Getting Your Priorities Straight: Advice from Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice

Phil Quade, Fortinet’s CISO, led a number of top security executives in an important exercise drawn from national security. The “100 Coins” exercise is a fascinating way to get insight into how business and security leaders view their priorities in cybersecurity. The exercise asks each participant to imagine they have 100 coins and then asks […]

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Commoditizing Cybersecurty: Shannon Lietz on Security Priorities at Intuit

What if’s can be a powerful way for people to understand what is meaningful to them. That’s one of the main reasons I so enjoyed Fortinet’s “100 Coins” exercise about cybersecurity. Taking a page from national security exercises, Fortinet CISO Phil Quade asked a number of top security executive to imagine that they had 100 […]

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The 100 Coins Project: Fortinet’s Phil Quade on How to Design and Optimize a Cybersecurity Portfolio

Summary:  Fortinet and Early Adopter Research have extended Fortinet’s 100 Coins research into designing and optimizing a cybersecurity portfolio. The resulting report captures detailed thinking from three leading CISOs about how to make the difficult decisions and tradeoffs when allocating a fixed amount of money across a portfolio. This article summarizes Fortinet CISO Phil Quade’s […]

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Are Semantics the Undead of Enterprise Tech? They Keep Coming Back to Life

Semantic standards have been with us since the birth of the web, when it became clear to inventors of the web like Tim Berners-Lee and many others that meaning could be systematically captured, organized, and exploited to do valuable tasks. Since then, the idea of applying formal semantics to enterprise data has come and faded […]

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Escape Hatch From Oracle

It is time to gain power in your Oracle relationship. Welcome to the “Escape Hatch from Oracle” home page, which summarizes the ongoing stream of content dedicated to educating the IT world about how best to manage, evolve, and if necessary, escape from a relationship with Oracle. The content is in this research mission is […]

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Escape Hatch from Oracle Research Mission Declaration

For the past few years, as an analyst, blogger, and consultant, I have studied the way that Oracle has licensed its products and conducted audits to ensure compliance. I have worked with companies who help improve negotiating leverage, provide services for supporting and migrating from Oracle products, and talked to many executives who have become […]

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Four Zones of Freedom from Oracle

The Escape Hatch from Oracle research mission is designed to help companies gain power in their negotiations with Oracle. As reported in other Episodes of this Research Mission and in our other writing, Oracle’s unique licensing model is designed to give Oracle the upper hand in negotiations. This article offers a framework to assess your […]

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A Perfect Data Fabric: A Q&A with MapR’s Ted Dunning

On a recent episode of the Early Adopter Research (EAR) Podcast, “Designing Enterprise Platforms,” EAR’s Dan Woods spoke with MapR’s CTO Ted Dunning. Designing Enterprise Platforms is a podcast about the deeper issues involved in creating big victories in enterprise technology. MapR is a company that has been around for most of the Hadoop era […]

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