Archive for the ‘technology’ Category

Open Source is not rocket science, or is it?

Buggie - Bugzilla's mascot

Buggie - Bugzilla

If we look at Bugzilla’s mascot (called Buggie) most of us would immediately think that this software can’t be anything serious… and the same happens with many other open source projects that are underestimated by many executives and IT managers.

In this case, the issue tracking software from the Mozilla Foundation was adopted (and adapted) by the NASA with the help of Everything Solved. In my opinion, this is a great example of how OSS can bring benefits for the enterprise, as well as generate business.

Although there is a long list of commercial and non-commercial organisations using this software, what is most interesting is that a complex organisation involved in billion dollar projects like the NASA has trusted on this software. Sigue leyendo

Integrating mobility into healthcare

Intel Health Guide PHS6000

Intel Health Guide PHS6000

I have recently read about the launch of Intel’s new tele-healthcare device, the Health Guide PHS6000 and that made me think about the new posibilities that are emerging fast and that it seems like, finally, several technologies are becoming mature to the point of being able to transform the concept of healthcare.

Intel’s device is the result of a continuous effort from the company in this area, after having collaborated with Motion Computing in developing the C5 Mobile Clinical Assistant, that I also mentioned here.

Another sign of this new tendency is the recent release of the Panasonic Toughbook H1, a device with similar specs to the C5. Both of them have been specifically designed for hospital and clinical use, having specifications like MIL-STD-810F for withstanding three foot drops and IP54 rated for moisture and dust, and being able to be used in docking stations, wall mounted or even in mobile carts.

One of the interesting characteristics of these devices is the broad connectivity options. Some of them are: WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, RFID, with optional GPS and barcode scanner plus a web camera. All of these aspects open a wide range of possibilities that we will probably start to see, like vitals capture and electronic medical records. Sigue leyendo

Buenos usos de la Web 2.0

Kiva Web 2.0 Lending

Kiva Web 2.0 Lending

Hace mucho tiempo que no escribo en el blog, y quiero darle prioridad a un tema que es más importante que todo lo que he escrito hasta ahora.

En esta ocasión, quiero hablar de un ejemplo de buen uso del poder de la web 2.0, las redes sociales y demás tecnologías. En concreto, se trata de ayudar a los demás (de múltiples formas).

Mientras que una gran mayoría de las ONG y demás entidades de ayuda siguen utilizando métodos “1.0” (campañas televisivas, por email, con publicidad en espacios públicos) para recolectar dinero/ayudas, eso es cada día más difícil, por la distancia que existe entre el que da la ayuda y el que la recibe y por la sensación de opacidad sobre el manejo de las ayudas. Sigue leyendo

Mobile Monday Madrid: being part of innovation

Mobile Monday Madrid

Mobile Monday Madrid

Today I had the opportunity to attend once again to the Mobile Monday Madrid. The topic for this meeting was Mobile Internet Platforms. For this occasion we had a great panel of speakers and also a great audience. The session was opened by Enrique Dans and after that we had speakers from the GYM (Google, Yahoo and Microsoft) who told us about their efforts to be the next biggest platforms for mobile devices.

After listening to their presentations about how they consider that the “new” connected life will be, and how they are positioning themselves to be the center of those connected lives, I was thinking about their strategies and took some notes that I would like to share with everyone.
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Los UMPC/Netbook: un producto disruptivo?

Acer Aspire One

Acer Aspire One

Me gusta analizar en lo posible cómo van evolucionando los mercados tecnológicos y cómo los afectan las innovaciones, la aceptación por parte de los usuarios y los movimientos de los demás agentes alrededor de ellos.

Hace unos días compré un mini-portátil (o UMPC / Netbook / etc.) Acer Aspire One, con la intención de tener un ordenador “realmente portátil” que me permita hacer el 90% (o el 100%) de las cosas que hago habitualmente (escribir en el blog, navegar por internet, escribir correos, leer documentos, tomar notas o hacer algún mapa mental con ideas, etc.)

Lo que me gustó del Aspire One es que tiene el mismo tamaño de pantalla que el Asus Eee PC 901, pero el teclado es un poco más grande (95% del tamaño normal), lo que me permite escribir con la misma velocidad que un teclado normal y además el disco es de 120Gb, por lo que puedo almacenar música, videos, etc. sin preocupaciones de espacio. Sigue leyendo

Innovative Cities for the Next Generation (ICING)

Innovative Cities for the Next Generation

Innovative Cities for the Next Generation

Some time ago I had the opportunity to participate in the closing event of the ICING (Innovative Cities for the Next Generation) european project in which T-Systems has participated, together with other companies and public institutions.

The project has taken place simultaneously in three european cities (Barcelona, Dublin and Helsinki) with the objetive of developing a bi-directional and multimodal communication platform within the citizens and between them and the public administration, aming also at developing some ground work for other cities that wish to apply innovative solutions to improve the life of its citizens.

In this occasion, I would like to share with everyone some of the conclusions that have been exposed and also to give my opinions, especially with regard to mobile technologies. Sigue leyendo

Innovative Cities for the Next Generation

Innovative Cities for the Next Generation

Innovative Cities for the Next Generation

Un tiempo atrás he tenido la oportunidad de participar en el evento final del proyecto europeo ICING (Innovative Cities for the Next Generation) en el cual ha participado T-Systems, junto con otras empresas e instituciones públicas.

El proyecto se ha desarrollado simultáneamente en tres ciudades europeas (Barcelona, Dublin y Helsinki) con el objetivo de desarrollar una plataforma de comunicación bi-direccional y multimodal entre los ciudadanos y las administraciones, buscando además sentar ciertas pautas para otras ciudades que quieran aplicar soluciones innovadoras para mejorar la vida de sus ciudadanos.

En esta ocasión, me gustaría compartir con todos algunas de las conclusiones que se han expuesto y dar mi opinión al respecto, sobre todo en lo que respecta a las tecnologías móviles. Sigue leyendo

Projects or death marches?

Death marchTo those of you who don’t know him, Ed Yourdon is one of the fathers of software engineering. His book about “Modern Structured Design” from 1989 has been very important and has contributed to create a tendency (I have studied it at university and I’m not so old!!)

Curiously, fourteen years (and many projects) after that he wrote a new book called “Death March“.

Death marches started during World War II and were a (very sad) way to try to get rid of the prisoners of war without killing them directly (sometimes). They consisted in making the prisoners of war march without water, food and shelter through battle fields where they were exposed to extreme weather conditions, hostile fire or land mines. Sigue leyendo

Proyectos o marchas de la muerte?

Death marchPara los que no lo conozcan, Ed Yourdon es uno de los padres de la ingeniería del software. Su libro sobre “Diseño Estructurado Moderno” del año 1989 ha sido muy importante y ha creado escuela (yo he estudiado con ese libro en la universidad, y no soy tan viejo!!)

Sin embargo, es curioso que catorce años (y muchos proyectos) después haya escrito un libro titulado “Death March” (la marcha de la muerte)

Las marchas de la muerte surgieron en la segunda guerra mundial y eran una forma (muy triste) de intentar deshacerse de los prisioneros de guerra sin matarlos directamente (a veces). A los prisioneros se los obligaba a marchar sin agua, sin abrigo y sin comida por campos de batalla donde estaban expuestos a las inclemencias del clima, al fuego enemigo o a las minas antipersona. Sigue leyendo

The value of Service Management

During the last days I haven’t been able to take enough care to the blog because I had been preparing my ITIL Foundation versión 3 certification.

Despite that, I am very happy not only for having gained knowledge about good practices in Service Management but also for having been able to think and comment with my partners about the day to day work that we do in projects and about the services that we provide to our customers. Sigue leyendo