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IT News - CxO
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5 Enterprise Trends That Will Drive Digital Transformation
"Over the next year, the traditional enterprise will become the intelligent enterprise - able to detect regulatory, technological, market and competitive challenges and proactively turn them into business successes or opportunities," writes Tim Lang in CIO.

"The world's biggest commercial brands and consumer technology companies are constantly being challenged and upended by disruption. The same is true in the B2B world. In fact, a recent survey revealed that 85% of enterprise decision-makers feel they have just two years to make significant inroads on digital transformation before suffering financially or falling behind their competitors..."

CIO, April 26th, 2018
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CIOs Reveal Their Artificial Intelligence Strategies
"Global IT leaders from MITRE Corporation, Synchrony, Humana, and Agero describe AI implementations, risks, and opportunities..."

Brendan McGowan writes in CIO, "Artificial intelligence (AI) has captured the human imagination for millennia. According to Greek myth, Hephaestus, blacksmith of the gods, forged the gigantic bronze automaton Talos to safeguard the isle of Crete. Talos was animated with ichor, an ethereal fluid that flowed like blood in the gods' veins. The metal colossus hunted pirates and invaders with abandon, hurling massive boulders to fend off unwelcome ships while circling Crete three times per day. Most significantly, this self-operating machine was fully capable of independent thought and action - the first artificially intelligent construct of ancient legend..."

CIO, April 24th, 2018
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The CIO Voice In The Boardroom: Skills Needed To Get There
Mekhala Roy writes in Search CIO, "At a recent webinar, IT leaders discussed the factors driving the absence of a CIO voice in the boardroom and highlighted the skills they need to earn a seat at the table...

As technology accelerates business transformation and innovation, board level conversations include topics such as redefining customer experience through the deployment of emerging technologies.

This shift requires a CIO voice in the boardroom now, more than ever..."

Search CIO, April 24th, 2018
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The New Rules Of IT-Business Alignment In The Digital Era
"Getting in sync with your organization's goals has never been more important, or more challenging. Here's how to align IT and business strategy for digital success," writes Minda Zetlin in CIO.

"Dell and VMware CIO Bask Iyer has a complaint. He wants IT industry experts, speakers at IT conferences, and publications like this one to stop telling CIOs that if they don't move with the times they are likely to lose their jobs. 'Every meeting, every year, they say CIOs who don't do something are going to get fired,' he says. 'That narrative has to change...'"

CIO, April 23rd, 2018
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IT News - Storage
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Flash Storage Adoption In The Enterprise
An "Evaluator Group study provides insight into how companies are deploying solid-state storage systems," reports Marcia Savage in Network Computing.

"We've heard for a while that flash storage is going mainstream, but how are companies actually using it and what results are they getting? A new report by IT analyst firm Evaluator Group sheds light on enterprise adoption of solid-state storage and why the technology has become so popular..."

Network Computing, April 23rd, 2018
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IT News - AI
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10 Things You Should Know About Deep Learning
"Most IT leaders have heard of deep learning, but few really understand how this new technology works," notes Cynthia Harvey in InformationWeek.

"Deep learning burst onto the public consciousness in 2016 when Google's AlphaGo software, which was based on deep learning, beat the human world champion at the board game Go. Since then, deep learning has begun appearing in news reports and product literature with more frequency, but few organizations are actually using it today..."

InformationWeek, April 23rd, 2018
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The Promise And Pitfalls Of AI And Deep Learning
"AI adoption is being held back by a lack of talented AI and deep learning professionals," notes Ben Lorica in ITProPortal.

"Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer the stuff of science fiction. The majority of businesses today are using AI in some form, and those that aren't have plans to in the near future. Deep learning, a technique that's largely responsible for the widespread adoption of AI, has gained particular momentum as of late, with leading companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon introducing deep learning across their services and replacing their existing machine learning systems with deep learning-based models..."

ITProPortal, April 27th, 2018
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IT News - Technology
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Haunting Video Of 3D-Printed Morphing Matter That Folds To Assemble Itself
"The future of manufacturing may be in self-assembling materials that can be printed inexpensively and shipped flat," opines Greg Nichols in ZDnet.

"It looks like something out of a dream, and it could be the future of manufacturing.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a process that allows plastic printed with a cheap 3D printer to fold itself into predetermined shapes with the application of heat..."

ZDnet, April 25th, 2018
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IT News - Bitcoin
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Where Does Blockchain Fit Best?
"3 characteristics of blockchain speak to where it may find a home in your organization. Supply chain is emerging as an early use case," notes Gordon Haff in The Enterprisers Project.

"What are the specific cases where blockchain is likely to be useful? This was the most interesting part of the blockchain discussion at the MIT Enterprise Forum's recent Connected Things event. After all, IT and business leaders want to know where blockchain will make a difference - and where it won't..."

The Enterprisers Project, April 23rd, 2018
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IT News - Security
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A Step-By-Step Guide To Making Your Penetration Test A Success
"They say the best defense is a good offense, and when it comes to network and data security, there's no better way to proactively head off hackers than with penetration testing," opines Carey Wodehouse in Business 2 Community.

"In our article What is Penetration Testing? A Look at The One Cybersecurity Tactic You Should Never Skip, we took a deep dive into how it works and a few of its benefits. If you're looking to invest in better security for your network or are launching a new web application, there's no better time to do a thorough round of pentesting - but what can you do to ensure it's a success?

Here are some steps to take during your penetration test and tips for each..."

Business 2 Community, April 24th, 2018
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10 Password Managers To Keep Credentials Out Of Hackers Hands
"Digital password managers have become a critical component in security management computer systems," opines Don Reisinger in eWeek.

"With credentials more than ever, Internet users need to create strong passwords for all of their digital accounts. But remembering unique alphanumeric passwords featuring special characters for every account is nearly impossible. This makes digital password manages essential tools. They store all of a person's hard-to-remember passwords in one place and make those credentials accessible with a single username-password combination. Better yet, many of the services work on a variety of platforms, including desktops and mobile devices and will synchronize credentials across all of those devices..."

eWeek, April 25th, 2018
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IT Security Jobs Still Top The List Of Toughest To Fill
David Weldon writes in Information Management, "With all of the attention paid to information security for the past few years, it might be tempting to think the job market has caught up with the demand for IT security professionals. But that would be very wrong. In fact, information security analysts are the hardest pros to find by far among top IT job roles..."
Information Management, April 23rd, 2018
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IT News - Database
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General Availability Of MySQL 8.0
"MySQL adds NoSQL and many new enhancements to the world's most popular open source database..."

Mike Frank writes in an Oracle blog, "NoSQL Document Store gives developers the flexibility of developing traditional SQL relational applications and NoSQL, schema-free document database applications. This eliminates the need for a separate NoSQL document database..."

Oracle, April 26th, 2018
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IT News - Linux
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Linux Kernel 4.15 Reached End Of Life, Users Urged To Move To Linux 4.16 Now
Marius Nestor reports in Softpedia News, "Bad news for Linux 4.15 users as renowned Linux kernel maintainer and developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced last evening that the kernel series is now EOL (End-of-Life) and it won't be maintained anymore.

After a very busy cycle due to the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities, which were publicly disclosed earlier this year and later discovered to put billions of devices using modern processors at risk of attacks, the Linux 4.15 kernel series was released at the of January heavily redesign against two critical hardware bugs..."

Softpedia News, April 20th, 2018
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IT News - FOSS
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Wireshark, World's Most Popular Network Protocol Analyzer, Gets Major Release
"Wireshark, world's most popular open-source network protocol analyzer, has been updated to a new stable series, versioned 2.6, a major update that adds numerous new features and improvements, as well as support for new protocols," reports Marius Nestor in Softpedia News.

"A lot of user interface improvements have been made since Wireshark 2.5, and Wireshark 2.6 appears to be the last release that will support the legacy GTK+ graphical user interface, as the development team announced it wouldn't be supported in the next major series, Wireshark 3.0..."

Softpedia News, April 25th, 2018
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IT News - DevOps
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How Python Is Transforming The DevOps Landscape
"DevOps is the combination of operations and software development which reduces or almost eliminates the disconnect between systems administrators who run the infrastructure and software developers who develop applications," notes Savaram Ravindra in devops.com.

"During software development, when the Agile methodology is utilized properly, a bottleneck often occurs during the frequent operations and deployment phases. New fixes and updates are produced so rapidly in every sprint that the infrastructure teams can be swamped with deployments. To eliminate few of these issues, the operations personnel and application developers are asked to work closely to automate the code delivery to production from deployment..."

devops.com, April 24th, 2018
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IT News - Careers
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5 Hot And High-Paying Tech Skills For 2018
Gianna Scorsone writes in CIO, "As advanced technologies like AI and machine learning and complex fields like data science continue to be integrated into our daily lives, they're also reshaping the way companies do business. Considering the business benefits these technologies provide and the emerging cybersecurity concerns facing companies in every industry, it's no surprise that tech-based skills and roles are leading the pack as some of the hottest and highest-paid skills for 2018.

Companies like yours looking to innovate, protect vulnerable online assets, increase revenue, and improve business efficiency should hire (and budget) for the following in-demand skill sets as you strategize for success in Q3, Q4 and beyond..."

CIO, April 23rd, 2018
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We Need To Know Your Salary Because ...
"In the April 24, 2018 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, a reader cites the law about employers demanding job applicants' salary history.

Q: 'The job application I had to fill out required I provide my current salary info. I just read that a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided that employers can't use my old salary to decide my job offer, so why do they keep asking?..."

Ask The Headhunter, April 23rd, 2018
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IT News - Virtualization
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Where Is Serverless Computing Headed?
"From citizen developers to IT abstraction, former RedMonk analyst Fintan Ryan shares his thoughts...

'Things are all moving very, very fast.'

That was one of the big takeaways from my conversation at the Open Source Leadership Summit with former RedMonk analyst Fintan Ryan last month. We were talking about the state of the serverless market. (Depending on who you ask, serverless is either the same thing as, or conceptually related to, Function-as-a-service.).."

opensouce.com, April 27th, 2018
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IT News - Compliance
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6 GDPR Questions To Get You Started
"The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the MacDaddy of compliance regulations that revolves around businesses protecting personal data AND communicating properly with its European Union (EU) audience," warns Jeff Coveney in Business 2 Community.

"You certainly didn't learn about GDPR in marketing class. GDPR is a regulation that is putting fear into marketers worldwide as fines can reach up to the GREATER of 20 million Euros or 4% of global annual turnover in the prior year.

The regulation takes full effect in May 2018, so how do you get ready for it? Here are six questions to ask to get your organization started.

What is GDPR?..."

Business 2 Community, April 23rd, 2018
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A Look At The Key GDPR Requirements And How To Meet Them
"Meeting the most important GDPR requirements is a great first step to compliance with the new regulation. Expert Steve Weil outlines how to get started on GDPR compliance.

Many organizations that do business in the European Union are struggling with how to appropriately and reasonably comply with the data privacy and security requirements of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation by May 25, 2018..."

Search Security, April 26th, 2018
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