June 10, 2013

Automated Verification of Design Patterns: A Case Study
Given the complexity of design verification and the frequency by which they need be carried out, practitioners also need tools that automate and report any conflicts between design and implementation at the click of a button. However, these needs have so far been di cult to reconcile in practice. Proving and preserving the conformance of a program to its design documentation is largely an unsolved problem.

Google Biometrics Tests Show There's No Magic Pill for Passwords
Regina Dugan, who leads special projects at Google-owned Motorola, disclosed at the All Things Digital conference last week that the company was experimenting with the new forms of biometrics. The technologies are a long way from adoption, but they reflect the boldness with which Google is looking for password alternatives.

Silk platform combines blogging and data visualization
Silk mixes unstructured blogging with structured data, allowing you to visualize and query the structured portion of your information. "Explore" lets you generate a sortable table; bar, line or pie chart; or map (oddly, Silk will attempt to map non-geographic data, such as plotting "iOS" in Greece). Visualizations can be filtered interactively to look at just some columns or only records that meet certain criteria.

Business Analytics Will Be Central for Business Reinvention-Gartner
“We are rapidly heading towards a world of analytics everywhere,” said Dan Sommer Principal Research Analyst at Gartner. “Gartner predicts that analytics will reach 50 per cent of potential users by 2014. By 2020, that figure will be 75 per cent, and we will be in a world where systems of record, systems of differentiation and systems of innovation are enabling IT, business and individuals to analyze data in a much denser fashion than before.

Strategic capacity planning in virtualized data centers
Virtualization is great for streamlining data center operations, but overstuffing servers can easily backfire. The technology is here to stay, so IT teams must look to strategic capacity planning and make the most of their hardware or end up wrangling with inefficiencies in the future. Virtualization expert David Davis talks about maximizing server space, capacity planning tools and the challenges of capacity planning.

DHCS Unveils Enterprise Architecture Plan
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) unveiled its enterprise architecture plan, a technology blueprint to make progress on it's nearly $1 billion project portfolio and help implement the Affordable Care Act in California. In a presentation led by DHCS CIO and Deputy Director Chris Cruz, Enterprise Architect Ben Word and Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Linette Scott, the department laid out it's guiding principles and detailed plans including business, information and technical architectures.

Meta-Decisions: Agreeing on the criteria before discussing the alternatives
In general, the difficulty in reaching an agreement is caused by the fact that different people are forming their opinions using different criteria. Thus, the solution to reduce the time spent in discussions and to make decisions faster is to first agree on the criteria that should be applied when choosing among the several options.

What Managers Can Do To Support Agile Transformation
In a phrase, Agile practices rely on building a collaborative culture. That means the HR department needs to create appropriate teams for the projects at hand, implement fluid systems of engagement versus the more stolid, rigid structures that used to serve organisations well and foster an environment that supports continuous learning at all levels of the enterprise.

3 Lessons From 5 Years Of Federal Data Center Consolidation Delays
Obviously, data center consolidation is more difficult than anyone expected it to be, a reality I've seen firsthand while working on the effort. The problems aren't unique to the public sector. A lack of record keeping and plain old resistance to change are universal human traits. I've learned a few lessons that may help make enterprise data center consolidation efforts more efficient than the feds have thus far been.

Intel unveils Thunderbolt 2
Thunderbolt 2, which had previously only been known by its code name Falcon Ridge, is a reworking of the original Thunderbolt interface to offer 20Gbps of bidirectional transfer rate. ... Thunderbolt made use of four independent 10Gbps channels, two upstream and two downstream, whereas Thunderbolt 2 combines these four channels into two 20Gbps bi-direction channels.

Quote for the day:

"Liberty is the right to do what I like; license, the right to do what you like." -- Bertrand Russell

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