October 11, 2013

Will cloud services be traded just like stocks and bonds one day?
There are a handful of other companies pursuing this idea too though. Generally, the process would work the same: Blocks of cloud computing resources - for example a month’s worth of virtual machines, or a year’s worth of cloud storage - would be packaged by service providers and sold on a market. In the exchange, investors and traders could buy up these blocks and resell them to end users, or other investors, potentially turning a profit if the value of the resource increases.

Cybersecurity is hot: Here are the biggest backers
There have been nearly 80 sales and IPOs in the past 12 months by cybersecurity startups with an average tenfold return on investment, CB Insights reported. In the same time frame there has been about $1.4 billion invested in 239 deals in the sector by venture firms. The biggest investors in the sector since January 2012 have been Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers and Andreessen Horowitz, with 13 deals each.

It’s Not Only About Testing!
Testing is only one of the tools we use (maybe the most powerful tool we possess) in order to gather the data. But as with any tool, you need to use it correctly in order to meet your purpose. If your projects change so should your test plans Fighting project change is like fighting the Sun and the winds, a total waste of time and efforts. In the best case you will seem like a grumpy tester, and in the worst case you will be the team buffoon that no one takes seriously anymore and who is constantly stating that they won’t be able to release the project on time…

What is Cloud Mirroring and Why Does It Matter?
The rationale behind cloud mirroring is similar to that of any redundant security measure – you lock your car doors when you leave your vehicle, which is probably sufficient to protect your car most of the time, but an electronic security system provides an additional layer of protection. Leaving your car in a secure parking garage is safer still. Cloud mirroring offers you the data storage equivalent of multiple layers of preventive measures, helping to guarantee that your data will be there when you need it.

Cold Data Storage: An Answer To The IT Budget Meltdown?
If archival data does not warrant a real-time response time, why not just turn off the storage disks when they are not in use? In fact, this is exactly the approach that has been adopted by Facebook and shared via the Open Compute Project under the new name, Cold Storage. By storing inactive data using disks that are turned off at least 50% of the time, and by accepting a 30 second spin-up delay for retrieval, three good things happen:

Governance over IT Service Management Processes using COBIT 5.0
IT Governance ensures business requirements are linked to IT Services. IT is being measured based on service performance, including performance measures for setting up new or changed services via projects. Services are being organized by defined and accepted processes, functions (organizations, people and technology- All those are leveraged resources or, in COBIT terms, enablers. Services, processes, organization, people and technology are being managed by a set of control objectives -usually structured as an “IT balanced scorecard”.

NoSQL Data Modeling Techniques
To explore data modeling techniques, we have to start with a more or less systematic view of NoSQL data models that preferably reveals trends and interconnections. The following figure depicts imaginary “evolution” of the major NoSQL system families, namely, Key-Value stores, BigTable-style databases, Document databases, Full Text Search Engines, and Graph databases

SQLstream Analyzes Data On the Flow
SQLstream founder and CEO Damian Black calls it big data stream processing. "We're there to feed and enhance your core data systems, and provide continuous analytics, continuous cleaning and validation, continuous alerting and alarming," he says. "We're turning the raw data into streams of data that you may then want to store in some of your other big data systems. Or you may just want to interpret now because you may not need to store all the information."

The Rise of Digital Cities
Vegara says the combination of these technologies and platforms will usher in new opportunities for cities. “Cloud based technologies, for example, can offer a huge advantage for municipalities. Since both cities and municipalities, in general, produce copious amounts of data every day, leveraging cloud technology will help them democratise access to information and intelligence. This will allow municipalities to leapfrog and have the same capacity and intelligence as most advanced cities have.”

Raise the Anticipation Quotient with Mobile BI
Mobile BI creates a powerful opportunity for information managers to raise the anticipation quotient of their organizations. Obviously, your organization’s leaders and managers need to be able to anticipate what the right decision is before it’s made. However, what’s often overlooked is anticipating a decision that will need to be made and being prepared to make it. For example, a colleague told me a story about playing a round of golf with a friend. Halfway through the round, the temperature dropped suddenly.

Quote for the day:

"A good plan today is better than a great plan tomorrow." -- General George S. Patton