November 07, 2012

Developing an Information Strategy
An information strategy, whether broad or narrow in scope, requires a strategic context. We must avoid information requirements planning with no strategic purpose having been defined and no management framework in place. The converse—a strategy that does not consider information resources—is equally unhelpful. Information requires a strategy every bit as much as a strategy requires information.

Deficiency of innovation in Indian IT
We have bred inefficiencies in our workforce. If we step back a little, at a collegiate level too, our students have never been able to shake off primitive theories and largely irrelevant curriculums. Phaneesh Murthy, CEO, iGATE, Global Growth Company member of the World Economic Forum runs through both these areas.

HP simplifies automated software testing suite
"Applications used to be delivered every year, or every year and a half. Now they are delivered on an iterative basis, sometimes every month." UFT 11.5, due to be released early next month, has been updated to better accommodate this more rapid pace of development, Carmel said.

Free Tool: TDD for WCF Testing with wcfstorm-lite
Think of wcfstorm-lite as the Visual Studio WCF Test Client on steroids, plus the ability to save an executed request/response as a test case, plus some of the functionality that Fiddler gives you around watching the interaction between a client and a service (and viewing messages in a variety of ways).

Insider: A Debugging Story
Peter Vogel looks at debugging from a different specific: One incident whose resolution depended, in part, on understanding who'd already searched for the bug and the history of the bug itself.

How to Use the New Analytic Functions in SQL Server 2012
Learn how the new functions that perform calculations on ordered data sets in this excerpt from "Murach's SQL Server 2012 for Developers." by Bryan Syverson and Joel Murach; copyright 2012; published by Mike Murach & Associates

Blueprint for a Big Data Solution
One of the most challenging tasks when getting started with Hadoop and building a big data solution is figuring out how to take the tools you have and put them together. The Hadoop ecosystem encompasses about a dozen different open-source projects. How do we pick the right tools for the job?

iZettle launches Square-style mobile payments in the UK
Square's European rival iZettle is expanding to its second market in as many weeks. Swedish company iZettle allows SMEs, hobby businesses and sole traders to take payments from customers using just a phone and an iZettle reader, doing away with the need for a chip and PIN card reader and merchant account with a bank.

VirnetX wins Apple patent infringement case
Apple contended that the patents were invalid, and denied any infringement. However, the U.S. court found that VirnetX's case -- filed in 2010 -- was valid, and awarded $368.2 million in damages, rather than the original $708 million the patent-holding firm sought.

Researcher Finds Critical Vulnerabilities in Sophos Antivirus Product
Security researcher Tavis Ormandy discovered critical vulnerabilities in the antivirus product developed by U.K.-based security firm Sophos and advised organizations to avoid using the product on critical systems unless the vendor improves its product development, quality assurance and security response practices.

Singapore claims highest understanding of cloud in APAC
Companies in Singapore are the most confident of their knowledge about cloud computing across the Asia-Pacific region, thanks to the strong push and lead by the government for enterprise cloud adoption and national efforts to attract service providers to make datacenter investments in the country.

Quote for the day:

"There are so many men who can figure costs, and so few who can measure values." -- Unknown

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