September 20, 2012

The Human Face of Data Science
DataKind, a band of self-titled "generous geeks", share their skills with non-profits. Analyzing a range of data, from fertilizer use in Uganda to policing patterns in NYC, they're determined to use Big Data to make a better world.

Japan confirms cyberattacks over island dispute
At least 19 Japanese Web sites were hit by cyberattacks, reportedly from China and over the two countries' territorial dispute involving islands in East China Sea, says Japan's National Police Association


Big data rewrites the CMO’s role
With the mass of customer insight available to brands adding another weapon to a chief marketer’s arsenal, David Burrows asks whether their job titles should reflect this


Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century
If capitalizing on big data depends on hiring scarce data scientists, then the challenge for managers is to learn how to identify that talent, attract it to an enterprise, and make it productive. None of those tasks is as straightforward as it is with other, established organizational roles


How good are we at lessons learned?
One of the PRINCE2 principles is to learn from previous lessons. Good in theory. How well is it done? Not very well in my view. Lessons learned is something that is left to the end of the project in my experience


When to Use Offline VDI

The common reaction from many end users and administrators alike is, "I would love to use VDI, but what if I'm not connected to the network?" To answer this common use case, the industry has developed several approaches to offline, or local, VDI.


Salesforce talks security: From passwords to animatronic ponies
It has a full-time internal red team of penetration testers trying to break in. It's proactively looking for insider threats, and fewer than 20 employees at the entire company have access to the database of customer passwords


APAC enterprises more susceptible to external threats
More organizations in the region experience external security issues and lose sensitive business data, due to rise in technology adopters who are not familiar with best practices.


Measuring Employee Morale Over Time
If your office includes employee-selected music playing, you can instantly gauge the morale by what's playing on the speakers. Generally, people are not going to be playing upbeat, happy music if they're depressed or upset.


South Africa carves its outsourcing niche amid flurry of acquisitions
Companies from India and the UK are snapping up South African business process outsourcing (BPO) firms, as the country asserts itself as an offshore outsourcing destination.



Quotes for the day:

"A leader needs enough understanding to fashion an intelligent strategy." -- John Kotter

"The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." -- Ralph Nader