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The economist, philosopher and theorist of markets Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992) wrote, "The knowledge of the particular circumstances of time and place - To know of and put to use a machine not fully employed, or somebody's skill which could be better utilized, or to be aware of a surpl...
This article explores the issues of running an Internet company whilst dealing with the impact that Retails Banks have on the business. First let me set the scenario. I am CEO of Storage Made Easy, a business that can be categorised (in bank speak) as an online internet business. We a...
The only thing you know for certain about the budget, said an old mentor of mine, is that it's wrong. One way or another, you're going to have issues with the plans you made in November for the year ahead. Not surprising, given that you aimed to somehow foresee the next year's market ...
This is the first of a two-part industry trends and perspectives series looking at how to learn from cloud outages (read part II here). In case you missed it, there were some public cloud outages during the recent Christmas 2012-holiday season. One incident involved Microsoft Xbox (...
Businesses live and die by their ability to sell. Despite common belief, the key to successful selling in the cloud doesn't rely on the technology infrastructure behind the scenes -- the real key is in billing. In essence, a cloud solution is an agreement between the vendor and the us...
In today's TechNet Radio show, I'm back again for another episode in our System Center 2012 ConfigMgr SP1 series with Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager from the System Center Client Management team and all-around ConfigMgr Guru. Tune in as we discuss new support for App-V 5 virtual a...
If Homer only knew back in 1994 that smartphone mobile apps would someday start to creep into precious TV viewing time, he probably would have written, ‘No Smartphone and No Specialty Beer Make Homer Go Crazy,’ in the Simpson’s classic Treehouse of Horror V. It’s no surprise that time...
Why did Instagram modify its Terms of Use policy? The new policy says: …to help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or ...
Synergize … Differentiate … Aggregate That is what has worked for me in my four and a half years of blogging endeavor. These are in addition to several mandatory practices that you should follow to give you a chance to have a large readership. So, I have included links to posts which...
In "Final Parameters and Local Variables", Dr. Heinz M. Kabutz rants against the generalized used of the final keyword in Java code. For him, this is a "trend' and an "idiotic coding standard". I'm a firm believer of the complete opposite. As a software developer, I spend most of my ...
Knowing what to test is half the battle. Knowing how it was tested the other. Knowing what that means is the third. That’s some testing, real clear numbers. In most countries, top speed is no longer the thing that auto manufacturers want to talk about. Top speed is great if you need...
Richard Spragg examines an alternative view to one of his previous blogs, and accepts that he may just have been wrong. There are times in life when you have to put your hands up to being in the minority, especially when you're in the business of putting your opinions out there in th...
David Linthicum published a good article on the lack of IT cost analysis and planning related to cloud a few weeks ago that is worth some discussion. The article highlights a study from the Big Data Group’s called the Cloud Cost Benchmark Study, which indicates AWS users are significan...
It’s that time of year when we gift and re-gift, just like this text. And the perfect opportunity to re-post, re-purpose and re-use all my 2012 blog entries. If you missed any of the approximately 130 blogs including 73 videos, here they are wrapped in one simple entry. I read somew...
Hybrid-mobile #cloud is the latest attempt at modernizing what remains a relatively unchanged, decades old computing model I was informed via e-mail that the "next big thing" is hybrid mobile-cloud (HMC), which is described as client being a mobile-native application and its server-si...
I was touring what reminded me of the Cheyenne Mountain nuclear bunker – one of the safest places on earth. Except in this case, this was one of the safest places for your enterprise data on earth. “The entrance will open, you will drive in, and an armed guard will be out to escort you...
Application architecture has never really been easy, but the introduction of virtualization may make it even less easy – unless you plan ahead Most applications today maintain at least two if not three or more "tiers" within their architecture. Web (presentation), application server (...
If you are like me, I have put off installing Windows Server in Core mode because frankly seeing the OS in a graphical interface helps me think. However, we are now living in an age where the remote configuration tools are so rich and simplified that it’s high time I got around to div...
Naturally one of the critical areas specified in the Canadian E-Health Cloud strategy document is the risks related to data privacy. Specifically in section 8, from page 42 through 49, they describe the comprehensive standards, audit and certification frameworks that will be required ...
Yesterday’s WSJ.com video “Tablet Wars: How Are People Using Tablets?” had a shocking statistic: 98% of the web traffic from tablets comes from Apple’s iPad. Further, most of mobile commerce is from Apple’s iPhone. Translation: No matter what the sales figures for Android, people jus...
Depending on what your business has in the cloud, the impact of a cloud outage can vary. However, whether it's your email service that's down or your entire IT infrastructure, an outage will have a negative effect on your business and could lead to a loss in revenue. Here are some tips...
For the past few years, our friends at VMblog.com have run an annual prediction series forecasting the trends most likely to drive adoption of cloud and virtualization technologies in the upcoming year. This is the second year in a row that they’ve invited me to contribute, and I thoug...
Those of you who followed my blog for a while know that the idea of applying manufacturing best practices to cloud computing is a favorite topic of mine*. This week the topic popped up in a fireside chat (the popular term for keynotes delivered from a set of armchairs, often with no fi...
The demand for substantive customer feedback -- and engaging all constituents into the feedback process -- drives the need for businesses to innovate and also manage innovation in a new way. Results from a recent market study show that this inherent need is also creating the opportuni...
Too often overlooked, SIEM (security information event management) needs to be a integral part of any enterprises security best practices. It facilitates a holistic view of an IT landscape and allows a company to be more proactive with its security initiatives. First and foremost, SIE...
Use of cloud for DR solutions is becoming more common, even the organizations which are not using cloud for mission critical production applications are moving towards using cloud for application DR. Faster Recovery Time Objective (RTO): Typically DR requires lengthy manual processes ...
One of the truisms of architecting highly available systems is that you never, ever want to load balance a request to a system that is down. Therefore, some sort of health (status) monitoring is required. For applications, that means not just pinging the network interface or opening a ...
We’re having all of our sidewalks redone right this instant. In fact, I’ll include a picture of the “pavers” – which is the fancy new word for the stones used to build the sidewalk. If the construction and design team do something wrong, it will cost them a pretty penny to come back ou...
Businesses basically have two choices for operating systems when shopping around for cloud servers: Windows or Linux. While Linux is cheaper and runs on many enterprise servers, businesses that run internal applications for a Windows desktop can benefit from Windows cloud servers. The...
Just about every high-tech vendor on the planet has some form of secret sauce that makes them believe they’re the best option for your IT needs. For some it is price, for others service, yet others point at integration. All have some level of support for all of the others, but believe ...
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently published a useful and informative report on cloud computing that provides key guidance for companies using or considering cloud services in the UK. The guidelines intend to help organizations comply with the 1998 Data Protection ...
Last week, I covered some of the reasons data breaches happen. Let's shift gears now and look at what can be done to reduce their impact. To be perfectly clear, there’s no magic bullet for security. There are, however, a few small things that can make a big difference in every organiza...
In case you are not familiar, degrees of separation refer to how you are connected to other people. When you know somebody directly then you are a first connection, and you are a second degree of separation from people that they are directly connected to. The theory goes that via a mi...
What is the Largest Single Cost Category in Your IT Hardware Budget? If you're like most of the enterprise customer organizations that were surveyed when we were designing Windows Server 2012, your answer is probably the same as theirs: STORAGE! For the organizations we surveyed, we ...
Not that I need to tell you, but there are several things in your network that you could have better control of. Whether it is consistent application of security policy or consistent configuration of servers, or even the setup of network devices, they’re in there, being non-standard. ...
You may think that the worldwide economic downturn has negatively impacted most CIO's budgets, but so far that hasn't been the case. According to the latest market study by IDC, worldwide IT spending remains on course to grow by 6 percent this year in constant currency, that's only sli...
About a decade ago, researchers began to study the performance of e-government portals in order to identify best practices. Studies have also focused on identifying the factors that influence the information quality these portals offer to the public. Most of these studies consider only...
‘Big Data’ has a problem, and that problem is its name. Dig deep into the big data ecosystem, or spend any time at all talking with its practitioners, and you should quickly start hitting the Vs. Initially Volume, Velocity and Variety, the Vs rapidly bred like rabbits. Now we have a p...
OASIS, the XML open standards body, is quickly establishing a very powerful leadership role in the Cloud standards arena as well. This includes standards like TOSCA, for Cloud orchestration and therefore a foundation for Cloud Service Brokering, KMIP for unifying enterprise encryption...
This week I got a chance to meet someone that I admire greatly whom I have never met who lives nearby. Her name is Elonka Dunin, and her day job is a computer game developer. But her hobby is cracking codes, and in particular the sculpture that has been in the middle of the CIA headqua...


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