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IT News - CxO
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The Biggest Tech Trends Of 2019, According To Top Experts
"Next year's AI, AR, and 5G tech may set the stage for some massive tectonic shifts in tech and culture," notes Mark Sullivan in Fast Company.

"For the tech industry, 2019 may be more about laying groundwork than historic breakthroughs. But it should be a busy and exciting year, as key new technologies begin finding their way into real, useful applications.

The smartphone will still be our central tech device by the end of next year, but as augmented reality and wearables progress, we'll sense more and more that a new paradigm in personal computing is around the corner..."

Fast Company, January 3rd, 2019
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Top 5 Harvard Business Review Articles Of 2018
"Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders," writes Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project:

  • Happiness traps: How we sabotage ourselves at work
  • How to spot a machine learning opportunity, even if you aren't a data scientist
  • Emotional intelligence has 12 elements. Which do you need to work on?
  • What to do when you don't feel valued at work
  • How to control your emotions during a difficult conversation
  • Transformation Masters: The new rules of CIO leadership

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The Enterprisers Project, January 2nd, 2019
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A Lack Of Internal IT Education Is Endangering Businesses
"Every IT department in the country knows the PICNIC acronym: Problem in Chair Not in Computer. However, it's not as simple as that," writes Mike Ianiri in ITProPortal.

"Every IT department in the country knows the PICNIC acronym: Problem in Chair Not in Computer.

However, it's not as simple as that. The people in the chair cannot be expected to know everything that they need to be aware of around operating the IT equipment they are provided with. Let's look at what the current issues are and what the users need to be aware of so that they don't endanger your business...."

ITProPortal, January 1st, 2019
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3 Automation Lessons Learned For 2019
"Do you plan to experiment more with IT automation in 2019?" asks Ginny Hamilton in The Enterprisers Project. "CIOs share real-world experiences to help guide your efforts...

We've covered a lot of ground on IT automation this year. We shared strategies on how to make the case for IT automation. We offered six tips for getting started with automation. We cautioned you to avoid 8 IT automation mistakes. And we even warned you about three ways your organization could suffer if you fail to embrace automation: Employee burnout, human error, and opportunity costs..."

The Enterprisers Project, December 31st, 2018
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IT News - Storage
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List Of Defunct HDD Manufacturers
"At least 221 companies were HDD manufacturers in the past. Most of that industry has vanished through bankruptcy or mergers and acquisitions. None of the first four entrants continue in the industry today. As shown in the graphic below surviving manufacturers are Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital, all of whom grew at least in part through mergers and acquisitions..." - StorageNewsletter.com
StorageNewsletter.com, January 1st, 2019
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Biggest Storage Stories Of 2019
Robin Harris writes in ZDNet, "We've just come off an eventful 2018 for data storage. Plunging flash and DRAM prices, continued market turmoil from the cloud sector, and, finally - NVMe has taken off in a big way. What could top that? Several things...

In no particular order, here is what to expect in 2019..."

ZDNet, December 31st, 2018
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IT News - AI
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The Most Amazing Artificial Intelligence Milestones So Far
"Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the hot topic of the moment in technology, and the driving force behind most of the big technological breakthroughs of recent years," notes Bernard Marr in Forbes.

"In fact, with all of the breathless hype we hear about it today, it's easy to forget that AI isn't anything all that new. Throughout the last century, it has moved out of the domain of science fiction and into the real world. The theory and the fundamental computer science which makes it possible has been around for decades..."

Forbes, December 31st, 2018
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IT News - Technology
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Chrome Remote Desktop: The Easy Way To Access A Remote Computer
"Want to sign into a computer from another desktop or a mobile device? Here's how to use Google's Remote Desktop to make the connection...

Once upon a time, in a world not so far away, accessing a computer remotely required all sorts of costly, complicated software and technical know-how.

These days, it's a different story. Google's free Chrome Remote Desktop service makes it dead-simple to get on any computer - Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome OS - from practically any other desktop or mobile device. You can access all of the remote system's contents and even click around as if you were sitting right in front of it..." - ComputerWorld

ComputerWorld, January 3rd, 2019
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IT News - Blockchain
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Best Of Blockchain: 5 Must-Reads
Robin Muilwijk writes in opensouce.com, "So far, blockchain has remained in the realm of emerging tech, along with artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and virtual reality. Still, many companies and organizations are exploring the technology's potential application in areas such as supply chain, finance, and more. Technology companies and startups are also working on the third generation of blockchain, adding scalability and sustainability...."
opensouce.com, January 3rd, 2019
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IT News - Operations
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7 Enterprise Infrastructure Predictions For 2019
"It is no secret that enterprise infrastructures are undergoing major changes," writes Angelique Medina in Network Computing "Growing use of public cloud, SaaS, and SD-WAN in 2019 will play a significant role in the way infrastructures evolve.

2018 has seen the acceleration of modern infrastructure from public cloud, SaaS, hybrid, and SD-WAN. 2019 will see enterprises feeling the impact of this dramatic shift more than ever..."

Network Computing, December 31st, 2018
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IT News - Security
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Can We Live Without Passwords?
"Can you imagine a future in which we can be secure online without having to remember an unwieldly list of passwords?" asks Bruno Halopeau & Adrien Ogee in ComputerWeekly.

"Solutions are emerging that could make passwords redundant, but there will be other security problems to resolve...

Passwords are one of the pillars of security and particularly of authentication. Used by the Roman guard at the time of the night shift, they are today one of the cornerstones of digital security..."

ComputerWeekly, December 31st, 2018
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5 Steps To Simple Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
Robert C. Covington writes in CSO Online, "RBAC is the idea of assigning system access to users based on their role in an organization. It's important to remember that not every employee needs a starring role...

Despite all of the advanced attack scenarios we face in cybersecurity today, it seems like we continue to shoot ourselves in the proverbial feet with the simple things.

Case in point: the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report found that 81 percent of hacking-related breaches involved compromised credentials..."

CSO Online, January 2nd, 2019
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IT News - Linux
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5 Linux Predictions For 2019
"With a brand new year about to kick off my mind is in a contemplative mode, wondering what the next twelve months might hold for Linux and the wider open source community.

So naturally, and without any shred of originality, I'm going to share my Linux predictions for 2019," writes Joey Sneddon in OMG! Ubuntu!.

OMG! Ubuntu!, January 2nd, 2019
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IT News - DevOps
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Agile vs. DevOps: What's The Difference?
Kevin Casey writes in The Enterprisers Project, "Agile and DevOps have a shared past. That leads to some lingering misunderstandings about the terms...

Have you ever been asked about the difference between the terms 'agile' and 'DevOps' - or heard someone use the terms interchangeably, as if they're one and the same? It's one of those tech term debates. (Some CIOs even tell us they refuse to use the term DevOps; that it's wonky.)..."

The Enterprisers Project, January 3rd, 2019
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IT News - IoT
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Six IoT Predictions For 2019
"From security issues to skills shortages, these are the most important Internet of Things things to look for in the new year," writes Fredric Paul in Networld World.

"This time of year, it can seem like the world is swimming in predictions for the new year, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is no exception. In fact, in fast-evolving areas like IoT, multitudes of trends and opportunities and challenges are in play, making predictions ridiculously easy - just about anything can happen, and probably will...."

Networld World, January 2nd, 2019
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IT News - Careers
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5 Time-Wasting Habits To Break In The New Year
"What do the most successful IT leaders do before breakfast? How do they push back on meetings?" asks Stephanie Overby in The Enterprisers Project. "Check out this practical advice...

The new year is traditionally a time for letting go of that which no longer serves you - or perhaps never did. And, for the understandably harried IT leader, it can be the opportune time to try to free up more time in the calendar for the things that truly matter.

Thankfully, there are some relatively simple (though not always easy) changes IT leaders can make that can have an outsized impact on overall productivity and availability..."

The Enterprisers Project, January 2nd, 2019
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7 Master Data Management Certifications That Will Pay Off
Thor Olavsrud writes in CIO, "Individuals with expertise in master data management (MDM) are essential to helping organizations get the most out of their data and comply with regulations. Here are the MDM certifications that will give your career an edge...

As data and analytics become the beating heart of the enterprise, it is increasingly critical for the business to have access to consistent, high-quality data assets. Master data management (MDM) is required to ensure that the enterprise's data is consistent, accurate and controlled..."

CIO, December 31st, 2018
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IT News - Developer
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Predictions For Application Development In 2019
"Application development has become a cloud-focused initiative in many enterprises," notes James Kobielus in datanami. "Consequently, the languages, tools, and platforms needed to support today's development initiatives are rapidly evolving.

Application development is also a discipline in which data science is assuming a greater role. To support the growing range of development projects with artificial intelligence (AI) at their core, enterprises are having to continually transform DevOps workflows to support continual building, training, and iteration of deep learning, machine learning, and other statistical models for deployment into production cloud environments..."

datanami, January 3rd, 2019
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Resolve To Make Python Your Friend In 2019
"It's been a watershed year for the Python programming language," notes Moshe Zadka in opensouce.com. "Catch up on the top stories about Python...

Wow! What a year 2018 has been for Python: A new PyPI software repository came out, it earned the most wanted language spot in Stack Overflow's survey, and Python 3.7 was released in June.

It was a great year for Python at Opensource.com, as well. Here are the 10 best Python-related articles we published in 2018..."

opensouce.com, January 1st, 2019
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