Archive for August, 2011

All quiet over there…

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Sorry, but haven’t had much time to update recently. I am catching a final few days vacation before all the kids are back in school.

On the job front, still excited about two opportunities and our own startup idea as well. I may well talk to a couple VCs next week to get some feedback on the startup and I’m going to meet with the companies I’m talking to as well.

There are an incredible amount of tech CEO opportunities available right now for which I am very grateful as I can really narrow down that special company that is going to have a big impact.

Later…

What an interesting few days….excited!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Over the last couple of days, I’ve met with the founders and a couple of board members of a very interesting company. Tons of potential, what they are doing is ground breaking and the use cases for their technology are so many that it’s scarey good.

Then today, after doing a bunch more work on the startup idea that I’m working on, I had the first live demonstration of the prototype of the technology that we are building for it and…I was blown away at how much has been achieved in such a short time-frame. It really gets me fired up to see an idea start to be turned into reality – this thing could be huge.

At the moment I don’t know where the cards will fall….I figure that pursuing multiple exciting things in parallel will give me a good set of options and ultimately, make a decision and commit to it.

Tomorrow and Friday are back to normal, golf games on both days and then my big kids birthday this weekend.

Fun, fun, fun.

Congrats to Fusion Storm

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

They were great customers and they have filed to IPO. Good stuff guys!

Been spending a lot more time this week working on a startup idea. Not sure whether I’m going to do it or not yet but it’s one of those things that, the more work I do on it, the more real it becomes and the more likely I am to go for it. Sorry, but I of course cannot divulge the idea – I think it’s really cool of course.

Excited this coming week to meet the founders and board members of a really, really, really interesting company that are looking for a CEO. The more that I hear about this company, the more amazing it sounds. I also met another fascinating company founder on Friday and then I have another one the week after.

I’ve learned better than to predict where/when/what I will be doing (no, I didn’t learn French….I just became another one of those folks that has a slightly used copy of Rosetta Stone sitting on the shelf), but it feels as though things are moving closer to figuring this out.

My update

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

For anyone that is interested in what I’m doing, I continue to look at many companies and opportunities for my next career move.

I’m determined to find a company that is innovative, has great people and talent, has a really solid fast growth business but also has the opportunity to grow like a rocket ship if we do things right.

I want to work with talented, committed, passionate people. I want to achieve things that I’ve never achieved before and use the success at Nimsoft as a spring board to scale greater heights.

I had the opportunity at Nimsoft to work with many talented individuals and be part of an amazing team. We all have our own talents, but the power of the team is much greater than the sum of the parts.

As with many things in life, that team has started to disband but I know that one day, many of them would like to come together again. Don’t know where, don’t know when, but I’m sure that will happen.

Oh and I had a long golf lesson yesterday and shot the worst round for a long time today. Ugh!

Does Big Data make proactive monitoring of the IT infrastructure a possibility?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

For many years customers and vendors have talked about moving from reactive to proactive monitoring of IT. “Detecting problems before they occur” has long been the stated goal of the customer. And, of course the vendor is happy to oblige…except of course that problems are not detected before they occur, but instead rapid notification of a problem occurring will hopefully enable the IT administrator to fix the problem before it has a degrading effect on the business.

But what if it were possible to detect problems before they occur – how can that possibly be done?

Maybe the answer to that question is that (a) if you collected enough data (b) had incredibly advanced analytics and (c) could do all of this processing in real-time, then you could start to gain accurate predictions on problems areas before they occur.

The patterns of problems starting to occur would be recognized and either automatically prevented or alert someone to the possibility. The solution of course would “learn” and improve over time with the more data that it could collect.

This could also solve that old “correlation” issue. The issue with any correlation solution is that it is only as good as the intelligence that it has and of course, the intelligence that it has is always limited by data collection and processing time.

Food for thought.