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Bob Gourley
Manassas, VA
Interests: as a cto i have a deep interest in technology and the collaborative ways users use technology. i enjoy studying advanced technology, especially disruptive it.
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I think it is hard sometimes for people not in the enterprise to see the value being delivered by an enterprise CTO. I also think that non-technologists might sometimes have a hard time evaluating the contributions of CTOs. I hope that doesn't sound like I'm being arrogant, I know there are many ways for non technical people to evaluate technical people and their results and there are many ways for people from outside an enterprise to evaluate the work of enterprise technologists. But I'm trying to find a rational reason for how a variety of opinions could exist on this topic. Maybe one thing to consider for non technologists is what it was like prior to Vivek taking the position. He has really delivered incredible new capabilities for the city's workforce. That is good for citizens. And he has not done that by busting the budget. He has been very good with the budget. Your comments have made me think of several other points for future discussion, like how CTO-type folks should be picked, and how new generations of CTO's should be groomed and mentored. And how techies should be evaluated. More later, Bob
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Thanks Bob for that list. Those all sound right on the mark. Very good point about green losing some cachet. As for economic recovery, oh boy I hope it is soon. I wonder who to trust on that issue. So many experts missed predicting the train wreck. Some predicted it, but who knows if those folks were smart or lucky? Bob
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Dave, thanks for the note. I agree with you about the pressures of falling budgets. Mashups and open source are looking smarter and smarter. So is saving energy. Bob
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Thanks Ian, I really like that context. I'm still personally torn about netbooks, we were just looking at them a couple days ago and are really close to buying. But as you mention, the Air is pretty cool, and for many functions the Blackberry is just great. Your background and context will help me sort out my personal decisions and are most appreciated. Bob
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2009 on The Disruptive Power of Netbooks at CTOVision
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Amy, Thanks for the comment about IPv6. I know you are right and my hope is the big firms wake up and get on with it. I think they can demonstrate significant benefits to consumers if they phrase things properly and I hope they get to it soon. Bob
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Thanks Joe, for the great context as usual. I don't see the significant contradictions you do, at least I don't see them as things that can't be mitigated. Your note reminds me, however, that I should clarify something. Just as it is an observable fact that open source and open standards are trends with the power of an unstoppable force of nature, it is also clear that the great powerhouses of proprietary technology and the 1000's of smaller high tech firms that rely on intellectual property will also create unstoppable forces. I never meant to imply that all innovation will be open and I should probably be more clear in my future writings about that. Cheers, Bob
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Thanks for the comments. Have a great new year!
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Thanks Joe. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Jeffrey, thanks, those are very very good questions and that was a great article at ComputerWorld. One thing for sure, security always needs to be engineered in at the beginning. I guess I need to find a place that can independently evaluate the security of these netbooks and give us assessments on which are secure out of the box. Of course, that term secure is a relative concept, so we need details of how they stack up with the current very ugly very vulnerable systems fielded with other architectures. I'll keep looking into that and will report here when I find out more data.
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2008 on The Disruptive Power of Netbooks at CTOVision
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Matt, Thanks for the comment and info. And I agree about EVDO and 3G. My hope is that Verizon continues to accelerate their upgrade to a 4G network so all these systems will be faster. Cheers, Bob
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2008 on The Disruptive Power of Netbooks at CTOVision
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Thanks for the comments. Now I better get back to my movies (just kidding, what I really need to do is what Herb Brooks would say to his team-- I need to get to work!). Cheers, Bob
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Lewis, I agree with you totally about Raduege and Charney. They really did well here. And that's a good point, of course, about private-sector R&D. Another mutual friend of ours cornered me at the conference today and told me he wants to talk to you about that very thing... and idea on how to possibly steer some of your R&D with his to make a very positive, potentially significant impact on security. I'll get you more separately. Cheers, Bob
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Jeffrey, Thanks much for the comment. I look forward to watching this unfold and something tells me the new approach will involve a wide swath of folks, which is good news. Cheers, Bob
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Thanks much Jeffrey, I appreciate the comment. See you online. Bob
Toggle Commented Dec 4, 2008 on Cloud computing and my small business at CTOVision
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Preston, That is always a point to consider. My assessment for my personal situation leads me to keep an extra copy of the most critically important stuff, but that is just because I am paranoid. Google's distributed secure architecture is pretty darn good, in my opinion. Bob
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2008 on Cloud computing and my small business at CTOVision
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Matt- thanks for the comments. I like Adobe too, but my use has been dropping off lately. I'll check those other tools out. Kirby- thanks and also thanks for the Re-tweet, I appreciate that. Good point about reader. I have been using iGoogle for that. That is good but takes time to configure to do what it needs to do. Bob
Toggle Commented Dec 3, 2008 on Cloud computing and my small business at CTOVision
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Joe, Thanks much, I hope to see you at these or future events. Cheers, Bob
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Those, Lewis, are very very good thoughts and most appreciated. Moore's Law is not going to be the best predictor of the outcome here. Why? Because that fundamental force is also helping with compute power in the grid. Chip speed too is not always the best indicator. We have seen designs where chip speed is actually reduced but multi-core/multi-thread increases compute power. But now I'm rambling. I think the point of your comment is critically important. There is a dynamic here. And even though I'm sure that thin clients and grid computing are a huge part of our future, I'm also sure that we will continue to see more "oomph" on the local platform. I've already seen some interesting mixtures of thin and think clients. For example, I've seen an ability to flash out new operating systems to computers in a way that ensures nothing else is running on the computer and then on that OS on what was a fat client set up virtual machines that run desktop windows from the grid. I've also seen software that emulates a thin client in any fat client.
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Kevin, Thanks for the note and the link to your blog. I really enjoy what you write and am adding you to my list of favorites and also consuming your RSS feed on my readers so I can remind myself to check back frequently. Cheers, Bob
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2008 on Update on Federal Cloud Computing at CTOVision
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Great job! Thanks, I really appreciate this. I look forward to being able to let all commenters send automated announcements to twitter as they comment. Keep up the good work. Bob
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Joe, You are very right, and that is much appreciated. Another favorite NIST activity is SCAP, at http://nvd.nist.gov/scap.cfm Cheers, Bob
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Lewis, Thanks much for the note. With your comment I feel even more optimistic than I did to begin with. We need some good news in this area of security and ICASI could be delivering some of that. Cheers, Bob
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Steven, Thanks much for the comment and the pointer to your post, which I enjoyed reading. I'll see you on Twitter. Cheers, Bob
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Joe, Thanks much-- as always I appreciate your comments and context. And I agree strongly with your observation of the convergence of foreign and domestic being enabled because of IT. v/r, Bob
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Teri I have to agree and wish I would have commented on that. This could be a very virtuous approach because of the enhanced security, functionality and capability. Then you add in the fact that it could generate huge economies of scale and it just makes more sense. Thanks, Bob
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