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U.S. CTO Takes New Role in Silicon Valley, Charged With Luring Tech Talent Into Government

The Obama administration announced Thursday that U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park will take on a new role as a technology adviser in Silicon Valley, confirming earlier reports that he would step down from the government’s top technology job. In his new position, Park will be responsible for luring tech talent into government and finding ways to improve the government’s digital services. He will take on the role next month…For a deeper dive on Park’s upcoming role, check out Steven Levy’s final piece for Wired, published earlier Thursday…” Via James Temple, Re/Code

 

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Google Exec Megan Smith Might Be The Next CTO Of The United States
Megan Smith, the VP of Google X, Google’s secretive research lab, is close to being named the next Chief Technology Officer of the United States…If appointed, Smith would replace Todd Park, who recently stepped down from the CTO role to take the technology adviser position for President Barack Obama. Smith would become the third CTO of America. The CTO’s primary role is to manage how technology is used by the U.S. government. For example, it finds ways to create more tech-related jobs or how to use the internet for things like healthcare…” Via Eugene Kim, Business Insider

Are You Driving Your Data? Or Is Your Data Driving You?
Leaders parade decision-making as rational and strategic because they “have the numbers” to support it. The tech revolution with its miraculous information-processing seems to support the idea of data as king. But any software engineer can tell you that information is completely dependent on context. Numbers are meaningless unless there’s a logical narrative frame to make sense of them…Data depend on relevance for impact. We give numbers their meaning and their context by the stories we create. Transformation, human improvement, business and social innovation – these all rely on information leavened with an act of imagination.” Via Steven Crandell, The Huffington Post

Driving Digital Profitability
Shareholders care about profits. CEOs care about shareholders. And, it seems, CEOs have identified digital business as a means of pleasing their shareholders. Recent quotes from leading executives regarding their business strategy validates the notion that they see digital platforms as a gateway to increased revenue, reduced costs, and improved levels of loyalty that will have customers returning for more…in order to achieve the levels of profitability that shareholders demand, enterprises can either grow top-line revenues with new digital applications or reduce bottom-line IT costs. Private PaaS helps to achieve both and helps enterprises profit digitally.” Via Paul Roberts, Apprenda Blog

The best mobile strategy? Holistic.
With enterprise-grade mobility solutions, one of the common missteps is having different business units develop their own solutions independently, creating havoc and complexity for the company in the long term. Vice President of AT&T’s Mobility Solutions Mike Troiano explains that enterprise now is seeing how important it is to step back and do things right, holistically. As Troiano says, “The number one thing for enterprise today is thinking about the broader mobility strategy. Second is getting started.” In VentureBeat’s interview, Troiano talks about just how to get started and also touches on several other issues like dealing with the mountains of data generated by mobile applications and the exciting developments in the Internet of Things at an enterprise level — and using wireless technology as the primary form of communication…” Via VentureBeat

 

Feds Investigating Breaches at JPMorgan, Other Banks

US financial institutions are in the bull’s eye again as the FBI and US Secret Service are investigating possible data breaches earlier this month at JPMorgan Chase and other US banks. This time the financial community isn’t battling distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, but attacks that reportedly stole customers’ bank account information. The FBI today confirmed that it was investigating reports of attacks against multiple US financial institutions…JPMorgan said it has not detected any fraudulent activity thus far and is working with law enforcement to determine the scope of the breach…The firm expects to spend more than $250 million per year in cyber security, with some 1,000 employees dedicated to those operations by the end of this year.” Via Kelly Jackson Higgins, Bank Systems & Technology

Bimodal IT, VMworld, and the future of VMware
“…agile IT doesn’t just require new technologies and new skills — it requires a different set of skills from IT professionals…That brings us to VMware…keynote messages at VMworld have been heavily focused on cost reduction and offering more agility while maintaining safety..and control. This is clearly a message that is targeted at traditional IT, and it’s really a story of incremental agility, using the software-defined data center to do IT better. There’s a heavy overtone of reassurance that the VMware faithful can continue to do business as usual…But a huge majority of the new agile-mode IT is cloud-native. VMware needs to find ways to be relevant to the agile-IT mode, rather than just helping tradtional-IT VMware admins try to improve operations efficiency in a desperate grasp to retain control. (Unfortunately for VMware, the developer-relevant portions of the company were spun off into Pivotal.)… The mere recognition of the importance of applications and the business is insufficient.” Via Lydia Leong, CloudPundit

AT&T, VMware Team on Cloud Connectivity
“..AT&T and VMware announced they will deliver highly secure, flexible bandwidth, low latency private cloud network connectivity for VMware vCloud Air customers using AT&T NetBondSM. Working together, VMware and AT&T will enable customers to quickly connect to VMware vCloud Air using AT&T’s Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) based private network solution. AT&T and VMware recognize that enterprises continue to cite secure, high performance bandwidth as a key requirement to deploying hybrid cloud solutions linking existing data centers with off-premises cloud infrastructure. This new solution will use patented cloud integration technology from AT&T to pair virtual private networking with VMware’s industry-leading hybrid cloud platform. Customers of the solution will benefit from the enterprise-grade security of virtual private networking, overcoming the barriers that exist for enterprises needing a highly secure, reliable and scalable connection to VMware vCloud Air…” Via Light Reading

Reasons for Red Hat CTO departure still a mystery
It’s still not clear why Red Hat CTO Brian Stevens left the Linux giant. However, it now appears that he left to pursue a new opportunity at a major California-based technology company…In the meantime, Red Hat still has little to say. The only additional statement from Red Hat is a remark that Stevens was “leaving to pursue another opportunity.” While Stevens did not reply to inquires, sources stated that he’d been biding his time waiting for the right opportunity. Stevens’ eyes may have been wandering elsewhere because of conflicts with Red Hat’s president of products and technologies Paul Cormier. Cormier will be taking over the office of the CTO for the time being. Red Hat staffers will miss him…” Via Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet

 

Microsoft now supports Google’s Kubernetes on Azure, and has open sourced a visual UI for it

Just a couple months after Google announced its open source Docker-management system called Kubernetes, Microsoft is already supporting it on the company’s Azure cloud platform. For two companies, Google and Microsoft, not historically known for their open source work, that’s a pretty impressive feat. Aside from just enabling users to launch and manage their Docker environments with Kubernetes, Microsoft has also released a tool called Kubernetes Visualizer that graphically represents the Kubernetes architecture and terminology. Because it’s so new, Microsoft decided it was best to let Azure users see how Kubernetes organizes containers and components rather than try to learn solely by reading the documentation…” Via Derrick Harris, GigaOM

How Microsoft could beat Google and even AWS to lead the cloud
Microsoft Azure took an unexpected dirt nap last week. This is not good news for Microsoft, which identified the Azure IaaS and PaaS cloud as key to its success. Azure competes against Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Verizon, and others, with AWS and Google as the main rivals. Among such contenders, Azure can’t afford many missteps…Microsoft has a new CEO and a pretty loyal user base, and the company seems willing to change quickly around market opportunities. It could fend off Google and perhaps even over time catch up to AWS. Here’s how…” Via David Linthicum, InfoWorld

IBM doubles down on Linux
Less than a year after their announcement that they planned to invest a billion dollars in the Linux platform, IBM continues to ramp up their Linux play by rolling out Linux on Power System servers across 54 of the IBM Innovation and Client Centers worldwide. This comes almost two years after IBM announced that they had ported Linux to the Power Server platform. The new services, announced last week at LinuxCon North America, are designed to get customers up and running on the Power Server environment while keeping their options open in terms of Linux flavor and applications…” Via David Chernicoff, ZDNet

HP Desperately Wants To Be Innovative Again
Let’s face it, HP was once the king of Silicon Valley, but over the last several years, the company has had issues due in part to the revolving door in the CEO office. While the company has finally gained some stability with Meg Whitman, the lack of consistent leadership has resulted in shifting priorities and changing strategies. And the products for which they were once so famous might have lost some of their shine in the process. HP clearly wants to regain its glory and is trying hard to make today’s ProLiant Server Gen9 update more than a hardware upgrade. The company wants it to be a notice they’re ready to innovate again…” Via Ron Miller, TechCrunch

 

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