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Where Moore's Law Dead-Ends

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“What computing rule of thumb,” reads a trivia question on How-To Geek, “predicts the doubling of computing power every two years?”

It’s a tougher question than you may think.

Fifty years ago this weekend, an electronics engineer named Gordon E. Moore who had co-founded Fairchild Semiconductor, and who had moved on to lead a kind of startup firm with the strange sounding name Intel, published an article in Electronics magazine (PDF). In it, Moore shared an observation that the costs of producing more highly integrated electronics were declining at a predictable rate.

The article, with the beautiful title, “Cramming More Components onto Integrated Circuits” (perhaps Moore was also an SEO visionary back then) suggested that integrated circuit manufacturers may actually be compelled to find new and innovative ways to combine the various parts of an integrated circuit into ever smaller spaces over time, in order to take full advantage of those declining costs.

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.

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DataStax + HP Moonshot Show Off at SpringCM

It’s a good time to be a NoSQL database vendor. You don’t have to tell Matt Pfeil that. As the co-founder of DataStax, which brings Apache Cassandra to the enterprise, he’s living the story.

What started as an eight-person team in a rented office in San Mateo, Calif. in early 2011, DataStax now serves 500 customers in more than 55 countries and makes its home in a 36,000 square foot space.

And that’s not all. Pfeil and his co-founder Jonathan Ellis have raised $189.7 million in venture capital to grow their company. It’s now valued at more than $830 million.

But that’s not what the DataStax team was supercharged about when we spoke last week. Instead Pfeil had his company’s partnership with HP Moonshot on his mind. It was announced earlier today.

“In the past DataStax Enterprise hasn’t always worked well with smaller servers,” said Pfeil. “HP Moonshot changes that.”

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.

Windows Server Changes: What You Need to Know

The operating system upon which a majority of the world’s business applications are managed is transitioning from a monolithic host of massive programs into a minimalistic provider for microservices.

This is from the person responsible for executing this transition for Microsoft: its general manager for Windows Server, Mike Neil.

Whether your CMS, CRM, ERP or any other business applications platform runs in a Windows Server virtual machine or on a Linux system, its underpinnings are in the midst of being swapped out. The entire server world is now an active construction zone.

“From an evolutionary path, it is the direction that we’re going,” Neil said in an interview with CMSWire. “The next stage along that path is really focusing the core pieces of our operating system, for delivery in containers.”

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.

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