May, 2014

Al-Qaeda Innovations Correlated To Unauthorized Disclosures By Snowden: Independent Verification Through Open Source Intelligence


By Bob Gourley. Students of history know what happens when adversaries learn how the good guys collect intelligence on them. They change their tactics, techniques or procedures and it gets much harder to know their intentions.

Don't be scared; it's just the cloud

David Linthicum

There is no question that the use of cloud-based resources affects IT organizations. But how much should your IT organization change to best leverage cloud computing? read more. Cloud Computing IT Jobs IT Management Cloud Computing

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Big Data, People and the SMB

Eric D. Brown

According to the 2014 IDG Enterprise Big Data survey , most large organizations today (almost 49% of survey respondents) claim to be well along the implementation path for big data initiatives and projects.

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Google Using Machine Learning to Boost Data Center Efficiency

Data Center Knowledge

Google is using machine learning and artificial intelligence to wring even more efficiency out of its mighty data centers. The humans remain in charge, but Google expects to reach new frontiers in efficiency in its server farms. Read More. Featured Google

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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.

Accelerating DevOps with the Cloud using Microsoft Azure and Friends: The Series

IT Pros Rock!

Have you heard about DevOps? Enterprise IT organizations are increasingly driven by business demands for faster, better solutions delivered more quickly than ever before.

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Citizen Engagement - The Rule of Three

CIO Musings

NOTE: This entry is also posted at [link]. I have been invited to be a featured blogger for them, which I am really happy about. Do you believe that the involvement of citizens in the management of the government makes government better? Are you willing to do things differently to reach a different segment of the population? One of the leaders I respect the most has often been heard to say that public servants are at their best when they partner with citizens.

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Oracle keeps missing the point of cloud computing

David Linthicum

I can''t make this stuff up: Oracle is going to provide you some cloud options. read more. Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Oracle Cloud Computing

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Trends in the SMB Technology Space

Eric D. Brown

I just finished reading a report from SMB Group titled “ Vendor Strategies to Bring Game-Changing Technology Trends to SMBs ”. The report is a pay-per-access report but I received a copy from IBM to review and I’m happy I got to see it.

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Data Storage Location: Four Things to Consider

Data Center Knowledge

Deciding where to house corporate data requires an understanding of the relevant laws across countries, as well as a thorough risk analysis, writes John Landry of Intralinks. Read More. Industry Perspectives

Join me online at Microsoft Tech Ed 2014 - Live via Houston TX!

IT Pros Rock!

At this year’s TechEd we’re going to take the wraps off a range of new products and services, and we cannot wait to talk about—and demo—some of the remarkable new capabilities and functionalities we are going to deliver to the IT and developer industry.

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!

Big Data Means 5 Big Problems For CIOs

The Accidental Successful CIO

With more data comes more problems for CIOs… Image Credit. If you pick up just about any IT magazine these days, you’ll see that everyone seems to have decided that we are now living in the age of “big data” No data set is too large to be processed by your IT department.

NGA Continues To Engage With Open Source Community Via GitHub


By Bob Gourley. We previously wrote about NGA on GitHub here and have also provided a few tutorials on GitHub and what enterprise professionals should know about it here. With this post I would like to provide an update on what NGA is up to now in this area.

How Microsoft's cloud push will affect your job

David Linthicum

Microsoft is going cloud -- or already has gone cloud , depending on whom you talk to. read more. Cloud Computing Microsoft Azure IT Jobs Cloud Computing

Viper : Go configuration management with Fangs


Viper is a complete configuration solution. Designed to work within an application to handle file based configuration and seamlessly marry that with command line flags which can also be used to control application behavior. Why Viper? When building a modern application you don’t want to have to worry about configuration file formats, you want to focus on building awesome software. Viper is here to help with that.

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.

eBay Shifts to Water-Cooled Doors to Tame High-Density Loads

Data Center Knowledge

As power density changes, so does the math driving investments in cooling. An eBay project in Phoenix illustrates the tradeoffs in space, power and density as data center operates seek to optimize the cost of computing power. Read More. Cooling Data Center Design eBay

News from Microsoft TechEd 2014 - Key Hybrid Cloud Announcements

IT Pros Rock!

Brad Anderson and our Cloud & Enterprise team have made a HUGE number of announcements around Hybrid Cloud this week at Microsoft TechEd 2014.

The People Challenge for the Midsize Organization

Eric D. Brown

There are many challenges facing the IT function within the midsize organization. Actually, there are many challenges facing the IT function within all organizations but there’s a particular challenge facing the smaller organizations.

Optimizing The Data Warehouse: A Big Data Blueprint from Pentaho


By Bob Gourley. We previously wrote about the Pentaho Big Data Blueprints series, which include design packages of use to enterprise architects and other technologists seeking operational concepts and repeatable designs.

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?

How your workout fuels the cloud

David Linthicum

Credit: TommL read more. Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Mobile Technology Consumer Electronics Mobile Apps Cloud Computing

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The Next Inflection Point in Business Analytics By: Gili Keshet-Aspitz, Verix

A CIO's Voice

Big Data is the latest tech jargon to cause grief in the industry. As CIOs we are often charged with explaining it and implementing it. Far too often Big Data is baffling and often misused in business.

As Mining Demand Grows, Data Center Firms Begin Accepting Bitcoin

Data Center Knowledge

C7 Data Centers and Server Farm Realty take on customers that pay for data center space in Bitcoin. Both providers believe the digital currency is here to stay. Read More. Bitcoin C7 Data Centers Featured Server Farm Realty

Windows Azure Pack: Configuring Remote Desktop Gateway for VM Console Access

IT Pros Rock!

The free Windows Azure Pack (WAP) delivers the on-demand , self-service user interface from our Microsoft Azure public cloud platform to on-premises Private Clouds in your datacenter.

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.

If An IT Project Wastes US$16B, Is It The CIO’s Fault?

The Accidental Successful CIO

The British NHS IT project is going to end costing a lot and delivering very little Image Credit. It seems like a classic IT problem. You’ve got a lot of separate medical facilities all trying to provide medical services to people who live in the same country.

Marc Andreessen on the future of technology and the nature of government services


By Bob Gourley. This is the second installment in our series flowing from recent dialog with Marc Andreessen.

Moving your apps to the cloud? Beware the slowdown effect

David Linthicum

All clouds are fast and elastic, right? Well, it depends on many factors, but I can say for certain that the way you use cloud determines performance more than the cloud itself. read more. Application Development Cloud Computing Application Architecture

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Links for Sunday May 25 2014

Eric D. Brown

The new CIO challenge: Assembling the right combo of human and machine smarts. Quote : Business peers are tech savvy, customers are plugged into your business like never before and digital disruptors are everywhere. Being a successful CIO in the digital enterprise is not about separating from your peers and customers, conference organizers said — it’s about effectively recognizing and integrating their strengths into your IT strategy. Even Sweatshops are Getting Automated. So What’s Left?

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.

Colos Spend More on Data Centers as Enterprises Tighten Purse Strings

Data Center Knowledge

Uptime survey: Colo spending grows, as enterprise spending shrinks, but do not expect enterprises to shift compute capacity to colos or cloud quickly. Read More. colocation Data Center Strategies Enterprise

Accelerating DevOps with the Cloud using Microsoft Azure and Friends: The Series

IT Pros Rock!

UPDATE! Today's article in this series is. DevOps, Automation and Cloud Computing by Yung Chou. Have you heard about DevOps? Enterprise IT organizations are increasingly driven by business demands for faster, better solutions delivered more quickly than ever before.

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Customer Service And A CIO – A Match Made In Heaven?

The Accidental Successful CIO

The CIO can play a big role in improving customer service Image Credit. Your company’s customer service is something that all too often people who have the CIO job don’t spend a lot of time thinking about.

Veteran or Active Duty In Transition? Join CTOvision Pro Free


By Bob Gourley. If you are an active duty military technologist or are in transition out of the military and could benefit from in depth research into enterprise technology we would like to sponsor you for free access to our CTOvision Pro research and analysis service.

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.