October, 2019

Beware The Automation Paradox

Forrester IT

Cloud architecture that avoids risk and complexity

David Linthicum

One of the truisms about cloud architecture is that there are typically 100x100 architecture solution patterns. They all work, but only one is the right solution. If your head is swimming, let me explain. Indeed, many technology stacks and approaches will solve the same problems using cloud-based technologies.

Accelerate the Time to Market for Your Products

CEB IT

There’s a problem with productivity. . Product managers need to bring their products to market at the right time and in the right way.

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7 Required DevOps Practices Before Increasing Deployment Frequencies

Social, Agile and Transformation

In my last post, I shared 7 Prerequisites on Whether to Improve Deployment Frequencies with DevOps. I firmly believe that CI/CD is not enough to support stable releases and also shared 5 pre-deployment priorities for Agile DevOps teams.

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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.

The State of Machine Learning Frameworks in 2019

CTOvision

Read Horace He’s analysis of AI research papers which shows TensorFlow is the platform of choice in the industry, but most researchers are now using PyTorch on The Gradient : Since deep learning regained prominence in 2012, many machine learning frameworks have clamored to become the new favorite among researchers and industry practitioners. From the […].

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Holiday 2019: Bring Brand Values Into Your Holiday Storytelling

Forrester IT

Retailers: Customers care about your commitment to social and environmental sustainability. This holiday season, be sure to weave your brand values into your messaging. age of the customer holiday retail customer service digital retail holiday season sustainability

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Fend off the increasing container attacks in the cloud

David Linthicum

The computer security company Skybox Security released an update to its 2019 Vulnerability and Threat Trends report. As the name implies, this report analyzes the computer vulnerabilities in play during the first half of 2019. Some of the key findings included the rapid growth of vulnerabilities in cloud containers.

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Is the Cloud Secure?

CEB IT

Cloud security breaches consistently make news headlines. Yet, the stories of these breaches are often framed with vague explanations — a “misconfigured database” or mismanagement by an unnamed “third party.”. The ambiguity that surrounds cloud computing can make securing the enterprise seem daunting. Concerns about security have led some CIOs to limit their organizational use of public cloud services.

CI/CD is not Enough! 5 Pre-Deployment Priorities for Agile DevOps Teams

Social, Agile and Transformation

Having CI/CD pipelines doesn't mean that continuous delivery is a business need or a good idea. I wrote about this a couple of years ago when I asked, "Is Continuous Delivery Right for Your Business?" I know this is a debated topic.

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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.

Demystifying Artificial Intelligence in the Corporation

CTOvision

Read Randy Bean take a look at the adaption of artificial intelligence in corporations on Forbes : Artificial Intelligence (AI) is top of mind for leading corporations these days – 96.4% of top executives reported earlier this year that AI was the number one disruptive technology that they were investing in, up from 68.9% just […].

SCCM Orchestration Group Setup Step by Step Guide for Server Patching

Anoop

Subscribe YouTube Channel [link]. and Facebook Page to get latest updates. link]. Microsoft recently released SCCM 1909 version of technical preview. Let’s check what SCCM Orchestration Group (controlled patching) setup guide is.

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The Insights Beat: The Best Of Times As A Data And Analytics Leader

Forrester IT

Our team is busy gearing up for the Data Strategy & Insights 2019 Forum in about three weeks.

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Be prepared for microservices challenges

David Linthicum

Last week I wrote about how containers are becoming popular attack targets both inside and outside of a public cloud. This week let’s drill down on a common byproduct of containers: microservices. Microservices is both an architecture and a way of deploying applications. Indeed, microservices is a term used to describe the practice of breaking up an application, within a container or not, into a series of smaller specialized parts.

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.

CDOs Must Take the Lead to Improve Data Literacy

CEB IT

Literacy is no longer defined as just the ability to read and write. There are several other skills people must master in order to solve problems and gain knowledge. Data literacy — the ability to read, write and communicate data in context — is among the most important abilities for organizations today. By 2020, 80% of organizations will initiate deliberate competency development in the field of data literacy. “By

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7 Prerequisites on Whether to Improve Deployment Frequencies with DevOps

Social, Agile and Transformation

In my last post, I advised that having CI/CD automation is very important to drive frequent and reliable releases, however, it is not a sufficient process or steps to establish responsible releases.

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A data breach could be game over for a brand

CTOvision

Data security is a legitimate worry for today’s consumers around the world, Ping Identity survey reveals. Approximately one half (49%) of respondents report that they are more concerned about protecting their personal information than they were one year ago.

The Missing Puzzle Piece in SCCM 3rd Party Patching Live Free Webinar

Anoop

Subscribe YouTube Channel [link]. and Facebook Page to get latest updates. link]. The Missing Puzzle Piece in SCCM 3rd Party Patch management webinar is coming soon. This webinar will give you an opportunity interact live with me and ask questions about SCCM third-party patching (with LIVE DEMO).

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.

Banks Have Neglected SMEs. They Will Come To Regret It

Forrester IT

Forrester just published new research outlining the future of small and midsize business banking (also called SME banking to refer to SMEs, or small- and medium-sized enterprises). If you’re an executive at a traditional bank, it contains some grim and gloomy predictions.

It's time to change your cloud operating model

David Linthicum

Enterprises need to change workflows and internal processes around the use of public cloud computing. There, I said it. Organizations understand that the cloud has a huge impact on how they work. This includes the ability to improve agility and efficiency. Cloud computing can be adopted in ways that are most productive for the business. The process of defining the future state of workflows and organizational behavior around the use of cloud computing is called a “cloud operating model.”

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Top 10 Trends in Digital Commerce

CEB IT

Much has changed since the first products were sold online in the 1990s. Early instances of e-commerce focused on the transaction, with little emphasis on improving fulfillment, customer service or loyalty. Then, organizations began to hone commerce operations in response to customer desires, offering features like inventory visibility, product reviews and package tracking.

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When Should Responsible DevOps Teams Increase Deployment Frequency

Social, Agile and Transformation

In my last few posts, I've been challenging the wisdom that more frequent deployments are better. I've also shared what DevOps teams must consider as prerequisites and processes beyond CI/CD to enable reliable deployments. Consider reading the following posts for more details: CI/CD is not Enough!

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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.

Study warns of security gaps in smart light bulbs

CTOvision

Earlier this year Amazon’s Echo made global headlines when it was reported that consumers’ conversations were recorded and heard by thousands of employees. Now researchers at UTSA have conducted a review of the security holes that exist in popular smart-light brands.

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4 Steps to Get Started with Containers

Perficient - Digital Transformation

The following is the fifth blog in a series about software containers and Kubernetes, and their importance in modern application delivery.

Architect Your Automation Strike Teams

Forrester IT

Emerging technologies such as robotic process automation (RPA), virtual agents, and machine learning — these are those invisible robots described in the recently published Forrester book, Invisible Robots in the Quiet of the Night: How AI and Automation Will Restructure the Workforce.

Cloud architects who earn $150,000 are likely underpaid

David Linthicum

According to this source, “cloud architects earn between $140,000 and $150,000” per year. I’ve paid more and less, depending on where the architect lives. However, a good cloud architect can make as much as $250,000 with proper experience and a proven track record of success. Many may scoff at “proven track record” because cloud-based resources are relatively new, and configuring those resources to form the optimum solution is a still-evolving science.

Technology Trends for the Future of Government

CEB IT

Forward-looking government officials know that, in a digital society , “Policy is the technology and technology is the policy.” Any government service delivered at scale is underpinned by a host of technologies. If the success of these business projects is compromised by poor implementation of technology, then the political objectives are compromised too. Implementing a digital government strategy is a journey that will span multiple budget cycles and political administrations.

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