October, 2009

Analyzing and Improving Conversion : spf13.com

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Image by LollyKnit via Flickr. Conversion is one of those core metrics that every business depends on and strives to improve. Improving your conversion rate (while maintaining a consistent traffic level) is the single most

Five reasons why Turkey is one of the hottest Internet markets in the world

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Last week I gave the opening keynote at IPZ2009 Interactive Marketing Summit in Istanbul. Here are my slides for my keynote on the Future of Interactive Marketing. It was a fantastic event, the fourth annual IPZ conference organized by Günseli Özen Ocako?lu

Collaboration between Business and IT Leads to Innovation

Social, Agile and Transformation

I wanted to follow up my post on the Top 5 Reasons Why Agile Development Spurs Innovation with a little more detail. We used to think of product development as one fundamental question; Build vs. Buy. Once a product was

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Fountainhead: Infrastructure 2.0 ? A Virtual Analogy

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Is OS virtualization an end in itself? Is it both necessary and sufficient for all things Cloud and IaaS? Is it the panacea IT Operations has been looking for? From where I see it, abstracting the OS is certainly a great start, but it'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.

Knowledge Management of the Personal-Flavored Variety, Part 1

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

[photo credit: "Knowledge Management," originally uploaded by F. Montino ]. Today's Boston KM Forum Meeting at Bentley University focused on "Personal Knowledge Management," and I was fortunate to attend three interesting and divergent sessions.

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54% US Companies Ban Social Media. and That's Fine : spf13.com

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According to a study commissioned by Robert Half Technology, an IT staffing company, 54 percent of U.S. companies say they've banned workers from using social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and

Social Media Strategy Framework in 11 languages

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Given the extreme popularity of our Social Media Strategy Framework , we decided to translate it into other languages. The translations have been serialized on my blog over the last couple of weeks, and here they are compiled into a single post. Social Media Strategy Framework in 11 languages.

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Bloomberg Buys BusinessWeek - and its Innovative Digital Team.

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There have been many articles this week on Bloomberg's acquisition of BusinessWeek. Linked below are a couple of my favorite quotes; a small testament to an innovative digital team that has launched a unique social media

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Fountainhead: Differing Target Uses for IT Automation Types

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One of the most oft-repeated themes at this year's VMworld was that of "automation." " Everybody claimed they had it, but on closer investigation it had any number of poorly-defined meanings. A specific angle I want to address

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.

Knowledge Management of the Personal-Flavored Variety, Part 1

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

[photo credit: "Knowledge Management," originally uploaded by F. Montino ]. Today's Boston KM Forum Meeting at Bentley University focused on "Personal Knowledge Management," and I was fortunate to attend three interesting and divergent sessions.

- Great Recession? Opportunity!

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Tech Trends on the Upswing. In my previous blog entry , I discussed some of the “downswing” trends in IT in local government. This column will be about trends on the upswing – gaining prominence and resources – in cities and counties.

Everything is Amazing and Nobody's Happy

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Image via Wikipedia This isn’t new, Louis C.K. ranted this on Conan’s show in 2008. I came across it recently and felt like sharing. I don’t really know much about Louis C.K., this is really the first thing I’ve seen of him, but I think he makes some excellent points. Happiness is learning to appreciate what you have. We live in an amazing time exceeding the dreams of our grandparents

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Business Today: Interview on how business can use social media

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Yesterday I was interviewed on the Business Today program on the Australia Network, ABC TV's international network which broadcasts across Asia. The interview can also be viewed along with other material in Business Today's archives.

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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.

Twitter outage - and Why Consistent Performance on Social.

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Keeping social networks up and running is no easy task. Today's casualty, Twitter is down again. I suspect that their engineers are in the "war room" thinking about what the root cause is and resolving it quickly. Perhaps it's

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Sydney Finkelstein, Ph.D.: Paul Farmer -- The Need for "Systems Thinking" in Health Care (Video

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Knowledge Management of the Personal-Flavored Variety, Part 1

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

[photo credit: "Knowledge Management," originally uploaded by F. Montino ]. Today's Boston KM Forum Meeting at Bentley University focused on "Personal Knowledge Management," and I was fortunate to attend three interesting and divergent sessions.

- Downtrends in City Tech

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Assoc of City/County CIOs. MIX, the Metropolitan Information Exchange , recently concluded our annual conference in Albuquerque. MIX is a group of about 55 CIOs of major cities and counties.

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.

Conclusion of the Blog-a-thon

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Today marks the last post of my blog-a-thon. It has been a learning and growing experience. I have blogged more time in the past 4 weeks as I did the prior 52. It was challenging and rewarding. I feel I have developed as a blogger and having 3 posts a week has brought the blog to the front of my mind. Not only did I write many articles, but I’ve started a bunch more and have ideas for even more than that

Augmented reality shows the path of the sun through the year

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Now here is a new spin on augmented reality apps: just out on the iPhone is Sun Seeker, from Graham Dawson, the creator of the best-selling Oz Weather and Climate Eye. See Graham's blog for a detailed description of the augmented reality Sun Seeker app.

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Ten Reasons Software Developers Need the Cloud - Social, Agile.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Developers need cloud development environments? Bottom line, developers need more than one development environment, and they need cost effective, agile ways to manage their development environments

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I'm not lost, I'm wondering

Seb's Open Research: The Fate of the Incompetent Teacher in the YouTube Era. It's only when the tide goes out that you can see who has been swimming naked

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.

Take Time to Help Others

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While it may not seem intuitive taking time out to selflessly help others will help you more than them. This week I haven’t had much time to blog largely because this week many opportunities arose to help others and I took them. Some at work, some outside of work. Helping others will endear them to you. Not only will you ultimately benefit more than what you’ve invested in helping others, but you will also make a real difference in the lives of those whom you work with

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Windows 7 launch notes : spf13.com

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I was fortunate to be able to attend the Microsoft Launch Developer Preview meeting in NYC. Microsoft is holding these all over the country to prepare IT and developers for the upcoming launch. Overall it was a good meeting

Windows 7 launch notes

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I was fortunate to be able to attend the Microsoft Launch Developer Preview meeting in NYC. Microsoft is holding these all over the country to prepare IT and developers for the upcoming launch. Overall it was a good meeting and Microsoft is delivering a great product. More importantly they have a really good chance of overcoming the bad taste of vista and emerge as a innovation leader. These are my notes taken during the meeting with some of my insights

54% US Companies Ban Social Media. and That's Fine

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According to a study commissioned by Robert Half Technology, an IT staffing company, 54 percent of U.S. companies say they’ve banned workers from using social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace while at work. Source: 54% of Companies ban Facebook, Twitter… We should be shocked that this number isn’t higher. Let’s look at this realistically.

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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.