October, 2008

Scenario planning: strategy for the future of global financial services

Trends in the Living Networks

For my keynote at the Vision 2020 Financial Services conference last month in Mumbai I prepared some 'quick and dirty' scenarios for the global financial services industry landscape in 2020 from a technology perspective. Below is an overview of the content I used in my presentation.

Hire Your Next Consultant Using Twitter


At Portero we had an issue with our network. I know enough about networking to understand the basics. I actually used to work on the IOS back during the dawn of the internet. Though things have changed since then, the biggest issue is I don’t remember enough to fix network configuration issues on the router level. Before I took the post at Portero, we had a company we contracted to configure all of our Cisco equipment

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Agile Development as a Driver to Orginizational Change - Social.

Social, Agile and Transformation

I gave a short talk today to a group of VPs and CIOs on the nature of Agile. In a true startup, it's very easy for the team to adopt agile. But in an enterprise, agile development is a relatively new software lifecycle. Only recently

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Live Blogging WordCamp - Day2

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Our awesome M.C. Matthieu. Keeping WordPress Secure - Mark Jaquith. markjaquith.com. link]. Upgrades will be automatic, and that will help keep up with security issues. Top 50 plugins - good security, but less popular ones might have security problems. WP 2.6 - notifications on plugin upgrades.

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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.

Mark to Market Vs. Mark to Model

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

Last year, Buddy bought a Hummer. One of the big H1s. He spent $80K. Kelly Blue book says it’s worth $55K today. Buddy took the Hummer to every dealer in town. None would offer him anything for the Hummer. One guy said he would take if off Buddy’s hands if Buddy paid him $250 to have it towed to the scrap yard. Kelly Blue book is the Mark to Model. -$250 250 is the Mark to Market. How much is Buddy’s Hummer worth?

- Tech Nightmares Frighten a CIO

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Tech Horror. Sometimes my job as a City CIO keeps me up at night. There are some pretty horrible things which can happen to the technology which keeps City and County governments running. Halloween seems like a perfect time to confront a few of our most frightful fears, and here are a few of mine.

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Micro-blogging in the enterprise: an idea whose time has come?

Trends in the Living Networks

Over the last few months there has been increasing discussion of how micro-blogging tools such as Twitter could be used in organizations. Twitter is now frequently used in external communication, with organizations as diverse as @SouthwestAir , @Comcastcares , @BigPondTeam , @SEC_Investor_Ed, and @mosmancouncil using Twitter to communicate to stakeholders and for customer service.

Business models for micro-blogging in the enterprise

Trends in the Living Networks

Today’s New York Times has an interesting article titled Start-Ups Test Dot-Com Business Models , which compares the business models of Twitter and Yammer (a recent start-up focusing on business micro-blogging that I wrote about in a recent review of the space ). It says that Yammer, while a tiny fraction of the size of Twitter, is already getting revenue, while Twitter is still focusing on growth and waiting to monetize.

Newspapers and Magazines Need Content Agility - Social, Agile.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Next week, I will be speaking at the Mark Logic Digital Publishing Summit on the topic Achieving Content Agility in a Web 2.0 Environment. The timing is impeccable as the NY Times Mourns Old Media Decline covering layoffs

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CIO Magazine interview: Six key points for CIOs in creating value from Enterprise 2.0

Trends in the Living Networks

A little earlier in the year CIO Magazine published an excellent feature article titled Enterprise 2.0 - What is it good for? In the print and online articles they included a sidebar: The Organization As Media Entity: Enterprise 2.0 is about making mass participation valuable , which reported on my views (that I’ve written and spoken about on many occasions before) that organizations should start thinking of themselves as media entities.

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!

Seth Godin says write so it couldn't be any shorter

Trends in the Living Networks

Hugh MacLeod has published a delightful interview with Seth Godin on the launch of his new book Tribes. A couple of excerpts that particularly struck me: Your books and blog posts seem to have one thing in common, they seem to be getting shorter and shorter with every passing year. I have no problem with that; I think people genuinely prefer short reads to long ones. For people aspiring to publish their own books one day, what advice would you give them re. deciding on a book's length?


Web 2.0 is happening inside organizations anyway – time to recognize it and do it well

Trends in the Living Networks

The current issue of MIS magazine Australia has an excellent feature on Corporate Web 2.0 titled Meetings of 2.0 Minds , introduced with the words: The social communication tools of the web are making their irrevocably into today's enterprise. The piece begins with the example of how Bond University conducted an audit of use of Web 2.0 technologies, and “uncovered a vast, organic network of technologies already being used…”.

The steady shift to an RSS-based universe

Trends in the Living Networks

The Guardian is now providing full-text RSS feeds. Let’s dig into why this is important, and an indicator of one of the broadest shifts happening in the information landscape. Over the last few years RSS has shifted from a geek-thing that required explanation, to the point where most people have an RSS reader of some type on their desktops.

Future Files by Richard Watson hits global markets

Trends in the Living Networks

A little while ago I announced that Future Exploration Network’s extraordinary Chief Futurist, Richard Watson, had released his book Future Files: A History of the Next 50 Years , including a few excerpts. Since then it has sold at a giddying pace, selling out in Australia, and has now been launched in 10 editions worldwide, including two Chinese versions. The book has now been launched in the US and UK to great fanfare.

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.

Detailed case study of Twitter in the enterprise: Janssen-Cilag

Trends in the Living Networks

Earlier in the month I wrote a post on Micro-blogging in the enterprise: an idea whose time has come? I mentioned a number of the current corporate initiatives in the space, including those of Janssen-Cilag, which in February implemented an internal version of Twitter it called Jitter. After my post I learned (on Twitter) that Janssen-Cilag was highly commended in the 2008 Intranet Innovation Awards. The executive summary of the report includes a description of Jitter.

Smart Company names the top 15 business blogs in Australia - TLN makes the list

Trends in the Living Networks

A great article in Smart Company on Australia’s best business blogs by Brad Howarth discussing the ins and outs of business blogging, and names the top 15 business blogs in Australia, including Trends in the Living Networks. The article begins: Australian businesses have shown remarkable trepidation when it comes to communicating with customers and stakeholders through blogs. But blogging need not be a difficult exercise.

Groups and Networks

Trends in the Living Networks

Stowe Boyd recently posted the following statement: I disagree with the notion that Enterprise 2.0 is about groups not the individual. On the contrary: Web 2.0 is based on the person and personal relationships in networks, not group membership. It came in response to a post of mine about Enterprise 2.0 adoption where I wrote that: Enterprise 2.0 posits the group as the primary unit of activity; email posits the individual Boyd's drawing a really important distinction here.

ASTD Consulting News: Building Better Client Relationships

Trends in the Living Networks

The September issue of the Consulting News magazine of the ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) includes an article I wrote on Building Better Client Relationships. The article is below: Building Better Client Relationships. by Ross Dawson. In an increasingly money conscious and global economy, where consultants often spend large sums and substantial energy in obtaining new clients, the key issue they face is how to build long lasting and deep relationships with valuable clients.

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?

ABC Radio: Peer-to-peer file sharing and the future of the media

Trends in the Living Networks

Today’s ABC Media Report featured a special report on peer-to-peer file sharing and its impact on media. The program provided an overview of the history of peer-to-peer content sharing, starting from Napster and its legal travails, moving on to Kazaa, BitTorrent, online video distribution and the situation today, and how it is impacting the music, video and media industries. The report can be downloaded as a podcast (note that the peer-to-peer piece is only on the download, not the stream).

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Twitter - a Brief Intro

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

I’ve been ‘playing’ on Twitter for a few months now. I choose who I follow based on whether we appear to have similar interests, and I let anyone who wants to follow me. There are people who I follow who don’t follow me, and people who follow me who I don’t follow back. It makes for a kind of discontinuous ‘conversation’, and you might wonder why I bother.

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DOD deepens Web 2.0


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Advanced Distributed Learning - Home. msnbc.com video: Doctor challenges autism, vaccine link. IT'S NOT CONTROVERSIAL, MATT!! the fact that vaccines don't cause autism, that is

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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.

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Positively Autistic. " " since the early 90's, an autistic rights movement has sprung up, challenging the official view of autism and working to change how the world sees autism. In this special feature, we meet some of the people at the forefront of this movement, and find out what they see are the positives of living life as a person with autism.&

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Autism Matters at Work. Looks like it might be a good program, would obviously need to see the details of how they Recognize, Relate, and Respond. An important topic for any workplace. Powells.com Ink Q&A - Paul Nahin. I saw Nahin's book Mr. Euler's Fabulous Formula over the weekend. Not sure if I can wait for Christmas or not. Autism Information Library: Identifying, Educating, and Empowering Allies

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Ronald's Not Such A Bad Guy After All. Give's you hope, doesn't it


WebTools For Teachers 10/21/2008

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Thumbspeak: Books: The New Yorker. For those interested in language and texting, from the New Yorker - via GrammarGirl on Twitter. tags : textmessaging , texting , language , linguistics. Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here

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.

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Do I Look Like a CEO?' - BusinessWeek. Though kind of about Bram Cohen, developer of BitTorrent, the article goes into quite a bit of detail about how Asperger's has shaped Bram and his achievements. Just goes to show how our differences can help us. I can't help wondering, would we have BitTorrent today if Bram Cohen had been diagnosed with Asperger's as a teen? Not he first time I've wondered something like this

WebTools For Teachers 10/17/2008

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Are You a ‘Digital Native?’ ’ | Newsweek Tech and Business | Newsweek.com - Annotated. Using the web changes our plastic brains, (just like reading changes the wiring in our brains and reading has changed our culture radically). Been sayng this for years, based on my readings on reading. Glad to see the impact of web usage on our brains has been researched and documented.

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Denis Leary Tries to Defuel His Autism Fire - E! Online. Was the excerpt from Denis Leary's upcoming book bashing autism parents taken out of context? Does it matter? I think I'll withhold my judgment until his book comes out next month


Economic Hard Times and Web 2.0

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

This morning (via a newly-subscribed-to Twitter feed linking me to Harvard Business Publishing ), I found and read a great short blurb of an article by Tom Davenport , with whose work at CIMS I am familiar. Tom raises the timely question of the impact of the economic crisis on the explosion of social media, and it's a good point. The people who scratch their heads hardest and ask most frequently "Why would you want to do THAT?"

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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.