December, 2015

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.

The public cloud is more secure than your data center

David Linthicum

We live in a world where data center breaches are in the headlines almost monthly, much to the consternation of corporate IT -- the same corporate IT that fears the public cloud due to fears around data security. The truth is that the public cloud is more secure than the typical data center, and IT would get better security if it got past its prejudice against the cloud.

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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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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.

Data Analytics in the Cloud for Developers and Founders

Speaker: Javier Ramírez, Senior AWS Developer Advocate, AWS

You have lots of data, and you are probably thinking of using the cloud to analyze it. But how will you move data into the cloud? In which format? How will you validate and prepare the data? What about streaming data? Can data scientists discover and use the data? Can business people create reports via drag and drop? Can operations monitor what’s going on? Will the data lake scale when you have twice as much data? Is your data secure? In this session, we address common pitfalls of building data lakes and show how AWS can help you manage data and analytics more efficiently.

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

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.

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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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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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7 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.

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 Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

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.

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.

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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Should You Try Calculating ROI on Digital Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

If it is digital transformation you are seeking, you're probably not going to see the results in the quarter after you complete your first major milestone. Digital, technology organizations have adapted to agile practices in order to make incremental improvements to the products and processes they support. Product managers have adapted to release Minimally Viable Products and capture customer.

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How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

Step-by-Step: Capturing Azure Resource Manager (ARM) VNET Gateway Diagnostic Logs

IT Pros Rock!

A while back, I published an article that stepped through capturing diagnostic logs for v1 “Classic” virtual network gateways (aka VNET Gateways or VPN Gateways) on Azure via the Azure Service Management (ASM) API and PowerShell. Since then, the Azure team has released Azure Resource Manager (ARM) as our new management API along with new V2 virtual networks with an improved provisioning model.

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

A CIO’s Christmas List

A CIO's Voice

2015 has been another great year. I have tried to be really good by being the best CIO I can. So Santa, this year I would like the following: IT Value Proposition to the Business. IT Cost Reduction. Tickets to the opening of Star Wars The Force Awakens.

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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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Machine Learning for Builders: Tools, Trends, and Truths

Speaker: Rob De Feo, Startup Advocate at Amazon Web Services

Machine learning techniques are being applied to every industry, leveraging an increasing amount of data and ever faster compute. But that doesn’t mean machine learning techniques are a perfect fit for every situation (yet). So how can a startup harness machine learning for its own set of unique problems and solutions, and does it require a warehouse filled with PhDs to pull it off?

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.

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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Step-by-Step: Encrypting Data Volumes in the Azure Cloud with Windows Server 2012 R2, PowerShell and BitLocker

IT Pros Rock!

UPDATE: A first-class management experience is now available on Azure for enabling volume encryption for Windows and Linux VMs via Azure PowerShell, the Azure Cross-Platform CLI, ARM templates, and REST API.

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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

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

The HSBC CIO And The Money Laundering Problem

The Accidental Successful CIO

HSBC has a money laundering problem that they are trying to solve Image Credit: Christian Senger. The person with the CIO job has a lot to do in the best of circumstances. When your company has been accused of aiding in aiding in the laundering of US$881M and has had to pay a US$1.9B

PBS On: How smart is today’s artificial intelligence?


The video at this link and embedded below captures a 9 minute summary of Artificial Intelligence produced by PBS. It includes good research and video of computers and robots (and even an interview with Ray Kurzweil ). CTO Cyber Security Video News Artificial Intelligence

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.

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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Microservices: The Dark Side

Speaker: Prem Chandrasekaran

A few years ago, Barclays embarked on a journey to migrate its legacy services to a modern tech stack with the objective of achieving a high level of scale, resilience, and reliability. During the incremental, iterative move towards an ecosystem of focused, distributed services, it’s fair to say that the company discovered the challenges of distributing objects. Join us for an episode you can’t miss if you’re finding it a lot harder to architect in practice than in theory, and learn how you can shed light on the dark side of microservices.

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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eBay May Build Reno Data Center Beside Leased Space at Switch SuperNap

Data Center Knowledge

Online-auction giant considering $230 million investment in own data center on future Reno campus Read More. Colocation Data Center Strategies eBay Switch SuperNAPs

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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Andre LeBlank on Artificial Intelligence and the future


The video at this link and embedded below by Andre LeBlanc on Artificial Intelligence (filmed at a TEDx event) captures the many points technologists (specially Ray Kurzweil ) have been articulating on the future for quite a while, but is notable for Andre's focus on AI vice just the future of computing.

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.