April, 2009

An Argument for Heterarchy: creating more effective organizational structures

Trends in the Living Networks

The latest issue of People and Strategy Journal has an extremely interesting Point/ Counterpoint feature. Download the full article and responses here. Karen Stephenson , a leading network theorist and practitioner, wrote an article Neither Hierarchy nor Network: An Argument for Heterarchy , examining how heterarchies, that bring together elements of networks and hierarchies, are the most relevant organizational structures for our times.

Scaling Web Sites (LAMP) : Top Resources

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Image via Wikipedia Luckily it’s 2009 and there have been a bunch of successful websites that have had to deal with large scalability challenges. Many have been kind enough to share their knowledge with the world. Here is a list of the best books, articles, presentations and practices from the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and more. Books Building Scalable Web Sites Building, scaling, and optimizing the next generation of web applications by Cal Henderson

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Fountainhead: Pointers for IT Business Continuity & Pandemics

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One topic close to my heart is the concept "working anywhere." " Not just telecommuting, but literally working within a distributed workforce. While the chatter in the market is all about connectivity, I'll point out that a laptop and a

Retaining and Growing Readers on Newspaper Web and Mobile Sites

Social, Agile and Transformation

I am from one of the last generations of ritual NY Times Sunday edition readers. I have fond memories of taking the tree with me to parks and beaches during the summertime to read the magazine and many of the other

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The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

Just because that’s the way it is, doesn’t mean that’s the way it has to be

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

In a tweet earlier today, @Think_Better makes the following suggestion: Next time someone says, “That’s just the way it is,&# try asking, “What would be an alternative?&#. It is all too easy to get stuck in the rut of doing things the way they’ve always been done just because that is the way it has always been done. This one little question can make all the difference, if you just take the time to ask - and answer - it. Just think of the possibilities.

Innovation is a priority, so why not KM?

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

A recent Boston Consulting Group report shows that 64% of companies consider innovation as one of their top 3 priorities. This is less than the 72% in 2006 but still high in the current difficult economy. That is good and understandable but then why is Knowledge Management not a priority as well as a result? You cannot foster innovation throughout a company wihout effective and efficient knowledge sharing processes. Apple, Google and Toyota took the top 3 spots of the most innovative companies.

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How to Fix a Broken Marketplace (eBay)

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Image via Crunchbase Do you still remember when eBay was a great place to buy and sell things? Today most auctions close without a single bid and very few are purchased at all. Most items are sold by “power sellers” which is really code word for businesses. Heck, most sellers are probably businesses at this point. As eBay discovers it isn’t recession proof and scrambles to become a primarily “buy it now” channel it needs to remember what eBay was

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Fountainhead: Who's using Infrastructure Orchestration in Healthcare?

Fountainhead

Last week I wrote a bit about how Infrastructure Orchestration is being applied in the Financial industry. It's the approach that HP (w/Matrix Orchestration Environment plugins), IBM (Open Fabric Environment) and Cisco

Business Responsibilities working with Agile Teams Part 2 - Social.

Social, Agile and Transformation

See Business Responsibilities working with Agile Teams Part 1 where I cover some important responsibilities: Dedicating time to define requirements, setting reasonable customer expectations, and developing a methodology

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Links for 2009-04-22 [del.icio.us]

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

DennisKennedy.blog: What Happens to Blogs, Email and the Rest of Your Online Presence When You Die? What happens to your online "assets" when you die? Just as important, how do you let your online friends that you've died? How about your funeral/memorial service; have you thought about having one online? Perhaps webcasting the service for those who can't make it in person

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Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

Is sharing knowledge really desirable in a business?

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

Imagine a company where no knowledge is shared. Only information is passed on between employees within pre-defined operational processes. Each employee exchange information only to their immediate colleagues, either within their team/department or with the colleagues in the next/precedent levels in the operational chain. Imagine a company where all knowledge (tacit or explicit) is shared.

Visualization: Wikis in the enterprise

Trends in the Living Networks

Today we are 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 wikis in the enterprise, to illustrate how wikis can be used in organizational activities. Go to the Implementing Enterprise 2.0

Stop Twitter from Becoming the next MySpace

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Image via Crunchbase 6 months ago Twitter was the best place in existence to use and develop great relations with key players in industry, brilliant thinkers and friends. It has since become popular, and like the kids trying to be popular in high school, has become a whore. Not that it was ever exclusive by restrictions, but rather by obscurity.

Fountainhead: Who's using Infrastructure Orchestration in Finance?

Fountainhead

With all the talk lately of Egenera's unified infrastructure orchestration I thought it would be useful to shed some light on who's *really* using this technology, and how. Indeed, there are a number of similar technologies out

How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

Business Responsibilities working with Agile Teams Part 1 - Social.

Social, Agile and Transformation

I enjoy talking to General Managers, Product Managers, and other members of a business teams about the benefits of going agile. Their eyes light up when I talk about the basics. They get to see completed product at the end

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Serendipity and Weak Search -- For When The Stakes Are Low

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

I've been playing a lot lately with a music service called blip.fm (@mikegil), where one can "virtually DJ" songs stored by others to create a playlist. When trying to find songs based on a keyword or theme, I'll often search based on that word (for example, "Saturday"). doesn't have anything like faceted search, and very little metadata associated with the songs, so the search results may return anything from songs with "Saturday" in the title to bands with the word "Saturday" in their name.

A Cloud-y Day for CIOs - CIORant

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Largest ever organizational network analysis shows how social networks drive performance

Trends in the Living Networks

For years now I have been trying to get the message out to senior executives that effective social networks are critical to business performance. By now that is well understood, in part supported by the large body research and academic literature on how social networks in and across organizations drive results and performance. Now researchers from IBM Research and MIT have undertaken the largest study of its kind ever.

Building Like Amazon

Speaker: Leo Zhadanovsky, Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Amazon's journey to its current modern architecture and processes provides insights for all software development leaders. To get there, Amazon focused on decomposing for agility, making critical cultural and operational changes, and creating tools for software delivery. The result was enabling developers to rapidly release and iterate software while maintaining industry-leading standards on security, reliability, and performance. Whether you're developing for a small startup or a large corporation, learning the tools for CI/CD will make your good DevOps team great. We are excited to be joined by Leo Zhadanovsky, a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.

Has SSD put Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) On Endangered Species List.

Storage IO Blog

Disclosure: I have been a user, vendor, author and analyst covering and a fan (and continue to be) of SSD for over 20 years. I have thought and wanting to post about this for a while, however recently several things popped up

Fountainhead: Postcards from SDForum's Developer's Conference

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SDForum hosted another wide-ranging, star-studded conference Friday. The topic was posted as "Shaping the new age of application development" but - from the start - had overtones of SaaS, cloud computing, and new

- The Translucent Government

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Translucent Seattle - click to see. Making government “transparent” is in vogue in 2009, whether by doing map mashups of crimes or twittering by Mayors and public agencies. But I often wonder if we’re exposing the trees, without showing the forest or illuminating the true ecosystems of governing. I’ll cite one thorny problem which (we hope) is somewhat susceptible to new, web 2.0

Blog Rally to Help the Boston Globe

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

[originally based on Paul Levy 's idea -- I'm happy to contribute, and to be counted among the bloggers offered the chance to amplify this message]. We have all read recently about the threat of possible closure faced by the Boston Globe. A number of Boston-based bloggers who care about the continued existence of the Globe have banded together in conducting a blog rally.

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Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

Do Consultants Deliver Value? - CIORant

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Twitter on ABC TV - the impact on politics, media and socializing

Trends in the Living Networks

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) TV had a very nice segment on Twitter yesterday, as below. As befits the august institution, the segment was more thoughtful than some other recent media coverage.

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Closing the Green Gap: WSRADIO Internet Radio Interview.

Storage IO Blog

Last week it was an appearance in print (and on-line) in the MSP Business Journal, this week it was on-line interview (Closing the Green Gap) interview via wsradio. The other day, I had the pleasure of being a guest of Steve

Fountainhead: Private Clouds are Real and In Use

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Many moons back in July '08 I wrote whether an "Internal Cloud" was an oxymoron, as well as a piece on how to build such internal architectures. Turns out this is really happening, and I'm thrilled. In "Why 'Private Cloud'

Nine Developer Enablement Practices to Achieve DevOps at Enterprise Scale

In this eBook, Christian Oestreich, a senior software engineering leader with experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies, shares how a metrics-driven mindset can dramatically improve software quality and enable DevOps at enterprise scale.

- Schrier to the FCC: Broadband

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Fiber Broadband - Click for more. This morning the FCC will start a year-long process to craft a “National Broadband Plan for our Future” The agenda is here and here’s Ars Technica’s insightful view of the process. The meeting can be viewed live at 10:00 AM (EDT) here , and the video record should be posted at that site after the meeting is finished.

Boston KM Forum Event: Virtual Teams and Social Media Tools, Part 1

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

At this week's KM Forum event at Bentley College in Waltham, the theme of the discussion was "Leveraging Virtual Teams and Social Tools for Business Advantage.". A variety of presenters shared valuable (and frequently entertaining) insights, but in this post I'll focus on the first presentation, by Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps of NetAge , who shared with us some best practices around optimizing the performance of virtual teams. Their key themes included: the definition of a virtual team.

Management Issues in the Cloud - CIORant

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Telstra releases social media policy: it’s time for organizations to get their act together

Trends in the Living Networks

This morning’s Sydney Morning Herald displayed a prominent headline Telstra lays down the law on Twitter. The article began: Telstra has become the first major Australian company to set down guidelines on the use of Facebook, Twitter and similar websites by its employees. First? According to whom? As noted by Stephen Collins , the Australian Public Service Commission publicly announced protocols for online media participation in December.

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!