Wednesday, July 04, 2007


Links for 2007-07-04

  • Grey Screen of Death
    Paul Madsen comments on Cardspace, how it is invoked but doesn't activate. I have hit this on several occasions, mostly when demoing the capability to IT executives. Luckily the identity selector times out after a couple of minutes and you can track down the error in event viewer. It would seem that anytime this happens, Dr Watson should be invoked, but this doesn't occur

  • Case study: How to dispose your redundant IT equipment
    Somehow the folks at Hyperion Insurance Group in the UK think they did a great job of disposing of their IT equipment but never paused for a moment to figure out if disposal could become an opportunity for charity. I suspect there are lots of children in the UK that would love to have their own computer equipment to help them learn to read and write better. Glad you did it is in a technically secure way without considering the security of the future of our children

  • Game Programming: a sense of disorientation
    Microsoft demonstrated leadership in the marketplace by making their XNA SDK available to the general public at an incredibly low price. On the authority of Yamada Taro, Sony Playstation and others will soon follow

  • Outstanding questions for James McGovern
    AG asked me how I am preparing for the new middle for which I have these thoughts. The first thing that I would say is that most IT folks are not really middle class. As I understand the average per capita salary in America is around $25K where the average IT salary is around $75K certainly doesn't make anyone middle class. There is a mental distortion in the population to think that you are upper class only if you live in a $1m home, drive luxury cars, etc when reality is much different. If your household income is six figures, you and your significant other have attended college and you have a bank account with money as well as own stocks then you are certainly upper class. The world gets flattened when we understand our wealth in relation to others.

    If I had to give advice to IT professionals who want to prepare for flattening, I would say be very careful of giving up your technology skills in exchange for business skills. Simple laws of supply vs demand still are at play. Consider the fact that if you have a hundred jobs of a technical nature and ten thousand jobs of a business nature isn't a reason to panic as you have to consider that there may be only fifty folks pursuing one hundred jobs while there may be hundreds of thousands of folks pursuing ten thousand jobs. Even in countries such as India, folks expect to stay with technology for only a couple of years before they become management which to me spells opportunity especially when backsourcing starts to materialize...

  • Should industry analyst research be priced according to freshness?
    The value of research also diminishes with its freshness, so why not price the same way? I know that Gartner prices this way, but have no clue if others such as Patricia Seybold, ZapThink and Forrester have adopted the same practice. Luckily other analyst firms such as Redmonk have realized that making research free (in terms of price) that they have actually made it fresher

  • CardSpace and Smart Cards
    Kim Cameron promised to write about some of the Information Card ideas and products he saw at the Burton Group Catalyst conference. I would love for him to also write about how he believes all of these vendors can make money in the identity space. The vendors pursuing OpenID are especially confusing to me in this regard

  • Trends: Microsoft Big ECM and Big Pharma
    Noted industry analyst Alan Pelz-Sharpe comments on a trend he sees emerging where EMC Documentum will be soon losing marketshare to Microsoft. I wonder if Alfresco presented their value proposition to the Drug Information Association? If not, they should. Anyway, I find this article particularly enlightening in that Alan not only covers ECM, he talks about how it is used within specific industry verticals, an insight that you typically don't see from other analyst firms.

  • Categorizing CMS solutions
    Arjun Thomas provides a taxonomy of sorts that absolutely frustrates me. Noticed how he separated open source offerings from those in the enterprise category? Is this to mean that open source isn't worthy of enterprise consideration?

  • IBM, XACML and the Burton Catalyst Conference
    Good to see that IBM has developed a java-based component that allows XACML to be integrated into their product suites. I suspect that Filenet ECM may beat out Oracle's Stellent product as the first ECM product to embrace XACML. I wonder why IBM didn't demonstrate their XACML support in their DataPower appliance?

  • Realizing Enterprise Architectures - What a mess!
    Glad to hear others are starting to call out the hype in the enterprise architecture domain and are realizing the value (or lack of) frameworks by Zachman, The Open Group and SEI

  • Reflections on June
    Good to see others pursue entrepeneurial efforts

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