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Wearables - Will 2015 Be the Year They Take Off? Luxury Swiss watchmaker Mont Blanc shows off their "smart watch band" for your fussy $5000 mechanical watch - what an potentially foreshadowing development in the wearable market.  To date, wearables have been such a disappointment in the market.  It seems like every year for the past 3 years has been "the year Apple might ship an iWatch", and the market is rife with ugly and semi-functional wearable devices that rarely manage more than a 3-star rating on Amazon. Will 2015 be any different? When the first generation of smart watch wearables first came out, I dismissed their impact on the luxury watch market.  Seriously - who would swap out their Ulysse Nardin or Patek Phillippe for some ugly, buggy, limited-functionality digital watch that only works when you are within 30 feet of your iPhone or Android device?  As T... (more)

Steve Jobs: Software Hero

I’ve been using Steve Jobs and Apple as examples in my software blog dedicated to the creation of Great Software. Although Steve Jobs is thought of as being the Mac/iPhone/iPad/iPod guy, he’s also a software hero. At least he’s one of my software heroes. Steve Jobs’ Apple doesn’t just build products. They understand the market and the consumers better than anyone else. And then they create something that defines and totally owns that market. Their deep understanding of the needs, wants and priorities of the consumer and their “make no compromises” approach allows them to do this... (more)

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

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)

Software Best Practices: Use Cases Are for Everyone

What Are Use Cases and Who Uses Them? Use Cases are NOT just for requirements gathering by project managers. They're far too useful to be relegated to that niche. For those not familiar with use cases, you can look up various confusing definitions which make reference to UML diagrams and such - but generally speaking in the world of software design, they describe how a person interacts with a piece of software. For example, a use case for Amazon.com might describe how a user searches for a book title.  Ultimately, use cases when collected together describe how software is used, wh... (more)

Crowdsourcing - A Best Practice or a Worst Practice?

For the record, I am neither pro-crowdsourcing nor anti-crowdsourcing. For purposes of this article, I'm going to assume that we're talking about software development; however, crowdsourcing could be just as appropriate for situations as diverse as architecture, graphical design, PowerPoint slides or even developing a great pizza recipe. The Ethics of Crowdsourcing There has been some criticism of the crowdsourcing model on ethical grounds - for example, that it is unfair to the participants. For the most part, I'm going to stay out of that controversy. Though, if the rules are ma... (more)