Sat.Apr 15, 2017 - Fri.Apr 21, 2017

Your cloud choice: Succeed slowly or fail fast

David Linthicum

If you want proof that what I’ve been advising for years is true, check out this research on cloud computing from The Register : Planning pays off when it comes to cloud migration and deployments. The Register found that most companies don’t yet have meaningful cloud adoption or have truly embraced the idea of the cloud-first enterprise.

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10 New Information Security Roles for the Digitization Era


High demand and a limited pool of people with the right skills and experience make information security staffing a perennial challenge. Further complicating things is the fact that information security teams have not yet adapted to their changing role in digitizing companies.

What to do first when hit by a cyber attack

Computer Weekly

Security consultant Gemma Moore looks at the actions organisations should take if they suspect they have suffered a cyber security incident

Is Business Intelligence (BI) Market Finally Maturing? Forrester Three Big BI Market Predictions

Forrester IT

The buy side market is nowhere near maturity and will continue to be a greenfield opportunity to many BI vendors. Our research still shows that homegrown shadow IT BI applications based on spreadsheets and desktop databases dominate the enterprises. And only somewhere between 20% and 50% of enterprise structured data is being curated and available to enterprise BI tools and applications. The sell side of the market is a different story.

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.

Don’t let cloud providers kick you off like United

David Linthicum

As everyone knows, last week a United Airlines passenger was asked to deplane because the airline overbooked and needed his seat for a staff member, then was dragged off the plane by Chicago airport cops when he refused to leave. Yes, the passenger didn’t follow the rules, but the situation ultimately was United’s fault. Believe it or not, what happened at United is an object lesson for any business that signs up for cloud services. I’ll explain shortly.

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Kone brings elevator maintenance online with IBM Watson and Salesforce

Computer Weekly

Lift manufacturer is using sensors and artificial intelligence to support its maintenance staff

Six Ways to Make ERP More Employee-Friendly

IT Toolbox

ERP systems are foundational for many businesses, but they aren’t typically sexy or easy to use, even for firms that have chosen web-based systems. That can be a problem. If employees find their ERP system clunky and hard to use, they will avoid it whenever possible. That can cut down on the utility of the system, and even cause the development of shadow IT that bypasses

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IT Applications: 3 Changes Needed to Run Agile at Scale


Demise of OpenStack Innovation Center does not mean demise of OpenStack

Forrester IT

The ever-dependable Barb Darrow at Fortune reported late last week that the OpenStack Innovation Center (OSIC) is to shut down. Cue wailing, gnashing of teeth, and portents of doom. But this may not be quite so bad as it appears, because the OpenStack Innovation Center isn't nearly so critical to the open source cloud computing project as its name might imply. Before I joined Forrester I used to post a short thought (almost) every day, commenting on some piece of news that caught my interest.

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.

Robotic automation takes off in the Nordics

Computer Weekly

Software robots are rapidly automating traditionally manual tasks at enterprises across the Nordic region

Top 5 Business Intelligence Tools of 2017

IT Toolbox

This post looks at a few of the top BI tools for 2017

The New York Times to Replace Data Centers with Google Cloud, AWS

Data Center Knowledge

Publisher plans to shut down three data centers as it moves to the cloud Read More. Cloud Computing Enterprise

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What Does The “Internet Of Things” Mean For CIOs?

The Accidental Successful CIO

The Internet of things is coming our way – how will this change things? Image Credit: cthoyes.

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.

UK businesses need to up cyber security with one in five hit by attacks

Computer Weekly

Big UK businesses are targeted by cyber attacks more heavily, but all need to improve cyber security with one in five UK firms falling victim in the past 12 months, a survey reveals

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Connecting with the Cloud

IT Toolbox

Contact Centers as a Service. According to the latest MarketsandMarkets report, the cloud-based contact center market size is predicted to grow from $5.43 billion in 2016 to $15.67 billion by 2021. Following this trend toward cloud-based contact center solutions, Amazon recently announced the release of Connect, a contact center as a service (CCaaS) offering

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Microsoft launches IoT Central to Simplify Internet of Things Management

Data Center Knowledge

Says companies need services that help manage IoT devices and analyze data they generate Read More. Cloud Computing Internet of Things Microsoft Shared

Check Out The New Forrester Wave™ Of Leading DRaaS Providers

Forrester IT

I am pleased to announce that the new Forrester Wave™: Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service Providers, Q2 2017 for infrastructure and operations professionals is now live! This Wave evaluation uncovered a market in which four providers -- Sungard Availability Services, Bluelock, IBM, and iland -- all emerged as Leaders, although their strengths differ. Another five providers -- HPE Enterprise Services (now DXC Technology), Recovery Point, Plan B, Daisy, and TierPoint -- are Strong Performers.

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.

Equinix tops global colocation leader boards on coverage and connectivity grounds

Computer Weekly

Colocation giant Equinix emerges as the one to beat in Cloudscene’s inaugural rankings of globe’s biggest datacentre service providers


Facebook Messenger not getting connected properly on an Android device

IT Toolbox

This post takes a look at a common FB Messenger problem


A Call for IoT Standards

Data Center Knowledge

Industry-wide IoT standards and certifications are a solution with many obvious benefits; vendors and IoT experts can craft them with an eye for security and allaying customer concerns. Read More. Industry Perspectives

Big Data Can Be Used for More Than Just Targeting A Customer Base


Brigg Patten. Big data has almost always been primarily used to target clients using tailored products, targeted advertising. This has skewed the use of big data that often everyone simply assumes big data is for targeting the customer base. However, there are many other uses for big data in a firm that may or may not be directly related to customer welfare or marketing purposes. The utilization of data depends on the nature and type of data collected and how well it’s stored and curated.

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.

How tech teams can reduce LGBT+ university dropout

Computer Weekly

The number of students in the LGBT community who consider dropping out of university is higher than the average, but IT teams can make some small changes which will make a big difference to this figure


Six Industries Ripe for Digital Transformation

IT Toolbox

Following the presidential election in the U.S., s reasonable to assume that many industries are about to undergo fairly significant and sudden changes. Throw in other waves of global discontent and the rapid pace of technological change that?s s already been marinating for several years and it?s s clear that every industry is fair game for change

Opinion: De-Electrification of the American Economy

Data Center Knowledge

Even a big pro-coal policy shift from Washington may not result in higher demand for thermal coal. Read More. Green Data Centers Power

A One-Year I&O Transformation

Forrester IT

Back when I worked in I&O we weren't very popular. Not personally, mind you, but as a team. Because we seldom satisfied user requests quickly, and sometimes not at all. We were the defenders of stability, resistant to change. Just maintaining the technology every day - "keeping the lights on" - took a lot of manual effort. We chased down a lot of defects, and then we struggled to get fixes created and put into production. Sometimes the fix created a worse problem.

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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.