Systems of Innovation for Ongoing Digital Transformation
Information technology (IT) advances are transforming the way we innovate in
business, thereby disrupting the old guard and their predictable status-quo.
It’s creating global market turbulence. Industries are converging, and new
opportunities and threats are emerging, like never before.
So, how are savvy chief information officers (CIOs) leading this transition?
Back in 2015, the IBM Institute for Business Value conducted a market study
that included the findings from over 1,800 CIO interviews from around the
globe. The resulting insights are worthy of revisiting today, as we consider
the digital business transformation outlook in 2017.
Introduction to the Torchbearer CIO
CIOs realize the barriers between formerly distinct industries are
collapsing, as organizations in one sector apply their expertise to others ... (more)
What, Why, and How of IaaS and PaaS
The essence of cloud computing is that all consumable IT resources are
delivered as services.
In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Yung Chou, Technology Evangelist at
Microsoft, demonstrated the concepts and implementations of two important
cloud computing deliveries: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform
as a Service (PaaS). He discussed from business and technical viewpoints what
exactly they are, why we care, how they are different and in what ways, and
the strategies for IT to transition into and take advantages of these
emerging service models.
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Yung Chou is a Technology Evangelist at Microsoft. Within the company, he has
had opportunities serving customers in the areas of support account
management, technical support, technical sales, and evangelism. Prior to
Microsoft, he h... (more)
Azure Resource Manager: The Secret Sauce of the Microsoft Cloud Strategy
Since its introduction in 2009, Microsoft Azure has gone through a
significant transformation. What started as a hardcore set of platform
services is now a force to be reckoned within the infrastructure market as
According to Gartner, Azure is inching closer to AWS, firmly securing its
place in the top right section of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
Magic Quadrant, which is reserved only for the market leaders.
One technology that’s accelerating Microsoft’s infrastructure services
is Azure Resource Manager, which has become the cornerstone of Microsoft
cloud platform. And it’s gearing up to play a key role in Azure Stack, the
private cloud offering from Redmond.
In this multi-part article series, of which this piece is the first
installment, we will take a closer look at Azure Res... (more)
Clearly Satya Nadella has made a huge difference at Microsoft since taking
office in 2014. The stock in 2016 hit an all time high since 1999. So
investors are happy. Here are the key changes he has made since taking the
role as CEO:
Skipped Windows 9 and went straight from Windows 8 to Windows 10, a great
release. However revenues from Window is declining with the reduction of PC
sales. Released Microsoft Office for iPad. Also releasing the Outlook product
on iPhone & Android. Embraced Linux by joining the Linux Foundation,
previously anathema to Microsoft’s window-centric culture. Spent $2.5B to
buy Mojang, the studio behind hit game Minecraft. Introducing Microsoft’s
first laptop, The Surface Book. Revealing Microsoft HoloLens, the
super-futuristic holographic goggles. New partner program to provide
Microsoft products on non-Windows platforms. Hired ex-Qualcomm e... (more)
JANUARY 8, 2014 02:00 PM EST
When we talk about the impact of BYOD and BYOA and the Internet of Things, we
often focus on the impact on data center architectures. That's because there
will be an increasing need for authentication, for access control, for
security, for application delivery as the number of potential endpoints
(clients, devices, things) increases. That means scale in the data center.
What we gloss over, what we skip, is that before any of these "things" ever
makes a request to access an application it had to execute a DNS query.
Every. Single. Thing.
Maybe that's because we assume DNS can handle the load. So far it's done
well. You rarely, if ever, hear of disruptions or outages due directly to the
execution of DNS. Oh, there has been some issues with misconfiguration of DNS
and of exploitation of DNS (hijacking, illicit use in reflection attacks,
My favorite writer, Gil Press, sums it up with, “It’s Official: The
Internet Of Things Takes Over Big Data As The Most Hyped Technology” where
he talks about how Gartner released its latest Hype Cycle for Emerging
Technologies, and how big data has moved down the “trough of
disillusionment,” replaced by the Internet of Things at the top of the hype
The term Internet of Things was coined by the British technologist Kevin
Ashton in 1999, to describe a system where the Internet is connected to the
physical world via ubiquitous sensors.
Today, the huge amounts of data we are producing and the advances in mobile
technologies are bringing the idea of Internet connected devices into our
homes and daily lives.
Definitions of IoT Has Expanded
Internet of Things was a popular concept dating far back to articles like
Scientific American in 2004. RFID and sensor techno... (more)
DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real
time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors,
log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of
vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D.
Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541
"Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies,
Industry Verticals & Forecasts"
In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware,
software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further
expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually
accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for
acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between
IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)
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Config as Code vs Immutable Continuous Delivery in the Cloud
In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Claude Remillard, Principal Program
Manager in Developer Division at Microsoft, contrasted how his team used
config as code and immutable patterns for continuous delivery of
microservices and apps to the cloud.
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He showed how the immutable patterns help developers do away with most of the
complexity of config as code-enabling scenarios such as rollback, zero
downtime upgrades with far greater simplicity. He also demoed building
immutable pipelines in the cloud using both containers and VMs.
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Claude Remillard is Principal Program Manager in Developer Division
responsible for the DevOps and DevTest experience on Azure. He previously was
President an... (more)
How Microsoft Is Making Big Impact with Machine Learning
During the last two years, Microsoft has upped the ante on Machine Learning
and Analytics. From hiring top notch data scientists to acquiring niche
startups, Redmond has made the all the right moves to transform Azure into
one of the best analytics platforms. These investments have started to pay
off for the company. It has been successful in articulating and demonstrating
the value of data-driven insights to governments, medical institutions, and
public sector organizations.
Emerging markets that are turning technology savvy are becoming the hotbed
for evaluating the upcoming trends such as Machine Learning and Artificial
Intelligence. With its strong presence in India, Microsoft is partnering with
the state and central government to bring the benefits of technology to the
masses. The company is making Cloud,... (more)
C# Exception Handling Best Practices
By Matt Watson
Welcome to Stackify's guide to C# exception handling. In this article we
cover the following topics:
Basics about C# Exceptions, including examples Common .NET Exceptions How to
Create Your Own Custom C# Exception Types How to Find Hidden .NET Exceptions
C# Exception Logging Best Practices
What Is an Exception?
Exceptions are a type of error that occurs during the execution of an
application. Errors are typically problems that are not expected. Whereas,
exceptions are expected to happen within application code for various
Applications use exception handling logic to explicitly handle the exceptions
when they happen. Exceptions can occur for a wide variety of reasons. From
the infamous NullReferenceException to a database query timeout.
The Anatomy of C# Exceptions
Exceptions allow an application to transfer... (more)
Many firms still dismiss the importance of social networking and some of them
even ban employees from using these services while in the workplace. They
think that "social" starts and ends with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other
networks that might be best described as informal, consumer level and perhaps
It would be unfair to blame these old traditionalists who have dug their
heels in and insisted that their traditional trading systems don't need
fixing, let alone reinventing. It has been a so-called ‘paradigm shift' and
a change in mindset toward social is sometimes a lot to ask for.
But that was social networking and that's not what we are talking about now.
This is social business, social enterprise and social commerce in its most
The Networking to Enterprise Chasm
In between social networking and social enterprise there is arguably
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Multiple data types are pouring into IoT deployments. Data is coming in small packages as well as enormous files and data streams of many sizes. Widespread use of mobile devices adds to the total. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the tools and environments that are being put to use in IoT deployments, as well as the team skills a modern enterprise IT shop needs to keep things running, get a handle on all this data, and deli...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that Grape Up will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct. 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company specializing in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market across the U.S. and Europe, Grape Up works with a variety of customers from emergi...
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While some vendors scramble to create and sell you a fancy solution for monitoring your spanking new Amazon Lambdas, hear how you can do it on the cheap using just built-in Java APIs yourself. By exploiting a little-known fact that Lambdas aren’t exactly single threaded, you can effectively identify hot spots in your serverless code.
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, David Martin, Principal Product Owner at CA Technologies, will give a live demonstration and code walkthrough, showing how to o...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that T-Mobile will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. As America's Un-carrier, T-Mobile US, Inc., is redefining the way consumers and businesses buy wireless services through leading product and service innovation. The Company's advanced nationwide 4G LTE network delivers outstanding wireless experiences to 67.4 million customers who are unwilling to compromise on ...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi LTD., will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City.
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) will be featuring the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) portfolio. This is the industry’s only offering that allows organizations to bring together object storage, file sync and share, cloud storage gateways, and sophisticated search an...
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Developers want to create better apps faster. Static clouds are giving way to scalable systems, with dynamic resource allocation and application monitoring. You won't hear that chant from users on any picket line, but helping developers to create better apps faster is the mission of Lee Atchison, principal cloud architect and advocate at New Relic Inc., based in San Francisco. His singular job is to understand and drive the industry in the areas of cloud architecture, microservices, scalability ...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that CollabNet, a global leader in enterprise software development, release automation and DevOps solutions, will be a Bronze Sponsor of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, taking place from June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CollabNet offers a broad range of solutions with the mission of helping modern organizations deliver quality software at speed. The company’s latest innovation, the DevOps Lifecycle Manager (DLM), supports Value S...
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With billions of sensors deployed worldwide, the amount of machine-generated data will soon exceed what our networks can handle. But consumers and businesses will expect seamless experiences and real-time responsiveness. What does this mean for IoT devices and the infrastructure that supports them? More of the data will need to be handled at - or closer to - the devices themselves.
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Bert Loomis was a visionary. This general session will highlight how Bert Loomis and people like him inspire us to build great things with small inventions. In their general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Harold Hannon, Architect at IBM Bluemix, and Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at Nvidia, discussed the accelerating pace of AI development and how IBM Cloud and NVIDIA are partnering to bring AI capabilities to "every day," on-demand. They also reviewed two "free infrastructure" pr...
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Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across supply chain networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost and time for product recall as well as advance trade. Are you curious about Blockchain and how it can provide you with new opportunities for innovation and growth?
In her session at 20th Cloud Exp...
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DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm.
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Most technology leaders, contemporary and from the hardware era, are reshaping their businesses to do software in the hope of capturing value in IoT. Although IoT is relatively new in the market, it has already gone through many promotional terms such as IoE, IoX, SDX, Edge/Fog, Mist Compute, etc. Ultimately, irrespective of the name, it is about deriving value from independent software assets participating in an ecosystem as one comprehensive solution.
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SYS-CON Events announced today that CA Technologies has been named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and 21st International Cloud Expo, which will take place in November in Silicon Valley, California.
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New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists will examine how DevOps helps to meet th...
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SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitachi, the leading provider the Internet of Things and Digital Transformation, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help globa...
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@DevOpsSummit has been named the ‘Top DevOps Influencer' by iTrend. iTred processes millions of conversations, tweets, interactions, news articles, press releases, blog posts - and extract meaning form them and analyzes mobile and desktop software platforms used to communicate, various metadata (such as geo location), and automation tools. In overall placement, @DevOpsSummit ranked as the number one ‘DevOps Influencer' followed by @CloudExpo at third, and @MicroservicesE at 24th.
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Quickly find the root cause of complex database problems slowing down your applications. Up to 88% of all application performance issues are related to the database. DPA’s unique response time analysis shows you exactly what needs fixing - in four clicks or less. Optimize performance anywhere. Database Performance Analyzer monitors on-premises, on VMware®, and in the Cloud, including Amazon® AWS and Azure™ virtual machines.
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SYS-CON Events announced today that Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Juniper Networks challenges the status quo with products, solutions and services that transform the economics of networking. The company co-innovates with customers and partners to deliver automated, scalable and secure network...
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Back in February of 2017, Andrew Clay Schafer of Pivotal tweeted the following: “seriously tho, the whole software industry is stuck on deployment when we desperately need architecture and telemetry.” Intrigue in a 140 characters. For me, I hear Andrew saying, “we’re jumping to step 5 before we’ve successfully completed steps 1-4.”
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Five years ago development was seen as a dead-end career, now it’s anything but – with an explosion in mobile and IoT initiatives increasing the demand for skilled engineers. But apart from having a ready supply of great coders, what constitutes true ‘DevOps Royalty’? It’ll be the ability to craft resilient architectures, supportability, security everywhere across the software lifecycle. In his keynote at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Jeffrey Scheaffer, GM and SVP, Continuous Delivery Busine...
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