Michael Monteith

Human to Machine to Machine (H2-M2M)
With the recent explosion of M&A and investment activity in the M2M / API space (Mashery, Layer 7 and Programmable Web to name a few), I thought I would add another point of reference to the discussion. The explosion of simple APIs over the last year is great news! These new APIs are exposing vast amounts of new functionality and data on the Internet and the trend is heading into the...
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Reflections on the true cost of Human Middleware
The human middleware problem we've been blogging about is absolutely everywhere. As I travel from coast to coast talking to business and IT leaders I am struck by the prevalence and magnitude of the problem and the inherent opportunity. Ask any employee in your company to show you the most painful part of their work that involves using more than one screen. Get them to show you what it...
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The impact of information technology on workforce productivity
The Conference Board of Canada (amongst others) produces reports annually regarding productivity. Their report focuses on contrasting the productivity of the leading nations around the globe in terms of Output per Hours Worked. In information intensive industries the role of information technology is undeniably linked both positively and negatively to workforce productivity. For decades...
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Don't throw it out, just rejuvenate it!
Every IT group we've spoken to in the last year is looking at how they can accelerate innovation, meet the changing demands of their customers / employees and manage their shrinking budgets. In a recent discussion with the CIO from a large multi-national company we had a good laugh comparing legacy IT systems to the first piece of furniture either of us ever owned - "the comfy chair"! ...
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A Little Context on Context
As Stephen said in his blog posting about context, the concept is both familiar and yet as obscure as a reference to having your cat retrieve a watermelon from the lake . We spend a great deal of our lives trying to establish or understand context but most of the time we don't even realize that we're doing it. Whether we're having a conversation with a friend or trying to plan a business...
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