February 02, 2013

HP's Building an Avatar to Manage Your Mobile Connections
Their idea is to give individual users an identity that transcends the many smartphones, tablets and other devices they may carry, as well as all the Wi-Fi and cellular networks they use in different situations. HP's avatar would pick the best combination of hardware and network for each situation and automatically set up and take down connections, said HP Fellow Paul Congdon, who works in the company's Networking & Communications Lab.

The Datomic Information Model
Datomic considers a database to be an information system, where information is a set of facts, and facts are things that have happened. Since one can't change the past, this implies that the databaseaccumulates facts, rather than updates places, and that while the past may be forgotten, it is immutable. Thus if someone 'changes' their address, Datomic stores the fact that they have a new address without replacing the old fact (it has simply been retracted as of this point in time).

Predictive Modeling Now “Essential” to Insurers
Findings from a new Towers Watson survey indicate that P&C insurers are seeing those opportunities in their data; and according to the “P&C Insurance Predictive Modeling Survey” of small, midsize and large personal and commercial lines carriers, the capture and transformation of data into useful information has turned into a critical differentiator of performance within the marketplace.

Cyberwarfare evolves faster than rules of engagement
As the rhetoric heats up over cyberwar -- including warnings that attacks on the U.S. are imminent and alarms that the U.S. has escalated the risk via malware attacks on Iran's nuclear program -- the rules of engagement are missing in action. The current framework of international law and treaties doesn't adequately address cyberconflict, Jody Westby, CEO of Global Cyber Risk, said Monday at the Techonomy 12 conference.

IronKey Workspace review: Windows 8 PC on a stick
IronKey's new USB is certified to use Windows To Go -- an enterprise feature of Windows 8 -- to deliver a fully portable desktop. Windows To Go can be booted up from a USB-connected external drive on PCs that meet the Windows 7 or Windows 8 certification requirements, regardless of the operating system running on the PC. While Imation doesn't promote this feature, users can also boot up this USB on any Intel-based Apple computer.

Enterprise software wars: 5 points of advice for CIOs
In short, software is eating the world. My own theory is that we are in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy. More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services--from movies to agriculture to national defense.

IBM Connect – Impactful Ideas, But Messaging Still in Motion
What IBM has not yet been able to do – even as it develops and promotes concepts like “Social Business” – is be consistent in its communication of those concepts. If 30 or so customers and partners at IBM’s own defining event cannot articulate or agree on the meaning of IBM’s core themes, that suggests that IBM has room for improvement in its communication and consistency.

Fail Fast Or Fail Smart?
The practice of being able to conduct quick, cheap and relatively painless tests, experiments or research exercises in order to gain invaluable insights, feedback, solutions to hypotheses and the like becomes vital in order to rethink, close the loop and ultimately “pivot” or change course based on integrating the new lessons into the model.

Visual Studio Gets Git
This past Wednesday Microsoft announced native support in Visual Studio for the Git distributed version control system (DVCS). Git has long been familiar in the open source world since it was created by Linus Torvalds to support the development of the Linux kernel. Since its release in 2005 it has grown in popularity and can be found supporting countless private and public projects. 

The CTO Role Broken Down
There is a big misconception about who should be a CTO. A CTO shouldn’t necessarily be the smartest code developer because, as a CTO, they must by definition be an integrator and a manager of people. CTO’s have to understand the entire organization. Specifically, they need to understand what all of the technical parts of the team are up to, what all the players in the organization are up to, and what the programs are that are underway.

Quote for the day:

"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat." --F. Scott Fitzgerald, American writer

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