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Uncharted Waters by Justin Rohrman

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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.


The Technical Career Ladder

January 17, 2017 - I have been privy to a few conversations around the topic of career progression lately. Maybe it is the time of year. It is almost time for performance reviews. People with full time jobs are probably wondering if they are getting a raise and how much that will be. And also if they will get...... READ MORE


  • Donald trumped on Twitter by ex-GDS staffer he mistook for daughter

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    Downtime’s thoughts today are with ex-Government Digital Service staffer Ivanka Majic’s Twitter mentions, after gaffe-prone president elect Donald Trump mistakenly copied her into a tweet hailing the “character and class” of his daughter, who shares her first name.

    At the time of writing,…READ MORE

    Caroline Donnelly3,510 pointsBadges:
  • More cybersecurity trends to watch for in 2017

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    SearchITChannel’s 2017 technology outlook article identified a number of cybersecurity trends affecting channel companies.

    Among those developments are an anticipated rise in security operations center automation, the adoption of machine learning as a security technology and greater customer inte…READ MORE

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  • Privacy trampled under the hooves of new tech

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    Consumer privacy took center stage at Federal Trade Commission’s PrivacyCon event held in Washington D.C. on Thursday. Senior Executive Editor, Linda Tucci explores how advancements in technology are taking a toll on consumer privacy, as discussed at the event, and what it means for CIOs. Also in Se…READ MORE

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  • The Technical Career Ladder

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    I have been privy to a few conversations around the topic of career progression lately. Maybe it is the time of year. It is almost time for performance reviews. People with full time jobs are probably wondering if they are getting a raise and how much that will be. And also if they will get bequeath…READ MORE

    Justin Rohrman1,575 pointsBadges:
  • Evolving Monoliths vs. Microservices

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    For the last couple years, the idea of “software eating the world” has gathered quite a bit of traction. While software-lead companies (Uber, AirBnB, Netflix, Facebook, etc.) have created considerable disruption in many vertical industries, the vast majority of companies are still struggling to ma…READ MORE

    Brian Gracely6,485 pointsBadges:
  • Readers, say hello to SearchMicroservices.com

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    Dear Readers,

    We’re excited to inform you about an upcoming change to our site. On Thursday, January 19th, SearchSOA.com will officially change to SearchMicroservices.com. Likewise, the SOA Talk blog will become the Microservices Minute blog. You’ll also see some other changes, such as a new Twit…READ MORE

    Fred Churchville1,005 pointsBadges:
  • Are MPLS network deployments in decline?

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    There has been a fair amount of credence given to some media statements that are suggesting MPLS network services are decreasing in popularity. 
    I believe WAN technology is becoming less about products but more about capability due to the rise of cloud services and the use of the Internet.
    A few…READ MORE

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  • IoT platforms - Characteristics, technical Challenges and security

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    This is series of posts on building IOT platform. It covers typical characteristics of IOT platform, the technical challenges in building such a platform and different security aspects.
    This is series of posts on building IOT platform. Numerous such platforms are available providing generic con…READ MORE

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  • TechTarget's weekly roundup (1/9 - 1/16)

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    Is 2017 the year of analytics? Find out why you should embrace it in this week’s roundup.

    1. Five analytics priorities for 2017 – Nicole Laskowski (SearchCIO)

    The International Institute for Analytics recommends embracing AI, clearly defining roles, and finding a b…READ MORE

    Michael Tidmarsh51,465 pointsBadges:
  • What is the error "rpf-check Result: DROP" in Cisco ASA Packet-tracer?

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    When it comes to troubleshooting with Cisco ASA Firewalls one usually rely on packet-tracer options. However NAT configuration and the way how ACL configured changes from version 8.4.  Rather than configuring the ACL for a public IP , a private IP address is used as shown below
    access-list OUTSIDE…READ MORE

    Yasir Irfan7,015 pointsBadges:
  • Six predictions for a shifting CRM market in 2017

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    This is a guest blogpost by Larry Augustin, CEO, SugarCRM.
    It’s a perennial discussion: what’s going to be making headlines in the world of business technology in the coming twelve months? Usually, this brand of prediction piece is little more than a few half-baked thoughts thrown together to f…READ MORE

    Brian McKenna2,825 pointsBadges:
  • M.Gemi the tech-driven showroom only retail store

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    Luxury Italian shoe retailer M.Gemi has designed its store to act as a showroom where customers can experience their product before making a purchase.

    There has been lots of talk over the last few years that the omni-channel movement has meant bricks-and-mortar stores are forced to become showro…READ MORE

    Clare McDonald4,155 pointsBadges:
  • Digital transformation strategy is common language at Rosetta Stone

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    Rosetta Stone knew CDs alone wouldn’t cut it in the digital age. The language-learning company now helps people roll their Spanish R’s and sort out der, die and das in German with cloud software, available to them online and on their smartphones.

    It’s something out of the digital transformation s…READ MORE

    Jason Sparapani1,460 pointsBadges:
  • Microsoft announces Windows Server 2016 will launch at Ignite conference

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    All the prognostication about when Windows Server 2016 will be available was laid to rest in multiple blogs from Microsoft today when the company announced the next version of the server operating system will launch at the Microsoft Ignite event in Atlanta September 26-30.

    Windows Server 2016 wil…READ MORE

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  • Using $_

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    The $_ symbol seems to be causing confusion from some recent forum questions I’ve seen.

    $_ represents the current object on the pipeline – if you want to know why $_ was chosen you’ll have to read PowerShell in Action!

    You can use $_ in a number of situations – in commands that perfo…READ MORE

    Richard Siddaway6,970 pointsBadges:
  • Arxan confirms Apperian acquisition

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    Mobile application management vendor Apperian will operate as a subsidiary of Arxan Technologies following its acquisition.

    The companies today announced the deal, which SearchMobileComputing reported last week. Arxan, a security and management provider for mobile and internet of things apps, did…READ MORE

    Ramin Edmond1,150 pointsBadges:
  • If It's January, It's Gotta be a Storage Trends Story

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    This is January, and you know what that means: Trend stories. Specifically, storage trends.

    Yes, for some reason a completely arbitrary line on a calendar turns everyone into prognosticators. Actually, the reason is pretty simple: Nobody announces anything in December and early January, and we’…READ MORE

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  • The case for multi-vendor certifications

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    For information technology professionals, obtaining certifications have become an important way to demonstrate their knowledge, experience and qualifications. Although certification programs are often fostered or supervised by certifying agencies or professional associations, some major computer sof…READ MORE

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  • January 2017 Activity Contest

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    New Year image via FreeImages
    Hi everyone,

    First off – Happy New Year! But, I know what everyone is wondering: Who won December’s activity contest? Well, the site had two users who reached 2,500 ITKE points. They were:

    Subhendu Sen: 2,680 points
    ToddN2000: 2,640 points

    And the winne…READ MORE

    Michael Tidmarsh51,465 pointsBadges:
  • The promise -- and pitfalls -- of low code/no code

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    Amidst the many changes we saw in 2016, one stands out to me as I look forward to 2017 and that’s the rise of low code/no code platforms. These tools are designed to let pretty much anyone — even a 19th C. English Lit. major like myself — create applications, or tweak existing apps, without actual…READ MORE

    Valerie Silverthorne1,040 pointsBadges:

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