HPE Culture Shift
June 21st, 2018 by Luigi Danakos

Over the last two years HPE has been on a transformation, it has been restructured and what was once a long standing company, divided into two. Shortly after the finalization from splitting away from HP; more changes were in the works.

Today, HPE is not it’s founders company. With the dust settling from it’s latest transformation, HPE is ripe for culture shift.

Culture Shift

With only four months as CEO, Antonio Neri is set to change not only it’s customers focus but a fundamental shift in HPE culture. Let’s face it, they have been through so much change, the company has transformed and is reshaping it’s identity. One way Neri is doing this is by his choice of clothes during the keynote. He was standing on stage wearing jeans and a button down shirt, relaxed and excited.

Talking about how important it meant to him being the CEO of HPE, his family was also present to witness the first keynote delivered as the top dog. The mention and excitement he displayed when talking about his family is a stark contrast for keynote presentations. They are typically boring, but Neri’s energy was different, even if for a few moments, he  showed he was like one of us. This relatability is crucial for acceptance, it garners a sense of trust. Understand it’s not about his choice of clothes, it represents the change from the traditional appearance and attitude of an HPE executive.

Not only is his attitude towards fashion shifting, his focus on what is important: listening and talking to customers was prevalent out at HPE Discover.

Neri spoke about how they are focusing on three areas:

  • The Technology
  • The People
  • The Economics

I really want to see how this vision will play out and exactly how Neri and HPE will execute this culture shift.

 

I believe if done right Neri’s culture shift could transform HPE like Satya Nadella has done for Microsoft.

Another cool thing is Antonio took a selfie with me without hesitation and he gets a few points for that.

What are your thoughts on this culture shift?

 

 

 

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Forcepoint User and Entity Behavior Analytics
March 23rd, 2018 by Luigi Danakos

Today I want to focus on the study of User Behavior Analytics and how companies like ForcePoint are developing solutions to help mitigate cybersecurity threats from inside your company.

While attending Tech Field Day 16* out in Austin, User Behavior Analytics took the center stage during one of the presentations by Forcepoint.

I have always had a love for analytics, even more so, how you can determine actions based off of trends from users. This is quite prevalent in the gaming industry and helps game developers fine tune their product. So needless to say, hearing how you can use it to defend cybersecurity threats was quite interesting to me.

 

User Behavior Analytics what is it?

User Behavior Analytics is the collection of human behavior data to help identify anomalies in users to help combat cybersecurity threats. Companies like Forcepoint then develop algorithms and statistical models to help businesses detect potential threats from within the company.

The key takeaway is that using this technology is about tracking the users’ actions and not the actions of the system.

 

Why does my company want to monitor me?

It wants to monitor everyone, not just you. Understand that the sooner cybersecurity threats can be detected the less impact it has on the business.

According to ForcepoiForcepoint Insider Threat Imagent, 69% of enterprise security executives reported an attempted theft or corruption of its data.

Let’s be clear that not all data theft or corruption is intentional by users. A user sends an email to the wrong person or deletes a folder without realizing what they did. Take another example, you are surfing the internet and accidentally click on a cute kitten video, unknowingly affecting your computer with malware.

There are many cases of former employees trying to enact revenge because they are unhappy with their previous employer. Or the person is a salesperson and they access information and download client database right before quitting and starting with a competitor. This person’s intentions are deliberate.

 

How do they do it?

One waForcepoint User and Entity Behavior Analyticsy for Forcepoint and their customers to take advantage of this technology is through their User & Entity Behavior Analytics solution, this tool allows for them to bring data in from a variety of sources to understand who employees are and what they are doing.

By understanding who your users are and what they do normally, helps companies detect when something out of the ordinary happens.

If Bob never goes into the office late at night and randomly he starts accessing company files after 11 pm, you can identify a potential threat. Or perhaps, Bob got a new position and is working different hours or got assigned a project and was just trying to meet deadlines. Bob’s manager could go to him and say we noticed that you started logging in and accessing sensitive data late at night and when Bob replies he is in bed normally at 9 pm, the company would know something was wrong.

Watch the Forcepoint presentation on User and Entity Behavior Analytics

 

*Please note that Forcepoint was a sponsor of an event (Tech Field Day 16) that paid for my travel accommodations to participate in the event.

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September 5th, 2017 by Luigi Danakos

Today’s guest is Shane Weinbrecht. Shane is a jack of all community for Scale Computing. We discuss how Shane and I met through the community and what relationship building really means. His love for sharing knowledge with others is what drives him to continue being part of the technology community.

Family matters and having the support of them is crucial for being active and giving back to the community. Having loved ones understand that their is value for you spending your time participating . I tell a nice back story in how I left my wife on mothers-day one year when I was first making connections in the community.

Shane discusses that the personal impact is far more important to him then the professional benefits. How many online connections became “real” life connections become dear friends.

How has the community impacted your life? What are you not getting out or giving to the community?

Show Notes

Macro Photography

Community & what it means to Shane

Support of family

The impact of connecting online/offline

Failing – If you do not try anything you are never going to fail.

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June 17th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

This weeks guest is no stranger to being recorded, I am joined by Stu Miniman Senior Analyst over at Wikibon and Cohost of theCUBE. Many may know him as an analyst from theCUBE, I know him as a good friend and mentor.

Stu and I go back to 2009 when I joined Twitter, he was a driving force to keep me engaged in the community. I would say it panned out well for myself. In this episode we talk about the early days of our social media and how contributing quality dialogue is more important then being noisy. This is something that I live by today, except for when the Patriots are playing, then all bets are off. What I enjoy most about talking with Stu can be heard in this weeks Tech Stand UP recording, we easily touch on any subject.

 

One topic in particular that we touched on was diversifying your social network communities. Are you in a echo chamber? Stu referenced this blog he wrote in our talk. It is important and you may not know where it could help you down the road professionally or personally.

Last we touched on Star Wars,I mean who doesn’t love a good conversation about Luke and Leia.

Show Notes

State of Social

Star Wars

Transitioning from Vendor to Analyst

My early days and his influence on my social journey

Personal Branding

Working in your passion versus just working

Social Echo Chamber –

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Tech Stand UP Ep 4 Secrets Exposed
May 10th, 2017 by NerdBlurt

Secrets everyone has them, and this week’s guests are no different. I am joined by three guests this week; Rebecca Fitzhugh, Mike Burkhart & Herb.

This is the fourth and final recorded live at the VTUG Winter Warmer event podcast, and it is a fitting one to say the least.

Tech Stand UP Ep 4 Secrets ExposedMy original plan was to talk with Rebecca on becoming a newly minted female VCDX, for those that are unaware the VCDX is a tedious process to obtain filled with multiple certification exams followed up with an architecture design and defended against by a live panel. It is a huge accomplished in the VMware space, while to me personally I don’t see gender , however woman do have to go against unbiased or sometimes biased views in the world. So, seeing a smart lady not caring and continuing to go for what she wants and be a role model for other women is inspiring. I have two daughters, I want them to be inspired by other females to do great things.

Well, the recording went different, as Mike and Herb joined and the four of us had some awesome banter. That is why I record these to capture different conversations from all areas and view points.

Notice past the banter is the underlying story of how these three guests became friends; helping each other through some tough times, just laughing. It makes you think of how relationships are formed, relating back to episode one of Tech Stand UP.

It also is a testament to the virtualization community pulling together, the VCDX program has a great community support  system. Both were undeterred by failing the panel defense.

Many  do not like talking about is failing; while we all know people fail , many choose to not say anything. We focus so much on success despite there having been many failed attempts.

So give it a listen, and what secrets are you holding?

 

Show Notes

Mentorship

Community pulling together

VCDX Groupies

Did you know that Rebecca was a female?

How not giving up and to keep trying

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