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Slack, GitHub and Container Registries - The New IT UIs

Blog  Years ago, in the dusty old days of IT, when we used to rack and stack our own equipment, there were some common interfaces to equipment. If you worked in networking, that was most likely the Cisco IOS CLI. Most other domains had a similar CLI interface that was directly linked to boxes from F5, C...

Last updated: Aug 13, 2016   4:01 PM GMT  |  Blog: From Silos to Services: Cloud Computing for the Enterprise   |      Ansible, API, Bots
Wyndham, Omnicom CIOs improve business operations with tech finesse, people skills

Blog  NEW YORK -- In the digital age, IT projects are often focused on making IT processes more efficient and thus more responsive to business demand -- a move to the public cloud to scale up or down as needed, for example, or using agile project management to get innovative applications out the door fast...

Last updated: Jun 7, 2017   12:07 AM GMT  |  Blog: TotalCIO   |      CIOs, Operations, Shadow IT
What IT Orgs and Vendors can learn from VelocityConf

Blog  Before I get into my thoughts on VelocityConf (Santa Clara, 2015), I thought that I'd share a quick story. I've been attending open source events and meetups for several years (OpenStack Summit, LinuxCon/CloudOpen, DevOps Days, Cloud Foundry Summit, etc.) and have become comfortable with the vibe an...

Last updated: Jun 1, 2015   2:40 AM GMT  |  Blog: From Silos to Services: Cloud Computing for the Enterprise   |      Agile, cloud, DevOps
How Many Engineers Does it Take to Build a Cloud?

Blog  I came across this old picture the other day, which showed a group of people (circa 2010-2011) that were assembled in a room with the task of building a VCE Vblock. This was a team of EMC vSpecialists doing a training session on this "newer" technology. I did some sloppy editing to obscure their fac...

Last updated: Jan 24, 2016   6:52 PM GMT  |  Blog: From Silos to Services: Cloud Computing for the Enterprise   |      AWS, Azure, OpenStack
Is the Era of the FullStack Operator Beginning to Emerge?

Blog  If youre an IT Operator, you most likely fit into one of three categories: Silod Technologist (Networking, Storage, Security) Trying to Make Sense of Software-Defined Data Center technologies (e.g. SDS, SDN, HCI) Trying to Make Sense of DevOps If youre in one of the latter two grou...

Last updated: Mar 31, 2017   8:12 PM GMT  |  Blog: From Silos to Services: Cloud Computing for the Enterprise   |      CaaS, containers, DevOps
DevOps must be Developer-first, not Operations

Blog  The rise of social enterprise tools intended to facilitate workplace collaboration have naturally impacted the software application development function in terms of user interconnectivity and integration. Specifically here we see the popularised term "DevOps" coming to the fore. Used to express the...

Last updated: Nov 22, 2012   5:47 AM GMT  |  Blog: Open Source Insider   |      Developer, DevOps, Operations
Technical Support Team: Is this the Proper Name for our workgroup?

Answer  I manage a 5 person team that has responsibilities in the following areas: Member Support handles all client contacts concerning errors/how-to/data issues with our applications and website. There are two Level 1 resources, two Level 2, and I am the Level 3 escalation point. We are either Leads...

Last updated: Aug 13, 2016   0:31 AM GMT   |    Application maintenance, Customer service, DBA
Is OT security a threat to enterprise IoT?

Blog  During an ultrasound test, both the patient and the doctor expect the data to tell an accurate story. However, in a distributed ultrasound design, the probe itself is an IoT endpoint. It is no longer wired to local ultrasound electronics, but wirelessly transmits the sensed data over low-latency net...

Last updated: Aug 24, 2016   1:59 PM GMT  |  Blog: IoT Agenda   |      Internet of Things, iot, iot security
How OT managers can improve their batting average

Blog  It's summer. Time for cookouts, kicking back and enjoying that all-American sport, baseball. I love baseball, in part due to its seemingly eternal rhythm. You root for your team. You listen to the same recognizable announcer's voice calling the shots and grab tickets for your favorite seats. The pla...

Last updated: Jul 25, 2017   3:07 PM GMT  |  Blog: IoT Agenda   |      Data Analytics, Data Management, information technology
The top five IIoT challenges facing industrial organizations

Blog  The physical world is being digitized. There has been an explosion of smart devices that are in constant communication with one another and churning out large volumes of data. This data is changing the way businesses are run today. The basis of the industrial internet of things, the real-time dynami...

Last updated: Apr 18, 2017   2:40 PM GMT  |  Blog: IoT Agenda   |      cybersecurity, IIoT, Industrial IoT
Microsoft's Problem: How We Got Here

Blog  Between operating systems, office tools, and developer tools, Microsoft had a near-monopoly - 97% of computing devices at their peak in 2000. The world moved on from Windows, though, to tablets, MP3 players, phones, watches, and now the internet of things. It wasn't for lack of trying. In the 21st ...

Last updated: Oct 26, 2015   4:47 PM GMT  |  Blog: Uncharted Waters   |      IT, Microsoft, MS
How to disrupt old-school IT; a CIO cheat sheet for 2015

Blog  The traditional model of IT is going the way of the dinosaurs, according to former CIO and author Ian Cox, who recently chatted with Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski and laid out a blueprint for how to disrupt old-school IT and what CIOs need to do to adapt. As business models evolve, so too mus...

Last updated: Dec 24, 2014   5:02 PM GMT  |  Blog: CIO Symmetry   |      CIO, cloud, Cloud Computing
From sensor to server: Communication at the access layer

Blog  Throughout history, industrial revolutions hinge on the power of automating processes. While automation today offers many benefits, imagine if you could automate thousands -- or even millions -- of processes simultaneously across any layer of the enterprise IT network. This is the next potential wav...

Last updated: Oct 12, 2016   2:48 PM GMT  |  Blog: IoT Agenda   |      Access layer, Big Data, IIoT
Can you afford to snub the UK IT sector?

Blog   With little sign of recovery, IT budgets remain tight for 2010. IT directors are being asked to reduce their spending even more, having already slashed projects, culled staff and squeezed operational expenses to maximise their meagre budgets. The cuts not only affect the profitability of IT softwar...

Last updated: Nov 13, 2009   3:24 PM GMT  |  Blog: Read all about IT!   |      IT, Recession
The real convergence of IT and OT: How much longer do we have to wait?

Blog  In the past, information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) were seen as two distinct domains of a business. The former focused on all the technologies that were necessary to manage the processing of information, whereas the latter supported the devices, sensors and software that were n...

Last updated: Sep 15, 2017   5:37 PM GMT  |  Blog: IoT Agenda   |      convergence, Enterprise IoT, IIoT
Fixing Microsoft

Blog   Most of our readers know about the Surfacebook, Microsoft's latest attempt to capture new territory. As desktop operating system sales slump, they need something to continue to grow, which we discussed last time. Today I'd like to talk about two more, perhaps less-known approaches: Microsoft's in...

Last updated: Oct 29, 2015   3:34 PM GMT  |  Blog: Uncharted Waters   |      iot, IT, Microsoft
Bridge OT and IT worlds through IoT

Blog  One of the constant themes that any practitioner in IoT deals with is how to bridge the traditionally separate worlds of OT and IT. I recently drove to New York to visit a friend. During the drive, I encountered a lot of bridge construction, resulting in ample time to reflect on the subject. One of ...

Last updated: Sep 7, 2017   5:36 PM GMT  |  Blog: IoT Agenda   |      convergence, GATEWAY, Internet of Things
The worlds of IT and OT collide within IIoT

Blog  To begin, let's take a look at the definitions of IT and OT separately. Information Technology (IT) refers to the "entire spectrum of technologies for information processing, including software, hardware, communications technologies and related services. In general, IT does not include embedded tech...

Last updated: Nov 2, 2016   3:47 PM GMT  |  Blog: IoT Agenda   |      IIoT, Industrial IoT, Internet of Things
Leaving your doors unlocked. Its not 1950!

Blog  To assist readers in understanding different scenarios, I often provide examples that harken back to life at home. Im not literally talking about leaving your doors at the office open. Im alluding to the practice of leaving sites and systems unprotected. Were not living in 1950. Back then,...

Last updated: Jun 12, 2014   1:27 PM GMT  |  Blog: Jeff Cutler's Keys to Security   |      backdoors, Data breach, IT
The Continuous Delivery Backlash

Blog  It's been two weeks since I have upgraded my computer. It has eighteen applications asking to upgrade -- plus the operating system. And that's just my phone. What's worse is that I need these updates, or at least some of them. My current version of iTunes gets "stuck" and shows the cover art of Ja...

Last updated: Jun 25, 2014   6:33 PM GMT  |  Blog: Uncharted Waters   |      Continuous delivery, DevOps, IT
Your Online Self and Your Real Identity - Security Strategy 101

Blog  Can people find you? Im still listed in many online repositories with a beeper number I had in college. Yes, I had a beeper in college because I couldnt afford a cell phone and I was a bike messenger. But both those intriguing tidbits are better saved for another column. Today, I want to discu...

Last updated: Nov 10, 2014   4:09 PM GMT  |  Blog: Security Corner   |      Data, Internet, IT
Barnet fire-sale neglects real potential for IT-enabled change

Blog   Blame computers for Barnet Council's plan to axe 70 per cent of backoffice jobs in an outsource deal with Capita.Blame the internet. The council plans to automate backoffice services and have them delivered to people's web browsers and mobile phones. It won't need staff to serve citizens who serve ...

Last updated: Dec 6, 2012   5:16 PM GMT  |  Blog: Public Sector IT   |      "Andrew Gee", "backoffice automation", "backoffice jobs"
How to Estimate Anything

Blog  Several years ago, (so many I can't find the original blog post, even here), I claimed that because of the amount of unknowns, creating a real estimate was impossible. My friend Ben Simo left a comment, saying Two Weeks. I guess I didnt say it had to be accurate. Tom Demarco once claimed th...

Last updated: Dec 19, 2016   4:51 PM GMT  |  Blog: Uncharted Waters   |      IT, PM, PMP
IoT knife fight: OT or IT? Part one

Blog  A looming management problem Boy Scouts was a fun time for me. Yes, I looked like a dork in my shorts and high socks. The proverbial cute girls in a convertible even singled me out one time while I was selling Scout show tickets door-to-door. While they were making fun of me, whistling and asking me...

Last updated: Sep 13, 2017   3:10 PM GMT  |  Blog: IoT Agenda   |      information technology, Internet of Things, iot
What's the Best Deal in Post-High School Education?

Blog  The University of Washington (state, not D.C.) Office of Admissions has a question for you, which it immediately answers without your help: "Want to become a millionaire? Graduate from college!" This is probably closer to true for 18-year-olds than it is for me at age 62. And I came of age at a time...

Last updated: May 12, 2015   6:21 PM GMT  |  Blog: Cheap Computing   |      certification, Computer science, Degree
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