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IT News - CxO
Top 11 Enterprise Architecture Tools For 2019
CIO, November 27th, 2018
"These popular and emerging EA tools offer businesses everything they need to support enterprise architecture and digital transformation," writes Sarah K. White in CIO.

"Enterprise architecture (EA) tools help organizations align business objectives with IT goals and infrastructure. These tools help manage information related to EA while helping companies plan roadmaps for digital transformation. They offer collaboration, reports, testing, simulations and more to help organizations create and implement models for better business and IT processes, development and architecture..."

Why Marriott Breach Includes Some Valuable IT Lessons
eWeek, November 30th, 2018
"While there's still a lot we don't know about the breach of a reservations database belonging to Marriott International, what we do know is encouraging," opines Wayne Rash in eWeek.

"First, Marriott didn't actually suffer a breach. Rather, Marriott's role in the whole breach event - as confirmed to eWEEK by a Marriott spokesperson - was in discovering the breach and in taking corrective action. In fact, the breach was acquired by Marriott when the company acquired the Starwood hotels, where the breach was already ongoing..."

Standout Predictions For The Cloud - A CTO Guide
Information Age, November 30th, 2018
"In this guide, six CTOs and cloud experts provide their standout predictions for the cloud: where is it moving?" writes Andrew Ross in Information Age.

"As part of Information Age's Cloud and Backup Month, we are providing three CTO guides on cloud and backup: cloud migration best practice, how to manage cloud infrastructure and cloud predictions.

The first guide focused on cloud migration tips. Organisations are migrating to the cloud for digital transformation (or digitisation) efforts - they are doing this to keep pace with growing customer demands and an increasing need to scale services. The second guide focused on managing existing cloud infrastructure.

This guide will be more forward-focused looking at how the cloud is changing, featuring insights from CTOs and cloud experts..."

7 Trends Driving Enterprise IT Transformation In 2019
HelpNet Security, November 29th, 2018
"Enabling the business outcome in a 'Real-Time' enterprise environment is the next challenge for global brands and government agencies in 2019.

Tech companies will need to drive hard to continually exceed to their customers' expectations during a time of accelerating change. They will need to show how technology can help deliver on their customers' objectives, improve agility, security and impact, or they risk being disrupted..." - HelpNet Security

What It Takes To Be A True Transformational CIO
CIO, November 27th, 2018
Mary K. Pratt writes in CIO, "The CIO role has undergone significant change as organizations transition into digital enterprises. Here's how to move beyond being an operational leader...

Atticus Tysen initially framed his challenges in technical terms.

'I thought we had a technical problem, and that was why we couldn't get new products out fast enough. I thought the company had too many systems, and that the systems were too brittle, and if we just fixed them, we'd be OK,' he says..."

IT News - Storage
Enterprise IT Storage For Beginners: Terms Every Admin Should Know
ITPro Today, November 26th, 2018
"Gaining insight into the most pervasive industry vocabulary will help ease enterprise IT storage for beginners," notes Brien Posey in ITPro Today.

"Any seasoned storage administrator will tell you that the IT storage industry is well known for using lots of technical jargon and convoluted terms. While many of these terms are super obscure, there are others that you definitely need to know. This blog post outlines some of the most basic but pervasive storage terms. Think of it as enterprise IT storage for beginners..."

Enterprise Storage
SearchStorage, November 28th, 2018
James Alan Miller writes in SearchStorage, "Enterprise storage is a centralized repository for business information that provides common data management, protection and data sharing functions through connections to computer systems. Because enterprises deal with heavy workloads of business-critical information, enterprise storage systems should be scalable for workloads of hundreds of terabytes or even petabytes without relying on excessive cabling or the creation of subsystems. Other important aspects of an enterprise storage system are unlimited connectivity and support for multiple platforms..."

IT News - AI
With Or Without Human-Level Intelligence - AI Has Finally Come Of Age
Information Age, November 26th, 2018
Keith Darlington, retired lecturer in artificial intelligence, discusses whether the technology has finally come of age in Information Age.

"When I started working in AI, some 30 years ago, it was virtually unknown - very few had heard of AI. Nowadays, I rarely meet anyone who has not heard of AI. Hardly a week now passes without major announcements on AI technology - such as that being used in driverless cars, robotics, and other innovate uses. Yet, AI is hardly new. Indeed, the term AI was first coined at the Dartmouth Conference in 1956 - 0ver 60 years ago...

IT News - Technology
15 Free Tools Every Entrepreneur Should Use
Forbes, November 29th, 2018
Alejandro Cremades writes in Forbes, "You can go broke fast as a new entrepreneur. Here are 15 free tools to help you get started and even grow a sizable business, while preserving your funding for what really matters.

  • Google Slides
  • Canva
  • Trello


IT News - Blockchain
4 Blockchain Projects Solving Real-World Problems
NEWSBTC, November 26th, 2018
"Investors are no longer interested in ICO projects with no real use. According to Icodata, $150 million were raised in October 2018 through token sales compared to $1.5 billion in January of the same year. 'The blockchain space is getting to the point where there's a ceiling in sight,' claims Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin. The Russian-Canadian programmer believes that the next step will be 'real applications of real economic activity.'

Despite the statements and hopes that the end of 2018 will bring about a return to practicality, it is still difficult for applicable projects to break through the information noise. We have picked out four noteworthy blockchain projects that have not yet gained traction in the media, despite featuring a range of out-of-the-box solutions..." - NEWSBTC

IT News - Humor
That Bus Rolls Both Ways
ComputerWorld, November 28th, 2018
"Programmer pilot fish's new boss calls an all-hands meeting so she can get to know the IT staff, which is spread across the country.

'We all flew in to meet in a hotel conference room,' says fish. 'The usual team-building 'trust' exercises occurred, and then we had one day to discuss events at each site.'

'One of the new network admins mentioned that the server in the Southwest site was having problems, and from what he could tell it had never backed up...'

Throwback Thursday: Present Company Excepted
ComputerWorld, November 27th, 2018
'One of IT's jobs in this city government is to be the first-level gatekeepers of ergonomic policy, reports a support manager pilot fish there.

"When we set up PCs, we use the ergonomic trays and mouse decks under the tables to do it per the policies," fish says.

"All my support staffers are trained to set up workstations, and to refer any requests for nonconforming setups to our risk management division's safety technician"...'

IT News - Security
12 Top Web Application Firewalls Compared
CSO Online, November 28th, 2018
"A web application firewall (WAF) is a critical component of an enterprise security infrastructure, providing a key security layer for web-facing applications and APIs," notes Tim Ferrill in CSO Online.

"As web applications mature and become more popular, organizations need to focus more on maintaining a positive security footprint around them. Traditionally, web application security was handled using a combination of the corporate firewall, authentication to an LDAP directory, and a hardened web server in the DMZ network. In a modern infrastructure, where attacks are more sophisticated and cloud-based resources are commonplace, these security measures are often still in place, but can be further enhanced by a web application firewall (WAF)..."

Biggest Cyber Security Breaches 2018
ITProportal, November 27th, 2018
"Here is the list of biggest Cyber Security Breaches we saw in the year 2018," writes Robert James in ITProportal.

"With every app, website and social networking site asking us to 'Allow' them the access to your phone, contacts, online clouds and whatever you may think of. The allowing game is more than what we bother to pay attention to. I saw a quote floating on my news-feed saying 'if you are not paying for the services you have, you are the product'.

It took me hours to digest and brainstorm all the research I had to do after reading this. All the social networking sites we use, the apps, everywhere where we give consent to access our information is making our profiles in their respective directories..."

How Secure Is Serverless Computing?
ZDNet, November 28th, 2018
Manek Dubash writes in ZDNet, "Security considerations must be taken into account in every line of code for any app developer, no matter what the application or where it is to run. This much is standard operating practice today. With serverless computing, however, it becomes even more important.

Serverless functions, delivering microservices, are modular pieces of code that behave in particular ways when provided with particular inputs. They reside in a Function-as-a-Service (FaaS) service provider's cloud platform and, as such, are protected to a degree by the provider's own security infrastructure..."

Predictions For 2019: Cybersecurity, Specialization And Overcoming Objections
Channel Futures, November 30th, 2018
Neal Bradbury writes in Channel Futures, "It was no surprise that cybersecurity and industry consolidation continued to be hot topics for the IT channel in 2018. Looking into the future, I don't expect much to change in this regard. But, how channel partners adapt to and address these challenges could make all the difference when it comes to driving success..."

7 Security Trends To Watch In 2019: More AI, Consolidation And Regionalization
CSO Online, November 26th, 2018
"It's that time of year again, when we look back to look ahead, writes Rick Grinnell in CSO Online.

"The 2019 security landscape holds new promise, threats, developments and opportunities to collectively tackle the issues our industry faces..."

IT News - Server
AWS Launches Its Own Server Hardware
ITProportal, November 27th, 2018
"Chips are supposed to be cheaper and more energy efficient," reports Sead Fadilpasic in ITProportal.

"Amazon has just introduced the world to its very own Arm server processor that works on the cloud, at scale. The device, which will probably be useful to Amazon Web Services (AWS), is called EC2 A1, and will be capable of running Amazon Linux apps, Red Hat Enterprise apps, as well as Ubuntu.

The new instances will be available at US East, West and Europe..."

IT News - Linux
Choosing The Best OS: Linux Server vs. Windows Server
SearchDataCenter, November 28th, 2018
Brien Posey writes in SearchDataCenter, "When determining the best server OS for a data center, you have Windows Server and multiple Linux options. For both, you'll want to look at vendor support, cost and functionality...

Windows and Linux-based servers work side by side in the corporate data center. But which is the best server OS for your changing workloads? For an effective evaluation of a Linux server vs. a Windows Server, you must look at their functionality, hardware requirements, stability, cloud readiness, security, cost and support options..."

IT News - Networks
Nexenta Certified For Red Hat Openstack Platform, December 6th, 2018
"Nexenta Systems Inc., in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), announced that they have further collaborated with Red Hat, Inc. to support enterprise organizations' shift to the cloud through certification on Red Hat OpenStack Platform 13.

This certification on Red Hat's long-life release illustrates Nexenta's support for customers building clouds based on Red Hat's scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering..."

IT News - IoT
Predictions 2019: The Internet Of Things
ZDNet, November 29th, 2018
"In 2019, we'll see more targeted ransomware attacks against smart-city implementations, forcing cities to invest in cybersecurity defenses...

Business stakeholders and CIOs in both B2B and B2C environments are planning and deploying IoT solutions to power digital transformation initiatives to revolutionize customer relationships, enhance operations, and differentiate products. IoT deployment momentum brings challenges. Firms must identify strategies and methods to secure, manage, and support the rapidly growing number of smart, connected IoT devices and solutions..." - ZDNet

IT News - Careers
Top 10 Growing IT Career Skills: Indeed Report Weighs In
Jaxenter, November 30th, 2018
Sarah Schlothauer writes in Jaxenter, "What are the best skills to learn when looking for a career in tech? Indeed published a report that will help you narrow in your focus on what to study, what to aim for, and what to ignore. Find out the top ten in-demand skills in tech and you'll already be one step ahead!.."

IT News - Virtualization
Does Serverless Technology Really Spell The Death Of Containers?
Jaxenter, November 27th, 2018
Darren Royle writes in Jaxenter, "Technology moves at the speed of light; as new innovations become popular, others fall out of favor. Has the rise of serverless technology sounded the death knell for containers? Darren Royle explains why containers may not only survive this existential challenge but thrive..."

IT News - Email
10 Best Free Email Service Providers Of 2018
TechWorm, December 1st, 2018
Anchit Sharma writes in TechWorm, "In this fancy world of Social Media, Emails are still considered as the best source of Business Communication.

There are billions of Emails sent and received over the internet every day, which makes it even more important to evaluate which Email Service Provider or better if we say 'Free Email Service Provider' fits best for your requirement.

Since there are many different ESP's (Email Service Provider) that offer a different set of Features, we decided to pick TOP 10 for you.

So, here in this article, we are providing you with the 10 Best Free Email Service Providers of 2018..."

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