Every IT pro knows embarrassing moments, although they’re certainly more palatable when someone else ends up red-faced. And no IT career would be complete without seeing a little detail cause a lot of grief, such as a $1 part bringing down expensive equipment. Here’s a story that includes both.
I’m tired of juggling multiple user IDs and passwords on all the websites, computers, and apps I use every day. I’m sure you are too. I have five separate IDs and passwords for work, as many for services at home (from iTunes to my alarm-company ID), and about a dozen for banking, e-commerce, and business services I use via the Internet, from Amazon.com to my Web domain’s management console and FTP credentials. Granted, most people don’t have the last two, but there are too many versions of proving it’s me for me to remember.
You might have noticed that I’ve written about Google Fiber the last two weeks. That’s because I see Google attempting to affect a change similar to the movement from dial-up to DSL and cable circuits, however hobbled we may be at the moment by the restrictions of our relatively sluggish cable, DSL, and wireless connections. Let’s face it — when compared to a “broadband” connection pumping 2Mbps downstream and 512Kbps up, leaping to Google Fiber’s gigabit speeds would be like shifting from 33.6Kbps to a 2Mbps DSL pipe.
PNC, Bank of America, SunTrust, and other major financial institutions have experienced a wave of DDoS attacks and site outages over the past couple of days, and Islamic extremist hacker group Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters is claiming responsibility. The group announced via Pastebin message on Monday that it would launch a series of attacks this week against a host of banks, including U.S. Bancorp, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, PNC Financial Services Group, and SunTrust.
After this endless and bitter presidential campaign, there’s sure to be a lot of finger pointing as to who deserves the credit — or blame — for last night’s results. Among other things, I expect people will implicate hurricanes, negative campaigning, turncoat governors, secret video recordings, angry Hispanics, even angrier feminists, and candidates who really needed to keep their traps shut when talking about body parts they do not own.
Data center operators don’t bandy the word “green” around as much these days compared to a couple of years ago. That doesn’t mean companies have abandoned projects aimed at boosting energy efficiency while making better use of their IT resources, both for the sake of slashing operating costs and reducing their environmental impacts.
Bureaucratic nonsense is a surefire way to drive any employee crazy, and IT pros are no exception. This story of changing demands under a variety of CEOs took place at a company where I worked in a previous — and seemingly unproductive — life.
I worked in IT at “Acme Corp.” for a few years. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t necessarily a bad job. None of the execs I worked for put IT or IT funding as a high priority, but in the corporate world, that attitude isn’t surprising.
In today’s economy, it’s important to stay current in your industry. Keeping up with the latest trends and technologies is important if you already have a job, and it can be crucial if you are looking for work.
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Big data holds much promise for improving business processes, but you need to know what data you’ll need, how you’ll get it, how you’ll use it, and what you expect to learn from it.
IT may still be wrestling with the notion of cloud computing, but chief financial officers already believe. According to a Google-sponsored study, 96 percent of CFOs believe that “cloud computing provides their business with quantifiable benefits.” Almost as good, 94 percent said the cloud will be important to the success of their companies, and just over half of those agreed that cloud computing “offers better value” than traditional approaches to computing, including outsourcing.
Darwinism is no stranger to IT. Given the pace of innovation, today’s plum post is almost always one shift away from becoming tomorrow’s pink slip. But the trends currently taking hold of IT organizations may have a broader impact on IT employment than we’ve seen in years.
A survey that asked thousands of young “20-something” workers their attitudes about bring-your-own-device”policies found slightly more than half view it as their “right” to use their own mobile devices at work, rather than BYOD being just a “privilege.”
The era of the tech hero died with the dot-com bust, but an IT career can still be rewarding, especially if you learn your way around the business side. Last Sunday was Father’s Day, so I found myself wondering what I’d say to my son if he asked me whether he should go into IT.
First there was SaaS (software as a service); then there was PaaS (platform as a service), followed by IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and storage as a service, the other SaaS. Meanwhile, the Silicon Valley Rabbinical Society is reportedly experimenting with services as a service, and the Conjunction Society of America will soon offer “as” as a service.
Like millions of others, I made a point of staying home a few nights in February 2011 to watch a computer challenge the world’s best “Jeopardy” players. IBM’s Watson won, of course. End of story? Just a stunt? Not at all. After about five years of development and millions in R&D spending, IBM is taking its first steps to bring Watson out of the lab (and TV studio) and make money from it.
Last week, in light of the Flashback threat, I offered my assessment of the historic rise in Mac malware and how its prevalence amounts to a wake-up call for Mac users. The gist of my post was that the Mac is a victim of its own success. The bigger the market share, the bigger the target — and the Mac is not immune to exploits.