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Newsletter Archive: 2008

LCG's New Enterprise Technology Blog
Lyons Consulting Group recently started their Enterprise Technology Blog. It offers "best practices and candid insight on eCommerce and Collaboration solutions." There appears to be a nice mix of original thoughts based on their experience and commentary on research and other's blog posts.

Date: 2008-12-16

Open Source Software Myths
It does not require immense general knowledge to know that all those things that have been successful irrespective of their fields have had lots of myths attached to them. FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) being one of them and it is the responsibility of people like you and me to make others know that these logics are just plain and jane myths and nothing more than that.

Date: 2008-12-08

Is Your Email Budget Recession Proof?
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Date: 2008-12-03

Easing Employees Into Using New Technology
Here's are several excerpts from an informative article by Darren Dahl, Trust Me: You're Going to Love This: When it comes to instituting new technical systems, up to 70 percent of IT projects wind up as flops, according to Forrester Research.

Date: 2008-11-18

Obama Brings CTO To The White House
This is ridiculous. He's been president-elect for less then a week and Obama's already reworking governing through the Web. Case in point: Change.gov. President-Elect Obama has spoken about creating a Chief Technology Officer position for the country, but does he need it? Can't he just be our Commander-in-Chief Technology Officer?

Date: 2008-11-11

Add Some Real Structure To Your Company With NetAge OrgScope
Recently, I spoke with Jessica Lipnack and Jeff Stamps at NetAge. They have been in the collaboration business for over 25 years and through many waves of technology. I have served with Jessica on several panels and was intrigued by their new offering, OrgScope.

Date: 2008-11-04

3D Envirnoment For Business Collaboration
A news item Shel and I discussed a report in the Wall Street Journal's Technology Blog about a partnership Linden Lab, the developer of Second Life, is announcing this week with Rivers Run Red, a developer of content, applications and tools for virtual worlds like Second Life:

Date: 2008-10-21

What It Takes To Deliver A Service-Oriented Architecture
There is no shortage of advice on the web of the do's and don'ts for tackling SOA. One topic that I don't see discussed much is the assessment of a company's IT skills as it pertains to the ability of a company to comprehend and actually deliver on the promise of SOA. This is part one of a series that addresses the many skillsets required to deliver a Service-Oriented Architecture.

Date: 2008-10-07

IT Needs Better Skilled Leaders
The chart below shows IT's top 10 Management priorities for 2008 (source: CIO Insight). When you look at this list it is obvious that today's IT leaders need to be experts in more than just technology. They need to understand the business and they need to have good people skills.

Date: 2008-09-23

Wikis And Document Management Systems
Michael Idinopolus has a good post exploring the differences and complements of wikis and document management systems. ...The two activities get confused because document management, like collaboration, involves creation of content by multiple people.

Date: 2008-09-09

Do We Need A National CTO?
Last week I visited Larry Lessig. He's the founder of Creative Commons. A professor of law at Stanford University. And does many other things. He is one of those guys who is just interesting to talk to. Why? Whip smart and has a view of things that very few other people have.

Date: 2008-08-26

Business Intelligence Rising Among Small Businesses
More SMBs (small and medium businesses, or companies with up to 999 employees) in the United States are seriously considering using BI (business intelligence) software tools to help them better understand market drivers for sales and forecasting, and for increasing their profit margins.

Date: 2008-08-19

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Date: 2008-08-06

Are You Responsible For Full Disclosure?
What is right or wrong with full disclosure of a particular vulnerability, and where should information security professionals draw the line? Interesting debate going on over at Dark Reading that deserves to have more people chime in on what are the issues with full responsible or irresponsible disclosure.

Date: 2008-08-05

How Technology Is Changing The World
I'm at Fortune BrainstormTech, an event that relates technology to the bigger problems it can solve. Today I am moderating a lunch lab on the problem of Governance, with Daniel Kaufmann, Director, Governance and Anti-Corruption, World Bank Institute.

Date: 2008-07-22

Custom Email Solution for Any Size Business
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Date: 2008-07-03

A Case Of Analytics Velleity
Velleity is a word that has dropped out of the general vocabulary, unfortunately. I am attempting to bring it back, as it has more relevance now than ever. Velleity is a desire to see something done, but not enough desire to make it happen. Wow!

Date: 2008-07-01

Use Your Resources For The Greater Good
If you feel like taking on a real challenge, and have some spare CPU cycles to donate then this might just be the thing for you to do. The GPcode virus uses a 1024 RSA key to encrypt contents. Kaspersky labs has a great forum where you can find out how much progress has been made, in multiple languages, might want to use Google or Bablefish to help translate.

Date: 2008-06-11

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Date: 2008-06-05

Facebook Eliminating CTO Position
It looks bad enough when any executive quits a company.  Making the matter potentially worse for Facebook is the fact that Adam D'Angelo served as its chief technology officer.  And strangely, it seems that the CTO position will be eliminated as he leaves. Zenoss Core is a community offering licensed under the GPLv2.

Date: 2008-05-13

Zenoss Establishes Presence In Systems Management
Mark Hinkle, VP of Business & Community Development at Zenoss reached out to bring me up to speed on Zenoss. Zenoss provides software for network, server and application management. Zenoss Core is a community offering licensed under the GPLv2.

Date: 2008-04-22

Security Engineers Approach Things Differently
While in general I disagree with Bruce Schneier more often than I do agree with him, on his "Inside the Twisted Mind of the Security Professional" I have to agree with him. He has hit on one of the more fundamental differences in approach that security engineers have when it comes to solving a problem.

Date: 2008-03-26

Making Change Work To Your Advantage
After a fascinating lunch with Sandy Carter (of which more later), Steve Demuth gave the BRMS track keynote - Make Change Work to Your Advantage. Steve's focus is on the potential competitive advantage of rules.

Date: 2008-02-26

Get Your Developers On A Platform
This past Friday we shut down flyte for an all-day planning session with the entire staff. It wasn't nearly as painful as it sounds, in big part because we've got a great crew here that likes and respects one other. I truly believe that dartboard with my face on it was an aberration...Jonathan and Andy tell me that outside the U.S. it's considered a sign of respect...like burning the flag. But I digress....

Date: 2008-01-22

Microsoft Has An Open Source Strategy
Stateful Network Detection Technology Enables Successful NAC Deployments Covering the Entire IT Infrastructure... The various approaches to network access control (NAC) have created a significant and even highly contested debate across the IT security industry.

Date: 2008-01-08

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