In the name of efficiency

When you think about efficiency I'm guessing you think about savings: cost savings, time savings, overall improvements in delivery.  More and more, efficiency has come to mean environmental efficiency: less CO2, less water, less travel, less mining, more recycling.  Sometimes efficiency means getting a job done with the least amount of questions, interruptions or changes.  But if anything is clear to me, its that efficiency is not the same to all people in every situation. This concept is the key to viewpoints in enterprise architecture.  The data is the data, it remains what it is capturing ... more ...

Office 2013 Preview

So I've been using the Office 2013 Preview now for a couple of weeks and I thought I'd take a few minutes to give you my thoughts.  In a word, Wow!  I know it might be hyperbolic to use and exclamation point when talking about a "Productivity Suite", but Microsoft have outdone themselves on this release. At first blush, my reaction was "Oh, its Office 2010 with the Metro (or Visual Studio 2010) UI treatment".  And while this is an evolution of 2010 to keep it in line with the UI flavour MS seems to be ... more ...

Function without form is no function at all

You've all heard the derisive phrases "form over function", "lipstick on a pig" and the like.  The gist of these epithets is to indicate that more care and attention is put into how something looks than into how that something works.  Its a fair criticism when the function is lacking, but I'd argue that when the function is solid, the form is an equally important consideration.  Function without form is no function at all.  I believe that this is an important concept that is ignored.  I believe that this needs to be a fundamental tenet of the IT industry.  I ... more ...

Usability of an Orange

I like fruit.  I do.  If you did a statistical analysis of my eating habits, though, I don't think fruit would show up in the top 10.  My wife claims that, like all men, my lack of fruit consumption is because I'm lazy.  She argues that I'm just too stuck-on-my-plonk to get up and cut up a cantaloupe or core an apple.  I thought for a while that she was right, but as the mandarin oranges re-appeared on pre-Halloween-but-never-to-early-Christmas shelves, I realized that the issue isn't my degree of gumption, its purely a usability problem. When I open a mandarin ... more ...