February, 2011

On Symfony2 : spf13.com


Disclaimer. I've got a couple disclaimers in writing this. I'm one of the primary authors of the Zoop Framework for PHP. It's pretty much the first web framework for PHP dating back to 2001. In spite of it's age it's still quite

The Case of the Malicious Autostart

IT Pros Rock!

Given that my novel, Zero Day , will be published in a few weeks and is based on malware’s use as a weapon by terrorists, I thought it appropriate to post a case that deals with malware cleanup with the Sysinternals tools. This one starts when Microsoft.( read more

Fountainhead: Cloud Attributes Apply Across the Stack


moment here at EMC came during my first week when I was asked to describe the generic attributes of cloud infrastructure. Here I was, in an organization that's made billions on storage, and I was about to talk about

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Working Towards A Common Goal

A CIO's Voice

The dynamics of getting a team to work together boils done to one simple truth – the team needs a common goal. Everyone on your staff needs to be competent, and everyone needs to trust each others. That’s why some managers can get things done with just a telephone and an email account; while others can have all the tools they could possibly need and still cannot get it the simplest task completed.

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.

Social Media Monitoring and Analysis

CIO Dashboard

Guest post by Jeff Auker. The market for the monitoring and analysis of social media conversations is beginning to hit its stride, so CIOs should expect a growing demand from your marketing colleagues for assistance selecting, installing, and maintaining a social media intelligence tool set.

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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Your Offshore Teams

Social, Agile and Transformation

I recently made a trip to India to visit our teams performing business operations, development, and support activities. It's a trip I like to do at least annually to get a sense of how teams are performing and where to make both

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- Bright Shiny Objects

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Why are human beings and governments so attracted to bright shiny objects such as smart phone apps?

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SeanDaniel.com [tech]: Why I plan on using the new Windows Home.

Sean Daniel

I'm sure you have heard by now, that the Release Candidate of the new Windows Home Server 2011 is available for download. It's a huge milestone, and I'm excited for the final RTM sometime the first half of this year

ReBoot: Where Were You When…?

A CIO's Voice

With the recent change in government in Egypt, I have been thinking of all the events that I have witnessed. While the list is not all encompasing, these are the events that stood in my life that I remember. Energy crisis of 1979. Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters. Attempted assignation of Ronald Reagan. Attempted assignation of Pope John Paul. Death of Pope John Paul. Death of John Lennon. Invasion of Kuwait and subsequent war. The Berlin Wall coming down. Downfall of Communism.

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.

Why We Need Cloud Integration Architecture

CIO Dashboard

A few years ago, a consumer products company I’m familiar with committed to outsourcing its infrastructure and as much of its application portfolio as possible.

When will tablets be given away for free? Perhaps before the end of this year

Trends in the Living Networks

When we launched our Newspaper Extinction Timeline I noted that tablets similar to the iPad of today will cost less than $10 and given away for free by the end of the decade, a prediction that interviewers have frequently questioned me on since. .

New AWS feature: Run your website from Amazon S3 - All Things.

All Things Distributed

Since a few days ago this weblog serves 100% of its content directly out of the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) without the need for a web server to be involved. Because my blog is almost completely static content I

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Teach your kids to embrace – not fear – the power of the internet

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Yesterday I participated in a Twitter party hosted by @TheOnlineMom * to discuss the questions: How much do we trust our kids online? Can we monitor them closely and build trust? The focus of the discussion was, as the topic questions hint at, how do we keep our kids safe? How do we protect them from all of the evils lurking out there waiting to swoop in and take advantage of them? Perhaps the biggest question, though, was: How do we protect our kids from themselves online ?

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.

SeanDaniel.com [tech]: How to Enable TimeMachine Backup for.

Sean Daniel

Well, I don't often dabble around with a MAC, I just can't get used to the single mouse button and pressing a key on the keyboard for a simple context menu. I've quite possibly been assimilated to Windows. However

ReBoot: Geek and Poke

A CIO's Voice

For those of you that have not already checked out Oliver Widder ‘s site please do so. For those of us in technology (and for those who are not) you will get a kick from the humor. link]. Filed under: Random Thoughts , ReBoot Tagged: Geek and Poke. Random Thoughts ReBoot Geek and Poke


3 Things CIOs Need to Know About HTML5

CIO Dashboard

Guest post by Henry Hwangbo. If you don’t read any further, these are the 3 things you need to know about HTML5: HTML5 simplifies web development, expedites delivery, and improves the customer experience across multiple platforms and channels – there is little to no downside.

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Crowdsourcing attracts the best advertising clients, and it all began with a tweet…

Trends in the Living Networks

John Winsor , founder of Victors & Spoils , the world’s first crowdsourced agency, gave the opening keynote at our Future of Crowdsourcing Summit in September last November.

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.

Graceful Degradation and Web Development

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

The second of three new terms I learned in January (from my colleagues at Sametz Blackstone , a design firm with whom we're partnering) that captured my curiosity was " graceful degradation ," another way of saying (per Wikipedia ) "fault tolerance." However, it's a very particular kind of fault tolerance. Having been mostly focused on internal-facing applications of SharePoint in the past (team collaboration, intranets, business intelligence, enterprise content management, etc.),

Simplifying IT - Create Your Application with AWS CloudFormation.

All Things Distributed

With the launch of AWS CloudFormation today another important step has been taken in making it easier for customers to deploy applications to the cloud. Often an application requires several infrastructure resources to be

SeanDaniel.com [tech]: Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 and.

Sean Daniel

I know I have talked before about Windows MultiPoint Server 2011, and how it can help your Small Business with thin clients, old clients, seasonal employees and even reducing the number of machines in the office by getting

Will tablets take over enterprise work? More than half of large companies say yes

Trends in the Living Networks

It wasn’t long ago that one of the most solid and unquestioned assumptions of enterprise software was that users sat at a desk in front of a desktop (or sometimes laptop) computer.

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.

Apple subscriptions vs Google One Pass subscriptions – comparison and analysis for publishers

Trends in the Living Networks

The lovely pace of change in the media world isn’t slowing down any…. One day after Apple launched its long-expected subscription service, Google announced its One Pass content payment system. Here is a quick comparison. What they are.

Blogging is fragmenting into multi-platform content creation – long live blogging!

Trends in the Living Networks

Drawing on a new Pew Internet report on Social Media & Mobile Internet Use Among Teens and Young Adults , The New York Times headline is: Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter. It’s a misleading headline, so let’s unpack it. First , blogs are not waning.

Insights into effective social media policies

Trends in the Living Networks

Last week I was part of a panel on the SkyBusiness Technology Behind Business program discussing corporate social media policies, comprised of Peter Williams of Deloitte, Adrienne Unkovitch of Workplace Guardian, and myself. Here are some of the key points made during our discussion.

The Future of Customer Relationships: notes on where they are going

Trends in the Living Networks

I’ve just finished a teleconference on The Future of Customer Relationships (follow the link for an overview), hosted by Focus.com and Brian Vellmure. The panellists were: Ross Dawson. Dr. Graham Hill. Dr. Michael Wu. Denis Pombriant. Our discussion will be available shortly as an mp3.

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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.