Data Science

Free Weekend: Understanding IT

Great news everyone, my new technology book Understanding IT: Decoding Technology and Business will be free over Labor Day weekend (3 - 7 September)!  It's actually been available on Amazon since early July, but my career took another unexpected turn so I wasn't able to get it out to everyone as early as I would have liked. 

In other news, DAISY has been doing extremely well on Amazon and I thought that I would make sure everyone had an opportunity to read it on the web.  So, I made it available, for free, here. 

Free Weekend: DAISY

Free Weekend: DAISY

My first short story, DAISY is free this weekend on Amazon as part of a promotional event.  However, not only can you pick up the 22 page short story for free this weekend, but if you leave a candid (favorable or critical) review on Amazon or Goodreads, I'll throw in a free advanced review copy of Understanding IT before it releases on July 4th.

Amazon not your style?  Don't worry, once the introductory 90 day period of Amazon exclusivity wears off, my book(s) will be made available on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and the Apple store.  And - more to the point - each new platform will have its own sales and freebie weekends!

(Update) Understanding IT

Over the past year I have been engaged in writing two books, Understanding IT: A Guide for Business Leaders, and Current Trends in Business Intelligence. My last update cited that I would be releasing both books in January's 2015, and I am pleased to announce that this date is still solid.  However, there has been one very significant adjustment to my original plan: Current Trends will no longer be a stand-alone work.

As it stood, Current Trends was going to end up being a short work of approximately forty pages with a large number of pictures and diagrams, and I just did not feel comfortable releasing it as its own product.  Simply put: I wasn't falling in love with where the book was going. As a result, I decided to scrap the forty page book and expand the topics covered in Understanding IT to also include data science fundamentals, the Information Technology Service Management framework, project management, and more case-studies in proper IT governance as it relates to first-time IT managers and small business owners.

It is my belief that, while it made sense to start the books as individual works, the combined manuscript will be more beneficial to the consumer while aligning more with my career goals (to obtain an ITIL and PMP certification) and producing a product in which I am more proud to claim ownership.

The process of combining the books was relatively easy, but the extra research load (namely reading through the libraries of ITSM and PMP) has proven to be a challenge.  However, given that I have an 80% complete manuscript (already line-edited), I've also started approaching agents and publishers to give traditional publishing a fair shot before moving on to independent alternatives.



Why It's Not About Privacy

Why It's Not About Privacy

I've faced some opposition recently based on my views that the Electronic Frontier Foundation did a disservice to their constituents by focusing so much of their efforts on privacy, rather than data ownership.  With that in mind, I pose two ethical scenarios to help illustrate my (and the Guardian's) point that solving the data ownership debate will solve far more than just the privacy debate.

Our laws are focused on data collection, but the existence of data is not the concern; it’s the usage and sharing of data.  In today’s interconnected world, individuals are no longer as concerned about what a given company knows about them, but how it’s used and with whom that information is shared.  These are issues that cannot be solved when we limit the scope of our conversation to privacy, but must be evaluated in the larger discussion of establishing ethical data ownership legislation.