Chris J Powell

When Risk Outweighs Reward – The Ocean of Data

When Risk Outweighs Reward – The Ocean of Data

The amount of Data being generated by individuals, corporations and governments everyday is daunting and in many ways scary.  If so much data is being created (by most estimates it is around 2.5 Exabytes per day or enough to fill 2.5 Million 1TB Hard Drives) then what is being done with it all?  Is it safe? What is it used for?  Does it ever go away? This Ocean of New Data comes with many challenges but also a great many rewards and the investment in both collecting but also using and leveraging that Data is what I will look at today.  There are two interesting studies that looked at in preparation for this post: Big Data – The Risks and Rewards Locked in Vast Oceans of Data (by KPMG) GENERATING VALUE FROM ABSTRACT BIG DATA ANALYTICS (by ISACA) Looking through both of these documents it is clear that there is a huge potential upside of knowing more about…well everything and making smarter, more effective long term plans but to dive into the Risk vs. Rewards but to look at a deeper view of … Read more

When Risk Outweighs Reward – A Cloud Model

In all my time as a Sales Professional, I have been honest with my customers about the features and benefits of the products and services that I sell.  I try to hide nothing and I put all my cards on the table, it has what has made me successful in sales…but when I take a step back and look at the things around me.  The products and the services that are peddled every day…to the companies and the things that they do in the pursuit of the all mighty dollar…I take a step back and wonder…is the Risk worth the Reward? This is the first part of a series of looks at Risk vs Reward for different Technologies. One of the first things that every company and business leader needs to do is understand what their Risk Tolerance Level is.  We do it when making financial investments.  We sit down with our Advisers and make a solid short term, mid term and long term plan and then revisit it either annually or semi-annually and this is a good thing…but I … Read more

The Power of Social – Story Telling

Social Media is one of the most powerful and awe inspiring creations of this or any generation. Never has there been a single class of Technologies that can bring so many people together so quickly and so completely. One of my favourite parts about Social Media is the ability of it to build a Story that really tells you about a Brand or about a Person. The reality is, this is not something that is done too often with any real effect and Social Media has become more about the “broadcast” rather than the sharing of a good story. For me…that is about to change. Humanity loves stories. From the beginning of time, the ability to communicate through the telling of a story has enthralled the masses. Look to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, these classic stories of love, lust and the quest for self-enlightenment are shining examples of the Graeco-Roman capacity to convey “history” through a story. I love a good story and at every opportunity try to work in one to explain a point or underline the importance of … Read more

The Digital Platform of Tomorrow

The Digital Platform of Tomorrow

There are many things that bring us to what has become the Digital Platform that we all know and enjoy today. The Internet as we know it has been around since 1991 and Email just celebrated its 42nd birthday…but a Digital Platform is defined as: (Digital platforms) provide audio, video or data transmission in the real time or delayed mode in many networks, such as cable, satellite, terrestrial digital broadcasting and broadband networks So with digital platforms building out our ability to connect with any device, any time and almost anywhere…what does this mean for all of us? Will the future be as bright as is eluded to by the powers that be? The need to be connected is something that I struggle with on a daily basis. Putting down my phone, tablet, laptop or stepping away from my desktop even for a couple of hours is a real challenge. As the definition eludes to…it is not just all of that data that is tied to the Digital Platforms that we all interact with…it is Voice and Video too. Netflix … Read more

Free App Friday – An eBook Reader for All

For anyone who knows me, I am a voracious reader.  I have more than 500 printed books and just over 2 TB of eBooks scattered across multiple devices.  One of the challenge that I have faced since moving away from my iPad has been to find an equivalent ePUB reader and while I have tried many…none fit the bill until just last week when I stumbled across the Universal Book Reader in the Android Play Store. One of the first features that I really liked was the fact that it displays nicely on both my 4.5″ Nexus 4 and my 7″ Acer Iconia B1 and this is a good thing because I tend to switch from device to device on a fairly regular basis.  The Universal Book Reader works with both ePUB and PDF which takes care of all of my eBooks that I have and again this is a great selling feature for this robust FREE App. The “Library” that is the home screen reminds me of my days with the iPad and its integrated iBooks, and I can … Read more

Memory Lane – My First Cell Phone

I have been carrying a Cell Phone on a daily basis since the fall of 1995. I remember the day that I got my phone quite well as I went to the International Plowing Match with my Father (an annual event for us growing up) when it was first in Roseville, ON. It was my Graduation Present from my dad at a time when I really needed personal communications as I was working as a Security Guard in Toronto and more than once had run into situations that a Cell Phone was a matter of life and death. At the time, there was no Smart Phones and the selection was not only limited…it was still fairly rare to see a phone that was not tethered to a vehicle. The Nokia 636 was and is a solid phone. It did not need a Sim Card as it was on the pre-PCS network provided by Bell Mobility. I went looking through the web for specs and well to compare this venerable phone to what is available today is just not possible as … Read more

Infographic – Is the Cloud Really Safe?

Infographic – Is the Cloud Really Safe?

Over the past couple of years there has been a mass migration of information and data that is no longer “here” which by all definitions really is what the Cloud is.  But is it really the right way or are we just getting lazy about how we are managing our Data and collectively wanting to just Consume rather than create? Thanks to Sage, an interesting Infographic on the State of Accounting Solutions in the Cloud is now upon us. This means that we are porting our Customer Data to companies like and SAP but now there is move to put company financials into the cloud??? This infographic was produced by Sage Accountants’ Division UK Cheers, Krispy

OS Sunday – Aussie, Aussie, Aussie…Oi, Oi, Oi

OS Sunday – Aussie, Aussie, Aussie…Oi, Oi, Oi

This is my first return to the wonderful world of OS Sunday and in looking around the realms of for a suitable candidate to install and review I stumbled across an Australian Linux Distro called Korora.  Usually I am not a big fan of Fedora based distros but this one looked intriguing as it enabled me to choose between several different desktops (Gnome, MATE, KDE, Cinnamon and XFCE) so I figured I would give MATE a whirl in a Virtual Desktop environment provided by a 20 GB HDD and 4GB Memory Virtual Machine leveraging the free power of Oracle’s VirtualBox Solution. The 1.66 GB download seemed a bit heavy but as it was downloading via Torrent at a pretty good clip I took a spin around the Korora Website. The layout and form and function of the Project Site very responsive and provided a great deal of high level project details.  Instead of replicating the Support Functions of the Fedora site (99% of the Project is a fork of Fedora) they have chosen to only include how to’s for … Read more

The Great Time Suck

I am sure that I am not alone when I say, my Smart Phone has become a drain on my “free time”.  It has superceded Facebook as my greatest distraction by a large sum and currently the addiction that is Flappy Bird is the culprit.   I took to Blogging as a way to get away from games on Facebook in the morning that was more constructive, but I just found myself loosing a full hour of my morning today because I wanted to drive my average score up on this annoying, frustrating but wildly interesting game. So what is it about this simple tap, tap game that has caused the world to download it in droves and earn its developers more than $50,000 per day (according to CNet)? I don’t know…no really I have no idea what the appeal is.  It is not like there are levels to beat or bosses to destroy.  There are no power ups and it doesn’t get harder as you play on.  It just plods away at a predictable and steady speed and causes … Read more

Social Media in 2014

For me, Social Media has been about the conversation and the connections that are made with those that I follow but also with those who follow me.  When it comes to the Brand Ambassador’s of 2014 in the world of Social Media, there is a storm coming and the real question is…are you ready for it? I did some digging around the fabulous Interwebz and there are several interesting predictions for the future of Social Media in 2014 but my favorite comes from the folks over at  To “Krispify” these predictions I will look to their top 5 predictions and add my own insights. 1. Look for a shift toward visual storytelling through short-form video. I have personally avoided the concept of Youtube and Video Podcasting for some time, but I have started to look at the opportunity to share some insights through short broadcasts.  Expect to see some Video Posts in the near future as I become more proficient with tools like SnagIt and Jing from TechSmith. 2.  Businesses will embrace the ‘fandom’. Is your business embracing the … Read more

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