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SimCity Social - First Impressions

posted Saturday Jun 30, 2012 by Scott Ertz

<i>SimCity Social</i> - First Impressions

While I am not usually a fan of social games, especially Zynga-style "villes", I am a huge fan of the SimCity franchise, and this time the name won out. I have spent the past few days playing the newest game in the franchise and, while the game probably doesn't exactly deserve the moniker, I can certainly enjoy the Maxis humor that is spread within.

The game is very much built in the standard social construct: annoy your friends enough until they start playing or pay us for the ability to not lose your friends. Certain goals are impossible to accomplish without asking your friends for things, like materials or work assistance. Despite what it sounds like, however, it does not affect the friend's own inventory. So, if you ask a friend for, say, a land permit and they agree, they do not lose one of their own, one seems to be created out of nowhere.

One aspect of the game that makes the game engaging is the fact that, without your interaction, you will not receive the resources or money that your businesses and factories produce. You must regularly interact with your city to collect, which means the more often you open the game, the more resources you can receive. However, the more you collect, the less energy you have, which is also required for building new buildings, and just about every other action in the game.

Pestering your friends for energy and permits isn't the only social integration in the game. Hit the break for a photo of our current city as well as a rundown of some of the negatives and positives of the social sim.

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Karl Kovacs and Chris Wahl: ExpertOne - Success Story

posted Friday Jun 29, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Karl Kovacs and Chris Wahl: ExpertOne - Success Story

A first time attendee at HP Discovery, IT professional Chris Wahl was able to use the ExpertOne process to extend his professional certification.

Karl Kovacs is Social Media Manager, HP. Karl recently completed a number of years with HP as a Learning Solution Architect - Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking. He has a certification and learning architect with experience in HP Networking, Enterprise servers (ProLiant and Integrity) and HP Storage.

Chris Wahl is the "Virtualization Whisperer," with over 13 years of IT experience in enterprise infrastructure design, implementation, and administration within a diverse set of business and regulatory requirements such as HIPPA, SOX, PCI-DSS, ITIL and ePHI.

Chris is recognized by VMware as a vExpert and holds an active "Expert" rank on the VMware Technology Network (VMTN) community forums assisting users in solving technical challenges. Co-Leader of the Chicago VMware User Group (VMUG) to help spread knowledge and encourage collaboration among virtualization professionals.

The video interview from the HP Discover 2012 event by the SDR News team is available after the break.

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Liz Roche: CIO Priorities - Thinking Differently

posted Friday Jun 29, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Liz Roche: CIO Priorities - Thinking Differently

Liz Roche is a Strategist with Strategic IT Advisory Services and global leader of portfolio management for HP Technology Consulting. In this role, she is responsible for creating, bringing to market, and managing the portfolio of strategic IT advisory services.

In her most recent blog post , she talks about her presentation at HPDiscover 2012 on CIO priorities. In the interview, she speaks about some of the findings at an MIT-Sloan conference and discusses how CIO's have to demonstrate business value and return from adaptation of the latest technologies.

The video interview from the HP Discover 2012 event by the SDR News team is available after the break.

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Security in the Mobile Enterprise - Consumerization of IT Broadens Attack Targets

posted Friday Jun 29, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Security in the Mobile Enterprise - Consumerization of IT Broadens Attack Targets

As the threat landscape evolves beyond the OS to the root kit level, data loss and data security become an increased challenge. With the rise of these new threats, there is an evolution of IT trends - virtualization, mobile devices, and the general consumerization of IT has created a larger attack surface. Intel and McAfee are seeking combinations of hardware in mobile devices and software to fend off these threats and attacks, in a hardware enhanced security approach.

Deepak Thakkar, PhD is responsible for the development and execution of the server and storage security product marketing strategy at McAfee. He has over 15 years of marketing and business development experience in the Network Security, Healthcare, and High Performance Computing space.

John Skinner is Director of Secure Enterprise and Cloud Initiative, and is also on the NASCIO Security and Privacy Committee.

In previous roles at Intel, he was one of the principle drivers of the Intel Open Energy Initiative. He works closely with the Intel Capital investment team where he had oversight responsibility for business development agreements with clean tech startup companies.

The video interview from the HP Discover 2012 event by the SDR News team is available after the break.

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E.G. Nadhan: Cloud Standards - Service-Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure

posted Friday Jun 29, 2012 by Guest Blogger

E.G. Nadhan: Cloud Standards - Service-Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure

E.G.Nadhan, Lead Technologist, HP Enterprise Services, has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry delivering solutions in distributed environments. As the Lead Technologist for Global Strategic Capabilities within HP Enterprise Services (Applications), Nadhan leverages his experience to build and grow the standardized set of processes and tooling direction within Application Services.

World's first Cloud Computing Technical Standard: The Open Group has released the first technical standard for the cloud: Service-Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure (SOCCI). As a platinum member of The Open Group, HP played a leadership role in defining this standard. In this session, the co-chair who led this project within The Open Group will explain how the standard works and walk through the architectural building blocks that it offers. He will also explain how enterprises can use this standard to deploy new solutions and validate existing solutions in SOA and cloud environments.

In this interview, he introduces the following questions:

1. Why do standards take time to evolve? Waiting for Standards is like Waiting for Godot.

2. What is unique about SOCCI? Don't we have existing SOA and Cloud Computing standards that address this?

3. When can an Enterprise apply this standard?

4. What was HP's role in the definition of this standard?

Nadhan is the co-chair for the Service Oriented Cloud Computing Infrastructure project within The Open Group's Cloud Computing Work Group. He chairs the HP Open Group Strategy Steering Committee that enforces consistency in the level and nature of HP participation and contributions to The Open Group.

The video interview from the HP Discover 2012 event by the SDR News team is available after the break.

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Muller-Dorr-Verstrate: IT Strategy of Industry Leaders - Surprising Lessons

posted Friday Jun 29, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Muller-Dorr-Verstrate: IT Strategy of Industry Leaders - Surprising Lessons

Market Leaders have a clear strategy for use of IT to achieve business goals - and surprisingly, market leaders in the survey of over 650 companies identified seven key factors that were the same, regardless of industry. Laggards tend to have more IT than they need, and they tend to use it less efficiently. Laggards also tend to focus on security, but in a negative way as a boundary - keeping bad people out. Leaders build security into everything that they do, and look upon it as an enabler to bring in teams, customers and resources to take advantage of market opportunity.

Christian Verstraete is the Chief Technologist for Cloud Strategy at HP- with the mission of defining HP's Enterprise Business-wide functional and reference architecture and working across the CTO organization to coordinate activities around HP-wide Cloud offerings.

Daniel Dorr is Worldwide Sr. Marketing Manager at Hewlett-Packard for HP Instant-On Enterprise, and Author of Kissing Killimanjaro: Leaving it All on Top of Africa

Chief Software Evangelist Paul Muller (officially VP Software Marketing at Hewlett-Packard) talks about focusing on IT Performance and Business and Enterprise goals.

The video interview from the HP Discover 2012 event by the SDR News team is available after the break.

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