Our generic roadmaps
are typically technology independent. The intent is to make each
user experience as simple, rewarding and productive as possible.
Value received is in large part a function of team effort, top-level
support, careful planning and attention to detail.
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not need to be intimidating, disruptive and costly
Innovative applications bring boundless value and synergy
Determination, creativity and top-level support are
proactive approach avoids panic and waste
Complexity detracts and can be needlessly challenging
well-planned steps are key to overall success
& insight must come first with proof-of-concepts
integrate and customize when comfort level allows
Competitive advantages result, both long- and short-term
include team-building opportunities
Customer-centric initiatives increase profitability
Start with a sound Business Case
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GREEN: Eco-Rebels. Few still doubt climate change is
real, but now the skeptics are questioning the best way to deal with it,"
by Bryan Walsh, Time, October 15, 2007, page 72.
Included are examples of "How NOT to Solve Global Warming."
"Angle of Questioning,"
Newsweek, March 19, 2007, p. 13. It is not just the
technology, but how it is applied. This short article describes
how the positioning of video cameras can bias those viewing taped
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Books (Links go to amazon.com where you can view excerpts
and reviews as well as make purchases. When excerpts are available, click on
"Search Inside This Book," usually found below pictures of the book.
Each one of them is included in the Rockwood Library.
*The Genie in Your Genes: Epigenetic Medicine and the New Biology of Intention
by Dawson Church, Ph. D. adds an
important dimension to typical thinking about healthcare and what it
takes to make it successful. The book has caused me to look more
critically at the role of attitude in successful healthcare outcomes
rather than limiting my focus to physical aspects of better health such
as medicines, nutrition, exercise and surgery. Many do not work as
intended. The body's control mechanisms are also much more
complicated than could have been imagined. DNA is only part of the
story. Controls that are much faster and more involved than the
nervous system are present all the way down to the cellular level and
faith healing looks real if only it can be understood and applied. Could
it be that other cultures have special insight and knowledge that we
have been overlooking and neglecting? Mind over matter and
physician heal thyself could become greater factors in our approach to
healthcare. Although the book lacks all the answers, questioning
the status quo could be what we need to be more receptive and seek
different ideas and solutions. Very thought provoking statistics
and examples throughout.
Chasing Life: New Discoveries in the Search for Immortality to Help You Age Less Today
by Sanjay Gupta, MD. This book by
the popular CNN medical correspondent is packed with useful information
that should help anyone make more informed decisions regarding their
health and lifestyle. Many important details are included about
factors that influence quality of life and longevity. Important to
read, but also to have as a reference.
The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine
by Francis S. Collins. Dr.
Collins was the noted researcher and professor who led the team that
deciphered the sequence of the human genome. His book provides
essential background for anyone interested in learning how DNA is
becoming the foundation for personalized medicine. These
revolutionary capabilities are enabling personal profiles to be matched
to proven solutions based upon a person's DNA. This will help to
avoid costly trial and error approaches to solving health related
Cheating Death: The Doctors and Medical Miracles that Are Saving Lives Against All Odds
by Sanjay Gupta, MD. Interesting,
fast paced reading. Although useful from a personal health
perspective, the book provides valuable lessons for introducing any new
product, process or technology. Despite potential benefits, there
is often much inertia to be overcome. Beyond being perceptive,
knowledgeable and experienced, it takes determined, persistent sponsors,
advocates and mentors who can learn and fine tune solutions until they
can get everything right.
The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology
by Ray Kurzweil. A very
interesting, futuristic view of artificial intelligence and the combination of
factors that can make it a reality. Cliff Notes would be helpful, but
reading is well worth the effort. The book is indeed thought provoking and
helps to put current accomplishments into perspective as being mere building
blocks to rapidly escalating progress. After reading it, who can expect
any technology to be around for very long until something better supersedes it.
Here is the big question to consider while reading this book. What does
all this mean to humans, as we know them?
Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
by Amanda Ripley. An amazing piece of work. A potential
lifesaver dealing with risk, psychology of survival and a multitude of
real life examples and statistics that drive points home. It could
be one of the most important books anyone ever reads. Although the
book focuses on physical disasters, we see a parallel with those who
delay preparing for personal exposure to identity theft and cyber
Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus
Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity by Byron Acohido
and Jon Swartz. Could it be time for a grass roots movement to do
something about this? A visit to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
website should convince you further.
QFD (Quality Function Deployment): Customer Driven Product Design
by John Terninko. An excellent, practical, visual guide that
details an effective process for translating customer needs into
customer satisfying products that outperform the competition.
Metrics: Replacing Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt
by Andrew Jaquith. The author uses Lord Kelvin's profound
quotation, ""If you can not measure it, you can not improve it."as
an inspiration to stimulate a reasoned approach to security and risk
Technologies and Verification Systems
by John R. Vacca. Between its two covers, you will probably find
out more than you will ever need to know about biometrics in a well
organized, accessible format.
Just Don't Get It
by Colonel David Hunt. Interesting for its perspective on the war
on terrorism. However, it is hard not to see parallels with
typical business management situations.
Automation, Control and Complexity: An Integrated Approach
edited by T. Samad and J. Weyrauch. The book addresses opportunities
to turn complexity into unforeseen business value through automation and
Breakpoint, a novel by Richard A. Clarke. Fast interesting
reading with fantastic insight into technology, its expected implications
and the growing impact it is having on our future.
Who Goes There? Authentication Through the Lens of Privacy.
From the National Research Council of the National Academies. Promotes
broad understanding as it puts key facets of privacy, identity theft and
protection in perspective.
How Doctors Think by Jerome
important considerations when designing fail-safe medical systems, tools and
solutions. Why not consider parallels with other disciplines?
So You Built It And They Didn't Come. Now What?
by Jackie Bassett. Sound advice for entrepreneurs with high tech
products who need help to get sales going.
The Business Case Guide
by Marty J. Schmidt. Focuses on an essential
tool in justifying and planning projects.
Major Bob Unvarnished: Why We Keep Making the Same Mistakes
by Bob Bevelacqua & Brian Fugate. The entire book is interesting
reading and provides a useful perspective on the U. S. military and
government and the current Iraqi situation, Of special importance
is Chapter 4 (Corporate Security: What Can We Do?) which provides
25 pages of common sense that every business leader should take to heart
and use as a yardstick to measure the performance of employees,
subordinates and advisors.
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Important Organizations and Associations . . . . Following
are ones that we have found to be of special interest.
The Shadowserver Foundation (www.Shadowserver.org)
is an all volunteer watchdog group of security professionals that gather,
track, and report on malware, botnet activity, and electronic fraud.
It is the mission of the Shadowserver Foundation to improve the security of
the Internet by raising awareness of the presence of compromised servers,
malicious attackers, and the spread of malware.
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