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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

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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Blogday 2008: connecting people

Blgday 2008

Blogday 2008

Today is the Blog Day 2008, a day that has been selected because of the “similarity” of the 31-08 date with the word BLOG (You can see it more clearly on the image).

The objective of this day is to recommend new blogs in order to impulse their growth of those blogs that are considered interesting and worth reading, as well as to generate new conections among bloggers, to further enrich the blogsphere.

From this small corner of the blogsphere, I would like to recommend 5 blogs that are not new for me, but that I consider interesting and are not very related with the subject of this blog, but that I occasionally read to breath some “fresh air”. Sigue leyendo

The quest for the Lovework

Lovework coverA couple of days ago, I came across a book entitled “En busca del Lovework” written by two brothers Joan and David Elías. As it happens with many things I read, I would like to express my opinions about it and share them with everyone.

As a first impression, I have to say that it’s a short and easy reading that exposes a subject that is of utmost importance for companies in the current knowledge era. In spite of that, I think that the concept of “Lovework” is not being clearly defined and, in my opinion, that can confine the book to the sad category of “enterprise self-help” for those managers who need to have the worng freeling that: “there’s nothing you can do to motivate your employees, because they need to come motivated to work”, what basically means that it’s “not their problem”.

I think that is not the idea that the book tries to transmit, and I would like to extend the concept some more with my opinions. 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

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

Mobile Monday Madrid: Mobile Entertainment

mobile entertainmentLast monday evening I attended again to Mobile Monday Madrid event. The focus for this session was on Mobile Entertainment.

This time we had four speakers from different companies from the sector: Zed Iberia, Unkasoft, Digital Jokers y Arvato Mobile.

As usual, the subject was very interesting and in my opinion all of the speakers agreed on several basic concepts.

I will try to summarise those common points and to give my opinion about a subject that has had a lot of hype during the last years and that is experiencing an adoption curve much more slower than was expected by several analysts of the sector. Sigue leyendo

How Google manages knowledge workers

A friend of mine has recently sent me a powerpoint presentation with several images from Google’s headquarters for Europe in Zurich… all of which can be also seen in Flickr, like the one below:

Google\'s office in Zurich

This reminded me of a definition from Watts Humphrey during SEPGLA 2007: “The key rule in managing knowledge workers is: the workers must manage themselves”.

While most IT companies keep doing things as they always did, it seems that Google believes in what Humphrey says… and it seems that is working quite well for them. Is this a simple rule that is maybe too simple for most IT managers?

The value of project management

Value of project managementA couple of days ago, I was able to attend the first project directors meeting in Madrid, organised by Madrid’s PMI chapter (of which I am member since I got my PMP certification last year)

After a long period of dissappointment for the associates with the chapter’s management, a new management has been determined in the last elections at the start of this year. As a result of that, the event had a large attendance and with the great enthusiasm that characterizes any project startup. Sigue leyendo