September 02, 2013

Application-defined networking grows with variety of vendor approaches
Cisco Systems recently announced its Application Centric Infrastructure initiative that would enable applications to run in any environment, cloud or traditional data center, virtually or on bare metal. The goal is that users will be able to specify application requirements via open interfaces, and the infrastructure will automatically supply network, compute and storage needs.

Postgres 9.2 invites large-scale enterprise deployment
Perhaps most notably, Postgres 9.2 can now run as a single instance across 64 processor cores, a big bump from the previous official limit of 16 cores in version 9.1. The new version can also write and read the data much more quickly than before. ... As for performance, Postgres can now respond to as many as 350,000 read queries per second, four times as many as previous versions, according to the software's developers. It can perform up to 14,000 writes per second, five times as many as before.

ITIL Dinner Conversation: "Please Pass the Whine"
You can’t force ITIL down someone’s throat, especially if it’s devoid of specific implementation guidance. To make people accountable you must give them very specific goals and objectives and guidance on how to achieve those goals. The more specific the better. That leaves less room for interpretation and more focus on execution

Next Microsoft CEO Faces Rocky Road in Easing NSA-Fueled Privacy Worries
In the latest fallout from the NSA's terrorist-hunting, the German national weekly newspaper Die Zeit reported that experts are warning the government not to use Windows 8 or its successor because they contain a backdoor that could be exploited by the U.S. agency Ironically, the offending technology, called Trusted Computing, is the foundation for a much higher level of security than what has existed in Windows PCs in the past.

The hot, confusing mess that is digital privacy
Here’s the TL;DR version: The secret court has no idea what’s going on and no real way to to find out other than by taking the NSA’s word for it. Its power to rule on the legality of certain actions is hamstrung as a result. The NSA seems actually to kind ofcare about doing things legally, but even it has a hard time keeping track of the deluge of data it’s collecting.

Agile vs. Waterfall development: Embracing each method appropriately
By comparison, Agile seems more natural. It's adaptive, flexible and responsive, and you don't have to go back to the beginning if you encounter a problem. Do not pass "Go," do not collect $200. Scope creep isn't a problem, because Agile is about getting something out the door. It is the opposite of the Waterfall method, which can be like a Pekingese in need of a haircut when it hits a wall -- unable to maneuver quickly around new obstacles or requirements.

Game On! 6 Tips for Gamification in a Global Workforce
Gamification – or setting up game-like rewards to motivate people – hits nearly every one of the factors on the happiness at work list: ambition, challenge, a sense of purpose and mastery. Walmart’s program, for example, gives associates an “on the sales floor” game experience to teach them about the company’s products, processes, and culture. Gamification engages while training the workforce, especially remotely.

Adventures in Data Profiling (Part 4)
One of the possibilities is that we could have postal addresses from countries that do not have a postal code system. Just a few examples would be: Aruba, Bahamas (sorry fellow fans of the Beach Boys, but both Jamaica and Bermuda have a postal code system, and therefore I could not take you down to Kokomo), Fiji (home of my favorite bottled water), and Ireland (home of my ancestors and inventors of my second favorite coffee).

The Fail-Safe Organization
Getting to know people better does not require team lunches, parties, potlucks, or the occasional random surprise afternoon off to see the new Star Trek movie. These well-intentioned “team builders” may be fun but they don’t do a lot to build teams. Mostly what builds teams is trust among the people in them. Trust is something we build by getting to know people day in and day out in the context of our work together—and by letting people get to know us.

6 Ways To Develop Internal IT Talent
Prioritizing and rewarding employee skills development can improve hiring and retention, for starters. It can also help build internal technical expertise, even in organizations that lack a robust centralized IT department. Take heed, small and midsize business (SMB) pros. "I am a firm believer that technology-savvy people are always looking to improve their knowledge and work with cutting-edge technology," said Rona Borre, CEO and founder of IT recruitment firm Instant Technology, in an email interview.

Quote for the day:

"Failure is the line of least persistence." --W.A. Clarke

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