May, 2009

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

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

System 100

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

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

Agile 100

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.

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

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

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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

CIO Rant


A purveyor of Social Media-Web 2.0-Geek porn

Trends in the Living Networks

@webtechman just posted this: For connoisseurs of geek porn who haven't seen it before, click on the image below for my full Twitter background , comprised of four of our more well-known frameworks, or go to the full pdfs of the frameworks here: Web 2.0

Media 79

- 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.

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.

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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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.

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

CIO Rant


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.

Visualization: RSS in the Enterprise

Trends in the Living Networks

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.

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.

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

Trends in the Living Networks

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.

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.

Launch of the Influence Landscape framework (Beta)

Trends in the Living Networks

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

Media 70

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

Intel 100

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

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

Trends in the Living Networks

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.

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.

Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston coming soon!

Trends in the Living Networks

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.

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

Trends in the Living Networks

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

Trends in the Living Networks

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 MegaTrends of Technology, Business, and Society

Trends in the Living Networks

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.

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.