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I became aware of this cool little tool that maps out all your reciprocal relationships to your connections on LinkedIn.  Not only does it map out your personal relationship to each of your connections to you, but also the relationship of connections to your other connections. Confused yet? Don’t be. This was the result of mapping my network of about 600 connections on LinkedIn. If you click on the image to see the actual grouping, you will seeing that I only really have 7 primary sources for connections (a surprise to me, especially considering 3 of the 7 are pretty tightly related). Beyond looking cool, this map also told me a lot about the people I rely on in my professional life. I drew some interesting conclusions by spending some time clicking around on who was connected to who.  I found some of the information very useful in identifying where my key relatio... (more)

Free Art Available on Amazon…Amazon Web Services, That Is

Amazon has released some of the most awesome office artwork that I have ever seen. No, I’m not talking about knockoff copies of a Jackson Pollack on Amazon.com… I’m talking the about application and industry-specific cloud reference architectures now available on Amazon Web Services. Over the last several years, the industry has looked to Amazon as not only a technology leader in Cloud Computing, but also as a thought leader in redefining the landscape of IT and application architecture.  Other companies (including mine) have struggled to keep up with their seemingly endless re... (more)

2013 Predictions: Private Cloud gets exposed as a fraud

If you’re an IT manager calling your internal VMware or other virtualization farm a “Private Cloud” in an attempt to prove to your leadership that “public cloud is insecure” or “I built the same thing as Amazon Web Services (AWS)”, you need to get ready for a dose of reality in the coming year. Server-huggers beware, you might have been able to get away with it until now, but 2013 will mark a turning point in which the term Private Cloud will be permanently exposed for what it is…  a capital intensive, server stacking, virtualization game. Just because you might have flexibili... (more)

Cloud and Open Source Can Pave Way for Hexagon

As most people in the geospatial industry are aware, Hexagon, a Swedish company headed by CEO Ola Rollen, has bought up some of the most respected names in the GIS industry over the last couple years; including Intergraph, Leica Geosystems, and ERDAS. In doing so, they have created a very interesting package of offerings that could certainly challenge for the top spot in the enterprise GIS market . In recognition of the Hexagon2011 conference next week in Orlando, FL, which will showcase all of the Hexagon companies together for the first time, I thought I would share some thoug... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing, Part 1: Virtual Desktops – Dead on Arrival

The answer is not SaaS, nor VDI, nor Cloud; rather, an evolutionary compilation of all these technologies. The impact that Cloud Computing has brought to the IT industry to date has been primarily beneficial to application developers, system admins, and network architects, and not directly to end-users of technology. Yes, IT developers and architects leverage cloud computing’s flexible and virtualized compute, storage, and network infrastructure to build resilient applications that eventually benefit end users due to improvements in speed-to-market and improved up-time statistics,... (more)