Sunday, May 27, 2007


Links for 2007-05-27

  • OSBC 07: Scaling and the Business of Open Source
    Cote of Redmonk asked if there was a theme to the conference. Let me share what it wasn't. The funny thing is that open source runs many businesses including Fortune enterprises yet there wasn't as strong attendance as in previous years. James Governor and others talk about the participation age which should be a strongly discussed component of any open source business model yet that wasn't talked about much. Likewise, as open source climbs the stack away from boring topics such as operating systems and heads towards industry vertical specific software, many vendors are struggling with how to participate in a space that is more expensive to enter. I really hate when industry analysts attempted to suggest that mixed source companies are open source when in all reality they are more closed than those who acknowledge their business models will never be open...

  • Thank You to all the service men and women
    Good to see that Scoble is a patriot and acknowledges that Memorial day shouldn't just be about burgers but about our troops, past and present, who have put themselves in harm's way to protect our freedom and liberate others. I wonder if other bloggers will do the same.

  • SOA + ECM = The Future
    Interesting to read an article written in 2006 where Bud Porter-Roth acknowledges that ECM systems aren't standalone and need to integrate with CRM systems. Where he gets it twisted is in mentioning that SOA will bring new products to the ECM market when he should be demanding that AIIM discuss how SOA (like security) should simply be built in.

  • If your CIO doesn't get it yet, he soon will
    Ken Oestreich of Forrester if making insightfulinciteful comments stating There are no IT projects anymore, only business projects and I suspect all those management by magazine attendees have a new buzzword to pontificate in the corridors of their enterprise. The masses will look at them like they are idiots while a select few will latch on to the cliche phrase of the minute. Maybe he should acknowledge that the vast majority of CIOs aren't even focusing on data centers as this has been commotitized and therefore pushed several layers down in the organization. Likewise, infrastructure stuff simply doesn't allow an enterprise to either innovate nor sustain competitive advantage where as software development still has the potential for both.

  • What thoughts should I think?
    When Nicholas Carr asked this question, what came to mind was he should ask himself how much of a disservice does he believe he is doing to all IT employees who are losing their jobs to outsourcing along with the resulting salaries that could create other American jobs are going instead to places who will never understand the meaning of Memorial Day. Maybe the blogosphere would be better if he exercised his right to remain silent and make life a lot easier for all of us.

  • Is the problem with the technology, the procedures or the people?
    Folks spend a lot of money on security technology yet security is still a problem. Hopefully security professionals are familiar with the Agile Manifesto and understand people, then process, then tools - in that order. So in order to answer the question one seriously needs to observe the fact that the problem may be with not only the people in general but also the fact that security tends to attract process weenies more than other parts of IT (with the exception of outsourcing and project management) and therefore haven't spent enough time to understand that process could never be a substitute for competence.

  • Should security be business driven or risk driven?
    Is risk analysis really business oriented? I think not. Maybe security practitioners need to figure out how to use security in a way that enables business capability instead of becoming an impediment to it.

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