March, 2010

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.


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 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.

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

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.

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.

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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


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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Media Revenue Models Framework: 12 categories of income sources for media companies

Trends in the Living Networks

As the world of media moves beyond its traditional boundaries, media operators need to broaden their thinking about potential revenue sources. In a connected world, the possibilities transcend the classic advertising, sales and subscription models.

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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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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.

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.

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. .

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).

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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

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.


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

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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.

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.

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.

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.



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

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.