May, 2009

Implementing Enterprise 2.0: Free Chapter 7 – Governance

Trends in the Living Networks

Continuing our series of free chapters from Implementing Enterprise 2.0 , here is Chapter 7 on Governance. For full details on the report and all the sample chapters go to the Implementing Enterprise 2.0 website. Within the Enterprise 2.0

Fountainhead: Profiling questions nobody's asking re: cloud.


I find it odd that so much is being written about defining cloud terminology, cloud operation, and cloud construction. But so little attention is being paid to identifying & profiling which applications are best-suited to actually run

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Setting up Subversion with multiple access methods


One thing that makes subversion such a powerful revision system is it’s ability to permit multiple methods of access. Https, WebDAV, SSH and svnserve. In spite of svn’s ability to support multiple access methods, doing so simultaniously can be quite challenging. Typically one will run into permission issues as the http(s) access will all be written to the filesystem as the user running the webserver. The SSH access will all write to the filesystem under each users given account

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Amazon Cloud - Becoming a Storm? - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

When Amazon Web Services came out with S3 and EC2, I was skeptical even though I was and continue to be a strong proponent of SaaS. Why would I buy hosting from a large internet retailer when there are so many

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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?

You don’t get better at writing essays by writing more essays

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Braindump: 2009 MIT CIO Symposium

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

In addition to the data stream of 140-character bons mots, I feel inspired to write in more depth on some of the themes we explored at yesterday's MIT CIO Symposium , perhaps due to a great article by Adam Singer entitled "19 Reasons You Should Blog And Not Just Tweet.".

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Fountainhead: Lessons from Glassblowing for High-Tech marketing


This past weekend I spent 6 hours learning the very basics of glassblowing. It's been on my "bucket list" for quite some time, and when a good friend suggested we try it, I jumped on the opportunity. But what I didn't realize was

CIOs as Brokers, not Controllers - CIORant

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- Tough Times, Tough Decisions

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

I just finished one of the most difficult tasks a manager can perform – making preliminary decisions on budget cuts for next year. This is a job which is difficult in any line of work, and more so in government for several reasons. For one thing, there’s an expectation that government is stable and long-term in its operations and its employment. It has to be.

Toy today, tool tomorrow

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

This is a repost of The toys of today, the tools of tomorrow , which I originally posted in April 2008. - - — — —– ——– The toys of today, the tools of tomorrow. At the end of a brief history of human communication , Dave Gray of XPLANE gets to what he sees as the future of communications: visual communications. Today, we are free once more. Paradoxically, now that everything has been reduced to zeros and ones, our only limit is our imagination.

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ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

SharePoint Search and Information Architecture Webinar Series

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

KMA's Sadie Van Buren is speaking at an upcoming webinar session from Earley & Associates entitled "Optimizing Your SharePoint Investment Through Search & Information Architecture." She's presenting in session 2, June 11, from 12:30-2pm EDT. If you have any burning questions about the webinar content or how to take advantage of SharePoint's built-in search, please feel free to contact me , or contact Sadie directly.

Visualization: RSS in the Enterprise

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Here continuing our series of visual representations of social media tools inside organizations, taken from our Implementing Enterprise 2.0 report. The diagram below was used in the chapter on RSS in the enterprise, to illustrate how RSS can support effective information flows in the organization.

Fountainhead: New AWS enable "Real" Elastic Clouds


Yesterday Amazon announced a new set of services for their EC2 "elastic compute cloud" and these perhaps represent the real "holy grail" for cloud computing. While not new concepts, they illustrate how "real" cloud

Using Consultants: Rolling the Dice? - CIORant

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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Social Media: overhyped fad or essential tool?

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

Attended an MBA Association event last night: Social networking for business – overhyped fad or essential tool? Speakers: Mireia Fontbernat, Paul O’Nolan & Paul TannerLocation: Strand Palace Hotel In a few words, the speakers confirmed what I already knew or suspected: No one has a clue where online social media is really taking us (and these 3 speakers were no exception).

Cool phrase of the day: Effective Efficiency

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

In a post earlier today , Jack Vinson reflects on six years of his blog Knowledge Jolt. Jack was one of the first bloggers I ever followed and was one of the reasons I first started blogging, also nearly six years ago in June 2003.

Launch of the Influence Landscape framework (Beta)

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Today we launch our Influence Landscape framework ! Click on the image to download the pdf.

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Rapid turnover in the Web 2.0 space - the best get acquired

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A review of what had happened to the Web 2.0 poster-children prompted me to review what had happened to the companies featured in my Web 2.0 Landscape dating from May 2007. This was one of the elements of our Web 2.0 Framework which has now been downloaded over 150,000 times.

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.

Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston coming soon!

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While our annual Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum is the biggest Enterprise 2.0 event in Australasia and Asia, the global landmark event for Enterprise 2.0 is definitely the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston, coming up on June 22-25.

Keynote presentation: Profiting from Accelerating Change - MegaTrends in Abu Dhabi

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Below are my slides for my keynote at the MegaTrends conference at Abu Dhabi. As for all my presentations, note that these slides are designed to accompany my speech and not to be viewed on their own, though may still be useful. Keynote: Profiting from Accelerating Change - MegaTrends Abu Dhabi Conference View more OpenOffice presentations from rossdawson. For some more detail on the Driving Forces section, see my post on The MegaTrends of Technology, Business, and Society.

Paul Krugman on the state of the global economy live at MegaTrends in Abu Dhabi

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The biggest highlight of the MegaTrends conference for me (other than my own keynote :-) ) is the presentation by Paul Krugman, who won the Nobel prize for economics last year, on the state of the global economy. I have a lot of respect for his outlook. Live notes from his speech: The volume of world trade has fallen off a cliff – down 15% over the last year, the biggest since the Great Depression.

Interview on the global and Middle East economy

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Prominent Arabic region magazine Trends did a special issue to accompany the MegaTrends conference where I delivered a keynote last week, incorporating interviews with the three major speakers: Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon al-Nahyan, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourist Authority, and myself. My interview is in the document here. I've also posted it as text below (pre-editing) as it may be easier to read.

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

The MegaTrends of Technology, Business, and Society

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In preparing for my keynote at the MegaTrends conference in Abu Dhabi this afternoon I have distilled my thinking into a new visual representation. To gain insights the future we need to understand the intersection of three domains: Technology , Business , and Society.

Tapping the power of Social Media: 6 steps for marketers

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I wrote the article below for Tech Marketing magazine. It is intended as a quick guide for marketers who are looking to engage with social media. It is now impossible to ignore the power and reach of social media. Yet the rules of engagement are very different to traditional marketing and PR. Here are a few guidelines to how to tap the power of social media without stumbling into the many pitfalls: 1. Participate and play. The only way to understand social media is to participate.

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Landslide in front of my house!

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Yesterday evening water got cut off to our house, and then the electricity went out. There were sounds of roadwork outside, so I presumed that as had happened before they were digging up pipes in the road and hadn't bothered to let us know.


Notes from The Power of Influence

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The Power of Influence lunch was run earlier today. This was in fact the inaugural event of The Insight Exchange. The quality of the event and the feedback augur well for The Insight Exchange future's, and particularly for the value it will create for participants.

More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

(Finally!) Relaunching Advanced Human Technologies

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At last!!! It is literally over five years now that I have been wanting to revamp the website for my core company Advanced Human Technologies.

Fountainhead: In their own words: Valley CTOs' Blogs & Tweets


I love listening to Greg - definitely a visionary, definitely well-connected. He's the guy I referenced back in 2007 when he observed that The World Only Needs 5 Computers. Looking like this concept is really coming true

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Fountainhead: Infrastructure Orchestration in use within SPs.


For the past months I've held that new technologies are OK. but the litmus test is whether they're actually used and valuable in the real world. One of those new technologies in the Enterprise Data Center space is what I call

Notes from Conversation with Juliette Powell

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Last night we had a conversation with Juliette Powell in Sydney. A small group of local digerati gathered for an informal conversation on social networks, taking advantage of Juliette being in Australia for the first time as she tours the world promoting her new book 33 Million People in the Room. Below are the unedited notes I took during the conversation, reflecting what was said by the participants. It was a fascinating discussion, with just a few fragments captured here.

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.