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

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?


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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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

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.

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.

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NoSQL Databases : spf13.com


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

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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.


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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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!:

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 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.

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


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.