March, 2009

Facebook Meets Twitter & FriendFeed :


Image via CrunchBase. For the past few months Facebook has been obsessed with Twitter. It's easy to see why. Twitter is addicitve. Many twitter users are constantly on twitter. Whenever you goto twitter there is always

Web 2.0 Conference in SecondLife - CIO Musings

CIO Musings

To All Chesterfield County Employees: Below, I have pasted in an announcement from Munigov2.0, regarding a conference we have been organizing. I don't know if the website for MuniGov2.0 is blocked or not. Try it, there is

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Launch of Implementing Enterprise 2.0 Framework

Trends in the Living Networks

A centrepiece of our recently launched Implementing Enterprise 2.0 report is an Implementing Enterprise 2.0 Framework. Click on the image below to download the Implementing Enterprise 2.0 Framework pdf , which includes references to the relevant chapters for each of the action steps.

Fountainhead: Videos: What is Infrastructure Orchestration


My first endeavors into online video. No pictures of me, but at least you get the audio. Here is a brief, high-level overview of what's meant by Infrastructure Orchestration, including some messy annotations of mine while I speak

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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.

Enterprise Agile Development - Why you still need Project Managers.

Social, Agile and Transformation

I've been asked lately about the role of project managers on agile or SCRUM teams. While project managers can perform specific roles within the team, they often perform functions that go beyond the scope of an agile team's

BI for the Masses: An Update

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

Some recent announcements from Microsoft about their Business Intelligence strategy are worth noting, especially as we're seeing Business Performance Management initiatives (dashboards, scorecards, KPIs, reporting portals, etc.)

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The Great Debate

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

I was catching up on some news this evening, reading about stem cells here in Missouri , with iTunes on shuffle, as usual. About half way through the article, Dream Theater ’s song The Great Debate (from Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence ) came on. I had to stop and listen. If you know the song, you know that it is a discussion about then-President Bush’s decision concerning stem cells back in 2001.

Visualization: Social bookmarking in the enterprise

Trends in the Living Networks

In our Implementing Enterprise 2.0 report, we created visual representations to help explain how the most important social media tools can be applied inside organizations.

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Fountainhead: Unified computing is so easy - 6 easy steps


With all of the chatter now about "Unified Computing" - as well as all of the skeptics thinking it's blue-sky future, I wanted to outline how incredibly simple it really can be. Even I can do it :) At Egenera, we've been in this

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Offshore Agile Development - Totally Feasible! - Social, Agile, and.

Social, Agile and Transformation

I just returned from Chennai, India where I had the pleasure of working with a relatively small team of developers. We started working with them a year ago with the simple goal of getting one project completed for Business

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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!

- Twitter, Facebook & Gov’t 2.0

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Twitter Social Networking. “Web 2.0″ ″ is taking the Internet by storm. Use of Facebook (and similar sites) has exploded and may even have become passé for some people. Even that notorious bastion of anti-change troglodytes, the U.S. Congress, apparently loves Twitter.

Is the CIO a "pinnacle" position? - CIORant

CIO Rant



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I'm not lost, I'm wondering

GameStop has used video game market down to a system | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Dallas Business News

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Implementing Enterprise 2.0: Free Chapter 4 – Key benefits and risks

Trends in the Living Networks

Continuing our series of free chapters from Implementing Enterprise 2.0 , here is Chapter 4 on Key Benefits and Risks. For full details on the report and all the sample chapters go to the Implementing Enterprise 2.0 website. As shown in the Enterprise 2.0

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.

Fountainhead: Egenera PAN now available on Dell blades


Since about 2001, Egenera has been selling its high-end hardware/software combination that unified re-purposing of physical and virtual servers. It combined super-high-performance blades, with their PAN Manager software

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Getting the right information to your retail customers at the right time, or how to make them loyal to your brand

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

In these very challenging economical times, retaining your customers is a must to survive now and thrive when things improve. For your customers to repetitively shop in your stores (on the high street or online) means for them one or both of the following conditions: · It is to them the most practical or ‘lack of choice’ (ex.: “I I shop at your supermarket because it is the closest to my home”). · It is the brand that best fits their needs and/or wants at that moment in time.

- U.S.: Third World Broadband

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Fiber Broadband. The new fedgov stimulus bill was signed into law and it contains $6.3 billion to expand broadband in the United States. Hooray! The problem of Internet access in the United States is solved, right? Not by a long-shot. The U. is 15th in the world in broadband penetration.

Why CIOs are not Using Twitter? - CIORant

CIO Rant



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?

Implementing Enterprise 2.0: Chapter 2 on Web 2.0 and the Enterprise

Trends in the Living Networks

In the wake of our recent launch of the Implementing Enterprise 2.0 report, we are providing a number of free sample chapters. For full details and all the sample chapters go to the Implementing Enterprise 2.0 website. Chapter 2 on Web 2.0 and the Enterprise uses our extremely popular Web 2.0 Framework as a foundation. New content includes: * Table covering Web 2.0 tools with examples of both open web and enterprise use. * Key issues in adapting Web 2.0 tools to enterprise use.

Fountainhead: What if software virtualization is the tip of the iceberg?


Yesterday I attended the IDC Directions conference in San Jose. Chock-full of great presentations, networking and predictions, topped-off with a closing keynote from Nick Carr on The Big Switch. Over lunch, I was able to sit-in

It is totally INSANE that you cannot use an external keyboard on an iPhone

Trends in the Living Networks

I love my iPhone. But it has some deep flaws. OK, so cut-and-paste will be available with the 3.0 operating system – that’s good. The lack of a video camera is annoying and strange – rumors are that the next iPhone released in the northern summer will have video capabilities. But the thing that really gets me is that you cannot use an external keyboard on the iPhone. Unlike the other issues, there is no way you can argue this is a technical problem.

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Des Walsh video interviews at Enterprise 2.0: Chris Lampard, Jenny Williams, Peter Williams

Trends in the Living Networks

Social media commentator extraordinaire Des Walsh attended Enterprise 2.0 Executive Forum, and did a number of short video interviews with speakers at the event. The first three interviews including both the blog posts and the videos are below. Chris Lampard, Corporate Express.

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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.

Launch of Implementing Enterprise 2.0: using software versioning for books

Trends in the Living Networks

We have just launched our Implementing Enterprise 2.0 report, encapsulating in a neat package (almost) all you need to know to create massive value with Enterprise 2.0 technologies and approaches in your organization.

mX newspaper: Blogs to conquer the office – prepare for the workplace of the future

Trends in the Living Networks

Last week mX newspaper in Melbourne (the city’s largest free newspaper with readership of over 300,000) had a little story on Blogs to conquer the office based on an interview with me. The article was originally intended to cover the upcoming Enterprise 2.0

Fountainhead: What is Infrastructure Orchestration / Unified.


Infrastructure Orchestration and Unified Computing are both terms referring to a technology whereby server CPU, I/O, storage connectivity, and network, are all able to be defined and configured in software. The advantage of

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Fountainhead: Intel Nehalem + Dell + Repurposing


With all of the Intel/Nehalem (Xeon 5500 series) processor announcements this week, one stands out. As Dell announced it's new 11th-generation (11G) server product line, Egenera also announced PAN Manager support for

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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.

Fountainhead: Join me at NY Cloud Computing Expo


This week I'll be putting the finishing-touches on my Day #1 presentation about "Building a Compute Cloud Infrastructure" and where to begin (3:25pm next Monday, to be exact). It's really about my experiences of how

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Fountainhead: A data center trifecta? (Prediction)


Once in a while, I sit back and think about what are the real transformational forces that will change how IT operates. And I've come to the conclusion that there are 3 fundamental technological movements that will do this.

Fountainhead: First fruits from the Dell/Egenera deal


It appears the Egenera/Dell deal is moving forward with velocity. A first joint customer was announced today, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Corporate Data Center Operations (CDCO). This is the first of a pipeline

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Fountainhead: Energy efficiency and dynamic infrastructures


I just read an interesting blog by Rob Aldrich on the advantages of "unified fabrics" when pursuing energy efficiency. This story is more than just about gaining energy efficiency by reducing the amount of network hardware

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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.