Sat.Apr 02, 2016 - Fri.Apr 08, 2016

Foto Friday – Mountains and the Lake, Glacier National Park

Eric D. Brown

This is a landscape photo of Mount Grinnell from a boat on Swiftcurrent Lake. There was quite a bit of haze around which made for some interesting lighting and colors. Captured with Canon 7D Mark II and Sigma 12-24 II. See more photos in my flickr photostream and/or my 500px portfolio.


Machine learning is a poor fit for most businesses

David Linthicum

Machine learning is the new battle cry for the cloud world. Until cloud computing came along, machine learning was out of reach for most enterprise IT shops. But now that it's in the cloud as a service, it's affordable. It should be no surprise that Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM, and Microsoft offer machine learning services in their clouds. Machine learning is valuable only for use cases that benefit from dynamic learning -- and there are not many of those.

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IT Enterprise Architecture: How EA Teams Can Support Business Transformation


National IoT Day – Challenges the Internet of Things Currently Faces

The Investing Edge

It’s amazing how much the Internet of Things (IoT) has grown from a trending topic to actual technology over the past few years. In fact, according to Gartner , 43 percent of businesses are planning to adopt IoT technology by the end of 2016.

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.

Five things the CEO wants to know about Big Data

Eric D. Brown

I spend a lot of time talking to companies about big data and data science. Many conversations are with people at the CxO level (CEO’s, COO’s, CFO’s, etc etc) and usually revolve around basic discussions of big data and data analytics.

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Corporate IT: How to Improve the Performance of Startups and Niche Vendors


Almost one fifth of the firms that the world’s corporate IT teams buy services from are startups or firms that the buying company hasn’t used before. Which isn’t surprising given how firms are increasingly looking for new digital capabilities to seize an advantage over each other.

Hybrid Cloud Growth Powers Data Center REITs 19.6 Percent Higher

Data Center Knowledge

Since the beginning of the year, share prices for an evenly weighted portfolio containing all six data center REITs would be up an impressive 19.6 percent. Read More. Investing

Revisting my Savi 745W headset

Eric D. Brown

In February 2012, I posted a review of a new headset that I had just purchased. The review, titled Plantronics Savi W745 headset – a review , provided a quick overview of the 745 headset and I gave it the following recommendation: This headset is easy to setup and is crystal clear.

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DevOps and Hybrid Infrastructure Synergy

Cloud Musings

(This post first appeared in IBM's Point B and Beyond ) The definition of DevOps emphasizes collaboration and communication between software developers and other IT professionals while automating the software delivery and infrastructure change process.

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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.

Unconventional Metrics for IT Applications Portfolio Investment


One of the perennial jobs for IT applications teams who develop and maintain in-house software applications is to manage the portfolio of existing apps used by the company. And what separates the good from bad investment decisions in the applications budget is economic insight.

3 Ways To Get Your Company To Take Digital Security Seriously

The Accidental Successful CIO

Security only works if people take it seriously Image Credit: Holly Victoria Norval.

What Cisco’s New Hyperconverged Infrastructure Is and Isn’t Good At

Data Center Knowledge

Taking a critical look at HyperFlex, Cisco's first major hyperconvergence play Read More. Blades Cisco Convergence Featured Infrastructure Virtualization converged infrastructure hyperconverged infrastructure

Data Security is Picking Up the Conversation on Net Neutrality


Rick Delgado. The debate over net neutrality is far from over. While the FCC’s ruling last year seemed to be the final say on the matter, the agency’s decision has only extended the discussion to other areas. To be clear, the ruling essentially settled multiple matters by officially classifying internet service providers as carriers now subject to certain rules under the Communications Act. The FCC determined that all web traffic must be treated equally.

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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.

Government IT: Squeaky Wheels, Peanut Butter, and Portfolio Prioritization


With the adoption and implementation of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) underway, government IT teams still struggle to demonstrate the value they provide to their colleagues.

How to Kick Off a Citizen Data Science Program

Social, Agile and Transformation

Citizen data scientists is catching on. Perhaps your organization can't hire or retain fully skilled and trained data scientists because of the skill shortage and the increasing salaries top talent command. Or perhaps you believe in the democratizing of data and that business analysts that were once influenced to become spreadsheet jockeys just need to be retooled with new data visualization.

MeriTalk Study Sheds Light On Federal Data Center Initiatives

Data Center Knowledge

Even the longest journey begins with taking the first step. Unfortunately, less than 50 percent of the basic steps necessary to accomplish the 2021 goals have been implemented. Read More. Government

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Google's asinine Gmail prank: What were these fools thinking?

ComputerWorld Consumerization IT

Google appeared to troll Gmail users yesterday, by adding a childish GIF to their sent email and making their replies disappear. If that sounds stupid and asinine to you, then you'd be right. Your humble blogwatcher tries to avoid April Fool's Day stories, but this one is completely ridiculous.

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.

9 Reasons Your Enterprise is Not Agile, Yet

CIO Dashboard

Guest post by Russ Riggen and Mayank Agarwal. Agile, DevOps, Shift-left…we’ve heard these buzzwords to describe evolved software development practices and principles for almost a decade now. Yet, achieving the optimal agile state continues to escape the grasp of the vast majority of businesses.

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Tech News Roundup April 8


Katie Kennedy. The following are some of the hot topics we are tracking in the technology ecosystem: Technology Ticker. Kalyna White Selected to Represent Women in Homeland Security at the Congress of the Future Science & Technology Leaders. Amazon now has three CEOs: Tech powerhouse promotes Andy Jassy and Jeff Wilke to CEO roles of respective divisions. Elon Musk’s Tesla Model 3 update: 325,000 cars ordered (and your bike will fit).

BMW, Toyota Select Microsoft Azure Cloud Services to Make Cars Smarter

Data Center Knowledge

Microsoft Azure has nabbed BMW and Toyota this week as the car manufacturers leverage Microsoft Azure in different capacities, setting the groundwork for future initiatives in connected cars. Read More. Cloud Computing Companies Microsoft Sectors Shared

Echo, Public Safety, FirstNet

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Amazon’s Echo. I recently attended and spoke at the Government Technology Beyond-the-Beltway event. Our panel of local and state Chief Information Officers (CIOs) was asked “what is the most significant technology advance in your lifetime”. I answered “either the IBM PC or the iPhone”.

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.

Fun Linux Things

CIO Musings

Unix has always fascinated me. I was hired to be a Unix communications programmer in 1986. I taught myself C, learned the X.25 protocol, HDLC, the seven layer ISO model and started struggling with the bourne shell. By this time I had been coding for 11 years, having started with BASIC in 7th grade. What stuck with me through all the years and versions and languages and floppy disks is the incredible versatility of Unix.

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The Essential Role of Teaching in Corporate Training


Brigg Patten. If you have ever organized a corporate training event and been disappointed by overall attendee retention of information (reported in follow up surveys), you have probably scratched your head while considering options to improve that retention. It is a real problem: training events and seminars are short and sweet, designed to make efficient use of time and resources, but workers often walk out of them learning very little.

Nokia’s New Case for GPON Shrinking Data Center Footprints

Data Center Knowledge

Nokia announced on Tuesday its official entry into the passive optical LAN (POL) market for on-premises data centers. Read More. Connectivity Networking POL

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How to build cybersecurity into outsourcing contracts

Network World

Any time a company shares data or provides access to third-parties, it increases its vulnerability to unauthorized access or breach. So in today’s IT environment in which enterprises partner with multiple IT service providers, who in turn may have multiple subcontracters, cyber risks increase exponentially.

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.