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BBC: "Weta Digital, a firm formed by Rings director Peter Jackson [...] runs the third largest supercomputer on the planet if you count the number of processors, 3300, it can call on, says Scott Houston, chief technical officer at Weta. [...] Weta’s data store is 500 terabytes in size spread among 220 million files. Some [...]
Engadget: "[I]n those frenzied conveyor-belt sushi restaurants of downtown Tokyo they
Peter Merholz observes that R&D departments within large corporations, be they in the pharma or software industries, have a hard time getting their research papers and prototypes translated into actual products. I don’t necessarily agree with Peter’s admittedly cursory opinion of Microsoft Research, whose output actually happens mostly under the hood in the database space, [...]
Baseline: Albertson’s: A Shot at the Crown "A customer’s shopping experience will begin at home with an Internet portal. The shopper will develop a shopping list using menu plans and shopping histories. If a family member has a peanut allergy or is on the Atkins diet, that information can be plugged in and menu choices [...]
CFO.com: Never Mind the Music "Beyond the digital revolution, however, there’s arguably a much more profound transformation going on at EMI. As Faxon explains, during the growth years of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s – "when we were cash machines" – EMI was like all the other record companies, "putting employees first, then the artists [...]
Pervasive Computing News: Analyst Best Practices #2: Project Management "Be wary of projects where you can
Baseline: New Balance: Shoe Fits Good case study if you’re interested in how IT can support business planning and retailing.
StrategyPage: Lessons Identified Versus Lessons Learned "But there are other problems. It’s easier to identify a lesson than to get an organization to act on it and implement a useful solution. For that reason, the British like to use the phrase "lessons identified" to make clear that just noting a problem does not solve it. [...]
Johanna Rothman: The Manager’s First Role: Prioritization "[E]ach manager has the job of prioritizing the work as his/her first role. If you know what you’re supposed to deliver to the organization, you can select the people and organize the work to succeed. If you never choose what to deliver to the organization, you can never [...]
Three months ago I asked for advice about bug reporting systems. I got feedback from Eric Snowdeal who mentioned RT: Request Tracker (which looked too generic to my taste), while Doug Kaye had "used Bugzilla on a few projects with good results" but wasn’t the one who had to install it. Belatedly, thanks to both [...]
I'm CEO of an online trade publishing firm in the marketing and defense verticals. We try to make news and data digestible and useful in an environment that is more noisy each day. This personal blog mixes my thoughts and interests on politics, business, software, and more, based on my business and personal experiences. Over the years I have posted items that turned out spectacularly wrong, and a few posts that stood the test of times better. Personal views only.