January 01, 2013

9 IT Career Resolutions for 2013
The New Year is almost here. 2012 proved to be a tumultuous year for IT pros and 2013 is looking to be just as challenging. However, the IT job market has been slowly gaining strength and as more companies start growing and adding staff, employees who have been waiting for this turnaround are getting ready to spring into action. Here's CIO.com list of nine career-related resolutions to make for 2013.

Technology teaser: Who will call it right in 2013?
The world didn't end, the turkey has reached the dubious curry stage of its lifecycle, and the the tree has dropped needles all over the shag pile. This can mean only one thing. It is time for part one of the traditional Technology of Business lookahead to what 2013 holds. So select the device of your choice and settle down to find out what our experts have to say.

Enterprise Architecture -- The Missing Ingredient for CIO Success?
The best road to being a successful CIO, in my opinion, is by being a successful enterprise architect. More attention needs to be paid to enterprise architecture by CIOs and those aspiring to be CIOs. Being a great business person, communicator and leader is far from being enough to be a successful and “highest performing” CIO. It is time to embrace enterprise architecture, including the critical role it has to play in IT modernization.

Automatic encryption of secure form field data
Karl Stoney shows a simple method of automatically encrypting hidden form fields that you don't want the user to be able to change, or know the value of. An extension to the HtmlHelper, a custom ModelBinder is used to handle the decryption and also Rijndael encryption is used to secure data . That this is simply one measure to ensure the security of data, and should always validate the action at the code and finally database level, to ensure a secure application!

Microsoft Industry Reference Architecture for Banking (MIRA-B)
MIRA-B, a development and delivery framework that provides clarity on technical capabilities and implementation approaches to support enterprise IT architecture planning, helps financial institutions modularize and align business and technology assets in a predictable way. MIRA-B outlines a roadmap for the future that provides the architectural flexibility to deliver industry solutions on-premise or in the cloud.

IBM’s Reference Architecture for Creating Cloud Environments [Updated]
IBM has recently submitted the IBM Cloud Computing Reference Architecture 2.0 (CC RA) (.doc) to the Cloud Architecture Project of the Open Group, a document based on “real-world input from many cloud implementations across IBM” meant to provide guidelines for creating a cloud environment. Update: interview with Heather Kreger, one of the authors of Cloud Computing Reference Architecture.

4 Reasons Why 2013 Will Be The Year of The Innovator
Times change. Innovation is ripe again. Here are four reasons, apart from competitive pressures, why 2013 will see a surge in intelligent, strong ROI-related innovation writing, thinking and action. It could be your opportunity, too.

Data Center Consolidation and Adopting Cloud Computing in 2013
Cloud computing and virtualization continue to have an impact on all consolidation discussions, not only from the standpoint of providing a much better model for managing physical assets, but also in the potential cloud offers to solve disaster recovery shortfalls, improve standardization, and encourage or enable development of service-oriented architectures.

10 Phrases That Can Resolve Any Conflict
One of the biggest mistakes small-business owners make is trying to avoid conflict. This is problematic because in any capitalistic economy, conflict is not only an inevitable but a necessary part of all business. Through the process of “productive conflict,” companies can grow and become more profitable. The key is to be able to resolve them effectively. Authors of Perfect Phrases for Conflict Resolution Lawrence Polsky and Antoine Gerschel describe the perfect phrases to resolve any conflict.

Defrag Tools: #21 - WinDbg - Memory User Mode
In this episode of Defrag Tools, Andrew Richards, Chad Beeder and Larry Larsen continue looking at the Debugging Tools for Windows (in particular WinDbg). WinDbg is a debugger that supports user mode debugging of a process, or kernel mode debugging of a computer.

Quote for the day:

"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now" -- Alan Lakein

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