22 Nov

The top 20 IT Mistakes to Avoid

Chad Dickerson and his Infoworld readers come with this list which is a bit uneven but includes common sense tips:
1. Botching your outsourcing strategy
2. Dismissing open source — or bowing before it
3. Offshoring with blinders on
4. Discounting internal security threats
5. Failing to secure a fluid perimeter
6. Ignoring security for handhelds
7. Promoting the wrong people
8. Mishandling change management
9. Mismanaging software development
10. Letting engineers do their own QA
11. Developing Web apps for IE only
12. Relying on a single network performance
13. Throwing bandwidth at a network problem
14. Permitting weak passwords
15. Never sweating the small stuff
16. Clinging to prior solutions
17. Falling behind on emerging technologies
18. Underestimating PHP
19. Violating the KISS principle
20. Being a slave to vendor marketing strategies

11 Nov

Some Web API Providers Progressing Towards Revenue Generation

Recent datapoints:

Of course eBay and Amazon are much further down that road than Skype, which provides its API for free, non-commercial use for now (commercial deals are negociated on a private, 1-on-1 basis). Information Skype wants out of the beta includes how many people it can host by server so the company can factor in costs and price presence services accordingly. Skype is also looking for an integration product manager, another hint that distribution is key to their growth plans. Coming soon: software developer and certification programs.
This is worth following closely. After all, the Google web APIs, introduced 2 1/2 years ago for non-commercial use, are still in beta with nothing very serious developed on top of them that I’m aware of, and not much visible action in the newsgroup either.
06/21/05 update: the Skype API use guidelines now support commercial applications.
12/02/05 update: Platforms, Mashups, and Markets.

07 Nov

Leading Insight (If Delivered Six Years Ago, That Is)

When you see it took until late 2004 for Forrester and Morgan Stanley to cover topics such as corporate blogs and RSS syndication, you’ve gotta ask, who needs those laggards? When you’re late to chronicle the past, don’t pretend to know what’s going to happen in the future, ok? If those companies who shot credibility in the head and locked it in the trunk long ago have any kind of influence where you work, it should be the canary in a coalmine that tells you your organization is taking driving lessons with blind teachers. If their hubris is still around someone must be funding it. They even make JupiterMedia look leading-edge!

01 Nov

Visualizing 5 Years of Plasticbag

Tom Coates had some people graph posting patterns through his 5 years of blogging. I guess the move from plenty of short posts to sparser, longer posts, is a trend shared by many long-established blogs. It’s definitely been true for me over the last four years. Now that there are so many blogs and meta tools, there’s less interest in just posting what everybody else is blogging about too, unless you have what you hope is a valuable, if not unique, perspective to add. I’m munching on topics for a while if they’ve already been mentioned in the parts of the blogosphere I belong to. A quick comment on someone else’s blog, or a side link, are replacing those full-fledged posts that tend to say: "hey, read me, this is worth a feature on the main blog." That doesn’t mean every post needs to be a long essay or article, but you end up striving to add some angle to everything you publish.