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IT News - CxO
How American Express Uses Technology To Support 65K Workers, In Office Or Remote
Infrastructure teams can augment the end-to-end experience with data and analytics to anticipate and quickly navigate hiccups
Naomi Eide writes in CIODIVE, "Running infrastructure at a Fortune 100 firm is akin to managing an amusement park. Lights flash, rides whirl, and distractions emerge left and right. But the goal remains the same: keep operations running smoothly, delegate the fire-fighting and focus on the experience.

Now imagine the amusement park is spread across the globe..."

CIODIVE, June 12th, 2020
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CISOs Buying Into Unified Security Proposition
The time is right for all-in-one security solutions, according to a report
Alex Scroxton writes in ComputerWeekly, "Non-integrated point solutions make enterprise cyber security more challenging, thereby damaging confidence in security, making it harder to gain an accurate picture of what is going on, and wasting time managing multiple suppliers, according to a plurality of IT and security professionals..."
ComputerWeekly, June 11th, 2020
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Digital Transformation: 3 Signs You Need To Pivot
How do you know when your digital transformation strategy needs a shift to address market changes or new priorities? Consider these three examples
"Congratulations!" says Isaac Sacolick in The Enterprisers Project. "After much hype and debate on whether to invest in digital transformation, you've successfully aligned leaders on strategy and priorities. You spearheaded an agile transformation to connect people with goals and empower them with the promise of great experiences and robust solutions. And you embarked on a program to help your organization become more market-, customer-, and data-driven so that visions, priorities, and requirements adjust with evolving business conditions..."
The Enterprisers Project, June 10th, 2020
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3 Kinds Of Automation CIOs Should Prioritize In 2020
Three types of automation - CI/CD, workflow, and RPA - are poised to transform business processes and boost efficiencies. Consider these examples and related advice
Mark Runyon writes in The Enterprisers Project, 'Two years' worth of digital transformation in two months.'

"That's what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said during a recent earnings call, offering one reason the technology firm beat analysts' estimates.

COVID-19 has made digital transformation mandatory almost overnight as companies scramble to adjust to the new reality of remote work. One of the most promising areas of digital transformation lies in automation..."

The Enterprisers Project, June 11th, 2020
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IT News - Storage
Sony Gen3 Petasite Optical Disc Archive Technology With 165TB To 2.9PB Systems
The enterprise optical disc archive solution provides secure, immutable data preservation for a variety of applications
"5.5TB for ODC5500R media cartridges, with ODS-D380U Gen3 high-capacity USB desktop drive, ODS-D380F FC library drive, and PetaSite library family including ODS-L30M master unit, ODS-L60E drive and cartridge extension unit, and ODS-L100E cartridge-only extension unit...

The archival storage solution scales from 165TB to 2.9PB of immutable optical storage in a 42U rack. This launch follows the company's recently announced Gen3 high-capacity USB desktop drive units (ODS-D380U), FC library drive units (ODS-D380F) and 5.5TB media cartridges (ODC5500R)..." - Storage Newsletter

Storage Newsletter, June 11th, 2020
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Worldwide Enterprise External OEM Storage Systems Market Revenue Declined 8.2% During The First Quarter Of 2020, According To IDC
Dell Technologies was the largest external enterprise storage systems supplier during the quarter
"According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, global market revenue for enterprise external OEM storage systems declined 8.2% year over year to $6.5 billion during the first quarter of 2020 (1Q20). Total external OEM storage capacity shipped was up 3.0% year over year to 17.3 exabytes during the quarter. Revenue generated by the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) selling directly to hyperscale datacenters grew at 6.9% year over year to $4.9 billion in 1Q20, although capacity shipped decreased by 20.2% year over year to 54.8 exabytes. Total capacity shipments for the market (External OEM + ODM Direct + Server-Based Storage) declined 18.1% to 92.7 exabytes..."
IDC, June 9th, 2020
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Exclusive Interview With Datacore CEO Dave Zabrowski
Company extends product coverage with file, HCI and container solutions
"Dave Zabrowski is CEO of DataCore Software Corp. since 2018. Previously he co-founded Cloud Cruiser in 2010 and was CEO until its sale to HPE in 2017. Before that, he was CEO of Neterion from 2002 to 2009 and then the company got acquired by Exar Corporation early 2010. Between 1997 and 2002 he was VP ad GM at HPE. First, what does the Covid-19 crisis change for DataCore, its employees and business?

Zabrowski: Many aspects of our business and our customers' business have changed. We do business in all major IT markets globally and every single country's population and economy has been impacted. The depth of impact and rate of recovery has varied widely geographically (ex: Taiwan, China and Central Europe are getting back on their feet faster than USA) and within verticals (ex: essential healthcare and government increasing while travel, consumer and some manufacturing decreasing). Most importantly, all our employees are safe working from home and our customers' use has proceeded without interruption..."

Storage Newsletter, June 8th, 2020
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IT News - AI
5 Ways Artificial Intelligence (AI) Is Reshaping IT
How will AI change your IT organization? From the help desk to the front lines of data analysis, new tools, tactics, and relationships are emerging
Stephanie Overby writes in The Enterprisers Project, "As Gartner's most recent hype cycle report for artificial intelligence (AI) points out, AI ranks high on the CIO's agenda for the next five years as a source of potentially transformational business impact. However, for many IT organizations, AI is not just on the IT leader's radar as a business enabler: It's having fundamental impacts on the function itself - from automating some longstanding functions to demanding greater involvement and newer approaches from IT teams..."
The Enterprisers Project, June 10th, 2020
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AI Has A Big Data Problem. Here's How To Fix It
Supervised algorithms require lots of data, and often result in shaky predictions. Is it time for the next stage of AI?
Daphne Leprince-Ringuet writes in Zdnet, "Artificial intelligence has, quite literally, got a big data problem - and one that the COVID-19 crisis has now made impossible to ignore any longer.

For businesses, governments, and individuals alike, the global pandemic has effectively redefined "normal" life; but while most of us have now adjusted to the change, the same cannot be said of AI systems, which base their predictions on what the past used to look like..."

Zdnet, June 10th, 2020
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IDC Survey Finds Artificial Intelligence Adoption Being Driven By Improved Customer Experience, Greater Employee Efficiency, And Accelerated Innovation
A recent International Data Corporation (IDC) survey of more than 2,000 IT and line of business (LoB) decision makers confirms that adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) is growing worldwide
"Over a quarter of all AI initiatives are already in production and more than one third are in advanced development stages. And organizations are reporting an increase in their AI spending this year.

Delivering a better customer experience was identified as the leading driver for AI adoption by more than half the large companies surveyed. At the same time, a similar number of respondents indicated that AI's greatest impact is in helping employees to get better at their jobs. Whether it is an improved customer experience or better employee experience, there is a direct correlation between AI adoption and superior business outcomes..."

IDC, June 10th, 2020
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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Artificial Intelligence?
The pros and cons of artificial intelligence are important to consider as the technology grows. Here's what to know about it
"Artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic these days, but it's not a perfect technology," notes Kayla Matthews in SmartDataCollective.

"AI is like almost anything else in that it has both advantages and downsides. What are the pros and cons of artificial intelligence? Here's what people bring up most often..."

SmartDataCollective, June 8th, 2020
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IT News - Technology
14 Technology Winners And Losers, Post-COVID-19
The coronavirus crisis has shaken up business as usual, with some IT strategies and tools rising to the occasion and others in line for a rethink or tough recovery post-pandemic
"As opposed to, say, the travel or restaurant industries, the tech sector has weathered the most disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic relatively well," writes Peter Wayner in CIO.

"But that doesn't mean that business has gone smoothly as if nothing happened - or that trends haven't accelerated or been disrupted by the crisis.

While it's a bit early to know whether shifts in usage and IT tactics will remain permanent, some corners of the computing business have clearly seen a boost, while others have fallen in use, suffered setbacks in the wake of lockdowns, or been called into question for the months ahead, even when workers return to the office..."

CIO, June 10th, 2020
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Top 10 Emerging Technologies Of 2020: Winners And Losers
Artificial intelligence and 5G will drive the technology revolution, according to CompTIA
Teena Maddox writes in TechRepublic, "Technology solutions built around artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G offer the most immediate opportunities for tech firms to generate new business and revenue, according to CompTIA's third annual Top 10 Emerging Technologies report released on Wednesday.

Each year, the Emerging Technology Community of CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the global technology industry, releases its list of the top emerging technologies..."

TechRepublic, June 10th, 2020
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IT News - Operations
The Definitive Guide To Enterprise IT Monitoring
This comprehensive IT monitoring guide examines strategies to track systems, from servers to software UIs, and how to choose tools for every monitoring need
"George Harrison once sang, paraphrasing the Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland: "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." That very same lack of insight has plagued IT organizations since the earliest days of computing, leading to inefficiency and wasted capital, nagging performance problems and perplexing availability issues that can be costly and time-consuming to resolve..." - Stephen J. Bigelow, SearchITOperations
SearchITOperations, June 11th, 2020
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How To Shift End-Of-Life It Hardware From Landfill To Secure Re-Use
What enterprises need to consider as they evaluate their corporate sustainability policies
"For a long time, large enterprises have depended on a planned obsolescence policy to deal with IT assets that have reached end-of-life. Unfortunately, this 'buy-dump-buy' mindset is partly responsible for fueling a massive increase in global e-waste.

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), approximately 50% of today's e-waste is made up of computers, screens, smartphones, tablets, TVs and other devices. The WEF estimates that by 2050, the amount of e-waste could double to 100 million tons..." - eWeek

eWeek, June 9th, 2020
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IT News - Security
How To Build An Effective IAM Architecture
Identity and access management is changing and so must strategies for managing it. Read up on IAM architecture approaches and how to select the best for your organization
"Things can sometimes be so foundational that they become difficult to see clearly -- or even invisible," writes Ed Moyle in SearchSecurity.

"Imagine a typical office environment, for example -- what do you see? There are likely chairs, desks, telephones and filing cabinets. These things are so foundational to what an office is that we don't usually stop to think about the fact that they're there..."

SearchSecurity, June 8th, 2020
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A 10-Point Plan To Vet SaaS Provider Security
Using a software-as-a-service provider means giving up some control over security, so close vetting of SaaS security during vendor evaluation is critical
"For a growing number of enterprises, software-as-a-service (SaaS) has become the primary means of accessing vital business applications," writes Bob Violino in CSO Online.

"The strategy makes sense from a business standpoint because of the potential benefits: cost savings, increased agility and easier scalability to name a few.

Any cloud-based offering comes with security risks, however. How can an organization know for sure if its SaaS providers' security provisions are up to its own standards?..."

CSO Online, June 8th, 2020
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Five Signs A Virtual CISCO Makes Sense For Your Organization
As today's threat landscape continues to feature more sophisticated, well-funded, highly organized and increasingly complex cyber adversaries, defense and remediation strategies have become much more challenging
"Protecting an enterprise and preparing for current and future threats requires a great deal of expertise, planning and timely and targeted actions," opines Ken Jenkins in HelpNet Security.

"Regardless of company size or industry, nearly every organization benefits from having a CISO who can establish comprehensive, risk-based security strategies and processes that protect critical data and systems while keeping business moving forward..."

HelpNet Security, June 8th, 2020
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IT News - Database
Misconfigured Databases Targeted Hours After Deployment
Researchers left a poorly configured database open on the Internet to learn who would connect to it and what they would steal
Kelly Sheridan writes in Dark Reading, "Misconfigured databases are subject to attack hours after they appear online, Comparitech researchers report. The team sought to learn more about how attackers target poorly secured cloud databases, which continue to pose a security risk to organizations around the world.

Cloud configuration mistakes, which occur when cloud-related systems or assets aren't properly configured, can grant attackers access to troves of corporate data. In the past few years, several businesses have accidentally left these databases open to the Internet, sometimes exposing up to billions of records. Unsecured and misconfigured servers can leak sensitive user data, which unauthorized third parties can often access or modify without authentication or authorization..."

Dark Reading, June 10th, 2020
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Eliminating MySQL Split-Brain In Multi-Cloud Databases
These days databases spanning across multiple clouds are quite common
Krzysztof Ksiazek writes in several nines, "They promise high availability and possibility to easily implement disaster recovery procedures. They are also a method to avoid vendor lock-in: if you design your database environment so it can operate across multiple cloud providers, most likely you are not tied to features and implementations specific to one particular provider. This makes it easier for you to add another infrastructure provider to your environment, be it another cloud or on-prem setup. Such flexibility is very important given there is fierce competition between cloud providers and migrating from one to another might be quite feasible if it would be backed by reducing expenses..."
several nines, June 8th, 2020
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IT News - Linux
3 Points Where Linux Could Have Played Out Differently
Let's examine three key points in the historical timeline of Linux, what might have been, and what we can learn from each
"Given different events or individual actions, could Linux and open source more broadly have failed to become the engine for collaboration and innovation that it is today," asks Gordon Haff in The Enterprisers Project.

"Perhaps you believe that great economic and technological forces make it difficult for individuals or chance events to radically alter how events play out. The integrated circuit, Moore's Law, the internet, the sharing of software especially in academic settings, and other broad trends trump any single action in this view. Even if an open source operating system called 'Linux' did not exist today, something much like it would..."

The Enterprisers Project, June 12th, 2020
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IT News - DevOps
Cloud And Devops: CI/CD And Market Analysis
Companies today are under heavy pressure to deliver software faster and with more quality than their competitors
"A set of good features and their reach to customers can increase only when the company releases software updates frequently," writes Pavan Belagatti in

"As a result, organizations are embracing DevOps and CI/CD approaches to improve their ability to plan, build, test and release applications and features to market quickly with quality and at scale. IDC predicts the worldwide DevOps software market will reach $8 billion by 2022, up from $3.9 billion in 2017...", June 9th, 2020
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DevOps For Beginners: Where To Start Learning And Focusing
Where to start with DevOps? Let's explore how to get going with this cross-functional way of working that breaks down walls, improves speed of delivery, and increases experimentation
"If you're beginning to learn more about DevOps, you may be confused about where to start," writes Tim Beattie in The Enterprisers Project.

"First, DevOps is a bit of a buzzword. Throughout the 2010's, Agile was one of tech's biggest buzzwords: It is still often used incorrectly, to describe purely delivering software faster. Agile is, in fact, focused more around delivering business value earlier to users - and more frequently thereafter. Even though Agile is now officially grown up (it had its 18th birthday in February 2019), we still love to use the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto (created in 2001) as the basis for subsequent technology approaches and philosophies..."

The Enterprisers Project, June 11th, 2020
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IT News - Cloud
How Does COVID-19 Impact Cloud Adoption?
99% of IT professionals worldwide indicated an impact on their business today related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a MariaDB survey reveals
"The situation only slightly improves looking ahead to 2021, with 84% expecting a continued impact. And 74% of respondents expect a second wave of COVID-19 impact, with 51% planning to move more applications to the cloud to prepare for it...

Cloud adoption accelerating for some, slowing for others The impact on businesses' cloud adoption plans - with 40% currently accelerating their move to the cloud - has led to increases across a range of related decisions as companies prepare for future COVID-related shutdowns. When asked to select all that apply, the top choices on this topic were..." - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, June 8th, 2020
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3 Big SaaS Challenges For IT
As enterprises continue the inexorable move from on-premises to cloud applications, make sure your organization meets these three challenges head-on
Bob Violino writes in ComputerWorld, "The software-as-a-service model of application delivery has become so commonplace that for many organizations it's no longer a question of whether to deploy SaaS but rather to what extent it should dominate the corporate software landscape.

The potential benefits of SaaS are well known: cost savings, greater agility, easier scalability, and so on. 'The ease and speed of deployment, and the innovative features included with SaaS, help businesses accelerate their digital transformations,' says Frank Della Rosa, research director for SaaS and cloud software at IDC..."

ComputerWorld, June 8th, 2020
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