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CDO Toronto Executive Summit – Jonah Group Summary Report

We were very proud to sponsor the inaugural CDO Executive Summit in Toronto on June 24, 2014. The following are some highlights from the sessions we attended: From Raw Data to Actionable Insights – Pranay Agrawal, Wojciech Gryc, Paul ter Weeme, Eric Monteiro: The panel agreed that data analysis projects …

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Why HTML5?

So “HTML5″ is one of the tech buzzwords-du-jour, right up there with “Big Data” and the “Internet of Things” (hey, look, Ma: my banana has an IP address!). But what is HTML5? How did we get here? Is there any substance behind the hype? And what does it mean for …

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CDO Executive Summit – Jonah Group Summary Report

The Jonah Group was very proud to sponsor the inaugural CDO Executive Summit in Detroit on May 6, 2014. The event was a major success! Topics included big data, predictive analysis and data lake architecture.

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“Social” Status Reporting

Whenever we procure services from a vendor (e.g. remodeling a kitchen), we are faced with overcoming the fear of potentially spending a lot of money without getting a successful result at the end. Once the project begins, our visibility into project progress is then limited to what we learn from the vendor’s status reports, and what we see as visible progress. Unfortunately, we never really know if the vendor is painting a rosier picture than reality might reflect. Also, it’s often the case that visible progress is not easy to come by, especially in software projects where the work product is so abstract.

So our visibility goes down, our stress levels increase, and we begin to spend our time standing on the vendor’s head nervously polling “how are we doing?” every day or two. Since Jonah Group is a services organization, we understand this dynamic all too well, and use two major strategies to prevent this from happening.

The first is Iterative Development and Delivery of vertically integrated pieces of the system (stories or use cases). I won’t go into this very deeply, because it is a well-developed, well-understood technique at the centre of modern Agile software development methods. Essentially this reduces risk by delivering working pieces of functionality early and often so that visibility into progress is re-established at discrete points in time (typically the end of each code Sprint).

The second is the process of continuously collecting answers to the question “How much time do you have remaining on this task?” from each of the team members. But how?

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DotCMS: Externalizing Apache Nutch Indexing

This guide is for those trying to generate a search index for a DotCMS 1.9 installation using an external copy of Apache Nutch. While DotCMS 1.9 comes bundled with Nutch 1.1 you may still want to run Nutch outside of the DotCMS process for a couple of reasons: Running Nutch …

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