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I recently had the opportunity to give a 10-minute keynote at DataWorks Summit 2017.  I know what most of you are thinking: Schmarzo can barely introduce himself in 10 minutes! What sort of keynote could he give in just 10 minutes?  And to be honest, I too struggled with what to say. But after some brainstorming with my marketing experts (Jeff Abbott, Erin Banks, and Chris Hill), we came up with an idea:  Pose five questions that every organization needs to consider as they prepare themselves for digital transformation.  And while I didn’t have enough time in 10 minutes to answer those questions in a keynote, I certainly do in a blog! So here we go!! Question #1:  How effective is your organization at leveraging data and analytics to power your business model? The Big Data Business Model Maturity Index was developed to help organizations to measure or benchmark their... (more)

Building Canada’s Cloud Identity Ecosystem

With the government promising delivery of the long-awaited Digital Economy strategy by the year end, this prompts a review of what role the Cloud industry can play in this strategy. This then further encourages us to identify what particular segments of the Cloud Computing industry we might specialize in, with a view to concentrating in areas where Canada has strength so that start-up ventures can be better focused towards niche opportunities. Best practices – Cloud Privacy By Design At the top of my list is the best practice known as ‘Cloud Privacy-By-Design‘, developed by the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. This is such a hot topic. As Andrea talks about in this earlier blog the mention of Cloud Computing is usually quickly followed by concerns about the USA`s Patriot Act. Fears are that as soon as you upload your data to the Cloud the American Government will be... (more)

Totally Integrated Oracle Cloud | @CloudExpo @Oracle #Cloud

Oracle Cloud publicized as the Next-Generation Public Cloud is comprehensive, agile and can transform your business in many ways. Like other cloud offerings Oracle Cloud is also subscription based. Oracle Cloud offers a solution which is comprehensive; having the broadest collection of cloud services; having solutions at every layer of cloud technology with ability to move speedily between on-premises and Cloud with ease. Oracle Cloud offers: Software as Service (SaaS) Enterprise resource planning Human capital management Customer experience Platform as a Service (PaaS) Industry's #1 database (Oracle Database Industry's #1 Application Server (Oracle WebLogic) Infrastructure as Service (IaaS) Elastic Compute and Storage Oracle Data as Service (DaaS) MySQL and OpenStack The Oracle Cloud stands on the base of 19 worldwide data centers manned by Oracle security experts a... (more)

A First Look at Microsoft Astoria Webcast Live on SYS-CON.TV

The goal of the Microsoft incubation project code named Astoria is to enable server applications to easily expose data as a service that can be consumed by AJAX clients across the Internet. Standard HTTP verbs such as GET, POST, PUT and DELETE are used to perform operations against the service, and data is exchanged via open formats such as plain XML and JSON. This session provides a sneak preview of Astoria, which is now available in early release on MSDN. View Video Dave Wright has been deeply immersed in computing technologies as diverse as multimedia, data processing, decision support systems, content management, and Internet commerce for over three decades in his career in the computer industry. Formerly a director of architecture for Scient and CTO of Xavient Technologies, he is a veteran of distributed computing in both technical and managerial capacities. ... (more)

SOA Visionary to Drive Continued Growth for the Next Generation of SOA and Web 2.0

StrikeIron announced that David Linthicum will take the helm as company CEO. Linthicum will be responsible for continuing to drive the company’s position as the frontrunner in delivering critical Web services and data, on demand, for the emerging next-generation Internet. Bob Brauer remains as president and co-founder and will continue to lead the day-to-day operations of StrikeIron. “StrikeIron’s revenue more than doubled from Q107 to Q108 and has tremendous momentum in the industry. We’re moving beyond simply delivering data as a service and into a new era of growth and development for new innovative products,” stated Brauer. “As an industry thought leader and visionary, Dave’s addition to the StrikeIron team helps us take the appropriate steps to deliver on the promise of Service Oriented Architecture via the Web and bui... (more)

Data - SOA's Last Mile

According to Wikipedia, “The last mile (or last kilometer) is the final leg of delivering connectivity from a communications provider to a customer. Usually referred to by the telecommunications and cable television industries, it is typically seen as an expensive challenge because ‘fanning out’ wires and cables is a considerable physical undertaking.” The significant complexity, cost, and risk associated with this situation delayed many broadband rollouts until new technology became available that could realize the “last mile.” This powerful and real-world analogy from the world of telecommunications and cable TV succinctly summarizes the current state of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) in the enterprise. It is widely agreed in concept that SOA has the potential to break down barriers between application silos and enable the reuse of business or application-le... (more)

Data.gov Will Redefine Data-as-a-Service

I’ve been in several meetings recently that have hit on the topic of Data.gov.  Data.gov will become a repository for all the information the government collects, and that information will be in turn available to anyone who needs it.   Pretty positive move, if you ask me.   However, the existing data-as-a-service providers that traffic in government data could find that they are soon suffering from relevancy problems.  The core issue is that many existing data-as-a-service players make their living from publishing reconstituted, and cleansed, government data that they charge for.    The rise of Data.gov will mean the commoditization of this information, which will be accessible, both through visual interfaces, and using APIs (Web services), if I understand the government’s vision here.  Thus, overnight Data.gov could become the mother of all data-as-a-service sites, p... (more)

Data as a Service Could Drastically Impact Success of SQL Injection Attacks

One of the biggest threats to data integrity is the introduction of malicious content via SQLi (SQL Injection) attacks. Traditional database access methods don’t provide a lot in the way of validating requests and like HTML the vagaries of SQL allow for myriad ways in which a statement can be constructed – and thus exploited. These vagaries, of course, are one factor in the reason why SQLi continues to plague applications and sites driven by user generated content. Another factor is certainly the number of touch points in application code where attacks might slip through. With every new SQLi technique comes the need to update every one of those touch points and ensure they can properly defend against the new variation or technique. But service enabling data sources changes the point of entry. It centralizes access down to a single point of contact. Joe McKendrick n... (more)

No Shirt, No Shoes, No HTTP Service

SOA & WOA Magazine In the “real world” there are generally accepted standards set for access to a business and its services. One of the most common standards is “No shirt, no shoes, no service.” Folks not meeting this criteria are typically not allowed past the doors of a business. But on the web, access to services is implicit in the fact that the business is offering the service. If the HTTP service is accessible, it’s implicitly allowing connections and providing service without any standard criteria for access. This results in access by more than just customers and potential customers. Bots, spiders, and miscreants are afforded the same access to business services as more desirable visitors. This can unfortunately lead to compromise, theft, and corruption of data via myriad injection and attack methods – many of them automated. While gating access to services th... (more)

Why Is Reusable Code So Hard to Secure?

Being an efficient developer often means abstracting functionality such that a single function can be applied to a variety of uses across an application. Even as this decreases risk of errors, time to develop, and the attack surface necessary to secure the application it also makes implementing security more difficult. Over the holidays I had the opportunity to do some coding on my latest web application project. I won’t bore you with the details of what it is because it’s to support a hobby of Don and mine except to say that it’s running on a LAMP stack and heavily data-driven. But then what isn’t data-driven on the web these days? Now I’m an old skool OO (Object Oriented) programmer and a typical developer. That is to say that I’m basically lazy and hate to code and recode the same thing over and over so I employ every trick I can to avoid doing so. That means a... (more)

Are There Other "as-a-Service" Cloud Offerings?

As already described in the previous few articles NIST defines three different service models for the cloud - IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. However if you look at the Wikipedia article about cloud computing you will notice that there are quite a few more "as-a-service" models mentioned there. Lot of vendors are using those to differentiate their offerings but there are two problems that arise: First, those additional models are not officially recognized by any standardization authority and Second, and maybe more important, those new acronyms add to the confusion among the novice cloud users The proliferation of service models confuses even people with long experience with the cloud and doesn't help with the adoption. If you look closely you will notice that all of the new "as-a-service" models are just a subset of one of the three main service models - IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. Le... (more)