Archive | February, 2013
Information Security

Machine data drives security for the Internet of Things

If you haven’t followed the Tesla vs. NY Times story, you’ve missed the first mainstream accounting of machine data. The venerable NY Times was somehow caught off guard by the fact that Tesla was collecting data from their vehicle that could be analyzed and produced on demand. What this story didn’t tell us is that […]

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Benchmark to stay ahead of the disruption curve

Most of the information I read about disruption focuses on the fact it is happening all around us and warns that organizations should be prepared to deal with it. A quick read of the news tells me that it is already too late for some and getting very late for others. I’ve even written about […]

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Marissa Mayer Sledgehammer

Marissa Mayer needs to shock the Yahoo! system

In a recent post, Jeanne Roué-Taylor expressed her skepticism for the Yahoo! decision to no longer allow employees to work from home. That was the first day of a breaking story and from the outset, it looked like a poor decision and significant step backward for a Silicon valley stalwart (though a bit of a […]

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Google says ‘Welcome to Cloud City’

Google knows what it’s doing. The Chromebook Pixel represents a step towards a completely cloud-based future, so much so that I’m willing to bet that in the next 5 years it will usher in Cloud Cities; towns and communities where the entire population have fully embraced an always on, mobile and cloud based infrastructure. The […]

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Yellow Snow

Best advice: never eat the yellow snow

Full disclosure: I have never lived in snow, have only played in it a few times, and don’t actually care for the cold that much. However, the best advice I have been given is to never eat the yellow snow because that’s what my grandfather advised me. It seemed like a good idea at the […]

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The end in mind

Best advice: start with the end in mind

LinkedIn is running another INfluencer series called “Best Advice I ever received” so here at SuccessfulWorkplace we’re doing the same. Early in my career, when I was a Business Analyst leading software implementation projects, a manager told me: “Start with the end in mind.” What she meant was, think about how you want the system […]

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Mr Miyagi

Best advice: worry more about how you do it

I’ve received two pieces of advice that I follow more than the million suggestions I’ve been given over the years. Graduate School Professor The first comes from a professor I had in graduate school. I had one of those “there is no answer” questions for him and he told me, “Mr. Webb, it is rarely […]

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James Dean

Best advice: be that rebel

LinkedIn is running another INfluencer series called “Best Advice I ever received” so here at SuccessfulWorkplace we’re doing the same. I wrote a piece about how being a rebel meant more in business than being a subject matter expert. Despite comments to the contrary I stand by it, I do after all have a career […]

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Hello World

Best advice: learn to code first

“Hello world” is a not-so-secret phrase used by people who’ve learned to read and write computer code and generated that phrase as their first achievement. “Coding” is the term used by people who really do it and anyone using the phrase “computer programming” probably has no idea what it really involves. Commodore Pets  My coding […]

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5 Apps Your Employees Should Start Using Today

The following is a guest post. Countless apps are now available on the market – at least 300,000 have been developed over the past three years alone according to Source Digital Buzz.  In an increasingly mobile world, many modern workers use apps their smartphones or mobile devices for business purposes. This makes it easy for […]

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Yahoo bans working from home and embraces creationism

News wires have been buzzing for the the past several hours with the news that Yahoo is banning working from home. In a much-quoted memo, Yahoo HR said the following: To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it […]

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Hannibal Lecter

Business rules are meant to guide, not restrict

Rules are everywhere. Literally. You can observe them in everyday life all around you whether you’re in the office or not. I see people standing on empty streets waiting to cross the road and blindly obeying the crossing sign for the sake of common sense. I watch people automatically line up to fob their ID […]

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Security safe

Unlocking the advantages of BPM

Put the ‘BPM as a Concept’ aside for a bit and look at BPMs tech-related benefits. One of the things at the top of your list is likely to be how it is a Rapid Application Development platform and how it helps you quickly put together process based solutions with much less development effort than […]

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The Oscars and prediction markets

Now that the work of childbirth is behind me, I can get back to writing about the world of technology and the many changes going on around us. By now you know that Argo was the big winner in tonight’s Oscar’s, meeting the predictions made before the event and proving once again the power of […]

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Dream big

Big data should lead to big dreams

Organizations are collecting more and more data every single minute of every day. It’s no secret that Facebook, for example, processes 2.5 billion pieces of content and over 500 terabytes of data each day, pulling in 2.7 billion Likes and 300 million photos per diem. Facebook also scans a whopping 105 terabytes of data each half […]

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What price influence?

Over at Techcrunch there’s an interesting story of how Condé Nast has grown it’s portfolio of companies not through further media investment but instead with a niche fashion jeweler. It may sound like an odd choice, but given they also own Vogue, it makes perfect sense to marry media and jewelry audiences with each other. […]

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