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We, the agile practitioner, had known it all along. Teams where all members participate equally, collaborate with each other and self-organize produces better software! Authors of the agile manifesto had experientially learned this. Now researchers from MIT and CMU have experimentally ...
Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a scalable, extensible management infrastructure included as part of Windows 2000 and later. It’s an implementation of Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) and is based on the Common Information Model (CIM). WMI includes a rich set of powe...
Samsung has begun manufacturing on their new NAND storage for mobile devices. This should not only make new devices cheaper, but make them faster and more capable. It could even be possible that these memory chips are destined for the next iPhone (which will be shipping in September so...
Hurricane Labs and Information Security Summit are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of their new Corporate Training Center located at 4401 Rockside Road in Independence, Ohio. Featuring state of the art classroom technology, a large classroom for up to 30 students, 2 breakout room...
In order to provide more value to their users, Amazon has rolled out the instant video app for the iPad. Amazon’s instant video offering has a huge library of free streaming video for Prime subscribers. Amazon is trying to show that while Netflix and Hulu Plus can stream video, they ar...
You may be familiar with the truTV program Bait Car, where the police place a vehicle equipped with hidden cameras and radio trackers in various areas to catch a would be car thief in the act. It’s kinda fun to watch people ‘check out’ the car, check out the surroundings and decide to...
While Yahoo has gotten lots of attention in the past week with its latest CEO switchover, we now turn to another early Internet pioneer AOL. The company has a new version of their Web-based email software to add to the good news around its quarterly earnings announcement and stock pric...
In a new report published by Appcelerator/IDC yesterday titled 2Q 2012 Mobile Report (download here), iOS appears to have conquered the enterprise mobility market. Here is an excerpt from the report, "iOS has opened a dramatic 16% lead over Android in the mobile enterprise apps space....
Google is an advertising company first and foremost, but the big revenue the company sees from ads is funding the rest of the company’s efforts — efforts that have brought us great products and services like Gmail, Google Maps and the company’s new Nexus 7 tablet. Search remains Google...
Going from a "job-centric" approach to a "server-centric" one isn't inherently bad, but it's a mismatch for how backups were being done, by a lot of people. Specifically people using tape. It seems like BE did this for two reasons. First, to allow for job parallelization. Basically, a...
Perhaps I should have entitled this post “The Cyclical Nature of IT” because the same principles apply. Over time, storage moves back and forth between fully dispersed and fully centralized like a sine wave on an oscilloscope. The Evidence Look at the evidence. In the 1950′s and 196...
When application issues land on the front page of the news you know it’s no longer just an IT problem. Application performance and availability is a key element of your organization’s brand, especially if a substantial percentage or the entire business is done online.
In honor of the summer blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises, let’s take a look at one of the most celebrated heroes in history—Batman. (Okay, granted, he’s not real. But that doesn’t mean he can’t help us understand some best practices regarding application uptime and availability, right?...
When it comes to building new cloud services, there is a large opportunity for new services built around Big Data. So when you look at consulting firms that provide application development and integration services, are there opportunities for them to leverage Big Data in their servi...
Next week I’ll be speaking at Cloud Expo in New York City, one of the premier cloud industry events in the U.S. Of the 150+ sessions that will take place over the four-day conference, a handful appears to address an essential element of the cloud: the network. The importance of an ent...
Edison is believed to have said "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration", and 9 out of 10 times "implementation trumps innovation" when it comes to achieving commercial success, but is it just me, or has the well of new ideas around cloud computing run a bit dry recently? Big D...
Intel Cloud SSO is a pure cloud-based identity solution from three of the most trusted names in the industry—Intel, McAfee and Salesforce.com—that simplifies the cumbersome process of providing users with access to hundreds of SaaS apps. A single point of management, control, access &...
It is an interesting point/counterpoint to read up about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployment or lack thereof. The industry definitely seems to be split on whether VDI is the wave of the future or not, what its level of deployment is, and whether VDI is more secure than trad...
This morning I signed up and had a play with Microsoft Labs’ social media application, so.cl. This was quietly released over the weekend with little attention as it’s a piece of experiment work rather than a new social media platform. It’s early days to be commenting on whether so.cl...
No matter how secure your infrastructure is, sooner or later you will become a victim of a computer crime. Someone may point a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack at your services, may sniff your network, or may copy/delete confidential information. You may not even realize suc...
It’s been an interesting day of contrasts in the world of storage, one that shows storage is a diverse and wide ranging segment of IT. Tape has been part of the discussion on the twitterverse and despite everyone’s best attempts, is not dead yet. Tape and backup may not be seen as co...
Today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: U.S. Army Cyber Command operational attorney Robert Clark said that the legal frameworks are not keeping pace with cyber operations and said that claims of “cyber war” do not qualify as war defined by international l...
Early adopters have been evaluating TwitPolls for the last several weeks. I’ve tested it out with our @CTOvision account and see great promise for this easy to use engagement tool. TwitPolls is powered by the technologies and leadership team of WayIn, so it is based on a great/scalab...
The Mobile Marketing News Weekly is an online newsletter that is made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile marketing that I run across each week. I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information. Global mobile location-based advert...
As far as we have been able to determine, the phrase “Word-of-Mouth Advertising” was coined by Ernest Dichter who, in 1966, published an article in the Harvard Business Review entitled, “How Word-of-Mouth Advertising Works” Dichter was a psychologist by training. His firm focused on ...
The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking and mobile security that I run across each week. I am specifically targeting market size and market tren...
Four CEOs in five years! Yahoo was a symbol of innovation and success in its first few years of life. Founded by two Stanford Ph.D. students (Yang and Filo), Yahoo defined the Internet era of communities and sharing. It still has an enviable community using various services like email,...
As the role of cloud computing is growing around the globe, many CIOs and other senior IT decision makers are facing challenges with their existing network infrastructure -- to support the migration of their business applications to the cloud. A new international study by Cisco Systems...
Major changes have taken place in the network in the past 15 years. The type of data that users are passing across the pipes is significantly different in size and composition. And, the coming “data explosion” promises to put even the most robust networks to the test. When you add in ...
Like cloud two or three years ago, SDN and OpenFlow is dominating the discussions. During a show that’s (in theory at least) dedicated to networking, this should be no surprise. Is it making networking sexy again? Yes, insomuch as we’re at least talking about networking again, which i...
When you first look at the list of mobility vendors that are attending SAPPHIRENOW 2012, it may seem like most of them compete with SAP mobility, but that would be to forget that SAP sells ERP software. Look at where SAP makes their money. They make their money selling and maintainin...
Over the past decade, we’ve become much more robust in our approach to information security. We recognize that our company’s largest vulnerabilities have to do with its computer systems, and that data security is at the core of loss prevention, disaster recovery, and even normal operat...
In 2008 Microsoft acquired enterprise search software company FAST, and have been integrating the software into the Sharepoint suite. While Sharepoint is an excellent document and collaboration tool, the reality of a busy corporate life is that over 80% of corporate information is spre...
According to the PCI SSC, there are 12 PCI DSS requirements that satisfy a variety of security goals. Areas of focus include building and maintaining a secure network, protecting stored cardholder data, maintaining a vulnerability management program, implementing strong access control...
Our next upcoming best practices white paper is going to be called ‘Cloud Computing and the Drummond Report‘ – A special feature on how Cloud might be employed to help realize many of the cost-saving goals recommended.
SystemAdmins were generally the early embracers and end users of VMware ESX as they immediately recognized the benefits of virtualization. Having been bogged down with the pains of running physical servers such as downtime for maintenance, patching and upgrades, they were the natural a...
A first-degree direct LinkedIn connection implies that the two parties know each well. Using this assumption two disconnected LinkedIn users, attempt to connect via an intermediary. What often turns out, is that the first degree connections are in fact very weak connections, and thus ...
I was reading an article about how Google is going to change their algorithms to penalize sites which are overly optimized for SEO. It’s no surprise to arrive at an end state where rules of a system are gamed when pecuniary gains are available. The entire SEO industry has grown up ar...
Right before Christmas Activision released a game called “Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures.” It’s a fairly straightforward adventure game with a twist: it isn’t entirely digital. Collectible figures known as Skylanders can be inserted and removed into the game (via RFID, I assume) to ena...
My daughter likes to glue pictures in a composition notebook – Disney Princesses, giraffes, fairies, Barbie scenes, herself and many other things a kindergartener gravitates towards. Usually she asks for certain characters or a particular animal and I go find and print. This weeken...


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