As an IT veteran, I have observed and helped drive tremendous change, not just in the technologies we use but how we use them. Among the more dramatic shifts has been the definition of being a mobile worker. When I was a mainframe programmer in the late 80’s, being “highly … READ MORE
It was just about a year ago that I posted Three Signs Your Company May Be Losing Its Mojo on this site. The blog, which ran on Forbes.com about a month later, struck a chord. For many of us, it seems that the loss of mojo is akin to losing … READ MORE
One of the biggest challenges IT organizations face is building executive mindshare, but in today’s world, it’s critical. IT organizations have been trained to think of their value in terms of CAPEX and return on investment. While these are undoubtedly important to the bottom-line, they are not game-changers.
If you’ve been in the IT world as long as I have and have seen it from as many angles, you know all-to-well that things in this industry haven’t always moved swiftly. Quite the contrary. Despite no shortage of innovation over the years, the industry has generally been slow to … READ MORE
A year ago as I prepared to attend my first EMC World as the new head of what was then EMC’s Backup Recovery Systems Division, getting folks to think outside the box about backup and archive was top of mind for me. Fast-forward a year (and I do mean fast-forward … READ MORE
What it was like to purchase goods and take them with you That Walmart once employed nearly as many people as the U.S. Armed Forces What “Black Friday” was What a store credit card was What it was like to be shopping pack horses at holiday sales After reading my post on … READ MORE
One of the questions that I often ask when meeting with IT directors considering deploying a cloud backup solution for their business is “What does great data protection look like?” And the answers I get back are always different.
One of my hot button issues these days is Big Data. By many media and vendor accounts, Big Data is simply that: big data. Large volumes of structured or unstructured data the likes of which are generally associated with companies in data-crunching industries like oil and gas, seismology, genomics and … READ MORE
The Second Machine Age is redefining our relationship with technology. From healthcare to transportation, our lives will be nearly unrecognizable to our children. Underlying this change is the next generation of the social network: a Social Network of Machines. This Social Network of Machines will be a vast infrastructure built on the Third Platform (i.e. mobile, big data, social, cloud) and fueled by near-ubiquitous metadata about machines and humans.
In this two part series, we’ll first examine what technology drives the Second Machine Age. Then we will explore how we can avoid an “Accidental Architecture” on a global scale.
Even in the world of IT, the race to do things faster and easier seems to restart daily, and this applies to those of us on the IT side buying and implementing technology, those on the vendor side developing the technology, as well as those of us straddling both worlds. But as we all know, faster doesn’t necessarily mean easier—nor does it necessarily mean better or safer… or that you will even win in the end.