activecarbon - Blogs of Hao Wang

The Creed of Enterprise Architects, Part 1

Over the years, occasionally abashed, I’ve been compelled to explain what enterprise architects (ea) do and what is an Enterprise Architecture (EA). Depending on who is asking, my answers diverge. It is not being evasive, but simply my trying to ring to the different bells that are tuned differently. Among some of my analogies was …

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That Apple Tax We Happily Pay

Each year around April 15th, we pay tax. As usual, my wife completed our tax filing ahead of time. The only difference this year is when she finished, she smiled to me and said, “Our annual spending on computing devices are in the range of thousands. This year is no difference.” This get me thinking, …

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Technology Foundation for Open Government

New York State Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo has proposed a five point plan in The New NY Agenda: A Plan for Action. 1. Clean Up Albany; 2. Get Our Fiscal House in Order; 3. Rightsizing Government; 4. NY Works; and 5. NY Leads. His vision of New NY calls for an open government with greater transparency …

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Vegetables, Road to Tibet, and Tibetan Dogs

The immigration of Han Chinese to Tibet brought aid, technology, and know-how to Tibet. Most notable along the way from Lhasa airport to Lhasa city are the green houses for vegetables and water melons. My tour guide, Xiao Xu, told me that before this wave of immigration, Tibet produce very little vegetable, so that when …

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Doctor Xie

She is among the first going to medical school after the Cultural Revolution. At age 16, she passed the exams and went to one of the best medical schools in China, where she met her future husband. While many of her classmates eventually went abroad and pursued new lives in the Western world, earning good …

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Thangka and Shakyamuni

Tibetan are good at using minerals. They use minerals for medicine, construction, and painting. The art form of using mineral is the Thangka painting. The gold color comes from the fine gold dust, the blue color from the fine blue gem dust, and the green color from the fine green gem dust, so on and …

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Firecrackers to the Year of Tiger

Year 2010 is the year of Tiger accordig to the Chinese zodiac. It is special for many reasons. One for me is that the Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day meets on the same day – February 14th, 2010. Last time it happened, it was 1953, when Korean war was not over yet. It won’t …

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Ascend to the Cloud through Five Prisms

Ascend to the Cloud Computing through Five Prisms – Every CIO should look at the Cloud implementation through the following five prisms: finance, services, governance, risks, and processes. We should carefully address the following five questions:

1. Does the business model of cloud computing address the immediate financial bottom line?
2. Have we clearly articulated in business terms the impact of cloud computing on our business processes?
3. Are we prepared to operate and govern a multi-host multi-tenancy computing ecosystem?
4. Are we clear what the risks and performance metrics are?
5 What IT services do we select as the first wave of Cloud Services?

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