Sat.Jul 01, 2017 - Fri.Jul 07, 2017

The Future of Operations: A Developer

Forrester IT

Infrastructure is increasingly software-based with rapid container growth, composable infrastructure [i] , and of course the consumption of cloud.

Most influential women in UK tech: The 2017 longlist

Computer Weekly

Every year, Computer Weekly asks the technology industry to nominate who it thinks are the most influential women in UK tech – here is the 2017 longlist

The latest cyber attacks show why the cloud is safer

David Linthicum

Computer systems from the Ukraine to the United States were affected last week by the Petya cyber attack. It’s similar to the recent WannaCry ransomware attack last month. The WannaCry ransomware took advantage of vulnerabilities in the older versions of Windows that allowed the infection to spread. All someone needed to do was click a malicious link and—bang!—they they were infected. That is, if they hadn’t installed the patches and updates.

Corporate IT: Help Managers Get More From Their Data


Data, and the fruitful analysis of it, offer incredible opportunities for companies to spot trends and take advantage of them before competitors do.

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.

What a Business Architect is and is not (ii)

IT Toolbox

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How will the cloud change IT? Look at Microsoft

David Linthicum

Microsoft is planning a global sales reorganization to better focus on selling cloud software, according to Microsoft insiders. This comes as no surprise, considering that Microsoft did the same for its ailing phone business last year. What does this mean? Well, cloud in, software out—at least from the Microsoft business standpoint. However, count on Microsoft soaking you for more operating system and office automation money for years to come. So, that’s still a thing.

IT’s Tricky Relationship with Business Analytics Teams (and How to Fix It)


As companies work out how and where data and analysis can help them understand customers better, make processes more efficient, create higher quality products and services, and myriad other tasks, they are standing up “business analytics teams.”

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Whither Indian IT?

Forrester IT

The Indian media has been busy sounding the death knell for the US$150 billion IT and BPO services industry. Doom generates page views and can make for compelling reading, but do the facts justify the rising sense of despondency? Not quiet, we believe. The retrenchments and the modest guidance are real. But they are neither indicative of a civilization-ending AI, nor a whole-scale repudiation of the founding pillars of the offshore services industry.

Lloyds Bank joins Swift blockchain proof-of-concept project

Computer Weekly

Twenty-eight banks collaborate in blockchain project that will enable the real-time management of accounts used to make cross-border payments

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.

Five Ways Mobile ERP is Evolving

IT Toolbox

Apple just released a toolkit for easily incorporating augmented reality into mobile apps. You’re not alone if you think this is an opportunity for mobile ERP. In fact, even before Apple announced its push into augmented reality, ERP makers already were busily working on ways to make ERP data more useful and accessible for mobile. “A major innovation area for mobile

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Machine Learning Tools are Coming to the Data Center

Data Center Knowledge

New breed of tools use machine learning techniques to add human knowledge to sensor data Read More. DCIM Design Featured Internet of Things Machine Learning Manage Power and Cooling

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IT Infrastructure: Why You Should Focus on Human Errors in Change Management


Even the best resourced IT teams, with armies of programmers, engineers, and enterprise architects at their disposal, can easily still make costly mistakes in their change management processes.

Storage the favourite use case for public cloud customers

Computer Weekly

Despite lingering trust issues, storage and backup are key use cases in the public cloud, says Barracuda survey. Meanwhile, Microsoft Azure is Europe’s favourite cloud provider

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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.

Business Process Architecture, is it an architecture though?

IT Toolbox

The idea of Business Process Architecture (BPA) was mentioned quite a few times in the year past. Often though, in the subsequent paragraphs, it was shortened to Business Architecture. The concept, typically, comes from the process Business Process Management (BPM) community. Questions. What is BPA?

Google Hopes Nutanix Can Unlock the Enterprise Data Center for Its Cloud Business

Data Center Knowledge

Hybrid-cloud partnership with hyper-converged infrastructure pioneer gives Google more than a me-too on-premises component. Read More. Business Cloud Design Edge Computing Google Hyper-convergence Nutanix

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We Don't Need Jedi's

Forrester IT

Like every other movie buff, geek, or nerd on the planet I am a Star Wars fan. I think it's a stellar series (minus the whole Jar Jar Binks thing, anything with that guy in it could be used as an alternative to waterboarding) that has spun a tale for the ages across the better part of a few decades. After this last week bouncing around on planes across the US I had time to watch the original movie on a flight, it had been quite a while.

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Why GDPR is so relevant to the business

Computer Weekly

The GDPR is not only relevant to CISOs and DPOs, and has a massive impact on businesses


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.

How is Technology Changing Television?

IT Toolbox

Not only has the service provider?s s business model completely transformed, but the way we watch TV has changed too


Transforming the PMO into an SVMO to Drive Software Value


The role of the Project Management Office (PMO) has been to define and maintain standards for projects – an important business function for most organizations. In the software development world, the PMO has made significant headway over the years in standardizing processes to ensure projects are executed successfully. While the PMO has been vital in […]. CTO News

Navigate The Kubernetes Ecosystem

Forrester IT

Containers are at the heart of so-called "cloud-native" applications and platforms -- the emerging term of art for apps born in or redesigned for container-centric technologies. Containers enable faster software delivery, tremendous scale, higher resiliency, greater flexibility, and a wider range of implementation options -- all critical features that EA pros need to accelerate digital transformation.

Government awards academics £16m for 5G trial network

Computer Weekly

Experts from three major technology research institutions have been awarded a government grant to develop a 5G test network

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.

What is an Enterprise Architecture good for, a reminder

IT Toolbox

Enterprise Architecture is the integrated, consistent and navigable diagrammatic description of the enterprise.

The Peculiarities of High-Availability Data Center Design on a Cruise Ship

Data Center Knowledge

TUI vessels set sail with new multi-site IT infrastructure aboard Read More. Design Featured Manage Networks Storage Uptime

What Kind of Threat Intelligence are You Selling Me?

Forrester IT

The threat intelligence market has not been well defined. This is a problem that frequently arises when marketing departments start playing buzzword bingo in a "me too" attempt to latch onto the latest trend. This year it's happening with machine learning. Unfortunately, the market response to this type of message pollution is to "lose faith" in the trend or technology, leaving nothing but the echoes of a melancholy Michael Stipe song.

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Let’s have some more straight talking on AI and robotics

Computer Weekly

How do you ensure artificial intelligence grows with your business and does not turn into an assortment of technologies that may be fantastic but don’t integrate or scale well

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.