Identity and intent — The next big thing for tech startups

Internet Identity

The balance between identity and privacy is easier and harder than you think. The biggest challenge is taking the leap of faith of good intentions.

Unpacking Data’s Baggage: Lessons from Airport Security

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Big Data is worthless until a scalable and accurate process for generating insights is improved and refined.

The looming battle over your identity

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According to Ray Wang of Constellation Research, a battle is coming. The battlefield? You, and your fragmented, split-personality identities. The major armies? Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft -- the four companies that can control both hardware and the cloud and, most important, the interface between them.

Software is eating the data center

Nutanix slidedeck at DefragCon | @GraemeThickins via Twitter.

Smarter software is "crushing the stack" by offering new ideas about data storage hardware as fast, cheap and kinda dumb. The VM cloud turns to fog, says Nutanix's @anjan.

How to ask a good question

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Paul Kedrosky ponders the history and origins of questions. If only Quora was invented in 1501 all of our problems would have been solved.

Don’t just solve problems. Understand them.

A major theme from the first morning of Defrag 2013: Knowing how to describe and understand a problem is just as, if not more, important than being able to solve it.

Defrag 2012: The Rise of the Enterprise Developer

A discussion led by Gartner's Ian Glazer with Peter Levine from Andreesen-Horowitz about the renaissance of enterprise developers.

Defrag 2012: The Arab Spring of Software: Developers Are the New Kingmakers

A keynote from Cisco's Laura Cooney and Redmonk's Donnie Berkholtz on the factors that have turned developers into the new kingmakers, what those kingmakers want, and how companies are responding.