December 12, 2014

Why 2015 will be big for NoSQL databases: Couchbase CEO
"At the moment it's a relatively small number of applications and they're doing it more on an application-by-application basis," Wiederhold said. By the second half of next year that approach will alter to "a strategic, 'We're going to deploy this stuff in a very broad way'". ... "Phase one started in 2008-ish, when you first started to see commercial NoSQL products being available. Phase one is all about grassroots developer adoption. Developers would go home one weekend, and they'll have heard about NoSQL, they download the free software, install it, start to use it, like it, and bring it into their companies," Wiederhold said.

Renewable Energy and the Colocation Provider
Do colocation providers have the same responsibility when it comes to renewable data center energy, and should they be held to the same standards as an Apple or Google? Yes and no. The Googles and Facebooks of the world have the sway to effect real change on the grid, recently lobbying Duke Energy to commit $500 million to renewables. A colocation provider’s options are less flexible, due to efficiency, limited space, and limited flexibility in site selection. But its sway could affect the grid in the future. Currently for many, buying Renewable Energy Credits is the only way to go, though this practice isn’t quite pervasive outside of the mega providers like Interxion and Equinix.

Intelligence community must get its own house in order
The intelligence community has shattered the trust the public has in both technology companies and government itself, and at the same time seriously damaged the ability of firms to sell their products to foreign customers. Because of this distrust, technology companies are justifiably reluctant to work closely with the government, even when doing so would be in everyone’s interest. For example, intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA) have some of the world’s foremost cryptographers and security experts on their payrolls and should be offering technical assistance to tech companies, but doing so in today’s environment would likely drive away customers.

A brief history of Linux malware
Although not as common as malware targeting Windows or even OS X, security threats to Linux have become both more numerous and more severe in recent years. There are a couple of reasons for that – the mobile explosion has meant that Android (which is Linux-based) is among the most attractive targets for malicious hackers, and the use of Linux as a server OS for and in the data center has also grown – but Linux malware has been around in some form since well before the turn of the century. Have a look.

Gartner Reveals Every Customer MDM Product is Average or Worse
Gartner released the latest Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management of Customer Data Solutions and it is surprising to discover that only one product on the list was well received by customers. Gartner had three clear leaders – IBM MDM Advanced Edition, Informatica and Oracle (Siebel UCM). There were two other products just squeezing into the leaders quadrant – IBM MDM Standard Edition (formerly Initiate) and Tibco. What is surprising is that even though each vendor was able to choose reference customer sites for their products they still received average and below average scores for the software indicating a general difficulty in the marketplace in implementing MDM.

Cisco sees a data analytics fortune at the edge of the network
That’s one piece of Cisco Connected Analytics for the Internet of Everything, a set of new and existing capabilities that the company is introducing as a portfolio on Thursday. CEO John Chambers and services chief Edzard Overbeek are set to do the unveiling at an event at Cisco headquarters, a measure of the importance Cisco places on its Internet of Everything (IoE) vision, which it pegs as a US$19 trillion economy-wide opportunity over the next 10 years. Analytics is a $7.3 trillion chunk of that, the company says.

BlueData EPIC - making Big Data implementations easy
The company has developed a cloud-based platform, BlueData EPIC, designed to simplify the installation and use of common Big Data tools. Setting up a cluster of systems to execute Big Data tools is only a small number of clicks away. Simple enough that even an industry analyst could use it. The company has made it extremely simple to setup and use a cluster of virtual systems to conduct Big Data analysis and then scale it up or down as the company's requirements change. EPIC appears to support many of the most popular Big Data tools. Here's how the company describes what it currently supports:

Can an Industry Data Model Support Physical Instantiation?
The most foundational aspect of the integrated data warehouse design is the availability of a well-architected data model. As has long been the case, a logical data model (LDM) contains data elements organized to support a specific business or industry. The physical data model (PDM) components are the framework for the implementation of these structures, providing the details necessary to generate the DDL for the warehouse. The physical model resides alongside the logical model, expanded to include the components necessary to generate physical database structures like tables, views and indexes, designed to ensure optimum performance.

Desk Phone Extinction? Not so Fast
On Tuesday, Kansas-based AccessDirect Inc. said the results of a survey it conducted show that desk phones face “extinction" as younger employees, who prefer mobile alternatives, take over the workplace. That’s a bold statement, and it’s not the first time it has been made; ever since mobility and the softphone hit the market, people have forecast the demise of the desk phone. Ask yourself, though – how often do black-and-white predictions come to fruition in business technology? Almost always is there room for everything. Regardless, AccessDirect believes the end of desk phone days is nigh.

Introduction to Agile Methods by Sondra Ashmore & Kristin Runyan
Becoming Agile is a journey rather than a destination. Applying new practices is part of the journey. I believe there are some indicators that show that you are moving in the direction of agility. Key indicators that come to mind are regular communication, transparency, and more active engagement from stakeholders and customers. The part of the journey that I see teams struggle with the most is that they feel they encounter failures more often (albeit smaller ones) because they are getting more feedback sooner in the process. A team that is being agile embraces these early opportunities to make a change in the spirit of creating the best possible product for their customers.

Quote for the day:

"The role of leadership is to transform the complex situation into small pieces and prioritize them." -- Carlos Ghosn

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