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.

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.

Have You Spotted the Turn?

By John Pientka | August 23, 2018

You are hammered to be ready for the latest technologies. But all of them have lifecycles. It is just as important to identify when they’re diminishing, maybe even dying. Look for the turn or risk a millstone around your neck.

Feeling Swamped by Technology? Practice Ephemeralization

By John Pientka | August 8, 2018

New technologies seem to be flying at you at an overwhelming rate. Computing, medicine, education, artificial and augmented reality, the list goes on and on. How do you even begin to deal with it all? Try a concept first floated