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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)

Klout Crisis Leads to Tough Questions for PROskore Founder Bill Jula

Klout.com has taken a lot of heat lately - lack of transparency, revisionist history, lack of opt-out, inability to remove profiles once created, and so on.  The list of "social media and privacy sins" is quite long.  In making a list, I had trouble limiting the "mortal sins" recently committed to only ten. With Klout acting so badly, I really couldn't care less that they have 8 Ph.Ds working on their magic algorithm, as the Garth Holsinger, VP of Global Sales and Business Development proudly stated on Mashable the other day.  "Sound science" isn't enough - ask the residents of ... (more)

Software Quality Best Practices: Healthy Software

Consider the following scenario-typical in many application development organizations. A major new release of an application has just gone into production. Although the development and QA teams endured many late nights of coding and testing, and consumed large quantities of delivered pizza, the project missed its ship date. Still, customers are happy with the product and are giving positive feedback. By many definitions, the team has produced a quality product. Then, a new, large business opportunity requires the rapid implementation of a significant new feature in the product. ... (more)

How One Company Lost $1 Billion: a Software Worst Practice

As someone who lived through the System 10 debacle back in the 1990′s, I’ve seen first hand the pain caused by unhealthy software. It’s a sad tale of a software company whose priority at the time was not the customer. At least not in my opinion. In this case, product management was not customer-driven. It wasn’t even sales-driven or developer-driven. It was driven by the desire to impress analysts on Wall Street as well as prominent software analyst firms. Software Train Wreck This kind of catastrophe goes beyond Product Management or Marketing - one can’t blame the product mana... (more)

$3 Trillion Problem: Three Best Practices for Today's Dirty Data Pandemic

In survey after survey, about half of IT executives consistently agree that data quality and data consistency is one of the biggest roadblocks to them getting full value from their data. This has been consistently true all since the Chinese invented the abacus. I suspect it will be true long after quantum computing has solved every other problem that humanity faces.   Incorrect, inconsistent, fraudulent and redundant data cost the U.S. economy over $3 Trillion a year - an astounding figure that is over twice the amount of the 2011 Federal Deficit. Similarly, many experts estima... (more)