January, 2012

Backup, Replication and Disaster Recovery : spf13.com


One of the most common concerns people have is how to ensure that their application is safe, secure and available in the event of an emergency. Often I have found that people are mistakenly believe that they are protected

Fountainhead: It Will Be a Data-Centric (Cloudy) World


Move Mohammed to the mountain, or the mountain to Mohammed? In the context of data, applications and cloud computing, this question takes on a new perspective - and the role of Mohammed and the Mountain may soon

The Case of My Mom’s Broken Microsoft Security Essentials Installation

IT Pros Rock!

As a reader of this blog I suspect that you, like me, are the IT support staff for your family and friends. And I bet many of you performed system maintenance duties when you visited your family and friends during the recent holidays. Every time I’m visiting.( read more

Technology Magazines and Why they Bore CIOs

A CIO's Voice

One of the habits I picked when I was flying between New York and London was reading magazines. This was before there was an iPad and laptop batteries never quite lasted 8 hours. I found myself before every flight, browsing the local airport newsstand. Recently my wife and I have been traveling on some long-haul flights and again I found myself browsing. In some ways, thumbing through these rags was a way for me to relax and divert my mind for the cramped quarters of business or economy class.

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.

5 Smartphone Usage Trends for 2012 and Beyond

CIO Dashboard

My PwC colleagues studying consumer intelligence recently conducted a survey of 3,283 smartphone users to find out how they plan to use their devices in the next couple of years.

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Hybrid MongoDB / SQL Applications


MongoDB is often used alongside a relational database such as Oracle or MySQL. It is often unclear when one should use one or the other, or if a combination is really ideal. During this online presentation, we will discuss the ideal use cases for each, and how they can be used in conjunction. We’ll make sure to touch on several real world examples. The full recording can be found at 10gen’s site at [link

Fountainhead: My Cloudy Nerdy Playlist for 2012


Political movements have their anthems. Starbucks has its background music brand. But I thought it might be fun to collate a playlist that specifically appeals to the techie/cloudy group. So here goes. Some of these are pretty

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The decade ahead for media

Trends in the Living Networks

The latest issue of the annual publication Media Trends + Strategy magazine kicks off with a feature article I wrote titled The Decade Ahead for Media. Here is the article: The decade ahead for media. The future of the media industry as a whole is extraordinarily bright.

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NJVC® and Virtual Global Announce Release of PaaS White Paper

Cloud Musings

VIENNA, Va., 23, 2012 ?NJVC®, NJVC®, one of the largest information technology solutions providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, and Virtual Global, a premier provider of software and cloud computing platform

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.

Outside-In IT: A Preview of PwC’s Digital IQ Results

CIO Dashboard

Only a few years ago corporations issued corporate-sanctioned devices to employees like the army issues uniforms to new recruits. They sourced them, dispensed them and controlled how they were used. They also called the shots in how they communicated with customers.

Are CIOs Ready To Battle The X-Men (and X-Women)? (a chief information officer needs an IT strategy to create IT alignment)

The Accidental Successful CIO

CIOs Need To Be Careful Who They Decide To Fight. Isn’t a global recession just great? For CIOs it has been: it pretty much got rid of one of their biggest headaches – having their star talent leave.

Backup, Replication and Disaster Recovery


One of the most common concerns people have is how to ensure that their application is safe, secure and available in the event of an emergency. Often I have found that people are mistakenly believe that they are protected when in fact they often have ignored potential scenarios. The principles explained apply equally well in RDBMSs, MongoDB and other databases.

- Tech Lessons from the Seattle Snowstorm

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Seattle EOC Activated. The Seattle area and I just went through a four day snow/ice storm event. The City of Seattle’s emergency operations center (EOC) was activated and coordinated the City government’s response.

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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.

Top 10 posts on the future of media

Trends in the Living Networks

Another quick selection of my most popular posts from 2011, this time on the topic of the future of media: 1. Predictions for media industry in 2011.

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CIO Musings - Life as a Public Sector CIO: Vegan Chili Recipe

CIO Musings

Vegan Chili Recipe - Crock Pot 1 Can Black Beans rinsed 1 Can Chili Beans rinsed 2 Medium Carrots - Diced 2 Small Red Potatoes - Diced 1 Sweet Red or Orange Bell Pepper - Diced 1 Green Bell Pepper - Diced 1 Medium

7 Digital Strategies of Top-Performing Companies

CIO Dashboard

Growing a multimillion dollar corporation during a recession is no small feat and it’s no accident. Companies that are swimming against the economic tide are doing things differently than those that are treading water, or worse, drowning. So, what exactly separates the best from the rest?

3 Questions That Every CIO Should Be Asking About Clouds (a chief information officer needs an IT strategy to create IT alignment)

The Accidental Successful CIO

Get over your excitement about clouds and start asking questions. I love clouds, you love clouds, we all love clouds. It seems like everyone in IT is talking about cloud computing and how it’s the next big thing.

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.

Amazon DynamoDB ? a Fast and Scalable NoSQL Database.

All Things Distributed

Today is a very exciting day as we release Amazon DynamoDB, a fast, highly reliable and cost-effective NoSQL database service designed for internet scale applications. DynamoDB is the result of 15 years of learning in the

- A Public-Private Radio Network?

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Police and Fire radio networks. They have to work. All the time. During power outages, hurricanes, earthquakes. When every other wireless network is dead. So they have to be built, maintained and operated by government, right? Or else they cannot be trusted, right?

Open business: Sharing our group priorities for 2012 – Why not?

Trends in the Living Networks

A year ago I shared a visualization of our AHT Group Business Model. Following that, I am now sharing our group 2012 Priorities. This comes from the principle of Open Business you can see in the 7 Enablers for our strategy. Our intention is to share more about the drivers of our business.

SeanDaniel.com [tech]: How to use your Home Server as an AirPrint.

Sean Daniel

As I move more and more of my computing and data to the Cloud with services like SkyDrive. I am reducing the amount of computing power I have in my house. I have an iPad (v1), a Laptop, and of course my Windows Home

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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.

The CIO Through the Eyes of the CFO

CIO Dashboard

Guest post by Phil Garland. I had the opportunity to have lunch with 8 chief financial officers in Denver last week. Our conversation started with why the CFO should care about IT and what they need to know about technology.

CIOs Want To Know Why IT Process Improvement Programs Fail (a chief information officer needs an IT strategy to create IT alignment)

The Accidental Successful CIO

They start out fine, but the ending is never pretty…. It seems as though at least once a year CIOs get a bee in their bonnet and decide that the company’s IT department needs to knuckle down and improve its processes.

The AWS Storage Gateway - All Things Distributed

All Things Distributed

Today Amazon Web Services has launched the AWS Storage Gateway, making the power of secure and reliable cloud storage accessible from customers' on-premises applications. We have been working closely with our

The Key to Engagement

Lundberg Media

“Engagement” has become an overused and misunderstood term. Engagement is not just about marketing, and the secret to real engagement lies deep within yourself. As a communication coach, I often work with people to improve their messages and the way they deliver them (whatever the medium – written, verbal or visual) so they can be […]. Communication Leadership attention engagement influence


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.