Looking at ways to increase IT infrastructure without worrying about power, heat, space and other constraints.... Cloud in the sky computing (or cloud computing) may be an upcoming solution. Cloud in the sky essentially is buying.
Cloud computing can be defined as: an environment offering variable computing capacity and storage resources with dynamic provisioning and billing to support such real-time demands - a highly elastic response to demand changes along with a seemingly infinite pool of available resources.
Costs in Cloud Computing are generally measured in a usage-based formula. A cloud may be in the public or or corporation specific, …
As I was writing a BLOG entry I saw a new version of the blogging software was available. Being somewhat of a geek myself I went to look at the change list. I wanted to see if some of the things that drive me crazy have been fixed. At the bottom of the page I saw the phrase "code is poetry" Having a background in software development this comment put a smile on my face. I have worked with all types of developers. Some say "if it is working it is good, don't change it" While there is some truth …
Measurement certainly requires looking to the past to learn of the future. But there is a huge amount to be learned from the lessons learned themselves. Looking back on the SEER for IT development there are several lessons learned that go beyond just the measurements.…
As I read my friend Paul Glen's IT professionalism email today (well worth signing up for) I was struck by his analogy of the California wildfires and IT. He pointed out that many of the problems firefighters faced were due to persons who refused to evacuate when told to. He then discussed how this impacts IT. For example... items such as those who hook up their own wireless routers or use different cell phones than those certified by the company. Then expecting support for their unique configuration.
Quantifying those costs with a quick trade in SEER for IT (SEER-IT) showed:…
I was speaking with Ton Dekker and others from Galorath this morning abut the ROI from viable estimation. Ton pointed to the empirical evidence of a 10 to 15% saving in overall IT spending based on the implementation of a metrics program and estimation going along with it. Ton also spoke of MOUSE.... the "list of activities and services that need to be carried out to get a metrics program up and running." The activity and service groups within MOUSE include:
An article in the Wall Street Journal discussed studies measuring productivity of common management techniques such as setting targets, monitoring performance and lean manufacturing and were able to quantify the revenue and cost improvements associated with them.
It is good to see measurement and analysis playing such an important role in manufacturing operations.
the study found US factories are better managed than other countries but the gap is shrinking.
- Challenging the state of-the-art
- Shortages of talent, especially in early project months
- Imposition of unrealistic schedules
- Underfunding, either intentional or due to inadequate estimating
- Poor definition of requirements
- Customer uncertainty about what they want
I recently got the clever idea to purchase a folding bicycle so I could have a decent bike when on vacation... The plan was to check the bicycle with the airlines in a standard suitcase. I spent hours researching on the web. I spoke to a couple of bike stores. Then I placed my order. A few days later a BIG box appeared on my doorstep. The bicycle was a magnificent piece of engineering. Unfolds in about 15 seconds. Only one problem. The bicycle was designed for the older airline luggage size. With the newer, more stringent standards this bicycle …
There is a great BLOG entry from someone who went back to Microsoft after a year at Google. Some of his observations are very relevant to the use of open source software. He points out that at Google there is little of project management or testing.
"On the other hand, I was using Google software... there's just too much of it that is regularly broken. It seems like every week 10% of all the features are broken in one or the other browser. And it's a different 10% every week - the old bugs are getting fixed, the new …