March 20, 2014

A Retrospective on User Interface Development Technology
It seems so simple and so obvious, but a lot of work—and a lot of changes—have shaped how we interact with our devices since the dawn of the computer age. In this brief survey of UI history, we look back to when desktop computers became ubiquitous (early 1990s) and give a short retrospective on UI development technology all the way up to the modern era. To set the ground for novel, state-of-the-art UI API, we were eager to find out how the API for building UIs evolved and what it looks like today.

Measuring Architecture Sustainability
The measures for architecture sustainability we’ve described so far primarily refer to requirements, architecture design, and source code. Additional indirect measures for architecture sustainability include documentation quality and development process maturity. Another important factor is the development organization, after which a software architecture is often modeled. Organizational changes could compromise architecture sustainability if, for example, teams working on specific modules are restructured. However, these indirect and organizational measures for architecture sustainability are out of this article’s scope.

Ex-Microsoft employee arrested, accused of stealing Windows RT, product activation secrets
Email from Kibkalo's own Hotmail account was discovered in the blogger's inbox. Further digging, presumably on Microsoft instant chat service, found messages between Kibkalo and the blogger. "The sample code in Kibkalo's accounts was the same sample code that the Microsoft source received from the blogger, prompting Microsoft's investigation," Ramirez told the court. ... when he allegedly admitted that he "leaked confidential and proprietary Microsoft information, products and product-related information to the blogger," the charge sheet stated.

ERP contradictions in 2014: Smaller projects, more delays
The report states that "organizational issues" were the primary contributor to time overruns, with more than half of respondents spending between 0-25 percent of their budget on change management. While this explanation makes sense, it does not fully explain why less costly projects in 2013 took longer to run, and delivered lower benefit, than those in prior years. The research attributes lower project budgets to smaller companies implementing ERP:

Threat Landscape in the Middle East and Southwest Asia – Part 5: Socio-economic Factors and Regional Malware Infection Rates
This research revealed that there were correlations between 34 socio-economic factors and regional malware infection rates, among the 80 factors studied. A full list of these factors and the sources of data for each are available in the study. Figure 1 contains some samples of the factors and their correlation with regional malware infection rates (Computers Cleaned per Mille or CCM). Most of the factors identified were negatively correlated with CCM; as the indicator value rises, CCM will decrease. For example, as gross income per capita increases, CCM decreases. It is important to keep in mind that correlation does not mean causation.

Digital reality: When IT meets the business
"Enterprise IT departments face increasing pressure to emulate the success of consumer mobile applications as businesses become convinced this is the way to offer technology that is attractive to consumers, and business users demand mobile access to corporate IT and data via consumer devices, and expect these to be quickly developed and delivered." But given the wider social and commercial acceptance of mobile web, she says there is a growing feeling that this could be the right time to start offering apps as a way to help the business and reinvigorate the IT function.

Advanced Technologies Park: An ecosystem of tech innovation in southern Israel
For the Advanced Technologies Park (ATP) at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev, located in the Israeli city of Beer-Sheva, the ultimate vision is as high as the desert sun. Inaugurated in September 2013, the park is the brainchild of former BGU president Prof. Avishay Braverman. "My dream that Ben-Gurion University will do for Beer-Sheva what Stanford University did for Silicon Valley begins," said Braverman in a message pre-recorded for the inauguration (PDF). Also present at the ceremony were Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, current BGU president Rivka Carmi, and several Israeli government ministers.

Surfacing elephants and new ideas
When loud leaders and quiet leaders learn to moderate their natural tendencies while remaining true to who they are, modeling and setting expectations that others will do the same, the organization can enjoy a collective wisdom that was kept dormant. Can you imagine what might happen when that occurs? I can, and it’s a compelling vision of fully functional companies that actually listen and hear what’s being said. Creativity is no longer an issue. Collaboration rides on the coattails of this imagined company ripe with rich, deep listening and all voices being heard — with bottom-line results.

Leveraging Big Data Analytics to Reduce Healthcare Costs
The healthcare sector deals with large volumes of electronic data related to patient services. This article describes two novel applications that leverage big data to detect fraud, abuse, waste, and errors in health insurance claims, thus reducing recurrent losses and facilitating enhanced patient care. The results indicate that claim anomalies detected using these applications help private health insurance funds recover hidden cost overruns that aren't detectable using transaction processing systems. This article is part of a special issue on leveraging big data and business analytics.

Protecting your MSP practice against security risks
Besides the cost, MSPs and customers both suffer loss of customer confidence and uncertainty around what was compromised following a data breach. In healthcare in particular, the HIPAA omnibus final rule summary, which was released in September 2013, specifies enforcement of breach notification requirements that began in January 2014. "People in healthcare are going to be held accountable and they're going to get hit in the pocket. When you have these kinds of laws in place, it's our responsibility to help them understand the risk if you don't do it," Gomes said.

Quote for the day:

"Your big opportunity may be right where you are now." -- Napoleon Hill

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