December 17, 2014

Developers Hold the Keys to Unlocking the Cloud
Since programmers coming out of college have been using cloud computing, they have a natural transition to coding in the cloud when they are hired by an enterprise or start their own company. Advanced software tools available to any developer provide an interface that is consistent and easy to use. Since everyone is working on the same platform, it is easy to get help by speaking to a developer in the next cubicle or with a text message to an associate.  By using advanced software tools on cloud platforms, developers can get access to the latest security technology. They can focus on writing code to do what they want to do and then they can figuratively bolt on the security features at the end.

The Theory of Data Trust Relativity
The first take-away is that data governance is having an affect on data use by establishing data quality reports to guide data trust. However, there is a noticeable divide for big data analytics and the data scientist who rely on tribal input and not evidence. If we take data quality's impact on the results and risk of using dirty data for decision making off the table for a minute (stay with me now!) how does this affect data trust? Our survey brought in a small number of executive level business professionals. The number is too low to be quantitative, but it does give directional insight.

Top five books for IT professionals in 2014
Information security, IT governance and IT service management are the dominating topics for our audience in 2014. Brought to the market by our publishing imprint, IT Governance Publishing, the following five books were the best sellers in 2014 across all of the regions we currently serve. We are happy to share this success with you, our blog followers. If you are looking for a useful (and pleasant) read during the festive period, why not take advantage of the following?

Sony’s smart glass uses regular glasses, aims for sports and work
The unit clips round the back of the user’s head, attaching to each of the glasses’ temples. Sony is working on a software development kit (SDK) so people can make hands-free information apps for the thing – the Japanese firm reckons it will be ideal for sports and factory work, and could even be paired with a high-quality action camera to make it easier to check the angle of view. Although the pictures of the device that Sony released on Wednesday suggest otherwise, the module doesn’t have its own camera. Indeed, a Sony spokesman told me that the images are of a prototype and do not represent the finished product.

Cloud Adoption Driven by Reliability, Business Continuity
Patterson noted cloud adoption is moving from the early adopters and development oriented organizations to the more traditional, legacy workloads. "We look forward to more applications being written for the cloud, but the economics and overall convenience of cloud will bring in more and more line of business applications as well," he said. "Our survey shows that security is still one of the biggest concerns when looking at cloud or colocation, but the last few years have proved that cloud is just as secure as a private data center, and in many cases, more so." The study found security continues to be a key priority when enterprise organizations look at migrating IT workloads to either an IaaS model (61 percent) or when considering colocation services (58 percent).

KPMG: Data Security Still Top Cloud Concern
"While the challenge posed by cloud related data loss and privacy threats are less pronounced in the minds of global industry leaders, they are still taking the issue seriously," said Rick Wright, principal and global cloud enable leader at KPMG, in a prepared statement. "The clear trend in the data that we have collected shows that, even in the face of significant media attention paid to recent data breaches, global leaders are still willing to embrace the transformative potential of the cloud." Security may be a concern, but there are other factors that are driving adoption of cloud computing technologies.

Cloud computing helps make sense of cloud forests
The researchers want to unravel the impact of micro-climate variation in the cloud forest ecosystem. Essentially, they want to understand how the forest works—how carbon dioxide, water, nitrogen, and other nutrients cycle through plants, animals, and microorganisms in this complex ecosystem. To do so, they've placed some 700 sensors in 15 forest plots, locating the devices at levels throughout the forest, from beneath the soil to the top of the canopy. The integration of such a vast number of sensor data streams poses difficult challenges. Before the researchers can analyze the data, they have to determine the reliability of the devices, so that they can eliminate data from malfunctioning ones.

Workflows of Refactoring
Martin Fowler keynotes on the need for refactoring and different ways to approach it. You can view here part 2 of this presentation. Martin Fowler is an author, speaker, consultant and general loud-mouth on software development. He's the Chief Scientist at ThoughtWorks - an international application development company, and has written several books on software development and also writes articles regularly.

Finding Maturity in Your Metadata Strategy
The elusive concept here is the connection between all of these new and often repetitive ways of revisiting our information. Organizations continue to struggle with the need to map, the need to interpret and, ultimately, the need to identify. We’ve reached the world of “Metadata 2015.” Because our data will always exist in more than one place it is separated in some way, yet it is similar or absolutely the same in another. Most of us may think we are seeing things differently when we look at these fragmented pieces – whether in the cloud, in stored and downloaded segments, or on our devices. Often this is the case, but sometimes it really is not.

Tools for Project Management and Collaboration
Tools are great! We experiment, test, recommend, and implement tools frequently for clients. But, as you know, implementation and adoption can be two very different things. And even (or perhaps especially) with IT professionals, adoption can be a challenge. Why? IT pros are smart and often feel that the way they do things is the "best" way. They have their tools, and they tend to like them. They are busy and don't want to be bothered adopting a new system or tool. However, at some point, you are the boss. I like to provide leeway in the method, but I do need some standards. To that end, my team and I had several conversations where their input was requested and accepted.

Quote for the day

"The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of chosen field of endeavor." -- V. Lombardi