Sat.Jan 11, 2014 - Fri.Jan 17, 2014

Innovation: 3 Key Elements for Success


By Prayson Pate When discussing innovation, most people focus on advances in technology. Technology is important, but it is only one of three key components required for innovation.

Cloud vendors, stop copying Amazon Web Services -- or else

David Linthicum

I get emails daily from cloud providers that want to talk to me about news service they are offering, services that look a lot like the old ones their competitors -- typically, Amazon Web Services -- already furnish. You guys in the enterprise are trying to figure this out as well: Should you go with the brands that you know and are already in-house? Or should you go with the brand that seems to be leading the pack (again, typically meaning AWS)?

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SoftLayer Racks Up More Wins With Gaming Companies

Data Center Knowledge

Soflayer, an IBM company, now hosts over 130 million gamers worldwide. The company continues to enjoy good traction amongst the gaming vertical. IBM SoftLayer

Ten Tips for the The Technology Traveler

CIO Musings

One thing that has changed about travel in the last decade is the amount of technology we take with us. A friend at work asked me for tips on travelling with technology. I don''t travel that much, perhaps a trip every 2-3 months. For me there isn''t that much difference between personal travel and business travel. I use a personal laptop during each, and take about the same amount of gear. I think there are two types of technology travelers.

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ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

Leave the laptop at home and grab a wireless keyboard!


By Kimberly Kelly As a student I have always struggled with lugging all of my books and technology across campus. While the weight of laptops has begun to decrease, as technology advances, every single ounce counts when your bag is verging on 30 pounds.

Incorporating Big Data into Your Business

Eric D. Brown

I read a lot of articles and blogs about big data. There are a lot of people singing the praises of big data and a lot of folks trying to sell services and platforms for helping with big data. I’ve done my share of praising myself but I’ve also tried to be realistic in my writings on big data.

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Get real! Aereo's legal battle has nothing to do with the cloud

David Linthicum

For some people, the Supreme Court case involving the TV streaming service Aereo and the major broadcast networks could have major implications for cloud computing. But it won''t. I''ve received a lot of calls from reporters asking what the case means to the cloud. They associate the Aereo service to the cloud because Internet distribution is involved, and to many people the Internet, websites, and even email equal the cloud. Of course they do not. read more.

Haystax Technology (@HaystaxTech) Names Advisory Board Members (including @BobGourley and @BobFlores)


By Bob Gourley Editor’s note: I’m very proud to be serving on the Haystax Technology advisory board. This firm is absolutely one to watch. For more see their website at [link] – bg. Haystax Technology Names Advisory Board Members. Six Advisors with Defense, Intelligence and Commercial Experience to Deliver Strategic Guidance to Haystax. McLean, VA – January 14, 2014 – Haystax Technology, Inc. today announced its strategic advisory board members.

Why I use spf13-vim


spf13-vim , a completely cross platform distribution of vim plugins and resources for Vim, GVim and MacVim stays true to it’s vim roots while adding modern features including a plugin management system, a curated plugin set with customized configuration, advanced autocomplete, tags, support for dozens of languages and much more. I recently read a thread where the author asked for feedback on whether or not to use spf13-vim.

Internap Showcases New Secaucus Data Center

Data Center Knowledge

Internap Network Services unveiled its newest data center in Secaucus last night, offering a look inside a facility that will be a key driver of the company''s ambitions in the greater New York market. Internap New York

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.


Eric D. Brown

My wife and I just moved to Tulsa from Dallas. I keep getting the question of “why?” ” My answer? Because we could. I was born and raised in Oklahoma and have lived in Tulsa before. When we started thinking about places to move, Tulsa kept jumping to the front of the line.

Key #BigData Partnership: @Cloudera and @Koverse Team to Deliver on the Enterprise Data Hub


By Bob Gourley. Editor’s note: My sense is this relationship will have important and positive impacts on many clients leveraging Hadoop in enterprises, especially those that would like to leverage Apache Accumulo. – bg.

Why I use spf13-vim


spf13-vim , a completely cross platform distribution of vim plugins and resources for Vim, GVim and MacVim stays true to it’s vim roots while adding modern features including a plugin management system, a curated plugin set with customized configuration, advanced autocomplete, tags, support for dozens of languages and much more. I recently read a thread where the author asked for feedback on whether or not to use spf13-vim.

Outsourced Data Center Space Expected to Grow 15 Percent This Year

Data Center Knowledge

A report from DCD shows some very healthy trends for the outsourced data center world, which is now estimated to be 25 percent of the overall data center market. Outsourced Data center investment has increased 13 percent over the past 12 months to around $8.8 billion. Featured

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

3 Ways That CIOs Can Reduce Their Software Costs

The Accidental Successful CIO

Software is one of the biggest expenses of any IT department Image Credit. As CIO one of your most important jobs is to manage the budget of the IT department.

DISA Announces Initial Release v1.0 of DoD Unclassified Mobility Capability


By Bob Gourley Editor’s note: The release below from the Defense Information Systems Agency points to progress enabling several key DoD missions with mobility solutions. I’m on the advisory board of Fixmo , a firm enabling this progress-bg. FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. – The new year will bring new mobile capabilities to as many as 100,000 DOD users. DOD will begin deploying version 1.0 of the unclassified mobility capability Jan.

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Next B2B IT Forum – The Shift to the Cloud: Disrupting Legacy Industries

The Investing Edge

By now the benefits of cloud computing are well understood. Whether by reducing costs, providing better services, or improving efficiencies, the cloud has transformed business operations in a wide range of industries.

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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Jan. 11

Data Center Knowledge

The Week in Review: Wholesale data center leasing up 25 percent in 2013, Schneider Electric acquires AST Modular, survey sees NSA chilling effort for U.S. providers, an overview of the hypervisor market for 2014. Featured

More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

Help Guide the Future of Microsoft Virtualization and Cloud Technologies (US ONLY)

IT Pros Rock!

The Microsoft Windows Server and Systems Center Customer Research team is looking for IT Professionals located in the USA to participate in an IT Pro panel about virtualization. If you are experienced with virtualization and cloud technologies, this is your chance to share your opinions with Microsoft.( read more

Why Wireless Providers Need to Care about OFAC


By Sheri Harrison The US Office of Foreign Assets Control sets regulations for economic practices between the United States and other countries. It ensures that all interactions between domestic companies and foreign companies maintain U.S. national security. What does this organization have to do with wireless providers? It has a say in what kinds of customers they can work with. Let us explore OFAC compliance and how it relates to the wireless world. Specially Designated Nationals Lists.

What Nest Just Did for the Internet of Things

The Investing Edge

If you are like me, you might be wondering how large the “Internet of Things” could become, and whether it will get the press, hype and activity that “Big Data” has received. Well, Google answered that question yesterday when they bought Nest for $3.2 billion.

Iceotope Gets $10 Million Funding, Partners With Schneider

Data Center Knowledge

Liqud cooling specialist Iceotope has raised more than $10 million in venture capital funding from investors, and will work with Schneider Electirc to commercialize its technology, the company said this week. Featured

The Time-Saving Power of Intent Data for Sales

By using the power of intent data, capturing buyer interest has become more feasible for sales. Not only that, but using it will save immense time during your workflow; a win-win on all fronts.

TechNet Radio: (Part 4) Hyper-V from a VMware Admin’s Perspective - High Availability

IT Pros Rock!

Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze continue their look into Hyper-V from the view of a VMware admin’s perspective and in today’s episode they discuss in detail high availability and how to set up and manage a Hyper-V cluster. [ 3:17 ] What does high availability look like in vSphere and how does it compare to Hyper-V? [

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Leaving the Premises

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

I am writing this post based upon on the premise that the English language, my Mother tongue, is being harmed on a daily basis in the name of cloud computing.

SCCM: Deploying enormous packages across a WAN

Mick's IT Blog

As many of you might know, deploying huge packages through SCCM can be a challenge. The first question you might ask is, define enormous. IMO, anything over the default 5GB client cache size is enormous. Working in the architecture/engineering industry, I encounter this issue quite often with Bentley, Autodesk, and Adobe applications. There are several options to address this.

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IBM Commits $1.2 Billion To Cloud, Adding 15 Global Data Centers

Data Center Knowledge

IBM is kicking cloud expansion into high gear this year, planning to invest $1.2 billion in expanding its cloud infrastructure to 15 new data centers worldwide. Featured

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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.

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Lync Pro Tip: "An Error Occurred During the Lync Meeting" with External Users

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

If you have ever encountered this error, you may find this post helpful. It frequently occurs when one tries to join an external meeting, and one''s Lync (server) does not permit access by the external party who sent you the meeting request, or vice-versa. .

Adding environmental variables across all profiles without a reboot

Mick's IT Blog

This can be done without having to reboot the machine. You want to use setx.exe to create the new variable. The format to do this is: setx.exe /m i.e. setx.exe MIG_IGNORE_PROFILE_MISSING 1 /m In order to not have to reboot the machine, go to task manager and end the process tree of explorer.exe. Open explorer.exe back up and the new environmental variable is now present. Ending the process of just explorer.exe will not make the environmental variable visible


IBM Beefs Up Enterprise X-Architecture With Flash, Modular Design

Data Center Knowledge

IBM''s latest iteration of its Enterprise-X architecture includes Flash and a modular design, making it suitable to move big, intensive applications to the cloud and extending the life of the server through hot swapping capabilities. Featured

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.