December 05, 2012

Amazon Seeks to Disrupt Datacenter Economics 
"The economics of what we're doing are extremely disruptive for old guard technology companies," said Andy Jassy, senior VP of Amazon Web Services, in yesterday's opening keynote address. "These are companies that have lived on 60 to 80 percent gross margins for many, many years, and in fact they set expectations that that's what they are doing. This is what they communicate externally."

SMS Vulnerability in Twitter, Facebook and Venmo
Twitter users with SMS enabled are vulnerable to an attack that allows anyone to post to their account. The attacker only needs knowledge of the mobile number associated with a target’s Twitter account. Messages can then be sent to Twitter with the source number spoofed.

Mobile is eating the world
The world today is focusing on the software that increasingly powers everything thanks to ubiquitous broadband and mobile connectivity, and the barriers to creating applications that leverage the connection to the billions strong digital population of the planet have never been lower.

9 Ways to Sell Your IT Outsourcing Plan to the CFO
"The challenge is that the CIO team often doesn't speak the same language as the CFO team," says Daniel Masur, a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of law firm Mayer Brown. "They don't speak in the same terms. They don't use the same concepts. And, as a result, they just talk past each other."

EMC and VMware spin out big data/cloud division
VMware and EMC today confirmed rumors that have been circulating for weeks that it would spin out its big data and platform as a service (PaaS) cloud products into a new division within the company named Pivotal Initiative, which will be led by former VMware chief Paul Maritz (pictured).

Dev Disasters -- Why They Happen, How to Overcome Them
Whatever the reason, mistakes are something everyone makes. What separates the everyday developer from the truly outstanding one is not the mistake -- it's what's learned from the mistake, and whether those lessons are applied to future projects.

Talend Adds Support for NoSQL Databases and Hadoop Profiling
Talend 5.2 adds the capability to profile Hadoop big data, or gauge the quality and condition of various forms of data stored across an enterprise in an effort to reduce costly data duplication, incompleteness and inconsistency.

Choosing the Right Key Performance Indicators for Data Centers
A September survey of 5,000 data center professionals my company conducted highlighted the metrics that these professionals deal with daily. ... The responses to these straightforward questions indicated a lack of clarity into vital data center performance metrics. What are these issues and their associated metrics for optimal performance?

More IT Pros Going Independent by Choice
There are nearly 17 million independent workers in the U.S., according to a recent MBO Partners study. This number is expected to grow to a whopping 50 percent of the U.S. workforce by 2020, according to the study. The likely culprit has been the poor economy but OnForce's findings challenge that notion.

IETF vs. ITU: Internet Standards Face-Off
A battle is brewing between two standards bodies - the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) - over which group will be the primary source of the underlying communications protocols that allow the Internet to operate in the future.

How to Create an Innovation Ecosystem
If your organization relies heavily on individual innovation, consider creating your own innovation reef, where creative problem-solving experts develop a network of individuals skilled in bringing new ideas to market. There are three essential elements to creating this in your company:

Quote for the day:

"Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today." -- Benjamin Franklin

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