June 15, 2015

​Data privacy: You may call it personal data but who actually owns it?
"The current ambitions of those with money and those with aspirations to spend our money are that they want sensors everywhere. They want unlimited data collection and controls merely on use," he said. "The only way we're all going to be able to stem collection and stem deployment is by the compulsion that it has to be open and the implication of it being open is you don't want just anybody being able to place an entire city under surveillance." That principle of transparency is going to be increasingly important for privacy, particularly with the impending introduction of new European data-protection laws, according to partner at Irwin Mitchell and expert in data privacy law Joanne Bone.

"I Want it Yesterday" syndrome and its cure
I asked, when do you want this product? He replied, I want it yesterday. Something snapped in my mind. I immediately replied, great, we have exactly one year then, as yesterday will only come next year. Everyone in the room laughed. And, may be that is when he decided not to engage with us. Having seen many managers use this phrase to indicate urgency and indicate how far behind them their team is whereas they really are much ahead in their thinking, I thought, it worked very well to counter the implicit insult and ego-trips of the big bosses that we have created as our managers.

How Snapchat's CEO Plans to Conquer the Advertising World
Advertising is definitely starting to roll in. McDonald's and Samsung have come aboard, while Macy's recently sponsored People's Discover feed. Movie studios are also playing with the app. The big summer releases Mad Max: Fury Road, Pitch Perfect 2 and Jurassic World all were heavily promoted on the app. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the buyer says Snapchat is starting to live up to its potential in social media marketing. "It's actually quite a mature company," the exec adds. "A lot of companies come out and don't have their acts together."

Top five reasons companies are avoiding managed services
For many small and midsize companies, having someone else remotely monitor and manage their computer network is a no-brainer. The managed service provider can improve efficiency, reliability, security, and maintenance -- all while lowering costs and freeing up IT staff to work on more strategic projects.But according to a new study from CompTIA, the companies that don't use MSPs are more certain of that path than ever. In 2013, 7 percent of companies not using MSPs said they had no plans to start using them in the future. This year, that number jumped to 31 percent. Here are the top reasons why companies are avoiding MSPs.

Transforming an Analog Company into a Digital Company
Various reasons have been suggested to explain why banking has changed relatively little. First, the industry is subject to heavy regulation and government intervention. This discourages potential new entrants, so incumbent banks feel less pressure to change. Another factor often pointed to is average user age, which is higher than that seen in other industries—such as music. What’s more, most people take a conservative approach to their finances. And it may well be that the rapid growth and high earnings of the financial services industry in the years leading up to the downturn nurtured complacency and inefficiencies which in other sectors would have proved fatal.

Inside Apache HBase’s New Support for MOBs
The HBase MOB design is similar to the HBase + HDFS approach because we store the metadata and MOBs separately. However, the difference lies in a server-side design: memstore caches the MOBs before they are flushed to disk, the MOBs are written into a HFile called “MOB file” in each flush, and each MOB file has multiple entries instead of single file in HDFS for each MOB. This MOB file is stored in a special region. All the read and write can be used by the current HBase APIs. ... The MOB edits are larger than usual. In the sync, the corresponding I/O is larger too, which can slow down the sync operations of WAL. If there are other regions that share the same WAL, the write latency of these regions can be affected. However, if the data consistency and non-volatility are needed, WAL is a must.

A Day In The Life Of Tim Holman
We work as cybersecurity experts for many different types of businesses across the UK. If someone rings out of the blue and tells me that their business has been compromised by a cyberattack, then our day (and sometimes much of the night) is spent detecting the attack, preventing access to IT systems, removing vulnerabilities, and starting the long process of communicating with customers and stakeholders and cleaning and protecting all their IT processes and systems. It is not uncommon to see a business being brought to its knees by what appears to be an innocuous theft or other lapse in security.  ... The best jobs are the clients that call us before anything disastrous has happened. They realise that they are at risk, so they contact us to do a thorough security assessment so that we can identify the vulnerabilities and advise on next steps.

IBM Invests to Help Open-Source Big Data Software — and Itself
With its Spark initiative, analysts said, IBM wants to lend a hand to an open-source project, woo developers and strengthen its position in the fast-evolving market for big data software. By aligning itself with a popular open-source project, IBM, they said, hopes to attract more software engineers to use its big data software tools, too. “It’s first and foremost a play for the minds — and hearts — of developers,” said Dan Vesset, an analyst at IDC. IBM is investing in its own future as much as it is contributing to Spark. IBM needs a technology ecosystem, where it is a player and has influence, even if it does not immediately profit from it. IBM mainly makes its living selling applications, often tailored to individual companies, which address challenges in their business like marketing, customer service, supply-chain management and developing new products and services.

The Power of Software Ecosystems
It doesn’t surprise me that Automic has established a plug-in marketplace. In fact, it seems like a natural evolution. When you’ve worked in the IT industry for a while, you realize that there is a strong motivation for greater collaboration between software users in one way or another. The “impulse to share software” has been a part of the IT world for many years, from the early days of rekeying articles published in magazines through to sharing code using floppy discs and more recently over the Web. The emergence of software sharing ecosystems has provoked many related or parallel trends for both collaboration and software marketing, from Open Source to Apple’s App Store.

IBM's Analytics Strategy: A Closer Look
IBM’s objective is to make such prescriptive analytics useful to a wider audience. It plans to infuse optimization capabilities it into all of its analytical applications. Optimization can be used on a scale from large to small. Large-scale optimization supports strategic breakthroughs or major shifts in business models. Yet there also are many more ways that the use of optimization techniques embedded in a business application – micro-optimization – can be applied to business. In sales, for example, it can be applied to territory assignments taking into account multiple factors. In addition to making a fair distribution of total revenue potential, it can factor in other characteristics such as the size or profitability of the accounts, a maximum or minimum number of buying units and travel requirements for the sales representative.

Quote for the day:

"Always mistrust a subordinate who never finds fault with his superior." -- J.C. Collins

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