December 11, 2013

Telecom CIOs Seek Innovative Solutions
“From an IT perspective, the emerging challenge is to meet the changing expectations of the Indian consumers. Customers today do not go by just what is given to them. Customers have a wide range of options and if we don't provide them with what they want then they will surely move on and Mobile Number Portability (MNP) has made this even easier. At the same time MNP can be used as an opportunity as well to attract new customers with superior capabilities, offers and service. For IT, the focus is on providing cheaper services and maintaining a proper speed of delivery pipeline.

Is There Hope for Small Firms, the Have-Nots in the World of Big Data?
If it’s true, as Andrew McAfee writes, that “data-dominated firms are going to take market share, customers, and profits away from those who are still relying too heavily on their human experts,” then we can expect to see a very different business landscape some years down the road. It will be a landscape with many fewer of the small, artisan businesses that have been so important to societies for millennia.

JetBlue launches inflight Wi-Fi, promising a home broadband experience in the sky
What’s a decent connection? Perry said speed tests on FlyFi’s trial flights produced connections as fast as 20 Mbps to the device, though as with any shared wireless network, speeds are subject to fluctuations. JetBlue isn’t promising any baseline speed, however. Instead, Perry said, the airline is claiming that passengers will get a true broadband experience. They will be able to browse the web with ease, stream music, and even watch standard definition video with no interruption, he said.

Compliance in the Cloud: PaaS and the CISO
As GigaOM notes in the report Private PaaS: The next generation platform for enterprises, “the drivers behind using private PaaS extend the benefits of PaaS to environments that provide the right amount of security, compliance, and control over core business processes and data.” In fact, according to the GigaOM report: The top two drivers for enterprises that have deployed or are considering private PaaS are compliance related:

One in four cloud providers will be gone by 2015
The research firm is predicting a major consolidation in cloud services and estimates that about 25% of the top 100 IT service providers in the infrastructure space won't be around by 2015. "One in four vendors will be gone for whatever reason -- acquisition, bankruptcy," said William Maurer, a Gartner analyst. Most of the time, the changes will come through acquisition.  "There is real risk," said Maurer to a packed room for his presentation at the Gartner Data Center Conference.

SDN Market to Reach $3.1 Billion by 2017: Infonetics
"The important question that everyone wants answered is, 'What's the real market for SDN?'" Cliff Grossner, directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics, said in a statement. "It's still early days, but our research over the last two years confirms that SDN controllers and Ethernet switches in use for SDN will play a role in enterprise and data center networks." Grossner said larger enterprises and cloud service providers will be the first to bring wide-scale SDN deployments into their data centers.

Will Juniper's Metafabric Architecture Simplify Data Center Management?
As businesses have to adapt quickly to the tight market competition, the IT team is somewhere feeling restricted. Another key issue that CIOs complain about is interoperability. Nobody likes to be locked down. Single-site data centres have also been replaced with a more complex data centre landscape that includes multiple, distributed data centre sites as well as services in the cloud. Managing multiple, geographically dispersed data centres, has been a problem which Juniper is trying to solve through its MetaFabric architecture

Cyber Security Watch List for 2014: Seven Trends
In addition to policy, provider organizations can expect to face added pressure from technological changes, among them, cloud storage, the burgeoning use of personal devices in the workplace, the changing nature of “insider” threats, and additional focus from the corporate boards, which are increasingly taking a more proactive look at their organizations’ preparedness and mitigation strategies.

10 Ways to Be a Great Leader
So, how does a leader bring out the best in others? It starts with having Emotional Intelligence. More than just “people skills,” Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a powerful awareness about ourselves and others. It gives us the ability to choose new ways of handling difficult situations and to break free of old habits of thinking and acting that don’t produce the results we want. When Emotional Intelligence is high, the tremendous amount of team energy that is wasted on things such as miscommunication, misunderstandings, ego trips, unresolved tension, and conflict is freed up and can be redirected toward productive, effective endeavors.

Q&A: Adapting data governance strategies to the digital age
Information governance is defined by rules. Information governance involves, as does any governance, applying rules and behavior and indicating form of conduct. Therefore, information governance is the rules-based management of digital information to create wealth for the company. For years we focused on records management as improving compliance or reducing litigation costs, but what information governance can do differently is connect to the primary objective of the companies existence: to create new wealth.

Quote for the day:

"It is not the strongest of the species ... nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one ... most adaptable to change." -- C Darwin

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