June 17, 2015

Enterprises will take up wearables for the internet of things, say researchers
According to Martin, wearables have the potential to become an interface for industrial IoT access. In May 2015, Beecham Research warned that the IoT industry needed to do more to secure data. According to Beecham Research technology director Jon Howes, the only reason there have not been any serious IoT breaches already is because the IoT has not yet been deployed in the large-scale consumer or enterprise applications that would make them attractive to attackers. “Traditional M2M applications are typically very focused, using specific edge devices, a single network and custom platform, making it relatively easy for security professionals to secure to the acceptable level,” he said.

Should Your Self-Driving Car Be Programmed To Kill You If It Means Saving A Dozen Other Lives?
What would a computer do? What should a Google, Tesla or Volvo automated car be programmed to do when a crash is unavoidable and it needs to calculate all possible trajectories and the safest end scenario? As it stands, Americans take around 250 billion vehicle trips killing roughly 30,000 people in traffic accidents annually, something we generally view as an acceptable-but-horrible cost for the convenience. Companies like Google argue that automated cars would dramatically reduce fatality totals, but with a few notable caveats and an obvious loss of control.

Demand for Enterprise Mobile Apps Will Outstrip Available Development Capacity
According to Gartner, employees in today's digital workplace use an average of three different devices in their daily routine, which will increase to five or six devices as technologies such as wearable devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) eventually become mainstream. Many of these employees are given the autonomy to choose the devices, apps and even the processes with which to complete a task. This is placing an increasing amount of pressure on IT to develop a larger variety of mobile apps in shorter time frames. Despite this, a Gartner survey on mobile app development conducted in 2014 found that the majority of organizations have developed and released fewer than 10 apps, with a significant number of respondents not having released any mobile apps at all.

Google-infused storage startup Cohesity reveals itself
Part of Cohesity’s attraction to investors and early customers is its rich Google pedigree: Aron worked on the Google File System that the search giant relies on for core data storage and access, and about a quarter of the 30 engineers on his 50-person team come from Google as well. What’s more, Google Ventures is among Cohesity’s backers (at least Google makes some money off its ex-employees’ efforts this way, the 41-year-old entrepreneur quips). Google, which has gained a reputation for building its own infrastructure technology, isn’t using the startup’s gear yet, but Aron says maybe someday…

3 Ways to Fail Intelligently to Innovate Yourself
creative, personal, or professional is not about sidestepping failure. On the contrary, it is about stepping into failure but doing so with the right perspective. Most of life is about perspective: almost all of the research done with people who are in their senior years who are happy with their lives points to this: It doesn’t matter how rich you are, how much professional success you have had or haven’t had how many tragedies you’ve endured. None of those are the primary predictors for life satisfaction. The major determining variable is perspective: knowing what matters and what to focus on. When we focus on our fears of loss and tend to blame ourselves when things don’t work out, we may miss the larger picture that is key for success.

Pervasive Community, Data, Devices, and Intelligence
After all, the whole point of digital transformation is realizing that technology fundamentally changes how you do business in just about every way. It therefore poses very difficult questions to business and technology leaders: Who best should do our work today? Where does the value come from? What do these new ways of working actually look like? How can we best organize to achieve them? To answer these questions, we must understand the overall narrative of our modern digital journey: Where is technology actually taking us? What is it making possible that wasn’t before? How can these possibilities give rise to uniquely valuable new types of assets that would allow us to sustain our businesses?

The next wave of IT fadeouts
IT and its hosting enterprises have passed through monumental changes over the past decade. Through it all, CIOs have maintained a strategic eye on 'next thing' technologies. However, with relatively flat IT budgets, they have also looked for IT investments that are on the decline. Some of these technology fadeouts are internal approaches to IT and general business operations and management that just don't seem to work well any more. Others involve a particular technology solution that has seen its day. In both cases, the end results will have dramatic impact on the technology choices that businesses will make. What are the likely technology fadeouts?

System programmers build a cloud, IT automation foundation
We could let professional services do all this integration and automation for us. I'm skeptical, though. Consultants don't have our organization's evolving long-term best interests in mind. They want to do a job, call it done and move on. They're not going to be there when something breaks. They're not going to be there when it needs a security patch. And they don't improve our organization's understanding of the technology we rely on. We could resurrect the idea of system programmers, and hire some of our own. Should they have everything we usually look for in an IT staff hire? Yes. But instead of the business degree, perhaps we look to the computer sciences and software development fields.

How Private PaaS Can Help Organisations Deliver On Their Hybrid Cloud Strategies

By decoupling applications from their underlying infrastructure, enterprise development teams can start to securely deliver an entire ecosystem of data, services, applications and APIs to both internal and external customers across any infrastructure. Software becomes increasingly valuable, while technology is effectively delivered as a self-service utility.

 Managed by central IT, a Private PaaS can effectively empower developers anywhere in the business by giving them the freedom and simplicity of a self-service, policy-driven PaaS that can overly both internal IT and the public cloud. By abstracting applications from their underlying infrastructure, running a private Platform-as-a-Service can successfully bridge public IaaS and internal IT to empower hybrid cloud strategies.

Towards a body-on-a-chip
The chips do not contain complete organs, just the smallest colonies of cells necessary to replicate the function of one. CN Bio’s liver chip, which is based on work carried out in partnership with Linda Griffith and her colleagues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), uses tiny “scaffolds” to hold cells from donated organs which, for various reasons, were deemed unsuitable for transplant. The cells can be kept frozen until required.  The scaffolds are placed into small wells and fed with a suitable fluid along the channels. After a few days spent settling down, the cells are ready for work and are infected with hepatitis B. As the human form of the disease can be replicated only in primates, dozens of chimpanzees would otherwise be required for just one experiment.

Quote for the day:

"We must learn to accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope," -- Martin Luther King, Jr.