May, 2015

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 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.

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

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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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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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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.

CTOvision Interviews RADM Paul Becker, Director for Intelligence, Joint Chiefs of Staff, On The Cyber Threat


We recently had the opportunity to interview the Director for Intelligence (J2) for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, RADM Paul Becker, USN. RADM Becker has served in this position since September 2013. The Joint Staff J2 is a position requiring a constant awareness of the day-to-day threats to the nation.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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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…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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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

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.


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.

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.

Packing My Bags For Prague and Dimension Data #Perspectives2015

Cloud Musings

Prague is a beautiful city! My last time was in June 2010 when Jeremy Geelan invited me to speak at CloudExpo Europe (see my blog post and video from that trip at " CloudExpo Europe 2010: Not Your Father's Prague ").

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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

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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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.