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IT News - CxO
92% Of Executives Say Successful Digital Transformation Requires A Dual-Track Approach
A solid strategy combines innovation at the enterprise- and business-process levels, Harvard Business Review Analytical Services and Quick Base found
Macy Bayern writes in TechRepoublic, "The majority of global business leaders (92%) said that successful digital transformation requires a dual-track approach, according to a report from Harvard Business Review Analytical Services and Quick Base. The report, released on Wednesday, found that such a strategy combines innovation at both the enterprise- and business-process levels..."
TechRepoublic, July 29th, 2020
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Enterprise Architecture Heats Up To Meet Changing Needs
Forrester Research analyst sees barriers to enterprise architects moving forward in skills, tools' ROI and tech-savvy execs who don't want them collaborating with the business
"Enterprise architecture practitioners and tools continue to shift focus to address the changing needs of businesses facing financial pressures, regulatory and compliance mandates and, lately, the coronavirus pandemic," writes Carol Sliwa in SearchCIO.

"In this interview with TechTarget, Gordon Barnett, a principal analyst at Forrester Research, discusses the latest trends, tools and challenges emerging in enterprise architecture (EA) -- including a transition to agile practices and outcome-based approaches and a collaborative ecosystem of experts rather than a single dictatorial group..."

SearchCIO, July 27th, 2020
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How CISOs Can Deal With Cybersecurity Stress And Burnout
Being a paramedic and working in cybersecurity taught CISO Rich Mogull how to avoid stress and burnout. Check out his advice to maintain mental health in high-stress roles
Michael Heller writes in SearchSecurity, "Working in emergency medical services, or EMS, and cybersecurity aren't as different as one might think, according to Rich Mogull, CEO at Securosis, a security consulting and research firm located in Phoenix, and CISO at DisruptOps, a cloud security automation management firm based in Kansas City, Mo., especially when it comes to mental health and dealing with stress.

Mogull has been a paramedic for 30 years and in the cybersecurity field for 20. When he began as a paramedic in the early 1990s, the assumption was that anyone entering the field would burn out within seven years, and mental health wellness education was uncommon..."

SearchSecurity, July 30th, 2020
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Pandemic Paradox: Businesses Want More IT At Lower Costs
Before COVID-19, improving operational excellence was a business priority for most companies, according to a survey of 100 IT leaders from Apptio conducted between March and June 2020. But amid disruption, executives' priorities shifted to focus on cost-cutting
Roberto Torres writes in CIODIVE, "Technology became the backbone that supported company operations, enabling distributed work and the shift to digital processes wherever possible.

Tech leaders are joining the rest of the C-suite in companywide cost optimization strategies, with 20% of finance chiefs expecting tech investments to help with cost reduction, according to data from PwC..."

CIODIVE, July 29th, 2020
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IT News - Security
Container Adoption Is On The Rise: How Can Security Keep Up?
Containers are becoming increasingly popular, and it's not surprising considering benefits like scalability, agility, and cost reduction
"However, it is important that security pros are brought into the adoption process to ensure that they have a strategy in place to secure the use of these containers...

Adopting containers has become increasingly popular -- consider that, as of 2019, 33% of global developers indicated that their development organizations currently use containers, and another 25% said they want to do so over the next 12 months. These numbers are not surprising when we consider the value containers offer, such as scalability, agility, and cost reduction. The allure of containers, however, is largely to the benefit of the DevOps side of the house. Security pros are brought in later and left with the suboptimal task of applying existing tools and traditional security mindsets to secure containers -- and discovering that those are ill-equipped to the task..." -ZDNet

ZDNet, July 30th, 2020
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The Future's Biggest Cybercrime Threat May Already Be Here
Current attacks will continue to be refined, and what may seem a weakness now could turn out to be a disaster
Steve Durbin writes in Dark Reading, "The majority of significant threats we face today have been around for years, even centuries (for example, fake news via propaganda, demands for ransom, data compromise), and while we may see something new, it's more likely that current attacks will continue to be refined, growing in sophistication to focus on what penetrates defenses best.

We are all targets. Research from Information Security Forum ( finds a thriving marketplace on the Dark Web full of wannabe criminals. Products and services start as low as $300 simply to have an individual hacked. A young adult in Eurasia can garner $7,000 per month from conducting cyber extortions. A $900,000 annual payoff is readily achievable. An extremely lucrative proposition looks even more enticing when you consider a virtually nonexistent arrest rate of 0.1%..."

Dark Reading, July 29th, 2020
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6 Persistent Enterprise Authentication Security Issues
Some authentication factors are considered more secure than others but still come with potential drawbacks. Learn about the most common enterprise authentication security issues
"Purloining a person's electronic authenticity is the most insidious way of invading individual privacy," notes Katie Donegan in SearchSecurity.

"When masquerading as another person, there are unlimited ways to compromise the privacy and integrity of anyone's online data. For this reason, it is important for IT leaders to understand authentication security issues associated with the various authentication methods.

The most important requirement for safeguarding IT is to positively and reliably assure the authentication of a user that requests access to valuable network services. All privacy safeguards in place are quickly nullified if a hostile intrusion can be disguised as coming from a trusted source. For this reason, security practitioners must keep up to date with persistent authentication issues in network security..."

SearchSecurity, July 31st, 2020
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IT News - Storage
What is NVMe-oF?
In recent years, we continue to experience how storage performance is getting faster, which has been challenging the old storage protocols that have become a bottleneck for data centers
"Despite using the latest fabric speed of 100GbE and new networking standards, such as InfiniBand, those slow network protocol technologies restrain flash device's performance, keep it inside the device itself and isolated in the box. In this article, we take a quick look into Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe)," writes Juan Mulford in StorageReview.

"Further, we overview NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) and NVMe over RDMA over Converged Ethernet (NVMe over RoCE), a new protocol specification developed to solve bottlenecks of modern storage networks..."

StorageReview, July 27th, 2020
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Things To Consider When Selecting Enterprise SSDs For Critical Workloads
The process of evaluating solid state drives (SSDs) for enterprise applications can present a number of challenges. You want maximum performance for the most demanding servers running mission-critical workloads
"We sat down with Scott Hamilton, Senior Director, Product Management, Data Center Systems at Western Digital, to learn more about SSDs and how they fit into current business environments and data centers," writes Mirko Zorz in HelpNet Security.

"What features do SSDs need to have in order to offer uncompromised performance for the most demanding servers running mission-critical workloads in enterprise environments? What are some of the misconceptions IT leaders are facing when choosing SSDs?..."

HelpNet Security, July 30th, 2020
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Storage Skills In The Age Of The Cloud And Convergence
Storage skills was a discrete area in the IT jobs market, but that's being eroded by the cloud, hyper-convergence infrastructure, and virtualisation. So, what are the key storage skillsets today?
"The volume of data that needs to be stored just keeps on increasing, which means potential employees with storage skills are always in demand," writes Rene Millman in ComputerWeekly.

"But in-demand skillsets change over time. In storage, skills that were mainstream 10 years ago have all but disappeared and new disciplines have emerged.

So, what trends are driving demand for storage and what skills are necessary to get a job in this ever-changing sector?..."

ComputerWeekly, July 28th, 2020
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5 Consumption Models Help Simplify Storage Buying Options
Consumption-based pricing offers organizations flexible options to purchase storage and other infrastructure on-premises, just like they would cloud services
Chris Evans writes in SearchStorage, "Widespread adoption of the public cloud has seen a rise in new purchasing models for on-premises infrastructure. To stay competitive, storage vendors are delivering cloud-like consumption models that offer the flexibility and freedom already seen in the public cloud. These new purchasing and refresh programs offer customers storage on-demand and perpetual capacity usage choices..."
SearchStorage, July 27th, 2020
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Hardware-Defined Storage Dead
Enterprises, regardless of their size, largely agree they want any storage solutions they deploy to deliver flexibility
"They may look for this flexibility in multiple ways to include its availability, performance, reliability, replication, scalability, self-healing or self-tuning capabilities, and more. However, as they choose storage solutions that deliver the flexibility they need and want, another truth quickly becomes evident.

Working Definition of Hardware-defined Storage

Simply speaking, hardware-defined storage arrays present a storage target to a physical or VM. All hardware-defined storage arrays include some type of firmware on them that virtualizes its underlying HDDs or SDDs. That firmware then, in turn, presents this virtualized storage as a volume or a folder to one or more physical or VMs..."

StorageNewsletter, July 31st, 2020
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IT News - AI
How New Hardware Can Drastically Reduce The Power Consumption Of Artificial Intelligence
To make predictions, artificial intelligence (AI) relies on the processing of large amounts of data and that takes a lot of energy
"Imec develops solutions to drastically reduce that energy consumption. A new chip, in which these calculations are performed directly in the memory by means of analogue technology, is a major breakthrough in this field.

In short:

  • Artificial intelligence goes hand in hand with high energy consumption as more and more calculations are sent to data centers.

  • We could save a lot of energy if we could perform pattern recognition calculations where it makes most sense: on a wireless sensor, a mobile device, or in a car.

  • Imec develops extremely energy-efficient hardware to enable this paradigm shift

Our planet's warming up. Addressing that problem requires a climate transition. This transition is the driving force behind the European Commission's work programme for 2020, entitled 'Towards a fair, climate-neutral and digital Europe'..."

insideBIGDATA, July 27th, 2020
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Machine Learning In The Enterprise: 5 Hard Truths
Excitement about machine learning can lead to some downright unrealistic expectations. Experts share five tough truths that organizations commonly learn when they charge into production
"The sustained hype around machine learning (ML) applications in the business world has some reasonable roots," notes Kevin Casey in The Enterprisers Project.

"For one, it's probably the most accessible and pervasive field of artificial intelligence (AI ) today. (AI and machine learning are closely related but not quite interchangeable terms.) ML is already embedded in many business applications, as well as customer-facing services. Also, it just kind of sounds cool, right? A machine, learning stuff..."

The Enterprisers Project, July 30th, 2020
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Technologists And Business Leaders Don't See Eye To Eye On Artificial Intelligence
Executives don't see AI deployments scaling to the extent that technologists on the ground see it, survey finds
Joe McKendrick writes in ZDNet, "Business leaders and technologists see artificial intelligence differently -- which is not a surprise. However, they have different perspectives on the progress on AI projects, and what it takes to scale AI to meet enterprise challenges. For example, technologists are twice as likely to see lack of viable data as an issue..."
ZDNet, July 30th, 2020
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Could A New Academy Solve The AI Talent Problem?
Defense technology experts think adding a military academy could be the solution to the U.S. government's tech talent gap
Lauren C. Williams writes in FCW, "The canonical view is that the government cannot hire these people because they will get paid more in private industry," said Eric Schmidt, former Google chief and current chair of the Defense Department's Innovation Advisory Board, during a July 29 Brookings Institution virtual event.

"My experience is that people are patriotic and that you have a large number of people -- and this I think is missed in the dialogue -- a very large number of people who want to serve the country that they love. And the reason that they're not doing it is there's no program that makes sense to them."

FCW, July 29th, 2020
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IT News - Technology
Where Is Voice Tech Going?
2020 has been all but normal. For businesses and brands. For innovation. For people.
Mark Persaud writes in TechCrunch, "The trajectory of business growth strategies, travel plans and lives have been drastically altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a global economic downturn with supply chain and market issues, and a fight for equality in the Black Lives Matter movement - amongst all that complicated lives and businesses already.

One of the biggest stories in emerging technology is the growth of different types of voice assistants:..."

TechCrunch, July 29th, 2020
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IT News - Humor
Flashback Friday: Oh, Did I Say 30 Days?
Well, it seemed like a month already
"This pilot fish gets an email from a user who can't open the program used to track equipment calibration, so she takes the short walk to the user's desk. There, she finds that the user is getting a 'data file not found' message when he tries to open the program.

Says fish: 'I opened the sample data so I could determine the name and location of the file the program needed.'

Turns out the data files are on the network drive, which is backed up daily, so fish asks when the user was in this program last..."

ComputerWorld, July 31st, 2020
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Memory-Lane Monday: I Guess Looks Are Everything
Ugly hardware ends up in Siberia
"A large plotter is being moved from one building to another at this government agency, and pilot fish in that building gets orders to do the installation.

He goes downstairs to program the network information into it, then goes back to his desk to set up the print queue. That done, he calls the user to have him print a drawing to test it..."

ComputerWorld, July 27th, 2020
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IT News - Database
How To Protect Your Website's Database From Hackers
A recent investigation by NordPass and a white hat hacker discovered more than 9,000 unsecured databases online with more than 10 billion individual entries
"Website databases contain a treasure trove of confidential information, including usernames, email addresses, phone numbers, and passwords (albeit encrypted passwords.hopefully)," recalls Lance Whitney in TechRepublic.

"Such databases are a tempting target for cybercriminals who can hack into them to steal such information and then easily sell it to fellow criminals on the Dark Web. That's why website databases should be as secure and protected as possible. But that's not necessarily the reality..."

TechRepublic, July 29th, 2020
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IT News - Linux
10 Cheat Sheets For Linux Sysadmins
These quick reference guides make sysadmins' lives and daily tasks significantly easier, and they're all freely available
"When you're a systems administrator, you don't just have one job," opines Seth Kenlon in, "you have ALL the jobs, and often each one is on-demand with little to no warning. Unless you do a task every day, you may not always have all the commands and options you need in mind when you need them. And that's why I love cheat sheets.

Cheat sheets help you avoid silly mistakes, they keep you from having to look through pages of documentation, and they keep you moving efficiently through your tasks. I've selected my favorite 10 cheat sheets for any sysadmin, regardless of experience level...", July 30th, 2020
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IT News - HPC
$39 Billion Worldwide HPC Market Faces 3.7% COVID-Related Drop In 2020
Global HPC market revenue reached $39 billion in 2019, growing a healthy 8.2 percent over 2018, according to the latest analysis from Intersect360 Research
"A 3.7 percent COVID-related contraction is in store for 2020, ending a ten-year growth streak. The horizon still looks bright, however; the analyst firm is forecasting a rebound spike in 2021 and a five-year compound annual growth rate of 7.1 percent that would bring the total HPC market to $55 billion at the end of 2024.

The big 2019 winners in Intersect360 Research's final accounting were HPE and Dell EMC, which ended the year in a virtual tie, together leading HPC system revenue with a combined 60 percent market share. These same companies also topped the storage segmentation by revenue, with Dell EMC maintaining the lead that it has held since 2017, after Dell acquired EMC..."

HPCWire, July 29th, 2020
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IT News - Wireless
Worldwide 5G Network Infrastructure Spending Expected To Nearly Double In 2020
While spending rises, revenues are expected to decline 4.4% to $38.1 billion, according to a new Gartner forecast
N.F. Mendoza writes in TechRepublic, "Investments in 5G network infrastructure by communications service providers (CSPs) are predicted to reach 21.3% of total wireless infrastructure, according to Gartner's latest forecast (Forecast: Communications Service Provider Operational Technology, 2Q20 Update and Forecast Analysis: Communications Service Provider Operational Technology, Worldwide"). This year, worldwide 5G network infrastructure spending is expected to nearly double, as revenues are expected to dip 4.4% to $38.1 billion..."
TechRepublic, July 27th, 2020
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IT News - DR
When Business Continuity Plans Go Wrong...
A look at when business continuity goes wrong for businesses and the reasons why
"Covid-19 has been a great test of company's business continuity plans," notes Craig Atkins in ITProPortal. "The firms that had solid plans jumped into action to implement them, with varying degrees of success, and those that didn't have them - or hadn't reviewed them since drafting them years ago - quickly scrabbled around to get themselves operational.

The heartening thing with this whole situation has been that, on the whole, most companies have been able to adapt and get themselves back up and operational in a very short time period, indicating that their continuity plans were well designed and executed..."

ITProPortal, July 29th, 2020
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IT News - Developer
Why Agile Teams Drive Digital Transformation
A team must be agile if they are to drive such innovation and still be effective and disruptive in a challenging environment. These key attributes will ultimately push organisations towards their digital transformation and long-term goals
David Bentley writes in jaxenter, "Guilty of being one of the most overused phrases in the business world - particularly during the current climate - 'digital transformation' can give the impression that it simply covers only one event. However, it is so much more than that.

The term in fact embodies a continual review and roll-out of change - bringing together company culture, technology and processes. It challenges leaders - and their workforces - to embrace diversification together, and radically update their business model to meet ever-evolving end user needs. McKinsey describes truly agile enterprises as 'organisations as living organisms', which is perhaps closer to the mark when thinking about the pivotal role which digital transformation plays in an organisation..."

jaxenter, July 27th, 2020
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