Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

Showing The Value Of IT To Your Business

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Here are several excerpts from an article by Dan Woods, CTO and Editor of Evolved Technologist, The Over-Commited CTO:
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What Is A Configuration Management Database?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The concept of the Configuration Management Database extends back at least 15 years, to the first version of the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). It has proven a provocative concept for the management of enterprise information technology, attracting enthusiastic support, vendor investment and marketing, and fierce criticism. 

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Start Your Process With Future State

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

As I have mentioned in numerous posts over the last several months, I am finding that things like process, governance, architecture, SOA, cloud computing, and others are much easier in my new startup world than in my old corporate world that I battled in since the 80’s. Even though I never intend to return to the corporate world I feel obligated to share with my colleagues in the corporate world because I know how hard it can be innovate and promote change in established cultures. In part one on process, I recommended creating a startup atmosphere by building a small team free from the constraints of the corporate setting.

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Using “aaS” To Achieve Business And IT Alignment

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Here’s a very informative article by Max Coburn and Margaret Dawson of Hubspan which summarizes a presentation that will be given at Cloud Expo later this month, Which “aaS” Is Right for You?. Check out the complete source article for much more, including a brief synopsis of current aaS variants, when you should consider them, and what the future might hold for this technology.

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Modernizing Your Data Center With Cloud Computing

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

There is a huge debate going on about private clouds and whether they are really clouds or just a buzzword for modern day on-premise data-centers. An article called Are Private Clouds Hogwash? does a great job of capturing the debate that has been raging on for over a year now.

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Creating Mini Knowledge Services In The Enterprise

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Here is an interesting idea. Marc Andersen, my former Renaissance colleague, posted recently on his blog on applying “product service systems” to corporate environments. He was inspired by a Boston Globe article, The Leased Life, on how people should share products across their communities. Many people purchased tools and other things they rarely use, causing an unnecessary strain on their budgets and the environment.  The globe reported that this has been recognized and Web sites have started to facilitate these transactions. This is another example of the potential of Web 2.0.

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Cyberattacks Could Potentially Cripple The US Infrastructure

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

I imagine the most stressful IT jobs in the country can be found with the US government. Always dealing with cyberattacks and reinforcing the infrastructure to counter the attacks, probably seems like an endless cycle. It’s a cycle which is needed to keep the US’s network safe.Or perhaps an impending catastrophic cyber event is inevitable.
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The Unified Communication Ecosystem And The Integration

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

Having chaired for two years the open source telephony sessions at the VON Europe conference and at the Broadband Business Forum, I am sorry I missed the last event recently held in Rome. I asked Diego Gosmar - Marketing Director at Xenialab and frequent speaker at these events - to share his vision about the present and the future of hybrid open source communications.

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Microsoft Begins To Support Open Source With Azure

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

As Azure gets closer to its release date of 01 January 2010 – the biggest question is what kind of support can you get for open source systems or programs like PHP. With AWS (Amazon Web Services) you can get Linux and native PHP support, and you can do the same with Rack Space Cloud computing. Microsoft though is still focusing on the core windows systems with Azure and the Azure platform, but has added a specific series of SDK’s and modules to help Ruby, PHP and Java communicate with the Azure platform.

Azure is Microsoft’s big foray into Cloud Computing, and it is worth paying attention to not because it is novel, but that it leverages the Windows ecosystem and programmers. People will go to AWS or Rack Space because those systems exist already, making Azure a critical must win or at least get decent market share to be considered successful. One of the earliest issues I had with Azure was the lack of open source support for PHP and other systems. The release of language specific SDK’s for PHP, Ruby, Java and Eclipse helps provide support for those companies that have made the investment in something other than dot net.

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Fixing Ranking Issues Caused By Webmaster Tools

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Synopsis: If your website is suffering from some dropped rankings on Google consider checking the geographic targeting in your Google Webmaster Tools site settings and read up on how to make the right selection (or not at all).

A screenshot of the Geographic Target setting in Google Webmaster Tools. In this case it is set to be saved for the USA

Did you know that changing your geographic target in your GWT site settings can have an impact on your rankings? The impact can be positive in one regard and negative in the other:

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