March 02, 2013

The Open Group panel explores how the big data era now challenges the IT status quo
Big data means doing things differently — not just to manage the velocity and the volume and the variety of the data, but to really think about data fundamentally and differently.We also need to think about security, risk, and governance. If it's a "boundaryless organization" when it comes your data, either as a product or service or a resource, that control and management of which data should be exposed, which should be opened, and which should be very closely guarded all needs to be factored, determined, and implemented.

Office 365 confuses and bemuses
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) seems to enjoy confusing the world by adding more and more 'differentiated' options for its Office 365 suite. The additional editions bring the number offered for business to nine, not to mention all the other ones for education, government, and consumers. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers lose the will to live. Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Developing Well-Architected .NET Applications
Webinar: CodeFluent Entities is a unique product, integrated to Visual Studio 2008/2010/2012 which allows developers to generate components such as scripts, code, web services and UIs. The code generation process is model-first and continuous: from your declarative model, a meta-model will be inferred which code generators will then translate into code. Over 20 code generators (a.k.a. ‘producers’) are provided ‘out of the box’ and that can be combined to obtain your own application following your desired architecture, using your desired technologies.

IT Skills Shortage: The Other Critical Cliff Facing Enterprises
The shortage of IT talent is real and likely to accelerate in the near term, according to Miano. "It is not a cost issue but a demand issue," he said. Although discussions about skills gaps can become political—as some are inclined to dispute the existence of a shortage—others agree with Miano. An IBM study released late last year found that the most acute need for IT skills is in the areas of mobile computing, cloud computing, social networking and analytics.

F5 tries to stay ahead of the curve with moves into security and beyond
The idea is to combine the two companies' divergent expertise in security into one product - F5's hardware firewall and access controls alongside Websense's malware protection and content inspection. While the only immediate result of the announcement was new interoperability for BIG-IP and V-Series appliances, the main goal is to offer the option of Websense services running on F5 hardware.

Private cloud-based services to see rapid growth
Among private cloud services, IDC expects that virtual private-cloud services will dominate dedicated private cloud for companies seeking to take advantage of their speed and lower costs. Virtual private cloud also is expected to benefit from the similarity to private cloud services, especially public infrastructure as a service, which many IT users already are using as a cost-saving alternative as they replace aging IT infrastructure.

Do You Remember to Ask Why?
The more you ask why, the better your answers become. The side benefit of this is that you not only make a better decision but you leave yourself better equipped to communicate the decision to those who have to execute it. This helps all of your stakeholders get excited about what you intend to do.

The second most important BYOD security defense: user awareness
It might sound trivial at first to say that user awareness is important to security but it might be the most important non-hardware, non-software solution available. An informed user is a user who behaves more responsibly and takes fewer risks with valuable company data, including email. Not only does user education make the user aware of all the potential dangers of mobile computing, it also places a lot of the responsibility for corporate security onto the user. And that's a good thing.

Why Innovation By Brainstorming Doesn't Work
Part of what we know about the brain makes it clear why the best new ideas don’t emerge from formal brainstorming. First, the brain doesn’t make connections in a rigid atmosphere. There is too much pressure and too much influence from others in the group. The “free association” done in brainstorming sessions is often shackled by peer pressure and as a result generates obvious responses. In fact, psychologists have documented the predictability of free association.

The Progress Principle: Sparking Employee Engagement and Performance
This webcast unravels the secrets of inner work life—the usually hidden emotions, perceptions, and motivations that arise as people react to events in their work day. You’ll discover how what you say and do every day can drive positive inner work life throughout your organization and fuel great performance for the long term. In addition, you find out ways to avoid the traps that can undermine inner work life and performance.

Quote for the day:

"If you don't drive your business, you will be driven out of business." -- B. C. Forbes

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