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July 11, 2008  11:46 PM

Making the move to IPv6 before 2010

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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development predicts we will have run out of IP addresses by early 2011. (story here) … perhaps this isn’t a news flash for most, however perhaps the title of this post on Internet Evolution makes sense and more will be making the move to IPv6 in the near future: Forward March to IPv6 by 2010

As a somewhat interesting aside, “The nonprofit agency in charge of the Internet’s addresses recently lost track of its own” (story here).

July 11, 2008  2:59 PM

Taking a fresh look (e.g., Visual Studio Gallery; CIPS)

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This post shares awareness of a couple of fresh looks: Visual Studio Gallery; CIPS. This weekend may be a good time in general for you and your organization to think about taking a fresh look at ways of making quality and value increasingly intrinsic and pervasive.


July 10, 2008  3:50 PM

Compliance, Governance, Security (and ideally value that’s increasingly inherent)

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Sounds like an interesting blog: Regulatory Compliance, Governance and Security. Welcome aboard Charles.


July 10, 2008  3:34 PM

The Cloud, billing by consumption, and the future of business intelligence, continuity and competition

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The best way to learn something very well may be to be responsible for teaching it. With that in mind this post has a few questions; your digging and answers may help others to learn.

Drawing upon this article (and 12 points stated within), is or isn’t cloud computing coming to your enterprise, and what database do you think may be largely associated with the Cloud and the future of innovative business intelligence? 

Whatever your answers may be to the above questions, the words below may be worth thinking about and internalizing.

Businesses are undergoing a fundamental shift in the way they make decisions. In today’s rapidly changing environment, decision-making occurs more frequently and at all levels of an organization. Having access to your company’s crucial information and using that business intelligence to achieve strategic enterprise-wide objectives differentiates highly successful businesses from potential competitors. (data sheet here

Will the Cloud help to evolve the intrinsic and pervasive value of your organization by 2020? How might moving up into the Cloud change things relative to Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery?

With respect to the latter question you may find these words interesting:

“The Meta Group reports that the downtime cost for each company in the Energy Industry is $2.8 million/hour; in the Telecom Industry $2.0 million/hour; and for Financial Institutions, $1.4 million/hour.” Who said it?


July 8, 2008  8:16 PM

Advanced Test Automation Frameworks

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Greg Annen’s background includes the creation of advanced test automation frameworks so it should be interesting reading posts in his new ITKE blog, QA Focus. Be sure to visit. Perhaps doing so will help you ensure the inherent quality of your test automation frameworks.


July 2, 2008  8:20 PM

ISO-27002, SQL Server and the Windows Server 2008 Firewall

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Step 0 of this recent post, SQL Server and the Windows Server 2008 Firewall, says ISO-27002 is worth reviewing. If you have, perhaps you agree.

Does the inherent quality of your security strategy include application of what you’ve read in ISO documents?


July 2, 2008  4:18 PM

A World of Difference

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Ideally all increasingly do what they can to help make things progressively better from various perspectives. This post takes no credit, simply shares awareness of a special CBC feature about some who may be helping to make a world of difference


June 28, 2008  9:58 PM

Gates last day; Microsoft sees an evolution

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Nice piece June 27, 2008 in The New York Times. Excerpt below (full story here). The video below you may remember from CES 2008.

Bill Gates is retiring, sort of. He is still only 52, and he is going off to spend more time guiding the world’s richest philanthropy, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He will still be Microsoft’s chairman and largest shareholder, but Friday is his last day as a full-time worker at the software giant, marking the unofficial end of his career as a business leader.

At Microsoft, there is scant sign of panic, despite its trailing position and its failed bid to buy Yahoo for $47.5 billion as a catch-up strategy. Microsoft sees an evolution in computing, not a disruptive revolution that will imperil the company, said Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer.

Mr. Mundie said Microsoft is preparing for a widening world of both cloud computing and “client” machines, not only personal computers but also cellphones, cars, game consoles and televisions, all running Microsoft software.

“The next big platform is the union of the clients and the cloud,” he said.

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June 28, 2008  8:24 PM

A quick, easy, fun and free way to transfer knowledge or deliver departmental training

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You may be interested in a quick, easy, fun and free way to transfer knowledge to Business or Functional Analysts, or for the delivery of end-user training. For example, let’s say you want to move knowledge from SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) to BAs (Business Analysts or Functional Analysts) with such objectives as increasingly moving business knowledge closer to the code, improving traceability from process to requirements all the way down the line to IT assets or objects (including automated tests). If budget, time or resource constraints prevent the usage of professionally certified trainers, you may want to augment workshops, training classes or traditional documentation (e.g., procedural or training manuals) with a free tool that allows SMEs and others to create video training that can be published to SharePoint. For more information see this post (creating departmental training quick and easy) by Michael Gannotti.


June 28, 2008  6:49 PM

Embedding to increase accuracy (Socialcalc)

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Let’s say you want to increase accuracy. Well a technology developed by a guy associated with the open source movement may help you to do so (e.g., by 80%). Cutting down on passing files around, maintaining a means of sharing, maintaining version control and a single reference point for data, Socialcalc enables users to embed spreadsheets into Socialtext’s wiki pages. In an interview on the future the CEO of Socialtext basically shares that doing a project collaboratively actually dramatically increases productivity and reduces email traffic. A few words from the related article on Internet Evolution that may get you thinking include: “When you look at social networking, if it’s done with a goal of actually solving a problem, then it’s less about who knows who and more about who knows what and who knows who knows what.”; encourage customers to not categorize things by marketing buzzwords but categorize them by their goals and problems they’re trying to solve”; “help groups be more productive in the context of what they have”; “the patterns of ubiquity of technology, the long tail of specificity, those will continue to accelerate”; “the next wave is, how do you make it relevant”. (full story here)

All must increasingly work towards means to innately improve quality and value, and thereby in the process increase such things as integration, productivity, excellence and simplicity. By 2020 this will ideally increasingly apply to all aspects of IT Governance, a global IT profession, and improvements to quality of life for all.


June 23, 2008  12:08 PM

The elements of style for IT

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Q: By 2020 will there be an “Elements of Style” for IT and what might the deliverable resemble?

A: Time will tell however perhaps it will be a bit like Strunk’s rules (?) and created as IT Pros increasingly serve and collaborate with the global public.


June 23, 2008  10:26 AM

Proactively preparing for Enterprise 2.0 and evolution of computing to follow

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As computing draws ever closer to the masses, and as the Internet’s population draws ever closer to the world’s population, interesting challenges that search engine providers and others continually work on will be related to data and information (e.g., volume, storage, de-duplication, inherent value, increasingly improved content rankings and so on). As food for thought for IT Pros, and virtually any member of the general Business population, now may be a good time to increasingly become less reactive. Now may be a good time to increasingly work towards proactively preparing for (and contributing to) the evolution of computing. TechTarget sites, e-newletters and events may be a good means of help for you to do so. In any event you may find the following words interesting; they are from this SearchCIO-Midmarket.com article about the recent Enterprise 2.0 Conference 

The general consensus on the panel was that the biggest impediment to using blogs, wikis, Real Simple Syndication and other collaborative business software is the users themselves.


June 23, 2008  9:23 AM

HP, and embedded de-duplication

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Sharing awareness: This week HP formally launches data dedupe products (including for the enterprise data center, HP sources Sepaton, embedding its DeltaStor post-process deduplication software into its HP virtual library systems). Full story on SearchDataBackup.com. From the perspectives of libraries, and frameworks, standards, capability maturity models and so on, it may not be surprising to see HP continually contribute to service improvement such as by continuing to bring forth or contribute to inventions which consolidate, elevate and integrate volumes of information for increasingly greater dimensions of quality, value, excellence and simplicity. In the meantime you may wish to replay ITIL V3: Offering real business benefits for the enterprise (where you can “meet each of the five authors from HP who have been deeply involved with the refresh of ITIL V3”).


June 22, 2008  9:17 PM

Embedded compliance, embedded efficiency, embedded value

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Imagine compliance (e.g., relative to a potential host of regulations, frameworks, standards, capability maturity models and so on) embedded within your integrated enterprise suite which inherently includes the mapping of business processes, to requirements, to automated test cases and scripts, to software, hardware and database components. Perhaps such an OOTB solution exists for your environment, ideally by and beyond 2020 some major vendor(s) out there will strive to ensure it increasingly will.


June 22, 2008  7:48 PM

People, Tools, Code… computing closer to the masses

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This book states “Computing is slowly coming closer and closer to the masses”. With current PeopleTools has the pace picked up, or has IT been enabled to empower the Business more, or has IT been enabled to provide stronger governance, or has IT been enabled to eliminate (or improve integration with) the tools of other vendors such as perhaps HP or IBM/Rational?

In the future will enterprise solutions for Business, and enterprise solutions for IT, increasingly align and more so move towards being (or acting more as) one? By 2020 will organizations everywhere enjoy TCO that is significantly lower, value that is significantly higher, and computing which is significantly closer to (and easier and safer for) the masses?


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