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IT News - CxO
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10 Digital Transformation Success Stories
Clint Boulton writes in CIO, "WW, Atlassian, StubHub and other enterprises are steering digital initiatives to drive business growth and operational efficiency. These digital transformation examples detail IT leaders' strategies, implementations and challenges...

Companies are increasingly launching initiatives to expand or build digital capabilities that deliver business efficiency or top-line revenue growth. But the progress of Big Bang digital transformations varies..."

CIO, March 26th, 2019
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6 Secrets To CISCO Job Longevity
"Business focus and communication are key, say long-serving chief security officers," writes Jaikumar Vijayan in CSO Online.

"Chief information security officers and other enterprise security leaders often don't remain long enough with the same organization to be able to make a strategic difference. Those that do say business focus, the ability to communicate with key stakeholders and knowing how to manage expectations are key to longevity in the CISO role..."

CSO Online, March 25th, 2019
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Bumble Bee CIO: Blockchain Is Better Than A Database For Tracking Tuna
"Through a partnership with SAP, Bumble Bee has gone live with a blockchain ledger that tracks tuna from capture to cannery and allows all participants and consumers to see that information in real time," writes Lucas Mearian in Computerworld.

"Bumble Bee Foods is now using SAP's blockchain cloud platform to track yellowfin tuna, enabling anglers, buyers, pre-processors and canners to track the movement of fish from origin to packaging via a transparent, real-time supply chain platform. The data is available by scanning a QR code on the packaging..."

Computerworld, March 26th, 2019
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IT News - Storage
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Storage 101: Object Storage In The Big Three Public Clouds
Antony Adshead writes in ComputerWeekly, "We look at the object storage services of the big three cloud providers - Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure Blob and Google Cloud Storage - and how customers can achieve compatibility between them..

Large chunks of public cloud storage are built around object storage. Block and file are dominant in the datacentre, but in the cloud, where the need is for large amounts of relatively cheap storage for unstructured data, object is king.

We've looked elsewhere at the pros and cons of object versus block and file storage. Here, we run the rule over the basics of the object storage environments used by the big three cloud providers..."

ComputerWeekly, March 25th, 2019
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5 Ceph Storage Questions Answered And Explained
"What do you need to know about Ceph open source storage to decide if it's right for your organization?" asks Stacey Peterson in SearchStorage.

"See how it compares to object storage alternatives, and optimize its use...

Ceph storage is one of the most popular object storage options available. This open source, highly scalable, unified storage comes with several advantages.

Ceph offers features commonly found in other enterprise storage products, but it's likely to be less expensive than traditional SAN. As an open source system, Ceph doesn't have the licensing fees of proprietary systems. It also isn't dependent on expensive, specialized hardware and can be installed on commodity hardware..."

SearchStorage, March 28th, 2019
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IT News - AI
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Cisco Webex Gets AI Updates To Simplify Meetings
"Cisco is talking up new artificial intelligence (AI) features designed to streamline Webex meetings," writes Matthew Finnegan ib Computerworld.

"The updates unveiled last week bolster the company's voice-activated Webex Assistant and a service that collates publicly available data to brief users ahead of a meeting.

During a keynote at the Enterprise Connect industry conference, Amy Chang, Cisco's vice president in charge of collaboration, said the AI-driven features add 'intelligence and context' to Webex..."

Computerworld, March 25th, 2019
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IT News - Technology
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The 5 Hottest Technologies In Banking
Ron Shevlin writes in Forbes, "In the movie All The President's Men, Woodward and Bernstein (played by Redford and Hoffman) meet their informant in a parking garage and receive the following advice: 'Follow the money.'

If you want to know which technologies are hot in banking, you should do the same..."

Forbes, March 25th, 2019
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The Low-Cost Hardware Revolution
"The wave of low-cost hardware success is unstoppable and now the marketplace is more competitive than ever," opines Sven Pannewitz in ITProPortal.

"The inventiveness of the maker generation is finding its way into industry with cost-effective hardware, open source platforms and fresh ideas.

The wave of low-cost hardware success is unstoppable..."

ITProPortal, March 29th, 2019
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IT News - BI
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A Look At Data Analytics Trends For 2019
"As our understanding of data analytics has developed, data analytics is being used in wave of innovative and exciting new ways," opines Tim Keary in Information Age.

"From IoT analytics and augmented analytics and DataOps we look at the top data analytics trends for 2019...

If you've ever taken the time to shop online with a major retailer, everything from your customer journey to your buying decisions will have been quantified in some way. Your data will have added to a larger data set filled with other customers data. Data engineers will then use data analytics platforms to try and extract insights..."

Information Age, March 26th, 2019
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IT News - Operations
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The 2019 Data Center Priorities For IT, Facilities
"Enterprises undergoing digital transformation demand capabilities that support ever increasing data volumes and data rates. Hence, to future-proof data center (DC) networks, IT and facilities teams require the right technologies that align with sustainable investment strategies.

One prevailing trend that extends from 2018 is the growing demand and investments by businesses and organizations for both centralized cloud data center services as well as edge data centers..." - Network Computing

Network Computing, March 25th, 2019
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Five Myths Of Change Management
Juli Dixon, Ben Marglin, Andrew Mason write in FCW, "From tax refunds to reserving campsites at national parks, almost every American makes use of some selection of government services. Increasingly, they are accessing these services online. But, perhaps not surprisingly, the government lags far behind the private sector with regards to the quality of the experience that it offers its online customers..."
FCW, March 28th, 2019
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IT News - Security
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10 Movies All Security Pros Should Watch
Steve Zurier writes in Dark Reading, "Don't expect to read about any of the classics, like 'War Games' or 'Sneakers,' which have appeared on so many lists before. Rather, we've broadened our horizons with this great mix of documentaries, hacker movies, and flicks based on short stories.

Some may wonder why the computer press makes such a big fuss about hacker movies. Naysayers describe them as old-hat - a formulaic blend of computing and hacking done by societal misfits peppered in with sex, violence, shady and diabolical villains, and an occasional car chase that ends in a fiery explosion..."

Dark Reading, March 26th, 2019
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Zero Trust: The Strategic Approach To Stop Data Breaches
John Kindervag writes in ITProPortal, "Zero Trust is a cybersecurity model with a very simple premise: eliminate the concept of 'trust' from your network. It means that no communication, system, user, or machine, can access any part of your network without inspection and validation. Everything and everyone must be authorised, which guarantees that cybersecurity practices are implemented consistently and effectively throughout a business's entire infrastructure..."
ITProPortal, March 28th, 2019
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IT News - Server
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10 Best Blade Servers: Speed And Performance
"Blades servers are basically servers stripped down to the power essentials," notes Drew Robb in ServerWatch. "Their modular design minimizes physical space and energy requirements. A great many blades can be housed inside a blade enclosure. While a typical rack can house up to 42 units (42U), you can pack many hundreds of blades into a similar space.

Little more than thin circuit boards, each blade server can be dedicated to one application or many. They focus on an element such as compute power at the expense over other elements. A common blade architecture is to group as many CPUs as possible into the available space and either have very little storage, or skip having any storage at all - storage, after all, tends to be bulky..."

ServerWatch, March 28th, 2019
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IT News - Linux
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Top 5 Linux Performance Commands For System Administrators
"Figuring out Linux host performance issues is time-consuming without the right tools. The top, vmstat, iostat, free and sar commands can help get CPU, device and memory data," writes James Turnbull in SearchDataCenter.

"Performance management on Linux hosts is a task that takes time, knowledge of the command-line interface and a little bit of intuition. As a system administrator, you might rarely venture beyond the few commands you're familiar with or simply throw hardware, more memory and more CPU at perceived performance problems..."

SearchDataCenter, March 28th, 2019
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Asus Just Gave You 1 Million Reasons To Switch From Windows To Linux
"Cyber-security and antivirus company Kaspersky dropped a bomb on Asus laptop users this week, revealing that malware was distributed through the Asus Live Update utility," reports Jason Evangelho in Forbes.

"It masqueraded as a legitimate security update, and even boasted a 'verified' certificate -- hosted on Asus servers -- to make it appear valid.

Kaspersky has deemed this attack 'one of the biggest supply-chain incidents ever.' Such attacks spiked 78% between 2017 and 2018. This shouldn't raise alarms for just Asus users. It should prompt you to seriously consider whether you want Windows on your PC. Because the possibility of this ever happening on a desktop Linux OS like Ubuntu is minuscule..."

Forbes, March 29th, 2019
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IT News - DevOps
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Seven Critical Elements To A Successful DevOps Transformation In 2019
TJ RandaIl writes in ITProPortal, "As companies start putting their DevOps digital transformation strategies into full gear for 2019, here are seven elements critical to success.

Ever since Microsoft's Satya Nadella declared that all companies are software companies, we've seen a big shift in how businesses are using software to compete. As a result, companies are placing greater emphasis on delivering software faster to drive transformation. This emphasis places DevOps at centre stage, with a growing need to incorporate DevOps into company culture and companies' digital transformation efforts..."

ITProPortal, March 28th, 2019
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IT News - Cloud
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Hybrid Cloud Realities
"In the beginning, the only 'real' cloud was public cloud," notes Stuart Miniman in Wikibon.

"There were those that thought that it wasn't a fit for the enterprise, or perhaps would only be used for test/dev environments - and there were plenty of historical failures for solutions before public cloud to bolster these assertions - today we know that public cloud is a significant driver of innovation and change in the IT landscape. Private cloud was derided by the public cloud crowd as nothing more than 'legacy mindset' or a desperate attempt by box sellers to stay relevant by co-opting the cloud term..."

Wikibon, March 27th, 2019
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7 Cloud Myths Debunked
"Don't let misconceptions cast a shadow over your organization's ability to get the most out of the cloud," writes John Edwards in CIO.

"Here are 7 cloud myths that should be relegated to history.

Myths can be fun and entertaining when they involve the exploits of ancient gods and heroes. The amusement stops quickly, however, when a myth hampers IT or enterprise success..."

CIO, March 27th, 2019
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IT News - IoT
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The Amazing Ways Carnival Cruises Is Using IoT And AI To Create Smart Cities At Sea
Bernard Marr writes in Forbes, "Even before you sail away on a Carnival cruise, the company operates more than 100 ships that travel to 740 destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Australia; you get to experience breakthrough technology from the cruise company's interactive customer experience initiatives.

Using Internet of Things (IoT) technology, connected devices and artificial intelligence (AI), the company is on a quest to turn cruise ships into 'smart cities at sea'..."

Forbes, March 26th, 2019
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IT News - Careers
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What Are The Top IT Jobs By Salary?
"Top IT salaries cluster around the current need for data analysis, cloud, and security expertise. Let's look at top roles by salary....

If you want to see IT people get animated in a hurry, start talking IT salaries. After all, no one wants to toil in IT roles that are losing luster. And nobody wants to slog away in the lowest-paying specialties, either. What are the hottest paying roles in IT jobs right now? Spoiler alert: You will not see the word blockchain again in this article..." - The Enterprisers Project

The Enterprisers Project, March 28th, 2019
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Should I Tell Company B That Company A Just Fired Me?
In the March 26, 2019 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter a reader gets fired right in the middle of interviewing with another employer.

Question:

"I started talking to Company B about a new job and after a few interviews things were looking really good. I then got terminated by Company A from my current job. (I didn't do anything illegal or anything like that, but I was fired, for sure). Now it looks like Company B is ready to make an offer. Should I tell them that I'm no longer employed by Company A? I want to be honest and open but don't want to throw a wrench in the works..." - Ask The Headhunter

Ask The Headhunter, March 25th, 2019
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How IT Roles Are Changing
"Non-traditional IT roles continue to emerge with new business models and technology. Is your career on track?" asks Lisa Morgan in Information Week.

"IT roles are anything but static given the dynamic natures of technology innovation and the global business environment. Digital transformation, the AI craze and organizations' increasing reliance on cloud environments all require collaborative relationships between the business and IT. As a result, some of the newer IT roles sound a lot like business roles..."

Information Week, March 26th, 2019
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