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How to sideline the 3 types of cloud naysayers

David Linthicum

I deal with them every day: People in IT who get in the way of cloud migration projects. Despite clear evidence that many applications can run better in the cloud and for much less money, there remain people in IT who don't think that's true. And they'll do everything in their power to derail your migration project. Here's how to deal with three types of such difficult people -- and keep your cloud migration project on track.

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MPs’ private emails are routinely accessed by GCHQ

Computer Weekly

Computer Weekly investigation reveals the extent of interception of MPs’ and peers’ email communications and data

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IT Applications: Four Roles for Business Analysts to Play on Agile Projects

CEB IT

How VoIP Transforms Small Businesses into Big Players

IT Toolbox

In a highly competitive market, small businesses need any leg-up they can find. It's not enough to offer a unique product or better customer service - sometimes it all comes down to dollars. If small businesses and startups were able to significantly reduce their overhead costs, they could effectively expand their reach and have a greater impact on their market. This is exactly what voice over Internet

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.

3 common cloud ROI failures you must avoid

David Linthicum

I see a lot of cloud computing projects fail in that they do not bring the promised ROI. In my book, if a project cannot live up to the projected ROI, it has failed. There are three common cloud mistakes that lead to such ROI failure, each of which you can easily avoid. [ The InfoWorld review roundup: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, and IBM machine learning in the cloud. | Get a digest of the day's top tech stories in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. ].

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Corporate IT: 5 Steps to Building an IT Integration Plan

CEB IT

Although 2015 was a record year for M&A activity , the heat is now starting to flow out of the market a little. But that still means that a lot of deals done over the past 12 months or so now need to be integrated into the new parent firm or the company on the other side of a merger.

Why SMBs need to be Thinking about Hosted VoIP

IT Toolbox

I write regularly about all variations of this topic, as ongoing research keeps showing new things. There is a lot for decision-makers to understand about VoIP itself, just as there is for the hosted services model. Building on that, there is a lot to learn about the hosted VoIP opportunity, and from there, the bigger picture around Unified Communications and collaboration. Aside

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Examine The Aviation Industry And Cybersecurity at the Global Connected Aircraft Summit 6-8 June in LA

CTOvision

Bob Gourley. The Global Connected Aircraft Summit will be held 6-8 June 2016 in Hollywood California.

Skype for Business: One year on, so what are the results?

Computer Weekly

It’s now a year since Microsoft transitioned the Lync unified communications suite into Skype for Business, but has the enterprise embraced or shunned it

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.

Parallel Processing and Unstructured Data Transforms Storage

Cloud Musings

Will Big Data make traditional ETL tools obsolete?

IT Toolbox

In his article Big data analytics architecture requires integration push , Ed Burns writes “For most businesses that have embraced big data analytics, the IT world in which the enterprise data warehouse was the

Answers to 6 Questions About DevOps From 25 IT Leaders

CEB IT

“Start small, think big, move fast,” was the collective mantra of 25 IT leaders at a recent meeting in San Francisco to exchange ideas on how to start and how to scale-up a DevOps approach to getting their work done. They had interesting responses to six thorny questions.

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My first IoT project: A guide for businesses

Computer Weekly

We’ve all had a good giggle about having our fridges hacked – but now it’s time to get real. What are the first steps enterprises should take when implementing their first internet of things project

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.

Customer-Obsessed Businesses Driving Infrastructure Transformation

Forrester IT

Customers today are hyper-connected and their connectivity is rewriting the rules of business. Access to mobility, social networks, wearable devices, connected cars and hotels managed by robots are rapidly changing the behaviors of how customers engage and purchase. Think how you watch a film, shop or order a taxi. The disruptive power in the hands of newly tech-savvy customers is forcing every business to evolve into a digital business or perish.

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A confounding saga in Canadian corporate history

IT Toolbox

Target Canada had trouble moving products onto store shelves leaving Target outlets poorly stocked. The checkout system was glitchy and didn?t t process transactions properly. The Inventory and sales systems were new and few seemed to fully understand how it all worked

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Consider This Use Case For Supply Chain and Logistics: Enterprise data preparation with Tamr and Toyota Motor Europe.

CTOvision

Michael Johnson. The video here examines how Toyota Motor Europe is using Tamr for enterprise data preparation. It is a fantastic use case for any firm or government agency that needs to optimize their supply chain.

Human error causes more data loss than malicious attacks

Computer Weekly

Stupid humans, you are the weakest link, at least according to the ICO

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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.

Build Your Hybrid Cloud – Enhanced VMWare Disaster Recovery to Azure

IT Pros Rock!

Your environment can be protected by automating the replication of the virtual machines based on policies that you set and control. Azure Site Recovery can protect Hyper-V, VMware and physical servers and you can use Azure or your secondary datacenter as your recovery site. Click to Play Episode.

Proper LAN Testing Equipment Part 3

IT Toolbox

Given the digital transmission nature of baseband LANs, one might easily overlook the need for analog test equipment. Three devices are valuable additions to the tool kit: the volt-ohm-milliameter (VOM), the oscilloscope, and the transmission impairment measurement system (TIMS

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Richard Stiennon interviews eSentire CEO J. Paul Haynes

CTOvision

Michael Johnson. The video below features two of the most highly regarded people in the Cybersecurity community, Richard Stiennon and J Paul Haynes. Watch for good content on the approach of eSentire.

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Blockchain and the CIO: a new model for IT

Computer Weekly

The most important emerging technology for the enterprise – and therefore the CIO – is not big data, the social web, artificial intelligence, robotics or the cloud – it’s blockchain

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.

Top 10 Data Center Stories of the Month: May

Data Center Knowledge

Here are the 10 most read stories that ran on Data Center Knowledge this month Read More. DCK Featured

New tool links customer records between social and CRM platforms

IT Toolbox

San Francisco-based customer engagement specialist Sparkcentral has released an Open CRM API designed to connect and synchronize customer records between social platforms and existing CRM systems. Sparkcentral specializes in unifying social, mobile, cloud and contextual data to improve and personalize customer engagement. “To make customer service

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Team Viewer Attack

Doctor Chaos

The Team Viewer attack appears to be an organized and sophisticated attack. And worth a whole lot of money to those that pulled it off. Note: This is strictly an opinion. As of writing, no official confirmation of breach has been reported In recent years there has been a steady increase in financial and time […]. Data Breach

Nordic CIO interview: Claes-Håkan Johansson, Preem

Computer Weekly

CIO of Swedish fuel company tells Computer Weekly about the firm’s digital journey and how IT has made sure it is part of the business

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.