Request for Guest Authors – Share your thoughts

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guest-postI’ve got a tight timeline on a research project. I’m working on a paper to submit for an Conference on IT Project Management…fun!.  Because of this timeline, I’m not going to have as much time to put some posts together for the next week or so….so I thought I’d open it up to you and see if there is any interest in sharing your thoughts with my readers & subscribers.

I’d be open to publishing your blog post as long as it meets this criteria:

  • It covers some topic within the area of IT, the CIO/CTO, Processes, People in IT/Technology, Marketing Technology or Project Management.
  • It isn’t a (blatant) advertisement for your services or your company’s services.
  • Is something that would be of interest to this blog’s readers
  • Has not been published any where else.

Your post can include a short bio and link(s) to your website, blog, company, social profiles, etc as needed.

I’d like to get a few Guest Posts up over the next week or two. If you’d like to take advantage of my offer, leave a comment here or use my Contact page and let me know.

Blog Milestone – 4 years old

My first post on this blog was July 14 2006…exactly four years ago I posted an excerpt from a paper I wrote in my MBA program in a post titled The Strategic use of Human Resources.

Since then, the blog has grown and done much more for me than I ever expected it to do. When I started this blog, I was just playing around with the blog trying to figure out what I should write about.

It’s been a fun four years….in those four years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful folks online & offline.  I’ve written some really good stuff and some really bad stuff (yes…yes I have) and had a lot of interaction with some great folks and some wierd folks.

So…after four years of blogging I’m extremely happy to say that I’m loving being a writer.  I’m extremely happy to have found an output on this blog and absolutely thrilled that you read my musings on a regular basis.

I don’t get a lot of traffic…but I know that the traffic I do get is reading some good stuff here (unless they find the bad stuff I’ve written!).

Hopefully I’ll keep writing on here for many more years and you continue to visit & read.

Thanks for joining me in the past and hope you’ll continue to be a part of this blog in the future.

NOOP.NL – Top 100 Blogs for Developers (1Q 2009)

Jurgen Appelo over at NOOP.NL has released his Top 100 Blogs for Developers (1Q 2009) and has mine listed at #57…up from #82 for the last release.  Woohoo! 🙂

Glad I’m on the list but I see a lot of great blogs on that list that are much better than mine.  Go check out the list for some ideas on great blogs.

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Chris Brogan on Writing

I’m a big fan of writing and I’m always working on improving my writing. I read everything I can find about writing and am always on the lookout for new thoughts on how to improve my writing.

I found an interesting take on the subject written by Chris Brogan titled “Cultivating a Writing Habit“.  Great post…jump over and read…I’ll wait. 🙂

Chris’ approach is a fairly simple method: Read, Write, Write.

  • Read – Read more.  Read everything you can.  Read things that you wouldn’t normally read.
  • Write – Write all day regardless of whether you are in front of a computer or with paper…write in your head.  Think about what you can write and/or how to reword something.
  • Write – Write daily. Write often.  Write as much as you can.

Nothing earth shattering here but Chris does gives us a glimpse into his writing regime.

If you don’t know Chris, look him up…he’s quite well know in the Social Media world and is considered to be one of the SM experts.   He’s a prolific writer and his blog posts are always well thought out and well developed…definitely someone to listen to on the subject of writing.

There are some excellent tips on Chris’ blog…great ideas for improving your writing (and mine!).

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Cloud Computing and the Enterprise

I ran across an absolutely amazing blog post from Mark Masterson titled ‘The Enterprise Cloud‘ that really shed a lot of light on Cloud Computing in the Enterprise. Cloud Computing seems to be one of those nebulous entities with many different definitions by many different people.  Take the following definitions as examples.

Frank Gillett @ Forrester – “Most of us confuse two fundamentally different types of compute clouds as one. Server clouds support the needs of traditional business apps while scale-out clouds are designed for massive, many-machine workloads such as Web sites or grid compute applications.” Geva Perry @ GigaOm – “Although it is difficult to come up with a precise and comprehensive definition of cloud computing, at the heart of it is the idea that applications run somewhere on the “cloud” (whether an internal corporate network or the public Internet) – we don’t know or care where.” InfoWorld – Cloud computing is “a way to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software. Cloud computing encompasses any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that, in real time over the Internet, extends IT’s existing capabilities”.

After all of that, it’s safe to assume that cloud computing can be thought of as another ‘system’ that can be used to add capabilities to your IT infrastructure without the expensive data center and operations staff. So what is Enterprise Cloud Computing?  Mark Mastersondescribes it as:

a type of cloud computing that is suited to the specific requirements of existing companies, and allows them to leverage resources in the Cloud to provide economical ways of adding capacity to their existing environments.

Nice description..simple and straightforward with no techno-speak…especially the ‘economical ways of adding capacity to their existing environments’.  I’d say every CIO is looking for economical ways to add to their IT Infrastructure and capabilities. Is Cloud computing the right way to go for every organization?  Probably not…but it does give you an opportunity to do a lot more with a lot less….which is what people are looking for today. Mark’s blog post is long and detailed….and a great read.  Jump over now and enjoy. For a real-world example of Cloud Computing within an enterprise, jump over to CIO.com and read the article about Bechtel’s move to the cloud. The article starts with an interesting question:

If I were starting from scratch, what kind of IT systems would I build to support my business today?

Great question…and one that would probably receive the answer of ‘not what I have today’ in many organizations today. Geir Ramleth, Bechtel’s CIO, asked this question at Bechtel a few years ago and found that the answer was “no”….so he set about to change how IT was delivered to the organization.  His answer: Cloud Computing. But…Ramleth and his team didn’t go to outside vendors for all their cloud computing needs…they built data centers and standardized on hardware and software and began to deliver IT solutions across the enterprise using internal cloud computing resources. In effect, Bechtel built a SaaS model and began offering these service to their internal and external clients.  According to Ramleth (as reported in the article), the goal of the new SaaS platform is to:

create a Google-like experience for enterprise application users. Log in to the portal, pick a task and get it done in a few simple steps rather than logging in to an assortment of applications.

Interesting concept.  I’d be interested in how the end-users at Bechtel are feeling about these new SaaS applications. Interesting stuff…isn’t it?  There are few companies  today as advanced as Bechtel in their adoption of Cloud Computing in the enterprise, but I think we’ll see more ‘noise’ in the coming year(s) as organizations try to ‘do more with less’. Know of any other real-world examples of cloud computing in the enterprise?  Share them with me in the comments.

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