March 22, 2014

Emergency response vehicle puts IoT on wheels
“The internet of everything brings together people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before,” said Ken Boal, vice president of Cisco Australia and New Zealand. “The National Safety Agency’s Emergency Services Integrated Communications vehicle is a phenomenal showcase of how public safety can significantly improve the real-time flow of information through a mobile command and communications center to allow better informed decisions to be made more quickly and ultimately lead to safer Australian communities.”

Court approves first-of-its-kind data breach settlement
A federal court in Florida broke the mold by approving a $3 million settlement for victims of a data breach in which personal health information was exposed when multiple laptops containing the unencrypted data were stolen. The Dec. 2009 theft of laptops belonging to AvMed, a Florida-based health insurer, exposed the patient records of tens of thousands of its customers. Several victimes later filed a putative class action lawsuit against AvMed. The plaintiffs suffered no direct losses or identity theft from the breach but nevertheless accused AvMed of negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment

“Modernizing” Your Data Warehouse with Microsoft
Modernizing your data warehouse with new technologies can help you meet the needs of today’s enterprise to connect all volumes of any data with agile and familiar BI to business decision makers. This was validated by The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) who published a checklist to enable the modern data warehouse. ... Microsoft has a comprehensive solution to modernize your data warehouse across software, appliance, and cloud for this new world of data.

Hadoop and NoSQL Now Data Warehouse-Worthy: Gartner
The shift to include non-relational data warehouse products opens Gartner’s report to three new vendors, including Cloudera, MarkLogic, and Amazon Web Services, the first two of which are in the lower left “Niche Players” quadrant, while AWS is in the upper left “Challegers” quadrant. Teradata, by the way, remained the king of the data warehouse hill, with the best rating in the upper right “Leaders” quadrant, along with other established giants like Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, and HP, which crawled up from the “Visionaries” quadrant to sit with the big dogs.

Hybrid Cloud: Creating a Roadmap for a Cloud-enabled Enterprise
Hybrid cloud, which draws from multiple in-house and external resources, is the hot trend in 2104. To date, organizations have taken a “lite” approach for in-house private cloud using commodity hardware, virtualization and dynamic provisioning technology. However, the increased availability of ‘cloud operating systems’ such as OpenStack make it easier to replicate public cloud capabilities in-house. Thus, the concept of a hybrid cloud infrastructure really became popular.

Beware this big iOS flaw -- and it's not alone
Apple, he explained, recognized that the method of generating random numbers in iOS 6 could be improved on. Its security engineers leveraged the phone's CPU clock counter on earlier version of iOS, Mandt said. "That's not very good, but still somewhat unpredictable," he said. The problem with the new generator in iOS 7 is that it uses a linear recursion algorithm, Mandt said, which has "more correlation" between the values it generates. That makes them easier to extrapolate and guess, he said. "Normally, you shouldn't be able to get any of these values in the first place," Mandt said.

The Right-Time Enterprise: Time to Take Advantage
In the past, bringing data from these disparate islands of technology in a single data store would have been unaffordable and working on them separately was too laborious to be worthwhile. Today, cheaper and better storage and big data solutions make that possible, and applying analytics tools to the data generates valuable and actionable insights for the business far more quickly. One practical application lies in production management, where streaming data enables the company to exercise opportunities to reduce the risk to supply and save costs of operations by responding to the performance of its production systems in near real time.

The End of the Cloud Experiment – What’s Next for Business?
One of the most disruptive aspects of this is now emerging, in what many are calling the “API economy,” wherein developers, ISVs, and enterprises increasingly build and share interfaces to their applications’ functionality that enable more flexible consumption of solutions across a variety loosely-coupled IT and business environments. The accelerating adoption of API-driven development strategies is causing significant shifts in software architecture, software security, and partner relationships, which in turn pose new challenges for ISV business models and Cloud services providers.

IT's hottest jobs: IT technician
IT technicians can be found working in a variety of industries, as IT technicians and support personnel are among the most in-demand positions companies are seeking to fill. Some of the most common scenarios include working in a retail electronics store that repairs hardware or software; as a member of an internal IT team within large and medium sized companies; and as a technical support advisor who helps customers over the phone with tech issues.

Is Cloud Computing Secure for Financial Services Industry?
This is a typical argument we hear from old school IT or legacy vendors such as Oracle. They tell you multitenancy is bad for you, either because they haven’t upgraded their skills (and are fighting to save their jobs) or because they want to sell you dedicated hardware. CPU power is commoditized and getting cheaper every day, so the “non-trivial CPU usage” claim doesn’t hold water. In fact, I realized that the case against cloud security now rests heavily on the recent hacking incidents, as some of these comments suggest:

Quote for the day:

"The value of a company is the sum of the problems you solve." -- Daniel

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