July 12, 2014

Virtual Panel: Real-world JavaScript MVC Frameworks
The Web Platform has gone a long way since HTML5 was first made popular and people started looking into JavaScript as a language that could do build complex apps. Many APIs have emerged and there is an abundance of content out there about how the browser can leverage all this. This specific article series will go a step further and focus on how these powerful technologies can be leveraged in practise, not to building cool demos and prototypes, but how real practitioners use them in the trenches. ...We'll also talk about technologies (like AngularJS) that go a step further, and define the future of how the standards and web development will evolve.

A new kind of network.
The challenge of building a network that allows us to connect based on who we “are” rather than other, more traditional, social constructs is that personal identity is much more complicated than concepts like “your friends” or “who you worked with”. Personal identity is hard enough for us to come to terms with ourselves, much less design a service around. However, there does seem to be potential here. It just doesn’t make sense that we should construct our social networks in the future based on physical categories like “where you happened to be born”, or “where you went to school”, or “where you worked’, when we are connected through digital means to every person on the planet.

The Efficiency CIO vs the Agility CIO
First with my EA hat on. For those who have talked to me about Enterprise Architecture you may have heard me espouse the view that it is frequently focused on efficiency. EA is a great tool for mapping out current state and understanding change. Two of the key outcomes of EA are highlighting gaps in change, infrastructure, applications and the organization as well as highlighting duplication. Duplication obviously yields opportunities for rationalisation and efficiency with what is typically an easy business case to assemble. As an EA it can be easy to become focused on making investments in IT highly efficient, keeping a simpler applications architecture and making the right large investments in IT.

Data Security And What Keeps CISOs Up At Night
Security personnel are increasingly having to think about the location of their data in a world where data is becoming ever-more distributed. That and the concerns that organizations have about governmental and private surveillance are yet another burden these overworked folks need to shoulder. Data security looks fundamentally different to how it looked in the past. There truly are no hard parameters for data: it exists within organizational premises, in the cloud, on all manner of social media, on mobile devices of every flavor and, increasingly as we move towards the Internet of Things, on distributed sensors. A recent survey aims to expose the biggest issues that data security staff have to face.

Big Data: No Hoarding Allowed
"We would highly discourage storing it in a fashion that's sort of the definition of big data -- where you have it in some SSD environment on Amazon, or on a rack of servers that are costing you a fortune -- because you're not getting value out of it," he said. "You're not asking questions because it's just too big." Still, companies often become data hoarders. "They're living in the hoarder's environment," said Atkinson. "They're taking in all the data and putting it into a repository." One alternative: Rather than saving every bit, companies should determine the questions they want to ask of their data, and then store the indexes they really need, a move that "will take your data down by many factors," he claimed.

Cloud computing: Sky is the limit for IT firms
"We see flavours of cloud computing in most of our large outsourcing contracts," said Anand Sankaran, president and global head of infrastructure and cloud computing at Dell. "Though the cloud component in large contracts could be only 20-25 per cent of the total order, it has 80 per cent of the weight in the final decision." Sankaran added if any Indian infotech services provider was not making serious investments into creating capabilities around cloud computing, it was making a big mistake.

Dataguise Offers Data Governance Solution For RDBMS And Apache Hadoop
Dataguise for Data Governance enables organizations to easily declare policies, discover sensitive data, view and track entitlements, and audit access to sensitive data – automated across transactional databases, data warehouses, file shares, Apache Hadoop, and other Big Data sources. Initial supported platforms include Oracle, IBM DB2, SQL Server, Teradata, Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and Pivotal HD. Dataguise for Data Governance is fully compatible with DgSecure, Dataguise’s flagship platform for data privacy, protection and security for sensitive data across the enterprise.

The true impact of Heartbleed on the enterprise
As the Heartbleed OpenSSL incident became more widely known, the digital certificate-issuing authorities around the world also found themselves challenged to support the massive and sudden demand that literally appeared overnight at their collective doorstep. Although not a lot has been written about what is essentially a supply chain issue having to do with equipping the relevant parties with enough new digital certificates in time, industry experts agree that this delay points to broader fundamental issues that are worthy of being addressed in the near future from a supply chain and infrastructure viewpoint.

IT pros shouldn't expect a real vacation
Digital transformation efforts are ramping up from start-up mode to active enterprise deployment, according to a new survey from McKinsey & Company. In a report entitled "The Digital Tipping Point," the research firm notes that a majority of CIOs, CEOs and CMOs are now involved in digital projects. "And a significant number of executives feel that digital will play a prime role in driving organizational growth for the next several years," says an article at CIO Insight. Despite the increased activity, however, there remain a number of obstacles to successful digital transformation at many organizations.

How cloud computing can strengthen IT's control
Ironically, as organizations use more and more cloud resources, IT has a new way to reassert itself, even if users continue to get their own services. That way is the service catalog, a collection of public cloud and local services stored in a huge registry, much like in the days of SOA. These services are tracked in terms of who can use them and how they use them, and the service catalogs become the single jumping-off point for building and deploying applications that use public cloud services, as well as traditional systems. IT can bring order to chaos, while still providing the benefits of flexibility and immediacy that got users to go to the cloud in the first place.

Quote for the day:

"You can't talk yourself out of problems that you behave yourself into" -- Steven Covey