I was at Interop Las Vegas this week, and the Expo floor was alive with gimmicks. We had a talking robot, a boxing ring, a GT40, and two Mythbusters lookalikes. But what's the point of a gimmick without a tie-in? So I set out on a personal quest, asking the sponsors of the gimmickiest stunts to explain what point they were trying to make. Why did McAfee have two Ford GT's? … [Read more...] about Interop Show-Floor Gimmicks: What’s the Tie-In?
Archives for April 2010
IT is fixated on endless technology upgrades but fails to adequately address the human side of the equation. The schism between application developers and infrastructure managers is reflected in many current controversial topics, and IT infrastructure must radically change its course to avoid it being left in the dust. What Works IT folks don't "get" cloud computing. The … [Read more...] about The Techie/Business Schism
If there is a universal best practice, it's the simple idiom, "use the right tool for every job". Yet we in IT spend so much time trying to fit square pegs into round holes, it becomes second nature. How else to describe our attempts to solve virtually every business need through added technology? No matter what the request, we think there must be a technological solution. But … [Read more...] about Use Process Solutions For Process Problems, Technical Solutions For Technical Ones
If you have a job like mine, you spend a lot of time on conference calls. I spend five or six hours a week in management meetings, sales updates, operations discussions, and other conference calls, and sometimes much longer. I had been using Skypeout or Magic Jack to make these calls, but that's hard to do while traveling. Thankfully, AT&T has added a new calling feature, … [Read more...] about AT&T iPhone Users: Activate A-List and Save Money
Visitors to the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) booth at Storage Networking World in Orlando were greeted by a strange symbol (pictured above). It was included in the FCIA Fibre Channel roadmap presentation as well. The group even made identifying the symbol a requirement to enter their door prize drawing. But what is the symbol exactly? I was amused to get some … [Read more...] about FCoE Symbolism