March 30, 2014

Why Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon Want to be Each Other
Speaking of tweets, the use of the word tweet is one of Twitter's charms. Others include endearingly antiquated features like the use of @ replies and hashtags. Suddenly, however, all this is in peril as Twitter appears to be suffering a fit of Facebook-envy. ... Facebook, meanwhile, is suffering from Google envy. While Mark Zuckerberg has been toiling away trying to prevent a general flight from Facebook to smaller social sites by first creating the Poke app to stem the flow to Snapchat and then spending a fortune on Instagram and Whatsapp, he's no doubt looked with envy at all the fun Sergey Brin and Andy Rubin have been having at Google.

Turning Emotion-Based Decisions into Fact-Based Decisions
Today, the human is the bottleneck in the decision-making process. The computer is able to deliver oceans of information on a variety of devices-desktop, tablet, and mobile phones. And that creates a new challenge for us: We must now sift through all this information at our fingertips and decide what is relevant and what isn't for our task at hand. We're no longer searching for information; we're drowning in it. I know that we've been talking about this for a while at TARGIT, but it's never been truer. If we're not careful with how we process that information with our brains, we won't find the courage to act; we'll just be confused.

The Enterprise of Things
The EoT wave will encompass many different device types, some of which haven't even been developed yet. While EoT is not a near-term phenomenon, needing the next three to five years to mature, it nonetheless will impact nearly all corporate systems. If your organization had trouble dealing with user demands for BYOD, this will present an order-of-magnitude-bigger challenge. EoT will have a profound effect on an organization's infrastructure, including its network connectivity, VPN, identity access management, security infrastructure and management functions.

14 Mobile Certifications That Meet IT Demands
Certification, then, is a great way to determine the effectiveness of an employee's ability to meet business demands and expectations. This article looks at several types of mobile certifications — app development, networking, security and a mixed bag of mobile workforce and digital forensics offerings. Most of the featured companies and cert programs provide training courses, which are typically not required, along with self-study materials, sample exam questions, candidate forums and other certification prep resources. All prices are in U.S. dollars.

For Bitcoin Lessons In The History Of Failed Currencies
While payment systems tend to evolve, specific currencies have come and gone over the centuries. Take for example the Continental Dollar of early America. Writing by email from Mongolia Jack Weatherford, author of “The History of Money,” explained that Brits immigrating to the American colonies were not allowed to import British money. After failed attempts to use the Mexican silver dollar — there simply weren’t enough to finance a revolution — they started issuing paper dollars known as Continental Dollars. “Like the Bitcoin, it was a revolutionary idea that got out of hand and the value of the dollars dropped drastically,” writes Weatherford.

Shadow IT: Balancing productivity and security
Shadow IT typically refers to corporate staff going outside the confines of established IT department processes to procure computing resources. Line of business users create shadow IT when they go beyond the enterprise IT framework for cloud-based applications like Google Apps, Basecamp and Dropbox. Similarly, corporate developers use shadow IT to go around hardware procurement and licensing issues. For example, developers might do application development and testing in the cloud to deliver value with the speed the business demands.

What does the next big thing in technology mean for the data center?
New products promise a compelling increase in performance, efficiency, productivity or end results. Sometimes these improvements justify an immediate rip and replace, but it's more likely that a careful evolutionary approach is warranted. For example, big data presents a potentially disruptive opportunity. The amount of interesting and available data is growing fast. Our competitive natures make us want to mine all the value out of it as quickly as we can. In response, a multitude of emerging infrastructure systems offers to help us cruise through these floods of data. It can be hard to know where to look first.

Creating an IT Strategy & Succeeding in Strategic Execution
Well sure, if you’re busy 24/7 then there is no time, but perhaps there’s a reason why you have no time. It can be because your organisation really has overcommitted to that extent, the problem then is that without spending time with your head up looking around you may have missed the exact reason why you are overcommitted. It may be that further resource is required, or that time efficiencies are not being made, projects with little or no value are taking up valuable time or perhaps that ineffective management of systems or people is occurring.

Bring Data Governance To Your Cloud Backup Strategy
“You want employees to be able to get their data from anywhere but you don’t want someone else accessing it if their laptop is lost or stolen,” Venkataraman says. Especially when employees bring their own devices, it’s important for enterprise IT to have visibility into and policy control over the corporate data that’s on them. To ensure that it is automatically encrypted and backed up to the Cloud, and that, in emergency situations, that data can be remotely wiped off the device without affecting users’ personal information. IT also needs to be able to set policies for data access, so that workers can be authorized to self-restore their corporate information from the cloud to a new mobile device, to be back up and running quickly.

What Is the Relationship between Data Architecture and Data Governance?
Data Architecture provides an understanding of what data exists where and how it travels throughout the organizations and systems. It highlights changes and transformations made as data moves from one system to the next. These data inventory and data flow diagrams provide the information and the tools that the DGT needs in order to properly make decisions regarding data policies and standards. These artifacts also help the DGT perform root cause analysis when data issues are raised by business people, and they help to solve those issues.

Quote for the day:

“But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.” -- Khaled Hosseini

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