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IT News - CxO
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5 Corporate Innovation Trends Of 2019 Set To Disrupt The Business Landscape In 2020
2020 is shaping up to be a truly generation-defining year across the spectrum - from politics, to sport, to science and beyond
Samuel Medley writes in Business 2 Community, "I mean, we've got the U.S presidential elections, the Tokyo Olympics, NASA's Mars rover mission, and even the completion of the world's tallest building - a cavalcade of truly colossal events crammed into 12 months. What's more, the trends shaping the corporate innovation landscape in 2020 are set to be just as earth-shaking.

Last year, we wrote a blog exploring the corporate innovation trends that would shape 2019. These have come to pass in resounding ways - particularly the increase in companies investing in biomimetics and ramping up efforts to reduce plastic pollution. Because of this, we wanted to write a follow up to help you prepare for new seismic shifts looming on the horizon. If you're keen to get an edge on some of the major innovation management challenges and opportunities the next decade will present, you've come to the right place!..."

Business 2 Community, September 27th, 2019
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Top Challenges For CIOs In A Multi-Cloud World
Lost revenue (49%) and reputational damage (52%) are among the biggest concerns as businesses transform into software businesses and move to the cloud, according to Dynatrace
"As CIOs struggle to prevent these concerns from becoming reality, IT teams now spend 33% of their time dealing with digital performance problems, costing businesses an average of $3.3 million annually, compared to $2.5 million in 2018; an increase of 34%. To combat this, 88% of CIOs say AI will be critical to IT's ability to master increasing complexity..." - HelpNet Security
HelpNet Security, September 23rd, 2019
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Have You Dusted Off Your Incident Response Plan?
As security incidents are more prevalent these days, we are seeing organizations that aren't sufficiently prepared because their incident response plan was outdated or non-existent
"As a CIO or senior technology leader for your organization, it is important that you are the champion for ensuring the company's security posture is solid," opines Brian E. Thomas in CIO.

"You may have a CISO at your organization, depending on the size of the company and your CISO may be very much on top of this. However, it is key that your incident response plan is solid, tested, trained and socialized with all those that would be involved when your plan is activated..."

CIO, September 23rd, 2019
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CISO Role Grows In Stature, But Challenges Remain
In order to find out how CISOs perceive the state of their profession, Optiv Security interviewed 200 CISOs or senior security personnel with equivalent responsibilities in both the US and the UK
"Survey respondents indicated a fundamental change in how senior executives and board members perceive cybersecurity. Perhaps most surprising was the fact that 58% said experiencing a data breach makes them more attractive to potential employers. This stands in stark contrast to years past when a data breach was often a fireable offense for CISOs.

Other notable results related to this topic include:..." - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, September 24th, 2019
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IT News - Storage
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Gartner Magic Quadrant For Primary Storage Arrays In 2019
First 4 leaders: NetApp, Pure Storage, Dell EMC and HPE
"This report, Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage (ID G00394522), was published on September 17, 2019 and written by analysts from Gartner, Inc. Santhosh Rao, John Monroe, Roger W. Cox and Joseph Unsworth. Here is an abstract:

Next-gen primary storage arrays are being shaped by technologies such as NVMe, integration with public clouds and AIO/s. I/O leaders must view future primary storage array investments as foundational to modernization and digital business transformation..." - Storage Newsletter

Storage Newsletter, September 24th, 2019
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IT News - AI
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What Enterprises Need to Know About Getting Started with AI/ML
Effective use of both AI and Ml in business production use cases can help enterprises that use them jump far ahead of competitors in their sectors, because the technologies remove friction that gums up processes
"Companies around the world are investing tens of billions of dollars on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and for good reason," writes Chris Preimesberger in eWeek.

"These technologies have real business-altering potential, and that's why Gartner's 'Enter the Age of Analytics' report predicts that by 2023, AI and deep-learning techniques will be the two most common approaches for new applications of data science..."

eWeek, September 26th, 2019
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State of AI and Machine Learning in 2019
Marketing and Sales prioritize AI and machine learning higher than any other department in enterprises today.
Louis Columbus writes in Business 2 Community,

  • In-memory analytics and in-database analytics are the most important to Finance, Marketing, and Sales when it comes to scaling their AI and machine learning modeling and development efforts.

  • R&D's adoption of AI and machine learning is the fastest of all enterprise departments in 2019.

"These and many other fascinating insights are from Dresner Advisory Services' 6th annual 2019 Data Science and Machine Learning Market Study (client access reqd) published last month..."

Business 2 Community, September 25th, 2019
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IT News - Technology
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Why Are Scientists So Excited About A Recently Claimed Quantum Computing Milestone?
A quantum computer may have solved a problem in minutes that would take the fastest conventional supercomputer more than 10,000 years
"A draft of a paper by Google researchers laying out the achievement leaked in recent days, setting off an avalanche of news coverage and speculation," reports Christopher Ferrie in CCN.

"While the research has not yet been peer-reviewed -- the final version of the paper is expected to appear soon -- if it all checks out it would represent the first computation that can only be performed on a quantum processor.'

That sounds impressive, but what does it mean?..."

CCN, September 27th, 2019
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IT News - Bitcoin
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Top 5 Reasons Why Bitcoin Is Maturing
Bitcoin has been in the spotlight this week largely due to two unfavorable developments
Kiril Nikolaev writes in CCN, "The first one is the underwhelming Bakkt launch that failed to impress the cryptocurrency community. Second, the largest cryptocurrency finally broke down from a descending triangle after months of consolidation, prompting calls for a bearish dump to $4,000 or even lower..."
CCN, September 26th, 2019
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IT News - PM
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monday.com vs. Trello: A Blow-By-Blow Comparison
When talking about project management and collaboration tools, it's hard not to mention two of the strongest contenders in the field: Monday.com and Trello.
Rotem Gal writes in Business 2 Community, "In the age of 'digital everything,' an online platform that can help teams from different regions - even countries - work together in real-time can mean the difference between drowning in a sea of startups and being the next big thing.

How does one decide who wins in a usability and practicality face-off?

I have been using both platforms for quite some time now, and I have come to a crossroads. I find myself trying to decide which is better from a practical and usability standpoint..."

Business 2 Community, September 24th, 2019
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IT News - CRM
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12 Reasons Why Your CRM Fails...And How To Fix Them
Few things are as frustrating as going through the expensive, time-consuming process of implementing a new customer relationship management (CRM) system, only to see it fail
"It's an all-too-common problem, with multiple industry studies claiming failure rates between 47% and 63% for new CRMs. To avoid this costly situation, it's important to understand how and why a CRM fails. If identified early, most of these issues can be corrected long before they threaten the entire CRM project.

Let's take a look at the 12 most common reasons that a CRM fails, and how to fix them.," writes Jennifer Karpus-Romain in Business 2 Community.

Business 2 Community, September 26th, 2019
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IT News - Operations
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4 Key Elements For A Secure Data Asset Disposal Initiative
In the era of digital transformation, old IT and office equipment can pile up quickly as organizations migrate to new technologies to innovate, drive efficiencies and enable new ways of working
Chris Greene writes in Information Management, "According to the World Economic Forum, today's demand for electronic devices is creating the world's fastest growing waste stream. In fact, in 2018, 48.5 million tons of e-waste was generated from migration, modernization and transformation plans - the equivalent of throwing away 800 laptops every second.

As organizations look to decommission, retire and deactivate legacy technology, they're often overlooking key security protocols in the process, putting their organizations at tremendous risk..."

Information Management, September 26th, 2019
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Elevate Software-Defined Technology's Role In The Data Center
SDS and SDN aren't a cure-all for infrastructure management ails. Proper implementation requires research and a suitable hardware setup. Here's a look at what this tech can do
"The evolving scope of software-defined technology seeks to abstract data center resources from the underlying hardware components," writes Stephen J. Bigelow in SearchDataCenter.

"It's a powerful mix of virtualization, automation and orchestration that identifies and organizes disparate resources into pools or tiers, so IT administrators can manage and provision hardware to meet all workload requirements..."

SearchDataCenter, September 23rd, 2019
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IT News - Security
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How To Fight Deepfakes And Ransomware: Better Security Training
Did you hear about the CEO who was recently duped by an AI-powered deepfake voice scam? It's time to increase security training for everyone - especially the C-Suite
"I've often said that the most secure network is one that is not powered on," opines Jason James in The Enterprisers Project.

"While it may be true that every IP address has an exploit, it's not always the operating systems or hardware that hackers target. The largest exploitable system is our users. Hackers are actively targeting users by mining website updates and social media posts on Twitter and LinkedIn..."

The Enterprisers Project, September 24th, 2019
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The Beginner's Guide To Denial-Of-Service Attacks: A Breakdown Of Shutdowns
DoS attacks come in many varieties (not just DDoS). This simple set of descriptions will help you understand how they're different - and why each and every one is bad
"Denial-of-service (DoS) is a basic cyberattack mechanism that prevents a victim from doing business by denying them access to their network, server, or customer. It's an attack concept so simple that many different variations have arisen on the single basic theme," notes Curtis Franklin in Dark Reading.

"These variations, like weeds rising up to choke a garden, arise to choke out the productive applications in an enterprise ecosystem. And, like weeds, there are many different varieties of these thorny, choking vines from the underworld ready to make your security life miserable..."

Dark Reading, September 25th, 2019
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IT News - Cloud
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3 Reasons Why Killing Passwords Improves Your Cloud Security
87% of enterprises are seeing mobile threats growing the fastest this year, outpacing other threat types
Louis Columbus notes in Business 2 Community :

  • 66% of IT professionals say security is their most significant concern in adopting an enterprise cloud computing strategy.

  • Enterprises are predicted to spend $12.6B on cloud security tools by 2023, up from $5.6B in 2018, according to Forrester.

"Jack Dorsey's Twitter account getting hacked by having his telephone number transferred to another account without his knowledge is a wake-up call to everyone of how vulnerable mobile devices are. The hackers relied on SIM swapping and convincing Dorsey's telecom provider to bypass requiring a passcode to modify his account. With the telephone number transferred, the hackers accessed the Twitter founder's account. If the telecom provider had adopted zero trust at the customer's mobile device level, the hack would have never happened..."

Business 2 Community, September 27th, 2019
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Multi-Cloud Seen Driving Managed Services
The steady enterprise shift to hybrid and multi-cloud deployments brings with it added layers of complexity as adopters seek to salvage some legacy infrastructure while migrating critical workloads to cloud-native frameworks
"Those requirements are said to be creating greater demand for managed services designed to demystify the transition," opines George Leopold in EnterpriseAI.

"That's among the conclusions of a vendor-sponsored study by 451 Research that found a glaring cloud skills gap as IT teams struggle to ramp up multi-cloud deployments. The study commissioned by Dell Technologies' (NYSE: DELL) Virtustream unit found that nearly two-thirds of cloud users surveyed rely on managed services to bridge the skills gap..."

EnterpriseAI, September 25th, 2019
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IT News - IoT
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The Trouble With Enterprise IoT And Its Identity Management Problem
The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses a growing number of connected devices ranging from security cameras to smart thermostats, this is creating an identity management challenge
"Many businesses use enterprise-level IoT devices to help workers get things done more efficiently or to assist with meeting facilities management needs," notes Michael Baxter in InformationAge.

"But, there's one area where enterprise IoT falls short - Identity management.

Also known as identity and access management (IAM), identity management ensures that the right people have access to the systems and information needed to do their jobs and nothing more. But, one of the pervasive concerns regarding the IoT is that many of the associated technologies were not built with IAM in mind..."

InformationAge, September 26th, 2019
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IT News - Careers
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Should I Let HR Do It?
In the September 24, 2019 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter an entrepreneur wonders if HR is necessary at all.
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"I am starting a company. I have an absolute disdain for HR as a general rule and wanted to get your thoughts on a company running without an HR department. I feel like HR has hoodwinked so many executives into thinking they're a necessity for any business, but there's only a subset of things they do that are actually required. For example, making sure you're not in violation of labor laws..." - Ask The Headhunter

Ask The Headhunter, September 23rd, 2019
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IT News - Big Data
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7 Disastrous Cybersecurity Mistakes In A Big Data World
There are many cybersecurity mistakes to be aware of int his big data word we're living in. Here are a few very important ones to watch out for
"Big data is changing the world in a number of ways. Companies rely on data to deliver efficient services, but they also have to worry about cybersecurity risks," notes Sean Mallon in SmartDataCollective.

"Towards Data Science provided a very detailed guide on the relevance of machine learning to hackers. Hackers use a number of different big data tools to orchestrate more severe attacks..."

SmartDataCollective, September 24th, 2019
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6 Data Extraction Tools To Speed Up Your Work
The day to day tasks of running a business can be hard, not to mention time-consuming
"Especially when it comes to dealing with lots of data," opines Jake Sheridan in Business 2 Community.

"Just to get your hands on useful data you need to extract it from PDFs or spreadsheets, clean it, organise it, store it and analyze it. With lots of data, this can quickly become a full-time job.

Thankfully, data extraction tools are here to help.

But first:..."

Business 2 Community, September 25th, 2019
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IT News - Developer
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Critical Skills Developers Need To Avoid Getting Left Behind
Burnout is a recurring theme at DevOpsDays events around the world.
Marco Coulter writes in DevOps.com, "The modern developer faces constantly and rapidly-evolving challenges: the agile movement reducing the development lifespan, the DevOps movement shifting production operational responsibilities into development processes and the complexity of cloud offering new architectures from SaaS through to FaaS, as well as microservices.

As these shifts occur, often ignored are the operational skills needed to support an application running in production. Developers expect to support production and be on call 24/7, but are IT leaders giving them the necessary tools and training?..."

DevOps.com, September 27th, 2019
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