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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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How does Google Fiber (Gigabit Internet) affect User Behavior?

By | April 22nd, 2013|App Performance|

I consider myself a bit of a multitasker. Not necessarily by choice, but because I don’t have ANY patience for load time while researching, browsing or communicating online. During my standard web browsing session I’ll click on some sub-page link for something in one tab, jump to another to change [...]

Is IT Being Replaced by DT (Digital Technology)?

By | April 16th, 2013|Tech Talk|

There is a great presentation that some of my colleagues created about what is happening in the tech market and what that means to IT.  In a nut shell, IT has to adapt quickly to an entirely new way of working with new skill sets and responsibilities.  If they can’t, [...]

This Week in Tech: Apple to Outsell Windows, Oracle vs Google API Fight, Firefox 20

By | April 15th, 2013|Tech Talk|

Here are this relevant week's tech stories from the editor: Apple Devices Outsell Windows For First Time Ever In 2013 A new projection from market research firm Gartner estimates, for the first time, that Apple will outsell it’s rival OS, Windows, this year. Apple’s sales takes into account their highly [...]

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Top 8 Application Performance Landmines

By | April 10th, 2013|App Performance|

More than two years ago we posted summary blogs on About:Performance of the Top Server-Side Performance Problems and the Top 10 Client-Side Performance Problems to give operations, architects, testers and developers easy to consume best practices. We feel that it is time to provide an update to these best practices as new problem patterns [...]

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What if I had unlimited wireless bandwidth… even when they close the aircraft door?

By | April 10th, 2013|Tech Talk|

5 meeeelion bits per second Many years ago, as I was starting out in this industry, I had a conversation with an AT&T network guru. He told me in no uncertain terms that for personal computers, 1Mb per second was the limit for broadband wireless networks. Anything more [...]

Microsoft Surface Pro: Early Returns Are In

By | April 8th, 2013|Agile Dev|

It’s only been available for a few weeks, yet the pundits and technorati agree:  MS Surface Pro has some miles to go in its quest to carve out significant market share in the brutally competitive tablet marketplace.   The Surface Pro marketplace may be a little soft, too, in the form [...]

Raspberry Pi Hits US & Makers

By | April 5th, 2013|Tech Talk|

Attribution: bytemyvdu When was the last time someone offered you $25 for that Pentium III laptop you’re keeping in the basement?   (You were sure it would become a valuable antique).  On a similar note, when was the last time you could buy a state-of-the-art, credit-card-sized single-board computer  for [...]

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Mainframe and Cloud – Oil and Water?

By | April 3rd, 2013|Code Quality|

I came across an interesting article last week entitled “Tassie retailer rejects cloud for mainframe.” It described how an Australian supermarket chain was bucking the “cloud computing” trend by upgrading to the latest Unisys mainframe technology to run its core business, including a 20+ year-old application suite. The article highlights [...]

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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 [...]