March, 2014

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: building a business when there are no easy answers


By Bob Gourley. I was recently speaking with a friend who formed a business. His background is perfect for what he is doing, his ideas are solid, his product addresses a pain point in most modern enterprises. And he has the stamina and work ethic of a champion.

Health care revs up for big drive into the cloud

David Linthicum

According to a report from Markets to Markets , we''re looking at a cloud computing market for North American health care of about $6.5 billion by 2018, up from $1.8 billion in 2013. The predicted growth is no surprise, given the number of reforms in the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (PPACA), the changes in other laws including one protecting our private health data, emerging payment models, and so on. read more. Cloud Computing The Industry Standard E-health Cloud Computing

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Smart Ring Roundup

CIO Musings

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. Sauron, Mordor, Middle Earth. Wait a minute. Smart Rings? Yep, thats right.

The role of IT and the CIO in Marketing

Eric D. Brown

Isaac Sacolick recently wrote a post titled Dear CIO, Here’s How To Help the CMO with Marketing Automation where he talked about the need for CIO’s and CMO’s to work closely together for marketing automation projects.

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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?

The SUPERNAP Goes Global, as Switch Adds International Partners

Data Center Knowledge

Colocation provider Switch has formed a joint venture to launch an international expansion, teaming with Accelero Capital Holdings and Orascom TMT Investments (OTMTI) to build SUPERNAP data centers around the world. Featured OTMTI

Windows 8.1 for Business: Why Windows 8.1? My users don’t have Touch Screens!

IT Pros Rock!

I frequently speak with IT Pros about the exciting new business & technical advantages of Windows 8.1 around security, manageability, BYOD and Mobility, and Client Hyper-V. Inevitably, during these discussions someone asks: “But … my users don’t have Touch Screens!

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Amazon Web Services celebrates 8 years in the cloud

David Linthicum

Believe it or not, it was eight years ago that Amazon Web Services'' S3 (Simple Storage Service) went into production. At the time, the promise was revolutionary: read more. Cloud Computing Amazon Web Services Cloud Storage

Make a Difference - Work For Us

CIO Musings

We are hiring a ton of positions over the next few months. The jobs are posted on [link]. More information can be found there and you can apply on line. Why is Chesterfield VA a great place to work? Lots of reasons. Excellence - We have been the #1 digital county in the USA twice in the last 4 years. In 2010 we were voted as having the best county website in the nation. We have won numerous awards and recognitions.

How do you define the CIO role?

Eric D. Brown

While doing a bit of research on the role of the CIO for an article I was writing earlier this week , I ran across this definition of Chief Information Officer from Gartner: The person responsible for planning, choosing, buying and installing a company’s computer and information-processing operation.

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Immersion-2: Liquid Cooling Designed for 100kW Racks

Data Center Knowledge

Allied Control is marketing its Immersion-2 liquid cooling design as a container-based approach for ultra high density cooling, supporting loads of up 100 kW a rack. Bitcoin Data Center Design HPC

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

Why Windows 8.1 for Business? Build No-code Business Apps with Windows 8.1, Project Siena and Microsoft Azure ( Part 1 )

IT Pros Rock!

Microsoft Project Siena , currently in Beta 2, enables business users to create powerful no-code apps for Windows 8.1 that can connect to enterprise applications, cloud services and the web.

Leon Panetta Warns of Cyber Pearl Harbor: and a CTO gives him a polite earful


By Bob Gourley Leon Panetta spoke today at the Symantec government conference in DC. No matter what your politics are, I hope you see this man as a great American who always puts country above himself. I believe that. He has spent his entire adult life proving that. He is a fantastic speaker. He held the attention of an audience of 2000 with a great overview of the state of national security, including threats, and as far as I can tell did that perfectly.

Java vs. Go: The case for cloud-specific languages

David Linthicum

What does Google''s Go programming language have in common with the cloud? It''s the language of choice of cloud projects like Docker ,, and Cloud Foundry''s (Go)Router. Go is five years old, but you may not have heard much about it. That could soon change. read more. Application Development Cloud Computing Google Development Tools Cloud Computing

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3 Hiring Mistakes That CIOs Make

The Accidental Successful CIO

CIOs need to avoid making these hiring mistakes Image Credit. When a CIO makes a hiring decision for the IT department, it can have a long lasting impact on the department. Despite the importance of information technology, the people who work in your IT department are even more important.

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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

The New CIO – Leader first, technologist second

Eric D. Brown

I’ve been writing about the “ New CIO “ for almost 5 years and I finally feel like there’s some real change coming to the CIO role and subsequently, to the world of the IT Pro. For example, Dion Hinchcliffe recently outlined his thoughts on The New CIO Mandate.

Large Crack Found in Dam Supporting Quincy Data Center Cluster

Data Center Knowledge

A large crack has been detected in a dam on the Columbia River that is the largest source of hydro-electric power for a major cluster of data centers in Quincy, Washington. Featured

Why Windows 8.1 for Business? Build No-code Business Apps with Windows 8.1, Project Siena and Microsoft Azure (Part 3)

IT Pros Rock!

This article is Part 3 of a three-part article mini-series on using Project Siena and Microsoft Azure cloud services together to build real no-code Windows 8.1 business apps.

Funny But Sad: Survey shows most people know nothing about technology


By Bob Gourley Dear CTOvision readers. You know we love you and I hope it doesn’t seem like I’m pandering to you when I say you are the smart ones who will lead us all to a better/brighter future. I have always believed that and now I have some statistics that back this up. The stats below are from a somewhat unscientific survey.

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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.

3 types of 'cloud experts' that make my blood boil

David Linthicum

The use of cloud resources is basic -- so basic, in fact, that it''s difficult for me to see why others find it difficult. Despite their experience and smarts, many need help, which is why I can make a living as a cloud consultant. We all win. Unfortunately, other people also hear the cloud music and want to crash the party. As the use of the cloud broadens, these party-crashers are showing up in droves, claiming they can help you implement the cloud.

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B2B IT Forum: How the Cloud Enables Legacy Market Disruption

The Investing Edge

Executives from Hailo, Invaluable, CustomMade and HubCast shared stories and insight regarding how their companies are transforming legacy markets.

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IT Transformation – or just remaining agile and ready for change?

Eric D. Brown

We’ve been living with the “ IT Transformation ” phrase for quite a while. I remember hearing and reading about how IT groups were ‘transforming’ themselves from what they used to be to what they needed to be in the future.

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Facebook Open Sources Power And Water Usage Efficiency Dashboard

Data Center Knowledge

Facebook is open sourcing its power and water usage dashboards it uses in Prineville, Oregon and Forest City, North Carolina data centers. The code is available in two pieces: the front-end User Interface component and the back-end data aggregator. Facebook Management

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

Why Windows 8.1 for Business? Build No-code Business Apps with Windows 8.1, Project Siena and Microsoft Azure ( Part 2 )

IT Pros Rock!

Project Siena is super-cool, because it extends the ability to build real data-driven business apps to non-developers inside organizations: that is, the business experts and power users who, in many cases, know the inner meaning of business data better than anyone else in an organization.

Facebook Bets on Virtual Reality: Purchases VR firm Oculus


By ShannonPerry. Tuesday, Facebook announced its plans to acquire Oculus VR for $2 billion. If you haven’t heard of it, Oculus VR is a virtual reality startup out of Irvine, CA. Its mission ? – to produce “immersive virtual reality technology that’s wearable and affordable.”

We need to move identity management to the cloud

David Linthicum

We''ve known for a while that centralized identity management provides a huge advantage when using complex and widely distributed systems. But who uses complex and widely distributed systems? Anyone who uses cloud computing, that''s who. There are so many moving parts to a public, hybrid, or multicloud deployment that security is a nightmare. The ability to assign centralized identities to all these parts -- person, device, or data -- allows for more control, as well as more flexibility.

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What Agile Teams Can Learn From 1st Graders

Social, Agile and Transformation

When I saw this hanging in my daughter''s classroom I knew it needed to be shared with Scrum Masters and other agile team members. So much what makes agile teams successful is dependent on their collaboration - establishing a shared understanding of priorities, solving problems, developing solutions, resolving blocks, and improving practices. A big part of this collaboration occurs in both.

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More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

Don’t use your data this way

Eric D. Brown

Last week, I wrote a post titled Big Data Starts with Data Management. In that post, I wrote: Starting with data management will help mitigate these risks since a good data management approach allows organizations to keep data quality in mind from the beginning of a big data project.

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Equinix Plans 1 Million Square Foot Data Center Campus In Ashburn

Data Center Knowledge

Equinix plans to build a massive data center campus in Ashburn, Virginia, not far from its existing interconnection hub in the heart of northern Virginia''s "Data Center Alley." The company has submitted plans to build a gargantuan development with more than 1.16 million square feet of space.

Top 10 Favorite IT Pro Blog Articles and eBook of the Month

IT Pros Rock!

February has been really active with some absolutely excellent blog articles published this past month!

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Strategic Cyber Intelligence: White Paper from INSA Provides Important Context For Enterprise Cyber Defense


By Bob Gourley. The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) is a virtuous firm I have personally volunteered with for almost a decade. I believe in the value they add to the discourse on matters of national security importance and also in cyber security issues.

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.