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Data flow, crash and burn

For some years now, technologists have been developing ‘autonomous vehicles’ - cars which will be driven by computers, without direct human intervention.

 

Google, for example, is a pioneer in the industry.  In road trials, the company’s computer controlled cars have racked up 200,000 miles without any accidents.

 

Real-time flows of data will be critical to the operation of such vehicles in a…

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Added by Paul Wallis on January 27, 2012 at 3:40 — No Comments

Some ways in which OBASHI helps with IT management

Over at Forbes.com, Dan Woods argues that,

“In every dimension, CIOs are facing an increased pace of change at the same time they are losing control over the computing environment. The number of assets they must manage is exploding. Consumerization, virtualization, cloud computing, software as a service, mobility are all increasing the complexity of the job of managing IT by orders of magnitude.”

In “The Coming Crisis of IT Management”, he…

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Added by Paul Wallis on January 20, 2012 at 1:30 — No Comments

OBASHI likes

This is the fourth in an occasional series of “OBASHI likes” posts, where we highlight the ideas of others who have recently made us think about aspects of business and IT from an interesting perspective.

 

We may agree with all, some, or occasionally none of what each writer says, but whichever is the case, their ideas are thought provoking.

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on January 13, 2012 at 11:19 — No Comments

Cybersecurity and flow

Looking back at the past year, few issues have as quickly gained the attention of both business and political leaders as that of cybersecurity.

 

When we consider some of the cyber events that have occurred during the past 12 months, perhaps it’s not surprising.  For example,

 

Epsilon – in March, a successful cyber attack on the American marketing email…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on December 20, 2011 at 3:57 — No Comments

OBASHI likes

This is the third in an occasional series of “OBASHI likes” posts, where we highlight the thoughts of others who have recently made us think about aspects of business and IT from an interesting perspective.

 

We may agree with all, some, or occasionally none of what each writer says, but whichever is the case, we think their ideas are worth thinking about.

 

In alphabetical order:

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on December 9, 2011 at 6:01 — No Comments

Cybersecurity and dependencies

“Cyber Security and the UK’s Critical National Infrastructure” was published during September by Chatham House, home of the UK’s Royal Institute of International Affairs.

 

The report discusses cybersecurity in the UK, not only in government, but also relating to the UK’s ‘essential services such as water, gas, electricity, communications and banking’ [CNI].

 

As it points…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on December 2, 2011 at 12:24 — No Comments

OBASHI – more than just software

Chateau Margaux 1983 is one of the many things I love about France.

 

My wife lived in France for a while so I’ve picked up her appreciation of the culture, food and language.

 

The French have a great way with language; they seem to find a way to say in a word that which takes a sentence in English. “Impasse” is one. I hate that word. I get a constant feeling of déjà vu (see what I mean) every time I hear it. It reminds me of a million meetings I was involved in…

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Added by Paul Wallis on November 23, 2011 at 7:30 — No Comments

Finance: who's driving the bus?

During the last 15 months, here at OBASHI Think we have written a few blogs about IT in today’s data flow reliant finance industry.  For example,

 

Data flow disasters can sting

If a data flow is interrupted or compromised, it can cause chaos in the financial markets.

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Added by Paul Wallis on November 18, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Data flows in our daily lives

Last month, in ‘Under pressure: IT and the steam boiler’, I concluded that,

Just as it took the boiler industry many years to evolve to the point where it had clarity on flows, and could makes the best decisions about risk, IT and telecoms are set to go through the same pain.

 

More data flow disasters are inevitable – which means, because we as individuals are ever more reliant on flows of data…

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Added by Paul Wallis on November 11, 2011 at 11:06 — No Comments

OBASHI and the process view

One of the frustrations for any CIO or IT Manager in a new job, is trying to understand the IT systems and applications installed by their predecessors.

 

The analysis of the layers of systems deployed over time within a business can be thought of as an “archaeological dig”, through different technologies and integration techniques.

 

Over time, what typically happens in an organisation, is that managers in different departments use their budgets to put in place…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on November 4, 2011 at 10:45 — No Comments

Security: Cloud vs. On-premises

Researchers at Ruhr University, Germany, recently informed Amazon Web Services (AWS) of security holes in the AWS cloud architecture, enabling AWS to fix them before any “customers have been impacted”.

 

The research team believes similar flaws exist in many other cloud services, potentially enabling, ‘attackers to gain administrative…

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Added by Paul Wallis on October 28, 2011 at 10:24 — No Comments

HFT and data flow

Yesterday, the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), a global finance industry watchdog, published a report on High Frequency Trading (HFT), and other high-tech trading practices.

 

The report is a response to the financial ‘flash crash’ of 2010 (and numerous subsequent ‘mini flash-crashes’) in which HFT clearly played some…

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Added by Paul Wallis on October 21, 2011 at 11:30 — No Comments

Under pressure: IT and the steam boiler

                ... a charred body, a bent watch, two rubber heels and a torn piece of clothing...

The remains of Chief Engineer David Rockwell were found on March 21st 1905, the day after an industrial explosion and intense fire occurred at the Grover Shoe Factory, Brockton, Massachusetts.

 

The disaster, in which 58 people were killed and 150…

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Added by Paul Wallis on October 14, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

Data flow disasters cost a lot of money

 "hindsight is great, but foresight is better............and less expensive."

Almost a year ago, that was my conclusion on how OBASHI could be used to create clarity in the business, and avert a ‘data flow disaster’ like the one at TUI Travel, which caused the company a £117 million loss. 

 

A 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 business impact on…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on October 7, 2011 at 0:32 — No Comments

Clarity > Understanding > Communication > Trust

 “The CFO's Role in Technology Investment”, is a survey of 344 CFOs “qualified in providing a perspective on technology deployment within the enterprise”. Some of the findings were that,

 

  • only 18% of CFOs said they thought "our IT service levels meet or exceed business expectation”
  • only 25% of CFOs see the CIO as a key player in determining the business…
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Added by Fergus Cloughley on September 30, 2011 at 9:53 — 1 Comment

OBASHI likes

This is the second in an occasional series of “OBASHI likes” posts, where we highlight the thoughts of others who have recently made us think about aspects of business and IT from an interesting perspective.

 

We may agree with all, some, or occasionally none of what each writer says, but whichever is the case, we think their ideas are worth thinking about. 

 

In alphabetical order:

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on September 22, 2011 at 11:00 — No Comments

Understanding connections

When you are growing up, some television programmes bury themselves deep into your brain and just stay there.

 

For me, one such was the BBC series “Connections”, by the science historian, James Burke.

 

First broadcast in 1978, the documentary explored the ways our modern technological world came into existence.

 

As a kid, I would watch fascinated, as Burke would weave a thread through historical eras, making “connections” between seemingly…

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Added by Paul Wallis on September 15, 2011 at 10:57 — No Comments

Be afraid – business as usual in Finance IT

In July, Information Age ran a roundtable debate with IT leaders to discuss various bank industry issues.  Here are comments made by some of the delegates:

“We still don’t understand what the exposure of the banks is to each other.”

 

“Some retail banks are running on 40-year-old…

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Added by Paul Wallis on September 8, 2011 at 16:05 — No Comments

Flows, Romans, Project managers…

Where is Sextus Julius Frontinus when you need him?

 

Frontinus was a Roman aristocrat of the late 1st century AD, and an expert in the engineering of water flows.

 

Such was his expertise, the Emperor Nerva appointed him as Water Commissioner of the Aqueducts at Rome, an office only conferred upon persons of very high standing. 

 

In that capacity, he…

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Added by Fergus Cloughley on September 1, 2011 at 13:19 — No Comments

Zombies, dataflows and the CxO career apocalypse

Zombies and oil refineries really don’t mix well.

 

So it was with some alarm that I awoke abruptly last Sunday morning and heard nearby the chuckling voice of my teenage daughter, “Dad....dad....there’s a zombie massacre down at Ineos...can we go and watch?”

 

My first thought was that my old boss must have let Health & Safety slip a little, and that his job might be at stake.  Then I remembered Brad Pitt was in the district, filming “World War Z” close to…

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Added by Paul Wallis on August 25, 2011 at 14:20 — No Comments

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