July 21, 2012

IT: Becoming less about tech skills, more about integration
The term “enterprise architect” has become a bit hackneyed, but the analogy is a good one. An architect may not be the best person to swing a hammer, but does have a good idea of modern materials, construction techniques, and vendors who can execute their vision.

Google Keep(ing) Secrets? What is Google Keep?
We will see Google Keep I think once Google Now catches on. Google Keep will be a feature where you can select the sites you want to “Keep” updated to be in the “Now” and not some static offline version point in time.

10 Disaster Preparedness Questions to Ask Your Cloud Services Provider
While the typical cloud contract contains uptime clauses and credits for missed service levels, it often fails to adequately protect the enterprise customer. Here are some questions the intelligent customer can ask to make sure they are sheltered from potential storms in the cloud.

4 tech trends in IT disaster recovery
Disaster recovery (DR) is a subset of business continuity (BC), and like BC, it's being influenced by some of the key trends in the IT industry. Foremost among these are cloud services, server and esktop virtualization, the proliferation of mobile devices in the workforce and the growing popularity of social networking as a business tool.

hi1.4xlarge: AWS SSD EC2 High I/O Quadruple Extra Large (and a Dr Pepper)
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is crowing about its super-fast, SSD-backed, hi1.4xlarge AWS EC2 instance type. Its full name is quite a mouthful: High I/O Quadruple Extra Large, but Amazon claims it can achieve 120,000 IOPS. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers scrape together $3.10 to try it for an hour.

Time To Build Your Big-Data Muscles
McKinsey Global Institute gauges that by 2018, the United States will create 290,000 to 340,000 new big data jobs and 140,000 to 190,000 (more than half) could go unfilled because skilled candidates are in short supply.

Obama: Cyber attack serious threat to economy, national security
U.S. President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. He believes legislation will help the U.S. fight "the cyber threat to our nation," which he calls "one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face."

New Analyst Report Rips Agile: Says It's 'Designed To Sell Services ...
"In spite of the specialization of resources which limits the scope of the work of developers, the Agile movement might inspire and encourage developers to push back on processes, tools, documentation, and following plans,"

Mobile App Security Techniques and Traps
Graham Lee discusses designing, building and testing a secure mobile app, detailing several vulnerabilities that can be found in such apps and ways to deal with them.

Quote for the day:

To be effective for the long haul, you have to make room for the strategy work."  --Jamillah Warner, marketing coordinator at Nobuko Solutions