Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top ten reasons why large companies fail to keep their best talent

I have written earlier this year about the Plato vs. Aristotle conflict - in the organizational aspect, putting the organization in the middle, and the employee serves the organization goals vs. putting the employee in the middle, and having the organization as a platform to achieve the employee's goals.   When talking about top talents, they tend to be in the Aristotle side of the spectrum.  A recent article by Forbes discusses ten reasons why large companies are not good at retaining their top talents.  I still work at the big blue (IBM Haifa Research Lab), so I probably not qualified as top talent, but I heard all of these arguments before from people who left big companies.  The ten reasons relate to large companies' red tape; failing to find a project that matches the top talent's passion; annual reviews and career developments issues; lack of patience from the company's part to the top talents' initiative which can be longer term; lack of other top talents around, and mediocre management that don't know how to manage top talent -- very interesting! 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

New tutorial on event processing

Roland Stuhmher, whom you can see in the right-hand side of the picture, on the Jeopardy! set, in DEBS'11, has recently recorded a video piece giving a tutorial on event processing.  Some of the slides looks familiar to me (well, he mentioned my name is his slide about "attribution of the slides").   In the slides he mentions a term iCEP, which either means that Apple has a new CEP gadget in its i series.  BTW - according to Steve Jobs, the apple "i" (started with iMAC) stands for: Internet, Individual, Instruct, Inform, Inspire -- all start with I...  So does any of them apply to iCEP?  Another possibility is, of course, intelligent (I have used the term IEP in the past). Anyway -  good tutorial, with some glance of the ETALIS project developed in FZI.  Enjoy!