TL;DR;Due to the increase in IT talent demands inexperienced programmers will be forced to design cloud enabled software, which can quickly lead to security issues.
My prediction for the year?
There will be serious breakdowns and security incidents all over the applications moved to cloud infrastructure. I’m using the term security in the broadest term, including the entire spectrum of the sacred security CIA triad. Data is exposed by hackers, who don’t even break a sweat stealing customer data.(Confidentiality) Your orders are getting mixed up or lost on webshops(Integrity). Nice, shiny gadgets you bought from a high flyer startup will cease to work without their backing services when poisoned releases roll out(Availability).
It’s been a while since I last posted anything significant on this blog. Just to show I’m alive I try to summarize what’s going on around me.
First of all I started coauthoring the articles of the Atoll Group, which meant most of the ideas I was going to share here went there.
I also got the heat turned up in my day job. I’m currently assigned to a large scale business transformation program. I first lead the integration stream, than got the technical management role for the data transformation team in the migration stream. This has quite a few stories to go with, but none I could share publicly. One of the main reasons that prevented me from writing is the 65km commute twice a day, that sucks the joy of life from me. (don’t tell anyone, but I type and drive now)
To make matters worse I also started to attend an MBA course, which has been a long time dream of mine. Since I am always pressed for time, I chose to do it in an expedited way, that only takes a year of my weekends. I’m now attending 8 classes at the university every Saturday, writing papers for submission and working on my thesis in my spare time.
Both the program in my day job and my MBA are due to complete at the end of the year, so I will be back with posts once I’m done there.
In accordance with the long existing friendship between the Association of Enterprise Architects and the Atoll Group, Atoll was invited to present on the monthly gathering of the Hungarian chapter of the AEA.
Atoll was the first ever presenter on these monthly occasions of the Association and is following the life of the chapter ever since. This time Atoll has asked one of their major local client to share their experience with the SAMU enterprise architecture repository.
The presentation took place at the Telekom, who kindly offered their location for the event. Appearing on the stage was no other than Tamás Nacsák, the Chief Enterprise Architect at Telekom Hungary, and Gábor Vincellér, the development manager of the SAMU product. Continue reading “SAMU case study at Telekom featured on the monthly AEA event”
Dunning-Kruger effect is based on the study of a sociological phenomenon, that has won the Ignobel prize in 2009. The theory, in layman’s terms states, that the less a person knows about a subject, the more he is convinced, that he’s an expert about it. We joked about it at that time with friends, and didn’t take it seriously at all.
Interestingly enough I started noticing the effect, but not on personal, but on enterprise level. More specifically on transformation programs.
The companies starting transformation programs are usually showing the Dunning-Kruger effect in motion, as they progress.
They start with ignorant goal setting, and as the understanding increases, fear sets in. Too bad it’s always too late to do anything about it then. By the time the company overcomes the effects of the program it’s ignorance raises high enough to start a new program.
Understanding the way a business works, then giving advice on how it could be improved is the lifebread of consultants. This however needs time, preparation, experience and knowledge, int that exact order. Still there are times, when you just have to improvise all of those.
Continue reading “Drive-by consulting”
My blog is running on a self-hosted WordPress instance, and I have an Android phone. I also do some long commutes, so it would be quite sensible, to use the WordPress for Android for blogging. Better yet, why use my laptop at all just to write an article, when I can simply hook my bluetooth keyboard, that only gathers dust anyways, and use that for blogging.
The application has a number of features, that are quite well designed and convenient, but there are some glitches and inconviniences, that prevent me from doing so.
My friend from Baconsült has been given the honors to be the judge in the Hungarian chapter of the 1776 Challenge Cup. I went to see, how such a challenge looks like.
The occasion was organized by the Kairos society with the 1776 organization, and was hosted in the Logmein headquarters.
The competing teams each had 5 minutes to pitch, and 3 more to answer questions by the judges.
The teams were of many fields, organized in 2 parts , 7 teams each. Multiple sectors were represented, bio research, electronic finance, e-learning and knowledge management, just to name a few. The diversity of the teams made the event more interesting, however it also made the choice even more difficult.
It transpired, that the teams, that been around for longer, have an advantage. Their pitches were sharper, more to the point, and usually better presented. Also given the size of the startup scene in Hungary, these teams had the higher ground. Most of the jury knew them already, and they knew what to expect from the investors. Based on their pitches, and knowing nothing of them I’m sure that the results would have been completely different.
I’m not sure that this was a wise decision in any case. The teams will face new unknowns in the next round. The benefit of familiarity will not be on their side in the Tel – Aviv round, and if they make it all the way to Washington DC, they will be up against native speakers.
That said, I must say the teams were really great. Most of the ideas seemed marketable, even though some seemed to copy solutions that are already on the market. Some of the presentations still need more work to make the ideas more approachable and bring the overly complicated ideas, such as biotechnology or complex IT developments understandable to non-professionals.
I’m really looking forward to see these startups on the market, and I’ll definietly try to monitor their progress, just to see, how they turn out.
- This is the ninth article in the attempt to form a habit.
One week after the start, and I feel it’s time for some retrospective.
In the past days, I have been posting eight articles on various topics. So far it was quite easy, as I was rolling a few ideas ahead of me, for a while. It is becoming increasingly difficult, as time goes by.
This is the eight post in my attempt to start a blogging habit.
Recruiters and headhunters have always had to find inventive ways to poach talent. As demand for experts in the IT sector increases, it is getting more and more difficult to get the open positions filled.
Since the demand for engineers is increases, it also increases the demand for recruiters to try to fill these positions. Recruitment is a profession unlike another, it takes years of experience, deep knowledge of the human psychology, and requires the understanding of the field as well. Unfortunately it’s not only the best qualified professionals, who fill up the recruiter positions…
I’ll try to collect a few of the archetypes, I’ve recognized in the past years, and classified, since I’ve started looking for opportunities.