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NGA and DigitalGlobe Release Powerful Application To Community Under Open Source License

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By Bob Gourley. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”. ? Margaret Mead.

Thank the cloud for making big data and IoT possible

David Linthicum

I’ve sworn it off: No longer do I remind people younger than myself that many of today’s concepts we call new and innovative are based on much older concepts popular a long time ago -- when I was young. The ones that immediately come to mind are big data and Internet of things (IoT). Big data -- at least the notion of it -- was always the objective in the world of database technology.

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Switch Plans Massive $1 Billion SUPERNAP Data Center in Reno

Data Center Knowledge

Colocation provider Switch has unveiled plans for its largest SUPERNAP project yet, a $1 billion, 3 million square foot data center campus on 1,000 acres of land near Reno, Nevada. Read More. Featured Las Vegas Switch SuperNAPs

Are you a “Supply Chain” CIO or a Strategic CIO?

Eric D. Brown

Over on the Gartner blog, Michael Moaz asked a great question in a recent post titled “ CIOs can be supply specialists or maestros of innovation. Who are you? ” The question is implied within the title of the post but I’ll paraphrase it here for the benefit of discussion.

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?

Simplifying The Overwhelming Cyber Security World For Boards of Directors

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By Bob Gourley.

Angry about Oracle licensing? The cloud lets you change the game

David Linthicum

Can enterprises trust Oracle to avoid vendor lock-in for its cloud offerings? Fears that it will lock in and abuse customers via burdensome licensing arrangements, as it is often accused of doing for its enterprise software, could lock Oracle out of the growing cloud computing market. So says the Campaign for Clear Licensing , a Belgian nonprofit advocacy group that conducted a survey showing that enterprises consider their relationship with Oracle to be " hostile."

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Are you looking at all aspects of your business to identify cost savings?

Eric D. Brown

I just read “ Businesses prefer to cut in-house costs than challenge providers of outsourced services, survey finds ” and just had to write a bit about the article.

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Big Data Cyber Security Architect Eddie Garcia Discusses Best Practices at 27 Jan Breakfast in DC

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By Bob Gourley. Eddie Garcia is regarded as one of the nation''s greatest Big Data security architects. At Gazzang he led engineering teams through successful fielding of secure hadoop deployments where security was provided without sacrificing performance.

Early Experts Study Guide for Microsoft Specialist Certification Exam 70-534, Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

IT Pros Rock!

This exam study guide is intended as a study reference tool to assist experienced architects with preparing for Microsoft Specialist certification via Exam 70-534, Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. Exam 70-534 is one of three exams that can be successfully passed to complete Microsoft Specialist certification on Microsoft Azure. Other exams in this Microsoft Specialist series include: Exam 70-532, Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions. Exam 70-533, Implementing Microsoft Azure Solutions.

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Verne Raises $98M to Expand Iceland Data Center Campus

Data Center Knowledge

Developer ready to build out next phase on former NATO base Read More. Deals Featured Iceland Verne Global

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

CIOs Need To Plan Their Move Into The Cloud In Order To Avoid “Cloud Stall”

The Accidental Successful CIO

Even the best laid plans can run into a stall if you don’t plan correctly Image Credit: roger g1. Every CIO has heard about the Cloud by now – computing services provided by a vendor that your company can lease and access via the Internet.

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The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP): An online community with a virtuous goal

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By Bob Gourley. One of our CTOvision Pro subscribers requested we provide more context on web based and mobile application security and referenced the good work underway by OWASP.

Best Data Vizualization and Dashboard Management Practices in Self Service BI Programs

Social, Agile and Transformation

I''ve seen many organizations run into difficulty defining governance and best practices managing the lifecycle of BI dashboards. Perhaps you have deployed a self service BI program - data scientists have access to tools, IT has deployed severs to publish completed dashboards, and employees are anxious to leverage visualizations and become more data driven. Job done right? Not so fast. agile planning big data cio data management data scientist organizational change

4 Steps to a Successful Data Center Migration

Data Center Knowledge

Over time, and for various reasons, the need will arise to migrate your data center equipment to a new facility, writes Art Salazar of Green House Data. Whether you colocate or operate a company-owned data center, keep these best practices in mind when planning your migration. Read More. Industry Perspectives

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Cloud Security: Understanding the Cloud Computing Threat Landscape

Cloud Musings

In the last two years, IT security breaches have hit the White House, the State Department, the top federal intelligence agency, the largest American bank, the top hospital operator, energy companies, retailers and even the Postal Service.

The Emerging Science of Human-Data Interaction (HDI)

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By Kord Davis. MIT Technology Review recently published a paper on an emerging discipline called "Human-Data Interaction (HDI).

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Partner Tech Night - What's New in Microsoft Azure for Infrastructure and Development Partners - Deck and Resources

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Thank you for attending our recent Partner Tech Night in Columbus OH on What's New in Microsoft Azure for Infrastructure and Development Partners. In this article, I've included a copy of our session deck and additional next step resources.( read more ). Automation Virtual Machines Storage Powershell Azure Redis Networking Mobile NoSQL

The Data Centers Behind Datto’s Backup for Everything

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The company''s goal to back up anything and everything for anybody creates some specific data center considerations Read More. Disaster Recovery

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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.

Fear Hackers? First invest in an IT security culture change

Cloud Musings

by Kevin L.Jackson With all the news these days about cyberterrorism and hacking the cloud may seem like the last place you would want to put your precious information. Pew Research has even suggested that cyber-attacks are likely to increase.

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Federal Government and Private Sector Enterprise Ramifications for a Samsung Purchase of Blackberry

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By Randy Siegel. On January 14 th , Reuters broke an exclusive story purporting to have information that Samsung Electronics was in advanced talks to purchase Blackberry for ~$.75B. 75B.

Step-By-Step: Enrolling iOS Devices Via Apple Configurator In Microsoft Intune

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With the introduction of iOS into the workforce, IT professionals faced the dilemma of securing said devices. Devices running iOS have traditionally been introduced in BYOD scenarios, however as of late, some organizations have now introduced corporately.( read more ).

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Preparing for the Data Center of the Future

Data Center Knowledge

There are ways to future-proof the data center without having to make costly investments, while still ensuring that IT infrastructure can adapt and change over time to meet evolving business needs – even in a rapidly changing, unpredictable landscape. Read more from Steve Carlini and Soeren Jensen. Industry Perspectives

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

Agile is not the absence of ITIL!

Cloud Musings

by Jodi Kohut ITIL (formerlyknown as the Information Technology Infrastructure Library) has been the best management practices framework of choice for world class IT Operations organizations.

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Sony’s Smart Eyeglasses

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By Katie Kennedy. The video below and at this link was produced by The Verge to highlight one of the most interesting gadgets presented at the Consumer Electronics Show. It is a proof of concept not available for sale yet, but a developer kit has been built and will be released in March.

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Step-By-Step: Backup your PC data to Azure – Follow Up!

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Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about backing up your Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 machines to your Microsoft Azure subscriptions. I got a lot of questions through email, LinkedIn and twitter. So I thought I would cover those questions and answers.( read more ). Step-By-Step Windows 8.1

What the Bitcoin Shakeout Means for Data Center Providers

Data Center Knowledge

Some bitcoin mining firms are shutting down or halting payouts to customers, while others are shifting their business models. The fallout is being felt by data center operators who leased space to large mining operations. Read More. Bitcoin colocation Featured

More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

CloudCamp Bangladesh In Dhaka! - February 11, 2015

Cloud Musings

Did you know that. Goldman Sachs recognized Bangladesh as one of the Next Eleven (N-11) - a list of eleven countries having strong potential for becoming the world''s largest economies along with BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China)? JP Morgan named Bangladesh as one of the `Frontier Five’ (along with Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Kenya and Nigeria), a group of selected emerging countries having promising macroeconomic performance and demographic trends?

One Thing All Successful Enterprise CTOs Have In Common

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By Bob Flores. We have just released another CTOvision Pro piece, this one titled: One Thing All Successful Enterprise CTOs Have In Common.

Linear Thinking vs non-Linear Thinking

Future of CIO

In the real, physical world or business world, most relationships are nonlinear. The digital business and the world has become over-complex and hyperconnected, some thought linear thinking is a type of logical thinking and nonlinear thinking is an out-of-the-box thinking.

Demand in Secondary Data Center Markets Spurs Birth of New Players

Data Center Knowledge

Several new providers have emerged over the past few years to tackle what they say is pent-up demand in non-core markets Read More. colocation Featured Supply and Demand

Serverless and Containers: How to Choose the Right Application Strategy

Speaker: Tolga Tarhan, Senior Vice President, GM AWS Services at Onica

When it comes to the modern tech stack, one of the fastest changing areas is around containers, serverless, and choosing the ideal path to cloud native computing. How do you as a technology leader point your team in the right direction, especially given how quickly this is evolving?