Super Sunday brought to you by…IBM?

In lieu of the BIG GAME..the WORLD WATCHING…the SUPER BOWL, I thought I would write something about the final NFL game of the season and the best sport ever.  FOOTBALL!!!  (ok American Football for the international readers).  Go Cowboys !!

What does it have to do with IT you ask?  Absolutely everything.  What?  Yes…the sheer amount of uncompressed video data that the NFL needs to store is immense (check this video from IBM), but they were able to leverage the power of over 600 servers and IBM’s storage infrastructure to make it work.

BAM! That’s a lot of VMware on 600 servers!

Truly it’s the most watched sporting event in the world.  Besides, you know its part of our culture when the priests at church takes it easy on the sermon for Super Bowl Sunday.   Parties are planned for that day, and commercials are actually watched because companies will spend $4 million of their advertising budget on a 30 second commercial.  The Halftime entertainment is even  entertaining, if you’re in for that kind of stuff.  (I can’t remember when one was ever good…but it’s a matter of taste – Editor)  Heck, even fashionistas are getting into the hype of the Super Bowl.  You have to see this 🙂

Mark you calendar.  February 2, 2014.

Next week I will post some interesting facts about the making of the commercials made for the Super Bowl…..stay tuned…

Wear Me This

BYOW (Bring Your Own Wearable)

Yes, you heard right. BYOW.  This trend seems to be picking up steam and its projected to be the next play in technology.  At the CES 2014 Las Vegas just this week, wearable devices were noticably everywhere.  Smart glasses, watches, bracelets, visors just to name a few. Even smart devices for your pet!

Come on, you know you want a pair of these!

Come on, you know you want a pair of these!

Corporations are taking notice and so are big name manufacturers. We all know about Samsung and Apple smart watch.   Microsoft has a wearable research and development deparment.  Imagine data being transfered through your body!  Shiver me timbers 🙂  Lenovo is rumored to be exploring wearables.  They are in the planning stages, but I’m sure it will be something to “Think” about.  Get it..Think as in Thinkpad HAHA.  Even the processor giant Intel is getting in on the idea.  Intel is teaming with a design label company to develop a wearable bracelet.  A fashion bracelet that has a giga”Byte” to it.  Not only sexy, but smart also!   **Low Whistle**

"So my laser pointer next to my eye isn't a trend setter?"

“So my laser pointer next to my eye isn’t a trend setter?”

Looking forward to seeing what comes out of this.  Beware IT administrators as this will most likely be another device to protect your network.  And beware you husbands as this will add another piece of clothing to ask the wife “Honey where is my fashion bracelet?”

Starting 2014 with new Manpower!

Hello everyone!  I’m Dwight Tabangcura, one of Mike’s teammates here at PCM, and I’ll be working with him and a few others here on the Dragontech Blog.  Today I wanted to tackle something that plagues both IT and the people who hire for IT positions…Hiring the RIGHT personnel.

I recently saw this article  about forecasting hiring in Q1 2014, and according to Manpower , the outlook is positive!  A great thing to hear for next year, right?   This got me to thinking about my clients and if they were ready to hire the right people?  Clearly having someone with experience and knowledge is key, but what else should you consider?  The car they drive?  Their favorite starbucks drink?  Try considering ATTITUDE.  A person’s attitude needs to bring out the best in them and the people around them every day.  Who wants to work hard around someone with a bad attitude?  Not me!  (editor: This is why I like Dwight. – ML)

Lastly, if you have some bad attitude folks you might want to consider training it out of them before you just turn them into a sacked quarterback.  Teach people to have a better attitude with your own good attitude toward work and life.  All of the little bring-me-downs about “Monday sucks” or “Is it Friday yet?” actually do more harm than good.  Your people should want to be there every day, and so should you.  Think about it.

If you want help bringing in new IT personnel, let us know…we’re QUITE good at it!

monday awesome