As we increasingly become more dependent on the internet to access information and conduct our daily activities, security needs to become an central element to our collaboration strategy.Â Recently, cyber attacks have become more far reaching especially with recentÂ DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks that flood sites with insane levels of traffic grinding their service to a halt.Â With this new level of attack, I’ve recently read an article that discusses the potential of these cyber attacks to actually cripple the internet as a whole.Â The conclusion was that it would be practically impossible due to the security measures
Many would agree that the Eiffel Tower can be labelled one of the greatest architectural achievements of all time.Â However, the journey to great projects are typically riddled with many bumps, obstacles and controversy.Â The fact is the Eiffel Tower project was no less immune to this reality.Â From the time of its conception to act as the symbol (and as the archway entrance) to France’s World Fair in 1889 to its transformation as a critical communication tower during the First World War and its iconic design attracting millions of tourists a year, the Eiffel Tower has proven that the
As we approach closer to the 2012 Summer Olympics hosted in London, I think about all the attributes these amazing athletes have developed to be the best in their category of sport.Â The level of determination, work ethic and raw talent, with a bit of luck and timing will mean the difference between a Gold Medallist Olympian and those that are knocked out of the top spots.Â Although not all Olympians are medal winners, all of them have a common attribute that has led them there in the first place.Â They all have that extra “something” that cannot be taught
More often than one would expect, when we look at the original inventors of many of history’s great inventions they are marginalized in their association to their inventions.Â Have you ever heard of Ferdinand Verbiest or Otto Lilienthal? Does Karl Benz and the Wright Brothers sound more familiar?Â Although the first two people mentioned are the original inventors of the automobile and airplane respectively, the latter tend to be attributed to these inventions due to their ability to move beyond the inventions themselves and connect to the people who would popularize their use.
The recent news of the â€śOccupy Wall Streetâ€ť grassroots movement in which demonstrators are congregating around the world expressing their defiance against the financial establishment and its impact on the â€śAverage Joeâ€ť has brought to light the age old reality that money and power lies in the hands of a few who understand the power of the plan that keeps this inequality afloat.Â Throughout history kings and monarchs have exploited the majority by creating meticulously planned structures of power, wealth and governments to ensure their positions.Â Although the Occupy Wall Street movement is a modern phenomenon, similar strategies employed centuries
With yesterdayâ€™s announcement of Steve Jobs stepping down as Appleâ€™s CEO, the first thought that crossed my mind is the critical role leadership plays in any organization.Â As the story goes… after building Apple into an industry giant, Jobs was ousted as its leader in 1985.Â Following his departure, the company slowly deteriorated and by 1997 the company Jobsâ€™ built was running at a loss of $1 billion on its $7 billion in revenue.Â Almost 15 years later, under Jobsâ€™ leadership Apple has not only transformed its own DNA, but has revolutionized the music industry, the smart phone and the
In recent weeks, the media has been inundated with stories about political turmoil in the US and Western Europe.Â We have not only seen the recent news of the USâ€™s downgrade in its credit rating and its mounting budget deficit but we have also seen unprecedented social unrest in the UK, the French economy at a standstill and the Euro taking a hard hit due to Greeceâ€™s recent instability.Â Although a lot of these events are partially due to poor planning by governments, the reality is (and this should not be ignored) partisan politics, self-interest, and poor communication among stakeholders