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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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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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

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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Data Analytics in the Cloud for Developers and Founders

Speaker: Javier Ramírez, Senior AWS Developer Advocate, AWS

You have lots of data, and you are probably thinking of using the cloud to analyze it. But how will you move data into the cloud? In which format? How will you validate and prepare the data? What about streaming data? Can data scientists discover and use the data? Can business people create reports via drag and drop? Can operations monitor what’s going on? Will the data lake scale when you have twice as much data? Is your data secure? In this session, we address common pitfalls of building data lakes and show how AWS can help you manage data and analytics more efficiently.

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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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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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.

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

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 Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

- Web 2.0, Gov 2.0, Society 2.0

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Government 2.0. The whole two-dot-oh thing seems so “contrived”. Like a marketing gimmick. Or selling the “new improved” laundry soap, that is, the “new, stickier, more connected, web”. Yet there is a kernel of truth here, not so much in the technology but in the fabric of our society.

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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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.

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.

How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

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

CIO Rant


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


Machine Learning for Builders: Tools, Trends, and Truths

Speaker: Rob De Feo, Startup Advocate at Amazon Web Services

Machine learning techniques are being applied to every industry, leveraging an increasing amount of data and ever faster compute. But that doesn’t mean machine learning techniques are a perfect fit for every situation (yet). So how can a startup harness machine learning for its own set of unique problems and solutions, and does it require a warehouse filled with PhDs to pull it off?

Launch of Crowdsourcing Landscape and Getting Results from Crowdsourcing community

Trends in the Living Networks

Here is our Crowdsourcing Landscape , now officially launched after sneak previews to the audiences of the Getting Results from Crowdsourcing event on Monday and Cisco Insight 2010 on Tuesday. Click on the image to see a high-resolution version.


Goodbye to the weekend?

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

I saw a quote on a discussion board recently in a conversation about telecommuting and taking care of personal business during work time: If they want me to answer my email at night and on the weekends, they shouldn’t have a problem with me making personal calls or email during the day.

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.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

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 […].

Tax on Offshore Call Centers-A Bad Idea - CIORant

CIO Rant



Leaders in social networks usage: Australia by time, Brazil by reach

Trends in the Living Networks

In January I looked at the just-released Nielsen data on global social media usage, and wrote Australians are #1 globally in usage of social media: Why?

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Busy people

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

“If you really need something to get done, find someone who is already busy.&#. I’ve heard this advice many times over the years, and even given it as advice a few times. I have accepted it as true, but haven’t given much thought to why it is true. Reading Seth Godin’s latest, Linchpin, the answer occurred to me: busy people are the artists, the linchpins of an organization. The ones who actually get things done and make things happen.

Microservices: The Dark Side

Speaker: Prem Chandrasekaran

A few years ago, Barclays embarked on a journey to migrate its legacy services to a modern tech stack with the objective of achieving a high level of scale, resilience, and reliability. During the incremental, iterative move towards an ecosystem of focused, distributed services, it’s fair to say that the company discovered the challenges of distributing objects. Join us for an episode you can’t miss if you’re finding it a lot harder to architect in practice than in theory, and learn how you can shed light on the dark side of microservices.

Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: One AWESOME Week of Cloud.

Cloud Musings

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com. Sure we had fun, but we worked hard and learned a lot. Check out these final presentations. USAREUR Cloud Computing Training Class Presentation Heidelberg 1

ReBoot – Weddings

A CIO's Voice

I have been away from writing my blog for a few weeks. My cousin was getting married so my wife and I attend the wedding and all the festivities that come along with Hindu weddings. We had a lot fun and caught up with alot of friends and family that we do not see often. It was great to reconnect. I was asked to give the wedding toast. It was great honor and one that I did happily. My cousin has become a great friend so it was nice to be a part of those memories. Below is the speach I gave.

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Yours Truly at Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 - SeanDaniel.com

Sean Daniel

Hey folks, I just found this video that I did at Worldwide Partner Conference 2009. Aaron Booker stopped by the booth with his VarVid camera and captured about 2 minutes of time with me. I've been waiting to see this video

- PITS Computing

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

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

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.