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The 5 Forces Model and the Cloud Storage Wars

The 5 Forces Model and the Cloud Storage Wars

DropBox and SugarSync sitting as well-established startups. iCloud launched by Apple. SkyDrive improved by Microsoft. Google Drive announced by Google. Amazon Cloud Drive appearing. Harvard professor and author Michael Porter developed a model for analyzing the competition in an industry. His model is known as the Five Forces Model, and this posts introduces that model and applies it to the Cloud Storage market....

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Improving Soft Skills with “12 Essential Skills for Software Architects”

Improving Soft Skills with “12 Essential Skills for Software Architects”

A common problem amongst software developers is that of career progression. Organizations often have a managerial path that leads straight up to the CEO position, but many developers have a technical track that stops far short. The presumption is often that strong developers match the stereotypical description of a computer geek who is outstanding in their work but lacks the social skills necessary to succeed in a leadership position. Dave...

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Homeostasis – Enterprise Environmental Adaptation

Homeostasis – Enterprise Environmental Adaptation

While helping a sixth grader study for an upcoming science exam, I was reminded that one of the fundamental needs of living things is homeostasis. To understand more, I turned to Wikipedia, which goes into a lengthly description of how homeostasis is the ability of an organism to regulate its internal environment. As I read through, there were many statements where the word “organism” could be replaced with...

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Apple, Android, and the Enterprise Expectations Effect

Apple, Android, and the Enterprise Expectations Effect

“There is a Chinese curse which says “May he live in interesting times.” Like it or not we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also more open to the creative energy of men than any other time in history.” – Robert F. Kennedy, Speech at the University of Capetown, 1966 Expectations of users in IT organizations are changing due to the rapid rise of mobile paradigms...

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Zachman 3.0 – Describing the Enterprise

Zachman 3.0 – Describing the Enterprise

The Zachman Framework, an enterprise architecture framework that dates back to 1987, received an update this year to version 3.0. To understand what this framework contains, and more importantly why, it is necessary John Zachman’s view on Enterprise Architecture. Fundamental to the the Zachman philosophy is a distinction between architecture and instances of an architecture. In his article, Architecture Is Architecture Is Architecure,...

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Enterprise Architecture: You Have One, Really

Quiz Question: “If Australia is the largest island, what was the largest island before Australia was discovered?” Answer: “Australia” Definitions of continent vs island aside, this question exemplifies that lack of knowledge does not automatically translate into lack of existence. With Enterprise Architecture, this is also the case....

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Resource Links for 70-513 WCF Certification Exam

Resource Links for 70-513 WCF Certification Exam

Today I am sitting for the beta version (71-513) of the Microsoft certification exam 70-513 : Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4. The new MSDN library format is more streamlined and readable, and provides a wealth of information that can be used as a study guide for 70-513. I’ve collected a series of links tied to the skills measured on the exam. Creating Services (20%) Create service and...

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