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IT News - CxO
How To Explain Robotic Process Automation (RPA) In Plain English
The Enterprisers Project, May 7th, 2019
"What is robotic process automation (RPA)?" asks Kevin Casey in The Enterprisers Project.

"What kinds of tasks can it handle? Here's a primer for IT and business leaders - and anyone needing to demystify the concept...

If 'machine learning' sounds like the beginning of a bleak dystopian future - think The Terminator mixed with The Matrix - then 'robotic process automation' must be the phase when the machines rise up to rule humankind with ruthless efficiency..."

KPMG's 10 Technologies Driving Transformation - And 3 To Watch
CIO Dive, May 10th, 2019
"IoT, RPA and blockchain stand out because of major leaps in ranking and continued dominance," notes Samantha Ann Schwartz in CIO Dive.

"It's difficult to know what technologies are worth pursuing, but companies too cautious about adopting a new innovation could lose out to competition.

Certain technologies are outperforming the rest in terms of digital transformation. A technology usually hits a plateau after a successful market penetration, with a lifecycle punctuated by highs and lows along the way..."

What Should Your Company's Change Password Policy Be?
CSO Online, May 9th, 2019
"Microsoft's recent dropping of its maximum password age default renews the debate over forced password changes," writes Roger A. Grimes in CSO Online. "Here's why you should continue to expire passwords...

Microsoft's April 24 decision to remove the 'Maximum Password Age' (forced expiration) default from Microsoft Windows has sparked a lot of discussion. The default (and recommended) maximum password age had been 45 to 60 days, depending on the OS version. Removing the forced expiration default follows the recent National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommendation not to require a password change until you know a password has been compromised..."

The Three Factors Central to Every Successful CIO
CIO, May 6th, 2019
"Being a successful CIO means excelling with technical prowess, business acumen, and customer centricity," writes Cynthia Stoddard in CIO.

"At Adobe Summit, I participated in a panel discussion with Accenture CIO Andrew Wilson and Intuit CIO Atticus Tysen, to discuss the evolving role of the CIO with enterprise digitization.

In addressing what it takes to be a successful CIO, insights spanned across three key areas: technical prowess, business acumen, customer centricity..."

IT News - Storage
Understanding the NVMe Performance Problem
SearchStorage, May 9th, 2019
"Storage software is a primary performance concern when using NVMe," opines George Crump in SearchStorage. "Discover three workarounds vendors use to fix the problem that exists between NVMe flash and storage software...

NVMe has a lot to offer enterprise storage systems. The technology improves flash storage performance by increasing command count and queue depths while using PCIe as its primary interconnect. It is a protocol that works both inside a server and outside, and it is networkable for shared storage environments..."

104,130 HDDs Tested By Backblaze, May 7th, 2019
"As of March 31, 2019, Backblaze had 106,238 spinning HDDs in its cloud storage ecosystem spread across three data centers. Of that number, there were 1,913 boot drives and 104,325 data drives. This review looks at the 1Q19 and lifetime HDD failure rates of the data drive models currently in operation in our data centers and provides a handful of insights and observations along the way. In addition, we have a few questions for you to ponder near the end of the post..."

5G To Drastically Helps Storage Industry, May 10th, 2019
"The move from 4G to 5G will drastically helps the storage industry.

According to a recent survey, 5G consumer potential, from Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Swedish company deeply involved in 5G, average world smartphone usage in 2018 stood at 5.6GB/month and is expected to increase to 21GB/month in 2024, an increase of roughly 4 times from today's usage.

Stastica, on its side, reports that there was 2.53 billion of smartphones users in the world in 2018 - 1.4 billion for IDC -. This means 142TB/month, and consequently this figure will increase to 532TB/month in 2024, or an astronomical figure of 6EB/year, to be stored somewhere, into smartphones on flash memories and/or some storage devices and/or cloud..."

Cloud Trends Of 2019 Include Repatriation, Hybrid And Multi-Cloud
SearchStorage, May 9th, 2019
"The rise of the hybrid cloud and the repatriation of public cloud workloads on site to private clouds are driving the broader cloud trends of 2019 toward multi-cloud," writes Jon Toigo in SearchStorage.

"Storage was one of the original service offerings of clouds -- focused initially on general-purpose content distribution, then on file sharing or mobile-device-capacity expansion. Today, storage-related service offerings run the gamut from backup and archive data repositories to more complex storage solutions that support cloud-based applications and virtual machines..."

IT News - AI
Machine Learning Algorithms Explained
InfoWorld, May 9th, 2019
"Machine learning uses algorithms to turn a data set into a predictive model. Which algorithm works best depends on the problem," notes Martin Heller in InfoWorld.

"Machine learning and deep learning have been widely embraced, and even more widely misunderstood. In this article, I'd like to step back and explain both machine learning and deep learning in basic terms, discuss some of the most common machine learning algorithms, and explain how those algorithms relate to the other pieces of the puzzle of creating predictive models from historical data..."

7 Ways Ecommerce Is Leveraging AI For A Better Customer Experience
TechWorm, May 11th, 2019
Payel Dutta writes in TechWorm, "Retailer spending on artificial intelligence will reach $7.3 billion per year by 2022, according to Juniper Research. The battle to outmaneuver the competition with data will heat up as retailers hunt for ways to improve the consumer buying experience.

Sellers increasingly rely on the information provided by AI-powered demand forecasting. It's critical for preparing for key shopping holidays such as Black Friday..."

Future Of Artificial Intelligence For 2020
ITProPortal, May 8th, 2019
"2020 will be an essential year in AI-related business progression," opines Chris Albert in ITProPortal.

"Speaking of Millennials and the next rising generation, what differentiates us from our predecessors is the inventions, humans have now created and further construction almost everything that we can touch in virtual. The only thing common between us, our predecessors and the next generation would be brain - that changed the demeanour of our communication and how we look at things. Artificial Intelligence, most commonly known as AI had been a prediction for decades but was initially associated with robots only..."

The Melding Of Minds: How AI And Humans Are Changing The Workforce
insideBIGDATA, May 11th, 2019
"In this special guest feature, Claus Jepsen, Deputy CTO and Chief Technology Strategist at Unit4, discusses how the future of AI holds both promise and mystery. It is more important than ever to prepare yourself, your team, and your organization to develop a strategy to leverage artificial intelligence. At Unit4, Claus builds cloud-based, super-scalable solutions and brings innovative technologies such as AI, chatbots, and predictive analytics to ERP. He is a strong believer that having access to vast amounts of data allows us to construct better, non-intrusive and pervasive solutions to improve our experiences, relieve us from tedious chores, and allow us focus on what we as individuals really love doing..." - insideBIGDATA

IT News - Bitcoin
Tim Draper Believes Bitcoin Will Grab 5% Of The Earth's Market Share
CCN, May 10th, 2019
Gerelyn Terzo writes in CCN, "While Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are focused on Mars, billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper has his feet firmly planted on the ground. Draper might appear to have his head stuck in the clouds with a lofty $250,000 bitcoin price prediction. But from what he tells Fox Business, the early bitcoin investor isn't stargazing..."

IT News - Humor
Take Cover, It's A Student Programmer!
ComputerWorld, May 8th, 2019
"It's 1970 and pilot fish is a college junior taking courses in computer programming. And technology is progressing, as technology does. The school has just upgraded from an IBM 360/40 mainframe to a much more powerful IBM 360/65. It orders it with an entire megabyte of magnetic core memory, which adds about $1 million to its cost, and several disk drives in addition to the usual tape drives..." -ComputerWorld

Time-Machine Tuesday: It's all in how you ask
ComputerWorld, May 7th, 2019
"This entire organization is moving to a new building - a really new building, says a pilot fish making the move.

'The offices in the new building would have built-in furniture, and someone was assigned to work with us on customized furniture plans for each office,' says fish.

His own desk in the old office has a stand that lets him adjust the keyboard for both height and tilt. But he can't take that stand to the new building, so to make sure his new setup has similar flexibility, fish talks to the furniture planner..." - ComputerWorld

IT News - PM
17 Best Free Project Management Tools For You
FOSSMint, May 7th, 2019
Martins D. Okoi writes in FOSSMint, "Whether you are a single user with many tasks, a startup company, or an already established business looking for an efficient way to plan your workflow and organize your projects, there are several project management tools you can use to get work done.

They are modern, easy to manage, and best of all, easy to get up to speed with if you're a newcomer to project management.

Here is our list of the best project management tools you can use to increase your productivity and that of your team for free..."

IT News - Security
5 Top Data Security And Privacy Technologies And Leading Vendors For Each
Information Management, May 10th, 2019
"Technology is enabling companies to gather a high volume of data and making the analyzing process easier," writes Adriene Raynott in Information Management.

"However, as the adage goes 'There are two sides to every coin.' If you find potential opportunities in these technologies, don't overlook the challenges you'll come across while using many of these tools.

So, data security has become one of the biggest challenges organizations face while exploring the emerging technologies in the market. Data management automation is basically called 'DataOps' in the business world, which involves multiple technologies and processes to simplify the storage, access, collection and analysis of data..."

IT News - Database
Top Database Management Systems Vendors
eWeek, May 10th, 2019
"What's the best way to determine which type of database or database service is best for your enterprise? asks Chris Preimesberger in eWeek. "It all depends on what type of use case you require. Find out more in this article.

Basically all the digital information we use on a daily basis is in a database management system or a storage array somewhere in the world. These can range from as small a storage device as a smartphone to as large as a basically unlimited cloud storage system..."

IT News - Linux
2019 Is The Year Of Linux On The Desktop
How-To Geek, May 10th, 2019
"The year of Linux on the desktop is finally here!" opines Chris Hoffman in How-To Geek.

"Windows 10 is getting a Linux kernel, and all new Chromebooks will run Linux applications. Most desktops purchased in the future will include a Linux kernel and run Linux software...

Traditional Linux distributions may not be taking over the world, but Linux is becoming even more pervasive than ever..."

11 Best Tools To Access Remote Linux Desktop
TechMint, May 9th, 2019
Aaron Kili writes in TechMint, "Accessing a remote desktop computer is made possible by the remote desktop protocol (RDP), a proprietary protocol developed by Microsoft. It gives a user a graphical interface to connect to another/remote computer over a network connection. FreeRDP is a free implementation of the RDP.

RDP works in a client/server model, where the remote computer must have RDP server software installed and running, and a user employs RDP client software to connect to it, to manage the remote desktop computer..."

IT News - DevOps
5 Essential Values For The DevOps Mindset, May 9th, 2019
"People and process take more time but are more important than any technology 'silver bullet' in solving business problems," writes Brent Aaron Reed in

"Many IT professionals today struggle with adapting to change and disruption. Are you struggling with just trying to keep the lights on, so to speak? Do you feel overwhelmed? This is not uncommon. Today, the status quo is not enough, so IT constantly tries to re-invent itself..."

IT News - Networks
Wi-Fi 6: Better, Faster Internet Is Coming -- Here's What You Need To Know
CNET, May 11th, 2019
Ry Crist writes in CNET, "Wi-Fi 6 is making its big debut this year, but summing up the potential impact is a bit more complicated than saying it will make Wi-Fi faster. Yes, things are going to be speedier than before -- but what's key about Wi-Fi 6 is how it will reshape the way routers handle the growing number of internet-connected devices in our homes and lives..."

IT News - Careers
5 Reasons Why CEOs Are Hiring Remote Workers
Business 2 Community, May 10th, 2019
Peter Daisyme writes in Business 2 Community, "CEOs are increasingly looking to hire remote workers as a way to grow their companies. Some have gone so far as to do away with their physical office spaces entirely. Automattic, GitLab, Turing and a growing number of billion-dollar startups have taken a non-traditional approach to work, opting for a purely remote, distributed workforce.

Moving away from having an office can provide a number of benefits to your company:.."

Should I Quit Microsoft After A Week To Join Facebook?
Ask The Headhunter, May 6th, 2019
In the May 7, 2019 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter a reader juggles job offers between Facebook and Microsoft.


"I accepted a position at Microsoft and started the job. Within a week I got an offer from Facebook. The pay at Facebook is far better. What should I do?..."

IT News - Big Data
Big Data Trends In 2019
Business 2 Community, May 9th, 2019
"It is a common knowledge that in order to remain competitive and thrive in today's business landscape, having the capability to make data-driven decisions is a must," writes Jomer Gregorio in Business 2 Community.

"This is especially true in marketing, where, fortunately, mountains and mountains of customer data are being pushed and processed across a variety of digital channels, just waiting to be mined and analyzed by marketers.

Customer data is just one of the most crucial assets any businesses can have through the so-called Big Data, i.e., the huge data sets that can be processed to reveal patterns, trends, and associations between a plethora of different human behavior and interactions..."

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