The only bit of news—and a lot of buzz—that came out of Jeff Bezos’ interview with Charlie Rose on CBS’ 60 Minutes last Sunday was the unveiling of Prime Air. It’s an Amazon “R&D project” that is investigating the delivery of packages (up to five pounds) by aerial drones, getting them to the customer’s door in 30 minutes or less. On its website, Amazon says that “We hope the FAA's rules will be in place as early as sometime in 2015. We … [Read more...]
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There are rumblings across the web that the level of security for HTTP may soon be changing. The W3C HTTP Working Group is developing HTTP 2.0, the next planned version of the HTTP network protocol used by the WWW. They are working for the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force). The IETF is a group of volunteers in the industry that follows W3C and ISO/IEC standards to develop and promote internet standards. In a recent message to the IETF, Mark … [Read more...]
The Society for Information Management (SIM) recently released the results of its 34th annual survey of IT trends. Nearly 600 Senior IT leaders responded to this year’s survey from 484 unique organizations that average $4.36 billion in revenues and employ an average of 8,629 employees. With the advantage of asking similar questions for so many years, the SIM survey is one of the best and most credible sources describing the new realities of … [Read more...]
We’ve seen what Google can do with a data center; floating barges, shipping container farms in the desert, wind/solar/geo-thermal power, but this concept from Ubiquity & Schneider Electric is new to me. They are proposing to convert old Sears auto-shops into data centers. The strategic locations of these auto shops provide a unique opportunity, serving secondary markets with these smaller footprint centers that can be stood up with an … [Read more...]
If you’re an IT manager of a company whether big or small, it is virtually guaranteed that you have personal devices on your company network. With fewer employees, policies tend to be less stringent for BYOD, (Bring Your Own Device), at smaller companies. But big or small, the key issues for IT departments and managers to consider when faced with this inevitability are the same: What are the security risks to the company network? How do we … [Read more...]
Necessity isn’t the only mother of invention. Sometimes it’s a plot device or fictitious flight of fancy that pushes our most exciting new technologies out of the womb -- life imitating art, as Oscar Wilde would say. Here are 6 such works of art we wish life would hurry up and imitate. Minority Report - Holographic Gestural Interface Minority Report predicted a dystopian future where the government uses everyday consumer technology to monitor … [Read more...]
Earlier this year, the Harvard Business Review published the results of a study by two business school professors at Oxford University, titled “Why Your IT Project May Be Riskier than You Think?” The study was the largest-ever examination of IT change initiatives, reviewing 1,471 projects, and comparing their budgets and estimated performance benefits with the actual costs and results. The findings pointed to an unusual and largely neglected … [Read more...]
I was at an awesome IT conference a few weeks ago, Compuware’s APM (Application Performance Management) annual conference. It was awesome because >75% of the sessions were users speaking. I learned a lot, but there was something I heard in one of the sessions that disturbed me. An IT Director was showing some of his performance dashboards and got a question from the audience about business metrics. His response was “yeah, there is a lot of … [Read more...]
Nearly impossible. PROGRAMMER = QUARTERBACK Quarterbacks are easy-to-find but hard to hire. Because quarterbacks are so valued, great quarterbacks are 'locked' contractually into their teams and rarely move from team-to-team. They are given positions of great authority and leadership and are appraised on their ability to win games. Great football managers help their quarterbacks by making sure that they have the tools, information … [Read more...]
Once upon a time there lived a prince who received no respect from the king or his subjects. Everyday he awoke and worked very hard at his princely duties, which was to ensure that the subjects of the kingdom were satisfied with the king and were able to do their jobs. Of course, they were subjects, so they were all very unhappy and expressed their dissatisfaction from the prince who, after all, had no real power to make change and therefore … [Read more...]