Saturday, December 1, 2012

IASA World Summit

IASA World Summit has been scheduled on Dec 6th and 7th.


Core Topics include following :

  • Cloud Computing
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Software Architecture
  • Business Architecture
  • Information Architecture
  • Architecture Career
  • Women in IT
  • Best Practices
  • Case Studies.

Get more information here :

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Free Event : Delivering Enterprise Architecture with TOGAF and ArchiMate


Date and time:
Thursday, November 29, 2012 11:00 am
Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Panelist(s) Info:

Bas van Gils, PhD (EA Consultant, BiZZdesign)

1 hour


The Open Group standards for enterprise architecture – TOGAF® and ArchiMate® – are increasingly adopted on a global scale. As these standards converge, more and more organizations use them in conjunction to build an effective EA practice. As with many things: the proof of the pudding is in the eating. In this webinar we will therefore zoom in on the value add of the combination of TOGAF and ArchiMate. In order to cater for a broad audience, we will start with a high-level overview of both standards and then show with practical examples how the standards can be used in conjunction to deliver business value.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Download Forrester Wave for Enterprise Cloud Databases

Forrester has released it ‘Forrester Wave’ report for Enterprise Cloud Databases.

Microsoft Windows Azure has come out to be the clear winner in the report and is offering the reprint of full report as free download.


Download it from here before it goes away.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tweek : Gartner, Free eBook, Banks, Hybrid Cloud, IT Spending, Innovation ‏@CIOonline
Meeting the Challenges of Hybrid Cloud Computing Infrastructures

StrategyArchitecture ‏@strategyarch
Banks are becoming more Innovation friendly

StrategyArchitecture ‏@strategyarch
Download Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management

Gartner ‏@Gartner_inc
Gartner Says Worldwide Enterprise IT Spending is Forecast to Grow 2.5 Percent in 2013

StrategyArchitecture ‏@strategyarch
Free eBook : Agile for Dummies

Forrester Research ‏@forrester
An improved, superior #CustExp can equal BILLIONS in incremental revenue. That's billions, with a B. #outsidein

Nilofer Merchant ‏@nilofer
5 of 5 stars to HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations by Nancy Duarte

Friday, November 16, 2012

Banks are becoming more Innovation friendly

Highlights from the Infosys and EFMA innovation in retail banking report 2012. The study of 300 banks across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, and the Americas found that online and mobile channels are growing rapidly, with banks focused on areas of innovation that will attract new customers and grow revenues.


Get the full report from here :

Download Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management

Gartner recently released there Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management. Oracle being one of the vendor in leaders quadrant is offering free reprint of the full report for download.


Download the report at no cost from here before it goes away.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Download Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals

Few days back, Gartner released its Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals. Here is a quick description of scope of this MQ.

Gartner defines a portal as "a Web software infrastructure that provides interaction with relevant information assets (for example, information/content, applications and business processes), knowledge assets and human assets by select targeted audiences, delivered in a highly personalized manner." Enterprise portals may face different audiences, including:

  • Business-to-employee (B2E)
  • Business-to-consumer (B2C)
  • Business partners (B2B)

Of course, the public-sector corollaries to these three high-level audience types are also considered applicable. A portal product is a packaged software application that is used to create and maintain enterprise portals. These products can be used to design vertical or horizontal portals:

  • Vertical portals focus on accessing specific applications or business functions.
  • Horizontal portals integrate and aggregate information from multiple cross-enterprise applications, as well as specific line-of-business tools and applications.


Oracle being one of the leaders is providing the reprint of this MQ as free download. Grab it from here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Free eBook : Agile for Dummies


Download it from here :

Download Gartner MQ for Enterprise Architecture Tools 2012

Gartner has published Magic Quadrant 2012 for Enterprise Architecture Tools. EA tools are an important asset while executing the vision of Enterprise Architecture. Every EA should be proficient in atleast one the tools. The members and positions in leaders quadrant remain almost same as compared to last year.


Troux is offering free reprint of the report for download. You can download it from here:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Event : Microsoft vision for Enterprise Social


Microsoft Asia Pacific is hosting a virtual event on November 21, 2012 to offer participants a unique opportunity to learn about Microsoft vision for Enterprise Social and discuss the implications to their own organization.


  • Claus Mortensen
    is the Principal at IDC Asia/Pacific Practice Group.
  • Jared Spataro
    is Senior Director of Product Management for SharePoint, Project & Visio at Microsoft.

Register for the event here:

Free eBook : Private Cloud for Dummies


With compliments from IBM, for a limited time you can download free eBook on Private Cloud.

Grab it from the link below before it goes away.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Practical Career Tip : Reward yourself


Each one of us have few things on our ‘TO-DO’ list which we hate to do but we know that they need to be done. HBR shares few practical career tips on how to motivate yourself to do this task.

The one which I liked most is this one -

Pay yourself. Set up an account – a savings account, a gift card, an iTunes account – and pay into it every time you complete an especially challenging project. Set different dollar amounts depending on the size and unpleasantness of the task.

Read rest here :

Tweek : Jobs, Free eBook, TOGAF, Gartner, Big Data


Gartner ‏@Gartner_inc
Couldn’t make it to Barcelona for #GartnerSYM? Sign in or Sign up to access free keynotes and 3 session credits:

The S&A Group ‏@thesandagroup
I'm hiring! Global Head of Enterprise Architecture at The Strategy & Architectur - United Kingdom #jobs

Ovum ICT ‏@OvumICT
Mobile and social application integration is different in nature from cloud and enterprise application integration ‏@CIOonline
Gartner Upbeat on Big Data Jobs

Microsoft Enterprise ‏@MSFTenterprise
Personal branding advice and cautions for executives using Twitter and other social media outlets

TOGAF(R) ‏@togaf_r
Learn about TOGAF 9 Certification, now aligned with TOGAF 9.1. Practice tests, white papers, templates etc  

StrategyArchitecture ‏@strategyarch
Free eBook - Windows 8 for dummies

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Career - Let the entrepreneurial spirit grow offers some tips on how to manage your time and efforts between your work and urge to work on new ideas. While the context of article is mainly about starting something of your own, its equally relevant in day to day work life where your interest in working on a topic is much higher than a task/topic you are supposed to work today. The more your work domain is different from your interest domain, the higher the challenges.


Here are the tips:

  • Don’t stop thinking and writing down ideas.
  • If you have set work hours, stick to them.
  • If you don’t have set work hours, make them.
  • Allot blocks of time dedicated only to coming up with, planning out, and developing your ideas.
  • Let the entrepreneurial spirit grow.

Read tnw article here :

Free eBook - Windows 8 for dummies

Windows 8 is New. Windows 8 is different. is distributing free eBook on Windows 8.

Grab it now before it goes away.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report

Latest edition of Microsoft Security Intelligence Report is out.

Volume 13 of the Microsoft® Security Intelligence Report (SIRv13) provides in-depth perspectives on software vulnerabilities and exploits, malicious code threats, and potentially unwanted software in Microsoft and third-party software. Microsoft developed these perspectives based on detailed trend analyses over the past several years, with a focus on the first half of 2012.

HTML/Javascript continues to top the list when it comes to being platform for exploits.


You can download the full detailed report from here.

Starbucks Experience and Productivity

Recently came across this interesting video on how to improve customer interaction experience by influencing the productivity on customer side also. The author in this video talks about how Starbucks took a disruptive approach which may not be as customer friendly but improves overall service experience for both sides.


After watching this I realized, how much I have been practicing the same approach for many years during my career with my clients. I as a consultant mostly work with large enterprises which have many people to spend lot of time on long calls which can be done quickly. So to improve mine and their productivity, I mostly end up influencing their work style. What is your experience ?

Video :

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Obama and Technology–The wish list

Now that Mr. Obama has been elected President for another 4 years, what is our wish list for him related to Technology ?

We have in 4 areas.


Education : Encourage and Promote STEM education.

Skills : Facilitate importing of skills which are in shortage.

Government : Create policies which facilitate technology adoption and let Government agencies be the leaders in adoption.

Research : Fund and Promote research in areas where Sustainability is the core interest.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

IT and CIO : Journey and Future from Gartner

As part of its ongoing symposium, Gartner today published its point of view on what future holds for IT organizations and CIO. They have identified following four futures for CIOs.

  • IT as a Global Service Provider
  • IT as the Engine Room
  • IT ‘is’ the Business
  • Everyone’s IT


While Gartner sees them as four dominant futures, I see them more as four stages of their journey. My view goes like this:


Read more about Gartner’s press release here :

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Big Data–Open Group’s Live Broadcasts

Thanks to Open Group, They are broadcasting Live, their Big Data conference from Barcelona.


The Open Group will be running a series of live broadcasts from its meeting: Big Data - The Next Frontier in the Enterprise. This will provide a valuable opportunity to get involved in this event which will address the Enterprise Architecture challenges and solutions in the context of the growth of Big Data. Broadcast sessions are:

How Companies Extract Insight and Foresight from Big Data - Plenary presentation by Scott Radeztsky, CTO, Deloitte Analytics Innovation Centres - October 22, 8.50am (CET)

Boardroom Business Architecture - What Executives Want to Know About Big Data and Analytics  - Plenary presentation by Peter Haviland, Head of Business Architecture, Ernst and Young & Mick Adams, Chief Business Architect, Ernst & Young - October 22, 9.50am (CET)

Enterprise Information Management - An Architect's Guide to Big Data - Plenary presentation by Helen Sun, Senior Director of Enterprise Architecture, Oracle - October 22, 11.10am (CET)

Big Data Needs Big Architecture - An Architectural Approach to Business Information - Plenary presentation by Ron Tolido, CTO, Application Services in Europe, Capgemini & Manuel Sevilla, CTO, Global Business Information Management TLI, Capgemini - October 22, 12.00pm (CET)

Delivering Enterprise Architecture with TOGAF® and ArchiMate® - Presentation by Henry Franken, CEO, BiZZdesign - October 22, 2.00pm (CET)

Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Ask the Experts - Get your questions answered by members of the FACE Consortium and find out about their future plans and deliverables -
October 24, 4.00pm (CET)

To participate in these live broadcasts or view the recordings, please register at:

Free TOGAF 9.1 Documentation–Mobile friendly

Open Group has released TOGAF 9.1 web documentation which has been optimized for mobile and Tablet devices. The documentation is available free for public.


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Why traditional journalism is still so important ?

This is the next post in the series for ‘Content Curation’ :


With so much digital action happening in consumer world, digital curation is becoming utmost important. From individuals to marketing professionals, everyone wants perfect digital curation tools. Amongst all this, there is a question if traditional journalism and newspaper still delivers value.

The answer to this is absolute ‘YES’.

If you apply the Theory of Need and Want to digital curation world, you know that while digital curation tools address mostly the ‘Want’ part, the traditional journalism addresses mostly ‘Need’ part.

My recommendation, enterprises apart from adopting digital curation tools should also have a traditional journalism group within to help employees know what they need to know.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

7 Levels of Change


Few days back I discussed Kotter’s 8 steps for leading Change Management program in context to Enterprise Architecture Program.

Rolf Smith’s 7 levels of change shows how to execute the change in terms of from simple to complex steps and increasing impact.


Have you ever designed your Change Management Program using any of these models ?

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Open Group Conference - Cannes, France. April 201


As technologies such as Cloud Computing, mobile, social, and big data/analytics mature (the four pillars), organizations will increasingly look to implement them as part of their Enterprise Transformation projects.  The Open Group Conference in Cannes will provide an opportunity for delegates to:

  • Further investigate the use of the four pillars based on real-life experiences and best practices
  • Learn how they can be utilized to best affect as part of a standards-based Enterprise Architecture (EA) strategy
  • Understand how organizations move from an IT-centric to an enterprise-centric position that includes a more complete view of the business and not just IT?

These will be followed by learning opportunities, including tutorials and case studies, within tracks, such as:

  • EA and Enterprise Transformation
  • EA Professional Development
  • Trusted Technology
  • Agile Enterprise Architecture
  • Cyber and Cloud Security.

On a lighter note, The Open Group Conference in Cannes will also play host to the third Open Cannes Awards, a fun evening amongst the serious side of the Conference!  Find out more about the Awards and how you can get involved.

Register for The Open Group Conference in Cannes, France. April 23-27, 2012
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Friday, March 2, 2012

Security Development Conference



Industry and government decision makers are increasingly aware that operational security protections and regulatory compliance are insufficient in protecting global applications and infrastructures. Organizations are realizing the value of Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) practices and seek to accelerate adoption and articulate this value to management.

The inaugural Security Development Conference 2012 (SDC 2012) will bring together industry professionals to network and learn from security experts about Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) practices. SDC 2012 will include information for leaders in software engineering, process and business management who are responsible for accelerating the adoption and effectiveness of SDL practices in their organizations.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Green Grid membership now open to Individuals


The message :

We are pleased to announce a new membership opportunity for individuals to join and contribute to The Green Grid’s valuable work! The Green Grid provides a great way for you to get to know and work with industry experts on IT, facilities, and operation of efficient computing infrastructures.

Individual membership is open to individuals who are passionate about resource efficiency in business computing, saving money, and saving resources. Employees of a TGG member company are already eligible to receive membership rights through their companies so they are not eligible for Individual Memberships. You can check the Members List to see if your company is a member. To learn more, read the press release and visit the Become a Member page to watch the Executive Director’s short video about this new level of membership!

For an annual fee of $400, Individual Members of The Green Grid receive the following benefits:

v One complimentary registration pass for The Green Grid Forum 2012 (a $250 value)

v Admittance to the members-only Web site with exclusive, early access to documents before they are published to the public as well as access to members-only resources at no additional cost

v Participation in committee and work groups, as well as global expansion initiatives

v Participation in all General Meetings of The Green Grid

v Participation in members-only webcasts on technical topics such as technology, market studies, and roadmaps

v Exclusive use of The Green Grid Individual member logo : All in one Curation Engine

This is NOT a sponsored post.

Recently I got a chance to use the free version of and I must admit, it came very close to my model of Curation Engine.


You can read more about previous posts on Curation Engine model here:


Visit and try for yourself. You will love it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Content Curation Types

This is third post in Content Curation series.

You can read the previous two posts here:

  1. Content Curation in 5 Steps
  2. Content Curation Tools and examples


There are basically three types of curation engines:

Individual – This is the one which we all do to get best and add our part to it. We use Twitter, facebook, Google Reader, etc to aggregate best of content for our reading. We even share our curated content with others to consume.

Crowd – Yes, the wisdom of crowd. This is what you see on digg or trending topics on twitter.

Software – This is the only automated engine and is becoming more and more popular and efficient. These are the agents which continuously scan the web for popular and highly rated content. Two of the good examples are:

News gadget on iGoogle 



Every type of engine has its own pros and cons. While the individuals can do a personalized curation, software based curation helps in discovering new content.

The goal is to create an engine which brings best of all three types.

Do you know of any such engine ?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Content Curation Tools and examples


Continuing to my earlier post on Content Curation in 5 Steps, here is list of some digital content curation tools. The list can be endless and so I have picked few popular ones.

Most of the tools come under one or more of the following categories


Twitter is an example of personal and aggregator content curation.

The Huffington Post is a great example of team of humans doing curation which includes lot of content creation too. works very well with twitter hastags and does create a page automatically.

So, what are the content curation platforms you use in your daily routines ?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Content Curation in 5 Steps


Content Curation is the antidote for Information Overload.

Here are the basic steps done during content curation.


Discover refers to activity where you decide the topic of your content curation. It can be need of yours, organization or community in general.


One you have decided on the topic you start researching it. This includes collecting all the content which has already been published related to this topic. It includes exploring books, blogs, feeds, twitter, journals and even talking to people and publishing surveys.


After collection all the related content already published, now is the time to select the quality and unique ones. Rest is all discarded or archived.


This step refers to studying and understanding the selected material. Connecting the isolated content published and figuring out the gaps. Filling those gaps by creating the content. Creating something which is useful and unique.


Share refers to publishing or teaching the new content produced in form of blog, book, presentations, podcast, etc.

I welcome comments from all content curators.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Journey to the Cloud : Free IASA Webinar


Thursday, March 15, 2012 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

The journey to the cloud can be fraught with problems and detours. Unless of course you know the secret language used by Cloud professionals. A language filled with initials and acronyms like IaaS, PaaS and more. The goal of this webinar is to introduce you to the terms and components of cloud computing. This introduction will arm you with what you need to know as you begin considering cloud solutions.

Register here :

Monday, February 13, 2012

Bank Enterprise Architecture–BIAN and TOGAF come together


The Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN) and The Open Group today announced a partnership to integrate their individual industry frameworks for specific use in the banking industry. Mapping together these frameworks will accelerate project delivery, while dramatically reducing IT integration costs.

BIAN and The Open Group have collaborated to produce a white paper, in which the core elements of the two individual frameworks have been projected onto each other. This is a practical document, which will be used by enterprise architects within banks and the vendor community who wish to reap the benefits of both architecture frameworks. There are clear synergies in using BIAN’s Service Landscape in combination with TOGAF ®. When applying TOGAF®, an Open Group standard, in a banking environment, the BIAN content will speed up the work by providing banking-specific architecture content. On the flip side, TOGAF provides a structured approach and adds value to the BIAN deliverables for the project approach and capability to perform.

Register for Webinar to understand better.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

WEF Technology Pioneers 2012


The World Economic Forums’ Technology Pioneers 2012 report is out and here are few of the interesting companies featured in Information Technologies and New Media category.

Appirio enables companies to navigate today’s complex cloud computing ecosystem. Provides rapid application development platform over existing cloud platforms.”Appirio was able to build a cloud-based CRM (customer relations management programme) for Starbucks in just four weeks, based on a software framework”

CloudFlare’s intelligent network accelerates Web traffic over the Internet while deftly dodging abusive bots, crawlers and denial of service attack. The virtual scaled out Web.

DoubleVerify provides tools designed to restore public confidence in business forced to operate in a global net environment increasingly exposed to swindlers, malware and cyber theft.

Dropbox connects the cloud to everyday life. We all know DropBox.

Kickstarter’s innovative crowd-funding platform lets the public in on venture capital funding for imaginative projects.

Living PlanIT develops operating systems for future cities.

Mocana’s responds to the “Internet of Things” with a deviceindependent secure platform for smart communications.

Palantir pioneers an engineering-centred approach to radically change the way data is analysed.

Download complete report from

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Free and Open : Bloomberg’s market data APIs


Under Open Market Data Initiative, Bloomberg has released its market data interfaces as free and open APIs which can be consumed by anyone with no restrictions.

The APIs are available in Java, C, C++ and .NET

Here are some deep links to get started quickly.

On a side thought, they can be a very good reference on how to design high performance public interfaces and APIs.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Secure your Data in Cloud


Microsoft has released a new SDK and Management called “Microsoft Codename Trust Services SDK and Management Tool” to encrypt the data before storing it in the cloud.

Microsoft Codename Trust Services is an application-level end to end encryption-based framework that can be used to encrypt stored content. Data publishers can use Trust Services to encrypt data before it is stored in Windows Azure storage or SQL Azure, and authorized subscribers of data can decrypt data after it is read from storage. Using Trust Services encrypts the data, and helps reduce concerns about unauthorized access to data by Windows Azure administrators and/or unauthorized third parties. Using Trust Services helps address data security, privacy, and sovereignty issues that might block or limit typical scenarios, such as distributing data to branch offices, making data accessible to mobile employees or customers, sharing data across businesses, and leveraging cloud scale for computation and analytics.

Download SDK

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Green Grid

Few days back I blogged about Green Cloud .. how Cloud Computing is indirectly promoting Green Computing.

Green IT

Here is an interesting group of influential members which aim to bring energy efficiency to data centers.

The Green Grid is a non-profit, open industry consortium of end-users, policy-makers, technology providers, facility architects, and utility companies collaborating to improve the resource efficiency of data centers and business computing ecosystems. With more than 175 member companies around the world, The Green Grid seeks to unite global industry efforts, create a common set of metrics, and develop technical resources and educational tools to further its goals.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Free Microsoft Virtualization eBook



  • Why Virtualization ?
  • Server Virtualization
  • Local Desktop Virtualization
  • Remote Desktop Virtualization
  • Virtualization Management
  • Cloud Computing

Download free eBook on Virtualization Here

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Business Model Canvas

Business Model Canvas

The Business Model Canvas is an interesting quick semi-formal modelling tool to create a public facing view of an enterprise or an organization.

It kind of covers why the business exists in first place and how it is related to other parties in its ecosystem.

Covers following areas of concerns:

  • Key Partners
  • Key Activities
  • Value Propositions
  • Customer Relationships
  • Customer Segments
  • Key Resources
  • Channels
  • Cost Structure
  • Revenue Streams

More at

How a typical CIO organization will look on this canvas ?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Analyze your connections using NodeXL free

NodeXL Graph Gallery

NodeXL is a free, open-source template for Microsoft® Excel® 2007 and 2010 that makes it easy to explore network graphs.  With NodeXL, you can enter a network edge list in a worksheet, click a button and see your graph, all in the familiar environment of the Excel® window.

You can connect the NodeXL directly to your twitter, flickr or youtube accounts and analyze the connections.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

TOGAF for absolute beginners


TOGAF is an aid which assist in the field of Enterprise Architecture. It provides guidelines, templates, models, framework, tools, methods, processes, etc which cover the entire lifecycle for Enterprise Architecture, right from setting up EA practice or function within an organization to creating and maintaining Enterprise Architectures.

Lets start with some facts:

  • TOGAF - The Open Group Architecture Framework
  • TOGAF, an Open Group Standard, is a proven enterprise architecture methodology and framework.
  • The most recent version is TOGAF 9.1 which was first published in December 2011.
  • First developed in 1995, TOGAF was based on the US Department of Defense Technical Architecture Framework for Information Management (TAFIM)

TOGAF 9.1 can be used for developing a broad range of different enterprise architectures. TOGAF complements, and can be used in conjunction with, other frameworks that are more focused on specific deliverables for particular vertical sectors such as Government, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Defense, and Finance.

TOGAF assists in creating all four major parts of any Enterprise Architecture:

  1. Business Architecture
  2. Data or Information Architecture
  3. Application Architecture
  4. Technology Architecture

Overall TOGAF documentation is divided into 6 parts which also indicate the ways it helps as shown in above figure:

  1. Architecture Capability : Guides on how to setup EA practice or function within an organization and its roles & responsibilities.
  2. Architecture Development Method (ADM) : This is a core part of TOGAF and provides a step-by-step approach to developing and enterprise architecture.
  3. Guidelines & Techniques : Helps in adapting and customizing ADM based on needs.
  4. Reference Models : provides two architectural reference models, namely the TOGAF Technical Reference Model (TRM), and the Integrated Information Infrastructure Reference Model (III-RM) as foundation.
  5. Enterprise Continuum & Tools : discusses appropriate taxonomies and tools to categorize and store the outputs of architecture activity within an enterprise. The Enterprise Continuum provides a view of the Architecture Repository that shows the evolution of these related architectures from generic to specific, from abstract to concrete, and from logical to physical.
  6. Architecture Content Framework : describes the TOGAF content framework, including a structured metamodel for architectural artifacts, the use of re-usable Architecture Building Blocks (ABBs), and an overview of typical architecture deliverables.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Cloud Security Alliance Summit at RSA 2012

Cloud Security

Summit Agenda

Keynote: “Solving Cloud Access Complexity Through a Broker Model”

The recommended cloud security stack, standards, and operating frameworks have rapidly evolved into a set of production quality best practices for the Enterprise to use to engage each cloud provider. However, as scale is applied, managing 1-n cloud relationships and services across hybrid environments points to a brokered or intermediary model to solve security complexity, aggregate services, & add new value. Intel will present how a Cloud Access Layer & CSA standards managed by IT, Integrators or Provider “brokers” can solve complexity for user and application service interactions with the cloud.

Keynote: “Securing an OpenStack Cloud”

Panel: “Cloud Innovation - The Panel's View on the Next Generation of Cloud Security Devices and Services”

This panel will give attendees insight into next generation cloud security devices and services. This panel will feature experts who will examine the next iteration of innovation in Cloud Security and how these devices and services advance the industry.

Panel: “National and International Security Standards - The Viability of Cross-Jurisdictional Solutions”

Today’s security standards are based on historical, legacy information technologies and don’t necessarily address cloud computing environments in an effective manner. Attempts to update them are an improvement, but will we be able to create a single (or limited) number of standards that will be viable across borders and jurisdictions? This panel discussion will cover the current standards, their applicability and a look into the future of cloud computing standards.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Design Philosophies of Apple and Microsoft

Metro Design

If you have a passion for User Experience and in particular Visual Design, this article is one of the best written ones.

Microsoft: Design for the time

Apple: Design for timelessness

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Privacy Principles from Microsoft

Privacy Principles

Recently Microsoft released its Privacy principles based on which it provides privacy protections in software products and Internet services.

Here are they at high level:

  • Accountability in handling personal information within Microsoft and with vendors and partners
  • Notice to individuals about how we collect, use, retain, and disclose their personal information
  • Collection of personal information from individuals only for the purposes identified in the privacy notice we provide
  • Choice and Consent for individuals regarding how we collect, use, and disclose their personal information
  • Use and Retention of personal information in accordance with the privacy notice and the consent that individuals have provided
  • Disclosure or Onward Transfer of personal information to vendors and partners only for purposes that are identified in the privacy notice, and in a security-enhanced manner
  • Quality Assurance steps to ensure that personal information in our records is accurate and relevant to the purposes for which it was collected
  • Access for individuals who want to inquire about and, when appropriate, review and update their personal information in our possession
  • Enhanced Security of personal information to help protect against unauthorized access and use
  • Monitoring and Enforcement of compliance with our privacy policies, both internally and with our vendors and partners, along with established processes to address inquiries, complaints, and disputes

Loughborough University’s study on ‘Privacy Impact Assessments’ is an important work in this field.


Microsoft on Privacy

PIA Study

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Leading Enterprise Architecture program as Change Management

Change Management is an integral part of any Enterprise Architecture program. Infact leading an Enterprise Architecture program as Change Management program can help in addressing lot of issues which are beyond technology and more related to culture and organization dynamics.

What better than Kotter’s 8 steps for leading the Change Management Program.

Kotter change management

Have you ever led change management programs ? Have you followed Kotter’s steps ? What has been your success rate ?

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Green Cloud


While each one of us are well aware of the biggest benefits of Cloud Computing which are Cost efficiency and Agility. There is an increasing consensus that technologies like virtualization, data center and cloud computing helps in efficient use of resources like electricity and in turn helps reducing carbon emissions. In summary helps IT shops becoming greener.

  • ICT as an industry contributes  over  2% to  the  overall  global  CO2 emissions,  a similar level as the aviation industry.
  • Recent surveys by Gartner show that sustainable business practices will be a top five priority for more than 60 percent of Western European and North American Chief Executive Officers in the year to come.

“Cooling  currently  accounts for  up to  50% of a  Datacenter’s power consumption, therefore there needs to be a new focus on how businesses can improve the efficiency in how they deliver their IT services which in turn would lead to reductions in both heat generated and power consumed”

So, what are your thoughts on this ? Beyond hardware consolidation, how can you design greener architectures ?

Calligo has some interesting thoughts on this.