January 25, 2013

Toward a Science of Security
The past few years have seen a growing push within the research community to develop a science of security. Leading funding agencies, such as the US National Science Foundation and the US Department of Defense, have initiated research programs specifically promoting the study of security as a science. The motivation behind these programs is to develop a systematic body of knowledge with strong theoretical and empirical underpinnings

Screening lean: Getting to the bottom of that resume pile
Carolyn Thompson, author of Ten Easy Steps to a Perfect Resume (BookSurge), Ten Steps to Finding the Perfect Job (BookSurge) and Ten Secrets to Getting Promoted (CreateSpace), not only counsels job seekers on how to land a position, she is also heavily involved in recruiting. In a recent conversation with tEDmag.com, she offered this advice.

What will we do when machines do all the work?
“I do not expect this to happen in the very near future, but I do believe that by 2045, machines will be able to do if not any work that humans can do, then a very significant fraction of the work that humans can do.”  said Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering at Rice University who also directs the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology there.

Hadoop will be in most advanced analytics products by 2015, Gartner says
The Hadoop open source programming framework for large-scale data analysis is already one of the highest-profile technologies in the "big data" market, but users can expect it to become even more prevalent over the next couple of years, according to Gartner.

Project management lessons learned shouldn't be limited to postmortems
The majority of the items that come up in a lessons-learned session relate only to the project just completed. The same team, however, will not be on the next project; the issues related to a specific project will not be the same on the next project; and the technology will be different on the next project. As a result, any team-, project- or technology-specific items are not useful in a lessons-learned context.

How to Align Your New Solution with Business Needs
More choices and more users often result in a solution design that provides less – as in less-than-satisfactory – alignment with business needs and goals. But by systematically assessing the key drivers of solution design, you can determine the solution that will truly align with your business needs, in spite of more choices and more users.

Tape Storage Finds New Life in the Enterprise and Beyond
Long considered slow and outdated, tape is holding on in many enterprises that need cost-effective, long-term storage, and it's even finding new applications in the virtualized and increasingly video-centric world of IT. Despite declining shipments of equipment over the past several years, tape is increasingly important in some environments, especially large organizations that deal with mountains of information. The relic isn't as obsolete as it seemed.

New molecules could bring super-dense, solid-state hard disk alternatives
An international team of researchers led by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist has discovered a new way of making molecular memory, which stores data in individual molecules. That breakthrough could help the technology graduate from labs to data centers and drive down its manufacturing costs.

Why HR Can't Innovate
The worst part about effectively useless corporate recruiting is the notion that the best-qualified candidate for a job is the one willing to climb over the most piles of broken glass to get the job. No wonder hiring managers take a person who is more likely to be the most-compliant—rather than the most-talented—candidate. We could call this person the Last Candidate Standing.

Big data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity
MGI studied big data in five domains—healthcare in the United States, the public sector in Europe, retail in the United States, and manufacturing and personal-location data globally. Big data can generate value in each. For example, a retailer using big data to the full could increase its operating margin by more than 60 percent. If US healthcare were to use big data creatively and effectively to drive efficiency and quality, the sector could create more than $300 billion in value every year.

Quote for the day:

"Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely." -- Auguste Rodin

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