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

3 tips for landing a well-paid cloud job

David Linthicum

So you're on a cloud computing career path -- that's great! But how do you increase your earnings and best align your career choices with your interests? Here are three tips. Cloud computing shares resources never shared before, creating new risks and demanding new security practices. Learn those new security measures from Cloud Security Digital Spotlight PDF special report.

IT Enterprise Architecture: How EA Teams Can Support Business Transformation


The traditional role of IT enterprise architecture teams has been to describe the design of an organization, including its operations, information, systems, and technologies, and then use that understanding to reduce technological complexity, speed up the completion of IT projects, and improve employees’ productivity and collaboration.

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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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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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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?

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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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.

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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.

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

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.

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.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

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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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.

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.

Tech News Roundup April 6


Katie Kennedy. The following are some of the hot topics we are tracking in the technology ecosystem: Technology Ticker. Technology Can Enable A New World For People With Autism - Forbes. What empowers you? Special Olympics chairman encourages companies to focus on their mission. Minister directs to establish federal technical board in ICT - Daily Times. Capacity building 'critical' for cybersecurity, says State official -

Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

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

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.

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.

Tech News Roundup April 4


Katie Kennedy. The following are some of the hot topics we are tracking in the technology ecosystem: Technology Ticker. An urban mayor explains who should be next governor of N.J. | The Backgrounder Podcast - Booting Up: Elon Musk travels tech titan's road - Boston Herald. Video: Jeff Bezos shares drone’s-eye view of Blue Origin spaceship’s flight. Technology Upgrades Get White House Out of the 20th Century - New York Times.

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.

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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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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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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Cyberattacks: Discovering and Stopping New Forms of Cyberattacks Before They Can Cause Harm


Katie Kennedy. New to the CTOvision research library , Cray's Solution Brief "Cyberattacks: Discovering and Stopping New Forms of Cyberattacks Before They Can Cause Harm." This brief addresses the business problem and offers a unique solution. Firewalls and security software can identify known threats, but attack techniques are constantly evolving and mutating.

The 2019 Technographic Data Report for B2B Sales Organizations

In this report, ZoomInfo substantiates the assertion that technographic data is a vital resource for sales teams. In fact, the majority of respondents agree—with 72.3% reporting that technographic data is either somewhat important or very important to their organization. The reason for this is simple—sales teams value technographic data because it makes essential selling activities easier and more efficient.

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

AWS vs Microsoft Azure: Understanding the serverless application trend

Tech Republic Data Center

How exactly do you run applications without servers? Keith Townsend explains how AWS' Lambda service and Microsoft's Azure Service Fabric move away from the OS-centric view of computing

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.

How to quickly find out what's using up your Google Drive space

Tech Republic Cloud

If your Google Drive account is running out of space, discover the quickest way to find out which files are causing the problem and what you can do about it

More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

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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Apple is an ‘arms dealer’, analyst claims

ComputerWorld Consumerization IT

Needham & Co analyst, Laura Martin, set the cat among the pigeons this week with her latest Apple analysis , calling it “an arms dealer that dominates the wealthiest segment” of the smartphone industry. It’s an extensive and extremely interesting report, and I’ve glanced through it to cherry-pick a few ideas. Arms dealer? Martin’s not talking about weaponry, of course.

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Cloud and high performance computing take center stage at OpenPOWER Summit 2016

Tech Republic Data Center

The second annual OpenPOWER Summit showcases the next generation of the POWER ISA, as well as new server designs and forthcoming cloud services that use IBM's freely licensable processor technology

Three Question to assess a Person’s “Inquisitiveness”

Future of CIO

“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom" -Francis Bacon The world is transforming from personal computing into digital computing, from globalization into globality, from knowledge limitation to information abundance, the answer about yesterday is not as critical as the questions about the future.

Serverless and Containers: How to Choose the Right Application Strategy

Speaker: Tolga Tarhan, Senior Vice President, GM AWS Services at Onica

When it comes to the modern tech stack, one of the fastest changing areas is around containers, serverless, and choosing the ideal path to cloud native computing. How do you as a technology leader point your team in the right direction, especially given how quickly this is evolving?