Sat.Dec 08, 2012 - Fri.Dec 14, 2012

Thetus Savanna: Powerful but easy to learn analytic tools - CTOvision


thetus Savanna by Thetus is a powerful suite of tools that let you work through the lifecycle of analytical issues, including some very complex, knotty problems. It is the only tool I know of that enables fast, user-generated

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Step-by-Step: Building a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster - Part 1.

IT Pros Rock!

Private Cloud, Virtualization and Systems Management. Be an Early Expert on Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server, System Center 2012, Azure and Windows 8

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Why microblogging has moved to the heart of enterprise social initiatives

Trends in the Living Networks

I recently wrote Why conversational skills are needed to create a high-performance, engaged, networked organization , reflecting on an executive roundtable discussion I lead as part of the 21st anniversary celebrations of the Graduate School of Business of the University of New England.

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EMC Joins OpenStack - Chuck's Blog

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Today, our EMC logo went up on the OpenStack Foundation's web site as a corporate level sponsor. You'll see many other logos up there as well -- all good. I'm sure each participant sees OpenStack through their own lens

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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.

Ready to work on something that matters? See NGA Senior.


A friend at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency mentioned that they have a search underway for a critically important new position on their leadership team. Details are at the job listing and are also


Step-by-Step: Building a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster - Part 2.

IT Pros Rock!

This article is Part 2 in a two-part series on building a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster to support highly available virtual machines as a foundation to a Private Cloud solution. If you missed it, be sure to check out Part 1 of

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Charting The Digital Universe: IDC's 6th Annual Study - Chuck's Blog

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Climate change has been hotly debated for well over a decade now. The evidence is largely in, what remains is a discussion around root causes, and what -- if anything -- can be done. Personally, the topic became particularly

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Ozone Widget Framework to be on GitHub, GAO sees $2.3B in.


DHS Here are the top cyber news and stories of the day. Ozone Widget Framework to be on GitHub now by year's end - The Ozone Widget Framework is an open source project that allows developers to create lightweight

Fantasy Football as a Metaphor for Big Data

CIO Dashboard

I was at a conference last week and one of the organizers asked the crowd of about 100 CIOs if they are working on a Big Data project. Only about 10 percent raised their hands. Why is the adoption rate so low?

What Is Big Data? The Real Challenges Beyond Volume, Velocity.

Social, Agile and Transformation

Big Data's Organizational Challenges around Business Intelligence and Data Stewardship

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!

Building A Executive Digital Literacy Program - Chuck's Blog

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Being perceived as a visionary is a relatively easy task. All you have to do is identify a handful of clearly visible trends, extrapolate a bit, and then loop back with practical advice on what to do about it now. Example: I have a

A week with the Nexus 4 - CTOvision


After numerous disappointments attempting to order the Nexus 4 (on the launch day I was one of the many ready and waiting and unable to get my order processed, on the next launch day it took me hours to finally get an


Step-by-Step: Reduce Storage Costs with Data Deduplication in.

IT Pros Rock!

Private Cloud, Virtualization and Systems Management. Be an Early Expert on Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Server, System Center 2012, Azure and Windows 8

How to make friends with and influence Sydney’s entrepreneurial and self-employed community

Trends in the Living Networks

This year we celebrate the 14th annual Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed Xmas Party in Sydney. As every year, the intention is to provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs and self-employed people, primarily from the technology and creative sectors, to celebrate the end of a great year with their peers. While corporate employees have someone to put on their Christmas party for them, those making it happen for themselves don’t have that luxury.

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.

IT And Business: Where Is All That IT Money Going? (a chief information officer needs an IT strategy to create IT alignment)

The Accidental Successful CIO

In the end, it takes both the business and IT to be successful… Image Credit. In every business, there are internal conflicts. One conflict that almost every company seems to have is the failure of the business side of the house to see eye-to-eye with the IT department.

The Principles of Enterprise Technology - CTOvision


?Consider a principle as a basic generalization that is accepted as true and that can be used as a basis for reasoning or conduct.? With those words we began the first post here at CTOvision over five years ago. Since then we

Managing Windows Server 2012 Workgroup Servers Remotely - IT.

IT Pros Rock!

Everyone loves the new Server Manager dashboard in Windows Server 2012 for managing multiple servers remotely. However, I frequently get questions at my IT Camp events on managing not only domain-joined servers

OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook Giveaway

Scott Lowe

It’s no secret that I’ve been spending time over the last few months working with a number of open source technologies like KVM, Open vSwitch (OVS), and libvirt, all building up to a focus on how these pieces fit together as part of OpenStack. To help strengthen my OpenStack skills, I picked up a copy (actually my wife Crystal bought me a copy) of Kevin Jackson’s OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook , a book that I’ve been working my way through.

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?

Where's Waldo? - A Screw's Loose

A Screw's Loose

I had some very spirited conversations today due to the post this morning about herding kangaroos. The post was basically about the ever-changing business of EMM and how IT has ended up where it currently is. For most

Nicira planing a Network Hypervisor

Virtualized Greek

NetworkWorld has an interview with Nicira’s CTO where he outlines Nicira’s plans for a network based hypervisor to help further the their vision of SDN. The hypervisor would be independent of VMware’s platform. It would be to networking what vSphere is to server virtualization. The idea is to be able to run network control appliances at a hypervisor level.

Is Coaching your Leadership Style

Future of CIO

The style is the dress of thought.

Why a CLI for Dropbox on Mac OS X

Scott Lowe

I was thinking about a command-line interface (CLI) for Dropbox , and how I personally would take advantage of such a feature. So, after failing to find any indication that the Mac OS X Dropbox client contained a CLI, tonight on Twitter I made this comment : Too bad the #Mac version of @Dropbox doesn’t have a CLI. Shortly thereafter, I received this response : @scott_lowe @Dropbox What would you do with it if you did?

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.

Herding Kangaroos - A Screw's Loose

A Screw's Loose

I spend a lot of time talking to EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) vendors these days. Some of them have been trumpeting the EMM meme for years where as others are just starting to move in that that direction

Network engineer jobs: Satisfaction comes from challenge, not money.

Virtualized Greek

Network engineer jobs: Satisfaction comes from challenge, not money. I’m quoted in this article by Rivka Little on how network engineers seem to enjoy the challenge of a position over actual monetary compensation. I’ve seen this dynamic throughout my career and have often what wondered what keeps good talent in underpaying positions. . Network

Why There Shouldn't Be A Single Version Of The Truth - Chuck's Blog

Chuck's Blog - EMC

Legacy thinking can get you in trouble in so many ways. The challenge is that -- well -- there's so much of it around. Maxims that seemed to make logical sense in one era quickly become the intellectual chains that hold so

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Presentation from Midwest Regional VMUG

Scott Lowe

Today I had the opportunity to speak at the Midwest Regional/Kansas City VMUG User Conference in Overland Park, KS. Below is the presentation I delivered, as hosted by SpeakerDeck. If you’d like a PDF version of the deck for direct download, it is available here. As always, courteous comments are both welcomed and encouraged! Feel free to speak up below. This article was originally posted on

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.

Examining Some Networking-Virtualization Chimeras - blog.

Scott Lowe


Update on Markdown and BoxCryptor on iOS - Scott Lowe

Scott Lowe



Networkworld lists Drop boxes breach as one of the worst of 2012

Virtualized Greek

Network World has a list of the worst security breaches of 2012 and there is no surprise to me that the Dropbox incident in July where an administrator used the same password for his Drop account that he used on a site that was compromised. The intruders were able to obtain an e-mail list of Dropbox users from the exposed account. . Worst security snafus of 2012. Cloud Computing Security