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IT News - CxO
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6 Critical IT Skills For The Next Decade: Bay Area CIO Of The Year Winners Share
What skills will IT talent need most? Six award-winning CIOs discuss the top skills on their radar screens - from AI to emotional intelligence
"The skills that people will need to be successful in IT in the coming era are quickly evolving," notes Ginny Hamilton in The Enterprisers Project.

"We caught up with CIOs who recently won the 2019 Bay Area CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards to find out what skills they believe will be most critical for IT talent in the next decade.

The awards were presented by the Bay Area CIO Leadership Association, a professional community that annually recognizes CIOs for their excellence in technology leadership. A few facts are clear from their answers: Make sure you're as comfortable working with data as you are with working with people..."

The Enterprisers Project, November 7th, 2019
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CIO Role: Who Should The CIO Report To?
Fifty-one percent of CIOs now report to the CEO
"With the CIO wearing the hat of digital transformation leader, why are so many still reporting to the CFO or COO?" asks Stephanie Overby in The Enterprisers Project.

"Today's IT leaders either lead or take a key role in the ongoing digital transformation required to remain viable in today's marketplace. As CIOs take on more - and more visible - responsibilities in the enterprise, it makes sense to examine the prevailing reporting structures for the CIO role..."

The Enterprisers Project, November 5th, 2019
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Predictions 2020: Edge Computing Makes The Leap
The emerging category of edge computing has been steadily rising in importance and maturity, and 2020 will be the most interesting year yet for vendors and users in this exciting space
Abhijit Sunil writes in Forrester, "Fifty-seven percent of mobility decision makers surveyed in the Forrester Analytics Global Business Technographics Mobility Survey, 2019, said they have edge computing on their roadmap for the next 12 months, which is significant when considering how recently edge computing arrived in the sphere of technology evolution.

So what's going to happen in 2020 for edge computing? Our inaugural predictions brief on edge computing provides a detailed analysis, but here is a sneak peek at some of the predictions:..."

Forrester, November 4th, 2019
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5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In November
Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders
"Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our business library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly," notes Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project.

"These curated pieces are available now through the end of November.

  • How to make meetings a safe space for honest conversation
  • 6 tips for running offsites that aren't a waste of time
  • Stop lying to job candidates about the role
  • How to help your team with burnout when you're burned out
  • Keep your company's toxic culture from infecting your team

Read on for details.

The Enterprisers Project, November 4th, 2019
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Key Predictions That Will Impact CIOs And IT Pros Over The Next Five Years
Time for action is growing short for CIOs in the digital era
"Many continue to struggle with siloed digital transformation initiatives, leaving them adrift and buffeted by competition and market forces.

To support CIOs with guidance on complex, fast-moving environments and prescriptive, actionable recommendations, IDC published IDC FutureScape: Worldwide CIO Agenda 2020 Predictions. The predictions provide a strategic context that will enable CIOs to lead their organizations through a period of hyperscale, hyperspeed, and hyperconnectedness over the next five years..." - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, November 6th, 2019
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IT News - MFA
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Four False Ideas About Multi-Factor Authentication
Without MFA, organizations are wide open to attacks.
"Multi-Factor Authentication is very important for organisations," notes Francois Amigorena in ITProPortal.

"The truth is that without it, organisations are wide open to attacks if their employees fall for phishing scams or share passwords, which happens more than you think.

Compromised credentials can be really dangerous for a company and for good reasons. Detecting an attack becomes very difficult when the hacker has stolen, but legitimate and valid credentials. From that moment, all of your security tools and solutions aren't going to detect anything unusual for the simple reason that they believe that the person logging on to the system is who they say they are..."

ITProPortal, November 8th, 2019
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IT News - Storage
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Is NVMe Flash The Right Choice For You?
NVMe flash storage boosts performance for I/O-hungry operations, but how does it work, where can organisations best deploy it, and what are the key uses cases where it can make a difference?
"With the traditional spinning-disk hard drive going the way of vinyl, tape cassettes and even the compact disc, NVMe flash storage is set to take over as the enterprise storage format of choice - at least for performance-hungry operations," opines Rene Millman in ComputerWeekly.

"NVMe (non-volatile memory express) is a storage protocol and host controller interface designed to speed up data transfer between systems and solid-state drives (SSDs). This is done over a high-speed peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) bus..."

ComputerWeekly, November 5th, 2019
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The Compelling Economic Benefits Of OpenZFS Storage
Have you had a key software vendor go from support increases of 3-5% to more than 20% annually?
"Have you had your key software vendor acquired and the acquirer then end development of the product? Have you had a key technology vendor exit your region at a time you were planning to expand your facilities?" asks Ken Clipperton in DCIG.

"As an IT Director, I endured all these untimely and costly outcomes of vendor decisions. And then I discovered how to mitigate these risks through Open Source software such as OpenZFS, which solves these problems for software-defined storage..."

DCIG, November 7th, 2019
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IT News - Technology
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USB4: What's Different And Why IT Matters
The next great (and possibly confusing) version of USB is on its way
Ian Paul reports in How-To Geek, "In early September 2019, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) published the USB4 specification paving the way for blazing-fast USB connections comparable to the speeds of Thunderbolt 3.

That Thunderbolt comparison isn't a coincidence. Intel contributed the Thunderbolt protocol specification to the USB Promoter Group. (The Promoter Group is an industry organization charged with developing USB specifications, while the USB-IF advocates for the advancement and adoption of USB technology.)..."

How-To Geek, November 7th, 2019
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IT News - HR
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How HR And IT Can Partner To Improve Cybersecurity
With their lens into the human side of business, human resources can be an effective partner is the effort to train employees on awareness and keep an organization secure
Joan Goodchild writes in Information Week, "Throughout Cybersecurity Awareness Month we examined the different ways some organizations are building a culture of security awareness and getting employees and executives on board with viewing security as everyone's responsibility.

One department we haven't spoken to yet is human resources. And according to Marcy Klipfel, SVP of employee engagement at benefits administration tech company Businessolver, HR is uniquely equipped to humanize and promote security within an organization, and IT is missing out on an opportunity to use HR skills and insight to enhance risk mitigation..."

Information Week, November 4th, 2019
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IT News - Security
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Who Is Responsible For Active Directory Security Within Your Organization?
Over one third (36%) of IT professionals say their organizations are more vulnerable to security threats now than they were five years ago, according to a new Alsid research
"The research, carried out by YouGov in the UK, questioned 506 IT professionals working at companies with 50 or more employees. The results shine a spotlight on the current state of IT security and attitudes among security and IT professionals.

Spoiler alert: it's not all good news, although it's not all bad either. But while there are some seeming bright spots for IT pros in the results, some of the data may show a perception/reality gap in the minds of IT and security professionals..." - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, November 6th, 2019
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IT News - Database
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Why Databases Are Failing The Modern Economy
Big data powers the world's most powerful companies and most promising startups
"From transportation giant Uber's data on 3.9 million eligible drivers to entertainment giant Netflix's collection of 155 million subscribers' streaming data, the ability to gather and store huge amounts of data is one of the most critical drivers of our modern economy. It will also define competitive advantage for decades to come. Tesla's billions of miles in autonomous driving experience, for example, are already setting the stage for category leadership in the future..." - insideBIGDATA
insideBIGDATA, November 5th, 2019
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IT News - Cloud
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Multicloud vs. Hybrid Cloud: What It All Means
While hybrid clouds and multicloud can be used together - and tend to get lumped together -​ they are not the same thing
"As companies move to the cloud, what that cloud looks like falls into two categories: hybrid cloud and multicloud," opines Jen A. Miller in CIODive.

"Of public cloud adopters, 62% are using two or more unique cloud environments or platforms, according to Forrester. The research firm found 75% of enterprises describe their strategy as hybrid/multicloud.

While hybrid clouds and multicloud can be used together - and tend to get lumped together -&#8203; they are not the same thing..."

CIODive, November 8th, 2019
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50% Of Apps Will Not Be Migrated To The Cloud
Applications will be managed in multicloud and on-premises environments
"66% of businesses face difficulty in integrating and managing apps across third-party environments, while IT leaders also claim that over the next three years 50% of application workloads will not be migrated into public cloud environments, according to Kemp report..." - HelpNet Security
HelpNet Security, November 4th, 2019
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Dealing With Multi-Cloud Data Complexity
IT leaders need to understand that a problem exists and then think through approaches. Once they do that, the technology to employ is easier to figure out. Here's some guidance
David Linthicum writes in InformationWeek, "The current patterns of cloud migration include simple 'lift and shift,' which moves data with as little work as possible, typically by refactoring or redoing the applications and data so they work more efficiently on a cloud-based platform. More and more migrations include multi-cloud, which contributes to the appearance of new data complexity issues. When leveraging multi-cloud architectures, it's important for IT leaders and cloud professionals to rethink how to deal with data complexity..."
InformationWeek, November 5th, 2019
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To Secure Multicloud Environments, First Acknowledge You Have A Problem
Multicloud environments change rapidly. Organizations need a security framework that is purpose-built for the cloud and that aligns with their digital transformation strategy
"Enterprise cloud adoption continues to increase rapidly," notes Chris Schueler in Information Week.

"According to Gartner, expenditures toward enterprise IT cloud-based offerings is rising at almost triple the rate of spending on traditional, non-cloud solutions. The firm predicts that more than $1.3 trillion in IT spending will move to the cloud by 2022. As organizations increasingly make their digital transformation to the cloud, they are not only adopting cloud applications, they are moving important parts of their IT infrastructure, such as databases, to the cloud for an infrastructure-as-a-service model. But with this rapid shift to the cloud come new security challenges, especially when an organization has a multicloud environment..."

Information Week, November 4th, 2019
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IT News - Careers
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3 Ways To Be An Awesome Remote Worker
Working from home may seem strange at first
Barry David Moore writes in Business 2 Community, "So many people have told me 'oooh I could never work from home, I would miss the social contact'. But when you try it, you will realize that it is completely awesome and liberating. The trend in remote working is undeniable and currently, 40% of American employees have said they have worked remotely according to GreatWorkLife.

But it will only be great if you do it the right way. So here are three tips to help you ensure you do a great job from day one..."

Business 2 Community, November 4th, 2019
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The Essentials For Working Remotely
To say working remotely is becoming more common these days would be a massive understatement, as remote work has grown 159 percent in the last 12 years alone, according to recent data
Niels Bosch writes in AmongTech, "In fact, today's workers believe that flexible work environments are now the new normal. Many say they are willing to forgo working for prominent companies or would pass on a promotion in order to keep their current flexible working arrangements.

The good news is companies are beginning to view remote work as a viable option for their employees. In fact, nearly half of American businesses are now offering more flexible working arrangements than they were even just five years ago, reports multiple news agencies..."

AmongTech, November 7th, 2019
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29 Top Cloud Certifications
When it comes to the most in-demand skills, the cloud is the place to be
"Our guide to top cloud certifications looks at programs designed for AWS, Google and Microsoft services -- as well as vendor-neutral certifications," writes Neal Weinberg in Insider Pro.

"It seems like everything is moving to the cloud these days - servers, storage, applications, devops, internet of things (IoT) data, advanced analytics -- you name it, it's happening in the cloud, either in a public, private or hybrid cloud environment.

Maybe it's time for your career to make the jump to the cloud as well..."

Insider Pro, November 6th, 2019
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IT News - Virtualization
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Dissecting The Risks And Benefits Of Microservice Architecture
Many organizations today have a basic understanding of the security risks associated with their web applications
"However, many will find that their efforts to just add on security to existing applications fall short of being effective. Each new development in the software design process can bring an abundance of benefits to an organization, but it also brings along several new security challenges.

Distributed microservices architecture has made quite an impact as far as modern application development trends go. With the design of an application being broken apart into smaller pieces and building it as a set of modular components, it makes it easier to build and maintain than traditional, monolithic applications developed as a single entity..." - Techzone360

Techzone360, November 6th, 2019
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Containers And Security - What Are The Five Biggest Myths?
By 2023, it is predicted that companies will have more than two containerised applications in place
"Don't go into containers without knowing what is true and what is just a myth," suggests Colin Fernandes in Jaxenter. "Read about these five big misconceptions regarding container security and overcome the challenges of planning for strong security models...

For site reliability engineers and developers, containers have proven to be a useful new way to quickly package and deploy application components at scale. As these IT teams rely more and more on the portability and pervasiveness that containers offer to support their microservices-enabled technologies, they will need to quickly compose and orchestrate all these software edifices. Kubernetes has made it easier to orchestrate the infrastructure for those applications with automated management processes that would otherwise have to be done manually or by stand-alone scripting or complex meshing of siloed tools..."

Jaxenter, November 4th, 2019
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IT News - Compliance
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Security And Risk Compliance: Still The Most Important Part Of IT Strategy
Security remains essential, with new issues to address
"Security practice is the number one priority for IT teams, with a clear majority (59%) reporting deficiencies in the controls, that should ensure data processing and storage systems adhere to security policies; while over a quarter (27%) pointing to a lack of relevant skills as inhibiting quality assurance in the evolving Testing environment, according to Capgemini..." - HelpNet Security
HelpNet Security, November 7th, 2019
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IT News - Backup
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What Are 3 Cloud Backup Security Guidelines Against Cyberattacks?
Cloud security is a top concern for IT. As a result, keeping cloud backups secure should be a priority. Here are three straightforward guidelines to help
"Cloud backup security best practices aren't too different from those of on-premises backups," suggests Brien Posey in SearchDataBackup.

"Especially with cyberthreats a constant presence in IT, it is important to practice defense in depth, just as you would for backups residing on premises.

The first -- and, arguably, most important -- element of cloud backup security is encryption. Your data needs to be encrypted both at rest and in flight. Protecting data at rest refers to the use of storage-level encryption. Protecting data while it is in flight means using encryption to protect your data as it is being transmitted across the network and, ultimately, to the cloud-based backup target..."

SearchDataBackup, November 8th, 2019
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IT News - Developer
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Top Programming Languages For November 2019: C Gets An A+
Every month, we keep tabs on the TIOBE Index to see which programming languages are rising up the charts
"The November 2019 update sees a few changes, including a slight rise for C and Python," reports Sarah Schlothauer in Jaxenter.

TIOBE predicts that it is possible for C to overtake Java and become number 1 again by the end of the year. Meanwhile, what is Dice saying about the top paid programming languages?

The TIOBE Index updated to reflect November 2019 rating changes..."

Jaxenter, November 4th, 2019
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