October, 2010

LiveKd for Virtual Machine Debugging

IT Pros Rock!

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

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.

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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.

5 Reasons Consumer Innovations Outpace the Enterprise

CIO Dashboard

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?

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.

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

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- 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”.


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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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- 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. “.

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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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.

Experiential futures and the intersection between design and foresight

Trends in the Living Networks

I have just attended a very interesting presentation by Stuart Candy on prototyping possible worlds. Stuart joined global design firm Arup six weeks ago after finishing his Ph.D on experiential futures at Hawaii's Research Center for Futures Studies.

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Tackling Total Cost of Ownership

CIO Dashboard

Guest post by Sean Sell. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis is intended to determine the lifetime costs of acquiring, operating, and changing something.

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.

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

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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.

Comedy 2.0: You Had Me at "Social"

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

Saturday night, I was fortunate to see a professional comedian perform. Paul F. Tompkins played a one-night-only show at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge, MA. Although there were many noteworthy things about this performance, the most BLOG-worthy thing was Mr. Tompkins’ question as he took the stage: “How many people are here because of the Facebook group?”. This was clearly a different way to make a comedy show happen.

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


A fantastic success story in local TV, newspaper and web: aggregating audiences and linking to transactions

Trends in the Living Networks

Next week I am giving the opening keynote at the Regional TV Marketing Association conference in Byron Bay, which brings together the top executives across regional television, media buyers, and corporate marketing roles.

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Closing the Expectations Gap

CIO Dashboard

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.

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.

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.

SBS Diva talks about not being afraid of the cloud - SeanDaniel.com

Sean Daniel

Susan Bradley talks about how partners shouldn't be afraid of the cloud, but yet embrace it. Video courtesy of VarVid. link] Aaron Booker of Varvid had

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.

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


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.