Sunday, October 1, 2017

Agile for Technical Team Members

IT business people still tearing between Agile and Waterfall methodologies.
Even though I used Waterfall methods for many years and still use them in some client environments, my recent focus is on Agile.
From architects and technical professionals perspective, I authored an article in linked in titled "
Agile is appealing to Architects, Specialists and other technical professionals in IT Industry.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Why Hybrid Cloud matters to C Level Funding and Delivery Executives?

I published an article in Linked in titled "Why Hybrid Cloud matters to C Level Funding and Delivery Executives?"

In this article, my intention is to briefly introduce what hybrid cloud means, what value propositions it presents, what financial benefits it brings to organisations, its significance for funding sponsors and delivery executives, and the key considerations to be made for the hybrid cloud to be successful and profitable.

Look forward to you feedback on this article.

Friday, September 18, 2009

National Medals of Science, Technology and Innovation Winners Announced

As you may have heard, watched, or read from a number of broadcast media, yesterday President Obama announced the recipients of the 2008 National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation which is the nation's highest honors for science and technology research. Details can be obtained from this source.

National Medal of Technology and Innovation as a company was given to IBM. What was the specific reason IBM won this highest honour for technology? It was the BLUE GENE! What is so special about BLUE GENE? Isn't it another piece of computer hardware? Well mentioned in a press release by Reuters yesterday titled "President Obama Honors IBM's Blue Gene Supercomputer With National Medal Of Technology And Innovation"...

"Blue Gene's speed and expandability have enabled business and science to address a wide range of complex problems and make more informed decisions -- not just in the life sciences, but also in astronomy, climate, simulations, modeling and many other areas. Blue Gene systems have helped map the human genome, investigated medical therapies, safeguarded nuclear arsenals, simulated radioactive decay, replicated brain power, flown airplanes, pinpointed tumors, predicted climate trends, and identified fossil fuels - all without the time and money that would have been required to physically complete these tasks.

The system also reflects breakthroughs in energy efficiency. With the creation of Blue Gene, IBM dramatically shrank the physical size and energy needs of a computing system whose processing speed would have required a dedicated power plant capable of generating power to thousands of homes.

The influence of the Blue Gene supercomputer's energy-efficient design and computing model can be seen today across the Information Technology industry. Today, 18 of the top 20 most energy efficient supercomputers in the world are built on IBM high performance computing technology, according to the latest Supercomputing 'Green500 List' announced by in July, 2009.
". IBM's perspective on this can be obtained from this link.

I congratulate all other winners and would like to see great contributors changing our lives in a positive way, a better way, for the incoming years.

What important science, technology and innovation projects would you nominate for 2009?


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Breakthrough progress: World's smallest semiconductor

Great to find out about another breakthrough research from the University of California, Berkeley.

They have reached a new milestone in laser physics by creating the world's smallest semiconductor laser. This will be capable of generating visible light in a space smaller than a single protein molecule. They not only successfully squeezed light into such a tight space, but found a novel way to keep that light energy from dissipating as it moved along, thereby achieving laser action. The achievement helps enable the development of such innovations as nanolasers that can probe, manipulate and characterize DNA molecules; optics-based telecommunications many times faster than current technology; and optical computing in which light replaces electronic circuitry with a corresponding leap in speed and processing power. Professor Xiang Zhang said: "This work shatters traditional notions of laser limits, and makes a major advance toward applications in the biomedical, communications and computing fields." Details here...

What possibilities and implications do you see for this progress?


Dr. Mehmet YILDIZ || IBM || IT Philosophy || Future|| Leadership || My blog || Twitter || Linkedin || Yasni ||Google || Naymz

Monday, December 1, 2008

Agile is popular and efficient

What does "Agile" mean"?

In ordinary dictionaries it is defined as "moving quickly and lightly ", in Encarta it is defined as "able to move quickly and with suppleness, skill, and control".

A brief statistical overview may provide us an indicative mental picture on frequent use of this word. For example:
-Google found 20,200,000 entries on "Agile".
- Technorati found 7173 blogs on "Agile"
- Ecademy blogs search resulted in 151 blogs with the word "Agile" in it and/or in title.

When I browsed the literature including mainly technology and science publications online, I found hundreds of phrases indexed. The following are only a number of them to give you an idea:
agile alliance
agile applet
agile application
agile business process platform
agile communications
agile data method
agile development
agile enterprise
agile management
agile manufacturing
agile methods
agile modeling
agile processes
agile product
agile programming or software development
agile project management
agile property
agile software corporation
agile testing

I believe "Agile" will be used a lot in the future, particularly for the "Web 3.0" a.k.a. "Semantic Web" development, if we want to be ready within 2 years or so.

My point is to understand how important "Agile" is for your business. I'd like to obtain your views and insights on this very popular concept:
1. Do you have certain phrases related with "Agile" that you use in your business?
2. What does "Agile" mean to you?
3. What is it? Is it an important concept, function or process in your business?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Do you use and trust machine translators?

Computational linguistics is a comprehensive area. As a brief background, machine translation (MT) is a sub-field of computational linguistics. It investigates the use of computer software to translate text or speech from one human language to another. MT performs simple substitution of words in a language for words in another. They use some advanced techniques such as corpus technique. These techniques help with:
-phrase recognition,
-better handling of differences in linguistic typology,
-translation of idioms, proverbs, metaphors, analogies and
-the isolation of anomalies.

Recently I met a co-networker from Germany with limited English skills. And my German is very limited too. His profile is in German and was looking for translators to help him. As a technologist, I used the Google's online translation applet for it and it really helped us to create the profile in a few minutes time with over 90% accuracy. I use translation software specifically for scientific documents written in other languages; at least the abstract. Even though they are not 100% accurate yet, I still find them useful. They are faster than finding a friend who can help in desperate times. They make good progress with new techniques and inventions. Considering the emergent technologies being tested, I believe we will have great translation programs soon.

I would like to obtain your views on this concept and available commercial tools:
1. Do you ever need to translate any documents from other languages? Which languages mainly?
2. Have you ever used; or do you use any machine translators (translation software)? If so, which ones?
3. Do you know what is the gap in this area?
4. What would you add to your wish list in this area?
5. How important are they for our business considering globalisation?

Any other comments are welcome.