Welcome to my mid-week reading summary of the best stuff I read on the web this week. I also managed to read a couple of actual books including finishing off Drive by Daniel Pink (thanks Robine I know it was my 2011 birthday gift). I do love books but these days don’t really find the time to read them to completion, whereas articles and blogs are short enough to consume while drinking a coffee or waiting for a meeting to start – short bites of information for our increasingly busy lives.

Data and information management wise this blog on data virtualisation provides a good overview and contains a link to another great article on data virtualisation vs traditional ETL; IBM’s Big Data maturity model is worth a look as is their blog on controlling the Big Data explosion; a nice post on Skills Data Scientists should cultivate;

http://www.itbusinessedge.com/cm/blogs/lawson/understanding-data-virtualization/?cs=50783

http://www.ibmbigdatahub.com/blog/maturing-big-data-herding-cats-taming-tigers#overlay-context=blog

http://www.ibmbigdatahub.com/blog/controlled-explosion-keeping-big-data-contained-security-governance-and-information-lifecycle

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2013/02/13/5-skills-data-scientists-should-cultivate-in-2013/

People and capability wise a cute reminder about communication leading to happy teams; a list of the least stressful jobs (interesting list); an some insight into who not to hire or you could interpret it as a very good interview question; and finally the power of your network when job hunting:
http://www.deliveringhappiness.com/the-trick-to-happy-teamwork/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2013/01/03/the-least-stressful-jobs-of-2013

http://www.entrepreneur.com/answer/225631?hootPostID=3e2453c6cae919655229598e6fa3bb89

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130217213656-15454-job-seekers-the-power-of-networking?trk=mp-details-rr-rmpost

Women in Business wise I read loads of interesting stuff and tweeted a few articles, here are some more.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kathycaprino/2013/02/12/the-top-6-reasons-women-are-not-leading-in-corporate-america-as-we-need-them-to/

http://www.web.com/community/women-business-owners/#.USHV3uiCfpB

Generally on leadership and business – thinking positive and changing your vocabulary; a nice blog on communication in leadership; do we really need to embrace a work-life balance?; the potential competitive advantage of agile; and a piece on Andrew Patterson post selling Zeacom – their business model, means of growth and decision to sell:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3005204/why-tweaking-your-career-vocabulary-can-radically-improve-your-life

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130120173044-59549-how-great-leaders-communicate?trk=mp-details-rc

http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/02/embrace_work-life_imbalan.html

http://blogs.gartner.com/jake-sorofman/is-agile-the-last-remaining-competitive-advantage/

http://www.interest.co.nz/business/63195/andrew-patterson-talks-founder-zeacom-now-he-has-sold-his-company-about-industry-proc

Finally for a bit of fun – I had a wee peek at this article on why we go to conferences before both the SAS and Oracle conferences here in Wellington, it made me chuckle; as did this blog on The Register after LinkedIN sent everyone an email that their profile was in the top 5%:

http://www.idealog.co.nz/magazine/43/idealogic-conferences-101

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/12/social_media_what_is_it_good_for/

Happy reading folks. Vic