June, 2010

Ultimate Vim Config : spf13.com


I have spent the last few years tweaking and refining my VIM configuration until I had the Ultimate Vim Config. It is well organized and documented taking full advantage of Tpope's pathogen for a excellent clean and modular

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Infographic: Used mobile phones yield 1000 times more gold than gold ore

Trends in the Living Networks

A couple of weeks ago I flew to Perth to participate in a scenario planning project for a mining company. As I struck up conversation with the person next to me, it turned out we would both be presenting and contributing to the same workshop.

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Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: CloudExpo Europe 2010: Not.

Cloud Musings

When my good friend Jeremy Geelan invited me to speak at CloudExpo Europe in Prague, Czech Republic my imagination went into overdrive. Being a child of the 60's and a retired US military officer, my memories of a dark

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The Cius

A CIO's Voice

It looks like Apple will have a competitor in the tablet arena. Cisco will be releasing their product early next year. The difference is Cisco’s version is aimed towards corporations. Let’s see how this plays out over the next few months. link]. Filed under: Technology Review Tagged: Apple , Cisco , Cius , iPad. Technology Review Apple Cisco Cius iPad

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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.

Fountainhead: Converged Infrastructure Part 2.


Part 2. Converged Infrastructure's Cost Advantages In my first installment about converged Infrastructure, I gave an outline of what it is, and how it will change the way in which IT infrastructure is managed. In this installment, I'll

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Ultimate Vim Config


I have spent the last few years tweaking and refining my VIM configuration until I had the Ultimate Vim Config. It is well organized and documented taking full advantage of Tpope’s pathogen for a excellent clean and modular configuration. The Ultimate vim config contains the perfect.vimrc file combined with an excellent set of plugins all easily managed thanks to pathogen and git. It is on GitHub so you can always grab the latest


Trend Blend: 4 Infographics showing the major global trends

Trends in the Living Networks

At the end of every year media call on futurists to ask them what to expect in coming years, reflecting the appetite from their audiences for future thinking. One of the best ways to feed this desire is with infographics, distilling ideas into an accessible visual representation.

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NCOIC Plenary Highlights Collaboration and Interoperability

Cloud Musings

Last week in Brussels, Belgium, the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium highlighted it's support of collaboration and interoperability through an information exchange session with the National

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An IT Steering Committee

A CIO's Voice

Companies that have not emphasized IT in the business process suffer long-term issues where IT is not seen as a value driven department. One way to overcome this fact it to create an IT Steering Committee. The purpose of this governing group is to look at strategic initiatives and align them with overall business direction. It is important to comprise this group with business leaders that can help sell and obtain buy in from others in the organization.

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.

Fountainhead: Postcards from the IT Financial Management.


This week marks the third time I have been invited to speak at the ITFMA World of IT Financial Management conference. This is a really amazing/unique conference, created nearly single-handedly by Terry Quinlan, their

Top 10 Guidance Tips to New CIOs and IT Leaders - Social, Agile.

Social, Agile and Transformation

It's been awhile since my last post. What can I say, the first 100 days of being CIO at a new job is busy. There's people to meet, the business to learn, and the technology to understand. Some things need immediate attention

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Moving to WordPress : spf13.com


I've used Drupal to power my blog since I started it over 2 years ago. It has been a bitter sweet relationship, but in general I've been pleased. In those two years, WordPress as a product has rocketed past Drupal, and feels

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Audience blog and Twitter reflections on Getting Results from Crowdsourcing event

Trends in the Living Networks

Last night was the Getting Results from Crowdsourcing event run by The Insight Exchange , the first in its SME Technology Forum Series. It was a fabulous night. Tony Hollingsworth and Luke Harvey-Palmer leading their Expert Roundtables at the event.

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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: NGA Exploring "Community.

Cloud Musings

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is looking to leverage industry expertise through collaboration with the Network Centic Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC). NGA provides timely, relevant and accurate

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CIO Blogs from June 2010

A CIO's Voice

The 9 Best Project Management Techniques You’re Not Using by Chris Curran . IT tall tales and why they’re told, or, why I stopped going to conferences by Peter Kretzman. Growing Pains by Don Lewis. First 100 Days as CIO by Isaac Sacolick.

Reports of CIO 'Death' Premature - CIORant

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Non-Computing Fads. There are fads and trends in information technology, just like in the world of clothing or hairstyles.

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.

Moving to WordPress


I’ve used Drupal to power my blog since I started it over 2 years ago. It has been a bitter sweet relationship, but in general I’ve been pleased. In those two years, WordPress as a product has rocketed past Drupal, and feels much more mature. While Drupal 7 should level the field a bit, it’s a ways away and WordPress 3.0 is already here


Why scenario thinking (more than scenario planning) is critical for executives today

Trends in the Living Networks

I recently gave a presentation to the executive team of a major mining services company at their annual strategy offsite. As has been a frequent style of engagement for me this year, my role was to stimulate broader, longer-term thinking by talking about the future of business.

Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: GovLoop "Member of the Week"

Cloud Musings

Thank you to Radiah Givens-Nunez and GovLoop for the honor of being their Member of the Week for June 21-25, 2010. Created in 2008, GovLoop is an online social network for government community around the world

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Death of a Lion – When a Chief Leaves a Company

A CIO's Voice

As senior executives we are entrusted with strategic initiatives to move our individual departments forward and overall moving the firm forward. When a member of the executive team leaves the organization it is never easy. They are key components to the process and to the overall culture. The vacuum that is left is never easy to fill and there is confusion as to how to move forward.

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.

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The lizard brain of Leonardo da Vinci

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

On my way back to the hotel this evening, I stopped by the El Paso History Museum to visit “The Da Vinci Experience&# , an exhibit of machines and models of quite a few of da Vinci’s many inventions and ideas. Over the years I’ve read many books about da Vinci, explored his notebooks online, and even helped my son when he did a project for his world history class. But to see his ideas physically incarnated was something else altogether.

A 21st Century Renaissance

Lundberg Media

The New Polymath, by Vinnie Mirchandani, is an ambitious, wide-ranging and celebratory exploration of technology innovation in the 21st century. The book epitomizes the title (a polymath is someone who excels in many disciplines) in taking on the distinct, though certainly overlapping, disciplines of infotech, cleantech and healthtech – and all the various technologies and […].

Corporate Twittering increases consumer trust, but many don't want companies to listen to them

Trends in the Living Networks

A few days ago I asked the question How much do people want to know their conversations are being monitored? given how brands such as Gatorade boast about how well they listen to online conversations. As it happens, someone has an answer.

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.