Sat.Dec 03, 2016 - Fri.Dec 09, 2016

The Report The Cybersecurity Commission Should Have Sent To the President and President Elect


Bob Gourley. On 1 December The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity issued their key deliverable, the report on Securing and Growing The Digital Economy. That is a good report.

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Want To Create Action From Big Data? Look At Enterprise Insight Platform Suites

Forrester IT

By now firms are deep into their big data investments -- and frustrated. Too many new and rapidly evolving technologies are built on an open source and named after a bunch of zoo animals.

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How much cloud is too much cloud?

David Linthicum

I'm often asked: Should all application workloads exist in the public cloud? The right answer is one that most people don't want to hear: It depends. It depends on what industry you're in. It depends on performance expectations. It depends on security requirements. The list goes on. Some enterprises will reach the point where 80 to 90 percent of their workloads exist in the cloud: some will only get to 50 percent. InfoWorld's quick guide: Digital Transformation and the Agile Enterprise.

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You (probably) don’t need Machine Learning

Eric D. Brown

Statistically speaking, you and/or your company really don’t need machine learning. By ‘statistically speaking’, I mean that most companies today have no absolutely no need for machine learning (ML).

Data Analytics in the Cloud for Developers and Founders

Speaker: Javier Ramírez, Senior AWS Developer Advocate, AWS

You have lots of data, and you are probably thinking of using the cloud to analyze it. But how will you move data into the cloud? In which format? How will you validate and prepare the data? What about streaming data? Can data scientists discover and use the data? Can business people create reports via drag and drop? Can operations monitor what’s going on? Will the data lake scale when you have twice as much data? Is your data secure? In this session, we address common pitfalls of building data lakes and show how AWS can help you manage data and analytics more efficiently.

Clearing up Lingering Confusion Around What Big Data Really Is


Brigg Patten. Big data is a buzz term in many industries, but many people still do not understand the concept of it. Data analysis tools can benefit any company, and new tools are being invented every year. The tools are designed for specific industries, and a company's staff may need specialized training. An elearning company can give everyone an interactive learning experience. Big data can benefit small businesses and multinational companies.

Business Intelligence Skills

Forrester IT

So you have gone through the Discover and Plan of your Business Intelligence (BI) strategy and are ready to staff your BI support organization. What skills, experience, expertise and qualifications should you be looking for? Read more Categories: Analytics. big data. business insights. business intelligence. systems of insight. Analytics Application Development big data business insights business intelligence systems of insight

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UKtech50 2016 - The most influential people in UK IT

Computer Weekly

Computer Weekly has announced the seventh annual UKtech50 – our definitive list of the movers and shakers in the UK IT sector


Cyber Intelligence and Defense for the Public Sector, Part 2: The Growth and Importance of Threat Intelligence


Marty Meehan. As attested to in our previous post in this series, the dynamic nature of today’s cyber threats has led to the evolution of cyber threat intelligence as an essential component of every enterprise’s cyber risk reduction strategy. Threat intelligence provides organizations with the information needed to make smarter, data driven decisions about protecting their sensitive information and IT assets.

Velocity with quality mandates a model based approach to ARA tools and DevOps

Forrester IT

DevOps velocity mandates change velocity. Enterprises today are focusing on delivering applications faster to drive customer experiences and drive business transformation to meet rising expectations. For some, faster delivery is simply faster time to disappointment where the delivery process is shoddy and speed is the only metric. Speed without quality in an oxymoron - and extremely dangerous.

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Corporate IT: Why It’s Tough to Hire the Right Staff (and What to Do About It)


Most of those who run the world’s corporate IT functions spend a lot of their time thinking about where they can find people with the right skills and experience for the massive changes that are coming with mass digitization of almost every aspect of business life. In fact nearly half of all IT leaders who attended one of CEB’s big meetings this year said, “developing a strategic workforce plan to build engagement skills and technical expertise” was their top priority.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

PowerShell security threats greater than ever, researchers warn

Computer Weekly

Administrators should upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft PowerShell and enable extended logging and monitoring capabilities in the light of a surge in related security threats, warn researchers



Marty Meehan. Cray XC50 System Delivers One Petaflop of Peak Performance in a Single Cabinet. At the 2016 Supercomputing Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. announced the launch of the Cray XC50 supercomputer – the company’s fastest supercomputer ever with a peak performance of one petaflop in a single cabinet.

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Amazon Go Ushers In A New Era In Retail Technology

Forrester IT

Amazon's new Amazon Go store ushers in a new era in brick and mortar grocery and convenience shopping. In the early 80's, electronic point of sale (POS) dramatically changed the checkout experience in grocery stores, speeding up checkout lines. Today, a checkout without POS is unthinkable unless it's a farm stand on the side of the road … and even here we're likely to see Square hooked up to a smartphone.

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Intel’s New Nemesis? Qualcomm Shows Off Its 10 nm Server Processor

Data Center Knowledge

The 10-nanometer server processor market officially opens its gates in the second half of next year, and today, we’ve seen the first physical evidence that Intel will not be taking the field alone. Read More. Technology 10 nanometer Anand Chandrasekher ARMv8 FinFET qualcomm Qualcomm Centriq 2400

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How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

IT Priorities 2017: What will IT decision-makers be focusing on?

Computer Weekly

Each year, TechTarget looks at how CIOs and senior IT decision-makers will be investing in IT in the 12 months ahead


SolarFlare’s Capture SolarSystem


Marty Meehan. SolarFlare's Capture SolarSystem provides high performance hardware time-stamped Ethernet packet capture, persisted storage, indexed query and network analytics on customer-supplied and specified off-the-shelf server hardware. Furthermore, Capture SolarSystem provides real-time interfaces enabling integration with third party analytics applications, both coexisting with Capture SolarSystem within the server as well as running and being fed remotely.

APM Is Hot. Don't Laugh, I'm Serious.

Forrester IT

I cover the APM market for I&O professionals, and it seems that every week I am briefed by yet another vendor entering the APM market. I wonder "What's the attraction? Why is APM so hot?" Maybe it's the mess. I'm weird. I like cleaning up after Thanksgiving dinner. Because it's a huge mess. A little effort produces the dramatic result of a clean kitchen, ready for the next attack: leftovers.

Why Equinix is Buying Verizon Data Centers for $3.6B

Data Center Knowledge

Colocation giant gains key strategic assets in North and South Americas Read More. Colocation Deals Equinix Featured Florida Verizon Washington DC Area

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?

Security Think Tank: Communication is key to cyber security in digital era

Computer Weekly

How can information security professionals help organisations to understand the cyber risks across increasingly digital businesses

Tapping into centralized talent pools for data analytics, cybersecurity and other mission enabling functions in government agencies


Bob Gourley. In 2013 I helped Carahsoft pull together an event focused on the emerging (at the time) concept of Big Data. The highlight of the 2013 Government Big Data Forum was not just the focus on Hadoop-centric platforms like Cloudera, but the exchange of lessons learned and best practices from people in and around the federal space.

Elections…Or per Yogi Berra – It Ain’t Over Until It’s Over

Doctor Chaos

Here we are in one of the most bizarre elections in the history of our republic. Initial accusations of rigged elections, threats of recounts, fighting recounts, and a few rogue Electoral College members consciously voting against apparent voter desires in the great expanse that is the middle of America…I guess this was inevitable given the […]. Cyber cyber crime FedTech government GovTech

Google Will Be Powered Completely by Clean Energy Next Year

Data Center Knowledge

Google, the world’s biggest corporate buyer of clean energy, expects to reach a major milestone next year: running the company entirely with wind and solar power. Read More. Google Green Data Centers Power

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Government Transformation Strategy to 'fundamentally' change the way departments operate

Computer Weekly

A background document seen by Computer Weekly outlines details of the forthcoming Government Transformation Strategy

Why Consumers Don’t Trust Self-Driving Cars


Jeremy Sutter. On May seventh, 2016, Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old businessman and innovation enthusiast from Canton, Ohio, was seated in the driver’s seat of his Tesla Model S car when a tractor-trailer turned over his way. The Tesla, which was on its self-driving Autopilot mode, failed to recognize the white tractor-trailer against the clear, sunny Florida sky. Mr. Joshua Brown likewise didn't apply the brakes in time.

The Importance of Security in the Online Space

Doctor Chaos

Image courtesy of While most people would agree that the internet has opened up a whole new world for consumers, its accessibility also creates innumerable potential security concerns.

NTT’s RagingWire to Build a Third Ashburn Data Center Colossus

Data Center Knowledge

In an astonishing signal of how much commitment is required for a data center operator to remain competitive in a hot market, Reno, Nevada-based RagingWire ­­– a unit of Japan telco giant NTT Communications – announced Monday at the Gartner Data Center Summit in Las Vegas that it will be… RagingWire Data Centers Site Selection Washington DC Area 451 research ashburn RagingWire VA3

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.

Internet of things gains momentum in Southeast Asia

Computer Weekly

IoT has been much hyped in Southeast Asia, and organisations in the region are testing the technology's potential

What do CIO Influencers Tweet About?

Social, Agile and Transformation

I love a good data science challenge! An image from Leadtail floated around identifying "Who Influences CIOs?" This was followed by a question posed by David Bray, @fcc_cio I love a good big data question, so I decided to roll up my data science sleeves and see if I could develop this tag cloud. I wanted to do this without coding and use as many tools the average data scientist.

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Could Your Personal Gender Bias Be Playing A Role In How You Evaluate People In Your IT Department?

The Accidental Successful CIO

Is it possible that your bias could impact how you evaluate your staff? Image Credit: Chris JL. If I asked you if you had any bias, I’m pretty sure that you’d think for a moment and then say that no, to the best of your knowledge you are basically an unbiased person.

Nine Steps Your Organization Can Take to Mitigate Downtime

Data Center Knowledge

Although it’s impossible to completely eliminate outages, you can take steps to mitigate the consequences of downtime and ensure business continuity. Read More. Microsoft

Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.