Sat.Jul 23, 2016 - Fri.Jul 29, 2016

Left behind: Who suffers in the cloud shift

David Linthicum

Market research firm Gartner states that $111 billion worth of IT spending will shift to the cloud in 2016, and the number will almost double to $216 billion by 2020. That’s a big change. If you didn't see this coming, you haven't been paying attention. Enterprises are moving quickly to the cloud, as they pick the right workloads and pack up as soon as they can (if they can). Download the public cloud megaguide PDF: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, and Joyent compared.

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Revealed: The battle for GDS – how Whitehall mandarins are trying to carve up digital strategy

Computer Weekly

Insiders say senior civil servants want to break up the Government Digital Service and return IT to its previous departmental model

Data Analytics – The importance of Data Preparation

Eric D. Brown

How many of you would go sky diving without learning all the necessary precautions and safety measures necessary to keep you alive? How many of you would let your kid drive your car without first teaching them the basics of driving?

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Corporate IT: Lessons from Pokémon Go


If you live in Europe, North America, Japan, or Australia, then this past month will probably produced a lot more people in parks and public spaces staring fixedly at their phones.

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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.

Customer service: The next challenge for cloud providers

David Linthicum

Public cloud providers are not new, but their interactions with enterprises are still in the early stages. Not long ago, few public cloud providers picked up the phone. Today, public cloud providers must respond to users. Moreover, as an enterprise that works with a public cloud, you must learn how to effectively communicate with cloud providers, on both sales and operational issues. Keep in mind: For major IaaS providers -- AWS, Google, Microsoft, IBM -- cloud support is an emerging science.

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Insights-Driven Business Are Stealing Your Customers

Forrester IT

Is your business digital? Like Domino's Pizza, do you realize that you are not a product or service business, but that you are a software and data business that provides products or services? Do you exploit all of your customer's data to know them inside-out?

A step back: A DB2 optimization term, then and now

IT Toolbox

(Posted Friday, July 24, 2016) The terms ?sagable? sagable? non-sagable? became common place in the very first releases of DB2. However, the terms most commonly used today are indexable, stage 1, and stage 2. Since I have been dying to write about something (anything) since retiring, this seemed like a fun subject to attack


Brexit: Why CIOs Need to Revisit Their Strategic Assumptions


Even though markets stabilized once it had sunk in that nothing would happen quickly after the UK’s referendum vote to exit the EU , this will only be a hiatus.

Most cloud applications not GDPR-ready, report reveals

Computer Weekly

Just 2% of more than 15,000 enterprise cloud application analysed are GDPR-ready, according to a cloud risk report

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.

My Plantronics Savi 740 just died…so I bought another

Eric D. Brown

I’ve written before about my love of for the Plantronics Savi 740 (see here and here ). Earlier this week, my beloved 740 died. I’m not quite sure what happened but it just stopped working.


5 Ways to Address VoIP Call Quality Issues

IT Toolbox

How many times do you walk to someone's office because you can't understand what they're saying on the phone? Do your customers get frustrated and hang up when they call for assistance? You have a VoIP call quality problem. Companies switching from legacy PBX systems to modern VoIP technology sometimes overlook the changes needed to optimize voice and video quality. You no longer use dedicated phone

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Look Who's Running IT Now!

Forrester IT

As CIO Executive Partners at Forrester, we meet technology leaders in almost every industry sector. One theme is clear: The typical career path, leading to CIO has changed. No patience for CIOs to learn new tricks. Companies are now looking to leadership from non-traditional CIO career path sources. Over the past few years, we've noticed an increase in line-of-business leaders being appointed CIO.

Windows Mobile shrinks as Microsoft prioritises productivity and platforms

Computer Weekly

Microsoft prepares to axe 2,850 jobs as it culls smartphone business and majors on productivity and platforms

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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.

HIPPA and Ransomware in the Healthcare Sector: “Your PHI or your life”


Bob Gourley. The threat of ransomware is hitting every sector of the economy. But the biggest, most dangerous and disastrous attacks have been occurring in the more lightly defended parts of industry and government. Healthcare has been especially hard hit. The U.S.

How to Handle Cloud-Based VoIP Vendor Disappearances

IT Toolbox

Many companies want to make their mark in the $204 billion cloud-computing industry. Startups bring innovative ideas to the market, while well-established businesses expand their product selection with cloud-based services. The vendor volume has a major downside, however, since organizations can fail and take your VoIP service with them. The last thing you want is to lose critical communication

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Microsoft Stream Hopes To Shake Up EVP Market

Forrester IT

Microsoft Stream, the company's enterprise video platform (EVP) bolted onto Office 365 could shake up the EVP market, but don't jump in head first just yet. Video used to be the domain of media and broadcasters, but now enterprises from healthcare to financial services have reason to be doing video.

UK education system failing to support cyber security profession

Computer Weekly

Countries and companies must act quickly to address the cyber security skills shortage through improvements in education, workforce diversity, training opportunities, security technology and data collection, a report says

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.

DNC hack requires swift, forceful response from Washington


Bob Gourley. Jason Healey provides well-reasoned context on what the US should do about the DNC hacks in an opinion piece in Passcode titled " DNC hack requires swift, forceful response from Washington.".

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Choosing the Right Partner for Unified Communications

IT Toolbox

Most analysis about Unified Communications focuses on the solution, such as features, applications, the underlying technology, etc. This knowledge is essential for making good decisions, but is far from complete, especially if you’re just getting up to speed on UC. Not only are there many applications to integrate into a seamless user experience, but the UC value proposition is constantly

Intel Finally Releases Its Rack Scale Design to Open Source

Data Center Knowledge

Just a few weeks ahead of its upcoming IDF conference in San Francisco, Intel announced Thursday that the data center asset utilization platform it has been assembling since 2013 is now ready to be shared with the open source community. Rack Scale Design (RSD, no longer called “Rack Scale.

Researcher uncovers UK government threat to privacy

Computer Weekly

Despite concerns about the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, a legal researcher has highlighted that existing legislation is a much bigger threat to privacy than most UK citizens realise

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.

AFCEA TechNet 2-4 August 2016 in Augusta: Join us there if you can, or track these mission focused issues here at CTOvision


David Highnote. AFCEA’s TechNet Augusta will bring together an array of military and civilian thought leaders and practitioners August 2-4 to help all players better understand the challenges the cyber element introduces into a combat arms fight.

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5 Tools That Can Help You Monetize Your Blog

IT Toolbox

After you?ve ve invested hours of work each week, writing, posting, and planning, it can get quite frustrating to see that you are not making any money after all of that effort you put in

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How Can CIOs Deal With The Challenge Of Creating Very Large Networks?

The Accidental Successful CIO

As networks keep getting larger and larger, CIOs need to have a plan Image Credit: Marc Smith. I’m pretty sure that you would agree with me if I told you that your enterprise network will just be getting bigger and bigger over time.

Nordic CIO interview: Vesa Erolainen, Pöyry

Computer Weekly

Doubts were raised when Vesa Erolainen, CIO at Finnish engineering and consulting company Pöyry, outlined his IT transformation plan, but he ended up winning an award for it

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.