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Weekly Recap: 10 best practices for legacy modernization, the future of information dashboards, and more…

EducationEvery week, I share the most interesting and useful tech articles that I’ve found over the past week. This week’s top articles focus on data visualization, best practices for updating legacy applications, and more. I hope you find them useful:

IT Shifting from support function to business strategy
Nearly two out of three CIOs and other technology professionals say there’s a “major IT transformation” underway in their organizations, driven largely by broader efforts to deliver added value, enhance business performance and increase security, according to a new survey.

Updating legacy IT systems while mitigating risks: 10 best practices
With so many new application choices now available for both on-premises and cloud distributions, IT folks at all types of enterprises are finding that they need to allocate more time to handle new installations, updates, performance management and security upgrades. Every modernization effort includes a measure of risk. Success with a new or upgraded app depends on careful consideration of each option and process, along with the relative risks and unanticipated costs involved.

A paradigm shift: Designing for mobility
If you are thinking of embracing mobility in your enterprise, then your existing business process orchestration, workflow management and choreography methods are likely proving to be major hurdles. That’s because they need to undergo fundamental changes to adapt to the new world of mobility.

The future of information dashboards
IIA (International Institute for Analytics), an independent research firm focusing on the use of analytics, recently issued its nine analytics predictions for 2014. With more and more businesses realizing the value of data visualization for deriving critical business insights, this will be a huge year for dashboards in the business.