Found some Older UBM Techweb & Trainsignal Samples of Mine: Publishing Some Here

0A2E241D-E004-4B73-BB6F-0E507966264BAs some of you who have been following my work or my portfolio may know, I used to write for a number of IT-related (enterprise or B2B) websites and media. They included Trainsignal (an IT coursework company that now is called Pluralsight or was bought out by them) and a network of enterprise B2B websites covering topics such as big data analytics, cloud computing, virtualization, networking and more called UBM Techweb.

2CA30822-A376-4ABE-BB49-EEFCFD24F57BMost of this work is not published anymore and I reserve the author rights, so I have decided to publish some samples here and some are already published on my portfolio. Please note that they are my copyright, but if you want to work with me on publishing any of these pieces or have me rework them and turn them into a new feature based on more up-to-date happenings in the enterprise and tech world, please let me know.

 

Here was a story based on interviews I conducted with cloud computing experts over Skype from Silicon Valley that offered insight on where the technology at the time (this was a few years ago) was heading in terms of enterprises and markets as well as the difference between private, public and hybrid cloud offerings. The larger story had two more interviews and was a longer and more in-depth feature, but UBM Techweb published this focused piece below on hybrid cloud (I will try to look for the larger feature as I may have it still saved somewhere and share it):

Keep in mind that even thought I mentioned both Pluralsight and UBM Techweb, most of the samples above were published by various UBM Techweb sites I wrote for, so I will try uploading and sharing more of my Pluralsight stuff here as well. I also did some offshoots of stories for one that would be tailored for the other. For instance, the David Linthicum and hybrid cloud computing article above I published as part of the larger (and in three parts) cloud computing comparison (with two other analysts interviewed and added into the larger story) for Trainsignal, but the focus on hybrid cloud and Linthicum story linked above was published on a UBM Tech site

0E3DB233-2933-46D6-9E82-F95BB1C0CF5BI enjoy improvising and changing angles as well as stories to suit different topics, media or simply angles. I have a lot of experience of covering enterprise and IT topics that I can definitely turn into a story of a unique angle or use some interviews or older stories to put together something interesting based on new research, happenings or events. This is just part of my larger backlog, so if you are interested just let me know on any of these stories or angles.

Also, most of the topics I covered and would not mind starting to cover again could be described as technical analysis of the IT, enterprise and B2B industries. Some of the topics, as you can see, are more technical in nature while others are more newsy in nature. Others srill, may be more of an informed opinion based on research and analysis from different siurces. The entire private vs public vs hybrid cloud piece (if I can find it) could even be clwssified as a white paper. Anyway, if you enjoy my coverage of this industry, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will keep updating this post and may turn it into. new section under portfolio or add some content there also.

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I Created a Basic Infographic About Machine Learning from Scratch

Anyone who is into infographics or visual depictions of data and information, should check out what I created out of basically all of my own assets. I started trying to think of a background layer that is unique in nature and will provide interesting infographic canvas. I also realized an infographic should be in the dimensions of 600×1800 although it doesn’t always have to be.

So what I did was first create this background layer in these dimensions out of a mixture of my own photography I took on an iPad, graphic design I created from scratch, filters to existing assets I had, and general playfulness.

The first images are filtered and changed (by me) images of a face through visual design that I orignally photographed of a statue of sorts here in Warsaw. It is a face thst was siting in water, which I photographed. Below is what I sid with it through filtere wnd grwphic design, thn I i ported it into the infographic.

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Next I decided to use a brick wall and a tower from photographs I also took. The brick wall is an a very important brick and landmark in Warsaw and offers a great background texture to be used for the info text or data of the infographic, or that was my initial intention until I realized how dark and vivid it is.

Then I decided to add a bunch of filters, paint brush strokes and eraser action to top it off. And I ended up with this concept of machine learning. Thus here is the bery basic and simple infographic. I will continue to create infographics and make more elaborate ones in the future — possibly in different dimensions or offering more of my assets or new graphic design designed from scratch.

I actually just started experimenting with different image assets I had and tried to turn something i to this format in terms of pixel dimensions and it was not thoughht out or planned. I only decided to turn it into an AI infographic after I realized the face at the bottom could be used for such a metaphor or signify AI used for different aspects  — from enterprise to consumer machine learning and from manufacturing to IoT devices.

Here was the original idea I started out with and may continue working with as it has almost like a maze-design for where I wanted to input the data and key phrases:

 

And after considering the different options and designs, I’ve decided to keep working on the idea into different forms you can see below:

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As some of you may also recall, I briefly touched upon the history of infographics or one of the founders of the modern concept of an infographic, Fritz Kahl, in my recent interview with a representstive of the mobile game studio Arte, a studio publishing the upcoming Homo Machina game.

Infographics are a huge fad right now and an impressive revenue steam for anyone who can create them from scratch and can do both the visuals and find the right data for them — or either or. This is because many start ups and co panies are leveraging them across websites and social media to showcase their brands and products — as well as differenciste what they offer from competition. I hope to work more on such creative works and be commissioned if anyone is interested on further ideas.

I previously was commissioned finding the data and research for an infographic by an infographic company called Visual.ly. I would not mind working further with this company on either thwt aspect of infographic design and creation or any other of the infographic process. It is a bit difficult however when they do not reply to your e-maila and the previous person you worked under has moved on — even though you were never paid or had a chance to cash in on the initial check for the work that was compelted. Either way, that full infographic is available on my portfolio or can be accessed here (yes it is much more elaborate, but also done with multiple people over a much longer time span):

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Opportunities in Working Remotely Now Stronger than Ever

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Working remotely has been a dream for many professionals in the technology sector since the Web took off in the early ‘90s. However, it technology a couple of decades to catch up to this dream. Now professionals in a wide range of fields ranging from graphic design to software development are working from home and managing their schedules while freeing companies from overhead costs (thus capital expenditures) in their recruitment & hiring efforts.

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The benefits are enormous for both employees and employers alike. However, the field continues to expand in scope as technology grows and start-ups are offering unique ways for workers to collaborate. There are more remote technical opportunities than ever today through various Web technologies and software/hardware advancements.

Teleconferening Opportunities Continue to Expand with the Cloud

An example of such advancements making this possible is companies holding Google Hangout meetings that include both on-site and remote workers collaborating on a project together, editing the project, and seeing their changes tracked in real time. Google Docs is being followed by other cloud collaborative software such as Adobe’s (Creative Cloud), Microsoft’s (Office), and Apple’s (iWork) suites. Each are implementing collaboration with on-demand editing and real time publishing.

Another example of advancements being made in the field of telecommunications, in terms of working remotely, is video conferencing. Various services are currently available ranging from Skype to again Google Hangout that bring the employers to the office space from across the globe. The technology has advanced to this stage due to widespread and far-ranging broadband adoption; this is combined with software that allows synchronous communication with non existent or close to non existent network packet loss.

Today’s collaborative software allows work to be much more efficient than one person sitting in front of their desk at work and e-mailing revisions around the office while waiting for feedback and multiple documents being shuffled around e-mail attachments, as it used to be the case. These are just some examples of the technologies employers and employees alike have at their disposal today through telecommunication and broadband Internet accessmbeimg widespread. It took years for the broadband access to be able to support such infrastructures and Silicon Valley has also paved the way through software for the dream to become a reality.

Hardware Solutions for Remote Workers

Software is continually being refined with cloud integration, SaaS and storage solutions such as Dropbox that allow users to share files between one another. However, more-efficient hardware is also making remote work easier than ever today. One hardware-based integration with teleconferencing software is robotics with cameras attached to an on-wheels chassis.

A remote worker can feel as if they are sitting at the office with co-workers and interact with them, but in reality they are sitting at home physically, and simply using a keyboard or tablet to move a robot around. They can see each co worker with a camera attached to the robot that transmits dat in real time over the Internet and participate in discussions. The tech described here is a telepresence robot called “EmBot” from Double Robotics and includes an iPad screen and a Segway-like base for movement.

A Wired feature titled, ”My Life As A Robot” delves into this advancing technology with a personalized account of one person’s journey of sitting at home physically, but virtually moving around an office space full of people. The tech described here is a telepresence robot or “EmBot” from Double Robotics and includes an iPad screen and a Segway-like base for movement.

When describing what it feels like being a walking and talking person inside an office space, Emily Dreyfuss says, ”I feel like a dog, the recipient of gawking smiles that say, Awwww, you’re so adorably unable to take care of yourself. But, most importantly, I am surprised to find that being a robot is delightful. It’s thrilling. I am in the office! There is the kitchen! There is Sam! Hi, everyone! I am here!”

This is a technology that is bridging the gap between being able to express body language, gestures and other non-verbal means of communications that has been the roadblock impossible to replicate virtually until now. It still is in its infancy, but as iPads or other tablets advance alongside camera software and 4G/wifi coverage; it will only improve.

There are obviously a lot of hurdles to overcome with this technology before it really reaches the mainstream in remote workforces — including functionality and some latency issues that still arise as networks get clogged with users and fiber optics aren’t widespread yet. There really needs to be user input of 1:1 for this to function efficiently with minimal ping or pocket loss in terms of latency. However, this is just one example of how companies of today and tomorrow are becoming ever more remote in functionality.

This is a technology that is bridging the gap between workers being in different parts of the globe, but feeling physically present at the location of their companies. It will never be the same as someone physically present at a location who is able to express body language, gestures and other non-verbal means of communications, with the possible exception of virtual reality technologies that are also making headways. As fiber optics and 4G coverage continues to improve we will see strides in virtual reality used by workplaces as well.

Startups Paving the Way

Startups have been the places to look for what we can see in remote work possibilities and software remote workers can take advantage of. This is because many start ups have lower marginal earnings and rely on remote workers and telecommunications rather than having big offfice spaces that can fill many workers. Often, when these start ups create a great product that can be used by bigger firms for remote work or other possibilities, they get acquired or bought out by the bigger firms in the long run.

We can look at what sorts of directions these start-up companies are going — thus predict trends — as well as see their influence on bigger firms, both through ideas and acquisitions, by looking at the mobile app space. Apps for tablets and smartphones are really where many start-up technologird make their presence felt before really focusing on enterprise markets.

There are now various database software infrastructures that allow employees to edit projects, comment on others, collaborate and communicate directly with their peers from one database. This field is also improving with mobile devices being ever more integrated.

Startups have accelerated these options through ever more competitive price points of entry for other startups or companies to utilize and leverage. The end result is that companies from the Silicon Valley seize on these trends or opportunities and often end acquiring the start ups or their technology to focus more on the B2B side of the equation. This means, however, that all workers from those who freelance to those employed by bigger firms can benefit from collaborative and telecommuting software.

The technology has advanced to this stage due to widespread and far-ranging broadband adoption; this is combined with software that allows synchronous communication with non existent or close to non existent network packet loss. However, there are still hurdles that need to be overcome as highlighted in the Wired feature about the Segway-like EmBot on wheels chassis and user input using such hardware not being yet up to par with the vision.