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"Can anyone help me get the software working as I have now tried the installation on two different systems and I get an error when the software starts. Any help would be appreciated. Denzil"
Dec 17, 2014
Fergus Cloughley commented on Mirosław Dąbrowski's blog post OBASHI Mindmap explaining OBASHI Methodology
"Miroslaw,Thank you for taking the time to create an OBASHI Mindmap.As you know we are big on clarity here and we love the way you have laid out the different aspects of OBASHI.We've shown it to a few people and it has helped them quickly…"
Apr 29, 2014
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Business lessons from a 19th century railroad manager

Marketer Seth Godin:“Without a doubt, the ability to connect the dots is rare, prized and valuable. Connecting dots, solving the problem that hasn't been solved before, seeing the pattern before it is made obvious, is more essential than ever before.”Back in 1854, Daniel McCallum must have had a similar perspective.During that year McCallum had been promoted to become General Superintendant of the New York & Erie Railroad.  In his new post he was faced with what was then a new business…See More
Apr 25, 2014
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Business, data flow and the U.S. cybersecurity standard

Here at OBASHI a point made regularly is that,Today as governments, businesses, and individuals we are increasingly reliant on flows of data, in nearly all aspects of our daily lives. Which means it is becoming ever more essential that standards for these flows of data are agreed and regulated.Why would standards for data flows be a good idea? Think about your daily interactions with other…See More
Feb 27, 2014
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Data flow disasters and public confidence

When large businesses suffer major problems related to information technology, the bad news often hits the headlines, usually because a lot of money has been spent. One example in the past few weeks is the cancellation of the BBC’s £100 million Digital Media Initiative, which was intended to transform the way staff developed, used and shared video and audio…See More
Jun 27, 2013
Fergus Cloughley posted a blog post

The Legal Entity Identifier, Data Provenance and OBASHI

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the finance industry is working on a number of regulatory initiatives, including Solvency II, Basel III and Dodd-Frank.Fundamentally, the aim of these various initiatives is to reduce risk, be it insolvency risk in the EU insurance companies, liquidity risk in banking, or systemic risk across the U.S / global financial sector.One of the contributory factors to the 2008 crisis is that there was no standardisation of the codes which financial…See More
Mar 27, 2013
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Die Hard, data flow and the CyberCity

The other day, a little behind the times, I watched the fourth of the series of ‘Die Hard’ movies. Detective Lieutenant John McClane had his hands full yet again, battling devious cyber criminals in Washington D.C. The bad guys set out to ultimately do a bit of electronic money pilfering, and as part of their cunning plan they disrupt some of the computer-reliant critical networks that typically support a modern city.  By hacking into systems and interrupting key flows of data they, cause chaos…See More
Jan 15, 2013
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Data flow disasters around the world

As 2012 draws to a close, businesses of all kinds, in all parts of the world, continue to suffer ‘data flow disasters’.Here at OBASHI, “data flow disaster” is the term we use for an event where a flow of data is interrupted or compromised, so that there is a negative impact on those who use or interact with that flow of data.Here are a few examples of such ‘disasters'.  In no particular order:UK - Prior to the 2012 Olympics, the organisers were forced to deploy 3.500 soldiers to fulfil security…See More
Dec 21, 2012
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Business and the best laid schemes

One of the most famous works of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, is “To a Mouse”. During 1785, on a bleak winter’s day, Burns addressed a field mouse whose home he accidentally turned up with his plough. In the poem, the bard praises the ‘foresight’ of the mouse in building the ‘cozie’ nest in advance of the freezing weather, while there was still good grass to do so. But, ultimately, one of Burns’ conclusions is that, although we can plan ways to achieve things, and anticipate how…See More
Nov 1, 2012
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Business and flow

A point we make regularly here at OBASHI is that in today’s digital world, it is important to understand how data flows through and between businesses. We occasionally blog about “data flow disasters” - events that occur when a flow of data is interrupted or compromised, so that there is a negative business impact on those who use or interact with that flow of data. A recent example of such a…See More
Oct 22, 2012
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Blood flow, data flow, and OBASHI

One of the analogies I sometimes use to describe how understanding data flow is becoming ever more important in business, is that of the doctor understanding blood flow through the human body.Medical professionals have a clear understanding of the vascular system, which carries blood, and how it interacts with other physiological systems, and the various parts of the body.When a vascular disease occurs, most often, blood flow in the sufferer’s body is affected, and organs and other body…See More
Aug 30, 2012
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NASA, finance, and the engineering approach

There is an interesting juxtaposition between the brilliant success of NASA landing the Curiosity Rover on Mars last week, and the recent ‘software glitch’ at Knight Capital, which nearly wrecked the company. NASA projects like Curiosity are highly complex and highly dangerous, yet, when we consider what they entail, failures are rare – why? A key explanation is that good engineering practice is at the heart of space exploration projects. For example, documentation and change control is very…See More
Aug 17, 2012
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A few more data flow disasters

“Data flow disaster” is the term we use here at OBASHI for an event where a flow of data is interrupted or compromised, so that there is a negative business impact on those who use, or interact with, that flow of data. During what has been an extraordinary few weeks for major IT problems, there have been numerous such events, around the world and across many business sectors. Here are a few examples, in no particular order:Payments - During the Olympics, 85,000 fans attending the match between…See More
Aug 2, 2012
Babajide Odulaja left a comment for Fergus Cloughley
"Thank you Fergus; I sure look forward to understanding the OBASHI methodology and translating this to real life service delivery"
Jul 6, 2012
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Technology risk and governance

“Technology Risk Management Guidelines”, is a research paper published by The Monetary Authority of Singapore. The objective of the guidelines is, “to promote the adoption of sound processes in managing technology risks and the implementation of security practices”, in regulated financial institutions. Although the paper is aimed at the finance…See More
Jun 29, 2012
Fergus Cloughley posted a blog post

The simple big picture helps communication

“So how does that bridge work?” A few years ago, one summer evening I was with my son and daughter, wandering the shore of the River Forth, the majestic road and rail bridges towering over us. “Which one?” “The curvy one”“The road bridge, that's a suspension bridge.  The four big posts hold up the cables that make the…See More
May 30, 2012

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Fergus Cloughley's Blog

Business lessons from a 19th century railroad manager

Marketer Seth Godin:

“Without a doubt, the ability to connect the dots is rare, prized and valuable. Connecting dots, solving the problem that hasn't been solved before, seeing the pattern before it is made obvious, is more essential than ever before.”

Back in 1854, Daniel McCallum must have had a similar perspective.

During that year McCallum had been promoted to become General Superintendant of the New York & Erie Railroad.  In his…

Continue

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 2:23

Business, data flow and the U.S. cybersecurity standard

Here at OBASHI a point made regularly is that,

Today as governments, businesses, and individuals we are increasingly reliant on flows of data, in nearly all aspects of our daily lives. Which means it is becoming ever more essential that standards for these flows of data are agreed and regulated.

Why would standards for data flows be a good…

Continue

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 15:57

Data flow disasters and public confidence

When large businesses suffer major problems related to information technology, the bad news often hits the headlines, usually because a lot of money has been spent.

 

One example in the past few weeks is the cancellation of the BBC’s £100 million Digital Media Initiative, which was intended to transform the way staff developed, used and shared…

Continue

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 4:29

The Legal Entity Identifier, Data Provenance and OBASHI

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the finance industry is working on a number of regulatory initiatives, including Solvency II, Basel III and Dodd-Frank.

Fundamentally, the aim of these various initiatives is to reduce risk, be it insolvency risk in the EU insurance companies, liquidity risk in banking, or systemic risk across the U.S / global financial sector.

One of the…

Continue

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 6:35

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At 9:38 on December 17, 2014, dabware said…

Can anyone help me get the software working as I have now tried the installation on two different systems and I get an error when the software starts.

Any help would be appreciated.

Denzil

At 8:50 on July 6, 2012, Babajide Odulaja said…

Thank you Fergus; I sure look forward to understanding the OBASHI methodology and translating this to real life service delivery

At 2:52 on May 23, 2012, Irene McVey said…

Thanks Fergus. Looking forward to learning about the benefits that OBASHI can offer.

At 19:55 on April 21, 2011, Mawdud Choudhury said…
Thanks for the message Fergus. Great to be part of this network and really impressed with the exposure OBASHI is getting. Initial thoughts are it can add real value. Potential opportunities to develop the methodology here in Brunei this year, especially with the Government.
 
 
 

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