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IT News - CxO
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How To Get Promoted To A Leadership Role: 4 Key Skillsets To Master
"Looking to move from leading yourself to leading a team or organization? Here are the skills you need to move up the career ladder," writes Alison DeNisco Rayome in TechRepublic.

"Most professionals are familiar with the Peter Principle - the idea that companies promote employees based on their performance in their current role, rather than on their ability to succeed in the new role. Employees then stop being promoted once they can no longer perform effectively, and 'managers rise to the level of their incompetence,' as the principle states..."

TechRepublic, April 4th, 2018
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8 IT Management Productivity Killers
"From neglecting to prioritize key strategic initiatives to failing to adjust project estimates, weak IT management practices are threatening IT's ability to get the job done," opines Bruce Harpham in CIO.

"There are two types of productivity killers in the modern workplace: small distractions that sap your focus and big productivity killers that push you into applying time and effort in all the wrong places. Like it or not, weak IT management practices are what cause the more significant productivity killers.

Following is a look at eight such practices that are derailing your IT department - and how to adjust for success..."

CIO, April 2th, 2018
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Tech Trends: Top 8 Priorities For IT
"Survey data from The Hackett Group show how IT leaders are supporting the business side of their organizations," notes Cynthia Harvey in InformationWeek.

"Enterprise IT leaders have a lot of different goals and projects vying for their attention. On the one hand, they need to stay on top of the latest trends and help their companies stay competitive by investing in innovative technology. On the other hand, they also face intense pressure to 'keep the lights on' by maintaining high availability on legacy hardware and applications. They need to attract top talent, but also to keep costs low. They need to keep corporate data secure while also making big data available for advanced analytics..."

InformationWeek, April 4th, 2018
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2018 State Of The CIO: IT vs. The Business No More
"New data on the day-to-day priorities of IT leaders and the evolving CIO role," is available writes Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project.

"CIO.com has published its 'State of the CIO' results, which offer a peek into the day-to-day priorities of IT leaders and the evolving CIO role. CIO.com also surveys line of business leaders alongside IT leaders to gain insight into how the CIO role is perceived across the organization. We caught up with Adam Dennison, senior vice president and publisher of CIO.com, for a deep dive into the results - including what surprised him most, and what CIOs should learn from this year's report..."

The Enterprisers Project, April 3rd, 2018
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IT News - Storage
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How To Get The Full Benefits From Nvme Flash Storage
"Consolidate and increase the density of your organization's workloads in a flash storage system to take full advantage of NVMe's parallelism and reduced latency," advises George Crump in SearchStorage.

"Nonvolatile memory express is a new standard designed for flash and memory-based storage. As all-flash arrays start to support this new technology, vendors will swap SAS-based flash drives with NVMe-based drives. However, the SAS-based, all-flash systems in most data centers already provide more performance than required. In order to take full advantage of NVMe flash storage, data centers must rethink the design of those systems and consider implementing new techniques such as quality of service..."

SearchStorage, April 3rd, 2018
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IT News - AI
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How To Get Started With AI - Before It's Too Late
"Put these five prerequisites in place so you can actually execute on your artificial intelligence strategy," suggests Andrew C. Oliver in Inforworld.

"AI and machine learning are going to start making a lot more decisions. They probably still won't be used in the near future to make 'big' decisions like whether to put a 25 percent tariff on a commodity and start a trade war with a partner..."

Inforworld, April 5th, 2018
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IT News - Technology
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5 Technology Predictions From Ibm Research Global Labs
David Weldon writes in Information Management, "Each year, IBM Research showcases some of the biggest breakthroughs coming out of its global labs - five technologies that the firm believes will fundamentally reshape business and society in the next five years. This innovation '5 in 5' list is informed by research taking place at IBM Labs, leading edge work taking place with the company's clients, and trends it sees in the technology and business landscape. Here are the five trends for this year and the next five years that IBM believes 'portend a powerful evolution in computing that will exceed anything we've previously seen'..."
Information Management, April 3rd, 2018
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IT News - PM
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How To Kick-Start Problem Projects
Stuart Cross writes in Business 2 Community, "In recent weeks I've come across several examples where leadership teams have been struggling to get important new projects off the ground. In one instance, a three-month gap had emerged between agreeing the need for a particular set of projects and any work commencing. The leadership team had become so absorbed in creating the perfect plan that they had lost sight of the real objectives..."
Business 2 Community, April 4th, 2018
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IT News - Security
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CompTIA Revamps Advanced Security Certification
Lynn Haber writes in Channel Futures, "The credential provides advanced knowledge and is another shingle for IT professionals, such as security architects, security engineers, application security engineers, technical lead analysts and information-security analysts to display when looking to advance in their careers.

A new version of CompTIA's Advanced Security Practitioner certification has hit the market.

The latest version addresses current risk and response scenarios associated with cyber warfare, hacking techniques and cloud migration. The certification was introduced in 2011 and was updated for the first time in 2015..."

Channel Futures, April 4th, 2018
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Maslow's Pyramid Applied To Cyber Security
"Ever heard of the ransomware Slammer?" asks Nicolas Drogou in Networks Asia.

"It happened in 2003, when a computer worm infected 75,000 servers across the world. 13,000 of the Bank of America's ATMs were unusable. 27 million people did not have access to mobile networks in South Korea. Computer sites were frozen in China. All of these happened in just 10 minutes.

More than a decade later, enterprises are still facing cyber attacks, and they are more deadly than ever. In fact, in 2017 we faced one of the largest ransomware - WannaCry - where more than 200,000 computers across 150 countries have fallen victim. According to cyber risk modeling firm Cyence, the WannaCry ransom attack losses could reach as high as US$4 billion..."

Networks Asia, April 2th, 2018
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Panera Bread Data Breach Demonstrates Security Worst Practices
"Panera Bread executives ignored the warnings from a cyber-security researcher that customer data was exposed on its network until it was forced to deal with the bad publicity of an actual data breach," recalls Wayne Rash in eWeek.

"Imagine someone running in to your office and reporting that the building is on fire. Also imagine that the person is dressed as a firefighter and that there's a big red truck outside your building with a full firefighting crew.

What would you do? If you were executives at Panera Bread, apparently you'd ignore the reports of a fire, but accuse the firefighters of running a scam..."

eWeek, April 3rd, 2018
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IT News - Linux
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Linux 4.16 Released With Improved Security, Virtualization Features
"April 1 is usually a day for April Fool's jokes, but a message from Linux creator Linus Torvalds to his Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) that day was anything but a joke," notes Sean Michael Kerner in ServerWatch.

"In keeping with his established practice of announcing both release candidates and releases on Sundays, Torvalds released the Linux 4.16 kernel on April 1, after seven release candidates. The Linux 4.16 kernel is the second new major Linux kernel release of 2018, following the 4.15 kernel that was released on Jan. 28..."

ServerWatch, April 3rd, 2018
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IT News - DevOps
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If DevOps is Required, Then It's All About Change Management
Callie Gargiulo McDowell writes in devops.com, "For more than two years, I have participated in a number of panel discussions at Boston DevOps, our local DevOps meetup. Panels have been put together from several disciplines to address issues through the successful adoption of DevOps and reaching optimized use of this current methodology in software development..."
devops.com, April 2th, 2018
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IT News - Cloud
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Atlassian's Two-Year Cloud Journey
Ron Miller writes in TechCrunch, "A couple of years ago, Dropbox shocked a lot of people when it decided to mostly drop the public cloud, and built its own datacenters. More recently, Atlassian did the opposite, closing most of its datacenters and moving to the cloud. Companies make these choices for a variety of reasons. When Atlassian CTO Sri Viswanath came on board in 2016, he made the decision to move the company's biggest applications to AWS.

In part, this is a story of technical debt - that's the concept that over time your applications become encumbered by layers of crusty code, making it harder to update and ever harder to maintain. For Atlassian, which was founded in 2002, that bill came due in 2016 when Viswanath came to work for the company..."

TechCrunch, April 2th, 2018
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IT News - DR
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Disaster Recovery In The Public Cloud
"Find out about the options for building highly available environments using public cloud providers, along with the benefits and tradeoffs," writes Kenneth Hui in Network Computing.

"I've had the opportunity to speak with many users about their plans for public cloud adoption; these discussions frequently revolve around how to avoid being impacted by potential cloud outages. Questions come up because public cloud outages do occur, even though they happen less frequently now than they may have in the past, and customers are concerned about mitigating the risk of disruption..."

Network Computing, April 4th, 2018
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IT News - Networks
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IPv4 Subnetting Best Practices
'For networking pros, subnetting is an essential skill. Follow these steps to ensure reliable performance and security in IPv4 networks," suggests Andrew Froehlich in NetworkComputing.

"Subnetting is a fundamental practice for accommodating network growth and improving network performance and security, but it can be time-consuming and frustrating. While subnet calculators are available, subnetting is far more than just numbers and remains a core skill for networking professionals..."

NetworkComputing, April 2th, 2018
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Understand The Basics Of 5G Wireless Networks
"5G wireless networks offer enterprises a lot of intriguing possibilities. What exactly is 5G, and what has to happen before the high-speed, low-latency technology becomes a reality?" asks Jean DerGurahian in Search Networking.

"Wireless networking has improved significantly over the last several years, as enterprises accommodate increasing numbers of mobile devices accessing their networks. The telecommunications industry hopes fifth-generation wireless technology will represent an even greater leap forward in network performance, enabling enterprises to tap into a broad range of new applications and services..."

Search Networking, April 5th, 2018
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IT News - Careers
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The Painful Lesson That A Job Interview Mistake Taught Me
"The biggest lessons come from mistakes. Three writers for the Motley Fool shared what they've learned after screwing up in a job interview...

Job interviews are scary under the best of circumstances. Even if you've thoroughly prepared, you never know when an interviewer will pull a bizarre question out of his or her bag of tricks, or when some unexpected test might be thrown at you..."

Fast Company, April 3rd, 2018
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