First of all, to add a little more credibility to what I’m about to write,
let me just say that I’m running Princeton Java Users Group (JUG) for years
and have a pretty good idea of how organization of the meetings and
sponsorship work in such gatherings.
Java community is huge, well established and has a loyal following of leaders
and enthusiasts that are willing to spend some of their evenings meeting with
their peers and attending presentations by either well known or by no so
famous yet presenters.
As a leader of this JUG I often receive emails asking to promote among our
members a commercial training event. I do it on one condition: our JUG
members have to get some additional benefits from such a vendor, for example,
discounted price, free speakers coming over to our JUG, free software
During the last several years, I spent a substantial po... (more)
“Have you heard about the crisis?”
From a recent conversation with my colleague.
Well, of course we’ve heard about the crisis. I’m one of three partners
who run a software boutique, and in early September, I did realized that
something was very wrong with the economy. Back then, we’ve deposited a
check from one of our customers, a very large enterprise. A week later,
we’ve got the message from the bank - the check bounced. That company
went belly up.
This was an iron clad proof that this is not just a temporary recession. A
friend of mine runs another business –... (more)
Three years ago I've suggested a light architecture for Web/J2EE applications
that was based on a Servlet container with transaction processing, Message
Oriented Middleware, and a DBMS: http://java.sys-con.com/node/204697 . This
piece was a part of an old and semi-serious Gas Station series published at
Java Developer's Journal.
Even though during the last three years I was predominantly involved with the
client side part, I've been watching closely what's happening in the Java EE
Today, I was discussing an architecture of a new Flex/Java application with
my colleag... (more)
If you didn’t hear that Google has announced that in 2010 consumers will
have a chance to enjoy new Chrome-based OS, stop reading and do you homework
Done? Now we can move on, and let’s do it by the rules – positive things
first, then some bile followed by a happy end.
I really like Google. They produce easy to use applications that work great.
I use their search engine about a hundred times a day. Their applications
Nine months ago they released a Web browser called Chrome, and I liked it.
Back than I suggested that in a year Chrome will bite off a decent chu... (more)
As a strategic activity for IT, communication is important for the effective
management of both internal and external relationships. The IT function in
many organizations operates with highly diverse stakeholders from different
parts of the world. The situation has evolved rapidly over the last years
through (standardization, globalization, and optimization…).
Communication significantly impacts how IT is perceived by the organization,
and therefore it plays a crucial role in the successful positioning of IT as
an internal partner. Moreover, given the competitive market pressure th... (more)
Even as modern economic activities rely heavily on sound IT strategies, many
organizations fail to take advantage of the many opportunities that
technology can provide. For instance, some types of can improve processes and
profit margins. Clearly, there is a gap between the availability of
infrastructure, and what enterprises actually need to overhaul at their place
of business to benefit cash flow.
Before formulating your company's IT strategy, there are a few questions that
you should ask.
Is the strategy too generic? IT organizations hardly cater to just one type
of need, on... (more)