March, 2010

The latest country comparisons in that key economic driver: broadband speed

Trends in the Living Networks is my go-to resource for Internet speed testing, whether it's checking whether there are service problems, or making sure that event venues where we have video over IP links to speakers around the world have sufficient bandwidth.

Finding the Right People :


Since I began at Open Sky a few weeks ago I have been tasked with building out a great team. Over the course of my career I have interviewed hundreds of people (mostly developers) and hired dozens. At OpenSky I was

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The Technology Pyramid

A CIO's Voice

As a former architect, I am a strong believer in having strong foundations. Without a strong/stable foundation anything you build on top will be weak and might collapse. Information technology is no different. Without a stable environment, anything you add on top will be prone to issues.


Learning from failure (is overrated)

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Failure and the fear of failure are two completely different things. That’s what I wrote in my copy of Rework at the end of the “Learning from failure is overrated&# section. It came to mind last night as I was reading Children With Disabilities and Making Mistakes.

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.

Fountainhead: IT Industry Analysts - Falling Into the Bond Rating.


One of the leading causes of our recent economic melt-down was that "independent" credit rating agencies had a conflict-of-interest with the firms they were supposed to be watching.The very firms tasked with objectively

The Enchantress of Numbers

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

Whether they are colleagues, clients, or associates from my business, I am blessed to work with many women in the field of technology. .

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VIM Crash Course :


Most developers know the basics of VIM, enough to edit a conf file, but most stay there, unaware of the power and beauty of vim. One of my developers has expressed desire to abandon the bloated GUI ways of eclipse and

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Unemployed? 10 Ways to Fight Depression in Your Job Search By Meridith Levinson

A CIO's Voice

“Job loss, unemployment and never-ending job searches can lead even the most upbeat people toward depression. Follow IT professionals’ and mental health experts’ tried-and-true advice for preventing depression before it derails your job search.” ” By Meridith Levinson. link]. Filed under: Career , CIO Tagged: depression , job loss. Career CIO depression job loss


Which do you fear more, failure or mediocrity?

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

What motivational methods make some of you cringe (or worse)? This is one of the questions that Dan Pink posed to the group participating in his live chat at The Book Club on the New Yorker. In response to the &# Don’t make mistakes because I (mgr,owner, boss) will think less of you&# motivational method, he said: That’s one of the most insidious, imho. To me, it’s one of the greatest flaws in organizations. People are more scared of failure than of mediocrity.

NCOIC Discusses e-Discovery and Cloud Computing

Cloud Musings

Last week during its weekly meeting, the NCOIC Cloud Computing Working Group (CCWG) examined some of the legal aspects surrounding electronically stored information. With government use of cloud computing

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!

TCS KM maturity model and implementation methodology

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) have defined a simple KM maturity model and a KM implementation methodology (SIGMARG) Their maturity model for an Organization is as follows: 1. Initial - Organization has no formal processes for using organizational knowledge effectively for business delivery. Intent - Organization realizes the potential in harnessing its organizational knowledge for business benefits.

Yes, internet bandwidth IS a key driver of economic growth

Trends in the Living Networks

A commenter on my last blog post The latest country comparisons in that key economic driver: broadband speed questioned whether bandwidth does drive economic growth. While it is easy to take that for granted, there are in fact many studies that have demonstrated this fact.

Finding the Right People


Since I began at Open Sky a few weeks ago I have been tasked with building out a great team. Over the course of my career I have interviewed hundreds of people (mostly developers) and hired dozens. At OpenSky I was able to find and hire 6 fantastic employees in my first 6 weeks and wanted to share some of the tips and techniques I have learned over the years and found successful

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CIO Blogs from March 2010

A CIO's Voice

Change Management by Mark Brewer. Licensing Challenges by Mark Brewer. Yes we can, yes we must: the ongoing case for IT/Business alignment by Peter Kretzman. Outsourcing–When it works, when it doesn’t by Don Lewis. Is Creativity & Innovation enough? by Eric D. Brown. The VolksPad by Oliver Widder. Taking Control Of Your Technology by Mike Schaffner. What keeps CIOs awake at night by Oh I See (CIO Inverted).

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.

Rework (a review)

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Rework is my kind of book. Written by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson from 37Signals , it has several chapters made up of a bunch of short essays (most less than two pages) that each dive into a very specific idea or question related to the chapter. And pictures , lots of pictures.

Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: Army Knowledge Leaders.

Cloud Musings

This week it was my pleasure to explore cloud computing with Army Knowledge Leaders (AKL) ! AKL is an intensive 2 year experience of training and work rotations designed to develop leadership, business and technology

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We Have Clients.

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

No, this post is not to celebrate recent sales wins. It is an echo of a blog post I read by Mike Myatt, where he delineates between customers (who buy goods and services from us) and clients (with whose care we are charged) in clear and emphatic fashion.

5 ways to add value to information

Trends in the Living Networks

As I prepare a presentation to the senior staff at one of Australia's more innovative universities later this week I just had a glance at the slides to a keynote I did back in 2002 to the Australian Library and Information Association.


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?

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I couldn't be more excited to announce that I have accepted a position at The Open Sky Project. I am leading the architecture, development and technology. It's rare in life that one has the opportunity to do what they love to do

ReBoot – “Why I like my iMac and Why You Should Get One…”

A CIO's Voice

When it comes to computers I am always a bit hard on the technology. I believe that computers are tools and should function as such. When I pick up my hammer I know I will hit a nail perfectly each and every time. That is the whole point of tools. Computers should be no different! I was always skeptically about transitioning to Apple but my former boss talked me into it. He was a techie and spent his money wisely. So when he moved over to an iMac I knew it was not something he did lightly.

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Kids, sacrifice, and the master’s journey

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

I don’t remember exactly where I read this, and I’m paraphrasing a bit, but this little anecdote captures the essence of mastery, and the sacrifice that often goes with it: A world class, and world famous, dancer was approached by an excited fan following a performance.

Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: Cloud Computing's Next.

Cloud Musings

Earlier this month, Melvin Greer and I teamed up on a Military Information Technology piece. Melvin is a senior research engineer and cloud computing chief architect at Lockheed Martin, and a member of NCOIC's Cloud

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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. [tech]: MVPs are Dressing my dog ? that's just weird.

Sean Daniel

Two weeks ago, Microsoft hosted the worlds MVP's at our 2010 Summit. SBS and Home Server MVPs are the best MVPs at Microsoft (I may be biased, but that's what I think), followed of course only by EBS MVPs (who are

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New research: Microblogging Inside and Outside the Workplace

Trends in the Living Networks

I just got off the phone with Kate Ehrlich of IBM Research, who I've known for many years and was one my co-authors for our California Management Review article Managing Collaboration: Improving Team Effectiveness through a Network Perspective.



I couldn’t be more excited to announce that I have accepted a position at The Open Sky Project. I am leading the architecture, development and technology. It’s rare in life that one has the opportunity to do what they love to do and be paid to do it. Even rarer is to do something great with people you love working with. At OpenSky I have found this and more

Turnaround CIO

A CIO's Voice

“IT is broken, and it needs fixing…”. So you want to be a turnaround CIO? You want to go into an enterprise and turn around performance and create a sharp improvement in delivered value from IS. Turnaround CIOs require deep IT experience and the ability to come into a chaotic situation and make things work. What are the characteristics of a turnaround CIO: Deep IT experience. Ability to rebuild. Knowing how to prioritize. Ability to recognize inefficient business and IT processes.

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.

The importance of teachers and coaches

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

How many times have you heard someone say, “Those who can’t do, teach (or coach)&# ? How many times have you said it, or thought it? I think we all probably have at some point in our lives. Except for those who know early on that what they want to do is teach or coach.

Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson: Take the survey, get a book!

Cloud Musings

"Cloud Musings", in cooperation with Aditya Yadav & Associates, is conducting a new cloud computing survey. This short, eight (8) question poll, is designed to gauge general corporate plans around cloud computing [tech]: Start your day with sip of coffee and byte of.

Sean Daniel

Microsoft and HP have been bringing technology solutions to small business customers since before most people ever heard of a latte. Things change fast in our industry. Coffee Coaching's Mission is to help you stay on top of

Twitter stats: more users are engaged, one-third have more followers than following, the most prolific Tweeters have around 1000 followers

Trends in the Living Networks

Barracuda Labs' annual report contains some interesting analysis of the online space, including Twitter and security issues. A few highlights: * Only 21% of Twitter accounts are active i.e. at least 10 followers/ 10 following/ 10 tweets.

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.