January 29, 2015

Spring 4 and Java 8
It is important to note that Spring is frequently used with other libraries such as Hibernate for data persistence and Jackson for converting Java objects to / from JSON. While Spring 4 supports the Java 8 date and time libraries, that does not mean that third party frameworks like Hibernate and Jackson are able to support the Java 8 date and time. At the time of publication Hibernate JIRA contains an open ticket HHH-8844 requesting support for Java 8 date and time APIs in Hibernate. . ... Finally, compiling Java 8 code with –parameters option preserves argument names in methods and makes it possible to write more compact Spring MVC method handlers and Spring Data query methods.

Professional Training Trends: A Q&A with Chris Armstrong, Armstrong Process Group
If we move a bit further along the EA value chain to what we call “Decide and Respond,” that’s a really good place for a different class of tools. Even though there are modeling tool vendors that try to do it, we need a second class of tools for EA Lifecycle Management (EALM), which is really getting into the understanding of “architecture-in-motion”. Once architecture content has been described as the current and future state, the real $64,000 question is how do we get there? How do we build a roadmap? How do we distribute the requirements of that roadmap across multiple projects and tie that to the strategic business decisions and critical assets over time? Then there’s how do I operate all of this stuff once I build it?

Five innovations that are key to the future of data centers
If people are the heart of an organization, then the data center could be considered its brain, and maybe even its mouth. Quality storage and handling are key to an organization's success. The technologies and processes that power our data centers have grown at an exponential rate. What was once considered state of the art is now considered a relic, and the IT skills needed to manage these new data centers are changing as well. As we move further in 2015, it's important to take a look at some of the hotly debated trends and technologies and see how they might affect your organization in the future. Here are five innovations that will impact the future of the data center.

Avoid disruption through exploration
Where did these once iconic companies go wrong? To my mind, they forgot to keep challenging their assumptions about what business they were actually in. Businesses have two options when they plan for the road ahead: they can put all their eggs into one basket, and risk losing everything if that basket has a hole in the bottom, or they can make a number of small bets, accepting that some will fail while others succeed. Taking the latter approach, and making many small bets on innovation, transforms the boardroom into a roulette table. Unlike a punter in a casino, however, businesses cannot afford to stop making bets.

Analytics: A Gap in the Market or a Market in the Gap?
There are plenty of old-schoolers, such as myself, who were de facto data scientists as a function of training and experience in the natural, social, and behavioral sciences. However the difference is that our data collection efforts were fairly straight-forward (albeit tedious, labor intensive, and time consuming). The labor market demand now is for persons who have natural investigatory curiosity, the ability to sift through numbers, text, and images, and to be comfortable with a range of analytic tools. While there is a consensus that there is a gap in the data scientist market, the contrasting question is whether there is a market in the gap?

How CIOs Can Win In The Cloud
When I asked O'Neill about why he was an early cloud adopter, he prefaced his answer by observing that the goal was to "build a great product, not spend time on the plumbing." This is a great point, and it's worth asking yourself: Would you rather be an architect or a plumber? For Hubspot, the cloud became an enabler of this goal. O'Neill's approach was to let the business drive software selection, not IT. It became clear during rollout, he said, that "they're going to know the business better than us." Pantheon took the "no server at the office" approach. The company's priority was to take the "path of least resistance" and to outsource its cloud infrastructure services to focus on developing a superior product with a quality user experience.

Out of control AI will not kill us, believes Microsoft Research chief
"You might be told, for example, in using this service you have a one in 10,000 chance of having a query ever looked at... each person only has to worry about as much as they worry about being hit by a bolt of lightning, it's so rare. "So, I believe that machine learning, reasoning and AI more generally will be central in providing great tools for ensuring the privacy of folks at the same time as allowing services to acquire data anonymously or with only low probabilities of risk to any particular person."

GIF all the things: Imgur unveils video-to-GIF converter
The new conversion tool is a remarkably simple way to run videos into GIFs: Users just have to paste a video’s URL into a form field, select a segment of up to 15 seconds, add an optional caption and then let the Imgur servers do their work. As always with Imgur, users don’t have to register, and the result can be freely shared across the web and social networks. That no-frills approach has helped to turn Imgur into one of the most popular image-hosting destinations on the web. Product and growth director Sam Gerstenzang told me that the site now generates more than 5 billion page views from over 150 million unique users a month. Initially, most of that activity came from Reddit, where Imgur quickly became the most popular image-hosting resource after launching six years ago.

6 digital health trends to watch in 2015
The industry grew more in 2014 than it ever has before, and that trend will continue into 2015 as there are more innovations in wearables, digital health clinics, telemedicine, and disease research and prevention. The healthcare industry will see a 21% increase in IT jobs by 2020, according to University of Chicago research. Rock Health, a digital health seed fund, recently released a report that showed there was $4.1 billion in funding for digital health startups in 2014. Major tech companies like Apple and Google announced health initiatives last year. And according to ABI Research, activity trackers outnumbered smartwatches 4 to 1 in 2014.

Sector Roadmap: Hadoop/Data Warehouse Interoperability
This Sector RoadmapTM examines that integration, reviewing SQL-on-Hadoop solutions on offer from the three major Hadoop vendors: Cloudera, Hortonworks, and MapR; incumbent data warehouse vendor Teradata; relational-database juggernaut Oracle; and Hadoop/data warehouse hybrid vendor Pivotal. With this analysis, key usage scenarios made possible by these solutions are identified, as are the architectural distinctions between them. Vendor solutions are evaluated over six Disruption Vectors: schema flexibility, data engine interoperability, pricing model, enterprise manageability, workload role optimization, and query engine maturity.

Shedding Some Light on Shadow IT Management
Shadow IT has been lurking in the dark corners of organizations for years now, but as BYOD and public cloud computing gain traction in the workplace more and more employees are stealthily adopting their own software and hardware without telling IT. When IT is left in the dark it makes it nearly impossible to mitigate potential risks, and in light of the recent barrage of data breachesexecutives are becoming increasingly concerned about the issue. So what can you do? First and foremost, accept that shadow IT is here to stay. IDC found that the majority of information workers share files via email and other unsecure methods while only a small group, about 10 percent, use a service provided by their company.

Quote for the day:

“It always seems impossible until it's done.” -- Nelson Mandela

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