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Weekly IT Highlights on Analytics, CIO Blogs, DevOps, and trends for Cloud and More

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Weekly IT Highlights on Analytics, CIO Blogs, DevOps, and trends for Cloud and More


 

As Friday comes around, we want to recap some of the best stuff we read this week on Analytics, CIO Blogs, DevOps, and trends for cloud. Enjoy!

Using DevOps tools to support the cloud of the future

By Tom Nolle

The evolution of IT has also stretched the limits of conventional, script-based process automation. Application systems can be deployed on fixed server resources using a simple scripting tool, like the ones provided with most operating systems. If applications are run in a flexible resource pool, managing the variables associated with matching application requirements to resources -- including the connection resources of the network that create the resource pool itself -- is too complicated. 

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Prepare To Make Compromises When Selecting a CIO

By Marc Cecere

The person selected for leader of IT was a fixer of IT processes. He knew the internals of project initiation, vendor selection, change management, incident management and all the basics. He spent much of his time coaching his people on how to upgrade these basic processes, while simultaneously working with the business tactically to control demand. He did what he could to influence the business direction, evaluate new technologies, be more of a strategic partner, but this was not his strong suit and there was almost no time for this. 

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Let's not repeat the mistakes of Web history in the cloud

By David Linthicum

This is not to say that cloud computing is all that and a bag of chips. It's just another opportunity to do more with less, using better technology. The rise of the Web 20 years ago also provided us with a new platform. The traditional Web was primarily a standard mechanism for content distribution, providing an effective and inexpensive technology that replaced technology that was neither. In the same regard, cloud computing is proven to be a standard approach for using applications and infrastructure that's also proven to be effective and inexpensive. 

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Gartner identifies Actionable Analytics as top strategic IT technology trend

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Gartner announces the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013. Some of the trends to note are the need for Actionable Analytics to empower decision flexibility and Strategic Big Data for taking a new approach to dealing with data volume, variety, velocity and complexity.

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30 Must Read CIO Bloggers

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Check out our Must-Read CIO Bloggers, a handpicked list of insightful CIOs blogging on technology and sharing their perspective. These executives have a tremendous influence on the IT industry, developments and leadership. With their insights, they help to shape IT, identify trends, and make decisions that have far-reaching impact.

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IT in Transition: Less Administration, More Creativity

By Charlotte Erdmann

But as soon as you have weighed the economic advantages and chosen a provider, many more questions arise that go far beyond the administration of mountains of data and ensuring the entire IT system runs smoothly. Can your data be stored in a cloud based abroad? Will that conflict with local data protection rules? These issues and responsibilities mean that IT managers suddenly take on a role that's more akin to that of a controller or security officer. 

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10 Expert Insights on the future of the CIO

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

As disruptive technologies like virtualization and cloud impact how the data center is run, and the amount of information processed grows exponentially, this year will be a definitive year for the role of the CIO, as they redefine how IT operates and is employed by the business. 

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IT jobs light up top 100 careers for 2013

By Ted Samson

IT managers, stressed though they may be, can lay claim to the 20th best job for 2013. The median salary among IT managers is $118,010. Over the next decade, 55,800 news IT manager jobs will emerge, thanks to a projected 18.1 percent employment growth rate. The unemployment rate among IT managers is 2.9 percent. IT managers have above-average potential for upward mobility. However, stress levels are high, and flexibility is below average. 

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IT stability and business innovation are not enemies

By Jim Gardner

The cloud removes all sorts of infrastructure barriers that makes moving at a faster pace even possible. DevOps addresses the process and cultural issues. Agile addresses the software development process issues. Customer Development and The Lean Startup remove the business process issues. You add it all up and you are ready for your organization to move at speeds that you never thought were possible. 

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Major Cloud Outages Of 2012 To Learn From

By Rick Blaisdell

According to a recent report by the International Working Group on Cloud Computing Resiliency, each year a cloud computing service is usually down for an average of 7.5 hours. Companies who use the cloud for running their operations totally or partially were severely affected this year. 

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Virtualizing Business Critical Applications – The Performance and Capacity Sizing Problem

By Bernd Harzog

The process of virtualizing business critical applications should start with using a modern APM tool to establish a response time and throughput baseline for the application while it is still on physical hardware. That baseline should then serve as the reference SLA once the application is virtualized. Performance needs to be defined as response time and throughput, not resource utilization. 

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