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August 2012 Blog Posts (3)

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…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on August 30, 2012 at 5:00 — No Comments

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.

 

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on August 17, 2012 at 2:57 — No Comments

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…
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Added by Fergus Cloughley on August 2, 2012 at 7:30 — No Comments

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