November 23, 2013

Are CIOs an Endangered Species?
Forrester Research VP Sharyn Leaver and Dachis Group Chief Strategy Officer Dion Hinchcliffe recently took part in an online debate over whether the role of the CIO is still relevant today. (Leaver argued yes, Hinchcliffe no.) Ever wondered about the importance of the position in your company? Here are four of the major questions to consider, and the arguments on each side.

Impact of Cloud Computing – Part 2
As Cloud Computing‘s adoption increases, it starts changing the way Businesses, Governments work. Here are a few links (one small sample) of how Cloud impact industries and governments. As it spreads, it will change the business models, IT delivery models and even the way governments (local and global) work together. There will be a few outlier applications like Cloud as Brain which are now in their infancy but have lots of interesting future possibilities.

Design Considerations For Converged Networking On A Budget
For the VM traffic the decision is rather easy. We go for Switch Independent with Hyper-V Port mode. Look at Windows Server 2012 NIC Teaming (LBFO) Deployment and Management to read why. The exceptions mentioned there do not come into play here and we are getting great virtual machine density this way. With lesser density 2-4 teamed 1Gbps ports will also do. But what about the team we use for the other network traffic. Do we use Address hash or Hyper-V port mode. Or better put, do we use native teaming with tNICs as shown below where we can use DCB or Windows QoS?

IT: Don't let the CEO wonder what you do all day
Corporate executives may think enterprise IT systems are like home computers: You set them up and they keep running with little or no intervention as long as security updates and patches are set to automatically download. It's hard to argue with the logic that servers costing $50,000 or more should have at least the same capabilities as the $1,000 Macs or PCs sitting on their desks at home. ... Indeed, IT often goes unappreciated unless and until something fails to work as expected.

In Command, but Out Of Control
In this first part of the video series by Abhilash Nambiar, Lt. General Paul Van Riper talks about how his 40+ years in the marines shaped his views of how some of the most productive groups are self-organized. Self-organized groups in combat or in business are best able to solve what he calls complex, wicked problems. He describes how two self-organized teams he led, one in Vietnam and the other as Red Team Commander in the Millennium Challenge 2002, were able to come up with unique winning solutions.

Business leaders lacking confidence in IT
Looking at disruptive incidents, in relation to data protection, security, or availability, as well as the pain that occurs because of them — a majority of respondents said that budgets were the reason that their organizations failed to achieve success. However, 35 percent also noted workload or resource constraints, 33 percent claimed that a lack of planning and anticipation, and 32 percent said a lack of knowledge and skills led to their problems. At the same time, one in five pointed to a lack of trust in existing technology as a key limiter to success.

Why innovators make terrible firefighters
Business fire fighting makes for terrible innovation. ... A pressing problem needs to be solved immediately, and the existing operating system needs to be repaired and brought back on line as quickly as possible. In fire fighting, there's no time for research, or reflection, or idea generation. It's get the thing back on line as quickly as possible, with as little disruption as possible. It's perfectly fine to knock down some pre-conceived notions or limitations, just so we can return to status quo as quickly as possible. And don't worry, we'll clean up the debris later.

Tech Industry Leaders Dissect Botched Launch
Bourgeois and other panelists advised federal IT leaders to adopt a more iterative development model for future technology projects, as has become commonplace in industry. John Landwehr, vice president of digital government solutions at Adobe, recalled a time when the software vendor worked on a long-term release schedule, like a complete overhaul of Photoshop that could take a year-and-a-half of development or longer.

Narrative Science Applies AI to Suspicious Activity Reports
The first analyzes data and finds facts, such as Company A beat expectations or Company B's long-term debt is larger than any other company in its sector. "Those facts are not enough and they're too much," Hammond says. "You don't want to know everything about everything." The second piece is a module that evaluates the importance and interestingness of the facts. Importance is defined by the domain of interest — if you're looking at the stock market, a company going bankrupt is important. "Interestingness" depends more on the user.

The 4 Key Pillars of Hadoop Performance and Scalability
Open-source Hadoop has emerged as the go-to software solution in tackling Big Data. For organizations looking to adopt a Hadoop distribution, Robert D. Schneider---the author of Hadoop for Dummies---has just released an eBook entitled the Hadoop Buyer’s Guide. In the guide, sponsored by Ubuntu, the author explains the main capabilities that allow the Hadoop platform to perform and scale so well. What follows is a brief overview of these four key pillars of Hadoop performance and scalability.

Quote for the day:

"People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" -- Maya Angelou