The Internet of Things

In 2014, the Internet reached a size of 7.4 billion nodes. We are currently adding approximately half a billion more devices every year. This is all done to make things easier for us in the end. The Internet of Things is bringing our world together and is increasing our abilities to communicate, but we do just need to look ahead a little at additional challenges that will reveal.


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Enterprise Software – Shrink-Wrapped or Custom Written?

Most businesses have numerous software packages they use on a daily basis, but at least one package stands out from the word processors, spreadsheets, and emails systems as the software than runs your business. Depending on what your business does it could be an accounting package, inventory control, production based ERP, CRM, or a combination of several of these.  Whether you are just putting such software in place, or re-evaluating the effectiveness of your current system, the biggest question is “Where do I find Enterprise Software that is right for me?”



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Technology behind the North Korea/Sony feud

You have undoubtedly been hearing a lot about internet Cyber-Attacks lately.  Once the calling card of electronic thugs, we are not far from all out national Cyber-Wars, thanks to the recent North Korea/Sony feud. DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks are the weapon of choice.  While in the news regularly, few understand what they really are or what problems they present.


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The Reliability Reality

Reliability has been the enemy of IT since the beginning of time (IT professionals all agree that time did not really exist until a computer could calculate it).  Computer networks, as they are found in nature, are inherently unreliable.  Computers do two things:  They compute, and they break.


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What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing – What exactly is it? 

 

The Cloud is where it’s at. If you aren’t there yet, you are trying to get there. Your competition is surely already there and reaping its benefits, while you are struggling to find it. 

 

Alternatively, maybe you are resting comfortably in the knowledge that your business is already in the cloud. Everything is better now. All your worries are gone, you are saving a lot of money, and your employees and customers can get to your data from anywhere. 

 

Nevertheless, where, or what, is the Cloud? How does the Cloud help my business?


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IS or IT?

At 44, I must be getting old.  For this blog, I am about to launch a tirade against current culture, and look fondly back at the way my industry used to think.  It makes me feel dirty, like I am a stereotypical old man, thoroughly convinced that these new kids with their long hair and skateboards are ruining our country.


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Complexity = Simplicity

Automotive recalls have become more and more frequent in recent years.  Corporate profits have taken priority over safety and quality, right? On the other hand, is it that the people designing and building our vehicles are getting lazier and dumber?  Our schools are getting worse every year, after all.  Moreover, what does all of this have to do with IT?


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Whose Data is It?

Data is often organized based on who controls it.  Data shares may exist for departments, special projects, or even individuals. Functional units separate applications and data – Accounting controls financial applications, Engineering has CAD systems, and Sales has CRM databases.  Some data is handled differently by each organization: Is the website controlled by IT, or by marketing?  Are customer databases managed by billing, sales, or customer service?


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The Changing Role of IT in Business

The Chinese philosopher Confucius said “Study the past if you would define the future.”  There are few professions linked in people’s minds to the future more than IT.  It seems all visions of the future imagine a world of increasingly intelligent computer systems, making our lives easier in just about every way.  What can IT’s past tell us about IT’s future?

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Why Do We Spend on IT?

IT Spending habits have changed considerably over the last 25 years.  25 years ago, there was no IT budget.  If a department wanted computer equipment or software, they would have to justify their request, which usually meant showing a cost savings that would be achieved via increased efficiency.


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