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IT News - CxO
Digital Transformation Reality Check: 10 Trends
The Enterprisers Project, December 18th, 2018
"2019 is the year when CIOs scrutinize investments, work even more closely with the CEO, and look to AI to shape strategy. What other trends will prove key?...

Looking back at the last decade of digital transformation - the use of technology to radically improve performance or change the enterprise - the one constant has been an ongoing shift in focus and priorities. Looking forward to 2019, a number of trends are emerging that IT leaders will want to consider as they make their plans for the new year.

Are you on the same page as your peers? Let's find out:..." - Stephanie Overby, The Enterprisers Project

Skills CIOs Will Hire For In 2019
CIO, December 19th, 2018
"The skill gap is growing fast. Seventy-five percent of organizations are going to experience visible, risky business disruptions thanks to skill gaps by 2020, says Gartner. That's an increase of 20 percent from just two years ago.

Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) are creating obvious gaps in hard technical skills, but companies are experiencing an even bigger problem with soft skills. CapGemini and LinkedIn recently produced a report on the state of digital talent. More employers believed their teams were missing soft skills, such as adaptability (59 percdent) than hard skills like data science (51 percent)..." - Steve Trautman, CIO

What's Next For 2019? 9 Tech And Innovation Trends
ZDNet, December 18th, 2018
"Throughout 2018, trends, cultural shifts, and consumer behaviors have been rapidly evolving. Innovation and uprising against tech giants continues to disrupt the status quo. But what's in store for 2019?

Constant disruption -- from politics to the environment -- has affected our attitudes and behaviors, and 2019 looks to throw a few more surprises according to a new trend report..." - Eileen Brown, ZDNet

The Role Of The CIO: Top Challenges Facing CIOs In 2019
InformationAge, December 20th, 2018
"The role of the CIO needs to be the centrepiece in delivering innovation and added-value to any organisation; This must be executed with a rigorous focus on business outcomes, agility and improving customer experience. However, with resourcing and budget challenges - not to mention legacy system barriers - key issues in today's landscape, this is easier said than done..." - Michael Baxter, InformationAge

How Ready Is Enterprise IT For Digital Transformation In 2019?
ITProPortal, December 18th, 2018
"There are four primary considerations to execute digital transformation and business innovation...

The impact of technology on business over the last twenty years is well documented, but how effective are organisations at taking advantage of technology to transform their businesses? According to a recent infobrief by IDC, 96 per cent of organisations have a digital transformation strategy; however, a third of them report that the gap between IT and the business is a major obstacle in their success towards digital transformation. The alignment of IT and the business is not optional today - it's an imperative to stay relevant in a fast-moving world. How will IT choose to respond to the opportunity to lead the way for digital transformation?..." - John Prestridge , ITProPortal

Top Priorities For CIOs In 2019
CIO, December 20th, 2018
"Where are leading CIOs placing their bets in the coming year?...

Each year most of us look back at the same time as we project forward. In the act of projection, it is natural to want to compare within an industry or even across industries. For this reason, it came as no surprise when several CIOs asked for a #CIOChat focused on 2019 priorities. Here is a summary of what was learned about CIO goals and priorities for 2019...." - Myles F. Suer, CIO

IT News - Storage
HDD Market to Decline Q/Q in 4Q18 to 88 Million to 90 Million Units - Trendfocus, December 21st, 2018
"In November, Trendfocus published its CQ3 '18 SDAS: HDD Information Service near term forecast, projecting that the CQ4 '18 HDD TAM would decline slightly Q/Q to 94 million units.

This was based on typical seasonal declines in game console HDD and PC HDD demand, offset slightly by improved retail/external HDD sales.

The forecast also reflected softening hyperscale demand for high-capacity nearline HDDs as well as a modest reduction in performance enterprise HDDs, reflecting consumption of deployed capacity (for nearline) and a re-balance of the performance enterprise supply chain with Western Digital exiting the 10,000/15,000 HDD market in 2019..." -

IT News - AI
Predictions For Artificial Intelligence In 2019
InformationWeek, December 18th, 2018
"From issues such as privacy and data bias regulation to model training and self-service AI, you can expect a broad range of key advances in the artificial intelligence space.

Artificial intelligence was far and away the core tech mania of 2018. Even if you're not an analyst like me who focuses on this technology, it was hard to escape the AI buzz that's pervading popular culture, media, politics, and, of course, personal technology such as Alexa..." - James Kobielus, InformationWeek

Top 10 AI Stories Of 2018
ComputerWeekly, December 21st, 2018
"From smart speakers to deep learning and ethics, 2018 has been the year that AI peaked in terms of hype...

Following the hype around Christmas 2017, 2018 became the year of the smart speaker - at least from a consumer perspective. With a growing number of Google Assistant and Alexa devices now in people's homes, industry experts see an opportunity for businesses to use these devices as a new way to connect to their customers..." - Cliff Saran, ComputerWeekly

IT News - Humor
C'Mon, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
ComputerWorld, December 19th, 2018
"It's the late 1980s, and this IT pilot fish has just started work at a record label, supporting the ordering and manufacturing process.

'I worked directly with the clerk in charge of promotions,' says fish. 'She handled the biweekly offering letter to customers, and she had issues with the process'..." - ComputerWorld

Throwback Thursday: You've Just Gotta Wait For It
Computerworld, December 20th, 2018
"At the company where this IT pilot fish works, support techs have to supply a price quote and get it approved before replacing any computer hardware.

'After having five quotes for new equipment previously rejected as too expensive, I realized this would be the same in this case,' fish says. 'So I decided to get a quote for secondhand equipment to save time..." - Computerworld

Good Thing Nothing Like This Ever Happens In It, Right?
ComputerWorld, December 21st, 2018
"This IT pilot fish's cubicle is located near a woodshop that's in serious need of an upgrade -- and the process turns out to be very familiar.

"Production had increased, and the extra sawdust was a problem," says fish. "They needed a sawdust-sucking machine...." - ComputerWorld

Hey, You Bring YOUR tools, I'll Bring Mine!
ComputerWorld, December 17th, 2018
"Business analyst visits this company's corporate office for a week of meetings, and it turns out she and an IT infrastructure pilot fish have something in common.

'Chatting with her, I found out that she made the 50-lb. bag weight limit on her flight by less than 1 lb.,' says fish..." - ComputerWorld

IT News - Security
13 Data Breach Predictions For 2019
CSO Online, December 18th, 2018
"Data breaches are inevitable at any organization. But what form will those breaches take? How will the attackers gain access? What will they steal or damage? What motivates them to attempt the attacks? CSO has gathered predictions from industry experts about where, how and why cyber criminals will attempt to break into networks and steal data during the coming year..." - Michael Nadeau, CSO Online

12 Top SIEM Tools Rated And Compared
CSO Online, December 19th, 2018
"Security information and event management tools are a core part of most companies' cyber defenses. Use this guide to find SIEM options that best match your needs...

Security information and event management (SIEM) is a blue-collar tool for network security professionals. There's nothing remotely glamorous about auditing, reviewing and managing event logs, but it's one of the more important aspects of building a secure enterprise network..." - Tim Ferrill, CSO Online

Top 10 Cyber Crime Stories Of 2018
ComputerWeekly, December 20th, 2018
"The year of 2018 was marked by several reports on the spiralling cost of cyber crime to businesses as well as to the national and the global economy, as the cyber security industry turned to the bottom line as a motivator for decision makers to prioritise defence against cyber criminal activities.

The focus on the cost of cyber crime also highlighted the profits to be made by cyber criminals, who more than ever before have organised their operations along the same lines as conventional business to take advantage of shared efforts and economies of scale..." - Warwick Ashford, ComputerWeekly

IT News - Linux
13 Linux Must-Reads In 2018, December 20th, 2018
"I have been writing for for about four years and reading it since at least 2011. I am always amazed by the number and quality of the articles on the site. I have learned a great deal about many aspects of open source in general-and about Linux in particular.

The articles we publish about Linux are always very popular and generate a lot of interest. Of the many Linux-related articles published on in 2018, these 13 garnered the most views..." - David Both,

IT News - DevOps
There Will Always Be A Separation Between Dev And Ops
jaxenter, December 19th, 2018
"While DevOps is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, we are taking a step back and looking at its evolution so far and what awaits it in the future. JAXenter editor Dominik Mohilo talked to IBM's developer advocate and JAX DevOps speaker Steve Poole about the current state of DevOps, its future, and its biggest obstacles..." - Dominik Mohilo, jaxenter

IT News - Cloud
2019 Predictions In Enterprise Cloud
ITProPortal, December 21st, 2018
"Below are my predictions for 5 trends that present challenges and opportunities for enterprise cloud and modern data centres in 2019...

As organisations strive to accelerate and scale their application development and releases they are increasingly turning Kubernetes to enable their cloud-native applications and to modernise their IT infrastructure. Kubernetes is the most transformational cloud technology today and in 2019 it'll become the operating system for cloud-native applications..." - Sirish Raghuram, ITProPortal

IT News - Wireless
What's The Difference Between 5G And 5GHz Wi-Fi?
How-To Geek, December 17th, 2018
"5G and 5 GHz Wi-Fi are both used for wireless connectivity, but they don't have anything else in common. Anyone referring to '5G Wi-Fi' actually means 5 GHz Wi-Fi, which is different from the 5G cellular standard.

You'll be hearing a lot more about 5G soon. It's a cellular standard and is the successor to 4G LTE and 3G. 5G stands for 'fifth generation,' as it's the fifth generation of this cellular standard..." - Chris Hoffman, How-To Geek

IT News - Networks
The Top 9 Trends In Network Technology For 2019
SearchNetworking, December 17th, 2018
"In the new year, expect SDN and SD-WAN to come back down to earth. Meanwhile, multi-cloud, edge computing and intent-based networking will ramp up. Plus, data centers are not dead.

As 2018 draws to a close, what should we look forward to when the calendar flips to January? The overwhelming trends in network technology for the new year include expansion and decentralization..." - John Fruehe, SearchNetworking

IT News - IoT
5 Biggest IoT Security Failures Of 2018
TechRepublic, December 17th, 2018
"With the ubiquity of smartphones, smart speakers, and wirelessly connected devices around the world, design flaws and security vulnerabilities more easily surface. For example, 2018 saw a spectrum of IoT security failures, ranging from problems with vendor implementation, state actors co-opting legitimate products, service providers outright selling data to third parties with negligible security practices, and cascading failures from voice recognition gone wrong..." - James Sanders, TechRepublic

IT News - Careers
5 IT Job Trends To Watch In 2019
The Enterprisers Project, December 20th, 2018
"Let's explore the key IT job trends that IT leaders and hiring managers should be thinking about - because success starts with talent...

One of the most important - and unfortunately enduring - IT job market trends for CIOs to monitor is the continued chasm between technology talent demand and supply. Computer-related jobs are expected to grow at the faster-than-average rate of 12 percent through 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In just two years, BLS predicted, there will be 1.4 million open technology jobs but only 400,000 new computer science graduates nationwide. That's causing many IT leaders to get more involved in STEM issues to address this long-term problem..." - Stephanie Overby, The Enterprisers Project

IT News - BYOD
Why PC-As-A-Service Is The Coming Thing
ZDNet, December 19th, 2018
"Since traditional PC sales are shrinking -- and will continue to do so for the next decade or more -- what are PC vendors to do? Simply put, they need to sell buyers on PC-as-a-service (PCaaS). Here's why....

As I noted a couple of weeks ago:

  • There are 2 billion Android devices in use.
  • Apple says there are 1 billion iOS devices in use.
  • There are about 1.4 billion PCs in use (including about 100 million macOS systems)

So there are around 4.4 billion devices with processors and operating systems in use, and less than a third of them are traditional PCs..." - Robin Harris, ZDNet

IT News - Developer
The Modern Programmer: 10 Must-Read Articles From This Year, December 18th, 2018
"From SDKs to command-line utilities and more, this list offers plenty of insight for today's programmers...

Programming is about languages, of course, but also much more. Along with good languages, programmers need toolsets to support coding: software development kits (SDKs), command-line utilities for source-code inspection and even editing, package managers, repositories targeted at developers, and so on. The ten articles listed below cover programming in this broad sense..." - Marty Kalin,

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