October 14, 2012

30 big data project takeaways
Technology executives are hopping on the big data bandwagon at a rapid clip as they run Hadoop pilots, eye internal information streams and struggle to find talent. Here's a look at 30 big data takeaways over the last two weeks via a conference at Temple University as well as ZDNet's TechLines roundtable discussion last week.

Using the new .NET CLR without recompiling
One of the lesser known capabilities of the new CLR is in-process side-by-side execution. This allows applications that were built on an older version of .NET (before 4.0) to use the new features of the updated CLR without even having to recompile your code!

Cisco, Netapp Announce Pre-Configured Platform for SMBs
ExpressPod integrates Cisco UCS (Unified Computing System) C-Series servers, NetApp FAS2220 or FAS2240 (Fabric-Attached Storage) arrays, and Cisco Nexus 3048 switches with infrastructure management. ExpressPod supports an open ecosystem of management and hypervisors.

Enterprise IT Architecture: Goals, Trends and Perspectives
The Zachman framework is a particularly helpful framework to employ; it’s a formal and highly structured way of viewing and defining enterprise architecture. The Zachman framework is possibly the best such business architecture framework for analysis of an enterprise IT strategy as it identifies individual components in a strategy as they relate to processes, organizational structure and key stakeholders.

Employee Recognition: 5 Keys from Taj Hotels Resorts
Many best practices for recognition can be gleaned from a company that many in the west are unfamiliar with, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, which operates 93 luxury hotels across India and 16 other hotels in other parts of the world.

Apple Maps Accidentally Reveals Highly Sensitive Taiwanese Radar Installation
Taiwanese defense officials will ask Apple to blur satellite imagery of a previously unknown radar facility meant to provide early warning in case of a missile attack from mainland China, after the installation was accidentally outted on Apple's new Maps app.

Creative Direction - 8 Ideas for When Creativity Is Too Easy or Hard - Mike Brown
If the two creative extremes Salvador Dali offered aren’t very good answers, what can you do to move your creative reality somewhere in between? You want to have strategies to turn both creative extremes into challenging, workable creative successes. Here are four strategies for each creative extreme.

CIO Succession Plans Lacking, Study Finds
IT pros are accustomed to handling unexpected crises, such as when hardware fails or a cloud service has an outage. But it seems many IT leaders haven't considered what will happen if they're suddenly unable to work.

Scientists Build a Digital Camera That Can Be Absorbed by the Body
What if there were a disposable digital camera that you could eat after using? Sounds bizarre, but it already exists. Scientists in the US are working on uber-thin electronics that can be dissolved inside the human body once their job is done.

Google rolls out major Street View upgrade
Street View coverage has been broadened in 11 countries, including the U.S., Sweden, the U.K., Italy and Singapore, and special collections have been launched for South Africa, Japan, Spain, France, Brazil, Mexico and other countries.

Quotes for the day:

"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." -- John Cage

"Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together." -- Jesse Jackson

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