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A long time ago, before gray hairs appeared on my head, I was an IT manager. My title was B2B E-Commerce Manager for a computer manufacturer. I remember sitting in long meetings discussing how successful Dell Computer was with their just in time manufacturing and just in time supply ...
As the proliferation of the cloud continues, Cloud Protection Gateways are increasingly being discussed as a way to address security issues surrounding cloud adoption. Whatever stage of cloud adoption your organization is in, a thorough vetting of the different gateways available will ...
IT departments within companies are seeing the growth of a more complex IT environment fueled by growing user demands for more flexible and productive solutions. The growing desire of users to have instant access to their IT services from any device at any given time – combined with IT...
The Technology Adoption Lifecycle and Gartner’s Hype Cycle are well known in the industry for helping companies make better and informed decisions about technology adoption and deployment. Both have influenced companies the world over and through various technology generations. These m...
Riverbed Technology on Monday announced the availability of new product capabilities, developer tools and a supporting community that allow IT professionals to customize and adapt their IT infrastructure to meet the demands of their business and improve the experience of their users. A...
Many organizations are trying to find the time to do remediation and updates with software such as Windows 7. In some cases it’s taking them 6-8 months just to complete these tasks, especially when complications like Windows 8 are added in. So the question is – are there quick tips tha...
Over the last few years, increased reliance on IT systems has meant that Change and Release Management has made its way to the forefront of major organizations. However, as far as the end-user base goes, Change and Release can sink into the subconscious as a simple-to-use to-do list, w...
It may be terrifying for those caught in the vortex between the old and the new way of work. Most professionals earned the right degrees, responded to the demands of their professions, learned the intricacies of their industries and were rewarded under the old system. It feels like a m...
Few, if any, information technology subjects have garnered more attention over the past two years than Big Data. It’s a savior. It’s evil. It’s the killer app of killer apps. And now, according to Gartner analyst Svetlana Sicular, “Big Data Is Falling into the Trough of Disillusionment...
Thereʼs a popular childrenʼs book called Whereʼs Waldo, in which the lead character – with his signature red-and-white striped shirt and somewhat goofy expression – is obscured by various collections of people and things. Heʼs hidden, but in plain sight (if youʼll excuse the oxymoron) ...
Machine learning and IT analytics can be just as beneficial to IT operations as it is for monitoring vital signs of premature babies to identify danger signs too subtle or abnormal to be detected by a human. But an enterprise must be willing to implement monitoring and instrumentatio...
By the end of January, it’s estimated that 80 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions will have already broken them. The New Year is a time for reflection and introspection, but not necessarily one that leads to action, it seems. The opposite should be true during software com...
Microsoft is in talks to help Dell finance a buyout, according to both CNBC and the Wall Street Journal. It could kick in somewhere between $1 billion and $3 billion. The rumored price to take Dell private remains around $13-$14 a share. Private equity house Silver Lake Partners ...
Corporations around the globe rely on having highly efficient IT networks, and introducing a new piece of enterprise software into the mix will have a far-reaching impact on the entire organization. The decision to purchase and implement new business IT software is not one to enter int...
Not long ago, customers and prospects had to find a computer to visit your website. But today they’re online 24/7 via mobile devices. Serving your customers is now a continuous interaction, and this phenomenon will only grow in the coming years as customers and prospects demand reliabl...
Dear Mr CIO, how is the year ahead planning program going so far? I know, sorry, it's a tough one. The deployment and integration of devices, mobile connectivity points, virtual cloud-based desktop services, security, Big Data, tablets, mini-tablets and micro-mini-tablets (don’t worry,...
A Marketing Center of Excellence (MCOE) provides significant value—not just for reducing the risk of a “black swan fail,” but also for enabling innovation, effectiveness, and efficiency—from its enablement of a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach to marketing in the enterprise. In th...
Hewlett-Packard, which is desperately seeking ways to get its boat off the sandbar, told the SEC last week in its annual 10-K that “we continue to evaluate the potential disposition of assets and businesses that may no longer help us meet our objectives.” Bloomberg, which worked over...
IT professionals including server and storage managers often think that the adoption of cloud computing in the enterprise puts their jobs in danger. To the contrary, the role of the IT professional is evolving into a more strategic position as more organizations adopt private and publi...
With the end of year approaching, I find myself looking back at some of our new projects in the second half of 2012 and studying the commonalities. We remain focused on Fortune 500 companies where applications are global, complex, transactional and virtualized – where the need for anal...
It is important to have a familiarity with the OSI 7 layer stack model when considering what type of traffic or devices can be load balanced. This knowledge is important because load balancing of traffic and, for that matter, devices is normally performed at Layer 2 (Data), Layer 4 (Tr...
Evolving regulatory compliance requirements can be a major headache for the IT teams responsible for identity and access management (IAM). Sarbanes Oxley, the wide range of privacy regulations and other federal requirements, have transformed IAM from a problem that keeps the chief info...
Business is continually seeking ways to improve functions. One of the most financially burdensome departments for many companies is IT. To succeed in any industry, a system needs to be in tune with the fast pace of the world it serves. Sustaining such an environment requires dedication...
Software developers and service providers need a period of usability testing before launch to find out how the product stands up in the hands of end users. An experienced QA team will ferret out bugs and identify major issues, but they won’t use your software like a customer will. The ...
What with PC demand eroding, AMD is following Intel in cutting back on chips. It’s going to have to pay Globalfoundries, its manufacturer since it sold it its plants, $320 million not to make too many processors. AMD has also started using Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company...
Most of us can probably still reference fellow employees (and quite a few managers) who passed the Internet off as nothing more than a passing fad as recently as the turn of the millennium. The “modern” business procedures of 1999 were already pretty slick and refined and fax machines...
Do chief information officers really prepare and provision their datacenter backbones especially for Christmas? Do CIOs honestly talk to systems architects, software development team leaders and individual programmers about the festive season and plan for an additional data burden? Th...
I chat with Dennis Zhou, Manager – Product Development, to get an interesting, inside scoop on how F5′s PD team tackles integrating BIG-IP with other vendor’s solutions, like Oracle Access Manager.
It’s an All-Akker video week at #OOW. I again get F5 Business Development Solution Architect, Chris Akker on camera – this time to show the configuration integration between BIG-IP Access Policy Manager and Oracle Access Manager. In just a few admin GUI clicks, you can add either solut...
A look at the phenomenon of Human Generated Big Data, the petabytes and exabytes of structured and unstructured data that are currently being generated by users and organizations internationally. Is Big Data going to be another oil rush with a few winners and many losers or will it enr...
Well, that’s 3,000 employees HP won’t have to lay off. General Motors is taking IT in-house and has hired them. The idea reportedly was GM CIO Randy Mott’s and Mott was HP’s CIO before short-lived HP CEO Léo Apotheker was fired. HP still means to terminate 29,000 jobs. The carmaker mea...
Peter Silva meets with F5 Business Development Solution Architect, Chris Akker to show the BIG-IP ASM integration with Oracle’s Database Firewall. A layered, defense-in-depth approach along with the contextual information needed for digital forensic gathering. Security best practices a...
The video bloopers, outtakes and behind the scenes from the MEC2012 conference. We always have a lot of fun shooting these but sometimes it doesn’t go as planned. I also included a few ‘behind-the-scenes’ on this one. Enjoy.
I, along with the future host of the Aloha series – very special guest star Mahealani – welcomes viewers to OOW2012 and helps you find F5 booth 1527. Making her Aloha debut, Mahea steals the show while showing how easy it is to find F5.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer put rumors of a $199 Microsoft Surface RT tablet – that even had Apple biting its nails – to bed in an interview with the Seattle Times in which he suggested the dingus would go for “probably $300” – lower than the price of a New iPad – “to about $700 or $80...