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

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).

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


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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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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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.

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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Unlock the cloud’s full value: Make devops mandatory

David Linthicum

Most people who are good with cloud technology are also good with devops. That’s not an accident: It’s impossible to get the full value out of cloud computing unless it’s done in the context of automated devops. Why is automated devops so important? It’s a competitive advantage that creates faster time to market. Organizations that require weeks or month to deploy software are at a distinct disadvantage. Read the InfoWorld review: Chef 12 fires up devops.

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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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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

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


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: 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.

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

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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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

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.

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

Foto Friday – Bakers Bridge Area, Durango CO

Eric D. Brown

The area just to the ‘left’ of this photo is Bakers Bridge, where they filmed part of the ‘jump’ scene from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Captured with Canon 5DsR and Canon 16-45 f/4 L. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my 500px portfolio.

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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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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

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.

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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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.

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

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

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 End Of Storage As We Knew It

Chuck's Blog - EMC

This morning, I came across this grim piece from Chris Mellor at The Register , detailing evidence of the violent restructuring in our familiar storage array market. Call it confirmation bias, but many of us have seen this coming for a while, and have acted accordingly.

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.

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

UK falls below global cyber security confidence

Computer Weekly

Global confidence in ability to accurately assess cyber risk has fallen in the past year, but the UK has fallen below the global average

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.