“Outdoor training activities, even those as straightforward as lightweight backpacking, enable students to actually practice different leadership and communication models so that they can learn about their own leadership style and its impact on outcomes in a group. Understanding their go-to “signature” style allows them to then develop situational leadership skills that can adjust to current events and group needs.”—Expedition Leadership in the Wild - John N. Gans - The Conversation - Harvard Business Review
“With a company as complex as Skype, investors draw different conclusions about the same facts. In this case we had the same data as everybody else, but we had a radically higher opinion of Skype’s founders and employees than the doubters and naysayers. We believed that we could work with, rather than against, the founders. And we believed that Skype’s amazing engineering team, led by the original Eastern European software wizards who created the service, could compete and win against anybody.”—Microsoft Buys Skype // ben’s blog
Struggling with emerging Datacenter network architectures
Over the last four days an interesting discussion around Openflow and QFabric. Granted it was kicked off by @Bradhedlund who is a knowledgeable guy when it comes to networks, but also works for Cisco as is known to shall we stay incite conversations from time to time.
[I’ll note here that when I originally posted this, I used a semi-derogatory name to describe Brad - which might have been fine had we been sitting around drinking beers, but was obnoxious on all other levels. I wasn’t thinking and it wasn’t right even though he and a bunch of others seemed to take it well. Brad - my apologies.]
This conversation highlights a common misconception of QFabric which is because it is deployed in multiple components, many network folk want to treat all the bits like a network… except it’s not. It’s a switch.
In general when ever you have a question about QFabric, start with - How would a single switch do that today?
Of course, the insightful people in the network community acknowledge the data path, but then go straight to the control plane, congestion management, and management of a intra-datacenter connectivity solution and begin asking lots of questions. Which of course is the right thing to do as at the end of the day resiliency and stability often trump performance.
This year’s Global CIO Study asks the question: How are technology leaders helping their organizations adapt to the accelerating change and complexity that mark today’s competitive and economic landscape? To find out, we spoke in person with 3,018 diverse CIOs worldwide, spanning 71 countries and 19 industries in five sectors.
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This series is consistently fantastic. Kudos to IBM for funding this research.
A full hour before the formal announcement of Bin-Laden’s death, Keith Urbahn posted his speculation on the emergency presidential address. Little did he know that this Tweet would trigger an avalanche of reactions, Retweets and conversations that would beat mainstream media as well as the White…
I’d also like to see how and when news that @reallyvirtual had live tweeted the attack went viral. I posted his collection of tweets at 10:48, so I’ll guess I got turned on to him around 10:30 EDT.
“For the first time in 20 years, the number of homes in the United States with television sets has dropped. The Nielsen Company, which takes TV set ownership into account when it produces ratings, will tell television networks and advertisers on Tuesday that 96.7 percent of American households now own sets, down from 98.9 percent previously.”—
“Our technologies are almost exclusively implemented as services: bits of logic that encapsulate the data they operate on and provide hardened interfaces as the only way to access their functionality. This approach reduces side effects and allows services to evolve at their own pace without impacting the other components of the overall system. Service-oriented architecture — or SOA — is the fundamental building abstraction for Amazon technologies. Thanks to a thoughtful and far-sighted team of engineers and architects, this approach was applied at Amazon long before SOA became a buzzword in the industry. Our e-commerce platform is composed of a federation of hundreds of software services that work in concert to deliver functionality ranging from recommendations to order fulfillment to inventory tracking. For example, to construct a product detail page for a customer visiting Amazon.com, our software calls on between 200 and 300 services to present a highly personalized experience for that customer.”—The Amazon.com 2010 Shareholder Letter Focusses on Technology - All Things Distributed
Update: This post has gotten hammered ever since it went up last night. I’ve also realized that a recent(ish) change in the twitter API broke the links back to the orginal tweets. Attribution is half the point of Blogatweet, so we are working on getting that fixed. In the meantime, you can find the bulk of @reallyvirtual's more historic tweets in my twitter favorite’s stream.
Sohaib, if you happen to get to this page, shoot me an email or DM me on twitter, so I can hook you up with all of your tweets.