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Uncharted Waters by Matt Heusser

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From the Cloud to Virtualization, Software As a Service to Web Services, ideas seem to be everywhere all the time. Somewhere, somehow, someone needs to separate the wheat from the chaff. We’ve asked Matt Heusser to provide his insight and commentary on the prevailing issues for IT staff today.


Surprising Secrets of Giving Feedback

July 20, 2016 - Last month, my colleague, Justin Rohrman, posted a piece on giving feedback here. Justin’s suggestion was the “Sandwich method.” The sandwich starts with a positive mention, then the thing that really needs to change, then ending on a positive note. That might work for getting people to change behavior, but it’s terrible for supervision. A few...... READ MORE


  • CI versus CI: Does Continuous Integration lead to Continuous Improvement?

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    Is Continuous Integration a toolset, a process, or a change in culture and expectations? The longer CI is around, the more it becomes apparent that all those elements must work together to make a real impact. Agile has been successfully used as a project management methodology in the technology …READ MORE

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  • Win10 Slow-flow Anniversary Update

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    Next week, MS will release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on Tuesday, August 2. The company has already announced it will be staggering that release for users in the Current Branch. These are the folks who get the latest release via Windows Update. Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet cleverly refers to this i…READ MORE

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  • TechTarget's weekly roundup (7/18 - 7/25)

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    Do you think the chief data officer role is overblown? Find out why the CDO role is in a current state of flux in this week’s roundup.

    1. The chief data officer’s dilemma — CDO role in flux – Jack Vaughan (SearchDataManagement)

    How to balance data safety with innovative big data expansion was…READ MORE

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  • NetApp corrects itself on flash vs the (hybrid) cloud

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    At the beginning of the year I blogged on NetApp’s long and winding road to gaining all-flash products that could compete with the market leaders in performance terms. The occasion for that was the NetApp acquisition of Solidfire.

    In it I speculated that NetApp had, since the advent of flash in e…READ MORE

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  • TIBCO Mashery: APIs now have a 'lifecycle'

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    Data integration and analytics company TIBCO has released Mashery Enterprise API, essentially a piece of API management software supplied as a SaaS subscription.

    What is API management?
    In actuality, API management isn’t about the ‘manage’ function i.e. is denotes software intelligence capable…READ MORE

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  • There’s more to a container than, well, a container.

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    It seems that virtual machines (VMs) are so last year. A new ship has sailed in and docked – it’s a container ship and it is full of Dockers (as well as Rkts and Mesos). The idea of containerisation is taking hold – the promise of a lighter means of dealing with applications enabling much high…READ MORE

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  • Broadcom samples HBAs that support FC-NVMe to OEMs

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    The pieces are starting to fall into place for even higher performing flash storage with lower latency through the use of Nonvolatile Memory Express (NVMe) over Fibre Channel (FC).

    Broadcom (part of Avago Technologies) this week made available to OEMs Emulex Gen 6 FC host bus adapters (HBAs) that…READ MORE

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  • CIOs play a part in Privacy Shield; "promiscuous" users change mobile security

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    This week, the U.S. and the European Union approved Privacy Shield. If you haven’t already heard, it’s the set of laws that replaces Safe Harbor, the overturned laws that governed the transfer of Europeans’ data across the Atlantic. Privacy Shield has a similar aim to Safe Harbor, but it also has mo…READ MORE

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  • Why traditional tools won't protect mobile devices

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    Before organizations needed to protect the business data their workers access on smartphones and tablets, they had to — and still do — protect the data employees use on laptops and PCs. So why not use those same endpoint security tools to protect mobile devices?

    Two main things: the way people …READ MORE

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  • Can enterprise app developers learn from Pokémon Go?

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    If Pokémon Go was the bubonic plague, we’d all be dead. Even if you’re not playing yourself, you’re probably in a room with someone who does. At the time that this post is being written, current estimates float somewhere around 9.5 million daily active users.

    Some enterprise mobile app developer…READ MORE

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  • CMS releases overall hospital quality data

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    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is preparing to unleash some stark numbers on care quality at individual hospitals across the country.

    But before CMS publishes those star ratings on specific hospitals (coming soon), it has compiled and published a statistical overview of the …READ MORE

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  • PowerShell in Action–Deal of the Day-23 July 2016

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    Deal of the Day July 23: Half off my book Windows PowerShell in Action, Third Edition. Use code dotd072316au at http://bit.ly/2afnOPj

    Deal of the Day details at https://www.manning.com/dotd…READ MORE

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  • BrackWust Bot grills guest's sausage

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    The BrackWust Bot looks like it could become hotter than a hot potato this summer. The Bot was recently used at the 53rd Stallwächter-Party of the Baden-Württemberg State Representation in Berlin to continuously grill German bratwursts on a regular gas grill all by itself.

    According to its inve…READ MORE

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  • World’s most expensive cyber security training programmes launched

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    Today, marks the launch of a new kind of learning experience known as Firebrand Max. It’s a mix of  5-star luxury and accelerated training, aimed at developing technology skills at the highest level in businesses.

    Imagine one-on-one instruction, helicopter travel, castle accomodation and you b…READ MORE

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  • Environment variables: Should they be considered harmful?

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    Outside of command line tutorials for Linux, the term “environment variable” increasingly appears right next to “security vulnerability.” Consider Shellshock — one of the worst exploitable flaws ever — which requires little more work than attaching malicious code onto an environment variable. More…READ MORE

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  • The IoT journey -- are we there yet?

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    As with previous technology trends, companies looking to create new value through IoT are watching for signals that we are crossing the chasm, maturing and moving beyond the early exploration phase. There are a variety of signs in the market that point to progress, but there are also companies getti…READ MORE

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  • Splicing data machinery -- what is scale-out data processing, really?

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    Splice Machine is an open source RDBMS (relational database management system) powered by Hadoop and Spark. The firm’s latest product updates paint something of an interesting picture in terms of what types of intelligence are actually involved in scale-out data processing.

    With Hadoop’s clus…READ MORE

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  • Surprising Secrets of Giving Feedback

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    Last month, my colleague, Justin Rohrman, posted a piece on giving feedback here. Justin’s suggestion was the “Sandwich method.” The sandwich starts with a positive mention, then the thing that really needs to change, then ending on a positive note.

    That might work for getting people to change b…READ MORE

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  • PASS Summit 2016: Karaoke Time

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    I normally announce my PASS Summit Karaoke Party turning my PASS Summit pre-conference webcast, but I’m not sure when I’ll have a chance to schedule the webcast, and I felt that my party announcement was to close to PASS for those that wanted to attend.  So this year I’m doing a separate blog post …READ MORE

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  • How digital will Theresa May's government be?

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    Now that the UK government – well, apart from the Labour party – seems to be returning to some semblance of business as usual following the extraordinary political upheavals of recent weeks, the tech community will be wondering where digital issues stand in new prime minister Theresa May’s prior…READ MORE

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