Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Wealth Is Not In Resources But In IDEAS
This statement is absolutely true when you consider the situation in Ghana.
Ghana is blessed with google of resources- Gold, Timber, Diamond, cocoa, Bauxite etc, but we are among the poorest Countries in the world, Whey? We lack human resources - lack of ideas to turn our resources to wealth. Are we rerady to learn to be able to turn our resources to wealth? we are always interested in seeking for loans from the developed world with a lot of conditions attached, but still our leaders are ready to sacrifice our resources for loans, why? because they need the money to enrich themselves.

The parliament of Ghana is Ready to send the country into Another sort of slavery again, why should we use our oil fields to guarantee for loan? are we really serious as a country. When you are hungry you don't eat with two hands, do you? if we had not discovered oil how would you had managed the country? Loans cannot develop our country, they will just increase our poverty level, we need to develop the citizens, change how we think, be disciplined, prevent corruption, work hard to increase our GDP, we sleep too much.

Our parliamentarians should begin to think as Honourable members as they are called and with a sense of patriotism and intelligence and eschew political bias. Why should the honourable member support some rude ideas because it is a philosophy of his/her party. HOW A MAN THINKS , SO HE IS.
Whatever decision our honourable members take today will affect our next generation, Honourable members, the future of our country is in your hands. Do something so that your name will be included in our history books.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Virtualization is for IT, Cloud is for Applications

We all talk about server virtualization like it has been around forever. The fact that just about every IT vendor has fully embraced server virtualization and has marquee marketing and sales campaigns based on its massive success is hard to ignore. And why not, when you have companies like VMware stating that for every $1 spent on a virtualization license, there is an additional $16 spent in software, hardware, and services? Everyone, of course, wants a slice of the the pie and the great news is that there is no sign of a slowdown.

A quick reality check also shows that the majority of virtualization implementations are still very focused on consolidation that drives reduced capital expenditures. It's a pretty easy calculation for any company to make when they don't have to procure a new server for each IT request that comes through the door. IT operations further embrace server virtualization just for the simple fact that their job becomes easier and the risk of maintaining a rat's nest of individual servers is greatly simplified with server virtualization--a giant win for IT!

But what about the workloads that IT doesn't own and manage? The applications that "run the business," require special attention, and risk revenue or productivity loss if they go offline? Is virtualization the best platform for these workloads? Probably not.

Most IT organization categorize applications based on:

* What they need to operate - These are great server virtualization candidates.
* Investment applications - This is the gray area when it comes to virtualization. If you have already made investments in availability, specialized hardware, recent hardware purchases, etc., these application are most often best left as is.
* Containing stuff that won't virtualize and doesn't change much so folks leave it.
* Killing stuff that you have to dump as otherwise it kills you.

You may have a 35 year old mainframe application or old Cobol code that needs constant change that you have to outsource development since you don't have the expertise and it takes years to change the code and is risky. So when change is required, it gets a new system--maybe Oracle financials or SAP--and the function is migrated, not the code.

This migration process is the ideal on-boarding opportunity for the cloud, which is primarily focused on reducing operational expenses. We can debate the different cloud delivery models for hours (and I don't mean IaaS), but the tipping point is real. Not all workloads are ideal candidates for the virtualization platform. The initial consolidation effort is a no brainer; the tweeners require some careful thinking and will largely depend on the current investment and protection. The contain and kill workloads are ideal candidates that should leapfrog virtualization and move directly to the cloud.


Friday, October 22, 2010


Thinking about the future can help you shape it. Thinking too much about the future can make you spacey.
By the year 2019, thanks to information technology (IT), humans will have largely overcome the limits of our humanity. We will have found cures for the major diseases that kill 95 percent of us in the developed world. By 2029, we will become godlike—tiny computer chips embedded into our bodies will stop disease and reverse aging, ever expanding our lifespans.
Such are the prognostications of the current pied piper of the digital utopia crowd, Ray Kurzweil ( In a syndicated newspaper feature, he recently shared these and other rosy predictions about the power of IT. His main thesis is that IT doesn’t just lead to linear growth, as humanity has experienced in the past, but exponential growth, and not just with IT.
Kurzweil is the author of such books as The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology , Fantastic Voyage: Live Long Enough to Live Forever, and The Age of Spiritual Machines , and in them he has made other astonishing predictions. My favorite: Human and machine intelligence will merge and become indistinguishable, growing exponentially until we will be able to control how the universe evolves.
It’s easy to dismiss Kurzweil. His background is in speech recognition—a technology that, despite its years of promises, has never crossed into the desktop computing mainstream because of its inability to perform as well as pecking away at a keyboard and pushing around a mouse.
If you do dismiss him, though, you risk looking like a change-averse Luddite. The past is littered with failures of the imagination, even among those deeply involved with IT. Ken Olson, founder and chairman of Digital Equipment Corp., said in 1977, “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” Thomas Watson, president and CEO of IBM, in 1943 said, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
Talking about talkies, H. M. Warner, co-founder and president of Warner Brothers, said in 1927, “Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?” According to an 1876 internal Western Union memo, “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.”
Kurzweil’s vision of the future is enticing, like a comic book, and he has his followers. Who wouldn’t want to become a Superman or Wonder Woman?
To be fair, computers are indeed amazing machines. PCs allow you to communicate with far more people than a phone or letter. They help you write far more efficiently than a typewriter or pen and paper. They make it possible to keep track of people and things far more easily than a roster or list. They let you budget, forecast, and plan far more effectively than a calculator or table. And they make education far more compelling than words and pictures on paper.
What’s more, unlike just about any other product on the market, personal computers over time decrease in price while they increase in power and ease of use.
Yet what our noggins do far better than today’s fastest supercomputers is “pattern recognition,” allowing us to know faces and appreciate a sunset.
Kurzweil thinks that, a quarter century from today, common computers will have these capabilities and others, including consciousness and the ability to have emotional and even spiritual experiences. I don’t think so.
As littered as the past is with failures of the imagination, it’s equally littered with products of over-excited imaginations. When has the last time you commuted to work in your flying car? What are you doing with all of the free time created by time-saving washing machines, microwave ovens, and other home appliances? How did you enjoy that vacation to the moon?
In his 2001 book, Technoromanticism: Digital Narrative, Holism, and theRomance of the Real , Richard Coyne discusses the romanticization of digital technology, contrasting it with rationalism and pragmatism.
Technorealism is the name that has been coined for thinking critically about the role that IT plays in society and history. At the Technorealism Web site (, you can read about its principles.
Sure, think about the future. Plan how to get where you want to go and what to do if the unexpected arises. But be careful about what you say about tomorrow. It’s a slippery place. As Lao Tzu said in the 6th century B.C., “Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge.” 

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Sunday, October 17, 2010


Hi!, you meet Afram Gabriel. Am the CIO of SmartsystemzTechnologies, A lecturer @ St. Joseph's College of Education - Bechem, Ghana. Also a fellow at University of education-Winneba.
The objective of my blog is to provide a platform for all people around the world to share ideas on various range of topics, focusing on Computing, The plight of the less priviledged in Society, Education For the Poor in our Ghanaian Societies, online help and support for individuals - Technical or philanthrophic.
I hope you will find my blog interesting and worthy of visiting everyday. May God be with you and remember you are not alone, be happy.

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