Tag Archives: Technology

The beatings will continue until morale improves

An interesting debate is going on over at BPM.com over a comment I made a couple of weeks ago about what processes should, and should not, be automated. I keep going back to job titles. How many Directors actually direct, … Continue reading

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Colossal data

Palaeontologists glean the workings of ancient ecosystems from a single fossilized leaf.  Archaeologists derive whole civilizations from a fragment of a tooth and a few charred animal bones. Astronomers track down our planetary cousins from the periodic twinkle of a … Continue reading

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Bridges 2: the blog I started to write before I got distracted

Why did it take two decades after the Loma Prieta earthquake before we got a new Bay Bridge? We know we need to invest in infrastructure: it’s a desire as old as humanity ourselves (from caves and fires to labs … Continue reading

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It is better to fix the bridge before it falls down

In the 2013 American Society of Bridge Engineers (ASCE) report card on American Infrastructure rated our nation’s bridges a C+ and said “Over two hundred million trips are taken daily across deficient bridges in the nation’s 102 largest metropolitan regions. … Continue reading

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Responsible tech

Not a day goes by, it seems, without some new civil liberties issue being raised about the security of our data. Hacking of credit card numbers is a global industry. Theft of copyrighted media is a worldwide pandemic. Scammers destroy … Continue reading

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Should developers performance test their code before checking it in?

One of the glorious ironies of IT is that the CIO, the executive with “Information” in their job title, is frequently the least well equipped member of the management team when it comes to data. Information about project status comes … Continue reading

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What is the value of Data?

My favorite event of the year is the Defence Information conference held annually in the UK. It brings together the leading Ministry of Defence and Uniformed Services IT executives to talk about a range of topics. This year’s theme was … Continue reading

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