October 27, 2014

A CFO's View of Consumer Data
There is a difference between customer data, and customer data that is reliable and useful. Once we have the data, the challenge is knowing what to do with it. How can we integrate customer data into our traditional systems? How do we assemble it in a way that allows us to improve client media plans? We have people who can turn data into insights and strategies, but we need to give those strategists meaningful data. The challenge is in hiring the data scientists who can organize the data.

Large Russian bank, turns to big data analysis to provide real-time financial insights
From the technical perspective and from the cost-efficient perspective, there was a big difference in the business case. Our bank is not a classical bank in the Russian market, because in our bank the technology team leads the innovation, and the technology team is actually the influence-maker inside the business.  So, the business was with us when we proposed the new data warehouse. We proposed to build the new solution to collect all data from the whole of Russia and to organize via a so-called continuous load. This means that within the day, we can show all the data, what’s going on with the business operations, from all line of business inside all of Russia. It sounds great.

3 risk factors and strategies when managing data center migrations
One of the largest risks is damage to the physical hardware during shipment; damage during shipment can render backups useless. Another challenge is the physical distance between data centers may not permit this option and have services available within an acceptable period. The second strategy is to perform data migration over a leased circuit. With a leased circuit comes two sub-swing hardware options. One option is to perform a physical to physical (P2P) migration. A P2P migration involves acquiring like hardware that both the application and hardware can be migrated to while keeping downtime to a minimum.

The 15 Dos and Don’ts of App Development
You might already have a mobile or web application or you might be starting from scratch. Either way, once in the mobile and web application game you are constantly in a battle for improvement. Your business, no matter the industry or if it’s B2C or B2B, will benefit from a functionality-rich performance application. It might be gained revenue, increased productivity or improved brand loyalty. Whether you are part of the development team or responsible for the end-user experience, these 15 do’s and don’ts will help you when developing or improving your mobile application.

The Big Data Capacity Crisis
The fact remains though, that the growth in worldwide volume of data is increasingly outpacing the manufacture of physical storage space – after all it is a lot easier to generate digital data than to build devices like hard disks, optical devices and solid-state storage. Intel’s Jim Held told a conference on the matter, way back in 2010: “Walmart adds a billion rows per minute to it’s database, Youtube contains as much data as all the commercial networks broadcast in a year, and the Large Hadron Collider can generate terabytes of data per second.”

Bugs lead banks to approve fake EMV transactions
The really odd thing about this attack is that the cards that were used in the transactions were not EMV cards; the banks involved ("at least three U.S. financial institutions" according to Krebs) hadn't even begun issuing EMV cards. The transactions were submitted through Visa and MasterCard as EMV transactions without a PIN, and yet they were honored. The experts with whom Krebs spoke suspect that the thieves had control of a payment terminal and were able to manipulate fields in the transactions.

The internet of things is becoming the next cloud battleground
As it stands, the internet of things, like the web and mobile economies from which it grew, runs largely on Amazon Web Services. But there’s no guarantee the status quo will remain in place. As part of its broader home-automation plans, for example, Google is already buying up large AWS users such as Nest and Dropcam. Dropcam Co-founder and CEO Greg Duffy told me last year that his company runs “the largest inbound streaming service on the entire internet” — bigger than even YouTube. Assuming they eventually move onto Google’s infrastructure, AWS will lose both revenue and some banner use cases.

Air Traffic Control for Drones
If a drone strayed out of its approved area, for example, the system might automatically send a command that made it return to its assigned area, or land immediately. The commands could vary depending on the situation—such as how close the drone is to a populated area—or the size and weight of the aircraft, says Downey. Ultimately, NASA wants its system to do things like automatically steer drones out of the way of a crewed helicopter that unexpectedly passes through.

A guide to rapid IT Service Management as a foundation for overall business agility
It was a lesson learned by IT organizations. Today, saying that it will take a year to upgrade, or it will take six months to upgrade, really gets a response. Why should it? There's been a change in the way it’s approached with most of the customers we go on-site to now. Customers say we want to use out of box, it used to be, we want to use out of box, and sometimes it still happens that they say, and here’s all the things we want that are not out of box.  But they've gotten much better at saying they want to start from out of box, leverage that, and then fill in the gaps, so that they can deploy more quickly.

Why Some Web APIs Are Not RESTful
It’s obvious that today many web APIs are not RESTful. Nothing stops the respective companies to build such APIs, and they have been quite successful at doing so. What we do not understand is why they insist on calling them RESTful? They could coin another term. Web API could be enough. It also remains to be seen who will win in the end, if there will be a winner or rather a peaceful coexistence between the two: REST or wannabe RESTful web APIs? In a discussion with InfoQ, Tilkov expressed his confidence that REST “has more than just theoretical advantages, and in the past couple of decades, the web approach always won in the end.”

Quote for the day:

"The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them." -- Carlos Ghosn