November 08, 2015

AIOTI publishes recommendations on the future of the Internet of Things

The report from WG01 built on the work of the IoT Research Cluster (IERC) and is focused on boosting the IoT technological advancements and converging the shaping and development of new dynamic business models and IoT ecosystems. Aschair of the AIOTI WG01, Dr. Ovidiu Vermesan Chief, Scientist at SINTEFsaid: "our report will promote the market emergence of IoT and overcome the fragmentation of 'silos', architectures and applications. IoT technology is the needed enabler for eliminating the 'digital divide' and creating the basis for the implementation of the Digital Single Market".

What the Windows 7 Pro sales lifecycle changes mean to consumers and business buyers

Enterprise deployments are essentially immune from the Microsoft sales lifecycle. In big organizations, IT departments buy Volume License editions of Windows with the Software Assurance add-on, which give them the freedom to deploy a consistent image of whatever Windows version they've chosen as their corporate standard. The two-year extension makes it easier for small and medium-size businesses to get some of that flexibility. Because the end-of-sales date for consumer editions of Windows 7 PCs arrived as scheduled in 2014, new PCs running those editions are difficult to find. But business PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled can continue to be sold until late 2016.

Connecting humans and computers

It’s important to think about how wearable devices could incorporate larger viewing experience, either by extending the display or leveraging external displays opportunistically. There is some exciting research going on at Microsoft, Mitsubishi and Disney which is looking into projecting displays from wearables onto nearby walls, so that information within the device is easier to expose and interact with. As these devices become really small, I think that these factors will be critical to balancing user experience with form and maintaining the convenience that we have with desktop and notebook computing.The next issue with wearables is the quality of inference from sensor data. In my opinion as a researcher, Fitbit and other activity trackers of that sort are inadequate due to poor inference qualities.

Digital Transformation Going Mainstream in 2016, IDC Predicts

The digital technologies that are changing the economics and practices of traditional business — cloud computing, mobile devices, advanced data analysis and artificial intelligence — are better, cheaper and more widely available. “Mainstream companies in every industry are realizing they’ll be disrupted if they don’t get moving now,” said Frank Gens, IDC’s chief analyst and the report’s principal author. Many of these companies, according to IDC, are not moving fast enough. It predicts that a third of the top 20 companies in every industry will be “disrupted” over the next three years, meaning their revenue, profits and market position will deteriorate — not that they will go out of business.

How will blockchain technology transform financial services?

For the financial services sector it offers the opportunity to overhaul existing banking infrastructure, speed settlements and streamline stock exchanges, although regulators will want to be assured that it can be done securely. The developments potentially combine two of the most dynamic industries: the computing hub of Silicon Valley and the money management of Wall Street and the City of London. “We could go the way that file transfer technology changed music, allowing new businesses like iTunes to emerge,” says Michael Harte, chief operations and technology officer at Barclays. “That is why there is such feverish activity at the moment.”

The ironic history of the hybrid cloud

It is interesting to note that the frame of reference for this was the mainframe, which was the prevalent form of Enterprise Computing at the time. Ironically, in many ways cloud computing actually evolved from core concepts that are very mainframe centric. By the way, it should come as some surprise that the mainframe, which was called dead back in the 1980s, is growing at 20 percent year over year according to IBM’s latest financials [Disclosure: IBM is a client of the writer]. However Licklider’s vision went well beyond the initial Internet, which was more about communication. This vision was for everyone on the globe to be interconnected and able to access programs and data at any site from anywhere.

How NSX Simplifies and Enables True Disaster Recovery with Site Recovery Manager

The primary use cases are full site disaster recovery scenarios or unplanned outage where the primary site can go down due to a disaster and secondary site takes immediate control and enables business continuity. The other key use case is planned datacenter migration scenarios where one could migrate workloads from one site to another maintaining the underlying networking and security profiles. The main difference between the two use cases is the frequency of the synchronization runs. In a datacenter migration use case you can take one datacenter running NSX and reproduce the entire networking configuration on the DR side in a single run of the synchronization workflow or run it once initially and then a second time to incrementally update the NSX objects before cutover.

Microservices Decoded: Best Practices and Stacks

Earlier incarnations of microservice concepts were aptly titled 'Service Oriented Architecture' (SOA), however this term was too broad in scope and specific implementation strategies were vague. ... Clarity within software engineering field surrounding microservice architecture is currently a bit ambiguous. This is a result of the immaturity of the architecture itself and lack of industry agreed upon conventions. As microservice solutions gain notoriety the more refined, low-level definitions and specification criteria will also inherently evolve. Until these definitions and specifications mature we will can analyze and identify a number of generally accepted characteristics surrounding microservices based on pioneers who have implemented scaled and functioning microservice solutions.

Bitcoin is off to the races again - and it could soar higher

"The global banks and wire-houses have meaningfully gotten involved in the space," said Michael Sonnenshein, director of business development and sales at Grayscale Investments, which manages the Bitcoin Investment Trust, a publicly listed vehicle that tracks bitcoin. "In 2013, they were beginning to dip their toe, but primarily behind closed doors and within internal working groups." There are still lingering issues surrounding bitcoin's validity. To be sure, it is volatile and - because its loosely regulated - a draw for frauds and criminals. Some big names in the crytptocurrency community - perhaps most notably Blythe Masters, the CEO of Digital Asset Holdings - have been critical of bitcoin and say the underpinning blockchain technology is actually what's most sexy to Wall Street.

Best Practices for Optimizing the Requirements Process

This web seminar will focus on best practices for creating a fully optimized requirements life cycle that can be leveraged by any organization into project success. Drawing upon years of experience from many successful projects, the experts from Greenridge Business Systems will offer insight into how to take advantage of a “people, process and technology” approach to requirements that can have a dramatic positive impact. A case study involving a large-scale government project will also be showcased. Attendees will also learn requirements gathering best practices when large numbers of stakeholders are involved and how visualization reduces confusion through real-time collaboration and the use of fully immersive and functional simulations.

Quote for the day:

"People don't resist change. They resist being changed." -- Peter M. Senge

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