How to give your LinkedIn Profile a Makeover.

With thousands and thousands of blogs about sales and marketing out there, it’s tough to know which ones are the ones worth reading. Between the news, LinkedIn, Twitter, and email, most people are inundated with generic, untargeted content.

Hence why, rather than labeling myself a ‘blogger’ I have dubbed myself a serial ‘Re-Blogger’. Finding targeted and interesting content in weird and wonderful places and sharing it to those that in normal circumstances may have missed it.

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Money-Making is Where Money is Made

When it comes to inventing new tech ideas, it’s so tempting to target the consumer market.  You’re living out your daily life and out of that context you think: what about this new cool app that could do this and that … consumers would love it. Right?

The problem with retail apps is that they’re asking consumers to spend a little bit extra on top of what they’re already spending.  While a good deal of their budget is dedicated to entertainment, that money is not currently untouched – it’s all being spent already.  So when you come along with your cool app and ask someone to spend, you’re asking them to switch their spend from something they’re already enjoying so much that they’ve been willing to pay for it.

If you’re going to be successful in the consumer space, you need to take one of two approaches: Read more

8 Emerging Tech Trends You Can’t Ignore

“IT executives are always preparing for the next big thing in IT. We’re seeing technologies with overlapping software and systems support. We also see a sharp rise in the role of IT in business as it relates to mobile and cloud-based device implementation.”

This is an expert from an article I read on ‘IT Marketing World’ By Freelance writer, Dave Landry. 8 Emerging Tech Trends You Can’t Ignore.

“Observations made about today’s technologies has prompted the following trends. They are the least speculative and are expected to have real-life consequences with regard to how we work and do business.” Read more

Architecture and modeling in Visual Studio

I’d like to take a closer look at the use of CodeMaps in Visual Studio to debug and to document our solution. The following link to Architecture and Modeling has some very cool videos detailing how to use Code Maps to find the root cause of a bug. Further to debugging Code Maps can be used to assist in documenting program flow and dependency chains visually. Lets start with a very basic example of how to generate a CodeMap. First off if you don’t know what a Code Map is then let me explain. When browsing your VS project files and looking at the ‘References’ link that appears above a method declaration, if you pay careful attention you’ll see the link ‘Show on Code Map’. See below. Read more

Simple C# Licensing (Rhino Licensing)

What is Software Licensing?

Software licenses typically provide users with the right to one or more copies of the software without violating copyrights. The license also defines the responsibilities of the parties entering into the license agreement and may impose restrictions on how the software can be used. Software licensing terms and conditions usually include the usages of the software, warranties and disclaimers and protections if the software or its use infringes on the intellectual property rights of others.

About Rhino Licensing –

Rhino Licensing uses Public-key cryptography, also known as asymmetric cryptography, it’s a class of cryptographic algorithms which requires two separate keys, one of which is secret (or private) and one of which is public. Although different, the two parts of this key pair are mathematically linked. The public key is used to encrypt plaintext or to verify a digital signature; whereas the private key is used to decrypt cipher text or to create a digital signature. The term “asymmetric” stems from the use of different keys to perform these opposite functions, each the inverse of the other – as contrasted with conventional (“symmetric”) cryptography which relies on the same key to perform both. You encrypt a value using the one key, and it can only be decrypted using the other key. In the case of license key generation, we store our private key on the server, and distribute the public key with our application. When the user receives a license key, the application is able to verify that it came from us by using the public key. If someone tampers with the license key it will be invalid and the software will no longer execute.

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DevOps The Future of ITSM and ITIL

Cloud computing allows development teams to get applications into production faster. ITSM leaders must adopt new strategies and change existing processes or risk becoming a bottleneck.

Successful cloud computing requires the DevOps — the fusion of development and operations with the goal of accelerating time to market and reducing time to value. The good news is that ITIL is uniquely positioned to accelerate DevOps — but it requires changes to existing ITSM processes. In this session Hank Marquis will show you:

– How to tune and tweak ITIL processes to shift your operations into high gear and make sure your organization benefits from cloud computing
– The ways cloud changes business, and how IT has to respond to remain relevant
– The changes existing ITSM/ITIL processes require to avoid becoming a bottleneck
– How ITIL is uniquely positioned to facilitate DevOps

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Bug? More like feature request.

The MVP plays a key result in the final outcome. The MVP can turn a loss into a win. Keeping it simple, on target, doing the right stuff at the right time.

That of course is the Minimum Viable Product. Or MVP as we shall refer to it henceforth.

MVP is the antithesis of “scope creep”, the malicious virus that kills projects, bankrupts businesses, disemploys staff and disillusions developers. So let’s see how this works… Read more

Best “Best Practice”

Mongolian Bow

I’d like to describe to you how software products and best practices are used in the modern business world by telling you a bit about the Mongolian bow.

Made from laminated layers of boiled horn, sinew and wood the Mongolian bow was the tool of war that allowed the Mongolians to create an empire that stretched from Europe to the Sea of Japan. Historians suggest that the bow evolved out of necessity as the Mongols of Genghis Khan’s era lived in an environment where survival skills were of the utmost importance. The Mongolian bow could shoot up to 500 meters and was far stronger than other bows of that time, this combined with the ability to shoot while horsed gave the Mongolians a significant advantage over their enemies.

Although we are not at war, in fact quite the opposite we are trying to make our customers love us, the modern day Service Management department also has tools that have evolved out of necessity. Read more

Are you in the right Career?

Your Parents always want the best for you and they will push you to be successful no matter what. In my younger days, I used to love playing with electronics, fixing radios and game consoles etc. However, I never had a passion for computers. Even after I left school, I had no interest in learning how to use a computer. I decided to study sales and marketing and it went ok, I got my first job at my local gym selling gym contracts. I was still young and carefree. I decided to upgrade my job a few times and at last joined a large corporate IT company as one of their Account Managers. In the beginning, money was good and life was good and monthly sales were exceptional but then I met a group of new friends. They were all computer programmers – GEEKS in other words. I asked them one day to show me what they do. At first, it was all new to me and I did not have a clue what programming was all about.

The Change

I decided to learn this funny looking language and syntax starting with C++, (“The hardest Language out there”). I was really starting to enjoy it, and even though it was tough, I could not and would not give up. I started losing interest in my sales and marketing career and I realised that I hated it from day one. I still do and forever will. I realised that I was in the wrong career and needed a change. Read more