Well, a quick personal note to explain the absence of postings. On Oct 11, I started work and had a chest and jaw pain that, long story short, led to a heart bypass and my absence from this blog and work for too much of the fall. It was quite a surprise and hole to fall into, so welcome back me!
Some of my main observations from the sidelines include laughing at the new phone with tiles which lets you know there is activity for mail or social networking sites (see Lotus Notes basic concept that is how old? 10-12 years?), the zEnterprise system becoming available, and continued tech announcements from CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics (as in 10x density, with electrical and optical devices on the same piece of silicon) to a range of announcements on security, smart solutions, and the cloud.
I notices the magazine, Government Technology, had a good article on Modernization, as did zJournal, and Mainframe Executive had a cover story on the creation of the new zEnterprise systems. In the legacy systems article in Government Technology, there is a good reference to the NASCIO survey in '08 that has the top 2 drivers as changes to business processes, and inability to support LOB requirements. Nice reminder about where to start in an enterprise before any tech change effort, huh?
OK, back with more, gotta ease into things again ya know...