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IT News - CxO
The Future Of IT Leadership: 5 New Roles CIOs Must Master
If you think technology leaders' jobs have changed a lot over the past few years, just wait. Here are five new roles all CIOs must take on in the years ahead
"It's more than an understatement to say the role of technology leaders has changed over the past few years," opines Dan Tynan in CIO.

"The widespread adoption of cloud computing and process automation has reduced the demands for IT departments to keep the lights on. Large-scale capital expenditures on infrastructure are being replaced by increased operating expenses on services. Meanwhile, the pressure to take an active leadership role in the business's digital transformation is greater than ever..."

CIO, August 5th, 2019
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3 Myths Of Modernizing Legacy IT Systems
The days of holding onto legacy IT systems are over.
David Dedinsky, Ricardo Duque writes in GDN, "The Trump administration's executive order on IT transformation has made data center and network modernization an issue of 'how' and 'when,' not 'if.' Despite that mandate, federal agencies often struggle to transition from legacy facilities and mindsets. Why? Three myths tend to be at the root of government IT intransigence..."
GDN, August 8th, 2019
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Are We Making Leadership Too Hard?
Have we made a bad habit of organizing things too much in business? Obviously, budgets, reporting structures, policies all must have some semblance of organization but what about leadership?
"How are we 'organizing' leadership responsibilities?" asks Meg Manke in Business 2 Community.

"I recently had an opportunity to speak at a DisruptHR event and, as you might imagine, the conversations focused on how we can alter our perception and action to match the current state of business. Those conversations really got me to thinking - are we trying to compartmentalize responsibilities into certain departments or hands of people when really, we should be working on these things together..."

Business 2 Community, August 7th, 2019
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How One CIO Overcame The Challenges Of Shadow Apps
CIO John Rathje explains how he's tackling shadow IT challenges in the recruiting admissions process at Kent State by deploying a data integration tier that supports data movement
"When Kent State University ran into problems with its recruiting admissions process, Vice President for IT and CIO John Rathje decided to investigate how improving its IT infrastructure could help address the bottlenecks," reports George Lawton in SearchCIO. "As it turned out, the various teams involved in the admission process had gradually adopted about 60 different shadow apps..."
SearchCIO, August 9th, 2019
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IT News - AI
AI Careers And Salaries: 7 Telling Statistics
What are the most in-demand and highest-paying artificial intelligence jobs now? Where is demand strongest? How many jobs will AI create? Let's examine the data
"It's no surprise that the artificial intelligence talent market is white-hot right now," opines Stephanie Overby in The Enterprisers Project.

"The business value created by AI will reach $3.9 trillion in 2022, according to Gartner. IDC says worldwide spending on cognitive and artificial intelligence systems will reach $77.6 billion during the same year. And cognitive capabilities are poised to have an impact on nearly every corporate IT function..."

The Enterprisers Project, August 6th, 2019
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6 Reasons Why AI Projects Fail
Data issues are among the chief reasons why AI projects fall short of expectations. But if you can learn from the mistakes and commit to the long term, your AI efforts are more likely to pay off
Maria Korolov reports in CIO, "Eighteen months ago, Mr. Cooper launched an intelligent recommendation system for its customer service agents to suggest solutions to customer problems. The company, formerly known as Nationstar, is the largest non-bank mortgage provider in the U.S., with 3.8 million customers, so the project was viewed as a high-profile cost-saver for the company. It took nine months to figure out that the agents weren't using it, says CIO Sridhar Sharma. And it took another six months to figure out why..."
CIO, August 6th, 2019
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AI Will Drive Business Value Via Decision Support, Human Augmentation
Gartner paints a nice hybrid AI approach where humans and machines work together through 2030 to drive business value
Larry Dignan writes in ZDNet, "Artificial intelligence will drive worker productivity in the years ahead primarily through decision support as humans everywhere get a crutch when it is time to make a call, according to a Gartner estimate.

Gartner estimates that artificial intelligence augmentation will create $2.9 trillion in business value and 6.2 billion hours of worker productivity in 2021..."

ZDNet, August 5th, 2019
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AI Ethics Guidelines Every CIO Should Read
You don't need to come up with an AI ethics framework out of thin air. Here are five of the best resources to get technology and ethics leaders started
"Technology experts predict the rate of adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning will skyrocket in the next two years," reports John McClurg in Information Age.

"These advanced technologies will spark unprecedented business gains, but along the way enterprise leaders will be called to quickly grapple with a smorgasbord of new ethical dilemmas. These include everything from AI algorithmic bias and data privacy issues to public safety concerns from autonomous machines running on AI..."

Information Age, August 7th, 2019
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IT News - Technology
AMD Launches Epyc Rome, First 7nm CPU
The new AMD Epyc 7002 series is a follow-on to the first-gen 14nm Epyc Naples CPUs, released in June 2017
"The announcement marks a significant competitive step for AMD in its struggle to take market share from segment leader Intel. Intel meanwhile is preparing its 14nm Cooper Lake server chip line for launch in the first half of 2020 with 10nm Ice Lake to follow.

At the event held for press, analysts and partners, AMD emphasized its process leadership, a performance advantage over the Intel Cascade Lake line and put a sharp focus on security, which has been on a continuous news cycle since the Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities came to light over a year-and-a-half ago..." - HPCWire

HPCWire, August 8th, 2019
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IT News - Blockchain
No Humans Required: Commerzbank Develops Blockchain Payments For Automated Trucks
Commerzbank has developed a blockchain-based solution for machine-to-machine payments that it says could be used to allow automated trucks to pay for power charging without the need for a human to get out their wallet
"Calling it a 'concrete pilot project,' the German bank worked together with its incubator research and development unit and Daimler Trucks on the system that it said 'deals with fully automated payment processing of charges between a tank charging station for electricity and a lorry system.'

The partners have already proved the system works, according to an announcement on Thursday," reports Daniel Palmer in CoinDesk.

"In test transactions, Commerzbank put euros on the blockchain system and and sent it to Daimler Trucks for the settlement of the payment..."

CoinDesk, August 8th, 2019
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IT News - PM
Time Management Best Practices For Remote Teams
Remote teams are slowly becoming the new norm as many employees choose to work without geographical constraints, while businesses look for new talent outside their immediate surroundings
Marko Maric writes in Business 2 Community, "Freelance platform Upwork has released a Future Workforce Report which concludes that as younger people (Millennials and Gen Z) are moving up to managerial roles they expect that the future of work moves more toward remote.

As a matter of fact, 69% of managers interviewed in that report have said that they would allow the members of their teams to work remotely. The biggest driver for this kind of shift is their perception that hiring is getting harder. This is due to challenges and scarcity of skilled talent in the traditional hiring process..."

Business 2 Community, August 8th, 2019
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IT News - HR
Four Technology-Driven Hiring Trends
It's been a challenging year for businesses seeking to hire CIOs and technical experts in fields as diverse as machine learning and mobile network technology.
"Last year was exciting in the enterprise technology space," notes Dean Madison in InformationWeek.

"Blockchains were given serious attention, and many companies launched exploratory projects to test potential applications. Self-driving vehicles continued to dominate the headlines, with Tesla's Semi cargo truck project generating a lot of attention. Automation technologies drove the fears and hopes of IT workers and chief information officers, both with robotics and software automation being key points of focus..."

InformationWeek, August 5th, 2019
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IT News - Security
It's (Still) The Password, Stupid!
The best way to protect your identity in cyberspace is the simplest: Use a variety of strong passwords, and never, ever, use "123456" no matter how easy it is to type
"Stop me if you've heard this one before," suggests Sam Bocetta in Dark Reading. "Last year, billions of credentials were exposed due to thousands of data breaches. Many of the companies that were hacked didn't tell anyone until months after the fact, and the most common password exposed during these breaches was ... 123456.

I know, right? Same old story..."

Dark Reading, August 9th, 2019
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Protect Yourself: How To Choose The Right Two-Factor Authenticator App
The single most important security precaution you can take with high-value online accounts is to enable a mobile device as a secondary identity factor
"Which authenticator app should you choose? The correct answer might involve multiple apps," notes Ed Bott in ZDNet.

"Adding multi-factor authentication (often called two-factor authentication, or 2FA) to high-value online accounts is probably the single most important security precaution you can take. It takes just a few minutes to set up, and the result is a layer of protection that will prevent intruders from intercepting your email, stealing funds from your bank account, or hijacking your social media..."

ZDNet, August 5th, 2019
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Security Think Tank: Security Is A Business, Not An IT Function
How can infosec pros and data architects work together to support business goals and achieve a good level of cyber security?
"For information security professionals, collaborating with data architects ought to be an absolute imperative, and done well, has many benefits," writes Mike Gillespie in ComputerWeekly.

"Collaboration that is outcome-based and business-centric is an ideal combination. In a perfect world, the security team could design how they want systems and assets set up, they could control the moving parts and it would all work seamlessly for the business. There may be occasions where this happens, but in general, we can all accept, it doesn't..."

ComputerWeekly, August 8th, 2019
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IT News - FOSS
LibreOffice 6.3 Open-Source Office Suite Officially Released, Here's What's New
The Document Foundation released today the LibreOffice 6.3 open-source and cross-platform office suite for Linux, Mac, and Windows platforms
Marius Nestor writes in Softpedia News, "The third major, feature-full update to the latest LibreOffice 6 office suite series, LibreOffice 6.3, comes exactly six months after the LibreOffice 6.2 release to add better performance, enhanced interoperability with proprietary document formats, as well as a set of new features and other improvements.

The LibreOffice 6.3 office suite will be supported for the next ten months with smaller maintenance updates until May 29, 2020. The Document Foundation has planned a total of six point releases for LibreOffice 6.3, but currently recommends users the LibreOffice 6.2 series for extra stability in production environments..."

Softpedia News, August 9th, 2019
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3 Things You Don't Know About Open Source
Open source success is supposed to be easy to measure, but here are some indicators you may not have considered
"Open source purity contests are not uncomfortable, they are just boring," said Andrew Shafer, and he's right. This latest "contest" in question arose from Kelly Sommers' reaction to Amazon CTO Werner Vogels' tweet, complaining that Microsoft was hiking the cost of running its software on rival clouds so as to push customers to run workloads on Azure. Sommers' argument was hardly germane to Vogels' tweet, but it nonetheless kicked off a contentious discussion of what cloud providers like AWS "owe" to the open source code they monetize.

It's an abysmally tired debate, but this time it did yield some interesting insights. Here are three," writes Matt Asay in TechRepublic:

TechRepublic, August 9th, 2019
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IT News - Cloud
6 Multi-Cloud Storage Challenges That Affect Strategic Plans
Using multiple cloud storage providers can affect more than just how and where your data is stored. Discover the areas you need to consider to improve performance and costs
Robert Sheldon writes in SearchStorage, "Before implementing a multi-cloud storage strategy, it's crucial to determine what data will be stored, how it will be stored, the amount of data to be stored and how the data will be moved and transformed along the way. Doing all of this entails a number of challenges.

For instance, how do issues such as security, privacy and management come into play? Privacy and security are a particular concern for any aspects of cloud management that involve data, such as storage. Other areas that can raise potential issues include cloud services integration, slow or unreliable data networks, application delivery and workflow management, costs and a shortage of cloud skills..."

SearchStorage, August 8th, 2019
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Cloud Adoption Questions Every IT Admin Should Ask
For all of a cloud service's benefits, there are limitations, such as restricted access to infrastructure, that cause IT teams to be leery of adoption
Adam Fowler writes in SearchITOperations, "Cloud computing is IT's future, and the future is happening today. Evangelists and vendors alike tout cloud adoption as the answer to all IT-related problems, while it enriches a business's ability to outperform its competitors. And there is truth to these claims, but as with all things IT, there's no universal solution.

What do you do when the cloud adoption path is dictated by upper management to the IT department? Ask a lot of questions. While cloud adoption benefits, such as decreased infrastructure management and responsibility, sound like no-brainers to some, the IT industry has seen this type of transition many times, and it rarely goes smoothly..."

SearchITOperations, August 8th, 2019
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IT News - IoT
IoT And Blockchain: Are We There Yet?
IoT and blockchain: A powerful pairing that doesn't yet live up to its promise
Paul Miller writes in ZDNet, "The internet of things (IoT) and blockchain -- they should go together like strawberries and cream, right? What could make more sense than a constant stream of data about devices, their state, and their use, combined with a distributed and trustworthy mechanism for anyone to read or say things about the data?..."
ZDNet, August 8th, 2019
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The Future Of IoT Devices Is In Question
While IoT devices and technology were all you heard about for a while, the buzz has dimmed. Here's why and what developers need to know about the future of IoT
Christopher Tozzi writes in Data Center Knowledge, "Until very recently, the future of IoT seemed golden, but if you feel like you've been hearing less and less about the internet of things, you're probably right. Is it just a matter of the future of IoT becoming the mainstream present of IoT, or is the fervor around the promise of IoT devices dimming? That's a question that many IT pros have likely been asking lately. To answer it, here's a look at current trends in the IoT ecosystem, as well as the challenges that IoT developers need to solve--pronto--if IoT is to keep growing as fast as analysts promised a few years ago..."
Data Center Knowledge, August 8th, 2019
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IT News - BYOD
Should You Allow Your Staff To Access Personal Stuff Online While At Work?
Productivity in the workplace is falling. If people were as productive as they were just ten years ago, businesses would be producing 20% more outputs than the were in 2009
"But they are not. Economists are busy discussing the productivity conundrum because what is going on around the world these days does not appear to fit with their models which have worked quite well for many years..."

Graham Jones writes in Business 2 Community, "There is increasing evidence that the Internet is to blame. People get easily distracted from work, thanks to the attractions of the Internet. Plus, tools like email take longer to achieve things than the same tasks take without electronic communications. Email provides an illusion of work, but it is a massive time waster..."

Business 2 Community, August 9th, 2019
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IT News - Big Data
Best Practices For Deploying Data Lakes
With data changing and growing so rapidly, the need to get value out of your data is even more urgent. Here's some advice about how to approach data lakes
"Although still a burgeoning term, data lakes have recently gained more recognition among IT teams as data increasingly becomes a foundation of modern business," writes John Gray in InformationWeek.

"Conceived as a solution to reduce data sprawl and data silos, data lakes emerged from the industry of data warehousing, which targeted the frustrations IT encountered when trying to create an organized repository of strategic datasets on which to make key business decisions. This use can range from data analytics to better understand customer needs to artificial intelligence to solve for real-time challenges..."

InformationWeek, August 9th, 2019
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