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An end to the static …

Sun, 11 Apr 2010 19:30:19 GMT

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(image) Last October I learnt my company wanted to put together a new blog/social networking policy. I decided that out of respect for my employer I wouldn’t blog until this was sorted out.

This was perhaps was an easy decision to make as I was separating from my ex-wife at the time and frankly needed the time to concentrate on other things.

So now the company has a brand new policy and I’m back into the dating game I thought I would blow off the cobwebs and get back to what I enjoy doing.

First and foremost SQL Server 2008 R2 is almost here and to mark that fact I will be in London on Thursday at the Microsoft UK Tech-Day’s event.

The subjects I most want to see are …

Power Pivot – this is such an exciting technology! I’ve been a fan of Qlikview for years so it will be good to see how it compares

SQL Azure – Cloud Computing is big right now, so it will be interesting to see what the RTM product can do. I have afew ideas for its use and will be interesting to see if SQL Azure is the right product … more on this in the next few weeks.

Master Data Services – This is one of those technologies that Microsoft hasn’t been making much noise about … and frankly should have because it is a game changer. Hmmm, queue future “What is … ?” post

StreamInsight – An exciting events technology, again another “What is … ?” post is around the corner on that.

So, you thought that SQL Server 2008 R2 was just a release to make sure the years between SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2010 weren’t so long?

I am however disappointed that Clustering across Subnets didn’t make it and not sure if Control Points made it but all will be revealed later on this week. Till then I will have to wait!


A Technical Architect surrounded by Business Analysts

Tue, 20 Oct 2009 03:43:15 GMT

Originally posted on: Recently I attended the Business Analysis Conference in London that I spoke about in my previous post. My reason for being there was I accepted an invite to be a speaker on a panel discussing  “The Role Of The BA: What Is Expected And What Is Delivered” Part of the Business Analysts role is to capture, distil and communicate business requirement to Technical staff so it was of great relevance that I played my part as the technical representative on the panel. If technical staff are to understand business requirement completely then there is more of fighting chance that a technical solution will meet business need. This ultimately is the mutual goal that all on a project team are working towards. So my role on the panel was to give the technical perspective. What I learnt was a greater understanding of the Business Analysts perspective and what technical staff can do to help them, which inturn will help ourselves. So the lessons are, > No such thing as Users - There is no concept of a ‘side’ any more, no ‘us' and ‘them’, no ‘users’, just equals with different roles and specialism's making up the collective that is your organisation. The key is understanding your part in making your organisation successful. Remembering that is better that roles overlap slightly, just like cogs, because this means closer relationships and better understanding. Friction can come when one role over overlaps the other to much. > Everyone has an important part to play -  No role is actually more important than another. The confusion comes because the output of a BA’s role isn’t as tangible as a piece of software or hardware so there is a squeeze as a BA’s can be seen as the ‘middle-men’, and who needs them right? “Just get the Business to talk to the Developers!?” is all too often heard in barbed jest. In reality if that did happen both the Business person and the Developer would have to step out of their roles into another, the Business Analysts! The Developer and Business person would have to look at business process holistically and objectively, never of which may have the requisite skill to be able to do that. For instance, see all the influences both internal and external to the process, group, organisation etc, see how it fits in with the other roles that depend upon it, workout where the role has to go in the future inline with the organisations roadmap and then figure out the steps of change that is going to happen to that role and those dependent on it. When put like that it is a big ask and this is why some businesses are able to adapt to change with ease and others that do not. You could argue that the person best placed to make change to business process if the process owners and managers of that process? But I would argue that they are first and foremost experts in operating the process, they aren’t going to be objective are they? Can you see them reducing scope, or even putting themselves our of a role? > High time for technology to join the pace of business change and not set it -  Technology is at the forefront of business, it really is how business does business.  In recent years business has changed dramatically because of the pace of technology. However Technology does run the risk, from time to time, of running away with itself and introducing change to technology with little to no real priority business benefit. In these cash strapped time, it is important to spend money on what is really needed to keep the organisation running. Yes it is important to protect business and have supported versions of software fully patched, service packed and well maintained. But the criticism is that some new versions of software seemingly add little new real beneficial innovation to benefit business that will warrant the upgrade from the previous version, or even a few versions before. So then, it is[...]

Business Analysis Conference London 2009

Tue, 22 Sep 2009 04:20:15 GMT

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(image) Next week I will be sitting on a panel at the Business Analysis Conference discussing “The Role Of The BA: What Is Expected And What Is Delivered”

As you may have noticed, I’m not a BA and nor is anyone else on the panel! The common factor between us all is that we rely on what the BA delivers to perform our various roles.

The role of the BA is a lynchpin in any IT organisation so it is to our mutual benefit that we support each other in the improving and developing each others professions.

There are many common synergies between the role of the BA (Business Analyst) and the TA (Technical Architect) Both our IT roles are still very much in various stages of maturity in many organisations. Both were born from the role of System Analyst. Both struggle for recognition and acceptance from many quarters. Both have passionate bodies that support them and they both have strong links to organisations such as the BCS. Both have developing standards and best practices that are being updated all the time.

I have to say that the questions we have are very thought provoking (controversial?) so it going to be a very interesting experience for all. The panel will be very interactive, we will be encouraging comments from the floor and straight afterwards will be drinks where we hope to continue the conversation and an opportunity to network.

I’m very much looking forward to it. It will be interesting to get to know another profession that is relied upon. What is the challenges, interests and direction? Only by getting to know other neighbouring roles can we ever hope to improve our own.

I very much look forward to seeing you there!


Channel 9 Video Introduction to SQL Server ‘Madison’

Thu, 03 Sep 2009 01:45:42 GMT

Originally posted on: A little while back I posted a question on Channel 9 wanting to know more about SQL Server ‘Madison’ project. Well Charles Torre being the extremely nice bloke that he is (Thanks Charles I owe you another beer, perhaps not London Pride next time!) got on a plane from Redmond down to Orange County and went to pay the Madison development team and in particular Christian Kleinerman for is the Product Unit Manager for the Madison development, a visit The video is a good introduction into Madison, it explains very neatly why this technology will be a very good option for any organisation that has very large databases that don’t fit all that well onto just one server and it’s time to scale-out. In brief Madison is a MMP (Massive Multi Processing) implementation of SQL Server, it’s not OLAP or cubes or anything to do with SQL Azure. The idea is that you will be able to use ordinary SQL but the table you could be targeting could be spread across different servers, could contain millions of row of data, all of which could be measure in terabytes or even petabytes. The video does however hint that SQL will need to ‘evolve’ to make best use of MMP but that’s to be expected. SQL has been around since the 1970’s so it’s hardly surprising that it will need some changes to help us continue to use it. I’m pretty excited by Madison as it finally gives a scale-out option that is easier to implement than Service Broker and DPV. Don’t get me wrong they are good technologies but Madison will be nicer. Madison is also a milestone for SQL Server and Microsoft as it finally presents a compelling product in the very large database market giving IBM and SAP some more competition which can only be good for the consumer. Madison also provides an answer to Oracle for the excellent RAC product. So, it’s all good in the SQL Server world right now, all I need now is a release date! The video can be found here : Technorati Tags: SQL Server,SQL Server Madison,SQL Server Gemini,SQL Server Kilimanjaro,SQL Server 2008 R2 [...]

Put your questions to the SQL Server Development Group about Madison, Gemini and Kilimanjaro

Tue, 21 Jul 2009 00:12:08 GMT

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(image) I’ve started a thread on Channel 9 to ask my questions about Madison, Gemini and Kilimanjaro which is now 2008 R2. If you’ve got any burning questions why don’t you put them there as well.

The Channel 9 team are planning to do a series of video’s with the SQL Server Dev Group so they will put our questions to them.

The Channel 9 thread can be found here :


Award Winning Innovation

Sun, 12 Jul 2009 16:10:20 GMT

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(image) Recently, I was lucky enough to win an Award for Innovation by my company.

At the moment Powerlines are inspected by two main ways, in a helicopter or on foot. 4x4 vehicles are the obvious alternative but are actually very limited in where they can go. For instance they can’t cross a farmers field, go over fences or climb steep hillsides without causing a deal of damage.

However, the problem with helicopter inspections are they are costly, need planning and is risky in stormy weather when this is just the time they are needed. As for inspections on foot, they take time and it’s not always easy as things like fences are designed to prevent humans from getting over them.

So the award winning idea was to use unmanned drones (or UAV’s) to perform Powerline inspections. UAV’s can be tasked and guided by GPS, so requires no pilot therefore operated by trained Engineers. Can have gyroscopic stabilisation so can go out in bad weather. Capable of carrying allsorts of different detection equipment such as heat imaging cameras. Sending all the information gathered back to base, in realtime, via radio link, which could be piggy backed onto the Internet and watched back at Head-office.

The Mark 1 device is currently in operation in the New Forest, UK as this area is of outstanding natural beauty so benefits from inspections with minimal disruption. Because of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) restrictions the UAV is not yet as good as I would like it to be. It is weight limited, must fly under 400ft and cannot operate automatically or out of sight. These rules are indeed restricting but the next task will be to work with the CAA to develop a set of criteria that distinguishes a UAV used for a genuine important purpose from a remote controlled vehicle used for pleasure.

The Mark 1 has a whole host of safety features my favourite being that if the UAV no longer receive radio instructions it will automatically return to the co-ordinates which it took off from.

The obvious question is, how come the military can operate UAV’s the size of fighter jets, fly them for 40 hours or more and can carry missiles?  Simply, they are not under the CAA jurisdiction and no I’m not going ask the RAF to do our Powerline inspections for us. This kind of defeats one of the main objectives which is provide Field Engineers with a tool they could use to get power back on in remote areas as quickly as possible after bad weather.

My company, Scottish & Southern Energy, has realised the need for innovation and is actively putting in time, money and effort in encouraging and promoting ideas which for someone like me who is always thinking, exploring and experiment is ideal.

I have a few more ideas on the go, I’m not sure if they will win any more awards but will save time or make or save money and to be honest, this for me is where the ‘kick is’, the reason for doing it.

Just as a warning the Mark 2 UAV design doesn’t look much like a traditional helicopter or plane so we are bound to trigger off some UFO stories. Perhaps when I do wear PPE and a high-viz jacket I could be mistaken for an alien?


Free SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit!

Sat, 13 Jun 2009 23:12:28 GMT

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(image) Continuing my series of great free stuff for SQL Server I’ve pulled a rabbit out of the hat for you today!

In this economic climate one of the first things that seems to get cut is the training budget so anything that can help get your head around stuff is a big plus.

To help Microsoft has released SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit

So what does the Training Kit contain …


  • Presentations (6)
    • Filestream
    • Spatial
    • T-SQL
    • Date and Time Types
    • SQLCLR
    • Reporting Services
  • Demos (12)
    • AdventureWorks Racing All-Up SQL Server 2008 Demo
    • SQL Server 2008 All-Up Spatial Demo
    • Spatial Types Demo
    • Intro to Filestream Demo
    • SQL CLR Nullable Types Demo
    • Programming with Filestream Demo
    • Reporting Services Web Application Integration Demo
    • Date and Time Support in SQL Server 2008 Demo
    • T-SQL Table-Valued Parameters Demo
    • T-SQL Row Constructors Demo
    • T-SQL Grouping Sets Demo
    • T-SQL Merge Demo
  • Hands-on Labs (3)
    • Using Spatial Data in TSQL
    • Using Spatial Data in Managed Code
    • Using SQL CLR in SQL Server 2008


To install it you are going to need a copy of SQL Server 2008 (at least Express Edition with Advanced Services) Visual Studio (the free versions will work just fine) and the Adventure Works 2008 sample databases installed first!

Now it says in the recommended operating systems that XP is supported, I was getting error messages when I installed it on XP that didn’t appear when I installed it onto Windows 2008, so my advice would be not to install it on a desktop version of the OS.

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A very good Free SQL Server Utility : FineBuild

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 03:24:54 GMT

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(image) Codeplex is a wonderful site. However not just for the .Net coder but the SQL Server guy/gal can find plenty of goodies there as well.

One such goody is the FineBuild utility that does as the name suggest helps create a ‘Fine Build’ of your SQL Server install.

All to often installing SQL Server can turn into a day long process with the various additional service packs, CU’s, tools and utility to install. Well FineBuild can automate all of that so all you need to do is run the start script, go off to lunch and it’s all done for when you come back.

So this makes a DBA life easier, big deal! What about developers? Well how often have you heard or said, it works in development but it doesn’t work in Live! What’s the difference?

In SQL Server this is likely to be one of two common reasons,

  • Using a feature or setting that is present in the development environment but not so in live.
  • Or the very frustration, using a different collation especially as many collation have been deprecated (did you know that?)

The answer is creating a standard build that is consistently used and agree on throughout all the stages of the development lifecycle that is also easy to change and can work with server building utilities such as Altiris. Work on desktops as well and can be installed many times over as SQL Instances.

FineBuild ticks all these boxes and comes in a 2005 flavour and a release candidate for 2008 both of which are free.

Even if you use the default settings you will be onto a winner from the start but I would advise reading the comprehensive instructions and tailoring settings and scripts to suite your particular environment as it will save you lots of time and stress later on.

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A Week with Bing

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 02:47:56 GMT

Originally posted on:  As promised, what is my verdict after using BingUK for a week? To be perfectly honest it’s been distinctly unremarkable … and this is a good thing for Microsoft! BingUK is lacking the killer features that the US version has, the ‘get out’ for the UK version is that it’s still in Beta and will be for sometime. So perhaps BingUK is still more of a search engine than a decision engine at the moment. So how does it compare with Google? Well to be honest, it didn’t use Google much in the first place only on my iPhone and on those occasions I used Chrome. I know I’m that person who doesn’t use Google! I switched to using sometime back, made it my default search provider in IE8 and stayed. I never thought to change as was pulling back the search results I needed. Why switch? In all honesty the BingUK isn’t a better or worse search than or Google in my opinion, however I did find I was continually using the preview function in BingUK and missing it when using Google or Ask.  has always used Multimap as it’s default mapping site. Google has the excellent Google Maps which as an iPhone user I know and love. Now, I thought that Microsoft had it’s own maps site but curiously I found that the default for BingUK was in fact Multimap, weird? So after some digging around I found the the Bing Maps does have a UK version … so why isn’t this the default? I had to go via the US portal to find it because even the old UK URL’s took me to Multimap. Now I wouldn’t have minded so much if Multimap was a better product than Bing Maps, but it’s just not. Multimap is full of adverts so the actual map area is smaller and lacks the bird eye view feature which I find extremely useful for getting to see areas from different vantage points before I actually go there. I have read allot of articles that compare Google and Bing over the last week and find myself perplexed as many seem to have picked the winner before reviewing and just using the article to backup their original decision. In my opinion there really isn’t that much between all of them on the daily searches I have performed but I will continue using BingUK because of the preview function that I find extremely useful because it has saved that extra click. With the iPhone I can’t change the search provider in Safari from Google but as an alternative I have downloaded the Inquisitor search tool from Yahoo which I would highly recommend trying to see if you like it. So with conclusions I find myself asking why is Google search so popular? I’m not seeing better or worse results than the others so I’m not actually getting why they are so highly regarded? All I can conclude is that Google always has a buzz and x-factor around them which sadly I do not seem to be quite tuned into. So I’m going to change to using Google for a few days and see what the fuss is all about. So far I haven’t exactly been bowled with Google. Take Google Squared as it does seem a little to green to have put infront of the public, I just don’t get why people don’t mind to have their time wasted? Google seems to have allot of their offerings in beta which must be a constant source of embarrassment. Take Gmail it’s been in beta for so long and in that time Facebook has risen, gained a second version and practically reinvented how people email their friends. It just seems half baked, not what you would expect from one of our industries lead lights. Anyway, I will report back in afew days … but first I must clear my head of opinions and give Google a fair go. [...]

Free eBook on what’s new in SQL Server 2008

Sun, 07 Jun 2009 17:18:14 GMT

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(image) It’s not often we get stuff for free but Microsoft has decided to give away a complete book, not just afew sample chapters.

All you have to do is go to this link , press the ‘Sign Up’ button, leave some details about yourself, if you’ve registered with MSDN before it’ll just pick up you existing details and then pdf will download.

So what’s the catch? Well you will be signing up to Microsoft Press Book Connection monthly newsletter and learn about new books on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and other topics, plus special offers.

So Microsoft want to give you a free book and keep you informed. I call this a win-win!

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The Sound of Found : Bing!

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 06:55:22 GMT

Originally posted on: have completely re-written Live Search, the new offering Bing! Bing is being marketed as a ‘decision engine’ as it tries to workout what you are looking for rather always giving the top ranking website out of an algorithm. Microsoft has commissioned allot of research to work out what people are actually trying to do for when they use a search engine. It is clear Microsoft cannot ‘out search’ Google but could gain market share by finding an edge and that edge is adding more depth. Achieving this new depth comes from adding features that make the whole experience of searching easier, more pleasant and most importantly, less time consuming. A good example is the UPS demo in this Channel 9 video where typing UPS will make a ‘tracking document’ box appear on the Bing search page for the simple reason is that 90% of visitors to the UPS website want to discover where their document or parcel is! However this feature as yet doesn’t work outside of the US infact I haven’t found this feature working on any UK searches even the most obvious ones like post-code search. I hope they are in the pipeline but I have to remember that Bing is still in Beta. I’m not going to really draw many majors conclusion on the first day of it’s launch so I’m going to use it for a week as my default search and then see. However a nice feature I like very much is the website summary. Just hovering at right of and entry will make a small circle appear, placing the mouse over the circle will make the website summary appear so I can decide whether I want to click the link and visit the site. This is one of those features that has appeared because research concluded that the most used frequently used browser feature, when performing any search is the Back button . Another nice feature that I liked very much is the daily hi-res background image. The image doesn’t noticeably add to the loading time of the site and makes the site more attractive to use. So lets get to the point, why bother? To me, it seems like the search market is ripe for Microsoft's new offering and strategy. Google has gotten big and fat, it's branching into areas away from core search, and it's facing possible antitrust investigations by the US government. And why change things? Google is number 1. Certainly Microsoft won't be toppling Google any time soon, but there's plenty of market-share to go after—and plenty of room for improvement on Microsoft's part. For us the consumer we need a decent competitor to Google as it’s not healthy to have a monopoly on search one organisation controlling what sites we can find. Anyway, I will report back in a week and tell you if I’m still using Bing and what more I’ve discovered. [...]

SQL Server 2008 R2

Wed, 27 May 2009 11:05:35 GMT

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(image) R2 !

As you may know I’m abit of a SQL Server nut so I was particularly interested in the announcement at the recent TechEd of SQL Server 2008 R2.

R2 is the combination of the Kilimanjaro, Madison and Gemini projects.

Kilimanjaro is adding support for up to 256 processors to the existing code base.

Whilst Madison follows on from the purchase of DataAllegro last year moving data to handling petabytes of data.

Lastly Gemini is about taking on Qlikview and providing Analysis Services using column-oriented in-memory technologies running inside Excel 2010.

A CTP version of R2 is expected this July.


Do CEOs *Really* care about IT?

Sat, 23 May 2009 22:09:40 GMT

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“CEOs don’t pay attention to technology unless something breaks down” according to Jim Champy, Chairman of Consulting for Perot Systems.

Michael Krigsman of ZDNET has written about this experiences at this weeks MIT CIO Symposium on a panel discussing ‘Aligning Business with IT’ here. Michael draws the conclusion that improving integration between IT and business requires focus and collaborative effort from both CEO and CIO. However, as with all dances, even starting to address this issue requires two committed partners.

I find it extremely sad that some parts of business see’s IT as a bunch of services that are beholden to their demands or an annoyance that slows them down or stops them from doing what they want to do.

IT is a critical friend to the business not a servant or a disruptive influence. Often all is required is a better understanding between both IT and business and this only comes from talking and listening.

In these modern times it is the smart person that realises that IT is the how business does business.

All to often these days successful businesses have become that way by leveraging and enhancing their IT capability and providing their people with the knowledge to effectively use IT.

Many business leaders would say it’s still all about the money, yes it is … but when was the last time they received a cheque in the mail? Money moves around and in and out of their business electronically in various forms.

CEOs need to understand their organisations IT as much as they understand the products they sell, the business model, the customers & shareholders because IT is the central nervous system of the modern business.


Eileen Brown

Sat, 09 May 2009 23:26:21 GMT

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I was extremely sadden to hear the news that Eileen Brown’s role at Microsoft was at risk of redundancy as part of the second round of layoff at Microsoft.

I do sincerely hope that Eileen finds another role soon. I’m also amazed that this has happen to Eileen as she is such an ambassador for Microsoft in not just IT Pro and Connecting Women in IT but has been instrumental in linking people from outside Microsoft to the right people inside Microsoft which as anyone knows who deals with Microsoft this is an art in itself so I an utterly perplexed why this has happened?

I can only concluded that Microsoft is yet again demonstrating its insatiable desire to point a loaded at it’s own feet and pull the trigger.

In my opinion moves like these only confirm a suspicion that Microsoft is changing and not for the better.


Microsoft’s UK Architecture Resources

Sat, 09 May 2009 22:17:44 GMT

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To Microsoft’s credit their Architecture resources are much improving. The excellent free Architecture Journal and the MSDN Architecture Centre have been going for sometime but I noticed recently that there is a new UK centric Architecture Portal written by the UK DPE Architect Team with the new free monthly Arc Magazine.

The first editions of the Arc Magazine tackle the highly logical new buzz ‘Software + Services’ with links to the Microsoft Strategy Software + Services Home Page. I will talk about this is greater depth in later posts.

It is clear that they are keen to hear what we think so they have a Polls Portal (written using Zoho Polls I notice)

One other really cool link I found off the page was a link to recordings of all of the Architecture stream PDC sessions from last year so another piece of Architecture resource gold!

Microsoft in recent years certainly has gone from ‘zero to hero’ in terms of Architecture my only real criticisms are that they are to software development centric still and need to get in touch more with their inner IT Pro.

Also Architecture is a practice of balancing Software Yin, and Hardware Yang, so it is also important to talk about specification and configuration of hardware and networking in a bit more depth than just the current light touch. This could be an opportunity to see more joint articles with key hardware partner such as Dell & HP as Architects also need to know about what is happening in this fast paced side of the industry and how it effects software.

All in all a good start and certainly somewhere I will regularly visit and another two RSS feed’s (Features RSS Feed and News RSS feed) to subscribe to.

They are also keen to hear what you think so email your comments to


What is all the fuss about Cloud Computing?

Wed, 08 Apr 2009 08:36:08 GMT

Originally posted on: computing is the buzzword of the moment .  It seems that applying the "cloud" label is a real desire for a lot of people out there in the marketplace.  This of course leads to the arguments about whether the "cloud" label is appropriate or just marketing spin. Why on earth is Cloud Computing so appealing? I think there are a lot of factors.  I'll outline a few of the main ones below … Trendy To a certain extent delivering a cloud solution suggests that organisations are on the cutting edge of technology - and this hints that there is something worthwhile in the technology being delivered.  Also the important important human-factor of the innate desire to follow fashion and trends. Cost effective One of the big claims of Cloud Computing is that it delivers the lowest cost of hardware possible.  Not only are the servers uniform, they are designed in a way to scale broadly so that even large applications can be hosted without requiring special hardware.  This is one of the reasons why Cloud Computing is sometimes called "Utility computing".  That is, hardware that functions like a utility... it's just there.  High availability Overall most cloud computing environments are designed to provide high availability - if one physical machine goes down, there is always another one to seamlessly pop in and pick up the load.  As software-based services are being delivered via the cloud, this is a critical component to be concerned with.  If you want to have 50,000,000 users, they have an expectation that their service will be there when they want it.  Cloud computing generally helps manage this risk. Operational Simplicity It's a great relief to have someone else manage the infrastructure.  Putting the hardware together is one thing, being stuck operating it forever is quite another.  People who operate cloud computing farms generally have gotten the process down to a very efficient science.  Of course this also helps out the cost profile, but it also means that the management is efficient.  It is a big deal. Financial Scalability Cloud computing is often a "pay as you go" kind of deal.  This minimizes the up-front costs and allows a small ISV to get into the game with a quality infrastructure that otherwise they might not be able to afford.  When you pay by the CPU minute, then you can really trim down your costs to just what you are actually consuming.  When it comes to matching costs to revenues (which you do hope to have), getting the costs down to actual with no extra is a nice deal. Cons It’s pretty clear that Cloud Computing as a concept has many problems to iron out before it can be considered a viable option by the Enterprise; the two mains ones are confidence and standards maturity. The confidence problem centres around security concerns and belief. Questions such as, Who else can read my data when it is submitted to the Cloud? Are the claims of the benefits of Cloud computing really all to good to be true, what’s the catch? It is also clear that the main players in Cloud Computing cannot agree on whether there should be standards right now or not. My feeling is that standards are usually better after a good dose of pragmatism and experience so as so many Cloud offers are still in beta this wouldn’t a prudent time. There is also calls that having Standard’s bodies are little more than exclusive clubs designed to lock competitors out by using the ‘moral h[...]

Laptop Logic in the Enterprise

Sat, 04 Apr 2009 22:24:11 GMT

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(image) Laptops are the client machine of choice in the Enterprise. They are an essential component of modern business allowing the workforce to turn almost anywhere into an office and place of business.

In the Enterprise the laptop will steadily taken over the place of many desktops in business, there will be a place for them in static workforces but for everyone else it will be the default device.

Because laptops play such an important role in the Enterprise, no Enterprise Technology blog would be any good without comment and review on this technology so I have invited Simon Moore and other guest authors from the independent review website, to present articles here. provide unbiased laptop reviews, news from the mobile tech industry and also is a resource for guides with tips and how-to’s from the world of mobile computing. There are articles, tips and tricks are for all types of users and operating systems, including, Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

It is clear that the editorial team at clearly enjoys what they do, and this reflects in the content – for that reason, Laptop Logic is a great resource for laptop reviews, tutorials, and other valuable information regardless of what computer or operating system you use. So I would like to welcome Simon and his colleagues to this blog.

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Well Blogging From The iPhone Works

Sat, 04 Apr 2009 20:54:44 GMT

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As you can guess from the title I have written this post completely on my iPhone.

A part from the obvious restrictions, such as the small keyboard, it wasn't a wholly unpleasant experience making the whole notion of using a device like this to construct posts a viable option.

What put me off attempting to do this before was indeed screen-size but the iPhone does just about cross the boundary in a useable experience.

So I'm a little late to the iPhone party with all the fuss happening last year but it never struck me how good this device was and just how far my Windows Smartphone had to go.

My good friend, Alan Dean, is in love with his Google Android device but again I think that they have a mountain to climb especially in the usersbility stakes which is ultimately key with devices this small were an easy to use interface is of paramount importance.

However the iPhone isn't perfect I do have some wishes ...
1) the screen was a bit bigger and like the wonderfull (and very expensive) HTC Touch HD
2) the keyboard could flip horizontally and vertically in all applications not just some
3) do something smart for blokes big fingers. Some controls are just unusable for the man with cm wide fingers
4) a micro SD slot and a micro USB port please
5) can I also not have to use iTunes as this isn't a good application to have loaded on a work PC

Anyway my attention in future posts will be towards laptops and SQL Server so look out for that. You never know I may write about them using the iPhone again. (image)