2014

Cyber Strategy and the Dunning-Kruger Effect: Could some policymakers be too unskilled to recognize their ineptitude?

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By Bob Gourley. The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias manifesting in unskilled individuals suffering from illusory superiority , mistakenly rating their ability much higher than is accurate.

Don't be scared; it's just the cloud

David Linthicum

There is no question that the use of cloud-based resources affects IT organizations. But how much should your IT organization change to best leverage cloud computing? read more. Cloud Computing IT Jobs IT Management Cloud Computing

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Apple Success Isn't About Innovation

CIO Musings

On September 9th 2014 Apple made several major announcements in a well choreographed event in California. Consumer electronic companies all over the fruited plain were heard to say as one. Why didn''t we think of that? So, why is that?

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What’s the difference between Business Intelligence and Big Data?

Eric D. Brown

I’m often asked the following question: What is the difference between Business Intelligence and Big Data? Before getting into my approach to answering that question, let’s be clear on what we’re talking about.

Facebook Causes Continue to Show Little Promise as Fundraising Tools

Al-Qaeda Innovations Correlated To Unauthorized Disclosures By Snowden: Independent Verification Through Open Source Intelligence

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By Bob Gourley. Students of history know what happens when adversaries learn how the good guys collect intelligence on them. They change their tactics, techniques or procedures and it gets much harder to know their intentions.

Preparing for the Future of AI, Where Robots Can Learn and Ask Humans For Help!

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By Boonsri Dickinson In a world full of self-driving cars, flying drones, and other robots, daily interactions with artificial intelligence will have a profound effect on how we live our lives.

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Watch My Friend Become My Hero: Cyber Security Champion and Lawyer Jody Westby Does Right Thing at Right Time

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If you have worked at the nexus of cyber security and policy you no doubt know Jody Westby.

Tech Titans To Visit At Geoint: Here is my take on the must-see firms on the expo floor

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By Bob Gourley. This is a follow on to our post on planning your time at the Geoint Symposium. With this post I want to make some technology recommendations that may be helpful to you as you plan out your time at the Geoint Symposium 14-17 Apr.

Marc Andreessen on the Future of Technology and Implications for Government Service to Citizens

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By Bob Gourley. If you are a professional in technology, government and/or business you have no doubt already been exposed to the very interesting Marc Andreessen.

Ensure Your Command Center/Ops Center Stays Relevant By Leveraging Wayin: See video of this broadcast media use case

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By Bob Gourley. We have previously written about Wayin (I am proud to be one of their advisors). Their capabilities continue to evolve to enable organizations to continually improve how social media is used to both understand and engage.

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Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

NGA joins GitHub, offers code to help disaster response

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By Michael Johnson. We read this press release with pleasure and have deep respect for the incredibly hard work required to achieve the kinds of success demonstrated here. It is not easy to get things like this done in government. From: the NGA pless release at [link].

Oracle keeps missing the point of cloud computing

David Linthicum

I can''t make this stuff up: Oracle is going to provide you some cloud options. read more. Cloud Computing The Industry Standard Oracle Cloud Computing

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Smart Ring Roundup

CIO Musings

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. Sauron, Mordor, Middle Earth. Wait a minute. Smart Rings? Yep, thats right.

The Role of the CEO – Driving Corporate Culture

Eric D. Brown

I’m sure there are many definitions of a CEO out there. Plenty of people will say the CEO should be a leader, manager, communicator and facilitator. Other’s might say that the CEO is the person most focused on strategy and the ‘future’ of the business.

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Nine Developer Enablement Practices to Achieve DevOps at Enterprise Scale

In this eBook, Christian Oestreich, a senior software engineering leader with experience at multiple Fortune 500 companies, shares how a metrics-driven mindset can dramatically improve software quality and enable DevOps at enterprise scale.

Technology Context From the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)

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By Bob Gourley. For a decade now the cyber security community has been treated to important strategic context coordinated by Verizon in their Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR).

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Identity and Access Management: Hot or Not?

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By Dean Wiech. Identity and access management (IAM) is increasingly being deployed within organizations across multiple sectors as they recognize that a progressive approach to IAM is crucial for their companies.

Considering A Departure From Government Service? Look before you leap!

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By ChrisScott. Last month I was approached by one of my favorite DoD colleagues, inquiring about opportunities “out there” in Industry. This guy is one of the smartest Civil Servants I know. He has been a mover and shaker for decades.

NGA Continues To Engage With Open Source Community Via GitHub

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By Bob Gourley. We previously wrote about NGA on GitHub here and have also provided a few tutorials on GitHub and what enterprise professionals should know about it here. With this post I would like to provide an update on what NGA is up to now in this area.

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.

The 2014 FedCyber Event will be 5 November 2014: Register now to ensure your seat

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By Bob Gourley. FedCyber is an annual cybersecurity event hosted by Matt Devost and Bob Gourley that brings together several hundred attendees to advance the dialogue on critical enterprise and federal government challenges. This event us unique in the DC ecosystem.

Optimizing The Data Warehouse: A Big Data Blueprint from Pentaho

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By Bob Gourley. We previously wrote about the Pentaho Big Data Blueprints series, which include design packages of use to enterprise architects and other technologists seeking operational concepts and repeatable designs.

Applying the Laws of Science to the Internet of Things and Healthcare IT

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Today, “Internet of Things” (IoT) is shouted at every corner, both in the business and private spheres. Even though this notion is going viral and touches upon all sectors of our lives, it actually has no clear definition.

Great Reference Graphic To Keep Your Brain Engaged On All Elements Of Big Data

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By Bob Gourley. The reference below was provided by friends at Altamira. If you are an analyst, enterprise architect, CIO, CTO, CISO, CFO or even a business executive seeking insights into the nature of modern data solutions you will find the poster below to be a fantastic resource.

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!

How Microsoft's cloud push will affect your job

David Linthicum

Microsoft is going cloud -- or already has gone cloud , depending on whom you talk to. read more. Cloud Computing Microsoft Azure IT Jobs Cloud Computing

I Have A Job For You

CIO Musings

We are hiring a ton of positions over the next few months. The jobs are posted on [link]. More information can be found there and you can apply on line. Why is Chesterfield VA a great place to work? Lots of reasons. Excellence - We have been the #1 digital county in the USA twice in the last 4 years. In 2010 we were voted as having the best county website in the nation. We have won numerous awards and recognitions.

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White Paper: Three Big Data Blueprints

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By Bob Gourley. Enterprises everywhere have been seeking improved ways to make use of their data.

Spies Want Your Money: Look at this pinhole camera used to steal credit card numbers

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By Bob Gourley. Threats to our information are not only from malware or brute force hacks or social engineering. Criminals are motivated to look for every advantage. Sometimes we read about very sophisticated attacks against hardware that require advanced engineering.

Design Thinking for Product Teams: Leverage Human Insight Throughout Development

Product teams must increase their exposure hours with customers—seeing and hearing them. Human insights and the design thinking framework can be applied to your development cycle to help you build better products and experiences for your customers.

MYCIN, Watson, and AI History

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By AdamElkus. Over at Wired , a headline blares “Artificial Intelligence Is Now Telling Doctors How To Treat You.” ” Sounds unique, novel, and even scary. Those AIs are replacing humans, to the point where even the detailed knowledge of the physician is superseded by a Dr. HAL!

Watch This Important Context On IBM and Lenovo from @SiliconAngle

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By Bob Gourley At this link and embedded below Dave Vellante of Silicon Angle leads a discussion with Stu Miniman and David Floyer on the $2.3 Billion purchase of IBM’s server business by Lenovo. Dave, Stu and David are three of the most plugged in/truth seeking analysts in this space.

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Marc Andreessen on the future of technology and the nature of government services

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By Bob Gourley. This is the second installment in our series flowing from recent dialog with Marc Andreessen.

OnLive: Building the future of enterprise services from the cloud

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By Bob Gourley. OnLive is a firm I recommend enterprise technologists watch closely. Their core capabilities have been proven in delivery of high performance games via cloud services (their focus has been cloud-gaming).

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.