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WEAPONIZED WEARABLES and DRONES

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By James Carlini

A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–

This article is an excerpt from the upcoming visionary book, NANOKRIEG: BEYOND BLITZKRIEG, by James Carlini.

NANOKRIEG: BEYOND BLITZKRIEG is a book series on redefining and re-arranging the Military Infrastructure, Natural Destructive Strategies, Energy, & Tactics (MINDSET) needed to fight the War on Terrorism as well as any non-traditional conflict in the 21st Century.

“Quickness is the essence of the war.” – Sun Tzu

With new threats and regional conflicts looming on the horizon, new innovation in technology and applications becomes critical. New weapons need to be developed and tested for all layers of the MINDSET Framework.

An example of new weaponry for individuals, wrist-based weapons (wearables), can be seen here. (See CHART 1)

CHART 1: WRIST WEAPONS*

WRIST_WEAPON_CHART2

* Source: James Carlini – Modifying and weaponizing a basic wrist drone/ wearable camera (see video)

A wearable drone

On the War Watch utilizing this wrist-drone technology, it would have several sensors or RFID-type (Radio Frequency ID) transmitters detecting any “Friendlies” within a 25 or 50 Meter range. This would provide the individual soldier with an idea of how many people are around him. This could be tied to monitoring some vital signs so it would remain “on” if the person was alive. If deceased, the “Friendly” sensor would stop transmitting.

This sensor would also tie into an RF-based transmitter which could transmit the GPS (Global Positioning System) location of the soldiers back to a Centralized Battle Control Center. Again, it would provide a force summary and their locations which could be fed into a “Force Deployment Analyzer” which would provide real-time battlefield information and feedback on where troops were deployed.

A GPS sensor would be part of the War Watch for other purposes as well. There would also be other sensors on the watch including a Seismic sensor and a Bio detector sensor. This could also be tied back to the Centralized Battle Control Center.

A Wrist Drone could be on the other hand which would provide a small drone with a camera that could be flown around to find out what is going on in the close perimeter of the soldier. The Wrist Drone could also be used as an Airborne Grenade.

IN ADDITION TO WEAPONIZED WEARABLES

Big Data is also a large area of interest in future conflicts. The equivalent of the impact of Big Data on the civilian side is “Total Information Awareness” (TIA) on the military side. TIA is a domestic surveillance system that provides “Total Information Awareness” as it relates to cellphone conversations, Email discussions, and credit information like banking, spending patterns, and social network interactions from family to business connections. With that type of detail-rich data base, many connections and interrelationships of data will be available to review, assess, and analyze.

If we apply a traditional 20th century strategic focus in future conflicts, we will wind up like the Polish Cavalry facing the approaching Blitzkrieg tanks and dive bombers of the German Army in World War II. Bringing old technology, outdated strategies, and tactics into the NANOKRIEG© battlefield will guarantee a short, one-sided battle and a quick surrender, if not total annihilation.

CARLINI-ISM: “Speed of response equals victory, or at least, survival.”

We need to innovate and bring in new technology, creativity, and determine a whole new capability down to the individual soldier and soldiers working as a small unit.

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James Carlini’s Book, NANOKRIEG BEYOND BLITZKRIEG will be out in late 2016.

He is a strategist for mission critical networks, technology, intelligent infrastructure, and President of Carlini & Associates, since 1986. Author of LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY, a 386-page book on Next-Generation Real Estate, Intelligent Infrastructure, Technology, and the global Platform for Commerce (Published 2014).

His original “Platform for Commerce” definition of infrastructure and its impact on economic growth is referred to by the US ARMY Corps of Engineers in their Handbook, “Infrastructure and the Operational Art” (2014) from his white paper. “Intelligent Infrastructure: Securing Regional Sustainability” written for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (2009)

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DEFENDING AGAINST NANOKRIEG©:

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Hardening Intelligent Infrastructure and Mission Critical Networks is a Must

By James Carlini

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In the age of global cyberattacks, enterprises and government agencies which have some type of cloud-based network solutions should be looking at a strategic design focus that guarantees a very secure intelligent infrastructure which is not susceptible to cyberattacks.

In my upcoming book on Military Infrastructure, Strategies & Tactics for the War on Terrorism, NANOKRIEG BEYOND BLITZKRIEG, I discuss some of the following concepts. We need to be prepared for a totally different type of warfare which depends on a totally different type of weaponry and warfare strategy.

HARDENING ASSETS AND INFRASTRUCTURE IS NOT JUST FOR MILITARY APPLICATIONS

Hardening an organization’s data center as well as its networks (and clouds) is a critical step to insuring its business continuity. Forget “disaster recovery” as it is a dated term and dated concept. Disaster recovery refers to the organized shutdown of systems and then when the disaster (event) is over, a systematic restart of the total application is initiated.

In today’s corporate business environment, many organizations cannot survive if their applications are out-of-service for a couple of days. Business continuity, where enterprise operations continue through the duration of the disaster, is a more robust design approach to system, data center, and network resiliency.

Disaster recovery is a dated term like data processing. More resilient systems, which are not susceptible to disasters and outages, are what should be planned and designed, especially for any organization’s mission critical applications.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is Only as Good as the Internet of Reality

I have said this in previous columns, “The Internet of Things is only as good as the Internet of Reality: the Network Infrastructure.” Too many IT executives buy off on glossy brochures and catchy buzz-phrases about the “Internet of Things” spun out by the “P.T. Barnum-like”, vendor evangelists in their corporate-logo golf shirts.

IT execs, who are not asking hard questions as to the “resiliency and robustness” of some of the inter-workings these cloud products, will be the first ones suffering when their organizations is exposed as having a data leak, a network failure, or a loss of all customer records and credit card information due to a cyberattack. Of course, this also applies to government systems and networks as well.

If the corporate (or government) network infrastructure is not fully protected or resilient from cyberattacks and other threats, the functionality of its cloud will be compromised whether it is a public or private cloud.

Why is this so important? If you are looking at any cloud-based computing, it better be bulletproof especially if it is carrying time-sensitive mission critical applications for your enterprise or information deemed private and confidential (like customer credit card information or health records).

One cloud feature missing in financial networks which I have pointed out in the past is Cloud Transaction Synchronicity ©. (Article – http://jamescarlini.ulitzer.com/node/2136070 )

Basically, this is the total traffic synchronization of ALL transactions being sent across within a cloud. This should be a traffic monitoring service available in any cloud application (Article – http://jamescarlini.ulitzer.com/node/2225061 )

This would guarantee a much higher and comprehensive level of compliance within the boundaries of the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) as well as other regulatory bodies within the financial and brokerage area. By having this timing synchronization embedded into the total network infrastructure of a cloud, it would guarantee the ability to re-construct the transaction sequence in any major drop or jump in the velocity and value of transactions processed. It would be able to provide exact sequencing of transactions and where they originated from, which in today’s cloud networks is not a functional capability of any network utilizing HFT servers (High Frequency Trading).

Without having this type of diagnostic capability, no cloud network offers what is really needed to be able to re-construct and diagnose the sequence of transactions occurred in a market crash scenario like the one that happened in 2010. (The 1000 Point Drop of the Dow)

THE REALITY OF EMP ATTACKS

EMP attacks are a real possibility. With the rise in terrorist attacks and a country’s national economy viewed as a viable target, it makes sense to harden both data centers and their networks to a standard where EMP attacks are nullified, (From article – http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/us/emp-attack-on-us-power-grid-could-kill-9-in-10-americans ):

As the Heritage Foundation has reported, an EMP attack with a warhead detonated 25 to 300 miles above the U.S. mainland “would fundamentally change the world:”
“Airplanes would fall from the sky; most cars would be inoperable; electrical devices would fail. Water, sewer and electrical networks would fail simultaneously. Systems of banking, energy, transportation, food production and delivery, water, emergency services and even cyberspace would collapse.”

Is your data center susceptible to an EMP attack? (Electro-Mechanical Pulse bomb) Are your network EMP-proof? If you are dealing with a third party supplying a data center capability and/or a private cloud, are they EMP proof?

EMP_RANGE

COVERAGE OF AN EMP BOMB BURST

These are questions to have fully answered before you embark on building out any enterprise or third party-supplied, cloud network or data center supporting any mission critical application.

Iron-clad clouds are needed in an era of NANOKRIEG, electronic warfare (EMP), cyberattacks, and digital economic terrorism.

CARLINI-ISM : “We need to prepare for new warfare and develop new defenses, not wallow in weapons, strategies, and tactics from the last century.”

His next book, NANOKRIEG BEYOND BLITZKRIEG will be out next year, 2016.

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CYBER-SECURITY DISCUSSION AT CompTIA Conference

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–

Sitting down with a couple of working professionals at the CompTIA Conference in Chicago at the Chicago Hilton to discuss current cyber-security issues gave me some insights on how some are coping with cyber threats and how others better be getting a quick education on security:

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From open servers and Smartphones to digital wallet applications on the Smartphones, a whole new issue of enterprise security is popping up across the vast landscape of users and their access to public and private clouds.

Ron Culler, Chief Technology Officer of Secure Designs and Chris Johnson, Medical IT Consultant, of Untangled Solutions sat down with me to discuss some of their views on cyber-security and the need to start putting together strict policies when it comes to cyber-security for organizations.

Ron Culler pointed out that many people have been pushed into this area of cyber-security who don’t have any real IT skills. They are not comfortable with dealing with some of the security issues, let alone, being some type of “Security Expert”. They need to rely on their cloud vendor or some other third party vendor to set policies for them and create a more secure environment. Many small companies fall into this category.

Chris Johnson added that with the explosive use in Smartphones and tablets, there is no established “trust mark” with any cloud approach. People buy off on the idea “the “cloud” that they are using is secure”, but it may not be. How do they find out if it is? There are no standards yet. There is no true rating system.

Both Chris and Ron pointed out the latest security breach with Jeep and hackers ability to take control of one of the systems controlling the car. This is more common than just in the Jeep because there was an article on the Tesla being hacked into as well. That intrusion of taking control of a car has opened the eyes of many who took security for granted on many products.

These security breaches are raising new concerns as to the robustness of the software being put into vehicles as well as other appliances within an Internet of Things (IoT) environment.

Chris Johnson pointed out that most people compare the features of a dishwasher more than they analyze the features of what is in a cloud network that is going to give them access to new applications. There is a lot of truth to that observation.

People need to be as comfortable in comparing features and network services for their smartphones as they are with comparing everyday appliances and television sets.

Both he and Ron agreed that there needs to be more education on reviewing and analyzing the good and the bad of new applications and smartphone technologies. People need to read up on basic security measures just like they would for their own houses and properties. Electronic “property” is no different.

You need to secure it from outside threats and theft.

LAWS NEED TO BE ESTABLISHED NATIONWIDE, NOT BY STATE

Johnson also pointed out something that needs to be addressed. Privacy laws and other laws applicable to Smartphones are different from state-to-state. In order to have a level playing field and a standardization of privacy issues across-the-board, a national law should be put into place, rather than have 50 different interpretations of the law. To me, that makes a lot of sense.

Johnson talks about the need to have a culture shift when it comes to understanding the new security issues when you use new technology.

Culler pointed out that many things like HVAC systems, point-of-sale systems and others are all “islands of technology”. There is a real need for many companies, especially smaller ones that do not have an dedicated IT staff, to look for third party network and security integrators who can help them establish and maintain a level of security across these different products and services.

Jumping into the Internet of Things requires some thought and some focus on establishing policies and procedures for security for all organizations.

CARLINI-ISM : “You wouldn’t leave your car unlocked on the street. Don’t leave your Smartphone or other devices unlocked for others to steal information.”

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LIFTING RESTRICTIONS ON MUNICIPALITIES BUILDING NETWORKS

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There is a call by President Obama to the FCC to lift the restrictions in 19 states on municipal broadband endeavors. This is important to the regional viability and sustainability of all communities – big and small.

AT&T (NYSE:T), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), COMCAST (NASDAQ:CMCSA), and other incumbent phone companies lobbied hard to get restrictions passed in these states in order to stifle competition, limit new entrants and capital expenditures for updating network infrastructure, and protect their cash cows.

We cannot afford to protect a few corporations’ profits if the end-result is the weakening of the overall national economy because our infrastructure, or global Platform for Commerce, is kept sub-standard compared to other economic regions around the world.  We need to look beyond protecting some  corporations’ profits, and focus on all cities and regions remaining viable in a global marketplace.

As I have pointed out in previous articles about network infrastructure:
In some parts of the United States, there is a multi-level government concern for regional sustainability and job growth. This has created a new unity in some places in community development between municipalities, counties and the developers of business and industrial parks.

The importance of being in the right location now includes being connected at a high-speed access point to communicate with global customers, clients and suppliers.

In other parts of the country, there has been a concerted effort to restrict and ban this type of development of high-speed networks by municipalities and others in order to preserve and maintain corporate profits for some of the incumbent phone and cable companies.

We must acknowledge that:
•  Municipalities are looking for economic survival.
•  Competition is good. It sparks capital spending.
•  AT&T, Verizon, COMCAST, and others need to invest or get out of the way on building out new Network Infrastructure.
•  Regional viability and economic sustainability are more important than individual corporations protecting profits.
• Economic Development Equals Broadband Connectivity and Broadband Connectivity Equals Jobs.

As I have said over and over again at conferences, “Just like locations were important for centuries based on their proximity to good transportation, seaports and roads, they now must also be adjacent to high-speed information highways and have both wired and wireless network infrastructures that tie buildings and communities together.”

Local network infrastructure has to be upgraded in order for communities to attract and maintain corporate facilities. Having broadband connectivity (multi-gigabit speeds) is key to:
– satisfying corporate site selection committees who are looking for new locations to build corporate facilities.
– regional sustainability (job creation)
– guaranteeing viability to the local economy

This was pointed out in my white paper written for the US Department of Homeland Security and presented at Columbia University in New York in 2009. (See page 7 of the CIP Report – cip.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/C… )

A small city or town cannot be at the mercy of the phone company to upgrade its local network infrastructure. It needs to be competitive in order to attract and maintain corporate facilities. The more capital investment in network infrastructure, the more competitive and viable a region becomes, especially from a global perspective.

We need the best network infrastructure in place everywhere in order to compete in today’s and tomorrow’s global marketplace.

CARLINI-ISM:  Network infrastructure is a national economic security issue.  It cannot be undermined by the passage of restrictive legislation to protect the revenue streams of a couple of companies unwilling to make the capital investments they need to make in order for all regions to remain viable.

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CYBER-VANDALISM IS NOT THE WORD TO USE

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Cyber -vandalism is NOT a strong enough word and should NOT be used when discussing the corporate system attacks that were done to the SONY corporation or any corporate entity.

The President of the United States has used this term and it should not be accepted as the correct label for what happened.

Bringing down a corporate network, stealing 400,000 credit cards, or stagnating a regional power grid is NOT the equivalent to spray-painting your name on someone’s garage door.  If we are to define the SONY cyber attack as a big problem, let’s identify the problem with the right label: corporate cyber-sabotage.

As I said in an earlier column about the impact of this type of electronic attack, “This isn’t a story line for a Die Hard movie anymore. It is reality and you can see governments getting into this as a form of electronic warfare and cyber retaliation.”

WASHINGTON BETTER WAKE UP

When you look at cyber-based threats and the impact they can have, many in Washington have no clue.  Why? Because computers were not their strong suit in school or at the jobs most of them came out of.  Most legislators are lawyers and most lawyers are not that computer-literate.  The world of computers, networks, and mission critical applications are not the first topics of discussions at Washington cocktail parties. So the reality of having the right defenses in place for cyber-crimes and cyber-sabotage has yet to be fully defined, let alone achieved.

As I pointed out in an earlier column:

Many organizations are still in a primitive mode when it comes to backing-up mission-critical applications. With mission-critical applications in organizations growing from “one out of three” to “one out of two” in many areas, the need to take a broader and more strategic view on the Three Rs (Reliability, Redundancy and Resiliency) of the enterprise is critical.

(See my article on Enterprise Assessment Framework – http://jamescarlini.sys-con.com/node/3263041 )

The type of attack which happened at SONY should be a solid warning for all that cyber-corporate espionage is a real issue to deal with and that corporate cyber-espionage can bring down just about any organization.

EMP IS ALSO ANOTHER MAJOR THREAT

Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) bombs have been a potential threat since the Cold War.  The difference today is that more rogue nations, like North Korea, could have a bomb like this in its inventory.

EMP bombs do not have to have a sophisticated delivery system like a multi-stage Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile system.  They can be brought across the ocean in a freighter and just exploded 50-100 miles above land and any electronics underneath their “umbrella” coverage become fried and non-functional.

That would put us back into the 15th century.  Imagine no cars, no electronics, no TV, no phones, and no social media. Technology would be dialed back to Christopher Columbus’ day.

Economic chaos would ensue and crowds of people would be protesting the lack of everything electronic.

Corporate cyber-sabotage and EMP bombs are real threats.  We need to make sure we are prepared for any type of attack like this and that means the government better be establishing new rules, policies, and procedures to protect us.

CARLINI-ISM: Corporate cyber-sabotage is real and CEOs as well as Congressional lawmakers better understand its ability to stop an enterprise (or government) in its tracks if real safeguards are not put in place.

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CORPORATE CYBER-SABOTAGE: MORE THAN STEALING CREDIT CARD NUMBERS

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Most people are worried about their credit cards being stolen, but more ominous problems with cyber attacks are being aimed at other parts of a corporation including tampering with facilities and manufacturing processes, stealing Intellectual Property (IP), and changing formulas and processing around so that it is next to impossible to revert back to the original systems and procedures. Corporate cyber-sabotage could be used by rival companies, foreign governments, or just cyber-anarchists who want to punish a corporation for their products or political stances.

HACKERS’ GOAL: SHUT DOWN THEIR PRODUCTION LINE

Just think if a huge company like GM, Caterpillar, or Ford got hit with a cyber attack focused on all the robotic systems in their assembly lines. Talk about getting “held up”, what if the systems were put in “Lock Down” mode? Or all the parameters set on various robotic tools like saws, drills, and welding machines got fed different information and coordinates which would render any type of production to zero output.

What if it was in a multi-staged attack where you first shut everything down, but then re-programmed the robots and automated machining so that when they were brought back up from a “disaster recovery mode” status to an “active status”, they would all have faulty, re-calibrated information in their cutting and manufacturing procedures? How easy would that be to unravel and fix all those changes and recalibrate all the robots so they were performing the right movements at the right time? Are corporate back-up systems as good as their executive staffs think they are?

Damaging a competitor’s core business may be a goal of a rival company or a rogue nation. It doesn’t matter who is initiating
the attack. What matters is, do you have the safeguards in place before the Tsunami of system failures hits your organization?

This isn’t a story line for a Die Hard movie anymore. It is reality and you can see governments getting into this as a form of electronic warfare and cyber retaliation.

Most CEOs may think about the possibilities of a cyber attack, but when they are asked for capital to harden facilities or hire qualified personnel who can safeguard resources, they don’t see the expenditure being necessary, especially if they are anticipating some big bonus. Cost-cutting executives and their organizations are the perfect target for these cyber criminals. If the cyber criminal knows the CEO is too cheap to approve monies for security, then it’s “easy pickings”.

This could happen and this is why more corporations needs to be aware of these more strategic approaches to corporate cyber-sabotage

Stealing credit card information is just the tip of the iceberg. Stopping an organization dead in its tracks because their electronic systems that manage and motivate the manufacturing process, is a much loftier goal.

CARLINI-ISM: Just when you thought you fixed one digital problem, another comes crawling up electronically.

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INTELLIGENT INFRASTRUCTURE DESTRUCTION: CYBER ATTACKS

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When a cyber attack wipes out an organization’s ability to conduct business, the question to the organization’s CEO becomes, “Have you properly maintained the organization’s infrastructure and its networks, so that it can still function as a viable business entity?”

What areas are you are supposed to manage back-up, and maintain? A CEO better know this for today’s cyber attack-infested marketplace.

A large cyber attack is to a corporate CEO, like a rogue snowstorm to a mayor facing re-election. If the plows and salt trucks don’t do their jobs and the city is left stranded from the ravages of the storm, the mayor does not get re-elected. On the corporate side, the CEO walks the plank.

Making a strategic assessment of an enterprise’s total business platform and its ability to withstand a cyber attack (or any disruption), is not for everyone. There are only a few quality firms that can approach this on an all-encompassing, strategic, executive view and not just an “outside techie” firm doing a review on the technical innards of a server farm or data center.

ESTABLISHING THE “RITE” APPROACH FOR AN ENTERPRISE
Each organization’s specific strategic assets need to be assessed for their susceptibility to corporate cyber-sabotage as well as other man-made or natural disasters. Let’s look at the various parts of the internal “Platform for Commerce” that supports an enterprise.

REAL ESTATE: What and where is the land that the enterprise sits on? Are there any issues/obstacles to be aware of? (Natural or Man-made)

INFRASTRUCTURE: What is in-place/ available/ accessible to the enterprise? What is the quality/redundancy of access to transportation? Rail? Airports? Power grid and network communications?

TECHNOLOGY: What technologies “run the business”? What in-place technologies are considered “Mission Critical”? Are there redundant network carriers providing Multi-Gigabit connectivity? Where else is redundancy needed? Where is it lacking? What other cyber/connectivity intelligent amenities are being used? What is the documentation?

Has the back-up systems ever been tested? (Sounds like a dumb question but you would be surprised at how many organizations have back-up plans as well as procedures and back-up hardware, but they have never been tested by the organization.)

ENTERPRISE CRITICALITY: How many applications are considered mission critical for the enterprise? To what level are these applications backed up and duplicated? How is it being funded in both its initial and operating phases? What impact do all the applications have on the enterprise’s regional sustainability? Global competitiveness?

There are more questions to ask and metrics to measure, but this gives you a good picture as to the methodology of the strategic Enterprise Assessment Framework (EAF) of what should be happening when it comes to assessing the internal “Platform for Commerce” within an organization or corporate enterprise.

CYBER ATTACKS ARE A MATTER OF WHEN, NOT IF THEY OCCUR
Cyber attacks are on the rise. According to a recent article on http://www.securityinfowatch.com :
According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), there have been over 700 data breaches reported in the U.S. so far this year, a 26 percent increase over the same time period in 2013. Of the breaches that have been reported this year, the overwhelming majority have affected healthcare entities and businesses.

Corporate executives may not see this as a hot issue on their “Things to Do” List, but they should. This rise in cyber attacks is an indication it is going to become a “Top Five” issue with corporate CEOs and their executive staffs.

Famous last words in the mahogany CEO office suite, “This could never happen to us.”

When you look at any enterprise’s applications, you have to segregate them into various categories of criticality:
1. CRITICAL APPLICATIONS (Mission critical to the success of the enterprise. Should never be shut down or incapacitated. ALL of them should be totally redundant. (100% back-up))
2. NECESSARY APPLICATIONS (Everyday operations depend on these applications. Only a short period of Out-of-Service time can be tolerated.)
3. OPTIMAL APPLICATIONS (Could do without for a period of time. The business could still function.)

There is a shift going on now as more enterprises become more dependent on mission critical applications. Today, one out of every three applications are considered “Mission Critical” to the organizations. Moving forward, one out of every two applications will become “Mission Critical”. Design and operational heuristics must change to fit these new critical applications.

Selling products and services into this 21st century corporate “Platform for Commerce” environment requires an expertise in understanding multi-disciplinary skills and next-generation solutions. It is a multi-level sell when trying to promote new intelligent amenities for next-generation buildings, multi-venue entertainment centers, and intelligent business campuses.

With the growing threat of cyber destruction onto an enterprise’s intelligent infrastructure, CEOs cannot afford to take a wait-and-see attitude as to preventions, enterprise-wide assessments and applied security solutions. They also cannot depend on their legal or accounting advisors because those people have no real expertise in these matters. Get a broadly-focused, strategic technologist to assess your current situation.

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MILLENNIALS: A TREASURE CHEST OF OPPORTUNITIES

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How many Millennials do you know who are uncertain of their future? How many of them have any type of blueprint to success? How many of them have more than a part-time job? (Some have two, just to make more money, but many are still looking for a full-time, benefits-paying job.)

With so many changes and challenges in society today, old rules-of-thumb cannot be applied to develop careers or determine a direction to take with developing skill sets and seeking jobs. The same career advice cannot be regurgitated year-after-year because it is just not applicable anymore.


FRAMEWORKS FOR THE FUTURE

When I wrote my book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY, I wrote it to leave behind a legacy of broad-based knowledge and experience on high-tech issues covering next-generation real estate, infrastructure, and technology. These areas are converging and impacting regional Economic Development.

The book offers more than that. It offers some “frameworks for the future” discussing the ways of looking at things which can provide opportunities for people in the beginnings of their careers as well as those in the middle or end of their careers.

One of my friends who was reading the book, called me up to discuss what he thought about the book. He said, “I can’t believe how much stuff you have in this book.” He said this is a book that could easily become a classic.

His summary, “The book is a veritable Treasure Chest of Opportunities.”

I am humbled by his assessment and hope others get as much out of the book. I really would like to see Millennials pick up the book because they are the ones who seem disenfranchised with “traditional business cultures” in many organizations.

Those who already have a degree and are in debt from college loans must take a second look at what they can fit into and what will get them more than a minimum wage job. The promise “a college degree will unlock the doors to better opportunities” rings very hollow with many of them.

There are still opportunities out there, but the doors and locks have changed.

What worked before in positioning oneself for a good job doesn’t necessarily guarantee success today. You must have skills focused on Flexibility, Adaptability, Creativity, and Technology in order to be marketable in today’s economy. (FACT-based skills)

It’s all in the book. FACT-based education is much more critical than learning the Three R’s: The skill sets for Industrial Age jobs. The Three R’s? Rote, Repetition and Routine which add up to Regimentation.

The Three R’s may have been excellent skills for Industrial Age jobs, but they are not going to get you far in today’s and tomorrow’s challenging jobs where nothing is routine and there is no such thing as “a routine day.”

Public school systems are not teaching for today’s jobs and there is a disconnect when people graduate. If they go on to college, there is no guarantee those FACT-based skills will be part of their curriculum.

SPEND $40 BEFORE SPENDING $40,000
Before deciding to get into a college curriculum that is probably 20 years old and will cost about $40,000 for the first year, buy the book for $40 and get a better picture of where things are going and where the opportunities of the future will be.

You may not need a degree. If you do, choose wisely. It is not about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as much as it is about FACT (Flexibility, Adaptability, Creativity, and Technology) skills.

Remember, 21h century challenges may not be solved by 20th century solutions.

CARLINI-ISM : College degrees are not the universal solution anymore to obtaining a good career in the 21st century.

Carlini’s visionary book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY is available at AMAZON and Barnes & Noble. (The ISBN # 9780-9906460-44)
AMAZON –http://www.amazon.com/LOCATION-CONNECTIVITY-JAMES-CARLINI/dp/0990646041
B&N — http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/location-location-connectivity-james-carlini/1120585793

Copyright 2014 - James Carlini - All rights reserved

Copyright 2014 – James Carlini – All rights reserved

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: HOW TO MINIMIZE THE COMPETITION

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

What amenity can a building owner or property management firm add to a building to eliminate 90% of their competition in today’s commercial real estate market? The answer: Broadband Connectivity.

This is not hype. This is not conceptual or theoretical. It is fact.

In performing research for a planning project I worked on while consulting to the DuPage Business Center, an 800-acre high-tech business park in Illinois, I found that searching for Class A space (20,000 square feet) in the surrounding area came up with a total of 60 available properties.

With that many properties offering space, it would be an easy time to get them to compete on price until the price per square foot was driven down to a very low amount. With owners hungry for a tenant, we could probably negotiate a year free on a five-year lease.

As soon as I added Broadband Connectivity (multiple gigabit speeds) to the upfront requirements for the tenant space, the amount of buildings available with that amenity dropped to five. That is over a 90% reduction in the amount of buildings available that could handle that type of request.

In that scenario, the building owner would not have to sacrifice dropping the price per square foot and could focus on more unique strengths of the property. End result: The property owner keeps up the profitability of the building and attracts the premium tenants.

20th CENTURY REAL ESTATE SOLUTIONS CANNOT SOLVE 21st CENTURY TENANT ISSUES
Hear that huge shattering sound of glass, steel and marble crashing down to the ground? That is the shattering of decades’ worth of commercial real estate concepts that don’t work anymore.

BLDG_FALLEN
The sad part is many in the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) market need to tune into this deafening thunder. The status quo has been shattered and shattered again by the implementation of WiFi. DAS and Smartphone networks into many venues. Commercial real estate needs to offer what was before a hoped for, that has become a “must-have”.

As I said in an earlier article: (http://onpurposemagazine.com/2013/02/20/defining-21st-century-real-estate-2/ )
Selling products and services into this 21st century integrated real estate environment requires an expertise in understanding multi-disciplinary skills and next-generation solutions. It is a multi-level sell when trying to promote new intelligent amenities for next-generation buildings, multi-venue entertainment centers, and intelligent business campuses.

Part of my book, Location Location Connectivity, deals with changing out Master Planning concepts. Areas of concern like power and network infrastructure services have become something to be added to the upfront planning of the property and not as some after-thought once the tenant signs the contract.

The reality is the tenant is NOT going to sign any contract unless these amenities are already present and available. When it comes to Master Planning, both power and network services have to be implemented upfront before any tenant will buy into the property.

WHAT IS IMPORTANT?
If you are into property management or ownership of Class A Buildings, do you want to eliminate the vast majority of your competition in today’s commercial real estate market? Start taking a look at implementing intelligent amenities before potential tenants require them and you have to do things in a crisis mode.

CARLINI-ISM: “When it comes to commercial real estate, those stuck with 20th century solutions will not be able to attract and maintain 21st century tenants.”

Carlini’s visionary book, Location Location Connectivity is available at Barnes & Noble. (The ISBN # 9780-9906460-44)
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/location-location-connectivity-james-carlini/1120585793

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Copyright 2014 – James Carlini – All rights reserved

LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY – WHO HAS THE PLAN?

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

At the HetNet Expo in Chicago on October, 16th, I asked a question to a regional Manager from Verizon at one of the morning panel discussions. I thought it was a good question, but did not elicit a good answer. This concerns me and should concern you.
“With the amount of wireless devices going from 10 Billion devices today to 50 Billion devices in 2020, what are the strategic plans of your company, Verizon, when it comes to building out network infrastructure?”

It was a straightforward question and I expected a definitive answer. When you look at the timetable for meeting the 5G Network objective, it is pretty clear they only have five years or a half a decade to plan, design, and implement a more robust and resilient network infrastructure that can handle a huge amount of new traffic.

We are supposed to be running in a 5G Network environment by 2020 and that means a lot of things to a lot of people. One thing it means is that all the carriers, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon have to do major upgrades to their networks.

WHO HAS THE PLAN?
Instead of getting a good answer, I got some song-and-dance from the Verizon Wireless manager and an even worse “wango tango of buzz phrases and euphemisms” from the moderator of the panel, who clearly did not know what he was talking about.

You would think they would be all over that question talking about the path to expansion of their infrastructure as well as the potential expansion of available network services to provide companies and individuals with more choices for faster capabilities.

If you have a plan, you would point out three or four of its major initiatives and tick off a timeline for their expected executions. Nothing like that came out of the panel discussion. It was more of the “these are big companies with big brains figuring all this out” rhetoric that did not impress me (or others).

Carriers must have a real strategic plan to meet this real challenge and I just don’t see it. Five years is not a lot of time for all this to transpire and be done right.

SOME IN REAL ESTATE ARE STARTING TO ‘GET IT”
In talking to some others who were at the HetNet Expo, I spoke with one person who told me his company was trying to sell this one real estate owner on adding more connectivity into his building for over three years, but their offers were always turned down. He said the building owner was now trying to lock in a new anchor tenant and part of the lease requires they have broadband connectivity in the building.

He said now the owner is scrambling and wants them to come in and build out his building with new antennae immediately because he is afraid he will lose this anchor tenant to someone else if he fails to upgrade his building.

I told him more of that is going to start happening as tenants start demanding intelligent amenities as part of the basic lease package and if it isn’t available, they will be moving to new facilities. It is already happening.

I discussed some of these concepts in the Keynote I presented. Next-generation real estate needs to have a whole new set of terminology to describe this paradigm shift and the industry needs to understand the new concepts.

My book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY, which will be available later in October. (ISBN # is 978-0-9906460-44) covers these concepts from Intelligent Business Campuses (IBCs) and Intelligent Industrial Parks (IIPs) to other multi-venue platforms including IRECs. An IREC is an Intelligent Retail/ Entertainment/ Convention Center (IREC) complex which focuses on Smartphone technology to cross-market venues to every visitor who decides to attend or shop at one of the buildings within the coverage of the wireless broadband capabilities designed to service the complex.

CARLINI-ISM: “For us to get to 5G Networks by 2020, all the Carriers need to upgrade their current network infrastructure and discard old rules-of-thumb.”

Copyright 2014 - James Carlini - All rights reservedCarlini’s visionary upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity will be available in October. (The ISBN # 978-0-9906460-4-4 )

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AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL IS MISSION CRITICAL, ISN’T IT?

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

The recent employee sabotage of Aurora, Illinois’ Air Traffic Control center which brought air traffic to an abrupt halt brings up some huge questions:

“Isn’t that type of control center mission critical?
– Shouldn’t a control center like that be backed up?
– Why wasn’t it backed up, especially after a 1998 GAO study said it was dangerous not to have it redundant?
– Who’s in charge?

ARE WE STILL FLYING IN THE 1930S??

ARE WE STILL FLYING IN THE 1930S??

WHAT DOES MISSION CRITICAL MEAN?

I have worked in mission critical systems and intelligent infrastructure for my whole career spanning over 35 years from Bell Laboratories designing software to run the public switched telephone network (PSTN) to working with the City of Chicago on planning and designing their Emergency 911 Center to working with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on trading floor technologies as well as overall networks connecting GLOBEX users internationally.

In addition, I have worked with more than several companies on their call centers, manufacturing and international networks which would also be considered “mission critical” because that’s where a great amount of their business came through whether it was a catalog sales company (Spiegel’s) to a major bank (Sanwa Bank) to a consumer electronics company (JVC) or a pharmaceuticals company (Abbott Labs).

Mission critical means you cannot go down. You cannot have a single point-of-failure. You cannot afford to be down for your business.

Mission critical means you need redundant power supplies, you need redundant network connections and you need redundant processing power to maintain the applications (computers and data bases that are completely duplicated)

With all that being said, whoever designed the Air Traffic Control center had to have those same types of basic design concepts when they were building this center. With something as critical as managing aircraft in the sky, you would think that you either had a fully backed-up system that the controllers to switch to OR enough back-up within the network of air traffic control centers to handle the overload caused by one or two centers going completely out on the network grid.

HOUSTON (AND CHICAGO)…………WE HAVE A PROBLEM

The May 1998 GAO Study on Air Traffic Control (ATC) Weak Computer Security Practices Jeopardizes Flight Safety (http://www.gao.gov/assets/230/225741.pdf ) concluded:

The FAA has not analyzed the threats and vulnerabilities, or developed
safeguards to protect 87 of its 90 operational ATC computer systems and 8
of its 9 operational ATC telecommunications networks.

The FAA does not have a well-defined security architecture, a security concept of operations, or security standards, and does not consistently include well- formulated security requirements in specifications for new ATC systems

The FAA has recognized for several years that its vulnerabilities could
jeopardize, and have already jeopardized, flight safety.

There are definite problems today as there were 16 years ago, so where has everyone been in the last 16 years besides collecting a check?

FROM MY UPCOMING BOOK – LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY

You need to take into consideration new network, as well as power, requirements for mission critical applications.

Most buildings need to undergo a transformation as to how they connect into the fabric of network infrastructure within the region. A single connection equates to a potential single-point-of-failure. Many building owners need to assess whether or not they want to incur the expense of adding a second route for communications into the
building.

We have to get the Air Traffic Control enters up-to-par with other mission critical buildings which support corporate (and government) applications. This should have been done over a decade ago.

CARLINI-ISM: “A single connection equates to a potential
single-point-of-failure. That being said, over 95% of buildings are then not ready for tenants who have mission critical applications which need network access.”

CARLINI-ISM: “Intelligent amenities are more important than traditional amenities. Traditional amenities are a given in commercial real estate – intelligent amenities are not.”

Copyright 2014 - James Carlini - All rights reservedCarlini’s visionary upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity will be available in October. (The ISBN # 978-0-9906460-4-4 )

He will be the Keynote Speaker at HetNet Expo on October 15th.
Details are at http://www.hetnetexpo.com/

Copyright 2014 – James Carlini — ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY: UPCOMING KEYNOTE

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

In October, I will be the Keynote Speaker at HetNet Expo in Chicago on October, 15th. The conference will be held at the Chicago Hilton and I expect a good cross-section of professionals will be there.

Why? There is a convergence of Real Estate, Infrastructure, and Technology going on and it is all focused on impacting the regional economic stability and sustainability of every municipality worldwide. To compete in the 21st century marketplace, broadband connectivity and redundant power are key intelligent amenities organizations must have in order to support their mission critical applications. In addition, most people are using Smartphones and Tablets as their new “edge technology.” Broadband connectivity is a “must have” in commercial buildings, and not a “hoped for” by this tech-dependent market segment.

Most commercial buildings do not offer redundant power sources or redundant high-speed network access from two different carriers. Real estate owners and property management companies have to address buildings which cannot compete for 21st century tenants.

Those who are selling WiFi, DAS and integrated Smartphone solutions must realize the market is wide-open for their business solutions.

NEW TERMINOLOGY FOR REAL ESTATE

Next-generation real estate needs to have a whole new set of terminology to describe its new capabilities. One white paper I wrote several years ago while working on an 800-acre high-tech real estate project, discussed the new names for next-generation industrial and office parks. Intelligent Business Campuses (IBCs) are the new names for those multi-building facilities supplying intelligent amenities like redundant power and redundant broadband connectivity to each tenant through intelligent infrastructure. In doing some research while writing the white paper, I found out that in Asia, they refer to these next-generation business campuses as Intelligent Industrial Parks (IIPs)

Other multi-venue platforms include IRECs. An IREC is an Intelligent Retail/ Entertainment/ Convention Center (IREC) complex which focuses on cross-marketing the venues to every visitor who decides to attend or shop at one of the buildings within the coverage of the wireless broadband capabilities that are designed to service the complex.

These concepts will be some of the material I will be discussing in my Keynote Speech. The concepts are covered in detail in my book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY which will be available later in October. (The ISBN # is 978-0-9906460-4-4 for this 380-page book.)

The book is a culmination of work and research done in the last several years on various high-tech real estate projects, several white papers including one I wrote for the US Department of Homeland Security on Intelligent Infrastructure: Securing Regional Sustainability and proven procurement, strategic technology management and team dynamic concepts taught throughout my years at Northwestern University in both the undergrad and Executive Masters programs. It also covers experiences from my consulting engagements.

CARLINI-ISM: “Those stuck with 20th century solutions will not be able to compete in 21st century global challenges.”

Copyright 2014 - James Carlini - All rights reservedCarlini’s visionary upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity will be available in October. (The ISBN # 978-0-9906460-4-4 )

He will be speaking at HetNet Expo.
Details are at http://www.hetnetexpo.com/

Copyright 2014 – James Carlini – All rights reserved

HIRING MILLENNIALS: HIRING ROCK STARS OR ROADIES?

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

I spoke at the second Annual INFORM conference on Big Data and Analytics at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center on a panel discussion entitled: Big Data Analytics: The Power of Practice.

There were over 100 people there from various companies like Walgreen’s, Accenture, Nielsen, and others as well as some academics from the major universities around Chicago.

The University of Chicago also has a graduate program in Analytics, so there were also several people there who were currently enrolled in their Masters’ program. The conference featured speakers from academic institutions to companies that were in various industry segments.

The one session I happened to sit in on was very eye-opening. The Chief Analytics Officer of this Chicago-based financial company talked about how focused they were on their young staff and how they had a whole program to nurture them because in today’s market, good talent is hard to find AND harder to keep. He had my attention because he was saying the right words.

He discussed setting up a college recruitment program and focusing on those who looked promising. He talked about their sophisticated internship program and how they determined upfront, the right talent to “fit their different product teams.”

He also talked about knowing who the “best of the best” were and that because of the competition for good people, you need to identify who your “rock stars” are and make sure they know you know.

WE TAKE CARE OF OUR ROCK STARS
Being myself, I was more in a “politically accurate” mode than a politically correct mode, so I had to comment on this executive’s big pitch about hiring graduates and younger people. It sounded like a pretty comprehensive program that reminded me of something like Bell Telephone Labs where I worked at in the beginning of my career.

The question I asked and thought the answer was going to be a definite “yes” was, “Do you have a tuition reimbursement program for these “Rock Stars”?” The answer was no. WHAT?

Credibility? BANG. ZERO. Are we talking about hiring “Rock Stars” or just “roadies”?

Well, wait a second. You went through 15 minutes of why it is so important to focus on the motivations and aspirations of these recent graduates so that they can do a good job and not walk away to another company, tuition reimbursement should be a given.

Rock stars? I think not. If someone is really good and there is no investing into their skill sets, they are going to walk. To be brutally honest, I felt that this was just another company that focuses on the “talent of the day,” gives it a “you are special to us” sales-pitch, burns it up, and then goes out and recruits the next “bunch of roadies” for next year’s tour.

Real investing – like paying for a grad degree or at least paying for 50% is what is needed to retain talent, not getting them enrolled in the one-hour free webinar on analytics. Or having some rah-rah event for “team-building”.

Let’s cut the corporate-speak as well as the awarding of a “This is a good place to work award because they have an Expresso Latte machine and lets you wear jeans to work” by junior journalists who don’t have a clue on what a good workplace environment is.

When it came time to give my two cents in the panel discussion, I ripped into some of this thought process. I spoke about building team dynamics within coursework in college – and not give everyone just individual projects to work on for their grade. Another professor in the panel agreed with me. Too many school do not focus on building people’s social and team skills while they are in college. Waiting until they get on the job is too late.

Insights for buying systems and technology from my perspective on the panel:
There is no such thing as a new, $5,000 Rolls-Royce. You want the performance, the quality, and the engineering – you need to pay for it.

Same goes for if you are not spending much money: There is no such thing as a Formula One Yugo. $5,000 is not going to get you 0-60 in 2.4 seconds.

A woman in the audience asked, “How do we push our children into the right direction?” I grabbed the mic and said, “Stop coddling them.

As to Millennials, there is no “special sense” about them. They want what we all wanted when we started our career: A good-paying job, a good (and understanding boss), and a fair chance to put forth effort in exchange for a decent reward, AND a place to grow professionally.

I had several younger analysts come up and thank me for pointing out the shortfalls of most companies today. They said I “nailed it on the head” as far as describing what goes on at their companies.

Companies do not invest in the employee and just work them until they leave. Good talent goes out the door and you have to start from square one again. Are you really saving money with that hiring approach? I don’t think so when you are dealing with something as sophisticated as operational analytics and statistics.

NOTE TO HIRING MANAGERS OF COMPANIES: You don’t get Superman by paying Jimmy Olson wages. Good people cost money not only upfront, but if you want to retain them you need to invest in them.

The argument that if you invest in people, they are going to walk – is a bad judgment call. If you don’t invest in them, the good ones WILL walk.

What we need today are more work environments like Bell Labs and not Taco Bell.

NOTE TO RECENT GRADS: Come to work on time. Dress for success. Do your job well and you will be rewarded well. We will INVEST in you. (That is what the company should be telling you – and taking action on, like a tuition reimbursement program.)

If you are buying off on the “Let’s paddle on the Lake” event or the “Clean up this part of the Forest after we take a zip line through it”, don’t tell me your “special” and need to be coddled. You’re just this year’s roadie. We’ll use you until we find someone to replace you after you burn out.

Come to work dressed like you are flying in the corporate jet, not like you are here to wash it down. As I advised some in an Executive Masters class once who came in dressed too raggedy, “Casual doesn’t mean Homeless.”

Young people are looking for real leadership – and they can see through the phonies. You know you are right when the next day you get all these people wanting to be in your LINKED IN network.

CARLINI-ISM: “It’s good to be the pragmatic Josey Wales in an environment of snake-oil salesmen and unarmed intellects. Few of us still speak with “words of iron”, but when we do, we strike fear in those who are the double tongues.”

Copyright 2014 - James Carlini - All rights reservedCarlini’s visionary upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity will be available later this year.

He will be speaking at two upcoming conferences in October (Chicago and Las Vegas). Details are forthcoming.

Copyright 2014 – James Carlini – All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT 2014 – JAMES CARLINI

5G NETWORKS: UNDERSTANDING THE FUTURE

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

This article is an excerpt from James Carlini’s upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity:

5G Networks

5G Networks will be providing some very high speeds to the average user. This means building out the network to specifications which have to include Continue reading

COMCAST TIME-WARNER MERGER: NEEDS CORRECT LEADERSHIP

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

The latest merger being questioned is the COMCAST Time-Warner merger which many experts are weighing in on. The problem is some are looking at the wrong end of the horse when they say it’s a bad merger.

In several articles and editorials that I have read, the authors and columnists look at the COMCAST/ Time-Warner (CTW) merger as a bad thing for cable. All the articles seem to focus on the cable industry and content, yet none are even making the argument about the new merged company, let’s just call it CTW, taking on AT&T and Verizon for the customers in the high-speed data markets. Broadband connectivity needs some competition and if you are going to be a competitor, you need some real money to compete in the capital-intensive communications industry.

WHAT BUSINESS ARE WE IN?

When cable companies first came onto the market, their CEOs were not focused on being part of the network infrastructure layer and looking at themselves as a communications infrastructure company. Their focus, and the definition of what business they were in, was the entertainment business.

They developed the delivery system for entertainment content. They did not think about building a communications infrastructure for extended use, even though they were. They were focused on bringing content into homes and did not initially focus on the long-term engineering of their cabling infrastructure. Designing and engineering the delivery system was just a necessary evil.

Now, with the need for real network infrastructure handling high-speed applications, the cabling industry already has a big footprint of cabling which can go head-to-head with anything AT&T has in place.

WHO NEEDS TO RUN THIS MERGED GOLIATH?

They need a CEO who understands who the new major competitors are. The CEO should be looking at AT&T and Verizon as their big competitors, not smaller cable companies or dish companies.

If I was the CEO, I would be looking at how to compete with AT&T and Verizon in the area of broadband connectivity. I would be establishing a whole gameplan to enter each one of their internet subscribers with an alternate high-speed service for their internet business.

There is a huge market out there because AT&T’s U-Verse is so limited. In an earlier article, I pointed out that if you have U-Verse, you cannot get a second line of U-Verse into your house. You can get a dial-up line, but nothing high-speed. (See http://onpurposemagazine.com/2014/01/02/att-misses-the-mark-with-u-verse/ )

I already have the solution at my house. I have U-Verse coming in and I have COMCAST coming in for internet only. I have both network and carrier diversity which is more than 96% of the residential and commercial buildings have as their connectivity amenity.

Buildings with one connection to one network carrier’s central office are obsolete. That was the connectivity solution for the 19th and most of the 20th centuries. This is a great example of what was “best practice” in the last century is not obsolete in this century.

You cannot use a 20th century solution to solve 21st century connectivity issues. Mission critical applications demand redundant connections (preferably in diverse networks).

We need more choices at the end-user’s home for internet connectivity. With competition, prices will go down, not up. With competition, we will be able to accelerate speeds and be competitive within the global markets.

We need to raise the awareness of competitive strategies as well as raise the speeds of connectivity to the end-user. Having another formidable opponent can only force AT&T and Verizon to raise the bar when it comes to speeds going to the end-user. The faster we get to having a ubiquitous network providing gigabit speeds to the end-user, the faster we will re-take our leadership position in the global economy.

CARLINI-ISM: Look to COMCAST/ TW as a new competitor to the incumbent phone companies. Competition is good.

Copyright 2014 - James Carlini - All rights reservedCarlini’s visionary upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity will be available later this year.

He will be speaking at several upcoming conferences across the country later this year. Details are forthcoming.

Copyright 2014 – James Carlini – All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT 2014 – JAMES CARLINI

Da VINCI TOWER: INTELLIGENT BUILDINGS MEET DYNAMIC ARCHITECTURE

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

The latest in modern skyscrapers is not going up in New York City or Chicago. It is not going up in the Far East either. The DaVinci Tower, which boasts a whole new architectural concept called Dynamic Architecture, is going up in Dubai. David Fisher is the architect.

Dynamic Architecture opens up a whole new approach to constructing Intelligent Buildings in urban areas. The applications of new architecture, technology, and Continue reading

COMCAST SHOULD BE VIEWED AS A NETWORK CARRIER

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

COMCAST’s recent $45 Billion acquisition of Time-Warner Cable was big news in the Cable TV world, but it should be looked at from a different perspective. Instead of looking at COMCAST as a Cable TV provider, we should be looking at it as another alternative to the traditional network carriers like AT&T and Verizon for our data needs both at home and at the business location.

NEW COMPETITION OR NO COMPETITION?

Maybe the incumbent network carriers like AT&T and Verizon don’t look at COMCAST as being a real competitor because its focus is more on Cable TV but in reality, the network grid that COMCAST has could go head-to-head in markets where incumbents like AT&T provide U-Verse.

Did you know if you get U-Verse, you cannot get a second high-speed U-Verse line? I found that out recently and could not believe how short-sighted that is from a marketing strategy standpoint. It leaves AT&T wide open for someone like COMCAST to come in and provide a second line for work-at-home couples. This was our solution when AT&T could not ante up a second line.

This raises a huge question as to the available network resources AT&T has in the street. If their policy is to not provide a second line, it means it doesn’t have enough network capabilities in the street. The solution is to go with a second provider like COMCAST.

RE-THINKING THE CORPORATE STRATEGY

COMCAST should be re-evaluating what its business model is. When all the Cable TV providers started, their focus was that they were in the “entertainment business” and not in the network carrier business. In reality, they were building a network infrastructure.

Today, with that network infrastructure in place, they should be re-thinking on what they want to sell as services. They may need a shake-up of executives who are too tunnel-focused to the cable TV market.

Having a second line come in from a totally separate carrier and network topography, creates a strong resiliency for mission critical applications. You can get this at the household level in almost all cases.

99% of the commercial buildings are still in the horse-and-buggy days of having one main connection to one central office of the phone company for connectivity. Corporate tenants who have mission critical applications should be using more than one network access point for their core business applications.

It is time to move forward from the horse-and-buggy days and start adding redundancy to all networks that carry any applications that you consider mission critical. If you work from home, that connection to your customer base is mission critical. Do you have network redundancy in place? You should.

CARLINI-ISM: If you have mission critical applications, you should be connected to two separate network carriers to avoid a single point-of-failure.
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2014: A YEAR OF UNKNOWN CELEBRATIONS

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2014 is a year that commemorates a lot of historical breakthroughs and global events. It is unfortunate that many who are in their 20s and 30s are absolutely clueless to these major events. Why? Public education seems to have failed miserably.

SO WHAT BIG THINGS HAPPENED?

Ask someone under 40 what year “the Great War started? You might be surprised – and shocked – with the answers. It is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War Continue reading

TERABIT SPEEDS – NEW NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE GOAL

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Since the United States is lagging behind in network infrastructure and broadband connectivity, it is time to raise the bar to terabit speeds when it comes to setting the standard for Continue reading

NET NEUTRALITY SOLUTION? NET COMPETITION

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The Internet should not be looked at as a tollway. Some want to change the Information Superhighway into a bureaucratic tollway which does nothing for increasing regional economic development, but does do a lot for impeding our overall global competitiveness.

The sad thing is that most people in government do not see this because they are blinded and dazzled by Continue reading

AT&T MISSES THE MARK WITH U-VERSE

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It’s time for a total shake-up of AT&T executives who think they understand the market for high-speed services to residential customers. Take it from someone who worked at Bell Labs and got a ton of real network infrastructure training in the Bell System: Get rid of them because they do not understand what is needed in today’s work-at-home, telecommuter market.

Where is the strategy at AT&T when it comes to their flagship product, U-Verse? It certainly doesn’t address the realities of today’s Continue reading

SMARTPHONES, SMART CITIES, SMART STRATEGIES

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In a recent Forbes article, a book, Against the Smart City, was reviewed on its focus on the concept of Smart Cities. The article’s author discussed the perspective and the arguments made by the book. I tended to disagree with the Continue reading

Your Chance to Meet Kelli Richards, Jacqueline Wales and Gary W. Goldstein

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On January 8th 2014

Can you imagine getting the opportunity to sit down with powerhouse Silicon Valley business consultant Kelli Richards, FBI, American Airlines to Citibank consultant Jacqueline Wales and billion dollar box-office movie producer for films like “Pretty Woman” and “Mothman Prophecies”?

Here is your chance!

“Innerfluence” Kick Off Event (Added Evening)

Wednesday, January 8th 

At the Private Residence of Jacqueline Wales.

Join coaches Kelli Richards and Jacqueline Wales who are your private and personal Think-Tank and Think-Big, and 100% committed to your massive growth, measured in productivity, reward and dollars. Also meet Gary Goldstein, Business Strategist, Advisor to CMO’s, Billion Dollar film producer of Pretty Woman who will bring his entire toolkit and proven strategies to amplify your mission and your results.

Okay some of you have seen me mention this before… about the kickoff meeting of Innerfluence on December 4th. I ended up getting very sick after the above interview and did not have appropriate time to get this message out to everyone in time.

The post went out late and I felt awful, but Jacqueline has added a very exclusive meeting to kick off The iNNerfluence Event.

This meeting will be held at Jacqueline’s private residence so she can only accommodate a very limited amount of people.

If you want to increase your InnerFluence in 2014?  If you didn’t get the chance to sit down in December with Kelli Richards, Jacqueline Wales, and Gary Goldstein then make time on January 8th to attend this life-changing presentation in Oakland, CA.

This is your chance to meet and work with three of the most incredible, highly sought after, success and business consultants including famed author of The Fearless Factor Jacqueline Wales, All Access Group CEO and media trailblazer Kelli Richards and Hollywood producer Gary W. Goldstein, producer of box office hits like Pretty Woman, Under Seige I & II and Mothman Prophecies.

Learn how you can massively increase your self-awareness, leverage superstar connections, and build a thriving business in less time than you thought possible with these three powerhouse individuals who are ready to rock your world.

This will be a one time, very intimate meeting in January with the possibility of working with these three for the next year!. Make this new year the most spectacular ever.

Chances like this do not come along everyday.

If you would like to attend please contact  jacqueline@innerfluence.com and let her know you’re interested in attending as soon as possible. – JW

I got a call the other day from my great friend and mentor Gary W. Goldtein. Gary was extremely excited about a talk he is about to give in Redwood City.

Now Gary gets to speak at many events and lately he has really cut back on speaking since Gary is very busy with his consulting business.

Anyway, when Gary gets excited I listen. He went on to explain who he was speaking with and about what they were doing together.

I understood immediately why he was so excited. He would be speaking with two extreme consultants in business about a new program they would provide this next year called Innerfluence which is a one year, very intimate coaching program for a very small and unique set of business people.- JW

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Gary W. Goldstein

Producer of some of Hollywood’s biggest box-office hits, like “Pretty Woman“, with Julia Roberts “Mothman Prophesies” with Richard Gere and “Under Siege I and II” with Steven Segal, which have generated well over a billion dollars in worldwide sales and revenue. Gary’s productions have also received multiple Academy Award nominations, Golden Globe Awards and Peoples Choice Awards.

Gary advises a diverse set of corporations and sits on several boards helping companies and entrepreneurs alike, take their business and passions to exciting new levels. has a passion for helping entrepreneurs play at the same level, and with the same agility that drives an 8-figure film ‘startup’.  With his expert guidance you can accomplish in a few months what any other business might accomplish in 3-5 years.  His great gift is unearthing that singular story that powerfully elevates context, makes your enterprise the only solution, and utterly disarms your competition.

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Media traiblazer, super-connector and influencer across media, digital music, entertainment and technology, Kelli Richards literally & figuratively lives in the cross-hairs of Silicon Valley, forecasting trends and connecting decision makers to talent and one another.

Kelli is sought after consultant, mentor, producer and speaker,

Kelli and team consistently work their magic bringing business opportunities to life by bringing together best of breed tech companies, record labels, film studios, consumer brands, artists and celebrities.  Kelli envisions and executes on a very big scale.

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An astonishingly diverse list of important companies and organizations — from the FBI to American Airlines, from Citibank to Standard & Poor’s, the list is long — seek the counsel and consulting services of Jacqueline Wales.

Jacqueline’s retreats and mentoring programs are renowned for obliterating barriers & unleashing explosive human performance, for her pioneering work at the vanguard of leadership, marrying human technologies that exalt, instruct and inspire people in business, government and philanthropy to achieve well beyond what their history might otherwise suggest is possible.

For those who hunger to truly become the author of their life journey and legacy, Jacqueline is the short cut!

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Innerfluence

The INNerFluence(TM) Program helps you simplify the complex. 
We teach you how to explode your influence in the world.

We know you’re brilliant. We also know the hard truth… how vast the distance between success and mastery. Our sole mission is to teach a level of stewardship most have not even imagined.  Before 2014 is over, you will have broken your own mold, and exceeded all expectations for your life, and your business.
Please join us On January 8th, 2013 
Introducing InnerFluence, an unprecedented program connecting self-mastery and influence to shift your sense of what’s possible for your life, your business, and your legacy. If you love good wine, mouth-watering food, and enjoy connecting with great people, you’re going to love this event.  Join us for an evening of calorie-laden conversations that will expand your brain. 

Space is extremely limited so if you would like to attend please contact  jacqueline@innerfluence.com and let her know you would like to attend as soon as possible.

YOU NEED TO KNOW…
More than ever, your personal success today depends on the right connections, cooperation and creativity with other high achievers and entrepreneurs (measured not just in millions of dollars in revenue, but in bottom line, impact and influence). 

Wouldn’t you like to learn how to :

  • Wipe out the distractions, become a Ninja, and stay laser focused on the 20% that takes you over the top.
  • Identify and master your strengths, and outsource your weaknesses.
  • Create a new story that makes people fall in love with you, your business, your mission and bring you surprising and disproportionate word-of-mouth influence.
  • Acquire major strategic relations to explode your results.
  • Think bigger ideas, deploy more powerful market-based strategies to surpass whatever you previously defined as ‘success’.  


Join coaches Kelli Richards and Jacqueline Wales who are your private and personal Think-Tank and Think-Big, and 100% committed to your massive growth, measured in productivity, reward and dollars. 
Also meet Gary Goldstein, Business Strategist, Advisor to CMO’s, Billion Dollar film producer of Pretty Woman who will bring his entire toolkit and proven strategies to amplify your mission and your results.

Beyond spectacular, you will also learn during the evening how you can join us at Jacqueline’s beautiful secluded home in Bali. This is a place where scents, sights and sounds conspire to connect you more deeply with yourself, and with your peers. Where you can unplug, reset, and rejuvenate to make a bigger contribution to the world at large.

Space is extremely limited so if you would like to attend please contact  jacqueline@innerfluence.com and let her know you would like to attend as soon as possible.

CONDUCTING GLOBAL BUSINESS ON A WEAK FOUNDATION?

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Your company will fail. Your office space will be a major contributing factor.

More commercial buildings are becoming technologically obsolete because their owners and property management companies do not realize that the three most important words in real estate have become Continue reading

JUST BLINK AND YOUR CREDIT CARD CAN BE STOLEN

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More and more people are getting credit cards with a built-in RFID chip in them. That little RFID chip (Radio Frequency ID) can transmit your credit card info out several feet when it is scanned by any reader. Most people do not know this.

You can tell if your credit card has an RFID in it because most cards will be marked by one of several Continue reading

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EQUALS BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY….

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And Broadband Connectivity equals jobs. That was a key point that I have been making in the last couple of years in keynote speeches addressing thousands in audiences across the country at various conferences.

At the AGL (Above Ground Level Magazine) Conference yesterday, I presented this key concept as well as Continue reading

DRESS FOR SUCCESS: CASUAL DOESN’T MEAN HOMELESS

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When you go to a business meeting today are you dressed for success or dressed casually? Do you look like you flew in on the corporate jet or were you one of the people washing it down before the flight?

7K0A0603Image consultants seem more concerned about social media tools today than they are real barometers of professionalism and success. Having a Smartphone with an obnoxious ring tone is not cool and won’t make any points unless you Continue reading

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING NEEDS BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY

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There is a lot of promise from the growing industry of 3D printers and manufacturing products through their use as well as new 3D scanners. This technology is providing a second industrial revolution in the United States as well as globally.

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HYPERLOOP: THE NEXT LAYER OF INFRASTRUCTURE

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Wake up America

Especially the politicians in California, Illinois, and anywhere else where they are considering implementing a high-speed train. High-speed trains are so “last century” and they are not cheap to build or maintain. If they are not used to their maximum capacities and there is only marginal ridership, they are a supreme waste of money and their residual value is just another money-wasting monument built to honor and perpetuate bureaucracy. Continue reading

LEARNING FROM LEADERS’ QUOTES

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How can you learn from proven leaders’ wisdom? One quick way is to get an insight to their thought process by reading up on their quotes.

Years ago, a business acquaintance I had met in San Francisco while consulting on a high-tech real estate project for Santa Fe Southern Pacific in Silicon Valley got me started on looking at quotes from different leaders in various industries. Continue reading

RE-TOOLING COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE CURRICULA

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Hear that huge shattering sound of multiple stories of glass crashing down to the ground? That is the shattering of decades’ worth of commercial real estate concepts that don’t Continue reading

A TSUNAMI HITS DETROIT

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Do you hear that? It’s a crumbling sound reverberating across the country.

It’s the great wall of over-bloated government pensions starting to crumble in Detroit. The unions think they will stop the crumbling? I don’t think so. Continue reading

USING COPPER CABLING? BEWARE OF THIEVES

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Copper cabling is still used in both electrical and telecommunications applications.  Both the power company as well as the telephone companies, still use a lot of it for distributing power as well as distributing communication signals for voice, data, and video.  Because of its value, many are thinking it is an Continue reading

BUILDING CONNECTIVITY: FIVE WAYS TO TELL IF YOUR BUILDING IS OBSOLETE

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EXCERPT from James Carlini’s upcoming book, Location, Location, Connectivity :

How receptive is your building to all the new connectivity technology exploding onto the market? Have your Smartphone with you? Does it work well in your building? What about your applications running on your enterprise network? Are you getting the speeds you need to compete in the 21st century? Or, are you stuck with 20th century connectivity because no one knows how to upgrade the building’s network infrastructure? Continue reading

PHONE CALL ANALYTICS? JIHAD, BENGHAZI, TEA PARTY – WE CAN FIND THEM ALL

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Who said Jihad? Who is talking about the Tea Party? Who said Benghazi or NSA? We can search ALL phone conversations down to the specific word and bring up ALL calls that have those keywords (or whatever we type in). We HAVE technology to do that. In fact, we can Continue reading

DETROIT: THE “SCARED STRAIGHT” DESTINATION FOR CITY ADMINISTRATORS

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The city of Detroit is faced with a 50/50 chance of bankruptcy and this should not be taken lightly. Many can criticize what led up to this financial catastrophe, but the more important issue is what can everyone learn from it? Continue reading

MUNICIPALITIES GONE WILD: EAST DUNDEE AMBULANCE BILLING FEES

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By James Carlini
We have all heard about the municipality in California that has paid some of its administrators with six-figure salaries as well as six-figure pensions, but we think that is a very rare occurrence and that our own municipality would never get that bad.

Look closely at your own municipality and its agencies. Are they gouging you on the price of services? Are you paying double compared to the Continue reading

MUSEUMS: SETTING A FUTURE DIRECTION BY PRESERVING HISTORY

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Any civilization in the last 5,000 years can only be understood and measured by what we can read and discover about them.  If they did not keep track of their accomplishments and cultures, chances are, we would know very little about them and their achievements.

  •  If you do not know where you came from, do you really have a good idea of where you are headed?
  • How do you build upon the accomplishments of the past or avoid the mistakes of the past if you are unaware of them?

These seem to be good questions to ask people who do not have a good grasp of how this country started and developed throughout the last 200 years.  As was pointed out by one museum curator, those in the last generation (the Great generation of World War II) seemed to have more Continue reading

SYSTEMS DESIGN: STILL TRYING TO GET IT RIGHT

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By James Carlini

Systems design has come a long way.  Or has it?

Taking various organizational procedures and applications and automating them has been going on for over four decades.  Next-generation systems have been selected and implemented more than once or twice in those four decades.  Millions, if not billions, have been spent on computers, data centers, developing and training personnel, and software applications.

Initial attempts were focused on getting a software program in place and getting people to adapt to the automated system.  A lot has happened since original systems were developed, yet basic design concepts and comprehensive testing to insure quality still seem to be Continue reading

MEDIA BIAS: CALLING OUT THE “EXPERTS”

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By James Carlini

Are you as tired as I am in listening to someone who is supposed to be giving you the news and instead is spinning the story to adhere to some personal political agenda they have?  Evidently, the only way to stop this obtuse reporting is to call it out every time it happens and question those who are either totally clueless or have some other agenda they are trying to foist on us.

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