September 08, 2014

CIOs should prepare for the battle between old BI and new BI
"Where their data sits is where the analysis will sit." Cloud BI has lagged in adoption because cloud-based data hasn't yet accumulated enough mass. But it will. As more and more data sources shift to the cloud and momentum around technologies such as and Workday build, so too will the ecosystems that support those technologies. That doesn't mean all -- or even most -- of BI will move to the cloud. The on-premises data warehouse is still a cornerstone for businesses. "As long as that's the case, we think most of the analysis layer will be on-premises,"

Risking ERM in the Cloud
One argument for moving ERM to the cloud -- or at least having a corresponding system that lives in the cloud -- is that for most businesses ERM comprises multiple systems, which have to communicate and synchronize with one other. Consolidating those systems and moving them to the cloud would seem to make sense, especially given government and other mandates to upgrade systems and keep them in line with current regulations.Another reason is to help enterprises as they migrate in-house applications to a SaaS model. At every step along the way, they still need to manage their risk, follow regulations, and remain in compliance with policies.

China develops facial recognition payment system with near-perfect accuracy
According to Zhou Xi, director of the CAS Chongqing Green Technology Research Institute, researchers have developed a unique data collecting technology, which could simultaneously gather facial information from 91 different angles. Researchers were also able enhance the system's learning abilities to function stably and accurately in a dynamic environment. Zhou said that the system scored the highest accuracy, 99.8 percent, according to a Carnegie Mellon international standard, exceeding its predecessors' best record of 97.6 percent. The facial recognition system has already been utilized at border controls and attendance machines.

DevOps IT Automation Software Chef Goes Freemium
There are both business and technological reasons for merging the two versions of Chef into a single code base. Both reasons have to do with ease of transition between the two. “Rather than being free-to-premium, it was more free orpremium,” Crist said. In other words, the free version was not a gateway drug to the paid one as the company’s leadership had hoped. Chef CTO Adam Jacob said it was also hard for a customer technologically to upgrade from free to premium or to stop using the premium features once they had started. “Once you had them, it was hard to get rid of them, and if you didn’t have them it was hard to migrate to them,” he said.

Why the CIO should 'own' IT security
There's no shame in saying that you've under-anticipated the risk to critical company data, and illustrating the costs of a major breach compared to the cost of mitigating such a breach. Like many aspects of life, security is a balancing act between allowing people to productively complete their job duties and creating the ultimate, high-security infrastructure, which is likely so cumbersome as to not even be usable. The silver lining of the recent press releases about high profile security failings is that you can likely secure appropriate funding, even if you're unable to articulate the risks and mitigation strategies required.

Growing Open Data Movement Could Mean Big Bucks
More nations are embracing open data. In 2010, only a handful of countries maintained data sites. In 2014, there were at least 56. Hundreds of local and regional government websites have been started, and international organizations like the World Bank and the United Nations have followed suit. Even banks and private companies have followed along. Today, researchers estimate that more than 1 million open datasets have been published.

Don't Just Fail—Fail Better
You can fail better if you follow the example of entrepreneurs. As Father Ted mentioned, I’m a professor at Harvard’s Business School, where I teach entrepreneurship. The most important thing we teach is that three out of four startups fail. Dreams are destroyed; it’s often heartbreaking. But great entrepreneurs persevere, against the odds. For them, setbacks are valuable. Figuring out what won’t work puts an entrepreneur one step closer to a solution that will work. And when an entrepreneur finds a solution that works, magic happens.

How Big Data Will Take the Role of the CIO to the Next Level
Internal and external data sources therefore need to be combined and this requires a holistic approach. When all data is centralized, and accessible for everyone, based on different roles, the knowledge present within an organization becomes visible to everyone. This can significantly benefit your company. It is therefore important to break down the different silos and start combining different data sets in a centralized location. In such a scenario, individuals and departments cannot act alone anymore. They are required to work together, share their data and co-create to take the organisation to the next level.

Application Delivery Controllers - Bridging the Gap Between DevOps and Network Planning
Regardless of the nature or complexity of the Layer-7 functionality needed, the ADC needs to be able to operate at full performance and scale. Traditionally, ADCs use scripting to enable Layer-7 policies. While scripting allows desired functionality to be created, it is not optimal in SaaS environments for a number of reasons. Scripting is time-consuming, error-prone and requires either professional services or a resource that is highly skilled. More importantly, scripts are process-intensive. The more complex the policies are, the greater the burden on the ADC will be.

Selling software: Where have all the business models gone?
Today, with the exception of console video games, the packaged software market -- where you put software in a box and physically ship it -- is obsolete to the point of ridiculousness. But what's the best new model, especially for smaller, independent software companies? At the high end, of course, there's Oracle and Microsoft and SAP and such. But, for decades now, there has been a vibrant market of PC software vendors developing unique applications, tools, utilities, and tweaks -- and making a living off of it.

Quote for the day:

"True leaders bring out your personal best. They ignite your human potential." -- John Paul Warren

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