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IT News - CxO
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IT Priorities Survey Predicts 2018 IT Strategy For Tech Pros
"In this essential guide, get detailed results and analysis of TechTarget's IT Priorities survey to discover what tech pros worldwide have planned to move their companies' IT strategy forward in 2018 and beyond.

As technology rapidly advances, IT professionals are forced to frequently reprioritize spending and pet projects. In TechTarget's 2018 IT Priorities survey, IT pros shared their top projects, expectations and concerns for this year. Their responses ran the gamut and provide a snapshot of how businesses continue to navigate industry's digital transformation..." - Search CIO

Search CIO, March 29th, 2018
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11 Outsourcing Myths Debunked
"Outsourcing has evolved - and so too have the misconceptions around what makes a successful sourcing partnership in the digital era," writes Stephanie Overby in CIO.

"Even as CIOs enter their third generation of IT services deals, misconceptions persist about the practice of IT outsourcing. Worse, new illusions have begun to emerge as outsourcing approaches have evolved. Achieving desired outcomes when working with third-party providers depends on clear-eyed understanding of what's possible and what's not, what responsibilities remain with the buyer and what new capabilities are required, what's changed about outsourcing models and what remains the same..."

CIO, March 29th, 2018
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6 Myths CEOs Believe About Security
"Want a more effective IT security strategy? Dispel your CEO and senior management of these common cybersecurity misconceptions...

CEOs are charged with leading all strategic planning and operations at their companies. It's a lot to be responsible for. So, they can be forgiven for mistakenly believing that they, and the bright and capable people they put in charge of their IT security, are doing the right things in the right places against the right threats, when in fact, they are wasting large amounts of their IT security budget on things that really don't work..."

CSO Online, March 26th, 2018
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How Measuring Security For Risk & ROI Can Empower CISOs
"For the vast majority of business decisions, organizations seek metrics-driven proof. Why is cybersecurity the exception?" ask Vikram Phatak in Information Week.

"Whoever coined the phrase 'what you don't know can't hurt you' obviously never held a cybersecurity job. Lack of awareness has resulted in significant compromises of networks, systems, applications, devices, and data. And yet, even after all of those losses, it's still surprising to me that so many organizations remain in the dark about the effectiveness of the products that protect them..."

Information Week, March 28th, 2018
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IT News - Storage
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10 Hot Storage Companies To Watch
"Offerings from these young storage companies include the likes of hybrid-cloud storage, tiered caching, zero data loss after recovery and even distributed storage on free disk space," writes Jeff Vance in Network World.

"Innovations such as software-defined storage (SDS), hyper-converged infrastructures (HCI), and blockchain have investors flocking to enterprise storage startups, and this market shows no signs of slowing down..."

Network World, March 28th, 2018
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2018 Data Storage Market Overview
Christine Taylor writes in Enterprise Storage Forum, "Analyst company Statista estimates that in 2018, data center storage capacity stands at 1,450 exabytes, growing to a massive 2,300 exabytes by 2021. (That's 1.45 and 2.3 zettabytes respectively.)

To say the least, this is a lot of data - and it's growing fast. In business storage, data growth spurs development of capacity and performance across all storage media. It also spurs development in software tools meant to manage all that data, including gleaning business value from unstructured data and staying in compliance..."

Enterprise Storage Forum, March 29th, 2018
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Storage Area Networks In The Enterprise
Drew Robb writes in Enterprise Storage Forum, "A SAN (storage area network) is a network of data storage devices. By taking storage devices and storage traffic off the Local Area Network (LAN), another network is created specifically for storage data. SAN storage solutions can range from a few servers accessing a central pool of storage devices to thousands of servers accessing TBs or more of storage.

In a SAN, data is presented from storage devices to a host so that the storage looks like it is locally attached. This is achieved through various types of data virtualization. SAN storage, then, is a high-speed network that provides network access to storage. In some cases, SANs can be so large that they span multiple sites, as well as internal data centers and the cloud..."

Enterprise Storage Forum, March 29th, 2018
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IT News - AI
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AI Is Coming. What's In Store For You?
"Artificial intelligence is advancing at an alarming rate. While the consequences for hyper-intelligent software is still unknown, its progress continues unhindered. How will AI affect the workplace? Our everyday lives? Our very existence? At present, there are no easy answers, only a few educated predictions. As the research and advancement of artificial intelligence intensifies, philosophical questions are replaced by practical ones. One such questions: how fast is AI progressing?..." - insideBIGDATA
insideBIGDATA, March 29th, 2018
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My Algorithm Is Better Than Yours
"New tools allow business users -- not just data scientists -- to leverage algorithms and venture into machine learning. But, handle with care because the choice of bad data means bad results," writes Jen Underwood in InformationWeek.

"Machine learning is one of the hottest topics in tech today. It is a must-have organizational competency in the data-driven era of digital transformation. According to Deloitte's Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions 2018 Report, the number of machine learning implementations and pilot projects will double in 2018. IDC forecasts spending on artificial intelligence and machine learning will grow from $12B to $57.6B by 2021. The top industries adopting machine learning are retail, banking, manufacturing, and healthcare..."

InformationWeek, March 26th, 2018
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IT News - Technology
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USB-C Explained: How To Get The Most From IT (And Why It's Great)
"The era of USB-C computing is here. We've got tips on how to take advantage of those new ports on your laptop, phone or tablet," writes Brian Nadel in ComputerWorld.

"You've probably noticed something strange about the latest phones, tablets and laptops at your company: The familiar rectangular Type-A USB ports are gone, replaced by smaller oblong connectors. Welcome to the USB-C era of business computing. While iPhones and iPads stick with Apple's proprietary Lightning connector, USB-C is now part and parcel of most laptops, phones and tablets made today. Even the latest MacBooks have a USB-C port..."

ComputerWorld, March 28th, 2018
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The End Of Moore's Law For SSD Performance
"SSDs are seeing diminishing returns as Moore's law ends and quantum effects set in. Multilayers and more bits per cell are temporary fixes, but both have drawbacks," writes Logan G. Harbaugh in Search Storage.

"Moore's law has held steady over the last 50 years, but pundits believe that transistors are reaching their minimum practical size and progress can't continue at the same rate. Many experts have predicted the end of Moore's law, but so far, manufacturers have found ways to continue to eke out performance increases..."

Search Storage, March 30th, 2018
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IT News - PM
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10 Need-To-Know Project Management Statistics For 2018
"With opening day of baseball season right around the corner, it's a great time of year for obsessing over stats," notes Andrew Conrad in Business 2 Community.

"After all, the difference between a journeyman (a .250 hitter) and a Hall of Famer (a .300 hitter) is only about one hit per week over the course of a career.

But stats aren't just for sports.

Stats can mean the difference between a successful project and project failure, with multiple jobs and millions of dollars on the line..."

Business 2 Community, March 30th, 2018
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IT News - ERP
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Looking Over The Horizon To The Next Era Of ERP
"Many manufacturers with healthy businesses, strong customer relationships and advanced technology on the plant floor are nonetheless stuck in the past when it comes to their ERP systems. And they may not fully realize the risks of relying on outdated systems to help monitor and manage their materials and finances.

Driving manufacturing efficiency in

Manufacturing Business Technology, April 4th, 2018
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IT News - Operations
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Skip Containers And Do Serverless Computing Instead
"Container technologies like Docker are very powerful, but require talent you can't get. Serverless computing provides the same benefits - with talent you can actually get," writes Matt Asay in InfoWorld.

"Normally, mainstream enterprises are slow to embrace cutting-edge technologies, with startups and other early adopters setting the pace on everything from public cloud to NoSQLs. Serverless computing, however, just might be different..."

InfoWorld, March 27th, 2018
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Data Center Career: Automate Or Be Automated
"With microservices driving data center automation, IT professionals need to prepare by adding new skills such as DevOps," writes Steve Shah in Network Computing.

"The relationship between automation and employment is as old as industrialization. As manual tasks are automated through technology, some workers move higher up the skill chain to operate and maintain the machines that took their jobs while others are displaced entirely. The pattern may appear in different forms over the generations, but the lesson is always the same: You either get on the side of automation or you're eliminated by it..."

Network Computing, March 29th, 2018
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IT News - Security
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How Chromebooks Became The Go-To Laptops For Security Experts
"Chrome OS has provided one of the most robust cases of 'usable security' available. Here's the design philosophy from Google that led to that," writes Alfred Ng in CNET.

"When the team behind Google's Chrome OS software and Chromebooks set out to reinvent the laptop, it quickly zeroed in on security as an area where it could bring a fresh perspective.

"On Chrome OS, we were like, 'We control all the pieces. We can do better,'" Will Drewry, a principal software engineer for Google's devices, and one of the founding fathers of the Chromebook, said in an interview in January..."

CNET, March 28th, 2018
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3 Security Gaps Leaving Your Company Exposed
"Pause for a moment as you read this, and consider: Are there any aspects of doing business that technology hasn't reshaped or transformed? In roughly two decades, technological advances revolutionized various industries and markets, allowing businesses to communicate more quickly and conveniently with their customers..." - Business 2 Community
Business 2 Community, March 29th, 2018
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IT News - DevOps
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6 Differences Between Agile And Traditional Planning
"Traditional and agile planning differ in significant ways. Before you make the leap to agile, make sure you understand how it's distinct from what you're used to," writes Ranjith Varakantam in opensouce.com.

"Traditional and agile planning methods both focus on developing strategies to lead teams to succeed in today's competitive landscape; however, their approaches are quite distinct. If you're transitioning from traditional to agile planning, it's important to understand their substantially different mindsets and leadership styles..."

opensouce.com, March 30th, 2018
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IT News - Cloud
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Does Your IT Department Have The Proper Cloud Skills?
"As cloud offerings evolve and enterprise organizations look to do more in the cloud, IT professionals need to add new cloud-related skills,' writes Andrew Froehlich in InformationWeek.

"Many aspects of the cloud are designed, built and managed in vastly different ways when compared to on-premise architectures. If that's the case, then why is it that IT managers fail to understand that their in-house IT staff need to gain new skills when migrating massive portions of applications and data into third-party service provider networks?..."

InformationWeek, March 27th, 2018
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How Edge Computing Compares With Cloud Computing
"Learn how an edge computing architecture provides more benefits for the internet of things than traditional centralized cloud designs," writes Andrew Froehlich in Network Computing.

"We hear a lot about how the big trend in cloud infrastructure is edge computing, but there's some confusion around the concept. Many are under the impression that it will eventually replace traditional cloud architectures. This is almost certainly not the case. There are, however, use cases where edge computing architectures provide advantages over fully-centralized cloud designs, especially from a networking and data storage perspective. In this article, I'll explain what edge computing is, how it differs from traditional cloud services, and when it might be the right choice for you..."

Network Computing, March 28th, 2018
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Public Cloud Security: 4 Myths And Realities
"Let's break down some lingering misunderstandings about public and hybrid cloud security," writes Kevin Casey in The Enterprisers Project.

"When the tech hype machine kicks into high gear, seasoned IT leaders know the drill: Expect all manner of jargon-laden pitches, misunderstandings, and downright myths to follow. Consider cloud computing as Exhibits A through Z. Cloud had a heck of a run in the hype cycle, and for great reason: It's nothing short of a significant shift in IT.

Cloud is now well past hype at this point, of course, and living comfortably in the mainstream. But that doesn't mean it left all the myths back on shore, especially when it comes to security, especially public cloud security..."

The Enterprisers Project, March 28th, 2018
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IT News - Careers
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These 'Humble' Behaviors Are Hurting Your Credibility
"Being too self-critical can hinder your credibility. Here are some behaviors to watch out for...

Stop being so hard on yourself.

Sigh. That's a sentiment that's echoed around in my brain for as long as I can remember.

From when I thought I totally blew my audition to play Mother Goose in my fifth-grade play, to when I was convinced that I bombed my first job interview, people have always been reminding me to take a deep breath and show myself a little grace..."

Fast Company, March 28th, 2018
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10 Ways You Are Killing Your Executive Presence
Mary Lee Gannon writes in The Ladders, "If you enter a room with 15 leaders one of them will stand out. She will have an air of confidence that people notice. Others will stop talking and listen to him. That person will have an overall decorum that exudes the message, 'I belong here.'

Executive presence is a blending of mindset, competencies, and delivery that gives the overall impression that this person has dignity and can get the job done. Can executive presence be developed? Yes - if the person has a foundation of self-confidence and a willingness to build their self-awareness and self-regulation..."

The Ladders, March 28th, 2018
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IT News - Backup
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What's The Best Online Backup Service?
"Using an online backup service to back up your computer is not only convenient, it protects your data against big incidents like theft, fire, and natural disaster," notes Chris Hoffman in How-To Geek. "There are lots of backup services out there, but we like Backblaze and IDrive the best.

CrashPlan used to be very popular, but discontinued its backup service for home users in 2017. We don't mention tools like Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive here, as cloud file syncing services are different, and don't offer the same level of protection you get with a true backup..."

How-To Geek, March 30th, 2018
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IT News - Java
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Java 10: What Do Java Developers Want? Projects Amber And Valhalla! When Do They Want Them? When They're Ready!
Gabriela Motroc writes in Jaxenter, "Java 10 is here. In the first part of this interview series dedicated to the newest Java release, we talked with 11 Java experts about their favorite feature(s). Now it's time to dig deeper and talk about the features they wanted to see in Java 10 but were not included...

Java 10 was released last week but we're still dissecting its most important feature(s) (*cough*Local-Variable Type Inference*cough*)..."

Jaxenter, March 27th, 2018
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