Sat.Oct 12, 2019 - Fri.Oct 18, 2019

Cloud architects who earn $150,000 are likely underpaid

David Linthicum

According to this source, “cloud architects earn between $140,000 and $150,000” per year. I’ve paid more and less, depending on where the architect lives. However, a good cloud architect can make as much as $250,000 with proper experience and a proven track record of success. Many may scoff at “proven track record” because cloud-based resources are relatively new, and configuring those resources to form the optimum solution is a still-evolving science.

What To Do If Your Data Was Breached


Read Nicole Martin explain what you can do if your data was breached on Forbes : Data breaches seem to be everywhere in today’s society. Just this week it was announced that a massive data breach exposed sensitive data of nearly every individual in Ecuador. The breach impacted an estimated 20 million people, 6.7 million […].

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Settling the Soft Skills vs. Technical Skills Debate

Information Week

For full-time employees, put more weight on the soft skills. For contractors who don't make the technical cut, don't put your money down on them


Leading the Digital Society


The responsibility and challenges of leading organizations in a digital society can be daunting. But, according to Mike Harris, EVP, Research & Advisory, Gartner, successful digital transformation can actually change the way people interact with an organization. . swg_ad].

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.

4 Ways Blockchain Will Transform Higher Education


In 2017, the University of Melbourne started using blockchain to issue digital credentials , enabling students to share verified copies of their qualifications with employers and other third parties in a tamperproof system. New ways to apply blockchain technology in the higher education sector are emerging all the time. Over the past several years, more high-profile projects have received significant media attention, fueling further interest in the technology. .

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7 Required DevOps Practices Before Increasing Deployment Frequencies

Social, Agile and Transformation

In my last post, I shared 7 Prerequisites on Whether to Improve Deployment Frequencies with DevOps. I firmly believe that CI/CD is not enough to support stable releases and also shared 5 pre-deployment priorities for Agile DevOps teams.

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The State of Machine Learning Frameworks in 2019


Read Horace He’s analysis of AI research papers which shows TensorFlow is the platform of choice in the industry, but most researchers are now using PyTorch on The Gradient : Since deep learning regained prominence in 2012, many machine learning frameworks have clamored to become the new favorite among researchers and industry practitioners. From the […].

Australian and New Zealand CIOs Need Digital Resilience


One-quarter of CIOs in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) rank digital initiatives as their top business priority in 2019, according to t he 2019 Gartner CIO Agenda Survey.

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What I Found At Alibaba Cloud’s Apsara Conference

Forrester IT

Two weeks ago, I attended Alibaba Cloud’s Apsara Conference 2019 in Hangzhou, China. I learned new insights about how Alibaba is going to further strengthen and expand its already powerful ecosystem, and Cloud will play a key role in its updated platform business strategies.

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.

Create a productive cloudops feedback loop

David Linthicum

One of the most frustrating things that can happen when you’re on a cloudops team is having end users go directly to your leadership to complain about some issue with the cloud-based systems. It could be performance, lack of some feature, availability, or a compatibility problem with a browser. You cannot fix or improve what you don’t know about. Most enterprises with a cloud operations team don’t have good communications between the end users and the cloud operations staff.

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Demystifying Artificial Intelligence in the Corporation


Read Randy Bean take a look at the adaption of artificial intelligence in corporations on Forbes : Artificial Intelligence (AI) is top of mind for leading corporations these days – 96.4% of top executives reported earlier this year that AI was the number one disruptive technology that they were investing in, up from 68.9% just […].

Top Trends From Gartner Hype Cycle for Digital Government Technology, 2019


How do you bring a city, transport network or school campus to life so that better decisions can be made about its future? Digital twins of government that do exactly that are starting to appear in jurisdictions around the globe.

FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Forrester IT

The California Attorney General Just Published CCPA Rules, And They’re Clear As Mud Privacy wonks have been awaiting AG Becerra’s draft regulations for CCPA to provide guidance on the law. On Oct. 11th, our patience was rewarded with 24 pages of rules that often confuse more than clarify.

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.

4 Steps to Get Started with Containers

Perficient - Digital Transformation

The following is the fifth blog in a series about software containers and Kubernetes, and their importance in modern application delivery.

6 ways to be a big data superstar


Read why Mary Shacklett says that big data experts must demonstrate soft skills and business acumen to survive on Tech Republic : In 2019, big data and analytics skills is the number one area of need in companies. According to AWS recruiting agency Jefferson Frank, technical skill areas in demand include programming languages such as […].

Step by Step Guide to Analyse Telemetry Data using Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer


Subscribe YouTube Channel [link]. and Facebook Page to get latest updates. link]. Telemetry data is the basis for solutions like Windows analytics. Telemetry data includes information about hardware, updates, application up-time, crashes, etc.

Reflections On Recent Cloud Trends And Alibaba Cloud’s Apsara Conference

Forrester IT

Cloud has been evolving very fast driven by emerging technologies in recent years, and its position has fully changed. As one of the major players of cloud in China, Alibaba Cloud has been making strategic investment in several key areas including emerging technologies to fuel the evolution. You can check more details about my thoughts […]. age of the customer

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.

2 Strategies to Conquer the Need for Speed to Market

Perficient - Digital Transformation

Today’s businesses face mounting competitive pressure to innovate quickly. Speed to market is driving the need to be more agile. More IT organizations are embracing agile processes, but it doesn’t start and stop with IT. This trend will spread beyond IT, pushing the entire company to become agile.

How the cloud is reshaping end-user computing


Read Ruben Spruijt’s article explaining how cloud computing is reshaping the end-user needs on Venture Beat : In today’s world, many organizations have incorporated public cloud services into their workspace strategy. It is very common to see Salesforce used for CRM, Slack for collaboration, Google Drive for file sharing, and Okta for identity management. Let’s […].

WVD Windows 10 Multi-Session Intune Hybrid Azure AD Support


Subscribe YouTube Channel [link]. and Facebook Page to get latest updates. link]. Microsoft WVD device management and life cycle support with Intune and SCCM. Lets discuss about some WVD VM management stuff in this post.

Impressions From Alibaba Cloud’s Apsara Conference

Forrester IT

Two weeks ago, Alibaba Cloud’s Apsara Conference 2019 took place in Hangzhou, China. It has been 10 years since Alibaba Cloud’s establishment in 2009. In just 10 years, Alibaba Cloud has become one of the world’s most fascinating and cutting-edge technology businesses. For companies who want to lead the world in tech-driven innovations and digital business, […]. age of the customer chief information officer (CIO) digital business

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.

Microsoft Teams and SharePoint: “Teamify” Answers Office 365 Confusion

Perficient - Digital Transformation

Microsoft Teams is hot. It increases collaboration and helps simplify the UX. It’s also the answer to many of your adoption and usage issues. Adoption change management is critical to your productivity success and for any Office 365 and Microsoft Teams deployment.

Announcing A New CTOvision Study: Build vs Buy in the Government Sector


For decades government leaders have had to wrestle with questions of building solutions vs buying existing solutions. The needs of government enterprises have shifted over the decades, but so have the capabilities of commercially available products.

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Kaspersky honeypots find 105 million attacks on IoT devices in first half of 2019

Tech Republic Security

The number of attacks on IoT devices in 2019 is nine times greater than the number found in the first half of 2018


Does Unicorn-Level Funding Signal The New Era Of CMS Has Arrived?

Forrester IT

Recently, the CMS market has been swimming in funding rounds and PE buyouts, with many, many zeroes behind each announcement. Below is a recap of some of the most recent events, working backwards, since the beginning of 2018.


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.