April 11, 2016

The truth comes out: Microsoft needs Linux

The juggernaut has finally realized where the future lies...and it is not in the desktop platform. The future is the cloud, SaaS, and virtualization. The future is big data, and massive databases. The future is Linux and Microsoft knows this. This isn't the 90s or early 2000s when it was chic to look down on the underdog and laugh as the powerhouse raked in cash like leaves on a Midwestern autumn lawn. The time for spreading Fear Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) is over. This is now and now is all about open source. Microsoft fully understands and embraces this. And so they are bringing to Windows the tools they need to make it happen. This move isn't so much about Linux, but about Microsoft.

Get Data to the Client and Save Server-Side Storage

The normal processing cycle for an ASP.NET MVC is to retrieve some data in the Controller, move it into a Model object, and then pass that data to a View to be embedded into some HTML. It's not unusual, however, for there to be some data in that mix that shouldn't be displayed to the user but that you still need on the client (often in to pass in calls to a Web Service). It's also not unusual for some of that data not to be needed on the client at all, but is required back on the server when the user's input is posted back from the browser after the user is done. There are a couple of ways to handle that "non-displayed" data. For the data required on the client (but not shown to the user) a common solution is to shove it into HTML hidden tags in the View

Why cloud, mobile and the education sector make a perfect match

While giving students hands-on experience of modern technology is important from a development perspective, the expectations of digitally native learners means education institutions must deploy the right solutions now in order to stay relevant. As competition to recruit students increases, academies and universities in particular are turning to technology to differentiate. As a starting point, with today’s students used to consuming online services through a range of different devices, there is a growing expectation for schools and universities to deliver their resources in a similar way. While the majority of universities have provided course materials online for some time, this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Can Public Cloud Truly Meet The Data Demands Of Enterprises?

“In the last year, cloud has gone from being the untrusted option to being seen as a more secure option for many companies,” said Brian Stevens, vice president of product management for Google Cloud Platform. “We know that compliance, support and integration with existing IT investments is critical for businesses trying to use public cloud services to accelerate into new markets.” Then we have Oracle, who unlike Google, is at the other end of the stick. Oracle has been successful in the enterprise world for decades now, and has to prove to customers there’s no need to leave when it comes to cloud migration, because it also has attractive cloud offerings that can suit enterprises. Oracle’s offering comes in the form of Oracle Cloud Machine’s Cloud at Customer.

4 Ways to Close the Communication Gap and Get Your Data Seen

The integration of data science into an organization is a relatively new development that involves new personalities, skills, processes, technologies, and their related investments, so it's bound to cause some level of disruption. Executive leadership may lack a clear understanding — and perhaps even respect — for the role of data science. Likely, these leaders simply haven't had a chance to get caught up. Moreover, while the idea that no computer is ever going to beat a sharp manager's instincts that were honed over many years in the same industry contains some truth, human bias sometimes prevents leaders from making evidence-based decisions that will benefit the company. Both new terminology and a low comfort level with the relevant technology may contribute to the communication gap as well.

Three ITSM Activities to Amplify DevOps Feedback Loops

When organizations are split into silos it’s common for each silo to have its own KPIs; with the differences between these KPIs being the cracks in the floor for things to fall into. This issue can be measured by incidents that are not repaired, technical debt incurred, and a pile up of work in progress. At the enterprise company, which I’ve been talking about, the Operations team had different KPI targets for Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) compared to the Development team ... Changing how people work resulted in improvements in how incidents are resolved. Instead of “duct taping” a patch onto an application or server, the fix is built into the design at the front of the workflow, therefore avoiding future occurrences.

Are your vendors leaving you vulnerable?

Research reveals that on average 89 third-party vendors access a typical company’s network each week, and that number is likely to grow. Three quarters (75 percent) of those polled stated the number of third-party vendors used by their organization has increased in the last two years, and 71 percent believe the numbers will continue to increase in the next two years. The report uncovered a high level of trust in third-party vendors, but a low level of visibility of vendor access to IT systems. 92 percent of respondents say they trust vendors completely or most of the time, although two-thirds (67 percent) admit they tend to trust vendors too much. Astonishingly, only 34 percent knew the number of log-ins to their network attributed to third-party vendors, and 69 percent admitted they had definitely or possibly suffered a security breach resulting from vendor access in the past year.

Reflections on the 2016 external audit season

The more expectations are defined (for our purposes – documented) the less audit issues you will have. The reason is that most technology and information security functions generally excel at implementing agreed upon requirements. These requirements are generally documented through policy. The problem arises when expectations are not communicated, agreed to and thereby documented. In these situations, the external auditor may impose their own expectations resulting in comments requiring that their expectations be implemented whether reasonable or not. So, resolve your issues within your function and other departments before the audit or the external auditor will resolve it for you.

How to apply Agile practices with your non-tech team or business

"A recruiting team can't predict candidate outcomes," says Kammersell. "Recruiting can have a pretty standard process flow from start to finish. However, there are factors on a daily basis that can rapidly change the flow." Because of the irregular nature of recruiting, the team needed to be flexible and efficient, while also maintaining transparency among their team and stakeholders. If they weren't, a recruiter might get bogged down in the workflow, causing candidates to drop out, managers to become impatient, or the cost-to-hire to rise significantly. So, Kammersell worked with the team to use the Kanban board practice of the Kanban Agile framework. The team displayed the work they had on their plate on a public, physical board for the team and other stakeholders to see.

22 insults no developer wants to hear

Some people are explicitly rough, and part of that might be the mechanisms by which we receive insults -- almost never face to face. Linus Torvalds argues that email is an inherently flawed mechanism that often hides subtle cues, like the ones that the marketing department swaps by moving their eyes. Torvalds once told a thin-skinned developer, “it's damn hard to read people over email. I think you need to be *more* honest and *more* open over email.” For a bit of fun, he inserted a logic bomb into the calls for more sensitivity by saying that his culture includes cursing. Whiners might try remembering that he comes from Scandinavia, the home of Viking warriors. In the interest of helping the technology world cope with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, here is a list of some common insults that no developer wants to hear -- but often will. Brace yourself.

Quote for the day:

"Experience is not the best teacher; evaluated experience is the best teacher." -- John Maxwell