April, 2010

The Golden Hammer : spf13.com


kyle may. Every so often a ?new? technology catches on. Right now it's nosql databases. A couple years ago it was Ruby, before that it was java. Each arise because they propose a solution to an existing problem, or in other

There are TWO possible attitudes companies can have to social media

Trends in the Living Networks

Last week I gave a presentation on the future of business to the top executive team of a large fast-moving consumer goods company at their quarterly offsite meeting. One of the issues they were keen to hear about is the rise of social media and how they should respond.

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Parenting is parenting

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

I started blogging about autism, and being the parent of an autistic son, 5 years ago. My main goal was to help myself make sense of it all, to understand my own feelings about my son’s autism. Here is some of what I’ve figured out. I hope it helps. Parenting is a challenge , no matter who your kid is. No matter what you do, someone somewhere will tell you that you are doing it wrong. If you are already a parent, you know what I mean.

The IT Stable

A CIO's Voice

As we cut costs and downsize, most IT shops are learning to do more with less. IT has been considered overhead so it makes sense to trim staff in this department first. You are only given so many stalls in your stable so you need to fill it with high performing horses. Right? To begin, you need to assess your roster of players. Areas to analyze are: What was their past performance? What is their current skill set? Is there room for growth? Can they add value to the team?


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.

Mashing up Private and Public

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

(Flickr photo hello, neighbours! by D'Arcy Norman ). As someone who is: active in several social media communities, .

SeanDaniel.com [tech]: Windows Home Server Codename ?Vail.

Sean Daniel

Today is an exciting day for me. As you know, one of the products I work on is Windows Home Server. Today we're excited to announce that the next version of Windows Home Server (codename ?Vail?) Vail?) is available for you to

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Outsourcing journalism - how far can you take it?

Trends in the Living Networks

Seed.com , AOL's venture in crowdsourced journalism, has just sent out a survey to its contributors, with some very interesting questions, notes Business Insider. Source : Business Insider.

You’re going to love this kid (and this book)

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

You’re 22 years old, fresh out of school. It’s your first day as a teacher, and you learn that one of your students is a 6 year old autistic boy.

ReBoot – Are There Any Real Barbers Left?

A CIO's Voice

The last few years I have been at a loss for a decent haircut at a reasonable price. I cannot seem to find the right guy or they keep on retiring. When I was kid I would go with my father to Brooklyn to get my haircut. My barber at the time was one of these old school guys that did it all with a scissors. It was a great haircut that would last me weeks – all for $8. He retired and moved to Pennsylvania. A scissors cut is a lost art these days.

Expanding the Cloud - Opening the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore.

All Things Distributed

Today Amazon Web Services has taken another important step in serving customers worldwide: the AWS Asia Pacific (Singapore) Region is now launched. Customers can now store their data and run their applications from

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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!

Vivek Kundra Steps Up to Cloud Computing's Next Challenge

Cloud Musings

[C]loud customers must be able to easily store, access, and process data across multiple clouds; weave together a mesh of different services to meet their needs; and have a way to collaborate with business partners around

Next Gen PHP Frameworks : spf13.com


With the release of PHP 5.3, PHP released the most significant capabilities in years. Specifically the addition of Late Static Bindings, Lambda Functions and Closures, and Namespaces has changed everything. These new

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Extending the scope of augmented reality to what you CAN'T see

Trends in the Living Networks

To many people, augmented reality is about annotating what you can see. Names of landmarks, reviews of restaurants, the sale price of houses, and so on.

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Different is the new normal

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

What does it mean to be normal? What does it mean to be different? These are big questions in any discussion about autism and autism awareness. I like what Kristin has to say on the matter (the emphasis is hers): “Normal” is such a complicated word.

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.


A CIO's Voice

Terminating an employee is a stressful time for you and your team. It is even more stressful when you are the new CIO expected to turnaround an underperforming IT team. Your job is to make changes and get the department back on track. Doing that requires you to terminate underperformers to make room for others that can add real long-term value to the team and ultimately yourself. I have terminated staff in the past but to be honest I find the process cold and harsh.

Inspiration at the CIO Level

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

Although Microsoft is clearly my technology partner and platform of choice, I take inspiration where I can find it. Thursday night's Boston SIM meeting featured a guest speaker: Mark Sunday, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Oracle Corporation. His topic was "Leading in Times of Transition," and it was an educational and inspiring talk.

Open Group Publishes Guidelines on Cloud Computing ROI

Cloud Musings

In an important industry contribution, The Open Group has published a white paper on how to build and measure cloud computing return on investment (ROI). Produced by the Cloud Business Artifacts (CBA) project of The

Next Gen PHP Frameworks


With the release of PHP 5.3, PHP released the most significant capabilities in years. Specifically the addition of Late Static Bindings, Lambda Functions and Closures, and Namespaces has changed everything. These new features open new doors for solutions previously impossible. As a result in recent months there has been a flood of new frameworks and libraries taking advantage of these new features. Effectively we are approaching the third wave of PHP frameworks


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?

The rise of robot journalists

Trends in the Living Networks

I have an abiding interest in robots and the role they play in our future. I am also a keen observer of where journalism is going. As it happens, the two domains are intersecting. Robotic journalist conducting interview. Pic source : Singularity Hub, Charlie Catlett.

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Life is for living – a review of “Get out, explore, and have fun!”

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

On her blog at About.com:Autism , Lisa Jo Rudy usually asks questions. In her soon to be released new book, Get Out, Explore, and Have Fun!:

Turnaround CIO

A CIO's Voice

Being a turnaround CIO has its good and bad points. First there is the excitement of trying to fix things and implement process and procedures that are currently not in place. You come into a company with a fresh set of eyes and the eagerness to get things done and functioning. All eyes are on you to show change. You are a shiny new penny. The bad points. You do not know how bad the situation is until you get in and rollup your sleeves.

By the CIO, For the CIO, Of the CIO

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

As fate would have it, I'll be spending a lot of time in the next month at events oriented toward Chief Information Officers.

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.

Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: The Army's iPhone Story

Cloud Musings

Sandra Erwin of National Defense magazine just published an excellent article on the Army's foray into developing soldier-friendly smartphone applications. Giving credit to Army CIO Lt. Gen, Jeffrey Sorenson and Army Vice

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The Golden Hammer


kyle may Every so often a “new” technology catches on. Right now it’s nosql databases. A couple years ago it was Ruby, before that it was java. Each arise because they propose a solution to an existing problem, or in other words a better way of doing something. something, but not everything.

A visit to Malaysia: perspective on technology, innovation, and growth

Trends in the Living Networks

I recently spent three days in Kuala Lumpur, running a two-day workshop for a client and meeting a number of very interesting people. I hadn’t been to Malaysia for six years, so it was great to get back.

Ignore everybody (but don’t ignore this book)

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Like Rework (which I reviewed last week ), Ignore Everybody is my kind of book. Written by Hugh MacLeod of gapingvoid.com , it is made up of 40 short essays that each dive into a very specific idea or question. And pictures, lots of pictures from the cube-grenade gallery at gapingvoid.com.

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.

IT Careers: Can You Survive Unemployment? By Meridith Levinson

A CIO's Voice

Here is a great article by Meridith Levinson regarding unemployment and IT professionals. “If you lose your job, get ready for a wild ride on the emotional rollercoaster. Your daily routines, lifestyle, relationships and identity will be upended, say IT execs who survived long job searches and unemployment to tell the tale.” ” By Meridith Levinson. link]. Filed under: Career , CIO Tagged: IT careers , Laid Off , unemployment. Career CIO IT careers Laid Off unemployment


Amazon Cloudfront is Streaming Media 2010 Editor's pick - All.

All Things Distributed

I am excited that Amazon Cloudfront has been selected as one of the 10 Editor's pick of 2010 by Streaming Media. Amazon Cloudfront is the Content Delivery Network (CDN) that is dead simple to use both from a technology

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Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt. For people who work hard to make government work, we live in frightening, uncertain times. Even small messages and signals to the people who do the day-to-day work are important.

NoSQL Databases


langalex Amazon, Digg, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter all started on sql databases (all but Amazon on MySQL) and have transitioned to incorporated nosql databases into their infrastructure, though many utilize both relational databases as well as non-relational ones. I’ve compiled a few resources to help bring you up to speed on nosql databases. Major sites using NoSQL Amazon : (Dynamo) [link] LinkedIn : (Voldemort) [link

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.