Sat.Mar 29, 2014 - Fri.Apr 04, 2014

Beware: The cloud's Ponzi schemes are here

David Linthicum

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has shut down a worldwide pyramid scheme that falsely promised fast gains to tens of thousands of Asian-American, Hispanic, and foreign investors from cloud computing services. The companies in question, WCM and WCM777, allegedly raised more than $65 million over the last year. They did this by promising people they could double their money in 100 days by investing between $399 and $1,999 in cloud services. read more.

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Facebook Provides A Peek at Progress In Altoona

Data Center Knowledge

Facebook revealed some aerial photos as well as a peek inside the data hall in its new, 100 percent wind-powered data center in Altoona, Iowa. Read More. Featured

Step-by-Step: Getting Started with Microsoft Azure Automation

IT Pros Rock!

Earlier this week, Microsoft Azure Automation was made available on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform as a public preview.

ITAAC/ICH and TIA To Host Commercial Cloud Sourcing Brainstorming Session for NGA

Cloud Musings

The Information Technology Acquisition Advisory Council (ITAAC) and Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) are honored to team with NGA in hosting the first " Agile Sourcing Environment for Commercial Cloud " brainstorming session, April 23, 2014 at TIA headquarters.

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.

Don't let the Google-Amazon price war lead to the wrong cloud

David Linthicum

I''m beginning to view cloud providers as carnival barkers, standing on the sides of the strand, shouting out lower and lower prices for their services, in hopes of luring major enterprises to their tents. Of course, instead of peddling a two-headed goat, they''re hawking on-demand and reserved instances. What''s happing is that cloud providers are buying their way into the market, trying to create enterprise demand that isn''t coming naturally.

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Dangerous New Lows In NASA-Russian Collaboration: Will we cede the Space Station High Ground to Russia?


By Bob Gourley. On the Crimean Peninsula, Russia writes the rules because they control the territory. They control who goes in and who goes out. Anyone who wants access to the Crimea can only do so if Russia allows it.

Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines: Reset Forgotten Admin Passwords with Windows PowerShell

IT Pros Rock!

Our IT Pro team has been traveling across the US delivering hands-on IT Camp events on Microsoft Azure and Hybrid Cloud scenarios.

Why the IT Security Markets Needs to be Even Greater than $60 Billion

The Investing Edge

In recent posts we’ve discussed how the shift to the cloud , the explosion of mobile usage , and the massive growth in data will help drive the next wave of productivity and economic gains for companies.

Is Your Data Center Certified for an Extinction Level Event?

Data Center Knowledge

Is your data center certified for an Extinction Level Event? Are you ready for babysitting as a Service? A roundup of April Fool''s Day in the data center. Read More.

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.

From Outsourcing To Public Cloud: Can We Learn From History?

Chuck's Blog - EMC

The recent price cutting from the big public cloud vendors (Google, Amazon, Microsoft) has re-energized the familiar debate about which is more cost-effective: using a public cloud service, or doing it yourself?

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Foto Friday – Backyard Goldfinch

Eric D. Brown

I captured this Goldfinch in our backyard while he decided which feeder to visit. Captured with 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).


How A CIO Can Build The Next Generation Of IT Workers

The Accidental Successful CIO

Building a next generation IT department is hard work Image Credit. The global economy is improving and that means that good things are going to be coming to the IT department because the rest of the company has finally come to realize the importance of information technology.

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World Backup Day: A Yearly Reminder to be Prepared for Data Loss

Data Center Knowledge

World Backup Day, held on March 31 each year, is an annual reminder for businesses and individuals to make regular backups of their data and files. Read More. Shared

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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.

The Rejected CIO

A CIO's Voice

As I look for a new role that is suitable to my experience and background, I often get rejection letters. At first I would delete them but I decided to keep them and periodically review them. Not that I am angry over being rejected. Contrary, rejection letters just make me have thicker skin.

Why Windows 8.1 for Business? Build No-code Business Apps with Windows 8.1, Project Siena and Microsoft Azure (Part 3)

IT Pros Rock!

This article is Part 3 of a three-part article mini-series on using Project Siena and Microsoft Azure cloud services together to build real no-code Windows 8.1 business apps.

Strategic Big Brain Science: NIH celebrates grand opening of John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center


By Bob Gourley. Editor’s note: This strikes me as important news that can impact every sector of the economy and every industry, as well as the future of humanity. Yep, this can be really big. Read the release below for more, including info on how to watch the scientific symposium online. – bg. Strategic Big Brain Science: NIH celebrates grand opening of John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center.

Blimp Spreads Encouragement, Shame in Silicon Valley Flyover

Data Center Knowledge

Greenpeace''s campaign for renewably-powered Internet took to the skies over Silicon Valley Thursday, conducting a "message blimp" flyover of major tech company headquarters. Read More. Green Data Centers

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.

Links for March 30 2014

Eric D. Brown

Google Flu Trends’ Failure Shows Good Data > Big Data – Kaiser Fung – Harvard Business Review. Quote : The amount of data still tends to dominate discussion of big data’s value. But more data in itself does not lead to better analysis, as amply demonstrated with Flu Trends. Large datasets don’t guarantee valid datasets. That’s a bad assumption, but one that’s used all the time to justify the use of and results from big data projects.

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Why Windows 8.1 for Business? Build No-code Business Apps with Windows 8.1, Project Siena and Microsoft Azure ( Part 2 )

IT Pros Rock!

Project Siena is super-cool, because it extends the ability to build real data-driven business apps to non-developers inside organizations: that is, the business experts and power users who, in many cases, know the inner meaning of business data better than anyone else in an organization.

Salesforce Announces new Industries Strategy: With Vivek Kundra Leading The Way


By Bob Gourley. Announces New Industries Strategy. BOSTON, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – (NYSE: CRM ), the world’s #1 CRM platform, today announced a new industries strategy aimed at accelerating the company’s growth and transforming the way companies across key industries connect with their customers.

Microsoft Cuts Azure Cloud Prices, Introduces ‘Basic’ Instances

Data Center Knowledge

Microsoft rebrands Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure and cuts prices, dropping the price of its compute by up to 35 percent and storage by up to 65 percent. Read More. Shared

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.

The Database Decision that Will Hurt Your Company's Big Data Opportunities

Social, Agile and Transformation

One year ago, I completed the controversial post, Please Stop Creating Microsoft Access Databases. It drew an onslaught of comments from those that have been successful developing on this platform and others who struggle with the issues caused by siloed databases. Now, one year later I''ve decided to revisit this topic. Developers Love their Platforms - But Big Data Platforms Are Strategic. big data cio cloud computing data management data scientist organizational change

March 2014: Top 10 Favorite IT Pro Blog Articles and eBook of the Month

IT Pros Rock!

March came in AND went out like a Lion this year … and the blogging activity in our IT Pro community has been no different, with some awesome posts on Windows Azure, Private Cloud, Windows 8.1 and PowerShell!

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In Snowden’s Wake, Google Ups Security


By ShannonPerry. Have you noticed a new lock in your address bar? Last week, Google announced new security measures for Gmail – “something we made a top priority after last summer’s revelations.” The change is yet another reaction to last year’s revelations of Edward Snowden, the controversial whistleblower who made national headlines and garnered global attention for revealing mass surveillance programs at the NSA.

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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of March 29

Data Center Knowledge

The Week in Review: It''s the Battle of the Cloud Titans, as Google, Amazon and Cisco all make major cloud announcements. Meanwhile, Latisys expands to the UK and CenturyLink outlines plans to add 20 megawatts of data center capacity. Read More. Featured

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.