June 28, 2014

Preparing for the Internet of Things
What are you doing to prepare for the Internet of Things in your company? How are you going to handle connectivity of the new internet-enabled "things"? How will you handle the new bandwidth requirements from network-hungry devices? Are you prepared for the amount of storage required to maintain those devices? What about security concerns for new devices? And, how will you handle the significant amount of device and user management that's coming your way? You might not know the answers to any of these questions, but fortunately, you have colleagues who at least have taken their best guesses at it.

Why Android Wear is the new iPad
The consensus was wrong, and the erroneous judgments emerged because pundits lacked three things. First, they lacked personal experience -- most initial naysayers hadn't tried it yet. Second, they lacked the cultural context -- those who dismissed the iPad pretended that human nature and culture were irrelevant, and that consumer electronics exist in a vacuum somehow. And third, they lacked a broader vision -- the anti-iPad crowd couldn't imagine the influence of the iPad user interface on the larger world.

Introducing the Big Data MOPS Series
Consider these questions, for starters: On monetization: If data is deemed a corporate asset, what are we doing to monetize it?; On ownership: Beyond our corporate data, who owns the “big” data we can now pull in from the outside? If we don’t own it, can we still monetize it?; On privacy: What are we doing to protect the privacy of our customers’ data? Are we using “big” data to expose more about our customers without their knowledge, understanding or permission?; and On security: What are we doing to secure our data from corporate data breaches? One breach alone could bring an organization down to its knees. Permanently.

Games and the Internet: Fertile Ground for Cultural Change
In game theory, expectations of behavior have a critical effect on which of a number of possible equilibria actually occurs. If a person expects that everyone else will drive on the right, she will drive on the right also. If she expects everyone else to drive on the left, she will drive on the left. Everyone thinks this way. The right-driving equilibrium occurs because of the universal expectation that it will occur. If the universal expectation were left-driving, then left-driving would occur. In cultural affairs, expectations create the conditions for their own fulfillment.

Google’s Grand Plans: A Conversation With Larry Page and Sundar Pichai
I’m not trying to minimize the issues. For me, I’m so excited about the possibilities to improve things for people, my worry would be the opposite. We get so worried about these things that we don’t get the benefits. I think that’s what’s happened in health care. We’ve decided, through regulation largely, that data is so locked up that it can’t be used to benefit people very well. Right now we don’t data-mine health care data. If we did we’d probably save 100,000 lives next year. I’m very worried that the media and governments will try to stoke the people’s fears and we’ll end up in a state where we could benefit a lot of people but we’re not able to do that. That’s the likely outcome.

The Challenges of Flexible Work Trends
Today’s flexible work trends are the opposite of the trends of the 80’s and 90’s that emphasized efficiency and cost cutting: six-sigma, just–in–time, out–sourcing, the great moderation, and leverage buyouts. All of these strategies were about extracting more value from what was already being produced. While, today’s trends and technology place a premium on quality and cleverness over efficiency: typically by creating flexible work environments. However, today’s work trends are not without problems. We have created a flexible work environment at CAN and here are several of the challenges we have experienced.

Wearables in the enterprise: Unlimited possibilities
These functions that wearables could fill in the workplace are the first that come to mind but are by no means the only ones. Imaginative IT staff could find all sorts of uses for wearables that benefit the company. Google's SDK for Android Wear should be a good place to check for ideas and how to implement them. Wearables aren't restricted to smartwatches or smart cards as described here. There's no telling what forms wearables will ultimately assume, and no doubt some will be a good fit for the enterprise.

Svpeng Malware: Empty Threat or Cause for Alarm?
"When we dissected it we found that some of the claims were true," he says. "It was trying to clone devices, but the reality is it fell far short of its claims," Britton says. Yet others say it's still early and that the risks remain serious. When Svpeng — a piece of financial "ransomware" targeting Android devices —surfaced in the U.S., it appeared to be more destructive than any mobile banking malware that had come before it.  It scans for the presence of specific mobile banking apps, collects data about those apps and sends them to a central location. It also locks down a user's phone and demands ransom money to unlock it.

Data Modeling with Key Value NoSQL Data Stores – Interview with Casey Rosenthal
KV databases in general are moving toward co-existence with other styles of databases. Riak in particular is a solid highly available, fault-tolerant, scalable data platform. The KV database in Riak itself is the platform, a solid foundation, and in the future we at Basho will leverage that strength to provide other non-KV APIs to the developers. The large-object S3 and Swift APIs, for example, are already provided on top of Riak in the form of Riak CS. In Riak 2.0, we will be providing Solr API on top of the data platform. In future versions, we will expand the set of APIs offered on this platform.

Communicating Enterprise Architecture changes using ArchiMate 2
Enterprise Architecture Management means to address a number of stakeholder´s concerns regarding the company and its business, applications and infrastructure. Stakeholders are key roles of an organization (regardless of internal or external) who have specific concerns which depend on their role. Each stakeholder has a specific view on the organization (e.g. an auditor is focussing on compliance aspects, not on network bandwidth). ArchiMate, as a modelling language for Enterprise Architecture, offers viewpoints on the architecture for three specific purposes

Quote for the day:

“We’re living at a time when attention is the new currency." -- Pete Cashmore

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