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Adapting to Winds of Change

Look around at global economic conditions. More than skirmishes—near flat out war—in Ukraine, Gaza, Iraq and Syria.  China pushing up GDP numbers by loading local provinces with more debt. European economies are on the mend, but not yet turning...

Posted August 6, 2014    

The Rule of Three Works for IT

If you’re a presenter, or simply someone wanting to convey information in a memorable way, you have probably inadvertently or intentionally used the rule of three.  The rule of three is a teaching, writing or presenting device where a key...

Posted July 14, 2014    

Beware of Big Data Technology Zealotry

Undoubtedly you’ve heard it all before: “Hadoop is the next big thing, why waste your time with a relational database?” or “Hadoop is really only good for the following things” or “Our NoSQL database scales, other solutions don’t.” Invariably, there...

Posted June 23, 2014    

When Ideology Reigns Over Data

Increasingly, the mantra of “let the data speak for themselves” is falling by the wayside and ideology promotion is zooming down the fast lane. There are dangers to reputations, companies and global economies when researchers and/or statisticians...

Posted June 2, 2014    

Ramifications of IT Infrastructure Everywhere

Most people don’t notice that information technology pervades our daily lives. Granted, some IT infrastructure is in the open and easy to spot, such as the computer and router on your desk hooked up via network cables. However, plenty of IT...

Posted May 20, 2014    

The High Cost of Low Quality IT

 In times of tight corporate budgets, everyone wants “a deal.” But there is often a price to be paid for low quality, especially when IT and purchasing managers aren’t comparing apples to apples in terms of technology capability or experienced...

Posted April 25, 2014    

Mobile: It's Still a Big Deal

With visions of four legged robots rambling through the forest, a pair of virtual reality goggles for every person, and drones flying overhead beaming cyberspace access, the internet giants are infatuated with “the next big thing.”  However,...

Posted March 31, 2014    

It's Time to Ditch Scarcity Thinking

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” Smaug the magnificent dragon sits on his nearly unlimited hoard of treasure and coins and tells “burglar” Bilbo Baggins to “help (himself) again, there’s plenty and to spare.” While it’s certainly true there are...

Posted March 19, 2014    

Technology Training Needs a Hands-On Approach

Many technology companies begin training by handing employees binders of technical manuals, topics and user guides.  Employees are expected to plow through reams of text and diagrams to learn what they need to know to succeed on the job....

Posted March 4, 2014    

When is CAPEX Coming Back?

Since 2008, many companies have stockpiled cash on their balance sheets instead of spending it on upgrading and/or building new facilities or buying new equipment. This of course, is a strategy that can only last so long, as eventually things fall...

Posted February 17, 2014    

IT Doesn’t Matter... Until It Does

While most business leaders equate the Information Technology (IT) department with simply “keeping the lights on,” IT does much more than administer and operate business systems. In fact, with how quickly technology is changing the game in retail,...

Posted January 29, 2014    

Debunking Five Cloud Computing Myths

For the third year in a row, cloud computing is one of the top three technology investments for CIOs. However, there are many misconceptions of “the cloud”. Indeed, in my travels through public speaking sessions and corporate training seminars on...

Posted January 6, 2014