You could tell by the din that the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week
is the largest enterprise IT security confab in the world. The fact that
several prominent breaches over the last year have shaken the C-suite out of
its ostrichlike complacency clearly turned the volume up on this show all the
way to eleven. So now money seems to be flowing into IT security like never
before, adding to the commotion.
The big question: with all this security gear from the many hundreds of
vendors exhibiting at the conference, each trying to get their message heard
above the clamor, why do the hackers appear to be winning? Clearly, tools
aren’t enough – even when they’re arguably better than ever.
Regardless, the RSA Conference is largely about the tools and technologies
– where each tool addresses some corner of the security sphere. Here are my
picks for some of the most in... (more)
Digital Revolution or DevOps Revolution? How about Agile Architecture?
I’ve been writing about Agile Architecture for years – and in fact, I
believe it is such a fundamental change in the way businesses deliver value
that I named by 2013 book The Agile Architecture Revolution.
And yet, revolution is one of those words that has long since reached
buzzword status. There seem to be revolutions all around us, after all. The
Digital Revolution. The DevOps Revolution. Perhaps you can think of more: the
Big Data Revolution, perhaps? Or cognitive computing, or software-defined
Innovation Resonance on the Exponential Express
In my last Cortex newsletter I discussed the exponential growth pattern
technology innovation always seems to follow, what Ray Kurzweil calls the law
of accelerating returns.
I asked why such exponential patterns appear so ubiquitous – even extending
beyond human endeavor to growth patterns in the natural world – and the
answer was that groups of people are complex adaptive systems, and the
self-organization of such systems can lead to the emergence of exponential
Armed with this exciting new perspective on rapid i... (more)
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is an approach for abstracting enterprise
software capabilities as reusable services in order to support more flexible
business processes and ideally, more agile organizations. SOA was one of the
hottest topics in information technology (IT) back offices and enterprise
vendor marketing departments for a number of years back in the 2000s.
However, in retrospect the original promise of SOA was largely unrealized at
that time. Vendors used the approach to sell middleware, which led to
expensive and difficult implementations. The architectural focus... (more)
Compuware May Have a Future After Its Leveraged Buyout
Finance experts say the continued profits from Compuware’s mainframe
business will be key to paying off the debt from the company’s $2.4-billion
A business plan based on giant mainframes might seem precarious and
antiquated in today’s era of cloud computing and wearable devices. But
industry experts note that predictions of an imminent Death of the Mainframe
have been coming for decades and were always proven wrong.
Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, an IT consulting firm, said mainframe
computers are still heav... (more)