Resolving the Normalization of Deviance by Building a Culture of Communication

Resolving the Normalization of Deviance by Building a Culture of Communication

Building a Culture of Communication Real-time monitoring and corresponding alerts are critical for maintaining the performance and security of today’s complex cloud infrastructures. Given the exorbitant amount of data effective network monitoring can produce, however, a troublesome problem often occurs: organizations and their Security, Operations and Development teams start to develop a normalization of deviance. What’s a Normalization of Deviance? A normalization of deviance is an incremental and gradual erosion of normal procedures, and it…

Beacons Flopped, But They’re About to Flourish in the Future

Beacons Flopped, But They’re About to Flourish in the Future

Cloud Beacons Flying High When Apple debuted cloud beacons in 2013, analysts predicted 250 million devices capable of serving as iBeacons would be found in the wild within weeks. A few months later, estimates put the figure at just 64,000, with 15 percent confined to Apple stores. Beacons didn’t proliferate as expected, but a few forward-thinking brands did dip their toes. Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, and Sephora deployed beacons to send in-store notifications. Tech-happy airline…

The Evolution of Venture Capital – Matt Keezer vs George Doriot

The Evolution of Venture Capital – Matt Keezer vs George Doriot

The Evolution of Venture Capital It was the general consensus in the aftermath of World War II that the US would fall back into depression. US government bonds were only yielding 2% at best, and many investors were willing to accept that. However, some were not, and this is when Venture Capitalism in its current form was born – prior to the war, Venture Capital investments came from wealthy family groups like the Rockefellers. Georges…

The Return of the CIO

The Return of the CIO

Not long ago pundits were writing the obituary for CIO’s. They were becoming as archaic as the VP’s of Electricity from the early 20th century. CDO’s, CTO’s even CMO’s were the future. Well, check again folks – the CIO is back! Twelve years ago Nicholas Carr wrote the best-selling “Does IT Matter?” where he argued that we had wrung all the leverage out of information technology that we could and CIO’s were really just caretakers…

5 Simple Tips to Make Strong and Robust Business Continuity Plans

5 Simple Tips to Make Strong and Robust Business Continuity Plans

Business Continuity Plans Today’s organizations need comprehensive and robust business continuity planning for swift and effective action in case of a disaster or crisis. As the trade and supply chain have gone global, businesses today expect crisis response to be in seconds, not in hours, to ensure that the ripple impact is minimized. As organizations go digital, an IT failure can cripple the whole supply chain and business operations, causing extreme losses within hours and…

How the Cloud Is Improving DNA Sequencing

How the Cloud Is Improving DNA Sequencing

DNA Sequencing For many of us, the cloud is part of our daily lives. We use these virtual storage servers to hold our pictures, our memories and our work documents, just to name a few. Cloud storage is also making its mark in the medical industry, with electronic health records making patient care easier no matter where you’re making your appointments. This utilization of virtual information storage is also being used to improve the speed…

Is Machine Learning Making Your Data Scientists Obsolete?

Is Machine Learning Making Your Data Scientists Obsolete?

Machine Learning and Data Scientists In a recent study, almost all the businesses surveyed stated that big data analytics were fundamental to their business strategies. Although the field of computer and information research scientists is growing faster than any other occupation, the increasing applicability of data science across business sectors is leading to an exponential deficit between supply and demand. When a 2012 article in the Harvard Business Review, co-written by U.S. chief data scientist…

Zero-Rating and Data Consumption

Zero-Rating and Data Consumption

Zero-Rating The ordinary mobile user often feels the need to backup their personal files only after they’ve lost it. It’s almost a cliché where a grad student loses their research because a laptop was lost or the father who loses years worth of their kids photos when their phone is stolen. To combat this, cloud services have tried to become easier to use. Everything from automatic uploads to cross platform access has been implemented. However,…

Net Neutrality Part 1 – What Is Net Neutrality And Why Is It So Important?

Net Neutrality Part 1 – What Is Net Neutrality And Why Is It So Important?

Net Neutrality Net neutrality is a concept that has been the centre of a lot of debates recently, it is based on the idea that all internet traffic should be treated equally by your internet service provider. The fact that all traffic has (in most countries across the world) been treated equally, is one of the greatest strengths of the internet – it is a level playing field. However, there is a risk at the…

IoT, Smart Cities and the Future

IoT, Smart Cities and the Future

Smarter IoT When we use the term smart cities, a series of frames begin to run in front of our very eyes. The reason behind this is pretty simple; over the last few years, the definition of a ‘SMART CITY’ has changed drastically. However, amidst these series of definitions, two things have remained consistent: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the Internet itself. Here in this article, the latter is our primary point of discussion.…