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Trust in Software Ecosystems (Part 4)

[fa icon='calendar'] Jul 17, 2018 7:28:19 PM / by Frank Boosman posted in Miscellaneous

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In Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this series, I explained why it would be a good thing if we had software ecosystems that could cooperate and collaborate to solve difficult problems; how we can use existing computer science to make this possible; and why reliability and validity are critical issues for such ecosystems. In this final part, I examine existing security approaches that might help make software ecosystems more reliable and their results more valid.

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Two approaches from security research seem especially promising to application in software ecosystems...

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Trust in Software Ecosystems (Part 3)

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 26, 2018 5:09:08 PM / by Frank Boosman posted in Core Technology, Miscellaneous

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In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, I explained why it would be a good thing if we had software ecosystems that could cooperate and collaborate to solve difficult problems, and how we can use existing computer science to make this possible. But it's not enough that our ecosystems cooperate and collaborate; we have to be able to depend upon the results they produce as being reliable and valid.

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Put simply, how can we trust the output of a software ecosystem—like we trust, say, a guard dog to keep us safe?

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Trust in Software Ecosystems (Part 2)

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 20, 2018 1:14:18 PM / by Frank Boosman posted in Core Technology, Miscellaneous

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In my previous entry, I explained why we might want to enable our software ecosystems to cooperate and collaborate to solve complex problems, and to deliver results that are reliable and valid.

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Are cooperation & collaboration and reliability & validity solvable problems?

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Trust in Software Ecosystems (Part 1)

[fa icon='calendar'] Jun 6, 2018 6:08:51 PM / by Frank Boosman posted in Miscellaneous

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In my last blog entry, I promised I'd write more on the topic of trust in software ecosystems.

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I gave a keynote address on this topic at the Third International Workshop on Software Ecosystems (IWSECO) in Brussels back in 2011. Seven years later, have we made much progress? No...

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Crowds, Both Wise and Mad

[fa icon='calendar'] May 28, 2018 10:47:29 PM / by Frank Boosman posted in Data Science, Miscellaneous

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If you're a regular here, you may know that I'm a big fan of the work of Nicky Case.

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Nicky is a master of explaining complexity and complex systems through simple, interactive, and fun simulations. And now he's out with a new lesson.

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Chasms and Consulting

[fa icon='calendar'] May 17, 2018 5:51:52 PM / by Frank Boosman posted in Miscellaneous

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Where does “we stand behind our product to ensure it works for you” end and “we’re a consulting firm” begin?

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The line can be fuzzy at times…

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Breadcrumbs vs Footprints

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 20, 2018 4:58:21 PM / by Frank Boosman posted in Open Web, Deep Web, Core Technology, Lead Generation

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Recently, I was preparing to present our platform’s capabilities to a prospective customer and realized I needed a new metaphor to explain something specific about what we do.

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In preparing for the meeting, I knew that the customer was going to be primarily interested in our platform’s abilities to discover and enrich specific private individuals...

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When Is Lead Generation Not Lead Generation?

[fa icon='calendar'] Apr 20, 2018 4:54:49 PM / by Frank Boosman posted in Open Web, Case Studies, Web Harvesting, Lead Generation

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We're about to roll out some exciting things around lead generation. In getting ready for the launch, we realized that in many cases, the kind of lead generation we do doesn't really look like traditional lead generation at all.

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Generally speaking, the way lead generation works today follows one of two general models...

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The Sorry State of Leads

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 24, 2018 12:00:00 PM / by Frank Boosman posted in Web Scraping, Web Harvesting, Marketing, Lead Generation

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In Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of our series on our first foray into lead generation and enrichment, I described how we were surprised by our initial success, why we shouldn't have been, and what we found when we ran our own internal shootout to see how well our platform performed.

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As we've gone through this process over the last couple of months, we've come to one inescapable conclusion: leads—and lead generation in general—are in a sorry state. Why do we say that?

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Case Study: Lead Generation (Part 3)

[fa icon='calendar'] Feb 23, 2018 1:43:20 PM / by Frank Boosman posted in Case Studies, Web Scraping, Web Harvesting, Marketing

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In Part 1 of this case study, I described how we used our software to validate leads for the first time and ended up winning a customer's internal shootout. In Part 2, I talked about why we—perhaps—shouldn't have been as surprised as we were.

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At the end of Part 2, I promised to write again, this time about what we learned when we ran our own internal shootout. So how did we go about that, and what did we learn?

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