December, 2008

CIO Musings - Life as a Public Sector CIO: Richmond IT Jobs

CIO Musings

A job lead passed on from a business colleague, email me if you want his phone number: 45 IT positions opened with my client this evening. These "urgent to fill" positions and include: Project Managers, Project Coordinators

One Hundred Pushups :


Photographer: Frank C. Müller. A while back a bunch of people were twittering about the 100 pushup challenge. Thanksgiving was the catalyst for me. I began my quest for better health about a week ago. The premise of the

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Our trend map for 2009: The vital Trends, Risks, and Red Herrings you must know

Trends in the Living Networks

Following our extremely popular Trend Blend 2007 and Trend Blend 2008 trend maps comes…. Trend Blend 2009 !

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Is Your Enterprise Ready for Agile Development? - Social, Agile.

Social, Agile and Transformation

One of the beauties of agile is in its name. Who doesn't want to be agile? Can you imagine CIO of X Enterprise saying he or she doesn't want their IT departments to be agile? Agile proponents did themselves a favor adopting

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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?

Collaborate, cooperate, or coordinate?

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Using the Cynefin framework, Shawn at the Anecdote blog takes a look at the question of When should we collaborate? It’s always useful to define your terms before starting this kind of discussion, and Shawn obliges with the following: So what is collaboration then?

- Shocked, SHOCKED to learn …

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Shocked over the FCC Chairman?

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Backup Your Files


One of the worst experiences you can have as a computer operator is to realize you (or something else) just did something and wiped out your files. The purpose of this article is to show you how to automatically backup your files often and automatically. I use this setup to backup my documents every hour (I save more often then that). This gives me hourly versions of all my files I am working on

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Interviews: Six important forces that will shape 2009 - Trends in the Living Networks

Trends in the Living Networks

About Ross Dawson. Keynote Speaking/Strategy. Future Exploration Network. AHT Group. Books and Reports. Recent Media Appearances. « Upcoming Keynote at MegaTrends in Abu Dhabi: Four trends transforming society | Main. Interviews: Six important forces that will shape 2009.

Top 5 Attributes of Talented Agile Developers - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Instituting the agile development life cycle in an enterprise requires technology talent. I made this statement in Getting Enterprises Executives to buy into an Agile Development Lifecycle. Here are my top 5 attributes of talented

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Of Ita and Theors: Anathem - my favorite read of 2008

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Like many others, I gave myself a 50 book challenge for 2008. Actually my personal challenge went from 1 Dec 07 to 30 Nov 08, but that’s a minor detail.)

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!

- UASI, Bureaucracy and Terror

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Homeland InSecurity. This week I was, in turn, amused, maddened and fasincated by disaster.

CIO Musings - Life as a Public Sector CIO: Fun or Work?

CIO Musings

A funny thing I ran across, in the midst of the pay-for-play thing going on in Illinois. You have to know someone was going to mention this guy's hair. New technology is all around us. Every day I run across something new

Portero Raises 6.6 Million


I am happy to announce that Portero has raised $6.6 million in funding. The round was led by LFE Capital joined by returning backers including Grosvenor Funds. TechCrunch picked up the announcement early this morning and featured us on their home page. As I have a bit of an insiders view, I felt it was my place to provide a bit of insight into why Portero is such a great company

Upcoming Keynote at MegaTrends in Abu Dhabi: Four trends transforming society

Trends in the Living Networks

In early February I am delivering a keynote at the MegaTrends conference in Abu Dhabi, one of three international keynote speakers together with John Naisbitt , who sold over 9 million copies of MegaTrends and created an industry, and Dr Lynda Grattan , author of Living Strategy and Professor at London Business School. I recently did a press briefing by video for journalists in the UAE, touching on some of the themes I’ll cover in my keynote at the conference.

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.

About The Wisdom of Crowds

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

In his book "The Wisdom of Crowds - Why the many are smarter than the few", James Surowiecki makes - indirectly but nonetheless powerfully - a very good case for Knowledge Management or the leverage of individual and collective knowledge. Simply put this way, that the many are smarter than the few is hardly a contentious statement. After all, a croud of say 1000 individuals should be smarter than only 500 of this same croud most of the times.

The Art of Learning

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Last summer I picked up Chessmaster The Art of Learning for the PSP to take with me on my frequent business trips. One of the things that adds extra value to this game is the involvement of Josh Waitzkin. (You You may remember Josh as the subject of book, and film, Searching For Bobby Fischer.).

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Networking & Outreach Workshop - CIO Musings

CIO Musings

(copied from a GRTC Email.) The Greater Richmond Technology Council, in partnership with First Market Bank, Interbake Foods and Mondial Assistance will host a Networking & Outreach Workshop (TechN.O.W.) dedicated

CIO Musings - Life as a Public Sector CIO: Effect of Unemployment

CIO Musings

I read an article in the paper tonight that claimed the unemployment rate could approach 10% before employers begin hiring again. And that it could be 2010 before that happens. All of this has been on my mind recently

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.

Backing up MySQL


Image via Wikipedia I don’t know very many people that haven’t been devastated by the loss of data… Yet I am baffled that millions of professional IT workers still ignore backing up their data. Since computers are great at doing repetitive things like backups. why not spend 20 minutes setting up your machine to backup your files for you. This guide will be specific to mysql to create a local copy of the backup

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One Hundred Pushups


Photographer: Frank C. Müller A while back a bunch of people were twittering about the 100 pushup challenge. Thanksgiving was the catalyst for me. I began my quest for better health about a week ago. The premise of the challenge is quite simple. It is a six week program, that if followed, you can do 100 consecutive good form push ups at the end of the program

9 practical steps to getting great outsourced design on 99designs

Trends in the Living Networks

As I wrote last week , I decided to use the design exchange 99designs for our new logo for Advanced Human Technologies. We received over 140 logo submissions, including many very high quality designs, going through a highly iterative process to get an excellent outcome. Click here to see the submissions and winner (however quite a few designers have withdrawn their designs so they are no longer visible - the full field was a lot more impressive).

The relevance of Enterprise 2.0 in an economic downturn

Trends in the Living Networks

Moving towards our Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum 2009 , a key issue has to be how these themes are relevant to the most prominent concerns of senior executives. In short, how will applying Web 2.0 and mobile technologies in organizations save money, increase efficiency and productivity, increase market share, and build profitability? A number of recent blog posts have squarely addressed this issue, and are important reading in framing why Enterprise 2.0 must be a top priority for executives.

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.

What business books I'm buying and reading

Trends in the Living Networks

I just received my latest book shipment from - it's a tasty pile and I thought I'd share the list in case people are interested. Friendfeed is a nice way to share my various activities, but doesn't include book purchases, which I'd probably prefer to share on an ad-hoc basis anyway. Below are the books, together with brief comments. In most cases I haven't read them cover to cover yet, but I'll offer my thoughts either through reputation or having had a browse.

Keynote at Direct Selling Association conference in March

Trends in the Living Networks

I’m giving the keynote, titled Embracing the Future , at the Defining our Future conference in the Gold Coast 22-24 March, run by the Direct Selling Association. Below is an introductory video on the event, briefly reviewing the event and main speakers. DSAA 2009 from Tom Walter on Vimeo. I’ve never spoken to the direct selling industry before, but certainly the themes I often cover of the evolving network economy and media landscape is highly relevant to the audience.

Discount for early registration at Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum ends 24 December!

Trends in the Living Networks

Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum is shaping up to once again be the premier event in Australia on how Web 2.0, mobile, and emerging technologies are being applied to create value in organizations. An early registration special of $110 off applies until 24 December, so don’t forget to include it in your pre-Christmas shopping! And remember, there are significant additional discounts for members of AIMIA, Innovation Bay, NSW KM Forum, and PRIA.

Twitter friend inflation, the dynamics of influence, and why shifts in reciprocity are changing the social media landscape

Trends in the Living Networks

Anyone who uses Twitter will be deeply familiar with the issue of who you follow and who you follow back. As Twitter continues to gather traction, popular Twitterers are gathering followers at an increasing pace. If you're on Twitter, by default you get an email whenever someone follows you, giving you the option of looking at their profile and deciding whether you want to follow them back.

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.

Take me As I Am…

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

I wrote recently about the Dream Theater song “Solitary Shell&# and how it brought to mind the impressions many people have of autistic individuals. Tonight I popped in Dream Theater - Live at Budokan to help get the creative juices flowing.

10 days of Twitter

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

After 10 days on Twitter I have 31 followers, am following 19, and have posted 74 updates. As one of his 100 conversations , Tony Karrer is interested to know how I use twitter for personal learning. I’m not sure I’m to the point where I’m doing any real learning through twitter yet, but here are some preliminary thoughts on my brief experience with twitter so far. Most of the people I am following are people I already know and had only occasional contact with.

Do you have a coach for your team?

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

In a recent post I asked if you, as an individual, have a coach. My question for today: Do you, as a leader of an organization, have a coach for your team(s)? If you don’t have a separate position for a coach, do you act as the coach for your team? Or do you just not think your team needs a coach to help them carry out their jobs and missions?

Building on our strengths

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

All too often I see people focusing on their own personal weaknesses or shortcomings. Worse still, many parents do the same thing with their kids and many employers with their employees. I’ve often wondered why this is, why the focus on negativity when we, and the people around us, all have such incredible strengths to appreciate and use. This focus on the negative is the most blatant when it comes to working with those with disabilities.

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.