Sat.Feb 21, 2015 - Fri.Feb 27, 2015

For cloud security, it's not the hackers you should fear

David Linthicum

When I talk to reporters, they seem to focus quickly on security concerns around cloud computing, especially the public cloud. Mostly they cite recent well-publicized breaches such as Sony Pictures , Home Depot , and more recently, Anthem. They got hacked, so clouds are more vulnerable, right? Wrong. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

The President Speaks At Hadoop World: Introduces DJ Patil as Nation’s First Chief Data Scientist


By Bob Gourley. Data science history was made on 19 Feb 2015. For the first time in the history of Hadoop World, the President of the United States gave a keynote. Dwell on that for a bit. This is huge. No matter what your politics is, you really have to agree, this is huge.

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The IT Group as Cost Center – Or Innovation Center?

Eric D. Brown

Mark Thiele published a post recently titled “ Why we Value IT Incorrectly – Innovation vs Cost Center. ” You should go read it.

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Study: Emerging Data Center Markets Offset Decline in North America, Europe

Data Center Knowledge

Asia Pacific, LATAM, MEA see 2% growth, while developed markets decline Read More. Cloud Computing Enterprise Featured Supply and Demand

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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.

Business and IT have no good reason to fight over the cloud

David Linthicum

The RightScale 2015 State of the Cloud Report is out. Its most interesting finding: Business units see themselves having much more control of cloud-based resources than IT would perhaps like to see. Part of this conflict in expectations is likely rooted in the business units'' desire for more agility and their concerns that central IT is too cautious in cloud adoption -- especially public cloud adoption," the report notes.

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Considering The Next Wave Of Storage Automation

Chuck's Blog - EMC

From the time enterprise data centers sprang into existence, we’ve had this burning desire to automate the heck out of them. From early mainframe roots to today’s hybrid cloud, the compulsion never wanes to progressively automate each every aspect of operations.

Top 10 Data Center Stories, February 2015

Data Center Knowledge

Here''s a look at the most read articles on Data Center Knowledge during the month of February. Read More.

Ten Ways To Improve IT Culture with Agile, DevOps, Data, and Collaboration

Social, Agile and Transformation

Over the last decade I''ve had the privilege of working with several IT teams that transformed themselves from minimal credibility with the business to delivering award winning customer facing products while improving other IT business services. Different groups with different issues and opportunities, but what stands out with all of them is their willingness to change and improve their own.

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Matt Southmayd Named Vice President Commercial Markets for Cognitio Corp


By Bob Gourley. Editor''s note: It has been a real pleasure to be able to work with Matt Southmayd at Cognitio. The press release below captures some of what he brings to our organization, our clients and the business community. -

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.

The Emerging Science of Digital Forensics

Cloud Musings

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Docker Releases First Orchestration Tools for App Containers

Data Center Knowledge

Release addresses top concerns around orchestration, tooling, and security Read More. Cloud Computing

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Finding The Time To Be Strategic

The Accidental Successful CIO

CIOs know that they need to be strategic, but where is the time? Image Credit: catd_mitchell.

A Brief Explanation of Superfish


By Shannon Perry. Sometimes big threats to consumers’ digital security and privacy come in the form of pre-installed programs, software built into consumer products that creates vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit.

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.

Lessons in Innovation from the Future of Shopping

CIO Dashboard

Guest post by Juan-carlos Morales. In the next few years, the IoT will hit its stride and it’s arguable that no other industry will be more affected than the retail sector.

Look Ma, No Fans!

Data Center Knowledge

Using fans to cool your data center is inefficient and adds to the heat load that must be dissipated, writes Herb Zien of LiquidCool Solutions. Data center owners and operators should want to get rid of the fans in order to increase efficiencies in their facility. Read More. Industry Perspectives

TechNet Radio: (Part 2) Supporting a Mobile First World - Identity Management with Azure Active Directory

IT Pros Rock!

In part 2 of our Enterprise Device Management series, Jennelle Crothers and Keith Mayer discuss the importance of Identity Management and how Azure Active Directory applies to this Mobile-First, Cloud-First world. [ 1:25 ] What is Azure Active Directory? [ 6:59 ] DEMO: Creating a New Azure Active Directory tenant [ 13:10 ] DEMO: Adding applications to Azure AD [ 21:00 ] DEMO: Azure Active Directory Connect [ 33:01 ] DEMO: Azure Multi-Factor Authentication __ Experience Microsoft's.(

Software Architecture Conference, March 16-19, 2015 Boston, MA (20% Discount Code)


By Bob Gourley. The O''Reilly Software Architecture Conference is a new event designed to provide the in-depth professional training that software architects and people working on software architecture need to support the success of their businesses.

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.

Considering The Next Wave Of Storage Automation

Chuck's Blog - EMC

From the time enterprise data centers sprang into existence, we’ve had this burning desire to automate the heck out of them. From early mainframe roots to today’s hybrid cloud, the compulsion never wanes to progressively automate each every aspect of operations. The motivations have been compelling: use fewer people, faster responses, be more efficient, make outcomes more predictable, and make services resilient. But the obstacles have also been considerable: both technological and operational.

Apple to Spend $2B on Two Massive European Data Centers

Data Center Knowledge

New data centers in Ireland and Denmark will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Read More. Apple Europe Green Data Centers

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TechNet Radio: (Part 17) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - End-to-End IaaS Workload Provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC

IT Pros Rock!

Keith Mayer welcomes special guest Tommy Patterson to the series as they discuss end-to-end IaaS workload provisioning in the Cloud with Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC. Tune in as they break down automation into 3 main categories of tasks (managing and orchestrating the overall process, provisioning cloud fabric resources, and provisioning workloads, like operating systems and applications) and then go into in-depth demos showing how you can do this via Azure Automation and PowerShell DSC.(

Now Updated for 2015: The Cyber Threat and the Role of Cyber Intelligence in Defending Your Organization


By Bob Gourley. The Cyber Threat is a booklet published to succinctly articulate the nature of the cyber threat in ways designed to help business leaders come to terms with the nature of this phenomenon. The book is available on Amazon (and is free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers).

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.

Back-to-Basics Weekend Reading - Distributed Snapshots: Determining Global States of a Distributed System

All Things Distributed

Several problems in Distributed Systems can be seen as the challenge to determine a global state.

Optimizing Entire Data Center Without Breaking Budget

Data Center Knowledge

New technologies can help you get everything you can out of your data center without going broke Read More. Featured data center

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TechNet Radio: (Part 18) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Automated Provisioning for Linux in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure

IT Pros Rock!

Next up in our ongoing series to “ Build a Hybrid Cloud” Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze look at automated provisioning for Linux in the cloud with Microsoft Azure. Tune in as they explore the various ways in which you can automate workloads for Linux in Azure by using either Azure Automation , PowerShell DSC for Linux , XPlat CLI for Azure , Docker , Chef or Puppet (just to name a few). [ 2:05 ] What are some of the tools you can use to automate Linux workloads in Azure? [

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Seeking To Serve The Department of Defense With Technology? This Is A Must Read


By ChrisScott. If you are in a company that seeks to serve the Department of Defense (DoD) with technology or services you absolutely need to track the mission needs of the department.

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.