Sat.May 03, 2014 - Fri.May 09, 2014

Oracle keeps missing the point of cloud computing

David Linthicum

I can''t make this stuff up: Oracle is going to provide you some cloud options. read more. Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Oracle Cloud Computing

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Al-Qaeda Innovations Correlated To Unauthorized Disclosures By Snowden: Independent Verification Through Open Source Intelligence


By Bob Gourley. Students of history know what happens when adversaries learn how the good guys collect intelligence on them. They change their tactics, techniques or procedures and it gets much harder to know their intentions.

Implementing the Best Battery Maintenance Practices to Avoid Data Center Downtime

Data Center Knowledge

Data center managers, especially those who oversee facilities that must be available to support revenue generating business operations, are constantly working to overcome the threat of downtime. One of the best ways to minimize this risk is to take care of the batteries that support your.

4 Ways to Overcome Obstacles and Rethink the CIO Role

A CIO's Voice

4 Ways to Overcome Obstacles and Rethink the CIO Role – See more at: [link]. Explore more visuals like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.


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.

Moving your apps to the cloud? Beware the slowdown effect

David Linthicum

All clouds are fast and elastic, right? Well, it depends on many factors, but I can say for certain that the way you use cloud determines performance more than the cloud itself. read more. Application Development Cloud Computing Application Architecture

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Greenpeace Takes Clicking Clean Campaign to Pinterest HQ

Data Center Knowledge

The environmental group''s real target is not Pinterest, but the social network’s cloud provider Amazon and its coal-powered data centers. Read More. Cloud Computing Featured Resources

Foto Friday – Our Chinchilla

Eric D. Brown

Our Chinchilla BB passed away this week. She was a great member of our family and will be missed. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images).


If An IT Project Wastes US$16B, Is It The CIO’s Fault?

The Accidental Successful CIO

The British NHS IT project is going to end costing a lot and delivering very little Image Credit. It seems like a classic IT problem. You’ve got a lot of separate medical facilities all trying to provide medical services to people who live in the same country.

Symantec Finally Agrees With Everyone Else In The Security Community: Says Antivirus Software Is Dead


As a technologist I have long respected Symantec and their many capabilities (they do far more than antivirus, see the list here). But the hottest firms in cyber security, those growing because they make real, measurable, virtuous differences in enterprise security, are growing because they realized that Symantec''s core antivirus features just are not sufficient. The reality is that antivirus software that uses old fashioned methods of signature analysi. To read more please log in. Login.

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.

In the Blink of an Eye: Does Your Business Operate with Web Scale IT?

Data Center Knowledge

Organizations that focus on the tenets of Web Scale IT—open architecture, full automation, rigorous testing and continual monitoring of their service not only prevent problems – but can influence buying decisions faster and grow sales or move markets, writes Brandon Whichard of Boundary. Read More.

Links for May 4 2014

Eric D. Brown

Time to rethink your business model. Quote : If your business model is so obsolete that the only way to make money is to extract fees when your customers make mistakes, or to charge for stuff that was once free, it’s time to innovate your business model. The Future of Retail and the Cloud Wars. Quote : Retail is undergoing a massive transformation as we speak. Thanks to the rise of smartphones and apps, constantly connected customers are now able to do what was once pure fantasy.

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5 Trends Spotted at Forrester’s Forum for Technology Management

CIO Dashboard

PwC had the privilege to sponsor Forrester’s Forum for Technology Management Leader s this week in Orlando and our team had a great time and learned a great deal. We distilled our conversations into 5 trends that we think are picking up steam based on what we heard.

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Enter To Win Free Two Day Pass To #OReillySolid at San Francisco May 21-22


By Bob Gourley. The team at O’Reilly have been very graciously offering any CTOvision reader a deep discount registration to their first of a kind Solid Conference (21-22 May in San Francisco). Registering with our discount code CTOVIZ will give you a 20% discount.

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.

HP to rent out custom modular data centers

Data Center Knowledge

“Facility-as-a-Service” adds flexibility to colocation model, shifts data center expense from capital to operating Read More. Enterprise Featured Hewlett-Packard Modular Data Centers

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Accelerating DevOps with the Cloud using Microsoft Azure and Friends: The Series

IT Pros Rock!

UPDATE! Today's article in this series is. What's the value of DevOps to Enterprise IT? Have you heard about DevOps? Enterprise IT organizations are increasingly driven by business demands for faster, better solutions delivered more quickly than ever before.

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Scaling Agile for the Enterprise

CIO Dashboard

Guest post by Tim Mattix , Mario Gouvea and Vikram Purohit. With the ever-evolving software development landscape, large enterprises are increasingly “going Agile.”

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Datafication and Discrimination


By ShannonPerry. Responding to the controversy surrounding the NSA, President Obama called for a 90-day review in January to address new challenges to national security and issues of individual privacy posed by the United States’ increasing reliance on technology.

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.

Will Cat 8 Cabling Force A Topology Change In The Data Center?

Data Center Knowledge

Different ‘Cat8’ solutions are being considered by the standards bodies for 40Gb/s over twisted pair copper, writes Ken Hodge of Brand-Rex. How will new cabling impact data centers? Read More. Industry Perspectives

Accelerating DevOps with the Cloud using Microsoft Azure and Friends: The Series

IT Pros Rock!

UPDATE! Today's article in this series is. Building your Dream DevOps Dashboard with the new Azure Preview Portal by Brian Keller. Have you heard about DevOps?

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ICH/ITAAC Announces Second Agile Cloud Environment Event

Cloud Musings

The 2nd Agile Cloud Environment event will be held on May 21, 2014 at TIA Headquarters. This event will focus on development of the Agile Cloud Environment Service Catalog. The meeting will feature a series of 30 minute presentations during which prospective government users of the "Third Rail" will voice their desires and expectations with regard to the postulated cloud services.

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Catelas: Next-Generation ‘Relationship Forensics’ Software


Catelas is a solution on the market today that maps out large communications networks. The software''s unique value is its ability to automatically identify the people that matter in any dataset – a specific case (collected data) or across the entire company (log files or email meta-data). Catelas is used for Legal (Early Case Intelligence & Identification), Compliance (Supervision in Financial Services and 3rd party Compliance & Risk Oversigh. To read more please log in. . . Login.

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.

Cisco to Open Source Service Provider Routing Software

Data Center Knowledge

Company plans to open source customer premise equipment routing software and adds SDN capabilities to Evolved Services Platform for cable operators Read More. Cisco Networking

Accelerating DevOps with the Cloud using Microsoft Azure and Friends: The Series

IT Pros Rock!

UPDATE! Today's article in this series is. Is DevOps a new Role in IT? Have you heard about DevOps? Enterprise IT organizations are increasingly driven by business demands for faster, better solutions delivered more quickly than ever before.

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Citizen Engagement - The Rule of Three

CIO Musings

NOTE: This entry is also posted at [link]. I have been invited to be a featured blogger for them, which I am really happy about. Do you believe that the involvement of citizens in the management of the government makes government better? Are you willing to do things differently to reach a different segment of the population? One of the leaders I respect the most has often been heard to say that public servants are at their best when they partner with citizens.

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D-Wave Systems: The world’s first commercially available quantum computer


With this post we are beginning our coverage of D-Wave Systems, the world''s first commercially available quantum computer system. D-Wave Systems and their approach is not without controversy. Computer scientists and those who track technology have long studied the potential of quantum computing. The theories of what it can do are incredible, and lab research proves on a daily basis that these theories can be transformed into working realities. D-Wave S. To read more please log in. . . Login.

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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.