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IT News - CxO
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GDPR Is Coming Your Telemetry, Developer And User Data - Ruh Roh
"Do you collect metrics on how people use your applications and platforms based on measuring actual usage behaviours?" asks James Governor in RedMonk.

"Chances are high General Data Protection Data Regulation (GDPR), a new regulation for handling user data with frankly terrifying fines for breaches, is going to be a big problem for you. One reason I wanted to raise the issue of GDPR again is that it concerns advice RedMonk has been giving folks over the last 10 years - namely, that telemetry is a great source of value as the price of software falls..."

RedMonk, November 17th, 2017
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The Role Of A CIO Is Never Business As Usual
"The modern CIO role description requires hands reached into the thick of business activity more than ever before. Venture out of the IT department; business goals need IT's input," opines Mark May in Search ITOperations.

"The complexity of digital transformation makes the CIO role description evermore complicated and less like that of its predecessors.

The traditional role of a CIO is to focus on building and maintaining an organization's technology assets. They oversee a reactive support organization that the business relies upon, but have few relationships outside of the IT department. To best support the technology, they've created siloed organizations aligned around managing that technology. They'll typically report to the CFO with little buy-in from the rest of the boardroom..."

Search ITOperations, November 17th, 2017
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What's The Difference Between A Chief Data Officer, Chief Digital Officer, And Chief Analytics Officer?
Minda Zetlin writes in CIO, "Companies are increasingly developing new executive roles aimed at making the organization as a whole more data-driven and digitally adept. Here's how three new tech exec titles take different approaches to tackling the same problem..."
CIO, November 13th, 2017
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Risk Assessment: The First Step In Improving Cyber Security
Michael Aminzade writes in Help Net Security, "Despite the proliferation of high profile cyber-attacks over the last 18 months, many organisations are still too disorganised in their approach to security. While it is no longer feasible to guarantee 100% protection against a breach, businesses are setting themselves up for a fall by failing to adequately understand and prepare for the risks facing them..."
Help Net Security, November 13th, 2017
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IT News - Storage
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All SSD Segments Decline but Enterprise PCIe in 3Q17 - Trendfocus
"Only one segment, enterprise PCIe, saw unit growth where every other segment - client drive format factor, client modules, enterprise SATA and enterprise SAS, all declined from the prior quarter.

The enterprise SSDs market declined 7% Q/Q, which includes SATA, SAS and PCIe. The bright spot within this overall decline was the healthy 15.6% increase in PCIe units. As hyperscale companies continue to migrate away from SATA, PCIe should continue to grow in both units and exabytes. SATA, still the highest volume of all enterprise categories, managed to stay just above 4 million units shipped but did decline sharply in 3CQ17..." - StorageNewsletter.com

StorageNewsletter.com, November 17th, 2017
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IT News - AI
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AI - Hype Or Here Today?
Greg Simpson writes in CIO, "Gartner has a tool known as the 'hype cycle.' It shows where a technology stands on a curve that represents the lifecycle of that technology - including the peak of its 'hype,' or inflated expectations, followed by the low point of missed expectations, or the 'trough of disillusionment.' The lifecycle finally ends as the technology achieves what they refer to as the 'plateau of productivity.'

AI is currently at the top of this hype cycle, discussed in every tech news cycle and mentioned with predictions of dire consequences from some of the greatest minds today..."

CIO, November 17th, 2017
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IT News - Technology
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Are You Ready For VR Or Are You In An Augmented Reality?
"Imagine you're redecorating your home - I know it's not a pleasant thought," writes Dave Sutton in Business 2 Community.

"You're looking out over your living room, and you want to know is the couch you saw at the furniture store going to fit. The spot you had in mind seemed a lot bigger when you were eyeing that sectional sofa. Or maybe you're trying to figure out "is that couch going to match the rest of the room?" because the lighting might not be the same at home as it was in the store. You've got color swatches and a measuring tape ready to go, and you're going to tackle this project.

What if I told you that you could solve this by pulling out your smartphone instead, and you never have to step foot in the store. That's exactly what IKEA has set out to solve with their new app..."

Business 2 Community, November 17th, 2017
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Rolls-Royce, Google, And The The Future Of Shipping
"That was the introduction to a fascinating short talk by one of Google's customers at an event this morning. At these words you could practically hear everyone in the room lean forward to find out more," writes James Governor in RedMonk.

"Tenuovo has an interesting background - having run Finnish Shipyards, before launching a couple of companies, then focusing on the autonomous shipping space, before being hired by Rolls Royce to turn his vision into reality. Like many inventors, he said people laughed at him at first, but with the resources of Rolls Royce behind him it looks like he will have the last laugh..."

RedMonk, November 16th, 2017
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IT News - Bitcoin
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3 Reasons The Bitcoin Price Hit $8,000
Josiah Wilmoth recalls in CryptoCoinsNews, "The bitcoin price touched the $8,000 mark on Friday morning (or Thursday night, depending on your time zone), enabling the flagship cryptocurrency to check another milestone off its to-do list before it reaches five-figure territory.

Just days prior, the bitcoin price had been trading below $6,000, but a mid-week rally raised bitcoin back to its pre-dip level and ultimately vaulted it to a new all-time high of $8,040 on cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex..."

CryptoCoinsNews, November 18th, 2017
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Blockchain-As-A-Service Allows Enterprises Test Distributed Ledger Technology
Lucas Mearian writes in ComputerWorld, "Blockchain deployment is still gathering steam, but cloud providers are already moving to offer it as an enterprise service. That could help companies who don't want to take on the expense of a new architecture or find developers to deploy and maintain it..."
ComputerWorld, November 15th, 2017
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Bitcoin ATMs: Here Is What You Need To Know
"Bitcoin has recently surpassed the value of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and hovers above $100 billion. However, the wider public is yet to be introduced to Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.

Even so, on October 2013, Bitcoin ATMs made their debut at the Bitcoiniac's kiosk in one of Vancouver's coffee shops. Today, just four years later, there's more than 8 million Google search results for 'Bitcoin ATM near me'.

But how does a Bitcoin ATM work?

In this guide, we present you with the most important things to know before using a Bitcoin ATM..." - NEWSBTC

NEWSBTC, November 13th, 2017
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IT News - PM
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Why You Need To Provide Feedback At Every Stage Of A Project
"From a single blog to a full-blown website, any new digital marketing project goes through several iterations before launch," writes Autumn Sullivan in Business 2 Community. "Each stage of the project presents an opportunity to discuss the plan, make changes, and get buy-in from the entire team. When clients skip this opportunity or fail to understand its importance, bad things happen.

Bad things like delays, extra costs, eleventh-hour changes from a voice in the shadows. Yeah, bad..."

Business 2 Community, November 17th, 2017
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IT News - Operations
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Sysadmin 101: Patch Management
"A few articles ago, I started a Sysadmin 101 series," recalls Kyle Rankin in Linux Journal, "to pass down some fundamental knowledge about systems administration that the current generation of junior sysadmins, DevOps engineers or 'full stack' developers might not learn otherwise. I had thought that I was done with the series, but then the WannaCry malware came out and exposed some of the poor patch management practices still in place in Windows networks. I imagine some readers that are still stuck in the Linux versus Windows wars of the 2000s might have even smiled with a sense of superiority when they heard about this outbreak..."
Linux Journal, November 14th, 2017
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IT News - Security
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Will We Ever Stop Using Passwords?
Eric Johnson writes in Recode, "On the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode spoke to Jeffrey Goldberg, 1Password's Defender Against the Dark Arts - and yes, that is his real title. Password managers like 1Password create hard-to-guess passwords for you to use all around the web, remembering them so you don't have to.

Goldberg answered your questions about the future of passwords and password management, including the big one: Are passwords here to stay? Or are we going to come up with something better?..."

Recode, November 17th, 2017
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Poor Security Habits Are The Ideal Recipe For A Breach
"A Preempt survey of more than 200 employees (management level or above) from enterprise companies of 1000 or more people, found that businesses are left exposed by employees who have more access to sensitive resources than they should and who follow poor security habits..." - Help Net Security
Help Net Security, November 17th, 2017
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Hackers In Hollywood: How Mr. Robot Got It Right
"Not everything on TV accurately reflects real life, but Mr. Robot comes close," opines Leah Brown in TechRepublic. "The show's cybersecurity advisor explains how the writers blend fact with fiction to create educational entertainment...

What you see on television does not usually depict what you see in real life. Shows that involve hackers rarely reflect reality. However, TV show Mr. Robot comes close to accurately representing how developers and hackers really talk and act..."

TechRepublic, November 13th, 2017
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IT News - Linux
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Ubuntu 17.10 Review
"I have been wrestling with the best way to review Ubuntu 17.10," writes Matt Hartley in Freedom Penguin. "After all, I have been an Ubuntu user in one form or another for many years. In recent years, the Unity desktop turned me off and I found myself doing a bit of distro hopping. After trying various distros, I ended up relying on Ubuntu MATE as my goto distro of choice..."
Freedom Penguin, November 14th, 2017
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Linux Totally Dominates Supercomputers
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes in ZDnet, "The name Java EE will have to go - we knew that already. Now's your chance to have a say in this matter: Everyone is invited to help choose a new name for Java EE. Names can be nominated by anyone in the community via this GitHub Issue record..."
ZDnet, November 14th, 2017
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IT News - DevOps
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5 DevOps Leadership Priorities In 2018
"Here's where DevOps leaders and teams should strive to improve," writes Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project.

"This week, DevOps professionals gathered in San Francisco to talk about the state of DevOps in the enterprise. At 1,400 attendees, the sold-out DevOps Enterprise Summit has doubled in size since 2014 - a testament to the growth of the DevOps movement itself.

With an ear to this event and an eye on the explosion of tweets coming out of it, here are five key priorities we think IT leaders should be aware of as they take their DevOps efforts into the new year..."

The Enterprisers Project, November 17th, 2017
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Executives Over Estimate DevOps Maturity
"2017 is the year of DevOps!" writes Robert Stroud in Forrester. "The team here at Forrester is seeing this momentum grow every day with increased inquiries, solution proliferation and a growing number of calls from executives on scaling from DevOps pilots to the enterprise.

Enterprises are accelerating to deliver on the promise of Digital Transformation - they have no choice. Conversely, we are also experiencing many organizations overstating their DevOps progress - yes, they are gaining some speed - but the primary benefit connecting development and operations for both speed and quality, is still elusive for many..."

Forrester, November 18th, 2017
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IT News - Networks
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IPv6 Migration: 5 Best Practices
"Follow these expert tips to smooth the process of adopting the new Internet Protocol standard," suggests Cynthia Harvey in InformationWeek.

"Slowly but surely, the world is transitioning to IPv6. According to Google statistics, about 15% of global internet traffic in 2016 used the IPv6 protocol. By the end of 2017, about 20% of internet traffic should be using the new protocol, and the total will likely rise to 35% by 2019.

But most of that IPv6 traffic is not coming from the enterprise..."

InformationWeek, November 16th, 2017
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IT News - IoT
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Managing IoT With Edge Computing
"It can't be denied," writes Jason Andersen in Network Computing, "Edge computing is quickly escalating in importance as industrial enterprises realize they need a way to manage the large amount of data now entering the equation with the increased adoption of the internet of things, especially as devices are evolving to become less expensive and more powerful. Look inside today's industrial enterprise and you'll see edge devices going beyond basic automation control to an expanding array of advanced computing tasks, the kind you might previously have associated with the cloud..."
Network Computing, November 17th, 2017
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IBM's Schneier: It's Time to Regulate IoT to Improve Cyber-Security
Sean Michael Kerner reports in eWeek, "In a keynote address at the SecTor security conference, IBM Resilient Systems CTO Bruce Schneier makes a case for more regulatory oversight for software and the internet of things.

The time has come for the U.S. government and other governments around the world to start regulating internet of things (IoT) security, according to Bruce Schneier, CTO of IBM's Resilient Systems.

Schneier delivered his message during a keynote address at the SecTor security conference here Nov. 15. Today everything is basically a computer, whether it's a car, a watch, a phone or a television, he said. IoT has several parts, including sensors that collect data, computing power to figure out what to do with the collected data and actuators that affect the real world..."

eWeek, November 17th, 2017
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IT News - Developer
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Python Ascending: Where Have All The Scripting Languages Gone?
"The ascendancy of Python masks a serious question: where are all the other scripting languages?" asks Jane Elizabeth in jaxenter.

"According to the TIOBE Index for November 2017, other dynamically typed languages like Perl, PHP, and Ruby may be on a gentle decline..."

jaxenter, November 13th, 2017
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