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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.


Giving (and getting) hard feedback

June 27, 2016 - A friend of mine gave a keynote at a conference a few years ago. I was there, and really enjoyed it, most people I talked with felt the same way. But, as always there were a few people that weren’t into it. Give talk to a large enough crowd, and there will be a few...... READ MORE


  • I'll be speaking at PASS Summit 2016

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    I’m thrilled and honored to have been selected to speak at the PASS Summit again.  This year I’ll be presenting a session titled Database Security in SQL Server 2016 and beyond. In this session we will review the new enhancements to SQL Server security available in SQL Server 2016 and Azure SQL…READ MORE

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  • Ex-Thomas Cook CEO, now IBM exec Harriet Green on women in IT

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    Few female business leaders in the UK have smashed through the glass ceiling into the male-dominated worlds of the boardroom and the City as successfully as Harriet Green.

    Now running IBM’s global internet of things business, Green was previously CEO of Thomas Cook, the iconic British travel bran…READ MORE

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  • Bots, Automation and Jobs

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    Bots are all the latest buzzword, with all the mandatory “2016 is the year of bots” articles popping up all over the place. In some cases, people except to see bots replace jobs like call-center attendants and tech support. Still others foresee a future where they might replace many knowledge wo…READ MORE

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  • Keeping your SAP application data all spic and span

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    I have a confession to make. The confession is that I love to get mired in funny sayings, words and colloquialisms.

    In particular I like to look to the origins or etymology of words and sayings to determine if the original meanings still hold true.

    I also love the concept of automation and…READ MORE

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  • Ten cloud conferences to pencil in for 2016

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    Cloud conferences and events are the perfect place to gain more industry knowledge and sharpen your skills. For the remainder of 2016, there are numerous opportunities to grow your networking base and meet top influencers. IT pros of all roles and experience levels can benefit from what cloud confer…READ MORE

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  • About DevOps and Bernie Sanders

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    Yes, you read that title right. Too bad I can’t take credit for the pairing.

    Way back when I worked for a daily newspaper, the most exciting times of all were of course the election cycles. The late nights, the meet and greets, the feeling of change in the air…good times.

    It’s another electi…READ MORE

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  • Dads bloomin' love a Vauxhall Zafira, says Microsoft

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    Do you ever lie awake during an England football match, fretting about what brand sponsors you might enjoy to search for on your laptop, smartphone or tablet device? Well fortunately for all of us, Microsoft is at hand to tell us all about how brand searches for the England team sponsors are perform…READ MORE

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  • Lumberyard, IoT Button aim for new AWS customers

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    Increasingly, Amazon’s bread is buttered by its public cloud provider, Amazon Web Services. And while AWS entered the IaaS market 10 years ago with on-premises data centers in its crosshairs, evolution is pushing the cash cow further into new revenue streams.

    While AWS has expanded its range of s…READ MORE

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  • Datacentre management: Taking a Rubik’s Cube approach to hypervisor fine-tuning

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    In this guest post, Frank Denneman, Chief Technologist at PernixData, advises operators to apply Rubik Cube-solving strategies to datacentre management problems.

    When attempting to solve a Rubik’s cube most people pick a colour and complete one face of the cube before moving on to the next. Whi…READ MORE

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  • Come spy with me: drones and info-sec

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    UASs (unmanned aircraft system) or drones, as they are known in common rather than legal parlance, can easily cross physical barriers. As drone use increases, both for commercial applications and for recreational purposes, new challenges are emerging with regard to privacy and information security.

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  • Medical records theft from NFL team's trainer could violate HIPAA

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    Late last month, the NFL Players Association informed its member teams that a Washington Redskins trainer’s laptop containing players’ medical records was stolen and that it would collaborate with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to determine possible patient privacy violations. Also…READ MORE

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  • What Symantec's acquisition of Blue Coat says about the CASB market

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    Symantec’s surprise announcement this week that it had agreed to acquire Blue Coat Systems for a whopping $4.65 billion in cash led to much discussion about how the purchase will affect the beleaguered antivirus giant, which has experienced well-documented struggles and setbacks in recent years. But…READ MORE

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  • Bluetooth 5 is coming. Will your mobile apps leverage its new power?

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    Wi-Fi is what we all talk about. It’s what we all write about. It’s built into every wireless device. Your apps depend on it. But, what about Bluetooth? If you haven’t recently thought about leveraging the power of Bluetooth in your apps, the time to think anew is here.

    The launch of Bluetooth 5 …READ MORE

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  • The ITIL Guide to DevOps

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    You’re never safe in Enterprise IT. Just when you feel you’ve gotten a handle on the last hot topic you’re hit with another. SOA, BPM, Agile, ITIL; You feel like screaming “Enough!” but you know resistance is futile. Gartner have said it’s important so you know full well that you’ll be…READ MORE

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  • Learning from data: why these three styles matter

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    This is a guest blog post by James Richardson, business analytics strategist, Qlik

    For as long as I’ve been involved with the field, the hard-headed school of “we need a cost benefit analysis” or “build me an ROI justification” has defined the business benefit of BI as mainly its abilit…READ MORE

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  • Linux file system + LTFS tape = Nodeum's cold storage

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    LTFS – the Linear Tape File System – seemed like a great idea when it emerged but not many storage vendors seem to have made much of it. It puts a file system on top of a tape library and turns it into something like a tape-NAS, making it suitable for archive use cases.

    Spectra Logic has made…READ MORE

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  • A firm foundation for learning

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    In this contributed blog post, Scott Langshaw, IT manager at the East Manchester Academy explains the importance of enabling students through the use of technology. 

    The use of tablets in schools has soared in recent years and the explosion in educational apps shows no sign of slowing down. M…READ MORE

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  • A new site for IT operations pros

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    Emerging technologies force enterprise IT shops to rethink not just which new products and services to adopt, but even more importantly, the very nature of how they do their jobs. For this reason, TechTarget’s expanding our coverage of IT operations with the launch of SearchITOperations.com.

    A cu…READ MORE

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  • Microsoft seeks bounty hunters to secure Nano Server

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    With the release of Windows Server 2016 due sometime in the third quarter, Microsoft is crowdsourcing its efforts to smooth out any vulnerabilities with a key feature in its next major server operating release — the smaller server deployment dubbed Nano Server — by offering a financial incentive f…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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