IT News and Insight

Open Source Security Solutions and Network Management

 

Network Managent Solutions integrated with Open Source security solutions  make a powerful Solutions for large and small enterprise. Network management solutions like OpenNMS and Nagios provide the basic framework for the Monitoring and  logging Network Events and SNMP traps for the devices connected to network.

Network security and intrusion detection is critical component of business network. Open source intrusion detection software like OPENSEC and Snort provide bulk of the intrusion detection facility.

OSSEC is a free, open-source host-based intrusion detection system (HIDS). It performs log analysis, integrity checking, Windows registry monitoring, rootkit detection, time-based alerting, and active response. It provides intrusion detection for most operating systems, including Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, OS X, Solaris and Windows. OSSEC has a centralized, cross-platform architecture allowing multiple systems to be easily monitored and managed.

 

 OPSEC integrates with your Cloud and Network Infrastructure to provide enterprise security.  We work with OSSEC, Snort, Nagios, OpenNMS and Openstack cloud to provide an integrated solutions. Please contact us for details.

 

References

 

1.0  Network  Security - Stallings

2.0  Network Management- Mani Subramanium

3.0 Nagios- nagios.org

4.0 OPENNMS- Opennms.org

5.0 Open Source security- OSSEC- https://ossec.github.io

6.0 Intrusion Detection - SNORT- snort.org

7.0 Network Management- Georgia Tech

 

IT Service Management (ITSM)  and Lean, Devops and  Continuous Delivery

 

Definition of Information Technology Service Management

IT service management (ITSM) refers to the entirety of activities – directed by policies, organized and structured in processes and supporting procedures – that are performed by an organization to plan, design, deliver, operate and control information technology (IT) services offered to customers. It is thus concerned with the implementation of IT services that meet customers' needs, and it is performed by the IT service provider through an appropriate mix of people, process and information technology.

 

Differing from more technology-oriented IT management approaches like network management and IT systems management, IT service management is characterized by adopting a process approach towards management, focusing on customer needs and IT services for customers rather than IT systems, and stressing continual improvement.

 

The IT Chaos and Solutions Process

Now a days, the future of a company appears to hang almost entirely on Enterprise e-commerce and mission critical ERP. The political storm brewing behind such  projects, led by  the marketing manager and hidden agenda, adds further tension. Faced with the conflict of E-commerce and ERP requirements against firefighting and competing projects, IT manager  and his team enter a spiral of problems, mistakes, gloom and despair. Thanks to a growing insight into Lean, Agile and DevOps concepts, IT manager  and his team can  gradually evolve their way of working. By the time NextKillerProject  arrives later in the scenario, they’re able to release and support the project reliably, efficiently, and emerge with strengthening morale out the other side. Value of  central change management and Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) is proved and demonstrated to know-all skeptics. No more hardware upgrades causing software firefighting and vice versa.

 

A  Keen Computer Observation

 The problem  addressed by ITSM   has appeared in  almost all the organization that has formal and informal IT department. The problem the ITSM addresses is not only technical like network management or software development- it  encourages a culture of system level thinking and teamwork. The central change management, testing and experimentation, rollout and rollback scenario consideration is crucial for success. 

 

Summary

ITSM stresses the fact that Systems Engineering is necessary for avoiding core IT chaos involving Software, Hardware and IT fire-fighting and finger pointing with individual inner agenda and organizational politics . It’s not the case that, DevOps and Agile approaches to working have magically evaporated all the challenges facing a normal organization. Conflict, incidents and mistakes are inevitable – what counts is how team members grow to manage and resolve them using Systems Engineering principals . In the end the organization must have structure, process, and a more open attitude to change and adaptation to stand them in good stead. An approach to System Level thinking and systems approach is necessary

At its most practical, The ITSM is an illustrative series of process and suggestions for ways to evolve IT from a function that’s viewed as a bottleneck to one that’s widely agreed to be an indispensable capability. And at both levels, The enterprise ERP and E-commerce needs  DevOps that includes the wider organization, and the wider organization can learn a lot from DevOps and ITSM.

 

 Please contact one of our Engineers for initial consultation.

 

 References:

1.0 The Phoenix Project:A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win ISBN-13: 978-0988262508

Digital Marketing- Strategy,  Tactics and Value Mapping

 

Digital Marketing: Frameworks and References

Digital Marketing is about using websites and e-commerce portal to market your product and services.  Nowadays content management systems like WordPress, Joomla, DNN and Liferay are used for such purposes. These frameworks are open source and widely used as a  Digital Marketing platforms.

 

In implementing a digital marketing  a Competitive strategy, value proposition and tactics are very Important. The strategy, value chain and tactics are very similar to  traditional business marketing and sales only they are now implemented on a digital platforms.

Content Marketing is Important

Modern Digital Marketing  uses education based marketing and it is called content marketing. The objective is to use education and Information as the first class citizen in  the market place. The good old method of sale, sale sale is to be avoided in the modern Digital Marketing. Content Strategy is well suited in  complex product and solutions industry. An example will be Digital Marketing of software solutions.

 

Designing a  Website That Deliver Results

Key Performance Indicator (KPI) as a Strategy for Business Development Websites and E-commerce

 

 

Measuring business performance on the basis of finance alone is flawed. Business performance should include other aspects of the business like:

1.0  Utilization of Assets and Working Capital

2.0 Research and Development and Continuous Learning

3.0 Customer Satisfaction and Customer Development

4.0  Environment and Community- Protection and  Development

5.0 Internal Discipline and Order- Delivery on Time and being Effective

6.0 Employee Satisfaction-  Retention and Skill Based Training

 

Lean IT Solutions 

Lean IT solutions

 

 

Lean IT is the extension of lean manufacturing and 

lean services principles to the development and management of information technology (IT) products and services. Its central concern, applied in the context of IT, is the elimination of waste, where waste is work that adds no value to a product or service.

Although lean principles are generally well established and have broad applicability, their extension from manufacturing to IT is only just emerging.[1] Indeed, Lean IT poses significant challenges for practitioners while raising the promise of no less significant benefits. And whereas Lean IT initiatives can be limited in scope and deliver results quickly, implementing Lean IT is a continuing and long-term process that may take years before lean principles become intrinsic to an organization’s culture.[2]

 

As lean manufacturing has become more widely implemented, the extension of lean principles is beginning to spread to IT (and other service industries).[1] Industry analysts have identified many similarities or analogues between IT and manufacturing.[1][2] For example, whereas the manufacturing function manufactures goods of value to customers, the IT function “manufactures” business services of value to the parent organization and its customers. Similar to manufacturing, the development of business services entails resource management, demand management, quality control, security issues, and so on.[1]

Moreover, the migration by businesses across virtually every industry sector towards greater use of online or e-business services suggests a likely intensified interest in Lean IT as the IT function becomes intrinsic to businesses’ primary activities of delivering value to their customers. Already, even today, IT’s role in business is substantial, often providing services that enable customers to discover, order, pay, and receive support. IT also provides enhanced employee productivity through software and communications technologies and allows suppliers to collaborate, deliver, and receive payment.

Consultants and evangelists for Lean IT identify an abundance of waste across the business service “production line”, including legacy infrastructure and fractured processes.[2] By reducing waste through application of lean Enterprise IT Management (EITM) strategies, CIOs and CTOs in companies such as Tesco, Fujitsu Services, and TransUnion are driving IT from the confines of a back-office support function to a central role in delivering customer value.[1]

 

 

 Please contact us  regarding how you can apply lean IT principals to your organization. One of Our engineers will be happy to discuss  your requirements.

 

 

 References:

1.0 Lean Six Sigma for Service- ASIN-  B000SEI4WO

2.0 The Lean Six Sigma Pocket Toolbook- ASIN: B003O85BTK

 WordPress - An ideal platform   for Lean Startup Strategy

WordPress - An ideal platform   for Lean Startup Strategy

Situational Analysis : 

 

You get up around noon one day and realize- you can no longer be a grad student any more. So you realize you have to  do something - why not start a business- like creating   something better products and services. Then you realize marketing and sales  are important and you know nothing about it..

 

You are smart and realize what if  the idea itself is not correct. What you should do. If you are arrogant and stupid, you will think, you will make products with superior features and people will come- this is not true at all. Look at all successful companies, they enter the market with crappy product and then refine it later.

 Take another example, in  software development- quite rarely customer, developer and  management has any clue what is going on. Most of the time upper management is uttering 20 buzzwords they have leaned  using  google search.

 

 In software we solve this problem using agile method.  Design- Test-Learn-Modify-add feature-implement and back.

 

Why not use the same method for business development. The Agile business development. This is called Lean Start-up. The very basic idea of business needs to be checked and tested and improved.

 

As your business evolves over phases, your website and marketing and sales need to reflect this . The static website is no match for this . Web CMS platforms like Liferay, Joomla and Word press are specifically designed for  rapid modifications.

 

 In  CMS you can change the content and looks effectively and rapidly with minimal disruption and effort.  This very fact makes Web CMS technology the perfect fit for Lean Stratup Stratgy.

With CMS technology we can change the  look and feel of the website very rapidly at each pivot.

 

If you are a small  business and looking to embrace lean startup in your marketing and sales, then WordPress CMS is the right technology for you.

 

WordPeress is a CMS that is simple and easy to use . WordPress is perfectly suited for brand development  and testing business ideas. What looks sound in paper may not work in practice. With Wordpress CMS you can change the content of the website to reflect  your experimentation. Once you see  increased traffic to your site you realize your ideas are working. WorldPress CMS helps with these experimentations.

Please contact one of our engineers for details and how you can get stated with Lean startup and WordPress

 

References:

 

1.0 Lean Startup- ISBN-10: 9780307887894

2.0 WordPress  to GO- ISBN-10: 1481130501

3.0 Smart Content- Inbound Marketing- Hubspot Video

4.0 Hooked- Habit Forming Products-   Video

5.0 Contagious- Why Things Catch On- Video

6.0 Positioning- Al Reis- Video

7.0 Business Plan Generator and Value Canvas- Osterwilder- Slideshare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Growth Hacking- Viral Marketing

  Growth Hacking- Viral Marketing 

Given the media hype that surrounds the term ‘Growth Hacking’, you can be forgiven for dismissing the whole thing as another marketing buzzword. But what can get lost in the hubbub are some useful, development-inspired, working practices that can help a team focus on maximizing growth.

 

 

In this Tech Talk, Rob Sobers, Director of Inbound Marketing at Varonis, tells you all you need to know about Growth Hacking. Rob explains what Growth Hacking is and describes the processes key for it to be effective – from setting goals, to working through an experimentation cycle and how it works in practice.

Rob was formerly a Support Engineer here at Fog Creek, and is the creator of his own product, Munchkin Report. He writes on his blog about bootstrapping and startup marketing.

Detailed Article

 

 Keen  Computer References

 1.0  Growth Hacker Marketing- Ryan Holiday- A Penguin Special

 2.0 Forbs Article- Growth Hacking 

3.0 Quora Growth Hacking

4.0 KeenDirect Video

5.0 Running Lean- 2nd - Orielly: -Running Lean Slides

6.0 Growth Hacking-  sira Bowden

7.0 Customer Factory- Customer Factory- youtube

8.0 Marketing Experiments- Marketing Exprements 

9.0 Startup Grind- Web Portal 

10. Lean Startup- slideshare

11.0  Value Proposition Design- slideshare

12.0 Startup Lessions  Learned - Blog 

13.0 Groth Hacking Web- Discussion

14  E-business Analysis and Design

15 Value Proposition Canvas- Osterwilder 

16 Orielly - Fireside Chat Video

17 Orielly Lean Series 

 

News Flash: Latest

Writing, Communication, Grammar and Editing

Writing, Communication, Grammar and Editing

 

 

Writing, Communication, Grammar and Editing

 

admin - Posted on 18 February 2009

I need to improve my communication abilities and I am working on few resources. I have realized that nothing is more important than communication. I also realize that communication is a moving target. Good communication can be learnt but can not be taught.

1.0 Purdue Owl
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
2.0 The Canadian Oxford Guide to Writing- ISBN-0-19-340870-5
3.0 Canadian Writer's Handbook- 5th Edition- ISBN-9780-195418255
4.0 Line By Line- How to Edit Your Own Writing- MLA- Claire Cook-ISBN 978-0-395-39391-8
5.0 Presenting to Win-Jerry Weisman- ISBN 978-0-13-714417-4
6.0 http://mashable.com/2009/06/19/teaching-social-media/
7.0 http://www.amazon.com/Manual-Writers-Research-Dissertations-Seventh/dp/0...

 

Web Site Marketing and SEO - 2010

Web Site Marketing and SEO - 2010

Web Site Marketing and SEO - 2010

 

 

I am doing some reading related to SEO and marketing in 2009. Here are some of the references that I am working with. I am yet to compile the full detail.

1.0 Search Engine Marketing Inc
http://www.amazon.com/Search-Engine-Marketing-Inc-Companys/dp/0131852922...
2.0 MIT Design Talk- see attachment
3.0 MIT Web Communication
http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Writing-and-Humanistic-Studies/21W-785Communic...
4.0 SEO Resources-2008
http://buildingfindablewebsites.com/resources.php
5.0 You Tube Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jq4rUcmALhY
6.0 You Tube- Matt Cuts
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gscFgaMTm48&NR=1
7.0 Communicating Design- Dan Brown-ISBN-0321392353
8.0 Google Mutivariate Test
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZlGy2auvFo&feature=related
9.0 Successful Web Analetics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpDxGrSqA-E

 
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