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Peter Parker | October 11, 2017

Guide to Selecting Languages and Platforms

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Introduction For a software engineering team, choosing a programming language and its associated tools, apps and open source projects is a momentous decision.  A good decision can make your development more agile, accelerate your progress, and expand your technical capability, while a bad decision can lock you into a money-draining technological dead end. Here are […]

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David Brian Ward | October 4, 2017

8 Do’s and Don’t of Agile Contracts

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Who would want to admit that they are not agile?  Not startup CEOs, nor corporate CEOs. In the rush to total digitization, everything from corporate strategy to food service contracts is now expected to be “agile”, able to respond rapidly to customers and disruptive competitors alike. While much is made of why agile practices are […]

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Peter Parker | September 15, 2017

4 Steps to Cloud Security on a Startup Budget

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Today’s startups increasingly rely on the cloud for their tech infrastructure and thus an IT and cloud security environment that differs significantly from traditional managed servers and network firewalls. Public cloud adoption will grow 18 percent this year alone, increasing from a global value of $209.2 billion last year to $246.8 billion by the end of […]

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Peter Parker | August 21, 2017

Lean Startups and Business Data Quality

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Lean practices mean non-functional requirements like business data quality, information security, and test automation get relatively little attention at first. Firms employing lean focus on what’s most important to customers today and de-emphasize planning and documentation. Challenges surface when growth and survival says those technical debts have to be repaid – and often repaid fast. […]

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David Brian Ward | June 1, 2017

Fintech: Is the Bubble Deflating?

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The head of innovation at Wells Fargo, Steve Ellis, is sort-of quoted here as saying “fintech sector could see a dot-com-style shakeout similar to what occurred in 2000”.   Telegraph Hill has a lot of experience within Fintech, here is my take: Hype vs Real Finance There’s a lot of confusion about Fintech business models driven by the […]

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David Brian Ward | May 30, 2017

Minimal Viable Information Security

Information Security Start-up Security Risk Management

Technology startups are different from going concerns, not least of which is their approach to information security risk. Here are my observations on how cyber risk management evolves in a startup, along with a caveat emptor to potential customers of startups. Risk Management for Dummies Risk management is a discipline practiced only by firms that […]

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David Brian Ward | March 28, 2017

Human Capital Trends by Deloitte

Equating your human workforce with “capital” is only slightly less demeaning than referring to them as “meat”.  Still, this report by Deloitte deserves some attention:  https://dupress.deloitte.com/dup-us-en/focus/human-capital-trends.html.  Here’s my summary: TREND 1. THE ORGANIZATION OF THE FUTURE: ARRIVING NOW Like most consultancies, Deloitte pushes the self-serving idea that digital transformation makes old forms of organization obsolete, so most companies […]

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David Brian Ward | February 15, 2017

Cyber Security, John Donne and IOT

Here’s my summary of a cyber security essay by Bruce Schneier, a premier thought leader on security for public consumption.  As a former English major, I’m using a meditation from John Donne as our guide: “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If […]

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David Brian Ward | February 2, 2017

Business-first Cyber Security

Staffed by elite cyber security experts, Telegraph Hill Software offers an approach similar to that described here by McKinsey.  But we packaged our security consulting for remote delivery to firms throughout the United States that cannot afford McKinsey: Start with the business plans across the whole enterprise to provide context for critical cyber risks. Determine which information assets are […]

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David Brian Ward | November 15, 2016

IoT Hygiene

Another thoughtful post by Schneier on the recent DDOS attack that caused extensive Internet outages.  The attack made use of consumer IoT devices to attack a DNS service provider named Dyn who, it is believed, helped the authorities arrest two hackers-for-hire. The problem is that these IoT devices are unsecure and likely to remain that […]

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David Brian Ward | November 14, 2016

AI War for Talent

An actual practitioner echoes some points we made here in this HBR article.  There’s a war for such talent because applying AI and making money is not trivial.  A good quick read.

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David Brian Ward | November 7, 2016

Siri, Will AI Make me a better Manager?

This new HBR article suggests that managers will increasingly rely on AI in the future. Here’s my take: Leave Administration to AI The authors point to tasks like giving staff scheduling to “AI”.  But that’s more like an app within an ERP system than AI per se, and in retail it’s a full-blown existing app. […]

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