December 12, 2012

The scariest software project horror stories of 2012
Though plenty of enterprise software projects go just fine, unfortunately, some still end up in ruins, leaving customers out huge sums of money, churning up lawsuits, damaging careers and destroying relationships. On the bright side, when examined these failures can reflect some important lessons for both vendors and customers to take to heart. Here's a look at some of 2012's scariest software project disasters.


Intel Open Sources Tool for Rapid Big Data App Development
Currently in beta, GraphBuilder is designed "to help data scientists in industry and academia to rapidly develop new applications that draw insights from big data," said Connie Brown in an announcement on the Intel Web site. "Developed by Intel Labs, GraphBuilder is the first scalable open source library to take large data sets and construct them into 'Graphs,' web-like structures that outline relationships among data."


Agile Expressionism 101
It would be fun to talk about the kinds of expressions you hear in an agile environment. Mark polled the folks in his company, Asynchrony Solutions, and here's what they came up with. As is the case with most things agile, many of these are not new or unique to it. So here they are in no particular order and with no chance that this is an exhaustive list.


2013 GRC Trends
Performance gains, reduced costs, improved compliance, and other benefits have shown that GRC programs, and the technologies that support them, can move a company forward and sometimes even save the day. The question is what will be the course in 2013?


Emerging Enterprise Architecture Drives 10 Trends for 2013
This Research Alert is the first of a two-part series identifying the most impactful, emergent trends we see as clear and undeniable evidence of this transformation. Each is accompanied by a Saugatuck Strategic Planning Position (SPP) that lays out specific expectations regarding its relevant impact and timing.


New Guidance to Mitigate Determined Adversaries’ Favorite Attack: Pass-the-Hash
In a large number of the targeted attacks we have seen, attackers have attempted to use a “Pass-the-Hash” (PtH) technique to get access to credentials. Today, Microsoft is publishing a comprehensive whitepaper that contains mitigations and guidance called “Mitigating Pass-the-Hash (PtH) Attacks and Other Credential Theft Techniques.”


Will cloud computing kill the storage area network?
Everything you need is provided by the modular converged infrastructure, which is now a simple building block for the data center. Traditional storage only vendors have seen the light and are now joining forces with the major network vendors to create the modular building blocks (what I call PODs) which include the storage as a part of the building block.


Data Scientist Shortage: Split Role In Half
One possible solution to this staffing shortage is to split big data duties in two: data management specialist and data scientist. In a phone interview with InformationWeek, Datalink technology strategist and consulting principal Steve Bulmer said this division of labor would help IT organizations prepare for the coming "tidal wave" of data. "Advanced analytic capabilities are going to be in high demand and hard to find," said Bulmer.


By 2020, there will be 5,200 GB of data for every person on Earth
During the next eight years, the amount of digital data produced will exceed 40 zettabytes, which is the equivalent of 5,200 GB of data for every man, woman and child on Earth, according to an updated Digital Universe study released today. To put it in perspective, 40 zettabytes is 40 trillion gigabytes -- estimated to be 57 times the amount of all the grains of sand on all the beaches on earth.


The critical difference between leadership and motivation
Great leaders serve to bring out the inner wisdom and free will of those they serve. Instead of inducing people to view life situations a certain way (or their way), great leaders demonstrate that there are an infinite number of ways to view any life situation.



Quote for the day:

"Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken." -- Warren Buffett