June 07, 2013

Cross-cutting concerns may be the next big step for IT
Cross-cuts go beyond standardization. Look at how data centers now use system virtualization, point-in-time storage snapshots and software version control systems. In the last ten years, they've massively overflowed their original banks and come to underpin broad swaths of how apps and services are developed, delivered, deployed and managed. And that's been a very good and helpful thing.


PWC finds IT & Business as Complementary Factors
Notwithstanding the unprecedented changes, the need to navigate through pitfalls and disruptions, businesses are striving to achieve the core objectives of fostering growth, meeting disparate consumer needs, reaching out to markets, compete and succeed. In such times, speeding up the adoption of key technologies like social networks, mobile computing, analytics, cloud computing (SMAC) and other emerging technologies will transform businesses and accelerate wealth creation, especially in the emerging markets economies


Managing and Retaining Data: Top Priority for CPAs
Data is growing at an estimated 50% per year and companies generally have access to that information on a real-time basis through the web and social network traffic, emails, voice mails, videos and data generated by software and sensors used in industrial processes. Advances in computer processing and information technology have made it possible for companies to take a large amount of data, quantify it, analyze it and use it for a variety of purposes.


VMware HA and DRS Capacity Planning
Although DRS and HA are completely independent processes, they can complement each other to create a robust, automated recovery mechanism for the virtualization platform. This paper is intended for VMware and Kingston partners, resellers, and customers who want to implement VI3 in production scenarios and want to proactively plan for physical memory requirements.


US gov defends NSA surveillance, slams 'reprehensible' journalists
Under FISA, Clapper says that Section 702 -- which is designed to gather data on non-U.S. persons residing outside of the United States -- was "recently reauthorized by Congress after extensive hearings and debate." The defence chief says that the order "cannot be used to intentionally target any U.S. citizen, any other U.S. person, or anyone located within the United States."


What Is Insight? Is It Visual?
Analytic logic: did you run through a series of possible matching words until you found the right association? For example, saying: “Does ‘cake’ work? No. Does ‘cone’ work? No. Does ‘tree’ work? No. Does ‘apple’ work? Yes.” Unconscious Insight: did you have a moment of pure insight, where your brain leapt to the right answer? You somehow just knew it, with no conscious thought process?


IT Departments Won't Exist in 5 Years
"Interns coming in for the summer are asked if they're familiar with Google Apps. They say, 'Of course we are,'" said Nathan McBride, vice president of IT & chief cloud architect at AMAG Pharmaceuticals. "Then we have other employees coming in who worked for other companies who say, 'I need Outlook.' We have to say we don't use that anymore."


The age of the 'recycled CEO'
Recycled CEOs don't always work out -- the late Kenneth Lay being a major case in point. He was brought back to revive Enron after a brief stint under Jeffrey Skilling's leadership. That ended badly. A different, but embarrassing, scenario beset Xerox (XRX), when nine-year veteran CEO Paul Allaire was called back by the board in 2000 for a stint.


Providers struggle to turn a profit with current cloud pricing model
Aspiring cloud providers should identify a specific market to sell to before launching a cloud business, Nolle said. "Going out and launching IaaS with no idea of who [the providers] plan on selling to, and no idea what the value proposition will be for the purchase of their [services] is not doing it right," he said.


Creating Resilient Software with Akka
Let’s face it: failure does happen. No matter how hard you try, there is always one more case which you did not foresee and which your testing did not reveal. The question is thus not “how can I avoid failure”, it is “how do I deal with it”. Resilience is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as: the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity; and the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, toughness


Quote for the day:

"Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing." -- Harriet Braiker