Cool video on Geekwire this week, a tour of Facebook’s huge new office building in Seattle, which brings together their entire engineering team, which had been spread across multiple addresses and scattered building floors.
There was a good story in Business Insider over the weekend, concerning a couple Microsoft guys who created an app to help to help friends and co-workers manage their finances in an age when there is an increasing (and increasingly deserved, some might say) distrust of money managers.
The world is changing, and requires a new mind set — one that blends both technology and an empathetic humanity. 7CTOs is trying to cultivate that kind of human being: A leader whose skills are as adept in face-to-face conversation as they are behind a keyboard.
“The days of the lone IT leader are numbered. As a CTO, you need the right partnerships to meet your goals and objectives to make sure your company doesn’t get disrupted.”
Industry has reached a point where cloud computing is no longer about reducing cost but instead about empowering developer velocity. Companies are “disrupting themselves before they get disrupted” by others, and speed is of the essence.
The “Internet of Things” is a catchy catch-phrase that garners a lot of clicks, so people keep saying it. But not everybody considers how IoT needs genuine CTO expertise to make things work and stay stable — otherwise it can blow up in a brand or company’s face.
One London hotel found that out the hard way when Purism CTO and security developer Matthew Garnett hacked the light controls in his room, then blogged about it.
Garnett didn’t like the way the lights were working in his room, and quickly found a backdoor into his room’s lighting system so he could control it. But once inside, he also found he could hack his way into other rooms as well — and not only control their lighting, but their curtains. And television.
When a hotel says they “have an open door policy,” you gotta think this isn’t exactly what they mean. Garnett didn’t abuse his expertise, but notes that he certainly could have — it’s worth reading the comments from other hackers at the end of the piece to note what they might have done in his situation.
Basically, if you’re a brand embracing the IoT, make sure your CTO is at least as smart as any customer who might choose to use your product. Because it’s increasingly looking like hacking a website is so 1990s — today’s cool kids are hacking their way through the Internet of Things. And not all of them are as benevolently minded as Matthew Garnett.
We don’t have any opinion on Monsanto, which has been both praised at pilloried in the media over the years. But it is interesting to us that the company is focusing as much on “transformational technologies…in biology and data science.”
Beacons often conjure up concerns about privacy, and Gimbal says it has always put privacy and security at the forefront of its solution. “We have been firm believers that beacon owners should have ‘digital ownership’ of their beacons to control which applications are able to access their beacons,” Wurster said.