Built to fail: System resiliency is not relegated to the cloud

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Advances in software architecture over the last eight to 10 years have led to more complex and dynamic software architectures in the form of distributed systems. Despite this progress, today’s software applications, web-based or not, continue to still either provide a slower response or become completely non-responsive too often.

Utilising software like Chaos Monkey, which challenges a software application’s distributed systems by taking random instances offline, allows...

By ZapThink, 24 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Developers, Software.

The need for smart data visualisation - just because you can, should you?

By Krishna Ramaswamy, Ph.D

Big data is a big topic. It is one of the most popular buzzwords in the tech world today. From finance and banking, genomics and healthcare, to marketing and communications, nearly all industries want to utilise data to drive business decisions. Advances in communications, social networking, and information technology have fueled a tsunami of Big Data paving the way for development of interactive data visualisation tools.

Traditionally, data visualisation tools were static,...

By ZapThink, 25 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data.

The key lessons of the Healthcare.gov fiasco

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One of the advantages ZapThink brings to the discussion of Enterprise IT is our global perspective. As we travel the world, we hear the opinions of many people across many countries and industries. From this context we can confirm that most of the planet believes the US government is the laughing stock of the developed world.

First, we...

By ZapThink, 01 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Enterprise, Industry.

Don’t budget for cloud - budget for the solution

post thumbnailWe know we want it, so Cloud must be a thing, right? If we’re carrying our enterprise IT shopping basket around, we know we want to stop at the Cloud shelf. Once there, we might select a nice fresh IaaS or perhaps some of this SaaS or that. And whatever our selection, we’ll pay the bill at the register. Good thing we brought our shopping list, and...

By ZapThink, 16 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Enterprise, Industry, Private, Public, SaaS .

Examining the fallacies of big data

post thumbnailThe biggest problem with software is that it doesn’t do us any good at all unless our wetware is working properly – and unfortunately, the wetware which resides between our ears is limited, fallible, and insists on a good Chianti every now and then.

Improving our information technology, alas, only exacerbates this...

By ZapThink, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry.

How cloud computing is rethinking control of IT

By Jason BloombergIn my role as a globetrotting cloud consultant, I continue to be amazed at how many executives, both in IT and in the lines of business, still favour private clouds over public. These managers are perfectly happy to pour money into newfangled data centers (sorry, “private clouds”), even though Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its brethren are reinventing the entire world of IT. Their reason? Sometimes they believe private clouds will save them money over the public cloud option. No such luck: private clouds are dreadfully expensive to build,...

By ZapThink, 29 April 2013, 1 comment. Categories: CRM, IaaS, PaaS, Private, Public, SaaS .

You Say You Want a Revolution: Are we in one?

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Remember the heady dot.com days circa 1999? We thought we were reinventing business, forming a New Economy, revolutionizing the essential nature of commerce. In our dreams! By late 2001 the bubble had burst, and what we thought was a new paradigm for business—the World Wide Web—turned out to be little more than a new marketing...

By ZapThink, 16 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Economy, Forecasts, Industry, Trends.

Avoiding Unexpected Cloud Economics Pitfalls

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Anybody who is considering a move to the Cloud knows that the greatest economic motivation for Cloud Computing is the pay-as-you-go, pay-for-what-you-need utility computing benefit, right? Deal with spikes in demand much more cost-effectively, the public Cloud service providers gush, since we can spread the load over many customers and...

By ZapThink, 25 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, CIO, PaaS, SaaS , Virtualisation.

Cloud-Oriented Architecture and the Internet of Things

Quick quiz for all you Cloud aficionados out there: what’s missing from the NIST definition of Cloud Computing? To make this challenge easy for you, here’s the definition: “Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management...

By ZapThink, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Forecasts, Infrastructure, Scalability, Storage.

Rethinking Cloud Service Level Agreements

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It’s so easy these days to purchase Cloud-based services. Go online, click a few times, enter your credit card info, and presto! You’re in the Clouds. There’s no question the novelty really hasn’t worn off yet. Have you ever wondered, however, what you’re really paying for? Sure, you have some expectation that the service...

By ZapThink, 21 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, CIO, SaaS , SLA.

Why Public Clouds are More Secure than Private Clouds

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Conventional wisdom would have you believe that Public Clouds are inherently insecure, and that the only way to meet your organization’s stringent security requirements in the Cloud is to implement your own Private Cloud. Conventional wisdom, you say? Unfortunately, there is precious little wisdom available of any kind when it...

By ZapThink, 08 February 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Public, Security, Storage.

Garbage in the Cloud

On two occasions I have been asked,—”Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?” … I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.

—Charles Babbage, 1864

The long-standing computer science principle of “garbage in, garbage out” (GIGO) is so fundamental to IT that it predates digital computing by almost a century. And yet here we are in the twenty-first century,...

By ZapThink, 19 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data.

Architecting Beyond Cloud Computing’s Horseless Carriage

Today is a wonderful time for anyone interested in Cloud Computing to be working with the US government. On the one hand, the government considers Cloud to be strategically important, and they already have a track record as an early adopter of Cloud Computing on a grand scale. On the other hand, the government is also in the unique position of being able to drive standards for the approach—and in fact, they are even responsible for establishing the most widely adopted definition of Cloud Computing.

The federal agency...

By ZapThink, 08 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, PublicSector.

Model Driven DoDAF Architecture: Building for Change

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On first glance, the marriage of Dovèl Technologies and ZapThink might appear to be somewhat of a mismatch: boutique Federal contractor acquires iconoclastic architecture thought leadership firm? But look below the surface, and the synergies become apparent, as Dovèl has long had an iconoclastic approach to architecture, since after all, we focus...

By ZapThink, 28 September 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Compliance, Developers, ERP, Government, IaaS, Industry, Migration, Monitoring, PaaS, PublicSector, SaaS .