January 21, 2015

Companies Still Not Patching Security Vulnerabilities
Nine out of 10 security chiefs are expressing confidence in their strategies, but, according to available data and survey results, they are doing a poor job of deploying security updates. Some 75 percent of CISOs surveyed from 1700 companies rated their tools as very or extremely effective. However, fewer than 50 percent of respondents use standard tools such as patch and configuration management to help prevent security breaches and ensure that they are running the latest software versions. To that end, 40 percent of respondents admitted they are not patching and 54 percent have had to manage public scrutiny following a security breach.

Not enough women in senior IT roles, research finds
“Our research shows that, while the diversity debate has moved on outside of the office, not enough women are actually seeing this progress at work. If we’re to achieve sustainable and long-lasting change, we can’t just look at women already at the top; we need to focus our efforts on women at every level, creating a strong pipeline of female talent across British businesses. If we fail to do this, there is a very real risk that these women will seek these opportunities elsewhere,” added Pickering. In response to the survey’s findings, O2 has produced a guide to help businesses implement a Women in Leadership programme.

The FCC's possible reclassification of ISPs signals hope for net neutrality
Cloud-connected businesses that rely on an unimpeded internet connection between them and the customer will be able to provide service without ISP interference. Foremost among these is Netflix, who amid its long-standing dispute with Verizon, relented and paid Verizon for prioritization. In a January 2015 blog post, Netflix Vice President of Content Delivery Ken Florance criticized this practice as being "in contrast to an open Internet and all its promise," noting that "Those who can't pay for fast lanes will suffer, entrenching incumbents while undermining the innovative power of the Internet." With a level playing field, new startups face a reduced barrier to entry to the market.

Xerox licenses Thinfilm printed storage tech for smart labels
The Norwegian printed electronics firm Thinfilm has formed a strategic partnership with Xerox around printed storage. Xerox will license Thinfilm’s proprietary technology and make Thinfilm Memory labels, which have some very interesting characteristics. Each label, costing a few pennies, is a plastic tag that’s based on ferroelectric capacitors and allows for power-free archival storage in the 10-15-year range. This isn’t some data center technology though; we’re only talking 10-36 bits. They are however very rewriteable – the data can be rewritten 100,000 times. This means the labels are perfect for continually storing and refreshing the output of sensors.

10 cool network and computing research projects
If you think the latest enterprise and consumer network and computer technologies rolling into your data center and being snuck into your offices by end users are advanced, wait until you see what's cooking in the labs at universities and tech companies. Much of well-funded research is aimed at security, simplifying use of current technology and figuring out how to more easily plow through mounds of big data. Here's at peek at 10 projects.

JSF 2.0 Distributed Multitiered Application
This article aims to present a different approach on handling JSF distributed multitiered applications. Try the suggested steps in order to build robust distributed applications, that serve responses instantly, no matter the complexity of the client request. The components of this article are: Identifying general requirements of Java distributed multitiered applications; Java architectural solutions in order to satisfy requirements : classic solutions vs proposed proof of concept; and JSF2.0 Distributed Multitiered Application Proof of Concept (implementation and advantages)

Getting RID of Risk with Agile
As an Agile coach I come across all of these sort of these challenges on a very regular basis. The reality of modern software development is that these are every day challenges that we have to deal with, and the skill lies in reducing these risks in a timely enough fashion that we can still deliver the most value to a users in a timely, sustainable fashion. How I hear you ask dear reader, how can we possibly achieve that? I don’t have a silver bullet, but what I do have is a system that can help us deal with risk in a more timely manner.

Why 2015 might be the year of the CIO
While struggling to keep the lights on, cloud-based software and services simultaneously commoditized many expensive IT functions, and lowered the price of entry for everything from email to Customer Relationship Management (CRM) from months of implementation time and heavy IT involvement to a few minutes and a credit card. An increase in IT spend from nontraditional sources, particularly marketing, further shifted the balance of IT power away from IT leaders, causing many to conclude that the CIO and similar positions were consigned to irrelevance at best, and doomed to be removed from the executive suite at worst.

The unexpected benefits – and subsequent opportunities - of wireless
This growing dependence on wireless is not totally unexpected. As our personal lives become more connected and mobile it is almost inevitable that the businesses we own, manage or work in will follow a similar path. However, our study into SMBs and wireless also revealed something else. It showed that wireless connectivity is enhancing aspects of the business many might consider to be beyond the reach of technology, namely, brand image and employee morale. Two-thirds of the 500 small to mid-size firms we spoke to say that having a wireless network makes their business look vibrant and up-to-date.

How managed print services accelerates business process digitisation
Despite the clear need to better integrate paper and digital workflows, Quocirca's study revealed that overall, only 29% of organisations believe they are effective or very effective at integrating paper and digital workflows. However, there is a stark difference between organisations using and not using MPS. While only 9% of organisations not using MPS rated their ability to integrate paper and digital workflows as effective or very effective, this rose to 51% for those using MPS. Quocirca expects this figure to climb over the next year as more organisations move further along their MPS journey and begin the implementation of document workflow tools and business process optimisation.

Quote for the day:

"A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it" -- Albert Einstein

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