeneous architectures should become heterogeneous. Instead of implementing business services through internally selected and controlled software hierarchies, enterprises should open their IT infrastructure through APIs while rapidly assembling best-in-class service combining features from both internal and external sources
The point of all this change?
July 19th, 2017
At a recent banking roundtable hosted in London, participants were presented with two questions:
- Do you agree that in just three years from now, every new core banking system that goes live will do so in the cloud?
- And do you agree that any new bank starting now would be mad to go any other way than the cloud?
The answer to both questions — from participants ranging from executives at established banks to founders of banking start-ups — was “yes.”
Banking Is Moving to the Cloud
To appreciate how startling this answer is, remember that, at least in the United States, most core banking systems — the systems that run the daily operations of a bank — are legacy on-premise software systems.
June 26th, 2017
The past two years have seen record-breaking merger and acquisition activity globally. Total M&A value in 2015 soared to an all-time high of $4.5 trillion, according to Thomson Reuters. In 2016 M&A activity covered 46,000 deals, accounting for the third highest annual transaction value in history. And the outlook for 2017 remains robust.
In Australia, for example, M&A deals in the fourth quarter of 2016 soared 47 percent compared with the prior year.