December 08, 2013

Beyond Data Mining
This article compares and contrasts the four kinds of miners: Algorithm miners explore tuning parameters in data mining algorithms; Landscape miners reveal the shape of the decision space; Decision miners comment on how best to change a project; and Discussion miners help the community debate trade-offs regarding the different decisions. Note that algorithm and landscape mining are more research-focused activities that explore the miners' internal details.

The Discipline of Digital Disruption
As an enterprise architect, I’ve been helping design businesses for over 20 years, and I can attest that companies haven’t mastered the basics of dealing with the existing daily disruptions that arise. Throwing emerging technology into the mix of disruption is one more complicating factor that many organizations simply aren’t equipped to handle. Companies want technology to disrupt to their advantage, but they don’t have the discipline to avert disaster or misdirection.

Intel CIO Kimberly Stevenson is working to deliver products faster and drive revenue
Kimberly Stevenson, a corporate vice president and CIO at Intel, has spent her professional career immersed in technology, working for some of the world's most recognized technology companies. Not surprisingly, she's a vocal champion for IT and how it will transform business and society. "I love to see all this disruption coming in all different industries, and it's all coming from IT," says Stevenson, one of four finalists for the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award.

Vulnerability Counts, Remediation and Risk
Every year there are thousands of new vulnerabilities published. It’s important to understand that this isn’t the same as the number of vulnerabilities that exist, nor is it the same as the number of vulnerabilities you have in your environment. In fact, there are probably thousands more vulnerabilities that exist that haven’t been published. Those would fall into the category of zero-days; conditions that are not publicly known.

Trends: Seven Priorities In The Shift From CMO to Chief Digital Officer
Unfortunately the shift to digital requires a greater reliance on technology. Historically, CMOs relied on IT for help on the database or CRM system or even the website. However consumerization of technology and the cloud have now given marketers more control on their technology destiny. In fact, a recent post by fellow analyst Gavin Heaton on “CMO to CIO, It’s time we talked” highlights many of these new challenges.

A Programmer's Guide to Data Mining
"This guide follows a learn-by-doing approach. Instead of passively reading the book, I encourage you to work through the exercises and experiment with the Python code I provide. I hope you will be actively involved in trying out and programming data mining techniques. The textbook is laid out as a series of small steps that build on each other until, by the time you complete the book, you have laid the foundation for understanding data mining techniques. This book is available for download for free under a Creative Commons license"

What's Your Relationship with the Cloud?
Word on the street is the accounting profession might be ready to embrace the cloud — in a full on relationship — and vice versa. Like any meaningful relationship, there are different stages: the joy of new love, the longstanding relationship, and sometimes the dismal state of separation. Not sure where your relationship with the cloud stands? Read on

Writing Automated Tests with Jazz Automation
Jazz Automation differs from other automated testing frameworks by allowing test writers to describe how software features work in plain and understandable English. Most automated testing frameworks, such as Selenium and Cucumber, require programming in languages like Java and Ruby before tests are executed. Jazz Automation provides an abstraction layer, removing programming requirements from test writers and configurators.

Lean & Enterprise Architecture: The seven deadly wastes of Enterprise Architects
We believe EA is a powerful and often indispensible aid for organizations. However, not all EA initiatives are a great success. We see many EA practitioners struggle to keep EA on the agenda. It is then a common reflex to say: “They don’t understand us; they only want quick fixes instead of doing the right thing for the long term”. But let’s take a closer look at our own behavior as Enterprise Architects, from a Lean perspective. A truly Lean Enterprise Architect ensures that all EA activities create value. In practice, however, we see a lot of behavior that does the opposite.

VITA: Application Framework
VITA is a framework for creating .NET applications that work with databases. It is a powerful implementation of pure .NET ORM. Supports modular construction of complex applications, query and data caching. It supports data models distributed over multiple databases. Provides built-in Authorization framework. Works with MS SQL Server 2008/2012, MS SQL Compact Edition, MySQL.

Quote for the day:
“Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.” -- Charles Baudelaire

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