Blog

Oct 27
David's new Software Architect position

As of today, David joined Chenega Government Consulting as a Software Architect. He continues supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Select Agents and Toxins (DSAT), providing architecture support for the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP).​ He also continues his role with Exosomatic.

Jun 23
Announcing the Exosomatic Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) app

Today, we are excited to be announcing the first release of the Exosomatic Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) app, a tool that lets you create backpropagation (backprop) neural networks, train them with your determinate (known) data, and test (evaluate) your indeterminate (unknown) data with them.​ We think this is a user-empowering extension of SharePoint 2013.  Like our Application Impact Analysis app, it is available on Microsoft's Apps for SharePoint Store. For more go to: Exosomatic Artificial Neural Networks.

May 20
Exosomatic is now a member of Microsoft's BizSpark community!

​Exosomatic has been accepted as a member of Microsoft's BizSpark community. With over 100,000 startups in 100+ countries, BizSpark provides free software, support, and visibility to help startups. Please visit our BizSpark profile.

May 19
Coming soon: A new SharePoint app from Exosomatic!

In the next few weeks we expect to release a new app for SharePoint. Without revealing too much, let me just say that this app will extend SharePoint 2013 in a very interesting way. Stay tuned!​

May 01
Knowledge Management and the right tools

​After many years of working in the Knowledge Management (KM) arena, it continues to be clear to me that KM technology–really, typically, IT-driven KM initiatives often stall at the gate or flat out fail.

While these efforts can be implemented perfectly, meeting–or even going well beyond–all of the "defined requirements," adoption is often a big challenge.

This is especially true in organizations where there are many levels of management or where accountability is weak. It is also true of organizations that do not place a premium on collaboration, which may be cultural in nature for one reason or another.

 

Sure, we can install off-the-shelf content management solutions that are highly flexible, with taxonomic and "folksonomic" tagging structures and sophisticated search capabilities, but that is not enough.

People do not think about information in those contexts. They think about information providing insight, informing them. They think about who has the knowledge. They think about who can solve a problem. Sometimes, they just go to the web and hope they stumble on an answer.

And so, how does an organization improve the probability of a KM initiative being adopted? Or if a stalled implementation is already in place, how does an organization increase its utilization?

One key, I think, is extending off-the-shelf technology with a layer of smartly designed, targeted tools that provide the proper context to an organization's KM workers. These tools are often easy to find or to build and deliver. And, today, these tools can be implemented without risking the underlying technology.

For example, our Application Impact Analysis (AIA) app is designed to provide a dynamic view of some pretty dry organizational data. By giving a visual representation of the relationships between an organization's applications, people can become better informed about those applications and the impact that they might have on one another in certain circumstances. In addition, multiple people can do this at the same time, seeing these relationships from each's own unique perspective. This capability encourages discovery and, possibly, discussion. It may increase their knowledge, too.

Apr 28
Announcing the Exosomatic Application Impact Analysis (AIA) app!

​Today, Exosomatic announced the public release of the Exosomatic Application Impact Analysis (AIA) app, a visual tool that lets you (or your delegates) collect information about your organizational applications ‐ where an "application" can have almost any definition ‐ and visualize how those applications interrelate, creating the potential for seeing the overall impact if one or more of your applications are not meeting service-level expectations. This can be highly useful in environments that have a number of interrelated applications and their relationships are not well-understood.

Key features include:

  • Over 75 data points to describe your applications;
  • Recovery point objectives (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTO);
  • Financial impact categories;
  • Interactive directed graph (digraph) of your applications and their interrelationships;
  • Bing Map of applications' locations;
  • Preloaded with a small sample data set, so you can begin to see the app in action immediately;
  • Sortable grid view of your applications;
  • Leverages SharePoint lists to persist your data; and
  • An app part that can be deployed to your SharePoint host website's pages.

This release of the app is licensed per organization for an unlimited number of users.

Built with client-side code (HTML, JavaScript, and the SharePoint Client-Side Object Model), this app requires no additional hosting infrastructure. The app runs entirely within your SharePoint 2013 site and within your browser.

For more information, visit the Exosomatic site or go to the Microsoft Office Apps for SharePoint store.

Mar 07
Welcome to the Exosomatic blog.

Here we will share our thoughts on various topics, including but not limited to Microsoft, SharePoint, and software development.