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IT News - CxO
6 Essential Competencies For Digital Executives
CIO, October 17th, 2018
"Thanks to digital disruption and shifts in the workplace, the litmus test for leadership has changed," writes Sharon Florentine in CIO. "Here are six essential traits that great IT leaders need to thrive in the digital age...

What makes a great leader? Although there's no single set of personality traits, background experiences or talents that can predict who can lead effectively, there are certain leadership competencies that all good leaders and executives have mastered..."

CIOs Watch Out: Here Are 7 Disruptions You Might Not See Coming
TechRepublic, October 19th, 2018
"There are several categories of disruption that organizations may not be prepared for and need to work to pre-empt, according to Gartner," writes Conner Forrest in TechRepublic.

"Digital transformation means that businesses are moving at a faster pace. Not only the pace at which your business can create value, but also how quickly it can be disrupted.

While some of the disruptions facing your industry may be obvious, others can be difficult to predict. At its Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2018, research firm Gartner detailed some of the most critical disruptions that CIOs might not anticipate..."

The CIO As Storyteller
CIO, October 15th, 2018
"Effective communication across the enterprise requires a renewed focus on capturing an audience. Tech leaders from California State University, QEP Resources, and Arup share how they handle the challenge," reports Brendan McGowan in CIO.

"Communication is the bedrock of all social behavior. And multilingual communication - what linguists call code-switching - is the human norm. The British Council, the United Kingdom's international cultural arm, has referred to recent surveys indicating that the majority of humanity is multilingual. The Linguistic Society of America reports that there are upwards of 6,000 languages worldwide, and humans have worked hard to accommodate this diversity. In Novi Sad, Serbia, for example, the sign to the mayor's office is in the four official languages of the city: Serbian, Hungarian, Slovak, and Pannonian Rusyn..."

Gartner Symposium 2018: 10 Culture Hacks For CIOs To Spur DX
Search CIO, October 16th, 2018
"Culture is a barrier to digital transformation, and it's the CIO's job to help change it, said analyst Kristin Moyer at Gartner Symposium 2018...

Let's imagine for a minute that CIOs have as big a role to play in corporate culture change as HR execs do. No need to think too long, said Kristin Moyer, distinguished vice president and analyst at Gartner.

According to the research firm, by 2021, CIOs will be as responsible for culture change as chief human resources officers.

How will they meet that responsibility?..." - Search CIO

Shadow IT: The CIO's Perspective
CIO, October 18th, 2018
"Should CIOs fear or endorse shadow IT? The CIO's perspective may surprise you," writes Myles F. Suer in CIO.

"CIOs have many reactions to shadow IT. Some complain that IT is generally measured as a success only by delivering something the business wants. However, IT organizations can get caught up in just doing cost control, security and overarching governance.

With this context, CIOs say, it's important to realize that shadow IT is not the problem..."

Gartner Identifies The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2019
Gartner, October 15th, 2018
"Analysts Explore Top Industry Trends at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2018, October 14-18 in Orlando...

Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top strategic technology trends that organizations need to explore in 2019. Analysts presented their findings during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, which is taking place here through Thursday.

Gartner defines a strategic technology trend as one with substantial disruptive potential that is beginning to break out of an emerging state into broader impact and use, or which are rapidly growing trends with a high degree of volatility reaching tipping points over the next five years..." - Gartner

10 Top Strategic Predictions For 2019
Information Week, October 17th, 2018
"Blockchain, AI, facial recognition?" asks Jessica Davis in Information Week. "Here are Gartner's top strategic predictions for 2019 and beyond, delivered during the Gartner Symposium/ITExpo.

Deciding which projects to invest in right away and what projects should wait a little longer is one of the big tasks corporate boards and CIOs are focused on right now during IT budget season. To help decision makers with the big task at hand, Gartner Distinguished VP and Analyst Daryl Plummer announced to a packed house Gartner's Top Strategic Predictions for 2019 and Beyond during Gartner Symposium/ITExpo yesterday in Orlando..."

Technology Risks: What CIOs Should Know And Steps They Can Take
SeachCIO, October 20th, 2018
"Adopting new tech helps businesses thrive, but CIOs must be aware of accompanying risks. Experts sound off on how new tech continues to muddle the cybersecurity threat landscape," writes Mekhala Roy in SeachCIO.

"The cloud, AI and IoT have become ubiquitous in the business setting, but the technology risks that come with adopting these innovations have ushered in a wave of unprecedented security concerns for businesses.

Organizations that use any technology or service model that connects to the public internet -- whether the cloud, AI or an IoT tool -- leave the door open for hackers to access their data and upload malware, OpenVPN CEO Francis Dinha and other experts said..."

IT News - Storage
NVMe-oF Fends off Scale-Out Storage Challenges
SearchStorage, October 16th, 2018
"NVMe over Fabrics has proven to be a useful fix for the problems faced by scale-out storage architectures, and vendors and users alike are taking notice," opines Chris Evans in SearchStorage.

"There are, in general, two recognized ways to scale storage architectures: scale-up and scale-out. Scale-up products work by increasing the capacity and horsepower of a single hardware platform, whereas scale-out tools increase capability with extra servers or nodes. Historically, scale-out has been more complex to implement, but with the advent of NVMe over Fabrics, could this be set to change?..."

SAN vs. NAS Architecture: How Do The Two Storage Systems Compare?
SearchStorage, October 17th, 2018
"Compare SAN and NAS, and find out what to consider when using each storage system format. Object storage and the cloud are also affecting storage options that are available," writes Stacey Peterson, Rodney Brown and Randy Kerns in SearchStorage.

"A storage area network (SAN) is storage connected in a fabric, usually through a switch, that enables many different servers to easily access the storage. From a server application and OS standpoint, there is no visible difference between accessing data storage in a SAN or storage that is directly connected. SANs, like direct-attached storage (DAS), enable block access to data.

Network-attached storage (NAS) is a method of remote file serving. Rather than using the software on the file system, file access is redirected to another device using a remote protocol, such as SMB or NFS. That device operates as a server with its own file system, handling the file I/O and enabling file sharing and centralized data management..."

The Future Of The Cloud Depends On Magnetic Tape
Bloomberg, October 17th, 2018
Susan Decker writes in Bloomberg, "Every day, internet users create trillions of bytes of information, an inconceivable mass of ones and zeros, that are then stored in the cloud computing farms run by the world's biggest companies. As data centers proliferate from the Midwest to the Arctic Circle, spare a thought for the cloud's backup plan: untold hundreds of millions of magnetic tapes..."

IT News - AI
Machine Learning: The Deplorable State Of Deployment
Infoworld, October 20th, 2018
"A failed standard, complex alternatives -- and a way forward..." writes Josh Lewis in Infoworld.

"We've gotten pretty good at building machine learning models. From legacy platforms like SAS to modern MPP databases and Hadoop clusters, if you want to train up regression or classification models, you're in great shape.

In contrast, deploying those models is a face-meltingly painful experience. This despite the fact that machine learning models are primarily only useful to a business insofar as they're deployed into operational systems that influence the business' behavior..."

IT News - Technology
First Proof Of Quantum Computer Advantage
Science Daily, October 19th, 2018
"Quantum computers promise to revolutionize the future of computing. Scientists have now demonstrated for the first time that quantum computers do indeed offer advantages over conventional computers. They developed a quantum circuit that can solve a problem that is unsolvable using any equivalent classical circuit...

For many years, quantum computers were not much more than an idea. Today, companies, governments and intelligence agencies are investing in the development of quantum technology. Robert Konig, professor for the theory of complex quantum systems at the TUM, in collaboration with David Gosset from the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo and Sergey Bravyi from IBM, has now placed a cornerstone in this promising field..." - Science Daily

Here Are The 10 Top Tech Trends You Need To Understand Right Now
TechRepublic, October 16th, 2018
"From autonomous things and blockchain to quantum computing; how many of these technologies are you ready for?" asks By Steve Ranger in TechRepublic.

"Tech analyst firm Gartner has compiled a list of the top ten strategic technology trends that organisations need to explore in 2019. According to Garner, these technologies have substantial disruptive potential and are either on the edge of making a big impact, or could reach a tipping point in the next five years..."

IT News - Humor
The Onion Released A Guide To Blockchain, And It's Hilarious
ccn, October 20th, 2018
Conor Maloney writes in ccn, "Despite the many amazing use cases for public and private blockchain networks, there's no way around the fact that the word 'blockchain' has been misused, misunderstood, and hyped into a state of near-meaninglessness in the last few years.

Money-hungry ICOs have jumped on the chance to put everything from celebrities to board games 'on the blockchain,' and there have been multiple cases of the stock value of different companies skyrocketing simply for putting the word blockchain in the company name..."

IT News - Security
6 Reasons Why Employees Violate Security Policies
Dark Reading, October 16th, 2018
"Get into their heads to find out why they're flouting your corporate cybersecurity rules," writes Ericka Chickowski in Dark Reading.

"Most of the time, employees break cybersecurity rules because they're trying to get their jobs done. CISOs and other security policymakers seeking better buy-in and compliance with their security policies would do well to remember that. So what exactly behind their behavior? To help improve strategies around adherence to security policies, we put together a list of six of the most common drivers for rule-breakers..."

How To Train Your Employees To Avoid Online Scams: 5 Tips
TechRepublic, October 16th, 2018
"Online tech support scams are still a major problem, according to recent Microsoft research released Monday, and Generation Z and Millennial users are the most likely to fall victim to these schemes," notes Conner Forrest in TechRepublic.

"In a Monday press release from the Redmond giant, these findings about younger generation users mirror what was found in the 2016 report on the same topic. Despite this trend, consumers overall are less susceptible to these scams and are losing less money to them than they have in the past, the release said..."

IT News - FOSS
5 Open Source Intrusion Detection Tools That Are Too Good To Ignore
CSO Online, October 19th, 2018
"Everyone should employ an intrusion detection system (IDS) to monitor their network and flag any suspicious activity or automatically shut down potentially malicious traffic," writes Michelle Drolet in CSO Online. "We look at five of the best open source options.

As cybersecurity professionals, we try to prevent attackers from gaining access to our networks but protecting perimeters that have grown exponentially with the rise of mobile devices, distributed teams, and the internet of things (IoT) is not easy. The unpalatable truth is that sometimes the attackers are going to get through and the cost of a data breach grows the longer it takes you to uncover the attack..."

IT News - Cloud
Cloud Migration Best Practices: 4 Potential Problems To Avoid
Search CIO, October 15th, 2018
"Andrew Larkin, from the Cloud Academy, explains why successful cloud migration strategies require more than just a 'lift and shift' approach to maximize the benefits of the cloud," writes Mekhala Roy in Search CIO.

"In this SearchCIO Q&A, Larkin delineates top cloud migration mistakes companies make and highlights how they can affect an organization's efforts to implement cloud migration best practices. He explains why the 'lift and shift' approach -- simply moving one application from on premises to the cloud -- isn't always the best way to go when trying to maximize the benefits of the cloud. He also sheds light on why organizations should have a security-first mindset and empower their teams during cloud adoption but also be cognizant of the hidden costs associated with the move..."

Cost Comparison - Cloud Vs On-Premise 2018/19
ITProPortal, October 19th, 2018
"What's the cost of the cloud and how can you find the right solution?" asks Matthew Beale in ITProPortal.

"As companies look ahead to 2019 and where they should be investing in IT, cloud is bound to be on the agenda. But what do the latest cloud cost comparisons look like and who should be investing in cloud? How does cloud stack up against on-premise?..."

What Is A Private Cloud? (And Some Things That It's Not)
Networkworld, October 16th, 2018
"Here's a clear definition of private cloud that should help lift some of misconceptions about what private cloud is and is not, and reaffirm that private cloud is definitely not dead," writes Brandon Butler and Tim Greene in Networkworld.

"Private cloud is a well-defined term that government standards groups and the commercial cloud industry have pretty much agreed upon, and while some think its use is waning, recent analysis indicates that spending on private cloud is still growing at a breakneck pace..."

IT News - Networks
5G Is Almost A Reality. Here's What It'll Really Feel Like
CNET, October 17th, 2018
Roger Cheng writes in CNET, "You couldn't miss the explosion of purple and magenta amid the sedate stone and marble interior of Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall. T-Mobile was, at least temporarily, making its mark on the New York icon.

The wireless carrier earlier this month had set up a pop-up event to promote the rebranding of its Metro prepaid arm, but I didn't really care about that. I was drawn by the promise of a 5G demo..."

6 Growing Threats To Network Security
GCN, October 18th, 2018
Sander Barens writes in GCN, "The modern, globally connected digital world demands that business applications, data and services be constantly available from any location, which means networks must span multiple hosting environments, fixed and mobile devices and other forms of IT infrastructure. But just as networks are a key enabler for the enterprise, they are also a source of extended risk. Hackers, cyber criminals and state-sponsored actors are constantly spawning new network attacks to compromise, steal or destroy critical information and disrupt organizations for their own ends..."

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