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What impact do you think the Dell-EMC deal will have on the IT industry? Find out in this week’s roundup.
1. Time waits for no one – – except the Dell-EMC-VMware deal – Ed Scannell (SearchServerVirtualization)
As the hype over the Dell-EMC-VMware deal simmers down, it could take some time before IT takes full measure of the deal’s impact.
2. Dell promises to innovate on next-gen Windows 10 PCs – Ramin Edmond (SearchEnterpriseDesktop)
Like a captain on a sinking ship, Dell remains committed to the PC market, and looks to hardware innovations and Windows 10 as the bailing buckets.
3. Oracle IaaS takes on AWS with Elastic Compute Cloud service – Jessica Sirkin (SearchOracle)
Oracle rolled out more cloud services at OpenWorld 2015, topped by a public cloud addition to its Oracle Cloud Infrastructure IaaS suite that directly targets Amazon Web Services.
4. Google slams Symantec over Certificate Transparency trouble – Peter Loshin (SearchSecurity)
Google demands Certificate Transparency for all Symantec-issued certificates in wake of last month’s escalating disclosures about fake “testing” certificates.
5. Latest Cisco acquisitions touch analytics, security, cloud – Antone Gonsalves (SearchNetworking)
Cisco acquisitions of ParStream, Lancope and 1 Mainstream reflect the company’s view of how networking is evolving.
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Were you surprised Mark Templeton’s tenure as Citrix CEO came to an end? Find out what the sudden change means for the the company in this week’s roundup.
1. Citrix CEO departs as EUC industry shakeup continues – Bridget Botelho, Colin Steele and Alyssa Wood (SearchVirtualDesktop)
Mark Templeton’s tenure as Citrix CEO has abruptly come to an end, leaving Citrix users to wonder what’s in store for the company’s future.
2. HP public cloud shut down to refocus on hybrid – Trevor Jones (SearchCloudComputing)
A major feature of HP’s hybrid cloud strategy is ending as the HP public cloud will be shut down and the company will instead partner with public cloud vendors going forward.
3. Dell, Microsoft CEOs discuss Windows 10 PC strategies – Ramin Edmond (SearchEnterpriseDesktop)
The Microsoft-Dell partnership got competitive this year with Microsoft’s first 2-in-1 device, but Dell’s Windows 10 laptops differ in one important area.
4. Dell World 2015: Cloud system open to wider range of partners – Lynn Haber (SearchCloudProvider)
Dell and Microsoft have introduced the Dell Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft, which targets businesses of any size and opens up new opportunities for channel partners.
5. Dell merger with EMC leaving customers cold? – Eamon McCarthy Earls (SearchNetworking)
In this week’s blogs: The Dell merger with EMC is making some customers worried; a new packet capture appliance wins praise.
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Are you more hopeful or concerned about the Dell-EMC deal? Check out what IT professionals think about the merger is this week’s roundup.
1. Dell-EMC merger leaves IT pros hopeful or concerned – Carol Sliwa (SearchStorage)
As IT pros try to wrap their arms around the $67 billion Dell-EMC merger, some say it could spur change in purchasing plans; others predict little impact.
2. Dell-EMC acquisition leaves questions as Tucci steps away – Dave Raffo (SearchStorage)
When the Dell-EMC deal is complete, EMC CEO Joe Tucci will step away after 15 years on the job — leaving Michael Dell and others to carry on his legacy.
3. Dell swoops in as VMware hybrid cloud management improves – Trevor Jones (SearchCloudComputing)
The VMware hybrid cloud strategy took a step forward this week with improved transparency and feature consolidation in vRealize, despite being overshadowed by the Dell-EMC acquisition.
4. Dell networking portfolio fortified with EMC – Antone Gonsalves (SearchNetworking)
Dell’s $67 billion acquisition of EMC is expected to create a networking portfolio suitable for large enterprises.
5. October Patch Tuesday plugs holes in IE, Edge browsers – Tom Walat and Tayla Holman (SearchWindowsServer)
Windows administrators have a relatively light month as Microsoft releases only six security bulletins for October.
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What do you make of the Dell-EMC deal? Check out this week’s update with all the news surrounding the blockbuster acquisition.
1. Dell and EMC agree on blockbuster $67 billion buyout – Dave Raffo (SearchStorage)
Dell and EMC made it official this morning – Dell intends to acquire EMC for an expected $67 billion price tag in the largest technology transaction ever.
2. Dell-EMC deal comes with plenty of risks – Ed Scannell and Robert Gates (SearchDataCenter)
Dell finalized its purchase of EMC this week, in a deal that analysts said could pay dividends for enterprise customers – if it succeeds, that is.
3. What’s ahead for Dell partners, EMC channel in pending buyout? – Lynn Haber (SearchITChannel)
Dell’s pending acquisition of EMC will impact channel companies in different ways: Some may need to sort out product overlap, while others may find expanded sales opportunities.
4. Dell buys EMC in major deal; fate of Documentum ECM software unclear – Lauren Horwitz and Nathan Lamb (SearchContentManagement)
In a historic deal, Dell will buy EMC for $67 billion, acquiring successful RSA security and storage devices. But what is the fate of Documentum?
5. Cloud vendors saw end of Safe Harbor agreement coming – Trevor Jones (SearchCloudComputing)
The EU high court’s decision to strike down the Safe Harbor agreement shouldn’t hurt large cloud companies or their users, but long-term questions about data privacy remain.
6. Is Apple’s iPad Pro ready for work? – Chris Maxcer (SearchManufacturingERP)
Apple’s iPad Pro has many appealing features. Consumers likely will love it, but will it find a place in enterprises?
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What’s the future of software testing? Check out what one expert thinks in this week’s roundup.
1. The future of software testing: It’s a brave new world – Gerie Owen (SearchSoftwareQuality)
It’s a brave new world software testers. Expert Gerie Owen begins an 11-part series on everything you need to know about tomorrow’s testing today.
2. Study claims enterprise vulnerability remediation can take 120 days – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)
A new study has found that although flaws are most likely to be exploited within 60 days of discovery, companies can take between 100 and 120 days for vulnerability remediation.
3. Juniper fabric architecture ups competition with HP, Cisco – Antone Gonsalves (SearchNetworking)
Juniper Networks has launched a fabric architecture that centralizes management for data center and campus networks.
4. Talon Storage adds CloudFast file sharing for Azure – Garry Kranz (SearchCloudStorage)
Talon Storage timed the CloudFast launch to coincide with Microsoft making its Azure File Service generally available for Windows shared file storage.
5. Windows 10 improvements help the OS meet enterprise needs – Kevin Beaver (SearchEnterpriseDesktop)
Windows 10 mashes up some of the best features of Windows 7 and 8, and delivers them to users and IT shops in a way that could make it the de facto OS for the enterprise.
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Has your enterprise stepped up its IoT security efforts? Learn why one CISO says you should immediately in this week’s roundup.
1. FBI CISO warns of IoT data breaches – Olivia Eckerson (SearchSecurity)
In a keynote address, FBI CISO Arlette Hart tackled the Internet of Things and explained why enterprises need to step up their IoT security efforts.
2. New Microsoft Office 2016 touts collaboration – Tracee Herbaugh (SearchUnifiedCommunications)
The new Microsoft Office 2016 includes a Groups collaboration tool for building convenient team workspaces.
3. Dell Campus Core Switch faces uphill battle in market – Antone Gonsalves (SearchNetworking)
Dell’s latest campus core switch is expected to face tough competition from rivals Cisco and HP.
4. Enhanced IT service broker tools part of new HP – Robert Gates (SearchDataCenter)
HP’s upgraded IT service management offerings are part of the soon-to-be HP Enterprise’s efforts to turn IT departments into service brokers.
5. Amazon redshift data warehouse gets long-awaited functions – Beth Pariseau (SearchAWS)
The Amazon Redshift data warehouse can now perform functions that users have clamored for since 2013.
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Are you surprised by the cuts at HP? Find out why the company made the moves in this week’s roundup.
1. HP Enterprise to cut up to 30,000 jobs ahead of split – Robert Gates (SearchDataCenter)
A leaner, more nimble HP Enterprise will have as many as 30,000 fewer employees after the company splits in November.
2. Verizon, CenturyLink top SIP trunking provider ranking – Katherine Finnell (SearchUnifiedCommunications)
Verizon and CenturyLink take the top two spots in an IHS Infonetics SIP trunking provider ranking of the top 10 providers in North America.
3. Iceland’s blueprints for a data center industry – Meredith Courtemanche (SearchDataCenter)
Icelanders are fond of saying they’re a “new” country — and they’re developing a new data center industry from scratch as well.
4. ScaleIO Node bundles software on EMC appliances – Garry Kranz (SearchStorage)
ScaleIO Node models will bundle software-defined storage with EMC-branded commodity servers and Arista network switches.
5. Microsoft-Salesforce partnership paves way for Salesforce IoT cloud – Lauren Horwitz (SearchCRM)
The Microsoft-Salesforce partnership that integrates Lightning with Office 365 is paving the way for a much bigger deal: IoT Cloud.
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Do you think we will see rapid cloud consolidation in the IaaS market next year? Check out why that will be the case in this week’s roundup.
1. Expect more IaaS cloud consolidation in 2016 – Trevor Jones (SearchCloudComputing)
Market research firm TBR predicts rapid cloud consolidation in the IaaS market in 2016 as vendors get back to their core competencies.
2. New VMware DevOps program boosts developer interest – Howard Dyckoff (SearchServerVirtualization)
The first-ever Developer Day at VMworld 2015 was the virtualization giant’s first crack at courting a new developer and DevOps audience.
3. Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act has ‘significant problems’ – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)
A new version of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is scheduled to go in front of the Senate this fall, but one expert said the bill has ‘significant problems.’
4. Microsoft acquires VoloMetrix to improve Office 365 data analytics – Tracee Herbaugh (SearchUnifiedCommunications)
Microsoft acquired VoloMetrix to mine Office 365 data for better intelligence on employee productivity.
5. Cloudian hardware arrays with HyperStore make debut – Sonia Lelii (SearchCloudStorage)
SDS vendor Cloudian announced scale-out appliances for petabyte storage, along with Cloudian HyperStore software enhanced with self-service data protection.
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What circumstances should CIOs never be in? Check out the list in this week’s roundup.
1. People in CIO positions should stay off this list – Jason Sparapani (SearchCIO)
Today, customers rule — CIOs who don’t submit put their careers at risk. Analyst Bobby Cameron details five binds that spell doom for CIO positions.
2. VExperts won’t buy into VMware NSX without eval options – Nick Martin (SearchServerVirtualization)
VMware NSX could be a game changer, but IT pros won’t believe it – and won’t invest in it — until they can test it for themselves.
3. DoJ Stingray rules require warrant to track mobile phones – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)
The U.S. Department of Justice announced the establishment of a new policy for cell-site simulator devices that will require law enforcement to obtain warrants in order to track mobile phones.
4. Polycom video conferencing gets tighter integration with Skype for Business – Tracee Herbaugh (SearchUnifiedCommunications)
Polycom video conferencing system RealPresence provides better content sharing in Microsoft Skype for Business.
5. Experts highlight potholes in the Office 365 roadmap – Lauren Horwitz (SearchContentManagement)
Office 365 provides new options for lightweight collaboration, but experts at SPTechCon Boston said some features aren’t ready for prime time yet.
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By James Kobielus (@jameskobielus)
You can anoint yourself with whatever lofty job title you wish. That doesn’t mean that others need to buy into your conceit. Or, more to the point, it doesn’t mean others will feel a compulsion to hire you into that role or pay you at a rate commensurate with your inflated self-regard.
Data scientist is a job title that many people are adopting, if for no other reason than that it’s supposedly the “sexiest” job in the 21st century. Given the fact that many people see it as the ticket to a rewarding career, no one can deny that some of these nouveau data scientists are well-intentioned incompetents, while others may be outright charlatans trying to cash in on the latest trend. There are confidence artists in every profession.
Considering how important data science is to the big-data analytics revolution, we can’t afford to let underperforming data scientists take root in our development shops. But, given the shortage of data science skills deficit, we also can’t afford to turn away promising individuals who, though they may not be “naturals,” might become exceptional data scientists if given an opportunity to grow their skills in the right environment.
How do you know a good data scientist, or as least someone with real potential, when you see one? When hiring and promoting, how can you distinguish a high-quality data scientist from someone who talks a good talk but just can’t produce? Or, if you’re grooming fresh data-science talent in your organization, how can you tell who’s got true potential from those who may try hard but just don’t have the skills or aptitude to succeed?
There is no shortage of commentary on what makes a good data scientist. If you’re aspiring to this career or grooming others for it, it’s best to group the advice into two broad categories: “here’s why someone will never become a top-notch data scientist” vs. “here are the milestones that someone must hurdle if they want to become one.”
Some commentators lean far more in one direction than the other with their advice. A few years ago, for example, Vincent Granville offered his 13-point checklist and linked to an online diagnostic test for distinguishing so-called “fake data scientists” from those who ostensibly have the right stuff. Though I disagree with this polarizing approach to talent management, one can’t deny that some people may not have the innate aptitudes or work ethic needed to excel in this field.
Some commentators recognize that “data scientist” is an aspiration as much as a vocation. This past month, Bernard Marr presented his 5-point list of signs that someone isn’t quite ready to become a peak-performing data scientist, but may get there some day through focus, education, and perseverance. However, Marr’s list isn’t very different from Granville’s in its reliance on stigmatizing characterizations—e.g., “you aren’t creative”—that feel more like insults than constructive advice. And his call to readers to “add to my list of signs that someone is NOT a data scientist” feels like he’s building a detailed profile to be used for excluding people from this field.
My feeling is that good data scientists are grown—through education, experience, and incentives—rather than born. For example, creativity is in the eye of the beholder. The best data scientists can demonstrate that when they’re given a challenge that calls it forth. In this blog from three years ago, I discussed the attributes that you should look for when evaluating a data scientist’s performance on real-world projects. These traits include curiosity, intellectual agility, statistical fluency, research stamina, scientific rigor, and a skeptical nature. Some of these may be innate, but some may be entirely the result of a determined individual’s efforts to grow and stretch in their chosen career.
Education is the very heart of professional growth, and most data scientists seek it out wherever it’s available. In a separate blog three years ago, I discussed the core curriculum that every good data scientist needs to master in order to excel in the job. Many of the new generation of data scientists are largely self-taught, though it’s usually best to have some formal education under your belt.
My perspective on this issue is intensely personal. Ten years ago, I didn’t know much about data science, data management, big data, or analytics. However, I was offered a high-visibility job that required that I master all of these topics, without the benefit of classroom instruction or a degree, practically overnight.
Many of you read my work. I’m in my mid-50s, and now I’m someone that many regard as an expert in this field. I’m not a data scientist, per se, but I obviously know the subject matter. I wasn’t born to do this work. I’ve grown myself into it.
And I’m not faking it. I author every last word that goes out under my byline.