This is a checklist of items you need for an all-encompassing personal
branding strategy. Personal branding is the process of marketing and selling
yourself as a brand in order to gain success in business. Personal branding
is a continual process just as knowing yourself is a continual process. As
you grow, so does your brand. The need for personal branding arises from the
fact that globalization has increased competition in the workplace. As the
wheat is separated from the chaff, if you are left standing, you are left
standing with others of good caliber. The playing field is now that much more
challenging since your competition is as good as, or better, than you.
To paraphrase David Samuel, the bloke who got me into personal branding after
I saw him speak a few years ago; he spoke about of why you need personal
branding. His audience was a group from a large teleco... (more)
In the enterprise building mobile applications is as much about integration
and the corresponding challenges as it is about pure application development.
Recent industry reports reveal that more than 70% of mission-critical data
and most of the pivotal business logic that runs worldwide commerce still
resides on existing host systems. Based on this dependency, as well as their
speed and power, host systems are unquestionably here to stay for most large
organizations and will continue to be a foundation for business success as
organizations design and implement new business initiatives.
However, many of those same organizations have also invested in packaged
applications (SAP, Siebel, Oracle Applications, PeopleSoft, etc.) to manage
their businesses. When building mobile solutions that leverage these systems,
enterprise developers want to use the existing business logi... (more)
I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by
the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.
Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old
enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain
cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up
and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal
because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on
water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly
already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can
already no longer be with us?
The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last
time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his
language was named. It was in the context ... (more)
Mobile operators are in a precarious position. Airtime revenue is decreasing
faster than fixed costs, and competitors are multiplying. Not only is there
high overhead for customer acquisition, but retention costs are also
increasing. Mobile operators need to act now to ensure that they can derive
the incremental revenue streams they need to survive.
While there remains no question about the effect it will have on the way
people transact with each other, the mobile Internet's
slower-than-anticipated uptake has had an immediate impact on a number of
businesses. Because of this, many enterprises have taken a slow and more
strategic approach to rolling out wireless services.
Mobile operators do not share the luxury of a slow approach. In North America
and around the world, the mobile operator space has seen increased
competition, bringing great results for mobile users -... (more)
Solstice Software, the leader in end-to-end integration and SOA testing,
announced that the company has joined SOA Link, a new multi-vendor SOA
governance and interoperability initiative established in May. Solstice will
support SOA Link's mission by jointly identifying governance and testing use
cases with the other SOA Link members.
Solstice Software provides Solstice Integra Suite, an automated end-to-end
integration and SOA testing tool for large, complex systems. Integra Suite
reduces the time, cost, and complexity of SOA and Web services testing,
validates the functionality of IT systems, and better aligns them to business
processes and objectives-a key goal of lifecycle governance.
"With SOA Link, we see the convergence and alignment of registry and change
management, with high-quality integration and SOA testing initiatives," says
Chris Benedetto, vice presi... (more)
- iANYWHERE -
4/26/2007 - Sybase iAnywhere announced that Grant Thornton LLP, one of the
largest accounting, tax and business advisory firms in the U.S., has selected
Information Anywhere Afaria mobile device management technology to ensure
that its policies, procedures, and other technical reference information are
current and available to its 3,000 Assurance mobile professionals on their
desktop and laptop computers. Information Anywhere suite is a platform that
addresses converging enterprise requirements for mobile e-mail,
collaboration, security, device management, and application enablement.
Sybase iAnywhere device management has enabled Grant Thornton to improve the
efficiency of its information distribution - pushing only changes in policies
and internal methodologies to its professionals, rather than repeatedly
sending an exhaustive re-publi... (more)
This year TechWave 2007 took place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. For those of
you who didn't make it, the following is a recap of the events, with a couple
of thoughts and suggestions thrown in.
Officially the only thing going on Sunday was conference registration.
However, there is a private TeamSybase/Sybase reception on Sunday evening
where, among other things, new TeamSybase members are inducted. This year we
added one new member: Roland Smith. Photos of the reception - along with all
the other photos I've taken at TechWave - are available at
The quality is a little spotty. I just purchased a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3
just for TechWave to get better shots (it's still a compact point and shoot,
but it has 10x optical zoom), but it really chews up the battery and I didn't
have a spare battery. So some of ... (more)
This is the time of year when trend or predication articles start cropping
up. Year after year I'm asked if I would be interested in writing about
what's to come. You see I have an uncanny ability to pick lottery numbers.
Unfortunately my lottery guesses, like most articles that look into the
future, aren't right most of the time. So I usually say no, and leave my
writing time to topics of here and now.
I was approached about the forward-looking topic, "What's Next after SOA."
That one I couldn't turn down. Oh, what an opportunity to write about SOA 2.0
or is it 3.0? Come on, I hear the Web is up to version 4.0. The title "What's
Next after SOA" frustrated me. We seem to thrive on moving on before we
finish our job. Maybe this is a high- tech/Silicon Valley thing. I think that
in the heartland of technology use - like in government and most real
companies like bank... (more)
The introduction of Linux into the data center has brought with it the
promise of a new level of cost-efficiency and flexibility for enterprise data
center environments. IT professionals prefer Linux for their data centers
because it’s highly customizable and can be adapted to address specific
issues more easily than any other operating system.
But Linux also presents a unique set of management challenges that differ
markedly from operating systems such as Windows or Unix. Massive
heterogeneity of distributions, lack of nimble management tools, and the
sheer volume of equipment and data all mean headaches for administrators
trying to run an enterprise data center on Linux. Gartner research estimates
that 74% of all server failures are caused by human errors including
incorrect software configuration, and that over 50% of the time application
upgrades and rollo... (more)
SIMtone announced the release of an end-to-end universal cloud computing
platform. The SIMtone Universal Cloud Computing Platform enables multiple
cloud services, such as “PCs in the Cloud,” virtual desktops, DaaS and
SaaS, or Web services to be hosted and managed simply, securely and
inexpensively in any datacenter, and ubiquitously accessible by end-users
with a single user ID, on-demand and on-the-fly, via any device, on any
broadband connection, and without requiring a computer at the edge.
The SIMtone platform allows network operators and their business customers to
quickly build and ubiquitously deliver highly scalable, secure and very
low-cost cloud computing services such as virtual desktops, DaaS, SaaS
applications, and other Web services to anyone, anywhere, on-demand and
It is a solution that enables any cloud computing service to be securely ... (more)
Eric Novikoff's Blog
Are humans really necessary for maintaining SLAs? In today's cloud computing
deployments, especially with systems like Amazon's EC2, the users'
application is responsible for both measuring and taking action on
application performance issues. This complicates deployment and coding, as
well as tying your application to a particular cloud provider. However, I
believe that the next generation of cloud deployment frameworks will be able
to do this automatically, by integrating general-purpose monitoring
applications with policy-based cloud management engines.
When I was watching the recent the election returns on CNN, I wasn't sure
what was more amazing: Obama's historic victory, or CNN's technology. CNN was
able to display up-to-the minute results of each state's elections simply at
the touch of their news anchor onto the screen of an election-repor... (more)