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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.

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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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.

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

Machine Learning for Builders: Tools, Trends, and Truths

Speaker: Rob De Feo, Startup Advocate at Amazon Web Services

Machine learning techniques are being applied to every industry, leveraging an increasing amount of data and ever faster compute. But that doesn’t mean machine learning techniques are a perfect fit for every situation (yet). So how can a startup harness machine learning for its own set of unique problems and solutions, and does it require a warehouse filled with PhDs to pull it off?

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.

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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Data Center Power Plant Prompts Protests

Data Center Knowledge

The Data Centers LLC has plans for a $1 billion dollar data center project that included its own on-site generation. About 700 residents, many of whom are not happy, showed up to a hearing on the project. Read More. Featured

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.

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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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.

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!

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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Cyber Insecurity: A Boon for Insurers


By ShannonPerry. We’ve written plenty about data breaches. Within the last year, valuable data has been stolen from Target , the University of Maryland at College Park , the California Department of Motor Vehicles , and the Internal Revenue Service. Retailers and reputations have suffered immensely from the negative publicity following thefts, and the frequency of breaches is increasing. But in the midst of this cyber vulnerability, one industry is about to take off.

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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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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Microservices: The Dark Side

Speaker: Prem Chandrasekaran

A few years ago, Barclays embarked on a journey to migrate its legacy services to a modern tech stack with the objective of achieving a high level of scale, resilience, and reliability. During the incremental, iterative move towards an ecosystem of focused, distributed services, it’s fair to say that the company discovered the challenges of distributing objects. Join us for an episode you can’t miss if you’re finding it a lot harder to architect in practice than in theory, and learn how you can shed light on the dark side of microservices.

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

Microsoft Office Finally Makes its iPad Debut


By ShannonPerry. On March 27 th , Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and PowerPoint became available in the App Store for the iPad. Microsoft asserts that the new applications maintain the functionality and familiarity associated with Microsoft Office, “while offering a fantastic touch experience built from the ground up for iPad.” The new application is available through an annual subscription, with 5 copies of the software for tablets and five copies for Macs/PCs.

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.

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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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.

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

Released DoJ Documents Show Darker Side of Steve Jobs


By ShannonPerry. Nearly everyone has an opinion of Steve Jobs. Since his death in 2011, a bad movie , a weighty autobiography , and numerous anecdotes have surfaced – describing his inexhaustible ambition, his excitable, and his disrespect for others. Perhaps you have heard pieces of the rumored fish tank incident ? After painstakingly designing and building the world’s very first iPod, a team of engineers presented their creation to Jobs, who immediately rejected the mode. Too big.

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

5 Behaviors of Digital Performance

CIO Dashboard

In our 2014 Digital IQ survey of almost 1,500 business and technology executives, only 20% of respondents are highly confident in their organization’s Digital IQ—a company’s acumen in understanding, valuing and weaving technology throughout the enterprise.

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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.

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

DoD Public And Private Cloud Mandates: And insights from a deployed communications professional on why it matters


All who track DoD technology issues have been waiting way too long to see DoD to capitalize on the benefits of Cloud Solutions. This topic has been studied for years (see, for example, DSB Report on Cyber Security and Reliability in a Digital Cloud). Building on years of work, Ms. Takai, DoD’s CIO, signed out the Department''s Cloud Strategy a year and a half ago. In it, she promised to “accelerate cloud adoption in the Department”. This is regarde. To read more please log in. Not a member yet?

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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.

Step-By-Step: Active Directory Migration from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2


With the end of support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 now upon us, April 8th 2014 to be exact, attention now turns to Windows Server or specifically Windows Server 2003.

Serverless and Containers: How to Choose the Right Application Strategy

Speaker: Tolga Tarhan, Senior Vice President, GM AWS Services at Onica

When it comes to the modern tech stack, one of the fastest changing areas is around containers, serverless, and choosing the ideal path to cloud native computing. How do you as a technology leader point your team in the right direction, especially given how quickly this is evolving?