February 27, 2013

What's the Real Truth About IT Process Automation?
One thing to keep in mind is you get what you pay for. Although ancient advice, it still makes sense, especially in today's confusing world of enterprise software applications and IT process automation. As you approach your "crawl, walk, run" to ITPA, consider selecting a platform that scales. Plan for success so when you start "running," your gear can carry you the distance.

Application-specific passwords weaken Google's two-factor authentication, researchers say
The problem is, "ASPs are -- in terms of enforcement -- not actually application-specific at all!" the Duo Security researchers said Monday in a blog post. "If you create an ASP for use in (for example) an XMPP chat client, that same ASP can also be used to read your email over IMAP, or grab your calendar events with CalDAV."

Knowledge | Part 4: Influencing Right Action with the Right Insight
This video examines the drivers and emerging best practices of having the right knowledge for: Voice of the Customer Feedback: Knowing how to move satisfied customers to long-term loyal and committed partners;  Internal Team Feedback: Measuring the impact of your customer facing resources; Relationship Data Points: Measuring the alignment between your organization and the Customer; Strategic Account Plans: Developing an ongoing internal/external account review strategy; and Joint and Balanced Scorecards: Closing the loop with metrics on collaborative customer/supplier performance

Are Cyber Attacks on the Rise?
It's clear that the sophistication and determination of cyber attackers continues to rise dramatically. A months-long investigation by The Times last week alleges the origin of a spate of attacks coming from the Chinese military, a charge its government vehemently denies despite a deep trove of evidence pointing its way including a 76-page report from the cyber security consultancy Mandiant, based on extensive research.

How To Embrace Change In Today’s Organizations
When it comes to successfully leading today’s organizations, one skill that’s been growing in importance and need is the ability to manage change. While many of us have read about various organizations to understand how they’ve dealt with change, Tanveer Naseer shares an experiment done with crows to highlight some key lessons we can glean from this research on how to embrace change.

The role of software-defined networks in cloud computing
SDN is increasingly accepted as the path to "cloud networking," meaning the transformation of networks and services to support the use of cloud computing on a massive scale. Navigating the various missions and technology models of SDNs is critical to properly position cloud services and realize advantages of cloud computing.

Samsung Knox – An IT Perspective
Samsung KNOX is a tremendous step forward and is something both Jamie and her IT counterpart should be excited about. For Jamie it means IT does not fuss with her personal stuff, but she gets access to the information she needs from the hot new smartphone or tablet she actually wants to carry. For IT KNOX means a more secure version of Android with secure boot, government-grade encryption of data at rest and in transit, and the ability to completely isolate business content from personal content in a secure container.

Intel Releases Hadoop Software Primed for its Own Chips
The Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop includes core pieces of the data analysis platform that Intel is releasing as open-source software, as well as deployment and tuning tools that Intel developed itself and which are not open source. Organizations will be more willing to expand their investments in Hadoop if they know there's a consistent distribution backed by a big, stable vendor like Intel, said Boyd Davis

The Culture of Comaking with Jeff Patton
Jeff Patton helps teams build better products by helping them understand their users in a more thoughtful manner. By using the principles of comaking, teams begin to take more responsibility for their projects and their outcomes, thereby creating a more streamlined process of meeting their users' needs and having fun while doing it.

U.K., India Sign Cybersecurity Pact
What's particularly interesting is that the agreement-- framed as designed to improve "the protection of personal data and sensitive commercial and government information" -- may herald much greater use of offshoring and outsourcing of U.K. state information and communications technology (ICT) work to India. "Other countries securing their data is effectively helping us secure our data," Cameron said during his visit to India. "The threat in terms of cybersecurity comes from all sorts of different places and organizations -- a lot of it is criminal.

Quote for the day:

"Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get." -- Ray Kroc

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