Managing Project Risk: Using the Art of Communication

Communication is integral to almost every aspect of a project life cycle. Communication problems are one of the number one risks to the success of projects worldwide. What can a project manager do to reduce this overwhelming risk?  The use of formal risk management processes provides a way to increase the odds of success by […]
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Azure Platform AppFabric Service Bus

Okay, back to Windows Azure and the Azure Platform … My personal opinion is that Azure is a very compelling cloud offering. While certainly not perfect, and not without the need for some developer effort, I continue to believe that Azure is a very attractive option for a variety of reasons. This is particularly true […]
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Java Standards Help Prevent PaaS Vendor Lock-In

Utilising Platform as as Service (PaaS) for developers has many advantages. However, a major concern for any organisation considering adopting PaaS is avoiding vendor lock-in. A number of efforts are under way to define standards for cloud computing which will help avoid vendor lock-in. Some recent announcements of new Java PaaS offerings started me thinking […]
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Stepping Through the PRINCE2® Quality Planning Activities

What are the quality planning activities that project managers should use on their projects?  When targeting project success, PRINCE2 focuses on controlling the six key variables found on any project: costs, timescales, quality, scope, risk and benefits.    It’s one thing to list these six variables in a simple list.  It is quite another thing for […]
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Amazon EC2 Infrastructure Fosters Platform as a Service Innovation

Commenting last week on Steve Balmer’s claims on the Microsoft Azure platform got me thinking about some of the differences between the main cloud providers. One of the major strengths of Amazon as a cloud provider is the wide range of services it provides ranging from servers, storage, messaging to payment services. Coupled to this […]
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