Sat.Jan 10, 2015 - Fri.Jan 16, 2015

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.

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

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


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.

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.

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.

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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Simplifying The Overwhelming Cyber Security World For Boards of Directors


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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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AWS Launches Supercharged C4 Cloud Instances

Data Center Knowledge

Cloud provider targets new workloads with powerful instances. Read More. Amazon Cloud Computing

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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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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.

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


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.

Foto Friday – Egret Resting

Eric D. Brown

I captured this Egret in Murrells Inlet SC. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II with Canon 400mm 5.6 L handheld. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images).


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

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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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.

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


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.

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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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

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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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.

The Emerging Science of Human-Data Interaction (HDI)


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

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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

The Data Centers Behind Datto’s Backup for Everything

Data Center Knowledge

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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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?

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.

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


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.

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

IT Pros Rock!

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

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

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


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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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.