Predictions for 2015

2015 and the next 5 years will be like putting on jet-packs for IT professionals. We have already seen a huge growth in moving everything to public-cloud, private-cloud and the new hybrid cloud frameworks. If a CIO hasn’t started the migration yet they are beginning the process now. This is what I saw as high points for 2015 and I also supplied some glances from the leaders within the industry.
Cloud
     – SDN and the drive to move the data center to SDDC (Software everything)
     – Hybrid Cloud and DRaaS
     – Companies will still continue to move as many workloads into a visualization platforms
     – Webscale and DevOps
     – Containers
Big Data    
      – Critical Thinking comes to the forefront and IT Skills in this area are scarce.
      – More and more business will invest and grow this area of the strategy to understand their market
      – More probes and gathering of this data within the wearables, mobiles and tracking behaviors of the customers will be a driving force.
Internet of Things (IoT)
     – Internet of Everything
     – Expansion of intelligence built into appliances and devices
     – As this area grows this will feed into Big Data Analytics
Mobility
     – Steady growth of next generation will have multiple devices. The increase use of mobile devices for everyday use.

http://cloudtweaks.com/2014/11/forrester-15-emerging-technologies-2020-report/

1. IoT
2. Big Data
3. Cloud and SDDC
4. SMAC 

1. Mobile Device Diversity and Management
2. Mobile Apps and Applications
3. The Internet of Everything
4. Hybrid Cloud and IT as Service Broker
5. Cloud/Client Architecture
6. The Era of Personal Cloud
7. Web-Scale IT
8. Software Defined Anything
9. Smart Machines
10. 3-D Printing

1. “Outside-In” Accelerates
2. Industry Ecosystems Emerge

3. Big Data Analytics Enters the Boardroom
4. “3rd Platform” Shift Deepens the Critical Skills Gap
5. Digital Leadership Becomes More Defined
6. SMAC Meets the Internet of Things

1. The triumph of the public cloud.
2. Container madness.
3. Microservices architecture.
4. Liquid computing
5. Multicloud management.
6. Endpoint security innovation.
7. Machine learning.
8. The return of devops
9. The end of network switches.

Look at the depth and breadth of SwissCon Innovation trends for 2015 and you can see these items already happening in the world today and the engine driving this innovation is cloud compute services.

Innovations vision 2015 trends

What do you believe are the disruptive technologies of 2015? 

Free e-books for “Dummies” a comprehensive list for newbies.

This list has been the work of many of my colleagues and I wanted to share this list with people to start a growing list of free e-books that vendors have contributed to the IT eco-system. Thanks to all these talented engineers and vendors for sharing their internal wisdom.. I hope you guys benefit and let me know what you think.

Please be aware that views maybe slanted towards the vendor’s solution. So, have one eye toward skepticism and another on curiosity.

Advanced Threat Protection for Dummies

Advanced Evasion Techniques for Dummies

Agile for Dummies

http://www.developer.com/ebooks/137456110/95910/1613990/206754

Application Aware Storage for Dummies

http://info.tintri.com/rs/tintri/images/App-aware-storage-for-Dummies-Final.pdf

Archiving for Dummies

http://www.oracle.com/oms/hardware/extremeperformance/assets/ept-eb-dummies-archiving-1641455.pdf

Backup for Dummies

http://promo.acronis.com/Backup-for-Dummies-NAM-2014-Email.html

Big Data Analytics for Dummies

Cloud Architecture for Dummies

Cloud Services for Dummies

http://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/files/cloud-for-dummies.pdf

CRM for Dummies

http://www.preact.co.uk/preact_blog/free-ebook-crm-for-dummies

DevOps for Dummies

Enterprise Agile for Dummies

Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure

http://i.zdnet.com/whitepapers/ORACLE_Enterprise_Cloud_Infrastructure_for_Dummies.pdf

Enterprise Mobility for Dummies

http://media.wiley.com/assets/5037/80/9781119960294_custom.pdf

Flash Storage for Dummies

Hadoop for Dummies

HP Virtual Connect for Dummies

HP Virtual Connect for Dummies®

Hybrid Cloud for Dummies

http://www.netapp.com/us/media/rp-hybrid-cloud-dummies.pdf

IT Policy Compliance for Dummies

https://www.qualys.com/forms/ebook/it-policy-compliance-for-dummies/

IT Security for Dummies

Modern Malware for Dummies

http://www.dummies.com/Section/id-810201.html

Network Security in Virtualized Data Centers

https://www.paloaltonetworks.com/content/dam/paloaltonetworks-com/en_US/assets/pdf/education/NSVDC%20for%20Dummies%20Unlimited%20Download%20eBook%20File.pdf

Next-Generation Firewalls for Dummies

http://media.paloaltonetworks.com/documents/ebook_NGFW_dummies.pdf

Operational Decision Management for Dummies

https://www-01.ibm.com/software/de/beweglich-bleiben/pdf/IBM_ODM_for_Dummies.pdf

PCI Compliance for Dummies

https://www.qualys.com/forms/ebook/pcifordummies/

Process Intelligence for Dummies

http://www.softwareag.com/gc/pifordummies.html

Process-Driven Master Data Management for Dummies

http://www.softwareag.com/corporate/products/wm/mdm/process_driven_mdm_book.asp

Rapid Application Development for Dummies

https://www.progress.com/~/media/Progress/Documents/Pacific/eBook/rapid-application-development-for-dummies-ebook.pdf

SOA Adoption for Dummies

Server Virtualisation for Dummies

http://www.oracle.com/oms/hardware/extremeperformance/assets/ept-eb-dummies-server-1641465.pdf

Service Virtualization for Dummies

Software Defined Data Centers for Dummies

http://info.nexenta.com/rs/nexenta/images/Nexenta-SDDC-for-Dummies.pdf

Software Defined Storage for Dummies

http://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?infotype=PM&subtype=BK&htmlfid=DCM03004USEN

Storage Virtualization for Dummies

Systems Engineering for Dummies

https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/signup.do?source=swg-rtl-sd-wp&S_PKG=eb_sys-eng-dummies

Unified Threat Management for Dummies

http://www.fortinet.com/sites/default/files/whitepapers/FTNT_UTM_For_Dummies.pdf

Unified Storage for Dummies

http://www.oracle.com/webapps/dialogue/ns/dlgwelcome.jsp?p_dlg_id=9483153&src=7011671&Act=78/

Virtual Learning for Dummies

Virtualization for Dummies

Vulnerability Management for Dummies

Web Application Security for Dummies

https://www.qualys.com/forms/ebook/wasfordummies/

Powershell 4.0 for Newbies

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Microsoft Free e-books

Microsoft Blogs for e-books

Rapid Application Development

https://bizappstoday.progress.com/2014/11/learn-rapid-app-dev-for-dummies-guide.html

Enterprise NoSQL

http://info.marklogic.com/nosql-for-dummies/?cid=email

I’m sure there are more out in the wild and if you would like to contribute to this list please feel free to add a thread . I would prefer they point to the vendors or whomever the contributor is vs. a shared folder because we should give credit where credit is due.