November 09, 2012

Microsoft slates first Windows 8, RT patches since launch
The Windows 8 and Windows RT security updates will be the first shipped since those operating systems' launch on Oct. 26. While Microsoft had previously issued patches for the new OSes, all but a September "out-of-band" fix for IE tackled problems in its unfinished previews, not the final code

HP urges consumer customers not to downgrade new PCs to Windows 7
"If users choose to downgrade their HP consumer desktop or notebook system, HP will continue to support the hardware but if there is an issue where HP diagnostics are required or it is determined that the loaded software or upgrade operating system is causing the issue, HP may suggest returning the system to the original Windows 8 OS."

How to save a failing project and when to walk away from one?
It is vital for PMOs to recognize the signs of a failing project and take corrective action before it is too late. In order to engineer a successful turnaround, PMOs and PMs need to watch for certain leading indicators of project failure.

10 Leadership Practices to Stop Today
The old days of command-and-control leadership are fading in favor of what might be better termed a trust-and-track method, in which people are not just told what to do, but why they are doing it. More formally, we're moving from what was called "transactional" leadership to "transformative" leadership. And there's no turning back.

Business Process Excellence Starts by Avoiding “BPM”
“There is a crying need for all of us to improve process. But if we use those three little letters – BPM – suddenly you watch audiences disappear before your eyes,” McGregor says.

GE’s Colab Brings Good Things to the Company
An internal social network at GE is mimicking all the good things that people get outside in their social lives with Facebook, says GE’s Ron Utterbeck: quick responses, connections with people they know — and coordination with people they didn’t even know were out there.

In software market, CRM, virtualization, and collaboration show strongest growth
The global software market grew 4.7 percent in the first half of this year to $167 billion, with CRM (customer relationship management), virtualization and collaboration coming in as the fastest-growing segments, according to figures released Wednesday by analyst firm IDC.

Microsoft adding in-memory technology to SQL Server
The next version of SQL Server will feature the ability to host database tables or even entire databases within a server's working memory. "Any application that is throttled by the I/O of a hard disk would benefit by [having its data] moved into memory," said Doug Leland, Microsoft general manager.

Gartner Identifies Four Futures for IT and CIOs
"We are witnessing the emergence of a new generation of CIOs, one that aims not so much to 'run' IT as to ensure that the business achieves strategic value from the use of technology," said John Mahoney, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "Although this isn't an entirely new development, the extent of the change is growing and a tipping point will be reached in the next five years."

Google allows bigger, faster Cloud SQL databases
The company has updated its Cloud SQL service, increasing the maximum size of databases tenfold and the maximum size of instances fourfold. Users can also now choose whether they want their database stored in a US or EU datacentre.

Quote for the day:

"Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time." -- Arnold Glasow

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