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IT News - CxO
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10 IT Predictions For The Next 5 Years: IDC
"What forces will shape the CIO's to-do list now through 2023? Listen to what IDC has to say about AI, DevOps, talent, and more..."

Serge Findling writes in The Enterprisers Project, "The race to reinvent is on, and CIOs are running out of time to either jump into the race with both feet or get left behind. True IT reinvention and reinvigoration must pervade an entire organization, from infrastructure rationalization and modernization to enterprise-wide agile practices, digital platforms, empowered IT product teams, and beyond. It's a daunting challenge, but much more attractive than business and professional failure..."

The Enterprisers Project, November 23rd, 2018
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How To Create A Digital Transformation Strategy
Mike Vizard writes in IT Business Edge, "There are fundamentally two avenues to creating a digital transformation strategy. The first is a bottom-up approach that relies on the initiative of individual business units to modernize the processes they have the most experience working with every day. The advantage of that approach is that it tends to achieve results quickly. The downside is that those efforts are typically uneven and may not result in a meaningful, sustainable competitive advantage because rivals can quickly replicate the same capability..."
IT Business Edge, November 19th, 2018
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Remote Working May Boost Productivity, But Also Leave You Vulnerable To Attack
"New flexible working practices could pose a security risk to small businesses, with one in five of employees (21%) stating they are most productive when working in public spaces like a cafe or library, but only 18% concerned with the security implications this could have. SMBs therefore face the challenge of keeping their business secure, all the while adhering to the needs and expectations of the modern workforce, according to Avast..." - HelpNet Security
HelpNet Security, November 19th, 2018
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CIO Strategy: Kimberly-Clark's Digital Transformation
"Consumer products icon Kimberly-Clark's CIO launched a digital transformation at the highest strategic levels, " writes Jessica Davis in InformationWeek.

"Here's her game plan.

Google, Amazon and other big technology companies may have blazed the digitization trail, but the steady stream of companies that have followed have shown that enterprises must go down this trail in order to stay relevant in the future. That holds true whether you are a 5-year-old company or a nearly 150-year-old company..."

InformationWeek, November 19th, 2018
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Turning Shadow IT Into A Business Advantage
Mark Samuels writes in ZDNet, "CIOs in large firms are being circumnavigated by line-of-business decision makers who are buying their own apps, often without input from the IT department. In a smaller business, that siloed way of working won't fly. In fact, the close interactions of a smaller team make Agile and DevOps the perfect solution for end user-focused development..."
ZDNet, November 19th, 2018
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How Automation Empowers The CIO To Think Outside The IT Department
"The CIO's role is evolving into one that is more business focused, and it's a new generation of tech tools that enables that shift," notes Nancy Harris in InformationWeek.

"Today's CIOs no longer work in a silo. Companies worldwide are introducing automated technology across almost every facet of their businesses. Automation is already transforming the roles of employees across organizations, fundamentally altering the ways many work and communicate..."

InformationWeek, November 20th, 2018
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The Future Of CTOs Is Up In The Clouds, But There Is A Ray Of Hope, Too
"No one understands better than the CTO how technology disrupts, but according to Steve Clarke, eponymous director of Freeman Clarke, the future of the CTO could be in jeopardy, maybe not disrupted out of relevance altogether, but certainly out of seniority, but there is a fix," notes Michael Baxter in Information Age.

"The future of CTOs: it's bright, says Steve Clarke, joint founder and director of Freeman Clarke, the UK's largest team of portfolio IT Directors, CTO's and CIO's, but only if they first adapt, and adapt very significantly..."

Information Age, November 19th, 2018
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IT News - Storage
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Storage 101: Unstructured Data And Its Storage Needs
"Estimates suggest that upwards of 80% of business information is unstructured data," writes Stephen Pritchard in ComputerWeekly.

"That could cause headaches for anyone who needs to manage, organise and keep all that data secure.

One survey, commissioned by Igneous, an unstructured data management provider, found that 82% of respondents manage one billion or more files and objects. In fact, a staggering 59% of those asked manage more than 10 billion files.

Unstructured data is, broadly, all data and information that does not have a predefined data model..."

ComputerWeekly, November 22nd, 2018
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IT News - AI
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Artificial Intelligence Trends For 2019
Ben Lorica, Chief Data Scientist at O'Reilly Media, Inc. and Programme Director of both the Strata Data Conference and the Artificial Intelligence Conference takes a look at the trends that will shape AI in 2019..."

"Open your Facebook feed, a newspaper or turn on the news and you'll likely see something about the dangers of machine learning, the increasing amount of fake news or even the dangers of AI on our privacy," notes Ben Lorica in ITProPortal.

"Yet, these technologies are continuing to develop and thanks to new developments in automation and machine deception - they will continue to shape the use of AI over the coming year..."

ITProPortal, November 22nd, 2018
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From Big Data To AI: Where Are We Now, And What Is The Road Forward?
George Anadiotis writes in ZDNet, "It took AI just a couple of years to go from undercurrent to mainstream. But despite rapid progress on many fronts, AI still is something few understand and fewer yet can master. Here are some pointers on how to make it work for you, regardless of where you are in your AI journey..."
ZDNet, November 21st, 2018
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7 Lessons That Will Teach You All You Need To Know About Machine Learning
"Looking to dive into all you need to know about machine learning?" asks Nirmal Patel in SmartDataCollective. "Here's where to start and how to better understand the process...

Before discussing the ways in which you can learn all you need to know about machine learning, we would like to discuss what the subject matter actually is. Machine learning is essentially teaching a computer how to make decisions with the help of relevant data. It is very important for the computer to be able to understand patterns without being fully programmed. The demand for machine learning is an all-time high. It is a skill set which you want to possess, especially in this computer savvy era..."

SmartDataCollective, November 19th, 2018
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What Is Catastrophic Forgetting And How Does It Affect AI Development?
"Telefonica researchers may have found a solution for a problem that plagues algorithms," reports Thomas Macaulay in techworld. "People who suffer from memory loss could find kindred spirits in machines who suffer from a condition known as 'catastrophic forgetting'.

The affliction is caused when neural networks are trained to complete new tasks.

These systems learn by analysing training data that helps them interpret future information, whether they're facial recognition software scanning profile photos to learn how to detect humans in a video, or self-driving cars studying obstacles on the road to understand what they need to avoid..."

techworld, November 20th, 2018
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IT News - Technology
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Chip-Cooling Breakthrough Will Reduce Data-Center Power Costs
"A new microprocessor manufacturing technique could keep future electronics 18 degrees cooler, providing huge efficiency gains for data centers," reports Patrick Nelson in Networkworld.

"Traditional passive heatsinks affixed to microprocessors for cooling don't work well enough for today's high-speed computations and data throughputs and should be junked, says a group of mechanical engineering researchers..."

Networkworld, November 20th, 2018
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2018 Hacker Kids Gift Guide
Fun gift choices that foster design thinking and coding skills in kids both young and old...

  • Picasso Tiles
  • Code-a-Pillar
  • Let's Go Code Activity Set
  • Kano Computer Kit Touch
  • Snap Circuits
  • Sensors Alive
  • Circuit Playground Express
  • Beginner Lockpick Set

... read on for details - Dark Reading

Dark Reading, November 21st, 2018
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6 Tech Trends For The Enterprise In 2019
Calvin Hennick writes in Network Computing, "Look for new technologies to emerge - and for emerging technologies to become the norm - in the new year.

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..."

Network Computing, November 19th, 2018
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IT News - Blockchain
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Blockchain Glossary: Lesson No.1 - Blockchain not equals Distributed Ledger Technology
"Can blockchain transform the world?" asks Gabriela Motroc in Jaxenter.

"Before we can answer this question, we need to understand what this technology can and can't do, what it is and what it isn't. Therefore, we have to go back to basics and explore the fundamentals in order to eliminate all misconceptions about blockchain. This series is meant to clear the air by answering the most fundamental questions..."

Jaxenter, November 19th, 2018
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IT News - ERP
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ERP Faces New Security Threats
"As more of the enterprise community turns to Enterprise Resource Planning software to manage daily activities, the specter of data breaches and other security risks has come into play," notes Arthur Cole in ITBusinessEdge.

"ERP usually touches some of the most mission-critical data and services in the enterprise, making it a tempting target for wrongdoers. But there are ways to protect yourself now, and new tools are constantly entering the channel to help minimize the risks associated with ERP without sacrificing performance..."

ITBusinessEdge, November 21st, 2018
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IT News - Humor
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Throwback Thursday: Just Our Way Of Saying Thanks!
"This software-based simulator is huge. It's more than a decade old. It's the division's cash cow. And the project to deliver a new version written in C++ is on track to miss its February delivery date by about four months, says a senior software engineer pilot fish.

Fish isn't on the six-engineer project team -- he's the company's expert on object-oriented design. But when his boss approaches, looking very apologetic, fish knows what's coming..." - ComputerWorld

ComputerWorld, November 22nd, 2018
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IT News - Security
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9 Cyber Security Predictions For 2019
"Predictions are tough, but even more so in the chaotic world of cyber security. The threat landscape is huge, offensive and defensive technologies are evolving rapidly, and nation-state attacks are increasing in terms of scope and sophistication.

This cyber 'fog of war' makes it hard to see or assess every trend. Last year, for example, CSO's predictions for 2018 did not anticipate the rapid rise of cryptomining. In hindsight, this relatively easy to execute, lower risk way for cyber criminals to monetize their efforts should have been an obvious choice..." - CSO Online

CSO Online, November 20th, 2018
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6 Mobile Security Threats You Should Take Seriously In 2019
"Mobile malware? Some mobile security threats are more pressing. Every enterprise should have its eye on these issues in the coming year," writes JR Raphael in CSO Online.

"Mobile security is at the top of every company's worry list these days - and for good reason: Nearly all workers now routinely access corporate data from smartphones, and that means keeping sensitive info out of the wrong hands is an increasingly intricate puzzle. The stakes, suffice it to say, are higher than ever: The average cost of a corporate data breach is a whopping $3.86 million, according to a 2018 report by the Ponemon Institute. That's 6.4 percent more than the estimated cost just one year earlier..."

CSO Online, November 20th, 2018
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IT News - FOSS
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Open Source At 20: What's Next?
"As the open source movement reaches the two-decade milestone, thoughts turn to the movement's achievements and future goals," writes John Edwards in Infomationweek.

"The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2018. To mark the occasion, cloud infrastructure provider DigitalOcean surveyed over 4,300 developers on the movement's health, as well as on how enterprises and employees are approaching and using open source technologies..."

Infomationweek, November 21st, 2018
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IT News - DevOps
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Stop The Domino Effect By Joining Build Engineering And DevOps
Bart Copeland writes in devops.com, "As DevOps has become more common, these teams are tasked with uniting everything from coding to deploying and monitoring applications. Build Engineering forms the foundation for all those processes and is essential for building code. Its tools vary according to the operating system you're building on and by programming language. DevOps needs to work with Build Engineering, but the two don't usually connect. And that's a problem..."
devops.com, November 20th, 2018
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IT News - Cloud
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No Change At The Top: AWS Remains Leading Public-Cloud Provider
"New Q3 data from Synergy Research Group shows that in the public cloud services market, worldwide leader AWS remains the clear leader in all four of the world's major regions, ranked by public IaaS and PaaS service revenues.

Microsoft is ranked second in three of the four regions, and Google is ranked third in three of them. Asia Pacific is the one region where the ranking differs, thanks to the prominence of the Chinese market and the dominance of local cloud providers in China. That results in Alibaba being ranked second in the APAC region and fourth worldwide. IBM, Salesforce and Tencent fill out the other top five slots in the regions, the latter thanks to its position in China..." - Data Center Journal

Data Center Journal, November 20th, 2018
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How Can Organisations Build A Multi-Cloud Platform?
"Organisations should be looking to the multi-cloud to help them move from a stagnant to transformative state," writes Nick Ismail in InformationAge.

"There is so much choice in the cloud marketplace, and there are specific reasons why certain companies go down particular cloud routes.

For example, looking at Google, it has some fantastic capabilities around machine learning and artificial intelligence - products such as Tensorflow. There may be areas of a business that want to take advantage of that..."

InformationAge, November 19th, 2018
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Primary Cloud Storage Pros And Cons
"The pros and cons of cloud storage are, to be sure, debated with great enthusiasm. For every advocate of public cloud storage, there appears to be a naysayer ready to run it down. For every dream migration of data to the cloud there appears to be a cloud nightmare lurking.

So what's the real story? Is the cloud all bad or all good?..."

StorageNewsletter.com, November 19th, 2018
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IT News - Networks
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DNS Over HTTPS Seeks To Make Internet Use More Private
"The IETF has standardized DNS over HTTPS (DOH), which encrypts DNS queries so eavesdroppers can't tell what sites users connect to," reports Scott Hogg in Networkworld.

"Unauthorized interception of DNS traffic provides enough information to ascertain internet users' thoughts, desires, hopes and dreams. Not only is there concern for privacy from nearby nosey neighbors, but governments and corporations could use that information to learn about individuals' internet behavior and use it to profile them and their organization for political purposes or target them with ads..."

Networkworld, November 20th, 2018
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IT News - Virtualization
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Guide To Hypervisors
"When people think about hypervisors, they automatically think of VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V. These two are the dominant vendors, but there is much more to hypervisors and virtualization than these leading products," notes Christine Taylor in ServerWatch.

"Let's go in-depth. First: there are two primary types of hypervisors that operate in the data center. What are they, and which usage cases do each of them do best?..."

ServerWatch, November 20th, 2018
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