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IT News - CxO
5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In October
Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders
Carla Rudder writes in Harvard Business Review, "Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our business library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. These curated pieces are available now through the end of October.

  • Why talented people fail under pressure
  • Don't be the boss who talks too much
  • 7 ways to set up a new hire for success
  • How to keep digital distractions from killing your creativity
  • Will AI reduce gender bias in hiring?

Read on for details.

Harvard Business Review, October 1st, 2019
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Digital Transformation = Culture & Business Model Change
Many companies talk about 'Digital Transformation' but use it in a limited fashion, such as: just turning paper into PDFs or using web tools to communicate to customers, but in the end, the core culture, and even business model has changed
"The scope of digital transformation is wide," writes Jeremiah Owyang in Business 2 Community. "In our offering the Digital Directive, we've segmented it in seven major modules (each spans multi-departments), for a total of 60 criteria in how we scan this for companies in our Digital Diagnostic offering.

The seven modules you must analyze include:

  • Strategy,
  • Data,
  • Customer Experience,
  • Organizational Alignment,
  • Analytics & AI,
  • People & Culture and
  • Innovation.

In the interviews we've completed to generate this list, the most commonly overlooked item is the mindset of workers, managers and leaders to be a 'digital first' culture..."

Business 2 Community, September 27th, 2019
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38% Of The Fortune 500 Do Not Have A CISO
To uncover whether the world's leading companies are committed to enhancing their cybersecurity initiatives, Bitglass researched the members of the 2019 Fortune 500 and analyzed public-facing information such as what is available on their websites
"77% of the Fortune 500 make no indication on their websites about who is responsible for their security strategy. Additionally, 52% do not have any language on their websites about how they protect the data of customers and partners (beyond a legally required privacy notice).

The results demonstrate that most organizations lack an authentic, lasting commitment to cybersecurity, with certain industries being less security-conscious than others..." - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, September 30th, 2019
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A Security Breach Is Inevitable, IT Leaders Warned
No matter how much IT security tech and training is in place, sophisticated, targeted attacks are going to breach company defences, Carbon Black warns
Cliff Saran writes in ComputerWeekly, "An Opinion Matters survey of 250 UK CIOs, chief technology officers (CTOs) and chief security officers for Carbon Black has found that many organisations are worried that breaches are inevitable.

The survey, which is part of Carbon Black's Global threat series study, reported that 84% of UK organisations participating in the study said they have suffered one or more breaches in the past 12 months due to external cyber attacks..."

ComputerWeekly, October 1st, 2019
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IT News - Storage
Top Fibre Channel Hardware
The leaders in the Fibre Channel storage market offer multiple classes of hardware that help organizations to build and enable Storage Area Networks (SAN) deployments.
Sean Michael Kerner writes in Enterprise Storage Forum, "The Fibre Channel storage market includes multiple classes of hardware that help organizations to build and enable Storage Area Networks (SAN) deployments.

In recent years, the market for Fibre Channel technologies has consolidated - somewhat - as companies have been acquired, reducing the number of vendors in the space. Though consolidation has occurred, Fibre Channel remains a cornerstone of the enterprise data storage market..."

Enterprise Storage Forum, October 4th, 2019
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Data Storage: The Top Five Storage Deployment Pitfalls
Key pitfalls in data storage include silos, under-utilisation, backup and disaster recovery, plus neglect of skills and application requirements. We ask analysts how to avoid them
"Enterprise storage deployments always involve risk and potential pitfalls," writes Stephen Pritchard in ComputerWeekly. "Upgrading hardware, switching suppliers, or changing backup and recovery processes can expose production systems to disruption, failure and data loss.

But set against this is the need to invest in data storage..."

ComputerWeekly, October 2nd, 2019
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Storage Virtualization
Storage virtualization runs on multiple storage devices and makes them appear as if they were a single storage pool, greatly increasing efficiency and manageability
"Storage virtualization is the technology of abstracting physical data storage resources to make them appear as if they were a centralized resource. Virtualization masks the complexities of managing resources in memory, networks, servers and storage," writes Christine Taylor in Enterprise Storage Forum.

"Storage virtualization runs on multiple storage devices, making them appear as if they were a single storage pool. Pooled storage devices can be from different vendors and networks. The storage virtualization engine identifies available storage capacity from multiple arrays and storage media, aggregates it, manages it and presents it to applications..."

Enterprise Storage Forum, October 4th, 2019
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Gartner Magic Quadrant For Distributed File Systems And Object Storage In 2019
4 leaders: Dell EMC, IBM, Qumulo and Scality, and Pure Storage most visionary
Philippe Nicolas writes in Storage Newsletter, "Gartner, Inc. just released its Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage for 2019 and again it contains some surprises.

The team of authors changes one more time as John McArthur is replaced by Chandra Mukhyala and the two others, Julia Palmer and Raj Bala, already contributed to the 2018 edition.

The first comment is why Gartner continues to mix file and object storage. In that case, why not rename this Magic Quadrant Unstructured Data Storage?

Gartner maintains incomplete definition for distributed file system as they continue to say that such file system uses a single parallel model. In fact, it exists some distributed file system not parallel at all..."

Storage Newsletter, October 3rd, 2019
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IT News - AI
5 AI Fears And How To Address Them
IT leaders implementing AI will encounter fears - many of them well-founded. The trick is to focus on these real-world concerns, not the time-traveling robot assassins
"Artificial intelligence occupies the strange position of having a decades-long history while still feeling wholly futuristic to many people," writes Kevin Casey in The Enterprisers Project.

"It's not actually new, but it remains an eternally 'new' frontier. No one can honestly claim to know precisely where it will lead.

So if it's true that we fear what we don't understand, then it makes sense that the future of AI keeps people up at night, especially when considering the more ominous possible outcomes..."

The Enterprisers Project, September 30th, 2019
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The DIY Guide To Introducing Machine Learning Solutions
Machine learning is fundamentally different from all the tech that came before it in one major way: As time passes, it gets smarter
Dennis Turpitka notes in Business 2 Community, "It's the opposite of a static solution because it actually provides more value with age. Unsurprisingly, companies in all industries have been eager to embrace machine learning in recent years, and that shows no signs of slowing.

We've already seen machine learning applications enter the mainstream via web search algorithms and product recommendations. Transformative though they may be, they're just the inaugural applications. Moving forward, we should expect to see this technology become ubiquitous in unexpected ways..."

Business 2 Community, October 3rd, 2019
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IT News - Technology
Breaking Down The 10 Need-To-Know Emerging Technologies
The world of emerging tech by nature is fast-moving and ever-changing, and consequently, it's difficult to get a handle on the state of the various markets, not to mention leveraging them in driving business innovation.
James Staten and William McKeon-White write in a Forrester blog, "Forrester's emerging tech spotlights have previously identified and characterized the various emerging technologies that are worth your time.

In order to help you figure out how to best consume them, Will McKeon-White and I did our best to help simplify this shifting landscape in our latest report, written as a downloadable PowerPoint file: 'Use The Cloud Platforms To Drive Your Tech-Driven Innovations.'

From this research, we came across three key takeaways:..."

Forrester, October 2nd, 2019
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IT News - Blockchain
5 Industries That Will Be Disrupted By Blockchain
Here are five major industries that will benefit from blockchain technology in the near future: financial services and banking, government, healthcare, energy, and transportation and logistics
"How much of an impact will blockchain have on business and society as a whole?" asks Bob Violino in InsiderPro

"At this point, no one really knows because the ledger model and its use are still relatively new and limited. But it's likely that blockchain technologies will affect a number of industries more than others - at least initially.

Blockchain has been defined as a 'single version of the truth' made possible by an immutable and secure time-stamped ledger. Multiple parties hold copies of the ledger, and blockchain has the potential to deliver trust to many facets of business while decreasing or eliminating fraud and counterfeiting..."

InsiderPro, October 3rd, 2019
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IT News - Operations
4 Reasons To Choose On-Premise vs. Cloud For Modern Workloads
The traditional reasons to choose on-premise vs. cloud aren't always a factor today. Here are some reasons to avoid the cloud based on current context
"We're more than a decade into the age of cloud computing, and there is no shortage of opinions out there telling you why you should move workloads to the cloud, if you haven't already," writes Christopher Tozzi in ITProToday.

"What's rarer is a measured discussion of why, in certain cases, you might choose not to move workloads to the cloud--or to 'repatriate' those that you have already migrated there. In this article I offer four reasons why a workload may be a better fit for on-premises infrastructure..."

ITProToday, September 30th, 2019
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The Best Ways To Determine How Much Bandwidth Your Data Center Needs
Estimating data center bandwidth is often a guessing game. Here are some proven approaches to making reality-based calculations
"As emerging technologies stretch data center bandwidth needs to the limit and beyond, enterprises are racing to deploy 100G and 400G technologies to keep pace with growing network user demands," notes John Edwards in Network Computing.

"Yet as managers strive to maintain essential network services, it's become all too easy - especially for small and medium-sized organizations - to get caught up in the hype and waste money on bandwidth they really don't need..."

Network Computing, October 4th, 2019
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IT News - Security
5 Disruptive Trends Transforming Cybersecurity
Everything about IT has changed, but our security measures are still built around how we used to design software and systems. Where does security need to catch up with digital transformation - and how?
Ericka Chickowski writes in Dark Reading, "With the C-suite laying the gauntlet down for digital transformation in the enterprise - tying swift software delivery and market-adaptable tech services directly into core value propositions - many IT departments are entering an enlightenment period. CIOs, chief digital officers, DevOps visionaries, and plenty of collaborative tech industry luminaries have spurred on drastic changes in the past few years in how software is delivered, how infrastructure is run, and what IT architecture looks like..."
Dark Reading, October 1st, 2019
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Common Pitfalls Of Security Monitoring
We need technology, but we can't forget the importance of humans working methodically to make it effective
"No matter how much we invest in defense and how many new solutions hit the market every year, we still face an onslaught of highly successful cyberattacks." notes Aaron Sierra in Dark Reading.

"Hackers are savvy and persistent, and our failure to keep pace is leading to a problem projected to eclipse $3 billion in losses, according to 2018 data..."

Dark Reading, October 3rd, 2019
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IT News - Database
The State Of Open Source Databases In 2019: Multiple Databases, Clouds, And Licenses
An extensive survey shows the attitude of the market towards open source databases, drivers and inhibitors to adoption
"Seventy percent of a $46 billion market is a lot," opines George Anadiotis in ZDNet. "This is the share of the overall database market open source databases are projected to hold, according to Gartner. An extensive survey done by Percona shows the attitude of the market towards open source databases.

The Open Source Data Management Software Survey was undertaken by Percona, a company offering services for open source databases, to capture usage patterns and opinions of the people who use open source databases. The survey, unveiled today at Percona's Open Source database conference in Amsterdam, included 836 of them from 85 countries, which means it's a good way to get insights..."

ZDNet, October 1st, 2019
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IT News - Cloud
Multi-Cloud Spending: 8 Tips To Lower Costs
Are you overspending with your multi-cloud strategy? IT leaders and multi-cloud experts share their best advice on how to optimize costs - and avoid unnecessary waste when using multiple cloud providers
"Companies are spending loads of money on cloud," notes Kevin Casey in The Enterprisers Project.

"But that doesn't mean this money will always be spent wisely. Research firm Gartner expects global spending on public cloud infrastructure (IaaS) alone to total $39.5 billion in 2019. Meanwhile, IDC predicts public cloud spending (including IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS) to approach $500 billion in 2023..."

The Enterprisers Project, October 2nd, 2019
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Top Six Emerging Technologies In Cloud Computing
These emerging technologies are changing not just cloud, but the larger world of enterprise computing - and sectors ranging from retail to media to pharmaceutical
"The advance of emerging technologies enabled by cloud computing has been dizzying over the last several years," opines James Maguire in Datamation.

"In some cases, these new technologies have been created by cloud companies specifically for the cloud; for instance, serverless. In other cases, a technology has advanced by its close relationship with the cloud; for instance, machine learning and artificial intelligence..."

Datamation, October 4th, 2019
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Multi-Cloud Security: 7 Issues To Watch
Using multiple cloud providers is not riskier than using one: Each arrangement has its pros and cons. Prioritize these security areas in the multi-cloud environment
"Many organizations grapple with security worries as they consider whether and how to take hybrid cloud deployments - running applications in the cloud and on-premises - to the next level," writes Mike Bursell in The Enterprisers Project.

"This is moving to multi-cloud deployments, where applications are deployed on not just one cloud provider (and optionally on-premises), but across multiple cloud providers. Although this multi-cloud model might seem to bring extra complexity, there are real benefits: These include the ability to control costs by scheduling workloads based on geography and time, reducing risk by having a more heterogeneous computing base, and avoiding lock-in to a particular vendor..."

The Enterprisers Project, October 1st, 2019
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7 Must-Have Steps For A Cloud Migration Checklist
Migrating an enterprise's data and applications to the cloud includes a laundry list of considerations. Review the steps you need to take to complete your migration
Nicholas Rando writes in SearchCloudComputing, "While on-premises data center technology isn't going away any time soon, cloud computing is an alternative with many appealing benefits, including scalability and agility. As a result, many enterprises migrate their applications and data to the cloud. But before your organization takes that leap, there are a few points to consider.

Moving enterprise data and applications outside the firewall and into the cloud is no small feat. To ensure everyone within an organization is on the same page, cloud migrations typically require an in-depth sales pitch that covers costs, tools, security, governance and talent, among other considerations.

Here are seven tasks that should be on your cloud migration checklist..."

SearchCloudComputing, October 4th, 2019
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IT News - Wireless
5G Explained: A Deep Dive Into The Features And Facts
As you evaluate the difference between 4G and 5G, you'll see the next-generation cellular standard seems pretty impressive. But goals and reality can be quite different
Michaela Goss writes in SearchNetworking, "Similar to Oz's mysterious wizard, many basic explanations of fifth-generation wireless -- or 5G -- fail to see the technology behind the curtain. Like all wizards and technologies, 5G has its own complications and disadvantages. The newest generation of cellular network technology lacks consistent deployment guidelines, differs greatly from its predecessors and is one of several disruptive technologies that currently dominate the networking industry.

This guide delves into the nitty-gritty details of 5G, explained in a comprehensive way that provides insight into the technology behind the metaphorical curtain. Learn more about 5G's history, 5G challenges and how other technologies -- such as edge computing and Wi-Fi 6 -- could play with 5G..."

SearchNetworking, October 2nd, 2019
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IT News - Careers
IT Careers: 12 Job Skills In Demand For 2020
Employers will likely be looking to fill these kinds of IT positions in the coming year, building out their teams' tech skills
"If you're a job seeker, the good news is that the IT employment market remains very hot," notes Cynthia Harvey in InformationWeek. "That said, some kinds of technical skills are in higher demand than others.

Key technology trends are pushing employers to hire workers with very particular types of experience. In its most recent IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index, Foote Partners noted, "It's difficult to find an employer that isn't struggling to come up with its own unique tech staffing model that balances three things: the urgencies of digital transformation and cybersecurity threats, combating ever-deepening security threats, and keeping increasingly complex systems and networks running smoothly and efficiently."

InformationWeek, October 1st, 2019
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What You Need To Know Before Hiring An Employee
Before you think about hiring an employee, you should develop a job description
Steven Imke writes in Business 2 Community, "This job description will be used when you post your job opening and will be an important document to measure potential candidates against. A job description is also one of the documents that are considered by the judge during a wrongful termination lawsuit.

Employee Handbook

As a business owner, disgruntled employees will be one of the most common headaches you will experience. A properly drafted employee handbook is something you should consider having in place to protect your business against potential lawsuits from employees..."

Business 2 Community, September 30th, 2019
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