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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 11-22-13

  
  
  

5 11 22 13by Ron Miller
Ness Blogger

It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our most recent post, Infographic: Your users might not be using sanctioned apps, please check it out. It's no secret BYOD and consumerization have changed the balance of of power in organizations. To combat that, many companies are producing their own internal apps as alternatives to consumer offerings, but research has found that a vast majority of users don't like the company offerings. That means you had better come up with better alternatives and work harder to understand your users' requirements.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

The Eurosceptic guide to cloud | Cloud Pro

As NSA spying revelations reverberate across the EU, it has inevitably lead to a call for new security regulations, but this writer is skeptical that politicians can solve the problem and challenges companies to take responsibility for their own security.

Lean Test Documentation | Sticky Minds

Testing documentation may not be the most sexy subject in the world, but a lot of time and effort goes into the software testing process where the testers are forced to document each and everything they do, a costly and time consuming process. One writer proposes a leaner and meaner way of doing things.

Werner Vogels: Four cloud computing trends | Guardian 

When Amazon CTO Werner Vogels speaks it's worth listening. He's a smart guy in charge of one of the most important cloud infrastructure companies around. As you would expect he predicts the cloud will get bigger, faster, better and have more influence of every aspect of computing.

6 Years of IT Toil Is Worth, Um, a 3% Raise | Enterprise Cloud Site

When you think about an experienced IT pro these days, you probably think they command hefty salaries with huge raises and lots of great perks, but a research report suggest that 3 percent is what you can expect in 2014. It's better than no raise, but it's hardly substantial either.

Smartphones will be smarter than you by 2017 | FierceBigData

A new Gartner report suggests that smart phones are going to be really, really smart by 2017 with more responsive interfaces that anticipate your needs and send messages on your behalf. Not sure how I feel about that. 

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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 11-15-13

  
  
  

5 at CinemarkBy Ron Miller
Ness Blogger

It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our most recent post, Infographic: Your users might not be using sanctioned apps, please check it out. It's no secret BYOD and consumerization have changed the balance of of power in organizations. To combat that, many companies are producing their own internal apps as alternatives to consumer offerings, but research has found that a vast majority of users don't like the company offerings. That means you had better come up with better alternatives and work harder to understand your users' requirements.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links: 

Cloud-based security on its way to  being a billion dollar business | CSC Engage 

You could look at the cloud and see a security risk, but others might look at it and see a security opportunity. It all depends on your perspective, right? In fact, Gartner says it's already a billion dollar business and it predicts that number is just going to keep getting bigger. 

CoIT? No, it’s CoUX! | A Screw Loose Blog

We tend think of consumerization in terms of its impact on IT, but this writer says it's more about the user experience and IT pros need to pay attention to how well they are producing a good experience for their users. It takes more than a list of functions. Users expect a good experience too.

Interview with Heroku's Mattt Thompson: The Incredibly True Story of Why an iOS Developer Dropped His CS Classes and Eventually Learned How to Fly | Heroku Blog

The great thing about iOS and other app platforms is that in their own way they put app development in reach of people who might not have been programmers. Certainly Mattt (yes the three Ts is correct) Thompson had a computer science background, but he really took off when he became an iOS developer. This is his story. 

IT pros: Are you getting paid enough? | CITEworld

This is the kind of question that really doesn't make sense. The answer is always going to be No, but it's still worth asking, right?

Watson as a service: IBM preps AI in the cloud | InfoWorld

Ever since Watson beat the greatest Jeopardy champions ever, IBM has been searching for a way to make money with this technology beyond the dog and pony show. The latest effort is an attempt to offer artificial intelligence as a service in the cloud where anyone with a credit card can take advantage of Watson's abilities. 

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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 11-1-13

  
  
  

Number 5 section marker at Arlington National Cemetary

by Ron Miller
Ness Blogger 

It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our most recent post, Infographic: Mobile Developer Trends, please check it out. Smartphone developers have a lot of options besides iOS and Android, and this infographic illustrates some of the latest trends in mobile development including the most popular platforms. Number 3 might just surprise you

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

Focus…it’s all about the UX | A Screw Loose Blog

Brian Katz is fed up with business complexity and he's not going to take it anymore. He says it's time we focused on the user and that means starting with interface. Make it easy. Hide the complexity. 

Tech industry calls for 'oversight and accountability' of NSA surveillance | Computerworld

Speaking of being mad as hell, how about the NSA grabbing data from Google, Yahoo! and other online services. Nobody understands better how hard it is to balance security and privacy than American tech giants, but they support ending bulk surveillance as a starting point --and at the very least starting a discussion on how to reel in the NSA.

Straight talk about cloud migration myths | IT Middleground

We've all heard the cloud FUD before, especially about security, but this piece gives you some straight talk on moving to the cloud and tries to bust some of the myths and fight FUD with information.

German Chancellor's BlackBerry Likely Withstood NSA Tapping | eWeek

For the all the fuss over allegations that the US spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, it turns out between her Blackberry and the Secusmart chip inside of it, it is highly unlikely that the US was ever able to access any meaningful information from her phone.

Beating the Budget Blues | Enterprise Efficiency Blog 

Just about everyone works within budget constraints, but CIOs can't worry about what they don't have, they need to concentrate on spending the money allocated to them as wisely as possible to meet the needs of the business, and technology for technology's sake is not necessarily a good investment.

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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 10-25-13

  
  
  

Man wearing Brooks Robinson Shirt holding hands with young woman outside Camden Yards in Baltimoreby Ron Miller
Ness Blogger

It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros. 

If you missed our most recent post, Apple iPad announcement could be compelling for enterprise developers, please check it out. It would be easy to look at this week's iPad announcements and shrug your shoulders, but if you're an enterprise developer, you might want to take a closer look at what's under the hood, particularly that M7 motion processor. 

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

Computers and Doctor Who: The First 20 Years | Smartbear Blog

Dr. Who fans are an ethusiastic bunch and they surely love their technology, but Dr. Who wasn't always completely focused on the geek side and this piece lets you follow the history of technology through the series. What you learn may surprise you.

Lessons Learned: Rapid Iteration for Mobile App Design | Startup Lessons Learned

In this interview, one mobile expert talks about what it takes to build mobile apps people want and what happens when you don't. It also discusses how to keep customers engaged when you build a good one. 

Facebook Demonstrates That It’s Outstanding In Its Cold Storage Field | TechTarget

Facebook has a fancy schmancy new data center in Prineville, Oregon, the new center of the world for big data centers, and this one has a secret formulas for dealing with older data Facebook doesn't need to access all the time.

Security spending continues to run a step behind the threats | CSO Online

As Bruce Springsteen once sang, "Times are tough, keep getting tougher. Whole world is rough, keeping getting rougher." And he could have been singing about IT security threats because the threat keeps growing, but the budgets aren't keeping up with the bad guys. 

Healthcare.Gov Fiasco Shows the Problems in Federal IT | Word of Pie

A lot has been written about the Healthcare.gov launch, but a person who worked implementing IT projects for the government for years looks at the problem and suggests nobody could have done better within the constraints of government procurement --and says the fact it's running and working some of the time is better than many government IT projects you never heard about.

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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 10-4-13

  
  
  

by Ron Miller
Ness Blogger

ISign advertising $5 car washes on Tuesdays.t's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our most recent post, One chart that shows iOS is winning in the enterprise, please check it out. Android has a clear lead in marketshare in the US and worldwide, but when it comes to the enterprise, this chart shows, it's iOS leading the way.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

Facebook Pushes Passwords One Step Closer to Death | Wired 

How can we get around the obvious insecurity of the password? Well, Facebook and other Silicon Valley giants including Google have started using a Yubikey, which is a USB based hardware key that gives an additional level of authentication to ensure the user is who the network thinks he or she it.

40 Years of UNIX, and ‘The Scariest Thing I’ve Ever Done’ | Smartbear Blog

40 years ago a couple of guys and a team of programmers at the AT&T Bell Labs developed the operating system known as UNIX and the world has never been the same. This is their story.

ShakesPoint: What Would the Bard Say About SharePoint? | Real Story Group Blog

Supposes Shakespeare had to use SharePoint. What kind of eloquent barbs would the scribe have come up with. This blog post speculates what he might have written.

7 sneak attacks used by today's most devious hackers | InfoWorld

Here are 7 of the most evil, vile and mischievous hacker attacks, and the sad thing is it's pretty trivial for them to pull off.

The 10x developer is NOT a myth | Jim's Blog

We've all heard of the rock star developers, the ones who can solve any coding problem. Is this person real or a myth. This writer says it's no myth.

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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 9-20-13

  
  
  

by Ron Miller
Ness Blogger

5 outside Camden Yards in Baltimore, MDIt's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our most recent post, The future of development could lie in the cards, please check it out. Many sites including Pinterest, Twitter and Google Plus are relying on cards to display content and developers need to pay attention to this trend.

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

The Mad Scientist’s Lair Construction Kit: A Software Developer’s Guide to World Domination | Smartbear Blog

What software developer doesn't want to rule the world? This article lays out exactly what you'll need to do. This is a must-click story.

Is Attaining Adequate Application Security Impossible? | CSC CIO Engage

That's kind of a depressing thought if it were true. But how can we secure applications when employees are increasingly mobile and hackers are increasingly clever. It's much more difficult, but this writer thinks it's not impossible. You just have to plan for it.

What developers are saying about the iPhone 5S | CITEworld

So what do developers think of Apple's newest iPhone? They think that 64-bit chip is pretty awesome for one, but if could be some time before we can truly take advantage of it.

Salaries for Developers and Designers across the world | Splinter Blog

This infographic takes a look at developer salaries by country. The range may shock you. You know you want to check it and see how yours compares to others. 

Windows Developers Struggling With Mobile Apps - CIO.com

Could a third platform be one too many? While Microsoft struggles with mobile device sales, programmers are struggling to produce apps and without the latter, the former will continue to suffer. 

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Infographic: Protecting enterprise data in an insecure world

  
  
  

by Ron Miller
Ness Blogger 

Seems like every week, there is a new revelation about NSA snooping or a shocking hack of a prominent company. When you have people walking out the door with sensitive documents on thumb drives, how can you protect your assets?

It's not easy, but you can have a fighting chance by arming your employees with information about best security practices, especially in an age when so many people are bringing their own personal devices to work. You have to teach them to be wary of phishing scams, which can undermine your security in a quick minute. Who needs to hack your network when someone uses a phishing email to get access to your network without breaking in.

This infographic outlines the scope of the problem and offers some ways you can protect your employees from getting at your data. There are simple ways and more sophisticated methods, but you need to at least arm people with the right information and then cross your fingers and hope for the best because it's hard to be secure in a mobile world.

 

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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 9-6-13

  
  
  

Number Five on a door at Montreal movie theater

By Ron Miller
Ness Blogger 

It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our most recent post, Stable company seeks mature mobility model for long-term relationship, please check it out. When it comes to mobility, companies can identify their maturity level along a spectrum, according to a recent study released by Kido Communications for Ness. Is yours a brat? 

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

How to remain secure against NSA surveillance | The Guardian

There are ways to protect your enterprise from NSA surveillance and this article outlines some ideas. A better way would be to pressure the government to stop because it's bad for your business if you're feeling your systems are insecure from government intrusion.

6 free IPad productivity apps you can't live without | ITworld 

Some IT pros still think of the iPad as a toy, rather than a device for working, but these apps could change your mind. And if they don't? What you want for nothing? Your money back?

CIO Lessons From Power Tools | Enterprise Efficiency

Who would have thought that power tools could have management implications, but it turns out that you could learn a lot about from a power tool and you might recognize some of the challenges you face at the office as you undertake your home improvement project. This writer did.

Software Security: Balancing Resources and Risks | Smartbear

Software security as network security is always going to be a balancing act. You have to look at your personnel, your requirements and find the right balance between risk and resources for your company's needs.

The enterprise smartwatch invasion starts now | CITEworld

Are smartwatches toys, or are they like tablets, a new device marking time before you see one in the enterprise. C'mon you know your CEO is going to walk into the office in the next few months wearing a new Samsung Smartwatch and ask you to support it --then we'll be off to the races.

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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 8-23-13

  
  
  

By Ron Miller
Ness Blogger
 

The number five spelled out. Blue on a white backgroundIt's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our most recent post, Building a mobile strategy should be Job One for every company, please check it out. Nearly every company understands the need to go mobile, but too few have a comprehensive mobile strategy in place and that has to be Job One before you create a single app. 

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

Pros and Cons to the Steve Jobs School of Project Management | Smartbear blog

Steve Jobs might have been a visionary, but he wasn't the nicest guy in the world, and he tended to browbeat his employees to get the best out of them. While the end result was great, the management style left something to be desired. What can you learn from him about managing your projects?

World's biggest PC maker disses Microsoft, adds real Start menu and app store to Windows 8 | Computerworld

Lenovo listens to its customers even if Microsoft doesn't. The customers said they wanted a Start button, a real one, not the one that just takes you back to the tile interface --Lenovo gave it to them. The app called Poki gives the people what they want, and if you're inclined to buy a Windows 8 machine, maybe this will steer you toward Lenovo. Well played, Leonvo. Well played. 

How to build a Windows Phone app in less than 10 minutes | CITEworld

So it might not be the most sophisticated app in the world, but you can put together an app in four easy steps and it's an actual working app. If nothing else, it's a proof of concept and if you want to build a Windows app quickly, the tools are there to do it.

Is the End of the Password finally nigh | CSC Engage

We've always known a password is the weakest form of security. They're too hard to remember and too easy to steal. That's why something unique like your fingerprint might be better and we might see fingerprint recognition on the next iPhone (or so the rumor mill suggests).

WGBH Turns to Cloud to Spur End-User Adoption | Enterprise Efficiency

Have you ever considered that your users aren't using your expensive enterprise systems because they're awful? That's what WGBH concluded and when they switched to SaaS services with more intuitive user interfaces--surprise, surprise--adoption went up.

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5 Links for Developers and IT Pros 8-16-13

  
  
  

5 in elevator at Newseum in Washington, DCBy Ron Miller
Ness Blogger

It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.

If you missed our most recent post, Infographic: The Internet's top players, please check it out. Everything you wanted to know about the Internet in one easy infographic: Who's the top browser? We got that. Which company is in second after Facebook in social? The answer might surprise you. I give you the Internet in a nutshell.  

And without further delay, here we go with this week's links:

The Top 100 Cloud Computing Experts On Twitter | Huffington Post

If you're looking to understand what's happening in the world of cloud computing, one way to do it is to follow a bunch of experts in the field. This article pulls together a list of what this author believes to be the top 100 experts worth following on Twitter and includes a convenient link so you can subscribe to the list in one click.

Advice from sys admins, for sys admins | ITworld 

What better way to learn about your profession and how to do it right, then from fellow pros in your field. In this piece, you can hear what other sys admins are doing, and a lot of it involves understanding that mistakes happen and learning to deal with them gracefully.

A Farewell to BlackBerry | LinkedIn

Horace Dediu looks at the decline and fall of Blackberry, a small company that owned the smartphone space in the days before iPhone and Android came along and killed it. Dediu points out that for a vibrant space, mobile has a habit of chewing up and spitting out companies in a hurry. Apple and Google may want to be paying attention.

Forrester: AWS & Azure in Tight Race for Cloud Developers | The Enterprise Cloud Site

A new cloud survey from Forrester shows that Amazon Web Services only has a slight lead over Microsoft Azure in the race for developer mindshare. It would seem to me that developers would mix and match and use the services that make most sense at any given moment depending on the nature of the project.  

 Insure The Hacks Away (Well, at Least Shift Some of the Risk) | CSC CIO Engage

One way to deal with the hacking epidemic facing organizations today is to get insurance. That way if you're hacked, you can have an insurance company deal with part of the cost associated with the event, but it's only part of an overall security strategy and you shouldn't rely on it.

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