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IT News - CxO
The 4 Biggest Investments IT Departments Are Making In 2016
"2014 was a monumental year for IT spending," notes Simon Owens in Information Management. "According to the Society for Information Management's IT Trends Study, which has been surveying CIOs and other IT leaders going back decades, 2014 was the year that companies, on average, dedicated above 5 percent of their annual revenue toward their IT budget&#8202; - &#8202;5.15 percent to be exact. And the trend continued, with that number jumping up to 5.3 percent in 2015..."
Information Management, June 17th, 2016
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Rising To The Challenge: How 3 Public CIOs Are Confronting Major Mandates
"Structural upheavals and a budget reality that threatened a major connectivity initiative aren't stopping the work of these state and local government CIOs," writes Adam Stone in Government Technology.

"You can bet Illinois CIO Hardik Bhatt isn't bored. In January Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order that will consolidate the state's IT offices into a new Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). That's 1,700 employees and an $800 million annual budget for IT services to be controlled by a single operating body (with input from key agencies on how best to spend the IT dollars, including alternate sources for funding, such as federal grant money, according to the Governor's Office of Management and Budget)..."

Government Technology, June 17th, 2016
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IT News - Storage
Why Storage Tiering Still Matters. A Lot.
"Tiered storage is the process of assigning progressively less-expensive storage categories to progressively less-valuable data," writes Christine Taylor in Enterprise Storage Forum.

"It's up to IT to classify storage tiers using a matrix of performance, price (Capex and Opex), storage capacity and data services. Classifying data priority is not entirely up to IT. Within the same storage system, automated tiering functions will classify data by features like I/O patterns and move it accordingly within the storage system's internal storage tiers.

However, IT will need to assign data priority by business need in order to migrate data effectively throughout the storage infrastructure, ultimately landing in highly cost-effective cold storage. Different companies will assign different data priorities according to their business and compliance needs..."

Enterprise Storage Forum, June 17th, 2016
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IT News - AI
The Path To Higher Performance With Scalable Machine Learning
"As data analytics becomes mission critical, scaling machine- and deep-learning algorithms helps answer increasingly complex questions from larger and larger data sets," writes Bob Rogers in CIO.

"In an earlier post I explored the value of using scalable machine learning to extract value from huge amounts of data. In this post, I will dive down into the technical side of things, particularly the challenges and benefits that come with making algorithms scalable on large clusters of computers..."

CIO, June 16th, 2016
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The Age Of The Intelligent Enterprise
"Machine learning technology is opening up a wealth of new opportunities for smart software applications," writes Ben Rossi in Information Age.

"Since the dawn of the computer age, software developers have dreamed of creating artificial intelligence (AI). Now, software is becoming smarter and transforming people's daily lives to an ever greater degree.

Consumers are witnessing this transformation through developments such as personal assistants, self-driving cars and smart home applications..."

Information Age, June 17th, 2016
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IT News - Technology
Bluetooth 5 Standard Brings Range, Speed And Capacity Boost For Iot
"The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has announced the forthcoming Bluetooth 5 standard, promising significant improvements to support an accessible and interoperable internet of things," writes Alex Scroxton in ComputerWeekly.

"The next iteration of the Bluetooth standard, Bluetooth 5, will boast quadruple the range, double the speed, and an eight-fold increase in data broadcasting capacity, according to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG)..."

ComputerWeekly, June 17th, 2016
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IT News - Bitcoin
Canada's Central Bank Is Working On A Blockchain-Based Digital Dollar
Samburaj Das writes in CryptoCoinsNews, "In a revelation on Wednesday, the Bank of Canada - Canada's central bank - said that it is developing a digital currency called CAD-Coin, in collaboration with Canadian banks and New York-based blockchain startup R3.

In a private presentation during the payments industry conference Payments Panorama in Calgary, the Bank of Canada revealed it is developing a digital equivalent of the Canadian dollar called CAD-Coin..."

CryptoCoinsNews, June 17th, 2016
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Bank Of England Explores Blockchain, Says Digital Currency Is Far Off
"In a transcript of a cancelled speech released online today, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney cited a 'central bank digital currency' as a development that could result from its ongoing distributed ledger proof-of-concepts," writes Ian DeMartino in CoinDesk.

"The remarks come as global central banks begin to experiment openly with distributed ledgers, a technology inspired by the decentralized, public ledgers used to run cryptocurrencies..."

CoinDesk, June 17th, 2016
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IT News - Security
5 Things You Should Know About Password Managers
Lucian Constantin writes in computerworld, "New data breaches are coming to light almost weekly and they reveal a simple but troubling fact: many people still choose weak passwords and reuse them across multiple sites. The reality is, remembering dozens of complex passwords is almost impossible and carrying them around on a scrap of paper that you have to keep updating is a huge hassle. That's why there are password managers.

Here's why they're important, and how to get the most out of them..."

computerworld, June 17th, 2016
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Top 10 Technologies For Information Security And Their Implications
"Gartner highlighted the top 10 technologies for information security and their implications for security organizations in 2016...

'Information security teams and infrastructure must adapt to support emerging digital business requirements, and simultaneously deal with the increasingly advanced threat environment,' said Neil MacDonald, vice president, distinguished analyst and Gartner Fellow Emeritus. 'Security and risk leaders need to fully engage with the latest technology trends if they are to define, achieve and maintain effective security and risk management programs that simultaneously enable digital business opportunities and manage risk.'

The top 10 technologies for information security are:..." - Help Net Security

Help Net Security, June 17th, 2016
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FBI Says Corporate Email 'Impersonation' Scams Growing
"The complaints came from a range of businesses, from small firms to large corporations, across all industries and sectors," recalls Angus Loten in the Wall St. Journal.

"Even as cybersecurity grows increasingly sophisticated, more companies are falling prey to fake internals emails where scammers pose as executives seeking cash, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The cash often winds up in a bogus account, typically via wire transfer from an unsuspecting staffer..."

Wall St. Journal, June 16th, 2016
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What Cisos Need To Tell The Board About Cyber Risk
"To avoid devastating financial losses, boards and the C-suite must have a deep understating of the cyber risks their organizations' face. Here's what they need to hear from the security team," reports Chris Veltsos in Dark Reading.

"There should be little doubt about cybersecurity's importance in 2016 given the amount of attention the topic has garnered in the past decade. Board directors and top leadership are under pressure from all sides: from federal and state regulators, from business partners seeking to tackle third-party vendor cyber risks, and from shareholders and their class-action lawyers ready to sue the moment a breach is announced..."

Dark Reading, June 15th, 2016
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IT News - HPC
Efforts to Broaden HPC Accelerate as OpenHPC Governing Board and Technical Steering Committee Takes Shape
"Since its announcement at SC15 in November, the OpenHPC community has made important strides toward its mission of creating and supporting a flexible open source HPC software stack that simplifies deploying and managing HPC systems. In just a few short months, the open source community hosted at The Linux Foundation has had many productive working group discussions, installed a Technical Steering Committee (TSC) and Governing Board, and even provided releases of the initial software stack based on early community feedback. The initial software stack includes over 60 packages, including tools and libraries, as well as provisioning, a job scheduler and more. The complete list is available on the project GitHub page..." - insideHPC
insideHPC, June 17th, 2016
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IT News - DevOps
MTTR: The Magic Metric
"How do you improve with one metric quality, cost, performance, employee and, most importantly, customer satisfaction? I think MTTR is one to consider, but with a DevOps twist (agile+lean+ITSM). The thing I love about DevOps is that it allows for people to think differently. DevOps is the movement driving organizations to find new ways of collaborating, communicating, cooperating and improving the way they use technology to create and support services.

While many agree that MTT stands for 'Mean Time To,' there is no common agreement on the R. I like using 5 Rs, as they cover the life cycle of idea to realization (in the hands of the customers in a way they like)..." -, June 17th, 2016
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451 Analyst Berkholz On How Devops And Orchestration Combine For Continuous Apps Delivery
Dana Gardner writes in, "The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer thought leadership discussion focuses on the burgeoning trends around DevOps and how that's translating into new types of IT infrastructure that both developers and operators can take advantage of.

To learn more about trends and developments in DevOps, micro services, containers, and the new direction for composable infrastructure, we're joined by Donnie Berkholz, Research Director at 451 Research, and he's based in Minneapolis. The discussion is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

Here are some excerpts:..", June 17th, 2016
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IT News - Cloud
Openstack Infrastructure Embraces Containers, But Challenges Remain
"Despite a recent push to embrace container technology, OpenStack still has a number of hurdles to clear before boosting enterprise adoption," writes Trevor Jones in SearchCloudComputing.

"OpenStack continues to gain modest traction despite its ongoing growing pains. Now, users see a lifeline in a technology some view as the death knell for the open source project..."

SearchCloudComputing, June 16th, 2016
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IT News - Networks
Cloud, SDN, And Security Complications
"As enterprises migrate to the cloud and SDN, they face challenges in maintaining security, notes Ofer Or in Network Computing.

"It's true that more organizations are making investments in cloud, software-defined networking, and virtualization, and that's a good thing in the long run. These investments will help companies realize new efficiencies, increased agility and significant cost savings. But at the moment, we're still in the transition phase of the software-based movement..."

Network Computing, June 17th, 2016
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IT News - Careers
6 Innovative Ideas To Get And Select The Best Talent
Paul Keijzer writes in Business 2 Community, "Last week I shared with you the famous innovator behaviors by Clayton Christensen that could help you develop more innovative HR solutions. Over the next few of weeks I will help bring you up to speed on the latest trends, thoughts and approaches on:

  • sourcing,
  • developing, engaging and retaining talent,
  • performance management,
  • reward concepts,
  • organization structures, and l- eadership development concepts.

Today, I'm going to shed light on the latest trends of finding the best talent for your organization..."

Business 2 Community, June 16th, 2016
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