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The highly empowered mobile user is a disruptive trend most enterprises have yet to come to grips with. This is causing huge changes in enterprises. Friends at Wikibon, the awesome open research and collaboration site, have produced an infographic that helps capture some key dimensions...
A new LinkedIn Group has been formed for professionals who are seeking advanced warning of technology that can make significant positive change to the status quo in enterprise IT. This group, the “Disruptive IT” group, is a closed group, meaning that you must apply to an be...
As a former enterprise CTO and current technology watcher, I was struck at the incredible brilliance of yesterday’s announcement by Dell and Cloudera. In a move that will help enterprises of all sizes serve a very wide range of missions, those two organizations have announced a n...
Just finished reviewing the latest draft update to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publication 800-145 “The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing”. This publication is rapidly becoming the accepted definition within the US Federal government of Cloud Computing an...
“No more than 1 in every 100 patent earns enough to pay back development cost and patent fees. About 1 in 500 makes any money above its out-of-pocket costs.” – Peter F. Drucker in Innovation and Entrepreneurship If this is true then why do so many people file patent application? There...
Security concerns (real and imagined) have long dominated much of the cloud conversation and caused many companies to deliberate about getting started in the cloud. Slowly, the security issues are being addressed--through the adoption of corporate policies for cloud usage, maturing clo...
The network industry could be entering yet another new stage of innovation and growth, fueled by a flood of new demands and an increasingly likely new tech refresh cycle driven by increasing network infrastructure automation and control.  At the core of this new cycle is a flood of new...
Microsoft has announced and released a new version of its Windows Azure platform which will operate as an appliance.  This platform, which is supported by a strong partner community (including Dell, Fujitsu and HP), provides enhanced means for enterprises to run cloud services, either ...
Experts seem to agree that Enterprise Architecture is dying. However, opinions are divided on the question of why? Recent LinkedIn discussion outlines wide variety on opinion on the subject. Zachman wrote “This is what is killing Enterprise Architecture…” and Sunil starter a discuss...
Michael Slaby was Chief Technology Officer for Obama for America. His team was responsible for the technology behind the online campaign. He’s giving a Berkman lunchtime talk. NOTE 1: I’m liveblogging, aqnd thus getting things wrong, paraphrasing, missing points, etc. Do not trust the...
One of the very first CTO-grade decision I had to take in the making of Snoget was to pick what would become our main transactional persistence engine. Since we're using Erlang exclusively for our production servers, the solution seemed easy: use Mnesia. But I settled for PostgreSQL. ...
I'm pleased to report that several of our customers have told me that 2009 was their best year ever. In fact, as a percentage of our customer base, the number of customers reporting a strong 2009 is probably very far ahead of the market in general. Here's the contrarian statement, thou...
This is a very good presentation of policy worth a complete read by all, but I looked through it for statements indicating what we technologists should focus on. I tried to find the phrases indicating what the Secretary was saying the US should or will do, since that should drive many...
The principles and freedoms of the American dream are finding themselves resurrected again with cloud computing. The following blog will outline background, details and living proof that cloud computing is one of the catalysts of the future that will bring the American dream back! A...
Newspapers and blogs around the globe have been carrying an amazing story of technological arrogance and organizational ineptitude regarding security of a key data feed from US intelligence systems. We read headlines like: “Iraq Insurgents Hack US Drones” (WSJ), “Hacked Drones: How Se...
Yesterday I was on a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) panel at the 2009 Distributed Common Groundstation (DCGS) conference in Virginia Beach VA.  The panel, which was pulled together by JFCOM J2 CTO John Marshall, included Ms. Michele Munson of Aspera, Mr. Lewis Shepherd of Microsoft, Mr...
Google has certainly been busy building a lot of different software tools that can be used for collaboration, including Google Docs, Google Voice, Google Sites (formerly Jotspot) and Google Calendar. But there are a number of specialized tools that are more useful than these Google ser...
I’d like to refer all interested in the topic of Cloud Computing to the blog of Reuven Cohen.  Reuven blogs at http://elasticvapor.com He can also be found on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ruv Although I’ve been a long distance follower of Reuven for a while, I was parti...
I hope to see you at the SYS-CON sponsored GovIT Conference and Expo 6 Oct 2009. I’ll also spend time during the day attending the day thinking through everything I’ve ever written and learned about Cloud Computing and Federal IT and hope to bring that to bear in my interactions with J...
I’ve long sought to track disruptive IT on the CTOvision.com site, and have featured several firms on the CTOvision.com Disruptive IT list. A new feature on the site is the CTOvision.com Technology Titan List, where I’ll more closely track the activities of the Information Technology ...
One of my favorite examinations of the role of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is Tom Berray’s”Roles of the CTO: Four Models for Success. ” If you are an enterprise CTO or any technologist looking for career context I strongly recommend it to you for its situation...
Software designed by open source standards has security built in and has been found to be fielded with far fewer faults per unit of code than proprietary development houses.  There are many reasons for this.  This factor is especially true when the open source code is commercially supp...
Cloud Computing is one of the many things enterprise CIOs, CTOs and other engineers will master in delivering capability.  I believe in the power of new Cloud Computing technologies and concepts and think we should all continue our focus there. I have said, and still say, the same thi...
With this post I’d like to tell you a bit more about the coalition Open Source for America and why I believe it is so important for our collective future.  I would also like to encourage you to join this coalition yourself.   Whether you represent industry, academia, non-profit o...
Marissa Mayer is one of the technology luminary’s that are driving the future of search, discovery and online experience.  She was one of Google’s first 20 employees and the first female engineer at Google.  She is currently the VP of Search and User Experience at Google, a...
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Information Technology Laboratory is working on a definition of cloud computing (version 14 of their working draft is on their site and is looking great).  Like other NIST efforts they have taken a collaborative/collegial approa...
Adobe MAX 2009 will be held 4-7 October 2009 in Los Angeles.  Please check out the conference agenda and consider attending (see http://max.adobe.com).  The conference looks like a great way to continue advancing concepts like rich internet applications, social computing, and the lever...