John Pientka

The Tech Titans are Crushing Our Freedoms! Our Democracy! Our Very Humanity!!! Oh…Get Over It.

By John Pientka | April 18, 2018

Well the Zuckmeister has done his dance in front of Congress. Guess what? Nothing is going to happen, nothing ever does. Stop sweating it. History shows you’ll be fine. Zuck confirmed that most of our representatives don’t have a clue

AWS is Intimidating—but not in the way you think it is

By John Pientka | April 11, 2018

No, not its size and growth, but its offerings and pricing. Thankfully, there is an alternative. AWS has hundreds of services with thousands of new functions and features added in just the last year alone. Pricing that is fiendishly complex

Greetings from Atlanta – a City Held Hostage

By John Pientka | April 4, 2018

What’s it like to live in a city under cyber siege? It’s surprisingly calm. The taps run, trash is collected, 911 works and planes land and takeoff. That’s what is scary. Live in Atlanta where ransomware has locked out city

Facebook: Is this the Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?

By John Pientka | March 28, 2018

Is Facebook the new smoking? Zuckerberg and Sandberg may be inept at damage control but growth has plateaued, market share is declining and they have to raise prices to maintain revenue. Is something fundamental happening? The pile on is definitely

They’re Baaack! Smile you are on Camera – Everywhere!

By John Pientka | March 15, 2018

Remember Google glasses? Better yet, remember glassholes? It all came and went in just a flash as society reacted to nerds wearing pretentious and creepily intrusive face gear. Well beware, they are back and with a vengeance. It seemed so

Technology whiplash defined: Slaughterbots

By John Pientka | March 8, 2018

Technology whiplash defined: Slaughterbots – AI enhanced drones that could hunt human targets autonomously – It seemed like Sci-Fi then Skydio announced. The young man is running through the forest trying to escape pursuit. He dodges left, then right, spins

Dazzled by Bitcoin and Its Underlying Blockchain? Ever Think that We May Be Forging New Chains for Us

By John Pientka | February 26, 2018

Dazzled by Bitcoin Bitcoin grabs the headlines but look at the smart money. They are pouring into Blockchain – the underlying technology – and calling it the next Internet. Yeah, the Internet, how well did that really work out for

“Culture Eats (Your Digital) Strategy for Breakfast” – Peter Drucker

By John Pientka | February 16, 2018

Struggling with digital disruption, moving to the cloud, maybe even trying AI? Listen to Drucker. Go with the flow and try incremental change. The late management guru, Peter Drucker is attributed with the quote: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. What

Slaughterbots: Scary Digital Disruption

By John Pientka | February 2, 2018

Slaughterbots Digital disruption blossoms from a thousand sources. New technologies seem to emerge slowly and almost randomly. Then BOOM! They come together in unexpected ways. Here is something to keep you up at night. We are near the peak of

Don’t Ignore the Elephant in the Room. Deal with Your Legacy Systems. Here’s How: Eat It One Bite at a Time

By John Pientka | January 30, 2018

Don’t Ignore the Elephant in the Room Let’s face it – digital transformation is hard, especially if your organization’s lifeblood rests on legacy systems. Here’s a proven way to get there. Pity the IRS? As soon as the new tax

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP ARCHIVE

What the Dyn DDoS Attacks Taught Us About Cloud-Only EFSS

By Kris Lahiri

DDoS Attacks October 21st, 2016 went into the annals of Internet history for the large scale Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that made popular Internet properties like Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify and Box inaccessible to many users in the US. The DDoS

Want to dip your toe into the cloud? Challenges of a Large Migration

By James Kessinger

Challenges of a Large Migration Migrating to the cloud can be a daunting task. First you have to go through an exhaustive process deciding what to migrate, then you have to do plenty of scripting and re-architecting to get all

Predictions For The Enterprise – Interconnected Cities

By Mark Barrenechea

Predictions For The Enterprise The IoT will be reality In 2016, we’ll work smarter, not harder. Human beings, appliances, homes, factories, cars, businesses, and cities will become more interconnected. If these items aren’t already, they’ll soon be “talking” to the

Making Business Resiliency Part Of Business As Usual

By CloudTweaks

Business Resiliency Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) have become non-negotiable requirements for virtually every IT department. Business resiliency is an umbrella concept that must address everything from basic business continuity to high-level risk management, security, crisis management, and more.

The Economics, Concepts and Fundamentals of Cloud Computing

By Gopan Joshi

Fundamentals of Cloud Computing Addressing security concerns of the Public Cloud Enthusiasm for cloud computing has as much to do with economics as technology. Growth in the number of applications and the volume of data that must be managed have

Living In A Post-Safe Harbor World: What Your Company Needs To Know

By Ron Hovsepian

Living In A Post-Safe Harbor World With the striking down of the Safe Harbor agreement in October, we have seen the tip of a data privacy iceberg whose global implications will play out well into the new year. In 2016,

Salesforce Gets Serious About Its Security Ecosystem

By Harold Byun

Security Ecosystem Salesforce is one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies in history and while security is a major roadblock for many cloud projects, the company’s extensive security investments appear to be paying off. Salesforce is one of just

Enterprise Adoption

What The Egg McMuffin Teaches Us About Enterprise Adoption

By Bret Clement

Enterprise Adoption On one hand, cloud computing has unleashed a new degree of innovation, enabling line-of-business users to become incredibly nimble. Gartner last year famously predicted that CMOs would spend more on IT than CIOs within the next five years.

Why NSA Revelations Will Be Good For Cloud Security

By CloudTweaks

NSA Security Edward Snowden’s recent disclosures, including concerns about the NSA’s ability to break certain types of encryption, and the extent of surveillance on cloud service providers, put the entire cloud industry into an uproar. The bad news is that

Why Reliable Cloud Performance Matters

By Richard Seroter

Reliable Cloud Performance People are right to be wary of any vendor claiming to be the “top performing!” or “fastest!” cloud provider. Most folks know that ANYTHING can look spectacular – or unspectacular for that matter – if you stack

Back to the Future: 2018 Big Data and Data Science Prognostications

Back to the Future: 2018 Big Data and Data Science Prognostications

“We should study Science Fiction in order to understand what someday could become Science Fact.” – Dr. Who? Doc Brown? ...
Digital Innovation Starts with a Digital Core

Digital Innovation Starts with a Digital Core

Digital Innovation A lot of times when the prevalent industry trends are discussed among industry folks, there are usually two ...
Secure Business Agility

Contrary to popular belief, a pro-privacy stance is good for business

Pro-Privacy Stance Right now privacy is a hot topic on LinkedIn posts, especially as it pertains to compliance with the ...
David

Egress Fees Don’t Work for Users – Unlimited Free Egress Is Here

Unlimited Free Egress All of the leading object storage vendors – Amazon, Google, and Microsoft – charge for egress (“egress” ...
How artificial intelligence and analytics helps in crime prevention

How artificial intelligence and analytics helps in crime prevention

How Artificial Intelligence Helps Crime Prevention According to a study released by FBI, there is an annual increase of 4.1% ...
Cloud Migration and Cyberwar

Cloud Migration and Cyberwar

Cyberwar Concerns This last week the Washington Post published a bombshell story on the recent attacks on the US election infrastructure ironically ...
5 Ways the Cloud and IoT Have Transformed the Transportation Industry

5 Ways the Cloud and IoT Have Transformed the Transportation Industry

IoT Transportation Industry The Internet of Things has caused many industries to evolve - but few more than transportation. Here ...
Advanced IoT systems provide analysis catalyst for the petrochemical refinery of the future

Advanced IoT systems provide analysis catalyst for the petrochemical refinery of the future

Advanced IoT Systems The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology trends interview explores how IT combines with IoT to help ...
Infatuation leads to love - How container orchestration and federation enables multi-cloud competition

Infatuation leads to love – How container orchestration and federation enables multi-cloud competition

Container Orchestration The use of containers by developers -- and now increasingly IT operators -- has grown from infatuation to ...
David

De-Archiving: What Is It and Who’s Doing It?

De-Archiving I first heard the term “De-Archiving” a few months ago on a visit to a few studios in Hollywood ...