Sat.Jan 23, 2016 - Fri.Jan 29, 2016

Ultimate Data Protection – Leveraging the Power of Quantum


Katie Kennedy. QuintessenceLabs , the Australian cybersecurity company whose products leverage quantum science as well as deep security expertise, has received global recognition for their game-changing cyber security systems.

No matter who wins in US vs. Microsoft, we all lose

David Linthicum

The battle of government reach into data stored in overseas data centers should be top of mind for IT organizations. It has significant implications for whether cloud-stored data can be protected, and the battle so far suggests if either side completely wins, the result would be unpleasant. The U.S. Justice Department and Microsoft are waging a war over whether federal prosecutors in the United States can access email stored on servers in Ireland.

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Stop Using Pre-Scripted Questions in an Interview

Eric D. Brown

Over my career, I’ve hired over 50 direct reports and been involved in the hiring process for over 150 other people. For the most part, all of these hires ended up being good people and great employees.

Startup Envisions Data Centers for Cities of the Future

Data Center Knowledge

Project Rhizome brings architect sensibility to edge data center design Read More. Data Center Design Data Center Strategies Featured Internet of Things

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?

A Conversation With Marc Andreessen: AI, Robotics, Jobs and Accelerating The Future


Bob Gourley. If you are an enterprise technologist or if you love thinking about the incredible future we can build for ourselves you no doubt already track the very interesting Marc Andreessen. His open sharing of views and context via his blog , on YouTube and his Twitter Feed are a great source of information for those seeking insights into the emerging tech scene and we recommend following him there for continuous context.

Confused yet? Clouds crib from enterprise licenses

David Linthicum

Two recent stories at InfoWorld got me thinking about how much enterprise pricing approaches are being infused into the cloud -- approaches that are much like the familiar enterprise software pricing of the 1990s. These pricing models are clearly aimed at the enterprise, not at the small-business market that made cloud what it is today. And they bring the same pros and cons of those traditional software licences.

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Qarnot’s Home Heating Servers Now Plugged into Data Centers

Data Center Knowledge

Data center provider DATA4 takes majority financial stake in French digital heater company Read More. Blades Europe Green Data Centers Infrastructure

Supercomputing Predictions for 2016


Katie Kennedy. Wondering where supercomputing is heading in 2016? Here are some well informed assessments brought to you by Cray. New Processor Technologies. The leader of this technology is currently Intel, with their next generation Xeon Phi coprocessor, which is a hybrid between an accelerator and general purpose processor. This innovative design combines many-core architect with general purpose productivity.

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Does Your Company Need A Chief Safety Officer?

The Accidental Successful CIO

Twitter has a problem on their hands and they think that they need a Chief Safety Officer Image Credit: Twitter. As more and more companies create online communities for our customers to interact with us and each other in, CIOs are starting to see a need for a new type of employee.

5 Things CIO Should Do in First 100 Days of Leading Digital Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

I am now one year into my third CIO role where digital transformation was a top priority. It's hard enough to jump into an organization as a new CIO and make an impact in year one and much harder to either lead or be a team member in a transformation program. Bu that's exactly what I've been tasked to do, and my last several posts come from insights across all three organizations. My post. about me agile planning cio data scientist digital transformation leadership

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!

Equinix, AT&T, Verizon Join Facebook’s Open Source Data Center Project

Data Center Knowledge

Open Compute Project launches telco project that will focus on telecommunications tech Read More. Blades Networking Open Compute

Where Websites Live


Katie Kennedy. The article below was produced by Hosting Facts. The total number of websites is expected to exceed 1 billion in the coming year. At the time of this writing, the number was estimated at around 970,864,745, and increasing by about 2 websites per second (Source: [link] /).

A Year in Review – A Look Back on our Portfolio Companies’ Successful 2015

The Investing Edge

We’d like to recognize the many successes and accomplishments our portfolio companies achieved in 2015. From impressive rounds of funding to key acquisitions, these companies continue to be leaders in their sectors. While we won’t attempt to capture them all, below are some representative highlights: CloudLock , a leading cloud cybersecurity and CASB provider, had a rewarding year filled with impressive rankings and revenue growth.

Does anyone really want the government deciding encryption policy?

ComputerWorld Consumerization IT

Security and privacy debates are highly nuanced, allowing for much interpretation, balancing acts and differences of opinion. For that reason, I try and be tolerant of a wide range of views on the subject. Every so often, though, some executive says something so divorced from logic and reality that silence is not an option. Enter AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and his attack on Apple's encryption efforts.

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.

7 Biggest Data Center Migration Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Data Center Knowledge

In the words of Yogi Berra, “If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.” These are words to live by when planning beyond your migration. Read More. Industry Perspectives

Crypto-currencies and their promise for enterprise technology professionals


Bob Gourley. Bitcoin is hot right now. It is known as a crypto-currency, but has the potential to be applied to far more than exchanging value. Bitcoin is a protocol, one that many consider the next great protocol for the Internet and the emerging Internet of Things. As advanced applications are developed that leverage the capabilities that make Bitcoin possible, enterprise technologists will be able to tap into new capabilities for security and functionality.

Validate TPM Settings at the Beginning of a Build of a Dell machine.

Mick's IT Blog

NOTE: I used Sapien's PowerStudio to write this script that significantly simplified the process! I have wrestled with the issue of encrypting a system using Bitlocker during a build. The issue I have had is that not all of the process can be automated. The steps of turning on the TPM, and activating it can be automated. The portion where the TPM is cleared is a forced, manual process.

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Five Aspects of Digital Strategy Management

Future of CIO

In practice, digital strategy is a living process with iterative steps and a dynamic continuum. The strategy is what you intend to do or accomplishes in terms of managing both resources and constraints to having the critical success factors in place and achieve the set of strategic priorities.

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.

ICTroom Unchains Capacity from Size in Modular Data Centers

Data Center Knowledge

European firm’s new designs scale power and building size independently Read More. Data Center Design Europe Featured Infrastructure Modular Data Centers

Mark Sargeant on Bright Cluster Manager 7.2


Katie Kennedy. Friday, January 22, Bright Computing announced their Bright Cluster Manager 7.2. After their announcement, they posted the video below, where Bright Computing’s Mark Sargeant talks about the functionality that has been added to this latest product release.

Update Drivers and BIOS via PowerShell and Dell Command Update

Mick's IT Blog

NOTE: I used Sapien's PowerShell Studio to write this script that significantly simplified the process! During the build process, I execute the Dell Command Update to make sure the latest drivers and BIOS version are installed. I use the script below so that it can disable the BIOS password and execute the dcu-cli.exe in either a 32-bit or 64-bit system. The BIOS password must be disabled if you want the BIOS to be updated. Also, I execute the script in two different task sequences.

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Five Focal Points in Running a Digital IT

Future of CIO

Digital IT keeps the digital flow from top-down to bottom-up; from branding on the surface to tuning the processes underneath.

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.

Data Center Colocation in 2016: What to Expect

Data Center Knowledge

Activity will pick up in tier-two regions, but top markets will continue seeing most demand Read More. Colocation Featured Supply and Demand

Using Defense Within the O-Line of Security


Barry Strauss. The NFL Conference championship games wrapped up this weekend to set the stage for Super Bowl 50, which will take center stage Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. The game will be a battle of offensive and defensive forces – with the winning team ultimately lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Throughout the Big Game, coaches will be breaking down and dissecting the playbooks and game plans as the action unfolds.

Fix for A connection to the deployment could not be made

Mick's IT Blog

This error is very annoying when running through a build. I Googled and found this fix to it by Kyle Beckman. The trick is delaying the LiteTouch.wsf from trying to execute the next task before network connectivity is available. Kyle's fix is putting a simple timed delay in the LiteTouch.wsf. I decided to enhance this fix by using PowerShell. Instead of having to guess at how long to wait, why not use the Test-Connection commandlet and delay the script until connectivity is available?

CIOs as Chief Influence Officer: How does a CIO Make a Digital Influence

Future of CIO

There is now a greater need for a CIO to understand business drivers and equip with digital mindsets. Digital makes a significant impact on every aspect of the business from people, process to technology and capability. IT plays a pivotal role in digital transformation.

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.

Data Center Power Outage Brings Down GitHub

Data Center Knowledge

World’s most popular open source code repository goes down for two hours Read More. Cloud Computing Downtime Infrastructure

Fed Tech Roundup January 29


Katie Kennedy. The following are some of the hot topics in the federal technology ecosystem (from and ): Fed Tech Ticker. These ideas need to be retired: Technology practices that are stifling public sector success - Brookings Institution (blog). Deadline approaches for recording qualified emails as federal records - The Hill (blog). iPhone Wireless Charging Technology Being Developed By Apple For 2017: Report - International Business Times.

Why your company needs to ask the right questions about big data

Tech Republic Big Data

The accuracy of your analytics may depend on how well you asked questions of your data

How to Earn and Practice “Expert Power”

Future of CIO

The expert power has the foundation of in-depth knowledge, profound insight, and abstract wisdom, to connect the minds and win the hearts.

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?