February 11, 2014

Microsoft staffs up its evolving Internet of Things team
Microsoft is staffing up its Internet of Things (IoT) team that is part of its unified Windows division and may be expanding its charter, as well. The IoT team, at least originally, was the renamed Microsoft Embedded team, according to a couple of sources of mine. Microsoft management moved the Embedded team from under the Windows Server group to the unified Windows org under Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson last fall.

RenewIT: The EU Project Focusing On Green Energy
The project will be led by the energy research center at the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) and will use experts on renewable energy systems (from Aiguasol in Barcelona) and energy storage (at the Technische Universit├Ąt Chemnitz in Germany), data center monitoring (Loccioni in Italy), workload and application energy management (BSC) and energy efficient data center design (Deerns in Amsterdam).

Shape the Culture You Want through the Stories You Tell
One of the values that Johnson believed in and that he wanted to instill in his team at Facebook was rewarding the people who fixed stuff. The natural tendency for many engineers is to gravitate toward working on new and innovative systems, but the unsung heroes tend to be the people who helped make an existing system much faster or who systematically reduced a system’s error rate to make it more reliable. They’re the ones who worked on the less glorious tasks but were instrumental in getting things to work.

The Modern CMO's New Best Friend
Many CMOs have had to learn about data—and social, and analytics, and more—on the job. Trial by fire is fine, as long as that doesn’t turn into a full-time job as a fire fighter. However, without a strong analytics background, CMOs often feel they have the right strategies—yet no defensible or go-to strategies for repeating the solutions. The fact is, many shunned data as cold and out of touch with the emotional drivers of consumer behavior. The opposite is true today, with the volume of data on customer sentiment at an all-time high.

Creating Cloud Optimization with Network Intelligence
The direct proliferation of cloud computing has resulted in a huge boom in traffic over the WAN. There are more users connecting, a lot more data points, and the modern data center sits right in the middle. Throughout this entire cloud evolution – the infrastructure was forced to change as well. Edge and core routing needed to evolve to handle this influx of traffic and new content. Service providers as well as enterprises deploying demanding, mission-critical applications are facing unique networking challenges.

Handling Open Source Licensing
Arun Kumar, GM, Red Hat India says, “In an industry where there are changes and developments every single day, we have engineering teams that track every single change--a bug fix, security enhancement, or others, and ensure our customers’ mission-critical systems remain up-to-date and stable. It is not easy to do this, but with a team that is constantly on its toes and tapping into every single development, we have managed to provide the best services to our clients time and again.

Researchers uncover cyber spying campaign dubbed 'The Mask'
Raiu said The Mask hit government institutions, oil and gas companies and activists, using malware that was designed to steal documents, encryption keys and other sensitive files, as well as take full control of infected computers. The operation infected computers running Microsoft Corp's Windows and Apple Inc's Mac software, and likely mobile devices running Apple's iOS and Google Inc's Android software, according to Kaspersky Lab.

Nesting Levels in SQL
In SQL there is a hierarchy of data in which the outer level is the schema or database. The database is made up of tables (which can be base or virtual tables). Each table is made up of a set of rows. These rows have no ordering, but all have the same structure, so it is proper set. Each row is made up of columns. The columns are scalar values drawn from a domain; a domain is set of values of one data type that has rules of its own. These rules include the type of scale upon which it is built and reasonable operations with it.

CIO interview: The Met's Richard Thwaite on its Total Technology IT strategy
The main challenge in delivering the strategy is in getting the business to think through the implications of the technology, he says. The IT team needed to translate how technology could help achieve those goals. “Fundamentally, the tech is pretty old,” he says. “It’s had a long life and we’re at the state where it needed a lot doing in terms applications and infrastructure – it needed a complete refresh.” But reductions in budgets, combined with increased performance expectations, will have an effect on how the Met goes forward with its latest approach to IT.

Learning to Embrace Changing Requirements
The principles of agile software development were first proposed thirteen years ago. Unfortunately today there is a lot of confusion around what it is and how it should be used. I attribute this in large part to the fact that it became an industry buzz-word where “agile” became synonymous with “good” and the ubiquitous two-day training on scrum processes watered down the original intent of the agile software development manifesto.

Quote for the day:

"Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it." -- Colin Powell

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