Showing posts with label PowerPoint. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PowerPoint. Show all posts

Thursday, September 22, 2011

These aren’t the key management systems you are looking for

This is a nice presentation on enterprise key management issues from Anthony Stieber given at the 2nd IEEE (KMS 2010) Key Management Summit. The main message is that KMS is tricky and don’t roll your own. By the way if you are looking for examples of Powerpoint that breaks all the rules for good presentations, then you will find them here.

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Also there is a very polished and informative presentation from Chris Kostick of E & Y on an enterprise key management maturity model, and below is a comprehensive diagram on the life-cycle management of keys.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

When we understand that slide, we’ll have won the war

The title is a comment reported in the NYT by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the leader of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, when shown the PowerPoint slide below (see a larger version here)

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The slide was meant to depict the complexity of American military strategy in Afghanistan, and it seems to have over-succeeded. Apparently PowerPoint is not just an obsession with business managers but also with senior military commanders as well. But behind all the PowerPoint jokes are "serious concerns that the program [PowerPoint] stifles discussion, critical thinking and thoughtful decision-making”. The following observation is quite insightful
[PowerPoint] slides impart less information than a five-page paper can hold, and that they relieve the briefer of the need to polish writing to convey an analytic, persuasive point. Imagine lawyers presenting arguments before the Supreme Court in slides instead of legal briefs.
But even with mounting reservations over the ability of PowerPoint to usefully represent military situations, no one is forecasting any change – it is just too embedded in the military, as it is elsewhere. And while “no one is suggesting that PowerPoint is to blame for mistakes in the current wars”, it takes a great deal of time with PowerPoint to keep a war going, let alone end it.