Many people get the chance to participate in a hackathon, but only few of these opportunities turn out to have a significant impact on their lives. In my case though, a particular hackathon experience changed the course of my career.
CPP is best known for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® assessment, they are a group of people committed to improving the performance of individuals and organizations around the world. Their story began more than 50 years ago with the pairing of two psychology professors—one from Stanford and one from U.C. Berkeley—with a common goal: to use research-based psychological assessments to give people the insight and guidance they need to develop in both their personal and professional lives....
The Last Mile (TLM) began as an intensive 6-month entrepreneurship program at San Quentin, in which men learned how to tap into their passion to create a business that includes a technology component and social cause. TLM was created to provide programs that result in successful reentry and reduce recidivism. Their mission is to provide marketable skills that lead to employment.
Remember the days when tape backup was THE way to store data? Wasn't it fun to insert and eject cartridges just to hear the sounds? There were also the labels and barcodes...the entire process was so much of a physical dance. The thing is, tape backup was and probably still is a major part of any IT organization.
Numerous theoretical studies are conducted all the time to prove that to gain sustainable competitive advantages, the company must maintain constant customer focus. The goal of any business is customer satisfaction. Indeed, companies that are clearly oriented towards the customer needs achieve clear competitive advantage over firms that ignore this approach.
Fans of TV series Mr. Robot may have have seen the Season 2 premiere which centered on a ransomware attack initiated by hacker group fsociety. The target was Evil Corp, whose logo resembles that of the old “Enron” logo (which may have been the creator's intent), and the company found itself caught in a crippling hack.
IT pros don’t get to be in the limelight often. They usually just stay in the wings doing their job, be it troubleshooting some network issue, analyzing logs, managing storage systems, fixing a software bug, and more. You get the picture – the IT professional is hard at work in the background to keep things running smoothly. Well, that is, until he gets dragged out of his hideaway when IT catastrophes strike in the corporate world.
I get to talk to customers quite often and when the conversation turns towards storage performance, and we talk about 120K IOPS and sub-millisecond latency in OLTP workloads coming off a 2U array that holds more than a hundred terabytes, I typically get asked "how comes it's that fast?", or "what is the impact on performance of dedupe, compression, data protection?".