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IT News - CxO
5 Hot Infrastructure And Operations Trends - And 4 Going Cold
When it comes to infrastructure and production systems, stability is king. And yet change persists, as organizations seek greater security and faster speeds - without sacrificing reliability
"The IT world is one of flux," notes Peter Wayner in CIO. "New tools and strategies arise continually to challenge the status quo. Sometimes a clear winner leaves vanquished approaches to the dustbin of computing history. Other times, change is more like a pendulum that swings one way before swinging back.

Infrastructure and developer operations see their share of change, but on a bit more tempered pace than in other tech domains. The teams responsible for curating the code and keeping systems running smoothly are naturally careful. Experimentation and change for the sake of change is for the high-strung innovators down in the skunkworks. When the company depends on everything running smoothly, keeping infrastructure and operations stable is more important..."

CIO, January 22nd, 2020
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7 Steps To Build A Culture Of Speed In IT
A culture of speed doesn't mean working your teams to the bone. It means finding tools to enable speed to make their lives easier - which will extend to improved customer experience
"Technology, no matter where it is leveraged, heightens our expectations, and then is used to surpass them again and again," writes Eric Clark in The Enterprisers Project. "It's a dichotomous concept that both drives constant innovation and exploration of new ideas, but also places ever-increasing pressure on companies to get to market faster than their competitors.

What innovation and disruption really boils down to, though, is a 'need for speed,' both in regard to staying ahead in the race to remain relevant and delivering speedy solutions to your customers. It's all about using the right data, the best tools, and creating a great user experience and doing all that faster than your competition..."

The Enterprisers Project, January 23rd, 2020
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7 Top Challenges For Chief Information Security Officers In 2020
The years come and go, but one thing seems to stay the same for CISOs: Attackers are always growing smarter, more creative and more aggressive, and environments are always growing more complex
"Put those two things together, and you begin to understand the scope of the challenge facing today's security teams," notes Boaz Gorodissky in Information Management.

"To help you better meet the most pressing security challenges of 2020, let's take a closer look at seven predictions for the coming year..."

Information Management, January 21st, 2020
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The Evolving Role Of The CIO And CMO In Customer Experience
The CIO and CMO must work more closely together and co-govern key resources today in new ways to address an often outdated and/or too inadequate approach to digital customer experience within most organizations
"Most organizations continue to struggle with the complexities and rapidly shifting requirements for delivering an effective, or even average, digital customer experience," writes Dion Hinchcliffe in ZDNet.

"The two top-level executives most responsible for this, the CIO and CMO, still have their work cut out to close ranks further and sustainably deliver on what has become the most defining aspect of business today.

Once a fairly straightforward affair involving a Web site, social media presence, and a mobile app or two, the reality of customer expectations of how companies should engage with them today today has skyrocketed..."

ZDNet, January 22nd, 2020
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IT News - MFA
Using Push Notifications For MFA
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is now one of the core methods for securing user access to IT resources
Zach DeMeyer writes in Security Boulevard, "Many organizations are evaluating their options for adopting MFA policies. One such option is push notification-based MFA, but what benefits does it offer over other options?

For starters, let's first talk about MFA in general, as well as several of the MFA options available.

What is MFA?

Multi-factor authentication (also called two-factor authentication or 2FA) is the practice of requiring an additional factor beyond the standard username/password combination requested at most logins. Oftentimes, these factors are colloquially known as 'something you know, something you have, and something you are'..."

Security Boulevard, January 22nd, 2020
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Cybersecurity Trends
Here are five key trends across the cybersecurity landscape for 2020, forecast by the Dublin-based Cybersecurity and Information Resilience arm of British Standards (BSI)
"Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Attacks

A report by LastPass has highlighted that 57 per cent of global businesses are using MFA, compared to 45 per cent in 2018. While this indicates a strong uptake of MFA in 2019, which is set to increase in 2020, it will mean that attacks against MFA will inevitably rise also..." - Professional Security

Professional Security, January 20th, 2020
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IT News - Storage
HDD vs. SSD storage in the Age of Flash
HDDs continue to play a key role in the data center, even as SSD capacities increase and prices fall. See how HDDs and SSDs stack up in terms of price, capacity and use cases
Kurt Marko writes in SearchStorage, "Calling the HDD market mature is as understated as describing Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos as "well off." The storage industry has been in the latter stages of a long-term transition from magnetic to solid-state storage, with shipments of HDDs peaking a decade ago. However, HDD vs. SSD storage unit sales don't tell the whole story, because overall bytes shipped have continued an upward march during this same time period.

Nevertheless, as SSD capacities have increased and prices declined, demand has shifted from HDD to SSD storage with I/O-intensive enterprise workloads, such as databases, the first to transition and client devices following as users shifted to laptops and tablets. The trend accelerates with every generation of SSD technology, with recent estimates showing only about 20% of enterprise HDD shipments going to mission-critical applications..."

SearchStorage, January 23rd, 2020
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The Data Storage Industry's 5 Hottest Trends In 2020
Data is proliferating at an unprecedented pace. The 41ZB of data generated in 2019 will be dwarfed by the 175ZB created by the year 2025
Jason M. Feist writes in Information Management, "The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, 5G and the rise of the edge have been catalysts for the growth of not only data - but also the growth of opportunities to derive new data-driven business value.

Suffice it to say that the data storage industry has been very busy. Here are the five trends that will dominate in 2020..."

Information Management, January 21st, 2020
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End Of Optical Media?
"Very much alive. And improving all the time," answers Verbatim
"Optical media is very much alive and thriving. It is entirely complementary to cloud, SSD and HDD storage because it has advantages that they don't.

That's not to say they don't have their place; they most certainly do; immediacy of access and potentially massive capacity being the two most obvious. They also have weaknesses which we'll discover as we examine optical media usage..." - Storage Newsletter

Storage Newsletter, January 21st, 2020
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IT News - AI
Top 10 Languages For Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning
Here are the 10 most important programming languages for machine learning and artificial intelligence. -- IT Pro Today
"With the growing popularity of data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence has come a growing demand for developers with the skills needed to fill roles focused on those fields.

One sign of that demand is the booming number of users of GitHub, which is owned by Microsoft, over the past year..." - InformationWeek

InformationWeek, January 23rd, 2020
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Artificial Intelligence Works Its Way Into Supply Chains
AI 'takes over the heavy lifting traditionally done by humans. It delivers deep analysis down to the SKU level, not practical with a manual approach.'
"Adding artificial intelligence to supply chains is delivering tangible benefits for companies putting it in place. Recent research out of McKinsey finds 61% of executives report decreased costs and 53% report increased revenues as a direct result of introducing artificial intelligence into their supply chains," writes Joe McKendrick in ZDNet.

"More than one-third report a revenue bounce exceeding five percent. Areas generating revenue in supply chain management include sales and demand, forecasting, spend analytics, and logistics network optimization..."

ZDNet, January 24th, 2020
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IT News - Technology
Top Technologies That CIOs And CTOs Should Consider In 2020
We take a look into which technologies should be top of the list of priorities for CIOs and CTOs over the course of 2020
"Technologies within any industry never stay the same for very long. Everything from the strategies you use to the tools organisation CIOs and CTOs deploy evolve quickly," writes Aaron Hurst in Information Age.

"There are new developments constantly being made, and as a tech executive, it's a big part of your job to stay on top of them, otherwise, you may be hindering your team's workflow, productivity, and letting competitors speed by. Keeping up to date on what technologies to use in your company will improve performance and lend you a competitive advantage..."

Information Age, January 23rd, 2020
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IT News - BI
10 Data And Analytics Trends To Watch In 2020
A new decade offers a natural inflection point around business transformation - transformation that is increasingly being fueled by informed, real-time business decisions
"As brands face a 2020 reality check and use this year to hone their next-decade strategy, investments in emerging and evolving trends and technologies are giving many organizations a competitive edge," writes Tricia Morris in Business 2 Community.

"Here are 10 to watch in 2020:

1: Deep Learning Delivers a Competitive Advantage

In 10 Enterprise Analytics Trends to Watch in 2020, Frank Bernhard, author of the upcoming book SHAPE - Digital Strategy by Data & Analytics, notes that in 2020, deep learning should no longer be considered a buzzword, but a 'tempest disruptor in how companies will perform with intelligence against their competitors.' Enabling largely unsupervised learning against unstructured data to return hidden signals, deep learning will free up the time of in-demand data scientists to connect insights to action. ..."

Business 2 Community, January 22nd, 2020
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IT News - Operations
Gartner: Over Two-Thirds Of Management Tasks Will Be Automated
Watch out pen-pushers - by 2024, many management tasks will be automated using artificial intelligence
Cliff Saran writes in ComputerWeekly, "More than two-thirds of the work currently done by managers will be automated, says analyst Gartner.

It has predicted that, by 2024, 69% of routine work currently done by managers will be performed by automation and artificial intelligence (AI)..."

ComputerWeekly, January 23rd, 2020
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The Data Center Of The Future
The Data Center of The Future
"As 5G-fueled hyperconnectivity expands enterprise networks and moves data processing to the edge, technology leaders and engineers must reimagine the data center to stay in the race. But are businesses ready to transform?

Forbes Insights surveyed executives and data engineers across a range of industries for answers. Their perspectives highlight pressing issues facing organizations aiming to evolve:..." - Forbes

Forbes, January 21st, 2020
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IT News - Database
5 Cloud Database Comparison Tips To Guide Your Data Strategy
Catch up on these tips that compare the strengths, weakness and available integrations of popular public cloud database and analytics services from AWS, Microsoft and Google.
Sarah Neenan writes in SearchCloudComputing, "Organizations host vast amounts of data in the cloud, compiled in a variety of data types and structures. The database and analytics services that handle this data are central pieces of an organization's cloud strategy, which is why enterprises must ensure their chosen services meets their structure, availability and security requirements.

Google, Microsoft and AWS offer an extensive range of database and analytics services tailored to different needs. But with the overwhelming amount of choices, it can be a challenge to know which database or analytics service fits your specific requirements..."

SearchCloudComputing, January 20th, 2020
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IT News - FOSS
Announcing The 2020 Opensource.Com Community Awards Winners
Thank you to all of our community members
"Every year, awards people from our community who have excelled in contributing and sharing stories with our community of authors and readers," reports Matthew Broberg in

"These stories reflect how we use open source in our everyday lives, how it helps us build a better future with open technology, and how openness is changing the world. All authors in these lists are officially the People's Choice Award winners for 2020...", January 20th, 2020
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IT News - HPC
Liquid Cooling Trends In HPC
In this special guest feature, Bob Fletcher from Verne Global reflects on how liquid cooling technologies on display at SC19 represent more than just a wave
"Perhaps it is because I returned from my last business trip of 2019 to a flooded house, but more likely it's all the wicked cool water-cooled equipment that I encountered at SC19 that I'm in a watery mood!" writes Bob Fletcher in insideHPC.

"Many of the hardware vendors at SC19 were pushing their exascale-ready devices and about 15% of the devices on a typical computer manufacturer's booth were water-cooled. Adding rack-level water cooling is theoretically straight forward, so I spent a few minutes checking out the various options..."

insideHPC, January 24th, 2020
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IT News - DevOps
Trends And Benefits Of Serverless Computing
Gartner estimated that by 2020, 20% of the world's organizations will have gone serverless
"Serverless computing initiates a mind shift in the way businesses are run and improves the accuracy and impact of technology services," notes Subramonian in

"Leading to higher functionality, reduced AWS bills, increased delivery speed and multi-cloud support, serverless computing paves the way into the future...", January 21st, 2020
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IT News - Cloud
5 Cloud Trends To Watch In 2020
How will the cloud model evolve this year? Let's look at hybrid strategy, a new focus on automation and metrics, and other key cloud landscape and usage trends
"Here's a trend that you don't need an expert to explain," offers Kevin Casey in The Enterprisers Project, "Cloud computing continues to grow (and grow and grow, in categories including cloud-native and multi-cloud). It doesn't require a lot of intellectual wrangling or debate to declare cloud usage is now an IT standard.

We dug a little deeper, however, tapping a range of IT and cloud leaders for some more specific trends that they expect to unfold in 2020. As it turns out, there's plenty for IT leaders and their teams to pay attention to beyond the obvious. Here are five key cloud trends to watch with the new year underway:..."

The Enterprisers Project, January 20th, 2020
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5 Tips To Drive Edge Computing Storage Success
Ready to boost your edge computing environment's storage? Find out some best practices to follow, including how to integrate with multi-cloud environments and NVMe-oF
"Storage at the edge used to be about ensuring remote offices and transient staff had adequate ways to capture and retain the data they generated," writes Stacey Peterson in SearchStorage.

"Today, IoT devices have changed all that, generating huge amounts of data while often having limited connectivity. Getting that data to centralized storage can be a slow and overwhelming process.

Enter edge computing and storage, where processing and storing data happens close to where the data is generated..."

SearchStorage, January 21st, 2020
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Which Cloud Strategy Is Right For Your Business In 2020?
James Read, EMEA principal solution architect, Cloud and Service Providers, at Red Hat, discusses which cloud strategy is right for your business in 2020
"While most organisations are certain that the cloud has a vital role to play in the future of business, the various strategies - from a public or private cloud first approach to the hybrid or multi-cloud routes - can be confusing to some."

James Read writes in Information Age, "At Red Hat, we're constantly receiving useful industry insights from our customers when speaking to them about their current priorities and issues. Our recent Global Customer Tech Outlook study revealed that many organisations don't know what cloud strategy to put in place, with 17% stating that this was something they were still working on. A further 12% had not yet developed any plans at all for their cloud strategy in 2020.

So what do organisations unsure of their cloud strategy in 2020 need to know?..."

Information Age, January 23rd, 2020
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Investing At The Intersection Of Cloud Infrastructure And Cybersecurity
Although many companies continue to execute respectively within cloud infrastructure and security, some have decided to marry the two broader markets
Kareem Aly writes in Network Computing, "Innovation precedes security. We witnessed it with automobiles, which were introduced long before seatbelts. We witnessed it with the Internet, as credit card theft has inexorably run rampant ahead of encryption and 2FA (two-factor authentication) techniques. One Elon Musk might even argue that we will see it unfold yet again with the continued development of AI, or artificial intelligence:..."
Network Computing, January 22nd, 2020
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IT News - Networks
SD-WAN Explained: The Ultimate Guide To SD-WAN Architecture
Evaluating SD-WAN architecture can be confusing, especially as the market grows. This guide helps IT pros learn SD-WAN basics, choose the best product and deploy it with confidence
"The software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) is a quickly maturing technology widely adopted by enterprises and organizations as a cost-effective way to connect branch offices to their own data centers and to SaaS and other cloud-based applications," writes Sandra Gittlen in SearchNetworking.

"This guide to SD-WAN links you to articles that will walk you through all things SD-WAN. The collection explains the basics of SD-WAN technology, how it works, buying options, planning for implementation, best practices and troubleshooting advice. This guide also offers insight into how SD-WAN architecture will evolve over the next few years..."

SearchNetworking, January 22nd, 2020
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IT News - Developer
5 Practices That Help With Agile Software Development
Often we work harder in Scrum teams, but not necessarily smarter. Therefore the way we work has to change. Five tips for more effective agile work
Peter Gfader writes in Business 2 Community, "As a technical Scrum Master and technical Agile Coach, I travel a lot with teams and accompany them on their adventures. The adventure consists of regular deliveries of valuable software for effective product development.

Regular delivery is the thought that comes from the DevOps Movement (Are we building fast enough?) and effective finding the right product is the value-driven thought (Are we building the right thing?). Where the right product means that the product improves the end user's world. That means the user can work faster, do a task differently or do something that was not possible before (one could almost think of innovation)...."

Business 2 Community, January 21st, 2020
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What 2020 Brings For The Developer, And More Industry Trends
A weekly look at open source community and industry trends
Tim Hildred writes in, "As part of my role as a senior product marketing manager at an enterprise software company with an open source development model, I publish a regular update about open source community, market, and industry trends for product marketers, managers, and other influencers. Here are five of my and their favorite articles from that update...", January 25th, 2020
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