April, 2017

Digital Transformation Driven by ITaaS

Cloud Musings

Photo credit: Shutterstock When executing an effective digital transformation strategy, management is tasked with placing the right workload into the most appropriate IT environment.

10 New Information Security Roles for the Digitization Era


High demand and a limited pool of people with the right skills and experience make information security staffing a perennial challenge. Further complicating things is the fact that information security teams have not yet adapted to their changing role in digitizing companies.

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Massive Performance, Scale and Manageability Gains in Hyper-V with Windows Server 2016

IT Pros Rock!

In this episode , you’ll learn about the huge performance and scale improvements made available with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016.

Learn The Latest On All Things Data At The 25 April 2017 Cloudera Government Forum


Bob Gourley. In the world of data somethings are totally consistent and some are incredibly dynamic. One timeless consistency is that organizations have always sought to optimize the use of data for their mission. That has always been true and all indications are it always will be.

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How and When to Quantify Information Risk


Risk quantification is not impossible, it’s just misunderstood. Most people think of risk quantification as the practice of assigning a dollar value to information risk, but even ranking different types of risk into an ordinal scale (first, second, third, etc) involve a degree of quantification.

Windows Server 2016 – Azure-Inspired Software Defined Networking (SDN) in YOUR Datacenter!

IT Pros Rock!

The Azure-inspired Software Defined Networking (SDN) stack that is built into Windows Server 2016 reduces the complexity and cost of network infrastructure. Not only that, you can now define your network infrastructure so that it is portable to your application requirements.

Big Data Can Be Used for More Than Just Targeting A Customer Base


Brigg Patten. Big data has almost always been primarily used to target clients using tailored products, targeted advertising. This has skewed the use of big data that often everyone simply assumes big data is for targeting the customer base. However, there are many other uses for big data in a firm that may or may not be directly related to customer welfare or marketing purposes. The utilization of data depends on the nature and type of data collected and how well it’s stored and curated.

CX in the Age of Innovation – When Digital and Physical Worlds Collide

The Investing Edge

It’s no secret that customer experience (CX) is more critical than ever and a top priority for businesses worldwide. More than 50 percent of organizations will invest significantly in CX by 2018, according to Gartner. Combined with an estimated $1.6

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Automated Import of PowerShell SCCM Module

Mick's IT Blog

While writing quite a few PowerShell scripts for SCCM, I got tired of having to look up the location of the SCCM PowerShell module to import. I decided while writing the current PowerShell SCCM script, I would automate this process from now on. This makes it a snap using SAPIEN's PowerShell Studio to make this function a snippet and quickly add it each time I write a new SCCM script. This script allows you to import the SCCM module without having to look up the location.

IBM Interconnect 2017: Cloud, Cognitive and Data!

Cloud Musings

A couple of weeks ago while attending IBM Interconnect 2017 I had the awesome opportunity to participate in the IBM Interconnect 2017 Podcast Series with Dez Blanchfield.

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Corporate IT: Fusion Teams are the Future


Google spent four years and millions of dollars attempting to create the perfect team , and while the scale of Google’s investment may be unique, their focus certainly isn’t. CIOs around the world report that the way they want to build and reorganize teams is undergoing fundamental change.

Get the “Lowdown” on Windows Server 2016 Essentials and the “Essentials Experience” Role

IT Pros Rock!

In this episode, we’ll get you up-to-speed on all things relating to Windows Server 2016 Essentials. It covers who should use Essentials edition, scenarios it is good for, organizational sizing considerations, licensing and pricing considerations.

Pushing Computers to the Edge: Next Generation Security and Privacy Controls for Systems and IoT Devices


Bob Gourley.

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Is Business Intelligence (BI) Market Finally Maturing? Forrester Three Big BI Market Predictions

Forrester IT

The buy side market is nowhere near maturity and will continue to be a greenfield opportunity to many BI vendors. Our research still shows that homegrown shadow IT BI applications based on spreadsheets and desktop databases dominate the enterprises. And only somewhere between 20% and 50% of enterprise structured data is being curated and available to enterprise BI tools and applications. The sell side of the market is a different story.

Välkommen till Stockholm – An AWS Region is coming to the Nordics

All Things Distributed

Today, I am very excited to announce our plans to open a new AWS Region in the Nordics!

Google Reveals Espresso, Its Edge Data Center SDN

Data Center Knowledge

Fourth and most challenging pillar of its SDN strategy, Espresso manages performance at peering points Read More. Cloud Computing Google Networking

IT Project Management: Answers to the Top 5 Questions about Managing Digital Products


Almost 90% of managers now say that digitization is a high priority for their company, and two-thirds say they will lose any competitive advantage they hold if they don’t become significantly more digitized.

Security-as-a-service model gains traction

Network World

With mid-market companies feeling an increasing need to devote time and resources to network security, the security-as-a-service model is gaining traction, according to new research released yesterday by 451 Research. The security challenge for mid-tier businesses is multi-dimensional," Daniel Cummins, analyst at 451 Research, said in a statement.

Where CIOs Get the Most Job Satisfaction


Rick Delgado. Today’s CIOs face a large number of responsibilities and pressures that only seem to be growing with each passing day. Businesses are turning more and more to technology to solve problems, making the CIO’s job all the more important. With all that added pressure to deliver results day in and day out, you might be tempted to think CIOs find their jobs frustrating, but the opposite turns out to be true.

Power Your Digital Ecosystems With Business Platforms

Forrester IT

" Platforms " are fast becoming all the rage in the B2B context. Several traditional businesses like GE or Siemens are claiming to either offer or become a platform operation.

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Coming to STATION F: The first Mentor's Office powered by AWS!

All Things Distributed

I am excited to announce that AWS is opening its first Mentor's Office at STATION F in Paris! The Mentor's Office is a workplace exclusively dedicated to meetings between AWS experts and the startups. STATION F is the world's biggest startup campus.

Step-By-Step: Securing a Xamarin app with Azure AD’s Multi-factor Authentication


PCL recently reached out to Microsoft to help digitally transform its manual on-boarding process of tradespeople at local jobsites that had not been changed in decades.

Corporate IT: Time to Start Building Your Leadership Team for 2020


As IT teams grapple with the digitization of their companies and industries, they must also – and as a result – help transform their company’s strategy and outlook on digitization , and the entire IT operating model to boot.

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Humans are (still) the weakest cybersecurity link

Network World

Humans remain the weak link in corporate data protection, but you might be surprised hat it isn't only rank-and-file employees duped by phishing scams who pose risks. Some companies are lulled into a false sense of cybersecurity by vendors.

RiskIQ: Tools to Improve Cyber- Situational Understanding in DoD


Bob Gourley. Operating, securing and defending the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) network and the data traversing through it is inherently a governmental function for the Armed Forces.

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Google Next 2017 Review: Google Cloud Is A Serious Contender In the Public Cloud Space

Forrester IT

With Dan Bieler and Glenn O'Donnell. In the past few years, Google has made concerted efforts to target the enterprise cloud computing space.

Google Invests in Submarine Cable to Speed Up Its Cloud in Asia Pacific

Data Center Knowledge

Indigo cable will connect Indonesia, Singapore, and Australia Read More. Asia-Pacific Cloud Computing Connectivity Featured Google

CW@50: A look at life on the job in IT through cartoons

ComputerWorld IT Management