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Developers: Get Access to iOS 7 Beta Now

By | June 12th, 2013|Agile Dev, App Development|

While consumers look for the latest sleek gadget to come out of Apple’s WWDC each year, developers look for other ways to take advantage of the cool that is Apple. Consumers circulate rumors about smart TVs and the iWatch. These gadgets, though fun to have, don’t always spark the same [...]

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Are you the “Signal” or the “Noise”?

By | June 11th, 2013|Data, Tech Talk|

Nate Silver is the author of one of my favorite books, “The Signal and the Noise”.  The term explains itself but the premise is that the “signal-to-noise ratio is sometimes used informally to refer to the ratio of useful information to false or irrelevant data in a conversation or exchange” (Wikipedia).  [...]

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Hits and Misses – the “Calculus of z/OS”

By | June 10th, 2013|Mainframe DevOps|

IBM mainframes still matter for much the same reason Willie Sutton robbed banks -- because “that’s where the money is.” That may be an anachronism, however. If Willie Sutton was alive today, would he still be robbing banks? In a previous blog I took a look at the early phase [...]

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Is Google Planning to Use Balloons to Deliver Wireless Internet?

By | June 7th, 2013|Agile Dev, Tech Talk|

One of the infrastructure issues facing many rural communities around the world is the lack of wired Internet. The idea of connecting to a wide swath of the population makes sense, but in emerging markets, especially, it can be difficult to reach people who don’t have access to the Internet. [...]

Is 5G Really Around the Corner?

By | June 5th, 2013|Agile Dev|

Recently, Samsung announced that it is testing 5G phones. According to Samsung, their 5G phones will come with a download speed of 1 Gbps. This is superfast, especially when one considers that current 4G phones max out at around 75 Mbps. However exciting this news might be, though, the reality is far from [...]

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Early Education on Technology

By | June 4th, 2013|App Development|

For the past year I have been involved in a consortium of local companies whose mission is to expand the technical talent pool in  Detroit.  "IT in the D" is trying to close ‘the gap’ between students’ education and the skills and abilities they need to succeed in technology careers [...]

Using SLOC to Take the Pain Out of Decision Making

By | June 3rd, 2013|App Development, Mainframe DevOps|

Split second decisions.  As I was driving over the Memorial Day weekend, I was reminded of all the important decisions we make daily.  While merging onto the expressway there was a car next to me and I had to do the quick calculation we all do on whether to speed [...]

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Google’s Knowledge Graph and the Search for Understanding

By | May 29th, 2013|Tech Talk|

When you have a question, the first place you are likely to turn is to Google. We tend to think of Google as omniscient, but the truth is that every day Google runs into 500 million queries that it has never seen before. This can slow down the return of search results, [...]

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5 Steps to Improve E-Commerce Performance for Increased Sales: Network Performance

By | May 28th, 2013|App Performance|

To help illustrate my point, our pretend e-commerce example will be referred to as TescaraHats. They are a European market leader in manufacturing customized hats and did not achieve the expected sales increase with its new e-commerce site. It offered its customers the ability to customize and order hats online instead [...]

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A question of evolution: Are IT Architects equipped for the next generation?

By | May 27th, 2013|App Development|

IT is changing and disruption is at its heart. Is it a time of “survival of the fittest”? Are IT Architects equipped for enabling disruptive innovation that will drive the next generation? On 25th to 26th April 2013 the UK Chapter of the International Association of Software Architects (IASA UK) hosted its [...]

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10 Technologies that changed our lives and the businesses that were left behind [Infographic]

By | May 24th, 2013|Tech Talk|

An unfortunate side effect of innovation is change. Well, unfortunate to those that don’t embrace change. As great as the steam engine, the telegraph, the telephone, electricity, the internal combustion engine, the airplane, the transistor, the personal computer or the mobile phone are, they were technical inflection points in history. [...]

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Push Button Development

By | May 22nd, 2013|App Development|

We accept that touch interfaces are already a part of the application user experience.  We like using them most of the time, and so we might be considering whether to design them into our own application development projects.  Perhaps there is a logical and intuitive reason that begs for a [...]

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Mainframe Modernization: Transitioning to GUI

By | May 22nd, 2013|App Development|

Mainframe debugger built on Eclipse Debug Framework. Example shows COBOL; PL/I, IBM C Language®, and HLASM also supported. Over the past decade, more and more companies have begun to adopt standardized software development tools across multiple languages and platforms within the enterprise. Among the reasons for the adoption [...]

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What Happened to the VP of Electricity?

By | May 20th, 2013|Tech Talk|

During a recent discussion with a friend about how much technology is changing our lives, he pointed out to me the fate of the VP of Electricity.  My first reaction was, “Who?” Apparently, once upon a time, each company had its own generators that provided electricity for the company. So [...]

The Connected Vehicle: Closer than you think, but what an ugly baby!

By | May 15th, 2013|Agile Dev|

I haven’t bought a new (or newish) car for the last few years, and the current buzz around ‘connected vehicles’, and how cars will be steering themselves, and how ‘collision avoidance’ systems will make accidents a thing of the past, all seemed a bit .. well … DARPA-ish. Then my [...]

If I Were a Company, I’d Be on My Way to Bankruptcy

By | May 13th, 2013|Tech Talk|

Ok, I admit it, I am not an Early Adopter when it comes to technology adoption and I’m not even sure if I’m in the Early Majority. For someone who is in the technology industry, that was hard to admit (I hope I don’t lose my job over it!) I’ve [...]

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Sisyphus and the iPhone: A Physicist Looks at Innovation

By | May 8th, 2013|Tech Talk|

I studied physics in college, but I’ve never particularly used it other than for the occasional IKEA project. When you think about it though, physics can be used to describe certain business and market trends. For example, classical mechanics provides a unique perspective when analyzing the lifecycle of technological innovations, [...]

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Observations about the Mainframe Generation, the State of IT and the Power of Connection

By | May 7th, 2013|App Development|

Last week I had the honor of joining other mainframers for an annual sales kick off meeting, marking the beginning of our (Compuware’s) fiscal year. While attending this year, I had the following observations about folks in mainframe sales, the state of IT and the power of connection. About Mainframe [...]

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Preparing for the Next-Normal in IT Transformation

By | April 30th, 2013|App Development, Tech Talk|

The phrase 'new normal' has been used a lot in technology, marketing and even has it's own TV show on NBC (I've never seen it). The term 'New Normal' is fine for understanding what is happening today, but CIO's really need to focus on a few things when planning  for  'the [...]

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This Week in Tech: Facebook Home App, Netflix HTML5, & Shodan

By | April 22nd, 2013|Tech Talk|

Here are this relevant week's tech stories from the editor: Facebook’s Android app now tracks which apps you use Facebook’s privacy issues look like they’re here to stay as they launch “Home” for Android. Facebook has confirmed their new Home app collects and catalogs a list of previously used apps [...]

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