From Scribes to Data Scientists

The earliest writing was cuneiform from the Mesopotamian civilizations.  The writing was hard to do (reeds and clay tablets) and difficult to read (at one point over 1,000 symbols).  A specialized class called dubsars, better known by the more generic term scribe, developed over time.  To become a scribe required extensive training.  The scribe maintained… Continue reading From Scribes to Data Scientists

Digital Vitrum Flexile

There is a story (and significant debate on whether it is true) that during the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, a man invented flexible glass (vitrum flexile).  He was given an audience with the Emperor and demonstrated the unbreakable qualities of the glass by throwing a drinking vessel to the ground.  The vessel was… Continue reading Digital Vitrum Flexile

Y bother writiN it out

At one time, writing was very difficult. The pen (such as a quill), ink and paper (skin, papyrus, etc.) all had to be prepared by someone before the writing could begin. Often a scribe was skilled in developing his own writing materials. Once the materials were ready, the actual writing itself was not a simple… Continue reading Y bother writiN it out

I heard of Big Data. Does that mean at one time there was Big Paper?

Prior to the electronic storage of data, the primary medium for recording information was (and for many still is) paper.  Big Data is focused on what can be done with the massive amounts of data organizations are creating and collecting.  I was wondering if, at one time, there was a similar challenge in regards to… Continue reading I heard of Big Data. Does that mean at one time there was Big Paper?

Save Us But Do Not Change Us

One of the worst kinds of Client engagement is when the unspoken mandate is; Save us! But do not change anything. These are situations where the results of failure are acknowledged, but the causes are being deliberately ignored. In some cases, the causes aspire to be ignored they are so far from the Client’s mind.It… Continue reading Save Us But Do Not Change Us

Talking When They Should Be Walking

One of the golden rules of change management is: Communicate. Communicate. Communicate. The underlying assumption is that most people resist change because they do not understand it.  If explained enough, then a resistor will realize the error of their ways, and like Scrooge, become a supporter.  There may even be a group hug.  It has been my experience that… Continue reading Talking When They Should Be Walking

The Agnostic Pirates of the Seven Seas

One of the strengths of the English language is one can speak very poorly but still be understood. Another is the ease at which words are created or existing words have their meaning changed. For example, software piracy. Piracy is “robbery on the high seas”. Not too many pirates in history made copies of their… Continue reading The Agnostic Pirates of the Seven Seas