Category Archives: Technology

Articles relating to technology and how it applies to us. I cover a broad range of technologies and often with a critical view.

From Zero to One and Korea to Singapore

When joining Veeva one of the CEO book read recommendations was Zero to One by Peter Thiel… His ideas at least, even if he didn’t write it. On the way back from a recent work trip to Korea¬† I dropped in to a book shop not realising that all the books would be in Korean!

I now know that the smaller the selection the better the choice as the shop had a great selection including Continue reading From Zero to One and Korea to Singapore

edX – Microsoft: DAT206x: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Excel

For years I’ve been the resident Excel guru who knows how to run a pivot table and not stuff up a vlookup.

This year I thought I would take my meagre skills and try and super charge them by adding buzz words like analysing and visualization. And now I’m a data scientist and paid a million dollars a year! So I’m still no data scientist but I have learnt some nifty Excel tips and tricks and heap of things that I didn’t know were possible.

Format As Table

What does this do?

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Corporate Buzzword: The perception of you is…

A certain manager at my office has introduced a number of new corporate buzzwords and my favourite at the moment is “The perception of you is…”.

Let’s analyse this a little:

  • I’m not willing to tell you directly what I think of your performance
  • I’m trying to soften the blow and make it seem less personal
  • I’m trying to set goals for you without taking ownership of those goals
  • I’m not willing to make this a two-way conversation where I am also a part of the success or failure in that perception
  • I don’t want to make this a two-way conversation about your perception of me

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Power: The Dark Side – Self Focus

I think one of the most under-addressed elements I’ve seen in organisations is who is allocated power. As usual I’m going to make some references to Influencing People¬†– a class that I completed on Coursera recently.

Week 1 included sections on power – what is it, what are the benefits, what are the downsides, Continue reading Power: The Dark Side – Self Focus

Documentum and Canopy (vs EMC OnDemand)

Disclaimer: I’m an Atos employee and Atos are part owners of the Canopy solution. I also work on a client site using Documentum in an EMC OnDemand environment.

EMC have made quite a sales pitch around their OnDemand environments. The idea is that you can hand over the running of the environment to EMC in either a cloud or on premise solution. Using standard building blocks they can deploy environments quicker and manage them easier. In the Documentum world this is a pretty fantastic thing as bringing together the server and database teams and finding a consultant who has had time to test install the latest release is quite a feat.

Before WindowLogic were acquired by Atos I hadn’t even heard much about Canopy. It’s mainly a European based solution with data centers in Germany, France, Spain, UK and most likely many more. It turns out that they also host Documentum environments out of their German data center.

Canopy Cloud
Canopy Cloud – another choice for Documentum

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