November, 2010

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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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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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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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.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

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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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

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.

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.

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.

My SharePoint Administrator Just Quit. What Now?

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

So, your SharePoint Administrator just accepted his or her dream job, elsewhere. Or you had to reduce headcount and let him go…or she got hit by the green bus, won the lottery, "took two beers and jumped," etc. You get the point.

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

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

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.

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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. [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 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

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).

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.

This week in review: GPUs, Zombies, Biomimicry and Tom Waits.

All Things Distributed

Here are some the links I shared this week on twitter and facebook: Cloud Computing. Big news this week was of course the launch of Cluster GPU instances for Amazon EC2. There were blog posts by Jeff Barr The Cluster

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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.

More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

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.

Brainstorm the Process Revolution: The Art or The Science?

Future of CIO

Economy recession makes business process management a hot spot to grow: software vendors try to repackage themselves as BPM providers; Organizations intend to rejuvenate themselves through BPM solutions.

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.

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].".

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.

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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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.

- 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. [tech]: Presentation Material from SMBNation

Sean Daniel

Did you manage to make it to SMBNation 2010? Were you in the jammed packed rooms for ?Aurora? Aurora? SBS7?. Now that we have full product names, pricing and estimated release dates, it's time to start talking about these

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.

Some quick thoughts on the Art of Non-Conformity

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Chris Guillebeau ‘s new book, The Art of Non-Conformity , is clear, concise, and gets straight to the point. Chris tries to eliminate “busy work&# from his life, and he’s done an excellent job of eliminating “busy reading&# from this book.


The issues at the heart of the ‘Murdoch-Jobs’ iPad-only venture

Trends in the Living Networks

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The launch of color digital paper moves us further towards the transformation of newspapers

Trends in the Living Networks

Our Newspaper Extinction Timeline that we launched last week refers to news-on-dead-tree-paper. One of the fundamental dynamics that is driving this shift is the rise of digital paper that has almost all the qualities of print, as well as the advantages of digital.

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Future of Crowdsourcing Summit: initial reflections on Twitter

Trends in the Living Networks

Future of Crowdsourcing Summit is just over, and I'm very pleased with how it went and the feedback so far.

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How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.