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ACM Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Before you take on the next assignment - Stop and Consider - is this what you really ought to be doing? The Association for Computing Machinery is not known for inspirational exhortations to a higher calling. But, in their dry, analytical way they are asking we...

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Is Innovation Overrated?

In a thoughtful article in Aeon, professors from Steven's Institute argue that innovation has been fetishized to the detriment of modern society, politics and business. Innovation -- What is It Good For? Robert Gordon’s important new book, The Rise and Fall of...

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CTO Success in Startups

In our prior posting on do I really reed a CTO?, we explained how the role of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is often confused and that it’s often best setup as a part-time or advisory role in start-ups. But what makes a CTO successful? What makes a startup...

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Do I Really Need a Full Time CTO?

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is one of those job titles with widely varying definitions. As defined on Investopedia: A person in this role, “examines the short and long term needs of an organization, and utilizes capital to make investments designed to help the...

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Self-Serve BI and Smart Cataloging

This article on business intelligence, governance and smart cataloging tools is a follow on to our Lean Startups and Business Data Quality post. We're pleased to welcome Nate Vaziri as a guest blogger to the Telegraph Hill Software blog. The Underfunded Data Democracy...

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AWS Security for Start-ups

With a market share of 33 percent, (1) Amazon Web Services is by far today’s most popular cloud infrastructure service solution, Synergy Research Group data shows. To keep their AWS data secure from cyber vulnerability risks, many companies turn to third-party...

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Guide to Selecting Languages and Platforms

Introduction For a software engineering team, choosing a programming language and its associated tools, apps and open source projects is a momentous decision.  A good decision can make your development more agile, accelerate your progress, and expand your technical...

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8 Do’s and Don’ts of Agile Contracts

Who would want to admit that they are not agile?  Not startup CEOs, nor corporate CEOs. In the rush to total digitization, everything from corporate strategy to food service contracts is now expected to be “agile”, able to respond rapidly to customers and disruptive...

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