September 11, 2012

GM to hire 10,000 IT pros as it 'insources' work
The announcement is part of far-reaching GM plan to hire as many as 10,000 IT workers worldwide over the next three to five years as the automaker takes work back from outsourcers, the company said.


VMs and backups: are yours securely stored, or indexed in Google?
Through recent research, I've unearthed an alarming number of VMs and backups in Google's index from companies, universities, and home users. Make sure your directories are protected!


Big Data: The perils of past performance
With Big Data especially, pundits and vendors imply that if we throw bigger and better data at a faster platform, we’ll eventually be able to predict the future with near certainty. Here’s why this is wrong.


Power, people and enterprise-architecture
People are great at transforming between energies – converting excitement and motivation into physical work, for example, or gaining aspirational satisfaction from resolving a technical challenge. But they’re also great at avoiding the work – and that’s where the problem really lies.


Are Application Frameworks Obsolete?
Frameworks aren’t obsolete, but most organizations often get it wrong when building them. Why is this? Often it's because frameworks are derived from a successful project and repurposed (often bringing too many characteristics of the original project with it), or designed by committee, with not enough consideration to how they might be used by a family of actual software products.


Google brings Big Query down to earth with Excel Connector
Google designed BigQuery as a cloud service for running fast queries against massive datasets, but with lofty ambitions there’s always room to take a step back. Now, users that don’t require super speed can run batch queries, and can connect to the service using Microsoft Excel


Enabling Big Data Analytics Inside of Hadoop: A Spotlight Q&A with Justin Borgman of Hadapt
This BeyeNETWORK Spotlight features Ron Powell's interview with Justin Borgman, Co-Founder and CEO of Hadapt. Justin explains how Hadapt integrates SQL and Hadoop in a single unified platform – no connectors, complexities, or rigid structure, and he shares the resultant benefits of that approach.


Step Into the Office-Less Company
The company has a San Francisco office for occasional use, but project management, brainstorming and water-cooler chatter take place on internal blogs. If necessary, team members fly around the world to meet each other face to face. And if people have sensitive questions, they pick up the phone.


U.K. Finally Gets 4G Mobile As Everything Everywhere Arrives
Britain today got its very own 4G mobile network as new provider EE launched with a promise of Nokia flagship smartphones and veiled hint that the new iPhone might also be on its books. The service will be switched on in London, Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham today, and will envelop another 12 cities by the end of 2012.


25 tech toys for $25 or less
These items are useful, innovative and sometimes offbeat in a geeky way. So go ahead -- dig deep between the sofa cushions, and check your change jar. Chances are good that you'll find more than one budget-friendly gadget to buy.



Quote for the day:

"People are persuaded by reason, but moved by emotion; the leader must both persuade them and move them." - Richard M. Nixon