Foto Friday – Another Sunrise at Isle of Palms

Sunrise over Isle of Palms

While this isn’t a a great ‘technical’ photo (out of focus, etc) I do like the overall ‘feel’ of it so I’m sharing it. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 17-40L.

Use Cases for the Cloud

Cloud Use Cases

If you’ve spent any time within IT over the last few years, you’ve probably heard the term ‘cloud’ more than you really wanted to. The cloud has become something of a buzzword over the years.   Buzzwords are created when a term is overused, and the cloud has been overused quite a bit in many organizations. […]

Confirmation Bias & Data Analytics

Confirmation Bias

In what might be the best titled article I’ve read in a while, Vince Kellen writes about the dangers of confirmation bias (or ‘finding what we want to find’) when working with big data. The article, titled “Big Data and the Mirror of Erised“, Kellen writes: Being human beings with a tendency to confirm what […]

Foto Friday: Great White Egret with Reflections

Great White Egret with Reflections

I captured this Great White in South Carolina. While I like the setup and photo in of itself, I was intrigued to see the water reflections on the Egret. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II with Canon 400 mm 5.6 L handheld.. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II with Canon 400 mm 5.6 L handheld.

Don’t Ask if you Can’t Act

Don't Ask if You Can't Do

In a recent Harvard Business Review article titled “Don’t Ask for New Ideas If You’re Not Ready to Act on Them”, Ron Ashkenas provides an example of a company wanting to do the ‘right’ thing but not having the processes or systems in place to pull it off. The example provided by Ashkenas is one […]

An Agile Business Needs an Agile IT Group

Agile Employees

If you ask any business leader whether they’d prefer that their organization be thought of as ‘slow moving’ or ‘agile’, most would respond with ‘agile’ as their preference.   Those that don’t respond in the affirmative toward agility are most likely running a dying business or are just out of sync with their industry and their […]

The Right Services in the Right Way

Symantec-Agile-Data-Center

I’ve written a bit about the agile data center lately. I’ve previously defined the agile data center as something that “allows organizations to efficiently and effectively add, remove and change services at the speed of the business, not the speed of technology.” I still stand by that definition but I wanted to expand on it […]

Foto Friday – Great White Egret

Great White Egret

I captured this Great White in South Carolina. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II with Canon 400 mm 5.6 L handheld.

Building an Agile IT Group

Building an Agile IT Group

Like the data center in most organizations, IT groups have been undergoing a transformation over the last few years. IT leaders have constantly been on the lookout for new systems, technologies, people and skills to meet the ‘do more with less’ mantra while continuing to build out the capabilities required of their teams. Thankfully, CIO’s […]

Does your Disaster Recovery Plan Include the Cloud?

Disaster Recovery and the Cloud

In years past, companies have relied on multiple data center locations to act as their main disaster recovery (DR) systems and data in case of disaster. This has generally worked well for those companies that have planned and tested their DR systems and plans appropriately. In recent years organizations have been looking for more robust […]