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

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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

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

The Czech glass ceiling is extra thick

I deliberated writing this post for the risk of being seen as, ahem, "patrician".  But I have been moved by some young women to do it anyway. Recently I hired a woman who just graduated from her Master’s program in business & marketing. During the interview process, she distinguished herself as having great potential. And … Continue reading The Czech glass ceiling is extra thick

My hero, the Software Architect

In my many years doing product management or managing the function, the number one blocker to getting the features I want (and the user needs) is......software architecture. Reading Mike Driscoll's recent blog on software craftspeople reminded me that this architecture topic has been stewing in my brain for a while now.  Time to write about … Continue reading My hero, the Software Architect