Blue collar IT

What is the Internet of Things?

What is the Internet of Things?

Boy, I LOVE a good marketing effort to advance ideas forward. DevOps is IT’s approach to applying Lean best practices to SOA and the practice of putting IT capability in place. The Internet of Things (IoT) is pretty similar in that it is reusing an existing idea. We now have discreet (and smart) devices available to most everyone that are connected to the Internet so we can pull data into a server, manipulate it, and take action against that information. 

Not Another Time Management System

Not Another Time Management System

Time is not money, time is life. Unlike money, we can’t get more of it by working harder, we can only learn how to better manage the time we have.

My grandfather, like most grandfathers, has about three favorite stories he manages to work into every conversation we have. In his story about working in the corporate world in the 1960s he ends it by saying this: if you don’t plan your day, someone will do it for you. 

The Hour of Coding Effort and Future of Information Work

The Hour of Coding Effort and Future of Information Work

Unless you have been under a rock the last few weeks, you have likely heard of the Hour of Code (HOC). The idea behind HOC is to break the perception that writing code is difficult. This is an educational outreach program for young people to learn about the benefits of being technology literate. The last time I looked, over 82 million people have written over 4 billion lines of code. Why should we care? As technology continues to advance, information about how to use it is becoming more widespread (and in many cases, free). All of this is changing how we educate students and grow our workforce.