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

Launch of Implementing Enterprise 2.0 Framework

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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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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

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.

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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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 something new happening. Facebook obviously wants this experience on facebook. Why not copy twitter. I think Facebook could do it and do it better. Last week Facebook unveiled their new home page layout

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.

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 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.

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.)

- 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.

Is the CIO a "pinnacle" position? - CIORant

CIO Rant


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

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.

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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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.

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.

- Microsoft vs Open Source

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

This week is the Microsoft Public Sector CIO summit in that village named Redmond “across the pond” from Seattle. It’s also a week of continuing rotten economic news for public and private sector alike.

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.

Why CIOs are not Using Twitter? - CIORant

CIO Rant


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

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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.

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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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.

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.