February, 2015

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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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

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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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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.

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.

Automating Azure Autoscale Rules via PowerShell and REST API

IT Pros Rock!

In recent articles, we've walked through automated provisioning for an Azure VM environment using Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC. We've also explored leveraging the Azure Cross-Platform CLI for automated provisioning of Linux workloads on Azure.

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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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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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.

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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

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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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!

Why Agile Development Should Not Own DevOps

Social, Agile and Transformation

Thanks to Ramon Monteiro @ivisualize for developing this cool visual depicting my last post on The Key to aligning Agile Dev and Stable Ops to a Successful DevOps Transformation. While agile development teams continue to iterate and improve applications for the Business, and Ops insures that systems are stable and reliable, the CIO leads the entire IT organization through a DevOps transformation. agile software development cio cloud computing DevOps it management leadership organizational chang

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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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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.

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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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.

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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CIOs Fix Outsourcing Problems By Putting The Fox In Charge Of The Chickens

The Accidental Successful CIO

In IT, can the fox successfully watch over the chickens? Image Credit: digitalprimate. I’m sure that by now you’ve read some of the stories that are out there about CIOs who managed to get themselves into outsourcing contracts that turned out badly.

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. 

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.

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?

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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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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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

How CIOs Can Use Words To Boost Their Power And Credibility

The Accidental Successful CIO

Being a CIO is all about having the power that you need to do your job Image Credit: Frédéric BISSON. As the person with the CIO job, because of the importance of information technology your company expects a great deal from you.

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.

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.

Five Thoughts from the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection


By Nate Fick. Editor''s note: Nate Fick is the CEO of Endgame where we first saw this piece. We asked him to share these thoughts with you here. -

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.

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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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.

Study: Emerging Data Center Markets Offset Decline in North America, Europe

Data Center Knowledge

Asia Pacific, LATAM, MEA see 2% growth, while developed markets decline Read More. Cloud Computing Enterprise Featured Supply and Demand

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Finding The Time To Be Strategic

The Accidental Successful CIO

CIOs know that they need to be strategic, but where is the time? Image Credit: catd_mitchell.

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.

Security for Big Data Designs: Examining best practices with security architect Eddie Garcia


By Katie Kennedy. On Tuesday, January 27, 2015 CTOvision publisher and Cognitio Corp co-founder Bob Gourley hosted an event for federal big data professionals. The breakfast event focused on security for big data designs and featured the highly regarded security architect Eddie Garcia.

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.