Sat.Oct 18, 2014 - Fri.Oct 24, 2014

It's pointless to define cloud computing

David Linthicum

The International Standards Organization (ISO) has released two new standards for cloud computing in an attempt to put some order around the loose terminology in cloud computing. If you think you’ve seen this movie before, you’re right. The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) did much the same a few years back, with a final version released in September 2011.

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Drowning in Data, Starved for Information

Eric D. Brown

In his 1982 book Megatrends, John Naisbitt wrote “We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.” ” While written over 30 years ago, that line is as very true today…but I might change it a bit to match the current state of affairs.

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Thriving in a Cloud, Big Data, Mobility and Security World

Cloud Musings

"The next generation of technology solutions will transform lives, businesses and economies."

How New Types of DDoS Affect the Cloud

Data Center Knowledge

As more infrastructure moves to the cloud, DDoS attacks are taking new shape and call for new types of security tools Read More. Cloud Computing Security cloud security

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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.

Devops has moved out of the cloud

David Linthicum

Two application development and deployment trends are cloud game-changers: agile methodologies and devops. The vast majority of agile adopters report an improved ability to manage changing priorities; unsurprisingly, they are also ramping up the number of agile implementations in their organizations. Agile is important because it leads to the rise of devops, which provides more focus on continuous development, integration, and deployment.

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Vets360 Founder Rick Collins Being Honored at the 'Champions' Leadership Conference

Cloud Musings

Veteran''s 360 and Rick Collins, Founder & Executive Director of Vets 360, Inc., are being honored at this year''s Champions Leadership, and Research Conference™.

Crosby: Weak Commissioning Poses Risks to Reliability, Safety

Data Center Knowledge

Data Center World: The industry isn''t serious enough about testing performance and safety of new facilities, says Compass CEO Read More. AFCOM Data Center Design Featured Power

Why We’re Watching the Bring Your Own App (BYOA) Trend

The Investing Edge

The BYOA movement continues to grow – both in enterprises worldwide and in social media.

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The Delivery Gap

Eric D. Brown

A while back I wrote a piece titled The Strategy Disconnect where I wrote: Millions can be spent on the ‘perfect’ strategy, but if that strategy isn’t understood and accepted by the people within the organization (and its customers), that strategy is worthless.

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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.

End-to-End IaaS Workload Provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC ( Part 1 )

IT Pros Rock!

In prior articles, we've discussed Azure Automation , Azure VM Agent extensions and PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) as individual tools and approaches for automated workload provisioning.

Recap: Data Center World Orlando Conference

Data Center Knowledge

Attendees gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida to network and attend sessions with a variety of facilities and data center management topics. Read More. AFCOM Events

Sign Up For ThreatBrief: Daily context on cyber threats to enterprise mission needs


There are threats to your business and mission needs. Tracking them can give you insights that drive your decisions. This is the operating thesis behind ThreatBrief , our daily report on business risks (with a focus on cyber risks).

Foto Friday – Colorful Bird

Eric D. Brown

I captured this colorful bird (I’m not sure what it is) at the Minnesota State Zoo a few weeks ago. Captured with a Canon 7D and Canon 400mm 5.6 L handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images).


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.

New Book: Technology That Every CIO Needs To Know About

The Accidental Successful CIO

Technology That Every CIO Needs To Know About. As the CIO of your company, it’s your job to stay on top of all of the different forms of technology that the company uses to accomplish its business goals.

Data Integration for the Mobile Age

Data Center Knowledge

Until recently, a single data storage location was sufficient, writes Frank Huerta of TransLattice. However, due to the distributed nature of users today and increasing data location regulations, the traditional method of storing data no longer meets business needs. Read More. Industry Perspectives

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History Is Made By Samsung: Knox Platform Enables First Consumer Mobile Device To Be Validated and Approved For U.S. Gov Classified Use


For those of us who work in and around the enterprise security domain something unique has just happened. The U.S. Government has just approved a commercial consumer device, the Samsung Galaxy family of devices, for classified info. This means government organizations can establish new, smarter, more scalable mechanisms to get classified information to mobile users.

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Why You Need to Pay Attention to Cloud Computing

Cloud Musings

(This post was originally published by Learning Tree International [link] ) The adoption of cloud computing is revolutionizing today’s business. This trend has also elevated the importance of IT and business alignment because cloud enables new business models that have until now were not economically viable. A recent study confirmed this trend by showing that the vast majority of organizations of all sizes use both Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and hosted infrastructure services.

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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.

What A CIO Needs To Know About Throwing A Proper Retreat

The Accidental Successful CIO

If you are going to throw a retreat, then do it well Image Credit. Every CIO is looking to solve the same puzzle: what do they have to do in order to get the most productivity out of their IT department?

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CenturyLink Moves into Switch SUPERNAP in Vegas

Data Center Knowledge

Company to sell services across global portfolio to Switch customers Read More. CenturyLink colocation Las Vegas Switch SuperNAPs

LUX: a Real-Time Predictive Analytics Solution


What if you decided to take a holiday in the sun on a luxurious cruise liner only to discover that your shipmate could have Ebola? Determining who may have come in contact with the potential victim is tricky.

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Five Takeaways from Mobile Enterprise Boston

Social, Agile and Transformation

Last week I attended M|Enterprise Boston, a conference that brought together technologists ahead of the curve in mobile application development, IT executives looking for best practices on mobile device management in large enterprises, and leaders looking to help their business gain a competitive edge by developing differentiating mobile capabilities. My takeaways - Use Hackathons to get. agile software development innovation product management

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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.

12 Hurdles Hampering the Internet of Things

CIO Dashboard

Co-authored with Daniel Eckert. While the Internet of Things (IoT) accounts for approximately 1.9B devices today, it is expected to be over 9B devices by 2018 —roughly equal to the number of smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, wearable computers and PCs combined.

Hurricane Electric Expands IPv6 Network to More Equinix Data Centers in Europe and Asia

Data Center Knowledge

As Internet approaches “true cusp” of widespread IPv6 migration, the company is making preparations Read More. colocation Connectivity Equinix Internet of Things

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Continued Controversy over Smartphone Encryptions


With Edward Snowden’s revelations, the myriad of recent information breaches at large corporations, and the extraordinary level of digitalization in our country, the American public has never placed a higher value on cyber security. This heightened attention has manifested itself in recent actions by Apple and Google that have provided higher levels of encryption for smartphone data. CTOVision covered the story here.

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6 Awesome Examples of Business-Ready DaaS


The term “DaaS” is often synonymous with a “raw desktop in the sky”. But that’s a only like getting a new laptop… just an OS and maybe some antivirus. The rest of the set-up and customization is up to you. What lines-of-business really want are “ business-ready desktops “, customized, optimized and supported for a company’s industry and specific use cases. In the past I’ve personally blogged about the value providers reap when creating offers targeting specific markets.

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.