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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 The reasons for the change range from technology becoming outdated to simply a shift in power [...]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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Bricks ‘n Clicks: Mobile Devices Empower Consumers, “Showrooming” Trends

By | February 4th, 2013|Agile Dev, Tech Talk|

Are you “that guy” (or “gal”)?  You know the one with tablet computer (or a smart phone) in the store comparing product prices, features, availability, shipping, taxes?  Do you delight in running circles around the hapless associate who can’t seem to command the same volume of intelligence about the product [...]

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Best in Tech: Milestones for Raspberry Pi, USB & Win8

By | February 1st, 2013|Tech Talk|

This week's Best in Tech round-up includes milestones for the Raspberry Pi, USB 3.0 and Windows 8. I also couldn't help but notice the sparked debate around including programming in the classroom and the latest news surrounding RIM.. or Blackberry. Raspberry Pi Mini-Computer Sales Strong, Top 1 Million Mark it [...]

Developers Need UX Too: Why Design and UX Matter to Developer Centered Offerings

By | January 31st, 2013|App Development|

There was a day when a unique data point of view or innovative programming was all you needed to attract the eyes of the growing pool of developers.  They were deep into the data, and cocooned in C++ coding and JavaScript, happily creating and innovating the code that is now [...]

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Shamed out of my Blackberry, but what about COBOL?

By | January 28th, 2013|COBOL|

My co-workers have been lovingly teasing me for months (or has it been a year?) about my continued use of a Blackberry. But this phone does what I need to do: make/receive phone calls and read/send emails. I tell them I don’t care; at least I didn’t until the other [...]

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#FutureTechTalk: The Future of the Internet & Privacy

By | January 22nd, 2013|Tech Talk|

Growing Internet privacy concerns have just about the entire globe worried. Whether it’s irrationally reacting to a change in the TOS for Instagram or the latest SOPA/PIPA bills, it certainly affects us all. Out of desire for true Internet privacy, hacktivists everywhere are coming together to build open alternatives to [...]

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Teaching Programming to Kids

By | January 16th, 2013|App Development, Tech Talk|

It has long been established that there is a link between music and programming skills.  My educational background was primarily music, from playing 'by ear' as a toddler, the dreaded piano lessons, gigging as a church musician, playing rock-in-roll keyboard god, to playing accompanist to some very good singers. I [...]