There are plenty interesting web sites out there. Consultant blogs, IT discussions, resources for the professional services industry. We have a selection that should prove to be useful and sometimes entertaining. Welcome to the Resources and Reviews page!
Art in data
PowerPoint being one of the consultant’s most commonly used weapon, you have almost certainly found yourself presenting information with common, bland charts. Wouldn’t it be great to find a concept or even a tool that would make the information more exciting to you and to the audience?

So we offer you VisualComplexity, a web site which collects visualisation techniques for complex networks and other systems. Examples go from IT services and Windows vs. Linux security to design of bunnies and direction of passes during a football game. It is a remarkable and inspiring collection of art, made of data.

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SOA security
Do you oversee or create systems in which many applications, controlled by different entities, process confidential data? These applications come together to provide a “higher level” service than what each of them can provide by themselves. But a higher level service demands a higher level security, as systems such as credit card transactions have lots of security weak points.

This is where Manning’s new book on SOA security comes in handy. It aims at readers without a lot of prior security knowledge who are interested in simple, practical and working solutions. Real life examples are taken from finance, logistics, Government and other popular domains. Although it’s not in print yet, it’s available through an online early access system.

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How to become an independent IT consultant
The Software Simplist is a blog by Udi Dahan, an IT expert, consultant, and author. In this post he gives his recipe for becoming a successful IT consultant. It has six ingredients: Have a niche, Get to be well-known, Get published, Speak at conferences, Get your expertise, and Make it billable. Easier said than done? Read the entire article and you might find it quite doable.

His blog mostly deals with software architecture, so you’ll find resourceful posts on topics such as SOA, web services, distributed systems…

Check it out: Software Simplist