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IT News - CxO
Up To 38% Of US Jobs Could Be Automated By 2030S, Says PwC
Jef Cozza writes in CIO Today, "Up to 38 percent of jobs in the U.S. are at a high risk of being eliminated due to advances in automation, according to a new report by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The risk is highest in sectors such as transportation and storage (56 percent), manufacturing (46 percent), and wholesale and retail (44 percent) and lower in sectors such as health and social work (17 percent), according to the study..."

"These estimates are based on an algorithm linking automatability to the characteristics of the tasks involved in different jobs as well as those of the workers doing them (e.g., the education and training levels required)," PwC said in the report.

CIO Today, March 24th, 2017
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Two IT Strategies That Made Me A Successful CIO
  • A new way to prioritize IT activities and an epiphany about leadership made all the difference in Niel Nickolaisen's career as an IT leader. Read about these two IT strategies-

Niel Nickolaisen writes in Search CIO, "I want to let you in on two simple IT strategies I consider to be the secret to my success. These two IT strategies, I can say without exaggeration, have transformed my life, the life of my teams and the life of my employers. I want to share them with you with this caveat: Though simple in concept, they are difficult to implement -- they take serious work. But the outcomes can be amazing..."

Search CIO, March 24th, 2017
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IT News - Storage
Data Storage Goes From $1M To 2 Cents Per Gigabyte (+Video)
"How we got from punch cards to flash storage, the internet and smartphones," asks Lucas Mearian in ComputerWorld.

"When Computerworld was founded in 1967, a 1-megabyte hard drive would have set you back by $1 million.

Today, that same megabyte of capacity on a hard disk drive (HDD) costs about two cents..."

ComputerWorld, March 23rd, 2017
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Software-Defined Storage: Where It's Headed
Drew Robb writes in Enterprise Storage Forum, "While storage marketing and technology labels come and go, software-defined storage (SDS) continues to be used as the preferred term to define a trend towards data storage becoming independent of the underlying hardware. The term itself is somewhat loose but generally encompasses policy-based provisioning and data management in a hardware agnostic fashion.

Features such as pooling, automation or tiering, for example, may also be part of the mix. Some go as far as to consider anything cloud to be in the software-defined camp. But regardless of the various opinions on how to define it, there are some definite views on where software-defined storage is heading..."

Enterprise Storage Forum, March 24th, 2017
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IT News - AI
Why AI Should Augment, Not Replace, Humans
"One of the more interesting exchanges from IBM Interconnect 2017 was between IBM CEO Ginny Rometty and Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff 'Disclosure: IBM is a client of the author'," writes Rob Enderle in CIO.

"Benioff commented that both had recently gone to Washington to address the issue that the U.S. workforce isn't ready for artificial intelligence (AI). Both companies have platforms that are now partnered, IBM Watson and Salesforce Einstein. The problem is twofold, both firms are currently focused on augmenting people, but if people aren't trained to work with AI, the easier path may become replacement and that path creates a massive problem connected to unemployment and unemployed people not only don't buy products, they tend to revolt..."

CIO, March 24th, 2017
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Danger, Danger! 10 Alarming Examples Of AI Gone Wild (Slideshow)
"Our dystopian future of machine learning breaking bad is already unfolding before our eyes," writes Glenn McDonald in Infoworld.

"Science fiction is lousy with tales of artificial intelligence run amok. There's HAL 9000, of course, and the nefarious Skynet system from the 'Terminator' films. Last year, the sinister AI Ultron came this close to defeating the Avengers, and right now the hottest show on TV is HBO's 'Westworld,' concerning the future of humans and self-aware AI....

Here we look at 10 recent instances of AI gone awry, from chatbots to androids to autonomous vehicles. Look, synthetic or organic, everyone makes mistakes. Let us endeavor to be charitable when judging wayward artificial intelligence. Besides, we don't want to make them mad..."

Infoworld, March 23rd, 2017
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Growing Your Business Using Artificial Intelligence; The Future Foundations Of Every Company?
Redefine your business growth story through cognitive process automation

K R Sanjiv, Ram Prasad K R writes in ITProPortal, "Every business, be it a start-up or a well-established organisation, has experienced growing pains. Managing the growth of the business - facing the pressures of resources, people and processes - has long been a challenge in a business' evolution. In the fast-paced world of connected industry, resources and time are scarce but there's no escaping the fact that businesses need innovative ways to keep up with the pace of the industry and competition..."

ITProPortal, March 23rd, 2017
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IT News - Technology
Virtual Reality Vs. Augmented Reality: A Head-To-Head Comparison
"With the rapid improvement of technology, many things have become possible these days that were deemed impossible even as little as a decade ago," reports John Smith in Business 2 Community.

"Augmented reality and virtual reality are a part of these avant-garde forms of technologies that were considered a part of the fiction even a few decades back. But now, they are a very part of the reality.

But what exactly are they? Let's see..."

Business 2 Community, March 23rd, 2017
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IT News - PM
Latest Project Management Trends to Watch Out For In 2017
"With the changing work culture across industries and technology growing by leaps and bounds, project management software has come a long way from pen and paper methodologies to the use of sophisticated software," writes Bhavesh Koladiya in Customer Think.

"This evolution was only a smart move given that business practices and people's expectations are too have undergone a paradigm shift. The limited and outdated tools are best left behind. Every year businesses witness the emergence of new trends and 2017 is no exception.

Here is what can be expected from the project management domain this year:..."

Customer Think, March 24th, 2017
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IT News - Security
10 Books That Information Security Professionals Must Read
"There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books about security, whether we are talking about hackers, cyber-crime, or technology protocols," writes Kavita Iyer in TechWorm.

"Security professionals can gain a lot from reading about IT security. One can gain an understanding of how cyber security came about and how the field works today by absorbing the information presented in the security books. These books can help to better equip IT Security professionals to advance their careers in cyber security.

However, the question that rises is which book offers the most to information security personnel?..."

TechWorm, March 24th, 2017
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DDoS Attacks Are An Increasing Concern For It Security Pros
IT security pros and network operators view distributed denial of service attacks as an increased concern in 2017

Nick Ismail writes in Information Age, "DDoS attacks are a greater security threat to businesses in 2017 than ever before, and internet service providers (ISPs) need to do something about it according to a new survey of IT security professionals and network operators released today from Corero Network Security..."

Information Age, March 23rd, 2017
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Pwn2Own Hackers Earn $340,000 Exploiting Windows, MacOS
The second day of the Pwn2Own 2017 hacking competition reveals Windows, macOS, Adobe Flash and web browser exploits

Sean Michael Kerner writes in eWeek, "On the second day of the 10th annual Pwn2Own hacking competition, researchers demonstrated an unparalleled number of zero-day exploits in fully patched operating systems and web browsers. By the time the dust had clear late in the day on March 16, 11 out of 17 attempts at exploiting systems were successful, with researchers walking away with $340,000 in prize money..."

eWeek, March 17th, 2017
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IT News - Cloud
7 Best Practices For Securing Your Cloud Service
How to securely leverage the benefits of the cloud by using its strengths to overcome issues that have traditionally been labeled as weaknesses

"As enterprises move their applications and data to the cloud, executives increasingly face the task of balancing the benefits of productivity gains against significant concerns about compliance and security," writes Rahul Pangam on Network World.

"Security in the cloud is not the same as security in the corporate data center. Different rules and thinking apply when securing an infrastructure over which one has no real physical control..."

Network World, March 24th, 2017
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IT News - Networks
Tapping The Brakes On 802.11ac Wave 2
"802.11ac wave 2 is the splashy new kid in the wireless technology pool, but some experts caution that you might not want to let it play without lifeguards present just yet," reports Jon Gold in Network World.

"Wave 2 access points are now available from major wireless vendors, and have started to make inroads into the enterprise. The technology has been gaining ground in sales statistics recently, to the point where it's starting to undercut sales of first-gen 802.11ac gear..."

Network World, March 23rd, 2017
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SDN: The 'Quiet Revolution'
"Interop ITX experts say software-defined networking has evolved into a subtle agent of change, reports Marcia Savage in Network Computing.

"A few years ago, everyone was talking about software-defined networking. It was going to be a massive game changer that enabled much cheaper, more efficient, and dynamic networking. These days, you don't hear nearly as much about SDN. But experts say that the technology is making inroads, just in a more low-key fashion than expected..."

Network Computing, March 23rd, 2017
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IT News - Careers
15 Unfilled Tech Jobs That Cost The U.S. Billions
CIO, March 24th, 2017
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Trends Every IT Architect Needs To Know To Get Ahead In 2017
"The start of 2017 has come and gone. Many things have changed, while some things remain the same. A perfect case in point is the mounting pressure facing today's IT architects, which comes from a variety of sources," notes Ariel Maislos in Business 2 Community.

"Security breaches and cyber threats, for example, are on the rise, while budgets remain tight. Just as important, movement of existing workloads into the cloud continues to increase, as does deployment of new workloads into the cloud - whether public, private or hybrid. With the cloud promising to redefine enterprise computing to help establish IT as a critical facilitator of business growth, it's no wonder the cloud's popularity is on the rise..."

Business 2 Community, March 23rd, 2017
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IT News - Big Data
Big Data Mistakes That Most Companies Make
Rick Delgado writes in SmartDataCollective, "Modern industries have been revolutionized by big data, and more businesses of every size are adopting it each day. However, even though big data has been around this long, there are still many heavy hitting mistakes being made with how it's used.

Here are 5 of the biggest big data mistakes companies make, and what you can do to avoid them..."

SmartDataCollective, March 25th, 2017
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Forging A New Future For Big Data Analytics
"In this special guest feature, Andrew Warfield, Chief Technology Officer/Co-Founder of Coho Data, examines how Big data creates unique challenges within enterprise environments, and to better understand these challenges, we have to look at what big data really means for enterprises, particularly from a storage perspective. Andy Warfield is an established researcher in computer systems, specializing in storage, virtualization and security. At Coho Data, Andy leads the technology vision and directs the engineering team in building elegant and functional systems that enable customers to focus on the data and applications instead of the underlying infrastructure that drives them..." - insideBIGDATA
insideBIGDATA, March 23rd, 2017
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Six Tips For Extracting Big Data Insights
The CEO of advertising agency Hawthorne Direct offers some tips for marketers as well as the data and IT pros who have to support those marketing initiatives

Jessica Hawthorne-Castro writes in InformationWeek, "Amazon is a market leader at using big data, both in terms of the refined suggestions it offers to consumers, and internally as the company processes millions of transactions and shipments. It reviews all of this information to streamline the customer experience and to refine its own processes. Another example can be found with American Express, which uses predictive analytics to identify the most loyal customers and offer them retention incentives..."

InformationWeek, March 22nd, 2017
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