February, 2008

The future of adult entertainment - Trends in the Living Networks

Trends in the Living Networks

Richard Watson, Chief Futurist at Future Exploration Network, has found that his newly launched bestseller Future Files: A History of the Next 50 Years, has generated a very diverse range of interesting opportunities

Emerging Markets Boosted by Facebook + Joyent + Mentez

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You’re a developer in Columbia, Brazil, South Africa or Turkey. You know a little PHP. How do you quickly become a world class entrepreneur? How do you reach audiences of millions? You have access to a computer, but you have you have no capital. What would you do? At Joyent, we have partnered with Mentez to help app developers in emerging markets. Mentez starts with competitions to generate successful applications.

The importance of culture when implementing new technology

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

Thanks to Bertrand Duperrin , I found out that only 6 days ago, Peter Evans-Greenwood (Cap Gemini CTO in Australia) posted on his company's very good "CTO blog" his thinking on the importance of organizational culture when implementing new technology and in particular Enterprise 2.0. Do read it. It is totally in line with my last post

Will libraries disappear in 2019? - Trends in the Living Networks

Trends in the Living Networks

Ross Dawson, a business consultant who tracks different customs, devices, and institutions on what he calls an Extinction Timeline, predicts that libraries will disappear in 2019. He's probably right as far as the function of the

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.

An Enterprise 2.0 Governance Framework – looking for input! - Trends in the Living Networks

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From a couple of months before the Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum held last week, I had been hoping to create some kind of governance framework or implementation framework for Enterprise 2.0 that would be useful at the event

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BRW Digital Edition: new-style journalism and some insights into Web 2.0 - Trends in the Living Networks

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BRW magazine's annual Digital Generation Flagship Edition came out today. It's an excellent report and review of the digital space in Australia. Foad Fadaghi, the technology editor of BRW, has come to the media business from the

Lloyds TSB pilots social media - Trends in the Living Networks

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James Gardner, head of innovation at Lloyds TSB, writes consistently on his blog Bankervision, disclosing some of the key issues involved in innovating in a major bank. In a recent post New ways of collaborating at the bank

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Logo competition for DataPortability.org: how to get the best - Trends in the Living Networks

Trends in the Living Networks

I love this kind of thinking. DataPortability.org, the extremely important web initiative I have written about before, needs a logo. Redhat claims that its existing logo is too similar to theirs

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Enterprise 2.0 will bring radical change in organisations - Trends in the Living Networks

Trends in the Living Networks

A very good article in Voice and Data magazine titled Enterprise 2.0 will bring radical change in organisations covers some of the truly important issues on the topic, going beyond narrow views of the technologies to how these new

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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.

What is Enterprise 2.0? – a primer - Trends in the Living Networks

Trends in the Living Networks

On the newly relaunched Future Exploration Network website, we have added a 'What is Enterprise 2.0' page to provide a succinct overview of the space for attendees of the Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum. The page (image of the top part

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Société Générale had pathetic risk controls

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I used to be a fixed income derivatives trader. I have a Masters in Economics, with a specialization in Econometrics and Financial Derivatives Pricing. I work in technology now because, while in grad-school, I learnt how to code FORTRAN-77. If you wanted to be a quant, and you wanted to price exotic financial derivatives, you had to solve partial differential equations. The only way to do that was to use numerical methods that involved backward induction.

I want to donate my excess WiFi

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Here’s a simple question. I have a Apple Airport Extreme. It generally works brilliantly. I love it. I want to open up my WiFi. Donate it to my neighbours. To anyone parked in front of my house. Anyone with an iPhone. Apple says that it can support up to 50 users. I am guessing few people would actually use it very much. And I am hoping everyone else gets the same idea. There is a little bit of a problem.

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Cloud Computing Enables Enterprise 2.0

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You have read the white papers, seen the blogs, attended the conferences. And you have bought into the hype. Enterprise 2.0 tools are going to make your organization an innovation machine! I actually believe that’s true. Or, at least, I think they can go a long way to getting you there. So, now what do you do? How do you get there from here. You can fight with your IT department. Get buy in from the whole world and his dog.

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.

Finding the right person to help with a problem

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

Here is a basic but hugely rewarding problem to resolve: "Finding and contacting the right person (or group) within an organization to help with a problem”. The problem can be anything that can benefit from the input of someone with a relevant expertise. How do you do this in an Enterprise 1.0 environment (in other words, in most organizations today)? Well, all too often you simply don't bother trying!

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Director of Knowledge Management opportunity

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For those interested, I am looking to bring in a right hand person to do "km stuff" :) Major initiatives this year include a MOSS rollout , Recommind installation, Interwoven/ MCC deployment and a few other things I could tell you, but then I'd have to. well you know how that goes. UPDATE] A couple of points to address now, based on some of the questions I've gotten: Although I'm based in LA, the preference is to have someone based in either Chicago, NY, DC, PHL, or PIT.

“Three dozen knowledge sharing barriers� compared with my “cultures not conducive to knowledge sharing�

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I have recently been made aware (on ActKm listserve) by Shawn Callahan of one of his blog post dated 03/09/06 and titled " Tree dozen knowledge sharing barriers ”. Shawn was commenting on an article written by Andreas Riege (with the same name as the post). I thought that it could be interesting to compare Andreas' list of barriers with my list of 16 "not conducive to K sharing” cultural traits.

Anyone know people that would be interested in our new Firmwide Director of Records position?

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While this is in poor form, it's my blog and I can do what I please. I guess :) In any event, this is a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor and be able to implement a new records system (Interwoven) along with new policies and procedures. We're also looking to go paperless, it's a very exciting opportunity for the right person. The person can be based in Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh or DC. For more information look at the link below: [link

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.

The Generational Divide.

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An interesting string started today on the ILTA listserves regarding the generational rift within IT Departments as reported in a recent CIO.com article. This falls in line with what we're seeing in all corporations, especially in law firms. This also has an important impact on how technology is designed and how we go about training lawyers on technology.