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IT News - CxO
6 Tech Trends For The Enterprise In 2019
InformationWeek, November 16th, 2018
"Look for new technologies to emerge - and for emerging technologies to become the norm - in the new year," suggests Calvin Hennick in InformationWeek.

"Moshe Kranc, chief technology officer at Ness Digital Engineering, worked with his team to identify macro trends and specific technologies that will be game-changers in 2019. Their prediction: Newer technologies like blockchain and machine learning will make inroads, familiar solutions like the cloud and big data will solidify their standing, and cyber threats will continue to bedevil corporations.

Here, Kranc discusses the specific impacts these trends will have on enterprise IT managers..."

How CIOs Motivate Their Teams And Foster Productivity
CIO, November 12th, 2018
Brendan McGowan writes in CIO, "Global IT leaders from Clemson University, Bayer Crop Science, American Academy of Family Physicians, PayPal, Marist College, and TIAA share strategies for motivating teams and keeping employees energized...

IT departments are comprised of individuals with their own unique talents, goals, and levels of emotional investment. Like a skillful conductor, the effective CIO must be a champion and mentor for these individual contributors, wedding their individual efforts and self-interest to a larger and harmonious whole. This effort is a strategic imperative and the ultimate test of leadership..."

IT Budgeting Mistakes To Avoid
CIO, November 12th, 2018
"Rising costs can sneak up on you. Here's how to prevent runaway technology spending before it hamstrings your IT operations," writes Minda Zetlin in CIO.

"Are you in the midst of digital transformation? Using data to drive new insights? Moving more functions to the cloud? Helping support a wide range of SaaS applications selected and purchased by people outside IT? If you're like most IT leaders, the answer to most of these questions is likely yes..."

Enterprises To Spend Almost $2 Trillion On Digital Transformation By 2022
siliconAngle, November 13th, 2018
Mike Wheatley writes in siliconAngle, "Hell-bent on pushing their so-called 'digital transformation' agendas, enterprises will spend almost $2 trillion a year by 2022 in order to get there, according to a new analysis from International Data Corp.

The research firm said enterprises will spend a combined $1.97 trillion on technologies that enable the digital transformation of their businesses in 2022, representing a compound annual growth rate of 16.7 percent. However, question marks remain over how much benefit this spending will return..."

The Chief Technology Officer: The 'Ultimate Integrator At Any Company'
Information Age, November 13th, 2018
Nick Ismail writes in Information Age, "The chief technology officer is the ultimate integrator at any company, according to Dmitri Tcherevik, CTO at Progress...

Dmitri Tcherevik, CTO at Progress, is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and run two successful technology start-ups - most recently MightyMeeting, a cloud-based mobile collaboration platform.

Before that he founded Infostoria, a collaboration and content integration platform, which was acquired by FatWire in 2007. Post-acquisition Dmitri served as CTO at FatWire, where he helped to define the market around Web Experience Management, until FatWire's strategic sale to Oracle in 2011..."

2018 On Track To Be One Of The Worst Ever For Data Breaches
Dark Reading, November 12th, 2018
Jai Vijayan writes in Dark Reading, "A total of 3,676 breaches involving over 3.6 billion records were reported in the first nine months of this year alone. It has been another brutal year for organizations, according to a new report summarizing data breach activity in the first nine months of 2018.

On the one hand, the number of reported data breaches this year between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30 was down 8% compared with the same point last year..."

IT News - Storage
2018 Magic Quadrant For General-Purpose Disk Arrays - Gartner, November 14th, 2018
"Gartner, Inc. has published on 8 November 8, 2018, Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays. Here is just the publicly available Quadrant," writes Jean Jacques Maleval in

"The GPDA storage market is being reshaped by solid-state arrays, competition from the cloud, hyperconverged infrastructures, secondary storage vendors and vendor consolidation. I/O leaders who understand the benefits and risks created by such changes make smarter infrastructure refresh decisions..."

Industry's Fastest Storage Networking Speed Announced By Fibre Channel Industry Association
HPCWire, November 12th, 2018
"In a move that drives storage interconnect innovation for next-generation data centers, the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) today announced the INCITS T11 standards committee has completed the Fibre Channel Physical Interface (FC-PI-7) standard specifications for 64GFC by forwarding the document to the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) for publication. The completion of the 64GFC standard marks another successful milestone on the FCIA's Speed Roadmap, and is accompanied by seventh generation (Gen 7) INCITS T11 standard enhancements..." - HPCWire

When You Play The Game Of Storage Arrays, You Win Or You - Where Are The Visionaries?
The Register, November 12th, 2018
Chris Mellor writes in The Register, "NetApp has replaced HPE as the leading vendor in Gartner's general purpose drive array magic quadrant as Infinidat makes its first appearance in the top dog square.

General purpose drive arrays are all-disk and hybrid flash storage offering block and file services. They are separate in Gartner's thinking from solid-state arrays (SSAs, otherwise all-flash arrays) and object stores..."

IT News - AI
AI Is Pumping Up Productivity And Causing A Creative Renaissance
ITProPortal, November 15th, 2018
"Robots aren't taking our jobs. They're giving us our jobs back," writes Jeff Kofman in ITProPortal.

"The pace of modern work life has made us impatient. Unfortunately as expectations have increased, our workload has also increased. Although many today want tasks done fast, the to-do list never seems to get smaller or easier. Everyone - from journalists to doctors and lawyers - is juggling projects, working hard to meet relentless pressure at work. People struggle to keep up - and workplace statistics tell us it's only getting worse..."

insideBIGDATA Guide To Data Platforms For Artificial Intelligence And Deep Learning
insideBIGDATA, November 13th, 2018
"With AI and DL, storage is cornerstone to handling the deluge of data constantly generated in today's hyperconnected world," notes Daniel Gutierrez in insideBIGDATA.

"It is a vehicle that captures and shares data to create business value. In this technology guide, insideBIGDATA Guide to Data Platforms for Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, we'll see how current implementations for AI and DL applications can be deployed using new storage architectures and protocols specifically designed to deliver data with high-throughput, low-latency and maximum concurrency..."

Machine Learning: The Deplorable State Of Deployment
InfoWorld, November 15th, 2018
"A failed standard, complex alternatives -- and a way forward...

We've gotten pretty good at building machine learning models," opines Josh Lewis InfoWorld.

"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 - Blockchain
Blockchain Momentum Is Growing Across Europe
Information Age, November 14th, 2018
Nick Ismail writes in Information Age, "Leading European companies are continuing to innovate with blockchain technology, progressing projects from proof of concept to production environments. And many, have selected IBM Blockchain as their partner of choice...

Blockchain in the enterprise

The attributes of blockchain technology are ideally suited to large networks of disparate partners. As such, it represents an attractive technology for large corporations and start-ups alike, with assets spread across the world in various forms..."

How CIOs Can Manage Blockchain Security: 4 Tips
TechRepublic, November 12th, 2018
Alison DeNisco Rayome writes in TechRepublic, "While many organizations are exploring potential blockchain applications, CIOs need to keep one fact in mind for effective rollouts: Blockchain is not secure in and of itself, Gartner research director David Mahdi said in a session at the 2018 Gartner Symposium/ITxPo..."

IT News - Humor
Throwback Thursday: That Would Explain It!
ComputerWorld, November 15th, 2018
"Support pilot fish gets a call from a user whose computer won't boot. 'Going through the basics, I quickly determined that it wasn't a boot problem, but probably something a bit more basic,' says fish.

'Is the computer plugged in?' fish asks. Yes, user tells him. 'Is the power strip turned on?' Yes. 'Does the power indicator turn on when you press the power button on the computer?' No..." - ComputerWorld

IT News - Security
RIP, 'IT Security'
Dark Reading, November 13th, 2018
"Information security is vital, of course. But the concept of "IT security" has never made sense," notes Kevin Kurzawa in Dark Reading.

"Information security is vital, of course, and I'm not proposing its elimination. But it's time to kill off the whole concept of IT security because it never made sense in the first place.

Without doubt, information security is an essential function for any organization that values its data and/or reputation..."

7 Free (Or Cheap) Ways To Increase Your Cybersecurity Knowledge
Dark Reading, November 15th, 2018
"Building cybersecurity skills is a must; paying a lot for the education is optional," writes Curtis Franklin in Dark Reading. "Here are seven options for increasing knowledge without depleting a budget...

Cybersecurity isn't free. Sure, there's little cost to users who follow best security practices in their day-to-day actions, but when it comes to learning how to defend against skilled criminals and set up secure systems, there's generally a cost attached. For professionals who know the basics and want to get better at their profession, costs can quickly add up. For smaller organizations, that cost can be prohibitive, but what is the alternative?..."

7 Cool New Security Tools To Be Revealed At Black Hat Europe
Dark Reading, November 12th, 2018
"Black Hat Europe's Arsenal lineup will include demoes of new security tools, from AI malware research to container orchestration," writes Ericka Chickowski in Dark Reading.

"Security researchers will convene in London next month to share findings at Black Hat Europe and unveil new tools at the conference's "Arsenal" event. At Arsenal researchers will pass around dozens of new tools to advance vulnerability discovery, auditing, and other security practices. Here are a few highlights of what's to come..."

IT News - FOSS
7 Open Source Platforms To Get Started With Serverless Computing, November 15th, 2018
"Serverless computing is transforming traditional software development. These open source platforms will help you get started," notes Daniel Oh in

"The term serverless has been coming up in more conversations recently. Let's clarify the concept, and those related to it, such as serverless computing and serverless platform.

Serverless is often used interchangeably with the term FaaS (Functions-as-a-Service). But serverless doesn't mean that there is no server. In fact, there are many servers - serverful - because a public cloud provider provides the servers that deploy, run, and manage your application..."

IT News - Cloud
5 Ways Cloud Computing Will Change In The Next Year
TechRepublic, November 12th, 2018
"Increased enterprise cloud spending, containers, and SaaS-based apps are in the future of cloud computing, according to Forrester," reports Macy Bayern in TechRepublic.

"No longer a brand new technology, cloud computing is entering its 'young adult years,' according to a Forrester report. The cloud does not function simply as a temporary server anymore, with innovative analytics, machine learning, messaging, Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, and database services all integrated today, said the report..."

The Top 5 Myths About Cloud-Based Security
TechRepublic, November 15th, 2018
"Enterprises are turning to security in the cloud for greater flexibility and reduced complexity, but several misconceptions exist. Here's the truth, according to a Forcepoint report," writes Alison DeNisco Rayome in TechRepublic.

"Cloud security is a top IT budget priority moving into 2019. While in the early days of cloud computing, security concerns preventing many organizations from fully moving their workloads off-premises, today, most companies recognize that the cloud can often be a safe place to move data, applications, and infrastructure, according to a recent report from Forcepoint.

Today, people who trust the public cloud outnumber those who don't by a ratio of 2-to-1, research from Intel cited in the report found. More than 62% of IT professionals now store their data in the public cloud as well..."

IT News - Wireless
5G Mobile Networks: A Cheat Sheet
TechRepublic, November 14th, 2018
"As LTE networks become increasingly saturated, mobile network operators are planning for the 5G future. Here is what business professionals and mobile users need to know about 5G networks," writes James Sanders in TechRepublic.

"With the advent of widespread Internet of Things (IoT) adoption in enterprise applications including manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, and more - alongside an increasing dependence on smartphones and always-connected computers - the constraints of 4G LTE technology are prompting mobile network operators to embark on an accelerated rollout of 5G communications to keep pace with the network demands of today and the very near future..."

IT News - Careers
10 Signs You May Not Be Cut Out For IT
TechRepublic, November 13th, 2018
"It's a tough world out there," opines Jack Wallen in TechRepublic. "Anyone who's ever worked in IT knows just how tough it is. And if you're not totally up for the challenge, there will always be someone else who is. But for anyone considering getting into the world of IT, or for those considering getting out of IT ... how do you know?"

31 Books Every Techie Should Read
TechRepublic, November 13th, 2018
Kristen Lotze writes in TechRepublic, "Brief Answers to the Big Questions. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future. Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality. The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted ..."

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