A: Because You Don’t ROWE Q: Why Can’t Tennessee Innovate? [Update]

Why Nashville Companies Are Targeting Tweens For High-Tech Jobs BY ALISSA WALKER | 07-09-2012

See here for news on ROWE in Nashville. Nicholas Holland demonstrates populr.me with his ROWE notes.

My older ROWE related posts here.

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Mar 13, 2012

What good do personal clouds and corporate data hives, aquihires and crowdsourcing do to meet your needs (as HR continues to stumble around trying to hire long-term individuals for short-term projects, meanwhile preparing for the year-end mass layoffs which inexorably ensue) if your managers cannot get past their love affair of physical MBWA when your employees are enculturated to do their best work in virtual innovation clusters and collaboratories (see article comments) which take place in a SecondLife CoLab or some such? What good does it do to build a city-wide innovation grid  infrastructure or a country-wide innovation cyber space if you still expect your employees to waste an hour of their day driving to and from a cube which holds a desktop computer when they have a speedier, more robust laptop at home? 1) Learn about Results Only Work Environments. 2) Invest in them. 3) Use them.

“Interconnected Health 2012” April 2-4, 2012 in Chicago Second Call for Participation [repost]

Needham, MA, USA and Ann Arbor, MI, USA and Chicago USA – December 22, 2011 – OMG®, Health Level Seven® International (HL7), and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), today announced the Call for Participation for “Interconnected Health 2012: Enabling Health through High-Impact IT.” The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, IL on April 2-4, 2012. Registration and abstract submission details may be found online at http://www.interconnected-health.org/cfp.


Interconnected Health 2012 will focus on approaches, challenges, and solutions affecting the ability to connect health organizations and systems, and the role of IT as an enabler in achieving this connectivity. Geared toward the CxO suite and senior leaders within healthcare organizations, Interconnected Health provides a venue to hear what peer organizations are doing (both within the US and abroad), to exchange ideas, and to interact with peers who are leaders in this space.


Call for Abstracts

The conference Review Committee is seeking proposals for presentations based on “real-world” organizational experiences, evaluations, case studies or research papers relevant to the conference themes of interconnected healthcare, information sharing, service-oriented architecture, enterprise architecture, business process management, and interoperability. Please indicate whether you are recommending your submission for the Executive Summit, the Functional Track, or the Technical Track. Topics may include (but aren’t limited to):


Business Enablement (Enterprise Architecture, Business Process Management)

Architecture (Business, System, SOA and Technical)

Information Semantics, Ontology, Vocabulary

Application Innovation (Integration, Open Source, Legacy Enablement, etc.)

Infrastructure Innovation (Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Device Integration)

Information Sharing Strategy, Governance and Implementation

Modeling (SoaML, SysML, BPMN, etc.)


The abstract submission deadline January 20, 2012. For abstract submission guidelines and the submission form, visit http://www.omg.org/abstracts.


Program Committee

Charles “Chuck” Friedman, Chief Scientific Officer, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), HHS

Mark Frisse, MD, MS, MBA, Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Hon S. Pak, CEO, Diversinet

Jim St.Clair, Senior Director, Interoperability and Standards, HIMSS

John Quinn, CTO, Health Level Seven International


Registration & Information

InterconnectedHealth is hosted by OMG, HL7 International, and HIMSS. The early-bird registration discount is available until February 24, 2012. Registration information is available at http://www.interconnected-health.org/cfp. Exhibit space is available; for more information contact Mike Narducci at marketing@omg.org +1-781-444 0404. Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Ken Berk at ken.berk@omg.org or +1-781-444 0404.


About Health Level Seven (HL7) International

Founded in 1987, Health Level Seven International (www.HL7.org) is the global authority for healthcare Information interoperability and standards with affiliates established in more than 30 countries. HL7 is a non-profit, ANSI accredited standards development organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive framework and related standards for the exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information that supports clinical practice and the management, delivery and evaluation of health services. HL7’s more than 2,300 members represent approximately 500 corporate members, which include more than 90 percent of the information systems vendors serving healthcare. HL7 collaborates with otherstandards developers and provider, payer, philanthropic and governmentagencies at the highest levels to ensure the development of comprehensive and reliable standards and successful interoperability efforts.
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 38,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 540 corporate members and more than 120 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through theeffective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing ourcause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

About OMG
OMG® is an international, open membership, not-for-profit computer industry standards consortium. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG’s modeling standards enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes. For more information, visit www.omg.org.

About Open Health Tools
Open Health Tools is an open source community with a vision of enabling a ubiquitous ecosystem where members of the Health and IT professions can collaborate to build interoperable systems that enable patients and their care providers to have access to vital and reliable medical information at the time and place it is needed. Open Health Tools will generate a vibrant active ecosystem involving software product and service companies, medical equipment companies, health care providers, insurance companies, government health service agencies, and standards organizations. More information at http://www.openhealthtools.org


Thomas Erl, 5th International SOA, Cloud + Service Technology Symposium

As the program committee chair, I am pleased to finally announce the 2012 edition of the Symposium, officially titled the “5th International SOA, Cloud + Service Technology Symposium”. This year’s conference is being held in downtown London on September 24-25.

With the change in the conference title comes a new official Website ( www.ServiceTechSymposium.com ) and a new official LinkedIn Group (the “International SOA, Cloud + Service Technology Symposium” LinkedIn Group http://www.linkedin.com/groups?about=&gid=4357541 ). Call for Presentation ends July 15, 2012.

I have removed my personal LinkedIn account from the old LinkedIn Group because all further communication and notifications regarding the next Symposium will be posted on the new LinkedIn Group.

If you have any questions regarding this year’s event or if you are interested in participating, feel free to contact me directly at terl@arcitura.com. You can contact the event organizers at info@servicetech.co with any general inquiries.

Condos and Clouds

This is arguably one of the most useful presentations I’ve seen and can recommend. Note: Rated MA for language

Condos and Clouds – A LinkedIn Tech Talk by Pat Helland, Distributed Systems and Databases Architect [this description from the LinkedIn event page]

Over the last 100+ years, the way people design, build, and use buildings has evolved. It is now normal to construct a building without knowing in advance who will occupy the building. In addition, we increasingly have shared occupancy of our homes (apartments and condos), retail, and office space. To accomplish this change, the way we use the buildings has evolved. There is a new trust relationship, customs, and laws that establish the relationship between the occupants and the building managers. Recently, our industry has been moving to implement Cloud Computing. This has been very successful in some applications and very challenging in others. This talk posits that many of the challenges we’ve seen in cloud computing can be understood by looking at what has happened in buildings and their occupancy. Standardization, usage patterns, legal establishment of rights and responsibilities are all nascent in the area of cloud computing. We examine a very common pattern in the implementation of “software and a service” and propose ways in which this pattern may be better supported in a multi-tenant fashion.

Biography: Pat Helland has been working in distributed systems, transaction processing, databases, and similar areas since 1978. For most of the 1980s, he was the chief architect of Tandem Computers’ TMF (Transaction Monitoring Facility), which provided distributed transactions for the NonStop System. With the exception of a two-year stint at Amazon, Helland has worked at Microsoft Corporation since 1994 where he was the architect for Microsoft Transaction Server and SQL Service Broker. Until September, 2011, he was working on Cosmos, a distributed computation and storage system that provides back-end support for Bing. Pat recently relocated to San Francisco with his wife to be close to the grandchildren and to explore new opportunities in “Big Data” and/or “Cloud Computing”.

Announcing Cloud related meeting, OMG Technical Meeting (21-25 March near Washington DC, USA)

Hi. I’d like to announce that at the next OMG Technical Meeting (21-25 March near Washington DC, USA) we will be having a Cloud-related meeting to restart the efforts begun months ago. I will be acting chair for now and would like to encourage anyone interested in Cloud and how the OMG might be relevant in this space, to come along to the meeting. We are essentially starting from scratch again, so the goal of this initial meeting is to determine membership interest as well as gather ideas and brainstorm around a number of options concerning the roles that the OMG could play. The idea of language neutral standards in the Cloud is critical, particularly given the fact that some standards will undoubtedly be driven through organisations that concentrate on a single language, such as Java. As an industry, whatever we do needs to be coordinated across these various bodies or we risk weakening the benefits that standardisation can bring. The OMG can play a leadership role in this area.

The meeting will be held on Monday 21st of March at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel, Arlington, VA, USA. Details of the overall Technical Meeting are here:


I’d also encourage anyone interested to sign up to the OMG cloud mailing list (cloud@omg.org) by sending email to request@omg.org.


— Mark Little mlittle@redhat.com

JBoss, by Red Hat Registered Address: Red Hat UK Ltd, Amberley Place, 107-111 Peascod Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SI4 1TE, United Kingdom. Registered in UK and Wales under Company Registration No. 3798903 Directors: Michael Cunningham (USA), Charlie Peters (USA), Matt Parsons (USA) and Brendan Lane (Ireland).

Tommy Norman has invited you to the event ‘Nashville Agile User Group Monthly Luncheon’ on Nashville Agile User Group!

Time: June 14, 2010 from 12pm to 1pm
Location: Vaco Offices
Organized By: Tommy Norman

Event Description:
So the business side of your company needs the product delivered in 3 months with all the features they promised to the client or you will lose a $2 million deal. The IT side says it will take at least 6 months to build the application the "right" way. Management wants to throw bodies at the problem and sees no reason why the promises can’t be met with a little "elbow grease".
Sound familiar?
How can we work together to meet the company’s business needs without sacrificing all IT’s industry proven practices and principles? Is there a happy middle ground and how can we communicate with each other to find it?
In our June luncheon we will discuss this eternal struggle and talk about how many Agile practices and principles can help breach the gap between business and technical sides of the house.

See more details and RSVP on Nashville Agile User Group.

About Nashville Agile User Group

The Nashville Agile User Group strives to educate and promote the principles and practices of Agile software development.

2010 DoD Performance Symposium, June 8-10, Lansdowne, VA

DoD AND Federal Government Agencies will be represented. 500 performance improvement leaders from across the Department of Defense, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, agencies and activities, and federal government agencies (OMB, Veterans Affairs, HUD, DOE, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, FAA, Homeland Security, etc.).

Project Showcase: The top five successful projects from each service and agencies will be featured throughout the Symposium.

The National Conference Center directly at 703-729-8000 to Register after May 25, 2010.

Symposium’s website: http://live.isixsigma.com/dod2010