Pragmatic viewpoints of Open Computing
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Subway maps make a great framework for organizing things other than subway stations: the unique colored lines, the distinct neighborhoods, the interesting intersections. Design firm Information Architects have just released their latest Web 2.0 map.
http://www.zoomorama.com/2477f0e8b447bb6570493cdac464c41f for a bigger map.[Read More]
Rational Unified Process (RUP) is very misunderstood. It has one of the worse reputation out there because there is alot of FUD out there spread by people who don't really understand its value and benefit. To the un-educated, RUP is an over engineered SDLC (software development life cycle) process that has no real value in a world where everything is quick, dynamic, and there's no time for planning. That's absolutely wrong. Rational Unified Process, in it's 3rd major revision, has come a long way and has evolved just like the IT industry. With tooling like Rational Method Composer, people can easy adapt RUP to fit time-boxed, time-crunched projects to multi-year projects while providing that rigor that the business needs for planning. IBM Global Services uses RUP in almost all the projects they execute. As a IBM Certified Solution in Rational Unified Process, I'd highly encourage you to learn more about it. Below is an online class for you to understand it more and help you gain certification in the process.
---------------------------IBM Certified Solution Designer - IBM Rational Unified Process V7.0
An intermediate level solution designer is an individual with extensive product knowledge who understands the principles involved and the uses of Rational Unified Process. The individual should be proficient with RUP terminology, iterative development principles and related work products, method elements and their relationships, process elements and their relationships, and the basic intent and content of RUP disciplines.
It is expected that this solution designer will be generally self-sufficient and able to perform the tasks involved in the role with limited assistance from peers, product documentation and vendor support services.
To receive this certification, you need to pass the following test
----------------------------Principles of Rational Unified Process v7.0
In this course you will be introduced to the basic principles of Rational Unified Process® (RUP), from the key principles that provide the foundation of the process, to the disciplines and phases that comprise the process. This course is designed specifically for developers, managers, and designers who are just beginning to use RUP for their software development projects.
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Much too often we "talk" about politics but yet we don't really understand it. The below article from an ex-IBM VP really sheds some needed light on the subject.
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Want to know more about cloud and grid computing? Learn how you can use Infrastructure as a Service to get a full computer infrastructure using Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). See the similarities, differences, and issues to consider in grid and cloud computing. Explore some of the security issues and choices for Web development in the cloud, and see how you can be environmentally friendly using cloud computing.
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The basic gist, it costs way too much in terms of operating costs (distribution/logistics, inventory, purchasing) and not enough revenue.
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One more step to Minority Report!
Japan's NTT Communications is testing a new billboard setup in January that has a built-in pair of cameras hooked up to image detection software that determines how many people are in front of the ad, and just how many are looking at it.
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Ohhh... reading articles like this feels like the "cat is out of the bag".
1. “Feel the squeeze? Actually, so do we.”2. “You’re getting less for the same price.”3. “We jack up prices where you’re least likely to notice.”4. “You can’t always believe our nutrition claims.”5. “We won’t take your coupons.”6. “Our loyalty cards help us cater to our biggest spenders...”7. “...but they’re not always your best bet for big savings.”8. “Big sales may not mean lower costs for you.”9. “We may carry local produce, but we’re no farmer’s market.”10. “We’re experts in human behavior.”
10 Things Supermarkets Won't Tell You at SmartMoney.com
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Interesting take on the role of the IT Professional from Gartner.
By 2010, IT Professionals will need to possess expertise in multiple domains, Technical aptitude will no longer be enough (BUT ASSUMED). IT professionals must prove they can understand business realities – industry, core processes, customer bases, regulatory environment, culture and constraints. Versatility will be crucial. By 2010, the IT profession will split into 4 domains of expertise: technology, information, process and relationships (0.7 probability);By 2010, 6 out of 10 people affiliated with the IT organization will assume business facing roles (0.7 probability)By 2010, 10 percent to 15 percent of IT professionals will drop out of the IT profession (0.7 probability)
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Some humorous IT tech stories for you.
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Good list of qualities that IT organizations should have.
1. The CIO reports to the CEO or, at least, the chief operating officer. 2. There is an IT steering committee composed of C-level executives from the business units. 3. The IT shop uses up-to-date software and hardware. 4. There is a high-visibility system security team.5. There is an ongoing disaster recovery process involving users, and a documented recovery plan that is tested regularly. 6. There is an ongoing commitment to training to keep IT staffers up to date. 7. There is rigid adherence to some system development lifecycle (SDLC) that is understood by IT and the user community alike.8. There are established technical and managerial career paths that enable workers to remain technical and achieve higher pay and status within the organization.9. IT produces, at minimum, a monthly status report that shows progress on all major IT projects.10. IT sits at the long-range planning table and participates.
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Industry reaches consensus on the worst things that can happen when software is being written and calls it a big step toward making software more secure.
---------------------A group of more than 30 computer organizations has taken what some are calling a big step toward making software more secure.
Led by experts from the U.S. National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, Microsoft and Symantec, the group plans to publish on Monday a blueprint outlining the most dangerous software programming errors.
The list represents the first time the industry has reached consensus on the worst things that can happen when software is being written.
"The top 25 list gives developers a minimum set of coding errors that must be eradicated before software is used by customers," said Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer with Veracode, in a prepared statement.
More than just a list, however, the document could be used as a negotiating tool between buyers and software vendors, said Alan Paller, director of research with the SANS Institute, a security training group that spearheaded the work.
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A little bit far fetched on mainframes as big as Death Star. For that, they'll have to buy much, much more.
The first Wal-Mart, called Wal-Mart Discount City, opened in Rogers, Arkansas, in July 2, 1962. Five years later, the company already had 24 stores in Arkansas alone. By May 1971, Wal-Mart had already propagated to five states. From there, the growth was just explosive, eating the country from its heart. In 1975 they took Texas, upping the number of stors to 125.
A decade later in 1987, boom, 1,198 stores were spewing out everything from clothes to electronics to movies to music to toys all through the US. Soon, the epidemic ran into the rest of the world and in 2005, they already had 3,800 stores in the US and 2,800 all across the world, with 1.6 million employees and mainframe systems as big as the Death Star, permanently cross-tabulating and linking providers, stores, and customers' data to optimize their sales and distribution flows.
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Not sure if you know but the used game industry is pretty big (fyi, the games industry makes more money than the movie industry). Retailers like Gamespot make most of their profit in this market. Read the article below to get an idea of what is happening in this space.
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I thought the following article was pretty good at some of the pitfalls with IT.
The 7 deadly sins of IT management | InfoWorld | Analysis | 2008-12-15 | By Dan TynanLet the IT manager who is without sin cast the first stone.
OK, we're still waiting.
Odds are, you've committed some venal sins at work -- if not mortal ones. Whether it's falling prey to gadget lust, hoarding information, avoiding necessary but onerous chores, coveting thy neighbor's budget, venting anger all over your staff, or letting ego get in the way of the job, we're all guilty of something.
Not surprisingly, most of our transgressions find their foundation in the classics: lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, envy, wrath, and pride. With apologies to Dante Alighieri, here are the seven deadliest sins IT managers can commit.
(The identities of the sinners have been obscured to protect the guilty. Read and learn from their wicked ways.)
Read. Repent. Repeat. Then go forth and rectify.[Read More]