July 30, 2013

Are Conditions Right for a Chief Data Officer?
If we substitute "information" for "money", we have roughly similar picture. Everyone gathers it. Everyone uses it. But who is looking out for the big picture? Making sure that the information assets are working as hard as possible, that value is safeguarded, that it's being used appropriately? ... we're in the early days of business leaders starting to take their information assets very seriously: maximizing value, avoiding risks and safeguarding information assets.

Encrypting Backup Data for HIPAA and PCI Compliance
Stored data is a top target by hackers, especially the type of data that can be used for fraud and medical identity theft – within the healthcare industry in particular, encrypting stored data to meet HIPAA compliance is one way to avoid the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule and keep data secure.

Is the CMO now the Chief API Officer?
While the CIO budget is shrinking, the CMO budget is bulging. Often, I see instances where a CIO will go to the CMO for help and have them write the check. The CMO has become the king of IT without you knowing it. It helps them to track everything their potential customers are doing. Often they are now responsible for analysis and identifying emerging trends – which of course they can leverage for more effective campaigns.

IT Governance: Way to Succeed
“Given the growing complexity of the CIO role, the future CIO may find that appointing a CTO or a deputy is necessary. The deputy focuses on “keeping the lights on” - this will enable the CIO to capture opportunities that are advantageous to the organisation by strengthening the stage and supporting the management in advancing new ways of thinking and operating.”

Enabling Microservice Architectures with Scala
Kevin Scaldeferri, reports on using Scala for an SBT plug-in, for unit and functional testing, type-safe shared configuration using Zookeeper, and live inventory with WebSocket and Akka Actors. ... He has spoken at OSCON, YAPC, several user groups, and given internal tech talks on a variety of topics such as "How to Serve a Billion Requests a Day with Perl", "Beautiful Concurrency with Erlang", SBT, and more.

What cloud bursting and disaster recovery mean for hybrid cloud
Clearly, cloud bursting represents a more agile approach for a disaster strategy. If growth in an application's workload can trigger cloud bursting, a reduction in available resources to the application -- server or even data center failure -- could also trigger it. This DR strategy could deal with not only a complete data center failure but also limited equipment, software or even network failures.

Cybercrime 'bigger threat than nuclear war', UK lawmakers say
Committee Chair and MP Keith Vaz said:  "We are not winning the war on online criminal activity. We are being too complacent about these E-wars because the victims are hidden in cyberspace. The threat of a cyber attack to the U.K. is so serious it is marked as a higher threat than a nuclear attack."

The Center of Analytics Success Takes on Communication Skills
An analyst at a global advisory firm says that communication skills are an “area for improvement” for CIOs—especially for individuals who want to “help lead the transformation of their companies." And another study found that 41% of survey respondents suggested communication skills were even more important than technical skills to ensure IT success!

Why Commenting Code Is Still a Bad Idea
To make life easier for the next developer, code should be written and rewritten to be as obvious as possible. What's left for comments to do is explain what the compiler doesn't have access to: why the code is there. Adding comments to explain how your code does its job -- which (I think) some readers were recommending -- is not the solution. It's just adding more cost.

The Countdown Begins: Support for Windows XP Ends on April 8, 2014
Computers running Windows XP routinely experience a significantly higher malware infection rate than computers running any other supported version of Windows. Much of the elevated infection rate on Windows XP can be attributed to the fact that some of the key built-in security features included with more recent versions of Windows are not present in Windows XP.

Quote for the day:

"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?" -- Donald Trump

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