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8 CIO Leadership Lessons for Enterprise Success
In the digital era, growing business needs for accelerated innovation aimed at improving company growth, operational inefficiencies and the customer experience, is rapidly changing the role of IT. Successful IT leaders must ensure functional relevancy by positioning IT as the driver of digital business transformation. Here to help guide CIOs as they brave the new digital economy is Brian Lillie, CIO of Equinix…  As an enterprise CIO for the past seven years, Lillie is focused on helping Equinix grow, scale and be efficient and successful as a company by connecting with customers in a more meaningful way. And that’s not just through technology; it’s also through communicating best practices…” Via Vala Afshar, Huffington Post

Zen And The Art Of Enterprise IT
Hiroshige Sugihara, CEO and president of Oracle Japan, has an enlightened view of enterprise systems. And this view can be summed up in a word: 無分別智. “It’s a Buddhist word, and it’s hard to translate,” he explains from the executive boardroom of the company’s Tokyo headquarters. Nevertheless, the amiable Hiro, who joined Oracle in 2013, endeavors an explanation. He says that the human tendency to define the world by dividing it into (often binary) categories prevents us from seeing things as they really are. … Hiro believes that this view of the world plagues the enterprise IT market—causing CIOs and business managers to unnecessarily segregate technologies from each other. The result: Essential IT decisions are made based on job title, organizational role, management bias, or legacy thinking…” Via Aaron Lazenby, Forbes

VMware tells partners, punters, to pay higher prices (probably)
VMware has almost certainly increased the prices it charges to partners and customers. News of the increases is dribbling out after Virtzilla wrote to users and resellers over the last few days. In this Reddit thread VMware users report price hikes of between one and five per cent. Blogger and VMware-watcher Aidan Finn on Wednesday wrote he received “an email today from a VMware distributor that informs VMware authorised partners that their prices are going up.”… Customers have also been warned, in a roundabout way, by the admission that currency and cloudy conversion rates are expected to lop a percentage point or three off Virtzilla’s growth in 2015. Listed businesses don’t take that kind of thing lying down, time marches on and price rises are to be expected in any phase of the business cycle.” Via Simon Sharwood, The Register

Accenture says watch out, we’re coming to get you
Accenture has bet big on digital technologies and cost rationalisation for its clients, and CEO Pierre Nanterme said the systems integrator, is seeing its push pay off as it gains market share against its traditional IT competitors. “Given our strong double-digit growth now for almost four years in a row in the US, [market share] is probably a place where we’re accelerating our gain. We are probably gaining against clearly the more traditional players of our basket of our competitors,” Nanterme said on the company’s second-quarter earnings call on Thursday morning… The ultimate goal of going digital, Naterme said, is to differentiate Accenture in the market against its more traditional IT competitors and provide clients with innovative solutions and capabilities. …” Via Sarah Kuranda, CRN

 

Puppet Labs pulls strings on Docker, AWS and bare metal
Puppet Labs is adding code management and updates to its Node Manager in a big refresh in Puppet Enterprise 3.8. The company is particularly touting Docker container provisioning, as well as provisioning for bare metal and AWS infrastructure. Tim Zonca, director of product marketing at Puppet Labs, told Vulture South the release is designed to balance demands for fast rollout on the one hand and minimum downtime on the other. Unplanned downtime, Zonca said, predominantly flows from configuration issues, and one of the key aims with the Puppet Enterprise 3.8 release is to help avoid breaking environments when they’re deployed. …” Via Richard Chirgwin, The Register

Adapting To The Changing Global Enterprise Security Landscape
The finishing touches of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are underway, and with it, many international companies that have data passing through the EU, house customer data of EU residents or are based in the EU are concerned about how they will fare once the new law is enacted. And they should be, as non-compliance could result in costly penalties under the proposed regulation… In addition to the heavy fines and loss in revenue, non-compliance could cause a public relations nightmare for a company… It is time for companies to think broadly and make holistic effort to bring together all internal stakeholders in order to not only deal with security issues companies are continuously facing, but also the legal and regulatory hurdles they will soon face…” Via Randy Sabett & Lindsy Solanki, TechCrunch

How to leverage Web APIs in your business
“An API is a specification that defines how to interact with software components. APIs which allow access to remote assets via a communication network are referred to as Web APIs. The benefits for developers in adopting Web APIs are an easy way to enrich functionality, simple and quick to integration, and leveraging brand strength of established partners. … There is a clear demand for supporting developers in their development processes related to Web API integration. Monitoring and managing several different APIs from different providers can mean a lot of effort, is difficult to maintain and does not scale. Here is an overview of the most common use cases that would help developers using Web APIs…” Via Manfred Bortenschlager, The Next Web

 

Google makes deploying software on its cloud a trivial task
“…What’s attractive about this offer is that instead of burning IT hours setting up and configuring all the underlying runtime components and package, your developers and operators can spend their their time on design and writing code. Cloud Launcher is about more than just pre-packaged programs such as WordPress, Drupal, or a Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python/Perl (LAMP) stack. It also includes developer tools and stacks such as Apache Solr, Django, Gitlab, Jenkins, LAMP, Node.js, Ruby on Rails, and Tomcat. … If you’ve been considering using the Google Compute Engine for your software-as-a-service cloud provider, Google has just made it about as easy to try as it can possibly be done.” Via Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet

Google botches another cloud patch, this time messing up App Engine
Google’s botched another cloud patch. The Chocolate Factory’s cloud operations have had a tough time of things this year, suffering a network mess in February and then a brownout in early March. Over the last couple of days the company’s App Engine experienced “elevated 503 errors on <1% of applications for a typical duration of 50 minutes.” Not a colossal hassle, to be sure, but as Google itself says in a incident report “We know how important high uptime and low error rates are to you and your users”…” Via Simon Sharwood, The Register

 

NetApp channel: Can the new UK boss stop the rot?
NetApp practically wrote the first chapter on how to build a well-functioning and contented channel, but that was before it was squeezed by cloud providers and converged storage upstarts. One of the major challenges facing Elliot Howard, the newbie at the top of the NetApp’s UK management tree, who recently replaced Dave Allen, is to overcome growing supplier unrest. Multiple channel businesses are complaining of conflict between their sales team and NetApp’s internal reps, which they say are pushing branded professional and support services more aggressively. …” Via Paul Kunert, The Channel

Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS
Amazon hopes to knacker its competitors in the cloud world by offering endless online storage space for a flat yearly fee. For $12 a year netizens can store an “infinite” number of photos on Amazon’s servers under the new Unlimited Photos Plan, along with 5GB of storage for other types of files. The $60 per annum Unlimited Everything Plan provides limitless storage of nearly any type of file, we’re told. … A terabyte of storage of iCloud costs $20 a month, while the same amount on Google’s Drive will set you back $10 every 30 days. Microsoft’s Office 365 users do get unlimited storage, with the cheapest plan $7 a month. Amazon undercutting its rivals will cause them headaches and, based on past experience, a price war. That’s good news for you and I, but bad news for smaller companies like Dropbox that aren’t going to be happy about running cloud storage at a loss. It appears there could be a shakedown in the market coming.” Via Iain Thomson, The Register

 

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