June 03, 2015

12 Quick Tips about Application Level Performance Testing and More
In an economy where apps have become the very heart and soul of almost any business, you have less than one second to impress your user. Because of this limited impression availability, application performance is essential to ensure the quality of your customer's digital experience and your user loyalty. Application Performance Management tools and methods are indispensable in ensuring application performance in real, live environments. Testing application performance should be initiated as early as possible in the application development lifecycle to avoid poor performance and ensure user customer retention.

16 cool things to try with the new Google Photos
Scroll down below the faces in that same search screen, and you'll find a list of locations in which your photos have been taken. What's particularly remarkable about this is that it works even if you don't have location reporting activated, as is the case for me. How? Google says its technology is able to recognize known geographical landmarks from photos and then use logic (and the laws of physics) to infer your location in other nearby photos. If you took a snapshot of the Eiffel Tower on February 9th at 2 p.m., for instance, Google can safely assume you were still in Paris in that selfie you took in front of a bakery 45 minutes later. The accuracy and level of detail may surprise you.

When stolen data turns up on the dark web, this tech can find it fast
"There will always be a path out of your network through an advanced or insider threat," said co-founder Danny Rogers in a phone call last week. "There is no defense that's perfect. If you can't stop everything, what else can you do? That's when we started to focus on immediate threat detection," he said. Rarely do like red flags appear on a screen inside a company's firewall warning that its systems have been breached. In reality, most data breaches are discovered because someone stumbles across stolen data in an underground forum, up for sale to the highest bidder. Rogers, and his co-founder Michael Moore, said that using large-scale cloud-based automation to search for this data can considerably cut down on how long it takes to discover breaches.

CIOs future-proof the data center with hybrid strategies
Over the next three to five years, I'd say 80% of our services will be in the cloud. But there will always be a need for services on campus," he said. For example, he plans to keep the door-locking and fire alarm systems in his own data center, where he isn't reliant on a connection to a cloud provider for them to work. His closed-circuit security system, with its high demand on bandwidth, will stay in his data center, too. Hybrid strategies like Haugabrook's also typically require staff training and reassignment of IT roles. Haugabrook said he plans to transition his staff to roles focusing on automating and integrating systems.

Preparing Data for the Self-Service Analytics Experience
Frequently, all users have to work with are spreadsheets and limited reports based on disparate, application-specific databases. Self-service BI and data discovery tools can deliver much better visualization and data exploration, but the sources often remain limited to spreadsheets and siloed application-specific databases. At larger firms, even if there is an enterprise BI standard, users grow tired of waiting: waiting for IT to find development time to address requests for BI reports and dashboards and waiting for IT to find systems time to run the reports and queries. Of course, once this is all set up, users frequently decide that they want different data or different queries and visualizations and the process must start over.

Private Cloud: A Secure Alternative to Public Clouds?
Private clouds do have challenges, especially if on-premises IT is responsible for managing it, which requires the same staffing, management, maintenance and capital expenses as a traditional data center. However, a common misconception is that private clouds always run on client premises, in the client’s own data center. In reality, there are many providers that deploy, host and manage private cloud infrastructure and solutions. A business might also choose a mix of private and public cloud services, called “hybrid” cloud deployment. In fact, Gartner predicts that the majority of private cloud deployments will eventually become hybrid clouds, meaning they will leverage public cloud resources.

Apple Watch Fails To Ignite Wearables Market, Yet
Fitbit ranked as the number one wearable maker by volume. It shipped 3.9 million devices, giving it 34.2% of the market. Xiaomi followed with 2.8 million devices and 26.4% of the market. Garmin rounds out the top three with 700,000 devices and 6.1% of the market. All three companies make low-cost devices (~$100) meant to help track health and fitness. "Bucking the post-holiday decline normally associated with the first quarter is a strong sign for the wearables market," Ramon Llamas, and IDC research manager for wearables, wrote in the June 2 report. "It demonstrates growing end-user interest and the vendors' ability to deliver a diversity of devices and experiences. In addition, demand from emerging markets is on the rise and vendors are eager to meet these new opportunities."

Big Data, Bigger Responsibility
“Companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry are struggling to manage the exploding amounts of data,” says Neil Mendelson, vice president for big data and advanced analytics at Oracle. “But as both business and IT executives know all too well, managing big data involves far more than just dealing with storage and retrieval challenges—it requires addressing a variety of privacy and security issues as well.” In a talk at the Technology Policy Institute’s 2013 Aspen Forum, Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez described some big data pitfalls to be avoided. Though many organizations use big data for collecting non-personal information, there are others that use it “in ways that implicate individual privacy,” she noted

White collar automation will bring new industrial revolution, says CEO
Change is hard, and we shouldn't be naïve about it. But there are two components here. One is productivity, which we all understand will be there, and the other is about progress. I often give people the example of a construction site. If you pass any construction site today, you will see highly specialized machines. Cranes, fork lifts, bull dozers, and people working alongside them. Ultimately it is going to be about robot human partnership. And if you look at that construction worker, productivity is through the roof, and that allows them to construct things we never thought possible. That's progress.

Why We Fail to Change: Understanding Practices, Principles, and Values Is a Solution
There is no simple answer to the question of why we fail to change – at least not in a form of a recipe. In fact, we have plenty of recipes and they are one the key reasons why we’ve kept repeating the same mistakes for more than 40 years. It’s not only that we have plenty of recipes but also how we’ve codified them – and then, of course, started certifying people. The end result is that it is easy for organizations to simply choose a method from a menu and expect everyone to comply with the method – and expect to repeat a success story. It’s not much of a surprise that it doesn’t work.

Quote for the day:

“Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.” -- Oscar Wilde

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