September 21, 2013

Experts praise Pentagon's march to security standards
Thwarting hackers is also behind the Pentagon's move to have all four branches of the military, defense agencies and overseas commands use the same network and security systems. The expected benefits include killing redundancies and making it easier to detect hacker-induced anomalies. The transition away from the Pentagon's current mishmash of technology unique to the various government entities is expected to take years. However, experts contacted by CSOonline said the outcome will likely justify the time and expense.

Google starts new health company to tackle aging
This is the latest project that takes Google away from its Internet search origins. The company is already developing driver-less cars and giant hot-air balloons that bring Wi-Fi to remote corners of the world. Wall Street sometimes gets unnerved by such projects because investors worry that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are not concentrating fully on the main, money-making parts of the company.

Microsoft OS Chief: One API to Rule Them All
"We really should have one silicon interface for all of our devices. We should have one set of developer APIs on all of our devices," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft's Operating Systems Engineering Group, during the company's meeting with financial analysts on Thursday. "And all of the apps we bring to end users should be available on all of our devices," he added.

Data Mining and Analysis Textbook (Free Download)
Mohammed J. Zaki, Computer Science Professor at RPI, and Wagner Meira Jr., Computer Science Professor at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, have written the textbook Data Mining and Analysis: Fundamental Concepts and Algorithms. The book is currently available as a PDF download. Based upon the chapters, the book looks very good. It contains large sections on data analysis, clustering, and classification. The final book will be published sometime in 2014.

Is Tableau the New Leader in BI?
There was a long list of features and new capabilities showcased. The demonstration of story points was the most compelling in my opinion. Interestingly, "story telling" is a key theme of QlikView.Next , announced last year and currently in beta. At the ASUG BusinessObjects user conference in Anaheim last week, SAP also showed the concept of story boards in its upcoming Lumira SP12 due in a few weeks. So far, the Tableau demonstration seemed the more robust.

Make Business Agility a Key Corporate Attribute
Today, companies must break away from the assumption of sustainable competitive advantage and embrace adaptable differentiation, i.e., develop an agility advantage. But what does this mean? Forrester defines business agility as the quality that allows an enterprise to embrace market and operational changes as a matter of routine.

New iOS 7 security hack and other grumbles
The latest version of the iPhone’s operating system currently offers a gaping hole in its old-fashioned passcode lockscreen. Jose Rodriguez...shared the technique with me. ...anyone can exploit the bug by swiping up on the lockscreen...and then opening the alarm clock. Holding the phone’s sleep button brings up the option to power it off.

The Science Behind What Naps do for Your Brain 
Millions of Chinese workers continue to put their heads on their desks for a nap of an hour or so after lunch, for example, and daytime napping is common from India to Spain. ... Sleep experts have found that daytime naps can improve many things: increase alertness, boost creativity, reduce stress, improve perception, stamina, motor skills, and accuracy, enhance your sex life, aid in weight loss, reduce the risk of heart attack, brighten your mood and boost memory.

How the financial services sector uses big data analytics to predict client behaviour
The opportunity for the sector is to unlock the potential in the data through analytics and shape the strategy for business through reliable factual insight rather than intuition. Recognising that data is a significant corporate asset, a number of organisations are appointing chief data officers following pressure to police the integrity of the numbers as last year's Economist Special Report, "Data, Data Everywhere", put it.

Your story cards are limiting your agility
Storycards are lies, unless they are directly created BY a customer, an actual customer, not by a product owner/customer proxy. If stories are created by a product owner they are hypotheses, well educated guesses as to what they think the customer wants. Product Owners try to understand the mind of the customer but no one really knows what the market will do with a product or service until it is created.

Quote for the day:

"Management is nothing more than motivating other people." -- Lee Iacocca

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