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IT News - CxO
5 Habits Of Highly Successful CTOs
"Part of my current role at IQVIS is to interact with industry leaders and CTOs about various products and solutions they need/offer, " writes Tahir Akbar in Business 2 Community. "This interaction is beneficial not only in the business terms but also from a learning perspective.

I have noticed that success of a technology company - or say any organization, largely depends upon the leadership type and quality. Particularly if we look at success from business transformation or technology perspective, the role of a visionary CTO can't be ignored. In fact, her role turns more critical than CEO in the case of transformation and technology integration..."

Business 2 Community, March 15th, 2017
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Execs: Companies Too Slow To Adopt Emerging Tech
Nicole Henderson writes in Data Center Knowledge, "Most IT executives say that their company is in the middle of the pack when it comes to adopting technology, and that they wait for other companies to take the plunge before making an investment.

According to a new study by Toronto-based staffing services firm Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group, released on Thursday, IT's counterparts on the creative side of the business (marketing and ad execs) perceive their business to be even more risk-averse. Forty-seven percent of creative executives described their company's approach to adopting new technology to be slow and steady, compared to 14 percent of IT executives that said the same..."

Data Center Knowledge, March 17th, 2017
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Why Great Chief Data Officers Are Hard To Find
Clint Boulton writes in CSO Online, "CEOs and boards are seeking chief data officers who are capable of using data analytics to transform their businesses, says Heidrick & Struggles, which has identified eight CDO archetypes to help companies find these purple squirrels...

Chief data officers (CDOs) are among the most highly sought-after executives among corporations for whom data analytics has become a cornerstone of digital strategies. But the rush to promote data-crunching experts to the CDO role has created a new challenge: Finding a leader who can use data to help drive a business transformation..."

CSO Online, March 17th, 2017
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IT News - Storage
Data Center Storage Architecture Moves Toward Software-Defined Memory
"New IT developments converge storage and memory into a hybrid approach. Consequently, the idea of software-defined memory starts to become more of a reality," opines Jim O'Reilly in SearchDataCenter

"Software-defined storage is only starting to gel, but the pace of systems evolution is such that the next innovations are already coming into focus.

We are not talking about pools of disks here, or even solid-state drives. The future of storage lies in its convergence with memory. System memory is becoming more complex with the introduction of nonvolatile dual in-line memory modules (NVDIMMs) that combine the speed of memory with the persistent qualities of data center storage architecture..."

SearchDataCenter, March 17th, 2017
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How VR Will Drive Storage -- Or The Reverse
"While most people focus on the compute and graphics requirements for virtual reality, storage is the bigger problem going forward," warns Robin Harris in ZDNet.

"Today's storage works with 1080p (2160 combined) -- barely -- but 4k VR requires much more. Here's what you need to know...

The key to an immersive and non-sickening VR experience are graphics that are detailed and smooth. Today's 1080p systems are OK, but far from ideal. For ideal we have to go to 4k since the displays are so close to our eyes, with none of the frame dropouts or tearing that make people sick. While 4k content requires 4x the storage capacity of 2k (1080) content, it is storage bandwidth that will force costly system upgrades. Let's run the numbers..."

ZDNet, March 17th, 2017
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IT News - AI
Towards A Lip-Reading Computer
"Scientists at Oxford say they've invented an artificial intelligence system that can lip-read better than humans," writes Rory Cellan-Jones in BBC. "The system, which has been trained on thousands of hours of BBC News programmes, has been developed in collaboration with Google's DeepMind AI division.

"Watch, Attend and Spell", as the system has been called, can now watch silent speech and get about 50% of the words correct. That may not sound too impressive - but when the researchers supplied the same clips to professional lip-readers, they got only 12% of words right..."

BBC, March 17th, 2017
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Advances In AI And Ml Are Reshaping Healthcare
Megh Gupta writes in TechCrunch, "The healthcare technology sector has given rise to some of the most innovative startups in the world, which are poised to help people live longer, better lives. The innovations have primarily been driven by the advent of software and mobility, allowing the health sector to digitize many of the pen and paper-based operations and processes that currently slow down service delivery...

More recently, we're seeing software become far more intelligent and independent. These new capabilities - studied under the banner of artificial intelligence and machine learning - are accelerating the pace of innovation in healthcare. Thus far, the applications of AI and ML in healthcare have enabled the industry to take on some of its biggest challenges in these areas: ..."

TechCrunch, March 17th, 2017
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IT News - Technology
Darpa's Latest Idea Could Put Today's Turing-Era Computers At Risk
"Computers shouldn't be just computational tools, but learn like humans," writes Agam Shah in ITWorld.

"The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has come up with some crazy ideas in the past, and its latest idea is to create computers that are always learning and adapting, much like humans.

However, this isn't a far-fetched idea. Mobile devices, computers, and gadgets already have artificial intelligence features, with notable examples being Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, and Amazon's Alexa..."

ITWorld, March 17th, 2017
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Has The Holy Grail Of Batteries Finally Arrived?
"Dramatic improvements in battery technology hold the key to our always connected world," writes Gary Eastwood in CIO. "There has been a lot of talk recently about how technologies like the Internet of Things and AI will change things for everyone. But while those changes are important, 2017 could also be the year where major advances in battery technology change our lives as well.

In fact, most of us deal with lithium-ion batteries more than we deal with AI or the Internet of Things. You probably remember the Samsung Galaxy Note debacle last year, where the phones exploded and set on fire precisely because of faulty batteries. Outside of cell phones, lithium-ion batteries are supposed to power electric cars and make renewables like solar and wind more reliable. The fact that Tesla has now spent more than $1 billion on its massive Nevada battery factory shows just how much leading tech companies are obsessed with batteries..."

CIO, March 14th, 2017
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Augmented And Virtual Reality To See Aggressive Growth By 2021
"IDC sees number of AR/VR headsets jumping dramatically as the nascent technology gains traction," reports Matt Hamblen in ComputerWorld.

"Augmented and virtual reality are catching on, even if it is still early days for both.

While some analysts at Strategy Analytics worry there aren't enough engaging 360-degree VR movies and other content on the market, IDC analysts on Thursday said there are plenty of early business-focused rollouts of AR to justify optimism..."

ComputerWorld, March 17th, 2017
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IT News - Bitcoin
Alaska Introduces A Bill To Regulate And License Bitcoin Businesses
Kevin Helms writes in, "The State of Alaska has introduced a bill this week defining digital currency, as well as broadening its definition of money transmission to include it. A wide array of business functions would require money transmission licenses, including buying and selling through a third party, transmitting, controlling, and issuing digital currencies...", March 18th, 2017
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IT News - Operations
Software Patches Could Prevent Most Breaches, Study Finds
Rob Lemos writes in eWeek, "Approximately 80 percent of companies that had either a breach or a failed audit could have prevented the issue with a software patch or a configuration change, according to a security-automation survey of 318 firms.

The survey, conducted by research firm Voke Media in late 2016, found that 27 percent of companies reported a failed audit in the prior 18 months, of which 81 percent could have been prevented with a patch or configuration change. Similarly, 26 percent reported a breach, of which 79 percent could have been prevented with those two measures..."

eWeek, March 17th, 2017
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IT News - Security
Ensuring That The Next Big Data Breach Isn't Yours
"Between the Yahoo Breach, the Bangladesh Bank heist, the Panama Papers and Dropbox password leaks, the past year has seen its fair share of major data breaches," notes Krishna Narayanaswamy in Information Management.

"These breaches have brought a harsh reality to light for IT: everybody and anybody is a target. With cloud adoption growing rapidly among enterprises, the possibility of a breach has become top of mind for the C-suite.

According to a recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, almost 90 percent of businesses believe an increase in cloud usage will increase the probability of a data breach. As cyber criminals continue to develop complex methods to infiltrate organizations, corporate leaders need to be able to adapt and adopt more proactive deterrence strategies..."

Information Management, March 17th, 2017
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Do Security Pros Need A Single Unifying Platform? (Slideshow)
"A new study finds that cyber-security professionals want to protect their data with a single unifying platform, rather using piecemeal tools," reports Karen A. Frenkel in CIO Insight.

"Despite making heavy investments in security tools, organizations suffer technical challenges in protecting their data. A majority of decision-makers expect to improve their ability to respond to breaches, lower the cost of legacy solutions, reduce exposure from breaches, and lower complexity with new integrated solutions, according to the study, "The Data Security Money Pit: Expense In Depth Hinders Maturity." Many products are designed to mitigate specific threats, but if they are used tactically rather than to support a strategy to improve data security overall, they can be costly and provide a false sense of security..."

CIO Insight, March 17th, 2017
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IT News - Linux
Desktop Linux The Best It's Ever Been-And Keeps Getting Better
"While users of proprietary operating systems suffer with new, slower, buggier, more spy-filled systems, Linux users are enjoying better performance and more support," notes Bryan Lunduke in Network World.

"I can be a pretty pessimistic guy. I'm fairly convinced that the Internet of Things spells certain doom for mankind, and I've made a habit of standing in front of large rooms full of people simply to tell them how much I think 'Linux sucks.'

If you were to call me a Negative Nancy, you wouldn't be far off..."

Network World, March 15th, 2017
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IT News - DevOps
DevOps Still Very Much A Work In Progress, Survey Suggests
"Culture and complexity still keep developers and operations managers apart," opines Joe McKendrick in CIO. "DevOps is a great concept -- but many enterprises are still struggling to get out the starting gate with it.

That's the key takeaway from a recent survey of 2,045 IT managers and professionals, released by Quali, an IT automation solutions provider. While most people in enterprises would say at this point that they have DevOps underway in some shape or form, achieving agility is another story..."

CIO, March 17th, 2017
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IT News - Cloud
10 Ways Google Improved Its Cloud At NEXT
"Google is putting pressure on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in the public IaaS cloud market," reports Brandon Butler in Network World.

"Google cloud is seen by analysts as an up and comer. Company executives will even admit that the past few years Google has not had everything it needs to compete for enterprise customers in the IaaS public cloud market against Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and even IBM.

But they will also tell you that Google is ready now..."

Network World, March 14th, 2017
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IT News - IoT
IoT Edge Computing Presents Next Big Challenge For Cloud
"IoT adoption continues to grow, but can public cloud keep up?" asks Keith Townsend in SearchCloudComputing. "Data gravity will affect how enterprises process data, prompting some cloud providers to rethink their strategy...

As much as we try, it's impossible to defeat physics. I'm speaking specifically of data gravity and compute. The internet of things on the edge of the network has a dramatic impact on IT operations and vendor services..."

SearchCloudComputing, March 17th, 2017
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How IoT And Digital Are Boosting Companies' Profitability
"Use cases are showing that if businesses want to boost profitability from digital and the internet of things, they need to actively adapt to them - not the other way around," opines Ben Rossi in Information Age.

"Ask a millennial for their details over the phone and you are likely to be met with suspicion and skepticism - yet ask them via a screen and the answer will be a barrage of information.The rise in digital has lead to a complete cultural shift in the way modern customers interact with enterprise. With this progression comes the internet of things (IoT), which will expedite this shift..."

Information Age, March 17th, 2017
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IoT And The Resurgence Of Public Key Infrastructure
"With the digital revolution in full swing, security methods and models need to be re-evaluated to better address both the changing nature of enterprise architectures and processes," writes Josh Jabs in Help Net Security. "While the proliferation of mobile devices and analytics has vastly improved user experience over the past several years, the challenges of user-to-things security and securing a greatly expanded edge architecture remain unsolved.

One approach is making its resurgence as a result of the IoT and cloud - public key infrastructure (PKI) - and has the potential to close these security gaps for today's digital businesses..."

Help Net Security, March 17th, 2017
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IT News - Email
4 Simple Steps To Keep Web-Based Email Secure
"A few simple steps, including the use of multi-factor or two-step verification, can help keep your web-based email secure from prying eyes," suggests Michael Connell in ComputerWorld.

"It wasn't all that long ago that the use of web-based email or 'webmail' was viewed as unprofessional and something that most people used only because it was free and convenient.

Submitting a resume with a Hotmail email address may well have raised some eyebrows. Microsoft has rebranded Hotmail as Outlook, and by virtue of the name change alone gave what is essentially the same webmail service added gravitas. Gmail never had the stigma of a Hotmail (or worse, AOL) email account, but as Google popularized cloud-based productivity suites it too gained greater acceptability as an appropriate email address for business use..."

ComputerWorld, March 17th, 2017
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IT News - Big Data
When Big Data Gets It Wrong
"The number of information sources streaming into government has never been greater. But is it making us smarter?" asks Adam Stone in Government Technology.

"'Data' is the watchword of the progressive gov tech professional today. If we can put a number to a problem - quantify it, catalog it, assault it with an avalanche of analytics - all will be well..."

Government Technology, March 17th, 2017
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