Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 17th October 2013 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
IBM misses sales forecasts by $1 billion – Oct. 16, 2013 – Context: IBM was down about 4% for the quarter but only $167MM was in hardware. Therefore $800MM in revenue was lost to other forces which they claim is cloud.
Overall, IBM (IBM, Fortune 500) reported net income of $4.4 billion, or $3.99 a share, which came in ahead of estimates. But sales, at $23.7 billion, fell short of the $24.8 billion predicted by analysts, and shares sank nearly 6% in after-hours trading.
A question in my mind: Is private cloud or public cloud that is reducing customer spending for “IBM priced” professional services by reducing the integration services ? Or is it customers reducing spend by delaying big ticket projects ? Too early to tell if IBMs business model of “offshoring to India” is losing its lustre but I suspect that is another problem.
In similar studies, all of the learners improved, not just women. Is Math a Gift? demonstrates that belief in gift and natural born ability is toxic to all, and by eliminating it, we won’t alienate so many from technology.
Inspiring. Believing in natural ability leads to self doubt and ultimately failure. If you believe in self development and growth, then you will grow.
NetAppVoice: This One Tiny Change Will Deeply Disrupt Your Business – Forbes – Warning: self serving link. Forbes with an article about the fact that a competent company backed blogger is both an opportunity and a weakness…… depending on how you look at it.
A well-placed blogger with a strong following can help the company website rise in search and increase its visibility in social networks. Company employees interacting with and helping promote a company blog through social media channels can amplify its brand message and reach—not to mention boosting the company website in search.
Coho Data — The Lone Sysadmin – Bob Plankers at LoneSysAdmin talks about a yet another storage startup delivering scale out storage on commodity hardware. You should be reading this to get insight into the impact of distributed storage on your network:
Last, I think this will be a great way for organizations that are all fibre channel now to dip into IP-based storage. The array is turnkey, and you can connect your clients directly to the Arista switches for an IP-based SAN based on increasingly low-cost 10GBase-T. At their stated $2.50 per GB list that’s somewhere in the low $100Ks to get started — I’m computing this based on two MicroArrays providing 39 TB, contact Coho for the real numbers — but that’s nothing for a scale-out array with a great cloud-like feature set. I could see an organization getting one for a tactical deployment and liking it so much that it becomes their new midrange storage.
Malcolm Gladwell’s Pseudo Profundity | New Republic – Really inspired by this article on rubbish spouted by people like Malcolm Gladwell. Inspiration by storytelling is a fine thing but the line has been crossed lately with psudo-intellectual wallop:
The easiest way to support that “intriguing possibility” would be to cite statistics showing that, proportionally, more people with dyslexia enjoy worldly success than people without. But the data-happy writer doesn’t do that. Perhaps the answer doesn’t fit. Instead, Gladwell offers anecdotes. Here is “one of the most famous trial lawyers in the world”, David Boies. Because he is dyslexic, Boies couldn’t read much at law school, but he became very good at listening to people. People who can thus overcome dyslexia, Gladwell concludes, turn out to be “better off than they would have been otherwise”.
and this strikes to the heart of the topic:
The easiest way to support that “intriguing possibility” would be to cite statistics showing that, proportionally, more people with dyslexia enjoy worldly success than people without. But the data-happy writer doesn’t do that. Perhaps the answer doesn’t fit. Instead, Gladwell offers anecdotes. ….. People who can thus overcome dyslexia, Gladwell concludes, turn out to be “better off than they would have been otherwise”.