February 11, 2016

Why personal networks are tomorrow's internet of things

The other issue is that all of these IoT devices, for the most part, use public cloud services as their main integration point. They don't actually communicate with each other per se, they all go out through your router and talk to a cloud service where your data is stored, using web protocols and RESTful APIs. In the future, this problem is going to have to be solved. Unlike today's IoT devices which are fully cloud dependent, the Personal Area Network will be in essence your own hybrid cloud. Today we like to think of hybrid clouds as things cutting-edge enterprises have -- they have certain systems that run on-premises and some workloads that are bursted to public and private cloud hosted infrastructure.

Metadata-Driven Design: Creating an User-Friendly Enterprise DSL

If you’re unfamiliar with the ideas behind a DSL, I recommend viewing Martin Fowler’s dissertation3, where he describes DSLs as “limited forms of computer language designed for a specific class of problems”. In the seminal lecture, Mr. Fowler describes how XML configuration data can be utilized as a simple DSL for Java programs and frameworks. (Of course, this method of utilizing XML can now be found in various Java frameworks of today, with Spring and Struts being just two examples.) In doing so, he mentions several advantages to using such a DSL, including the lack of requiring recompilation for many cases and its approachable usability for normal business users.

Which Security Products Do Enterprises Expect Too Much From?

Companies should consider combining AI-enabled (artificially intelligent) security products such as Scorpion Computer Services’ ScenGen (other intelligent security products include examples from Lancope and AlientVault) with products that establish exhaustive baselines such as Scorpion Computer Services’ Normalizer (other baseline security products include Magna from LightCyber). Adding these into the mix with other effective products, perhaps replacing similar products that don’t measure up should sharpen an organization’s edge against intruders, helping it to better test for vulnerabilities and flag behavioral inconsistencies.

Violate Patient Data Safety At Your Peril, Warns Judge

An OCR investigation found that Lincare employees, who provide healthcare services in patients’ homes, regularly removed patient information from the company’s offices. “Further evidence indicated that the organization had an unwritten policy requiring certain employees to store protected health information in their own vehicles for extended periods of time,” the agency reported. “Although aware of the complaint and OCR’s investigation, Lincare subsequently took only minimal action to correct its policies and procedures and strengthen safeguards to ensure compliance with the HIPAA rules.” OCR reported that Lincare denied violating HIPAA, contending that patients’ protected health information was “stolen” by the individual who found the records in the home.

Put data scientists' skills to excellent use in mission-critical scenarios

you must be very selective about the actual data scientists that you assign to these roles. The reason why you don't automatically relate data scientists to high-pressure, operational roles is because you assume analytic-minded people don't function well in these roles. And you are correct. The stereotypical analytic does not like pressure. They need time to think and analyze, and they don't want someone hovering over them for answers. I was recently working with an analytic to move through some analysis, and we were running out of time. I gently nudged her by saying, "We only have 10 minutes left," and she quickly retorted, "Don't do that! Countdowns freak me out!" This is very typical.

​The best desktop office suite, LibreOffice, gets better

Besides its support for Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2, LibreOffice 5.1 also boasts improved compatibility with Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) format, Microsoft Office's default file format. Technically, Microsoft's OOXML format is an ISO standard. Technically. In practice, no version of Microsoft Office, including Office 2016 has ever used the "strict" version of the standard. Instead, Office saves documents using a "transitional" version of OOXML by default. As the Document Foundation's Italo Vignoli points out, this is a transition that's been going on nine years. The Document Foundation says this standard tends to change with each new release of Microsoft Office, often in big ways, making it a challenge for LibreOffice to keep up.

APIs Are the Connectors Between Your Company and the Outside World

Perfect is dangerous word, but there is definitely API design that is a “good fit” for your needs. The trick is that not everyone needs the same solution. So not everyone needs the same API design. One of the things we talk about a lot in Academy events is the process of focusing on the problem, digging up details, and then solving the problem you have on hand. Instead of just showing up saying something like “You should use a REST API or a Hypermedia API or a Reactive API” you should really spend time working through the problem from several of points of view. That leads you to the best fit for your current needs. Of course, a year or so from now, your needs might change and then you get to do some more digging and designing and implementing. The work of creating APIs is never done.

Is 2016 the year of mobility technology?

Businesses that truly want to exploit the potential for these mobile trends and reach end users in new, lucrative ways will have to think in big and bold terms if they are to differentiate themselves from their competition. To get ahead, organisations need to think carefully about how they push innovation boundaries and future-proof their mobile strategies. What’s also clear is that innovation comes in all shapes and sizes, and in many different forms. A wise CIO or CTO learns to seek best practice from many different sources, adopting and adapting as they go. ... When users are travelling, Google understands where people are and can provide relevant, personalised information, such as the local weather and advice on what to do, direct to devices.

SD-WAN: What It Is And Why You'll Use It One Day

This ease of deployment, central manageability and reduced costs make SD-WAN an attractive option for many businesses. At VMworld 2015 29% of 260 attendees surveyed by Riverbed were exploring SD-WAN while 5% had adopted it. That compares to 77% who were exploring SDN, with 13% who had deployed it. Lerner says leading adopters of SD-WAN have been retailers and financial institutions that have a large number of branch offices. So if SD-WAN is so great why isn’t it more ubiquitous? Many organizations have custom built ASICs controlling their WANs and LANs, which have long refresh cycles. Network engineers are traditionally averse to dramatic changes too, Lerner says. When the hardware is ready for an upgrade Lerner expects organizations will consider SD-WANs, but that could be a multi-year process.

The CMO is not replacing the CIO and here’s why

The transformational CIO, unlike the traditional CIO, is in high-demand. In many cases, organizations do not understand what this means or what a transformational CIO looks like let along what they are capable of. A transformational CIO, unlike traditional CIO, is far more aligned with the business of the company. They are in-tune with how the company makes and spends money. They also look for opportunities around customer engagement and business growth. Transformational CIOs are more about business and data than they are about technology. In many ways, the transformational CIO is a business leader (first) that happens to have responsibility for IT.

Quote for the day:

"The world's appetite for data is increasing and with this comes a greater need for organizations to support cloud workloads." -- Nevil Knupp