December 14, 2013

The IT Department Is Dead. Long Live the IT Department
Instead of focusing on cutting costs and keeping their servers and networks secure, they argue, IT departments will act more as curators, providing tools that will make their workers happier, which translates to more productivity. For companies like his, Preston-Werner says, that means thinking about what they do in a way that doesn’t distinguish between personal and professional. That means that people can use their personal apps at work, and it means that their work software has to be just as compelling as the stuff they use for fun.

FIO Releases Insurance Modernization Report
In the report, the FIO calls for a “hybrid approach to insurance regulation that provides a practical, fact-based roadmap to modernize and improve the U.S. system of insurance regulation,” said Michael McRaith, Director of the Federal Insurance Office. “Importantly, this report reflects the dynamic nature of the regulatory system for insurers and provides an explicit path for state and federal regulatory entities to calibrate involvement going forward.”

Marissa Mayer 'very Sorry' for Yahoo Mail Outage
"Unfortunately, the outage was much more complex than it seemed at first, which is why its taking us several days to resolve the compounding issues," she wrote. Yahoo's Mail engineering team was alerted Monday night to a hardware outage in one of the company's storage systems serving 1 percent of Yahoo's users, she said. With around 100 million daily users, that implies about a million users may have been affected at the start of the week.

Yogaglo Patent Issued: What’s Happening, and What it Means for You
“We quickly realized the implications of this patent,” says Yoga International Executive Director Todd Wolfenberg. “It is a landmark issue that impacts the future of how yoga is delivered, which increasingly includes online and video study. And if YogaGlo can patent one way of filming a class, pretty soon all possible angles could become patented. So this this isn’t just about us, it’s really about the entire community and the future direction of yoga.”

The Future Of Customer Experience: Culture, Data, And Technology
They need to be able to harness the insights of disruptive technologies of our day, technologies like social, business networks, mobility, and cloud to become this predictive business. The predictive business is not going to be an option going forward. It will be what’s required not only to win, but eventually to survive. Customers are demanding it and companies’ livelihoods are going to depend on it.

How To Create A Moore's Law For Data
To make a Moore’s Law for data, we also need two layers, a data stack and a data economy layer. If both of these layers were as mature as the hardware and software industries, more data would mean more value. But these layers are just getting off the ground. I suspect most people looking to take advantage of the glut of data will benefit from thinking about how to create their own data stack and how to put it to work in the context of a data economy.

2014 IT Security Predictions: Cloud Privacy and New Malware Targets To Dominate the Year
"We predict that CSPs will begin deploying technologies like encryption, administrative access controls, and other monitoring tools, and market these more aggressively to their customers," says Michele Borovac, chief marketing officer with HighCloud Security Inc. -- a firm specializing in cloud encryption and security. "Overall, I think this will improve data security for the entire industry, which is a good thing."

SaaS Lifecycle Management (Part 2): Approach
SaaS implementations enable IT to become both a broker of internal and external services, as well as a strategic driver for growth and change. This change in purpose and function requires a different approach, one that is more creative and forward-thinking. Business and IT management must understand this fundamental shift to ensure that the IT organization has the right skills to support business growth and innovation functions.

Recommender systems, Part 1: Introduction to approaches and algorithms
Recommendation systems changed the way inanimate websites communicate with their users. Rather than providing a static experience in which users search for and potentially buy products, recommender systems increase interaction to provide a richer experience. Recommender systems identify recommendations autonomously for individual users based on past purchases and searches, and on other users' behavior. This article introduces you to recommender systems and the algorithms that they implement.

Agile Walls
BVCs are Big Visible Charts, TOWs are Things on Walls and POWs are Plain Old Whiteboards – information radiators all. Why are they valuable tools? Because everyone can see them, study them and ideally understand them. By making things Big and Visible we make them available to the entire team, not just select individuals. On the walls means that we publish them in public where we can get full cross team feedback.

Quote for the day:

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible" -- Vince Lombardi

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