John Pientka

John is currently the principal of Pientka and Associates which specializes in IT and Cloud Computing. Over the years John has been vice president at CGI Federal, where he lead their cloud computing division. He founded and served as CEO of GigEpath, which provided communication solutions to major corporations. He has also served as president of British Telecom’s outsourcing arm Syncordia, vice president and general manager of a division at Motorola. John has earned his M.B.A. from Harvard University as well as a bachelor’s degree from the State University in Buffalo, New York.

Big Pharma’s Dirty Little Secret: It’s Actually No Good at Developing New Drugs

By John Pientka | May 2, 2019

For years big pharma has rationalized high drug prices in the US with the argument that they need the profits to invest in research to make more and better medicines to cure our ills and improve our health. Too bad

Notre Dame – Saving the Past Provides a Glimpse of the Future

By John Pientka | April 24, 2019

The tragedy of Notre Dame’s fire showed how we will really work in the future. Along side the brave hundreds of firemen were robots and drones credited with saving key structures. An 850-year old structure so engulfed in flames that

EHR Means “Electronic Health Records” Right? Nope – How About “Errors Happen Regularly”

By John Pientka | April 4, 2019

Bring medicine into the digital age. EHR’s promised better care, patient empowerment and lower cost. Instead we got preventable deaths, brain injuries, amputated limbs and doctors committing suicide at 2X the general population. What happened? Are you affected? Yes. What

Algorithms Are Everywhere. How Do We Get Comfortable With Them? Go for a Goldilocks Answer

By John Pientka | March 26, 2019

How do you come to terms with all those algorithms that increasingly pervade our lives? How do you know you can trust them? Turns out that the answer is in human psychology and our need for a Goldilocks explanation. Some

Trust, But Verify. Not Today: Never Trust Always Verify

By John Pientka | March 15, 2019

Reagan coined the phrase: “Trust, but verify” when dealing with the Soviets. In today’s world of Cyber it’s just not good enough. Welcome to the world of Zero Trust. What is it and what does it mean to you? As

China Ascendant? Maybe, Maybe Not

By John Pientka | March 7, 2019

China seems to be beating us at leadership in tech in just about every category. In a decade they are supposed to be the largest economy in the world. But is it all built on a foundation of sand? China

Going Digital: Your Boss Doesn’t Get It. Your Clients Don’t Get It Either. What Are You to Do?

By John Pientka | February 27, 2019

Going Digital: Your Boss Doesn’t Get It Digital advertising now exceeds all other forms of marketing communications. But, your boss thinks: old school print and magazines. Your website is so hard to use it’s an industry joke. But nobody seems

Are There Messages Hidden in Your DNA? It Could Be Malware.

By John Pientka | February 21, 2019

Are There Messages Hidden in Your DNA? Messages in the Human Genome: are they from God, or maybe aliens? It sounds Sci-fi but our knowledge of the DNA code is merging with our ability to write increasingly intelligent algorithms. We

What Do You Mean: Too Much Screen Time?

By John Pientka | February 6, 2019

Too Much Screen Time? Oh the shame of it! Our children are turning into anti-social, myopic monsters because of their addiction to smartphones, tablets and laptops. Guess what? It is all BS. It seems that not a day goes by

A.I.: Confused? Worried? Try Finland!

By John Pientka | January 24, 2019

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) – They say it’s inevitable. Are you worried it will take your job? Do you even understand what it is? The Finns are taking the bull by the horns. Their first goal is that 1% of the

Cyber Criminals Caught! Ah No, More Like Just Identified. Sigh!

By John Pientka | January 16, 2019

Cyber Criminals Caught It’s that time when we look back on the past year. In 2018, Atlanta was a victim of a cyber attack. It fought back rather than pay ransom and spent millions. The FBI has identified the malevolent

Directive 20 Repealed – Beat the Cyber War Drums?

By John Pientka | September 26, 2018

Exposed by Snowden in his 2013 document dump, Presidential Directive 20 limits the U.S. in attacking/counter attacking with cyber weapons. Now it has been rescinded. Does that mean the gloves are off? We’ve been under attack for a long time.

France is good at launching tech startups, but not at growing them

France is good at launching tech startups, but not at growing them

“France is maybe the best place to start a company,” said Jean-Rémi Kouchakji, co-founder of PayinTech, a Paris-based fintech firm ...
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Your Guide to KubeCon + CloudNativeCon EU

Following on the heels of DockerCon SF, the team is packing their bags and heading to Barcelona for KubeCon + ...
Digital Acceleration Is At Cross Roads – Modernize Everything Or Die

Digital Acceleration Is At Cross Roads – Modernize Everything Or Die

Have you experienced or heard of anything similar to these anecdotes? “Tesla can’t figure out how to manage its glass ...
Slack patches vulnerability in Windows client that could be used to hijack files

Slack patches vulnerability in Windows client that could be used to hijack files

On May 17, researchers at Tenable revealed that they had discovered a vulnerability in the Windows version of the desktop ...
Cloudflare architecture and how BPF eats the world

Cloudflare architecture and how BPF eats the world

Recently at Netdev 0x13, the Conference on Linux Networking in Prague, I gave a short talk titled "Linux at Cloudflare" ...