The Power of Partnership

handshakeI have been working with a company that is attempting to create repeatable innovation. So far, we have defined the innovation iteration (experiment, measure, decide, repeat) and have determined that we had the wrong approach for working with partners. These are the partners who provide services, software, hardware or ideas. The partners are not doing anything wrong; we just aren’t working with them in the right way. [Read more…]

Automation a.k.a “fail often, fail early”

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“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas A. Edison

Sadly in the software development we don’t have the same luxury than Edison. Even though it’s kind of a “corner stone” to learn something new.

Is there an easy way to be same time productive and able to learn how to do things that work? And maybe even improve our skills to provide solution that could be called beautiful? [Read more…]

DevOps, the X way?

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In 2009 and 2010 two movements were created, DevOps and the X life Cycle. While DevOps becomes more and more popular, X life cycle is still the matter of a small community. In my opinion, both will benefit from getting closer: DevOps with the theoretical base of X life cycle, and the latter from the enthusiasm about DevOps and existing tools. [Read more…]

Save the Planet with Machine Learning

WP_20141113_002I have a new car and I love it. To achieve better fuel efficiency, it tells me when to shift. Now I like to get to know my car, so I keep a close eye on how much fuel I use. The display can show me this in real-time. While driving home yesterday I noticed something odd. [Read more…]

Friendly names just make it more personal

Baron AronTechnology around us becomes more accessible and more personal everyday. The closer it gets to us, the more we should be able to trust it and let it become a part of our lives, a true part of us. Marketers have been very creative on positioning solutions to a larger audience with a friendly name. They are even using names that sound like they could really be our friends. [Read more…]

From Car to Pod

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Source: Wikipedia

Recently I read this interesting post about the hummingbird effect: how in some cases one change clearly and intelligibly lead to change in other, unrelated area’s. Sort-of like the butterfly effect, but traceable. For me, it also nicely describes what I feel every time I’m thinking about the self-driving car concept: What will happen when they become reality? [Read more…]

My computer ate my violin!

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© Wikipedia

I’m a musician. I make music drawing a bow of horse tail hair across 4 strings. I’ve been refining my art for over 30 years.

I’m a software architect. I use rapidly evolving technology and devices to develop enterprise business solutions. I’ve been refining my art for over 20 years.

The first signs of the convergence of music and computers began almost 50 years ago. The invention of the synthesizer by Dr. Robert Moog changed everything. Creating music was no longer relegated to plucking strings, blowing through pipes, or banging sticks. We could use electronics to make music! [Read more…]

Continuum and The Surveillance State

Continuum is a Canadian science fiction series in which the world, by year 2077, is run by huge hi-tech corporations and is heavily surveilled with few freedoms. The only dissenters are a terrorist organization called Liber-8. When Keira Cameron, a cyber-enhanced cop, attends the execution of a captured group of Liber-8 she’s thrown back in time along with them, to year 2012. Through the 3 seasons you learn that everything the world goes through is consequence of the invention of a wearable bracelet called Halo. A wearable device which measures vital statistics, amount of sleep, food intake, exercise, etc., and also sends signals to the brain to correct any problem it may detect… By year 2077 Halo is used to control the world population. [Read more…]

Internet of Things: Delivering the reason of your existence

AnatomyInternet of Things, one of the biggest technology promises is on the other end a big pain. A pain for business leaders. How do CXOs need to address this ‘connected’ development? No, for CXOs it is not always that easy to understand technology all the time. More important, if you do not understand something, you cannot anticipate it. And, let us be honest, a technological development like the Internet of Things is for most of our business & industries not an easy ‘thing’ to address…

  • “How does the Internet of Things impact my business?”
  • “ How to create competitive advantage with it?”
  • “Internet of Things, not really something for my industry, right?”

Today we are going to help you answer a few of these questions. More important, we want to give some ‘easy to implement’ ideas which should serve as food for thought. [Read more…]

Automatic for the people

In order to succeed in projects we are expected to be efficient in our work. Too many people think that this automatically translates as “don’t do anything but work and do everything in a hurry”. That’s not the case.

Forbes’s blog post “9 Habits of Productive People” suggests eg. the following items:

  • Cut your to-do list in half. Getting things done during your workday shouldn’t mean fitting in doing as much as possible in the sanctioned eight hours.
  • Follow the 80/20 rule. Only 20 percent of what you do each day produces 80 percent of your results.

Of course, it’s easy to say this. Be more efficient by working less. But what if you have a lot of mandatory tasks that you just can’t drop? Maybe you should consider automating them. [Read more…]