April 07, 2013

Do You Need a Data Scientist?
The perception exists that you need a data scientist to capitalize on big data, but how do you find such a person and what do you do if your organization doesn’t have one? Krish Krishnan discusses the important skills needed and advises how to fill the data scientist role in the organization.

Choosing the Right ESB for Your Integration Needs
Different applications within companies and between different companies need to communicate with each other. The Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) has been established as a tool to support application integration. But what is an ESB? When is it better to use an integration suite? And which product is best suited for the next project? This article explains why there is no silver bullet and why an ESB can also be the wrong choice. Selecting the right product is essential for project success.

Hackers target Israeli websites
Yitzhak Ben Yisrael, of the government's National Cyber Bureau, said hackers had mostly failed to shut down key sites. "So far it is as was expected, there is hardly any real damage," Ben Yisrael said. "Anonymous doesn't have the skills to damage the country's vital infrastructure. And if that was its intention, then it wouldn't have announced the attack of time. It wants to create noise in the media about issues that are close to its heart," he said.

Handwritten Notes Are a Rare Commodity. They're Also More Important Than Ever.
While saying "thank you" is important, the beauty of a well-crafted handwritten note is that it can show deeper investment and appreciation than a simple thank-you can. It can follow up on a conversation, remind someone they're not forgotten, raise new issues, or even include a gift, like Bridgett's, that carries its own meaning. ... these simple acts of investment, remembrance, gratitude, and appreciation can show the people who matter to your life and business that they are important to you.

A Personal History of Compilation Speed, Part 2
Borland's other languages with "Turbo" in the name--like Turbo C--weren't even remotely close to the compilation speeds of Turbo Pascal. Even Turbo Assembler was slower, thanks in part to the usual step of having to run a linker. So what made Turbo Pascal so fast?

Disney closes LucasArts, will outsource development on future titles
A statement from LucasArts reads: "After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. “As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles."

Women & Leadership: Ten Critical Steps Forward
A post for women and men who seek to empower stronger and better leadership in a world of unprecedented change, challenges and opportunities. The future lies in the hands of those who can empower and enable others. It is time for women and men to light the fire of human potential, of great leadership; doing so starts with women leading forward!

Gartner's Technology Trends for Information Infrastructure
Big Data, NoSQL databases and In-Memory computing are some of the technologies that will play key role in modernizing information management in 2013 and beyond, according to Gartner. A recent report released by Gartner team identifies the top technology trends that will have impact on the information infrastructure and governance.

Robot recruiters
Some insights are counter-intuitive. For instance, firms routinely cull job candidates with a criminal record. Yet the data suggest that for certain jobs there is no correlation with work performance. Indeed, for customer-support calls, people with a criminal background actually perform a bit better. Likewise, many HR departments automatically eliminate candidates who have hopped from job to job. But a recent analysis of 100,000 call-centre workers showed that those who had job-hopped in the past were no more likely to quit quickly than those who had not.

Mark Zuckerberg Might Be Right About Moore’s Law Of Sharing
So Zuckerberg sees the overshare, not just as a platform-specific phenomenon, but a societal phenomenon. He believes we’ll be sharing more “in the world” beyond Facebook. Assuming he’s right about the anthropology here, how could our technology allow sharing double, double, and double again?

Quote for the day:

"Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself." -- Thomas J. Watson

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