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Analyzing The Cloud Wed 29 Apr 09

A recent report says cloud computing may not be cost effective for big companies. But that's not the whole story.

A_lonely_cloud_jasoneppinkA few weeks ago, I had lunch with an old friend and his associate, who happened to be an analyst at one of the major information technology research firms, and our conversation drifted to cloud computing.

During this conversation, we agreed that cloud computing would make inroads with small- to medium-enterprises (SMEs) but not with large enterprises. Our conclusion wasn't based on economics but on IT culture. As my new friend stated, "The No. 1 barrier to the use of the cloud is IT culture."

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Interesting and Useful Links Mon 27 Apr 09

Not very many links this week but there are a couple of interesting ones.

Boot-Up Time: Zero Seconds on Forbes regarding work that is going on to develop an "instant on" capability for your PC.  "When you turn on your computer it would spring to life, without needing to boot. If you lose power in the middle of writing your great novel you can just pick up where you left off."  We aren't there yet but boy would I love to see this.  The time it takes to boot-up is one of the most frustrating things about a PC.

30 Ways to Lose a Job on Twitter on ResumeBear.  This is a humorous look at some of the stupid and possibly career ending things people say on Twitter.  You would think by now people would know better but apparently not.  Maybe they're hoping to get the Darwin Award.

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Oracle and Sun - An Interesting Combination Wed 22 Apr 09

Oracle's Purchase of Sun Opens Up Some New Possibilities and Presents New Issues for CIOs

With Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems , Oracle has in a major way shaken up the ERP world by merging the hardware and software components into one company.  It will be interesting to see how both Oracle and their customers react to this.  This provides a powerful combination of an ERP provider, major database provider, major programming technology (Java), and a significant hardware provider all within one package.

There is some speculation that Oracle bought Sun to get Java and that they will eventually spin-off the hardware business.  There is some logic to this as Oracle's software products have traditionally been hardware and operating system neutral.  In the past the Oracle ERP system did have a "primary" operating system on which Oracle rolled out enhancements first but they always followed up and supported other operating system.  Likewise the famed Oracle database was always platform neutral.

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Interesting and Useful Links Mon 20 Apr 09

Updating Windows is like wearing seat belts on Threat Chaos regarding asking the tough questions about negligence.  Specifically asking why some computer systems aren't up-to-date with anti-virus definitions

Web 2.0 Tools Gain Enterprise Acceptance on eWeek.com about how Web 2.0 is starting to gain ground  in the enterprise.  On the same topic, Joshua-Michele Ross had a great article in Forbes, Why Business Needs To Get Social.  I find these encouraging, see my earlier post, Selling Web 2.0 to IT.

McKinsey report "Clearing the air on cloud computing" (available at the Uptime Institute) is getting a lot of attention since they suggest that it may not be advantageous for large enterprises.  Nicholas Carr's The big company and the cloud , Dan Blacharski's McKinsey's cloud report rains on cloud computing's parade and TechCrunch's McKinsey's Cloud Computing Report Is Partly Cloudy offer some differing perspectives.

Leading Lean: NIH at Assembly Magazine discusses the "Not Invented Here" syndrome.  NIH is a characteristic that we in IT often see and sad to say some times exhibit.

IT Survey: Not quite ready for Windows 7 on MSNBC discusses survey results that many are skipping Vista and waiting for Windows 7.  It also suggest that Windows 7 may have some acceptance problems as many people view it the same way they do Vista.

And finally to close things out on a inspirational note, my good friend, Kent M. Blumberg, recently wrote Don't wait!  It's about something we should all take some time to consider and is great advice for those affected by the current economic conditions.

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IE8 Pros And Cons Wed 15 Apr 09

Microsoft's latest browser update likely won't help the company win back market share.

Microsoft had a natural path to market share dominance, packaging its Internet Explorer browser and Windows operating system. After all, many users wouldn't bother to download a competing browser when the one that came with their PC was perfectly fine. But with dominance also came complacence.

As a result of this complacence, IE's market share has slowly eroded from over 90% to approximately 67%. Faster and more feature-rich browsers, most notably Firefox, have been steadily eroding IE's market share as users have determined that the hassle of downloading another browser is worth it to get the speed, security and features they want.

While 67% is still a very significant share, the continuing decline is no doubt a matter of concern at Microsoft. The new IE8 appears to be aimed at combating this decline by competing directly with the other browsers. I recently downloaded the new IE8 to see how well it does and was impressed by some of the improvements but disappointed by others.

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Twitter in the Corporate World Wed 15 Apr 09

Ford CEO to take question on Twitter today.

I've written in the past suggesting that the corporate world should start embracing Web 2.0 technologies.  Most notably in Twitter's Corporate Message and Why Companies Need Web 2.0.  Last night I re-tweeted Scott Monty, Ford's Director of Social Media:

RT @ScottMonty: Ford's CEO Alan Mulally will be taking questions live on Twitter tomorrow on @Fordhttp://bit.ly/VqvPY The tag is #FordCEO

It's encouraging to see a company like Ford to use this technology in such a high profile way.  They seem to have a better understanding of Twitter than most companies who view it as just another advertising channel.  I look forward to seeing how this goes.

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Interesting and Useful Links Mon 13 Apr 09

Forgotten IT Skills: How To Ask Questions on The Business of IT regarding rediscovering "the ancient art of asking the right questions".

An interview on email mastery on Sanders Says - some good tips for controlling your email 

The Stream on Rough Type, Nicholas Carr's blog on communicating through the stream on Facebook which may in reality be only a new way of advertising.

Top 10 Reasons Your Company Probably Shouldn't Tweet on Advertising Age which explains why so few large companies successfully use Twitter

Ad Age’s Twitter Rules: Close, But No Cigar on Strategic heading with G. Oliver Young's take on the Adveritsing Age article

A creature of the culture on Thinking Faster regarding how Rick Wagoner (former CEO of GM) had become bound by the culture, and bound to the culture of GM, and unable to full rationalize the change necessary to GM for it to be successful.  A good reminder for us as we so often become bound by and to the culture of IT.

5 reasons to discuss failure by Michael Krigsman on how we learn more from our failures than our successes

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Highly Effective Networking Wed 08 Apr 09

Pierson's Guide to Meeting the Right People and Getting a Great Job

OrvillePierson09 A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Orville Pierson during my job search.  He came to talk at Between Jobs Ministry and help us get our job search work teams off the ground.  These teams were based upon Orville's book The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search which shows us how to conduct a job search as a project.  I know it certainly helped me in successfully completing my job search.

Since that time I've kept in touch with Orville and consider him a good friend.  That's why I was pleased to learn of his timely new book Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job. In this book Orville gives us an excellent structured approach to networking.  As Vice President and Corporate Director of Program Design and Service Delivery for Lee Hecht Harrison he knows a lot about this and we're fortunate to have him share his expertise with us.

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Interesting and Useful Links Mon 06 Apr 09

The Facebook Generation vs. the Fortune 500 on Gary Hamel's Manangement 2.0 blog on The Wall Street Journal Digital Network regarding "the post-bureaucratic realities that tomorrow’s employees will use as yardsticks in determining whether your company is “with it” or “past it.” "

Please, Hamel, Don’t Hurt ‘Em Andrew McAffee's comments on Hamel's article.

'Normal People' Face Grave Threats Online by Nicole Ferraro on Internet Evolution regarding issues of cybersecurity.  I especially like the quote by Alex Stamos at the end of the article.

Strategic planning: Three tips for 2009 on McKinsey Quarterly (free but registration required) provides some good pointers on strategic planning that apply equally well to IT.

Who Should be in Charge of U.S. Cybersecurity? on Bruce Schneier's blog regarding which government agency should be in charge of cybersecurity. 

Communication is Key on Manage to Change.  A good reminder.

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Turning Scandal Into Success Wed 01 Apr 09

How federal CIO Vivek Kundra can recover from an FBI raid at his former office.

Octo_world_82_david_clowDuring the presidential campaign, then candidate Barack Obama created a great deal of excitement within the IT world by promising to appoint a federal chief technology officer. Excitement was further heightened when Vivek Kundra was named to the federal chief information officer role.

The excitement, however, was limited to the IT community. Although it was reported in the IT media and tech-related media such as  Forbes.com's CIO Network, the appointment never made the mainstream news. CNN.com for example, found "Tattoo Barbie" more newsworthy than Kundra's appointment.

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