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ESG Recap of Oracle OpenWorld 2014
by The Enterprise Strategy Group
"This year's Oracle OpenWorld has reflected some interesting bets on the future of databases, cloud, big data, and analytics, along with many other macro-trends like social, mobile, and Internet of Things (IoT)," writes Mark Peters, Nik Rouda from ESG.

"Oracle is doubling down on positioning itself as a cloud leader with emphasis on 'pluggable' databases that can be easily hosted multi-tenant on-premises or migrated to a public cloud with a single command line. Database-as-a-service or DBaaS is clearly a priority and it's being complemented by more cloud-oriented middleware and many new SaaS offerings.

At the same time, Oracle is also playing the field with simultaneous bets spread across appliances (now being called 'Engineered Systems') and software-only approaches. The feeling that this is both wise diversity and a hedging strategy was unavoidable. The value propositions of time-to-value, simplicity, and supportability around Exadata systems, a Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, and Big Data Appliances (BDA) were all well covered..."

DB2 v10.5 Now Supports Solaris 11 (SPARC)
Via fixpack

Eric Reid writes, "IBM has released a fixpack for DB2 v10.5 which provides Solaris 11 support on SPARC-based servers.

DB2 Cancun Release (also known as v10.5 fixpack 4) is now available for Solaris users via all supported distribution channels from IBM..."

WebSphere Application Server Excels on SPARC T5
Details in new white paper
Eric Reid writes in a recent blog that, "a new white paper, jointly authored by Oracle and IBM, details the exceptional performance of IBM's WebSphere Application Server (WAS) v8.5.5 on SPARC T5 servers." Eric lists six key highlights in his blog.

The referenced white paper is now available on the Oracle Technical Network website by following this link.

IT - Storage
Demystifying Object Storage
CIO, October 14th, 2014
"There's a great buzz around object storage. Though the basic technology has been around since the 1990s, its popularity is only now starting to grow rapidly.

Is object storage the right solution for you? That depends on what kind of data you're storing, how much of it you have, and how often you plan to access it.

Though a vast amount of information is still housed in on-site data centers, new technology is pushing more of it into public clouds..."

    10 Requirements of a New-Generation Cloud Storage System
    eWeek, October 14th, 2014
    More data is being collected each day across devices, systems and networks, and the velocity of this data collection is picking up speed. With all this new data, however, come new challenges relating to capacity, security and accessibility. Storage software and hardware both need constant updating, and they also need to be tested periodically for disaster recovery functions. Legacy storage systems generally are no longer efficient or effective enough to support data center growth and scale, thus enterprises must continually review their investments in data storage.
    Time for LUN to Die
    Network Computing, October 15th, 2014
    "While we may disagree about whether hyperconverged architectures will take over the data center and if there's a future for dedicated storage arrays, the storage and virtualization chattering classes are in agreement that the LUN, as a unit of storage abstraction, needs to die. Now that VMware is actually preparing to release its long-awaited Virtual Volumes (VVOLs) technology, we can start managing storage one VM at a time.

    Today's SAN protocols and storage systems require a logical connection from a server to each volume that server will connect to and limit each server to 255 active connections. This limit seemed quite generous for physical servers with exclusive access to a volume. And as long as storage administrators were dealing with a handful of physical servers, requiring a few CLI commands or mouse clicks to provision a new volume was reasonable..."

    IT - Technology
    Improve Customer Engagement With E-Signatures
    Bank Systems and Technology, October 13th, 2014
    Economic pressures, regulatory oversight, and shifting customer expectations have permanently changed the financial services industry. Banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders, and retail finance companies are now challenged with balancing cost-reduction against new investments in innovation to better capture, service, and support the modern customer. In the midst of this transformation, financial services providers are more concerned than ever with meeting compliance requirements dictated by Gramm-Leach-Bliley, the Consumer Protection Act, Dodd-Frank, and other laws.
      10 Robots Changing The World
      Information Week, October 15th, 2014
      "Self-driving cars get all the press. But there are lots of autonomous systems navigating the physical world, and more to come.

      "The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT," David Cearley, vice president & Gartner Fellow, declared recently. One in three jobs will be converted to software, robots, and smart machines by 2025, Gartner predicts.

      Driving this phenomenon are improvements in hardware and software, including a profusion of fast and affordable sensors, wireless networks including short-range networks for machine-to-machine communications, GPS and other positioning technologies, machine vision, and machine learning..."

      10 Mirroring Devices let You Present without Wires
      ComputerWorld, October 15th, 2014
      "Whether you're leading a routine sales call, a training session or that hoped-for breakthrough presentation to the higher-ups, why not wow them by wirelessly connecting your laptop, tablet or phone to the room's projector or large display? It's easier than you might think.

      The good news: Some of the same inexpensive devices that stream entertainment media over a home Wi-Fi network -- Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku and others -- can also be used in the boardroom. The ten devices we've rounded up plug into a projector or large monitor and can mirror the display of a laptop, tablet or smartphone so you can make presentations from your own device -- and from anywhere in the room..."

      Calling Dr. Algorithm
      ComputerWorld, October 14th, 2014
      "Imagine that almost every household had an inexpensive, easy-to-use, handheld gadget capable of automatically measuring key vital signs (blood pressure, blood oxygen level, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature) as well as accurately diagnosing more than a dozen serious illnesses (including anemia, diabetes, hepatitis A, pneumonia, tuberculosis and stroke). This device would also be able to instantly share the information it collects with professional caregivers when appropriate..."
        Dronecode: A Home for Drones
        Network World, October 14th, 2014
        "The drone world could have become a fragmented mess of proprietary systems but Dronecode promises to deliver sophisticated, free, open source platforms

        If I had to pick the top ten hottest technology fields of 2014 right now, one of my choices would be drones.

        Actually, the term 'drone' is generally misused as it should strictly only be applied to pilotless, autonomous devices ('unmanned aerial vehicles' or UAVs) but, thanks to the US military and the mainstream press, the term has come to encompass remotely piloted vehicles (RPVs) as well..."

          IT - Bitcoin
          800 Terminals Across Romania Now Sell Bitcoins
          Bitcoin Magazine, October 13th, 2014
          "Bitcoin ATMs have become one of the symbols of cryptocurrency, with multiple competing manufacturers and hundreds of units deployed around the world. Despite their growing popularity, however, Bitcoin ATMs are still vastly outnumbered by traditional financial terminals. While more Bitcoin ATMs are undoubtedly on their way, one of the best ways to reduce this disparity is not by building new units, but by converting existing terminals to handle bitcoins..."
          "The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin" is a Piece de Resistance
          Bitcoin Magazine, October 12th, 2014
          "As someone who spends one to two hours every day reading about Bitcoin, I assumed that the newly released documentary 'The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin' wouldn't have much to offer me. I assumed it would be some sort of primer for people who are unfamiliar with the technology.

          Boy, was I wrong... Now go pop some popcorn, gather your non-crypto friends 'round (especially important), and enjoy this piece of literal resistance."

          Oracle Solaris 11 Advanced Administration Cookbook
          by Alexandre Borges
          About This Book

          • Understand and execute best practices when administering advanced features of Oracle Solaris 11
          • Master special features of Oracle Solaris 11 such as ZFS objects, networking framework with RNC (Reactive Network Configuration), and get introduced to Performance Monitoring using sophisticated commands
          • Practical and easy-to-learn recipes explaining how to install, configure, update, and manage the Solaris OS and its application

          Who This Book Is For

          If you are a Solaris administrator who wants to learn more about administering an Oracle Solaris system and want to go a level higher in utilizing the advanced features of Oracle Solaris, then this book is for you. A working knowledge of Solaris Administration is assumed.

          Cloud Computing
          The Cloud Business Case: New Insights On How To Grow And Save
          Forbes, October 16th, 2014
          Michael Hickins writes in Forbes, "Cloud computing has become the ultimate in self-service technologies for an increasingly tech-savvy crowd of business users, according to Rebecca Wettemann, the research chief at Nucleus Research.

          The technology has also become increasingly easy for chief information officers to integrate with legacy on-premise IT systems, allowing them to redeploy their resources for more high-impact assignments. Wettemann said the cloud also provides less well-known benefits, such as a reduction in corporate income tax when companies tap into their operating expense budgets to pay for software as a service - as opposed to depreciating IT systems as capital expenses..."

          Easily Extend & Build Applications With Oracle Cloud, Says Larry Ellison
          Chairman's keynote @ OpenWorld
          Cinzia Mascanzoni writes, "In his Chairman's keynote, Larry Ellison highlighted new Oracle Cloud platform capabilities to enable organizations to easily build new apps, extend Oracle SaaS applications and migrate existing on-prem apps to the cloud..."

          on-demand video

          Deliver and Deploy Applications Faster
          Using Docker on Oracle Linux
          John Shell writes, "For our Oracle Linux Partners, consider using Docker on Oracle Linux to build, ship, and run distributed applications. You can help your customers deliver and deploy applications faster, scale easily, and perform workload consolidation.

          We have built Docker packages for Oracle Linux (Oracle Linux 7, and Oracle Linux 6 and the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3) and made it available on the Oracle Public Yum Server..."

          The magic of ksplice
          By Wim By Coekaer
          Wim blogs, "I love talking about Oracle Ksplice and how cool a technology and feature it is. Whenever I explain to customers how much they can do with it, they often just can't believe the capabilities until I show them, in a matter of literally 5 seconds that it actually really -just works-. During Oracle OpenWorld, we talked about it a lot, of course, and I wanted to show you how far back these ksplice updates can go. How much flexibility it gives a system administrator in terms of which kernel to use, how easy and fast it is, etc...

          One of the main advantages of the ksplice technology is the ability for us to build these updates for many, many, yes many,... kernels and have a highly automated and scalable build infrastructure..."

          IT - Cloud
          3 Cloud Migration Mistakes Companies keep Making
          InfoWorld, October 14th, 2014
          "The migration to the cloud is well under way. Everyone thought it would be a sprint, but it's more like a slow jog that picks up speed each year. That's the pace preferred by enterprises adopting any new technology, and cloud computing is no exception.

          Now that we're now on our second or third cloud migration projects, I see enterprises making the same mistakes over and over again. Some issues are quickly corrected, while others are killing cloud computing projects altogether..."

          13 Tips to Achieve Cloud Success
          CIO, October 14th, 2014
          "We interviewed 16 CIOs and IT leaders about their public and private cloud deployments, usage trends, skills requirements, lingering obstacles and future plans. Here are some nuggets of advice from these cloud giants.

          1. Don't get too caught up in cost savings. 'If you make it a money thing, you're making a mistake,' says Joe Spagnoletti, CIO at Campbell Soup. 'It's an option to deliver capability. You have to get it at the cost commensurate with the capability. You can't do it for cost savings or management efficiency'..."

          5 tips for building a successful hybrid cloud
          ComputerWorld, October 15th, 2014
          "Enterprises are increasingly interested in the cloud, but IT managers are discovering that one size does not always fit all.

          Well, at least they're finding that one cloud doesn't fit every company.

          Sure, some companies can go with the straight-up economy and convenience of a public cloud, while others need the added security and customization of a private cloud..."

          CIOs Adopt Down-to-Earth Cloud Strategy
          Network World, October 14th, 2014
          "CIOs are taking a pragmatic approach to cloud computing, selectively launching SaaS applications and shifting infrastructure resources to IaaS platforms while building their own private clouds.

          In our interviews with CIOs and cloud leaders at 16 large enterprises we found that everybody is doing some form of cloud computing. But nobody is all-in on the cloud.

          The CIOs we talked to are enthusiastic about the potential for cloud computing, but their optimism is tempered by realism. All are well aware of the challenges posed by decades of investments in legacy systems..."

          CIOs Fear Poor Cloud Investment is Making Businesses Uncompetitive
          ComputerWeekly, October 15th, 2014
          "More than three-quarters of CIOs and CFOs fear that their enterprises are missing out on revenue opportunities due to the absence of the right cloud infrastructure strategy and cloud applications to support digital business transformation, according to research.

          As customers become more tech-savvy and 'always online', their shopping habits and expectations are changing. Digital experience delivery can make - or break - organisations, so a great digital experience is now a necessity. Businesses need agile and flexible infrastructure to make that digital transformation and meet users' new expectations..."

          CIOs Share Must-have Cloud Skills
          CIO, October 14th, 2014
          "As the clouds roll in, IT organizations are recasting their tech talent requirements.

          'You don't need people to build servers anymore. You need somebody good at managing another organization responsible for doing that. That's a different skill,' says Josh Jewett, CIO at Family Dollar. 'You go from managing outcomes yourselves to managing outcomes through others'..."

          IT Customers Win Big in the Cloud Pricing Wars
          TechRepublic, October 16th, 2014
          "A strange thing is happening in cloud computing: pricing continues to drop even as more competitors enter the fray, and the functionality available increases. For smaller companies or limited-use cloud applications, pricing may be the ultimate in affordability: free. An interesting confluence of factors has created this unique period in cloud computing..."
          What Giant Companies WON'T Put In the Cloud
          Network World, October 14th, 2014
          "In our interviews with CIOs at large enterprises, we found that adoption levels vary from simple experimentation to heavy use of cloud apps and infrastructure in public and private settings. Yet even among the most cloud-focused businesses, there are resources CIOs won't consider migrating to the cloud - at least not yet.

          Certain tactical capabilities can easily be acquired in the public cloud, but not everything falls into that category. Some enterprise systems aren't ready to be run in the public cloud because of safety and reliability concerns, says Joe Spagnoletti, CIO at Campbell Soup..."

          Wolfe Brings the Cloud to the Intelligence Community
          GCN, October 14th, 2014
          "Doug Wolfe, the chief information officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, is a cloud pioneer. His job: Guide the development of cloud computing for the whole of the intelligence community, knock down barriers between silos of data and analysis, introduce speedy IT and software development to traditionally slow-moving organizations and help make the intelligence sector a beacon of innovation for the rest of government.

          That might not be how his job description is written, but as the technology leader at the CIA, that's the mission he's embarked on..."

            Big Banks Still Say 'No' to Cloud
            Information Management, October 14th, 2014
            "The cloud beckons, but large banks keep clinging to their data centers, for competitive, compliance and security reasons.

            Cloudsourcing - an arrangement in which a company pays a cloud provider to carry out services that could be provided in-house - would appear to have many advantages. It could help banks alleviate the cost of running large data centers at a time when the industry is grappling with tight budgets.

            But at last week's annual Sibos conference in Boston, several bank technology executives said they remain leery of using the public cloud, particularly for treasury and asset management data..."

            Is There a Point Where a Private Cloud is Cheaper Than the Public Cloud?
            CIO, October 14th, 2014
            "A group of companies that sell products to build private clouds has determined a price at which it claims it is less expensive to operate a private cloud compared to using Amazon Web Service's IaaS public cloud.

            A report from the vendors - which include a collocation provider, a cloud management vendor and a network operator - attempts to address a question many organizations may be considering: When is it better to use a public cloud versus a managed hosting or collocation environment? The case study finds that if an organization is spending more than $7,644 in Amazon's cloud each month, then it can be cheaper to operate a private cloud..."

            IT - CxO
            It's Risky Business When CMOs Tackle Tech Alone
            CIO, October 14th, 2014
            "There's a reason why marketers keep IT in the dark about marketing tech purchases. The geeks will put the tech vendor through an obscene, jargon-filled laundry list of requirements and testing that will drag the sales cycle for months. Marketers won't be able to get their hands on the technology until it's too late -- that is, after competitors beat them to the punch.

            But is there a downside to not involving IT?

            Forrester thinks so. Here are three things that can and will go wrong with shadow IT..."

              The Evolving Cyberrisk Landscape and the Insurance Industry
              Risk Management Monitor, October 14th, 2014
              "Rapidly developing computer technologies and the unrelenting evolution of cyberrisks present one of the biggest challenges to the (re)insurance sector today. Liabilities from cyberattacks and threats to the data security of cloud computing and social media have become key emerging risks for carriers. The unprecedented rise in cyberattacks, in addition to the threat cyberrisk poses to global supply chains, has seen the cyberinsurance market grow significantly in recent years.

              Client demand for cyber coverage has been growing, on average, 30% annually in the United States over the past several years, according to Marsh. While demand varies by industry, the one constant has been that more clients are investigating and analyzing existing traditional insurance coverage and whether they need standalone cyberrisk insurance coverage..."

              Data Storage Strategy: 10 Things CIOs/CTOs Need to Consider
              Business 2 Community, October 14th, 2014
              "You have a lot of data now, and as 'big data' piles in you are going to have a lot more in future. But not all data is equal, and neither are all storage solutions. Some data is essential to routine operations, and needs to be available at all times. Some is critically important, but can be archived until needed for internal analysis or external auditing perhaps. Other data is merely useful; you don't want to lose it, but it may not be worth spending a lot of money on multiple back-ups and instant availability.

              Your data storage solution shouldn't be based on on a one-size-fits-all basis. Here's the LinuxIT list of things CIOs and CTOs need to consider to ensure that your strategy for storing data addresses your business needs, at the lowest possible cost..."

              The CIO Strikes Back: Roles, Perceptions, Making It Happen
              CIO, October 16th, 2014
              The CIO's role is rapidly changing - from caretaker of technology assets to enabler of business growth.

              Organizations are turning to technology to help them accelerate market breakthroughs, understand customers, and invest in tomorrow. Here's how to be part of this exciting trend...

              A long time ago, the IT-decision making process looked like this:

              • Define the business problem
              • Choose an application to best solve the problem
              • Choose piece of software and hardware to run the application

              The business would then be locked in, for a long time to come. So it was important to maximize ROI and ensure you were getting as much run-time from it as possible..."

              CIOs and CMOs Must Join Forces to Win Digital Consumers
              CIO, October 15th, 2014
              "Winning in the age of the digital consumer and the 'mobile moment' requires the CIO and the CMO to work together, Forrester CEO George Colony said at Dreamforce. Together, they can truly understand customer behavior and how customers use technology.

              In today's business world, the digital consumer is all-powerful, marketing holds the keys to unlocking the "mobile moment," and the CIO must take on new skills in order to seize the business tech mantle. Make no mistake, we've entered an era on par with the greatest business transformations in U.S. history, says Forrester CEO George Colony..."

              The Top 10 Disruptions In HR Technology: Ignore Them At Your Peril
              Forbes, October 15th, 2014
              "The HR technology landscape, which is now more than a $15 billion market in software, is exploding with growth and innovation. We are tracking more than 100 new startups in social and referral recruiting, talent analytics, assessment science, online learning, and mid-market core HR systems. New tools to help manage employee communications, engagement, recognition, and workplace wellness are also red hot..."
              10 Ways to Improve the ROI of Your Software
              TechRepublic, October 14th, 2014
              "Corporate IT spends a great deal of time justifying the return on investment (ROI) it gets from hardware and data center investments, but it often neglects software investments altogether. By some accounts, 80% of most commercial software features go untapped, with only about 20% being actively used. What should you expect from your software investments and how do you make sure you're getting it? Here are 10 ways to maximize your software ROI..."
                vBeers @ Miami - Biscayne Tavern - Wed Oct. 22nd
                6pm - 9pm
                Come out and connect with other IT professionals! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida. Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

                This will be a Sponsored event so beers are on us. Join us for an evening of creating connections and building your network in a relaxed and fun environment. There is absolutely NO SALES PITCH, just FREE ice cold beers and tech talk!

                "Meet-Ups" are an essential aspect of your professional growth and development. Connect with an array of professionals while enjoying a drink or two.

                • Biscayne Tavern (Inside of the B2 Hotel)
                • 146 Biscayne Blvd
                • Miami, FL 33132

                Please register and share this invitation with your IT colleagues and encourage them to attend!

                IT - PM
                Four Steps to Fixing Troubled IT Projects
                Business 2 Community, October 13th, 2014
                "Declaring to your whole company that the project everyone is excited about is in trouble can be demoralizing. But it's exactly what can turn the problems around.

                When health care insurer WellPoint ran into trouble changing its provider payment system, it only turned things around after putting the project into 'Status Red.'

                The project's big vision is to shift from a model where the company pays physicians based on volume (procedures, visits, admissions) to one where it pays based on 'value' (ability to manage costs and improve patient outcomes and quality of care). That model is sometimes called the 'shared savings model,' because insurers share any savings with primary care providers. WellPoint has said that shared savings could help physicians increase their earnings by 30 to 50%...."

                OTN Virtual Technology Summit
                New Content coming in November!

                How can you use Oracle technology to meet today's IT challenges? Find out at the Virtual Technology Summit (VTS). Hear from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts as they share their insight and experience in meeting those challenges. Oracle is offering three chances to watch and interact with Oracle and community experts. Register Now by clicking one of the links below!

                • Americas - Tuesday November 18th - 9am to 12:30pm PT / 12pm to 3:30pm ET / 1 to 4:30 pm BRT
                • APAC English - Wednesday November 19th / IST - 10:00am / SG - 12:30pm / AEDT - 3:30pm
                • EMEA - Wednesday, November 26th / 9am to 1pm BST / 10am - 2pm CET / 12pm to 4pm MSK / GST

                This interactive, online event, sponsored by the Oracle Technology Network (OTN), offers four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips...

                IT - Networks
                Consumers don't Get IoT But They Will
                Information Week, October 13th, 2014
                "Everyday folks don't see what all the fuss is about the Internet of Things. In fact, more than four out of five have never even heard of it, a recent survey finds.

                Such perception is important because the IoT market will need consumer buy-in to make its way into our homes and cars and onto our bodies in a significant way. At the moment, consumers aren't buying IoT -- but that will change over the next few years..."

                7 Free Tools Every Network Needs
                InfoWorld, October 14th, 2014
                "In the real estate world, the mantra is location, location, location. In the network and server administration world, the mantra is visibility, visibility, visibility. If you don't know what your network and servers are doing at every second of the day, you're flying blind. Sooner or later, you're going to meet with disaster.

                Fortunately, many good tools, both commercial and open source, are available to shine much-needed light into your environment. Because good and free always beat good and costly, I've compiled a list of my favorite open source tools that prove their worth day in and day out in networks of any size. From network and server monitoring to trending, graphing, and even switch and router configuration backups, these utilities will see you through..."

                The Internet Of Things Isn't A Technology Fad
                Forbes, October 16th, 2014
                "The Internet of Things (IoT) narrative is rife with speculation on what IoT will, might or could be. Although wearables and Smart Home products like connected refrigerators and toothbrushes capture consumer and media attention, serious industry-watchers ponder their business viability. Aside from pure entertainment value or small conveniences, they ask: What long-term utility will these products deliver?..."
                Data Center SDN Growing 65% this Year
                Network World, October 14th, 2014
                "SDN is exiting the hype phase and entering the usage stage. The data center software-defined networking market is expected to grow more than 65% in 2014 to about $3 billion, reflecting the maturity of architectures and the deployments under way, according to Dell'Oro Group.

                Network security appliances and Ethernet switches will continue to comprise the majority of SDN's impact, which is gaining a foothold outside of the major cloud providers, Dell'Oro notes. Application delivery controllers will also be impacted positively by SDNs as users demand more integrated features, such as security, on their devices when technology shifts like SDN emerge, the firm says..."

                NFV: Changing the Pace of Carrier Services
                Network Computing, October 14th, 2014
                "Network functions virtualization will drastically change how -- and how fast -- carriers provision services to enterprise customers.

                It's slower than a snail and as exciting as watching paint dry or grass grow. That's "carrier time" -- the cycle for creation and rollout of new telco features, functions, and technology. Carriers are deliberate and risk averse, which leads to a slow and plodding pace for new service delivery, especially when viewed through the prism of today's turbo-charged competition from Internet players..."

                  The Network Won't Fit in Your Head Anymore
                  Business 2 Community, October 16th, 2014
                  "Triggered by a discussion with a customer yesterday, it occurred to me (again?) that network engineers are creatures of habit and control. We have strong beliefs of how networks should be architected, designed and build. We have done so for long times and understand it well. We have tweaked our methods, our tools, our configuration templates. We understand our networks inside out. We have a very clear mental view of how they behave and how packets get forwarded, how they should be forwarded. It's comfort, it's habit, we feel (mostly) in control of the network because we have a clear model in our head.

                  I don't believe this is a network engineering trait per se. Software engineers want to understand algorithms inside out, they want to understand the data modeling, types structures and relationships..."

                    IT - Security
                    Connected Cars vs. Cybercrime: Tough Fight
                    Information Week, October 13th, 2014
                    "The sophisticated electronic components that are making modern cars safer, greener, and smarter are also making them dangerously vulnerable to cyberattacks.

                    Dealing with the threat will require automakers to think beyond typical preventive security measures such as encryption, strong authentication, and system segmentation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a report this week.

                    The report, and two others also released this week, summarizes the NHTSA's research on the security risks raised by the introduction of increasingly complex electronic components in modern cars..."

                    How Security-Wary Retailers can Prepare for the Holiday Season
                    Help Net Security, October 15th, 2014
                    "Retailers are beside themselves with worry as the spate of data breaches among them continues. With Black Friday approaching, what can retailers still do to protect themselves from these cybercrooks?

                    While it may be too late for retailers to do anything major with their IT platform, network and infrastructure to protect them substantially from this year's anticipated denial of service (DoS) attacks, there are some actions IT teams can take.

                    While some of these actions may seem simplistic, these last-minute initiatives could make a difference when it comes to keeping company and customer information secure:..."

                    Poor Password Habits Plague our Digital Lifestyle
                    Help Net Security, October 14th, 2014
                    "Poor password habits are putting employers at risk and losing them hundreds of thousands of pounds in lost productivity, according to new research from Centrify. According to the survey of 1,000 UK workers, the average employee wastes £261 a year in company time on trying to manage multiple passwords, which for a company with 500 staff is a loss of more than £130,000 a year..."
                      Researcher Builds System to Protect Against Malicious Insiders
                      ComputerWorld, October 14th, 2014
                      "When an employee turns on his own company, the results -- damaged networks, data theft and even work stoppage -- could be devastating.

                      It could rock the company even more than an outside attack because the insider knows where sensitive data is kept, what the passwords are and exactly how to hurt the company the most.

                      That's the driving force behind the work that Daphne Yao, associate professor of computer science at Virginia Tech, is doing on cybersecurity..."

                      Third-Party Code: Fertile Ground for Malware
                      Dark Reading, October 14th, 2014
                      "Modern websites rely on many moving parts operating behind the scenes, which often include a mashup of Javascript, content, files, applications, and digital ads. Some of this code may be written by website owners, while the rest of the content can be any combination of resources called in from different locations on the Internet and under the control of third-party organizations..."
                      IT - Careers
                      10 Top IT Skills Based on Increased Demand
                      CIO, October 14th, 2014
                      While growth in the IT industry as a whole continues at a brisk pace, some skills are hotter than others. "There are key areas of technology right now that are growing faster than others," says president Shravan Goli. "What's interesting is that this growth stretches across a variety of industries.

                      The 10 job categories that follow represent the fastest-growing IT skills based on year-over-year growth in mentions in's job postings. Skills made the list by being included in more than 1,000 postings. The growth rates listed are based on the ratio of current mentions compared mentions from September 2013.

                        6 Elements of an Effective Virtual Hiring Strategy
                        Business 2 Community, October 13th, 2014
                        "For many businesses, having a large office space is becoming unnecessary and adds unnecessary costs. And for many employees, commuting to an office is quickly becoming a thing of the past as they start to realize, and appreciate, the perks that come with telecommuting.

                        According to a report by Global Workplace Analytics, telecommuting grew nearly 80 percent between 2005 and 2011, and shows no signs of slowing down..."

                        Need A Job? Tweet About Civic Deeds, Shut Up About ...
                        Forbes, October 15th, 2014
                        "How much can your social-media profile help or hurt you as a job hunter? A new poll of 1,855 recruiters suggests that tweeting about your civic and volunteer work can brighten your candidacy. Beyond that, it's best to stay quiet about your hedonistic habits after hours - especially your sex life.

                        The survey was conducted in August by JobVite, a San Mateo, Calif., recruiting software company. Overall, 93% of recruiters said they look at candidates' social media profiles, with 55% of recruiters adding that online postings have changed their view of at least one candidate. LinkedIn tends to be most useful for establishing candidates' credentials and experience; Facebook is more helpful in determining a candidate's cultural fit..."

                        Server management pros show mixed emotions in IT salary survey
                        SearchDataCenter, October 13th, 2014
                        "With a healthy number of server management professionals receiving raises and bonuses this year, one could assume a certain level of contentment, especially in these endlessly tough economic times. But living alongside that contentment is a restlessness driven by the desire for more challenging work and better potential for job growth, an IT salary survey reveals.

                        The cliché, 'I like my job, but it's the work I hate,' seems to apply..."

                        Life as an IT Contractor
                        Network World, October 16th, 2014
                        "The upside of life as an IT contractor is alluring. You get to be your own boss, accept only the jobs you want, and work flexible hours. With each assignment comes the opportunity to learn new skills and gain exposure to different environments.

                        But there are obvious sacrifices - job security and paid vacations, for starters. As an IT contractor, you're also often responsible for your own benefits (healthcare, retirement), paying taxes, and marketing yourself for the next gig..."

                        The 14 Mistakes that Will Kill Your Independent Development Shop
                        InfoWorld, October 13th, 2014
                        "Deciding to go it alone as an independent software developer is a liberating experience. The thrill of being your own boss cannot be denied -- neither can the fact that being your own boss means building a business. It's no longer simply about the code. Everything is your responsibility, from paperwork to partnerships, and with this increasing burden come greater pitfalls that can sink your business.

                        While one little mistake might not tank your independent software business immediately, such missteps tend to accumulate. It's easy to get lost in your code, thinking everything is fine; suddenly, a pack of problems pounce from the shadows to tear your business to shreds..."

                          IT Budget Increases Not Realized, But Hiring Increases Anticipated
                          ESG, October 15th, 2014
                          "Help desk and technical support, cloud and social media have consistently been the least difficult roles to fill with exceptional talent.

                          Heading into 2014, 62 percent of IT leaders expected their IT budgets to increase, but through the first three-quarters of the year, the percentage of IT leaders who experienced increases never rose above 47 percent, according to a TEKsystems survey of more than 200 IT leaders, including chief technology officers (CTOs), IT vice presidents, IT directors and IT managers.

                          At the end of March and June, only 47 percent had seen increases, while at the end of September, 46 percent reported their budgets had increased. Heading into 2014, 26 percent of IT leaders expected their budgets to stay the same..."

                            Top 10 IT Skills Based on Increases in Demand
                            CIO, October 14th, 2014
                            "While growth in the IT industry as a whole continues at a brisk pace, some skills are hotter than others. "There are key areas of technology right now that are growing faster than others," says president Shravan Goli. "What's interesting is that this growth stretches across a variety of industries.

                            The 10 job categories that follow represent the fastest-growing IT skills based on year-over-year growth in mentions in's job postings. Skills made the list by being included in more than 1,000 postings. The growth rates listed are based on the ratio of current mentions compared mentions from September 2013..."

                              IT - Social Media
                              5 Small Changes That Will Make A Big Difference To Your Social Media
                              Business 2 Community, October 13th, 2014
                              "When used strategically, social media is a way to connect directly with your customers and generate leads. However, just being on LinkedIn or Twitter isn't enough to deliver commercial results.

                              Contrary to popular belief, it's not the time you invest in your social media that matters. Yes, a time commitment is required. But ultimately, it's having a smart strategy that makes the real difference.

                              How do you improve your presence social media without spending lots more time online? Here are 5 simple changes that will make your social media strategy more effective..."

                                Improving the Bottom Line with Social Media
                                Information Management, October 15th, 2014
                                "How can we monetize social media?

                                It is a question I hear quite often; it's the Holy Grail of social media. In relative terms, social media is still in its infancy, and with power moving to a more atomic level (i.e., individuals), businesses struggle to respond to this seismic shift in power and influence. To use social media effectively, businesses can't simply focus on the old practice of accurate advertising placement on social websites. Instead, they should focus on working with these new channels to improve sales, customer service, retention and identifying new product opportunities..."

                                  IT - Email
                                  Email Etiquette: Don't Sabotage Your Career
                                  Business 2 Community, October 16th, 2014
                                  "Email is so common, and such a pedestrian workhorse, that it's easy to take it for granted. But in a business setting, it's a fine opportunity for you to win (or lose) people's esteem, and it can have a very positive (or crushingly negative) effect on your employment. Let's take a look at a baker's dozen of ways you can make sure your email habits and etiquette are up to snuff. Note: we are not talking about marketing emails, but person-to-person business emails..."
                                    Oracle ZFS Storage Users Group Conference
                                    November 10th 2014
                                    OZUG is the Oracle ZFS Storage Users Group, an IOUG Special Interest Group. As an independent and non-profit group, its charter is to help members collaborate and share information around Oracle ZFS Storage. The User Group's Fall Conference is scheduled for November 10th at Oracle's Santa Clara office, with an RSVP requested by Monday, October 20th. Topics include:

                                    • Best practices with Oracle Database integration
                                    • Workflow, scripting, RESTful API best practices
                                    • SMU, snapshot, cloning, and replication best practices
                                    • Encryption ...and more

                                    Registration details are here.

                                    IT - Big Data
                                    'In-Memory' Enables Big Data -- Cheaper, Faster, Easier
                                    Bank Systems and Technology, October 14th, 2014
                                    "The falling cost of RAM is pushing bank data warehouses away from data storage and straight into memory, significantly reducing licensing and maintenance expense. Imagine all your data running in real-time and your reports available instantaneously -- and all at lower cost.

                                    For decades, banks have struggled to keep up with data technology advances: how to store data economically, how to utilize it effectively, and how to make it pay off. Today, thanks to circumstances that enable in-memory database management solutions, banks have a great chance to get ahead of the big data curve..."

                                    What is Copy Data?
                                    Storage Switzerland, October 15th, 2014
                                    Copy Data is the term used to describe the copies of primary data made for data protection, testing, archives, eDiscovery and analytics. The typical focus of copy data is data protection to recover data when something goes wrong. The problem is that each type of recovery requires a different copy of data. Recovery from corruption requires snapshots. Recovery from server failure requires disk backup. Protection from disk backup requires tape. Finally, recovery from a site disaster requires that all these copies be off-site. Add to the data protection copy problem, all the copies being made for test/development, archives, eDiscovery and now analytics. The end result: copy data is about much more than data protection and providing the capacity to manage all these copies has become a significant challenge to the data center.
                                    How To Identify Fake Big Data Products
                                    Forbes, October 15th, 2014
                                    "At the Strata and Hadoop World conference this week in New York City, Big Data practitioners and vendors will gather once again to learn from and sell to each other. One aspect of this year's conference to note is the rise of 'fake Big Data' products, that is products that have added the adjective Big Data in the hope that the world will take more interest.

                                    The urge to gain from the updraft of a powerful trend is a long established practice of technology marketing. In the dot com boom companies that had nothing to do with the Internet added '.com' to their name..."

                                    Big Data Top Priority, Not the Case for Predictive Analytics
                                    Information Management, October 16th, 2014
                                    "Less than one-third of companies have predictive analytics capabilities although big data analytics is a top priority for 88 percent of executives, according to a new study from GE and Accenture.

                                    The report, 'Industrial Internet Insights for 2015,' shows that there is a growing urgency for organizations to embrace big data analytics to advance their Industrial Internet strategy. But only 29 percent of the 250 executives surveyed for the study are using big data across their company for predictive analytics or to optimize their business..."

                                    12 Things I Hate about Hadoop
                                    InfoWorld, October 16th, 2014
                                    "I love the elephant. The elephant loves me. Nothing is perfect, however, and sometimes friends fight.

                                    Here are the things I fight with Hadoop about.

                                    • Pig vs. Hive
                                    • Being forced to store all my shared libraries in HDFS
                                    • Oozie
                                    • Error messages
                                    • Kerberos
                                    • Knox
                                    • Hive won't let me have my external table and delete it too
                                    • Namenode fail
                                    • Documentation
                                    • Ambari coverage
                                    • Repository management
                                    • Null pointer exceptions

                                    Read on for details.

                                    Big Data and Quantified Self-Awareness
                                    Information Management, October 15th, 2014
                                    "Big data raises, and rightfully so, data privacy concerns. We fear big data will expose our secrets to the world. But even if big data remained private, it could still expose our secrets to ourselves. In addition to its impact on our privacy, we should be concerned about how big data will impact our self-awareness.

                                    As Scott Berkun blogged about the self-awareness paradox, 'To become more self-aware you have to be self-aware enough to realize how self-aware you are not. Unless something happens that forces you to realize how inaccurate your view of yourself is, you can go through life never even knowing who you are'..."

                                    Don't Let these Big Data Myths Derail Your Analytics Project
                                    SearchBusinessAnalytics, October 16th, 2014
                                    "A number of myths about big data have proliferated in recent years. Don't let these common misperceptions kill your analytics project.

                                    As the idea of big data analytics becomes more popular, more vendors are touting its benefits and executives are looking to capitalize on its potential. But along the way, a number of big data myths have developed that, if unchecked, could limit the insights businesses can derive from their data..."

                                    IT - Mobile
                                    5 Predictions For Mobile Apps In 2015
                                    Business 2 Community, October 14th, 2014
                                    "Mobile apps are definitely here to stay. Experts advise, however, that getting too comfortable with a mobile strategy and not adapting in the ever changing app market is a recipe for disaster. Below are a few predictions we have for 2015 at Bizness Apps:

                                    1. Mobile Apps Will Become More Targeted.

                                    Mobile apps used to be multipurpose, but as time goes on, experts predict that apps will become more targeted towards specific needs and services. People will begin using apps as tools, for specific functions. With app stores becoming crowded and users spoiled for choice, they'll be choosing apps that are as specific as possible..."

                                      11 Feature-Rich Keyboard Replacements for Android and iOS
                                      InfoWorld, October 16th, 2014
                                      "Anyone who's typed anything on a smartphone keyboard has surely experienced its inherent shortcomings, whether it's cramped key mappings ripe for fat-fingering, inexplicable autocorrect suggestions, lagging responsiveness, or oft-used keys buried in submenus of submenus.

                                      Fortunately, a wealth of virtual keyboard alternatives are now available for download from your device of choice's app store. In fact, virtual keyboards are more usable than ever, thanks to major technological advancements made by third-party app developers over the past half-decade. Today's keyboard apps are the smartest we've seen yet, using sophisticated algorithms, aggressive autocorrect, and gesture-driven input to achieve a fast, natural, intuitive typing experience.

                                      Here are 11 of the most unique and innovative replacements for your Android or iOS device's stock keyboard..."

                                        IT - BYOD
                                        Detecting Cyber Attacks in a Mobile and BYOD Organization
                                        Help Net Security, October 14th, 2014
                                        "Mobile devices - laptops, tablets and smartphones - have been part of the information technology culture for some time. Enabling employees and contractors to bring their own devices to work has become a way of life for many organizations and may soon become the norm.

                                        Many organizations understand that traditional perimeter security defenses are not effective at identifying attacks on mobile devices..."

                                        Mid market firms are on top of BYOD and mobility, survey asserts
                                        Enterprise AppsTech, October 13th, 2014
                                        "It's easy enough to assess how large enterprises are taking steps to roll out bring your own device policies, or how smaller businesses are coping. But what about the mid-market firms?

                                        According to Good Technology's latest survey, the majority of industries in the mid-market range have more than 50% BYOD penetration. Only manufacturing (33%), wholesale (33%), energy (35%) and government (45%) falls below the mark. Interestingly the legal industry (72%) had the highest share..."

                                        BYOD Road Warrior
                                        CIO, October 14th, 2014
                                        "I recently spent a couple of months on mobility roadshows, and while the purpose was evangelism, I quickly realized I was learning a lot of important things about what's on our customers' minds. Here are my top three takeaways.

                                        1. Customers get breadth. The level of interest in BYOD is impressive, and customers are pretty savvy that BYOD means they can't take the simplistic approach toward device management that worked for corporate-owned devices..."

                                        Detecting Cyber Attacks in a Mobile and BYOD Organization
                                        Help Net Security, October 14th, 2014
                                        "Mobile devices - laptops, tablets and smartphones - have been part of the information technology culture for some time. Enabling employees and contractors to bring their own devices to work has become a way of life for many organizations and may soon become the norm.

                                        Many organizations understand that traditional perimeter security defenses are not effective at identifying attacks on mobile devices..."

                                        Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                        Vol 200 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 199 Issues 1, 2,3 and 4; Vol 198 Issues 3, 4 and 5;
                                        We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                        • SPARC It Up!
                                        • John Fowler's OpenWorld Keynote Presentation
                                        • How-To: Lifecycle Management for Zones
                                        • Oracle Brings out the Big Guns, Rolls out the FS1 Flash Storage System
                                        • A Quick Wrap-Up of Oracle OpenWorld
                                        • The Java EE 7 Tutorial
                                        • Upgrading major Java versions
                                        • ECS electraSWITCH On Oracle SPARC T5
                                        • Applications Certified on Oracle Solaris 11
                                        • Top 10 NetBeans Highlights at JavaOne 2014

                                        The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

                                          IT - Server
                                          2015 Server OS Outlook: Cloudy, Chance Of Containers
                                          Information Week, October 13th, 2014
                                          "We're in the midst of technology transitions that will have profound implications for the server operating system landscape over the next product cycle, with new challenges to the dominance of Windows Server in enterprise data centers. Companies should give some serious thought to their options. Is it time to reconsider the status quo?

                                          Linux is winning the fight for next-gen cloud-scale data centers, like those running massive consumer web apps or software-as-a-service businesses. But Windows Server still reigns in enterprise data centers, our InformationWeek 2015 Windows Survey of 330 business technology professionals shows..."

                                          Creating and Managing Network Domains

                                          Owen Allen writes, "Efficient networking is crucial for a virtual datacenter. (I suppose it's crucial for any kind of datacenter, but I'm focusing here.) In Ops Center, you can keep your vDC networks running using network domains. Network domains manage public networks with defined resources as well as ad-hoc private networks.

                                          To create a network domain through Ops Center, you need to identify at least one fabric to support it, then run the Create Network Domain wizard. This wizard lets you create new dynamic private networks for the new domain and associate existing networks with it..."

                                            Implementing Oracle Identity Management for large enterprises
                                            Design Considerations
                                            Eric Renaud writes, "Infosys Limited (NYSE:INFY) is a global leader in technology, consulting and services and an Oracle Diamond Partner that has graciously agreed to present on best practices garnered from experience working on Large Enterprise Identity Management deployments in a four part series hosted here in the Oracle Identity Management Blog.

                                            Large Enterprises: Large Challenges

                                            During the course of deploying Oracle Identity Management suite for various large enterprises, the Infosys Enterprise Security & Risk Management (ESRM) technology team has identified a few typical organizational scenarios:..."

                                            SPARC and Solaris Leadership in Security
                                            By Kelvin Gee
                                            Kevin Gee writes, "Oracle's SPARC systems and Oracle Solaris OS are co-engineered to provide efficient secure technology. SPARC security uses hardware accelerators to deliver leading performance.

                                            Oracle leads in providing encryption and policy-based key management that ensure data protection for cloud and virtual environments. Oracle has proved its dramatic security performance advantages through rigorous testing. In the cloud a huge amount data needs to be encrypted. For data at rest, AES block-level encryption is FIPS 140-2 certified to support U.S. government agencies. The end-to-end performance of all system components that make up a virtualized environment..."

                                            Nexenta News
                                            Dell Delivers Software-Defined Storage Solutions for VMware EVO: RAIL
                                            Will include NexentaConnect and NexentaStor solutions
                                            Dell announced it will now ship NexentaConnect and NexentaStor solutions with Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO: RAIL.

                                            • Dell brings unified file and block storage services for VMware Virtual SAN environments, adding network file system (NFS) and server message block (SMB) access for VMware EVO: RAIL
                                            • Dell expands offerings for VMware EVO: RAIL, fully integrating Nexenta Software-Defined Storage on Dell Engineered Solutions for VMware EVO: RAIL
                                            • Dell expands industry's broadest portfolio of Software-Defined Storage solutions, bringing together Nexenta and VMware software to offer full featured file services to joint customers and partners worldwide


                                            Goldman Sachs Honors Nexenta CEO as one of the Leading Tech Entrepreneurs
                                            Nexenta Chairman and CEO, Tarkan Maner
                                            Nexenta Chairman and CEO, Tarkan Maner, will be honored as one of the '100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs' at the third annual Goldman Sachs Builders + Innovators Summit.

                                            The Builders + Innovators Summit 2014 brings together emerging and seasoned entrepreneurs from a diverse set of industries. The focus is on building great and enduring companies that reshape their industries and make the world better through innovation. Mr. Maner will offer unique insights on how Nexenta is revolutionizing the data center with its Software Defined Storage solutions and participate in a series of workshop and discussions with peers.

                                            Supermicro Enhances Their VMware EVO: RAIL and Virtual SAN Offerings
                                            with Nexenta
                                            Nexenta solutions and Super Micro Computer, Inc. announced a collaboration to enhance Supermicro's VMware EVO: RAIL and VMware Virtual SAN offerings with the NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN product, providing full featured file services.

                                            Supermicro, coupled with NexentaConnect, will be able to provide VMware Virtual SAN-based systems including Virtual SAN Ready Nodes and an EVO: RAIL appliance to deliver robust and complete platform for its worldwide partners to provide a full-featured and complete hyper-converged solutions helping customers transition to a Software-Defined Data Center.

                                            Bluechip Infotech Joins Strategic Partnership with Nexenta
                                            With Australian offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide
                                            Bluechip Infotech and Nexenta, (@Nexenta), the global leader in Software-Defined Storage (#softwaredefinedstorage) (SDS) announced an exciting new strategic partnership. Through this partnership Bluechip Infotech's resellers, systems integrators, and managed service providers will team with Nexenta to deliver Software-Defined Storage solutions across the Australian market, to organizations of all sizes.
                                            Join Nexenta at Openstack Paris
                                            The OpenStack Summit - Paris, November 3 - 7
                                            Nexenta has been involved in Openstack since 2012, and we're thrilled to continue our support of the community at Openstack Paris. With Openstack technology and the support of our partners, Nexenta enables enterprises to create optimized storage clusters for open, agile and secure OpenStack environments that scale quickly and easily.

                                            Nexenta works with a variety of ecosystem partners to bring Openstack implementations to life! Come visit us at the Seagate booth on the expo floor, set up a demo with one of our local product experts, or join us at our OpenSDx VIP Reception! To schedule a demo, please email

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