December, 2015

Innovation and the CIO – Survey Results

Eric D. Brown

Michael Krigsman just published a piece titled “ What do business people think of their CIO? ” that shares some output of a research report put out by Tech Pro Research regarding the perception of the CIO within the business, including some results related to innovation and the CIO.

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3 cloud resolutions for 2016

David Linthicum

It’s that time of year when gyms fill up with New Year’s resolution-driven people who want to get into shape. At least, that’s the idea for the first few weeks of the calendar. Perhaps it’s time to work up your IT resolutions as well, especially when it comes to supporting your cloud-based systems in new and more innovative ways. Here are three suggestions for better cloud use in 2016. From Amazon to Azure, InfoWorld puts IaaS clouds to the test to find out which is best for you.

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Lights-Out Manufacturing: Future Fantasy or Good Business?


Editor's note: We noticed this article in Autodesk's Line//Shape//Space and requested their permission to repost it here. Line//Shape//Space is a site dedicated to inspiring designers and creators. -bg.

Facebook to Open Source Custom AI Hardware

Data Center Knowledge

Big Sur server spreads neural network training across eight Nvidia Tesla GPUs Read More. Blades Facebook Featured HPC Open Compute

An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

8 Steps to Building Site-to-Site VPN Connections for V2 VNETs using Azure Resource Manager in the NEW Azure Portal

IT Pros Rock!

In a prior article , we walked through the process of scripted provisioning for V2 virtual networks and site-to-site connections using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and Azure PowerShell together.

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Digital Transformation – Are CEO’s and CIO’s aligned?

Eric D. Brown

I just read “ Digital transformation will shape 2016 ” over on and was a a passage caught my eye. Before I give you the passage, let me put the sentence into context. The CIO article is discussing a recent IDC report titled ‘ IDC FutureScape: Worldside CIO Agenda 2016 Predictions.’ ’ This report provides some predictions on what the CIO and IT will be focused on for the coming year(s).

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3 key cloud trends for 2016

David Linthicum

As the new year approaches, it's a good time to look forward to what the key trends will be, so we can take advantage of them thoughtfully and effectively. Here are three key cloud trends I'm certain you'll see unfold in 2016. Considering the move to Office 365 ? Take these crucial steps before, during, and after for a successful migration. | The InfoWorld review: Office 365 fails at collaboration | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Enterprise Windows blog and Windows newsletter. ].

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SpaceX Makes History By Successfully Proving Real Space Rockets Can Be Reused: Lands A Giant Falcon 9 Rocket For The First Time


The video at this link and embedded below captures a historic first for humanity.

Most Facebook Open Source Developers Don’t Work for Facebook

Data Center Knowledge

Virtual machine HHVM among social network’s five most popular open source projects Read More. Facebook Featured Open Compute Technology Virtualization

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

B2B IT Forum: How Cybersecurity is being handled today and a look ahead

The Investing Edge

With all companies now targets of cyber-attacks, and the average cost of a successful attack rising to $4 million, the demand for security talent is at an all-time high. But while cyber security jobs are up 74 percent in the last five years, more than 209,000 cyber security jobs in the U.S.

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Why cloud changes everything

Cloud Musings

How is cloud computing bringing society and its ideas closer together? This got me thinking. Last week the President of the United States started following me on Twitter.

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Foto Friday – Hummingbird on Tree

Eric D. Brown

Captured this hummingbird sitting in a tree in our front yard Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 300mm F4 handheld with Canon 1.4X III Extender. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my 500px portfolio.


Hello Barbie! Welcome to the cloud and IoT

David Linthicum

I’ve always thought dolls were creepy -- not because I’m a guy, but because it seems that horror movies are chock-full of evil dolls trying to kill you. How many “Chucky” sequels do you have to watch before the stuff becomes real in your mind? Now, there is Hello Barbie , a network-enabled, cloud-powered, AI-driven doll that will hold a conversation with your kid. According to Tech Republic, “Hello Barbie's necklace is both a recorder and a microphone.

Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

Olly, A Robot Assistant with Personality


I think it is safe to say that many people would like to have a C3PO in their lives, I know I would. Today, not in a time long ago, there is a robot called Olly.

Top 10 Data Center Stories of 2015

Data Center Knowledge

While "boring" is a good thing as far as data center operators are concerned, 2015 was not a boring year for the data center industry Read More. DCK Featured Popular

Ascent B2B IT Forum: The Paradigm of Security: Turning Cyber Threat into Opportunity

The Investing Edge

The modern security landscape is becoming a competitive arms race between cyber-attackers and defenders. Threats have matured, risks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and vulnerabilities across the enterprise are commonplace – and evolving.

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What 3 Questions Should CIOs Be Asking?

The Accidental Successful CIO

CIOs become better by asking the right questions Image Credit: Tom. As a CIO we are always searching for ways that we can better communicate the importance of information technology in order to improve ourselves, our IT shop, and, of course, our company.

Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are today.

Teradata: Embrace the Power of PaaS

Cloud Musings

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) has always been the unappreciated sibling of the cloud computing service model trio.

The right way to migrate to the cloud

David Linthicum

Migration to the cloud is a journey that presents new challenges. Along the way, you need to consider more details than you first thought, and there are many paths available to move applications, but not all of them are right for your migration. The first step for every migration is to define the types of workloads you need to migrate. This does not mean each application, but the patterns of processing that the applications comprise.

New Drone Is Both A Submersible and UAV: Think of the use cases of this incredible breakthrough


The video at this link and embedded below shows a drone that can fly and maneuver underwater. A new type of drone that has never existed before. it is a rare vehicle that can operate in multiple environments. Watch as it transitions from water to air and flies and then transitions back.

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What (Hardware) You Need to Build an Azure Cloud in Your Data Center

Data Center Knowledge

Microsoft releases hardware specs for Azure Stack in anticipation of preview release Read More. Blades Cloud Computing Microsoft

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

When Cloud Crashes Into The Core Of IT

Chuck's Blog - EMC

The cloud discussion has been percolating through IT for about seven years now. It shows every sign of now going to a full boil. Most every IT leader I meet is now accountable for having an acceptable "cloud strategy" of some sort.

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Do We Really Need To Encrypt Our Customer Data?

The Accidental Successful CIO

Just how secure do we need to keep our data? Image Credit: Michelangelo Carrieri. Guess what: there’s been another hacker break in. This time it happened at the big U.S. healthcare provider Anthem.

Future Ready in the API economy

Cloud Musings

The world of business is software. No matter the industry vertical or business model, effective software is the key to business success. An even more important aspect of this reality is the application programming interface (API).

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3 hottest cloud job skills for 2016

David Linthicum

I get this a lot: People approach me at conferences and ask about the hottest cloud skills. Because they want to learn more, declare their expertise, and get a new and higher-paying gig. I can’t blame them. In the past, it was enough to understand the differences among SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS, but now companies are looking for very specific cloud skills.

Best Practices for Micro-Services Management, Traceability and Visualization

Speaker: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor, Founding Partner at Kumulus Technologies

Moving to micro-services, or even working with distributed applications in a traditional environment, brings with it a host of interactions that are often difficult to understand. This session will provide an overview of service mesh, a review of the Istio service mesh itself, and dive into best practices and integration models for integrating the traceability model into a distributed application.