September 26, 2014

The modern workforce: an evolving culture of work
We are seeing a rapid move toward more mobile workers, changing patterns of work and communications, and changing work-life balance. Those changes are creating the 3D workforce, which is distributed, discontinuous, and decentralized. Technology decision-makers and business leaders are adapting to this changing culture of work.

Web caching: Facebook’s Problem of a Thousand Servers
Mcrouter is a piece of middleware that sits between a client and a cache server, communicating on the cache’s behalf, Nishtala explained. It has a long list of functions, three of the most important ones being cache connection pooling, splitting of workloads into “pools” and automatic failover. Pooling cache connections helps maintain site performance. If every client connected directly to a cache server on its own, the cache server would get easily overloaded. Mcrouter runs as a proxy that allows clients to share connections, preventing such overloads.

The Role of Technology in Managing Anti-Bribery, Corruption & Fraud
The distributed and dynamic nature of business makes anti-bribery, corruption, and fraud compliance a challenge. Compliance in the context of a complex and dynamic business environment is particularly challenging as organizations face broadening anti-bribery and corruption laws and regulations. Ultimately, the best offense is a good defense. Regardless of the models, technologies and strategies enabled to help, organizations must be prepared to show they have a strong compliance program in place to mitigate or risk exposure to investigations, penalties and possible prosecution.

Three Questions with the CEO of D-Wave
Computers capable of exploiting quantum physics for computation on a large scale promise to solve in mere seconds problems that would take conventional machines millions of years. But whether D-Wave’s machine uses quantum tricks to process data more efficiently is still an open question. Nonetheless, the company has attracted significant investment funding, and it has struck deals to supply its hardware to companies including Google and Lockheed Martin for research

White House blames IT systems for immigration data problems
"Their IT systems are ridiculous," said Donnelly. "I think there is a disconnect between the people who do the IT systems and everyone else," he said. Criticism about U.S. immigration data, its quality and availability, was a continuing refrain at a National Academies conference this week on high-skilled immigration. Politics and incompetence were blamed for the problem. Immigration data often includes mistakes and is being typed in by people "whose highest priority is not the accuracy of the data," said Madeleine Sumption, director of international research at the Migration Policy Institute, who spoke at the conference.

In pursuit of universal IoT standards
Dozens of consortiums, commercial alliances, and standards groups have been formed in the past few years to address that question. All of them profess essentially the same goal: to speed the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its subset, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) systems, by creating common standards for, as standards group AllSeen Alliance outlines, “interoperable products that can discover, connect, and interact directly with other nearby devices, systems, and services regardless of transport layer, device type, platform, operating system, or brand.”

4 Outsourcing Mistakes Companies Still Make
There's still no script for the Great American IT outsourcing project. But today's most common outsourcing pitfalls have less to do with technology and everything to do with relationships and communication. Or lack thereof. "Both companies have to rise to the occasion to make it work," says Romi Mahajan, president of marketing consulting firm, the KKM Group, which outsources some of its IT operations. Nevertheless, communication breakdowns and finger pointing frequently derail even the best-laid outsourcing plans. Here are four missteps to avoid.

IT Leaders Aren't All Coming From Tech
"Our theory is that within leadership roles, folks have to understand the entire business so they can better serve customers -- both external and the internal customers, users, that IT supports," Van Noort says. "Our external clients are facing skills shortages not with technology and certifications, but with business skills and seeing the larger business strategy," she says. "Instead of focusing so much on speeds, feeds, technical specifications, what we advise our clients is to treat their internal users as customers. We want them to ask, 'What does success look like? What does successful business usage look like?' and that takes a cross-functional, multifaceted approach," Van Noort says.

SDN warning: Firms will be affected by skill shortage and increasing complexity
The chase to plug this skills gap is causing conflicts between departments, the NetEvents conference where Oakley was speaking heard yesterday. He said: “There are challenges in terms of skills - what we are seeing is a diversification in skills required for people to be able to both understand complexity of data plane environment but also understand the control plane and the higher orders.” But Citrix’s group vice president and general manager, John Bukowsky, said this will be solved by increasingly easier-to-use cloud services.

Apple to release fix for Bash bug
"With OS X, systems are safe by default and not exposed to remote exploits of bash unless users configure advanced Unix services,” Apple said, adding that it is working on a software update. However, Apple has not indicated which “advanced Unix services” could make Mac OS X users vulnerable to attack. The biggest threat is to the enterprise because many web servers are run using the Apache system, software which includes the Bash component. But, while most of the main Linux distributions have rushed to release updates, security experts have raised concerns about Unix-based embedded systems in internet of things (IoT) devices.

Quote for the day:

"Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." -- Vincent van Gogh