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Christopher Harrold

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In my role as an evangelist I am fortunate to get to see a lot of evolution by being consistently exposed to the broader market for technology. Most importantly, I am exposed to partners who design, build, and run solutions. One of the biggest changes I have witnessed in my 20+ years in IT, is the evolution of the partner/manufacturer relationship, and the rise of partners whose sole mission is to “sell themselves” and not a manufacturer’s products. This change is a difficult one, and it strikes at the heart of a well-established and frankly very successful model of selling through a partner channel. This change is going to happen because it is being driven by the demands of a new type of customer experience and the need to more rapidly adapt and support the reality of modern platforms. The past of the Channel Partner For those that don’t know, the word Channel refe... (more)

The 'Big' Fallacy of Big Data | @BigDataExpo #BigData

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you've been hearing about the world of Big Data nonstop. Big Data promises fortune and power to those that can wield the somewhat mystical and often nebulous power of "Big Data". Unfortunately for the rest of us mere mortals Big Data is built on an out-right lie that is both pernicious and unfortunate. It's hiding right there in plain sight in the name itself. The word, BIG. The Fallacy of Big Data is that you have to have a lot of data for it to be relevant. The common catch phrase is: "More data = more insights... (more)

Building the Internet of Things | @ThingsExpo #IoT #IIoT #M2M #API #AI

It's been way too long, but the next in the series of IoT "Build-along-at-home" videos is done. In this edition I will show you the "Hello World" project for interacting with the IO ports on your Raspberry Pi. Please click here to watch the video and as always, comments and questions are appreciated and welcomed! Watch the video on YouTube here if you prefer! Also, it is in the video, but my GitHub library of code for all the projects we will be doing in the video series can be found here: Git Hub Repository If you are the type (like me) who just likes to figure stuff out on thei... (more)

[video] @CHarrold303 Is Building a Personal #IoT | @ThingsExpo #M2M #AI

About 6 months ago I had this "brilliant" idea that I would like to monitor the water level of my plants living on my balcony. The goal was to keep them healthy and happy (and producing vegetables for me in my urban garden). After looking for a commercial solution to aid me in this project, I discovered that there wasn't anything out there that would do what I need. The primary reason why nothing worked for me was that none of the products out there are capable of monitoring multiple plants at once, leaving me with the need to buy multiple units. At 10-15 containers for plants, ... (more)

Taking Back IT - DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Microservices

Part 1 - How do I get started making the transition to DevOps? I am an ops guy. I have been in Ops since I started my career a long time ago. I still remember the glorious days of being the new guy on the Ops team and getting stuck with changing backup tapes. I remember moving servers in the wee small hours of the morning, upgrades that went horribly wrong with no prayer of reverting, and the joys and pains that went with being in operations, and really what we would call "Legacy IT" in general. It's like the opposite of "Cheers", because you want to be where NO ONE knows your n... (more)