Sat.May 31, 2014 - Fri.Jun 06, 2014

What’s the difference between Business Intelligence and Big Data?

Eric D. Brown

I’m often asked the following question: What is the difference between Business Intelligence and Big Data? Before getting into my approach to answering that question, let’s be clear on what we’re talking about.

Microsoft and are buddies? Get nervous

David Linthicum

Microsoft and its new SaaS pal,, announced a surprise partnership around Office 365. read more. Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Microsoft Microsoft Azure Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Computing

The Universe of The Chief Information Officer

A CIO's Voice

Filed under: C-Level Executives , CIO , CIO/CTO , IT Process , Management Tagged: Alignment , CEO , CFO , Chief Information Officer , CIO , CIO Leader , CMO , COO , corporate innovation , culture , executive , leader , Management.


Survey: Industry Average Data Center PUE Stays Nearly Flat Over Four Years

Data Center Knowledge

Recent Uptime Institute study finds that while most companies measure PUE, there is little overall improvement in efficiency. Read More. Energy Efficiency Guide Enterprise Featured Management

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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.

On Common Sense

Eric D. Brown

Recently, my wife wanted to buy an item for her photography studio. This particular item is something that you’d never think belonged in a studio…but photographers are creative people and they find many uses for all sorts of things.

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Marc Andreessen on the Future of Technology and Automation, Robotics, and AI can Impact Government Service


By Bob Gourley. This is the third installment in our series flowing from recent dialog with Marc Andreessen. Previous posts discussed future tech scenarios around the year 2030 and context on government services in the future.

Why Creativity is Essential to Data

The Investing Edge

There’s a common misconception that engineers and data scientists are “number crunchers,” and are not creative. They use the left side of their brains, as the popular opinion goes, to present stodgy, black-and-white data, trends, ideas, etc. The “creatives” reside on the other side of the company, immersed in the innovative and artistic work – design, music, advertising, PR, etc. The reality, however, is that data requires equal parts number-crunching and creativity.

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Artificial Intelligence: A New Frontier in Data Center Innovation

Data Center Knowledge

Google isn''t the first company to use artificial intelligence to fine-tune its server infrastructure. Its work is the latest in a series of initiatives to create an electronic "data center brain" that can analyze IT infrastructure. Read More. Cooling Data Center Design Featured Management

Of Software-Defined Storage and HCLs

Chuck's Blog - EMC

I felt I owed everyone a post about an illustrative incident that happened over the last few days.

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.

Pentaho Continues To Innovate: Data Science Pack Operationalizes Use of R and Weka


By Bob Gourley. SAN JOSE, Calif. , June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Hadoop Summit – According to the O’Reilly Data Scientist Salary Survey , R is the most-used tool for data scientists, while Weka is a widely used and popular open source collection of machine learning algorithms.

Foto Friday – Woodpecker on Feeder

Eric D. Brown

I captured this Woodpecker on our deck feeder. Shutter speed was way to low (1/200) for this particular shot but the outcome turned out OK. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images).


Facebook Testing Broadcom’s Open Compute Switches in Production

Data Center Knowledge

The company can now run its own network operating system and use its own SDN controller on Open Compute switches by the likes of Broadcom, Mellanox or Big Switch to optimize data delivery. Read More. Facebook Featured Networking Open Compute Technology

Questions About The Cloud That Every CIO Should Be Asking

The Accidental Successful CIO

Everyone likes clouds, but what questions should you be asking about them? Image Credit. I like clouds, you like clouds, everyone likes clouds. CIOs everywhere are getting inundated with cloud requests , cloud proposals, and cloud projects.

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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.

Continuous Monitoring – Part 2


By George Romas. I previously wrote about the various “functional areas” of continuous monitoring.

Five Tips on How To Manage Disruptive Projects in an Agile Organization without going Crazy!

Social, Agile and Transformation

Don''t Panic, Posted by J Linwood. Agile teams are best organized when team responsibilities are clearly defined and separated from other teams, when business deliverables can be accomplished with a minimal number of teams, and when there is clear process to handle the communication and dependency between teams. Anyone who has led or participated in an agile organization knows that the easiest. agile planning cio it management project management

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Microsoft Calls on U.S. to Address ‘Technology Trust Deficit’

Data Center Knowledge

The company’s general counsel lays out demands for electronic surveillance reform, including assurance that NSA will not hack its data centers. Read More. Microsoft Regulation Security

Links for June 1 2014

Eric D. Brown

On Being Present And Engaged. Quote : Catching peoples’ time, capturing their attention is a huge challenge for all of us. When we finally do, we need to make sure we are totally present and engaged. If we aren’t it’s a huge missed opportunity, it’s a waste of time on everyone’s part, and getting that next conversation becomes even more difficult. A Digital World Calls for Counterintuitive CIOs. Quote : So what’s a CIO to do in a counterintuitive world increasingly driven by software?

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.

Good Technology Acquires Fixmo Security Business


By Bob Gourley. Editor’s note: As I have previously mentioned, I’m very proud to be an advisor to Fixmo. They have a great portfolio of technologies needed by enterprises today and are helping make mobile workforces more secure, agile and productive.

The cloud and big data are no threat to data warehouses

David Linthicum

I''m often told that the use of big data systems will kill the now very old world of data warehousing. It''s hugely expensive to build data warehouses. Consider the cost of the technology, including very pricey hardware and software. The minimum buy-in is well over $1 million -- and I''m being kind with that number. Enter big data on cloud platforms. Now you can access other people''s hardware to build massive data-storage systems.

Microsoft Azure Cloud’s Brazil South Region Goes Live

Data Center Knowledge

Region enters general availability as Microsoft and many others race to capture share of the rapidly growing emerging market. Read More. Cloud Computing Microsoft

Cloud Environment Can Enable Fast, Secure Collaboration among Industries, Nations

Cloud Musings

NCOIC’s Kevin Jackson to present new process for creating interoperability via a cyber-secure multi-cloud environment at cloud computing conferences in the U.S. and China WASHINGTON—June 4, 2014 —Cyber-secure cloud computing can help both businesses and governments improve their ability to collaborate with non-traditional partners so they can quickly and cost-effectively tackle complex problems.

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.

Analytics 2014: Insights For Mission Impact


By Bob Gourley. We are partnering with the highly regarded community-focused United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) to coordinate this event. If you are an analyst please join us, we are looking for people with lessons to share and a desire to find new approaches to big problems.

Microsoft and are buddies? Get nervous

David Linthicum

Microsoft and its new SaaS pal,, announced a surprise partnership around Office 365. My first reaction: This relationship gives me the heebie-jeebies. I decided to explore why. What bothers me is that has always made "no software" its rallying cry. But guess what Microsoft sells? Moreover, always took jabs at Microsoft''s focus on enterprise software.

Many Agencies Expected to Blow Federal Cloud Security Compliance Deadline

Data Center Knowledge

As FedRAMP-compliance deadline comes, Amazon retains its government IaaS lead, but VMware’s certification is in the pipeline. Read More. Featured Government Security

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Rewards, Prizes and Certification: Add Hyper-V to your Existing VMware / Virtualization Skills with Early Experts

IT Pros Rock!

Microsoft Early Experts is a free, online study group for virtualization professionals who want to extend their Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center and Microsoft Azure knowledge with official Microsoft certifications.

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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.