April 06, 2015

The Dawn Of The Age Of The Software ‘Infrapreneur’
Today’s enterprise infrastructure startup leaders need to be focused on pairing innovative software with commodity off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware. They are, in essence, software “infrapreneurs.” The software infrapreneurs we’re seeing are coming out of either Internet-generation companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and Yahoo, or had significant terms at hardware companies such as Cisco, EMC, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems/Oracle. To individuals in both groups, the advantages of software-led companies are obvious. They recognize that a hardware-focused approach has limitations and that the real opportunity in infrastructure today is via software.

Juggling Data Connectivity Protocols for Industrial IoT
A great example is the Connected Boulevard program in Nice, France, which uses Industrial Internet technologies, including an innovative data-sharing platform, to help manage and optimize all aspects of city management, including parking and traffic, street lighting, waste disposal and environmental quality. ... The key to these benefits is the ability to derive value from the data. The data must be accessible wherever it resides and delivered to wherever it’s needed (edge to the cloud) so that it can be analyzed and acted upon in the right amount of time. There are a range protocols currently used to provide this “data-sharing function” within an Industrial Internet system (see chart above)

Big data is all about the cloud
The key to big data success, Wood says, is more than Spark or Hadoop. It's running both on elastic infrastructure. Hortonworks Vice President of Corporate Strategy Shaun Connolly agrees that the cloud has a big role to play in big data analytics. But Connolly believes the biggest factor in determining where big data processing is done is "data gravity," not elasticity. ... Connolly says, is to extend and augment traditional on-premise systems, such as data warehouses. Eventually, this leads large organizations to deploy Hadoop and other analytics clusters in multiple locations -- typically on site. Nevertheless, Connolly acknowledges, the cloud is emerging an increasingly popular option for the development and testing of new analytics applications and for the processing of big data that is generated "outside the four walls" of the enterprise.

Vulnerable Dell support tool now detected as risky software
“We are continuing to investigate further issues and actions that may be necessary to protect our customers,” the F-Secure researchers said. On Friday, security vendor Malwarebytes announced that vulnerable versions of the program will now be detected as PUP.Vulnerable.DellSystemDetect by its products. In the antivirus industry PUP stands for potentially unwanted program. “We at Malwarebytes are pretty sure there are a lot of folks that won’t know about this vulnerability, so we decided to detect it for the sake of raising awareness,” the company said in a blog post. “Vulnerable versions of this tool have been seen as early as mid 2012 though most likely even earlier, according to our sources so anyone with a Dell system purchased a few years ago should take special notice and run a scan ASAP.”

C# - Optical Marks Recognition (OMR) Engine 2.0a
This article discusses the 2nd version of OMR engine I wrote in 2012. It is highly recomended for the readers to experience the first version of engine first which is located at: C# - Optical Marks Recognition (OMR) Engine 1.0 This project started as a fun but grabbed my time as soon as I started to imagine the possibilities. Including me, many people have brought this project into commercial usage as well as research purpose at university projects.  Some the people would ask, "Why re invent the wheel?" because there are numerous OMR engines and even embedded systems available in market. But this project is open source and written in high level language. So, integration with other .Net application is not an issue. This is the main reason I've been devoting time since it started.

Enterprise Agility Through Culture
Culture is messy, and complex. Deliberate change needs to be coherent with its nature. The results of our actions will depend on intent, situation, and context. Stories are perfect to make sense of culture, as they can be messy and complex and still be easily understood. Culture is created and transmitted through stories. Therefore, storytelling formats are important culture building tools. One such format which Michael and I experienced together in 2011 at the Agile Coach Camp in Columbus, is called Temenos. Temenos was developed by Siraj Sirajuddin. It is an experiential team and personal development lab which we’ve run in different sizes for more than 50 times since. In addition, we have since then used and developed more methods and tools to understand and improve culture.

Managing a project is like driving a BMW
In project management, much like driving vs. riding in a 1992 BMW 3 series, managing the project is quite different from working on the project. I’m not saying it’s better. I’m not saying it’s the ultimate management experience. But I am saying that much like driving a BMW 3 series, if you’re organized and successful as a project manager, you do have a nice sense of control. You are in charge, you are making the decisions, and eventually you realize you wouldn’t have it any other way. Again, not saying it’s for everyone and not that it’s better than everything else. Some people like to drive a truck. But if you like that feeling of control and taking charge, there aren’t too many things like it. Yes, I’m talking about both – driving the BMW AND managing projects.

Price and Revenue Optimization (PRO)
At the heart of price and revenue optimization is the concept of demand-based pricing. As its name suggests, demand-based pricing is a method that sets a price that is controlled by the seller’s assessment of what the buyer is willing to pay, which in turn is based on an estimate of a good’s or a service’s perceived value to the buyer. Companies use demand-based pricing to optimize – rather than simply maximize – their pricing to achieve revenue and profitability objectives. It uses data to estimate where the prospective buyer sits on a demand curve and therefore how much the individual is likely to pay. In some respects this is similar to what happens daily in souks, bazaars and other markets in cultures that do not insist on set prices.

How to Tailor Agile to Your Distributed Team Environments?
Distributed Agile added another dimension to agile practise – involving teams based at different locations – be it different offices, different cities or different countries with different cultural background and different time zones working simultaneously on the same project. Distributed Agile thus breaks the basic principle of co-location for successful agile implementation. Distributed agile thus is a complex phenomenon involving multi-cultural team based at different locations, may be from same organisations or from two different organisations. ... To make agile successful, open communication and collaboration is crucial. The key members from different locations need to be face-to-face at least in the early stages. It ensures that the team begins work on the project with a shared understanding of customer context as well as common minimum guidelines.

Enterprise bank accounts targeted in new malware attack
IBM has estimated that 95 percent of all corporate attacks rely on some form of human error. Most employees have already been trained not to click on unknown documents received by e-mail, as well as to not give up passwords over the phone. A single inattentive user, however, could result in the loss of large sums of money. To guard against Dyre Wolf, security professionals should reinforce company best practices that should already be in place. Employees should be reminded that banks never ask for passwords and that they should report any suspicious behavior. An organization may also wish to carry out mock-attacks to ensure that employees are fully trained on how to handle such incidents, Kuhn said.

Quote for the day:

"A leader is one who sees more than others see and who sees farther than others see and who sees before others see." -- Leroy Eimes