January 11, 2015

Ranking the disruption potential of industry forces
We’re applying some Gigaom Research resources to mapping out the dynamics of industry disruption to create a framework for our readers and clients for identifying and characterizing disruptive forces so that they can drive them for their own success, or defend against being overwhelmed by them. ... We received over 100 responses, and we’ll be using that input as one of the drivers for our research. Overall, over 80 percent of respondents agreed “the economy as a whole was in a disruptive state with multiple strands of change.”

Breaking new ground for supporting the software-defined infrastructure (SDI)
To enable a unified view across software stacks, as well as support greater choice, HP experts plan, design and architect open SDI solutions based on open architectures such as HP Helion OpenStack across physical and virtual infrastructures.  ... HP takes Datacenter Care to new heights by including capabilities for Helion OpenStack, DevOps, SAP HANA and multivendor systems, as well as additional support within Flexible Capacity. With HP, your IT infrastructure and application development teams benefit from faster access to infrastructure resources and global expertise, as well as increased IT stability.

9 Must-Have Skills to Land Top Big Data Jobs in 2015
The secret is out, and the mad rush is on to leverage big data analytics tools and techniques for competitive advantage before they become commoditized. If you’re in the market for a big data job in 2015, these are the nine skills that will garner you a job offer.

Will Enhanced Servers Do Away With Need For Switches?
“We’re getting rid of layers: layers of switches, layers of links between switches,” says MH Raza, Fiber Mountain founder and CEO. “Switching as a function moves from being inside a box called a switch to a function that co-resides inside a box we call a server. If we put the switching function inside a server, it’s the same logic as a rack front-ending a number of servers; it’s the housing of a server with a switch in it front-ending a bunch of VMs. Why can’t that decision be made at the server? It can be made at the server.” Raza says he knows of a vendor – whom he wouldn’t name – offering an Intel multicore server motherboard with a Broadcom Trident II switch chip and a high capacity fiber connector.

Cloud Integration Issues? Look to the Enterprise Architects
The core opportunities lie with the enterprise architect, and their ability to drive an understanding of the value of data integration, as well as drive change within their organization. After all, they, or the enterprises CTOs and CIOs (whomever makes decisions about technological approaches), are supposed to drive the organization in the right technical directions that will provide the best support for the business. While most enterprise architects follow the latest hype, such as cloud computing and big data, many have missed the underlying data integration strategies and technologies that will support these changes.

The Inside Story of How Sony Handled the Biggest Hack in History
"People relied on each other and it's a good thing they relied on each other, because there wasn't a lot of assistance coming out of the community, except for the FBI," Lynton said. While most Sony employees already were on the Everbridge emergency notification system, workers recruited the rest to sign up. If he had to do it again, Lynton said he would have made it mandatory to already be on it. Senior managers created text and phone trees to communicate and held twice-daily meetings. Thirty to 40 people worked day and night through the Thanksgiving holiday. When employees arrived to work on Monday, one week after the Nov. 24th hack, a "concierge"-like desk greeted them to help get them signed onto a temporary email system set up by the technology team.

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data
It’s true that with neuroscience, it’s going to require decades or even hundreds of years to understand the deep principles. There is progress at the very lowest levels of neuroscience. But for issues of higher cognition—how we perceive, how we remember, how we act—we have no idea how neurons are storing information, how they are computing, what the rules are, what the algorithms are, what the representations are, and the like. So we are not yet in an era in which we can be using an understanding of the brain to guide us in the construction of intelligent systems.

Top 5 IT Resolutions for 2015
2015 is finally here and as most of the corporate world returns to work this week, it’s time for executives to come up with some New Year’s Resolutions of their own. While you’ve no doubt (I hope) already come up with your IT budget for 2015, there are a few housekeeping items that should be on your New Year’s Resolution list for your business when it comes to your technology. Drawing a blank on how to improve your situation in 2015? Here are our top 5 IT resolutions for 2015.

Apache Spark 1.2.0 Supports Netty-based Implementation, High Availability
Apache Spark 1.2.0 was released with major performance and usability improvements in the Spark core engine. It represents the work of 172 contributors from over 60 institutions and comprises more than 1000 patches. Spark 1.2.0 is fully binary compatible with 1.1 and 1.0 and includes a Netty-based implementation, which significantly improves efficiency. Spark streaming adds support for Python and High Availability via Write Ahead Logs (WALs). In addition there is a set of machine learning APIs called spark.ml.

The debate about good governance
The World Bank’s work on good governance addresses economic institutions and public sector management, including transparency and accountability, regulatory reform, and public sector skills and leadership. The United Nations highlights democratic governance and human rights, aspects avoided by the Bank. The IMF declares that “promoting good governance in all its aspects, including by ensuring the rule of law, improving the efficiency and accountability of the public sector, and tackling corruption, are essential elements of a framework within which economies can prosper.”

Quote for the day:

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. -- John C. Maxwell

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