March 06, 2014

IBM 'as a service' cloud pieces fall into place
IBM in recent days has bought its way to a near complete cloud computing stack. After a bit of integration work, IBM's cloud plans will become clear as it battles everyone from Oracle to HP to Amazon Web Services in a race to offset slowing hardware sales. Add it up and you could say all of IBM's as a services (aaSes) are coming together. ... That take may be a bit gushy, but IBM clearly has more cloud parts in place than it had just a few quarters ago. Here's a look at IBM's relatively new stack and where Watson is likely to f it into the mix.

New CTO previews VMware hybrid cloud strategy beyond DRaaS
The real issue with DR is that when you get into the SMB [small and medium-sized businesses] sector, most medium-sized enterprises don't have a budget for disaster recovery. They have a budget for backup, but not necessarily for DR as well. Where I see that whole DR as a Service market moving eventually is where providers will offer Backup as a Service but provide disaster recovery as a feature. Just about every organization understands that they need backup and that they need to recover files, so that's fine, just make it a feature of a Backup as a Service.

Google Cloud Performance Stability: A Closer Look
The claim that Google provides more consistent performance will have to be tested by each enterprise that moves applications and data to its cloud. I would recommend that they create a series of tests, using different loading profiles, such as simulating end-of-year processing using increasing loads on compute and storage, and then sustained loads for several days. This type of testing will tell you a lot. As most of us who have migrated applications to the cloud know, the characteristics and profile of each application are more of a determination of performance than the platform.

FACE Software Effort Builds Momentum
“We’re really trying to break that pattern by standardizing software and putting the business incentives in place to really change the way the government procures software and the way the vendors provide it.” More than ever, software drives the cost of avionics functionality, Howington says. The FACE initiative is addressing the cost and schedule-drivers behind avionics software development and deployment. “Done right, [FACE] will directly impact the conversation on how to meet military avionics needs in the current fiscal environment,” he says.

7 historical decisions that continue to pain programmers
Software developers make decisions all day long about how to best implement functionality, fix bugs, improve application performance, etc. But they also live with the consequences of decisions made by others in the past in the design of the languages, systems and tools they use to do their jobs. Some of those choices, which may have made sense or seemed inconsequential at the time, have turned out to have unintended, long lasting and painful effects on those who write code every day. Here are 7 choices made in the development of languages or operating systems that continue to give developers headaches to this day.

Red Hat polishes business process management suite
JBoss BRMS provides a platform for defining business rules so computers can make decisions based on these roles. For instance, an automobile insurance company may have a set of rules for guiding how much to charge customers, based on their age and type of vehicle. BRMS, and other business rules management software, minimizes the need to encode business rules directly into an application, which can be cumbersome to update should the rules change over time.

MongoDB chief: Why the clock's ticking for relational databases
"The first rule of a relational database is that every row in a table has to have the same set of columns as every other row, which we didn't think reflected reality," he said. "Relational databases in general — certainly all the leading products from the big vendors — don't have the capability built into the product to take a query and decide where the data is, execute the query there, bring it back and, if the data is in multiple places, aggregate it. "If the data on one of the servers is more than it can handle, move some of that data to another server that's less heavily loaded. The leading vendors still have to build those capabilities."

What do SaaS implementations mean for IT?
Indeed, organizations that adopt SaaS software are largely at the mercy of the provider when it comes to the availability of the application, Harzog said. Traditional monitoring tools are of little help with SaaS apps, since they require an agent on the application server. " is not going to let you do that," he said, referring to the popular hosted customer relationship management suite. Meanwhile, application performance monitoring tools tend to monitor code, which is also a non-starter for SaaS-delivered apps.

Do You See Prison Bars or the Stars?
One way to remove organizational cultural barriers is to acknowledge a problem within organizations. Many companies suffer from an imbalance of how much emphasis to place on being smart versus than being healthy. Most organizations over-emphasize trying to be smart by hiring MBAs and management consultants with a quest to achieve a run-it-by-the-numbers management style. These organizations miss the relevance of how important is to also be healthy – assuring that employee morale is high and employee turnover is low.

Top Challenges and Roadblocks for CIOs in 2014
CIOs are today faced with lots of challenges and in this new era, the successful CIOs are those who can innovate with technology and bring a difference to the business of the organisation. Going forward, CIO can expect to face numerous roadblocks in achieving success and we at CIO&Leader thought of asking some of the CIOs what are the roadblocks do they expect in this calender year. According to Tridib Bordoloi, CIO, PTI, “We stay in a connected world where information is power and the access to information is phenomenal. In the emerging economic scenario business priorities are changing rapidly.

Quote for the day:

“Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.” -- Albert Einstein