Chris J Powell

Data Visualization – Seeing the Bits for the Bytes they Provide

One of my favorite pass times is to surf the grand expanse of the Interwebz for new and exciting things in the world of technology and one of my favorite sites to start that search is over at where they showcase the amazing world of Start Up companies from around the globe.  Today, in my quest for something “new” and “exciting” I narrowed my search to Canadian Companies and stumbled across a very interesting new service that applies the ability to physically see the connections and apply some insights into the Bits and Bytes that we all generate every day. Regardless of being a Business, a Brand or an Individual one of the most difficult things to do with all the many Social Media channels that we operate in is to have a real understanding of what the measure and influence is of the things that we do.  Social Media is the great and grand equalizer and regardless of if you are a small Local Business, Global Brand or a dude like me just looking to make a buck…understanding … Read more

Disruptive Technology is like…

Ok so we have to keep this on the down low, I don’t want Tyler Durden to find out that I am doing this.  I stumbled across a great article over at Information Week that describes Disruptive Technology like being a participant in Fight Club but as intrigued as I was with Peter Waterhouse’s look at Disruptive Technology…I thought that I would take it one step further…yep time for a new feature.  Saturday Krispification! There are many truths about working in IT or around Technology for that matter.  I for one have been engaging in “Shadow IT” for years because I not only understand the Tech but can separate business needs from personal needs quite well because the reality is…for the most part for me they are the same thing.  In the Information Week Article, Peter describes 5 Rules of the DT Fight Club…and while I liked what he had to say…the point of a “Krispification” is to put my spin on what an industry writer has put out there for the world to read. Rule #1: You do not … Read more

Open Source – Open Data…mmmm you had me at hello!

As I started my morning thumbing through the world of technology and reading article after article for inspiration and dare I say direction…I saw a headline that stood out like a beacon.  “Socrata Releases “Open Data Server, Community Edition“, it stood out like a beacon and I have been following the concept of Open Data since my post on Open Data Around the World back in February. Before I dive into what the Open Data Server will be, I figured I should get to know this Socrata a little more.  The company claims to be focused on: democratizing access to government data. We help public sector organizations improve transparency, citizen service and fact-based decision-making by efficiently delivering data to citizens, employees and developers in a user-friendly experience on web, mobile and machine-to-machine interfaces. Ok…so that gives some insights into the goals…and in a high level look at their “paid products” it allows for the Social Layer to be applied to everything that public sector organizations do.  Now this is starting to get interesting…very fast. Stepping over to the Open Data … Read more

HP Moonshot hits the Market

Back in January I did a post on ARM based Servers and in that post I spoke about the HP Moonshot concept server.  More information has come to light with regards to this “Software Enabled Server” and the hope that this new class of microserver will be the next big thing for HP. The entire concept of the Moonshot project is pretty impressive and it all starts with the Chassis classified as the HP Moonshot 1500 Chassis.  The 4.3U case has all the power, management, networking, storage and cooling components needed to spin up, a whopping 45 Moonshot Servers, that is each tuned to a different, specific workload. The first of the HP Proliant Moonshot Servers is available today and looking at the specs…it is pretty impressive when considering that it would be just one of 45 in that rack mount! HP is claiming that the Moonshot Server system will use 89% less energy than a conventional Blade Server take up 80% less space and cost 77% less than current servers.  Those are interesting claims to say the least.  I … Read more

In the World of Medical Records…can OpenSource Rule Supreme?

Recently the Free Software Foundation announced its 2012 Winners and I decided that so many of my Clients talk to me about MRS and EMR (Medical Record System and Electronic Medical Records) that I really should investigate further the winner of the for Award for Projects of Social Benefit.  OpenMRS is an interesting project from start to finish as it truly does equalize the ability to provide quality care…at a fraction of the cost of a traditional EMR System. In searching for a comparable demo of a MRS system I was amazed that unlike OpenMRS, non of the other major players in Medical Records Systems allow for a view or demo beyond fancy Slide Shows and White Papers.  I was able to jump in and look at all the layers of OpenMRS quickly and efficiently to evaluate what features where available with the default download and see if there were anything that I could poke holes in…and the reality is…because it it built on open standards…the sky is the limit on what OpenMRS can do. When I could not find … Read more

Big Data vs. Small Data

There is a tremendous marketing engine out there that is building up the need to have a Big Data Strategy and spend money on better Tools and Resources to enable better decision making through the use of Big Data.  While that in many cases is exactly what the eventual goal should be…I find that almost every day…companies that I work with are still being continuously challenged with the Small Data and its quality! recently posted an interesting article titled Don’t Worry About Big Data; Sweat the Small Stuff and in this article it illustrates the need to learn how to walk before you run.  The fact that most companies do not have an effective Data Management Plan in place for their existing Data but because of the hype are willing to go out and purchase and connect with more data will only lead to worse decisions being made not better. Data Analytics is a field that while there is a growing demand for good people in it…does not take a Rocket Scientist to start to understand it (although some Rocket … Read more

Social Media Monday – The Online Community

I talk about the power of engagement and connections and from time to time the relationships that I build with my colleagues and clients because of the time that I invest each morning to connect the dots and focus on sharing and helping.  Yes I know that seems like a strange thing to do for a Sales Guy but in this day and age, the connections that we all make today are likely to carry through the next decade and beyond. One of the biggest challenges that has faced me though during my journey into and around Social Media has been a sense of belonging.  I can connect and engage well enough to earn top spot as a Sales Guy, friends and family turn to me first when a tech question comes up…that is the Geek Factor…but how do I take the Engagement and Trusted Advisor status to the next level? The domain has been kicking around for quite some time now…and I really have not done much about it or with it.  So I was tossing around the … Read more

Open Source in the Enterprise

Companies around the globe are leveraging the power of Open Source Applications and Infrastructure solutions on a daily basis.  Things like Apache Web Server, Firefox Web Browser, Pidgin Communicator and WordPress are used without question of their origin, status or the fact that the capability of the services provided are indeed Open Source but there still seems to be a stigma that surrounds the world of Open Source. Open Source in the Enterprise does not need to be a dirty little secret.  Earlier this year, Barclays announced that they had cut nearly 90% of their software spend by driving towards more Open Source applications.  In an article with V3, a spokesperson for Barclays stated that while they were continuing to work with existing vendors they: “We’ve been making significant savings in our technology platform by doing a lot of the work in house to develop and launch our own applications rapidly,” This is a massive company that has reaches into both Finance and Insurance and by all accounts can be considered a premier brand by any consideration.  In their 2012 … Read more

Novell Groupwise continues to Evolve

The Venerable Productivity Application Groupwise continues to evolve and reinvent itself in this age of mobility and collaboration.  When we look back to the early days of Groupwise in 1988 it changed how people interacted with each other and is still used today by many of my clients (which is surprising considering the dominance of Microsoft Exchange). Last January I did a comparison of the TCO of Groupwise vs Exchange and since then, much to my surprise it has continued to be one of the most popular posts that I have done.  That being said I figured it was time to look to the road map of future developments with the Novell Product that refuses to quit! 2012 – Novell Groupwise 2012 SP1 Android and Playbook clients Turkish and Bulgarian WebAccess support Quality and Performance Early 2013 – Novell Groupwise 2012 Quality Update (Cardiff 2) Co-existence with Microsoft Exchange Free/Busy Service Address Book Synchronization Quality and Performance Mid 2013 – Novell Data Syncronizer (Eenou) Scalability ActiveSync Protocol 12.1 Monitoring and diagnostics Device limits Task support Support for resources Quality and performance … Read more

Enterprise 2.0 – Bringing Social to the Enterprise

Of all the initiatives that IT Professionals try to accomplish for the businesses that they support, there is one area that is still far to under utilized.  Enterprise Social is a buzz word that had legs, should have had enough thrust from the Consumer side to really take off but has just well, fizzled. This may be the case for now but according to Dion Hinchcliffe over at that is all about to change if his recent set of predictions for Enterprise Social comes to fruition.  I find it interesting that there are still so many organizations that do not see the importance of removing the barriers between internal Social Connections and those that head out into the Interwebz and connect the dots. The trend though will be pushed closer to a true connection by the integration of Social Media Data into the strategic planning and building of stronger, more accurate Data Enabled Applications.  There is a wealth of knowledge just sitting out there with the multiple APIs for Twitter, Facebook and even LinkedIn.  It really doesn’t matter if … Read more