Cloud Cred? Oh Really?

March 12, 2013
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I stumbled along the Cloud Cred site setup by none other than the Cloud confused VMware. After initially deciding not to sign up, boredom got the better of me, and I created an account. First, when you sign up you are assigned to a team, and your team works to complete “tasks” to earn Cloud Cred. […]

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How Choosing Your Cloud OS is like Choosing the Next Pope

March 12, 2013
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If you work in an enterprise of any size, Cloud is surely a hot topic for your CIO/CTO. Public, Private, Hybrid, PaaS, SaaS, IaaS, blah, blah. You might have even went down the path of choosing a Cloud solution for your organization with varying degrees of success. As the Catholic Church convenes PapalCon 2013 to […]

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The curious case of if-then-else

July 20, 2012
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if-then-else control structures were the most curious and fascinating concept I ever encountered in my early programming days. At the time I was a rather impressionable 11-year old hacking away at a ZX-81 first, a TI-99/4A later, and a CDC 171 (COMPASS anyone?), before discovering the joy of Apple. Still it was an awesome concept: […]

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Technology Churches, Religion, and Evangelism

April 12, 2012
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I watched an interview with John Willis recently where he brought up the “Church of DevOps”. This “church” was described as a passion and excitement for DevOps, that can often be mistaken for arrogance and intolerance for differing ideas. This idea is nothing new and we see it play out again and again in technology circles. […]

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Herding the Skunks

February 13, 2012
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Management, particularly of chaotic entities, is often called “herding cats”. Several years ago, EDS made a big splash with their Super Bowl commercial that showed Cat Herders moving teams of cats across the country, much like Cowboys used to move cattle. But what do you do when the cats are actually skunks, or a Skunk Works department […]

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The end of the enterprise architect?

February 6, 2012
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A few days ago I was catching up with an old and good friend. A formidable enterprise architect (EA) with 20 years of experience my friend was expressing a serious concern about the future of his profession. In his view, new methodologies for software development are delegating EAs to the ash heap of history. Of […]

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The Specialist is Dead, Long Live the Specialist

February 2, 2012
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First let me start with a disclaimer: I consider myself to be a generalist, or as the saying goes, “Jack of all trades, master of none.” Thus my opinions on this topic might be a bit skewed. That being said, the transition to Cloud based models is shifting paradigms for many organizations; not only in […]

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