January, 2010

REST vs SOAP, the difference between soap and rest : spf13.com


Someone asked me a question today ?Why Why would anyone choose SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) instead of REST (Representational State Transfer)?? My response: ?The The general rule of thumb I've always heard is

Trend map for 2010 and out to 2050

Trends in the Living Networks

For the last few years Richard Watson of NowandNext has created annual trend maps based on city subway maps. This year he has been more ambitious, creating a highly detailed map with five time zones, ranging from 2010-2015 out to 2035-2050. For the previous three trend maps (shown at the bottom) I collaborated with Richard and we co-branded them with Future Exploration Network, however time pressures this year meant that I haven't directly contributed to the 2010 map.

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Fountainhead: If you think Converged Infrastructure & Fabrics are.


A few weeks ago, I Tweeted about an analyst conversation where it was looking like the market for Fabric Computing / Unified Computing would be growing rapidly in the foreseeable future. Another analyst friend of mine

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How the iPad could be a Game Changer - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Doing some poking around today and this evening on the iPad, and the vibe I'm getting is ho-hum. Gadget enthusiasts are somewhat disappointed on the lack of some features (sd card, camera) but investors are enthused

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Building Evolvable Architectures

Speaker: Dr. Rebecca Parsons, CTO of ThoughtWorks

The software development ecosystem exists in a state of dynamic equilibrium, where any new tool, framework, or technique leads to disruption and the establishment of a new equilibrium. Predictability is impossible when the foundation architects plan against is constantly changing in unexpected ways. It’s no surprise many CIOs and CTOs are struggling to adapt, in part because their architecture isn’t equipped to evolve. This webinar will discuss what’s at stake if companies continue to use long term architecture plans.

Compliance or engagement: Which do you prefer for your kids?

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Like many parents, I always enjoyed taking my sons to their first day of school when they were young. One year in particular stands out. My elder son was just starting the second grade, his second year at this school. As we walked in on the first day of class, it seemed as if a party were going on. Kids were roaming the halls, teachers and staff were talking to each other and the kids, asking how them about their summer and telling them what a great year it was going to be.

Are the consulting firms partly to blame for the fact that only a relatively small minority of companies have adapted their internal culture to the knowledge intensive economy?

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

Last month (Dec 09) I posted this question on Linkedin: Are the consulting firms partly to blame for the fact that only a relatively small minority of companies have adapted their internal culture to the knowledge intensive economy? In so few companies are collaborators incentivize to internally share freely their valuable knowledge (and rewarded for it).

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Australians are #1 globally in usage of social media: Why?

Trends in the Living Networks

Some very interesting data just out from Nielsen on social media usage. The headline is that people in developed countries are spending 82% more time on social media than they were one year ago. However the data point that struck my interest most is that. Australia is #1 globally in usage of social media. This is a real news. For many years I was bemoaning the slow uptake of social networks in Australia.

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Fountainhead: Hosting & Cloud Computing market index: Update


Last month I proposed that another way to measure adoption of cloud computing (or, at least, expectations of adoption) was to look at the stock market performance of a bundle of publicly-traded service provider companies

Why CIOs Must Negotiate before Collaboration - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Several CIOs questioned my last post and why The Most Important Job of the CIO is to Negotiate with the Business and not collaboration or partnership? So before I get into how CIOs can establish credibility, let me elaborate

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Who is working for whom?

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, Dan Pink ’s new book Drive touches on something that I’ve been thinking about for many years: the role – or lack thereof – of mastery in the workplace. I’ve been going through my archives pulling together my thoughts on the subject over the years and found the following, originally posted in April 2004 under the title “Employee-Employer Relations in a Knowledge Based Economy&#.

How to Measure DevSecOps Progress and Ensure Success

Speaker: Shannon Lietz, Director of DevSecOps Team, Intuit

You've finally done it: You've won over C-Suite and your DevSecOps team is up and running. You feel ready to take on rising security threats while continuously delivering quality software updates. But how do you monitor your new program? Are you truly able to gauge the state of your projects? To ensure the success of this new breed of a team, you need to know the metrics to look at and how to advocate these metrics to C-Suite and stakeholders. Join Shannon Lietz, Leader and Director of DevsecOps at Intuit, and learn to lead your DevSecOps team to the top.

W.L. Gore & Associates: A workplace that epitomize the corporate culture conducive to knowledge-sharing I keep bragging about

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

Check the full news article on the W.L. Gore & Associates website but here is the extract that made my day: [.] In addition to its diverse innovations, Gore is known for its unique, team-based culture and flat management style. President and CEO Terri Kelly said Gore remains true to its core values, even in the face of challenging business conditions. "We

My Online Business Card (Vcard) : spf13.com


I wanted to polish up my javascript coding so I decided that the best way to do that was with a project that I've been wanted to do for a while anyway, my own identity site, or my online business card, or my online vcard

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Top Twitter nations: USA, Singapore, Canada, Ireland, UK, New Zealand, Australia

Trends in the Living Networks

Software firm Sysomos has provided some more interesting research on Twitter usage. Using this data, we have analyzed which countries use Twitter the most on a per capita basis, shown below. I did the same analysis from Sysomos' report in June, showing the most prominent Twitter nations on a per capita basis at the time, according to the data provided. While the results are fairly consistent between the June 2009 and January 2010, it seems that neither set of results is complete.

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SeanDaniel.com [tech]: How to Lock Down a Windows 7 Kiosk or.

Sean Daniel

Browsing my one of my favorite RSS feeds: LifeHacker. I came across something that might be useful to a bunch of Small Business Server VAPs configuring your network. In many cases, some companies like to provide a

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The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

- A Peek at the National Broadband Plan

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Broadband Wireless. On January 26th Admiral Jamie Barnett of the FCC spoke about the National Broadband Plan , which is now due out on March 17 th (and I understand New York City, Boston and other cities with large Irish-American populations plan to have parades in honor of the plan that day, too!). As a CTO, I’m so immersed in technology that I’m not sure “broadband” means anything to the average American (if an “average” American exists).

You should write a book

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Dan Pink when he spoke at a lunch event here in St. Louis. While we were eating lunch waiting for the main event, my friend Gene said to me, “You should write a book.&# Like many people I know, my initial reaction was along the lines of, “Yeah, sure. What would I write about?&# And yet… Over the weekend I gave the idea a bit more thought.

We are fast learning how to create "enhanced serendipity"

Trends in the Living Networks

Serendipity is one of the most beautiful words in the English language. It originates from the story of "the Three Princes of Serendip", which tells the tale of three princes who had the faculty of making happy and unexpected discoveries (see more on the story here ). For the last decade I have been talking about the idea of "enhanced serendipity".

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Some thoughts on why Australians are #1 globally on social media usage (from a slow start)

Trends in the Living Networks

Well there are already plenty of opinions flying around and some excellent comments on my post yesterday Australians are #1 globally in usage of social media: Why? which pointed to new research showing this startling result. I guess it’s time for me to offer some of my thoughts, helped along by the conversation so far. Be sure to read the insightful comments on the topic !

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Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

Human readable du sorted by size


du is the *nix command for disk usage”). It tells you how much space everything in the given directory is taking up. GNU du introduced a handy option -h making it human readable, or showing sizes using K, M, G rather than bytes. Unfortunately this makes it not sortable numerically. Here’s how to sort du by size and keep it as human readable. Insert the following function into your

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Using the right keys : spf13.com


HeyThereSpaceman. Today I was visiting a friends office and like many offices in NYC they have a shared bathroom in the hall for the entire floor. In this building it had five buttons on the door that when pressed in the correct

Benchmarking Cloudfront (and S3) : spf13.com


Amazon has done it again bringing another computing service to the masses. This time it's the Content Delivery Network or CDN. Cloudfront is a direct competitor to other popular CDNs such as Akamai. While Akamai requires

Using the right keys


HeyThereSpaceman Today I was visiting a friends office and like many offices in NYC they have a shared bathroom in the hall for the entire floor. In this building it had five buttons on the door that when pressed in the correct order unlocked the door. A simple password. In our office we have a similarly shared bathroom, but instead of a password, we have a physical key required to unlock the door


How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

Benchmarking Cloudfront (and S3)


Amazon has done it again bringing another computing service to the masses. This time it’s the Content Delivery Network or CDN. Cloudfront is a direct competitor to other popular CDNs such as Akamai. While Akamai requires a fairly substantial amount of traffic to become a customer, Cloudfront doesn’t. It follows all of Amazons, pay for what you use mentality. This means that everyone can benefit from incorporating Cloudfront into their blog, site, store, etc

My Online Business Card (Vcard)


I wanted to polish up my javascript coding so I decided that the best way to do that was with a project that I’ve been wanted to do for a while anyway, my own identity site, or my online business card, or my online vcard. The idea was inspired by Tim Van Damme’s website. To accomplish this I wrote a jquery plugin to handle the navigation, animation etc. The site itself is rather simple, a single html page and a few images


Creating Knowledge-based CRM initiatives

Trends in the Living Networks

I am running a two-day executive program on Relationship Management for Financial Services in Kuala Lumpur on 28-29 January, organized by IBN International. The workshop will be attended by executives from a variety of local and global financial institutions in South-East Asia.

How reputation measurement will transform professional services

Trends in the Living Networks

Earlier this week I did the opening keynote at the AMP Hillross annual convention, with the title of Embracing the Future. Hillross, one of the most upmarket of the wealth management networks, is seeking to lead the rest of the market by shifting to a pure fee-for-advice model, and rapidly developing a true professional culture. My keynote was designed to bring home the necessity of individual and firm leadership at this key juncture in industry structure.

Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

Where is privacy heading and who is driving it?

Trends in the Living Networks

Here is a video of a very interesting interview of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg by Mike Arrington of Techcrunch. There are a number of very interesting comments by Zuckerberg in the interview, including on how Facebook Connect is so fundamental to the company. He said that "obviously much more is going to be developed outside of Facebook than inside," meaning that the development of Facebook into a platform is critical. More controversial was Zuckerberg's comments on privacy.

Effective strategies for a rapidly changing media industry

Trends in the Living Networks

When I wrote my recent article Creating the Future of Media : 4 Driving Forces, 4 Strategic Issues, 4 Essential Capabilities for Media Titles magazine, they kindly offered Future Exploration Network a full page ad in the magazine. The ad provides a nice overview of our current work with media organizations that are having to develop and implement strategies on the fly as the industry landscape shifts. Click on the ad image for a larger version, or the key offerings are described below.

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Who is most influential in Enterprise 2.0?

Trends in the Living Networks

Over the holidays Mark Fidelman launched his 2010 Enterprise 2.0 All-Star Blogger Roster. Mark says: Now that the holiday hangover has worn off and the bills are coming due, I want to turn your attention to the individuals that are most influencing the Enterprise 2.0 space. Those of you that are early adopters or just starting to research Enterprise 2.0 can short cut the search for quality information by following and reading from these all-stars.

Trends in the Living Networks hits the AdAge 150

Trends in the Living Networks

Over the last couple of years the AdAge 150 has collated a dynamic list of the top blogs in advertising, media, and marketing. The list actually covers over 1,000 blogs, and ranks them daily by prominence, using a variety of sources including rankings from Alexa, PostRank, and Collective Intellect, as well as a subjective ranking by the list developer Todd Andrlik. These sources have changed throughout the history of the AdAge 150 list, in trying to provide a balanced view of blog authority.

Nine Developer Enablement Practices to Achieve DevOps at Enterprise Scale

In this eBook, Christian Oestreich, a senior software engineering leader with experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies, shares how a metrics-driven mindset can dramatically improve software quality and enable DevOps at enterprise scale.