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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.


Freelance to Founder

January 23, 2017 - For me the idea of serving as an employee has always felt a bit surreal. I did not want a day job. From my first technology job I wanted to build something for myself, to strike out on my own. I’ve been freelancing for nearly two years now. I still do not want a boss,...... READ MORE


  • The insurmountable Catch-22 of Davos discussing technology risks

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    We should take some encouragement that this week’s gathering of the powerful, the rich and the even richer in Davos chose technology risks as one of its key agenda items for discussion.

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) has acknowledged that emerging trends such as artificial intelligence (AI), 3D…READ MORE

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  • Tackling the problem of fake news with AI

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    A new project spearheaded by a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University is aiming to use AI to spot examples of fake news. But what at first may sound like a promising and relatively straightforward undertaking may in fact be a monumental lift.

    The Fake News Challenge (#FakeNewsChallenge) is offe…READ MORE

    Ed Burns3,805 pointsBadges:
  • CMDB discovery tools alone aren't the answer

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    CMDB discovery tools have been around for quite a long time because their need is pretty obvious.

    Organizations are generally understaffed to do the daily work. Many just do not staff to continuously validate the IT environment they support. So this makes for an ideal climate to promote and hype …READ MORE

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  • Secure at the cloud - no, do it at the endpoint - Oh now, this is so confusing... Or is it?

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    Security, for a decade or so, didn’t see much in the way of true change – yes, firewalls got smarter, likewise AV products (well, some anyway), IDS became IPS so it could actually stop something happening, encryption became more encrypted and VPNs became more virtual, but typically same old vendor …READ MORE

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  • Robert Morgan, RIP

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    The sad news that outsourcing pioneer Robert Morgan recently died is a great loss to a great many people.I was with Robert a couple of weeks ago so it was a huge shock to hear of his sudden death.Robert is best known as co-founder of sourcing advisory Morgan Chambers, which cornered its market. It …READ MORE

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  • The convergence of AV and IT

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    Developments in both audio visual (AV) and information technology (IT) are leading to a ‘convergence’ of the two sectors. This is similar to what has already happened in other markets once open, connected and scalable internet technology became pervasive. Those working in IT and AV need to bette…READ MORE

    Rob Bamforth365 pointsBadges:
  • Database Administration for the Non Database Administrator at SQL Bits

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    At SQL Bits this year I’ll be presenting my all day session Database Administration for the Non-DBA. This all day training day is a great session for those who work in shops where they have to function as the DBA, but their job isn’t to be the DBA (or someone who is brand new to being a DBA).  We’r…READ MORE

    Denny Cherry67,745 pointsBadges:
  • 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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  • 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

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  • 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:
  • 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 McDonald4,165 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

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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 Tidmarsh51,515 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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