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

ReBoot – The CIO

A CIO's Voice

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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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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.

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

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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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4 Easy Ways to Kill Innovation

CIO Dashboard

How should we innovate? Business and technology leaders ask me this question a lot these days. I often respond with another question. Why do you want to innovate? Nothing kills innovation faster than a lack of focus.

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


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

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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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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

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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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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.

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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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.

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. [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

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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.