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Meeting people who work in a variety of organizations and industries is quite enlightening. Interestingly, no matter their field or nature of their organization, I hear fairly consistent themes regarding technology adoption. This is particulary true as it pertains to wellness. I lectured at the Symposium for the Army's MWR leadership in Louisville, KY on January 26, 2010. The fine people at the American Logistics Association and their representatives Bob Ellis and Chris Rottner sponsored the lecture. You can view content in the slide show below.   Leveraging Technology & Social Media to Impact Military Community Wellness & Quality of Life View more presentations from Bryan ORourke.   My talk on technology and social media adoption and its potential impact on the health of military personnel and their families led to a series of conversations with the rank and file ... (more)

What's Not Included in the iPhone 4 OS?

Nicole Lee, associate editor for CNET, recently shared some interesting observations in an article today about what was NOT included in the recent iPhone 4 OS upgrade. Here are her thoughts: Mass storage mode: We would've liked to see an easier way to just drag and drop files from our computer to the iPhone without having to go through a third-party app. Tethering with AT&T: Yes, we know this is already possible with the current OS, but AT&T in the U.S. have not gotten onboard with it yet (tethering is currently available in other countries like Canada and the U.K.). We were ho... (more)

Near Term - The Enemy of Progress

Reading Harvard Business Review's blog "Is the U.S. Killing Its Innovation Machine" I am reminded of the continual challenge of quality managers and entrepreneurs : educating other small minded folks about the need to balance the near and long term. In fact most, if not all, of the significant challenges facing organizations today result from the failing of leadership to deal with the long term for fear of the near. The "Tyranny of the Ugent" as Collins wrote. It's easy for people to "demand" results: particularly when there is so little understanding as to how those "results" m... (more)

Build Your Business Case for the Cloud Today

My partner and I consult with a variety of firms on the topic of cloud adoption. It is surprising how few really understand the strategic and ROI benefits of its application. Total Cost of Ownership is an important number to use when evaluating IT and in particular when comparing extant systems to cloud solutions. Often the thinking is that what an organization is using now is a better place than making a change - and the primary driver in most people's minds is cost. Utilizing TCO is the only way managers can evaluate apples to apples. Often there are apples to oranges comparis... (more)

Technology Predictions for 2010

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer It's that time of year again, so I am sharing some thoughts about what 2010 should entail for technology. Here are some leading technology experts who share their valuable insights. Richard MacManus, Founder & CEO, @rww 1. There will be a breakthrough consumer application for Internet of Things - involving the iPhone, RFID tags and a major consumer product such as books or groceries. In general, Internet of Things will ramp up in 2010, with thousands more everyday objects becoming connected to the Internet. 2. Google will acquire PostRank and promptly con... (more)