A Nov. 30 article in the Business Journal covered some of our experiences
with being a company listed on Wikipedia, and with that listing being
I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the lessons we learned and
provide some simple advice for those of you who would like your organizations
listed on Wikipedia.
Wikipedia Moderators Make Hitler Look Like a Hobbyist
First, never post your organization on Wikipedia without understanding "the
rules" for all such articles. Your page will be speedily deleted, and you
will have created a history for yourself of having been deleted. When you
move to repost your article, you could be judged antagonistically as
"spamming," even though that might not be your intent.
The rules of Wikipedia govern a wide range of concepts, from worthiness for
the existence of the article all the way to covering the nature of the ... (more)
When my friend who works at an electronics retail store emphatically affirmed
he knew what cloud computing was, it made me both nervous and excited.
Cloud computing is becoming a ubiquitous concept. It has mass-market
implications for the technology industry, and it is advancing at speeds
rarely seen with any major technological evolution.
As a business leader, do you know why cloud computing is important to you?
What parts of your business should you be migrating to the cloud? Do you know
what you don't know about cloud computing?
First, cloud computing is about reducing complexity.... (more)
In the previous two weeks, I wrote about why the cloud is important to you
as a business leader and provided some rationale for economic justification
of cloud adoption.
Over the next three weeks, I will take apart the three key components that
comprise the cloud: infrastructure, platform and software as a service. Each
is delivered as a cloud-based service. With an understanding of these
components, you will be able to keep your eyes and ears open for
opportunities to significantly impact your organization's top and bottom
The main topic of this week and the most fundamen... (more)
In my last post, I began dissecting cloud computing into its three primary
components: infrastructure last week, platform this week and software as a
service next week.
Platform as a service (PaaS) refers to the tools used to build software
applications (software programs) in the cloud. Think of it as a cloud-based
development environment for building and managing software applications.
These custom-built applications are then hosted on infrastructure as a
For example, whereas Microsoft .Net is a traditional type of development
platform, a product like WorkXpress ... (more)
On paper, there is nothing particularly special about the Apple iPad, which
is scheduled to arrive in retail stores Saturday.
Its performance and size are good but not revolutionary. By Apple’s own
admission, it’s similar to a netbook — a downsized laptop whose purpose
is to run browser-based or other light applications.
Because it’s Apple, the iPad will be more compact, user friendly, stylish
and come with a salty price tag.
But here’s why the iPad is important: It’s the next step in
Increasingly, we are lost without access to a computer and the Inter... (more)