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IT News - CxO
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10 Enterprise IT Transformation Trends To Watch For 2020
Communications giant Verizon shares its insights on the potential technology drivers that may reshape industries this year
"The prospects may be increasing this year for organizations to see greater returns on their technology investments and transformation efforts," writes Joao-Pierre S. Ruth in InformationWeek.

"Verizon put together a perspective on trends in enterprise IT transformation it foresees may take hold in 2020. One of the central sentiments expressed by the communications provider is that organizations that focus on chasing efficiency but eschew innovation risk being left behind as other companies embrace new possibilities..."

InformationWeek, January 28th, 2020
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The Future Of The CISO
Six Types Of Security Leaders
"When starting a project like 'The Future Of The CISO' report, it's a daunting exercise," writes Jeff Pollard in Forrester. "While we don't always share the background inspiration for our research, this time it's quite important and will shed some light on how we arrived here.

When we started planning this research in 2018 and working on it in 2019, we thought about how we could help CISOs place themselves in the best situations possible. The role's matured and more opportunities exist than ever before, so how does a security leader know if they are in the right place?..."

Forrester, January 31st, 2020
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7 IT Restructuring Mistakes To Avoid
To tackle digital initiatives, IT leaders are having to rethink and reorganize how work gets done. But driving change is about much more than just overhauling org charts and business processes
"How IT operates is changing constantly and rapidly," opines Mary K. Pratt in CIO. "As more tech departments lead digital transformation initiatives, finding the right, new way for IT work to get done is a core, though often overlooked issue.

Such forces, combined with conventional drivers such as mergers and acquisitions and cost-cutting exercises, have many CIOs restructuring their teams while supporting broader enterprise-wide reorganizations..."

CIO, January 27th, 2020
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7 Digital Transformation Myths
A successful digital transformation can help you outpace competitive threats. But these conventional beliefs can cause your efforts to fall short
"The pace of change in business is forcing many companies to transform, often enabled by technology," opines Khalid Kark in CIO. "This is variously termed digital transformation or tech-enabled business transformation, but regardless of label, technology leaders are at the center.

Preliminary data from Deloitte's 2020 global tech leadership survey shows 79 percent of organizations globally are engaged in a digital transformation effort, with nearly half (45 percent) of transformations undertaken as a reactive response to imminent market threats..."

CIO, January 29th, 2020
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IT News - Security
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80% Of Successful Breaches Are From Zero-Day Exploits
Organizations are not making progress in reducing their endpoint security risk, especially against new and unknown threats, a Ponemon Institute study reveals
"68% IT security professionals say their company experienced one or more endpoint attacks that compromised data assets or IT infrastructure in 2019, an increase from 54% of respondents in 2017.

Bottom-line business damage

Of those incidents that were successful, researchers say that 80% were new or unknown, they define them as 'zero-day attacks.' These attacks either involved the exploitation of undisclosed vulnerabilities or the use of new malware variants that signature-based, detection solutions do not recognize..." - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, January 31st, 2020
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IT News - MFA
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Google Releases New Open-Source Two-Factor Authentication Security Key Platform
Google LLC has released a new open-source multifactor authentication security key platform that allows both hobbyists and hardware vendors to build their own security keys
"Called OpenSK, the project has been released on GitHub and contains Rust-based firmware that can be installed on Nordic chip dongles," writes Duncan Riley in SiliconANGLE .

"Rust is a system programming language focused on safety while Nordic chip dongles are dongles, a small piece of computer hardware that connects to another device, designed in this case by Nordic Semiconductor ASA.

OpenSK supports FIDO U2F and FIDO2 standards, both authentication standards from the FIDO Alliance that facilitate authentication..."

SiliconANGLE , January 30th, 2020
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IT News - Storage
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Data Storage Architecture Poised For Disruption In 2020
Experts predict edge computing, 5G and containers will fuel computational storage, new storage systems dedicated to container-based applications, and flash-based object stores
"The pillars of enterprise storage architecture will rock and sway in 2020 and beyond, as IT organizations continue to sort out the best ways to use big data for analytics and artificial intelligence," writes Carol Sliwa in SearchStorage.

"Edge computing, 5G wireless and container-based applications are among the hot technologies that will exert a significant impact on the classic data storage architecture that IT pros have built for decades on SAN and NAS systems..."

SearchStorage, January 31st, 2020
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Continuing Hard Disk Drive Innovation From Western Digital (Video)
Carl Che, Ph.D., Vice President, HDD Technology, discusses Western Digital's continuous innovation in hard disk drive technology
"The company is driving capacity and efficiency with mechanical innovation, new firmware and features, and increases in areal density. Energy-assisted recording technologies are emerging, including ePMR, MAMR, and HAMR, enabling capacity to 50 TB and beyond. New suspension technologies are emerging, including mual-stage and triple-stage actuators to increase tracks per inch. SMR is enabling areal density, but IOPS per TB are dropping. Multi-actuator drives can help maintain usability of hard disks for years to come..."
vimeo, January 27th, 2020
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IT News - AI
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Top Machine Learning Services In The Cloud
These top machine learning services in the cloud enable companies to better analyze data and derive new insights
"Accessing these service via the cloud tends to be efficient in terms of cost and staff hours," writes Sean Michael Kerner in datanami.

"Machine Learning services in the cloud are a critical area of the modern computing landscape, providing a way for organizations to better analyze data and derive new insights. Accessing these service via the cloud tends to be efficient in terms of cost and staff hours..."

datanami, January 29th, 2020
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The Next Generation Of AI: Explainable AI
For most businesses, decisions - from creating marketing taglines to which merger or acquisition to approve - are made solely by humans using instinct, expertise, and understanding built through years of experience
"These decisions were invariably susceptible to the nuances of human nature: decisions included bias, stereotypes and inconsistent influences," writes Anusha Sethuraman in datanami.

"And while humans eventually shifted into considering data, the human brain can't process it in large amounts. Humans naturally prefer summarized content when making decisions. Unfortunately, these summaries don't always include relevant data and details, and some are still marred with bias..."

datanami, January 29th, 2020
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8 Misleading AI Myths - And The Realities Behind Them
With all of the hype around AI and machine learning come many factual inaccuracies. Let's separate the truth from the fiction
Andy Patrizio writes in Inforworld, "Computer sentience has been fodder for Hollywood for decades. Usually it's for the bad, whether it's HAL in '2001: A Space Odyssey' or the T-800 in 'Terminator.' Occasionally it's been thoughtful, like Project 2501 in 'Ghost in the Shell.' Whatever the plot, few themes elicit such fear and loathing as the robot armies and superintelligent computers we get from movies and TV.

The rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning over the last few years has not helped, and even people who should know better are giving in to fear. The fact is, much of the fear around AI comes from overactive imaginations that machines will mimic our own bad behavior..."

Inforworld, January 27th, 2020
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IT News - Technology
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9 Must-Read Technology Books For 2020
Get a fresh perspective on core and emerging technologies - from AI to analytics - and the related leadership challenges. Put these technology books on your reading list
"How do you keep up with technology change, given the exponential rate of tech advances today?" asks Stephanie Overby in The Enterprisers Project.

"It's not easy and it's not optional. Since technology underpins the competitive stance of most organizations, maintaining a working knowledge of current and emerging technologies is as important for IT leaders as building their soft skills or leadership abilities..."

The Enterprisers Project, January 27th, 2020
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IT News - Blockchain
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Blockchain Smart Contracts Users Will Increase Data Quality 50% By 2023
A Gartner report predicts a reduction of data availability by 30%, but with enhanced transparency, speed and decision making
N.F. Mendoza writes in TechRepublic, "A new report from Gartner predicts companies using blockchain smart contracts will increase overall data quality by 50% by 2023, but reduce data availability by 30% during the same time period. This will conversely create positive data and analytics ROI.

A smart contract is a computer program or protocol which typically runs on a blockchain which facilitates, verifies, or executes business processes triggered by events, on-chain transactions or interactions with other smart contracts, according to the report..."

TechRepublic, January 31st, 2020
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IT News - Humor
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Appropriated
IP theft doesn't always involve intellectual property
"This pilot fish gets a request for a new server, and after being satisfied with all his post-install checks, he turns it over to the customers. But they say the server is experiencing intermittent network connectivity.

So fish has the network team check the port, network switch and cable. All seems fine: constant link status and no dropped packets. But the problem persists. Fish calls vendor for help and sends it the diag report from the lights-out interface. But the hardware looks fine..." - ComputerWorld

ComputerWorld, January 28th, 2020
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Wayback Wednesday: Ripped
Be prepared to pay the price
"This otherwise-excellent IT manager has one big problem: He has a habit of tearing his employees' work apart in the middle of the office, says a pilot fish on the scene.

'One day he drew up a plan that was seriously flawed, and I decided to give him a taste of his own medicine,' says fish. 'He gave me a copy of the plan. I read it, ripped it in half, threw it in the wastebasket and called it junk..." - ComputerWeekly

ComputerWeekly, January 29th, 2020
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Throwback Thursday: Crash Guru
What else does your crystal ball tell you?
"Some of the servers in this data center are running applications that have memory leaks - and the only way to avert a major crash is to reboot them regularly, reports a pilot fish on the scene.

The only problem: The users don't buy the idea that their servers have to be taken offline on a regular basis..." - ComputerWorld

ComputerWorld, January 30th, 2020
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IT News - HR
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HR And IT May Need To Reconnect To Modernize Recruiting
HR technology is experiencing a setback just as the digital transformation is becoming imperative
"As the digital transformation marches on, HR's relationship with IT has shifted in turn," writes Valerie Bolden-Barrett in HRDive.

"Matt Harris, head of workplace technology at Envoy, has said in a piece for sister site CIO Dive that IT should report to the chief people officer. "IT's relationship with HR and its people has the opportunity to completely transform the way business is done and the way employees exist in (and out of) the workplace," Harris wrote. "Industry will start to see more IT teams report to HR and chief people officers, and even directly to the CEO.."

HRDive, January 31st, 2020
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IT News - FOSS
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LibreOffice 6.4 Officially Released, Here's What's New
LibreOffice 6.4 has been development during the past five months
"The final release is now available to download for GNU/Linux, macOS, and Windows systems," writes Marius Nestor in Linux today.

"This is a major release that introduces several new features, multiple performance improvements, especially when working with presentations and spreadsheets, as well as better compatibility with Microsoft Office documents. Highlights of LibreOffice 6.4 include a QR code generator to make it easier to add QR codes to your documents, a new Automatic Redaction feature that lets you hide sensitive or classified information in your documents, and unified hyperlink context menus as Copy Hyperlink Location, Edit Hyperlink, Open Hyperlink, and Remove Hyperlink..."

Linux today, January 29th, 2020
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IT News - DevOps
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Pendulums And DevOps
I have long noted the trend of pendulums in IT, particularly in organizations with longer histories
"Centralized IT will be achieved, its weaknesses noticed and a movement will begin to decentralize," writes Don Macvittie in DevOps.com. "Decentralized IT is achieved, and people remember its weaknesses, causing centralization.

The same is true with speed of delivery versus quality. Faster will be more important for a while, then the reality that faster causes quality concerns will surface, and reliable becomes the keyword, causing slower rollouts of better product..."

DevOps.com, January 27th, 2020
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IT News - Cloud
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5 Tips To Optimize Your Hybrid Cloud Management
Hybrid can be an appealing -- yet daunting -- cloud architecture for IT teams looking for flexibility. Review these five best practices to ensure you maximize the benefits without compromising your workloads
Chris Tozzi writes in Search Cloud Applications, "Enterprises are attracted to hybrid cloud because it enables them to mix and match on-premises infrastructure, private cloud resources and public cloud services to build a cloud architecture that best fits their needs.

But since these architectures involve multiple components of different types, hybrid cloud management is often harder than operating within a single environment, whether it's on premises or in a public cloud..."

Search Cloud Applications, January 31st, 2020
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Hybrid Cloud Management Requires New Tools, Skills
Hybrid cloud environments can deliver an array of benefits, but in many enterprises, they're becoming increasingly complex and difficult to manage
"To cope, adopters typically turn to some type of management software," writes John Edwards in Networkworld. "What soon becomes apparent, however, is that hybrid cloud management tools can be as complex and confounding as the environments they're designed to support.

A hybrid cloud typically includes a mix of computing, storage and other services. The environment is formed by a combination of on-premises infrastructure resources, private cloud services, and one or more public cloud offerings, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure, as well as orchestration among the various platforms..."

Networkworld, January 27th, 2020
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IT News - Wireless
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Wi-Fi 6 Is Here: Should You Upgrade To Wi-Fi 6 In 2020?
You can buy routers, smartphones, and laptops that support the latest generation of Wi-Fi today
"At CES 2020, we saw many more Wi-Fi 6 devices announced. You might actually get some Wi-Fi 6 hardware this year-but is it worth the upgrade?" asks Chris Hoffman in How-To Geek.

"What Is Wi-Fi 6, and Why Should You Care?

Wi-Fi 6 is the latest generation of the Wi-Fi standard. The Wi-Fi Alliance retroactively renamed older standards, so 802.11ac is Wi-Fi 5 and 802.11n is Wi-Fi 4. Wi-Fi 6 is also known as 802.11ax, but version numbers make things much simpler. It's easy to understand which versions of Wi-Fi are faster and newer..."

How-To Geek, January 28th, 2020
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IT News - Networks
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Explore 9 Essential Elements Of Network Security
Network security isn't a one-size-fits-all strategy. Dive into the various segments of network security, and learn how they overlap and interact with each other
Lee Doyle and Charles Kolodgy write in SearchNetworking, "IT has changed considerably, moving from a client-server environment to one driven by digital transformation, which increases the interaction of mobile devices, cloud resources -- such as SaaS and IaaS -- and IoT. All this innovation has greatly expanded the ability of people and devices to communicate. What remains constant, however, is that the network, no matter what form it takes, must protect the usability and integrity of network resources..."
SearchNetworking, January 28th, 2020
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VPN For Enterprises In 2020 And Beyond
VPNs have helped enterprises to expand their reach in the last decade and will help enable innovation in years to come
"In the last decade, many enterprises having facilities spread across multiple continents have adopted digital systems," recalls Sagar Nangare in Network Computing.

"Wide Area Networks (WANs) are extensively used to interconnect those digital systems. However, WANs are mainly built upon telephone leased lines that are too expensive for enterprises. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) have emerged as a cost-efficient solution for enterprises; VPNs use a less expensive and widely available public network, the Internet..."

Network Computing, January 29th, 2020
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IT News - Careers
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Changing Roles: Find Out If Your IT Job Is About To Become Obsolete
As technology continues evolving, so will the role of IT professionals, rendering entry-level technologists and others useless
Macy Bayern writes in TechRepublic, "The workforce is about to undergo a technological revolution: Over the next 10 years, 1.2 billion employees worldwide will be impacted by automation and artificial intelligence (AI), with 50% of jobs being changed by the technology and 5% being eliminated, according to the World Economic Forum..."
TechRepublic, January 29th, 2020
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How To Assess Soft Skills Before You Hire
In the digital era, tech skills are scarce, but soft skills like emotional intelligence, creativity and strategic thinking are the secrets to success. Here's how to ensure you hire for the intangibles
"It used to be that hiring IT staff was merely hard. Finding (and landing) that complex array of technical skills remains a tall ask," opines Christina Wood in CIO.

"But as technology becomes further entwined with the business and IT has become more customer-centric, IT positions demand not only technical know-how but also emotional intelligence, creativity, persuasiveness, adaptability, a communicative and collaborative approach, even humility..."

CIO, January 28th, 2020
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IT Career Goals 2020: Most-Wanted Technology And Core Skills
What are the top technology and core skills IT professionals should explore now to advance their careers in the years ahead? Recruiters and tech execs speak
"What are your career goals for 2020?" asks Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project. "Will it be the year you go after a big promotion? Explore a few new certifications? Change careers altogether? If you are in IT, it's wise to check in regularly on career progress - because staying still for too long could quickly lead to falling behind..."
The Enterprisers Project, January 30th, 2020
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IT News - Developer
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Top 14 Open Source Web Development Tools
This list of top open source web development tools includes helpful applications for many purposes
"A GitLab report found that developers overwhelmingly prefer open source development tools, "98 percent of developers say they use open source tools, and 75 percent say at least half of their tools are open source." Open source software is always in flux. New projects are being born every day, and from time to time, we like to shine a spotlight on those that seem particularly noteworthy. There's always something valuable in open source software. Of course, there are plenty more out there that didn't get included. If you know of one (or more) notable open source apps, please make a note in the Comments section below..." - Datamation
Datamation, January 30th, 2020
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