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Creating a Data Advantage: CIOs Discuss Best Practices
Success in business starts with the realization that competitive advantage is with those that are great with data. Winners create a virtuous cycle and a data supermarket.
Myles Suer writes in eWeek, "In Marco Iansiti and Karim Lakhani's book, 'Competing on AI,' they suggest that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is about reinventing 'the core of the modern firm where processes are digitized and enabled by an AI factory that treats decision making as an industrial process.'

The aim of an 'AI factory is to create a virtuous cycle between user engagement, data collection, algorithm design, and improvement.' The goal, they believe, is to create a 'data supermarket.' But how do organizations go about creating a data advantage? This was the topic of a recent #CIOChat..."

eWeek, June 1st , 2021
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The Hard Truth About Business-IT Alignment
IT, CIOs are frequently advised, needs to be aligned with the business, and alignment, we're told, is mostly a matter of effective IT governance
"Alignment is better than misalignment, I suppose," writes Bob Lewis in CIO, "but in the end it's weak tea. Add overreliance on IT governance as the means for achieving it and you turn IT into a stifling, choking bureaucracy, not a more effective organization.

What's the superior alternative? Focusing your efforts on integrating IT into the business, not just aligning IT with it. That's integration, as in taking all the steps necessary for IT to be, and to be perceived as being, integral to every aspect of the enterprise..."

CIO, June 1st , 2021
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Digital Transformation Storytelling: 5 Powerful Tips
Want to tell better digital transformation stories - to a variety of people? Try these approaches to memorable storytelling in documents and presentations
"As part of digital transformation, are you working to get your team aligned on business priorities? Maybe you are trying to sell the executive committee on a new investment?" asks Isaac Sacolick in The Enterprisers Project.

"Perhaps you are trying to explain to your operations teams the business impact of the latest systems outage?

In these and many other examples, you must gain an audience's attention, explain a key concept, and hopefully bring them to decisive action. In the gap of time you have, whether it's a 280 character tweet or a forty-minute keynote, you have to grab your audience's attention and bring them on a journey to understanding, empathy, and urgency..."

The Enterprisers Project, June 1st , 2021
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Digital Transformation: 4 Ways To Achieve Real Change
Digital transformation now requires resilience and flexibility on a new scale. Consider these strategies
Katherine Kostereva writes in The Enterprisers Project, "While enterprises throughout the world have embraced the concept of digital transformation, these transitions are often less successful than one would expect. According to a 2020 study from BCG, only 30 percent of transformations met or exceeded their target value and resulted in sustainable change.

However, many enterprises are accelerating their digital transformation efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. IDG reported that 59 percent of IT leaders are increasing digital transformation efforts as a result of pandemic pressures..."

The Enterprisers Project, June 2nd , 2021
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4 Ways CISOs Can Strengthen Their Security Resilience
A new article in Dark Reading discusses the '4 Ways CISOs Can Strengthen Their Security Resilience'
Pravin Madhani writes in Security Boulevard, "The article caught my attention because one of the 4 areas was to 'Secure Workloads and Kubernetes Environments.' I was surprised by the inclusion of this requirement not because it isn't important, but because I assumed it would be just considered a given requirement in every organization today.

With the COVID pandemic this last year causing the move to the cloud to accelerate, having workloads in the cloud and using Kubernetes to orchestrate container workloads has become fairly commonplace, which is why I'm surprised security for workloads and Kubernetes isn't just a given for most organizations..."

Security Boulevard, May 31st, 2021
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Cybersecurity industry analysis: Another recurring vulnerability we must correct
I have spent my career finding, fixing, discussing, and breaking down software vulnerabilities, one way or another
"I know that when it comes to some common security bugs," writes Pieter Danhieux in HelpNet Security, "despite being in our orbit since the 90s, they continue to plague our software and cause major problems, even though the (often simple) fix has been known for almost the same length of time. It truly feels like Groundhog Day, where we as an industry seem to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result.

There's another little problem, however. We're not getting realistic advice, nor the fastest solutions, to combat the non-stop onslaught that is the modern threat landscape. Of course, each breach is different in its own way and there are numerous attack vectors that can be exploited in vulnerable software. Feasible generic advice will be limited, but the best practice approach is looking more flawed by the hour..."

HelpNet Security, June 1st , 2021
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Using Identity Access Management to Secure WFH Networks
With remote work becoming the new norm for many companies, organizations need to secure their employees' work-from-home (WFH) networks
"Identity access management (IAM) both secures these WFH networks and enables employees to easily access the data and applications they need for their role," notes Jenn Fulmer in IT Business Edge.

"A good IAM solution prevents users from turning to shadow IT practices, which have grown significantly since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Find out how your team can use IAM to secure your employees' WFH networks and keep shadow IT to a minimum.

Using IAM for remote employees

  • Create or strengthen corporate data policies
  • Review everything users can access
  • Make employees request access to critical systems
  • Choose IAM solutions with least privilege access capabilities
  • Use IAM to secure networks and enable employees

Read on for details

IT Business Edge, June 3rd , 2021
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5 Devastating Endpoint Attacks: Lessons Learned
Many cybersecurity attacks, including some of the biggest and most recent attacks, target corporate endpoints
Gilad David Maayan writes in Security Boulevard, "Reviewing these five large attacks that leveraged weaknesses in endpoints can teach organizations important lessons and identify a few best practices that can help them avoid becoming the next victim.

1. SUNBURST SolarWinds

SUNBURST was a fifth-generation cyberattack that targeted tech companies and U.S. government agencies. This massive supply chain attack indirectly targeted the systems of large organizations via their suppliers..."

Security Boulevard, June 3rd , 2021
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Why Are Enterprises Transitioning From MFA To Zero Trust Security?
Why enterprises should consider zero trust security when it comes to their data privacy & security.
"Zero trust is a new way of thinking about breaches," opines Deepak Gupta in ITProPortal. "It says that no person - not even the most important ones -- should be trusted. In theory, if a user passes an additional barrier for access (e.g., question-answer-based multi-factor authentication), businesses can trust that they are who they claim to be.

In practice, we know this is not always true.

Hence, zero trust is emerging as a security model in many enterprises and shaking up the status quo in cybersecurity battles.

Traditional models rely on trust, but all touchpoints in a system (identities, devices, and services) are verified in a zero-trust world. It also means that a user's access is restricted to the data, systems, and applications that are necessary for their job..."

ITProPortal, June 3rd , 2021
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Who Is Responsible For Secure Remote Access Management?
The pandemic exposed the need for a strong secure remote access strategy. Now, organizations need to figure out which team must make it happen.
"The COVID-19 pandemic put a spotlight on enterprise technology professionals," writes Johna Till Johnson in SearchSecurity, "especially security professionals, and the resiliency of cybersecurity processes, tools and technologies. For the most part, they passed with flying colors. However, many companies have yet to scrutinize how cybersecurity teams are organized and how they should be organized. Specifically, which group is responsible for managing secure remote access? And, if it's possible to determine, which group should be managing secure remote access?..."
SearchSecurity, June 1st , 2021
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IT News - AI
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How Businesses Are Perfecting With Artificial Intelligence
Have you heard automation is the new black? And what better automation of a process than using a computer software to perform humanlike activities aka Artificial Intelligence (AI)
"Whether we realize it or not, artificial intelligence is all around us, playing an active role in our daily lives," writes Sajjad Ahmad in Business 2 Community. "The fun part is that many of us fear it just because we don't know its real power and what wonders we can do with it.

Sure, there are pros and cons of AI, but if we just focus on the pros, we can keep the cons under control. Artificial intelligence can not only make our lives better, it can supercharge our businesses. Automotive, healthcare, finance, travel, and so many other industries can perfect their businesses with it. Here are the three key areas of a business that can be automated with AI..."

Business 2 Community, June 1st , 2021
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From Google Translate to Amazon Recruiting: When Good AI Goes Bad
We all interact with AI almost daily-when we deposit checks through an app, when we talk to Siri and Alexa, when we scroll through our personalized social media feeds
"When AI works well, it makes our lives easier," writes Alyssa Simpson Rochwerger and Wilson Pang in EnterpriseAI. "But when AI goes bad, it can have far-reaching negative effects. Biases in race, gender, class and other markers have made their way through to the output of even the most well-intentioned and thought-out AI systems.

If you are involved in AI, whether as a data scientist building the model or a business decision-maker defining the model's objectives, you need to understand the ways in which AI can go bad, because the harmful effects are felt not just by the business but by our society. Here are two examples of this phenomenon..."

EnterpriseAI, June 4th , 2021
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LLNL's Machine Learning for Industry Forum Seeks Participation
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is looking for participants and attendees from industry, research institutions and academia for the first-ever Machine Learning for Industry Forum (ML4I), a three-day virtual event starting Aug. 10
"The deadline for submitting presentations or industry use cases is June 30. The deadline for attendee registration is July 29. Pre registration is now open.

The forum aims to foster and illustrate the adoption of machine learning methods for practical industrial outcomes, with a strong emphasis on manufacturing. Over the course of the event, attendees will engage in dialog about applications, tools and techniques and special topics centered around machine learning's impact and potential in industry. Topics will include process control and optimization, computer vision and robotics, workflows, hardware and software, dataset augmentation and curation, supply chain optimization and physics-constrained learning. The forum also will highlight industry use cases..." - HPCWire

HPCWire, June 1st , 2021
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IT News - Technology
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IBM's 2nm Breakthrough: Implications for Chip and Server Makers
IBM last month unveiled its proof of concept for the world's first 2-nanometer transistor technology.
"Initial projections show the breakthrough could lead to 45% higher performance and 75% lower energy use than today's 7nm processors," reports Sam Ingalls in ServerWatch.

"While 2nm technology is a few years away from coming to devices, IBM's success could benefit much of the chip industry. While AMD and TSMC's advancements in recent years put them in a competitive market position, the implementation of 2nm will pull Samsung, GlobalFoundries, and Intel into a new decade of chip manufacturing. For buyers, the forecast of strengthened competition and new capabilities could mean big gains in processing power and energy and space savings..."

ServerWatch, June 4th , 2021
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Intel 11th Gen Processors takes the fight to AMD with 5.0GHz speeds
Laptops with 11th Gen Intel chips will be available in late 2021
"Intel has announced a pair of new U-series chips, one of which will be the series' first 5GHz processor," writes Mayank Sharma in techradar.pro.

"The U-series is Intel's low voltage chips, and the company had already announced the 11th Gen Tiger Lake-powered lineup for the series back in September 2020.

However Intel has now taken to the stage at Computex 2021 to unveil the new top-of-the-line Core i5-1155G7 and the Core i7-1195G7..."

techradar.pro, June 1st , 2021
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Lasers Capable Of Transmitting Signals At 224 Gigabits Per Second, Enough To Achieve 800 Gigabit Ethernet
With the massive proliferation of data-heavy services, including high-resolution video streaming and conferencing, cloud services infrastructure growth in 2021 is expected to reach a 27% CAGR
"Consequently, while 400 gigabit ethernet (GbE) is currently enjoying widespread deployment, 800 GbE is poised to rapidly follow to address these bandwidth demands.

One approach to 800 GbE is to install eight 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) optical interfaces or lanes. As an alternative to reduce the hardware count, increase reliability, and lower cost, a team of researchers at Lumentum developed an optical solution that uses four 200 Gbps wavelength lanes to reach 800 GbE..." writes by The Optical Society in Phys.org.

Phys.org, June 4th , 2021
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IT News - Blockchain
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Interview: Nick Szabo On His Bitcoin 2021 Keynote About Bitcoin And The History Of Money
Cypherpunk and cryptocurrency pioneer Nick Szabo previewed his keynote for the Bitcoin 2021 event, being held in Miami on June 4 and 5.
Aaron van Wirdum writes in Bitcoin Magazine, "Nick Szabo is a cypherpunk and cryptocurrency pioneer who in the 1990s proposed smart contracts as well as Bit Gold, a predecessor to Bitcoin. He has also written some of the most influential articles in the cryptocurrency space, including 'Shelling Out: The Origins Of Money,' 'Trusted Third Parties Are Security Holes' and 'Money, Blockchains, And Social Scalability.'

At Bitcoin 2021, Szabo will speak about Bitcoin and the history of money. In this short interview, Szabo previewed the topics he will present on stage..."

Bitcoin Magazine, June 3rd , 2021
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The Patriotic Case For Bitcoin
Bitcoin represents the various aspects of freedom present in the American tradition of self sovereignty
Jack Kriesel writes in Bitcoin Magazine, "An anarchistic digital currency pioneered by cypherpunks and first used on shady internet sites is not something one would typically associate with patriotism. Nevertheless, as our country strays further from its founding ideals of liberty, decentralization, and personal responsibility, perhaps Bitcoin is precisely what is needed to return us to those roots..."
Bitcoin Magazine, June 2nd , 2021
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IT News - ERP
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6 Reasons Why You Should Update Your ERP System Regularly
At the beginning of the ERP implementation, everyone involved is highly motivated
Peter Navarro writes in Business 2 Community, "The project team meticulously records all important business processes and uses them to develop the central requirements for the new ERP solution. The key users drive process optimization and keep their colleagues up to date. And the management ensures that the ERP project and day-to-day business do not get in each other's way.

But this zest for action usually only lasts until the end of the ERP implementation. After the go-live, the enthusiasm quickly subsides. Many companies expect the ERP solution to run quietly in the background from now on. With the assumption that care and maintenance is also done on its own.

Do not give away valuable potential with this setting, but use an always up-to-date ERP system and the associated advantages for your company. Here's how:..."

Business 2 Community, June 5th , 2021
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IT News - Operations
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Gartner: How to Turn Old Datacentres into Critical IT Assets
IT infrastructure and operations leaders are increasingly focusing on new ideas and technologies alongside ways to deliver business value
David Cappuccio writes in ComputerWeekly, "Armed with the right approach, legacy datacentre infrastructure can be reinvented to increase capacity, support new and emerging business services and reduce operating costs.

As part of this approach, organisations with existing workloads remaining within their datacentres must decide how best to restructure their physical infrastructures to improve efficiencies and extend the datacentre's useful life..."

ComputerWeekly, June 1st , 2021
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5 Steps To Achieve Network Infrastructure Modernization
All networks may be different, but companies have similar goals when they look to upgrade their network infrastructures. Assessing current designs is just the first step.
"Not surprisingly, the term infrastructure modernization means different things to different people," writes Andrew Froehlich SearchNetworking.

"After all, no two enterprise network infrastructures are designed and built with the same business goals in mind. However, newly architected infrastructures have far more in common with each other than networks did long ago. Thus, the process of infrastructure modernization will likely be similar in many regards.

Let's examine five steps organizations should take when they want to update their existing IT infrastructures with the latest technologies, platforms and tools..."

SearchNetworking, June 3rd , 2021
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IT News - BI
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Top Data Visualization Tools for 2021
The amount of data generated and consumed by organizations is growing at an astounding rate
Samuel Greengard writes in Datamation, "The total volume of data and information worldwide has risen from approximately 2 zettabytes in 2010 to 74 in 2021, according to online data service Statistica. By 2024 the figure is expected to hit 149 zettabytes.

As organizations find themselves awash in data, there's a growing need to make it digestible, understandable and actionable. Data visualization software takes direct aim at the task by creating static or moving images that communicate concepts in a way that words and numbers alone cannot..."

Datamation, June 4th , 2021
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IT News - HR
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Getting Ahead of HR Technology Trends in 2021
As HR teams around the world continue to adapt to the new normal, establishing an exceptional employee experience has never been more important - or more difficult
"Thankfully, ever-advancing HR tech is up to the task," opines Caitlin Nobes in Business 2 Community. "From keeping employees engaged no matter where they're located to driving performance using AI and data analytics, here are 5 of the key HR technology trends your organization needs to keep up with in 2021..."
Business 2 Community, June 4th , 2021
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IT News - Database
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Best Database Management Software 2021
A database is an organized collection of structured, semi-structured or unstructured data that makes the process of managing, accessing, retrieving and updating data simple
Surajdeep Singh writes in IT Business Edge, "A database helps store and organize large amounts of data, thereby improving data accessibility.

Database Management Software Overview

  • How to Choose DBMS Software
  • Top Database Management System Software
  • Database Management System Software Compared

Database Management System (DBMS) software acts as an interface between an end user...."

IT Business Edge, June 3rd , 2021
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Oracle Database vs. Microsoft SQL Server
In the relational database management system (RDBMS) software space, two giants stand out from the rest, offering more features and user benefits: Oracle Database and Microsoft SQL Server
"However," writes Shelby Hiter in Datamation, "it can be difficult to choose between the two leading RDBMS products. See below to learn how the two systems compare and guide your selection process:

Choosing Between Oracle And Microsoft For Your RDBMS

  • Relational database management system (RDBMS) software
  • Features
  • Integrations
  • Benefits
  • User reviews
  • Pricing
  • Overall

Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) Software

A database management system (DBMS) is software that helps enterprises to organize and manage both structured and unstructured data across company databases..."

Datamation, June 4th , 2021
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No-Nonsense Guide to Distributed Databases
I got my first DBA job 15 years ago, and quite a few things have changed since then
"The amount of data exploded, we saw the rise of NoSQL, and business logic moved away from being stored in relational databases to applications," writes Augustinas Stirbis in DevOps.com.

"To this day, the three pillars of reliability, scalability, and maintainability are the banes of a DBA's existence. To spice things up, your monthly cloud bill for managed databases just made your CTO lose the will to live.

So, now you have two extra things to worry about in addition to these three pillars: cost efficiency and vendor-agnosticism.

In this article, I'll (try to) run an open source, new-generation database, benchmark it and touch on some of the challenges of being cloud-neutral..."

DevOps.com, June 3rd , 2021
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Amazon RDS Database Management System Review
There are several top-tier relational database management system (RDBMS) platforms to choose from, but can they assist users in the set up and management of their databases?
"Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), a product by Amazon Web Services (AWS), is a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solution that maintains and optimizes an RDBMS," writes Shelby Hiter in Datamation.

"RDS became one of the first DBaaS products widely available in 2009, and it remains one of the strongest options due to its security, integrations with Amazon's other database tools, and customization capabilities.

See below to learn more about Amazon RDS..."

Datamation, June 4th , 2021
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IT News - Linux
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Best Linux Distributions
Welcome to the Linux Distros page where we catalog the latest versions of your favorite Linux distributions, highlight their latest features, direct you to the download page, and include installation guides where necessary or as requested.
"The Linux Distros page is a Live page because we will continually update its content as the below-listed distros release major versions. In other words, simply stay tuned!

I have used neofetch - a command-line utility to display operating system, software, and hardware information in the screenshots of each Linux distribution..." - TecMint

TecMint, June 3rd , 2021
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How To Install AlmaLinux 8.4 Step By Step
As CentOS 8 draws steadily to End of Life on December 31st, 2021, efforts have been made to come up with centos alternative distributions which will fill in the big shoes left by CentOS 8
"This comes following RedHat's decision to dump CentOS 8 in favor of CentOS Stream, something which has elicited mixed reactions.

Many users have felt betrayed by RedHat's move to cut short the life of CentOS 8 by 9 years. A good number have also expressed their concerns about the stability and security that CentOS Stream will provide.

Given the reluctance to shift to CentOS Stream, a few alternatives have been made available to the public as an alternative to CentOS 8. One of them is Rocky Linux which is a downstream build of CentOS 8..." - TecMint

TecMint, June 2nd , 2021
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IT News - Cloud
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5 Cloud Architecture Mistakes We Shouldn't Still Be Making
Adoption of cloud computing has grown rapidly over the past few years. Many organizations are now dependent on their cloud systems
"A poorly planned system can be a burden on the business that's using it," opines James Walker in CloudSavvy IT. "Reconfiguring an architecture is a costly and time-consuming process, especially if the original cloud migration didn't go smoothly. While some mistakes are unavoidable, here's five gotchas that you should watch out for..."
CloudSavvy IT, June 2nd , 2021
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