What Hurts Us Does Make Us Stronger… IT Too

first_imgIt’s funny how chance meetings can impact our lives… change our perspectives.Three specific occasions immediately come to my mind.The first occurred, of all places, on a cruise ship to Alaska. My wife and I were playing cards in one of the lounges when in comes a large group of service men and women—all ages and nationalities. As it turns out, there was a veterans meeting taking place. We hung around to listen. People literally from both sides of the conflicts in Afghanistan to Hiroshima to Hamburger Hill.The selfless explanation of the heroic acts these men and women carried out under such extreme circumstances made me feel superfluous…The second happened about a year ago.By chance, I learned that the Sacramento Chapter of an EMC Affinity Group was hosting the Tuskegee Airmen. I had seen films about this group so I was familiar with their story and excited to meet them.But what I heard that day I wasn’t prepared for.At dinner, I sat next to Airman Lenny Yates, who regaled stories not of heroism but of overcoming adversity and ‘just doing what he thought was right.’ Powerful words by any account, but by a teenage boy… wow. Sadly, Lenny passed away a short while after our visit, but this chance meeting will go down as one of my most cherished moments.The third occasion happened just a few weeks ago.I was in New York and was asked to attend a panel of IT professionals to talk through their experiences with Hurricane Sandy, one year later.To be honest, like most of you, I had read the news and watched on television the devastation this storm inflicted on the people of NY and NJ, but at the risk of sounding trite, once again, I wasn’t prepared for the first-hand stories I heard.Off-camera discussions about how 9/11 had helped prepare them for this tragedy; stories of how in the midst of their own personal strife, many of them had to leave their own families and work around the clock for days sleeping in conference rooms, of engineers working out of cars using cigarette lighter jacks for power, and of how one engineer even set up a war room in his house for the local team as he was the only one with a generator.Like the first two chance encounters, as I listened to the stories of the devastation and the backstories of their own personal situations, I found it impossible to logically assimilate what had happened.What really struck home wasn’t the technology or the strategic readiness, but the great lengths that people went to in order to ‘save the day.’I live on the West Coast, if ‘the big one’ (meaning an earthquake) hits and my family is in trouble, would I emotionally be able to handle the juxtaposition of my own personal situation and my job? Would you?I didn’t live through Hurricane Sandy, or Tuskegee, or Afghanistan, Hiroshima or Hamburger Hill, but I can say that I was truly humbled by the stories I heard from those who did.***You can read the article that accompanies the on-camera discussions of the Hurricane Sandy panel by clicking here. I hope you find the output of the meeting somewhat instructive from a disaster-preparedness perspective.last_img read more

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Cloud Foundry’s Impact on App Development

first_imgEarlier today, I had the opportunity to keynote the Cloud Foundry Summit Asia with Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji. Notably, this is the first year that Cloud Foundry is governed by an independent industry board as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project. Under this leadership, Cloud Foundry has become the de facto industry standard for developers of cloud native applications.Cloud Foundry has become the largest community driven, open source project for the development of cloud native applications. Many successful commercial Cloud Foundry service options are available today and easily accessible by developers. The services are supported by leading enterprise IT vendors including EMC, IBM, HP, Microsoft, SAP, VMware, and Pivotal. Many enterprise organizations have built and deployed modern mobile, web, and big data applications using Cloud Foundry, particularly in the financial services, manufacturing, and retail industries.However, the development of custom software that delivers differentiated capabilities requires more than just new tools and technology skills. To achieve the full benefits of cloud native application development, enterprise IT needs to embrace new agile development methodologies and confront several organizational challenges.The primary focus by the IT industry in 2015 has been on implementing the transformation to IT infrastructure needed to support modern cloud native mobile, web, and big data applications. Successful businesses realize this capability must be a core IT competency that can not be outsourced. In fact, many organizations are already at work reconstituting their in house capabilities.The good news is that the Cloud Foundry community is helping enterprise IT learn and implement the new tools, as well as the technology skillset and the modern software development methodologies to use them.The Cloud Foundry Foundation was wildly successful this year with the establishment of the independent governance board, growth of community participation, and the release of new functionality that has allowed the industry to rally around a standard platform for the development of cloud native applications.The challenge for 2016 will be continuing to expand Cloud Foundry’s technology capability while enterprise IT organizations build their software development capacity, implement modern software development methodologies, and develop their organizational skills. Companies that do this successfully will be the winners not only in 2016, but also in the new digital economy.John Roese currently serves as the chairman of the Cloud Foundry board of directors.last_img read more

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Baker’s Half Dozen — Episode 11

first_imgIf you’ve got questions about this episode, or a question you’d like Matt to answer in the next episode, comment below or tweet Matt using #BakersHalfDozen.We’re coming in hot! AI predictions, fire, electricity, 99 smartphones & busted keyboards!Episode 11 Show Notes: Item 1: Can A.I. Predict Psychopaths?Item 2: Is A.I. more impactful than fire?Item 3: 99 Smartphones in a wagonItem 4: Cloud repatriation pollItem 5: Why Kubernetes?Item 6: What happens when you press play?Item 6.5: Busted Keyboards!last_img

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The Future is Meow

first_imgBy now, you may have seen one of the most purr-fect viral videos to make its way across the internet. A Texas lawyer got stuck in cat filter limbo on an important video conference. While we can’t be sure what transpired, we heard he may have been using an older Dell PC and he was long overdue for a software upgrade. If our suspicions are correct, an outdated driver could have been part of the issue aside from good old-fashioned user error.We can all appreciate the unexpected scenarios we  sometimes find ourselves in while working remote. And we appreciate cat moments like this which brighten our day and break up the routine. And don’t worry – we got Mr. Ponton and his office new Latitude 9510s, so they now have the latest and greatest tech.If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, the first step is to update your software. If you’re in the market for a tech refresh, we’re offering a special discount on our laptops starting this Friday using the code “FUTUREISMEOW.” And don’t forget, we can help you recycle your old computers here.Thank you, Mr. Ponton, for the laughs. We’re not kitten around with those software upgrades!Offer valid 2/12/2021 7:00AM CST through 2/15/2021 7:00AM CST Coupon is good with select other offers, but not with other coupons. Offer does not apply to and is not available with, systems or items purchased through Dell Outlet or spare parts. Purchase limit of 3 items per order. Not valid for resellers and/or online auctions. Dell reserves the right to cancel orders arising from pricing or other errors. Exclusions include: Alienware m15 R4, Alienware m17 R4, order codes with AFF, PDSO, DB, EDU, STU, AUD.last_img read more

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Woman convicted in child’s death released on new evidence

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman convicted of murder in the 2003 choking death of a boy she was babysitting was released from prison on bond after a judge said new evidence shows she she didn’t intentionally hurt the child. Travis County District Judge Karen Sage ordered Rosa Jimenez released on bond Wednesday, citing “clear and convincing evidence.” The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will make the ultimate decision on whether to overturn Jimenez’s conviction or grant a new trial. Jimenez has served 15 years in prison in the death of 21-month-old Bryan Guttierez, who choked on a wad of paper towels while in Jimenez’s care.last_img

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