Sat.Nov 23, 2013 - Fri.Nov 29, 2013

SaaS is cloud computing's quiet killer app

David Linthicum claimed that Dreamforce had about 120,000 attendees last week, which -- in our own Caroline Craig''s estimation -- sounded a "bit high." I agree, but it''s hard to argue the conference was big -- bigger than last year, I''m sure. It''s also a good sign that SaaS is alive and well. It''s driving much of cloud computing these days, yet SaaS doesn''t get much notice in all the talk about cloud computing. read more. Cloud Computing SaaS Cloud computing

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Government Clouds: What is a FedRAMP?

Data Center Knowledge

What is FedRAMP? It''s a secure government cloud that meets specific requirements. Let''s get an overview and dive into the specifications that organizations have met to become a part of a group of data centers meeting FedRAMP criteria. Actually, the guidelines can help everyone because the FedRAMP.

From Storage Admin To Storage Service Manager

Chuck's Blog - EMC

I''ve been talking to storage people in IT for about 20 years now.    Sure, the new technology is always interesting -- but what storage folks are always interested in is how does this change things?    H ow do things get done differently as a result?

Harnessing the Power of the Cloud

The Investing Edge

The enterprise technology landscape has seen tremendous evolution in the past several years as disruptive change has hit almost every corner of the market. Nowhere is this more evident than in the move to cloud computing, where momentum continues to build.

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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.

Metrics and Big Data: How to measure the value of big data for your business


By Bob Gourley With the herald of innovative, personal, smart and targeted marketing, ‘big data’ offers enticing and varied advantages for businesses. The ability uncover and harness data, to tackle and tame the informational chaos presented, is increasingly expected of most organisations.

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A CIO Top Ten Guide to Preparing a Thanksgiving Feast

Social, Agile and Transformation

I like to cook and I really look forward to the Thanksgiving Holiday. For the past thirteen years, I''ve enjoyed locking myself in the kitchen and perfecting the Thanksgiving feast largely from scratch everything from home made cranberry sauce to my evolving sweet potato pie/casserole recipes. But this year we''re going to family and I already miss the prep work that I always start the weekend. about me agile planning cio customer service data scientist innovation it management

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Stop Talking, Start Listening – Tips for Vendors and Consultants

Eric D. Brown

We’ve all been there. Sitting in a meeting listening to a vendor pitch their solution. They bring a team in to your organization and spend a few hours doing a song and dance about how their solution and team is the best partner for you in the long term.

Microsoft Releases Security Advisory 2914486

IT Pros Rock!

Today we released Security Advisory 2914486 regarding a local elevation of privilege (EoP) issue that affects customers using Microsoft Windows XP and Server 2003. Windows Vista and later are not affected by this local EoP issue. A member of the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) found this issue being used on systems compromised by a third-party remote code execution vulnerability. These limited, targeted attacks require users to open a malicious PDF file.

Oil Fouling Could Be Robbing Your Data Center PUE

Data Center Knowledge

A system which is “oil fouled” must work harder to reach necessary temperatures to keep the data center equipment from breaking down. These longer run times result in the use of more power and less useful life from your equipment. And lost capacity will lead to additional capital expenditure.

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.

Google Glass Feeds from CTOvision, Delphi Brief, Analyst One: stay informed through Google Glass


By Bob Gourley We announced two weeks ago that we are now part of the Google Glass explorer program. Our view is that we need to dive into this technology for several reasons, including a need to track the impact of trends to wearable computers will have on enterprise IT.

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Foto Friday – Blue Heron in Flight

Eric D. Brown

I captured this Great Blue flying around the local pond. The background isn’t idea (tree and branches, etc) but I still like it. Captured with Canon 1D Mark IV with Canon 400mm 5.6 L handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images).


Security and policy surrounding bring your own devices (BYOD)

IT Pros Rock!

As the proliferation of devices continues to capture the imagination of consumers, and has ignited what is referred to as bring your own device (BYOD) revolution, many IT departments across the globe are now facing increased security considerations. While organizations encourage BYOD for cost savings and productivity, it is also important to have robust security policies supporting BYOD.

Intel: Pollution in Asia Shortens Server Component Life

Data Center Knowledge

Intel, which has been a pioneer in documenting the benefits of free cooling, says high levels of pollution in China and India are shortening the live of some components of PCs and servers. It has set up a lab to conduct additional research into the issue. Cooling

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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.

Cloud Computing at the Potomac Officer's Club

Cloud Musings

Across the Federal IT landscape, terms like “cloud”, “cloud computing” and Software as a service (SaaS) are at the center of a seismic shift by the agencies away from building and managing every aspect of their IT infrastructure and services.

Triumfant Launches Memory Process Scanner Module to Detect and Stop In-Memory Attacks


By Bob Gourley. Editor’s note: In-memory computing has been a fast growing trend in enterprise IT. It is a great way to modernize old apps and build incredible new systems that can quickly accomplish what has been impossible to date.

Free Ebook: Hybrid Cloud Management with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller

IT Pros Rock!

This month, Yung Chou , Mitch Tulloch and I have published a new book on Hybrid Cloud Management with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller, titled Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller.

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The Productization of the Data Center

Data Center Knowledge

In a session at 7x24 conference, Compass Datacenters CEO Chris Crosby looked at the key trends in the maturity of the data center industry, including the shift from customization to industrialization to productization. Featured

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.

Links for Nov 24 2013

Eric D. Brown

Accelerating human invention with all the computers you’ll ever need — Tech News and Analysis. Quote : Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe dives deep into the economic and innovative benefits of running massive scientific workloads in the cloud. When researchers aren’t constrained by the systems the can afford, they can ask bigger questions and get better results. What startups can learn from the Tesla fire crisis – The Next Web.

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Please Contribute Your Thoughts on Best Practices in Government #BigData Solutions


By Bob Gourley Dear readers, We are collecting best practices in Big Data Management for upcoming reports and webinars and would appreciate it very much if you give us your input on this topic. Please take our online survey at. s/S2ZH92M.

NRRC Video Series - Video 1 : Introduction and Overview

Cloud Musings

In September, the NCOIC delivered the Geospatial Community Cloud (GCC) demonstration.

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Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of Nov. 23

Data Center Knowledge

The Week in Review: China retains top spot in Top500, our visual guide to the world''s most powerful systems, Facebook admins manage 20,000 systems, HP and Fidelity say modular deigns are enterprise-ready. Featured

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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.

Happy Thanksgiving! FREE Windows 8 Games from Local Developers

IT Pros Rock!

The FREE Windows 8 Games in this article have been recently published by local developers … They’re great games to keep your kids occupied during long Thanksgiving holiday trips, and it’s also a great way to show your support for our local developer community.

Five Points To Remember For Any Government Enterprise Modernization Project: Tips from Tod Weber of SoftwareAG


By Bob Gourley On 21 November 2013 FCW and GCN hosted a day long summit focused on efficient Agency IT Modernization Strategies. First speaker was Tod Weber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Software AG Government Solutions. Todd brings the experience and background of successful execution of IT based solutions from the perspective of a vendor ( SoftwareAG ). His talk offered five key points for anyone focused on efficient Agency IT and Modernization.

NRRC Video Series - Video 2 : Building the Cloud Infrastructure

Cloud Musings

In September, the NCOIC delivered the Geospatial Community Cloud (GCC) demonstration.

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Video: Rocking Rackspace Data Centers

Data Center Knowledge

Global cloud provider, Rackspace, shows off its infrastructure in this short video showing servers, cooling, cabling and Rackers, oh my! Data Center Videos Rackspace Hosting

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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.