My Doctoral Dissertation Final Defense – Almost done

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I am now one step closer to finishing my doctorate. On Friday Oct 31, I defended my dissertation. The video of the presentation during the defense is provided below. I now only have to get a few documents signed and format my dissertation for publishing and I’ll be completely finished. The title of my dissertation is: […]

Foto Friday – Colorful Bird

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I captured this colorful bird (I’m not sure what it is) at the Minnesota State Zoo a few weeks ago.  Captured with a Canon 7D and Canon 400mm 5.6 L handheld.

With Planning, the Cloud brings Agility and Portability

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This post is brought to you by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP’s Make It Matter. When I speak to organizations about the cloud, I find the majority of them are using the cloud in some form or fashion today. Many have opted to build a private cloud to allow cloud-based systems while maintaining total […]

Drowning in Data, Starved for Information

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In his 1982 book Megatrends, John Naisbitt wrote “We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” While written over 30 years ago, that line is as very true today…but I might change it a bit to match the current state of affairs. Today, we are drowning in data and starved for information. Every organization […]

The Delivery Gap

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A while back I wrote a piece titled The Strategy Disconnect where I wrote: Millions can be spent on the ‘perfect’ strategy, but if that strategy isn’t understood and accepted by the people within the organization (and its customers), that strategy is worthless.   If that strategy isn’t grounded in reality, it is worthless. I stand […]

Foto Friday – Prairie Dog

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I captured this Prairie Dog at the Minnesota State Zoo a few weeks ago. Captured with a Canon 7D and Canon 400mm 5.6 L handheld.

Winning Championships with Big Data?

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When I talk to people about big data and data analytics I try to tailor the message to their experience level. For example, if I’m talking to data scientists I’m generally talking at a much different level than if I’m talking to people who have no clue what the term ‘big data’ means. For the […]

Hadoop and Big Data

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When I talk to people and companies who are just starting out in big data, I usually hear something about Hadoop. I’ll hear things like “If we are going to get into big data, we’ll need to implement Hadoop” or “we don’t have any Hadoop experience so we’ll need to gain that skill before we […]

Why Convergence?

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“This post is brought to you by End-to-End Solutions for IT Pros and Dell.” When I talk to clients about the technology and systems challenges being faced within their organization, I tend to hear a wide variety of responses. Challenges within the data center seem to exist in just about every client discussion. These challenges […]

Foto Friday – Gazelle Eating

Gazelle Eating

I captured this Gazelle at the Minnesota State Zoo a few weeks ago.  Captured with a Canon 7D and Canon 400mm 5.6 L handheld.