Beware of Spurious Correlations when Analyzing Your “Big Data”

Beware of Spurious Correlations when Analyzing Your “Big Data”
Machine Learning. Artificial Intelligence. Data Science. Deep Learning. Big Data Analytics. These terms, and many like them, have been in the news a lot recently. And with good reason. Many organizations are taking their first tentative steps toward sifting through the vast amounts of data collected in disparate systems in search of hidden nuggets of insight to improve operations or some other... Read More

Microsoft Advisory Information for Speculative Execution Side-channel Vulnerabilities

Microsoft Advisory Information for Speculative Execution Side-channel Vulnerabilities
You’ve probably heard about the most recent security vulnerability that affects not only Windows Servers but other Operating Systems like Mac OS, Linux, and even Chrome. It’s called “speculative execution side-channel attacks” and affects processors made by Intel, AMD, and ARM. Here’s the Microsoft Advisory about the vulnerability. Microsoft has also released some guidance specific for SQL Server instances. Check these... Read More

Three Options for Increased Contentment at Work

Three Options for Increased Contentment at Work
  A work environment like The Office where an obtuse boss unknowingly stifles productivity and routinely kills morale makes for a funny sit-com. That series is one of my all-time favorite television shows. However, when fiction becomes reality, it’s not so funny. I’ve seen work environments every bit as dysfunctional as the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin. When an obvious choice... Read More

Book Review: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Book Review: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Want to talk about something controversial? Politics? Religion? Healthcare? Mere child’s play compared to the deeply entrenched beliefs about the effectiveness of the Scrum or Agile practices in software development shops. OK, maybe that’s a bit of a hyperbole, but the senior leadership that I’ve consulted with over the years tend to have impenetrable convictions about the value, or utter lack... Read More