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IT News - CxO
How to Find the Best Passive (or Not Looking) Job Candidates
Dr. John Sullivan writes in TLNT, "Last week, I discussed why using the term 'passive candidate' or 'passive job seeker' was inappropriate and I proposed a more accurate name - 'not-looking top prospects.'

In this article I highlight the best sourcing approaches that can be used to identify and eventually attract the highly desirable 'not-looking top prospects.'

TLNT February 19, 2015
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North Carolina CIO Sees Restructuring as Key to Success
David Raths writes in Government Technology, "CIO Chris Estes addresses some of the weaknesses highlighted in a recent state auditor's report that found 74 percent of IT projects were being delivered a year late and over budget....

A Feb. 3, 2015, report by the Office of North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood found several weaknesses in contract practices and IT procurement processes. For instance, 'the State Board of Elections paid a vendor nearly $1 million to replace the State's Campaign Finance System and received nothing in return,' the report stated. In his Feb. 4 State of the State address, Gov. Pat McCrory called for a new cabinet-level Department of Information Technology to address many of the issues highlighted in the audit..."

Government Technology February 18, 2015
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How to Keep Meetings From Eating Into Your Bottom Line
Sharon Florentine notes in CIO that "No business wants to admit that it's inefficient, lacks clear direction or wastes tens of thousands of dollars. And yet businesses everywhere are doing just that by holding unnecessary, unproductive and unpopular meetings. Shifting your company culture away from meetings can make your businesses more productive and employees more engaged and efficient. Here's how..."
CIO February 13, 2015
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IT News - Storage
The Three Problems with Software Defined Storage (SDS)
"Software defined storage (SDS) promises to reduce storage capital and operational costs by abstracting data services from the storage hardware," writes George Crump Storage-Switzerland.

"To deliver on these promises, SDS typically enables the use of commodity storage which should lower storage acquisition costs. It also provides a common interface to data services regardless of the storage hardware used, lowering operational costs. While this may sound like a dream come true, data centers continue to purchase proprietary, turnkey, networked storage hardware. To reverse the trend SDS solutions should address three key problems that are keeping the data center from adopting them more broadly..."

Storage-Switzerland February 19, 2015
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IT News - Technology
9 Fantastical Future Display Technologies
"For decades, there was exactly one way to look at electronically displayed text and images: the cathode ray tube," recalls Glenn McDonald in InfoWorld.

"This hardworking, stalwart technology was the display of choice for everything, from radar systems in the 1940s all the way to desktop PCs in the 1990s, with millions of heavy, fragile cabinet TVs in between.

As computing has moved out of the office, into the home, and onto the streets, so has display technology. Here we look at emerging initiatives for the traditional workstation, as well as potential developments in screen tech for mobile, gaming, and outdoor environments. Consider this less a comprehensive overview of display technology -- entire segments of the industry are dedicated to that -- than a leisurely scroll through some of the more far-out displays the future may hold..."

InfoWorld February 19, 2015
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Nano-Manufacturing Makes Steel 10 Times Stronger
"An inexpensive new process can increase the strength of metals such as steel by as much as 10 times, and make them much more resistant to corrosion," reports Kevin Bullis in MIT Technology Review.

"If the modified metals pass field testing, the new process could go on to make bridges and other infrastructure last far longer; it could also make cars lighter and therefore more fuel-efficient..."

MIT Technology Review February 16, 2015
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IT News - Bitcoin
Payment Processor Stripe Goes Live With Bitcoin Integration
"Stripe has launched its bitcoin payments integration following nearly a year of testing," reports Stan Higgins in Coindesk.

"With the launch, Stripe is now allowing any merchant in its network with a US dollar bank account to accept bitcoin. Integration for merchants is made possible through either its API or as part of its Checkout feature.

A representative for Stripe told CoinDesk that its beta test had delivered promising results, and as part of the testing merchants within Stripe's network received both domestic and international payments.

The spokesperson noted:.."

Coindesk February 19, 2015
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IT News - Linux
10 Highlights of Jon Corbet's Linux Kernel Report
Libby Clark writes for The Linux Foundation, "In his keynote talk at Collaboration Summit, kernel contributor and LWN Editor Jon Corbet elaborated on the results of the Who Writes Linux report, released today, and gave more insights on where kernel development is headed over the next year, its challenges, and successes. Here are 10 highlights:

1. 3.15 was the biggest kernel release ever with 13,722 patches merged. "I imagine we will surpass that again," Corbet said. "The amount of changes to the kernel is just going up over time." ..."

The Linux Foundation February 18, 2015
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IT News - Cloud
The Death of the SLA
"I've attended countless cloud presentations discussing vendor relationships and contract agreements," writes Bernard Golden in CIO February.

"A common feature of these presentations is a discussion of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) and how to define, negotiate and enforce it. I've always found this curious, but felt it was a relatively harmless, if not terribly, useful topic.

No longer. If you invest significant effort on a contractual SLA you're not only wasting time, you're focusing on the wrong thing. The SLA, if it ever made sense as a key contract topic, does so no longer. The traditional SLA is dead. Here's why:.."

CIO February 17, 2015
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IT's Top 3 Cloud Migration Errors
"A few years ago, only 10 to 20 percent of enterprises had a cloud migration strategy, but nowadays, nearly all do," writes David Linthicum in InfoWorld.

"There are many good reasons to move to the cloud, but for many enterprises, the path to cloud is not paved with gold, nor is it easy to navigate.

Despite all the best-practice information out there, I still see huge mistakes being widely made..."

InfoWorld February 17, 2015
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IT News - Networks
6 Internet Of Things Building Blocks
"Need an embedded system to whip up an IoT prototype?" asks Curtis Franklin Jr. in InformationWeek.

"These six platforms make it easier than ever to get started with embedded programming.

The "Internet of Things" is, in reality, the rise of embedded systems. Taking a small computer and embedding it in a formerly un-computerized object allows us to control the object, gather data from the object, and ultimately tie the object to other things through a network or the Internet..."

InformationWeek February 22, 2015
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IT News - Careers
Why Your Resume Still Matters - Even if You're on LinkedIn
"The world today is very technology-centered," notes Amanda Clark in Business 2 Community.

"The Internet has become the go-to resource for doing everything from finding information and connecting with friends to paying bills and booking trips. This is also where many people turn to find jobs. Though newspapers do still advertise job openings, the Internet gives job seekers access to a much broader range of options.

LinkedIn has become a valuable resource as well as it allows professionals to connect and network. Recruiters can scope out potential candidates and job seekers can become more engaged in finding openings and learning about companies. So now that you've crafted a polished LinkedIn profile that will attract positive attention, does that mean your resume is obsolete? Not so fast. There are many limitations to only relying on a LinkedIn profile..."

Business 2 Community February 21, 2015
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New Ideas and Innovation: Hiding in Plain Sight?
"What if businesses could learn to see the world differently?" asks Cindy Barnes in Business 2 Community.

"In science, this is something that happens every day. Changing your perspective in order to understand a problem in a new way is part of the scientific method. But most businesses don't work like this. When they do, it can have a profound positive effect on innovation and performance.

Look at a fast-changing industry like mobile telecoms or personal finance and you'll see companies get left behind as they struggle to shift their thinking. What's holding them back? ..."

Business 2 Community February 19, 2015
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15 Hot Skill Sets for IT Pros in 2015
"When You're Hot, You're Hot," says Kevin Casey InformationWeek.

"The technology world loves its buzzwords, no doubt. If you dig through the hype and hit upon the substance that lies beneath, however, you might be onto career-building gold.

Take DevOps, for instance: It's been among the buzzier terms in and around IT lately. But if you go deeper than the surface, and take note of some of the skills and technologies that DevOps environments increasingly need and make use of, your list will begin to look a lot like the lists that hiring managers and recruiters put together when seeking new talent..."

InformationWeek February 17, 2015
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IT News - Big Data
Big Data, Welcome To Those Awkward Teenage Years
"Just a few years ago, when big data was associated primarily with Hadoop, it was like a precocious child - fun for adults, but nobody took it seriously," opines Brian Hopkins Forrester.

"I'm attending Strata in San Jose this February, and I can see things have changed. Attendance doubled from last year and many of the attendees are the business casual managers - not the blue jeaned developers and admins of days gone by. Big data is maturing and nobody takes it lightly anymore..."

Forrester February 20, 2015
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