October 14, 2014

Compliance Costs Are Rising: Here’s What to Do
If you are still manually reconciling accounts, now may be the time to upgrade. Let account reconciliation tools, whether third-party software or those developed internally, automate and streamline the process. One way for companies to enhance their efforts to meet regulatory demands and curb compliance costs is to use an enterprise content management (ECM) system. Since retaining documents is a key factor in compliance, having a solid document management strategy is crucial.


Dropbox dismisses claims of hack affecting 7M accounts
According to Mityagin, the usernames and passwords posted were likely stolen from other services, but since the reuse of credentials for different online accounts is common among users, attackers tried to use them on different sites, including Dropbox. "We have measures in place to detect suspicious login activity and we automatically reset passwords when it happens," he said. In an update Tuesday to the blog post, Mityagin added that credentials on a new list that was leaked were checked and are not associated with Dropbox accounts.


7 free tools every network needs
Fortunately, many good tools, both commercial and open source, are available to shine much-needed light into your environment. Because good and free always beat good and costly, I've compiled a list of my favorite open source tools that prove their worth day in and day out in networks of any size. From network and server monitoring to trending, graphing, and even switch and router configuration backups, these utilities will see you through.


The Perfect Case Against Microsoft CEO's Remark that Women Shouldn't Ask for Raises
“It’s not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise. That might be one of the initial 'super powers,' that quite frankly, women (who) don’t ask for a raise have. It’s good karma. It will come back.” His quote was picked up by ReadWrite and quickly (and appropriately) spurred ire around the web.  Not surprisingly, he issued a swift apology, which deferred to Klawe: “Maria’s advice was the right advice. If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.”


SDN Will Affect SaaS Agility
"COTSification" will also be the enabler that moves the capability down-market rapidly. The implications for SaaS are multifold. Irrespective of whether the SaaS vendor is set up in the cloud or not, that vendor is handling a multi-tenant operation. It isn't on the scale of Google or AWS, but it is still complex and demanding. Moreover, competitive positioning will require a nimble approach to changes, such as peak-demand scaling, level-loading, and load-balancing, that occur during daily operation, as well as the comings and goings of resources on a longer cycle.


Powerful quantum computers move a step closer to reality
“For quantum computing to become a reality we need to operate the bits with very low error rates,” said Scientia Professor Andrew Dzurak. Error correction can only do so much, and without accurate hardware, getting millions of calculations slightly off soon adds up. “Even though methods to correct errors do exist, their effectiveness is only guaranteed if the errors occur less than 1% of the time,” Dzurak continued. “Our experiments are among the first in solid-state, and the first-ever in silicon, to fulfill this requirement.” The steady progress of quantum computing is a scientific marvel, and some of the problems the technology can be used to tackle, such as puzzling out how proteins fold, will bring positive outcomes.


How giant companies see the cloud
Boston Scientific also has adopted cloud services for collaboration, accounts payable, invoicing and supply chain. The company is moving faster with SaaS than with IaaS workloads. “SaaS allows us to quickly support our business globally,” Adduci says. “The ability to access a lightweight app, with a powerful back end, and spin it up in minutes, is really a tremendous asset when you’re moving in fast-paced markets.” The “maturity level” of IaaS puts that on the “near-term horizon,” Adduci says.


Mobile devices and the enterprise network
Puri doesn't believe you can manage mobile device usage across an enterprise network. "You can have policies but enforcing those policies can be challenging given the age and behavior of our workforce across the board," Puri states. "What I would also say if you can set in some IT level mechanisms to manage this new trend and get comfortable with it and put policies around it I think we'd all be in a much better place." When asked about Wi-Fi calling, a new iOS 8 feature, Puri sees it potentially clogging up the network. She offers, "The reality is you can't control it but you have to manage it and accept it as a business application."


Big Banks Still Say 'No' to Cloud
"Data is a competitive asset, why would I outsource that?" said Lee Fulmer, chief technology officer and global head of cash management at J.P. Morgan. "That's parking the legal ramifications." Third-party providers don't have the same custodianship mandate a bank does, he argued. "The market infrastructure doesn't have the integrity that allows me not to go to jail if my outsourcing provider does something wrong," he said. Paul Ventisei, head of software architecture at HSBC, takes a similar view. The very idea of the cloud is antithetical to banks' role as data custodians for their customers, he said.


Cloud Computing Is Forcing a Reconsideration of Intellectual Property
“Products are taking on a lot more functionality, like cars that have touch screens, streaming video, and Wi-Fi antennas,” said Russell E. Levine, a Chicago-based partner at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis who specializes in patent infringement and licensing. “Carmakers are used to thinking about the I.P. around brakes and exhaust systems. Now they need to think about who owns what technology in all kinds of products.” Mr. Levine works with a lot of smartphone companies. In that business, it’s not just that an app-rich, cloud-connected phone may be at one moment a chessboard, then an Internet browser.



Quote for the day:

"The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way." -- Henry Miller