5 Reasons for a Process Driven Approach to IAM Projects

Many technicians do not like it, since it requires communication, discussion and limits the options to play around. But there are good reasons for taking a process driven approach to IAM projects. A process driven approach ensures to … Read More

Yes we are Open – Cybersecurity and the Future of Retail

Authors: Alexander Schellong, Jens Michael Marohn, Wolfgang Kiener

According to a recent survey conducted by Forrester, an independent research firm, 97% of respondents prioritize digital innovation and Cybersecurity in 2015. In a way this comes at no surprise to the readership of this blog as the spike of cyber incidents at major retailers in 2014 and 2015 showed that they are open for customers and cybercriminals at the same time. Stationary and online retailers are a sweet spot for the latter as billions of customer transactions including payment details are processed or stored in a retailer’s systems. Data is the new gold. Read More

A Cool Business App or a Flop – The Right Decisions for a Successful Mobile App

Many of our customers complain about the fact that there are a lot of ideas for mobile applications in the company, but that they are only successfully implemented in the rarest of cases, if at all.  Why is that? Read More

The European Refugee and Asylum Crisis As a Management Problem – Food for Thought: Managed Offsite Processing & Support Centers

The issue

Germany and many other European/EU-Schengen area states at all governmental levels are overwhelmed and strained by the continuous uncontrolled influx of refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, other African countries and the Balkan states via the Mediterranean sea or Balkan route. Around 4 million Syrian’s have fled their homeland in 2014 alone while another 8 million are considered displaced. Germany’s interior minister has announced the country expects around 800,000 refugees and asylum seekers. The latter care little or know about the Dublin III convention and will ultimately find a way to travel to their preferred country within the EU such as Germany, Sweden or the UK. Moreover, individuals such as a refugee from Syria can generally only apply for asylum in person in the respective European country.

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Paths of Agile Adoption and Middle Management’s Role

Agile has definitely crossed the so called “chasm of adoption” on the life cycle adoption curve and is becoming a mainstream work practice not just in IT but as well in other areas of organisations and even sometimes in private endeavors of employees. While smaller companies and start-ups have been early adopters of agile, now medium to large IT organisations have to find a systematic approach on how to integrate agile work practices into their operations without major interruptions, since internal and external customers start to expect the level of flexibility and involvement that comes with agile. Since moving to agile work practices is a paradigm change in terms or organizing and managing work, it is not a simple and straight forward task to get it right and not cause major disruption on the ongoing operations. Read More

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