March 08, 2014

Getting The Right Confidence With “Go Cloud” Strategy
Of course, no technology is without risks, and cloud for one does have its fair share of risks, but the trick is the see how much cloud and how to manage the risks around what is put on the cloud. Amongst the several risks include issues surrounding service provider continuity, contracting and SLAs, data protection, regulatory compliance, audit and assurances etc. In ensuring that the organization’s cloud strategy will deliver the promised value in the long run, what is required is a governance based approach that aligns the management and operational requirements underlying cloud operations with the enterprise cloud strategy.

Video: Introducing the Wolfram Language – Knowledge-based Functional Programming
In this video, Stephen Wolfram introduces the Wolfram Language, a “knowledge based” symbolic programming language that enables powerful functional programming, querying of large databases, flexible interactivity, and easy deployment. The Wolfram Language provides seamless access to the curated and continuously updated Wolfram Knowledgebase used in Wolfram|Alpha—which includes a wide range of types of data for physics and chemistry. Free-form linguistics provide a convenient mechanism for accessing all available data; more common categories also have specific associated Wolfram Language functions.

Is Artificial Intelligence About to Change Doing Business Forever?
So there are many different benefits to be achieved with Artificial Intelligence, but it is not all hallelujah. Artificial Intelligence has already made promises for decades and only recently we are seeing some, significant, results. There are many challenges involved in creating truly intelligent software and machines. We are still very far away and currently the best AI, the ConceptNet 4 Artificial Intelligence, is said to be as smart as a four-year-old. Big Data startups working on AI solutions therefore require a lot of time to improve the applications.

Networked World: What It means To People Processes?
A simple enough example, but what it clearly highlights is that people processes are no longer predominantly uni dimensional. That in many ways actually implies that no processes are uni dimensional anymore and that leads us to a very radical conclusion which is – “ prefixes defining what kind of processes they might are slowly becoming obsolete for if not all, most processes“. For the HR professional – the implication is far reaching; the rules defining how we work with our associates have changed dramatically.

Sorry, phone number, but it’s time for you to die
It doesn’t take an argonaut to understand the benefits of using a different identifier and an internet-based calling platform. Today, a U.S. citizen that travels to England can buy a SIM card in a vending machine upon landing, load it up with data, and effectively use their smartphone exactly as they would in the United States… save for the whole “calling and texting” thing. When you swap the SIM out, your phone number goes dead for the duration of your trip. But why? That new SIM is fully capable of channeling voice calls to your phone via data networks—the only thing we need is implementation.

Use the Codename: BlueMix DataCache service in a Node.js app
This article explains how to use the DataCache service in a Node.js application hosted byCodename: BlueMix. DataCache is a distributed cache (powered by WebSphere® eXtreme Scale technology) that you can use as an efficient and reliable key-value data store. I provide a client Node.js module that you can extend and use in applications that you choose to host on BlueMix. You use the DataCache service over the network through its REST API. The client module abstracts the REST bits, providing higher-level methods for managing key-value objects.

Virtual Reality Startups Look Back to the Future
“There’s an extremely intense enthusiast community that loves VR,” Lanier says. “But it can create an illusion that interest is perhaps larger than it really is. I believe Oculus Rift could launch tomorrow and comfortably sell a few hundred thousand units. But the real challenge is how to sell 200 million units. The enthusiast community is loud and adorable, but no matter how much you please them, you won’t necessarily reach beyond them.” Luckey is, understandably, a great deal more positive. “People have wanted virtual reality for decades,” he says.

Mobile Tech Extends Hospitals' Reach Into The Home
The evolution of devices like Fitbits is "incredibly exciting," agreed Marc Probts, CIO of InterMountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City. Home monitoring has "tremendous" potential, he added. Doctors don't need to analyze every byte patients produce, said Weschler. Rather, clinicians can quickly check if patients' measurements lie within baselines, perhaps via a red light/green light dashboard icon. Real-time monitoring would also alert emergency services if a patient appears to need immediate medical assistance, he said.

CFOs say companies will hire more techies in 2014, but not in IT
Another facet of the overall picture, which might explain CFOs' optimism, is how IT positions can be redefined or shuttled about within a company. As InfoWorld's Bill Snyder put it in the above link, "Many IT jobs within enterprises have moved out of the traditional IT ghetto and into various business-related departments." In other words, the jobs traditionally labeled "IT" might well be migrating out from under those umbrellas -- although that in turn depends on who's applying the labels and to what end.

Breaking The Cycle Of Legacy IT Investment
While the cost of maintaining legacy software can be a hidden parasite draining the lifeblood of the IT department, it can be eradicated through a careful and thoughtful modernization project. Whereas the high costs of legacy application upkeep deprives the IT department of resources, the time and funds saved from a systems upgrade can be used to promote faster, more aggressive innovation throughout an organization.

Quote for the day:

"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." -- John Wooden

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