November, 2010

Measuring CIO Performance

A CIO's Voice

How do you measure the performance of a CIO? There are 2 areas “Leadership and Management” and “Core Areas” that can be used. Leadership and Management: Strategic Leadership. People Management. Mentoring. Personal Development. Training. Annual Initiatives . Core Areas: System Infrastructure. Application Management. Support / Helpdesk. Compliance and Controls. LEADERSHIP & MANAGEMENT. 1.1 Strategic Leadership.

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Dan Sheniak from Wieden + Kennedy on the future of the big idea [with 6 cool videos]

Trends in the Living Networks

I spent the day at the Ninemsn Digital Marketing Summit - possibly the first event I've been to this year where I wasn't a speaker. See my separate posts on Jeffrey Cole's presentation and notes from other presentations at the Summit.

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Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: NIST Moves Forward on Cloud.

Cloud Musings

Last week the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held their second Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop. Skillfully shepherded by Ms. Dawn Leaf, the agency's senior executive of cloud computing, the

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The Ultimate High Performing Teams

CIO Dashboard

Last week was a big one for me and for Diamond. It marked the beginning of a new chapter for both as we joined forces with PwC. Much remains to be seen as with any new adventure, but it promises to be a high performing combination for our clients.

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An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

Be excellent to each other (thoughts on Ubuntu!)

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

I had been reading up on Ubuntu (the operating system ) when I came across ubuntu!: An Inspiring Story About an African Tradition of Teamwork and Collaboration (the book ) at the library.

More Trending

IT Staff to End User Ratio

A CIO's Voice

Is there a rule of thumb for the number of IT staff to the number of end users? No two companies are the same. If that were the case there would be a hard and fast rule we all would follow. So comparing the ratios of man to machine will not determine the correct ratio. IT staffing ratios might come into play in larger companies. Efficiencies of scale coupled with segregation of job responsibilities allow larger companies to trend those ratios to some pretty high numbers.

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Further explanation and answers to 6 questions on the Newspaper Extinction Timeline after one million views

Trends in the Living Networks

Well the Newspaper Extinction Timeline we launched a couple of weeks ago has certainly made an impression.

Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: Robert Duffner Interviews Chris.

Cloud Musings

Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Mr. Robert Duffner, director of Product Management for Windows Azure, as part of his "Thought Leaders in the Cloud" series. In this interview, we discussed

What is Your Internet of Things?

CIO Dashboard

I’ve seen the number 4.6 billion pop up a few times lately. Any ideas? It’s the approximate number of mobile phones globally which is about 69% of the worlds population.

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

Safe? No. Awesome? YES! My review of Strange Loop 2010

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

When I first learned about the Strange Loop developers conference here in St. Louis, I had a strong – you might say strange – urge to attend. Strange because I am not a software developer; it’s been a long time since I’ve done any serious coding.

November 2010 -- Upcoming Events

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

[Flickr photo "road work ahead" courtesy of pumpkincat210]. This is always a very busy time of year, and 2010 is no exception. KMA is hiring and assimilating several talented professionals while continuing to create and deliver great content in our areas of expertise.

CIO Blogs for November 2010

A CIO's Voice

Creating a vision by Don Lewis. One CIO’s “lessons learned” in managing others by Peter Kretzman. Is Project Management a skill or a technique? by Eric D. Brown. Selfishness and The Paradox of Emotional Intelligence by Andy Blumenthal.

Future Minds: the map of how screen culture is changing how we think

Trends in the Living Networks

My colleague Richard Watson , building on the success of his book Future Files , has now launched Future Minds , which explores how screen culture is changing the way we think today, and how it will shape our future.

Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: NJVC, Invertix Announce Cloud.

Cloud Musings

VIENNA, Va. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NJVC®, one of the largest providers of information technology (IT) solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense, and Invertix Corporation, a proven technology company supporting the

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- ePark, gooPark, noPark

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Travelers' Info Map. Concrete and asphalt are everywhere in the Naked City or in any City for that matter. I was startled to learn that up to 50% of any City is paved or tarred over to provide space for transportation – autos, trucks, buses and trains.

Five Fingers for my five toes

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

At the Strange Loop conference last month, I met a couple of guys wearing Vibram Five Fingers shoes. They both highly recommended them, so I figured I’d give them a try. I went for the KSO model in black and orange (shown at right).

A Lesson in Customer Service

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

Wife, at Mall, just bought extra box of dishes for upcoming holiday family meals: "May I leave this box with you for a few minutes? I can't carry it though the Mall, and I parked all the way over at [xxx store].".

Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are today.

ReBoot – Where Have Saturday Morning Cartoons Gone?

A CIO's Voice

Last weekend I suffered a spell of insomnia and decided to get out of bed, so as to not wake up my wife, and go watch television. I am a child of the 70’s, so I fondly remember waking up with my brother and running downstairs to watch Saturday morning cartoons. This was before remote controls, so my brother and I had carefully planned what shows to watch and who will turn the knob and the designated time. There was something for everyone, Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Voltron, etc.

BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) plus Indonesia are where internet and mobile are exploding

Trends in the Living Networks

Doyen of internet analysis Mary Meeker of Morgan Stanley has provided some great data and insights in her presentation at Web 2.0 today. She has framed it around 10 questions Internet executives should ask themselves (and answer).

Amazon EC2 Cluster GPU Instances - All Things Distributed

All Things Distributed

Today Amazon Web Services takes another step on the continuous innovation path by announcing a new Amazon EC2 instance type: The Cluster GPU Instance. Based on the Cluster Compute instance type, the Cluster GPU

- Thanks & Turkeys 2010

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

This week Chief Technology Officer Bill Schrier has a LOT for which to be thankful. But I also have a few turkeys to carve.

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

Different is the new normal (a mathematical view)

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Back in April I wrote a post titled Different is the new normal. In that article I looked at “normal&# and “different&# in the cultural sense; this is the primary context in which most people put this discussion. [tech]: Announcing Windows Storage Server 2008.

Sean Daniel

Now that Kinect has stopped stealing all of our thunder around announcements (although I have to admit I can't wait for mine, it looks awesome!), we can continue rolling out announcements in the Small Business space

The variety of connection speeds around the world - it matters!

Trends in the Living Networks

I've written several times about internet bandwidth across countries and why it matters, including some interesting research back in 2007 correlating time spent on PCs with bandwidth and a more recent post on bandwidth and economic growth.

Twitter network analysis of events - what's possible?

Trends in the Living Networks

I recently connected with Daniel Knox (@djkn0x) on Twitter - which is where it seems most of my connections are happening these days. Among other interesting entrepreneurial activities Daniel is playing with a new venture that does analysis of Twitter activity around events.

Best Practices for Micro-Services Management, Traceability and Visualization

Speaker: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor, Founding Partner at Kumulus Technologies

Moving to micro-services, or even working with distributed applications in a traditional environment, brings with it a host of interactions that are often difficult to understand. This session will provide an overview of service mesh, a review of the Istio service mesh itself, and dive into best practices and integration models for integrating the traceability model into a distributed application.