July 16, 2015

Disaster Preparedness Strategies for Recovery Assurance and Peace of Mind

Obviously, the well-being of your employees in a disaster situation is more important than anything else, and establishing safety protocols and procedures should be your first priority. From there, identify key operational personnel – those people without whom your business can’t operate – and provide them with the ability to work remotely or from a secondary location when a disaster strikes. Determine the steps that will be required to get those employees online and communicating with each other in the event of an outage, and make sure they have quick and easy access to the business-critical data, systems, servers and other infrastructure they need to keep the business running.


Windows 10 -- download full version, before release date

One obvious change that signals this is not a typical beta build is that the Windows Version watermark in the bottom right corner of the screen is now gone. Another point to make is that this build has been released to both the fast and slow rings at the same time.  It's two weeks until launch, and the RTM build...will be shipped to OEMs to use as the basis for them to install on new hardware. ... Up until now every new build has been a full install of Windows overtop of the existing one [but now] it will likely shift to a Windows Update style where just components are updated rather than the entire OS. MORE


Network Services Framework goes live across public sector

Hurrell said that CCS had built on the lessons learnt from both previous frameworks and the extensive consultation process. “We’ve done lots of market engagement and spent a lot of time with suppliers and customers. We got suppliers into working groups to tell us how they would like to sell to government. Some of what they proposed we accomplished, some we didn’t. We tried to arbitrate between what users and suppliers wanted,” she said. “We really made an effort to listen to that feedback – including listening to customers across the public sector so we hope that means they will want to use it because we’ve given them what they asked for.”


Engineering Reverse Innovations

Casting off preconceived solutions before you set down to define problems will help your company avoid the first trap—and spot opportunities outside its existing product portfolio. Consider the problem of irrigating farms in emerging markets. Farmers will argue for the expansion of the power grid so that they can use electricity to run water pumps and irrigate fields. However, farmers need water, not electricity, and the real requirement is getting water to crops—not power to pumps. If they isolate the problem, engineers may find that creating ponds near fields or using solar-powered pumps is more cost-effective and environmentally appropriate than expanding the power grid. When defining problems, executives must keep their eyes and ears open for behavior that may signal needs that customers haven’t articulated.


6 ways to give millennials the mentorship programs they want

Traditionally, mentorship programs have been set up by HR, and younger employees were matched with managers or executives, ... But millennials are disrupting that mentorship model. They want better, faster and more effective mentor programs — or they're ditching HR and doing it on their own. Companies should think of ways to refresh their current programs and engage millennials. ... It can be hard for busy executives to find time for mentoring, but it's important for companies that want to retain millennials to have a few key business leaders involved in mentorships. "Programs don't work unless someone in HR or a senior executive is going to accept the role of champion and is willing to make sure the company invests in the program," Dessau says.


Value sensitive design helps CIOs tackle social, ethical tech issues

There are some researchers who believe you can code a computer to be more ethical than a human -- that a human relies on emotional responses and, under stress, we can make wrong decisions. There are others who argue back that's what it means to be human -- that you make decisions based on your humanness and not necessarily through some cold rationality. I fall into the camp sort of in between [the two], but I lean more toward not coding ethics because we cannot know all external circumstances in the time that we code some device. For example, a killer robot: We cannot possibly code in every single set of conditions that a killer robot might face. And so, unless you can guarantee certainty of outcomes, I am not a fan of coding in ethical decisions.


Chasing Metadata to Improve Decision Quality

Metadata is really about providing the color behind the data that we deal with. It brings context in to life. Metadata augments our engagement with the data by connecting meaning with purpose and goes on to create a new kind of data in the process – the kind that adds the context. Metadata truly embodies the soul of the data, one might add, so that it can come to life and be useful. But as much as metadata defines what data is and how to get the most use out of it, such context also underscores what isn’t in the scope of the data in question. Context, in this manner, provides an invisible boundary – a framework, if you will, to help narrate a story better through the data on hand. Context when coupled with content, even when incomplete, provides the foundation for understanding.


SanDisk Launches Connect Wireless Stick Drive

Flash storage solutions specialist SanDisk has expanded its mobile storage portfolio with a wireless mobile flash drive, the Connect Wireless Stick, up to 128 GB of storage and a compact design. The Connect Wireless Stick works with smartphones, tablets and computers, and allows users to wirelessly access media or transfer large files, save and share photos and videos, or stream HD videos and music to and from mobile devices, up to three at a time. The drive is also capable of supporting a single stream for up to 4.5 hours on a single charge, and with its USB connector, users can also connect directly to a computer to save and transfer files. The SanDisk Connect app enables management of content between devices, all through password-protected WiFi connectivity.


Data Breaches Boost Funding for Cybersecurity Startups

One reason is that cybersecurity startups were often acquired prior to an initial public offering, says Scott Weiss, an Andreessen Horowitz partner. Mr. Weiss sold his own security startup, IronPort Systems Inc., to Cisco Systems Inc. for $830 million in 2007. Well-received offerings from companies including Palo Alto Networks Inc. in 2012 and FireEye Inc. in 2013 have altered that view. Partners at Andreessen Horowitz say they likely wouldn't have invested in a company like Keybase even two years ago. Over the past 13 months, the firm also made an unusually large $142 million bet on Tanium Inc., which tries to make it easier for companies to find vulnerable and infected machines on their networks.


Rise of the Data Visualization Competency Center

Successful data visualization requires using the right kind of graphicacy to correctly interpret and analyze the data, as well as employing the right combination of design principles to curate a meaningful story. However, guarding that visualization process isn’t one I consider to be a question of governance. Ultimately, we need to be able to construct a way to insulate the business from the risk of self-service data visualization with the essence of governed data visualization, but without restricting or otherwise limiting the inherently creative process that drives individual data visualization activities.



Quote for the day:

“Don't blow off another's candle for it won't make yours shine brighter.” -- Jaachynma N.E. Agu