Racing IT – Introduction

29 January, 2013 Leave a comment
Formula 1 Starting Grid, picture from http://www.thecarwallpapers.com

Formula 1 Starting Grid, picture from thecarwallpapers

Formula 1 (or Grand Prix) is the leading motor sport competition in the world. It is a global competition, consisting of 11 teams competing against one another at 20 different international venues. Formula 1 is a glamour sport where actors, politicians and other famous personalities associate themselves with the teams and the sport. The top teams have budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars. Ferrari, the longest running and most valuable team in Formula 1 is worth more than a billion dollars in terms of merchandise, intellectual property and sponsorships.

Formula 1 is a high stress environment where the teams are under constant scrutiny by the media, supporters and business partners. Week in and week out the teams need to stay competitive while managing this stressful environment. A single mistake can end a campaign leaving the team open to criticism and failure. Good management and teamwork is of the essence to ensure a winning and successful season. It is a highly innovative sport where continuous improvement to the car is the difference between staying competitive and just taking part. While the current racing cars are continuously improved, the teams must also manage the design and testing of their cars for the next season. Read more…

BYOD – Forget the device

6 December, 2012 1 comment

BYOD - Forget the deviceOnly a short while ago BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) was a buzzword being thrown around in the IT industry as one of the new disruptive technologies. Employees started to bring their own devices, especially mobile devices, to work in order to use these devices for work and to improve their productivity. Email in particular was a popular tool employees wanted to access when they were away from the office. Although this is not a new phenomenon (I’ve been taking my personal laptop into work for a good number of years), mobile devices highlighted this trend. Recently though, employees don’t only want to access their email, but they also want to engage with their corporate software systems to improve their productivity. This is causing a massive additional workload on IT departments where these devices must now form part of the network to enable higher productivity. Read more…

Cost centre vs. Profit centre – the debate continues!

16 May, 2012 Leave a comment

Should IT be a cost centre or a profit centre?

This debate has been on-going for a number of years, and continues to be still relevant. The reason for this debate is rather simple, accountability. Business wants to know what they get for sinking millions of bucks into IT, and IT wants to prove that they are worth the money given to them. The debate starts when the return on investment and productivity of the IT department must be proven on the financial statements. In essence the core of this debate is to prove the performance of the IT department and to show that business gets a proper return on their investment.

What is a cost centre?

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Security 101: Less painfull than identity theft

1 March, 2012 Leave a comment

Twitter phisher?

One of the better commodities that hackers treasure is your authentication details. Your username and passsword is worth a lot in the black market. We all know the basic rules around passwords, having a strong password with numbers and characters, changing it regularly, etc. But what we neglect to do is to have multiple passwords, it is just too difficult to remember. Read more…

Social business, are we missing the point?

23 February, 2012 Leave a comment

Is social business an enhanced collaboration tool, or will it be more?

Big vendors are spending a lot of money in either buying social business companies or developing their own social business software, and even more money convincing customers that they need social media in their companies to prosper. Some companies even go so far as trying to replace email with social business messaging, moving their employees forcefully onto their internal social business software.

There is a lot of focus on social business right now, but what is it all about? Read more…

Will social media replace news media

16 February, 2012 Leave a comment
Social news media

Explosive growth of social news media

Just about every online news outlet embraced social media extensively, making it possible for readers to comment on news stories using their social media, especially Facebook, logons. This also enables the readers to post interesing articles to their social stream, creating another area of commenting on articles, but ultimetaly expanding the news network’s reach. Read more…

Public ease

15 December, 2011 Leave a comment
the road to a private cloud

Road to the cloud

This week I signed up for Amazon’s cloud services, it is really easy! I haven’t signed up for any other public cloud services, so I can only speak here of the Amazon experience. Within minutes I had a full functioning cloud infrastructure with virtual machines, databases, load balancing and auto scaling. I had an exact price of what it will cost me, with the ability to factor in growth cost, and options available for growing and scaling. Read more…

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