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Currently looking for new opportunities and would appreciate assistance on roles where my skills and background would be a fit in the areas of: BYOD, Cloud, Virtualization, DataCenter, Mobility, Automation.

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BYOD Onboarding Is the New Business “Trigger” For Initiating Productivity

On-boarding and off-boarding are still a manual process in many organizations and is one of the greatest barriers to productivity for many BYOD users and business. Automating business processes using BYOD as a new business “trigger” or event, employers will be able to see improvements in productivity while reducing its exposure with industry compliance.

  1. On-boarding is the act of integrating a new employee within the corporation.
  2. Off-boarding is the process of removing an individual from an organization.

These two business processes and everything in between need to be examined on how a user not a device can integrate into an organization efficiently; reducing the time to productivity.

While many view on-boarding and off-boarding as an IT  process it crosses multiple business units from HR, Finance, IT, facilities, etc. The process of integrating the user impacts the organization as a whole when it comes to the use of data whether it is HIPAA , SOX etc..  What BYOD highlights is the fact that many business units are silos within the same organization. While virtualization has “flattened” the data center to treat computing resources as capacity there are still areas where business processes start and stop at the walls of the business unit such as IT.

Companies are interested in the on-boarding process as this is the first business process many new employees encounter, still the least mature and  very people intensive.  Employees require access to facilities and content management systems. The more these systems are accessed by employee owned devices the more productive they will be leveraging their own understanding of the technology. One example is the area of on-boarding applications developers that I touched on in Encouraging Developer Productivity While Protecting Intellectual Property. As more and more organizations move toward development of their own marketable applications this process will become more critical with the ability to reduce the time to market. BYOD is highlighting the fact that technology cannot be used to paint all users with the same brush as it pertains to their needs.

With End User Computing it is the exceptions and not the rule where organizations have the most challenge. As a business process, business leaders and IT need to identify the needs of the user ie: the end node whether it is desktop, laptops, tablets phones etc. Identify a strategy that will not only allow for the rapid integration of these users but one that will cross multiple business units.  While many solutions focus on integration of the device in reality it is the user personalization, applications and data that need to be managed as a whole within the enterprise. It also allows the enterprise to ensure focus is not on the technology driven by a specific vendor but the content associated with the user. Managing the device does not address many of the issues associated with BYOD in the enterprise or its associated business processes.

 

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Reports: Facebook Is Buying Social Mapping/Traffic App Waze For Up To $1B To Court Mobile Users

donjduncan:

Smart move by Facebook! Great app!

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Facebook appears to be close to making another billion-dollar acquisition to once again ramp up its mobile efforts: according to three reports in the Israeli press at Calcalist and sister publication Ynet and The Marker (all in Hebrew), Facebook has approached Waze, the social mapping and traffic app maker, and is now in advanced due dilligence on a deal that Calcalist puts at between $800 million and $1 billion. The negotiations between the social network and crowdsourced mapping app apparently began six months ago.

We have been digging too and have picked up confirmation from a source that both sides have privately confirmed that the deal is happening, and that the pricing reported first by the Calcalist is accurate. The main issue right now, the source said, is whether to keep Waze in Israel or take it to the U.S., as Facebook did with two previous Israel acqusitions. Those were…

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MadeiraCloud nets $1.5M to paint a pretty picture of your Amazon cloud

Originally posted on Gigaom:

MadeiraCloud, a startup in the crowded field of Amazon(s amzn) Web Services monitoring and management services, snagged $1.5 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital.

The company provides a graphical visualization of the architecture and resources used by a given application, not just a spreadsheet-like list of all the AWS instances on one page and all the databases on another, said CEO Daniel O’Prey via email. MadeiraCloud got its start in Beijing and now has an office in San Francisco.

That funding comes atop about $160,000 in seed funding, and will be used to beef up the development team and to market the product. The 11-person shop has done no marketing to date.

There are a raft of companies that provide AWS monitoring and management capabilities, but O’Prey said Madeira’s simple, self-service interface probably competes most directly with the AWS Console itself. Longer term, he sees MadeiraCloud taking on companies…

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Heck yeah! Facebook’s Open Compute Project is making an open source switch

Originally posted on Gigaom:

The Open Compute Project, which Facebook launched a little more than two years ago, has decided that utterly disrupting the server and storage market isn’t enough. On Wednesday, it said it would solicit input on an open source top-of-rack switch.

The project, in a presentation by Frank Frankovsy at Interop, said it was taking a slightly different tack with its design, deciding to get input from others before actually making and releasing the hardware to the community. However, just because the hardware isn’t designed yet, Facebook isn’t going to twiddle its thumbs for a traditional multi-year design cycle. Frankovsky told me in an interview that he expects the hardware to b out in 9 to 12 months.

“We have built these islands of openness in the data center but the last element, and the one that was connecting the compute and storage, was the network,” said Frankovsky. “And there is…

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Open Compute Project To Develop A Network Switch, A First-Of-Its-Kind Open Source Project

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Open Compute will develop a specification and a reference box for an open networking switch and will do so from the ground up in the fashion of open-source software efforts, such as those developed by the Apache Foundation.

The OS-agnostic, top-of-rack switch will be the first developed as an open-source project with the spec developed by the Open Compute community.

“Closesd switches are still the primary way things work,” said Frank Frankovsky in an interview this week. Frankovsky is a Facebook vice president in hardware design and supply operations who plays a focal role at Open Compute. “…Networking has always had a black box nature to it. You give it a packet and it gives it back on the other end.”

According to a blog post by Frankovsky, Najam Ahmad, who runs the network engineering team at Facebook, will lead the networking project. The Open Networking Foundation and OpenDaylight group will participate with Broadcomm, Intel…

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The commoditization of operating systems continues with Windows Blue

donjduncan:

Commodization is a great word to use to describe what is going on with the operating system.

Originally posted on PandoDaily:

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Microsoft is finally talking about Windows Blue, the long-rumored (and previously-leaked) version of its desktop operating system meant to unify Windows on Intel and ARM-based processors, allow for smaller, 7-and 8-inch tablets, and address consumers’ concerns about the oft-maligned Windows 8. The update will be publicly available to developers in June, Microsoft announced today at the Wired Business Conference.

Windows Blue, which will be called Windows 8.1 upon release, is expected to put Windows on a yearly upgrade cycle, much like Android, iOS, and OS X. The update will be available through the Windows Store, allowing consumers to bypass the current upgrade method — which requires a license and a download from Microsoft’s website or, worse, an upgrade DVD — and continuing the commoditization of operating systems.

Consumers used to pay hundreds of dollars to upgrade their computers’ operating systems once every few years. Then the…

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How EMC’s CTO is trying to keep EMC, VMware and Pivotal orbiting the same sun

Originally posted on Gigaom:

If you’re confused about all the action with EMC, VMware and Pivotal over the past several months, you’re not alone. CEOs have traded places, joint ventures have been struck, product lines have been sold and GE even came on board. And that’s before you even start talking about all the new technology.

I sat down with EMC SVP and CTO John Roese on Tuesday at the company’s annual EMC World conference to find out what’s up. Here’s what he had to say.

On three companies under one roof

While they’re technically three separate companies, EMC is really in control. It’s the majority shareholder in VMware and owns more than 60 percent of Pivotal, its new joint venture with VMware that includes the Greenplum, Pivotal LabsSpringSource, Cloud Foundry and Cetas business lines. When it comes to everyone working toward a common goal, Roese said, “The…

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Here’s technology from Africa that ensures the cloud works when your connection doesn’t

donjduncan:

Definitely a need for remote branch office locations.

Originally posted on Quartz:

The “cloud” is great for places that enjoy uninterrupted power and internet connections. But for large swathes of the world, where blackouts are common and connections unreliable, accessing files stored remotely on the internet is a massive hassle. Forget about downloading Adobe Creative Suite. Simply working on a Google doc can be aggravating.

That’s why the people behind Ushahidi, open disaster-mapping software, built BRCK (pronounced “brick.”) BRCK is a wi-fi router and mobile modem in one, with eight hours of battery life to keep it going when the power runs out. It can sit in an office connected by ethernet and switch seamlessly to a 3G or 4G connection if the line goes down. It can also support up to 20 wireless connections and has 16 gigabytes of storage so it can work as a back-up network drive. Connect it to some processing power, such as a 

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