May, 2012

Announcing Trojan Horse, the Novel!

IT Pros Rock!

Many of you have read Zero Day , my first novel. It’s a cyberthriller that features Jeff Aiken and the beautiful Daryl Haugen, computer security experts that save the world from a devastating cyberattack. Its reviews and sales exceeded my expectations.( read more

Getting Started with MongoDB and PHP :


Getting Started with MongoDB and PHP. Nearly 3 years ago I discovered a new database that literally changed my life. I know, that's a pretty bold claim, but it's true. While leading the engineering team at OpenSky I faced a

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Why crowds are an extension of our capabilities

Trends in the Living Networks

Marshall McLuhan very often provides an instructive reference point for how we understand our changing world. As I wrote in my Chapter 1 of Living Networks : The brilliant visionary Marshall McLuhan accurately described the media as an extension of our senses.

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Fountainhead: Cloud: What's a Service? Who Are SPs?


My perspective of Cloud Computing has been rocked a bit. Simplistically, I assumed I knew what IaaS, PaaS and SaaS meant, and I thought I knew who the logical public providers of these services would be. However, there

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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.

ReBoot – The CIO

A CIO's Voice

Filed under: Life and Technology , Random Thoughts , Technology Review Tagged: what I actually do. Life and Technology Random Thoughts Technology Review what I actually do


Why FedEx's CIO Has His Head In The Cloud (a chief information officer needs an IT strategy to create IT alignment)

The Accidental Successful CIO

Image Credit. Why would a package delivery company care about cloud computing? When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight, who are you going to call? Probably FedEx, the package shipping company.

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Getting Started with MongoDB and PHP


Nearly 3 years ago I discovered a new database that literally changed my life. I know, that’s a pretty bold claim, but it’s true. While leading the engineering team at OpenSky I faced a problem I was well familiar with. How to build a e-commerce product that: 1. Provided performance and scale 2. Handled many verticals and 3. Provided proper indexing on key attributes. In search for a better solution to this problem I encountered MongoDB

Researchers develop ‘smart’ touch-responsive internet-enabled newspaper

Trends in the Living Networks

My European speaking tour (ending today) has had two primary themes: crowdsourcing and the future of corporate IT. However at a couple of points, notably a guest lecture to Moscow’s Higher School of Economics’ School of Journalism, I have delved into the future of media.

Fountainhead: Follow IT's Money: A Survey of IT Financial.


With all the talk of Cloud Computing and the transformation of IT, conversations mostly center on technology. But core to real IT transformation is the financial transformation of IT as well. I've recently written about IT's need for

5 Things Every CIO Should Know…

A CIO's Voice

As CIO, you should …. Know when to try harder and when to walk away. Being CIO means there will be days you will fail. It is part a part of the job.). Know who you can trust, who you can’t. Politics plays an important role in our careers). Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault. Others will be quick to blame you because it is easy.). Believe that you deserve being CIO. You are CIO for a reason. Be a CIO.). Have a résumé that that shows how strategic you are. (It


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!

Why CIOs Can't Believe All That They Read About Security Breeches (a chief information officer needs an IT strategy to create IT alignment)

The Accidental Successful CIO

Image Credit Just because you can't keep them out, does this mean that CIO's can ignore hackers? If a CIO picks up the paper, it seems like hackers are everywhere and getting into every IT department. Dare I say these modern day cyber pirates seem almost unstoppable?

BYOD and Your CEO

CIO Dashboard

What’s small, shiny and keeps CIOs up at night? The CEO’s personal devices. CEOs are like every other employee. They love tablets, smart phones and apps.

NoSQL databases and Managing Big Data


I had the unique opportunity to present at the annual technology forum Insight Venture Partners holds for their portfolio companies. Over 100 CTOs gathered in NYC to hear from great presenters from companies like 10gen, Tumblr, Shutterstock and Buddy Media. I’ve included a slightly longer version of the presentation given which includes a few slides that I cut out for brevity to fit in the allocated time while still allowing time for questions

Open Meeting Protocol and the structure of emergent collaboration

Trends in the Living Networks

Last week I had an early evening meeting set up with Indy Johar , the inspiring co-founder of Hub Westminster. When I arrived I found that Indy had invoked an ‘Open Meeting Protocol’, offering £10 to Matt Sevenoaks of KPMG to join the meeting, who in turn invited Shelley Kuipers , the CEO of Chaordix, who as it happens I had conversed with on email as reecently as a few days before but had never met in real-life. Another Hub Westminster member Pamela joined us.

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.

FedRAMP Releases Updated Security Assessment Plan Templates

Cloud Musings

Last week the GSA FedRAMP Program Office released the latest version of the cloud computing Security Assessment Plan (SAR) template. This document is the most recent step toward the Federal governments goal of

ReBoot – I am a Movie Junkie

A CIO's Voice

The 2012 summer movie schedule is starting to line up and like most summers I look forward to going to the movies even though I have a pretty good home theater system. I think I get a little of the excitement from my father who would often go to the movies no matter how bad the movie or reviews were. My wife on other hand is more discerning and only wants to go see the artsy Oscar films that can put any person to sleep (at least the ones I have seen).

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W.W.R.M.D? (What Would Randy Mott Do?) (a chief information officer needs an IT strategy to create IT alignment)

The Accidental Successful CIO

Image Credit Randy Mott is a CIO who knows how to make big decisions…. You wouldn’t think that a CIO who just got fired from his job at HP would have a lot to teach us about IT strategy , but that’s where you’d be wrong. Randy Mott is a CIO who has been around the block a few times.

Is Social Media Leadership Critical for a CIO?

CIO Dashboard

Do CIOs need to engage and evangelize public social media networks to effectively lead their organizations in social media initiatives? Or is facilitating connection and collaboration among employees and clients enough? Who is most responsible for cultivating a social corporate culture?

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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?

MongoDB, Hadoop and Humongous Data


Learn how to integrate MongoDB with Hadoop for large-scale distributed data processing. Using Hadoop’s MapReduce and Streaming you will learn how to do analytics and ETL on large datasets with the ability to load and save data against MongoDB. With support for Hadoop streaming support goes beyond the native Java enabling map reduce to be run in languages like Python and Ruby. MongoDB, Hadoop and Humongous Data View more presentations from Steve Francia

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Creating emergent, adaptive systems in organizations

Trends in the Living Networks

In my keynotes and executive sessions I often use the analogy of ant colonies, in which the collective intelligence of the colony is far greater than that of its individuals. Since the collective intelligence of many – or even most – human organizations is significantly less than the intelligence of many of its participants, there are no doubt lessons we can learn. In my book Living Networks I included a small section on Creating adaptive systems in Chapter 6 on Network Presence.

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Mick's IT Blogs: Cannot Install.NET Framework 4 Updates and.

Mick's IT Blog

If you are seeing a backlog of security packs and updates pertaining to.NET Framework 4 due to an Unknown error during the Windows Updates, then this just might fix your issue like it did mine. This was caused by the

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Three Principles Modern IT Needs to Practice

Future of CIO

Every IT Project is a Business Project! Information is like blood, and technology is like a backbone for any modern business today. However, most IT organizations have a reputation as a cost center than a value creator, a controller than an enabler, a tool than magic.

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.

CIO Strategy Tips From Randy Mott (a chief information officer needs an IT strategy to create IT alignment)

The Accidental Successful CIO

Image Credit Randy Mott is a CIO who knows a great deal about strategy. You wouldn’t think that a CIO who just got fired from his job at HP would have a lot to teach us about IT strategy , but that’s where you’d be wrong.

Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: FedRAMP PMO Releases First.

Cloud Musings

Late today the FedRAMP Program Management Office released the first list of certified Third Party Assessment Organizations (3PAOs). These companies are accredited to perform initial and periodic assessment of cloud

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Dynamic Content Support in Amazon CloudFront - All Things.

All Things Distributed

In the past three and a half years, Amazon CloudFront has changed the content delivery landscape. It has demonstrated that a CDN does not have to be complex to use with expensive contracts, minimum commits, or upfront

How Luxembourg is playing to become a technology hub

Trends in the Living Networks

A few weeks ago I gave the keynote at the IT Nation Golden i Gala and Awards and earlier in the day ran a CIO workshop on Creating the Organisation of the Future. In my brief time in Luxembourg I learned about some of the many things that are happening in the tech scene in nation. As a tiny country of half a million people, it has the highest GDP per capita in the world, currently based primarily on its strong financial services industry, facilitated by its strong banking secrecy laws.

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.

Mick's IT Blogs: Robocopy Profiles when USMT Fails

Mick's IT Blog

Sometimes the USMT just fails and cannot be successfully run on a machine. The alternative is to have the user logon to a new machine and manually copy their profile contents to the new machine, mainly the Desktop, PST

CIO’s Next Practice: De-Learning, Re-Learning & Learning Agility

Future of CIO

A programmable mind embraces mental agility, to practice “ delearning ” and “re-learning” all the time.

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CIO Lessons From Zynga: Don't Manage Like They Do! (a chief information officer needs an IT strategy to create IT alignment)

The Accidental Successful CIO

Image Credit Sure they are successful, but for how long? Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year and don’t know who Zynga is, they’re the online game company that has ridden Facebook’s coattails to success. They’ve created very, very popular games such as Farmville and Cityville and generated a great deal of money. However, it’s starting to become clear that Zynga is not very well run internally and this holds many lessons for CIOs…. [tech]: Apple iPad vs the Blackberry Playbook

Sean Daniel

So I own an iPad (Hey, the Windows 8 tablet's aren't out yet, it's ok!), and I recently acquired a Blackberry Playbook (thank you, the community, for that!), and I thought it would be great to do a little bit of a comparison now that

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.