February, 2015

An Agile Business Needs an Agile IT Group

Eric D. Brown

If you ask any business leader whether they’d prefer that their organization be thought of as ‘slow moving’ or ‘agile’, most would respond with ‘agile’ as their preference.

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For cloud security, it's not the hackers you should fear

David Linthicum

When I talk to reporters, they seem to focus quickly on security concerns around cloud computing, especially the public cloud. Mostly they cite recent well-publicized breaches such as Sony Pictures , Home Depot , and more recently, Anthem. They got hacked, so clouds are more vulnerable, right? Wrong. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Disaster Recovery in the Cloud: Are We Ready?

Data Center Knowledge

Disaster recovery is something that involves planning for the worst, and hoping for the best. As new technologies such as virtualization and cloud have matured, is it time to include cloud in your DR plans? See if your planning might benefit from the addition of cloud services at this session at.

The President Speaks At Hadoop World: Introduces DJ Patil as Nation’s First Chief Data Scientist


By Bob Gourley. Data science history was made on 19 Feb 2015. For the first time in the history of Hadoop World, the President of the United States gave a keynote. Dwell on that for a bit. This is huge. No matter what your politics is, you really have to agree, this is huge.

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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.

VSAN 6.0 — The Second Chapter Begins

Chuck's Blog - EMC

As part of the vSphere 6.0 announcement festivities , there’s a substantially updated new version of Virtual SAN 6.0 to consider and evaluate.    Big news in the storage world, I think. I have been completely immersed in VSAN for the last six months. 

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Use Cases for the Cloud

Eric D. Brown

If you’ve spent any time within IT over the last few years, you’ve probably heard the term ‘cloud’ more than you really wanted to. The cloud has become something of a buzzword over the years.

IT's top 3 cloud migration errors

David Linthicum

A few years ago, only 10 to 20 percent of enterprises had a cloud migration strategy, but nowadays, nearly all do. There are many good reasons to move to the cloud, but for many enterprises, the path to cloud is not paved with gold, nor is it easy to navigate. Despite all the best-practice information out there, I still see huge mistakes being widely made. Cloud computing shares resources never shared before, creating new risks and demanding new security practices.

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Going Cloud: How to Squeeze More Out of Your White Space

Data Center Knowledge

How to approach cloud and make the most of cloud services is one of the continuing issues faced by data center managers and operations, and the spring Data Center World event has several sessions on cloud and cloud options. Read More. AFCOM Cloud Computing Events

CTIIC to be a useful agency: Issues addressed by Former Intelligence Community Technology Leaders


By Matt Southmayd. Cybersecurity is one of the most important issues facing organizations today. It is so important that President Obama addressed it 20 January during his State of the Union address.

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.

Considering The Next Wave Of Storage Automation

Chuck's Blog - EMC

From the time enterprise data centers sprang into existence, we’ve had this burning desire to automate the heck out of them. From early mainframe roots to today’s hybrid cloud, the compulsion never wanes to progressively automate each every aspect of operations.

U.S. Department of Defense sets its cloud security guidelines

Cloud Musings

By Jodi Kohut Those watching federal cloud security in the defense space were pleased to learn the Defense DOD Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide (v1) (SRG) last month.

Confirmation Bias & Data Analytics

Eric D. Brown

In what might be the best titled article I’ve read in a while, Vince Kellen writes about the dangers of confirmation bias (or ‘finding what we want to find’) when working with big data.

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Business and IT have no good reason to fight over the cloud

David Linthicum

The RightScale 2015 State of the Cloud Report is out. Its most interesting finding: Business units see themselves having much more control of cloud-based resources than IT would perhaps like to see. Part of this conflict in expectations is likely rooted in the business units'' desire for more agility and their concerns that central IT is too cautious in cloud adoption -- especially public cloud adoption," the report notes.

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.

Survey: IT Concern With Green Data Centers Marginal

Data Center Knowledge

Green data center firm finds customers care more about efficiency than carbon footprint of service providers Read More. colocation Green Data Centers Power

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25 Feb Cloudera Federal Forum in Tysons Corner: Amazing agenda filled with lessons learned and best practices


By Bob Gourley. CTOvision is very proud to be a media sponsor of the 4th annual Cloudera Federal Forum. If you are into technology and government and want to find ways to enhance your ability to serve big missions you need to be at this event, 25 Feb at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner.

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Democratizing Analytics with RapidMiner

The Investing Edge

Today I’m happy to announce Ascent’s newest portfolio company, RapidMiner. In leading the $15M Series B financing of RapidMiner, we are following through on an investment theme I’ve been pursuing for several years – bringing advanced analytics to the business analyst. As we’ve all seen, there’s been tremendous hype around big data, but unfortunately many companies have been left disappointed as they have struggled to derive real value from the data they are collecting.


Chuck's Blog - EMC

In the IT biz, all forms of converged infrastructure are now the rage.

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.

The IT Group as Cost Center – Or Innovation Center?

Eric D. Brown

Mark Thiele published a post recently titled “ Why we Value IT Incorrectly – Innovation vs Cost Center. ” You should go read it.

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Good news: Computer science graduates will be ready for the cloud

David Linthicum

DePaul University is providing a cloud computing technologies program in its School of Computing and Digital Media. DePaul is not alone. Most major universities provide some cloud computing-related courses, and students may even find that they do more work on the cloud than in traditional college computing labs. From Amazon to Windows Azure, InfoWorld puts IaaS clouds to the test to find out which is best for you.

Nine-Foot Cabinets Help Test-Drive New Design for DFT

Data Center Knowledge

To validate its new data center design, DuPont Fabros filled a data hall with 200 cabinets of different heights and form factors, and used load banks to simulate densities of 15 kW per rack Read More. Data Center Design Dupont Fabros Featured

Don’t Buy A Samsung Smart TV Till You Understand The Threat To Your Business And Personal Information


By Bob Gourley. The fine print offered by Samsung regarding their new Smart TV is something you need to dwell on. Not only does the TV recognize your voice, but it will record your conversations even when you do not know you are being listened to.

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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.

Ten Ways To Improve IT Culture with Agile, DevOps, Data, and Collaboration

Social, Agile and Transformation

Over the last decade I''ve had the privilege of working with several IT teams that transformed themselves from minimal credibility with the business to delivering award winning customer facing products while improving other IT business services. Different groups with different issues and opportunities, but what stands out with all of them is their willingness to change and improve their own.

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CIOs Need To Learn How To Manage Digital Cowboys

The Accidental Successful CIO

Digital cowboys are the next CIO management challenge Image Credit: anyjazz65. In the modern IT department, CIOs are called upon to perform many different tasks. I believe that we can all agree that one of the most important of these tasks is managing and mentoring the next generation of IT leaders.

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Don’t Ask if you Can’t Act

Eric D. Brown

In a recent Harvard Business Review article titled “ Don’t Ask for New Ideas If You’re Not Ready to Act on Them ”, Ron Ashkenas provides an example of a company wanting to do the ‘right’ thing but not having the processes or systems in place to pull it off.

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It's make-or-break time for IBM's cloud

David Linthicum

According to a Forbes columnist , IBM is about to fire a bunch of people as part of an internal reorg code-named Project Chrome. Its cloud struggles are a key reason why IBM is having the kinds of difficulties that would lead to such layoffs. The report of imminent massive layoffs at IBM has been circulating for several weeks, but Forbes says it''s now about to happen. The report claims that about 26 percent of IBM''s employees will be fired, with most gone by the end of February.

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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.