Case Study: NEBCO Modernizes with a World-Class Security Program and Hybrid-Cloud Solution

NEBCO, Inc., is a fourth-generation Nebraska-based organization made up of 25 entities with business interest in such things as concrete production, mining, heavy construction, bonding real estate and recreation. In 2016, NEBCO’s IT leader recognized the need for a formal security program to ensure the integrity and availability of their data and systems. In addition, [...]

By |2019-08-14T16:14:07-05:00August 16th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Case Study: NEBCO Modernizes with a World-Class Security Program and Hybrid-Cloud Solution

How Will You Keep The Lights On (When Everyone Else’s Go Off)?

On July 13, 2019, a faulty cable at a Con Ed substation led to a blackout that plunged 72,000 customers in midtown Manhattan into darkness for nearly six hours. Nearly 16 years before, on August 14, 2003, three parallel, heavily loaded high-voltage electrical transmission lines in Ohio sagged and touched nearby overgrown tree limbs, causing [...]

By |2019-08-14T11:49:19-05:00August 15th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on How Will You Keep The Lights On (When Everyone Else’s Go Off)?

Conversational AI: Design & Build a Contextual Assistant – Part 2

A previous version of this article was published on Medium. In the first part of this series, we introduced the different maturity levels of conversational AI and started building a travel assistant using Rasa. In this post, we’ll look at structuring happy and unhappy conversation paths, various machine learning policies and configurations to improve your dialogue [...]

By |2019-08-15T16:00:09-05:00August 14th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Conversational AI: Design & Build a Contextual Assistant – Part 2

Success in the Azure Cloud: Governance & Admin Best Practices

Businesses adopt the public cloud for agility, scalability, and the “pay for what you use” cost model. This allows for an increase in revenue and savings while optimizing resource utilization. Many clients of Microsoft public cloud services, like Office 365 (O365), get their initial Azure tenant created as part of an O365 deployment with [...]

By |2019-08-08T10:31:12-05:00August 9th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Success in the Azure Cloud: Governance & Admin Best Practices

Dwell Time, Agent Smith and Modernizing Your SIEM

The more data, users and devices there are, the more points of vulnerability and risks of cyberattack there are. So why are so many IT departments relying on out-of-date cybersecurity technologies? For some, this is a byproduct of a limited budget or the skills shortage. For others, the lack of a significant incident might be [...]

By |2019-08-07T09:27:58-05:00August 5th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Dwell Time, Agent Smith and Modernizing Your SIEM

Case Study: Sirius Helps BMC Software Upgrade Its IBM Z Hardware

BMC Software’s core business has always included a dedication to the IBM Z platform. Based in Houston, TX, this longtime Sirius client assists businesses in moving to digital operations. When the IBM z14 was announced—as has always been the case with new hardware releases—BMC worked with Sirius to ensure that it would be one of [...]

By |2019-07-31T09:22:01-05:00August 2nd, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Case Study: Sirius Helps BMC Software Upgrade Its IBM Z Hardware

Conversational AI: Design & Build a Contextual Assistant – Part 1

A previous version of this article was published on Medium. Though conversational AI has been around since the 1960s, it’s experiencing a renewed focus in recent years.While we’re still in the early days of the design and development of intelligent conversational AI, Google quite rightly announced that we were moving from a mobile-first to an [...]

By |2019-08-15T16:01:52-05:00July 31st, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Conversational AI: Design & Build a Contextual Assistant – Part 1

How to Set Up Snowflake Elevated Accounts

When planning for a cloud data warehouse such as Snowflake, it is important to have a strategic plan in place to initialize the environment for development, testing and production. Using standard patterns for this initialization is a best practice. Sirius is publishing a four-part series to demonstrate best practices in reusable patterns for initializing Snowflake [...]

By |2019-08-15T13:32:35-05:00July 29th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on How to Set Up Snowflake Elevated Accounts

Your AWS Cloud Journey: Step Three – The Self-Service Cloud Organization

Missed the previous entry? Read Step Two here So you’ve built a landing zone in AWS. You’ve empowered some app owners to build. You now have some production applications running. You have a pipeline full of other applications you plan to move to AWS over the next year or two of your cloud journey. [...]

By |2019-08-02T15:39:42-05:00July 24th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Your AWS Cloud Journey: Step Three – The Self-Service Cloud Organization

A New Blueprint for the Modern Data Warehouse

Companies today are struggling under the weight of their legacy data warehouses. These old and inefficient systems were designed for a different era, when data was a side project and access to analytics was limited to the executive team. Modern companies are placing data analytics in the center of every activity—from applications to operations—and arming [...]

By |2019-07-26T10:33:32-05:00July 22nd, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on A New Blueprint for the Modern Data Warehouse