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James McGovern
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I have many friends who are industry analysts that provide coverage on topics of interest to large enterprises and have come to learn that clients of analyst firms often aren't getting the full value for their spend especially when it comes to leveraging them for their expertise in creating shortlists.Below are five observations I continue to see:1. Choosing analysts that have never walked in your shoes: Analysts come from a variety of background...
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I always scratch my head upon learning that IT executives that do business with the likes of HP, IBM, CA, Xerox and so on, don't ever manage to fully leverage their plethora of experiences and instead seem to place them in mental silos. For example, an enterprise may purchase printers from HP but never seem to think of asking the likes of an HP about insights into running an email infrastructure. After all, what could a 20,000 person firm learn f...
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By now, you have read a variety of new sources asking a question of whether encryption would have been useful in preventing data leakage in the Anthem attack. While there is goodness in them at least trying to understand information security, reality is that they don't understand when the real answer doesn't fit the preplanned talk track. Today's discussion is on why encryption often doesn't matter.One well known principle within the Information ...
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Many people believe that LinkedIn is both the cancer and cure to the recruiting profession. Others believe that LinkedIn will kill the need for recruiters and point to statistics that show an otherwise shrinking profession. Others still believe it is the cure as it allows recruiters to focus on positions that truly require talent and are less commodity in nature.From the candidates perspective, it is easy to conclude that most aren't very good bu...
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Interviewees should not have to persuade the employer to hire them but rather the employer needs to persuade the right applicant to accept the job offer. Sadly, much of the process focus is on the former and not the later...
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Throughout my career, I have had more than my fair share of great mentors. Many of them have come from unlikely places. Most recently, I have gotten a new mentor. She is 15 years younger than me, not in my profession (IT) and even lives in another country. We will be having our first conversation over the weekend where I am anticipating she will ask what do I expect out of the relationship. Today's pulse entry will not seek to answer that particu...
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The breach suffered by Anthem will be news for weeks to come. Both the regulators and media will ask lots of questions, but sadly will skip a few that would be more revealing. Today's article are three questions that should be asked and answered. Was this attack vector already known to Information Security? Lets understand that information security is never allowed to get 100% of what they ask for in terms of either budget or remediation. The cor...
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