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+ - How IT executives think about surviving the first few months on the job

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "It's not uncommon for IT leaders to inherit a hot mess when they take over a new role in an IT department. Politics, governance gates, and chaos can contribute to a sense of futility when an IT department is in the midst of a transition, writes Pearson CTO Sven Gerjets. When this happens, there are a few approaches that newcomers can take to pull their IT departments out of an IT tornado. Gerjets outlines some of the best moves new IT leaders can take when their IT organization is facing a lot of crises: "Discipline and clarity are where it all begins, two ingredients you’ll notice are entirely missing from tornadoes.""

+ - The luxury of a bottomless bucket of bandwidth for Georgia schools

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "The IT departments at all the University System of Georgia institutions have a luxury that most CIOs could only dream of — access to about 2,800 miles of free fiber and a private cloud that they an always count on. The private cloud configuration allows CIOs in the system the perk of not focusing on bandwith. "Our local CIOS even take some pleasure in telling telecom company representatives, 'If you can beat free, then I’m willing to listen.' That tends to shut down most conversations,"writes USG CIO Curt Carver, who explains how the technology is now becoming an educational equalizer across the state. In 2015, Georgia school districts are expected to have a 33-fold increase in bandwith available to them through the program. "This will help to flatten the state. No more haves or have-nots in terms of bandwidth going into the school districts.""

+ - What the modern CIO will be worrying about in 2015

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "As we move into 2015, CIOs will be faced with numerous technology decisions that could have a direct impact on the bottom line. Among the challenges facing CIOs (beyond the ever-present concerns around security) are managing big data, making friends once and for all in the business, and the explosion of projects housed in the cloud. In this article, Red Hat storage and big data leader Sarangan Rangachari outlines three organizational trends he says will have a direct and significant impact on technology decisions for the CIO in 2015, including the importance of wrangling cloud sprawl."

+ - In IT, beware of fad versus functional

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "Cloud, big data, and agile were three of the technology terms that were brandished the most by IT leaders in 2014. Yet, there could be a real danger in buying into the hype without understanding the implications of the technologies, writes Pearson CTO Sven Gerjets. In this essay, Gerjets warns that many IT executives drop the ball when it comes to "defining how a new technology approach will add value" to their organization. He says: "Yes, you can dive into an IT fad without thinking about it, but I can promise you’ll look back and be horrified someday. The only time you can fully adopt some of these new methods is when you are starting from scratch. Most of us don’t have that luxury because we are working with legacy architectures and technical debt so you have to play hand you’ve been dealt, communicate well, set clear and measurable outcomes, and use these fads to thoughtfully supplement the environment you are working in to benefit the ecosystem.""

+ - Ask Slashdot: Non-coders, why aren't you contributing to open source? 4

Submitted by Jason Baker
Jason Baker (3502325) writes "Most everyone is using an open source tool somewhere in their workflow, but relatively few are contributing back their time to sustaining the projects they use. But these days, there are plenty of ways to contribute to an open source project without submitting code. Projects like OpenHatch will even help you match your skill set to a project in need. So what's holding you back? Time? Lack of interest? Difficulty getting started?"

+ - Major Overhaul: How the FCC CIO plans to modernize 207 legacy IT systems

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "When David Bray took over as CIO of the FCC last year, he found the agency saddled with 207 legacy systems, which is about one system for every eight employees in the 1,750-person agency. Bray, who is one of the youngest CIOs across the federal government, shares his plan for updating those systems to a cloud-based, common data platform, that's "ideally open source." In this interview, Bray shares the challenges the FCC faces as it upgrades its systems, including keeping up morale and finding a way to fit longtime employees into his modernization strategy."

+ - How 5G will change the world

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The global race is on to develop 5G, the fifth generation of mobile network. While 5G will follow in the footsteps of 4G and 3G, this time scientists are more excited. They say 5G will be different — very different. "5G will be a dramatic overhaul and harmonisation of the radio spectrum," says Prof Rahim Tafazolli who is the lead at the UK's multimillion-pound government-funded 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey. To pave the way for 5G the ITU is comprehensively restructuring the parts of the radio network used to transmit data, while allowing pre-existing communications, including 4G and 3G, to continue functioning. 5G will also run faster, a lot faster. Prof Tafazolli now believes it is possible to run a wireless data connection at an astounding 800Gbps — that's 100 times faster than current 5G testing. A speed of 800Gbps would equate to downloading 800 HD films — in a single second. Samsung hopes to launch a temporary trial 5G network in time for 2018's Winter Olympic Games."

+ - Operating systems still matter in a containerized world

Submitted by Jason Baker
Jason Baker (3516395) writes "With the rise of Docker containers as an alternative for deploying complex server-based applications, one might wonder, does the operating system even matter anymore? Certainly the question gets asked periodically. Gordon Haff makes the argument on Opensource.com that the operating system is still very much alive and kicking, and that a hardened, tuned, reliable operating system is just as important to the success of applications as it was in the pre-container data center."

+ - Open source pioneer Michael Tiemann on what makes open source businesses success->

Submitted by ectoman
ectoman (594315) writes "Opensource.com is featuring an interview with Michael Tiemann, co-founder of Cygnus Solutions and one of the world's first open source entrepreneurs. Now VP of Open Source Affairs at Red Hat, Tiemann offers an historical perspective on what makes open source businesses successful, and shares how he dealt with the open source movement's early skeptics. "A lot of the skepticism is a response to the abstract; it's a response to the unknown," Tiemann says, "And when you bring a concrete success story with just absolutely stellar credentials that doesn't just outperform the field, but embarrasses the field, then the skeptics begin to look like they're on the wrong side.""
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+ - 3D printer manufacturer goes to the extreme to make its printers open source

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "In a time where there's a "gold rush" for 3D printing patents, there's one company that's doing everything it can to keep its 3D printers as open as possible. Jeff Moe, CEO of Aleph Objects, said in an interview with Opensource.com that his company's strategy is "to not patent anything, but to establish prior art as soon as we can. So when we develop things we try to push it out there as soon as possible and hope to establish prior art if there isn't prior art already. That allows us to develop a lot more quickly." The company makes the Lulzbot 3D printers, and goes to the extreme of publishing every last detail about its printers, Moe said, including syncing its internal file system that it uses to share files on the development of the machine to the public every hour so you can see what they're doing. In the interview, Moe talks about his mission to be as open as possible."

+ - The rise of Drupal and the fall of closed source

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "The open source content management system Drupal powers millions of applications and websites, including some of the Web's biggest sites like whitehouse.gov and Examiner.com. So how did Drupal grow from a message board created in founder Dries Buytaert's small college apartment to being one of the most widely-used open source content management frameworks? In this essay, tech writer Jared Whitehead outlines the history of Drupal from its beginnings in Buytaert's apartment, to its role in Howard Dean’s online presence for the 2004 presidential election, to its current popularity, showing how Drupal's rising popularity opened up new doors for open source software."

+ - Open source beehives designed to help save honeybee colonies ->

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "Honeybees are disappearing at an alarming rate, with a third of U.S. honeybees vanishing last year. Since bees pollinate many fruits and vegetables, the disappearance of honeybees could cause the United States to lose $15 billion worth of crops, and even change the American diet. The honey bee disappearance is called Colony Collapse Disorder, a serious problem of bees abruptly leaving their hives. A new open source effort called the Open Source Beehives project hopes to help by creating "a mesh network of data-generating honey bee colonies for local, national, and international study of the causes and effects of Colony Collapse Disorder." Collaborators have created two beehive designs that can be downloaded for free and milled using a CNC machine, then filled with sensors to track bee colony health."
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+ - Aging Linux kernel community is looking for younger participants

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "Time has been good to Linux and the kernel community, with the level of participation and volume of activity reaching unprecedented levels. But as core Linux kernel developers grow older, there's a very real concern about ensuring younger generations are getting involved. In this post, Open Access supporter Luis Ibanez shares some exciting stats about recent releases of the Linux kernel, but also warns that: "Maintaining the vitality of this large community does not happen spontaneously. On the contrary, it requires dedication and attention by community members on how to bring new contributors on board, and how to train them and integrate them alongside the well-established developers.""

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