October 13, 2012

Cisco Survey: Execs Reluctantly Embracing BYOD
Corporate executives continue to be uneasy about the mobile computing and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trends, but understand that the momentum will only grow and that companies must ensure that the right policies are in place to protect sensitive data in a mobile world, according to Cisco Systems.

CIOs and CSOs Have a Costly Disconnect
"Much of this disconnect falls at the feet of the IT security profession," Street says. "It is IT security that, too often, is failing the business. We don't communicate risk well enough, and why the risk is worth mitigating."

Business architecture takes the fore in application portfolio analysis
For enterprise architects looking to transform complex legacy software, application portfolio analysis can be the key to aligning business investments with core capabilities. After all, companies need to know which applications they have before they can decide which ones to keep, add or abandon.

SOA governance standard goes global
The Open Group announced that its SOA Governance Framework is now an international standard, having passed its six-month ratification vote within the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechical Commission(IEC).

Writing Automated Acceptance Tests with Spec Flow
Gherkin is a domain specific language that lets us describe how our applications should behave without having to explain implementation details. Most of the above specification is free-text; there are only a few Gherkin specific keywords: Feature, Scenario, Given, When, And and Then. Everything else is free-text and is practically our documentation of how the feature is used.

Spider Silk Could Weave Biodegradable Computer Chips
Many people have heard that spider silk is a sort of supermaterial: stronger than steel, tougher than Kevlar, and yet incredibly malleable and flexible. But the silk has other properties that make it ideal for use in electronic devices. Light can travel through a silk strand as easily as it does through a fiber optic cable.

Why The Cloud Hasn't Solved The Office Paperwork Problem
Amazon now sells more eBooks than print, the DMV offers vehicle registration online and most airlines encourage online flight check-ins. Yet, these new sensations have not done away with paper alternatives.

SAS Extends Analytics Support for Unstructured Data
At its Premier Business Leadership Series here, SAS unveiled an upgraded version of its High Performance Analytic Server that adds support for Hadoop and the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS).

Force-sensing Touchpad to Reach Ultrabooks Next Year
Synaptics gave the forcepad to more than two dozen academic research groups, which were challenged to come up with novel uses for the device. It's like a touchpad, but in addition to the usual swiping gestures it can sense how much pressure is being applied, adding another dimension for control.

Quote for the day:

"Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops." -- Thomas J. Watson

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