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IT News - CxO
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A CTO's Vetting Process For Hyper-Converged Architectures
Hyper-converged architectures: CTO and SearchCIO columnist Niel Nickolaisen lays out, in Search CIO, the five critical questions he asked before taking the plunge.

"It was only a few years ago that I concluded all the interesting technology innovations were happening at the application layer. The focus was on mobile apps, compelling user experiences through intuitive design, data analytics tools and predictive analytics, digital marketing and segmentation. It seemed as if we had taken the infrastructure layer as far as it could go..."

Search CIO, April 30th, 2016
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The Challenges of Controlling IT Complexity
Help Net Security: "IT teams overwhelmingly feel that today's IT environments are very complex - and that growing complexity is making it more difficult for them to do their jobs successfully, according to Ipswitch.

The research pointed to IT teams feeling that they are at risk of losing control of their company's IT environment in the face of new technologies, devices and performance requirements..."

Help Net Security, April 29th, 2016
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IT Teams Not Up To Scratch, Say Tech Leaders
Sam Pudwell writes in ITProPortal, "The pace of change within IT has accelerated rapidly in recent years and, according to new research from IT resourcing firm Experis, many organisations now believe they have fallen behind the competition.

The report found that tech leaders believe their departments are a whole four years behind their most innovative competitors, whilst also believing that 29 per cent of their teams need to be changed in order to drive digital transformation..."

ITProPortal, April 29th, 2016
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The IT lifecycle: Appointing a CIO
"Timing is everything when hiring a CIO," notes Jonathan McCormick in ITProPortal.

"The primary function of a CIO is to be forward-looking for developing and implementing IT initiatives, but it can be difficult for a CIO to fulfil this duty if he or she is brought on too late, and provided with inadequate technologies and processes.

The earlier a company invests in a CIO, the earlier everyone can be in tune with what will make the business most efficient. But most companies don't know when it's too early and when it's too late..."

ITProPortal, April 30th, 2016
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IT News - PM
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How To Create A Project Management Infrastructure From The Ground Up
Brad Egeland writes in CIO, "If we are performing work - internally or externally - that is helping to grow the company and yet we are struggling to accomplish this work because of poor communication, lack of detailed requirements or weak resource management and financial management of these efforts then it is likely that the organization could benefit greatly from the creation of a formal project management infrastructure..."
CIO, April 29th, 2016
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IT News - Security
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Payment Card Industry Issues Data Security Standard Update
"PCI DSS version 3.2 introduces six new requirements for compliance, some additional guidance and a raft of clarifications," reports Warwick Ashford in ComputerWeekly.

"The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council has issued an update to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) to provide greater clarity on requirements.

As widely expected, one of the few changes in PCI DSS version 3.2 is the requirement of multifactor authentication for administrators accessing the cardholder data environment, even from within the company's own network..."

ComputerWeekly, April 28th, 2016
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Rip Up The Script When Assembling A Modern Security Team
"Organizations have to rethink what components are key to a security team if they hope to stay ahead of attackers," writes Lior Div Network World.

"The advanced threats companies face require security teams have different characteristics than the backgrounds analysts typically have. However, most businesses hire security practitioners who have similar professional backgrounds and capabilities. Analysts usually have IT backgrounds, are taught to quickly resolve threats and work in an environment that doesn't embrace speaking out when there's a security incident..."

Network World, April 29th, 2016
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IT News - Social Media
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5 Myths About Social Media You Need To Stop Believing
Katerina Petropoulou recalls in Business 2 Community, 'Social media is just fluff', 'you can't really measure your impact,' 'to be successful you need a huge audience'.

"I'm sure you've heard or even said some or all of those lines at some point, as they're definitely not uncommon. In fact, they are some of the most common myths about social media. So let's set the record straight once and for all and crush them one by one..."

Business 2 Community, April 29th, 2016
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IT News - Linux
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Here Are Top 10 Options For Running A Linux Server
"Businesses looking to run a data centre server know the benefits of going with Linux as the server option," writes Niels Bosch in AmongTech. "However, the plethora of options available makes it a bit difficult to settle for an option. This piece takes a look at the top options in their order of efficiency..."
AmongTech, April 29th, 2016
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IT News - DevOps
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Defining What DevOps is Not
"It's not often that my emails turn into full-blown conversations on DevOps," writes Chris Riley in devops.com.

"But when it happens, it's a great time to take advantage of the insights. John Purrier of Autonomic and I recently discussed DevOps sustainability. Both of us think that sustaining a modern delivery chain and adopting it are two very different things. However, most only consider the latter. And because of that, in two years (or much sooner), they will find themselves in the exact same place they started - in an environment that is unable to adapt, rooted in habit and suddenly the old guy on the block..."

devops.com, April 29th, 2016
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Site Reliability Engineering Kicks Rote Tasks Out Of IT Ops
"DevOps is making inroads into many enterprises old and new, but Google is sharing its site reliability engineering prowess in a book that champions NoOps," writes Austin Allen in SearchDataCenter.

"DevOps dominates the ideology around operations and development. But what does it mean that one of the biggest technology companies doesn't do ops?

Internet search giant Google released Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems, a book focusing on its software engineering approach to IT operations..."

SearchDataCenter, April 29th, 2016
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IT News - Cloud
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Cloud Market Crosses $7B In Quarterly Revenues
"The cloud computing market continues to climb higher," notes Pedro Hernandez in Datamation.

"Yesterday, Amazon reported that its cloud division had generated sales of $2.56 billion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2016, a 64 percent year-over-year increase. The ecommerce giant's fast-growing Amazon Web Services (AWS) division helped it post a profit of over a half-billion dollars, or $1.07 per share, on revenues of $29.1 billion. Wall Street analysts had expected 58 cents a share..."

Datamation, April 29th, 2016
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Cloud Adoption Is Accelerating, Even In Regulated Industries
Rich Campagna writes in ITProPortal, "Organisations across almost all sectors are warming up to the cloud, but that wasn't always the case. In the not too distant past security represented one of the biggest barriers to cloud adoption. For many organisations - both regulated and unregulated - the risks outweighed the benefits.

The public cloud, once written off as a security Pandora's box, is now increasingly perceived as an undeniable business enabler that enhances productivity, efficiency and ultimately ROI..."

ITProPortal, April 29th, 2016
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IT News - IoT
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IoT Past and Present: The History of IoT, and Where Its Headed Today
"The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the hottest IT buzzwords of the moment," notes Christopher Tozzi in Data Center Knowledge.

"Yet the term is actually almost two decades old already. If IoT is not actually a new idea, what is the concept's history? And why is it suddenly trending now? Keep reading for an overview of the history of the Internet of Things, and what makes it a bigger deal today than ever..."

Data Center Knowledge, April 29th, 2016
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The Four Internet Of Things Connectivity Models Explained
"At its most basic level, the Internet of Things is all about connecting various devices and sensors to the Internet, but it's not always obvious how to connect them," notes David Hamilton in The VAR Guy.

"In March 2015, the Internet Architecture Board - a group within the Internet Society that oversees the technical evolution of the Internet - released a guide to IoT networking (PDF). This outlined four common communication models used by IoT 'smart objects': Device-to-Device, Device-to-Cloud, Device-to-Gateway, and Back-End Data-Sharing..."

The VAR Guy, April 29th, 2016
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IT News - Careers
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How To Deal With A Manager Who Hates You
"Sometimes it's your boss, sometimes it's you." Columnist Rob Enderle writes in CIO, "that it's important to figure out why you and your manager don't get along. Then you have to decide if it's something you can fix or if you simply need to get the hell out..."
CIO, April 29th, 2016
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IT News - Virtualization
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Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.20
Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 20.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes; between the others we can find these important and very hot items:

  • Windows hosts/guests: further fixes for latest Windows 10 builds
  • Storage: fixed a regression causing write requests from the BIOS to cause a Guru Meditation with the LsiLogic SCSI controller
  • Improved NAT Networking

Read on for details.


IT News - Big Data
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How Big Data Is Transforming Healthcare
"Intelligent uses of big data in healthcare are helping to predict epidemics, find cures for disease, improve quality of life and avoid preventable deaths," writes Ben Rossi in Information Age.

"Data volumes are exploding. More data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of the human race.

By the year 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet..."

Information Age, April 29th, 2016
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IT News - Encryption
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Defend Encrypted Data From Quantum Computer Threat
Help Net Security: "If an exotic quantum computer is invented that could break the codes we depend on to protect confidential electronic information, what will we do to maintain our security and privacy? That's the overarching question posed by a new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), whose cryptography specialists are beginning the long journey toward effective answers..."
Help Net Security, April 29th, 2016
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