December 02, 2014

Fog Computing Aims to Reduce Processing Burden of Cloud Systems
"We clearly see data and content being created at the edge of the network via the Digital Universe (i.e. if it can create information, it will—be it a human, a car, a house, a factory... sensors)," Turner said in an email to eWEEK. "Quite a lot of this content won’t be sent over the network to be processed by the 'enterprise-based' cloud infrastructure. Rather, you will need cloud computing-like processing at the edge," he said. "In summary–this is a big deal," said Turner. Cisco estimates that there currently are 25 billion connected devices worldwide, a number that could jump to 50 billion by 2020. And these smart devices are generating a lot of data, according to the company.

Stephen Hawking's Communications Interface Gets Its First Overhaul In 20 Years
Three years ago, Hawking reached out to Intel for help. At that point, his typing speed had dropped to one word per minute, making it more difficult to communicate than ever. "He wanted to be more independent and in control of his system," explains Dr. Horst Haussecker, a senior principal engineer and director of Intel's Computational Imaging Lab. "When we came in, we said, 'We’d like to treat you like a scientific experiment.' Of course being a scientist, he really liked that idea." Today, Hawking and Intel unveiled the new interface, dubbed ACAT (Assistive Context Aware Toolkit).

InformationWeek Chiefs Of The Year: Where Are They Now?
We asked this year's Chief of the Year -- Bessant, who led a number of Bank Of America business units before getting tapped to head IT and operations -- whether she aspires to become CEO of BoA. No, she replied, saying the 24/7, all-consuming demands of that position aren't for her, even though she's a hard-charger herself. What follows is a "where-are-they-now?" look at the career paths of past InformationWeek Chiefs of the Year. We've selected Chiefs of the Year since 1986, sometimes with multiple selections in a single year, as we did in 2001 and 2013. Here are just 10 of those leaders.

BYOD Brings Corporate Contradictions
Educating and training employees about BYOD policies is tricky business. Policies tend to be like every other IT policy, which is to say, excruciatingly difficult to comprehend. Most people scroll to the bottom of an IT policy, check the agreement box and click "OK" -- all without reading a single word. "I don't think the users understand anything, because you have to read and learn," says another Wisegate member. "Generally speaking, our society no longer does that very well."

Too many IT workers not willing to up-skill, says CIO
"A lot of [the employees] have technology skills that I don't need, and I need new ones. You have to look at which of the workforce is just generally interested in technology and open-minded so that you can send them to training courses and conferences and they will put the time in to learn new skills," he explained. "You need to ask which ones of your staff are going to pick up skills in testing, development, cloud and big data, and which ones are going to say they have expertise in using Windows Server and don't want to learn anything new. "You have a level of attrition in your workforce because of those who are not willing to be an expert," he said.

Hortonworks accelerates the big data mashup between Hadoop and HP Haven
Via YARN, applications or integration points, whether they're for batch oriented applications, interactive integration, or real-time like streaming or Spark, are access mechanisms. Then, those payloads or applications, when they leverage Hadoop, will go through these various batch interactive, real-time integration points. They don't need to worry about where the data resides within Hadoop. They'll get the data via their batch real-time interactive access point, based on what they need. YARN will take advantage of moving that data in and out of those applications.

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence
And as the song goes, “The times they are a’changin’.” Managers used to be encouraged to hire employees based on intelligence (IQ) and expertise in their fields. Yet today’s experts say that you shouldn’t only hire the smartest people anymore. Rather you should look to hire employees who show good emotional intelligence (EQ), with good self-awareness, self-management, and the ability to maintain good relationships. It’s very disruptive to your company to have an employee who has little emotional intelligence. Whether employees are emotionally intelligent or not can make all the difference.

Uptime Institute to Evaluate All CenturyLink Data Centers for Operations Certification
The audit takes into consideration everything from the processes for servicing equipment and investment in training to effectiveness of its communications to staff and subcontractors. “Each individual site has its own process, each site gets audited,” said Matt Stansberry, Uptime’s director of content and publications. “It’s all about operational excellence,” said Drew Leonard, vice president of colocation services at CenturyLink.”We’ve stood on that for a very long time as an operator. We’ve established a history of uptime that is born out of the way we operate, train – on the methods and practices and procedures.”

10 Hottest IT Skills for 2015
The pace of job growth in IT may be slowing down, but it’s still moving at a strong clip. ... Moreover, the kinds of technical skills in high demand are those needed for enterprises in expansion mode, suggesting that organizations are continuing to invest in their IT infrastructures. “There are large initiatives [underway], and you have to have the people to get those done,” says Jason Hayman, market research manager at TEKsystems, an IT staffing and consulting firm. Here’s a look at the 10 IT skills that the 194 IT executives who responded to our survey said will be most in demand heading into 2015.

José Valim on the Elixir Language, Concurrency, Iteration
It’s a functional language, if you are going very basic in terms of code, it’s a functional language, you package your code inside modules, but I don’t really like a lot the functional language description; in my talk that I am giving here at GOTO I say Elixir is a functional programming language, but more than a functional programming language, it’s a concurrent programming language, more than being concurrent is being distributed, and that’s one of the parts I like to focus on because when you come to Elixir you need to start to think how you design in terms of those processes, so I think that's the big difference, even with other functional programming languages.

Quote for the day:

"The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it." -- Chinese saying