November 28, 2012

Analytical Programming
The analytical engine is famously the first programmable computing machine, and there was much programming involved both in designing and operating it. In this post Christian Plesner Hansen takes a look at the various ways you could program the engine and the way programs were used to control the engine internally.

The Real Reason Teams Don’t Work
Overworked leaders don’t have time to help. They are too busy helping themselves. A corporate leader recently said, “My boss is buried. She doesn’t have time or energy to give me.” “Overworked staff results in turf wars and office politics,” Andy Stanley at Catalyst.

What CIOs Want In Their Successors
Rob Preston had a chance to participate in a panel discussion at Interop, Mumbai in which four leading Indian CIOs discussed the attributes they're looking for in a successor. In preparation for that session, I talked with four CIOs in the U.S. about the same subject. Here's what they say they're looking for in their top people.

EU's cybersecurity budget up 14%
Rik Ferguson, director of security research and communication at TrendMicro, who called the 14 percent increase "paltry," said that "the commercial security industry is already pooling resources with not-for-profit organizations, and government has made much of the risk from cybercrime. It's time to make the commensurate investment.

12 Ways To Fail In Goal Setting
I think we all have at least one thing we badly want to get. It could be popularity, power, friends, love, money, lasting marriage, children, or health. But unfortunately, not all of us successfully obtain even just that one thing though we may live up to 85 years. Why? Well, it is simply because most people do not set goals.

5 IT vs. Business Battlegrounds
It is common for the relationship between IT and the other departments to become strained over time. Many factors can contribute to the friction between company unit leaders and the IT group. Regardless of the causes for the interdepartmental tension, we have found that this stress plays out in common ways among the companies we have audited.

Micro Focus Introduces Free IDE for IBM Mainframe Application Modernization
A powerful integrated development environment (IDE) for IBM mainframe applications, Enterprise Developer Personal Edition is a simple-to use, entry-level version of the full Micro Focus Enterprise Developer product for IT development professionals and students. It offers a choice of Eclipse or Visual Studio IDE to develop enterprise-class mainframe and distributed applications.

Making Architecture Matter
As Architects, we want our architecture to matter. We want projects to implement our grand designs, one little step at a time, with each piece fitting perfectly into the big puzzle that is software architecture. We want to reach out to developers across the company and tell them to use a particular database software or Web server because we want their code to be easily maintainable and follow our sound architecture design principles.

Get Greater Performance Tuning Gains Using SQL Server Waits and Queues
Join SQL Server Sr DBA and performance expert, Neil Hambly, for a detailed examination of SQL Server waits types and how they impact performance. Neil will take you through real-world examples to help illustrate how to quickly identify the waits that are causing the greatest degradation of performance levels and how to use this information to drastically improve SQL Server performance.

How Much Poor Performers Cost You
There's an effective strategy for dealing with a poor performer without letting that employee take over your life or your mental well-being. And it's important to tackle the problem ASAP. "Don't put it off till the performance review in three months," McDonald advises. "Take care of it right now so it doesn't get worse."

Quotes for the day:

"Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." -- Dale Carnegie

"Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right!" -- Henry Ford

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