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Hortonworks DataFlow 1.2 Released


Katie Kennedy. Last month, Hortonworks announced their release of their Hortonworks DataFlow 1.2 , a data-source agnostic, real time data collection and dataflow management platform that makes data movement fast, easy and secure. HDF 1.2

Who wins and who loses as the cloud moves out of IT

David Linthicum

Gartner says worldwide IT spending will total $3.5 trillion this year, a 0.5 percent decline from 2015. It won't get better over the next few years, with Gartner predicting that global IT spending will rise only 2 to 3 percent from 2017 to 2020. How can that be possible given the ever expanding importance of technology to modern business? Review: Office 365 fails at collaboration. | If you're editing in the cloud, check out our comparison of cloud office suites. ].

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Government IT: Making the Most of Cybersecurity Investments


President Barack Obama released his final budget proposal to the US Congress in early February. Among the myriad priorities highlighted in the $4.2 trillion proposal (pdf), the president hopes to allocate $19 billion to cybersecurity, which is a 35% increase in cybersecurity spending over FY2016.

Building Your Hybrid Cloud – Getting Started with Azure Stack TP1

IT Pros Rock!

Microsoft Azure Stack enables your organization to deliver Azure-consistent services from your own datacenter to help you realize the full value of a hybrid cloud strategy.

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?

Women in Cybersecurity: Reducing the Gender Gap Part I


Katie Kennedy. This post is the first in a three part series on the Women in Cybersecurity Conference. On March 31 st through April 2 nd , women from academia, government, and industry from around the globe gathered in Dallas, Texas for Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) Conference. This three-day long event was designed to both enhance the state of cyber security and to raise awareness about the importance and nature of a cybersecurity career.

Don’t overlook SaaS, the original cloud option

David Linthicum

When I work with companies migrating to the cloud, we always cull through their application and data to determine several factors. First, should we rehost the application (lift and shift) or refactor the application (rewrite pieces for the cloud platform)? Should we retire some applications? Which should we leave as they are? But another option is often overlooked: Replace the application with a SaaS alternative.

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Report Confirms Large Cloud Providers Drive Q1 Leasing

Data Center Knowledge

The NADC report confirmed that it was Microsoft that leased 22 MW in Ashburn, VA, plus another 9 MW in San Antonio from data center REIT CyrusOne. Read More. Cloud Computing Featured

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Warning Meat Puppets: Robotic Trucks Drive Across Europe In Demonstration Of What Is Possible Today


Bob Gourley. An operational fleet of robotic trucks just demonstrated their safety and efficiency by autonomously moving across Europe. In an article titled " A fleet of trucks just drove themselves across Europe ," Joon Ian Wong writes that: About a dozen trucks from major manufacturers like Volvo and Daimler just completed a week of largely autonomous driving across Europe, the first such major exercise on the continent.

Airline CIOs Show How To Move From The Old To The New

The Accidental Successful CIO

Combining airlines can teach CIO some lessons Image Credit: Luke Ma. The day-to-day challenges of being a CIO and teaching the rest of the company about the importance of information technology are enough to keep most of us fully busy.

Ten Hidden Risks That Threaten Your Healthcare Practice

Doctor Chaos

Technology has made running a business and a healthcare practice much easier and more efficient. With several IT advantages, that are always great risks when networks and systems fail. Here are 10 threats to your current operations and how you can easily fix them for free: Ten Hidden Risks That Threaten Your Healthcare Practice from […]. Cyber compliance healthcare infosec

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!

Vapor IO’s Re-envisioned Data Centers One Step Closer to Reality

Data Center Knowledge

Imagine designing self-healing physical environments that work in concert with self-healing IT environments. This is the power of OpenDCRE. Read More. Cooling Featured

How to Achieve Elastic High Performance Computing in the Cloud: A Case Study with Bright Computing


Katie Kennedy. Fabio Trojani, a Professor of Finance at the Geneva Finance Research Institute (GFRI) of the University of Geneva and a Senior Chair of the Swiss Finance Institute, oversees a quantitative research team that carries out research in various areas of Financial Economics, Financial Econometrics and Statistics. The projects Professor Trojani works on, need to be powered by a significant HPC infrastructure.

Where are you Implementing your Big Data Algorithms?

Social, Agile and Transformation

It sounds like a simple question. You have to load several data sets, implement some data cleansing, perform some matching to third party data, compute several aggregates, develop some rankings, group several dimensions, benchmark against another data set, analyze for trends and then normalize the data for multiple data visualizations. In all likelihood, the algorithms that perform these. agile data big data data management data scientist digital transformation

A Secure Foundation: Keep Your Enemies Close and Your Internal Network Closer

Doctor Chaos

I don’t think a day goes by without hearing about another company that was a victim of a data breach. These companies are not small either. Organizations like the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), United Airlines and many others have all lost very sensitive data. Despite significant investments in the […]. Cyber

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.

Datera, Fresh from Stealth, Moves Intent-Based Config to Data Storage

Data Center Knowledge

Data center architects familiar with software-defined infrastructure will recognize decoupling as referring to separating the resource requirements of software from the hardware that hosts it. Read More. Storage

The Air Traffic Control System: We all assumed it was vulnerable, but now we know


Bob Gourley. There have been rumors in the security community for several weeks now about outages in the Swedish Air Traffic Control System that may have been caused by malicious activity. Now reporting indicates these rumors may in fact be true.

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Import Active Directory Module into Windows PE

Mick's IT Blog

One thing I have been wanting to have is access to active directory in a WinPE environment. The main reason I want it is to be able to delete systems from active directory during a build. When I first started researching, I found this blog that guided me on writing this script.

The Armada Collective Strikes Again

Doctor Chaos

Several rumblings on Internet Relay Chat channels and underground forums have started mentioning targeted attacks from an organization known as the Armada Collective. This is a group that has been using email to threaten companies and other organizations by demanding Bitcoins. Failure to pay results in massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against the […]. Cyber data breach DDoS infosec

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.

DataStax Brings Graph Databases to Enterprise Cassandra

Data Center Knowledge

TitanDB is not a database itself, but moreover a system for interpreting elements of data in terms of their type of relationship to one another. Read More. Big Data Featured

Tech News Roundup April 15


Katie Kennedy. The following are some of the hot topics we are tracking in the technology ecosystem: Technology Ticker. Federal government to spend AU$5.95m on joint research with China - ZDNet. Get your cycler to Mars: Buzz Aldrin lays out his not-so-simple plan to settle Mars in 2040. New Relic partners with Major League Baseball to highlight data and analytics in sports. The Air Traffic Control System: We all assumed it was vulnerable, but now we know.

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An untapped market for inventing the future?

CIO Dashboard

Guest post by Mitra Best , US Innovation Leader, PwC. As the proliferation of digital technologies disrupts the business landscape, technology executives are scrambling to find the right skills to keep pace.

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On Being Happy

Chuck's Blog - EMC

From time to time, I am preoccupied with a simple question: why are we all here? Perhaps the same thought nags at you as well. I prefer answers that are simple and direct, and don't require invoking a cosmological constant.

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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.

Rackspace Calls on Software Devs to Break CPU Performance Barriers

Data Center Knowledge

The days of getting software improvements by the brute force performance improvement of a generic CPU are slowing down drastically. Read More. Power

Tech News Roundup April 13


Katie Kennedy. The following are some of the hot topics we are tracking in the technology ecosystem: Technology Ticker. Noblis Among 2016 SECAF Small Business Partner of the Year Award Finalists. Serco Inc. Awarded $131M Contract to Support NAVFAC. Immunovaccine Inc., Leidos to Collaborate on Zika Vaccine. DISA Selects CenturyLink Inc. as Authorized Network Services Provider. Salient CRGT Inc. Awarded $16.8M Contract to Support Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Report: Almost half of enterprises have no one in charge of database security

Tech Republic Data Center

A recent research report published by Osterman Research detailed its findings on data and database security. Here's what you can learn from the findings

How to expand the Facebook Messenger app with Dropbox

Tech Republic Cloud

If you're a Facebook Messenger and Dropbox user, you'll be glad to know that the apps have been integrated so you can add files to Messenger threads from Dropbox with ease

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.

HPE Debuts ProLiant Easy Connect Platform for SMBs

Data Center Knowledge

HPE is looking to capture a larger share of the SMB market with the launch of the ProLiant Easy Connect Managed Hybrid solution, the first in a new series of plug and play devices for small and mid-sized businesses sold exclusively through the channel. The Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) ProLiant. Hewlett-Packard HPE

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Three Reasons for Procurement’s Slump with Tamr


Katie Kennedy. Content for the blog post below is provided by Matt Holzapfel. This is the first in a series of blog posts. This blog series will examine the value procurement organizations are gaining by accelerating their technology agenda. Even though procurement’s constant push for efficiency gains, declining commodity process, and the rise of technology, procurement has been struggling to improve.

Using PowerShell to control Dell Command | Update for drivers and BIOS updates

Mick's IT Blog

The Dell Command | Update is a great tool to use, but it also lacks some features that I have implemented in the following script. During system builds, I have the application to update all drivers and the BIOS. The features I have included are: Ability to disable the BIOS password Ability to either run the dcu-cli.exe on either a 32-bit or 64-bit machine Ability to apply XML policies For features 1 and 3, if the parameters are not populated, they are skipped over.

Apple's healthy CareKit revolution

Computerworld Vertical IT

Around three years ago, I was talking with the CIO of a regional hospital about how mobile apps could improve hospital and post-discharge experiences for patients. The conversation came up largely because of the Affordable Care Act, which included new rules to lower Medicare reimbursements to hospitals with high rates of readmissions for people with specific conditions. The goal: Encourage better discharge and follow-up care that would mean healthier patients and lower medical costs.

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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?