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An Update: A CTO’s Perspective On the USGIF GeoInt Symposium 14-17 Apr 2014


By Bob Gourley. For a short update on some key issues to track, sessions to watch and tech to see on during the 14-17 Apr USGIF GeoInt Symposium see the video at this link (it is also embedded below): Thanks for watching! For more like this please subscribe to our YouTube channel. Related articles.

How to avoid a fiasco in your cloud

David Linthicum

Last week, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services Dept. and the public face of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), announced her resignation.

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Wearable Technology: Fad or Trend?

CIO Musings

This article caught my eye today. Apparently many folks who buy wearable technology don''t keep using it over time. This doesn''t surprise me, read on to find out why. I have seen a variety of form factors of wearable technology advertised or reviewed recently including watches, rings, cuffs and bracelets. I have some of them on order. I use a Pebble smart-watch almost every day at work. I use a fitness tracker bracelet for sleep monitoring several times a month.

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Inside SubTropolis: LightEdge Opens Data Center in Underground Complex

Data Center Knowledge

LightEdge Solutions has turned on the juice at the SubTropolis Technology Center, a new data center campus housed completely within SubTropolis, the 5-million-square foot underground business complex in Kansas City. Read More. colocation Data Bunkers

Data Analytics in the Cloud for Developers and Founders

Speaker: Javier Ramírez, Senior AWS Developer Advocate, AWS

You have lots of data, and you are probably thinking of using the cloud to analyze it. But how will you move data into the cloud? In which format? How will you validate and prepare the data? What about streaming data? Can data scientists discover and use the data? Can business people create reports via drag and drop? Can operations monitor what’s going on? Will the data lake scale when you have twice as much data? Is your data secure? In this session, we address common pitfalls of building data lakes and show how AWS can help you manage data and analytics more efficiently.

Another Topic For Us To Discuss At Geoint: Google Glass for National Security Missions


By Bob Gourley. Today is the first day of the Geoint Symposium. Most of the events are special, pre-events that dive deep into key mission areas, but the convention center is humming with activity. I picked up my credentials and walked the halls a bit, with my Google Glass.

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Happy Tax Day! Hope you kept your cloud receipts

David Linthicum

Happy Tax Day! I suspect that many Americans are now getting around to filing. You''re not alone if you''re befuddled by some of the taxman''s rules. They''re confusing in cloud computing, too. read more. Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Cloud Computing

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Servers as Radiators: Can a Data Center Heat Stockholm?

Data Center Knowledge

Sweden''s Bahnhof are known for creating offbeat data center designs, including a subterranean bunker designed to look like the lair of a James Bond villain.Now the company is talking about recycling the heat generated from the data center to heat surrounding housing. Read More. Featured

Domestic “Drones” Are the Latest Object of Threat Inflation


By SeanLawson. Recently, several news outlets reported on a supposed plot by a Moroccan national to use remote controlled model airplanes as flying bombs. The story seems to lend credibility to speculation that model airplanes could be the next terrorist threat. In reality, however, these fears are part of a larger pattern of threat inflation about domestic “drones” that mirrors the kind of threat inflation that we see too often in public policy debates about new technologies.

The Value of Data

Eric D. Brown

I’m always on the look-out for stories of companies using data and analytics to manage their business. In a recent case study, IBM presented the story of the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s use of data and analytics to better predict visitor behavior.

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Windows Phone 8.1 ready for download as Developer Preview

IT Pros Rock!

A couple weeks ago at our Build 2014 conference, we announced Windows Phone 8.1 with tons of new capabilities for both consumers and enterprises. Yesterday, Windows Phone 8.1

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Bomb Threat at Google Data Center Prompts Evacuation

Data Center Knowledge

The Google data center in South Carolina was evacuated this morning after a report of a bomb threat, according to local media. Read More. Google

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Finding The Elusive Data Scientist In The Federal Space


Everyone is talking about the data scientist. Harvard Business Review called it the "Sexiest Job of the 21st Century". Friends from across industry and academia have also been using this term and I have met so many real data scientists that are making big differences for their organizations. Except in the federal space. A near-universal gap exists across all Government Organizations these days. There are no real data scientists. Everyone needs one, and. To read more please log in.

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Links for April 13 2014

Eric D. Brown

Leading IT Through Trust and Ownership. Quote : I need my entire IT staff to think “outside / in” by learning about and caring about the lives of our customers. We can do that by walking a mile in their shoes. What is it like to be a call center agent? Spend a day with them and see. What is it like to use the technology we create? Ask to be on the implementation team of our newest customer.

Rewards, Prizes and Certification: Add Hyper-V to your Existing VMware / Virtualization Skills with Early Experts

IT Pros Rock!

Microsoft Early Experts is a free, online study group for virtualization professionals who want to extend their Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center and Microsoft Azure knowledge with official Microsoft certifications.

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How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

CoreSite Powers Up With Double-Stacked Generators

Data Center Knowledge

At its NY2 data center, CoreSite has stacked the massive generators that provide emergency backup power for the huge new facility. Our photo feature provides a look inside the new Secaucus, New Jersey data center. Read More. Featured

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Tech Firms Seeking To Serve Federal Missions: Here is how to follow the money


Editor''s note: Chris Scott has deep insights into how government works. Let us know if you would like more info on any of this.-bg bg With this post I''ll provide some of my personal observations and insights from the the 24th Annual Government Procurement Conference. The conference was held this week at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC. Representatives from all the major government agencies participated and helped provide important inform. To read more please log in.

How To Question Developers and Learn What is Really Going On

Social, Agile and Transformation

Anyone who''s ever worked with me knows that I love spending time with developers. I will ask simple questions, "What are you working on?", "Can I see the code?", "Who is also working on this requirement and what are they doing?", and my favorite question, "How will your work help customers?". This is far more than just getting in touch with the staff and understanding what''s going on. agile software development innovation it management organizational change project management

Facilitators Announced For NGA Agile Cloud Brainstorming Event

Cloud Musings

The Information Technology Acquisition Advisory Council (ITAAC) and the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) are announcing a slate of innovative leaders to serve as facilitators for the upcoming " Agile Sourcing Environment for Commercial Cloud " brainstorming session being held in Alexandria, VA on April 23, 2014.

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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?

DCeP-tive Metrics Are Not Productive

Data Center Knowledge

Data Center energy Productivity, abbreviated DCeP, has been the focus of recent attention. Mark Monroe, of DLB Associates, and formerly of the Green Grid, asks if DCeP is really a valuable and useful metric for the data center industry. Read More. Industry Perspectives

Google Acquires Drone Maker Titan Aerospace


By ShannonPerry. Young tech companies certainly do not shy away from innovation or acquisition. Two examples: this year, Facebook acquired virtual reality firm Oculus in an effort to develop new communication lines, and Google purchased DeepMind, pushing into the artificial intelligence sphere. The money involved wasn’t exactly pocket change; each acquisition cost upwards of hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Building A SDS Conceptual Model — Part 1

Chuck's Blog - EMC

If we’re going to dig into software-defined storage , we’re going to need a conceptual model — just so we can keep the discussion organized.   The particular model I’ll be using for this discussion is the one VMware currently uses. 

Tools For Government Tech

CIO Musings

The good folks at asked me to show you their new infographic. See below. Their home page is an original, an effect I had not seen before. Check it out too and follow them at @pulpPR They raise a good point here, I''d like to expand on just a bit.

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

Microsoft to Build New $1.1 Billion Data Center in Iowa

Data Center Knowledge

Microsoft is building even bigger in Iowa. The company today unveiled plans to invest a whopping $1.1 billion in a new data center campus in West Des Moines, where it already operates a large server farm. Read More. Featured

Creating The New Cyber Warrior: Eight South Carolina Universities Compete


When Defense Secretary Hagel announced that he was going to expand his cyber workforce by more than 6,000 by the end of 2016, I think most of us in the industry collectively wondered: “Where the heck is he going to FIND these cyber warriors?” While almost every University is paying attention to this career enhancing qualification, it’s currently very hard to get an education in Cyber Defense. It will take a few years before we start to see this as a. To read more please log in. Not a member yet?

Something New! vCloud Hybrid Service — Disaster Recovery

Chuck's Blog - EMC

I think the announcement of VMware''s new vCHS disaster recovery service deserves some extra attention.    One reason is that I work in the same group that built the product, so of course I want to share some love. 

EMC and VMware are disrupting Server SAN

Virtualized Greek

The Server SAN market is pretty new but VMware and EMC have already started disrupting the market. Both VMware and EMC have entered the competition of hyper-converged infrastructures or more specifically the Server SAN market with purely software plays. VMware with an impressive solution called VSAN (not vSAN) built around their vSphere hypervisor solution. EMC […]. PC & Server Hardware Virtualization EMC Nutanix SDDC VMWare

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.

As It Expands in San Antonio, Microsoft Sees Data Centers Transforming the Power Grid

Data Center Knowledge

Microsoft wants to use its data centers to help transform the way electricity is delivered in the United States. That process will focus on San Antonio, TX, where the company has confirmed plans to build a new $250 million data center. Read More. Featured

Pew Report: Increasing Technology Use among Seniors


While younger generations are known to quickly adapt to technological advances, older adults and seniors have traditionally lagged behind – preferring TV to the Internet or landlines to cell phones. But the Pew Research Center published a report on April 3rd finding that seniors (adults aged 65 or older) are increasingly incorporating social networking, cell phones, tablets, and e-books into their lives. Today, 59% of seniors use the Internet, com. To read more please log in. Not a member yet?

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Why Software-Defined Storage Matters

Chuck's Blog - EMC

We live in an information age. All those zettabytes of ones and zeros need to live somewhere.    If they are to be of any value, they must be stored, protected and managed.    The more information we produce, consume — and depend on —  the more storage matters. 

Have A Very Happy Easter!

The Accidental Successful CIO

If It's Easter, Then Spring Must Be Here! Finally! Easter has finally arrived. I hope that you are going to be able to take some time off and celebrate this special season as Spring is just around the corner and Winter is quickly becoming a distant memory! I’m going to take this week off and get some well deserved rest. However, I’ll be back next week with some great new CIO tips and techniques for you.


Pressure Points: How to Ensure Your B2B Pipeline Passes Inspection

This eBook highlights best practices for developing a pipeline management process that helps sales leaders and their team C.L.O.S.E (you’ll see what we mean in this eBook) more revenue through data-driven prospecting, stage analysis, and subsequent sales enablement.