Project X Ltd. and MicroStrategy Partnership

Project X Ltd., a Toronto-based boutique advisory and systems integration firm is pleased to announce that they have established a Global Consulting Partnership with MicroStrategy, the industry’s best-in-class provider of Business Intelligence software.

SOA Deployment Management

What’s in a word.  In deployments the nature of the words you use can kill you.  SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) is living proof of this opportunity for confusion. Remembering the fundamental guiding principles of SOA (see endnote below from wikipedia) we have an i

NetVault Backup and Restore Utility – First Impressions

I had a chance over the last two days to get some initial exposure to NetVault from BakBone Software. So I was surprised, but in a good way. This is a fairly straightforward product.  Some thoughts: Job Setup – Easy all click and select and then configure Scheduling –

CoffeeCAST – #44 – Floor Sweep Mentality and Details

Welcome to the 44th CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X Ltd.  Well it is Wednesday night before Graham goes off to sail and I grabbed him to chat about what is on his mind and have a quick CoffeeCAST. Todays conversation was funnily I think more about the mind and attitudes o

Interfaces for Enterprise Systems – ODBC vs API

We have been working over the past several months with a client who has DataStage (IBM Information Manager).  At one point we reached a fork in the road and had a choice of which interface to use into the database – ODBC vs API. Not sure exactly why we chose ODBC stage to c

CoffeeCAST – #43 – Collaboration in the Enterprise

Welcome to the 43r CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X Ltd.  I finally had a chance to catch up with Rex Lee who I have known for a while and have been bugging to come onto the CoffeeCAST and he finally submitted on behalf of the kids 😉 We took the time to talk about somethin

Communication, Understanding and Testing

Testing is often the ugly step sister of IT.  So it is often marginalized and sometimes forgotten. Lately I have seen the opposite effect and that scares me as much as the other.  One of the indicators is in communicating what testing is required.  For me this is the dr

Systems Planning vs Monitoring

I have enjoyed some conversations as of late that have been showing me the difference between Systems Planning and Systems Monitoring. These are two very different types of activities but very much intertwined.  Often the challenge is that when people start talking about planning

CoffeeCAST – #40 – Capacity Planning

Welcome to the 40th CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X Ltd.  Graham and I grabbed a quiet spot in the office with some fresh Starbucks (coffee for me and tea for him) to talk about Capacity planning. Graham kicks off by discussing Mission statements which funnily enough gave

CoffeeCAST – #38 – Readiness and Master Data Management

Welcome to the 38th CoffeeCAST with Stephen Hayward of Project X Ltd.  We are on the road this week, having jumped to Ottawa and Montreal on a three city tour.  It is cold and sunny and having some fun. Today I would like to Charles to the CoffeeCAST.  We are sitting here late at the