February 02, 2015

Microsoft talks up Windows 10 for business, but questions mount
The revamp, which experts have called Microsoft's biggest-ever change to its update and upgrade process, is integral to the firm's "Windows as a service" strategy. While most consumers will receive these updates -- which may come as often as monthly -- automatically via Windows Update, the mechanism already used to deliver security patches, businesses will be leery of such a quick cadence. Historically, enterprises have been conservative in how they adopt new OSes for their workers' personal computers, worried about meeting regulatory requirements and new costs to train employees when software morphs.

Raspberry Pi 2 is six times faster than Pi 1, supports Windows 10
The Raspberry Pi 2 has a faster CPU and more memory than its predecessor. This could make it a true PC replacement, said Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pi Foundation. “This is obviously fantastic news for Raspberry Pi—in terms of performance it takes us over the line into being a ‘real’ PC you could use for web browsing and productivity applications,” Upton said. The faster performance will also bring new applications like computer vision to robots, smart devices, drones and other electronics. For example, the extra horsepower will allow the Pi 2 to comprehend images from attached 3D cameras, which was not possible on Pi 1.

Big Data Success Remains Elusive: Study
In some cases, organizations attempt to use their existing data management systems to process big data streams, often with poor results. "Legacy systems that generally have been used to great efficiency for enterprise data management and content management, sometimes aren’t suited to these new data sources," Hunter said. These sources may include social media streams, log data, and sensor data from the emerging Internet of Things to evaluate customers, transactions, and user sentiment. But this approach usually doesn’t go well, resulting in what he calls a "fumbling of the legacy systems."

How Google could end up as your next wireless carrier
If Google does end up buying wholesale, they could potentially repackage the service however they want, or bundle it with other services. Sprint and T-Mobile would probably place, at least, some restrictions on price or plan structure, but there are a lot of things that Google could do that Sprint or T-Mobile aren't already doing, Menezes said. One option, he pointed out, was the possibility of pay-as-you-go with a competitive rate for the enterprise -- something Menezes said is routinely brought up in conversations he has about wireless service. Currently, most options are prepaid, with no way to account for unused service.

Docker chief operator: Why the open source container project is taking a new shape
"At Mongo we experienced similar rapid growth. Docker is actually faster than Mongo. One of the reasons they were interested in bringing me on is the fact that if you're going to draw parallels with anything in history that has experienced that sort of growth it's MongoDB, which before Docker I'd say is the faster-growing open- source project that I know of. "Now Docker is doing it close to twice as fast as far as growth goes. It feels almost like overnight. There are a lot of challenges that come with that. At Mongo I felt we were writing the book on it as we went. Mongo walked that path before and we'll definitely be drawing on some of the experiences there."

How Digital Ecosystems Are Creating the 'We Economy'
"In last year's Technology Vision report, we noted how large enterprises were reasserting leadership in their markets by adopting digital to drive their processes more effectively and transform how they go to market, collaborate with partners, engage with customers and manage transactions," says Paul Daugherty, CTO of Accenture. "Now that digital has become part of the fabric of their operating DNA, they are stretching their boundaries to leverage a broader ecosystem of digital businesses as they shape the next generation of their products, services and business models to effect change on a much broader scale," Daugherty says.

Office Online vs. Office 365: What’s free, what’s not, and what you really need
If you need Access or Publisher, though, Office Online won’t work for you. In order to get either of these apps as part of a suite, you have to buy Office Professional 2013, or subscribe to Office 365—which comes with the rights to install Office Professional 2013 on multiple machines. And if you want to be able to do things like change the orientation of a document, insert section breaks, or other advanced functions from a tablet or smartphone, you’ll have to sign up for Office 365.

Mobile app security grabs feds' attention
NIST points out concerns. “Despite the benefits of mobile apps, however, the use of apps can potentially lead to serious security issues. This is so because, like traditional enterprise applications, apps may contain software vulnerabilities that are susceptible to attack,” the report says. “Such vulnerabilities may be exploited by an attacker to gain unauthorized access to an organization’s information technology resources or the user’s personal data.” NIST advises development of security requirements on issues such as securing of data and acceptable levels of risk. Specific recommendations are offered for the planning, app testing, and app approval/rejection processes.

Accenture unveils its vision for five big tech trends in 2015
“Visionary companies are recognizing that as every business becomes a digital business, together they can effect change on a much bigger stage,” Accenture said. Home Depot, for instance, is using the Internet of Things to shape the way people live in connected homes. Every product that it sells will have to be compatible with Home Depot’s own Wink connected home system, making all products in its ecosystem easier to install. Fiat plans to use its Uconnect platform — integrated with TomTom, Reuters, Facebook, and TuneIn — to provide drivers with communication, entertainment, and navigation that lets drivers stay focused on driving.

How to Lead in Ambiguous Times
The more volatile and hostile the environment becomes, the more we see success and survival begin to converge: In a cataclysmic environment, the two would be one and the same. We aren’t facing threats of that extremity, and corporate leaders cannot give up the need to grow. But they have to take ambiguity into account. In essence, the right approach is focused on sustainability. When we hear talk of sustainability, it is typically of the need for corporations to reassess a go-go growth model—one aimed at maximizing profitability—that is viewed as insufficiently inclusive. Company leaders are asked, by their employees, customers, or society at large, to “give back” by supporting charitable causes and the environment.

Quote for the day:

"Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong." -- Peter T. Mcintyre

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