June 17, 2013

Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems
The intent of this common framework is to improve information security, strengthen risk management processes, and encourage reciprocity among federal agencies. This publication, developed by the Joint Task Force Transformation Initiative Working Group, transforms the traditional Certification and Accreditation (C&A) process into the six-step Risk Management Framework (RMF).


Redefining Hot and Cold Data
Data warehouses that could accomplish the feat of defining and managing data aging policies then had to script, code, automate, schedule, verify and monitor that the entire process was working correctly in production. Most of the time, data architects would take a simplified approach of identifying data classes (or use fewer storage tiers) to make this process achievable.


Meet Google's 'Project Loon': Balloon-powered Net access
In addition to providing access to the two out of every three people on earth ... another goal of the Google[x] team behind Project Loon is to help with maintaining communications following natural disasters. The solar-powered, remote-controlled balloons would navigate stratospheric winds 20 kilometers above the surface of the earth, well above the altitude where most planes travel. Similar to the way satellite internet works, the balloons would communicate with special antennas and receiver stations on the ground.



Why Strategies Fail
After all, a lot of smart, educated, motivated people try hard to make them succeed. In this 30-minute speech, delivered at a conference (sponsored by The IE Group) of Chief Strategy Officers in New York City on December 9, 2011, you will learn some surprising, thought-provoking answers. The speaker is Mark Chussil, Founder and CEO of Advanced Competitive Strategies, Inc.


Don’t Just Cut “IT” Costs, Optimise…….
Round two of IT cost optimization is a story of big changes, strategic shifts, improved IT management practices, rightsizing IT service levels, “doing less with less,” better IT demand management and taking advantage of what new IT services the marketplace has to offer. Gartner sees four areas of opportunity for cost optimisation, ranked by level of difficulty as well as their potential to deliver valu


Federal Cloud Computing Strategy
Cloud computing offers the government an opportunity to be more efficient, agile, and innovative through more effective use of IT investments, and by applying innovations developed in the private sector If an agency wants to launch a new innovative program, it can quickly do so by leveraging cloud infrastructure without having to acquire significant hardware, lowering both time and cost barriers to deployment


IT Heads have been given a mandate of influencing the non-IT functions and business groups
The clear road map for future CIOs is to be the change and bring about change within their organisations. The new arena of technology includes data deluge, big data, agility, security, cloud etc., which are providing the necessary impetus to the IT leaders in making a transformation and driving innovation.


How to prevent code rot
A system that needs periodic attention indicates poorly designed automation, ... if the systems are neglected for too long, they fall apart. In software development, we call that code rot. When nobody pays attention to a section of working code, it suddenly doesn’t work any more. ... This happens so frequently that it almost doesn’t surprise us any more. The code didn’t change itself (at least, most code can’t do that), so how did this happen?

Has the CIO lost Big Data?
Should CIOs cede the Big Data battle and let CMOs take charge of these types of initiatives? After all, there is an abundance of recent precedents for Marketing taking over technically oriented initiatives, from the early days of the web, to marketing automation, to social media. While it may be tempting to let Big Data slip from IT’s fingertips, Big Data will be a cornerstone of future enterprise technology, and is an area where the CIO can add demonstrable value.


There is a Cowboy in my Domain! - Implementing Domain Driven Design Review and Interview
Many more people want to do Domain Driven Design (DDD) than understand how to use it. Vernon tackles this issue by guiding his readers through DDD’s principles, illustrating the importance and correct execution for each one. By providing a myriad of teaching techniques such as code samples, rules of thumb, a case study that progresses throughout the book, and ‘good ole cowboy logic’, IDDD reaches a level of accessibility that enables even the uninitiated to achieve an excellent understanding of DDD.



Quote for the day:

"Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you." -- Denis Waitley