September 09, 2012

Four Principles to Successful Operational Leadership
Success in operational leadership, whether it is data-center operations, service delivery operations, restaurant operations; or just about any operational capacity, comes down to four main components: People, Processes, Policies, and Systems.


Big Data Week – Introduction from Kalev H Leetaru
Kalev H. Leetaru is Assistant Director for Text and Digital Media Analytics at the Institute for Computing in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Science at the University of Illinois and Center Affiliate of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. He introduces Big Data Week (www.bigdataweek.com) and gives us an overview of the future of big data and the challenges ahead.


8 Elements That Make A Great SaaS Website
Building a useful and beautiful website is difficult. It takes a lot of time, thought, and energy. And in the end, visitors might not even like it. Here, I will break down what some of the best SaaS (Software as a Service) companies do with their websites. I won’t be telling you how to build your website. Instead, I’ll be giving you some ideas to keep in mind during your first build or redesign.


Moving to the cloud: How to get started
Should enterprises start their journey to the cloud by migrating existing applications? I don’t believe so. I would strongly recommend you understand how cloud actually works before deciding which applications to migrate to the cloud. That will give you a good understanding of what cloud really is, what value it will give you and how to best implement it.


Here Comes Microsoft’s Cloud OS & Trouble for VMware
Server 2012 has its own gussied-up virtualization, networking, storage, automation and end-user access. CPU, storage and networking systems are virtualized and cloud-enabled. It's also supposed to support the exponential growth of data and devices.


Data Governance Considerations for Master Data Management
This brief article provides the list of ways that Data Governance can be applied to the disciplines associated with Master Data Management. The article simply provides the lists I used in the webinar.


Tech’s New Wave, Driven by Data
This one, many researchers and entrepreneurs say, will be based on smarter machines and software that will automate more tasks and help people make better decisions in business, science and government. And the technological building blocks, both hardware and software, are falling into place, stirring optimism.


A Year Without a Computer
Could you succeed in every aspect of your job using just a smartphone or tablet? One exec decided to try it for a year. ... The verdict? It's doable--with the right combination of accessories, apps, patience, and determination.


Testing 2.0
It’s amazing what has happened in the field of test in the last 20 years... a lot of “art” has turned into “science”. Computer scientists, engineers, and many other disciplines have worked on provable systems and calculus, pioneered model based testing, invented security fuzz testing, and even settled on a common pattern for unit tests called xunit. The xunit pattern shows up in open source software like JUnit as well as in Microsoft development test tools.


Is Brainstorming Brain Dead?
Group brainstorming sessions might produce a higher volume of ideas than a single person would but groups don’t produce higher qualityideas. A small number of people often dominate the conversation and group think almost always happens as a result of peer pressure.


Quotes for the day:

"If you have no critics you'll likely have no success." -- M.Forbes

"If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near." -- Jack Welch