July 17, 2014

Total internet failure: are you prepared?
“Because there has not been a significant failure of the internet to date, organisations never consider that as a possibility,” said Bonner. Yet organisations have at least one backup electricity supply even though the energy industry is heavily regulated and well managed, and reliable power supplies are usually supported by a contract. “But when it comes to the internet, which has no clear oversight or governance, organisations have no backup plan and nobody seems to be worrying about a major internet outage,” Bonner pointed out.

Without the cloud, Microsoft may lose grasp on the enterprise
"Microsoft recognizes that this is going to have a huge effect on its partners," he told Computerworld. "They need to show that their partners can make money and be successful with this. Microsoft's success is their partners' success and vice versa." "Cloud is essentially the new platform for Microsoft," said Mahowald. "I think it's more important than mobile, big data or social. What they had in Windows, they have to replicate [in the cloud] or they lose the franchise. If their old platform doesn't matter any more, then Microsoft has lost the software lock-in that is their crown jewel."

A New Dawn for System Design
Agile or rapid methods might be great for fast, iterative software development, but invite a designer into the exercise and you’ll learn how the design process allows for much more effective exploration and discovery. This isn’t the “design thinking” fad. This is “design doing” — technologists, business analysts, designers, researchers, executives and rank-and-file staffers defining possibilities together. They’re focused equally on the people that we need to perform, the technology we can deliver, and the business that must be served.

Should online accounts die when you die?
"This is something most people don't think of until they are faced with it. They have no idea what is about to be lost," said Karen Williams of Beaverton, Oregon, who sued Facebook for access to her 22-year-old son Loren's account after he died in a 2005 motorcycle accident. Facebook and other tech companies have been reluctant to hand over their customers' private data, and many people say they wouldn't want their families to have unfettered access to their life online. But when confronted with death, families say they need access to settle financial details or simply for sentimental reasons. What's more, certain online accounts can be worth real money, such as a popular cooking blog or a gaming avatar that has acquired certain status online.

The One Thing CIOs Want, More than Anything
Rather than consuming more and more IT resources on inefficient legacy server platform operation and management, virtualization provides automation that typically delivers increased application provisioning speed and improved infrastructure optimization results. However, while virtualization has offered a compelling way to consolidate expensive hardware and enhance utilization, the benefits can diminish over time. The first step is to optimize all the workloads that aren't already virtualized -- Linux workloads, for example. Once virtualization is ubiquitous in your datacenter, how can you achieve even greater financial savings and improve performance?

Java Update: Patch It or Pitch It
The trouble with Java is that it has a very broad install base, but many users don’t even know if they have it on their systems. There are a few of ways to find out if you have Java installed and what version may be running. Windows users can click Start, then Run, then type “cmd” without the quotes. At the command prompt, type “java -version” (again, no quotes). Users also can visit Java.com and click the “Do I have Java?” link on the homepage. Updates also should be available via the Java Control Panel or from Java.com. If you really need and use Java for specific Web sites or applications, take a few minutes to update this software.

Microsoft security critic Aorato in Redmond giant's buyout sights
The exploit is less of a problem for pure-Kerberos environments (but even there, said Be'ery, there's a potential problem, because the user's credentials stay alive for as many as ten hours, giving hacker plenty of time to get the hashes), but turning off NTLM authentication is impractical, as it would lock users out of many legacy services. "We've consulted with a lot of clients who raise the same idea as a solution, but after examining their deployment, we always come to the conclusion that it's impractical, if not impossible, without a major investment in upgrading everything."

Intel thinks your next PC should be thin, light and wire free
The company is developing chips and wireless technologies to meet those goals, with the first fruits of that development available starting this coming year-end holiday said, said CEO Brian Krzanich on an earnings call this week in which he discussed the company's vision of future PCs. About 600 million PCs worldwide are more than four years old and due for upgrades, so the development efforts come at a fortuitous time. Tablets thinner and lighter than the iPad that could be used as full PC replacements will be on store shelves by the end of this year, Krzanich said.

SCRUM explained
As mentioned before, SCRUM throws the problems at your face, giving you no solution for that. This is interesting because since paper-oriented processes hide these problems, specially when they were people related ones. Whenever SCRUM throws you these matters at your face, you have two options: either recognize and face them or blame the methodology you are following, ignoring what is really in front of you. This usually is related, as mentioned, to people issues. Maybe members of the Team do not get along, maybe you have a client who is too hard to deal with, maybe the ScrumMaster or the Product Owner are not adequate.

Why big data is crucial for innovation and competition
"There's a reason everything is compared to sliced bread," said Carl Frappaolo, innovation expert and director of Knowledge Management at FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation and research in the post. "It's the most successful innovation yet. The simple act of slicing bread for the convenience of customers led to huge and profitable changes in the baking industry." The thing is that we've collectively done much of the easier work to identify innovations like slicing bread. It's harder to see what might be improved upon now. That's where big data comes in--it enables you to see what and where to innovate

Quote for the day:

"Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves." -- E. Joseph Cossman