Chris J Powell

Technology Watch List

Technology Watch List

When it comes to the next big thing, there are few that can argue with Gartner Research’s ability to look into that Technology Crystal Ball and see the future for what it is.  Yesterday at one of there conferences they revealed the “2014 Watch List” and I for one was surprised that there were no surprises in the top technologies coming around the corner next year.  The Krispification of the Gartner Press Release is below. Mobile Device Diversity and Management Ever since the birth of the iPhone and then the coming of age for Android Devices, the importance of the Device has shifted away from the corporate owned “Blackberry Fleet” to a BYOD world and no surprise here, this trend will continue.  According to Gartner well into 2018 this will be a top focus. Mobile Apps and Applications Again no surprise here but the reality is, the need to go mobile is a trend that needs to be a better focus.  More and more, event the need to have a basic website be responsive to the needs of the customer … Read more

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

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

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

Are you an Agent of Change…or Just along for the Ride?

Are you an Agent of Change…or Just along for the Ride?

It doesn’t matter what role you play or what industry that you are in, there are those moments that you can see something on the horizon…it may be hazy, it may be out of focus…but you know that something is coming.  Our daily lives have us riding along the Information Super Highway at ever faster speeds and that hazy object becomes clear for only a fleeting second. There is a choice that can be made when we first notice that hazy object way off in the distance.  We can choose to ignore it, we can choose to bring that object into focus or we can just wait for it to come along and let it sweep us up. I have decided that I am going to focus on those objects on the horizon.  I am just not happy if I wait for someone else to take the lead and tell me what Change will bring.  The big picture is not always full of Sunshine and Lollipops but despite many people telling me that it is a bad thing to try … Read more

Fueling Growth…What will the Future Hold?

Fueling Growth…What will the Future Hold?

All around the world very smart people are looking at how will the future unfold and sustain the next generation.  Is the future really about Green Technology? Is Information the Next Oil? Will humanity need to choose between the Environment and Quality of Life? Is Western Society in an unrecoverable decline?  In looking out to the Interwebz today and over the past week after having several discussions with my clients about Innovation I wonder…How can I help to Fuel Growth? When working with my customers who are for the most part IT Professionals (although I do work with several HR Professionals as well) I see a common thread among them all…they want to be a positive vessel of change for their organization.  Maybe it is because I sell ideas that I am lucky enough to have so many very positive and forward thinking people that keep me on top of my game but I wonder…how can I take this and Fuel Growth not only for my own company…but for the businesses that I strive to interact with every day? There … Read more

Death of the Desktop? Looks Like the End is Nigh!

Death of the Desktop?  Looks Like the End is Nigh!

Windows 8 as a platform is struggling trying to find its Identity.  If you look at Microsoft numbers they are saying that it is the most successful version of Windows to date…but they said that about Windows Me and Vista too so I have a tough time buying that.  The move to the Metro Interface was a bold move by the Enterprise Desktop Giant and signaled that they were ready to take on the Post PC Era and go head to head against all comers. The real question that I have is what will be Microsoft’s next move.  The Surface Tablet has had lackluster uptake, the Windows Phone Platform is not the success that they wanted and across the board PC and Laptop Sales are down globally. Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q12 (Units) Note: Data includes desk-based PCs and mobile PCs, including mini-notebooks but not media tablets such as the iPad. Data is based on the shipments selling into channels. So with yet another drop in Global PC Sales (with Lenovo and Asus being the only … Read more

The Things about Technology that FRUSTRATE ME

The Things about Technology that FRUSTRATE ME

There is no doubt that I love technology and all the wonderful things that it can do for me. In a moment’s notice I can be checking out the latest gadgets coming out of China and then switch over and listen to all my favorite music in streaming glory, then hop into Gamer Mode and have a rousing game of Ghost Recon with some guys in Poland that I will never meet.  It is amazing how connected we are and how easy technology has made things…until we peel back the layers and want to make things really happen! There are things that truly still get my ire up when it comes to technology and I am far more calm about these things than most would be, I guess it is my time spent using Open Source products that has given me some perspective. 1. New OS on Old Hardware There has been more than one occasion in the past that I have tried to update the OS on an older computer, both for myself, for friends and for family only … Read more

Open Source in the Enterprise

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

Open Data Around the World

Open Data Around the World

I am a big fan of Information being free.  Society as a whole benefits from the sharing of data and I recently stumbled across a very interesting site that has started to catalog the state of Open Data from across the Globe.  The Open Data Census is a collection of the worlds Open Data Sets and focuses on the sharing of the connections to open information that can be accessed by anyone and this project is part of the Open Knowledge Foundation. The reality is, Open Data is not only a new term it is actually in many ways a little scary to think of just how much information is collected by the governments that we elect.  In going through the Open Knowledge Foundation site you get a better understanding that while the volume of information that is collected is scary, the core benefits that it provides is truly limitless. The Video comes from the recent Lift Conference and the founder of OFK and Rufus Pollock is a champion of the Open Data Movement.  The revolution that we are now … Read more

Infographic of the Day – The Next Big Thing?

Infographic of the Day – The Next Big Thing?

When one of my clients (who has become very influential in my drive to continue this blog) posted on his linked in that he had just got a 3D Printer…I was at the same time both a little jealous and also had to scratch my head and wonder why.  But that wonder why very quickly disappeared because having a 3D Printer would be beyond just a fun addition to a Geeks Basement Lab…it may just be the future…and it is here now. Today’s Infographic is brought to you by Sculpteo one of the many new business concepts that has come from the concept of producing custom products at home for fun or profit.  They not only have become a repository for the world of designs but also are a leading supplier of the materials used for producing these amazing next generation products! Cheers, Chris J Powell

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