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  • Effective IT Leadership

    This month, I’ve been reading some really good articles and books on IT Leadership and Project Management, including several books by Bob Lewis, author of Keep the Joint Running. If you consider yourself an IT Leader, you could do much, much worse than to purchase one or more of the books you find on his website, and then apply some of the ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 15, 2009
  • Yes, Security Is Still Important in 2009

    Quite frankly, it’s even more important than it has been in the past.   This morning, I was reading some articles on information security, including news about the Conficker worm.  You know, we haven’t had a really good worm in 3 or 4 years, so it seems that people have forgotten about how dangerous those things can be, and how ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 13, 2009
  • Managing Information Security in 2009

    Since the middle of 2008, we have seen an increase in the types and complexity of information security attacks that organizations have been facing. The widespread worms of 2004 and 2005 gave way to the targeted attacks of 2006 and early 2007.  Things quieted down in the latter portion of 2007, as the security industry was able to clamp down ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 2, 2009
  • Driving the Business Forward with Technology

    For many years, common wisdom suggested that the folks in technology were the ones who were least apt to see the whole picture about where the business was going, but were more interested in playing with cool, gee whiz stuff.  And, there’s no denying that this was true for a while – even as recently as the earlier part of this decade. If ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 2, 2009
  • Where has all the integrity gone?

    For the past week or so, I’ve been reading all about the financial fallout stemming from Bernard Madoff’s arrest. The estimated $50 billion in losses that his massive Ponzi scheme generated, is by far the largest financial loss ever attributed to a single individual. The saddest part of this saga is the indirect effect: all the businesses that ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 20, 2008
  • Microsoft Office to support more default formats

    Microsoft has announced that it will be supporting more file formats in its Office suite in the first half of 2009, and the response from the European Union was one of skepticism. Microsoft intends to increase PDF support natively in Office, as well as add the Open Document Format (ODF), as a part of Service Pack 2 for Office 2007.  The ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 23, 2008
  • Timely Breach Disclosure

    Yes, we know that information security in an interconnected world is not trivial.  We accept that configuration errors or malicious insiders or new, complex threats might conspire to provide opportunities for a breach.  But who says that it is acceptable that notification and disclosure of a breach be done months or years after the ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 26, 2007
  • Can Microsoft Learn from This?

    Some days it seems like Microsoft still has a lot to learn about being a team player on a global stage where customers and regulators are interested in open standards and interoperability. They recently got spanked with both the ISO and the IEC while lobbying to get their OpenXML document format established as a global, open standard.  In ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 6, 2007
  • The Price of Poor Security?

    Given the recent spate of breach announcements from companies like and TradeFreedom Securities Inc., I've been thinking about how poor security is going to impact organizations and consumers over the next few years. Even though there have been an increasing number of attacks over the past 18-24 months, and even though the ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on August 30, 2007
  • The Bogus Quest for Productivity

    I've been falling behind on my Harvard Business Review reading, in recent months, but I finally made some time to catch up on the July/August issue, and came across an awesome opinion article entitled, ''Productivity Is Killing American Enterprise'' by Henry Mintzberg. You can find the article here, or an extended version of it on Henry ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 31, 2007
  • Staying LinkedIn: Professional Networking

    I have to admit that it took me quite some time to get the hang of the whole professional networking thing, as assisted by technology.  Until 2003, I hadn't really taken a whole lot of time to network with peers on a professional level, or build a useful network of contacts that is necessary for advancing ones career.   Not ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 20, 2007
  • 12 Ways To Create An Ineffective Job Postings

    Just today, I read the following article about bad job advertisements, and I have to say that I heartily concur with the sentiments posted there -- especially #6. Nothing is a greater turn-off in the job searching process than to find a job posting that won't indicate even a broad range for the position.  It's not like an organization will ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 20, 2007
  • Vista Sales Better Than Expected

    Or, more precisely, better than many analysts expected.  The analysts always seem to initially expect that the new OS will sell wildly better than the current OS, and then when Microsoft provides any guidance to suggest caution, they downgrade their expectations to ''will probably do poorly''.  Thus, they are always surprised when it ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 27, 2007
  • Don't Drop the Ball on Security

    On a number of fronts, April 2007 is turning out to be a very interesting month for me.  For this particular post, we'll just touch on Information Security again. A recent report from MessageLabs indicates very clearly that targeted security attacks are on the rise, and that email is still a common threat vector.  This morning, I ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 18, 2007
  • The Microsoft Dilemma

    The issue I speak of relates to how many changes and new features should go into a new release of their software product.  If Microsoft adds lots of new functionality, then customers and analysts conclude that the likelihood of bugs within the new code is high and so they avoid product adoption for months or years or until several service ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 9, 2007
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