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Help EMC indentify the storage industry’s trends & challenges

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Last year’s survey had questions that specifically addressed how the downturn in the economy in 2009 had impacted storage professionals, and those results were pretty telling. It’s that time of year again – time for EMC Education’s annual survey of storage and IT managers and individual contributors. Cutting to the chase - this is the link to the survey. Each year we publish the results at EMC World. Last year’s survey results can be downloaded here. One place the results were discussed last year was in the Proven Professional Community.

McKinsey Report: Using technology to improve workforce collaboration

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As you know if you are following me on twitter, this semester I am taking two performance classes. This means I’m paying more attention to things that measure performance and performance gaps. Since I’m always hyper-focused on social media, I’m also looking at how emerging tools can be used to close performance gaps. This report from McKinsey talks about the importance of collaboration to knowledge workers. Interestingly enough, they did an analysis on how things are right now, or the current state of performance of knowledge workers. It is a great report. What are you seeing?

If the Gervais principle isn’t working, what is the ideal management structure

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This is our 2009 Pyramid, reflective of the faces behind the best ideas from the more than 1,400 submitted by EMCers in 19 countries this past few months. This principle was based on this image of Company Hierarchy by Hugh MacLeod. This image is a take on the Peter Principle , or the idea that in a hierarchy a person will rise to his/her level of incompetence. think this may be closer.

Communities, PLEs, small groups, & power

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My mom loves telling the following story about me, to emphasize the fact that I have always been bossy. I am the oldest, and I have one brother who is 16 months younger than me and another who is 3 and a half years younger (there are seven of us in all). Apparently, we all played together very nicely until my brothers discovered that they didn’t have to play exactly they way I told them to play. Once they figured this out, they would let me play with them as long as I didn’t try and dictate the rules. would just pick up and leave. What topics will be discussed. corporations.

December Big Question – What did you learn about learning in 2009?

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It’s the last day of December, the last day of 2009, the last day of a decade. But I still want to answer December’s Big Question : What did you learn about learning in 2009? Grad School. Personally, I took five graduate courses (for my Master’s degree in Instructional Systems at FSU). Development of Computer Courseware : I am not sure if learned anything new about learning in this course – I did learn that my organization at EMC does a very good job of creating computer courseware though! Web 2.0 Performance Systems Analysis: This was  my HPT course.

How important will storage education be in 2009?

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A couple of things happened to me over the last few days that have me thinking about storage + education. I was reading a post from Brian Henderson, one of my colleagues at EMC. Once I got past the 80s’s hair band reference , the post left me with a lot to think about. He talked about his disaster recovery plan for his digital music, videos and pictures. That made me think about the first house project I’ll be tackling once I graduate: digitizing my vinyl, home videos, and old pictures. We’ll be purchasing some sort of storage and using Mozy to back it up, just like Brian did.

My Edublog Awards Nominations

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Its time for the 2009 Edublog Award Nominations. Tags: edublogger edublog awards 2009 Here’s my list: Best individual blog: Harold Jarche’s blog pushes my thinking beyond what I do at work currently, and shows a more practical view of the theories I’m learning in my graduate studies. Best individual tweeter: @janebozarth is a real eLearning practitioner who is not afraid to share her expertise with lowly grad students such as myself. Best group blog. It also shows whats popular in the eLearning community at any given time. Most influential blog post.

Reputation, Authenticity, and Credibility

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Janet Clarey has a great post about the topic of determining authenticity in social media. She gives a great example of how messages (in particular tweets) can be taken out of context by folks applying traditional methods to interpreting dialogue to conversations going on in social media spaces. It just sounds funny!). Jay took a video of the panel as he participated. Be authentic.

Language that homogenizes creates losers

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In my last post, I talked about the Gervais Principle and the Company Hierarchy diagram: Notice the huge bottom layer of “losers&#. Losers isn’t necessarily this sort of loser: But as Venkatesh Rao (inventor of the Gervais principle) explains, loser is more in the economic sense. They gain the security of working for an employer in trade for doing as the company directs.

EMC’s Virtualization Journey

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EMC is creating a documentary series on YouTube about our own IT department’s journey to virtualization. The videos will come out monthly, and will be covering topics such as server virtualization, optimized storage and networks for a virtual environment, closed looped automated configuration management and monitoringVDI, and Private Cloud.

Will zombies be social media’s downfall in the Enterprise?

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Gartner recently released its hype report about social media. It is interesting to see that some of the tools we are advocating for Learning actvities are slipping into the “ trough of disillusionment “ This is the time in a technology lifecycle when a product fails to meet the hype, and people stop talking about it as the “next big thing&#. zomg!!! The virus hides itself.

Podcamp Boston, lack of women speakers, and bringing things to neutral

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Yesterday I attended PodCamp Boston. Its an interesting conference, lots of planned presentations about social media. attended one about measurement where the speaker didn’t show up, so someone just jumped up and led the discussion. That was a very interesting discussion too, 3 minutes into no one remembered the speaker didn’t show. found this to be true as well. just wanted to enjoy.

Lessons learned from my Web 2.0 class: we need something NEW

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I just wrote my final (official) blog post for my summer class about Web 2.0. One of the biggest things I learned this semester is that we have to stop this idea that we can apply old themes and metrics and ways of doing things to these new tools. I am not saying we need to throw out the old stuff. On the contrary, we need to build bridges between the old and the new. world. What do you think??

Are the new ways of creating content creating a new sense of self

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This video is great. It talks about how putting things out on the Internet causes context collapse - we know ANYONE can see it, and we may even have to see it. So one way we know ourselves is by our relationship to others. Now that there are new ways to connect with others, we have new ways to know others. Does this mean we are finding new ways to know ourselves? Authored by gminks.

eLearning Guild ID Symposium New England - Day 2 wrap up

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If you are looking my wrap up of Day 1, look here. forgot to mention the Tweet-up. I got to meet up with @bschlenker @edwsonoma @kasey428 @cammybean @smartinx, plus a lot of non-tweeps. We even sent pictures into #lrnchat. That was fabulous. On to the wrap up of Day 2: ID Considerations for Synchronous Online Learning Sessions. This session was given by Karen Hyder of the eLearning Guild. ASSURE.

The power of Twitter (or how Twitter fixed my vacation fail!)

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For those of you who may have missed my tweets and Facebook updates, I’ve been on vacation this week. We rented a condo on the Gulf of Mexico in my hometown (I’ve learned that staying with family sorta negates the restful feeling vacation gives you). The drive down was pretty uneventful. Once we checked into the condo we had some issues. But our condo wasn’t ready. It was.

Vacation is good for clearning your head

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I’m writing this while I’m still on vacation. This week we drove to my hometown, rented a condo on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, and I didn’t do a thing I didn’t want to do. took naps. went to a parade and caught tons of beads and candy. I ate food I’m not supposed to eat. stayed out too late and probably had one too many martinis. And I read. A lot.

My Wordles

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Someone on our internal social media site is asking us to post our worldes, so I thought I’d post them here for the world to see. This one is from this blog: And this one is from my delicious account: Authored by gminks. Hosted by Edublogs.

Instructional Systems Award Ceremony

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I was nominated for the “Best Distance Learning Student&# in the awards ceremony for my school this year. didn’t win - a very honorable classmate of mine did (way to go Matt!!). Three of the nominees and our professor met each other on Landis Green in Second Life. Apparently they also had it displayed while we were waiting - which is a little scary because we were being quite silly.

Twitter Chat

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Last night I participated in the #lrnchat twitter chat again. I’ve been trying to explain what a twitter chat is, and I honestly think you have to participate in one to “get it&#. Basically, here is how a twitter chat works: Someone organizes a chat, gives it a hash tag, and tells everyone to come. They tweet about it before the chat, advertising the time and the hashtag.

Systems approach of designing instruction

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I’ve posted before about the Dick & Carey method of instructional design - while I was taking a class based on the Dick & Carey method. This method of instructional design is very popular because it represents a systems method of designing instruction. The definition of system is: A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a complex whole. Instructor led?

Ed Tech - Using VMware for educational labs

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I have been getting very geeky about education theory, because that is what I am learning in grad school. But sometimes I look at the posts of some of the other EMC bloggers and I feel a little left out of the techie side of things. So this post is about how I’m using VMware to develop the lab environments for the courses I’m working on now. just make a new snapshot! Authored by gminks.

PLE construction, instructors, & converting Instructor led learning to eLearning

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In my last post I talked about the learning environments (LEs) we as developers create for students, and the Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) students create to situate themselves so that they can master the course objectives. Instructional designers provide course prerequisites and course objectives. They they create course LEs based on this information. Guess what takes precedence.).

Learning Enviroments I am dealing with this quarter

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After I wrote my last post about my eLearning course, I started thinking about Learning Environments (LEs). made concept maps for both of my classes that include the designed LE as well as the personal learning environment (PLE) I’ve created to make sense of the courses. My PLE starts with the LE, and then I add the components I need for an effective learning environment. Authored by gminks.

links for 2009-07-05

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Summit 2009 - Co-produced by TechWeb & O'Reilly Conferences, October 20 - 22, 2009, San Francisco, CA. Connectivism & Connective Knowledge. participated last fall - if you really want to know about learning 2.0 web 2.0 whatever you want to call it - sign up! tags: cck09 ). Web Squared: Web 2.0 Five Years On: Web 2.0 tags: eme6635 web 2.0 ). Authored by gminks. Hosted by Edublogs.

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links for 2009-07-03

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Learning Curve Blog: Learning Professionals’ Skills 2.0 – Learning Circuits Big Question July 2009. Main Page - WikiEducator. not sure why he doesn't think any of this is "sexy" (tags: learning2.0 skills ). Clive on Learning: Big Question: What new skills and knowledge are required for learning professionals? tags: learning2.0 skills ). Engaging young people in STEM is a community job - Mass High Tech Business News. Authored by gminks. Hosted by Edublogs.

How do employment recruiters look for job candidates?

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One of my special interests is how individuals in various small worlds use information. There are many benefits to be had if you can figure out how to interact with a small world in which you don’t have membership. One way to gain entrance into that world is to understand how they use information: where they search, language they use, other cultural norms and behaviors they expect to see from someone who wants to interact with them. think this is why they say “Knowledge is Power&#. How about learning what behaviors will get you immediately crossed off their list?

My education-based entries into EMC’s Innovation Conference

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Lets jump to the 2009 Submission. For the last two years, I have submitted an education-based idea to EMC’s Innovation Conference. Both years the idea was based on a PLE – Personal Learning Environment. Both years, I used information gleaned from the Connectivism courses to shape my ideas. Both years my idea was ignored by the selection committee (cue sad music… ). think that I just don’t position the ideas correctly for the engineer brains that run the conference (EMC’s CTO office). I am working on my cross-functional communication, so maybe next year.

Is ROI an evil MBA term? More on the ROI of blogging

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Continuing the blogging ROI discussion … there was an interesting interchange yesterday between my self and Jane Bozarth on twitter about the topic of ROI. The scenario. Jane and I talked about proving the ROI of a mythical (I think) training course called “Ethics for Firefighters&#. She said to prove the ROI of such a course that first the dollar value of the public perception of ethical behavior needed to be determined. This exchange made me think that maybe there are translation problems between the terms used in Performance Improvement and the terms used by MBAs.

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I was cleaning out spam, and accidentally deleted a bunch of comments (about 10). I’m so sorry, mostly because there was a great conversation going on in the ROI post I made. need a do-over button!!

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How can I prove the ROI of this blog?

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Someone asked me that very question a few weeks ago. Sincefrom time to time I do blog about the education programs at EMC, is there any way to tell if my words here impact the bottom line of my organization? My first thought well of course I can see ROI. I’ve increased my PLE. My blog is a place to reflect about the intersection between my graduate studies and the ISD work I do for EMC. So there is ROI – to me. Yesterday I blogged about the impact that EMC’s FAST release will have on our student audiences. So, I’m not sure! AM I providing ROI to anyone but myself?

Is Twitter like sunflower seeds, or like oysters?

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I was talking to a very dear friend from mine from back home (Northwest Florida), and she asked me to explain Twitter. My friend is not very technical, so I couldn’t give my usual explanation. told her the basics: you get an account, you send out little messages, and anyone who is on twitter or who has access to the twitter website can your messages, you can follow people to filter messages, or use other tools to filter. told her a little bit about how I use Twitter at work and how I use it to connect to educational professionals from all over the world.

EMC FAST – how do IT folks keep up to speed?

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Today EMC announced support for fully automated storage tiering, or FAST. know those of you who aren’t technical are wondering what is that, why do I care? Technical stuff starts here. Most of the data you need to do your job is probably not stored on your laptop or desktop if you work in a company or a big academic setting. Let’s take email as an example. You may download email to your desktop, but you download it from a server. In big environments the emails don’t live on the server, they are stored on some sort of storage appliance. times. how much email is being stored.

Closing the Storage Skills Gap

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In case you have forgotten, I develop training for EMC. The latest issue of EMC.now focusing on how our organization has identified a skills gap when it comes to managing information and storage. The article talks about that gap, and some of the interventions we’ve put in place to help organizations address the gap: ISM (Information and Storage Management curriculum and certification – an open curriculum, offered at colleges, that teaches storage and information management basics in a vendor-neutral manner. ISM Book (there is even a Chinese translation now!) Come join us!

Rummler Report

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I’ve been talking at #lrnchat about our report on Geary Rummler. Its 90% done, so I posted it on slideshare. We have to fix a couple of things, the biggest one is our citation page. Please bear in mind the assignment was based on a chapter about Rummler, and we only have about 7 minutes to present, and we’re the last thing anyone has to do for the semester… Rummler Report. View more presentations from gminks.

How do knowledge workers work?

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This blog post is courtesy @quinnovator and his latest post on Distributed Thinking and Learning. So if you are one of my school team mates, sorry but I had to get this out of my head before editing any more of our papers. Clark’s post is about Distributed Cognition (and now there is yet another book on my winter break reading list.). Here’s a definition from Wikipedia : Distributed cognition is a branch of cognitive science that proposes that human knowledge and cognition are not confined to the individual. How do I teach you to pull back and see the entire system?

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HPT competencies mirror Social Media management competencies?

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Check out this list of competencies for an HPT professional as listed in the HPI Essentials book (by ASTD press): Analysis Skill. Business Knowledge. Change Management Skill. Facilitation Skill. HPI Understanding. Influencing Skill. Project Management Skill. Questioning Skill. Relationship-Building Skill. Systematic Thinking Skill. It also lists these attributes: Behavioral Flexibility. Comfort with Ambiguity. Objectivity. Self-Confidence. That sounds like what people want social media managers to have!