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IT News - CxO
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The Pivotal Role Of CIOs In Digital Readiness: Three Principles
"Putting one person in charge of digital readiness won't work, says CEB's Andrew Horne in Search CIO, "but that doesn't mean CIOs don't play a pivotal role in digital transformation.

Across all industries, digitization is seen as a competitive necessity. In fact, 87% of senior business leaders report that it is a priority for their company.

To support digital readiness, some organizations have created dedicated digital leadership roles such as chief digital officers (CDO). But enterprise digital initiatives should be the responsibility of the entire executive leadership team, not just one individual..."

Search CIO, July 9th, 2016
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Standing Strong: How CIOs Can Prepare for Today's Security Challenges
KPMG writes in CIO, "Cybersecurity has long been a tough issue for CIOs to tackle. In today's increasingly complex web of data and cloud-based tools and BYOD, however, those challenges have greatly intensified, according to the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey, the Creative CIO. One startling finding from the new survey was that only a fifth (22 percent) of CIOs feel confident their organization is very well prepared to identify and respond to cyber-attacks, compared to nearly a third in 2014..."
CIO, July 8th, 2016
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Old Apps Need To Die
Storage-Switzerland: "If you have an application that is no longer supported by its developer, or an app that will only run on an older version of your operating system, this blog post is for you. That app needs to die, as it's only a ticking bomb.

What's wrong with older applications, you say? Technically, the application is fine. It's just a series of files that need to get backed up. However, the data created by said application can be a real problem. More importantly, using that data in the future can be quite difficult..."

Storage-Switzerland, July 8th, 2016
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How To Fight Knowledge Flight
Business 2 Community, "Knowledge hoarding isn't the only obstacle organizations face. Knowledge loss is another common challenge organizations face today, especially as baby boomers begin to phase out of the workforce.

What happens to an organization when its most experienced and knowledgeable employees leave the company? What exactly is the organization losing?

Efficiency..."

Business 2 Community, July 8th, 2016
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IT News - Storage
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8 Ways To Speed Up Your Organization'S Data Storage Performance (Slideshow)
Chris Preimesberger writes in eWeek, "In the spirit of the past week's Independence Day celebrations in the United States, eWEEK in this slide show offers some practical ways for IT managers and storage administrators to free themselves from the tyranny of slow-moving storage data movement. Let's face it: Information technology is nothing if not all about speed. Fast data access is critical for a competitive enterprise because productivity slows down markedly when applications - and people - have to wait for data..."
eWeek, July 8th, 2016
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IT News - AI
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Microsoft's Project Malmo AI Platform Goes Open Source
"Microsoft has released artificial intelligence system Project Malmo to the open-source community," reports Charlie Osborne in ZDNet.

"On Thursday, the Redmond giant revealed the shift of Project Malmo from the hands of a small group of computer scientists in a private preview to GitHub, a code repository for open-source projects.

Project Malmo is an artificial intelligence system used to test out AI algorithms using the Minecraft world..."

ZDNet, July 8th, 2016
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IT News - Bitcoin
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Blockchain, Unblocked: Its Implications For Enterprise Computing
"Is blockchain poised to forever change the way we approach computing? Or is it something that will remain associated with cryptocurrency?" asks Joe McKendrick in ZDNet.

"Don Tapscott sees blockchain as something huge and pervasive. In a recent interview hosted and posted by McKinsey & Company, Tapscott, coauthor of Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World, suggests it will change the world -- in ways never envisioned as the Internet developed..."

ZDNet, July 8th, 2016
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Japan's Biggest Bank Invests In Bitcoin Exchange Coinbase
CryptoCoinsNews: "Bitcoin exchange and platform Coinbase has announced new investment and partnership with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BMTU), Japan's biggest bank. The endeavor will see Coinbase look toward expansion efforts in Japan and Asia.

Bitcoin exchange and services platform Coinbase will raise $10.5 million from Japanese investors today with the aim to launch services in Japan. Currently, Coinbase only has an Asian presence in Singapore..."

CryptoCoinsNews, July 8th, 2016
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Raketa Watches Trials Blockchain Technology To Fight Counterfeiting
Rebecca Campbell reports in Bitcoin Magazine, "Blockchain Engine and Petrodvorets Watch Factory have introduced blockchain technology into the manufacturing process of Raketa watches, making Raketa one of the first companies in the world to record the production of physical goods in the blockchain.

Established by Peter the Great in 1721, Petrodvorets Watch Factory is one of Russia's oldest businesses..."

Bitcoin Magazine, July 8th, 2016
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IT News - PM
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To Avoid It Project Management Failure, Strip Rank Of Its Privileges
"How ownership of a Project Management issue should be a shared responsibility, as seniority or rank does not give you exclusivity on solutions," opines David Cotgreave in CIO.

"As you climb the IT Project Management career ladder you may find that your experience and seniority brings you benefits that you didn't enjoy back at the start... Rank has its privileges after all. However, could it also have its problems?..."

CIO, July 8th, 2016
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IT News - Security
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Cold Storage in the Cloud: Comparing AWS, Google, Microsoft
Bill Kleyman writes in Data Center Knowledge, "As the volume of data companies generate and need to keep balloons, the top cloud providers have come up with a type of cloud service that may replace at least some portion of the market for traditional backup products and services. Cold storage delivered as a cloud service is changing the way organizations store and deliver vast amounts of information. The big question is whether cold storage can provide for better backup economics.

Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and since April also Microsoft Azure now offer cloud cold storage services. Each has a different approach, so how do they stack up against each other?.."

Data Center Knowledge, July 8th, 2016
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IT News - Linux
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Managing Linux Using Puppet
David Barton writes in Linux Journal, "Installing a new server usually involves copying over config files and glue scripts from another server until things "work". Subtle problems may persist if a particular condition appears infrequently. Any improvement is usually made on an ad hoc basis to a specific machine, and there is no way to apply improvements to all servers or desktops easily.

Finally, in typical scenarios, all the learning and knowledge invested in these scripts and configuration files are scattered throughout the filesystem on each Linux system. This means there is no easy way to know how any piece of software has been customized..."

Linux Journal, July 8th, 2016
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IT News - DevOps
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Avoid the DevOps Temptation to Build It Yourself
"As tempting as building your own DevOps incident communication tool sounds, you should think twice," notes Vincent Geffray in devops.com.

"My colleagues and I recently were on the phone with a company seeking an IT incident communications and collaboration solution (a.k.a. IT alerting) to eliminate the time wasted with inefficient communications between teams when dealing with major IT issues. We were talking to Jeff, the director of IT operations, and Alec, the incident manager, about how our customers benefit from using IT service alerting solutions to automate the communication to their Dev and Ops teams, the stakeholders and the impacted customers every time a major IT incident is identified..."

devops.com, July 8th, 2016
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IT News - Cloud
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Tips and tricks for migrating to Amazon Web Services (AWS)
"With all the hype about 'moving to the cloud', at some point you wonder: is it really worth it?" asks Avishai Shoushan in ITProPortal.

"From my experience as the CEO of mobile performance marketing platform ClicksMob, the answer is unequivocally, yes, but only with the proper service and the proper 'know-how'.

In mid-2015, we decided to make the leap and migrate to the cloud with the help of Amazon Web Services, or AWS. The decision was a natural choice for a company bursting at the seams to fill a 400 per cent spike in consumer demand. Without a doubt, it has proven to be a worthwhile endeavour having kick-started improvements in scalability, agility, cost-efficiency and overall high performance..."

ITProPortal, July 8th, 2016
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4 Tips For Buying Cloud Management Software
"Cloud management software is a still maturing market, so there are a number of factors to consider before buying one," reports Brandon Butler in Network World.

"Managing clouds can be a challenge given that virtual machines and storage are running in two different environments simultaneously. A crowded industry of cloud management platforms (CMP) has emerged to help.

Here are four tips from Cancila for organizations considering cloud management products..."

Network World, July 7th, 2016
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IT News - IoT
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The Alchemists Of IoT
"The Internet of Things (IoT) is the natural evolution of mobile, network, sensor, and embedded technologies; a nervous system which can connect anything with everything," writes Karl Katewu in Jaxenter.

"If Cisco's prediction of 507.5 Zettabytes globally generated IoT data by 2019 is anything to go by, the landscape of Internet of Things is most certainly the next frontier for software developers. Similar to the alchemists of antiquity, who sought to transform base metals into gold or find synergy between objects, IoT developers have the daunting tasks of distilling the anticipated flood of data..."

Jaxenter, July 8th, 2016
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5 Aspects Of The Internet Of Things That Never Get Talked About
"Sensing some of the lies about the Internet of Things is a vital first step to implementing it," notes Ben Rossi in Information Age.

"The Internet of Things (IoT) may be a phrase suffering from over-use, but it nonetheless represents a huge opportunity for all types of established businesses with a drive for innovation.

While in Gartner's view, the IoT may have risen to the 'peak of inflated expectations', this year's Strata + Hadoop World (London) event, where the focus was on big data strategy and technology for business, demonstrated how there is a definite eagerness to hear about what works in the real world, alongside a desire to learn some less comfortable truths about technology..."

Information Age, July 8th, 2016
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IT News - Careers
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4 Signs It's Time to Look for a New Job
"Everyone has a bad day at work now and then, but when those bad days start to outnumber the good ones, it's time to consider looking for a new job," writes Sharon Florentine in CIO.

"As the economy continues to improve, there's no reason to stay with a company that's struggling to survive, or to settle for a role in which you're not happy, says Howard Seidel, Partner at executive leadership and career consulting firm Essex Partners..."

CIO, July 7th, 2016
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IT News - Big Data
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6 'Data' Buzzwords You Need To Understand
"Take one major trend spanning the business and technology worlds, add countless vendors and consultants hoping to cash in, and what do you get?" asks Katherine Noyes in PC World. "A whole lot of buzzwords with unclear definitions.

In the world of big data, the surrounding hype has spawned a brand-new lingo. Need a little clarity? Read on for a glossary of sorts highlighting some of the main data types you should understand..."

PC World, July 8th, 2016
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IT News - Encryption
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Google Hopes To Thwart Quantum Computers From Cracking Internet Encryption
"Google is testing new cryptography that could future-proof internet communications," reports Michael Kan in ComputerWorld.

"The encryption methods used to secure internet communications won't be impenetrable forever. More powerful 'quantum computers' on the horizon could very well crack them.

That's why Google is testing new cryptography that computers in the future might not be able to break...."

ComputerWorld, July 8th, 2016
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