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Build Tomorrow's Agile Marketing Organization Today

2014-28-May-Agility-Bull.jpgThis will probably be the 47th article you read today that tells you how marketers need to learn to adapt -- that consumers have too many choices, too little attention and no patience for a poor experience. Let me remind you that the world is changing, rapidly. You can change with it or be left behind.

We've explored how to address uncertainty in many areas of business. Agile methodologies have done a great deal to help software development teams adapt to inevitable uncertainty. Lean manufacturing has transformed how we create physical goods.

Innovative organizations are beginning to understand how applying those philosophies to marketing can produce similar outcomes.

Six Sigma Letting You Down? Rediscover Concurrent Engineering

If all (or even most) systems projects went well, we wouldn't need to talk about this subject …. But they don’t, and those failures compromise the progress and integrity of the information world.

The selection and application of formal methodologies is an important ingredient in the success or failure of most projects. In today’s automation project world, choosing the right project methodology sometimes seems as important as the project itself. Choose the right methodology from among the top contenders -- Six SigmaAgileLean and SDLC -- and, we are told, you are on the road to success. Choose poorly and you are alone on the windswept plain of project failure or mediocrity at best.

OpenText Unveils New Process Management Suite

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Two things really stand out about OpenText’s Process Suite. The first is that it reduces deployment times for business process management (BPM) and case automation technology to as little as three months from 18 months. Secondly, it continues the ongoing roll-out of OpenText’s Project Red Oxygen.

The new Process Suite, which has just been made available, provides organizations with a way of simplifying the building of new processes around business-critical applications like enterprise content management or customer engagement software.

Microsoft Abandons Controversial Employee Review System

Microsoft is abandoning its controversial stack ranking employee review and compensation system, which encourages workers to compete rather than work collaboratively. The move comes just months before Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to retire.

If you were cynical, you might think the review system and Ballmer's imminent departure are related. Is Ballmer unwilling to review his controversial 13-year tenure at the helm? Maybe, but it is probably pushing the analysis of this change a little too far.

Microsoft Shareholders Target Gates, But He's Not The Problem

bill gates, microsoftIn July, CEO Steve Ballmer announced a major restructuring plan. In August, Ballmer announced he would be stepping down within a year. And now today there are reports that three of the big shareholders in Microsoft want founder and Chairman, Bill Gates, out.

Microsoft Restructured: One CEO To Rule Them All - Windows, Cloud, Mobile, Business

 If you’re not a fan of centralized decision making overseen by a single CEO then the restructuring plan that Microsoft announced yesterday probably won’t impress you. However, IT and business analysts have cautiously welcomed the move, even if many are unsure how Steve Ballmer is going to put everything he plans in place.

Microsoft Restructuring: No Obvious Bloodstains, But Will It Be More Agile?

Microsoft RestructuringIt's leaner, it's meaner and, undoubtedly, Steve Ballmer is hoping that Microsoft will become a real killing machine. Not that we should expect blood on the production floors at Redmond -- at least not immediately. The killings Ballmer is looking for right now are in sales. Lots and lots of sales, and across all product lines.

Achieving Self-Organized Teams Using Disturbance Strategy

One of the 12 principles of the Agile manifesto states that “The best architectures, requirements and designs emerge from self organizing teams.” But how do you encourage these teams to form and how do you ensure they are sustainable?

DevOps is Coming and It's About Damn Time!

We have all felt the pain of the schism. In corporate America, it is everywhere. You go to a meeting, it is there. In the offices when the doors are closed, it is there. Even in the cafeteria and in the elevator it is there. The pain of schism between the business is so palpable and so wide spread it has spawned a manifesto and a movement. Oops -- I misspoke! It has spawned two manifestos and two movements.

Webinar Redux - Optimizing Mobile Customer Experience with Responsive Design

Site managers and marketers everywhere are challenged by the tidal wave of mobile devices currently in circulation.

How do you deliver consistent, high quality digital experiences across desktop and mobile channels? This article recaps our recent Mobile Customer Experience webinar and includes a full video recording of the event. Dive on in.

Forrester: Taming Business Processes for Better Customer Experience Management

It has been clear for some time that the market for software applications has been changing. "Agile" has become a buzz word in the apps world, with everyone talking about it, a few delivering and many more depending on their tried and tested on-premises apps.

IBM Adds Two Companies, Expands Analytics Reach, Builds Mobile Software Portfolio

ibm_logo_2010.jpg IBM is spending like there’s no tomorrow. Two more companies have just landed in its net, both of which will grow its analytics business on one hand – particularly its Smart Commerce drive – and on the other hand its mobile communications strategy.

Telerik Upgrades TeamPulse, Announces Training

Telerik Upgrades TeamPulse, Announces Training With "waterfall" crawling toward an assisted living home for cast-off project management methodologies, Telerik continues to back its bet on the latest SDLC sweetheart -- Agile.

Web Development Methodologies: Agile vs Waterfall

Agile development is known for being cheaper, faster, and quicker to respond to changing market demands, as compared to the slower but steady, sequential process of the waterfall method. And while Agile may be more suitable for projects that are amenable to its speed and quick reaction time, traditional waterfall industries are starting to see the value of using this methodology.

Hyland Software Releases Agile OnBase v11 With Easier Collaboration, More Mobility

Hyland Software Releases Agile OnBase v11 With Easier Collaboration, More Mobility When Hyland (news, site) released v10 of OnBase last December, it focused on case management. With this week’s release of v 11.0, it has changed the focus to mobile enterprise content management, and agility -- agility, that is, as we understand it to be responsiveness to changing business environments.

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