Summer Journal

Volume 29, Issue 3

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Jon Seals

As any city hosting a major event would, the San Francisco Bay Area sees hosting Super Bowl 50 as a chance to show off what makes the city great. To that end, San Francisco has branded itself as Super Bowl City and opened Market Street as a family-friendly fan village full of activities and local fare. More than 1 million people are expected to visit during the week, generating income for businesses and raising the city’s profile as another more than 100 million people are expected to watch football’s biggest game of the year from afar.

Super Bowl week also coincides with two major tech announcements for the city — a new data sharing partnership with traffic monitoring service Waze, and an expansion of #SFWiFi, a free Wi-Fi network that has crept across the city since its initial launch in 2013. San Francisco CIO Miguel Gamiño said the Super Bowl tech announcements afford the city a chance to show off their tech, stress test it against a large influx of visitors, and ultimately produce a stronger infrastructure for citizens in the long-term.

The Waze partnership, announced Jan. 28 by the office of Mayor Edwin Lee, establishes a two-way data-sharing channel between the city and the popular traffic monitoring app. Waze will assist the city by publishing free, anonymous user data on the city’s open data portal. The city can use this data to re-gear its transportation management during events and road closures, and evaluate its overall transportation strategy. The city will share its data with Waze every two weeks in alignment with its street closure approval process. Gamiño’s office also reported plans to have Waze share pothole reports with the city in real-time via the city’s Open311 API. San Francisco is now conducting cross-agency workshops to find effective uses of the agreement.

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http://www.govtech.com/network/San-Francisco-Super-Bowl-50-Tech-Upgrades-Produce-Stronger-Long-Term-Infrastructure-for-Citizens.html

LONDON – The annual survey of the top 500 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in Europe shows some major changes due to substantial growth in some areas, consolidation and changing market conditions. After a slow rise of 5% in the previous year, it looks like ISV fortunes have turned around strongly in 2015, based on early figures. The latest database report by IT Europa, ISVs in Europe - the top 500, published today shows a shake-up at the top of the list of individual companies, with three newcomers to the top ten. There has also been a big jump in those reporting that they offer Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). In 2016, nearly 90% of ISVs said they offer SaaS, an increase of over 60% from 2014. But it is not all packages and cloud; bespoke software development is also on the rise with just under 60% offering it.

Companies from 35 European countries are featured within the report. The 10 largest geographic markets in terms of companies profiled are: UK (135 companies), France (76), Germany (63), Finland (20), Netherlands (17), Switzerland (17), Italy (15), Denmark (14), Sweden (13) and Spain (11). While the UK market experienced an average revenue increase of around 5%, the picture across Europe was patchy, with strong growth in some central and eastern parts, as well as Norway with double digit growth, but parts of Benelux actually saw reduced ISV sales.

 

Part of the ISV growth story comes from greater confidence in the vertical market sectors, especially in banking and finance. The study reveals that over half of all the firms cater for Bank/Finance/Insurance (54.8% of companies), followed by Public Sector (45.2%) and Retail (40.6%). Compared to 2014, in 2016 the number of ISVs catering to the Banking vertical market has increased by nearly 5%, among the highest indicators of changing verticals.

 

ISVs are still mainly providing their own software solutions, followed by providing services (this includes SaaS), then other software (which includes third party software) and finally a number are still involved in supplying hardware, where the proportion has actually risen. In the list of the most common type of third party software being sold, the names which came up most often were Oracle, Microsoft, IBM and SAP, primarily in the areas of ERP, BI and CRM.

 

In terms of the type of applications, data handling is on the rise, with two thirds of the ISVs working in areas of business intelligence and data management, followed by Mobility (55%) and ERP (47%). Some other notable horizontal markets which scored well with ISVs are Human Resources Management, Asset Management, Business Process Management and Automation. Among those finding less interest is Project Management.

 

“It is good to see the European software industry grasping the SaaS and Cloud opportunity, but there are several new challenges that will need to be embraced for the sector to continue driving IT growth in Europe,” says Alan Norman, Managing Director of IT Europa. “The nature of those challenges and the role that software will play in addressing them will be a major subject for debate at the European Software & Solutions Summit 2016 (www.eusss.com) which takes place in London in April.”

 

The ISVs in Europe – the top 500 database report spans 35 countries and represents the most detailed view available of this key market sector. It has been compiled from detailed interviews by IT Europa’s own research team. The company profiles include sales figures for each company in local currency and US dollars; contact details for key executives, hardware, software, database and programming languages supported; horizontal and vertical markets addressed, ownership details and company overview. The report is available from IT Europa (www.iteuropa.com) costing from £2,350. Data can also be extracted and supplied by country, region or on a bespoke basis.

 

About IT Europa

IT Europa is the leading provider of strategic business intelligence, news and analysis on the European IT marketplace and the primary channels that serve it. It publishes European channel publications, such as the IT Europa, ISVEuropa and MSPEuropa newsletters, markets a range of database reports and organises European conferences and events for the IT and Telecoms sectors. For further details visit: www.iteuropa.com 

Washington, D.C. — The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that it has completed a transaction to acquire Washington, D.C.-based consultancy Obsidian Analysis, Inc. (Obsidian). With this acquisition, Cadmus offers the technical and domain expertise necessary to address many of the most complex risks and challenges facing governments, communities, and businesses worldwide—from climate, energy, and water to security and resilience. Service to Obsidian’s existing client base will continue uninterrupted.

Obsidian is a leading provider of management consulting services across the full range of security and resilience domains. With the addition of Obsidian, Cadmus’ portfolio of services for government and commercial organizations expands to include Obsidian’s cutting-edge emergency management, hazard preparedness, business resilience, cybersecurity, and national security expertise. These capabilities strategically complement Cadmus’ existing scientific, engineering, and policy expertise in energy, climate change, water, health, critical infrastructure, and the natural and built environments to create a unified firm that is uniquely positioned to help its clients thrive in a rapidly changing landscape.

“Our strategic partnership with Obsidian creates a comprehensive suite of expert offerings that governments and commercial organizations require to address the challenges presented by our changing world,” said Cadmus President and CEO Ian Kline. “In complex emerging areas of risk, such as climate change, water scarcity, public health protection, increasing urbanization, and resilience of critical infrastructure, our new firm now offers best-in-class expertise and experience.”        

“By joining Cadmus, we are locking arms with a highly successful, high-energy, and like-minded company to bring increased capabilities to our existing clients while opening up opportunities to explore new areas,” said Obsidian president and co-founder Kevin O’Prey, Ph.D.

About Obsidian, A Cadmus Company

Washington, DC-based Obsidian provides outstanding management consulting services to decision makers across the full range of homeland security and business resilience domains. Obsidian’s capabilities cover the entire life-cycle of decision making—from analysis/assessment, to planning, to course-of-action development, to evaluation, to training and exercising, to stakeholder outreach and engagement. Founded by Dr. Kevin P. O’Prey and Matthew Travis, Obsidian was acquired by The Cadmus Group, Inc. in 2016.

 

About The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Cadmus is an employee-owned consultancy committed to helping our clients address complex challenges by applying diverse skills and experiences in a highly collaborative environment. By assisting our clients in achieving their goals, we create social and economic value today and for future generations. Founded in 1983, we leverage our staff's exceptional expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering, social sciences, strategic communication, architecture and design, law, policy analysis, and the liberal arts to provide an array of research and analytical services in the United States and abroad. See more at www.cadmusgroup.com.

 

Headwaters MB served as exclusive financial advisor to Obsidian in this transaction.

Pier Six Capital, LLC provided strategic and M&A support to Cadmus with respect to this transaction.

MIT Professional Education is pleased to announce its professional short course "Crisis Management and Business Continuity" for 2016. Join us on the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA on August 1 - 5, 2016. Earn 3.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). This is the seventh year of our extremely successful program.
 
Our comprehensive program provides up-to-date assessments and knowledge on issues that affect companies and agencies from the experts involved with these efforts.
Course topics include:

* Industry laws, standards and metrics
* Supply chain management
* Cyber security and data breaches
* IT/DR trends - current and future
* Federal, state, and local response
* Terrorism threats/response
* Large and small organization BCP Practices
* Pandemic Update
* What the news media will do to you
* Social media strategies
* Response leadership
* BC Program Leadership
* Crisis simulation with a data breach scenario and a realistic news media briefing
 

Participants will have many networking opportunities to interact with the lecturers and with their peers. Both novices and experienced personnel will benefit greatly from this program.
 
Previous year's attendees said:
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The program offers an effective combination of lectures, case studies, even a field trip to a hidden federal response facility. Several interactive class activities provide additional hands-on experience. Students will also practice what is learned: the course concludes with a crisis simulation in which students take active roles in a simulated disaster, including a realistic news media briefing.
 
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What is Machine Learning? Machine Learning can be described as the study and construction of algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data, rather than follow programmed instructions. IoT and Machine Learning are said to go hand in hand.

IoT promotes the data that can help cities predict accidents, give doctors real-time insight into information from bio-chips and pacemakers, and enable optimized productivity across industries through predictive maintenance on equipment and machinery. The possibilities that IoT bring are endless.

The problem is finding ways to analyze the deluge of performance data and information that all these devices create. It’s impossible for humans to review and understand all this data. We need to improve the speed and accuracy of big data analysis in order for IoT to live up to its promise. The only way to keep up with this IoT-generated data and gain the hidden insight it holds is with Machine Learning.

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http://www.mintek.com/blog/eam-cmms/how-important-is-predictive-maintenance-to-your-business/

Battery-Free, High Efficiency Design Makes CleanSource® HD UPS Ideal Solution for Sustainably-Designed Data Center

AUSTIN, Texas – To align with its sustainability initiatives and to help reduce costs for its customers, Hydro66 selected Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW), a manufacturer of flywheel energy storage solutions for mission critical and renewable applications worldwide, to provide critical power protection to its new hydro-powered colocation data center in northern Sweden.

The British-based colocation provider deployed Active Power's CleanSource HD UPS system at its nearly 11,000 square foot data center in Boden, Sweden, located 50 miles from the Arctic Circle. The system conditions incoming power and protects the facility's IT infrastructure from electrical interruption. The enterprise hosting facility was built for eco-conscious customers, is powered entirely by renewable energy from a nearby hydroelectric dam and utilizes free-air cooling year-around.

"When designing our facility, we took a hard look at why data centers are so inefficient and then rewrote the rule book," said Christiaan Keet, Chief Technology Officer, at Hydro66. "We were very particular and deliberate about only selecting sustainable products, so we knew a UPS system with lead acid batteries was not in line with our green initiative. We selected Active Power's ultra-green UPS over others due to its high operating efficiencies and scalability."

"We're excited to be aligned with Hydro66 and what they offer to their customers -- colocation services optimized for cost, carbon footprint, security and connectivity," said RJ Adleman, Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, at Active Power. "Our flywheel UPS product is an ideal solution for data centers and other mission critical operations that leverage carbon free electricity generation to power their facilities. The solution eliminates the environmental issues associated with conventional lead acid batteries, while providing superior reliability and a lower total cost of ownership."

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Hydro66 is a company dedicated to offering disruptive colocation hosting services dramatically reducing the impact companies have on the environment whilst running power hungry IT services and simultaneously lowering their operational costs compared to traditional data centres in Europe, USA and Asia Pacific region. Offering wholesale and retail capacity in state-of-the-art data centres, that combine unrivalled power availability, free-air cooling for 350 days a year, coupled with diverse fibre connectivity, gives an ideal solution for mission critical hosting such as secure backup, second site disaster recovery, cloud based applications, HPC and multi-media rendering. Read more: www.hydro66.com.

About Active Power
Active Power (NASDAQ: ACPW) designs and manufactures flywheel uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, modular infrastructure solutions (MIS), and energy storage products for mission critical and renewable applications worldwide. The company's products deliver an unmatched combination of total cost of ownership, reliability and sustainability for leading organizations around the world. Customers are served via Austin and three regional operations centers located in the United Kingdom, Germany and China, that support the deployment of systems in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.activepower.com.

Active Power, CleanSource and Driven by Motion are registered trademarks of Active Power, Inc. The Active Power logo is a trademark of Active Power, Inc.

To be sustainable, organizations must prepare for crises that occur or risks that crystalize. General responses to those threats include alternative office sites, IT back-ups and communication protocols. As reality demonstrates over and over, it is critically important to have a strong leader in a crisis situation, be it the captain of a ship in a storm, the commanding officer of a platoon under fire or the CEO of a company in turmoil. A cacophony of contradicting orders or disintegration in the line of command is the surest way to increase a disaster’s impact and the time needed to recover.

Instead of creating a strong BCP landscape with clear lines of command and control, however, we more often see “balkanization,” or fragmentation of responsibilities. Business continuity planning, environmental health and safety, operational risk and IT disaster recovery are different teams with overlapping roles and responsibilities for crisis management.

The newest buzzword is resilience, which is discussed in a growing number of articles and lectures and defined as the “ability to bounce back to a normal operating status after a state of crisis.” There are also a number of overlapping areas with the aforementioned functions—and that is just on an intra-company level. The OECD has issued Guidelines for Resilience System Analysis, urging member states to set up resilience management on a country level basis.

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/overcoming-balkanization-of-business-continuity-planning/

Improved regional preparation, response to coastal hazards top goal


Each project selected in the National Ocean Service's Coastal Resilience Grants Program reflects NOAA's commitment to building coastal resilience using science-based solutions and collaborative partnerships. (Credit: Think Stock Photos.com).

Each project selected in the National Ocean Service's Coastal Resilience Grants Program reflects NOAA's commitment to building coastal resilience using science-based solutions and collaborative partnerships. (Credit: Think Stock Photos.com)

NOAA’s National Ocean Service will award today $4.5 million in coastal resilience grants, with plans to award another $4.5 million in grants later this year. The local community grant recipients are required to add an additional $2.4 million in matching funds.

The projects selected are designed to help coastal communities improve their resilience to adverse events by improving their ability to prepare for and respond to a variety of coastal threats, including extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions.

“We know that continued sea level rise and the storm surges associated with potential changes in hurricanes combined with increased coastal storm activity threaten to cause $35 billion annually in damages within the next 15 years,” said Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “We need to reduce these impacts through better application of science-based knowledge. The six projects receiving funds today are designed to serve as models of the way forward to increasing the resilience of our coastal communities.”

The projects will address evolving economic, environmental, and social pressures on our ocean and coasts through approaches that cover land and ocean use, disaster preparedness, environmental restoration, hazard mitigation, and regional, state, and community planning efforts. (Credit: Think Stock Photos.com).

The projects will address evolving economic, environmental, and social pressures on our ocean and coasts through approaches that cover land and ocean use, disaster preparedness, environmental restoration, hazard mitigation, and regional, state, and community planning efforts. (Credit: Think Stock Photos.com)

The selected projects reflect the program’s regional focus — more than 100 communities are participating in these six projects. In response to its call for proposals last year, NOAA received 132 applications requesting more than $100 million. The proposals were reviewed by a panel of coastal management experts from around the United States that included representatives of government, academia and private industry.

NOAA is taking a multifaceted approach to building coastal resilience through two grant programs. NOAA National Ocean Service’s grant program, the Regional Coastal Resilience Grants, focuses on regional-scale projects that enhance the resilience of coastal communities and economies. Activities may include improving coastal risk assessment and communication, promoting collaborative approaches to resilience planning, and better informing science based decision making.

NOAA defines resilience as the ability of an ecosystem or community to absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events such as extreme weather or long-term changing environmental conditions, such as sea level rise. (Credit: Think Stock Photos.com).

NOAA defines resilience as the ability of an ecosystem or community to absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events such as extreme weather or long-term changing environmental conditions, such as sea level rise. (Credit: Think Stock Photos.com)

“We are all connected by the watershed we live in,” said Jeff Payne, Ph.D., acting director of NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. “What happens in one community affects those downstream. It can be wide spread on regional and local infrastructure, economies and ecosystems. A piecemeal approach will not be effective. Only by working together can we solve these complex problems.”

NOAA Fisheries’ Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants program, a complementary resilience grant program, announced its FY 2015 grant awards December 1. The NOAA Fisheries program is focused on the development of healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through habitat restoration.

NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Join us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and our other social media channels.

Chris Selland is VP of Business Development, Big Data Platform, at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

The act of publishing source code, in and of itself, doesn’t necessarily make a platform more useful. Making that source code extensible matters at least as much, especially in the era of open application programming interfaces (APIs), where many of the most useful apps are made so by other apps. Modern enterprises need both open source software and open architectures to take full advantage of Big Data.

This article will focus on how we reached this point, and provide a blueprint for CIOs who are evaluating open source and Big Data tools.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/02/04/open-source-or-open-architecture-big-data-needs-both/

Thursday, 04 February 2016 00:00

DDoS Attacks Surging

HSBC UK’s online banking system was hit with a DDoS attack at the end of January. As of the writing of this blog post, officials didn’t know who was responsible or the reasons behind the attack. The bank’s mobile app was not technically hit by the DDoS attack, but because so many users turned to the app when the website went down, the volume overwhelmed the connection.

DDoS attacks happen all the time, with varying levels of damage, yet they are sometimes overshadowed by breaches and other types of cyberattacks. I mention the HSBC DDoS attack in part because of its scale (HSBC is one of the largest banks in the world) and in part as a segue to discuss the changing scale of DDoS attacks.

According to Kaspersky Lab’s 2015 4th Quarter Report, the bad guys are finding new channels to conduct DDoS attacks:

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/data-security/ddos-attacks-surging.html