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3 reasons why 2017 will see massive cloud migration

David Linthicum

How many Global 2000 enterprise applications are on the public cloud right now? You’ll see estimates of 20 to 30 percent, but that overstates the reality. When all outsourced hosting is taken into account—which includes SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS—many analysts estimate that 20 to 30 percent of workloads are currently on the cloud. But a better metric is to look at what enterprise applications have migrated to an IaaS or a PaaS platform, which is how most enterprises measure their presence in the cloud.

There is no shortage of open data. The question is, is anyone using it?

Computer Weekly

The UK government’s data portal,, currently shows 36,552 published datasets available, but how usable are they, and is anyone actually downloading them

Corporate IT: Five Trends for 2017


The outlook for CIOs in the world’s big companies will be shaped this year by ever more intensive efforts to digitize , and by the uncertainty and rapid pace of change that stem from these efforts. Here are five trends to take into account.

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In The Digital World, CIOs Need To Help The Business Move Faster

Forrester IT

Too many businesses believe that their digital business strategy is actually a roadmap, or a series of IT projects. Being digital is a capability - in your business it impacts the culture, metrics, organization, skills, and finally - the technology. As a CIO, one of the most important roles you'll play is helping to make the business FAST - removing friction points from processes and enabling new capabilities to be developed as required by the customer, partners, and business stakeholders.

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.

Too late, PaaS, you missed your shot in the cloud

David Linthicum

PaaS simply isn’t used as much by enterprises as initially predicted. Although PaaS offerings vary greatly, most provide facilities for application design, deployment, testing, and self-provisioned hosting. It’s best described as a turnkey development and deployment solution. Why hasn’t PaaS taken off? I see several reasons. Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan.

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Microsoft Wants to Patent an Underwater Data Center Reef

Data Center Knowledge

Patent application describes ways to make the cloud an attractive home for marine life Read More. Data Center Design Microsoft

Welcome to 2017: The year of #DevOps

Forrester IT

We are eager to announce a beacon of light to help penetrate the post-holiday fog: Forrester's DevOps Benchmark Survey for 2017 is officially live! Led by myself and Researcher Elinor Klavens , this benchmark survey serves as the backbone for a large portion of our DevOps research, facilitating the identification and tracking of trends and supporting our research including predictions for the future.

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Mapping the Customer Journey

IT Toolbox

Every interaction between your company and a customer can be viewed as a journey. To provide the best possible service to your customer you need to understand the steps in the journey and what you can do to improve your customer's overall experience. A useful tool to understand the process is a customer journey map. This is a graphical illustration of all the steps the customer

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How serverless computing could help enterprises cut cloud complexity

Computer Weekly

As some enterprises find the reality of cloud fails to live up to the hype, Clive Longbottom explains why serverless computing could help firms attain the operational benefits they're looking for

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.

Corporate IT: 5 Mistakes to Avoid in Your 2017 Strategic Plan


Done well, IT strategic planning does two things. First, it builds clear connections between IT activities and investments, and the business goals that IT helps its company hit.

Slow 3% To 4% Growth In Global Tech Market In 2017 And 2018 Due To Cloud Transition And Political Uncertainties

Forrester IT

In our just-published forecast for the global market for business and government purchases of technology goods and services ( The Global Tech Market Outlook For 2017-2018: 3% to 4% Growth As Forces Of Disruption Battle With Forces Of Continuity ), Forrester is projecting modest growth of 3.2% in 2017 and 3.9% in 2018 measured in constant currencies.

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4 Benefits of Cloud Technology for Business Purposes

IT Toolbox

s take a look at some ways in which this technology is directly improving business processes

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Case study: The Alan Turing Institute takes cloud-first stance on data science research

Computer Weekly

Computer Weekly meets the Alan Turing Institute team and finds out how using cloud-first thinking can help achieve its goal of becoming a global force to be reckoned with in data science research

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.

Microsoft to Reorganize Partner, Service Teams, Promises No Job Cuts

Data Center Knowledge

Changes to affect teams under Worldwide Commercial Business group Read More. Shared

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3 Bear Essential Digital Risk Vulnerabilities in the Cyber War of Influence


Crystal Lister. This article increases awareness for organizations seeking to enhance their security posture regarding three aspects of digital risk exploited by Russia as part of its larger effort to influence the 2016 U.S. election process.

Boost the Value of Your Business with CRM

IT Toolbox

The value of your business is based on a combination of tangible and intangible assets. Tangible assets are those that have a physical form, including buildings, machinery, land and inventory. Intangible assets are nonphysical features such as copyrights, patents, trademarks, brand recognition, goodwill and customer lists. A good customer relationship management (CRM) strategy will increase the

UKCloud cuts cloud storage pricing for public sector customers and sticks boot into US rivals

Computer Weekly

Public sector-focused cloud provider claims latest round of price cuts means its services are cheaper to use than some of its US counterparts

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.

Digital Customer Experience ROI: (How To) Show Me The Money

Forrester IT

Forrester's clients frequently ask us how to build the business case for customer journey mapping, particularly for digital experiences and digital products. We have proven that better customer experiences drive revenue in industries with low switching costs. But what about investments in customer journey mapping?

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Foto Friday – Middle of Cascade Creek, Colorado

Eric D. Brown

A capture of some of the rapids in Cascade Creek. Captured Canon 5DsR , Canon 16-35 f/4 L. See more photos in my 500px portfolio.


Getting Personal - But Not Too Personal - With CRM

IT Toolbox

Personalization is one of the strongest tools in CRM. Properly used, CRM personalization lets you build links to your customers, generate trust and move your business forward. Improperly used, on the other hand, personalization can be a nightmare, turning off potential customers and damaging your business's reputation. In the worst case it can even lead to lawsuits.

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Cyber security scare stories could sharpen focus at banks

Computer Weekly

There are continual cyber attacks on banks, and although most are repelled, there is significant room for improvement

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.

Corporate IT: Show Why You’re Valuable by Telling a Good Story


One of the most pressing concerns for IT professionals at many levels is how to describe the value of what they do to those outside of the function. Everyone likes to be recognized when they’ve accomplished good work but, for functional teams like IT, it goes beyond that.

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Customer Obsession Will Remake App-Development Tools

Forrester IT

Application-development leaders shifting to modern techniques are like acrobats performing above a flimsy net. The tools and technologies they need to support the planning, execution, and evaluation of customer-focused applications just aren't widely available yet. The biggest gaps are in portfolio management, test-and-learn development environments, and digital application platforms. This report provides an overview of the tools and technologies application-development leaders need.

4 Things You Can do to Optimize your PC for Gaming

IT Toolbox

Here, we will offer some ways to increase your computer?s s performance in order to pull the maximum out of the setup you are currently running on


Waymo self-driving minivans to begin public road tests soon

Computer Weekly

Google spin off Waymo announces trials of new self-driving vehicles, with all technologies involved developed in-house to cut costs and improve performance

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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.