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On 25th May, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation became effective. The regulation is intended to raise the bar with respect to protecting citizens’ personal data. In my previous post, I shared my thoughts on why I thought this new regulation came to be, and indeed, since writing that, the revelations have occurred about the use of personal data in election manipulation with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. The issue is that the threats in this space are ever increasing, so GDPR is part of a constant refresh to keep ahead of those threats; and it comes with a nasty stick in the form of hefty fines and compensation.
There is a joke circulating on the Internet, based on the classic song, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”. The joke goes, “He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice; he’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice, Santa Claus is in contravention of Article 4 of General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679.”
Leaning Out to Lean In. Make way for the new Diversity Paradigm - Digital Nomads in Style Offices.
Carly, Meg, Indra, and Marissa have all been focal points for the diversity discussion recently. Top leaders of top companies, some of whom I have been lucky enough to work with and all of whom have inspired me; yet everything they say or do is viewed through a second screen - “role model female.”
Business Imperatives and the Tech Time Bomb
Many transformational programs in enterprise IT are no more than shiny objects sitting on a veneer layer that masks the unsustainable, expensive legacy they depend on.
It’s easy in the world of IT to feel like there’s framework overload; there’s so many options to choose from.
My advice to try and clear away the clutter is to step back and really think through all the options out there before jumping into adoption. Here's 5 questions to ask before you make your decision.
Last August, I was lucky to find myself at the inaugural O’Reilly conference, JupyterCon 2017 in New York. Much smaller than O’Reilly’s Strata+Hadoop conferences, this one dedicated itself to the increasing popular python framework Jupyter. Some of you who have already been to Strata+Hadoop would have no doubt already heard of it.
In the very early 1980s, I encountered my first IT Help Desk. I remember thinking at the time that it seemed an odd thing because we had so many issues we needed to set up, something to capture, prioritise and ultimately fix them. Odd – why didn’t we focus our efforts on fixing the issues?? We didn’t, and little did I know at the time a massive industry of software providers, consultants, experience professionals would become the norm in our IT world all playing in this space.
The IT4IT™ Standard – What is all the fuss about ? Isn't it just an architecture after all?
An article I produced just before joining Virtual Clarity and a subject I will be speaking about at The Open Group Conference on the 18th April. In October 2015, The Open Group launched a new standard, The Open Group IT4IT™ Reference Architecture, and I personally feel this may have been one of the biggest events when it comes to the history of IT. At last, IT is starting to really mature! Let me tell you why I have this view.