October, 2010

LiveKd for Virtual Machine Debugging

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When Dave Solomon and I were writing the 3 rd edition of the Windows Internals book series Inside Windows 2000 back in 1999, we pondered if there was a way to enable kernel debuggers like Windbg and Kd (part of the free Debugging Tools for Windows package.( read more

Launch of Newspaper Extinction Timeline for every country in the world

Trends in the Living Networks

Back in August I predicted that newspapers in their current form will be irrelevant in Australia in 2022. That received significant international attention including from The Australian , The Guardian , Editor & Publisher (which called me the 'Wizard of Aussie') and many others. Part of the point I wanted to make was that this date is different for every country.

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MongoDB & Ecommerce : A Perfect Combination


Last night I gave a presentation on MongoDB & Ecommerce. OpenSky is the first company to use MongoDB in production for ecommerce. I shared why we went this route, and why it’s an obvious and powerful combination. At OpenSky we use MongoDB to develop the next ecommerce platform. OpenSky also uses Symfony 2, Doctrine 2, PHP 5.3, PHPUnit 3.5, jQuery, node.js, Git”) (with gitflow) and a touch of Java”) and Python&rdquo

Lord of the Metrics

A CIO's Voice

Every organization is looking at understanding IT performance. As a department, IT should be vigilant at applying information processing capabilities that benefit the business. In order to meet this requirement IT must provide the following services while managing costs and prioritizing requests to optimize value: Operate and support the infrastructure required to process, store, secure, and communicate information. Operate and support the business applications that process information.


The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

5 Reasons Consumer Innovations Outpace the Enterprise

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With all of the killer apps and data , social systems , creative visualization and different devices out there in the consumer space, why we aren’t making more and faster progress in adopting some of them in the companies where we work? If I can use Wolfram Alpha on my iPhone to ask a question why can’t I get the same kinds of information on my phone to support my business decision making?

Some thoughts on Dads, IEPs, and PTOs

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

This is a repost of something I originally wrote in the summer of 2007. Three years old, but just as relevant now as it was then. - – — — —– Last summer (2006) in the post “Men must attend IEP meetings” , I quoted Charles Fox of the Special Education Law Blog on the important role men can (should) play in the IEP process.

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Why Crowdsourcing is the future of EVERYTHING (including 12 key areas (with just 3 exceptions))

Trends in the Living Networks

The theme of Future of Crowdsourcing Summit , coming up soon in San Francisco and Sydney, is how crowdsourcing (applying the minds of many) is the future of everything. It’s a big claim, though to be frank I can’t think of many things it’s not the future of. Anything of human creation, which is most of what we know, has in some ways a crowdsourced future.

Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: GSA Awards Eleven US.

Cloud Musings

According to Federal News Radio, GSA awarded eleven vendor spots in the first Federal cloud infrastructure-as-a-service award. The winners were: * Apptis Inc. partnered with Amazon Web Services * AT&T * Autonomic

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A CIO's Voice

As the purveyor of everything IT, I am charged with making sure projects do not suffer from the dreaded scope creep. As managers we know the productivity of the resources involved and how to allocate them, sometimes the requirements gathering fails and so does estimating costs and scheduling deliverables. This is often the case with application development.


7 Great iPad Apps for CIOs

CIO Dashboard

As we head into the weekend, maybe you will be sitting down with a coffee tomorrow morning with your iPad, wondering what to do with it beyond read email and looking at a few websites. I thought I would share a few ideas for how you can get more out of it, especially focusing on iPad apps that a CIO or IT leader would appreciate. Most people I’ve talked to and commentary I’ve read highlights the iPad as an incredible information consumption device.

Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

Chance favors the connected mind (Where Good Ideas Come From)

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

I’ve read the reviews , I’ve seen the video (also embedded below), and I’ve listened in on the webinar. And now that the UPS guy has made his afternoon delivery, I can finally read Steven Johnson’s latest book Where Good Ideas Come From – The Natural History of Innovation. Though it is going to have to wait a day or two until I finish The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing.).

Tappers vs Listeners

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

[photo credit: "Morse Telegraph Key" posted to Flickr by public.resource.org]. Last week, I came across an article that resonated with me because of things I see all the time as a consultant. . Many times, as consultants, we fall into traps that diminish our effectiveness. One of these that I saw very nicely represented in a blog article referencing a book called "Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die.".

Six steps to success in a world driven by cloud computing

Trends in the Living Networks

I recently gave the keynote for an event series on cloud computing run by Telstra Business across five Australian cities. My keynote was followed by a presentation by Telstra's Chief Technology Officer Hugh Bradlow. In the current issue of Telstra's customer magazine Business Insights the feature article is based on Hugh and myself. The article is here, with the full text of my quoted 'Six Steps to Success' is below. Cloud computing: Interview with Ross Dawson and Hugh Bradlow.

NIST To Hold 2nd Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop

Cloud Musings

On November 4-5, 2010, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold their second Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop. During this event, NIST will report on the status of federal efforts around cloud

How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

ReBoot – My Affair with My iPhone Continues

A CIO's Voice

It has been 2 years since I have been having an affair with my phone – my iPhone. I recently upgrade to iPhone 4 and boy I am not disappointed. Why should I be? After all it is an Apple product. I was using my iPhone 3G and it was working great until I upgrade the iOS recently. Then things slowed down. Even after Apple tried to fix, my iPhone 3G was never the same. It was a causality of its own technology.

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Tackling Total Cost of Ownership

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Guest post by Sean Sell. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis is intended to determine the lifetime costs of acquiring, operating, and changing something. It is primarily used to make apples to apples comparisons in large capital investments, and, if done properly, can bring out hidden costs of ownership. The term is regaining popularity largely because of the questions about cloud computing. TCO to Support Vendor Claims.

Mobile devices are not the enemy of learning

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Towards the back of his book Don’t Bother Me Mom, I’m Learning , published in 2005, author Marc Prensky discusses the potential for using cell phones as a tool for learning in schools. I read the book back in the fall of 2006, and though I agreed with much of what he wrote in the book, I just did not see the potential for cell phones that he did. A huge failure of imagination on my part.

SPTechCon Coming to Cambridge This Week

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This Wednesday through Friday, October 20 through 22, the SharePoint Technical Conference, affectionately known as SPTechCon, is coming to Cambridge, MA. Given that Microsoft is not running its own SharePoint Conference this year, SPTechCon will be one of the bigger and better SharePoint-related conferences of 2010, and we're fortunate to have it in our backyard. [Of Of course, before we get to Cambridge, we have to deliver our monthly KMA Insights webinar.

Building Like Amazon

Speaker: Leo Zhadanovsky, Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Amazon's journey to its current modern architecture and processes provides insights for all software development leaders. To get there, Amazon focused on decomposing for agility, making critical cultural and operational changes, and creating tools for software delivery. The result was enabling developers to rapidly release and iterate software while maintaining industry-leading standards on security, reliability, and performance. Whether you're developing for a small startup or a large corporation, learning the tools for CI/CD will make your good DevOps team great. We are excited to be joined by Leo Zhadanovsky, a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.

Getting an online identity from before you are born is just the beginning of a life online

Trends in the Living Networks

The invention of the graphical web browser in 1993 was the moment that 'getting online' became meaningful, when we could start to post ideas, photos, and more that anyone in the world with an internet connection could access. However you needed a certain amount of tech knowledge to do that, and it was only from around 2000 that it began to get easy for anyone to blog, post images, share personal media among friends, and a little while after that to upload videos for the world to see.

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Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: "On The Frontlines" Interview

Cloud Musings

Trezza Media Group provides high-quality thought leadership media and marketing services to help companies connect to government leaders, channel partners and other industry and technology partners. Their goal is to

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CIO Blogs for October 2010

A CIO's Voice

Is Technology Measured by Progress or Unrealized Potential? by Andy Blumenthal. 5 Suggestions For What Should Be On A CIO’s To-Do List Right Now by The Accidental Successful CIO . SIMposium2010 by Mike Schaffner. A Customer Emotion Dashboard by John Halamka. Filed under: CIO , Leadership , Life and Technology , Management Tagged: CIO , dashboard , simposium. CIO Leadership Life and Technology Management dashboard simposium


Closing the Expectations Gap

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Guest Post by Louie Ehrlich, President Chevron Information Technology Company, and CIO, Chevron Corp. Note: This is the second in a series, check out part 1 first – The Journey of a Business Strategist CIO. In my last post, I mentioned that the third step in moving towards the “business strategist” CIO is elevating the stakeholder relationship from one of service provider to one of a true business partner.

Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

Most managers don’t want creative employees

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

A couple of summers ago I read Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson. The book lives up to its title and one that I heartily recommend. It contains a wealth of ideas and views on management that you don’t often come across. For example, this on the management of creativity: Real creativity, the kind that is responsible for breakthrough changes in our society, always violates the rules.

- Tech Terror List 2010

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Tech Terror 2010. We are at the end of this quite frightening year of the Great Recession 2010, and at the eve of another frightening Halloween filled with tiny goblins ringing the front door shouting “trick or treat”. But what are the “real world” goblins knocking at the door, and facing the chief information officer who opens it? It is time for me to update my 2008 list of nightmares which frighten a CIO. . Tablet computers (and smartphones).

Looking for an outstanding writer/ blogger on crowdsourcing

Trends in the Living Networks

For the next 10 days we need writers to help write interesting blog posts for the website of the upcoming Future of Crowdsourcing Summit. We are only looking for outstanding writers, who can write extremely well and who really understand crowdsourcing, global business, and the web space. This is intended for people who love the crowdsourcing space and want to write about it rather than professional writers/ bloggers.


SeanDaniel.com [tech]: Simplify your Client Story with Windows.

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image. Back in February of 2010, Microsoft launched a new product, called Windows MultiPoint Server 2010, which is designed primarily for the education market to help schools increase computing access to more students

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Nine Developer Enablement Practices to Achieve DevOps at Enterprise Scale

In this eBook, Christian Oestreich, a senior software engineering leader with experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies, shares how a metrics-driven mindset can dramatically improve software quality and enable DevOps at enterprise scale.

Office Buzzwords

A CIO's Voice

I read this on Yahoo this morning. I must admit I use some of these ‘buzzwords’ myself. It was the right term for the moment. Maybe its use in the vernacular truly is in the eye of the beholder. Avoid These Office Buzzwords by Marlys Harris. Filed under: Career Tagged: business lanaguage , buzzwords , jargon , yahoo. Career business lanaguage buzzwords jargon yahoo


Business Innovation or IT Innovation?

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[link]. Business Innovation or IT Innovation – Video Blog Transcript. In the most recent issue of Sloan Management Review , Sloan introduced a new study they are doing along with IBM called the New Intelligent Enterprise. In the study, they surveyed 3000 executives and asked them for their top priority over the next two years. They didn’t answer cost, or growth, or risk, or agility – they said “to achieve competitive differentiation through innovation.”

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Life is not a game (or is it?)

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Games, especially video games, have always been a big part of my life, both when I was young and now with my family. We all know that games are an important part of growing up, and despite the bad rap that video games get they can be a very positive experience, too. Over the past few years, I’ve also been contemplating the role games, including video games , influence our life and work.

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- Dang Guvmit Bure-crats

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Bure-crat checking the Rooles. Dang Guvmint. Takes too much of our hard-earned tax dollars and hires all those danged burecrats to waste taxpayer money feeding at the public trough pushing paper and regulations keepin’ us hard-workin’ Americans down. “. Certainly there is a movement in the United States today which believes government is too big, too wasteful and burdens the economy on the backs of the “average” American citizen.

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!