Why Your Big Data Needs Good Algorithms – Datamation

Why Your Big Data Needs Good Algorithms – Datamation

I was interviewed last week for a new article by my mate, the most excellent Andy Patrizio, writing for one of my favourite journals, Datamation. We talked about algorithms and more, and he also talked with Gartner and others too. This is a really interesting piece, you should read the whole thing over at Datamation; but here is a short preview… “Data will tell you everything, and data is absolutely growing. The problem is people can’t deal with the volumes of data. Data scientists can do amazing things but it’s only that top level data that’s valuable,” said Andi Mann, chief technology advocate for Splunk, a platform provider of operational intelligence. He added that the problem with algorithms is they can be static, doing the same thing over and over with the data. “Which is fine, in some cases. But if you are trying to disrupt a market, build a business…

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Expert interview on software localization for worldwide markets: Part 1 | Sajan

Expert interview on software localization for worldwide markets: Part 1 | Sajan

I was recently interviewed by the lovely people over at Sajan, who offer “a full range of language translation and localization services, covering all languages from Afrikaans to Welsh.” How awesome is that!? Here’s a short intro, you can check out Part 1 of the interview at the source over at Sajan.com. You work extensively with software companies. What challenges do many software vendors seem to run into when attempting to adapt their products in new international markets? Of course, vendors need to deal with multiple languages when selling to foreign markets, but there are cultural issues too. For example, in Japan, technology-based security controls are often secondary to human trust relationships; in some Mediterranean cultures a “thumbs up” or “okay” icon may be considered offensive.In many non-U.S. markets, products must also handle inferior infrastructures, variable technology adoption or even availability of clean power—and not just in developing nations. For example,…

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How Discovery Used Splunk to Survive Shark Week

How Discovery Used Splunk to Survive Shark Week

So, in a happy turn I recently found out I had been cited by Erika Morphy over at CMSWire in her super roundup of the announcements and customer stories from the annual Splunk user group, .conf15. It was a fantastic show, and Erika captures a lot of highlights: Andi Mann, chief technology officer at Splunk, described many of these presentations in a blog post from the conference. Partner monitoring was another example, he wrote, in which the company tracked and alerted on API failure rates for partner services. ITSI’s predictive analytics component was the highlight of yet another presentation, but this time as a resource planning tool — that is, the company deployed it to help it plan for upcoming disk space demand and new licenses. And then there is Discovery Communications and its use case: monitoring performance around its real time content management strategy. And that was just a very…

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As interest grows, container management features still missing

As interest grows, container management features still missing

I had a great chat recently with a fantastic journo and a good mate, Alex Barrett over at Tech Target, about one of the hottest areas in virtualization, cloud, and DevOps. Yep, that big! Enterprise IT shops are interested in containers, but there’s a lot that needs to happen before they adopt them whole-hog, said Andi Mann, business technology strategist at Sageable, an independent technology consulting firm. “I’m hearing a lot of enterprises talk about whether they should or shouldn’t adopt containers, which usually means that they will,” said Mann. We’re already seeing a lot of traction in agile development environments, where there are strong processes in place for open source tools, but enterprise-wide adoption is a different story, and “the difference is the management layer.” “Sure, there are a lot of orchestration tools, for example, but we’re still missing a lot of the more mundane management features such as…

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iSpeak™ DevOps: Top 5 Implementation Mistakes to Avoid

iSpeak™ DevOps: Top 5 Implementation Mistakes to Avoid

Have I mentioned that Jeanne Morain, my co-author on ‘Visual Ops – Private Cloud‘ (see side bar to the right), is one of the best people I know in tech, or maybe ever? Well, you should know that, because then it will be no surprise that I jumped at a chance to do a webinar with her and Brian Elkins of Beyond Office as part of Jeanne’s excellent iSpeak™ series. This webinar was on ‘DevOps: Top 5 Implementation Mistakes to Avoid‘, and I think it was pretty excellent. DevOps is a key ingredient for success to meet the rapid fire changes of the Digital Revolution. Despite that fact – many projects start out with the right intentions but quickly fizzle and fade because of common implementation mistakes that impact the Business and IT alike. Recorded Aug 18 2015 33 mins.  Watch for free! Presented by Jeanne Morain, Business Technology Specialist; Andi Mann,…

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VDI wrangles rogue Windows 10 upgrades

VDI wrangles rogue Windows 10 upgrades

I recently had a conversation with a great journo and good mate, Bridget Botelho over at TechTarget’s VDI and desktop virtualization site, SearchVirtualDesktop.com, about some of the key risks in Windows 10 upgrades, and how VDI and cloud can help mitigate the risks: When Windows 10 becomes available on July 29, it’s likely employees will take advantage of the free upgrade — whether IT is ready to support Microsoft’s new OS or not. The culture of consumerization and the low barrier to Windows 10 upgrades will add another complexity to the multiple OS versions most enterprises already have. Some applications will be incompatible with Windows 10 and require rewriting, said Andi Mann, business technology strategist and head of Sageable LLC, a technology strategy and analysis firm in Boulder, Colo. Please check the whole article over at Tech Target, via VDI wrangles rogue Windows 10 upgrades.

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12 Cloud Bloggers You Must Follow Today – CloudAlly

12 Cloud Bloggers You Must Follow Today – CloudAlly

I was recently named to a list of 12 Cloud Bloggers You Must Follow Today by CloudAlly. With only 12 people listed it misses many great cloud-focused thought leaders, but I am thrilled to be listed alongside some really impressive cloud commentators. Thanks CloudAlly! Please check the whole list over at CloudAlly at http://www.cloudally.com/12-cloud-bloggers-you-must-follow-today/.

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HMG Resource Center Video

HMG Resource Center Video

I was privileged recently to record a short video with a super strategist and executive thought leader, Hunter Muller of HMG Strategy. Check it out and many more over at the HMG Resource Center – Videos.

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DevOps Summit Chair @AndiMann Outlines Vision | DevOpsSummit Blog

DevOps Summit Chair @AndiMann Outlines Vision  | DevOpsSummit Blog

On the eve of the upcoming DevOps Summit in New York,  I spent some time talking with the inimitable Roger Strukhoff about my introduction to DevOps, some key concerns it raises for enterprise execs, and the perception that it is more for devs than ops: I first started thinking about DevOps back in 2010, when I was an IT industry analyst. It was an intriguing concept, but initially I was very skeptical. Of course I have evolved my opinion since then – it is amazing what a little (okay, a lot) of learning can do! However, my early skepticism stands me in good stead to understand enterprise IT executives’ not-insignificant concerns about DevOps. There is a lot more in the original, please go read it at DevOps Summit Chair @AndiMann Outlines Vision on the DevOpsSummit Blog.

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DevOps and better apps hold the key to brand loyalty | IT World Canada News

DevOps and better apps hold the key to brand loyalty | IT World Canada News

I was recently privileged to spend time on a radio show styled webcast with Jim Love, CIO and contributor to IT World Canada, on the topic of how DevOps and better apps hold the key to brand loyalty. After the event, Jeff Jadras of IT World Canada put together an excellent summary article about my conversation with Jim … We now live in the app economy said webinar host Jim Love, CIO of ITWC, and anyone who thinks the app economy is hype will find themselves sadly mistaken. “I don’t think we even think about (apps) anymore,” said Love. “It’s just part of our day.” That was echoed by Andi Mann, vice-president in the office of the CTO for CA Technologies, which sponsored the webinar. “Messaging and email we do every hour, if not every minute. And things like banking; I haven’t been to a bank branch in years,” said Mann. “Being able…

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The rise of DevOps in the Enterprise | Network World Video

The rise of DevOps in the Enterprise | Network World Video

At Interop recently I had the chance to talk with the excellent Brandon Butler (@BButlerNWW) about the rise of DevOps in the Enterprise. It is a short video, I hope you will enjoy it. Check it out over at Network World – The rise of DevOps in the Enterprise | Network World Video.

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CA Technologies the 800 Lb. DevOps Enabler- TMCNet

CA Technologies the 800 Lb. DevOps Enabler- TMCNet

Since visiting Interop 2015 in Las Vegas, I was excited to sit down with a great writer for TMCnet, Rich Tehrani, and my colleague at CA Technologies, Aruna Ravichandran, to talk APIs, microservice architectures, DevOps, and the enterprise. Rich posted this short roundup, I think it is worth reading the whole thing at the source on TMCNet.

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Virtualization vs. Containers: What You Need to Know – Datamation

I recently spent spome time thinking abotu virtual machines and containers, in light of the new thrust from orgs like Docker and CoreOS, for an article from the excellent Andy Patrizioover at DataMation. “Containers have critical limitations in areas like OS support, visibility, risk mitigation, administration, and orchestration. This is especially true for the newer brands of containerization which do not (yet) have a significant management and security ecosystem, in contrast to more mature solutions like Solaris containers,” said Andi Mann, vice president and a member of the Office of the CTO at CA. … “Containers and VMs are destined to be close companions in the cloud of clouds. Just as one cloud is not enough, and so too, one virtualization technology is not enough. Each technology provides a different response to different use cases, and in many cases work together to solve those challenges,” said Mann. “Containers are especially…

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