May, 2015

Please Help Spread The Word: IEEE Seeks Papers On Bio-inspired Cyber Security


Friend and CTOvision reader Sean Moore of Centripetal Networks is a proven engineer with experience developing technologies and leading tech focused businesses. He is highly regarded for his mastery of network cyber security, IP communications technology and TCP/IP networking.

4 predictions for the immediate future of cloud computing

David Linthicum

Predictions tend to be more of an end-of-the-year activity, but I took some time to write down a few ideas and their likely outcomes based on patterns in the market that we can currently see. Here are a few to consider. There will be more market convergence around Google, AWS, and Microsoft. This is as easy to call as the sunset. Enterprises moving to public clouds are largely going with these three companies.

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7 common mistakes in Go (2015)


Given at GopherFest 2015. This is an updated version of the talk I gave in NYC Nov 14 at GothamGo. “We We need to think about failure differently. Most people think mistakes are a necessary evil. Mistakes aren’t a necessary evil, they aren’t evil at all.

The most critical skill?

Eric D. Brown

I’m an avid reader. I tend to read a few books at a time (I read one depending on my ‘mood’ at the time). The other day, I was scrolling through the various sections in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program and somehow ended up in the ‘self-help’ section.

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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.

Compass Piloting Wearable Technology In The Data Center

Data Center Knowledge

The futuristic pilot project combines mobile and wearable technology for smooth data center operation Read More. Compass Datacenters Featured Internet of Things

Do You Know How To Do Strategic Planning CIO?

The Accidental Successful CIO

CIOs need to know how to go about creating a strategic plan for their company Image Credit: Kyle Van Horn. If you ask any CIO to participate in creating a strategic plan for his or her company, you’ll probably see their eyes light up.

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The case for managed service providers in your cloud strategy

David Linthicum

Do you need an MSP (managed service provider) if you are moving to the cloud? That's a question many IT pros have. The short answer is that use of MSPs can be complementary to a cloud strategy. In fact, in my consulting work, MSPs are used in about 80 percent of the cloud deployment projects I’ve been on in the last few years.

4 Reasons Why Citizen Developers May Be The Next Big Thing in Application Development

Social, Agile and Transformation

I must be behind the times because last week was the first time I heard the term "Citizen Developer", a term Gartner defines as a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using. development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT. They are referring to a business user and not a software developer in IT, and are careful to distinguish this from Rogue-IT. agile software development cio citizen development cloud computing enterprise 2.0

Innovation needs process change

Eric D. Brown

Jeffrey Philips currently wrote a nice piece titled “ Innovate your processes before innovating your products ” over on his excellent Innovate on Purpose blog.

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Gartner: AWS Pulls Further Ahead of Others in IaaS Cloud Market

Data Center Knowledge

Gartner's annual Magic Quadrant for IaaS report increases AWS market share over last year. Last year, Gartner said it had 5 times the cloud capacity of the next 14 combined. It now has 10 times the capacity. Read More. Amazon Cloud Computing

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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!

To Be Successful, CIOs Need To Implement Simplicity

The Accidental Successful CIO

Complexity Is Something That IT Can Do Without Image Credit: nerovivo. I don’t know about you, but whenever I see something that looks complicated, I am impressed.

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Complying With Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rules


HIPAA was enacted in 1996, and by April 2005 security standards were required to be in place for most covered entities. In 2013 key portions of this law were updated.

Identity management in the cloud goes beyond security

David Linthicum

IAM (identity and access management) is clearly the best security model and best practice for the cloud. That's why some cloud providers, such as AWS, provide IAM as a service out of the box. Others require you to select and deploy third-party IAM systems, such as Ping Identity and Okta. But you should be thinking of identity management not only as a security technology, but also as a business driver.

33 Bad Behaviors of Agile Developers and IT Operations

Social, Agile and Transformation

I recently published 20 Bad Behaviors of Agile Product Owners and decided not to leave this subject one sided. In trying to improve the organizational culture and more specifically, the culture in IT, the CIO and IT leadership must consider, review, and improve on its own behaviors. So this week I'm itemizing some of the bad behaviors in IT. Like my previous most, I haven't seen these. agile software development cio DevOps it management organizational change software development

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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.

…and then what?

Eric D. Brown

I just finished reading a great article titled “ The Most Important Question You Can Ask: Then What? ” In the article, the author writes: The great art of life is in balancing the short term and the long term, so that one can have enjoyment with integrity – pleasure with purpose.

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How Facebook Cut 75 Percent of Power It Needs to Store Your #tbt Photos

Data Center Knowledge

Social network’s infrastructure team shares details of its cold storage data center design Read More. Data Center Design Data Center Strategies Downtime Facebook Featured Open Compute Storage

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SAP/HANA Does Big Data for National Security

Cloud Musings

Carmen Krueger, SAP NS2 SVP & GM While SAP is globally renowned as a provider of enterprise management software, the name is hardly ever associated with the spooky world of intelligence.

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Cybersecurity Standards and Your Enterprise


As we have noted in the past, “The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from” teaches Andrew S. Tanebaum in his classic text on Computer Networks. This adage is especially true when it comes to cybersecurity.

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?

Your top 5 cloud priorities for the rest of 2015

David Linthicum

Wow -- the year is almost half gone, so it's time for many enterprises to look at how to spend their remaining cloud budget. Alternatively, they can decide what items should be on the to-do list before the end of the year approaches. Here are five points to consider, if you haven't done so already: [ InfoWorld's guide to Docker. Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing newsletter. ]. Create a container strategy. Containers like Docker's are coming on strong.

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Transforming Technology Organizations By Investing in Culture and Practices

Social, Agile and Transformation

Should IT only be a services organization to the Business? Should it only provide a services catalog around incidents and requests and a PMO to oversee projects when required? Will perfecting service levels and project execution be good enough for the Business to compete when innovation and data driven practices are so critical for competitiveness? Will IT be able to consider optimal solutions. agile software development cio DevOps innovation it management organizational change

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Foto Friday – Towhee at the Water Fountain

Eric D. Brown

While visiting the Palo Duro Canyon in near Amarillo TX, we found a nice little secluded bird blind. After sitting there a few minutes, this Towhee jumped out of the brush and began to take a bath. This is my first capture of a Towhee.


Trust and Innovation in Communication Platforms

Data Center Knowledge

Some of the most basic communication channels used in businesses today, such as email and online chatting, can be the most vulnerable to attacks. Open source software offers a solution that allows for transparency, customization and trust. Read More. Industry Perspectives

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.

Industry leaders set cloud computing security benchmarks

Cloud Musings

Security has long been the No. 1 cloud computing business concern. Although the apprehension is absolutely valid, cloud computing business decision and strategies are all too often driven by the many broadly shared misconceptions and misunderstandings.

Review Lessons Learned in Big Data 21 May: SAS and Apache Hadoop Architecture Review


SAS and Hadoop work together in ways supportive to enterprise missions. Analysts are able to leverage comprehensive enterprise data stores by use of familiar interfaces and methods and with the well engineered SAS and Hadoop architecture can dramatically improve their results for mission.

Reinvent your career for the cloud the right way

David Linthicum

Those in IT have a sense for when parts of the market are driving higher salaries and better job security, and we position our careers accordingly. The hot zone currently covers cloud, devops, and big data, but in the past it was data warehousing, client/server, EAI, B2B, and so on. The problem comes when those looking to reinvent their careers end up cloud-washing their CVs and are even able to talk their way into significant cloud-related jobs.

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Agile Culture - Are You Developing Solutions or Solving for Business Opportunities?

Social, Agile and Transformation

Here is the hardest problem for a performing agile development team - Can you build me something that does A, B, and C for Users X and Y and have it completed within the next couple of weeks What is the problem with this form of requirement? Many of you might start with the obvious that you need more details around A, B, and C to gain a shared understanding with the product owner or. agile planning agile software development innovation it management organizational change product management

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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.

Building An All-Flash Racing Cluster With Intel and VSAN

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Hyperconverged is the latest justifiable buzz-worthy topic in IT. VMware’s software-led approach supports multiple hardware consumption options: from mild to wild — you’re not limited to someone else’s idea of an appliance if that’s not your thing.

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What Digital Realty’s New CIO is Up To

Data Center Knowledge

In today’s world, using technology to maximize business value means first and foremost utilizing data Read More. colocation Digital Realty Featured

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The Science and Art of Business Leadership

Cloud Musings

Business leadership is both science and art. The scientific aspects revolve around finance, organization, products and service. Artistic aspects include relationships, market trajectories and business strategies.

7012 Regs and Cyber insurance on collision course with small business


Editor's note: This post first appeared at and is republished here with the permission of the author. - Part One: What are the “7012” regulations? Defense Acquisition Regulation Supplement 252.204-7012.

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.