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

It is the structure of social networks that shapes influence… and the structure is changing

Trends in the Living Networks

New York Times today examines the interesting question of Why Some Twitter Posts Catch On, and Some Don’t , starting from the fact that frivolous hashtags such as #worstpickuplines get far more attention than commentary on current affairs such as ‘Mubarak’, and going on to look at a range of research on influence.

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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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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.

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.

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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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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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

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.

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!

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 ?

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.

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.

From the Archives - Gapingvoid's Nobody Cares - All Things.

All Things Distributed

While cleaning out the digital attic I ran into this drawing that Hugh MacLeod (aka "gapingvoid") made for me in reponse to a storm-in-a-teacup about blogging Amazon. As usual Hugh came straight to the heart of the matter

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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.

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

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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- Bright Shiny Objects

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

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

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


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?

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.

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.),

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

How Does IT Impact Business Productivity? ? CIO Dashboard

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

Six trends for 2011 and beyond on how businesses can tap the power of the web

Trends in the Living Networks

The very dynamic Adam Franklin and Toby Jenkins of Bluewire Media recently did a video interview of me, asking me about the trends driving how the web will shape business. Here is the video, with a summary of my headline points below.

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Living Networks – Chapter 10: Liberating Individuals – Network Strategy for Free Agents

Trends in the Living Networks

Download Chapter 10 of Living Networks on Liberating Individuals. Every chapter of Living Networks is being released on this blog as a free download, together with commentary and updated perspectives since its original publication in 2002.

Context is king: what it means for brands

Trends in the Living Networks

I have always been wary of the phrase ‘content is king’ and the kinds of people who say that, usually in self-aggrandisement. The rise of Apple iTunes has, with all the grace and elegance of a sledgehammer, amply demonstrated that it ain’t necessarily so. In an article on CNBC titled The New King: Context!

Breaking through BRIC: How to work with media in Brazil, Russia, India, China

Trends in the Living Networks

A couple of months ago I contributed to Ketchum’s Global Media Network meeting in New York, giving the opening keynote on the Future of Global Media , and participating in the follow-up panel on how to work with media in Brazil, Russia, India, and China, titled “Breaking Through BRIC: Understanding These Influential Global Media Landscapes”.

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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.