October 10, 2012

Breaking Through Development Project Barriers
Barriers, real or imagined, are constructed and prevent progress toward solving problems. ... You can't always break down the barriers around you. But you can learn to recognize them and ask questions. The "5 Whys"technique can help get to the root cause, allowing you to solve the underlying problem(s) that created the barrier in the first place.

Analyst: Microsoft to price Surface RT tablet at $400 to $500
"With a launch set for later this month, speculation has intensified, with some sources stating a price less than $399 for the RT version. Let's get to a more educated estimate of the BOM cost and pricing for the Surface RT and Pro."

Google upgrades Search Appliance for enterprises
Google Search Appliance 7.0 was unveiled today and will be available Oct. 16 for sale or for customers to download. The new version would help employees in large enterprises find stored information whether they're using a desktop PC, a tablet or a smartphone.

Why Doesn’t Governance Lead to Data Freedom?
The business needs speed and agility and wants to get the job done. It does not want to be hampered by process, development timelines, and certainly does not want to hear “no.” Data governance needs to evolve to develop policies that are not just about what you can’t do, but what you can do.

Complex and non-transparent Oracle licensing costing firms millions
“We are seeing an increasing number of global customers failing to remain compliant with Oracle’s licensing schemes amid growing virtualisation and this is largely because of Oracle’s non-transparent and complicated licensing policy,” said Judica Krikke, solicitor at European law firm Stibbe, at the VMworld Europe 2012 event in Barcelona.

5 Leadership Approaches for Knowing, Being and Doing
Do my leadership practices include aligning people toward common goals, enlisting both their heads and their hearts, and then empowering them to act? If not, in what areas do I need to do better?

PC passwords exposed by flaw in Apple-owned fingerprint software
A security flaw in fingerprint reading software, now owned by Apple, which has the potential to leave millions of Windows PC users' passwords exposed, has been independently verified by security researchers.

Softbank to launch 110Mbps mobile router next week
The soap-bar size modem from Huawei provide download speeds of up to 110Mbps on its LTE network and can provide a Wi-Fi connection to up to 10 devices at the same time. It has a 3,000mAh battery and can also be used as a network drive via memory cards plugged into its microSD slot, which supports cards up to 64GB in size.

Procuring IT from startups offers benefits, but beware risks
Purchasing IT from startup vendors, instead of bigger and established companies, can allow access to benefits such as more innovative technologies and greater negotiating leverage. However, customers must note and prepare for risks such as the potential issues in scalability and support.

The Internet2 experiment goes global
 The takeaway from keynote speakers Sam Pitroda and John Sexton is that we need global resources to solve local problems. Advanced networking infrastructure spreads intellectual capital and offers opportunities to improve quality of life;

Quote for the day:

"No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched." -- George Jean Nathan

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