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IT News - CxO
7 Things IT Should Be Automating
CIO, January 9th, 2019
Mary Branscombe writes in CIO, "Automation can reap efficiencies, reduce errors, and free up staff for higher-value tasks - especially when undertaken as part of a companywide strategic effort. Here's where to start...

To take advantage of innovations like artificial intelligence you must first move away from manual processes. For that reason alone, automation should be a key short-term priority for most CIOs.

Automation isn't just about saving time or money. Done well, automation reduces errors, increases employee satisfaction by freeing staff from tedious tasks, improves the customer experience and allows you to scale up..."

Top 4 Enterprise Tech Trends To Watch In 2019
Computerworld, January 7th, 2019
"Security, AI, cloud computing and blockchain are all expected to see significant advances this year," writes Michelle Davidson in Computerworld

"If 2018 was the year of the data breach, the thinking among IT pros is that this will be the year companies take concrete steps to prevent future breaches.

That was the sentiment among tech professionals who took part in a recent @IDGTechTalk Twitter chat about enterprise tech trends for 2019..."

The Future Of The CIO
CIO, January 8th, 2019
"How different will the CIO role be in, say, 2023?" asks Myles F. Suer in CIO.

"Every so often, I get requests from outside organizations wanting to learn from the CIOs in the #CIOChat. Recently, an organization wanted to get a sense of how the CIO role will change in the next five years. Here is a summary of what we both learned from this conversation..."

Four Cybersecurity Trends Every CIO Should Know
HelpNet Security, January 11th, 2019
Ron Crumbaker writes in HelpNet Security, "The cybersecurity landscape in 2019 will likely bolster bigger, more complex threats and developments. Given the intricacy of today's cyber security challenges, organisations will need to adopt a security approach that requires digital support and increased collaboration from both IT and security teams. So, what key trends can we expect to see in this new year?..."

IT News - Storage
Dark Future For 2.5-Inch HDDs, January 8th, 2019
"HDDs are today offered in two form factors: 2.5 inches and 3.5 inches, following the death of all the other ones.

No more 2.5-inch announcements

There was no internal 2.5-inch HDD announced at all since March 2018 by WD (a notebook HDD), since December 2017 by Toshiba and since May 2017 by Seagate (enterprise 10,000rpm devices). Per comparison 19 were released in year 2010 only. For 2.5-inch hybrid units integrating flash memories and disappearing, the last one was launched by WD in 2013..."

CES 2019: Lexar reveals $500 1TB SD card
CNET, January 10th, 2019
"Changing memory cards is about to become a thing of the past," notes Steven Musil in CNET.

"If you shoot a lot of high-definition content but tire of having to stop working to change SD cards, Lexar has a new, mammoth SD card that should make your job easier.

Lexar unveiled The Professional 633x SDXC UHS-I, a memory card with the capacity to store 1 terabyte of photos and video, at CES 2019 in Las Vegas..."

The Biggest Storage Trends Of 2019
architectingIT, January 8th, 2019
Chris Evans writes in architectingIT, "It's time to gaze into the crystal ball and think what might be on the storage agenda for 2019. What will the biggest storage trends for 2019 be? Let's start with some easy ones.

NVMe over Fabrics will be big

Of course it will. All of the major storage vendors are already working towards supporting NVMe-oF and we have a slew of new vendors developing products around the new faster protocol. However, the question is, where will the initial growth and usage be seen?..."

IT News - Technology
IBM Unveils The World's First Commercial Quantum Computer: Q System One
Information Age, January 8th, 2019
"IBM unveils Q System One, the world's first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system designed for scientific and commercial use," reports Andrew Ross in Information Age.

"What a time to be alive! Is quantum computing no longer just a concept or theory?

Back in 2017, IBM broke new ground when it announced it's prototype commercial 17-qubit processor, forming the base for its IBM Q early-access systems. At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), IBM took things even further, when it unveiled IBM Q System One - 'the world's first integrated universal approximate quantum computing system'..."

Where Containers, Cloud, Blockchain, And AI Are Headed In 2019
The Enterprisers Project, January 7th, 2019
"Let's look at each of these four key trends - and where they converge," writes E.G. Nadhan in The Enterprisers Project.

"If I had one word to characterize the projected behavior of enterprises in 2019, it would be collaboration. And if I had to pick a second word, it would be convergence.

Collaboration in 2019 is a welcome outcome driven by the pervasive adoption of technologies that fuel convergence. In the same collaborative vein, I reached out to my network of Red Hat chief architects and chief strategists for some of their 2019 enterprise technology predictions. Join me as I outline the role technology convergence and collaboration will play in 2019..."

The Best Of CES 2019: Highlights And Top Products
CRN, January 11th, 2019
"CES 2019: Exciting, Intriguing And Sometimes Bewildering," writes Dylan Martin and Kyle Alspach in CRN.

"Self-driving car toys. Connected kettlebells. Warring semiconductor companies. CES 2019 was undoubtedly full of exciting, intriguing and sometimes bewildering products and technologies - some of which will likely become common at home and work while others get left behind.

After looking at dozens of wearables, smart home devices, PCs, computer components and accessors, robots, toys and smartphones, CRN has rounded up the best products and technologies that CES 2019 had to offer..."

IT News - Blockchain
Four Innovative Uses For Blockchain In Retail
ITProPortal, January 8th, 2019
"From managing the supply chain to improving customer loyalty programs, here are four of the most promising use cases for blockchain in retail," reports Nacho De Marco in ITProPortal.

"While the financial industry has been successfully making use of blockchain applications for several years now, blockchain technology has the potential to transform a number of other industries as well, including retail..."

6 Steps To How Blockchain Storage Works
SearchStorage, January 9th, 2019
Robert Sheldon writes in SearchStorage, "See how blockchain technology has the potential to provide a secure and reliable enterprise data storage environment with our step-by-step guide to blockchain data storage...

Storing data in large, centralized data centers comes with performance, availability and scalability issues, as well as high capital or operational expenses. Centralized data is also an open invitation to sophisticated cyberattacks. For these reasons, companies are looking for ways to decentralize data storage. Blockchain storage is one way to do that..."

Bringing Together Blockchain, Internet Of Things And Artificial Intelligence: Turning Skynet Into Reality
ITProPortal, January 11th, 2019
Keith Bedell-Pearce writes in ITProPortal, "All three of the new renaissance technologies will bring about major changes in the way work and processes are carried out, with the elimination of whole swathes of activity previously carried out by humans or the activity being carried out by smart machines, bots or smart processes..."

IT News - Humor
Throwback Thursday: Yeah, But It Worked!
Computerworld, January 10th, 2019
"This engineering office is installing a new network copier/printer in its word-processing department, reports an IT pilot fish on the scene.

'One of the people in that department also handles package shipping via a particular delivery service that also provides Windows software for printing shipping labels, billing, tracking packages, etc.,' fish says.

'With the new printer, we're having problems getting that software to properly hold the new printer configuration'..."

Details, Details
ComputerWorld, January 9th, 2019
"It's a few years after Y2K when the IT security team at this university gets a rude awakening, reports a pilot fish in the know.

'They discovered that persons unknown had hacked into a university server,' fish says. 'It was being used to launch denial-of-service attacks against a victim somewhere outside the university.'

The team's first job is finding the server -- which turns out to be in the alumni office -- and taking it offline..."

IT News - Security
The Cybersecurity Beast: What's In Store For 2019
ITProPortal, January 11th, 2019
David Barker writes in ITProPortal, "Below are some predictions of what 2019 is likely to hold for businesses from a cybersecurity perspective...

Corporate cybersecurity is a huge concern for both customers and business owners alike with the number of attacks keep growing month on month. 2018 has seen a multitude of hacks and breaches coming from a wide array attack vectors. Companies have been left with data losses, stolen customer information and compromised networks. Big business just hasn't been able to respond to the challenge fast enough, resulting in successful hacks that have resulted in data loss, and malicious cybersecurity related attacks across the globe. Below are some predictions of what 2019 is likely to hold for businesses from a cybersecurity perspective..."

The Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Is Getting Worse
CSO Online, January 10th, 2019
"More than half of organizations report a 'problematic shortage' of cybersecurity skills, and there is no end in sight," notes Jon Oltsik in CSO Online.

"At the end of each year, ESG conducts a wide-ranging global survey of IT professionals, asking them about challenges, purchasing plans, strategies, etc. As part of this survey, respondents were asked to identify areas where their organization has a problematic shortage of skills..."

IT News - BI
Which Analytics And BI Technologies Will Be The Highest Priority In 2019?
Business 2 Community, January 9th, 2019
  • 82% of enterprises are prioritizing analytics and BI as part of their budgets for new technologies and cloud-based services.
  • 54% say AI, Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing (NLP) are also a high investment priority.
  • 50% of enterprises say their stronger focus on metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) company-wide are a major driver of new investment in analytics and BI.
  • 43% plan to both build and buy AI and machine learning applications and platforms.
  • 42% are seeking to improve user experiences by automating discovery of data insights and 26% are using AI to provide user recommendations.

These and many other fascinating insights are from the recent TDWI Best Practices Report, BI and Analytics in the Age of AI and Big Data...

IT News - HR
5 Talent Trends To Watch In 2019
HR Dive, January 7th, 2019
"Employers need people with certain skills, but those skills are hard to find, meaning some companies have decided to instead look for potential," notes Riia O'Donnell in HR Dive.

"As 2019 dawns, the war for talent continues to rage - and employers are looking for every advantage they can get. Employers need people with certain skills, but those skills are hard to find, meaning some companies have decided to look for potential rather than specificity. Employers know they need to be agile, and many are scrambling to catch up...."

IT News - Server
A Rundown Of Server Hardware Vendors And The Server Options
SearchDataCenter, January 10th, 2019
Robert Sheldon writes in SearchDataCenter, "There is no shortage of server options available on the market today. Discover the leading vendors in these in-depth overviews of the blade, rack and mainframe computers available...

Server hardware vendors offer servers of all shapes and sizes, providing a wide range of options for organizations. Most of the major players include rack servers in their inventories, but many also provide blade servers, and some even offer mainframe computers.

Server hardware vendors usually offer other types of systems, as well, such as towers, converged infrastructures, hyper-converged infrastructures (HCIs), high-density systems or supercomputers..."

IT News - Linux
Linux 5.0 File-System Benchmarks: Btrfs vs. EXT4 vs. F2FS vs. XFS
phoronix, January 7th, 2019
Michael Larabel writes in phoronix, "With all of the major file-systems seeing clean-up work during the Linux 4.21 merge window (now known as Linux 5.0 and particularly with F2FS seeing fixes as a result of it being picked up by Google for support on Pixel devices, I was curious to see how the current popular mainline file-system choices compare for performance. Btrfs, EXT4, F2FS, and XFS were tested on a SATA 3.0 solid-state drive, USB SSD, and an NVMe SSD...."

Where Linux Went in 2018 - and Where It's Going
LinuxInsider, January 9th, 2019
Jonathan Terrasi writes in LinuxInsider, "For those who try to keep their finger on the Linux community's pulse, 2018 was a surprisingly eventful year. Spread over the last 12 months, we've seen various projects in the Linux ecosystem make great strides, as well as suffer their share of stumbles.

All told, the year wrapped up leaving plenty to be optimistic about in the year to come, but there is much more on which we can only speculate. In the interest of offering the clearest lens for a peek into Linux in 2019, here's a look back at the year gone by for all things Linux..."

IT News - HPC
Mellanox Powers New Hawk Supercomputer At HLRS With 200 Gigabit HDR Infiniband
inside HPC, January 8th, 2019
"Mellanox announced that its 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand solutions were selected to accelerate a world-leading supercomputer at HLRS in Germany. The 5000-node supercomputer named 'Hawk' will be built in 2019 and provide 24 petaFLOPs of compute performance. By utilizing the InfiniBand fast data throughput and the smart In-Network Computing acceleration engines, HLRS users will be able to achieve the highest HPC and AI application performance, scalability and efficiency..." - inside HPC

IT News - DevOps
DevOps Chat: Identity Management with ForgeRock's Peter Barker, January 11th, 2019
Alan Shimel writes in, "Two megatrends for 2019 and beyond is scale and automation. The identity management space is a perfect example. Considering all of the IP-enabled devices (machines) coming online and the billions of people and their identities, managing these billions and billions takes systems that will redefine scale and, almost by definition, have to be automated.

Enter ForgeRock..."

IT News - Cloud
As Cloud Grows, Is Resistance To AWS Futile?
Datanami, January 8th, 2019
"If you're looking to build a big data application in 2019, it would be foolish not to check out what Amazon Web Services can offer," notes Alex Woodie in Datanami.

"Whether you're looking for Hadoop-style processing, graph and time-series databases, or training a neural network, the company has what you need. But is there a potential downside hidden amid this proliferation of easy technological goodness?..."

IT News - IoT
Worldwide Spending On IoT To Reach $745 Billion In 2019
HelpNet Security, January 9th, 2019
"Worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) is forecast to reach $745 billion in 2019, an increase of 15.4% over the $646 billion spent in 2018, according to IDC. IDC expects worldwide IoT spending will maintain a double-digit annual growth rate throughout the 2017-2022 forecast period and surpass the $1 trillion mark in 2022..." - HelpNet Security

IT News - Careers
What Does A Project Manager Actually Do?
Business 2 Community, January 10th, 2019
"There are hundreds of amazing, cheap-or-free online tools that we entrepreneurs can use to keep our businesses organized. If you've got a meticulously designed workflow, a skilled team to execute on it, and the right tools to keep work on track, there's nothing you can't do!" notes Melissa Ingold in Business 2 Community.

"Well - except grow your business at an exponential rate, constantly add new clients and products, and expect to oversee it all single-handedly. You're a bona-fide superwoman, obvs, but even superwomen need sleep. (Sometimes.)

Big growth spurts are incredibly exciting, but also challenging to navigate, which is why many business owners opt to hire project managers.

Project management software can be a life-saver when growth is slow, but if your workload is outpacing your team, it helps to bring in an actual person to monitor and manage progress on important deadlines..."

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