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Todd Klindt: I'm Not Smart Enough for PowerShell

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Jeff Hicks is a PowerShell MVP, all-around smart guy — and he’s apparently doing community service for something, because he agreed to share his expertise with us.

As he told us, "I had nothing else to do tonight, so I figured I might as well do this. I was literally just going to sit in the corner and stare at the wall until this came up."

Those of you who watch my show know I’m a huge fan of PowerShell. Got a big old crush.

I used to do the PowerShell tip of the week until I ran out of things that I knew about PowerShell. Which means there were only like three weeks of PowerShell tips.

It was very short-lived. But you know, Jeff Hicks and I still travel in the same circles, speak at the same conferences. Our paths have crossed. We’ve chatted about PowerShell. So I wanted to bring him on and just kind of get some honest to goodness PowerShell talent in here to talk about some stuff.

5 Ways Digital Work Will Change Data Centers

The structure of data centers is changing. Gartner attributes this to the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and increased investment in what it describes as the Nexus of Forces — technologies primarily built for cloud, social, mobile and information management.

For much of the past 40 years, data centers have been staples of the IT ecosystem. However,  IT departments need to develop new strategies for managing their data centers or business agility and competitive strength will be compromised.

The solution, Gartner suggests, is to develop new data center strategies for the digital world, according to a recently released report.

Like Windows? Docker Does, Too

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Server-based applications built for Linux and packaged in Docker containers will be able to run on a Windows platform. 

This a result of Docker Inc.’s release today of its Docker 1.6 package, which features a Windows-based Docker client console contributed to the project by Microsoft itself.

The importance of this development may not be self-evident, so I’ll explain: For several years, the Linux operating system has been able to run on a Windows platform by way of virtual machines (VMs). 

But beyond the ability for a developer who happened to be using Windows to test her work in progress in a Linux environment, there was little other value to this.

When It's Time to Purge Your Content

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Organizations know they need to reduce storage consumption by purging data. And a new generation of analytics and classification technologies have been riding this wave of concern about unchecked storage growth.

This isn't a case of a made up problem created by software marketers and talking heads: every client I've spoken with in the past three years has cited the exponential growth of storage as a major concern for IT leadership.

But like the public response to climate change, ubiquitous concern for data growth has not led to meaningful action. Why?

Have You Heard About Exchange Server 2016?

Microsoft has been tight-lipped about its plans for Exchange Server 2016, the on-premises release that it plans to ship in the second half of 2015.

Until last night, that is.

While it won't make the big reveal until Microsoft Ignite kicks off in Chicago early next month, the new release will focus on productivity, collaboration and information governance, according to a blog post by the Microsoft Exchange Team.

The team hinted that many of the changes will be familiar to Office 365 users, noting, "Most of the new features in Exchange Server 2016 were birthed in the cloud and then refined in a feedback loop that includes millions of mailboxes deployed worldwide."

Birst & Tableau: The BI World May Not Be Dog Eat Dog

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No one makes data shine brighter than Tableau. It’s why the BI vendor stands so far above the crowd in Gartner's BI and Analytics Platforms MQ Leaders report.

Think of Walt Disney answering some of your most pressing business questions. There’d have to be a picture, and you’d probably even be able to interact with it.

That’s what Tableau gives you: Answers in vizzes and tools that invite you to play with your data. Maybe Tableau’s magic has something to do with the fact that one of the company’s founders, Pat Hanrahan, once worked for Pixar and has won two Academy Awards for Science and Technology.

So it’s no wonder that Gartner BI Challenger Birst showed an interest in hooking up with Tableau. Today the vendors announced a “partnership” in the form of an ODBC connector that makes it easy for their mutual customers to leverage Birst’s data extraction and normalization engine with Tableau.

HP Builds Mobile Compliance Cred With New Product

HP has planted a stake in the ground in a space of growing importance to companies: managing compliance and security in internal communications in the mobile environment.

Specifically, the company launched HP Connected MX, a product it describes as enabling "organizations to confidently deliver information accessibility to their mobile workforce while facilitating organization visibility, control and protection of information at the edge."

Translation: it is a connected back up solution that keeps employees and other internal users from accidentally or carelessly sending sensitive information to an insecure smartphone or laptop.

Lexmark Muscles Into WCM Space With Jadu

Lexmark has entered the web content management (WCM) space.

More precisely, the company formerly known as Perceptive but now known as Lexmark Enterprise Software (LES) has entered the WCM space through a technology partnership with Jadu.

While the two companies have been working with each other for close to two years, this partnership formalizes the relationship. The result is that LES will be able to offer its customers an integrated web portal and digital web forms solution for managing their web content.

In Pursuit of Search Clarity

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One of the rarely mentioned benefits of writing a book is finding out how little you know.

After writing almost 100,000 words for the second edition of Enterprise Search for O’Reilly Media and looking at the comments a small group of search experts made on the draft, I learned that some sections were difficult to read and some basic facts were wrong or badly scrambled. This edition will be twice the size of the first edition, which was published in 2012.

The main reason for this increase was to respond to requests for various topics from people who wanted as comprehensive a book as possible. Handling these requests has taken me into areas which -- until now -- had been at the edges of my domain knowledge. I hope that this is not too visible when the book emerges in a few months’ time.

Why Microsoft Delve Is So Very 1990s

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Microsoft's latest updates for Delve include people-based search and discovery, a new Office 365 page authoring tool and mobile apps for Android and iOS.

But Alastair Mitchell, president, CMO and co-founder of  enterprise collaboration vendor Huddle, isn't too excited. Even with all the recent enhancements to the Delve universe, it’s still behind the times.

Of course, he's speaking as a competitor. But he does seem to make some valid points.

Microsoft's Power BI Gets Mobile Muscle

Shortly after Satya Nadella took the helm at Microsoft, he began talking about a “data culture.” Two of his favorite tools —Microsoft Delve and Power BI — are supposed to be key in helping us live and work smarter.

The Microsoft boss has told us this over and over again.

And given that we live in an increasingly mobile-first world, being able to glean intelligence via our mobile devices is a must. So it should come as no great shock that Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Datazen, an industry leader in mobile business intelligence and data visualization on Windows, iOS and Android devices.

How You Can Cope With Email Overload

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Feeling overwhelmed by all that email?

Think fast, short and selective: When email piles up, most people send short responses to a small number of incoming messages as quickly as possible.

If you're the one sending the email, you have better odds of getting a response if you send your messages on weekdays, during regular business hours — especially if you can resist the urge to add an attachment.

These are some of the not-so-surprising findings of a large scale study by researchers at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona and the University of Southern California. The researchers analyzed the behavior of more than 2 million users exchanging 16 billion separate emails over several months, which they describe as the largest single study of email behavior to date.

Mimecast Wants You to Trust Business Email to the Cloud

A new, web-based secure messaging system announced this morning by Mimecast aims to address the continuing problem of malicious payload passing through email.

Mimecast’s strategy with its simply named Secure Messaging service is not entirely new: Direct Outlook to upload email attachments to a web gateway, encrypt them there using AES protocol and let browsers manage the transfer of the encrypted attachments through secure sessions.

What's new, however, is Mimecast’s appeal to customers. Please trust a cloud for your security.

“We do retain data in the cloud, so you can archive perpetually with us,” said Orlando Scott-Cowley, Mimecast’s director of technology marketing and a certified security engineer, speaking with CMSWire. “Or alternatively, if you have legal concerns about security and privacy of using a cloud service, we have a zero-drag or zero-retention which just sends the mail straight through to the organization.”

Tomorrow's Too Late: App Delivery in Digital Time

Ouch!

It takes only four letters to describe the sting that line of business users feel about the rate at which their IT departments bring new applications to market. According to a September study by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, companies need to dramatically change the way in which IT and business users work together to build applications as well as the IT infrastructure on which they’re deployed.

And this isn’t just supposition.

“Success in the digital economy is increasingly driven by a company’s ability to leverage information for real-time decision making, or to improve customer experience via customer-facing products and services,” the study noted.

Enterprises that are “digital masters” are 26 percent more profitable than peers in their industries, according to cross-industry research conducted by Didier Bonnet of Capgemini Consulting together with George Westerman and Andrew McAfee of MIT.

These companies are leveraging information from social, mobile, cloud, analytics and big data. In addition, IT and the business are working together to build applications collaboratively and in short order. And when it comes to deployment, there’s a fraction of the lag time.

This means that yesterday’s systems development life cycles, reliance on coding, and old IT infrastructures may actually prove to be a disadvantage.

Cloud, mobile, social, big data, the Internet of Things and digital have disrupted the status quo and changed the game.

For quick-thinking business leaders and technology providers this spells opportunity.

Today, Mendix and Pivotal Cloud Foundry announced a new partnership to speed Enterprise IT’s journey to the digital era.

A Look at Gartner's Data Management Analytics Leaders

It’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago Hadoopers were running around declaring that data warehouses were dying.

They argued that the proprietary hardware and software they required was too expensive … that the amount and kinds of data that existing data technologies could handle was too limited … and that solutions based on commodity hardware and open source software would rule.

Fast-forward to 2015 and you’ll see that the naysayers were at least partly wrong.

Data Warehouses aren’t going anywhere. Instead they’re being augmented to support new data structures and new data types like XML, text, documents, geospatial and access to externally managed file systems.

In its Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse and Data Management Solutions for Analytics, Gartner analysts Mark A. Beyer and Roxane Edjlali suggest that enterprises should embrace hybrid technology platforms.

These platforms need to expand beyond the logical data warehouse and leverage multiple repository strategies, whether from multiple vendors or just one.

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