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IT News - CxO
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CIO Change Agents: The Art Of The IT Turnaround
"CIOs from energy, education, technology and sanitation enterprises discuss how they changed the culture of their IT departments to pave the way for digital transformations," writes Clint Boulton in CIO.

"Digital transformations are in vogue these days, with CIOs winning plaudits for efforts that fortify business operations, generate new revenues streams, or both. But before IT leaders can initiate a bet-the-house overhaul, many must author a far more foundational transition: IT culture change..."

CIO, February 27th, 2018
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20 Top Platforms For Analytics And Business Intelligence (Slideshow)
"Gartner has released its most recent Magic Quadrant report, which looks at 20 leading providers of analytics and business intelligence tools," reports David Weldon in Information Management.

"Authoring the study are Gartner analysts Cindi Howson, Rita L. Sallam, James Laurence Richardson, Joao Tapadinhas, Carlie J. Idoine and Alys Woodward. They write that 'modern analytics and business intelligence platforms represent mainstream buying, with deployments increasingly cloud-based. Data and analytics leaders are upgrading traditional solutions as well as expanding portfolios with new vendors as the market innovates on ease of use and augmented analytics.' Here are their picks for 20 top providers..."

Information Management, March 2nd, 2018
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The Supply Chain Sustainability Software Market Demystified
Pam Baker writes in SearchERP, "Consumers care about corporate social responsibility, which means companies should, too. Here's what to know about boosting CSR efforts with supply chain sustainability software...

When it comes to supply chain management, sustainability is one area that is only getting more complicated.

Indeed, supply chain sustainability software has garnered renewed interest, in part because of new regulations aimed at increasing accountability, such as the U.K. Modern Slavery Act and the Paris Agreement..."

SearchERP, March 1st, 2018
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IT News - Storage
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Three Features That Matter On All-Flash Arrays And One That Matters Not So Much
"In the last few years all-flash arrays have taken enterprise data centers by storm but, as that has occurred, the criteria by which organizations should evaluate storage arrays from competing vendors have changed substantially," writes Jerome M. Wendt in DCIG.

"Features that once mattered considerably now barely get anyone's attention while features that no one had knowledge of a few years ago are closely scrutinized. Here are three features that organizations should examine on all-flash arrays and one feature that has largely dropped off the radar screen in terms of importance..."

DCIG, March 2nd, 2018
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Software Defined Storage Best Practices
"In the relatively new world of Software defined storage (SDS), using best practices can increase application deployment in flexibility and capability, yet this is not without its challenges," opines Drew Robb in Enterprise Storage Forum.

"SDS could be defined as a set of software capabilities that automatically manage data locally and globally, providing breakthrough speed in data access, easier administration and the ability to scale technology infrastructures quickly and more cost-effectively as data volumes expand. In addition, these advances can work with any company's storage systems to provide automated and virtualized storage..."

Enterprise Storage Forum, March 2nd, 2018
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Why Data Erasure Matters For GDPR
"The impending date for the introduction of GDPR in May has brought data destruction and erasure strategies to the forefront of corporate strategic thinking," writes Mikey Anderson in Storage Newsletter. "Thanks to potentially punitive fines for non-compliance and responsibility now sitting with the senior leadership team, storage is now firmly at the top of the agenda in many organisations.

Knowing about the issue and taking pragmatic steps to address it are clearly two different things. The problem is that organisations don't always know where their data resides, so responding to subject access requests (SARs) for personal information is set to be a complex, time-consuming and expensive process. Under Article 17 of the GDPR, organisations must be able to prove that they can erase data properly and permanently..."

Storage Newsletter, February 28th, 2018
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IT News - AI
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Redefining 'Good' And 'Bad' In The Age Of AI
Steve Reinharz writes in Note Information Management, "Artificial intelligence is a continuation of the ongoing drive toward automation to make our lives easier and has become a part of our everyday lives in the form of social networks, Internet searches, Siri, Alexa, Google and other solutions. Without a doubt, we are living in the Age of AI, and the technology is advancing rapidly and has created fundamental and beneficial changes in human life..."
Information Management, March 1st, 2018
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IT News - PM
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5 Tips To Help Your Team Implement A New Project Management Tool
"Implementing company-wide change - particularly with large teams - is a monumental task that must be approached methodically, and thoughtfully," notes Olivia Jardine in Business 2 Community.

"Even within forward-thinking companies, resistance to change exists.

Getting your team on board with using a new project management tool is no different than asking them to adapt to other changes, and can be a difficult process.

Fortunately, there are a number of strategies you can use to turn technical skeptics into keen users..."

Business 2 Community, February 27th, 2018
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IT News - Security
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5 Tips For Better IT Security In 2018
Aaron Shaver writes in The Data Center Journal "Every day an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is generated, with no sign of slowing. Complicating matters is the constant barrage of threats ranging from malware to human error - and the plethora of tactics to combat them.

As we settle into the new year of 2018, cyber thieves will continue to steal data and disrupt IT systems. Keeping up to date with IT security tools and techniques as well as regulatory compliance is vital. If you're an IT professional with data security in your job description, here are five tips that will help make your 2018 a little safer..."

The Data Center Journal, March 1st, 2018
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Cyber-Threat Volume Is Increasing, Security Reports Reveal
"Today's topics include cyber-security reports showing increasing data breach risks; Google simplifying virtual machine management with cloud updates; DataTorrent fortifying its streaming data management toolset; and Dropbox going public.

Last week, at least nine technology companies released reports providing broad industry context for the state of cyber-security in 2018 as well as in-depth looks into specific areas like mobility and the gap between cyber-security perceptions and reality. Among the organizations that released reports were Akamai, Cisco, RedLock, Fortinet, Trend Micro, Raytheon, Thales, Verizon and Centrify..."

eWeek, February 27th, 2018
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IT News - Server
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Will The Cloud Continue Driving Revenue Growth Across The Server Market In 2018?
Paul Rubens writes in ServerWatch, "Hybrid clouds have become very important for sever virtualization vendors like VMware - it's something we discussed in this column very recently. VMware is interested in hybrid clouds for the same reason bank robbers raid banks: that's where the money is.

But it's not just the likes of VMware that have dollar signs in their eyes when the topic of hybrid clouds comes up for discussion. Hardware vendors are also having something of a bonanza on the back of hybrid clouds too..."

ServerWatch, February 27th, 2018
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IT News - FOSS
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5 Open Source Software Tools For Supply Chain Management
"Keep track of your inventory and the materials you need to make your products with these supply chain management tools," writes Jason Baker in opensouce.com.

"If you manage a business that deals with physical goods, supply chain management is an important part of your business process. Whether you're running a tiny Etsy store with just a few customers, or a Fortune 500 manufacturer or retailer with thousands of products and millions of customers worldwide, it's important to have a close understanding of your inventory and the parts and raw materials you need to make your products..."

opensouce.com, March 2nd, 2018
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IT News - HPC
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Outlook On Hot Technologies - Video With Shahin Khan, Orionx.Net Partner/Analyst
"In this video from the Stanford HPC Conference, Shahin Khan from OrionX presents: Outlook on Hot Technologies..."

"We will review OrionX's predictions for 2018, the technologies that are changing the world (Iot, Blockchain, Quantum Computing, AI...) and how HPC will be the engine that drives it."

Shahin Khan is a Partner/Analyst at OrionX.net. He serves on the board of directors of Wizmo (SaaS), Fathym (IoT), and Massively Parallel Technologies (Dev). He is also founder of StartupHPC, a grass roots community for STEM- and HPC-inspired entrepreneurs..."

insideHPC, March 3rd, 2018
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IT News - DevOps
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What Is DevOps? Transforming Software Development
"Core devops practices center around infrastructure configuration standards, automation, testing, and monitoring. But devops also requires cultural and mindset changes in IT," warns Isaac Sacolick in InfoWorld.

"Devops is one of the key trends in software development to emerge recently. But the term is often not fully understood..."

InfoWorld, February 26th, 2018
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IT News - Cloud
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How Cloud Computing Will Evolve Over The Next 12 Months
"As the current cloud landscape is changing, what can we expect from this market in 2018?" asks Robert Belgrave in ITProPortal.

"Cloud computing has been developing rapidly since the term was coined in 2006. It's played an integral role in the transformation of many businesses over the last decade, particularly valued for the reliability, scalability and versatility that cloud technology brings compared to traditional dedicated servers. And this race to the cloud will only gather pace as technology matures..."

ITProPortal, February 27th, 2018
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IT News - Networks
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GitHub Hit By Largest Ddos Attack Ever Recorded At 1.35 Tbps
Sean Michael Kerner writes in eWeek, "GitHub was a victim of a Distributed Denial of Service attack that uses mis-configured memcached servers to amplify attack traffic. The good news though is that the attack was mitigated inside of 8 minutes.

GitHub reported on March 1 that it was the victim of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that peaked at 1.35 Tbps (Terabits per second), making it the largest DDoS attack that has been publicly reported to date..."

eWeek, March 1st, 2018
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IT News - IoT
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As IoT Use Ramps Up, So Do Attacks On Networks
"While the public is increasingly aware of the internet-of-things technology all around them, many people remain blind to how vulnerable IoT leaves them to data theft," notes Peter Martini in GCN.

"What's even more concerning is that the threat landscape is maturing, faster than many network administrators can keep pace with.

That's because the distributed denial of service attacks and highly disruptive network shutdowns that characterized IoT hacking in the past are becoming far more targeted and sophisticated. This is especially concerning for major infrastructure projects that leverage IoT tools, as hacks into these networks can leave entire municipal data stores vulnerable to theft..."

GCN, March 1st, 2018
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IT News - Careers
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What Every CIO Needs, And Your Digital Career
"Digital transformation may be more about you than about technology," writes Matt McBride in InformationWeek.

"Digital transformation, we hear about it every day. Searching on the term yields 58 million results. How might this tidal wave affect the careers of CIOs and technologists? Perhaps more importantly, what do CIOs and businesses want in future technologists? How might this affect your career?

Preparing for the path forward is a significant part of my work. As a consultant and teacher, I deal with aspiring technologists and graduate students, executives and boards. These groups have diverging expectations of how to succeed in a digital economy..."

InformationWeek, February 27th, 2018
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Salary Is Not Top Way To Attract Cybersec Pros, Report Reveals
"Salary is not the highest priority for cyber security professionals, a report on hiring and retaining top cyber security talent shows," notes Warwick Ashford in ComputerWeekly.

"Most cyber security professionals who are open to new opportunities or planning a job search in 2018 are most likely to be attracted to jobs where their opinions are taken seriously, a study has revealed.

According to a poll of 250 cyber security professionals in the US and Canada, 14% plan to look for a new job, 70% are open to new opportunities, and only 15% said they have no plans to switch jobs this year..."

ComputerWeekly, February 28th, 2018
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IT News - Compliance
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65% Of Organizations Will Fail To Meet Critical GDPR Compliance By Deadline
"Failure to comply with GDPR could result in a fine of 20 million Euros. Here's what has organizations confused about the regulations," writes Alison DeNisco Rayome in TechRepublic.

  • 65% of organizations are still not confident that their GDPR data will stay within the EU - Solix Technologies, 2018
  • 22% of organizations are unaware that they must comply with GDPR, even if they are based outside of the EU but hold data of EU citizens. - Solix Technologies, 2018

The May 25 deadline for the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is fast approaching, and all companies in the EU as well as those that deal with EU residents must comply with new data privacy laws, or face a fee..."

TechRepublic, February 28th, 2018
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IT News - Email
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5 Ways To Deal With Email Overload
"Email overload is a reality," opines Graham Jones in Business 2 Community.

"I am confident you get more emails than you want, more emails than you need, and more emails than you can handle. Indeed, each year we see study after study saying we are spending more and more time each day just handling emails. One statistic from two years ago reports that the average office worker spends just over four hours a day on email..."

Business 2 Community, March 2nd, 2018
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IT News - Big Data
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5 Incredible Ways Enterprises Can Use Big Data Technology
"Where is the future of data technology headed?" asks Sawaram Suthar in SmartDataCollective. "With these steps, you can keep your business on the cutting edge.

The concept of big data revolves around the global information revolution of the past few decades. Today, data-driven businesses are largely dependent on information collected from every domain in the industry, from customer requirements, to product specifications, to survey data, and so on. Businesses all over the world are keen on integrating big data into their platforms in an innovative way..."

SmartDataCollective, March 1st, 2018
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How Big Data Is Changing The Face Of The Global Marketplace
"Big Data can help your company outperform the competition. And as technology improves, so will the quality of your decision making," writes Subhankar Bhattacharjee in SmartDataCollective.

"One of the many things that we have to be aware of in today's world is that the use of Big Data and Business Intelligence (BI) in both the local community markets and on a much larger global scale is becoming more prevalent as time passes by..."

SmartDataCollective, March 2nd, 2018
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5 Ways Automation And Big Data Will Improve Organizations In 2018
"Big data is exciting because it allows businesses to turn information into insights. And these insights can amp profitability overnight," writes Ryan Ayers in SmartDataCollective.

"Automation and big data are set to have major impacts within organizations in 2018. How so, you may be wondering. Two words: market intelligence..."

SmartDataCollective, February 27th, 2018
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IT News - Encryption
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Encryption Use Growing For Both Data Traffic And Malware, Cisco Finds (Slide Show)
Sean Michael Kerner writes in eWeek, "Not only has the volume of encryption used on the internet grown in the past year, but so has its use by malware authors, according to Cisco's 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report. The 68-page report, released on Feb. 21, provides insight from a benchmark survey of 3,600 chief information security officers (CISOs) as well as Cisco's own data collection efforts. According to Cisco, half of all global web traffic was encrypted at the end of 2017, a big jump from the previous year. Malware authors aren't getting left behind when it comes to encryption either, with 70 percent of the malicious binary files analyzed by Cisco using some form of encryption. Organizations are now also using an increasing number of cyber-security vendors, which is causing orchestration challenges, according to the Cisco survey respondents. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the key insights from the Cisco..."
eWeek, February 26th, 2018
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IT News - Java
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J2EE And JavaEE Are Gone. Enterprise Java Is Now Called Jakarta EE
"The popular enterprise application framework now has a new name - and a new direction," opines Sean Michael Kerner in Enterprise Apps Today.

"In the world of enterprise applications, few (if any) frameworks have ever been as widely adopted and deployed as Java and specifically enterprise flavors of Java..."

Enterprise Apps Today, February 27th, 2018
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