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

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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

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

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!

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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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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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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Video: Why Quiet IT Employees Should Make A CIO Nervous

The Accidental Successful CIO

[link]. When your IT employees aren’t complaining, that means that you’re doing a good job as CIO, right? Actually, it turns out that the answer is no. Dr. Anderson identifies why having quiet employees may be a bad thing for CIOs.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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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?

- 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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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.

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

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.

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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52% of Americans did mobile phone research while in stores over the holiday season

Trends in the Living Networks

The cross-over between physical and online retail is not just for innovators and techies. It is the way people shop. In a 30 day period spanning Christmas, 52% of Americans who have mobile phones (and who cares about the rest?

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.

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.

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


Countdown to What is Next in AWS - All Things Distributed

All Things Distributed

Join me at 9AM PST on Wednesday January 18, 2012 to find out what is next in the AWS Cloud. Registration required. Comments. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered

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.

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.

SeanDaniel.com [tech]: How to Enable Auto-Logon for your Server

Sean Daniel

WARNING: This Post reduces the physical security of your server, leaving the server open for anyone for a brief period of time after reboot. So, you are still reading after the warning above. Excellent. Unless you are physically

Harley-Davidson goes direct to the crowd after initial success with creative crowdsourcing

Trends in the Living Networks

[This article first appeared on the Getting Results From Crowds book website ]. Harley-Davidson has been in the vanguard of using crowdsourcing to fuel its creative marketing initiatives.

- 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?

Looking for crowdsourcing workshop/ event partners: Europe, North America, Asia

Trends in the Living Networks

A book can be a very good way to distill and present useful information and guidance. We have done our best to make Getting Results From Crowds as pragmatic and practical as possible in helping organizations to use crowds to grow business and new possibilities.

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.