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IT News - CxO
7 Mindsets Of The Most Effective IT Leaders
The Enterprisers Project, April 11th, 2019
"It's more important to be effective than correct: One of seven mindsets that have fueled my leadership career - and might fuel yours," writes Robert Walden in The Enterprisers Project.

"Developing great leaders is about showing them better ways to think. This helps them to operate more quickly, with more eloquence, and with more confidence, which ultimately makes them more effective and successful.

I've been fortunate to have great mentors throughout my career who did this with me, and along the way I've developed my own leadership principles that I impart onto others..."

10 Things CIOs Must Absolutely Know About Their Software
CIO, April 9th, 2019
"With the right kind of software intelligence, CIOs can keep risk low while modernizing systems for future success," notes Frederic Veron in CIO.

"Software is becoming more and more complex, and as a result, it's become increasingly difficult to have a true, real-time grasp of what's actually in software portfolios. From undocumented features, to unknown security vulnerabilities to code libraries used, CIOs and their teams are making big decisions in the dark every day. And, unintentionally of course, this lack of informed decision making puts the organization at great risk..."

How To Be An Edgy CIO
CIO, April 12th, 2019
"What leaders need to know about how edge computing is shaping the future of business," Ryan Fay in CIO.

"Edge computing is not new, but its applications for business have rapidly evolved over the past decade. I initially implemented an edge solution for ACI Specialty Benefits back in 2010 because we were collecting petabytes of wearable and biometric data. The delivery, processing, and storage of this data became too expensive and latent to ship and translate into usable real-time analytics. With the need to reduce network latency, bandwidth requirements and cost, it made sense to process this data closer, or at the edge, of our wide area network (WAN)..."

5 Digital Transformation Archetypes: Which One Are You?
The Enterprisers Project, April 12th, 2019
"Is your organization an ad hoc digital transformer or a cloud-first transformer?" asks Stephanie Overby in The Enterprisers Project.

"You'll find challenges common to each of five archetypes, research says...

While nearly every IT organization on the planet is engaged in some form of digital transformation, not everyone has the same appetite for disruption. Several years into these digital transformation efforts, however, some key archetypes are emerging..."

IT News - CRM
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Vs Salesforce: 2019 CRM Comparison
ITBusinessEdge, April 8th, 2019
"Salesforce has spent the last 20 years building a $13 billion company, largely on the back of a CRM application delivered as a cloud service," observes Mike Vizard in ITBusinessEdge.

"In its most recent financial guidance, Salesforce forecasts it expects to achieve $16 billion in revenue next year, and within the next four years will be able to generate annual revenues in the range of $26 to $28 billion.

Given the overall expansion of the Salesforce offerings, it's not clear how much of that growth will be specifically driven by CRM. But International Data Corp. (IDC) estimates that Salesforce has a 20 percent share of a CRM market that continues to be the fastest growing sector of the enterprise IT market..."

IT News - AI
The Surprise AI Trend That's Directly Impacting Bottom Lines
VentureBeat, April 12th, 2019
"We've been keeping tabs on the automation trend, from the 'robots-are-stealing jobs' story to the rise in interest in robotic process automation (RPA), which, in a surprise upset, is becoming one of the biggest AI and tech trends across industries. (Honestly, we thought it was going to be the John Legend thing.)

RPA has been around for a while. Traditionally, it's referred to automating discrete tasks, such as book-keeping, data entry, inventory management, invoice and contract management, IT services like software deployment, and so on. But now AI is being infused, allowing not only automation but intelligent decision-making on top, thus the new moniker: 'Intelligent' RPA..." - VentureBeat

Nine Companies Are Shaping The Future Of Artificial Intelligence
Forbes, April 10th, 2019
"Artificial intelligence efforts lack long-term vision, and it may be a structural problem," warns Joe McKendrick in Forbes.

"Worse yet, the direction of AI -- and future of corporate decision-making -- is now concentrated in a relatively small handful of global companies.

That's the word from author and futurist Amy Webb, who recently shared her concerns with Michael Krigsman, host of CxOTalk. Webb, a professor of strategic foresight at NYU and founder of the Future Today Institute, says AI is being shaped by nine companies, all in the US or China: Alibaba, Amazon, Apple, Baidu, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Tencent. Webb documented the hold these organizations have on AI and other technologies in her recent book, 'The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity'..."

Why AI And Edge Computing Is Capturing So Much Attention
VentureBeat, April 10th, 2019
"What we've known for a while is that edge computing - sometimes called IoT - will be everywhere, and part of most corporate strategies. Mobile phones and other smart devices and sensors have transformed industries, from top to bottom.

But the emergence of AI has been surprising in its power to accelerate what is happening on the edge. Machine learning and deep learning have combined with increased computing power to make edge devices extraordinarily smart - and getting smarter all the time..." - VentureBeat

Things Made Possible By The Machine Learning Revolution
insideBIGDATA, April 10th, 2019
"One of the hottest areas of technology today, machine learning promises to have a profound impact on our world and the way we live. Perhaps most exciting is the fact that we have reached the point where it is much more than just hype, as evidenced by the massive amount of investment from the corporate world in talent and resources dedicated to this space.

Usually described as a subset of artificial intelligence, machine learning involves computers using large amounts of data to teach themselves and improve their performance of certain tasks. Already, we are seeing machine learning applied in a variety of areas, from transportation to healthcare, retail and cybersecurity, among others..." - insideBIGDATA

Video: New AI Hardware And Trends
inside HPC, April 8th, 2019
Rich Brueckner writes in inside HPC, "In this video from the HPC User Forum, Alex Norton from Hyperion Research presents: New AI Hardware and Trends.

"This presentation will highlight some of the trends in emerging technologies associated with the AI ecosystem.

  • Much of the information in this presentation is broad trends of the overall market in terms of the emerging technology trends.

  • There will also be a few highlights of interesting technologies being produced and incorporated into the ecosystem


IT News - Technology
Berkeley Engineers Build World's Fastest Optical Switch Arrays
inside HPC, April 12th, 2019
"Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley have built a new photonic switch that can control the direction of light passing through optical fibers faster and more efficiently than ever. This optical 'traffic cop' could one day revolutionize how information travels through data centers and high-performance supercomputers that are used for artificial intelligence and other data-intensive applications..." - inside HPC

IT News - Bitcoin
Responding To The Motley Fool's Anti-Bitcoin Article
NEWSBTC, April 8th, 2019
"Mainstream media bashes bitcoin when it falls vigorously. And it bashes bitcoin when it rises powerfully. It even bashes bitcoin when the coin goes stable. In the end, they bash," writes Davit Babayan in NEWSBTC.

"The latest bitcoin price jump gave the mainstream media plenty of room to discredit the asset's inorganic market moves. Joining the bash club latest was The Motley Fool. The US media firm on Sunday published an article - or more sort of a 500-word question, titled 'Is Bitcoin just a big April Fool joke?'.

Author Alan Oscroft questioned the reason behind bitcoin's April 2 spike, in which the asset attracted about $12 billion worth of fiat money in just an hour..."

IT News - Blockchain
How Blockchain Is Poised To Completely Revolutionize The $750B Branded Currency Arena
Forbes, April 10th, 2019
"Currency and how it is transacted is obviously experiencing major disruption," notes Lauren deLisa Coleman in Forbes. "Yet the hidden world of what is known as branded currency, that is, loyalty points, rewards programs and gifts card, is about to experience a major shake-up that will impact a number of businesses.

Often overlooked, this behemoth of an industry is true area-to-watch given that it expected to reach $ 750.31 billion dollars in revenue by 2026, with 10.1% CAGR during the forecast period from 2018 to 2026. Given the stakes, savvy players in the space want to ensure that they know where the next opportunities and challenges lie in order to be able to capture as much of that growth as possible..."

IT News - ERP
7 Open Source ERP Systems That Are Actually Good
FOSS Post, April 8th, 2019
Simon James writes in FOSS Post, "ERP is an abbreviation for 'Enterprise resource planning'. ERP systems are used in small, medium and large businesses to do the work that the company needs from day to day. You can think of it as the software responsible for managing the companies activities...

As usual, there are proprietary closed-source ERP systems that cost a lot, and there are open source ERP systems that can be used alternatively. Which one to use depends on your own scenario; You organization's size, number of staff, the type of modules and features you need and other similar criteria..."

Moving ERP To The Cloud In Seven Simple Steps
InformationWeek, April 10th, 2019
"Transferring an entire ERP to the cloud is a massive and challenging task. Here's how to make the job easier and less risky," writes John Edwards in InformationWeek.

"As ERP providers shift their focus to cloud-based Software as a Service models, a growing number of enterprises are evaluating their current ERP solutions and wondering if now is the right time to transition from traditional on-premise solutions to the cloud..."

Should You Buy SaaS ERP Or Best-Of-Breed Enterprise Software?
ComputerWeekly, April 9th, 2019
"The major ERP providers are pushing their customers to their cloud offerings. It makes sense, but there are plenty of SaaS alternatives," notes Cliff Saran in ComputerWeekly.

"Leading enterprise resource planning (ERP) firms are fleshing out their software-as-a-service (SaaS) portfolios and even acquiring pieces of technology to build out a more complete offering. Their strategy is clear - to lure customers into buying everything from a single supplier..."

IT News - Humor
ComputerWorld, April 12th, 2019
"It's big iron days at a military base, recalls pilot fish who was there, and a new, bigger and faster mainframe computer is installed in a somewhat temporary computer center.

Installation goes great and everything checks out OK.

Until a day later, when the new mainframe dies. Shortly after, it is brought up and it runs fine again.

Until the next day, when it dies once again. Engineers are on site and check things out. All diagnostics run with no errors; the system is good.

Until the next day ... same thing..." - ComputerWorld

IT News - Security
5 Cybersecurity Myths Banks Should Stop Believing
Forbes, April 8th, 2019
In his 2019 letter to shareholders, JPMorgan Chase's CEO Jamie Dimon wrote: " The threat of cyber security may very well be the biggest threat to the U.S. financial system."

This isn't news to bankers. In Cornerstone Advisors' annual What's Going On in Banking study, cybersecurity has been a top concern of C-level bank and credit union execs for the past few years..." - Forbes

IT News - Server
This Server Was Online For Under A Minute Before Hackers Were Trying To Crack It
ZDNet, April 9th, 2019
Danny Palmer notes in ZDNet, "New report demonstrates how prolific cyber attackers are - and the dangers of default login credentials...

It can only take seconds before cyber criminals start attempting to hack into newly connected cloud devices and services, as attackers relentlessly pursue new avenues to exploit for malicious purposes.

Researchers at security company Sophos set up honeypots in ten of the most popular AWS data centre locations around the world -- California, Ohio, Sao Paulo, Ireland, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney -- and connected them to the internet with common configuration errors, such as using default credentials or insecure passwords..."

2019 Year of PCIe 4.0, PCIe 5.0 to Come, April 12th, 2019
"Computer systems are about to get a whole lot faster. For almost two decades PCIe has been the data interconnect standard knitting together CPU, storage, networking, IO and GPUs in PCs to HPC systems. In that timeframe it has delivered a doubling of bandwidth every three years on average. Today, virtually all computer systems are based on PCIe 3.0 delivering 8GT (gigatransfers per second) per lane resulting in 32GB/s bandwidth in a standard 16 lane connection (duplex).

This year, starting at the high end of the market, a transition will begin toward systems based on PCIe 4.0. The interconnect speed will double to 64GB/s in a 16 lane connection. The speed increase will provide an improvement across the range of HPC applications such as AI/ML, scientific simulation, big data analytics, high resolution visualization and rendering, and genomics analysis..." -

IT News - Linux
Thoughts From The Future Of Linux
Linux Journal, April 12th, 2019
"By technology standards, I'm an old man," opines Bryan Lunduke in Linux Journal. "I remember when 3.5" floppies became common ("Wow! 1.44MB! These little things hold so much data!"). My childhood hero was Matthew Broderick war-dialing local numbers with his 300-baud modem. I dreamed of, one day, owning a 386 with more than 640k of RAM. At the pace that computing moves forward, I'm practically a fossil. So, if you were to ask me, "What is the best way to encourage kids, today, to get into open source?" Well, I honestly haven't a clue.

So, 'What do kids want to do with Linux?' And, 'Where will the next generation take open-source computing?'..."

Best IP Address Management Tools For Linux
Tecmint, April 11th, 2019
"If you are a network administrator, you surely know, how important it is to keep track of the leased IP addresses within your network and easily manage those addresses," writes Marin Todorov in Tecmint.

"For short the IP address management process is called IPAM. It is crucial to have a management tool to help you track allocation and classify your IP addresses, which can help you avoid network conflicts and outages.

IPAM software provides you with an overview of your network, gives you the opportunity to strategically plan your network growth and gives you the ability to provide more reliable service and reduce the number of manual administration tasks.

In this article, we are going to review some of the best IPAM software that you can use to manage IP addresses..."

IT News - Cloud
It's Future: Multicloud May Soon Become Mix And Match Cloud
VentureBeat, April 11th, 2019
Mike Evans writes in VentureBeat, "Here's a common challenge for enterprises that are adopting a 'multicloud' strategy: One part of the organization runs everything on Azure for their public cloud needs. Another part of the organization runs AWS for all their public cloud needs. And yet another part of the organization uses Google AI/ML services. They now want to use the Azure AI/ML services with the applications and data created in the AWS environment. And they may want to use Google AI/ML services on this data as well. Is it even possible?..."

6 Enterprise Cloud Management Challenges To Avoid
Business 2 Community, April 11th, 2019
"Cloud management - an organization's ability to have control over their cloud environment - has become a top priority for businesses with a growing intensity. Developing an efficient enterprise cloud management strategy will take of time and resources, even so, it is likely you'll encounter a few challenges along the way," opines Dawn Clifton in Business 2 Community.

"In order to get to the myriad of benefits cloud management brings to an organization, you have to be aware of the potential roadblocks. While other challenges might spring up, there are six common enterprise cloud management challenges to look out for..."

How To Build A Successful Cloud Migration Plan
SearchCloudComputing, April 12th, 2019
"Migrating to the cloud is not a simple task. Not all workloads benefit from the move, so hammer out a solid cloud migration strategy first," writes Brien Posey in SearchCloudComputing.

"The lure of cloud may make it seem like all of an organization's resources should be migrated immediately. There is no denying that, in certain cases, public cloud platforms can be tremendously beneficial. In others, however, a cloud migration probably doesn't make sense..."

IT News - Careers
7 Valuable Certifications For IT Leaders
The Enterprisers Project, April 10th, 2019
"What IT certifications help your career at the leadership level? Spoiler: There is no CIO certificate," notes Kevin Casey in The Enterprisers Project.

"IT certifications can help you carve a career path from the beginning to the end of your career. Many certifications can also help you make changes in direction from an existing path to a new one, such as cloud or security. If anything, the problem with certifications is overabundance..."

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