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CA Technologies says, “For DevOps to work correctly, it must be treated as a movement, not a market for a specific vendor’s products.” As Arlo Guthrie once sang, with three people it is an organization. But if we can find 50 people who can sing the praises of DevOps, it can become a movement! Trouble is, many software developers are stuck in the past. In a 2012 service virtualization survey of IT executives and managers by analyst firm voke, only 6% of the group responded they were completely confident that new IT applications would be delivered to market on time. But maybe its high time DevOps becomes a movement. You can read more about this idea in my post last week on CA’s blog here. ... (more)

ArsTechnica: Why it’s not time for converged networks

The days of having separate, dedicated networks for video, voice, storage, and general data applications are behind us. In the past, many IT departments had separate groups to manage voice and data, with separate wiring and infrastructures. They even used different vocabularies. Many companies have been tempted by the notion that everything should be managed in one big happy converged infrastructure, with everything running through the same switches and wires. To read why that may not be such a great idea, see my story posted in ArsTechnica today. ... (more)

FedTech: Review of Microsoft Office Pro Plus 2013

Microsoft Office has split into two distinct personalities, Office 2013 (which you get via a CD) and Office 365 (that comes via the browser and the cloud). The two share several common features and will make it easier for federal government users to collaborate without having to serially email documents back and forth. There is also tighter integration into your Microsoft account for reading emails and adding contacts and calendar entries. For more on my review of MS Office Pro Plus 2013, read it in FedTech Magazine’s latest issue here. ... (more)

Time to Update Your Facebook and LinkedIn Privacy Settings

With the news last week about Facebook Places (which is not universally available in all locations, and only on certain phones), it is time to take a closer look at your privacy settings for Facebook. While you are at it, you might as well look at the same for your LinkedIn account. Be prepared to spend a quiet hour or so debating the myriad of choices on both services. Both of them have a long ways to go to make them simpler, and reek of a user interface that has awkwardly grown like topsy since they were started. And there is no guarantee that this guide will be relevant even ne... (more)

Top security stories of the week

My top security stories of the week, as part of my work to curate the Dice Security Talent Community portal page: Big Data Detectives Why WordPress Updates Matter Bitdrop app beats NSA surveillance with anonymous encrypted file transfers Experts recommend safeguards with Chrome personal data store 5 tips for hiring security-savvy IT professionals ASLR Bypass Apocalypse in Lately Zero-Day Exploits Oracle Quarterly Update Includes Patches for 50 Remotely Executable Java Bugs How Rabid Are You? 3 Ways to Protect Your Child’s Privacy VB 2013: Adkits on Android mobile phones ... (more)