December 15, 2013

Exploring the Influence of Finjan's Proactive Content Security
"We realized there had to be a better solution for anti-virus software," said Phil Hartstein, president of Finjan. "The notion at the time was to spend so much time on matching signatures." Aside from the fact that the signature-based approach only defends from what is already known, Hartstein also pointed out how expensive and resource-consuming the process was. "So we thought, 'Maybe there's a better way,'" he said. "Instead of matching signatures, let's identify the behavior."

Will Advanced AI Be Our Final Invention?
Technological innovation always runs far ahead of stewardship. Look at nuclear fission. Splitting the atom started out as a way to get free energy, so why did the world first learn about fission at Hiroshima? Similarly, Barrat argues, advanced AI is already being weaponized, and it is AI data mining tools that have given the NSA such awesome powers of surveillance and creepiness. In the next decades, when cognitive architectures far more advanced than IBM’s Watson achieve human level intelligence, watch out —“Skynet!” No, seriously.

5 Signs You Have High Emotional Intelligence
Thankfully, it appears that it is. "Whereas IQ is very hard to change, EQ can increase with deliberate practice and training," Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a professor of Business Psychology at University College London explained earlier this year on the HBR Blogs. "The most important aspect of effective EQ-coaching is giving people accurate feedback. Most of us are generally unaware of how others see us," he added.

Demystifying 4 myths around PaaS
The last year has been a whirlwind in the Platform as a Service (PaaS) space. Traditional middleware vendors finally released long-awaited offerings. Some early PaaS players, like Google and Microsoft, have since exposed Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings directly. And traditional hosting providers like CenturyLink (s ctl), have realized that PaaS helps them connect with developers. There is clearly still a lot of PaaS learning going on, and it’s very difficult for those not embedded in all-things-cloud to figure it all out. With that in mind, here are some major myths we’ve encountered in the PaaS market.

Automation – Orchestrator Back to Basics – Use Cases Spotlight (1 of 5)
Who knows, your CIO might be asking you what the fuss is all about and what the benefits would be. So, in general, automation achieves the following: Integrate silo’ed environments and processes together, leading to more agility, service delivery performance and reliability; Automate recurring manual tasks : This helps minimize costs, lets operations teams focus on more valuable and sometimes more interesting tasks; and Standardize and document processes : The combination of technology integration and manual tasks reduction helps standardize processes

Enterprise Architecture as Story
Your stakeholders need change, but they may not want it. In some cases, they want the change, but their peers are not asking for change. Either way, getting change to happen in an organization requires a touchstone – some common belief or idea that everyone can relate to. It has to be more than a fact, and more emotive than a strategy. It has to be compelling, interesting, surprising, and easy to remember. In the words of Chip and Dan Heath, this central idea has to be “made to stick.”

SOA Governance Through Enterprise Architecture
In a typical SOA governance approach, a SOA Center of Excellence features stakeholders from different backgrounds and with different competencies: SOA governance specialists; SOA architects; enterprise architects, operations, security, quality assurance specialists, business analysts, etc. Every role has different objectives and needs regarding SOA, and its significance varies from one to another.

On layers in enterprise-architecture
Within any architecture – ‘enterprise’ or otherwise – every entity can be viewed in multiple ways, and often must be viewed in multiple ways if we’re to make sense of where that entity might best fit in the overall scheme. Any supposed ‘layering’ is therefore an arbitrarily-chosen overlay or filter on the overall view. The layers are an artificial abstraction based on a set of assumptions about ‘how the world works’, that exists for practical convenience only, and for a specific type of purpose only – never more than that.

Modernizing the IT governance framework for fun and profit
The IT culture has an image as the "No" team: "No, you can't use that device"; "No, you can't access that website"; "No, you can't implement that Software as a Service tool that works 10 times better than the crap we built for you six years ago and have failed to maintain"; "No, you can't use the cloud because it's not secure or can't be managed the same way we manage everything else." All of these "No you can't" decisions are well-intentioned -- or at least aren't meant to be capricious -- but the perspective is wrong.

A Persona- Driven Approach to Exploring Architecturally Significant Requirements
More often than not, requirements elicited from stakeholders describe a system’s intended functionality but fail to address qualities such as performance, reliability, portability, and availability. Documenting these requirements is often overlooked because there are implicit assumptions that the system will perform to expected levels. Unfortunately, stakeholders and developers might think they are in agreement, when in reality they have very different expectations.

Quote for the day:
"Excellence is in the details. Give attention to the details and excellence will come." -- Perry Paxton

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