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Should I Slide or Should I Swipe?

By | April 2nd, 2013|Agile Dev|

Touch interactions in the User Interface were new several years ago, with the advent of new portable devices.  But in my sphere of development technology interest, it is Windows 8 that is introducing touch interaction to a much bigger audience of developers.  Yes I know Windows 7 also had touch, [...]

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The Fascination & Frustration of Big Data

By | March 27th, 2013|Data|

Attribution: Ryan Tir & music2work2 Big data fascinates me. It also frustrates me. First, the fascination: Some years ago, I read a book called “Freakonomics”, written  by economist Steven Levitt and New York Times journalist Stephen J. Dubner. The book analyzes hidden socio-economic data to connect events and [...]

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Aggressively Mobile, Social, and Inclusive: Telehealth and Communities of Care

By | March 22nd, 2013|Agile Dev|

We recently wrote about patient engagement and the leading role that technology, and mobile technology specifically, is playing in helping this approach to telehealth come to fruition.  Patient engagement has been increasingly singled out as providing perhaps the best chance for improving patient care quality while controlling costs. While it’s [...]

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Cloud and The Enterprise Big Bang Theory

By | March 20th, 2013|Code Quality|

Attribution: garlandcannon Much has already been written about how Cloud will level the IT playing field for SMBs who are trying to compete with larger Enterprises. It allows them to utilize enterprise-grade IT (salesforce automation, customer relationship management, supply chain management, disaster recovery etc) without the enterprise-grade price [...]

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.NET and SharePoint Performance: Don’t let Default Settings Ruin Your End User Experience

By | March 12th, 2013|App Performance|

SharePoint is a popular choice for intranet applications and therefore it is important that it performs well to ensure employee productivity. Waiting ten seconds just to load the initial dashboard doesn’t necessarily support that. At a recent customer engagement we identified an interesting source of a potential performance problem that [...]

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Tweet Twice, Call Me In The Morning

By | March 11th, 2013|Agile Dev|

People are not their diseases. This fundamental shift in attitude within the treatment community has the potential to drive a massive shift to more fully engage patients in their own care, while promoting the tremendous technological innovation that will enable development of more complex, natural, and meaningful social communications tools.   [...]

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10 Best Practices for Managing Document Storage & Collaboration System Implementations

By | March 6th, 2013|Tech Talk|

Attribution: xcaballe One of the most difficult projects I’ve ever worked on was transitioning to a new document storage and collaboration system.  And I’ve been lucky enough to do it 3 times. The reasons for the change range from technology becoming outdated to simply a shift in power [...]

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Escaping Application Performance “Groundhog Day” with Culture Change

By | March 5th, 2013|App Performance|

Attribution: gillesgonthier I love movies.  There is just something about them that can teach us a lot about life.  One of my favorites is Groundhog Day.  The construct of this movie is that the main character Phil, played by Bill Murray, is trapped having to live the same day [...]

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Welcome to the Cord Cutter Nation

By | March 5th, 2013|Tech Talk|

Watching TV on Tablets Where do we watch TV? Turns out, not so much in the living room. At the end of February Nielsen, the company who rates how much TV we watch per household, announced that they are going to start including Smartphones and Tablets as part [...]

This Week in Tech: MIT’s $1 Million Test, Amazon Opens Redshift, and Apple’s Fake Projects

By | February 22nd, 2013|Tech Talk|

Here are this week's tech stories that caught my eye: MIT's Million-dollar Social Media Stock Market Experiment In March, 10,000 students will invest $100 each in Hong Kong’s stock market as MIT researchers try to pinpoint a connection between social media and profits. Investing has always placed a premium on [...]

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“I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up” – A Case for Mobile Medical Devices

By | February 20th, 2013|Agile Dev|

Words fail us when we begin to describe the concept of wearable mobile medical devices.  Going back to the bad old days, it could mean backpack sized devices for monitoring and reporting cardiac information like blood pressure, blood sugar, and digestive functions.  A little later on, with the advent of [...]

Speeding up a Pig+HBase MapReduce job by a factor of 15

By | February 19th, 2013|App Performance, Data|

The other day I ran a Pig script. Nothing fancy; I loaded some data into HBase and then ran a second Pig job to do some aggregations. I knew the data loading would take some time as it was multiple GB of data, but I expected the second aggregation job to run much faster. [...]

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The Race to 50 Million

By | February 19th, 2013|Tech Talk|

There is a magic number that means a product has reach mass adoption. It's 50 million. At 50 million you have a lot of people to sell too. So, the question is this: how long does it take for you to release a solution that can reach 50 million users? [...]

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How Your Favorite Sports Teams Use Technology for “Business Intelligence”

By | February 18th, 2013|Data|

The same way some businesses are gathering collective intelligence from product usage patterns or social media chatter, teams like Michigan State University basketball or Superbowl champ Baltimore Ravens are already tweaking their game plans and delivering individual instructions to their players to gain a competitive edge. Before MSU pummeled highly [...]

This Week in Tech: Dell Goes Private, Python Get’s a Big Boost, and Amazon Launches Digital Currency

By | February 15th, 2013|Tech Talk|

Happy Friday everyone. Here are notable stories from this week: Dell to Go Private in 2014 In a $24.4 billion deal, Dell, with the help of private equity investors and Microsoft, will be going private in the second quarter of Dell’s 2014 fiscal year. Dell continues to see strong growth [...]

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A New Generation of Application Performance Management

By | February 15th, 2013|App Performance|

“It is all a matter of perspective!”  This old adage rings particularly true when trying to solve a complex IT problem that spans mainframe, distributed, and mobile platforms. Mainframe programs are increasingly interfacing with distributed systems to support consumer facing web and mobile applications. When a transaction is initiated via [...]

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What do Dell and a Wedding Dress Shop have in common?

By | February 13th, 2013|Tech Talk|

Dell: Dell formally announced last week that Michael Dell is leading a private buyout of the company in an attempt to revive the fortunes of the struggling PC company, beyond the quarterly gaze of Wall Street. Once the iconic PC market leader, Dell has tried over the last few years [...]

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Beyond the iPhone

By | February 12th, 2013|Agile Dev|

When does a phone stop being a phone? When it becomes a hub to your connected world. Over the weekend a new set of rumors from New York Times and the Wall Street Journal released stories of a potential iWatch coming from Apple. OK, we know this is rumor but the story sheds light [...]

Best in Tech: 128GB iPad, Google+ Becomes #2 Social Network, CA Taxes Start Ups, and Servers Skydiving!

By | February 8th, 2013|Featured, Tech Talk|

Here are this week's notable stories: Apple launches new high-capacity 128GB Retina display iPad “If you build it, they will come.” Does the saying apply to tech gadgets, too? Apple’s recent announcement that they will be releasing an 128GB iPad has some in the tech industry excited, while competitors--like Microsoft--are [...]

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#FutureTechTalk: The (Near) Future of the Internet Speeds

By | February 6th, 2013|Tech Talk|

I originally wanted this post to be about fiber, gigabit connections, blurring lines between wireless & wireline, wireless beer¹ and other wonderful advancements in Internet infrastructure to enrich our lives. I did until I was recently reminded about the FCC's National Broadband Plan; A sobering reminder of the monopoly and [...]

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