Sat.Dec 13, 2014 - Fri.Dec 19, 2014

The Role of the CEO – Driving Corporate Culture

Eric D. Brown

I’m sure there are many definitions of a CEO out there. Plenty of people will say the CEO should be a leader, manager, communicator and facilitator. Other’s might say that the CEO is the person most focused on strategy and the ‘future’ of the business.

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Strike while it's hot: Create your own cloud career opportunities

David Linthicum

According to Wanted Analytics, there are 3.9 million jobs in the United States affiliated with cloud computing today, with 384,478 in IT alone. The median salary for IT professionals with cloud computing experience is $90,950. Globally, there are 18,239,258 cloud computing jobs, says Wanted Analytics, with the plurality in China (40.8 percent). The growth in the United States has been fueled largely by enterprises seeking cloud talent to get their migration projects on track.

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The quotable @ScottMcNealy said: Trying to run a business without awareness of the cyber threat is asking to be fired


By Bob Gourley. The book The Cyber Threat was written to provide business and government executives insight into the nature of the dynamic adversaries attacking our networks.

Photo Tour: Iliad’s DC3 Data Center on Paris Outskirts

Data Center Knowledge

Provider scales data center using massive factory-manufactured metal rooms Read More. colocation Europe Featured Hosting

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.

Demystifying IT

Eric D. Brown

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Most Violent Cyber Attack Noted To Date: 2008 Pipeline Explosion Caused By Remote Hacking


By Bob Gourley. Reporting by Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley in Bloomberg is shedding new light on a destructive attack against an oil pipeline that caused a massive explosion in Refahiye Turkey in 2008.

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How the Internet of Things Can Improve Environmental Sustainability

The Investing Edge

I’m a graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell and sit on the board of Change is Simple , a non-profit devoted to educating the next generation to become thoughtful and aware of environmental issues and social responsibility.

Facebook to Deploy TrendPoint Data Center Power Meters

Data Center Knowledge

Meters to integrate with social network’s DCIM software Read More. Facebook Power

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Foto Friday – Soldiers Cemetery at Bonaventure Cemetery – Savannah GA

Eric D. Brown

I took this at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah Georgia. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Canon 17-40 L. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my Zenfolio portfolio (where you can buy images).


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.

Examining New Mission-Focused Capabilities Coming From The Cloudera And Intel Engineering Partnership


By Bob Gourley. The video at this link and embedded below captures the content and dialog of a webinar which examined new capabilities of Cloudera and Intel , with a focus on capabilities that provide a full stack solution to many key enterprise mission needs.

The new normal: Cloud, it’s not just early adopters anymore Part II

The Investing Edge

In our last blog post , we referenced an IDG study suggesting that in the past two years, the percentage of enterprises with either applications or infrastructure running in the cloud has gone from just 12 percent to an enormous 69 percent. This post will discuss why.

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Taiwan’s Foxconn Patents Solar-Powered Data Center Container

Data Center Knowledge

Three patents describe two different container cooling systems, power supply system Read More. Asia-Pacific Modular Data Centers

Technology and the Evolving Workforce

Cloud Musings

by Melvin Greer Managing Director Greer Institute for Leadership and Innovation According to a Greer Institute Workforce and Talent study, the 2020 workforce is both “the most educated and culturally diverse of any generation” and “notorious job-hoppers who dislike bureaucracy and distrust traditional hierarchies.” Given this, it is crucial for leaders to understand how best to motivate and engage this 2020 workforce and win the war for top talent.

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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.

DDN raises the bar as data intensive analytics push storage systems


By Dan Cybulski. It is no secret that today’s data intensive analytics are stressing traditional storage systems. The capacity of individual drives continues to increase while performance sees little change.

Diagnose Azure Virtual Network VPN connectivity issues with PowerShell

IT Pros Rock!

Azure Virtual Network Gateways provide a great solution for quickly building secure cross-premises network connectivity for a Hybrid Cloud via IPsec site-to-site VPN tunnels. However, VPN tunnels can sometimes be a bit tricky to configure with certain on-premises VPN gateways.

IBM SoftLayer Joins Equinix Cloud Exchange

Data Center Knowledge

APIs replace manual cross-connects for hybrid enterprise cloud deployments Read More. Cloud Computing colocation Enterprise Equinix IBM

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Security attacks and countermeasures

Cloud Musings

by Sandra K. Johnson Cyber security is rapidly becoming a significant issue in the C-suite as well as the population at large. The results of Dell’s Global Technology Adoption Index(GTAI) [1] show that security is a top concern for most of the 2000 global small and medium businesses surveyed. The outcomes further noted that such concerns create barriers to the adoption of critical technologies that drive value and growth: mobility, cloud and big data.

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.

FBI Provides An Update On #SonyHack Investigation Including Some Tech Details On Attribution


By Bob Gourley. The FBI just posted the first official written articulation of why they believe North Korea is linked to the ongoing Sony Hack. As someone who has worked with FBI investigators in the past I have to tell you they do not go public like this unless they have evidence. It is true they have been wrong before, and it is a very American trait to be skeptical of government assessments. But this is important context that should inform the dialog for sure.

2014 Big Data Posts - Self Service BI, Agile Data Management Practices, and Killing Data Landfills

Social, Agile and Transformation

In 2014, many of my posts on BigData were actually about "small" data management practices. Specifically, I hope these posts educated readers that tools of "Data Science 1.0" such as Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and especially Access can disrupt - even kill - efforts to make organizations become more data driven. In addition to calling out this problem which is something I have been doing for a. agile planning big data cio it management organizational change

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Rackspace Building OpenPOWER-Based Open Compute Server

Data Center Knowledge

With OpenStack cloud architecture and Open Compute server design, firmware is last element of the stack that needs to be opened up Read More. Blades Cloud Computing IBM Rackspace Hosting

Why The Singapore Stock Exchange Problem Is The CIO’s Fault

The Accidental Successful CIO

Bad things have been happening at the Singapore Stock Exchange Image Credit: Reuters. Stock exchanges are challenging businesses to run. The people who use stock exchanges, stock traders, banks, brokers, etc. move very fast.

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 Signals Interest In Several Key Leading Edge Technologies


By Bob Gourley. One of the federal government’s key procurement arms, the General Services Administration (GSA), has released a survey to the tech community in the form of a request for information asking a few simple questions regarding the experience of their vendor base. Responses are being anonymously submitted but are meant to give insights relevant to future procurements.

A CIO’s Christmas List

A CIO's Voice

2014 has been a great year. Things are looking better. Hopefully the momentum will carry into 2015. I have tried to be really good by being the best CIO I can. So Santa, this year, I would like the following: Apple iPhone 6 plus. I have decided bigger is better but I haven’t figured out how to carry it. A development team that can hit the ground running and fix code quickly. An approved IT budget where I don’t have to make drastic cuts and figure out how to do more with so much less.

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Big Switch SDN Fabric Gets Red Hat OpenStack Certification

Data Center Knowledge

Vendors pitch OpenStack clouds with SDN on bare-metal switches Read More. Cloud Computing Networking

Six Ways to Define Your Internet of Things Strategy

CIO Dashboard

Guest post by Frank Burkitt. By 2020, an estimated 50 billion devices around the globe will be connected to the Internet. Perhaps a third of them will be computers, smartphones, tablets, and TVs.

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.