Archive for the ‘poll’ Category

Update: ACM vs. IEEE Poll

September 24, 2007

After putting together a new poll, I checked in on some of my older polls and found one that is still fairly active…. The ACM vs. IEEE debate!!

This poll has still been going strong and it looks like ACM is THE place to be!! Kind of odd, I am a member of both and love the IEEE spectrum magazine (default, no extra cost magazine every month). Latest battery technology? check, Latest research into quantum computing? check, Good pictures so the kids get interested if the magazine is left in the bathroom? check!

What do you think?


IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)


ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)

No one trusts Microsoft on the Edge

April 17, 2007

The last poll update includes the first poll I put together. It is regarding Microsoft’s Edge server role, how it’s used, and where it sits on the network. The majority of your peers think this thing still needs to be tested and before it’s proven needs to reside behind some other appliance within your corporate infrastructure. I guess that is part of why everyone things the hosted solutions are such a viable option.




Only because I already have a separate appliance


Either way, as long as the email gets through


No Way, The Edge role looks good so far




I’ll re-vote at RTM

ACM is better then IEEE

April 13, 2007

In my poll update series, I found in the ACM vs. IEEE poll, the ACM is pulling ahead of the IEEE. How about we dig in a little deeper? Does the ACM have better publications? Are the research topics more relevant? Why do you like one over the other?


IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)


ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)

Hosting your email may be viable

April 12, 2007

It was a huge topic at the Connections conference in orlando this spring……and from the looks of the poll results there are a lot of companies who are looking at it as a valid option (or some hosting bigot kept voting). In the poll update series, the Hosted email poll shows hosting ALL email functions can help a lot of businesses


Yes, but just the archiving/backup


No way, we’ve got easy to use appliances


Yes, but just the inbound messaging


Yes, all email functions should be hosted


Yes, but just the mobile connectivity


No way, the costs don’t match our business needs


Sort of, we want to/are outsource(ing) support of our internal application

Hosted eMail Services

February 16, 2007

There has been much debate and many new reports about hosted eMail services lately. A lot of this is due to the increase in SPAM, regulations, and viruses traversing the internet. MS has commissioned a paper on the benefits of hosted solutions over in-house messaging management….

David Spark asked me to look at this paper on Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services. From the looks of it, the same ask has been making the rounds to Terry Zink and Alec Saunders….but there aren’t very many opinions expressed on the wiki or the discussion group…I started to input my thoughts on the subject and the absense of supporting research…..

The paper itself seems to be based on Osterman Research work and there are some interesting research points that simply aren’t supportive of the claims in the paper. Some of the issues are…..

  1. In general the paper’s “findings” are not supported by the research quoted
  2. No discussion of the existing market is included
  3. No context is given for claims of cost savings or reliability
  4. Enterprise environments are not considerred
  5. Comparison against tenured appliances is not included
  6. Labor is generalized as high cost with no numbers to back it up

Now I’m sure there is plenty of data to support and refute the six items above in the context of hosted messaging services (especially in the case of the Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services)…..but they are not included in the paper and there is an opportunity to include them for people to see…..

So if you have an interest in hosted messaging components, you might want to take a look and ensure there is a consise opinion on the wiki fro the community (and other vendors) at large.

If you don’t have the time to comment, at least go vote on the hosting poll….

(results from the poll to be posted soon)