Mission-Critical Service Testing Fundamental #5: “Fully Track Your Test Results” Webinar is now available

January 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

The fifth episode of my ongoing seven part series on service testing best practices is now available on the SmartBear blog. In this installment, I talk about why it’s so critical that you keep a record of your test results. The Webinar is available here.

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Free e-book on Web API design

December 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

Let’s face it: designing a good API – whether using SOAP, REST, or anything else – is equal parts art and science. I’ve enjoyed reading Brian Mulloy’s Web API Design e-book, and I wanted to share it with my readers. I particularly liked how he references API implementations from various players like Google, Foursquare, Digg, LinkedIn, and so on. It’s interesting to compare the variety of designs that these vendors have chosen.

You’ll find the e-book here.

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Hadoop Buyers Guide is now available

November 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

Choosing a Hadoop platform can be confusing: there are several great alternatives on the market right now. Some of these offerings require you to handle all aspects of installation, configuration, and administration on your own, while others deliver a more comprehensive, innovative, and integrated solution yet are still faithful to Hadoop’s open source heritage.

I recently put together a concise eBook that you can use to help get a better understanding of your options.  You can view the guide here.

Mission-Critical Service Testing Fundamental #4: “Get The Most Productivity From Your Developers and Testers” Webinar is now available

October 29, 2013 § 1 Comment

The fourth installment of my seven part series on service testing best practices is now up on the SmartBear blog. This time, I describe how important it is to make sure that your development and testing teams are working well together. The Webinar is available here.

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eSeminar on “Using the Cloud to Support Today’s Growing Analytics Requirements”

October 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

I recently conducted an event for IBM & Ziff Davis that talked about the inter-relationships among Big Data, cloud computing, and analytics. From the abstract:

Analytics is being driven deeper into most organizations as more business unit managers and employees need information to make smarter, faster business decisions. At the same time, many companies are relying on the analysis of much larger volumes of data to make such critical decisions. This eSeminar will discuss how a smart cloud infrastructure can help meet today’s growing analytics requirements, while accommodating the larger volumes of data involved in decision-making processes.

You can view the eSeminar here

Big Data security and privacy risk podcast

October 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

I recently participated in a podcast sponsored by Edward Haletky at The Virtualization Practice.

My co-panelists (Edward, Iben Rodriguez @iben, Mike Foley @mikefoley) and I discussed many aspects of the inherent security and privacy risks that enterprises and the general public alike are encountering with Big Data. You can find a recording of the podcast here.

Mission-Critical Service Testing Fundamental #3: “Make Sure Your Services Are Secure” Webinar is now available

September 1, 2013 § 1 Comment

SmartBear has just published the third Webinar in my seven part series of best practices for service and API testing. In this latest episode, I talk about why it’s so important to include security in your service testing plans. You’ll find it here.

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Introducing a half-day Big Data security training class

August 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

Beginning on September 20, I’ll be teaching a half-day Big Data security Webinar. These classes will take place once a month, and will cover the following topics:

Big Data information categories

  • Relational
  • Columnar/analytics
  • Key/value
  • Document store
  • Graph
  • XML
  • NoSQL

Big Data security requirements

  • Legal and regulatory
  • Internal guidelines
  • Industry standards
  • Privacy
  • User access

Big Data security risks

  • Meta data
  • Outsourcing
  • Distributed processing (e.g. MapReduce, Hadoop, and Cassandra)
  • Overt attacks
  • Covert attacks

Best practices for securing Big Data

  • Setting realistic security goals
  • Reducing surface area for attacks
  • Protecting physical assets
  • Safeguarding the network
  • Encrypting data
  • Data obfuscation via tokenization and masking
  • Retiring data

To allow for maximum student interaction, classes will be limited to 10 people. You can register here

‘Optimizing your Database Portfolio’ webcast is now available

June 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

I recently hosted a webcast for SAP that explored some of the many changes that are taking place in the database arena.

From the abstract:

In the last five years, the world of databases has become more dynamic and exciting than ever before- which has also made things more confusing than ever. How can you ensure you are developing the right information management strategy?

Find the answer by tuning into this in-depth webcast hosted by technology consultant and author, Robert D. Schneider. Topics covered include:

  • Why the relational database management system (RDBMS) is still essential
  • The rise of extreme online transaction processing (XOLTP)
  • Bigger data volumes and new information categories
  • And how to proceed

You can find the Webcast here

Mission-Critical Service Testing Fundamental #2: “Test with Realistic Data” Webinar is now available

June 15, 2013 § 1 Comment

SmartBear has just published the second Webinar in my seven part series of best practices for service and API testing. In this installment, I point out the importance of using lots of realistic data when testing your services. You’ll find it here.

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