Google to get Skype’d?? January 27, 2009Posted by Jeremy in Business, Efficient Technologies, Tools.
Tags: Acquisition, Google, Skype
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Just read a “rumor” that EBay is looking at selling Skype. Rumor has it that Google may be the suitor. That could be quite an acquistion for Google. They are quickly expanding their offerings and this could really help them to expand the potential of VOIP. Skype also makes pretty good money so that could be good for the bottom line.
Google could rapidly become the one stop shop for online communcation. Also, how can Skype and Android be integrated?? Very interesting potentials when you consider Google’s focus and other assets. Interesting rumor. We’ll see what happens.
What’s with all the titles? January 27, 2009Posted by Jeremy in Business, Development Process, Resourcing.
Tags: Architect, Developer, Enterprise Architect, Programmer
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In today’s IT market buzzwords are definitely the sale point. Microsoft has made an artform out of changing technology names to flashy names. This also occurs in the market for resources. You will hear terms like analyst, programmer analyst, senior developer, team lead, architect, etc when it comes to the development realm. I think that the definition will depend on a company by company basis. I would like to give a brief idea of what I see as the differences.
An analyst’s job is very self explanatory. They do analysis of business systems. The main focus is to outline the business need and document the requirements. In most cases this person is semi-technical but not typically a developer.
This is someone I see as able to write code. They are given a technical specification for a system and they write the necessary logic to make it work. They should be able to write the code and troubleshoot it to make it work. Typically will not create design or architecture models.
Very simply this is an experienced developer. Typically I would say that somewhere in the 5-7 year range will transition developers into this category. Some are able to transition before that. It is primarily based on skillset combined with experience.
Architects titles will change but the general concept is that they are able to see things from a high level structure and can think though the best model for system design. They understand business, software, and systems. The architect will look at things from a long-term viewpoint to build a system that will adjust to meet needs in the future not just current needs. The person would be able to do the job of a developer but would add to that the ability to see things from a high level. This type of person has a mixture of skill and experience. Experience alone is not enough. This is not a skill that can necessarily be learned because it is dependent on ability.
This role is usually a senior developer or architect that has some level of management and mentoring responsibilities. A team lead will NOT always be an architect. Many times you will find that the person will be a developer and not have the skillset of an architect.
The enterprise architect is a higher level architect. A software/system architect would tend to focus on systems, the enterprise architect would focus on the entire enterprises architecture. This would include software, networks, external connections, etc. They will look at the overall architecture of the entire business system.
There is definitely a difference in the roles that are played. Also, there is huge difference between the titles from company to company. In some places people can move into architecture roles purely through seniority. If you are trying to hire people don’t just look at titles look at what they have done. I hope that this brief outline will give you a better idea of what you are looking for.
Dung Powered Water Purifier! January 23, 2009Posted by Jeremy in Business, Efficient Technologies, Green Business.
Tags: Green, Segway, Water Purification
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No I’m not kidding. There is a company in the U.S. that has created a water purifier for questionable water sources (ocean, urine, sewage, etc) that can be powered by cow dung! Sounds strange but in thinking it sounds like a great idea.
Here’s a summary (from: 25 Most Promising Green Businesses).
Better known as the inventor of the Segway, Dean Kamen is now manufacturing the Slingshot, a filterless water purifier that makes drinking water out of sketchy water sources like sewage, ocean water, and urine. It runs off of cow dung and generates enough electricity to run a building full of light bulbs. Hoping to instigate a phenomenon, Kamen is handing units to impoverished villages. The handy device costs the rest of us $1,000-$2,000.
Here’s a couple of another link that I found about this To Build a Better World.
It is amazing what inventors can come up with. No limit to innovation!
Great post: 5 Steps to Improve Productivity January 22, 2009Posted by Jeremy in Business, Tools.
Tags: Business, Efficiency, Productivity
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Okay, this article is very loosely technology related but I thought that you might find it very helpful. I think that author discusses some great efficiency/productivity tips.
In the article the author says the following:
And AVOID the “summary” section of a meeting in these emails. Truth is, very few people read it.
That was amazing to me. I actually always read it and I like to have an Agenda in that area. I guess it really depends on the person.
There was also a duh moment in here to me. When I read it, I really thought that it was a paradigm shift for many. It was when he said:
In meetings, too many people focus more on taking notes than on capturing action steps. We focus more on communication, storage, and organization of information than on the one thing that actually moves us forward: ACTION.
Great quote. Very good post.
I hope that it helps you!
Big brother technology? January 19, 2009Posted by Jeremy in Business, Business Solutions, Tools.
Tags: Big Brother, Business, RFID, Technology, Tracking
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Alright, I recently had someone tweet a link that really gave me wierd feeling when I read the article. From a technological perspective I thought WOW that is cool. But, from a personal standpoint I thought WOW that is scary. I will share the link and let you decide what you think of the new technology that made me think that.
Give me a comment on what your feelings are!
Simplicity in the 2009! January 19, 2009Posted by Jeremy in Business, Business Focus, Efficiency Process.
Tags: 2009, Business, Business Focus, Resolution, Simple
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A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about the book “Simple Architectures for Complex Enterprises“. It is a fantastic software architecture book written by Roger Sessions. His whole premise is how to better serve clients through use of simpler solutions for complex problems.
The idea of simplifying is something that I definitely think that all businesses should be considering going in this year. By really thinking through what you are doing and focusing on what’s important in your business you can cut costs, make customers happier, and probably generate more business. You might even make your life less complicated.
I have a friend, Lisa at Call That Girl! who recently decided to stop doing LinkedIn training seminars. Why? Not because they aren’t popular. She decided to do it because she needed to focus on her core business and simplify. That is what she has found is required for her to excel in 2009.
I am trying to finalize the business plan for my company (Borea Systems, Inc.) and one of things that I am trying to keep in mind is the simple acronym KISS. I want to focus my business on what it is that I do. It needs to stay focused and simple in order to not have a bunch of competing priorities.
Is 2009 the year for simple? Let me know if it is part of your plan to make things more simple this year.
You Don’t Know! January 16, 2009Posted by Jeremy in Business, Business Focus, Business Solutions, Efficiency Process, Tools.
Tags: Business, Business Efficiency, Technology
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We track data for everything in today’s world. We have thousands of fields worth of data on our clients, customers, employees, acquiantences… everyone. How are you using that data? No… I mean USING that data. Is there a report that is generated once a day that no one looks at? Do you have a screen that you can look at if you are interested?
Shouldn’t you be using that data to make more sales, improve expenses, or whatever? If you aren’t using the data to make things better, why are you storing it?
Found a great blog post about this kind of thing that you will enjoy called The 1 Secret Small Businesses Must Know In Order To Survive And Prosper. In that article the author makes the statement:
You don’t know what you don’t know. Failing to realize this fact and make adjustments is a very good way to ensure you make mistakes.
That is absolutely true. You have all of the data you need available to you but are you using it? You definitely should be. Imagine the impact of being able to analyze the information that you have available to you. Examples:
- Which vendor is providing us the best cost/benefit?
- Which salesperson is most successful? Why?
- Which customer would be most apt to take on that new add-on for added revenue?
- Which customer has provided us with the best referrals?
Those are just a few of the potential questions. What other questions can you come up with? Do you have the data to find out? Why aren’t you?