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Virtualisation needs to move beyond the business value of simply consolidating workloads and saving on power and cooling. Virtualisation now offers the ability for businesses to transform their operational models and more importantly their application lifecycle management processes.
I had the distinct privilege of walking along several different Roman roads this week. These roads have survived thousands of years worth of history and travel. They were built using a standard design, engineering and construction methodology that was extraordinarily durable. The pa...
Siemens Brazil in São Paulo has learned several valuable lessons from its mobile app development experiments and subsequent full roll-out of high-demand work flow apps for business managers. As enterprise IT departments scramble to meet demand for more mobile applications, many are ch...

We hear all the time about the consumerization of IT. It almost gets as much prime headline real estate as big data, but now that we’ve all started accepting that consumerization is here—what are we going to do with it?

Hopefully your answer revolves around expan...

Despite the fact that the net neutrality debate is a discussion that has been ongoing for years, a January 14th ruling from the United States Federal Court of Appeals has stirred the pot once again. The court’s decision has created a renewed upsurge in comments, opinions and future-gaz...
Yesterday one of the biggest outages in history, if not the biggest outage, happened to the Internet in China. Primarily and directly affected by that outage were most of the people living in China and browsing the Internet in China. Secondary, all companies doing online business in C...
The 3D modeling manufacturing process has brought about major changes in the manufacturing world and is having a growing impact among established companies and entrepreneurs. These new manufacturing innovations are allowing people to have greater ability to bring their ideas to life an...
If the title of this piece is a little too obtuse for you, then it is probably best that you know the alternative heading for this content was going to be: How many C-level execs do we really need? But first a personal confession. The first time your humble writer here heard the expr...
A tutorial about Memory Monitoring and Limiting with LXC (Linux Containers) and the importance of building a metrics infrastructure. For a long time we didn't limit the amount of memory that you can use during your build on Codeship. There was the possibility of a bad build eating up ...
With the technology advancements of phones, tablets, glasses, clothing and machines over the last year, there are volumes of unstructured and multi-structured data collected from machines and connected devices, and it’s growing at a dizzying pace. The Internet of Things is quickly turn...
The phrase "Mind the Gap" was first introduced in 1969 in London as a warning for passengers to watch for the gap between the train door and the station platform. The need to warn passengers is and was the result of some stations being located on curves and at varying heights relative...
I have been blessed with the opportunity to conduct digital and mobile strategy workshops and speak in many places around the world. Because of the frequency of these trips, I often don't have time to research in advance the locations I will be visiting. That can be both good and bad...
As we enter a new year, it is time to look back over the past year and resolve to improve upon it. In 2014, we will see more service providers resolve to add more personalization in enterprise technology. Below are seven predictions about what will drive this trend toward personalizati...
People care a lot about technology augmentation, refinement and fine-tuning. We talk about performance acceleration, pushing processing power and the required levels of storage we need to underpin modern IT needs. It’s a never-ending cycle of regenerating work all focused on producing ...
If the changes rapidly occurring in the enterprise mobility market were mostly hidden from view in 2013, they will be center stage with a spotlight on them in 2014. The Yankee Group predicts these changes will be so huge that entire categories of enterprise mobility like the MADP (mob...
We recently completed a proof-of-concept (POC) that involved pulling data out of DynamoDB and into Redshift so that business users could analyze the data in an ad hoc manner with JasperSoft. JasperSoft and Redshift are touted as the new way to do data warehousing in the cloud and we we...
Many of us have spent years (some of us decades) working on enterprise mobility designs, development and implementations. These projects, for the most part, started as tactical implementations for specific LOBs (lines of business). They involved usually one app, connected to a specif...
It’s a simple fact that the better sales reps understand their prospects’ intentions, preferences and pain points during calls, the more business they’ll close. Each day, as your prospects interact with websites and social media platforms, their behavioral data profile is expanding. It...
I often discuss the concept of operational tempo in my digital transformation and mobile strategies sessions. I define operational tempo as the speed or pace of operations. The advent of broadband Internet, mobile devices and mobile applications have dramatically changed our expectat...
When you think of logs, what do you think of? It’s most likely troubleshooting software applications and the infrastructure that underlies them, keeping an eye on your production apps…perhaps even database logs and some other things like that. Traditional log management stuff…I’m guess...
Big Data is bandied around so much that it seems to have lost what little meaning it had in the first place. What's so special about it, anyway? Some people think it's just a lot of data, more than most companies are used to (Google doesn't count). The real definition isn't much more …...
In my previous two posts Act 1 – The What and Why and Act2 – The How and How Not I covered the main benefits of CDNs and what type of tools are needed to monitor them. Now, I want to go into some detail of why you need to consider monitoring them in the first place. Let’s face it: if t...
Last week I was in Europe speaking and teaching enterprise mobility and digital transformation strategies. I worked with several large multinational companies where I heard the same questions asked, "How do we convince our executives that we must change, and invest in change? How do ...
Mobile apps aren’t just for consumers anymore. Businesses large and small are recognizing that mobile apps can heighten employee efficiency and productivity. Mobile apps can give many companies a competitive edge through more agile customer service, sales tools, and supply chain manage...
While some providers tout the evils of running agents on your system and can oft be heard shouting, "no agents here!!!", we prefer to keep an open mind at Logentries. We'd rather not dictate to our community what approach to take when collecting log data nor do we try to prescribe what...
Either you’ve outgrown your server space or you’re a brand new company that needs to find a data center. What do you do? Shopping for a data center seems like a daunting process and it really can be, but if you know what to look for, you’ll find the right place in no time. First, you ...
In my first blog Act 1 – The What and Why I talked about the benefits and some risks around using a Content Delivery Network (CDN). Today I will cover some details around some common misunderstandings regarding how to monitor CDNs and explain the right monitoring strategy. Which monit...
Virtual servers are rapidly becoming more popular than physical dedicated servers for a variety of reasons. A virtual private server (VPS) acts like a dedicated server in all respects on a software level while allowing multiple servers to be run on a single physical machine. Since most...
Analytics platforms and new healthcare-specific solutions together are offering far greater insight and intelligence into how healthcare providers are managing patient care, cost, and outcomes. Based on a number of offerings announced this week at the HP Discover Conference in Barcel...
The ability to provide fast and accurate healthcare has always depended on having the latest technology and educating the relevant staff on how to best employ these new devices and applications. Throughout 2013, a number of innovations appeared in the industry, changing the way healthc...
The United States Congress managed to avoid a default with a last-minute agreement. But the reboot's still in progress, and many federal government servers and services remain shut down. The cause of the online blackout is this set of guidelines released by the Office of Management and...
The recent and rapid evolution of mobile and client management requirements have caused considerable complexity and confusion. Incomplete solutions and a lack of a clear pan-client strategy have hampered the move to broader mobile support at enterprises and mid-market companies alike. ...
Enterprises are effectively harvesting data in all its forms, and creating integration that fosters better use of big data throughout the business process lifecycle. Creating big-data capabilities and becoming a data-driven organization are near the tops of surveys for the most press...
It’s that time of the year again. That time when we humans like to celebrate the annual revolution of our arbitrary measure of chronological quantities and units known as time. Or to put it another way, it’s that time of the year for 2014 predictions, postulations and hypothesizing on ...
In my first post in this three-part series I talked about the need for distributed transactional databases that scale-out horizontally across commodity machines, as compared to traditional transactional databases that employ a “scale-up” design. Simply adding more machines is a quicker...
I had the privilege last week to present alongside Forrester Research's enterprise mobility expert John McCarthy in London. I was able to write a full page of notes from his presentation that I share here with you. The Age of Cheap and Cheerful Mobile is Over! It's now going to be c...
“Step right in. You will witness a show of magic and wonders, passion and trust, speed and misunderstandings.” a (slightly altered) catch phrase that keeps popping in my head when talking to companies in regards to managing Content Delivery Networks (CDN). Apart from the misconception ...
The competitive battlefield of 2014 will increasingly involve data. It will be about collecting, transmitting, analyzing and reporting its meaning faster and more efficiently than competitors. If you can digitally represent locations, events, activities, resources, job skills, assets...
As an industry, information technology is fond of relabeling, reclassifying and renaming things. Part of the art of innovation is the reinvention of those things that we know we need to fix. But true innovation is argued to be the reinvention of those things that we don’t think we ne...
Agile project management and not just project management is the need of the hour. We've all heard about agile software development, and agile project management is a leaf out of the same book. Much like the former that follows an iterative approach towards software development, the lat...