Posts By Author: Peter Bye

Optimizing Santa’s Route … Quantum Computing?

Now that the year end is approaching, I decided to contact Elf Tietokone who, readers may recall, is the CIO of SantaSystems, the IT arm of SantaPrise in Lapland.

Posted by: on December 14th, 2015

On Being Engineers: Deploying Systems

Poor quality deployment will degrade an otherwise well-constructed system. It matters that rigorous engineering standards are applied to the activities involved: initial installation and ongoing operation, providing resilience, and handling updates and new releases.

Posted by: on February 11th, 2015

The Fabric of IT in Lapland…

I’ve just visited Lapland again for my annual discussion with Elf Tietokone, the CIO of SantaSystems. Elf had called me to say there had been some exciting developments he wanted to tell me about. So, full of anticipation, I set off.

Posted by: on December 12th, 2014

On Being Engineers

The production of software systems is frequently described as a branch of engineering yet the quality of too many applications is not good enough. What can we learn from other forms of engineering to improve quality of IT systems?

Posted by: on November 10th, 2014

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time…

Before embarking on any strategic initiative, having a clear understanding of the likely costs and benefits seems obvious. But all too often, this is not the case. The result can be outright failure or limited success at the best.

Posted by: on August 14th, 2014

Fabric-based ClearPath Systems – The Retreat of the Heisenbugs!

Heisenbugs -- the phenomenon of bugs that go away when you look for them -- are common in distributed systems. Fabric-based systems could be the answer to building distributed systems without the curse of the Heisenbug.

Posted by: on June 25th, 2014

Improving Application Quality

Too many applications on which we as societies depend are not good enough: difficult to use, poor performance, insufficiently secure.What can be done to improve the quality of IT applications that form an increasingly important part of our lives? What research would be useful in pursuit of that goal?

Posted by: on April 3rd, 2014

The best laid plans…

Why do businesses struggle to execute their plans? The major reason is that obstacles to success are not reported and removed, and therefore impede progress and implementation. Part of the responsibility lies in a human reluctance to give management bad news.

Posted by: on March 19th, 2014

Say It Clearly!

Is there a place for BYOD in the Public Sector? In this blog post we look at three distinct use cases for BYOD, each with their own security concerns and techniques to address those security concerns.

Posted by: on January 21st, 2014

News from the North …

Christmas is nearly here again so it’s time to catch up with what’s going on at SantaPrise and its IT division, SantaSystems. CIO Elf Tietokone explains what a busy time it has been.

Posted by: on December 17th, 2013

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