Life is busy and good; new Some of y’all may already know, after almost thirty years of working for myself, I accepted a position with Accenture Enkitec Group as Technology Innovation Principal Director and the Global Lead for Database Security. There are a lot of reasons I accepted this position. Primarily, I’ve known the folks from Enkitec for a number of years; they have always impressed me with their knowledge, willingness to share that knowledge, and they get s&*t done. Being part of a global team that is focused to delivering the best for the customer. The opportunity to learn new things; now that’s a big plus for me.
Now, being an employee it’s really new to me, they have these things called HR, People Leads, and policies. Who knew? My People Lead was always my bathroom mirror where I would have long discussions with myself about my future and where I needed to put my focus. Now, I have someone else who I can discuss direction, where my focus should be, and also promote me within and outside of Accenture. This is great! Yea’ even I need to get pointed in the right direction every now and then.
New talks are coming up in Poland, Croatia, North Carolina, Spain, East Coast Oracle Users Group (ECOUG). I’m waiting for acceptance from Croatia, ECOUG, and need to get my abstracts in for Spain. Stay tuned for more details on what talks I have coming up.
We have people giving opinions on a complex subject that for
all practical purposes seem to contradict each other. I’ll give them this, they
are some smart people; all of them have demonstrated vision and accomplished quite
a few things over the years. People like Elon Musk, Ki Fu Lee, and Stephen
Hawking have been sounding alarms on what the future will be in AI. We are
hearing everything from AI is an existential threat to humanity to fifty
percent of the workforce will be made obsolete in the next fifteen years. Of
course, some world leaders have made outrageous statements like “The first
nation to master AI will rule the world.” Statements like this can lead to an
AI arms race where nobody wins. The other side is, we need to make more
breakthroughs to achieve AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) even then, we
can contain it. Economist are saying the market will adapt.
I’m of the opinion, the issues are a bit more nuanced. We
are seeing how AI can augment decision making in data centers, education, health
care among other domains.
So, for the next few months, I’ll be interviewing people,
try to understand what the issues are, and try to come up with what are the
real questions we should be asking.
On Friday, January 8th 2021, we will start this conversation with Dr. Olesya Zmazneva and Jean-Eric Pelet. What will the AI world look like in fifteen years?
Yes, this is a bit outside of my specialty; however, I receive somewhere between four to five hundred emails a day. Some are informational, some require me to make a decision, others are request. There is a US DOD standard for emails that makes things much easier for everyone involved. It starts with the subject line and goes into how the body of the email should be crafted.
The Subject Line key words: ACTION, INFO, DECISION, SIGN. You can put all kinds of key words in the beginning of your subject line. This will tell the reader what to expect and what kind of actions they may need to do.
BLUF: Bottom Line Up Front. The most important part of the email goes up front. If you are asking for an action, a decision, making a request, or just an FYI, you address it in the first paragraph of your email. Also, and this is a pet peeve of mine, people place links in their emails, and burry them somewhere in the text. Please, right after that first paragraph, you should put all the importing links that will be needed.
Next be concise. Make your emails short and sweet. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve received an email that was over five pages long. Unless you have authored a couple of books and have a good editor review your email, they are difficult to read and rarely provide the information that is really needed. So keep it short and too the point.
If you require more than one screen to get the message across in an email, use bullet points and use active verbs. If you can’t get everything across like in one screen, follow up the email with a phone call. Yes, people still talk on the phone and quite frankly, get a lot done that way.
On 20 October I’ll be speaking at the Spanish Oracle Users Group on Holistic Database Security. Registration URL to follow.
On 29 October I’ll be giving the talk “Staying Current in a constantly changing IT Environment” This talk is open to the public and free of charge. It is being offered through Moscow Polytech and Oracle Academy.
There is one thing you can count on in life and that is change. The IT space is changing at breakneck speed, wait a six months, and you’re dealing with an emerging technology, wait a year and you’re behind. I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most successful people in the industry who taught me the mindset and skills needed to stay current, stay in demand, and succeed. This talk will introduce you to the the strategies, tactics, and mindsets I’ve learned over the past 40 years. Some are easy, some are difficult, and when done, it will help you stay relevant in the IT space for decades to come.
Here is the registration link in Russian and English
Monday August 31st at 1800 Sandesh Rao VP AI Ops and Machine Learning for Oracle Corporation will be giving a talk on AI Ops. Predict failures, make IT Operations easy. This is a no cost webinar. Registration link at the bottom.
When COVID-19 hit, many of us started working hard to stay in contact. Also, I have an interest in peak performance and getting to know people who excel at almost every thing they do. Here are some of the top people in the world and I’m happy to call them my friends.