October 22, 2015

MySQL 5.7 aims at deeper convergence with Oracle tech and NoSQL

“MySQL 5.7 delivers a wide range of innovations, allowing developers, database administrators and DevOps teams to build and manage next-generation web and cloud-based applications capable of processing ever-increasing volumes of data,” said Ulin. “It builds on development milestone releases that have enabled users to preview, test and provide feedback during the development process. As a result, this release has been a collaborative process involving a wide range of members of the MySQL community.” In an interview with Computer Weekly, he added: “We scale very well up to 64-core plus with the software now. So in two years’ time, for example, when a CIO equips his IT shop with new machines, 5.7 is written to fully utilise those.


8 qualities of strong mentors

One of the most important roles of a leader is to provide workplace supervision. It is our duty to manage others in their work – particularly those who are newer and/or less experienced — and ensure that they perform their duties correctly and on schedule. Without such supervision, it is generally assumed that workers will slack and underperform. But if we want our people to grow in their positions and achieve optimal job satisfaction and retention then we need to also provide mentorship. Mentorship is a relationship that is created between an experienced professional and a less experienced mentee or protege. Its primary purpose is to build a support system that allows for the natural exchange of ideas, a forum for constructive advice, and a recipe for success.


Five Principles for Applying Data Science for Social Good

" We've already seen deep learning applied to ocean health, satellite imagery used to estimate poverty levels, and cellphone data used to elucidate Nairobi's hidden public transportation routes. And yet, for all this excitement about the potential of this "data for good movement," we are still desperately far from creating lasting impact. Many efforts will not only fall short of lasting impact - they will make no change at all.  At DataKind, we've spent the last three years teaming data scientists with social change organizations, to bring the same algorithms that companies use to boost profits, to mission-driven organizations in order to boost their impact. It has become clear that using data science in the service of humanity requires much more than free software, free labor, and good intentions.


The governance of data, data governance/management and data classification

"The world is being re-shaped by the convergence of social, mobile, cloud, big data, community and other powerful forces. The combination of these technologies unlocks an incredible opportunity to connect everything together in a new way and is dramatically transforming the way we live and work." Nowhere is this transformation more apparent than in cloud-based services. By their nature cloud services offer a rich and near endless source of data for us to manage and if correctly managed, from which we can extract value. While one sees cloud service providers securing their environment to offer a more reliable and trusted service, users of cloud services may find daily management of data and relate extraction of value and benefits, an increasingly complex aspect of their businesses.


Is Your Smartphone Putting Your Employer At Risk?

One of the biggest threats to company data in a BYOD environment is a lost or stolen device, says Terry Evans, founder of CyberSecurity Biz. When a personal device falls into the wrong hands, company data may be at risk. Evans says there are some simple actions you can take to guard against such threats. If you have an IT department, check if they offer "wiping" apps that can be accessed remotely and can erase or lock your phone. (While Evans doesn’t recommend specific apps, examples of these are Autowipe and Android Lost for Android and Find My iPhone for iOS. These are available in the app stores.) If your device is lost or stolen, report it to your IT department or your own supervisor immediately so the company can be on the lookout for breaches.


Safe Harbor was for EU privacy: But how safe is US data in Europe?

The European Commission instituted the Safe Harbor agreement in 2000 to facilitate moving digital information between the US and the EU with appropriate safeguards to protect European citizens' privacy. Without the agreement in place, the European Court of Justice ruled that each of the EU's 28 member states should individually regulate how companies collect and use online personal data. The ruling may impact US tech companies, like Google, the most because they rely on their global network of datacenters to manage their global consumer bases. Notably, personal search data is commonly used to develop targeted online advertising. To access digital data that is stored in the EU, American companies will now need to comply with Europe's stringent privacy rules through other legal frameworks.


CFOs seek single source of truth for their big-data-driven business transformation

To combat the data divide across departments, CFOs are prioritising more holistic and collaborative planning and analysis, partnering with key C-suite executives to deliver aggregate views of critical business information ... “Faced with a challenging macroeconomic environment and the need to provide a more holistic view of the business, CFOs are increasingly becoming the ‘knowledge executive’ in the organisation,” said Tom Bogan, CEO, Adaptive Insights. “As both the volume and sources of data increase, CFOs are working across departments, driving toward a single source of truth that gives them a more consistent, comprehensive view of the organisation in real time. This view will ultimately provide more accurate business insights and inform more effective business strategy.”


CIO interview: Frans Westerlund, Fiskars

“When a company goes through a major change, IT also needs to transform to be able to support this change,” says Westerlund. “We had scattered teams and fragmented systems.” He says the company started by harmonising its IT infrastructure. It then implemented a centralised IT organisation, initiated shared processes and created new decision-making models. The result has been a complete IT governance overhaul to manage the new model. All strategic IT decisions have been moved from country organisations to Fiskars’ executive board, while on a local level decisions are made by each business sector’s management teams.


Stylish and Sane: A Guide to Better CSS

There are two principles that can help you stay sane when styling your site. The first is that you should treat your CSS like code. CSS is the most neglected programming language. We think it’s too hard to keep it maintainable so we don’t even try. When you start applying the same coding practices you’re used to in other languages, you’ll see that writing CSS isn’t so bad. The second is that you should think about your styles like a consumer. We don’t think about re-use when we style our websites, so our styling is never re-usable. When coding something new, we find it hard to know what the right way is to do it, or even what the end product should look like. When you’re actually consuming an API as you code it, it ends up being much easier to understand and use.



Agile Failure Patterns to Look For

Who wouldn’t agree that the four core principles of the Agile Manifesto – Individuals and interactions over processes and tools; Working software over comprehensive documentation; Customer collaboration over contract negotiation; and Responding to change over following a plan – aren’t derived from applying common sense to a serious problem? ... the scope of an Agile organizational transformation is often completely underestimated. That Agile is not the quick fix for everything that’s going wrong. Each organization has it own set of dysfunctions and hence solutions dealing with them need to be tailored specifically to that organization.



Quote for the day:

"The really important things are said over cocktails and are never done." -- Peter F. Drucker