June 19, 2014

Indian IT Act is there to Help Enterprises
Indian companies are well equipped, because of their grounding in the outsourcing space – that have always had a very good internal securities and procedures and systems. Multinationals who have offices in India have to globally maintain a standard. So, India, I wouldn’t say, would be lower in compliance than it would be in America or the western world.  Banking is definitely pretty aware of it – because they have to, because of the criticality of data. But, what about sectors like manufacturing, automobile or e-commerce? They have so much of analytics coming in, cloud computing... Data is now residing not just on premise, it’s on cloud. So how are the vendors providing robust security?

How the Cloud Can Make IT Shops More Innovative
Jagdish Rebello, an analyst at IHS, agreed, saying he has seen a move by IT departments to free their employees to be more innovative. "IT has started to become a lot more innovative," he told Computerworld. "IT has become a cost center. Servers, the network, infrastructure -- it was all about cost. It was a necessary investment for the company. They didn't think about it as a way they could generate profit. The cloud is allowing IT to become a profit center instead of just a cost center." With cloud services managing processes like company email and data storage, enterprises IT departments have more time, for example, to help their companies be more interactive with customers and suppliers.

Agile TBD
The other interesting comparison is to look at the differences between companies doing agile versus companies selling agile. To sell something to someone else, by its nature, you have to package it up, make its value understandable to others, and teach others how to use the product. With any process, this means codifying the processes, practices and techniques so there is a consistent, repeatable methodology. There are many companies in the market doing this today with Agile. However, that's the very antithesis of agile, which is in fact not a process, practice nor methodology, but simply a way to think about problems and how to solve them. By its very nature, packaging up agile into a repeatable, static process violates agile principles.

BYOD vs CYOD: Which is right for your organisation?
Most organisations with a BYOD policy retain the right to wipe all data from a user's device if it is lost, as they do with CYOD policies. However, this can be upsetting for employees when it happens to a personal device. With CYOD, different employees could also be eligible for different devices and levels of corporate network access, depending on the type of work they do. Equally, some employees may not even qualify for CYOD devices, but instead be offered limited network access via their own equipment. Sophisticated mobile device management can make CYOD more flexible and BYOD more secure.

A third of boards remain in the dark on cyber defence status
“The lack of boardroom insight into cyber threats revealed by our survey may partly explain the reluctance of some companies to give up outdated security goals,” said Alan Calder, founder and executive chairman of IT Governance. “This situation is underlined by the fact that 38% of respondents still say their objective is to prevent all cyber-attacks, an aspiration which will strike many information security professionals as unrealistic or even naive.” Highlighting this sea change, the report revealed that 51% of respondents now accept that cyber security is no longer appropriate to ensure business sustainability, and the inevitability that some attacks will be successful.

Intel to Offer More Custom-Tailored Server Chips
Why all the effort? After all, Intel commands roughly 97% of industry shipments of server chips. For one thing, big Web companies including Google and Facebook have made noises about experimenting with new chip technologies, including the Power line that originated at IBM and the ARM Holdings designs that many companies sell for mobile devices. For another, Bryant is pushing to get standard processors from Intel into networking, data storage and other applications that now typically use chips based on Power or MIPS designs. Backers of ARM are racing to grab those same applications.

US banks are all set for an epic fail
From the perspective of the "unbanked" and those incorrectly assigned negative or no credit ratings--which number in the millions--the motivation is strong to embrace disruptors in an immediate and very big way. ...  Note also the website on the movement behind this film: it contains information meant to aid and empower regular citizens to change the financial industry as a whole and their own circumstances in particular. The copy there indicates American Express is wisely driving innovation to ensure its own financial security: "In an effort to drive innovation in financial services, American Express is supporting startups working on financial solutions and research focused on financial inclusion."

Kicking application latency off your network
Workload balancing, another option, migrates virtual machines between servers to optimize each host's application workload and bandwidth demands. Data centers can also replace a NIC port with one that is 10 GigE or greater, or add a separate NIC adapter and assign a troubled workload to the high-bandwidth NIC port. However, faster NICs are extremely expensive, require physical installation that can take a server offline, and usually impose collateral expenses in LAN switching infrastructure. For example, if you install a 10 GigE NIC on a server, you'll also need a switch with 10 GigE ports.

Can software solve our healthcare crisis?
Solving our current healthcare crisis requires something that other industries have done successfully for decades: efficiently managing complex relationships. But diagnostic healthcare entities require more than what is offered by traditional CRM. The easiest way to illustrate this point is by thinking of your own experiences in a healthcare setting. What is the first thing your primary care physician typically does when you pay them a visit? They almost always take a blood draw. This draw initiates the process of laboratory testing, which often occurs within a lab business that is external to your physician's office.

Rich Reimer on SQL-on-Hadoop Databases and Splice Machine
There are multiple reasons not to use MapReduce. First and foremost, HBase does not use MapReduce to access HDFS; instead, HBase accesses HDFS directly, while maintaining its own metadata to quickly find single records in HDFS files. MapReduce is designed for batch data access and therefore would not be appropriate for the real-time data access required by Splice Machine. MapReduce must start JVMs (Java Virtual Machines) for each query, which can take up to 30 seconds, even to retrieve a single record.

Quote for the day:

"For an organization to be exceptional, all teams within the organization must be moving toward a shared vision." -- Rich McCourt

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