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IT News - CxO
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12 'Best Practices' IT Should Avoid At All Costs
"From telling everyone they're your customer to establishing a cloud strategy, these 'industry best practices' are sure to sink your chances of IT success," writes Bob Lewis in CIO.

"What makes IT organizations fail? Often, it's the adoption of what's described as 'industry best practices' by people who ought to know better but don't, probably because they've never had to do the job.

From establishing internal customers to instituting charge-backs to insisting on ROI, a lot of this advice looks plausible when viewed from 50,000 feet or more. Scratch the surface, however, and you begin to find these surefire recipes for IT success are often formulas for failure..."

CIO, June 13th 2017
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How Great CIOs Push Their Careers To New Heights
"CIOs looking to progress beyond IT leadership need to buddy up with the business, be operationally savvy and get in tune with customers, say former CIOs who moved on to COO, CEO and other roles," writes Clint Boulton in CIO.

"A new adage, coined by MIT research scientist George Westerman, is making its rounds through the world of digital business practitioners: 'There's never been a better time to be a great CIO, and there's never been a worse time to be an average one'..."

CIO, June 12th 2017
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Dealing with Data Under GDPR
"With the General Data Protection Regulation due to be enforced next year, Computer Weekly looks at how to address the requirements to suit your business," writes Bob Tarzey in ComputerWeekly.

"Most organisations will now be aware that the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is already law and will be enforced from 25 May 2018..."

ComputerWeekly, June 14th 2017
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5 Warning Signs Of Legacy Syndrome In Busines
"What are the key challenges for businesses as they try to adapt to meet customer needs in the digital age?" asks Nick Ismail in Information Age.

"In an increasingly competitive and uncertain climate, businesses of all kinds need agility to adapt in response to market pressures. In Edo's experience a key barrier to change is that established ways of working are tied to legacy technologies. Businesses cannot react quickly if their technology stack does not allow them to implement change. Here are five key warning signs that a business is at risk - and what can be done about it..."

Information Age, June 12th 2017
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IT News - AI
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Microsoft's AI Beats Ms. Pac-Man
Brian Heater writes in TechCrunch, "As with so many things in the world, the key to cracking Ms. Pac-Man is team work and a bit of positive reinforcement. That... and access to funding from Microsoft and 150-plus artificial intelligence agents - as Maluuba can now attest.

Last month, the Canadian deep learning company (a subsidiary of Microsoft as of January) became the first team of AI programmers to beat the 36-year-old classic.

It was a fairly anticlimactic defeat. The number hit 999,990, before the odometer flipped back over to zero. But it was an impressive victory nonetheless, marking the first time anyone - human or machine - has achieved the feat. It's been a white whale for the AI community for a while now..."

TechCrunch, June 15th 2017
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IT News - Technology
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Graphene Transistor Could Mean Computers That Are 1,000 Times Faster
"Next-gen, carbon-based transistors would far outperform today's silicon ones..."

"A University of Central Florida professor is part of a research team that developed a graphene-based transistor that could someday lead to computers that are a thousand times faster and use a hundredth of the power..." - Science Daily

Science Daily, June 13th 2017
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IT News - Bitcoin
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Global Bitcoin ATM Proliferation Nearly Doubled During May
"The global proliferation of bitcoin ATMs nearly doubled during May when compared with April," notes Samuel Haig in bitcoin.com. "The United States and Canada saw increases in the number of bitcoin ATMs by almost 8%, whilst Russia's bitcoin ATM presence evaporated following the withdrawal of Bitlish...

May saw significant price gains. Last month also saw a considerable expansion in the number of bitcoin ATMs internationally..."

bitcoin.com, June 15th 2017
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PwC Principal: Cryptocurrencies Could Power New Economy
"Talking boldly, and publicly, about a possible future enabled by bitcoin, ether and cryptocurrencies is suddenly very much in vogue," opines Michael del Castillo in CoinDesk.

"After years of being taboo, the word is apparently one that senior executives and global financial institutions are no longer afraid to say - at least, that's if the conversation at a conference held today by New York-based news source American Banker was any indication..."

CoinDesk, June 14th 2017
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IT News - Operations
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Data Centre Industry Outlook - Key Trends For 2017
"Compared to 2016, nearly 75 per cent of companies' data centre budgets have increased or stayed consistent this year," writes Matt Stansberry, Jeffrey Fidacaro in ITProPortal.

"Even as the majority of IT organisations are moving some of their workloads to the cloud, the percentage of workloads residing in enterprise-owned/operated data centres has remained stable at 65 per cent since 2014. That's a key finding of Uptime Institute's seventh annual Data Center Industry Survey, which examines the major trends and developments shaping today's IT infrastructure industry. The takeaway is that with the explosive growth in business-critical applications and data, enterprises continue to see the data centre as not just important, but essential to their digital-centric strategies..."

ITProPortal, June 12th 2017
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IT News - Security
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Gartner Identifies The Top Technologies For Security In 2017
Gartner recently highlighted the top technologies for information security and their implications for security organizations in 2017. Analysts presented their findings during the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit.

"In 2017, the threat level to enterprise IT continues to be at very high levels, with daily accounts in the media of large breaches and attacks. As attackers improve their capabilities, enterprises must also improve their ability to protect access and protect from attacks," said Neil MacDonald, vice president, distinguished analyst and Gartner Fellow Emeritus. "Security and risk leaders must evaluate and engage with the latest technologies to protect against advanced attacks, better enable digital business transformation and embrace new computing styles such as cloud, mobile and DevOps." - Gartner

Gartner, June 14th 2017
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The Detection Trap: Improving Cybersecurity By Learning From The Secret Service
"Intruders often understand the networks they target better than their defenders do," warns Nathaniel Gleicher in Dark Reading.

"It's surprisingly easy to break into the White House grounds - in March, someone slipped over the fence and roamed the compound before being caught. Nevertheless, the White House is still the most secure public space in the world, because whether they get tackled on the lawn, arrested at the front door, or stopped at the stairs to the residence, intruders consistently get caught before they reach the president..."

Dark Reading, June 12th 2017
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IT News - Server
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9 Shell Tips Every Developer Should Know
"Every wizened Unix hacker will have his or her own special tool set for using the command line for dev-fu. Here are mine," writes Andrew C. Oliver in InfoWorld.

"The shell is your friend. But many developers don't really know the shell, the Unix or Linux command-line environment available in several operating systems. (Bash is the best known, but there are others.)

Some of you, when you transitioned from Windows to Mac, took your (slow) clickety habits with you, not realizing that the power laid in that app called Terminal hidden under Applications somewhere. Some of you have been shelling into 'the server' to tweak a setting or two without realizing that you could automate your life away without even cracking a devops tool..."

InfoWorld, June 15th 2017
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IT News - FOSS
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Parted Magic Disk Partitioning Live CD Updated With Linux 4.11.4, ZFS On Linux
Marius Nestor reports in Softpedia, "Powered by the latest Linux 4.11.4 kernel, Parted Magic 2017_06_12 includes all sorts of up-to-date components, including the Clonezilla 3.25.11 partition and disk imaging/cloning program, the Wxfixboot 2.0.1 tool for modifying and fixing bootloaders, as well as the DDRescue-GUI 1.7.1 graphical user interface for GNU ddrescue.

On top of that, the new Parted Magic updated ISO snapshot ships with zfs-linux drivers and a screen magnifier, FileZilla 3.25.1 as default FTP program instead of gFTP, and it looks like the X.Org components have been updated to their latest versions. Many bugs and security vulnerabilities have been fixed in Parted Magic 2017_06_12..."

Softpedia, June 12th 2017
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IT News - Cloud
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Six Steps To Achieve The Joys Of Serverless Architectures
"There are solid benefits in a move to a serverless architecture, but remember these six important considerations to undertake before going serverless," opines Matt Lancaster in InformationWeek.

"Today serverless architecture is enjoying a well-deserved designation as one of the hottest current trends in technology. It is an instrumental and increasingly essential element in today's IT environment. To be certain, serverless has proven to lower operational costs, deploy services faster and dramatically increase companies' responsiveness to customer demand..."

InformationWeek, June 14th 2017
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3 Killer Cloud Skills That Will Get You Hired Today
David Linthicum writes in InfoWorld, "One of the most common questions that I'm asked is: 'What cloud skills do I need that will get me hired quickly?'

First, keep in mind that this is an emerging area, so what employers are looking for is constantly shifting. Second, even if they do hire you for a specific skill, you'll be asked to retrain and retool as the cloud technology matures..."

InfoWorld, June 13th 2017
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Gartner Puts AWS, Microsoft Azure Top Of Its Magic Quadrant For IaaS
"But Google is emerging as a No. 3 option in a hurry. Also note Alibaba Cloud is on the rise," writes Larry Dignan in ZDNet.

"Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure dominate the infrastructure-as-a-service field, according to Gartner, which released its IaaS Magic Quadrant.

However, Google Cloud is emerging as a key challenger..."

ZDNet, June 15th 2017
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IT News - IoT
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The Top 7 Linux IoT Projects
Jon Gold writes in Network World, "It's a Linux world, and the rest of computing is just living in it - often literally, thanks to containerization. IoT, in all of its manifold forms, is no exception, and the Linux Foundation lists these seven projects as the key players in the march of connected open-source systems. Here's a quick rundown..."
Network World, June 13th 2017
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Islands Of Connectivity: How Iot Keeps Growing
"In this special guest feature, William Webb, IEEE Fellow and CEO of Weightless SIG, takes a high-level look at the IoT hype cycle and where we stand at this particular point in time. William Webb is an IEEE Fellow and the CEO of the Weightless SIG, the standards body developing a new global M2M technology. He is a Director at Webb Search, an independent consultancy, and President of the IET..." - insideBIGDATA
insideBIGDATA, June 14th 2017
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IT News - Careers
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Four Must-Have Skill Sets For SDDC Architecture
Alastair Cooke writes in SearchDataCenter, "A learning curve for IT staff -- especially around automation, scripting and APIs -- is a major hurdle during SDDC deployment. Is your data center team ready to make the move?

A software-defined data center reshapes IT operations. It gives admins programmatic control, instead of clicking through a GUI, which presents a significant change in their day-to-day activities..."

SearchDataCenter, June 12th 2017
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The 13 Most Valuable IT Certifications Today
Sarah K. White and Rich Hein write in CIO, "Looking for a leg up in your IT career? IT certifications remain a proven way to quickly gain valuable skills and demonstrate deeper interest and know-how in a domain that will further your career...

In IT, experience is king. Yet IT certifications remain a valuable tool for advancing your career. IT certifications give junior-level workers an opportunity to gain more resume-worthy experience in the IT industry. For tenured employees, certifications help you continually grow and adapt your skillset to fit the changing landscape of IT. Because there are an overwhelming number of IT certifications offered today, it's important to do your research - some are more valuable than others..."

CIO, June 15th 2017
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IT News - Big Data
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Is Disaster Recovery A Good Data Lake Use Case?
"Before wading into a data lake to help with protection, it's important to analyze what you're doing with your data and its backup and disaster recovery," notes Jim O'Reilly in Search Disaster Recovery.

"Data lake technology typically involves a single namespace with petabytes of storage. It may seem tempting to split off a section of the primary space and use it as backup storage and DR archiving, since this can be done without copying any data, which is always attractive, even more so with unstructured big data..."

Search Disaster Recovery, June 15th 2017
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Data Lake Vs Data Warehouse
Andy Patrizio writes in Datamation, "The term 'Data Lake' has been growing in popularity as one of the big new buzzwords surrounding Big Data, and for those of you who have invested decades into building one or more data warehouses, you may be wondering if this means starting all over from scratch.

Well, nothing could be further from the truth. Data Lakes and Data Warehouses are two very different concepts that are quite capable of co-existing and working together quite effectively. Both are capable of providing business insight and information to run your business. You just need to learn the key differences and how their synergy works.

The only commonality between the two is that they are both data storage repositories. That's it..."

Datamation, June 16th 2017
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