Based on a white paper that I wrote earlier in the year for them, I am
holding a webinar next week with the above focus. In this webinar David S.
Linthicum SVP, Cloud Technology Partners and Brandon Elliott the Chief
Technologist for Rackspace and I will examine the infrastructure needs of
customer-facing applications by examining the challenges faced by businesses
in the most demanding industries. It will provide a framework for evaluating
technology decisions from the perspective of customer experience quality and
suggest metrics that can help businesses justify and benchmark the success of
You can register here for the event, to be held on August 28th.
As more companies hire data scientists, there is a corresponding trend to
hire a new kind of employee that some refer to as “data artists,” whose
job it is to tell the stories behind the data in the most accessible and
revealing ways. And these folks are taking major roles on product management
teams, such as Jer Thorp pictured here. In this story for ITWorld today, I
talk about what is a data artist and how Microsoft and Google and the New
York Times are making good use of them.
Facebook on Ulitzer
If you have spent any time online using social networks like LinkedIn or
Facebook, you know they can be difficult to grow your network and add
contacts. But even harder is the ability to extract your contacts once you
have built up a reasonably sized network. None of the social networks makes
it very easy to get this information.
Why would you want to do this? Several reasons. First is the peace of mind
that you have control over your own data. Should you decide to leave the
network, or should the network decided to leave you (either for cause or for
lack of... (more)
It took only a few years for the Web to evolve from its first crude text-only
efforts to a full graphical experience. Yet it has taken more than a decade
to get videos inside the browser page.
This week Brightcove begins a new lower-priced video service called Express
that starts at $100 a month and offers some impressive features. I’m glad
to see them in this space, which is still very much in the pre-Gutenberg
publishing era. I thought I would take this moment to talk about some of the
issues involved in publishing Web videos for corporate uses, putting aside
all the tectonic s... (more)
Twitter on Ulitzer
LinkedIn has been busy in the past week, sprucing up their default members’
home page, linking with Twitter, and putting together a very belated effort
at opening their service to programmers.
I like LinkedIn. I am spending more of my time using it to promote myself, to
connect to people that I know, and to build up value for my community and
myself. With the help of the local chamber of commerce, I now manage a group
called the St. Louis Job Angels, where we have listed more than 80 different
jobs over the past couple of months and more than 500 job seekers and... (more)