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IT News - CxO
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2018 Will Be The Year Of Automation In Enterprise
Nick Ismail writes in Information Age, "ServiceNow today released the results of a new report, which revealed that a majority of organisations have introduced advanced automation in their workplace - the full effects of which will be felt next year.

Nearly half of executives surveyed said that they'll require it more broadly by 2018 to cope with rising work volumes. The survey indicated that adding machines to everyday work drives revenue growth, creates new job opportunities and connects employees back to the work they want to do..."

Information Age, June 28th 2017
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How Widespread Collaboration Advances Innovation (Slideshow)
"With relatively few executives describing their organization as an 'innovation leader,' companies are resorting to nontraditional methods to drive innovation, according to a recent "Innovation Benchmark" report from PwC's Strategy. The report reveals that the majority of organizations are deploying so-called "open" innovation models, while "co-creating" with customers, partners and suppliers..."
CIO Insight, June 27th 2017
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Do We Live In A Riskier World? C-Suite And Senior Level Experts Weigh In
"72 percent of global business leaders say they're operating in a riskier world, spurred by increasingly regulated industries, advanced technology and rapid digitalization, according to BDO USA...

Businesses feel more confident in the macroeconomic environment, and may reflect improvements in governance, risk management and business continuity planning. The macro risk trends executives expect to have the most impact in the next 10 years include regulatory risk (19 percent), technological changes (16 percent) and increasing competition (13 percent)..." -Help Net Security

Help Net Security, June 30th 2017
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IT News - AI
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How Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize Banking
"AI has taken some steps into banking, but it also is poised to revolutionize how banks learn from and interact with customers," writes Alan McIntyre in InformationWeek.

"Artificial Intelligence gets a bad rap in pop culture. Movies like Terminator (with its rebellious Skynet) and 2001 (with its murderous HAL 9000) portray a future where the robots get smart, and conclude that it is in their interests to destroy mankind..."

InformationWeek, June 26th 2017
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5 Fun AIs That Let You Play With Images In Unexpected Ways
"The thought of AI can be scary, and it would be rational for the inevitability of the singularity to make you anxious," writes Julia Breakey in memeburn.

"But sometimes it's best to ignore the dark cloud that is the unknown future to play with some cool AI-powered software that messes with images/sketches to create funny and cool-looking things. It's time to enter uncanny valley..."

memeburn, June 27th 2017
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IT News - Technology
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Kevin Kelly On The Future Of Technology (Video)
"Noted futurist Kevin Kelly, author of the bestselling The Inevitable, talks about macro trends in technology that will shape culture in the years ahead...

In his New York Times bestselling book The Inevitable, futurist Kevin Kelly identifies 12 key tech trends that will shape human life in the decades ahead. In a wide ranging discussion, we discussed many of these trends, including:..." -Datamation

Datamation, June 28th 2017
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New Class Of 'Soft' Semiconductors Could Transform HD Displays
"New research could help usher in a new generation of high-definition displays, optoelectronic devices, photodetectors, and more. They have shown that a class of 'soft' semiconductors can be used to emit multiple, bright colors from a single nanowire at resolutions as small as 500 nanometers. The work could challenge quantum dot displays that rely upon traditional semiconductor nanocrystals to emit light..." -Science Daily
Science Daily, June 26th 2017
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Graphene And Terahertz Waves Could Lead The Way To Future Communication
"By utilizing terahertz waves in electronics, future data traffic can get a big boost forward. So far, the terahertz (THz) frequency has not been optimally applied to data transmission, but by using graphene, researchers have come one step closer to a possible paradigm shift for the electronic industry..." -Science Daily
Science Daily, June 27th 2017
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IT News - Bitcoin
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5 Quick Tips About Bitcoin And How To Use It In The Right Way
"Bitcoin is a digital currency whereby an encryption technique is used to regulate the creation of currency units and verify money transfer," notes Gola Yashu in NEWSBTC. "It is a peer to peer system and a transaction occurs between the users directly. The transactions get verified by network nodes and are recorded in a blockchain.

If you are new to cryptocurrency, there are various things you need to learn. Some of which are:..."

NEWSBTC, June 26th 2017
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The Best Bitcoin Apps Of 2017
"When Satoshi Nakamoto began working on the very concept of Bitcoin he most probably was not aware of the significance that his creation would have on our lives in the present day...

The Bitcoin phenomenon is well and truly upon us, with its current impact dubbed as being the driving force edging us towards a Fourth Industrial Revolution of all things! Bitcoin is a currency that is pushing the boundaries of what we consider to be 'currency' and does precisely what fiat currencies do not- Bitcoin is free of regulation, totally anonymous and has a value that is not determined by supply and demand..." - Information Age

Information Age, June 28th 2017
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IT News - Security
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8 Ways Millennials Impact Your Security Awareness Program
"As millennials enter the workforce in large numbers, it is important for all security programs to realize the unique challenges that they pose," writes Ira Winkler in CSO Online.

"While it is not fair, proper or effective to say all millennials are alike, or that older generations don't share some of these traits, it is reasonable to acknowledge some distinct trends..."

CSO Online, June 27th 2017
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IT News - Linux
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Debian 9 'Stretch' Offers Improved Security On Multiple Architectures
Sean Michael Kerner writes in eWeek, "In the world of Linux operating system distributions, Debian has been one of the most popular choices for more than two decades. On June 17, the Debian 9 distribution, code-named 'Stretch,' debuted. The new distribution marks the first major milestone release of Debian since the Debian 8 'Jessie' release in April 2015..."
eWeek, June 26th 2017
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IT News - Cloud
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Hidden Cloud Migration Gotchas - And How To Avoid Them
Esther Shein writes in CIO, "From a lack of visibility into infrastructure to licensing and governance issues, frustrating surprises await your migration to the cloud. Here's a real-world look at how traditional companies are navigating the cloud's less-documented challenges..."
CIO, June 26th 2017
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Recovering From Bad Decisions In The Cloud
"The cloud makes it much easier to make changes to security controls than in traditional networks," writes Jeff Schilling in Dark Reading.

"During my IT service management career in the military, we used to say, 'If you don't build an enterprise with security engineered into the solution, it costs four times as much to retrofit it later.' Honestly, I have no idea where that metric came from; we all used to say it, so it must have been true, right? Although I can't definitively state the actual cost, I know it is painful and expensive to engineer security into an enterprise infrastructure after it has been launched..."

Dark Reading, June 26th 2017
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How Hybrid Cloud Aids Digital Transformation
"For companies grappling with digital transformation, IT must act as a strategic driver of the business rather than just a service organization or, worse, a bottleneck that chokes off innovation," opines Kevin Casey in The Enterprisers Project.

"IT teams often describe their cloud project goals similarly - to create better business results and customer experiences. And interestingly, at companies succeeding with digital transformation, the transformation and hybrid cloud work often intersect. Where, exactly?..."

The Enterprisers Project, June 28th 2017
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IT News - Networks
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Software Defined Networking (SDN) - Architecture And Role Of Openflow
Tarun Thakur writes in HowtoForge, "In our previous article, we had a good overview of SDN as a technology, why it's needed, and how IT industry is adopting it. Now, let's get a layer deeper, and understand SDN's architecture and the role of the Openflow protocol in the implementation of the technology.

SDN broadly consists of three layers:..."

HowtoForge, June 26th 2017
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10 Most Important Open Source Networking Projects
"There's an open source insurgence happening in the networking industry," writes Brandon Butler in Network World.

"Increasing demands on the network to scale to unprecedented levels and at the same time become more customized to specific use cases has led to the emergence of open source projects to support them..."

Network World, June 27th 2017
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What Is Session Initiation Protocol And How Does It Work
Matt Goldman writes in Business 2 Community, "Voiceover Internet Protocol, or better known as VoIP phone systems, has been a revolutionary introduction to contact centers in ensuring the prevalence of efficiency within the frontline of operations. VoIP companies have, in recent times, grown at a consistent rate of 15.7%, and are seen to continue increasing in years to come. The success of this technological advancement can be attributed to its ability to conveniently connect agents to customers via different media channels (i.e. videos and pictures). And this prime feature of VoIP phone systems is made possible with SIP or session initiation protocol..."
Business 2 Community, June 29th 2017
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IT News - Careers
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HR Professionals Say These Big Data Jobs Are In High Demand
"Brands in every industry are utilizing big data to improve efficiency and deliver higher quality solutions. However, big data logistics can't be entirely automated. They rely heavily on the input and expertise of data scientists," writes Ryan Kh in SmartDataCollective.

"Jeanne Harris, one of the senior executives for Accenture Institute for High Performance, has stated that data analytics is an essential and growing field. Harris points out that big data would be entirely useless without highly trained analytics experts..."

SmartDataCollective, June 29th 2017
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Your Guide To The Top Big Data Certifications Today
"Analytics are the lifeblood of any successful business, but IT pros with the right mix of skills and experience can be hard to find. These certifications can help prove you've got what it takes," writes Thor Olavsrud in CIO.

"Data and big data analytics are fast becoming the lifeblood of any successful business. Getting the technology right can be challenging, but building the right team with the right skills to undertake big data initiatives can be even harder..."

CIO, June 29th 2017
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6 Ways To Prevent Burnout In Your IT Staff
"Running employees ragged is bad for them - and bad for business. Take these steps to lower stress and boost productivity among your IT workers.," writes Mary K. Pratt in Computerworld.

"IT pros everywhere feel stressed, and no wonder: Some 81% of CIOs believe that the amount of pressure on technology professionals is higher now than it was just five years ago, according to a 2016 survey of more than 2,500 CIOs conducted by IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology (RHT)..."

Computerworld, June 28th 2017
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IT News - Virtualization
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Virtualization? It's All About Automation
"Network functions virtualisation will play a huge role in the networks of tomorrow," opines Paolo Secondo Crosta in ITProPortal.

"There is no escaping the fact that Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is a key cornerstone of a network ecosystem that is growing rapidly. The increasing adoption of internet-connected devices across the globe is generating large chunks of data for the telecommunications network to deal with, and the growing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) - both in consumer, such as the connected car or home, and industrial scenarios - is requiring operators to think differently about their architecture..."

ITProPortal, June 27th 2017
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