Two big, new business influences

One of my personal delights is to come across new concepts and ideas that advance my professional thinking. I'm usually suspicious of "form over substance" business books.  I'm attracted to the esoteric, favoring concepts that are meaty and somewhat hard to grasp at first. To me, the really valuable stuff is probably hard. Two things I … Continue reading Two big, new business influences

Two security products you should use now

Here's two products you should use to get a lot of extra security without a lot of hassle. Lastpass Lastpass is a browser plugin that stores your online passwords. It eliminates the need to remember usernames and passwords for your online accounts because it auto-fills the forms whenever you login.  Super convenient. LastPass generates very … Continue reading Two security products you should use now

Salesforce.com created a revolution, but not the one you think

IT departments in large and medium corporations face extinction thanks to SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors.  But it's got nothing to do with "on-premise versus the Cloud". Rather, IT's role in managing business applications is ending.  Business users can do for themselves in minutes what used to require an IT programmer hours and days. What's … Continue reading Salesforce.com created a revolution, but not the one you think

Are we underestimating the Cloud? One person’s story

I spent some time in the last couple months getting my new company's tooling and systems in place.  Why? Because when the full engineering team is here soon, we'll be in heads-down development mode along with our early customers.  No time for other stuff. The results are pretty staggering: Everything we implemented is software-as-a service; … Continue reading Are we underestimating the Cloud? One person’s story

There’s an elephant in the Big Data room, and it ain’t Hadoop

The Strata conference is this week.  It's the seminal conference on all things Big Data. What's notably missing?  Any talk on data quality and ways to deal with it. I'm shocked, given my past and current experiences and the widely circulated anecdote that "80% of an analyst's / data scientist's time is spent preparing data … Continue reading There’s an elephant in the Big Data room, and it ain’t Hadoop

Where are the women in tech? Updated.

Having recently co-founded my own company, I get a big role in defining its culture.  And one of the things my partner and I agree on is the need for diversity in our team across cultures, genders and everything else. Why?  Because it makes for a more inclusive culture.  And because bringing many different points of view … Continue reading Where are the women in tech? Updated.

Big Data 2012: The “trough of disillusionment” and how to get past it

I spent some time at the Hadoop Summit this week, and spent lots of time in the prior weeks with entrepreneurs, practitioners and VC's in this space.  My prediction: we are entering what Gartner would call the "trough of disillusionment" right about now.  The hype has left reality behind. This is not a special insight of mine. … Continue reading Big Data 2012: The “trough of disillusionment” and how to get past it