5 Tech Observations to Start Your Day 123114

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. As the sun sets on 2014, here are five technology news nuggets, insights, gossip, chatter and news to start your day for Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.

Actually, today's update involves nine items.

9. Truth, Justice And... Debate: The White House still maintains that North Korea, rather than disgruntled Sony veterans, hacked the movie studio earlier this year. I just have this strange feeling it was an inside job. And so do a few security pros...

8. If We Build It?: What would it be and who would be invited to the party? Too soon to say for sure. One concept (of many) involves a really long timeline/wave -- typically 45 years or so. Just about everybody reading this blog rides the wave without realizing it. We think we can help you ride it even better, no matter where you are on the wave.

7. Not Dead Yet: Although millennials seem to prefer apps and text messages, the overall workforce insists that email is far too important to die. I certainly agree, though I've stopped treating email as instant messaging and instead tend to reply in batches twice per day.

6. IoT Debate: Will there ever be an open standard for The Internet of Things? That's the great debate ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which starts Jan. 6 in Las Vegas. Most pundits say an open IoT standard may never arrive. But I wonder: Do we really need one? As long as a device has an IP address, aren't there plenty of ways to gather data from that device?

5. What's Next?: I wish I could say for sure. Too many paths from which to choose. But one in particular looks pretty darn promising -- that wave in item eight -- though we reserve the right to change paths, scrap plans, abandon great ideas that were terrible, and start all over.

4. Rising Again: Apollo Education Group, the University of Phoenix parent, has launched a venture capital arm. It's called Apollo Education Ventures. The group will evaluate -- surprise, surprise -- companies in the education space, including "career pathway type models." 

3. Beyond SQL: So you want to be a DBA (database administrator)? Sometimes it's important to state the obvious. Your skills have got to evolve fast -- toward NoSQL, Hadoop and other Big Data-related technologies.

2. Less Is More: Just a heads up. I'll likely be blogging less frequently on After Nines Inc. in 2015 so that Amy Katz and I can focus on item 8.

1. Happy New Year: It's time to close the book on 2014, unplug with my family and disappear for a bit. Ditto for Amy Katz and her family. We'll be back online Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. In the meantime, have a safe, relaxing New Year.

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