Sat.Dec 17, 2016 - Fri.Dec 23, 2016

Your cloud strategy must include no-cloud options

David Linthicum

It’s Monday morning. You go into work as if it’s a normal day, but the office is quiet. There’s a press release on your desk stating that your company has put its datacenters up for sale, and cloud will be its new platform. This strategic shift is increasingly commonplace now. Although it makes the company look innovative and thrifty to the stock holders, it also leaves the challenge to IT to make it all work. InfoWorld’s quick guide: Digital Transformation and the Agile Enterprise.

Extra £440m to get superfast broadband to hardest-to-reach places in UK

Computer Weekly

Government announces extra funding for its superfast broadband roll-out, with 600,000 more premises expected to benefit

DevOps The Code To Delivering With Velocity, Quality And Agility

Forrester IT

Every business today is under pressure from a startup that is disrupting their traditional market. We have seen this in the taxi industry with Uber [i] , ATOM Bank is revolutionizing banking [ii] and Airbnb the hotel industry. iii] The overused statement that today every business is a software business, is resonating in every industry and we are all under pressure to not only deliver faster, we must do so with quality and add value to our respective businesses.

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TAP Accelerates Artificial Intelligence

Cloud Musings

Photo credit: Shutterstock Over the past few years, the use of artificial intelligence has expanded more rapidly than many of us could have imagined. While this may invoke fear and dread in some, these relatively new technology applications are clearly delivering real value to our global society.

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.

3 simple steps to compliance in the cloud

David Linthicum

We deal with compliance on a daily basis: traffic laws, tax laws, and other regulations. It should be no surprise that there are rules for how we deal with some data, especially data in a public cloud. These rules exist largely in the health care and financial sectors, but other industries have their regulations as well. Besides security, compliance is the top reason that enterprises don't move to the cloud.

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Tell Your Board How Business Technology Will Help Win Customers

Forrester IT

Customers are more powerful than ever, and nothing is slowing that trend. Your Board is the primary body for setting, monitoring, and adapting strategy. Ensuring that the Board, and the C-suite, is equipped with the proper insight and knowledge is a requirement. Research shows that CEOs rank technological change as the second-most-pressing factor for companies after economic factors.

Budget 158

Information Risk: Help the Business Rethink How it Exploits its Secrets


Most organizations depend on secret intellectual property for their success.

Ten Tips for Harnessing the Power of Data Analytics

Data Center Knowledge

You can’t fix what you can’t measure, and you can’t measure what you don’t understand. Data analytics can help by providing valuable capabilities for addressing current strategic needs while preparing for new innovations on the horizon. Read More. Industry Perspectives

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Could blockchain revolutionise the Middle East?

Computer Weekly

The Middle East could pioneer the use of blockchain, transforming the processes used by organisations in the region


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.

Testing Industrial Protocols with Security Tools

Doctor Chaos

Protection of communications: key for the security of all protocols In industrial control systems, communications play a key role in an environment where millions of packages are exchanged daily, including often critical information on the status of processes and devices. This is why preserving the integrity of information in transit and ensuring it reaches its […]. InfoSec IoT scada

Why Big Data Project Management Can Be So Difficult


Rick Delgado. Big data is extremely beneficial to businesses, and gathering it is now easier than ever with today's technology. When it comes to the management of big data, therein lies the challenge. There is software now which can assist in tracking a company's customers and potential customers. It will collect information such as age, demographics, buying habits, and more.

How to Make Big Data Agile Without Compromising Privacy?

Data Center Knowledge

There are a few critical processes that companies can employ to take full advantage of delivering more relevant applications faster, while still adapting to the necessary privacy processes to work in this world of big data sets. Read More. Industry Perspectives

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IT Priorities 2017: Many ANZ CIOs don’t expect IT budget increase

Computer Weekly

There is still uncertainty over Australian CIO budgets in 2017 and many expect a reduction

Budget 171

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.

Firebrand Announces 2017 Accelerated CloudMASTER® Dates

Cloud Musings

Firebrand, the leader in Accelerated Learning , has recently announced it's 2017 delivery schedule for their accelerated CloudMASTER® training course.

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What’s the delay when it comes to content analytics?


Bob Larrivee. Organizations are dealing with ever-growing amounts of data – and to get value from that data they need to analyze it, so what is the hold up in deploying content analytics? Practically every organization today has more content flowing through its various departments than at any time previously. This content comes in a wide variety of types, forms and formats and is a potential gold mine of insight for those that know how.

Here’s What Experts Say about Cloud in 2017

Data Center Knowledge

Will 2017 be the year we ditch our data centers in favor of public cloud? Will security continue to be a cloud adoption roadblock? Read More. Shared

IT Priorities 2017: Quarter of Asean CIOs expect big IT budget increase

Computer Weekly

More than half of Asean IT leaders expect a budget increase next year, and a quarter of them anticipate a rise of more than 10

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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.

Cognitive on Cloud

Cloud Musings

Photo credit: Shutterstock According to the IBM Institute for Business Value the market will see a rapid adoption of initial cognitive systems. The most likely candidates have moved beyond descriptive and diagnostic, predictive and routine industry-specific capabilities.

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The Chinese Cybersecurity Law

Doctor Chaos

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) released the new cyber security law, which was passed by their main (only?) political party on November 7, 2016. Analysis Potential negative impact to tech companies operating within China’s borders exist as a result of the following key points within the law: 1. Due to a shifting and opaque […]. Cyber FedTech government GovTech infosec

Watts to Bits: Your Daily Data Center News Briefing

Data Center Knowledge

Here are the recent developments in the data center industry you should know about. Read More.

Almost 90% of customers say social media availability affects brand loyalty

Computer Weekly

Customers expect to be able to contact brands via social media, with nine out of 10 claiming availability of a brand through their preferred social channel has an impact on their retailer loyalty

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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 First Quantum Revolution: Foundational information for the enterprise CTO


Bob Gourley. Our report on Naturally Better Security dove deep into ways quantum effects can be leveraged to enhance real world cybersecurity. It was our most popular post in November 2016 and the feedback we received was taken as a signal that we should produce more on what CTOs should know about the quantum world. With this post we are kicking off a series of five pieces that will dive into quantum effects.

6 big data trends to watch in 2017

Tech Republic Big Data

As more analytics systems become mission critical in 2017, big data leaders and CIOs should keep a close eye on these six trends, which include increases in cloud migrations and dark data usage

Friday Funny: Christmas in the Data Center

Data Center Knowledge

Here’s the cartoon for this month’s Data Center Knowledge caption contest. Read More. DCK Featured

2017 UK IT budgets show increased CRM and business automation focus

Computer Weekly

CRM has emerged as the number one UK IT spending priority for 2017, in terms of packaged business applications. Beyond packaged, the top three software initiatives were business process automation, data quality and governance

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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.