Open Insights 33 – Market For Experts

Issue 33 – Market For Experts
July 2, 2007

by Sean Hull

Founder and Senior Consultant
Heavyweight Internet Group

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In This Issue:

1. Feature:Market For Experts

2. Upcoming Speaking Engagements

3. New Articles
4. Audio Interviews
5. Current Reading
6. Lightweight Humor

7. Miscellaneous

8. Past Issues
9. Technical Articles
10. About Heavyweight Internet Group

1. Feature: Market For Experts

Experts are specialists in their field. Folks who have differentiated themselves both in knowledge or skill, but also in marketing their services, specialty or method of solving problems. Often a conceptual shift in thinking about a problem provides a whole new business opportunity, or a better way of solving a business problem.

The market for experts is growing according to’s stats, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the number of “alternative employment” workers in the range of 10 percent.

Clearly the trend towards independent contractors is not slowing despite the market and demand for overseas outsourced talent. Indeed those workers can be thought of as another resource of experts, albeit further afield, and perhaps with some other limitations.

There are lots of sites positioning themselves to capitalize on this trend in demand for experts. Gerson Lehrman Group Councils

for example specializes in educating business and investment leaders. Experts apply or are sent invitations by existing members, fill in their profile, and may also write articles, and answer expert questions. Clients of GLG can search the database and find experts, then contact them, and hire them for telephone consultations on topics from Accounting to Healthcare, Law, Real Estate, and everything in between.

Round Table Group is another such service, targeted at attorneys and portfolio managers.

Expert Pages is a service more geared towards attorneys and law firms looking for experts in their respective fields.
Linkedin Experts is another recent addition, which quotes right on it’s frontpage hourly fees for experts. How they might provide a value add here is more difficult to figure, since their database is accessible by all registered users already.

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2. Speaking Engagements

Last April was the

Collaborate 2007 conference in Las Vegas Nevada. I ended up giving two talks, one on Monday, and one on Tuesday. I’ve uploaded video of both of them.

3. New Articles

Oracle 10g RAC versus DataGuard for High Availability

4. Audio Interviews

In our most recent interview we had the opportunity to talk with Norman Yamada CTO of Millburn Corporation.

Norman shares with us his experiences providing world-class computing solutions, and the pros and cons of doing it with open source.

We’ve also moved our podcast to Odeo for Audio Podcast hosting. It is a great service, and provides all the RSS and subscribe links automatically. So please subscribe if you haven’t already!

5. Current Reading
Blue Ocean Strategy by Kim & Mauborgne

Set sail on the uncharted blue oceans instead of the competition laden red oceans. Blue oceans being uncharted, can be challenging, and full of unknown risks, but also offer up a huge and uncontested marketplace.
Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger

I just finished this title recently, and found it to be an interesting, though perhaps a bit drawn out, discussion of categorization, in the age of computing. Where once we had card catalogs, and rigid structure for organizing libraries of yore, now we have the infinite variability, and maleability of sites like amazon to categorize, and recategorize to our hearts content. Weinberger also discusses the recent struggle among astronomers to categorize planets and small bodies out past Pluto, and what this means for the future of categorizing knowledge.
What’s Your BQ? by Sandra Sellani

Brand Quotient is like an IQ for understanding your businesses brand, how you are positioned in the market, whether that is best, and how to transform your business for success.

6. Lightweight Humor

More onion this month…

Apple Unveils New Product-Unveiling Product

7. Miscellaneous

I’ve turned up some interesting podcasts this month to share with readers. Enjoy!
SpikeSource is an interesting company that specializes in packaging, supporting, and in a sense certifying reliable combinations of those projects for the enterprise customer. I found that they have an excellent podcast series, which I’ve been listening too. Definitely worth your time:

The Business of Open-source Podcast
NPR – Technology Podcast

If you enjoy NPR, you might like their technology show. It comes out every Wednesday.
This Week In Tech

This series has been around for a while, and interviews some of the heavies in the technology space.

8. Past Issues

Issue 31: Auto or Traffic Engineer

Issue 30: Crowdsourcing

Issue 29: Mainroads or Sidestreets

Issue 28: High Availability

Issue 27: Fragile Foundations

Issue 26: Logistical Fitness

Issue 25: Which Red Button
Issue 24: Consulting Conflicts of Interest
Issue 23: Devil In The Details
Issue 22: Beware of Software Fashion
Issue 21: Open Season, Open Sesame?
Issue 20: Better Web Better Business
Archive: Past Issues

9. Technical Articles

Oracle DBA Interview: click here
Tools for the Intrepid DBA: click here
Oracle9i + RAC on Linux/Firewire: click here
Migrating MySQL to Oracle: click here
MySQL Disaster Recovery: click here

10. About Heavyweight Internet Group

In a nutshell, Oracle. Everything related to and surrounding the database technology we specialize in, but specifically setup, admin and tuning of Oracle technology. I have 10 years experience with Oracle, wrote a book on the technology, and write and lecture frequently. I’m founder and senior consultant of the company. In capacities where your company might hire Deloitte, AIG, or Oracle Consulting we can bring the same level of service and experience, at about half the price. Simple equation.

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