Daily Tech Digest - August 27, 2017

Applying Enterprise Architecture Rightly

This article takes reference of TOGAF for the discussion. While practicing TOGAF, it’s always implied that TOGAF is a suggestive approach and NOT a prescriptive approach. Xoriant has recently forayed into TOGAF with the help of newly formed TOGAF Certified Architects and is committed to provide solutions to the clients on the proven success stories. Many a times, while interacting with business houses, requirements always start with a single line or sometimes, even a clause, e.g., – We need ERP. This is where a business canvas is provisioned and plans are made to evaluate the opportunity and provide information on that. Considering entire lifecycle of a business opportunity, it’s very important to put the right starting step so that Service Provider does not incur losses.


Issues necessitate Change - Evolution of Enterprise Architecture

The drive for continuous improvement and Information Technology alignment demanded further improvements in the way we thought about architecture – moving ever into the task of understanding an organizations business issues.  Other issues that drove changes, such as the following – no chronology implied. Corporate espionage, whether stealing secrets of an organization or stealing information about customers, where taking advantage of corporation vulnerabilities drove the need to look at those vulnerabilities holistically – that is looking at people, processes, and technology. Architects and builders changed to look beyond just IT to address this area.


Where Enterprise Architecture and Project Management Intersect

Enterprise Architecture is not about writing or specifying software code or systems - it is about architecting optimized business processes and systems based on management's strategies for the organization. While software development certainly has its place in organizations, that is an IT function best left to IT and more IT-specific solution, data, and information architects. Since EA is evolving away from IT-centricity and IT project teams, it doesn't make much sense to make them members of IT project teams. However, it may make sense for IT project teams to utilize EAs as subject matter experts - who are advisors and give guidance to specific projects, but are not members of the specific teams OR responsible for any of their scope, timeline, or deliverables.


OpenJDK may tackle Java security gaps with secretive group

The vulnerability group and Oracle’s internal security teams would work together, and it may occasionally need to work with external security organizations. The group would be unusual in several respects, and thus requires an exemption from OpenJDK bylaws. Due to the sensitive nature of its work, membership in the group would be more selective, there would be a strict communication policy, and members or their employers would need to sign both a nondisclosure and a license agreement, said Mark Reinhold, chief architect of the Java platform group at Oracle. “These requirements do, strictly speaking, violate the OpenJDK bylaws,” Reinhold said. “The governing board has discussed this, however, and I expect that the board will approve the creation of this group with these exceptional requirements.”


First Robocop to Join Dubai Police Force

That’s right, the time for the Robocop to leave the sci-fi land and enter reality… or sort of. A couple of years ago, Dubai’s police promised that for 2017 they would have enlisted their first robot police officer, and they have delivered. Built by the Spanish robotics company PAL Robotics, the police officer, known as REEM, was introduce to the public during the Gulf Information Security and Expo Conference. .. Although this is fascinating news, it’s still reality and reality is never as fun as fiction so this Robocop is a little duller. It’s not a cyborg half human, half robot, it’s just a robot with batteries. He cannot chase criminals like said before it has wheels, not legs, and it’s unarmed. However, even if REEM doesn’t have the cool design and features that we are used to seeing on the big screen, it means a tremendous achievement for science.


IoT: Penetrating the Possibilities of a Data Driven Economy

With manufacturing units now being able to communicate with each other through the deployment of IoT system solutions, analysis of facility performance metrics can be performed in real time. Management executives, if they want, can also resolve the performance monitoring to shop floor levels, which helps provide revealing manufacturing insights.  Serving as an example is the manufacturing giant, Caterpillar. The company has deployed the SAP Leonardo system, an IIoT technology, across all its operation facilities. The system furnishes real time information about manufacturing data, energy utilization data, machine performances, and data regarding the production consumables. Combining altogether, the company executives can have a 360-degree view of the manufacturing processes which leads to better tactical decision making.


Why are the stats on women in tech actually getting worse?

Girls look up to their role models, we have a number of women role models in entrepreneurship and other fields but there’s a significant lack of women role models in technology. Only 23.5% of computer science degrees were awarded to women last year in one of the biggest universities in the States. Some seniors found that they knew of few female computer scientists working in the professional world. This can be a reason why girls aren’t interested in this field as much. This can be changed as well, female representation should not be lacking in any field, especially, the ever growing area of technology. The seniors at Stanford have come up with an organization which dedicates itself in telling stories of women who work in programming, the SHE++ aspire women to take up arms in the technology field and to connect with women in this field as well.


Microsoft is making a blockchain that’s fit for business

Note that Coco is a framework, not a ledger; in fact it uses other ledgers. Ethereum is working already, and Intel along with J P Morgan Chase are porting their ledgers to Coco – plus other blockchain ledgers will also integrate with it. You can also choose what algorithm you want to use to achieve consensus. In one test using the Ethereum ledger in Coco, the network delivered 1,500-1,600 transactions per second with latency between 100-200 milliseconds – far faster than Ethereum itself running on the same hardware. Russinovich says Coco will also scale to networks with hundreds of thousands of participants. Because each transaction is only calculated once, time-sensitive or restricted data isn’t a problem either.


What Is Blockchain? A Primer For Finance Professionals

Now imagine that every time you send the monthly living allowance, you laid down a “block” with the transaction information carved into it. Both you and your child can see the block, confirming that the money was sent and received. ... Together, they create a record of all transactions with your future college graduate. When you get old and infirm, you can point to the chain, show your kid how much money you paid for college, and demand that they invest a similar amount in a high-quality nursing home. This is, more or less, how blockchain works. Each block is a record of a monetary transaction. The chain is a shared accounting ledger that is visible to all parties across multiple networks, or “nodes.” Every new transaction is verified by all nodes and, if valid, added to all copies of the ledger—in other words, a new “block” is added to the “chain.”


5 essentials for building the perfect Internet of Things beast

An IoT platform has more elements, and therefore is more complex, than a typical technology platform many are used to, they observe. These new platforms need to reach out to all the devices, sensors and applications and their underlying technology as well. "Look at the whole technology environment, not just the applications," the McKinsey authors advise. "Use fungible/off-the-shelf technology for the things that are less critical." Remember, too, that IoT is a different beast for every industry, or for every company for that matter. For a sportswear company, it may mean sensor-loaded sneakers. For an manufacturer, it means embedding sensors into production-floor tools. For an insurance company, it means planting telematics sensors in policyholders' cars.



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