May 05, 2013

Some people think that risk management means you cannot innovate. If that were true, then how do people successfully innovate and comply with the laws and risks surrounding innovation? Because, they utilise all the experts they can to make the best solution. These people, utilise the lighthouse to assist them, and then generate an even better outcome.

RightScale Sees Increase in Multi-Cloud Use and Adoption
The cloud is growing and businesses are becoming more comfortable using it, even if it is of limited use cases for most businesses. The technologies are maturing faster than the customer base which means we should expect to see acceleration in developer use of cloud in the next five years, the report added.

Iron Penguin: First open-source "Iron Man" suit within reach?
Still with promising work with the integration of Google Glass, the Parallela supercomputer board, and Raspberry Pi, the first steps to Linux-powered fighting armor suits are being taken. It's rumored that Linus Torvalds, Linux's creator, is working on a Iron Penguin, a powered diving suit, to go with his Subsuface diving log program.

Microsoft works to connect the cloud to your car
Switching to Microsoft's cloud computing will cut costs for operating the services, although Toyota plans to invest more money in new content for Toyota reached an agreement with Microsoft in April 2011, to work together on telematics, or network technology for cars. Toyota looked at other cloud computing services before picking Microsoft for the latest project, said Hiroyuki Yamada, an executive at e-Toyota, which looks over such technology.

How Today’s Sensors Could Make Tomorrow’s Cars Safer
Much of the advantage is due to software improvements that make the decisions to activate and control the brakes. “The millimeter wave radar sensor can only see out so far. So the question is: at the time we can detect it, what’s the rate we can slow it down?” says Bill Camp, an instructor at the company’s training facility, Lexus College.

Excellent Analytics Tip #22: Calculate Return On Analytics Investment!
Businesses, by and large, don’t understand the ROI of analytics… the Return on Analytics, if you will. Everyone else seems to get an ROI calculation, but not us. Marketing dollars (hopefully!) get measured by their Return on Ad Spend. Product improvements are quantified in incremental sales. Even internal tools are evaluated by work hours saved. Yet the analytics team rarely has its costs measured in terms of impact on The Company.

The CIA and the Cloud
One reason the CIA started moving to cloud-based computing in 2009 was that it saw the cloud as being more secure than conventional IT systems. Back then, Jill Tummler Singer, who was the CIA's deputy CIO at the time, said, "By keeping the cloud inside your firewalls, you can focus your strongest intrusion-detection and -prevention sensors on your perimeter, thus gaining significant advantage over the most common attack vector -- the Internet."

Implementing Kanban in Practice
During our conversations with David J. Anderson, Kanban pioneer, at the Lean Kanban Conference in Chicago, we asked if there was any Kanban quick-start guide that might demystify things. David recommended we speak to Dr. Arne Roock of IT-Agile, author of the 30-page Kanban booklet "Stop Starting, Start Finishing". Dr. Roock is a speaker and chair of the "Scaling Kanban" track at the conference, and also works as an Agile consultant and trainer in Germany.

CTM - Clone To Modify Pattern
Immutability by its own is very simple and at the same time very powerful. It's simple because it simply means that an object content will not change. When we know that an object is immutable we have the guarantee that we can give such object to other methods without risking to have a different object at the end. If we don't have such guarantee and we need it, we usually are forced to give a copy of such object to the method so our private instance is not touched.

Addressing the Rotten-Apple-People Problem
Rotten apples – negative, destructive, self-absorbed, unethical employees – pollute organizations. Furthermore, foul leaders inevitably build stagnant, foul organizations. Worse yet, passive leaders – those who tolerate rotten apples – create rotten environments by default. Leaders who tolerate rotten apples are rotten themselves.

Quote for the day:

"The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is the knack of getting along with people." -- Theodore Roosevelt