Theo Schlossnagle – Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee

Please congratulate Theo Schlossnagle and the rest of OmniTI for
passing the first cut on Ernst and Young’s ‘2007 Entrepreneur of the
Year Award’.

It truly is a wonderful testimony to both the size and profile
attributed to both OmniTI’s tenured history as well as the rapid growth
achieved over the course of the last couple of years… ;-)

[Please also feel free to vote on the article; as well.]

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WASC Announcement: ‘WASSEC Project’ Call for Participants

Anurag Agarwal has posted a WASC Announcement about the Web Application Security Evaluation Criteria (WASSEC) Project on the application security blog. This really appears to be a unique effort – as it is a set of guidelines to evaluate web application security scanners on their identification of web application vulnerabilities and their overall completeness. It aims to cover things like crawling, parsing, session handling, the types of vulnerabilities and the actual information about those vulnerabilities themselves.

The goal of this project is to evaluate the technical aspects of the web application security scanners and *not* focus simply on the features provided.

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ZendCon Unconference Chairperson for 2007 Is…

You my friend are now an active participant! Let’s get those ideas out of the hallway and back into the meeting room…. welcome to our first annual ZendCon Unconference. If you are sick of being just another person in the audience, today’s your day, you just earned a promotion.

Together we can choose topics of interest and utilize the mountains of expertise available in the room. Everyone is able to be a source and share their unique experiences with fellow PHP developers – you all can and will be called on to share.

So, I guess congratulations are in order, you are indeed our next esteemed speaker – and yes you will be called on, so make sure you don’t fall asleep or daydream……

The real secret of a successful web application

The amazing thing about “Flickr” is that nobody uses the service to upload pictures.
Nobody says to themselves. I need to upload me some pictures.
Instead, they’re satisfying some other need in their lives, like showing off the new kid to relatives.

Or, showing their friends how their latest trip to Europe went.
Or, letting their co-workers in on their latest conference activity.
All of these things have to do with their life, their relationships, their everyday activities that aren’t centered on the Web, but are made much easier by it.
If we look closely, that’s what most successful web apps do: they make our offline lives richer.

The emergence of a new hyperlocal paradigm

If the last decade was about information technology, the coming decade will be all about connectivity. After the infrastructure is being built on a global scale – and still growing strong – one can see the emerging connecting activities in the most unimaginable ways. The technological revolution started as an enterprise-driven venture, but ultimately empowers the individual, as connectivity is a fundamental social behavior and therefor deeply human driven. The impact of this development will be as dramatic as with earlier industrial revolutions like the beginning of mass production and cannot be underestimated. We just see the beginnings of the dramatic changes and for a lot of citizens it is hard to predict or even understand the profound consequences of change on business processes, cultural achievements, economic shifts, personal participation and society as whole.

Globalization as an expression of connectivity raises a lot of concerns among the developed countries, but is ultimately inevitable – the world is turning flat again. But by focussing on that aspect alone, people tend to underestimate the power of individual or in other words local connectivity that could act as a balancing power on the pressuring force of global competition.

The decisive paradigm from the age of mass production was culminating in the claim “think global – act local” – the view of international brands and enterprises, conquering markets worldwide and batteling with salesforces for the dominance in each region on a global scale.

The emerging paradigm from the coming age of connectivity shows a totally opposite point of view, expressed by individuals with the claim “think global-act hyperlocal”.