April 18, 2013

Don't Be the Office Tech Dinosaur
"The speed of change makes you uncomfortable on a regular basis," he says. "That's so difficult for people who are paying mortgages, buying cars, trying to give their kids the things they had, to get them through school. You want to feel confident in the last 15 years of your career that after 25 or 30 years of effort, it's just going to work," he says. "But it isn't so. And I don't think you ever get over the fear of not knowing."

Big-data science requires SDN, Internet2 chief says
"The genomics community finds very little in our current-generation Internet that is capable of supporting the needs they have," Lambert said. SDN will let developers invent new networking methods suited to the needs of different applications, he said. nInternet2 is operating a live, production pilot for SDN as well as a high-speed backbone to give academic users plenty of bandwidth for new applications.

Frequent Releases – Confessions of a Project Manager
Could it be that this goal puts excessive time pressure on the team, forcing us to rush through our testing processes and improperly validate a release before it has to go out of the door? Would a three-monthly release cycle have meant that this bug was spotted? Well, I really don’t think so. In fact, I think our release frequency means that we are more likely to spot bugs and better able to recover from them quickly.

The situational CIO
You might change your skills and focus, you might help change your company’s strengths and focus, or you might fill in the gaps. You might also realize that there is no fit—or that there is not likely to be one—and accept that it’s time to move to another company where there’s a more natural fit. This paper explores what being strategic should mean and provides a framework for how the CIO can be more strategic in serving the business while handling other responsibilities the position demands. We call this the situational CIO.

Measuring the Business Value of Cloud Computing
“Can you help me build a business case and ROI for cloud computing?” Well, yes… and no. The issue is that cloud computing has such a massive impact on how IT is delivered that many of the metrics and KPIs that are typically used at many enterprises don’t capture it. I mean, how do you capture Agility – really?

6 Actions of Great Managers
How would you measure yourself as a manager? There are plenty of good business leaders out there, but what separates the good from the great? Every situation is different, but we have consistently seen six qualities--all of which must be juggled simultaneously--that great managers demonstrate.

Latest US research shows proliferation of hybrid clouds
In terms of hybrid cloud preferences, there were three scenarios that respondents wanted to see to improve performance: Ability to easily move an entire application from one cloud to another, on either a short or long-term basis; Ability for an application in one cloud to easily access data in another; and Ability to use or manage the resources of separate clouds as a single, combined pool of resources

Why You Should Care About Data Mining
Data mining is also the basis for so-called predictive analytics. Predictive analytics involve applying mathematical techniques to historical data to build a predictive analytic model. Such a model predicts how likely something is to be true or the likely value or order of something. A predictive analytic model is created using many of the same techniques found in data mining but focuses those techniques on making predictions about what is likely to be true in the future.

Cloud Computing SLAs: What You Should Ask
The promises of performance, storage and savings in a cloud deployment are only as strong as your service level agreement. Even as cloud users become more savvy and vendors more capable, there remain a slew of tricky issues surrounding what is expected and what is realistic. Here are seven of the most pertinent issues you should address with your cloud computing SLA and master service agreements, according to a recent discussion between Winston Bumpus of DMTF, John Pereira of Intel and ODCA, and Mark Thiele of Switch Inc

Outgoing Intel CEO knocks Windows 8, predicts $200 touch PCs this year
"There is an adoption curve," Otellini acknowledged, talking about Windows 8 and its "Modern" user interface (UI), a radical overhaul of the traditional desktop. "We didn't quite have that same kind of adoption curve in Windows 7 versus XP before it. This requires a little bit of training." Otellini, however, did say, "Once you get over that adoption curve, I don't think you go back." He also argued, as have most analysts and many Windows 8 users, that on a touch-enabled device Windows 8 is easier to use than Windows 7

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"The way to success is to brand yourself not your business" -- Anonymous

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