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A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They're called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. What Is a Microserver...and What Isn't Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some years to come - growing to over 20% of the server market by 2016 according to Oppenheimer ("Cloudy With A Chance of ARM" Oppenheimer Equity Research Industry Report). According to Chris Piedmonte, CEO of Suvola Corporation - a software and services company focused on creating preconfigured and scalable Microserver appliances for deployin... (more)

To Heck with 'Big Data,' 'Little Data' Is the Problem Most Face

To Heck with “Big Data”, “Little Data” is the Problem Most Face "Big data" gets all the press - but for the vast majority of people who work with data, it's the proliferation of "little data" that impacts us the most. What do I mean by little data?  I'm referring to the proliferation of various SaaS and Cloud-based applications, on-premises applications, databases, spreadsheets, log files, data files and so forth. Many organizations are plagued with multiple instances of the same applications or multiple applications from different vendors that do essentially the same thing.    ... (more)

Successful Software Best Practices: Requirements

I'm not in love with "requirements". There are some who think that "Requirements" are the be-all and end-all for building great software. They're not wrong, but they are off by a third of a bubble. Great software companies come from creating and bringing to market (with a great "go to market" strategy) quality software that solves one or more significant problems for an appropriately chosen target audience - and does so measurably better than alternative solutions. How does such successful software happen? Certainly not by accident. Understanding the Target Customer It comes from... (more)

Cloud Computing for Dummies: Hurwitz, Bloor, Kaufman & Halper

For those who would like a clear explanation of what cloud computing is and how it might impact their business, I’d like to point people to Cloud Computing for Dummies, which they can purchase online (physical format as well as kindle).  Some nice details are also on dummies.com It’s not for technology experts or developers looking for specifics on EC2, but if you’re new to Cloud and would like an easy to read overview to get you up to speed quickly, this is a great book. I’d also like to thank Robin Bloor for his acknowledgement.  That was very thoughtful. If you haven’t been t... (more)

Question: Why Is IT Project Failure Always an Option?

You'd think that we'd be smarter about IT projects by now. You think that we'd be tired of the horrifying rates of failure, and the crushing consequences of those failures. But if you are not spending more time understanding your customers - and developing tightly scoped requirements to make great software to meet their real needs, not some imagined "needs mash-up" cobbled together by the squeakiest wheels in your organization - you're part of the problem, and you're accepting failure as an ever-present option. It's time to stop the madness. It's time to reduce the waste of multi... (more)