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posted in May 2008

Semantics and SOA: Don't Give Up

Although I don't remember when I first heard the term Services Oriented Architecture (SOA), I remember researching Web services around 2000. Back then... the sky seemed the limit... Platform independence, long-running transactions, and asynchronous processes - it would be like world peace. Unfortunately, it hasn't really panned out yet.

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The Most Important Thing I Learned About Consulting Is to Watch Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters is perhaps the single best training film for consultants I've come across. In simple words, they embody all the right stuff for a successful consultant which is, lets face it, a real craft, not just something to do between jobs. With motivational thoughts about teamwork, confidence, authenticity, client management and the projection of competence, these guys have it knocked...

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The Search Engine Miracle is Wearing Thin

Search isn't that great anymore. For one thing, it's become so commercial that it's really more like an ad search engine... Why can't I ask a search engine questions and get sent to exactly the places with the answers, not 10,000 hits? Why can't the search engines help me assemble the information I need?

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In Search of 'The Scotty Effect'

Do you remember the movie "Star Trek IV," when the crew needs to go back to the 20th century to find two hump back whales? When that movie was released, twenty-five years ago, we already had SAS to build models and do statistical work and we could write reports in FOCUS or any number of other tools. Compared to the things we can do today, this may seem primitive, but how different is it really?

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Stop Managing From Scarcity!

Over the past few years, I've been suggesting that people stop managing from scarcity. The cost of hardware has fallen so sharply that we should reevaluate our methodologies and designs that sacrifice function for resource efficiency. In data warehousing, we still create summarized versions of detailed data... depriving people of the analytical content of the whole picture... Is this really necessary?

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On the Technology Horizon: Ice? Racetracks?

It's no mystery why diamonds are often referred to as "ice." Sure, they look like ice, but have you ever touched one and noticed it was cooler than you thought it would be? It really is cooler because the diamond's stiff crystalline structure actually shield the atoms from heat vibrations. So what does this have to do with information technology? A lot.

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