Stephen Watts

Stephen Watts

Stephen is a web strategist based in Birmingham, AL. Stephen began working at BMC in 2012, and is a contributor to CIO, IT Chronicles, itsm.tools, Search Engine Journal, CompTIA blog, and other publications.

Top 13 Podcasts for Tech/IT Professionals

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As an IT professional, it is vital to stay on top of trends that keep your skills fresh and relevant. In recent blog posts we’ve covered the best books on digital transformation and top IT conferences to attend. Beyond books and conferences, podcasts are a great way to learn because they offer the opportunity to stay up-to-date with the … [Read more...]

What is TOGAF? The Beginner’s Guide to TOGAF

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In a long line of enterprise architecture frameworks, TOGAF® is not the first and it’s unlikely to be the last. But it is one that’s endured for nearly two decades, with worldwide usage – an impressive feat in today’s technology landscape. TOGAF is the acronym for The Open Group Architecture Framework and it was developed by The Open Group, a … [Read more...]

What is Stream Processing? Event Stream Processing Explained

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As we continue to rely more and more on data that is generated from our phones, tablets, thermostats, and even cars, the need for it to be analyzed while still streaming only increases. One way that Internet of Things data can be evaluated while it is in motion is with event stream processing. For those in the IT community who utilize event stream … [Read more...]

What is Software License Management? SLM Explained

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Overall IT spending is on the rise and much of that is due to the #1 spending growth category: Software. IT spending on software grew by 8.6% in 2017 and is expected to continue leading IT spend growth in 2018 per recent Gartner reports. Researchers have found that the average cost of unused software within companies comes to about $259 per … [Read more...]

What is Bimodal IT? The State of Bimodal IT in 2018

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In the 21st century, IT has pivoted significantly. Where it used to be one part of a successful business, IT is often both the backbone and the product of a successful business. With this significant shift, companies began to realize that not all functions of IT can be managed the same way, yet they remained unsure how to handle this divide. In … [Read more...]

IT Operating Models: 4 Examples for Digital Enterprises

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Now more than ever, CIOs must revisit their operating models and look for ways to improve IT’s impact on the enterprise organization whether through full IT integration, partial integration, vendor collaboration or a stronger focus on quality and speed. Universal Drivers of Change in IT Operations CIOs today face new operational challenges as the … [Read more...]

Top 19 Programming & Software Dev Conferences of 2018

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Last updated: 3/5/2018 Staying up-to-date with the latest developments is vital in any technology field, but especially when it comes to software and programming. There is no better way to learn the newest emerging trends than by attending a conference, where you can meet other like-minded peers and watch the creative sparks fly. Developers … [Read more...]

What is Serverless Computing? Serverless Computing Explained

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If you are looking for new ways to deploy applications faster and more frequently, then it’s time to consider serverless computing. Serverless computing allows developers to build apps without the headache of managing infrastructure. More specially, it allows them to write in serverless code without having to: Provision a server Ensure … [Read more...]