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IT News - CxO
8 Quotes To Inspire IT Leaders In The New Year
The Enterprisers Project, December 25th, 2018
"If you're working on innovation, collaboration, or adaptability, get some inspiration from top CIOs," writes Ginny Hamilton in The Enterprisers Project.

"It's the time of year where many of us are slowing down, reflecting on the past 12 months, and thinking about our goals for the new year. Sometimes there's nothing like a good quote to get you started..."

CIO Case Study: Customer Experience And Digital Transformation
ZDNet, December 24th, 2018
"The Chief Information Officer of semiconductor manufacturing company, MAXIM Integrated, explains his role in helping change how the company interacts with customers. It's an informative look at the modern CIO role," writes Michael Krigsman in ZDNet.

"Although phrases such as digital transformation and customer experience are over-hyped, many organizations are making significant investments in these areas. Such transformation efforts help companies meet evolving customer expectations and (at least) maintain parity with new and established competitors..."

How To Create A Purpose-Driven Organization
The Enterprisers Project, December 24th, 2018
"Want to shake things up in 2019? Embrace a purpose that your entire organization can support," suggests Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project.

"Organizations that create an authentic purpose - one that intersects with business interests and guides decisions at all levels - have people who bring their smarts and energy to work every day. When they feel connected to a purpose, people try new things, take risks, and contribute to their organizations in new and valuable ways, according to professors Robert E. Quinn and Anjan V. Thakor. But, unfortunately, too few executives take the time to focus on purpose, Quinn and Thakor say..."

IT News - Storage
The Biggest Storage Trends Of 2018
ZDNet, December 28th, 2018
Robin Harris writes in ZDNet, "The storage industry is evolving faster than ever before in the 40 years I've been following it. While I tend to focus on the cutting edge, this is a good time to look back on the two biggest trends of the year...

There are many trends and currents in the storage market, so it's not easy to choose two. But these stood out in the past year...."

Digital Storage Projections For 2019, Part 1
Forbes, December 24th, 2018
Tom Coughlin writes in Forbes, "I will do another series of articles looking at developments in digital storage in 2018 and projecting trends into 2019. Like last year this first article will look at the state and trends for magnetic recording, including hard disk drives and tape. The second article will focus on solid state storage and memory. The third article will look at storage systems, including software and cloud storage trends..."

Fastest SSDs At Maximum Of 3GB/s Read Transfer Rate And More, December 28th, 2018
"As we wrote yesterday, we keep a list of all the SSDs announced since 1991 representing 1,252 units with their main specs.

Here below are 67 of them with a read transfer rate of 3GB/s and more, but not all of them are available.

The first one on the top of the list, from Seagate, never appears on the market, the 64TB at 13GB/s - both records in the industry - and was only a demo presented at Flash Memory Summit in 2017 but never offered...."

IT News - AI
Applied AI: Thinking Realistically, Not Radically
ITProPortal, December 26th, 2018
"In order for organisations to take AI from idea to implementation, there are a few key things to consider," writes Neil Kinson in ITProPortal.

"With conversations around AI starting more than 70 years ago, there has been plenty of time for us to adjust to the notion that machines will someday be able to think and behave just as we do. However, while there is no denying that artificial intelligence has made its mark, there is very little evidence to support the ideology that we are on the verge of a technological revolution. In fact, it is quite the opposite, with recent data from Gartner revealing just one in seven CIOs are currently deploying AI technologies..."

IT News - Technology
2019 Tech Forecast: 11 Experts Predict The Next Wave Of Breakout Technologies
Forbes, December 26th, 2018
"In 2018, the world witnessed the continued development of technologies like artificial intelligence and virtual reality. As these tools become more accessible and widely used among both businesses and consumers, many tech industry experts are speculating about what the next 'big thing' will be.

Looking ahead to 2019, we asked a panel of Forbes Technology Council members for their take on upcoming trends in their field. From blockchain as a service to enterprise content management, here are their predictions about the next wave of breakout technologies..." - Expert Panel, Forbes Technology Council, Forbes

IT News - Humor
Heard The One Where The Boss Calls In An Oracle Consultant Who Couldn't Fix The Database?
The Register, December 28th, 2018
Rebecca Hill writes in The Register, here are "The best of readers' tech trouble one-liners.."

"On Call Over the months, On Call and Who, Me? - El Reg's weekly columns of tech support cock-ups - stack up quite a few submissions that are too short to whip into a single piece.

To help fend off those post-Christmas blues and remind you that you do indeed need to return to work soon, we've compiled a list of winning one-liners and shorts to speed you into the New Year..."

Broken, Not Broken, Broken, Not Broken...
ComputerWorld, December 28th, 2018
'Your software is lying down on the job, a customer accuses tech support pilot fish.

What do you mean? fish asks.

"The computer starts printing the form, but when it's halfway, it just stops," user says. "If we try to print it again, we get the same result"...' - ComputerWorld

IT News - Security
Why You Need To Use A Password Manager
Tech Crunch, December 25th, 2018
"If you thought passwords will soon be dead, think again," writes Zack Whittaker in Tech Crunch. "They're here to stay - for now. Passwords are cumbersome and hard to remember - and just when you did, you're told to change it again. And sometimes passwords can be guessed and are easily hackable.

Nobody likes passwords but they're a fact of life. And while some have tried to kill them off by replacing them with fingerprints and face-scanning technology, neither are perfect and many still resort back to the trusty (but frustrating) password.

How do you make them better? You need a password manager..."

6 Ways To Anger Attackers On Your Network
Dark Reading, December 26th, 2018
"Because you can't hack back without breaking the law, these tactics will frustrate, deceive, and annoy intruders instead," notes Kelly Sheridan in Dark Reading.

"When you see an attacker on your network, it's understandable to want to give them a taste of their own medicine. But how can you effectively anger intruders when "hacking back" is illegal?..."

Two-Factor Authentication Can Save You From Hackers
Tech Crunch, December 25th, 2018
"If you find passwords annoying, you might not like two-factor authentication much," opines Zack Whittaker in Tech Crunch. "But security experts say it's one of the best ways to protect your online accounts.

Simply put, two-factor authentication adds a second step in your usual log-in process. Once you enter your username and password, you'll be prompted to enter a code sent as a text message or an email, or sometimes as a push notification on your phone.

In all, it usually only adds a few extra seconds to your day..."

Cybersecurity Predictions For 2019
Forbes, December 28th, 2018
Brian NeSmith of Forbes Technology Council writes in Forbes, "In terms of annual storylines in cybersecurity, 2018 didn't disappoint. Industry uproar ensued after Spectre and Meltdown exposed computer chip vulnerabilities, and VPNFilter malware exposed new dangers to routers and network-attached storage products.

Once again, the biggest, most trusted brands suffered costly and damaging data breaches. Victims included Amazon and Facebook, Macy's and Kmart, Adidas and Under Armour, Delta Airlines and Cathay Pacific - and that's just a start. And concerns around the cyber tampering of our elections, including allegations of foreign hacking of the Democratic National Committee, along with new international security standards that put a greater onus on global corporations (such as the General Data Protection Regulation), made 2018 a busy year for cybersecurity followers..."

Top 10 IT Security Stories Of 2018
ComputerWeekly, December 24th, 2018
"Here are Computer Weekly's top 10 IT security stories of 2018," writes Warwick Ashford in ComputerWeekly.

"Just as WannaCry and NotPetya were the top IT security challenges of 2017, the discovery of the Meltdown and Spectre microprocessor vulnerabilities, and several similar vulnerabilities in the months that followed, were probably the single most challenging developments for enterprise IT security teams in 2018.

As enterprise teams raced to patch their systems, they faced patches that are incompatible, leading to crashes, reduced performance and lock-ups. And months after the bugs were disclosed, security experts are still divided over their significance, with some saying they opened up a dangerous new avenue of attacks, while others believe Meltdown and Spectre are not nearly as threatening as other recent bugs...."

IT News - Database
The Changing Role Of The Dba
ITProPortal, December 28th, 2018
"When cutting their teeth on a new secondary platform, the learning curve for DBAs can be steep and time consuming," writes Pini Dibask in ITProPortal.

"As the database environment changes, so too does the role of the database administrator (DBA). In organisations large and small, DBAs are under immense pressure to adjust to changes in database technology, to adopt new database flavours like open source and NoSQL, and to ensure the best performance and stability for their entire environment. This, at the same time as proving to organisations that DBAs are still extremely useful with the advent to the database as a service (DBaaS), means that DBAs are up against it more than ever..."

IT News - Linux
Five Trends Influencing Linux's Growth At The Endpoint
Linux Journal, December 26th, 2018
Jeff Kalberg writes in the Linux Journal, "A recent IDC InfoBrief identified Linux as the only endpoint operating system growing globally. While Windows market share remains flat, at 39% in 2015 and 2017, Linux has grown from 30% in 2015 to 35% in 2017, worldwide. And the trend is accelerating.

Considering everywhere that systems built around the Linux kernel are used, we quickly realize that Linux is the most dominating operating system in the comparatively brief history of computer technology. Information systems have changed dramatically since August 1991 when Linus Torvalds announced, 'I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones.' With all due respect to the icons of open source, Linus is without question the Nicolas Tesla of information technology..."

Top 12 Tech Tips From 2018
Linux Journal, December 24th, 2018
Carlie Fairchild provides this list in Linux Journal:

  • Writing More Compact Bash Code by Mitch Frazier
  • Qubes Desktop Tips by Kyle Rankin
  • Easy SSH Automation by Adam McPartlan
  • Graph Any Data with Cacti by Shawn Powers
  • Clearing Out /boot by Adam McPartlan
  • Globbing and Regex: So Similar, So Different

Read on ...

IT News - FOSS
Stormy Weather: To Stop Cloud Giants, Some Open-Source Software Firms Limit Licenses
siliconAngle, December 24th, 2018
"A heated debate has erupted in the open-source software world that's pitting startups against cloud computing giants," reports Paul Gillin in siliconAngle.

"The furor concerns, of all things, new licensing terms, which software companies are adopting to thwart what they believe is unfair competition from cloud providers in general and Amazon Web Services Inc. in particular..."

IT News - DevOps
How To Transition To DevOps In Less Than 30 Days
InformationWeek, December 27th, 2018
John Edwards writes in InformationWeek, "It doesn't take long to lay the foundation for an agile enterprise. Get the initiative going and sort out the bumps along the way.

Lifting a DevOps initiative off the ground in only a month may sound like a tall order, but a growing number of organizations are beginning to appreciate the focus, responsiveness and flexibility a rapid rollout can provide. "In today's connected world, speed and time to market are existential concerns for businesses," observed Miha Kralj, global lead for cloud strategy and architecture at consulting firm Accenture Technology..."

IT News - Cloud
Five Changes In Cloud Computing Every CEO Should Know
ITProPortal, December 27th, 2018
Kurt Steinhauer writes in ITProPortal, "Here are five of the biggest changes in cloud computing every CEO should be prepared for to maximise opportunities and optimise their business...

The advent of cloud computing is one of the most significant shifts in information technology of our time, especially for businesses. But like the real clouds moving across the horizon, the technology is constantly shifting. Here are five of the biggest changes in cloud computing every CEO should be prepared for to maximise opportunities and optimise their business...."

A Look Back At The Top Cloud Computing News Of 2018
SearchCloudComputing, December 26th, 2018
Sarah Neenan writes in SearchCloudComputing, "From product releases to acquisitions, there was no shortage of cloud technology news in 2018. Take a look back at some of the biggest headlines of the year.

It was an eventful year for cloud computing news. Top providers continued to up their game and address enterprise demands, but also scrambled to respond to outages and cloud security threats..."

IT News - Careers
6 Top Emerging Technology Jobs For 2019
InformationWeek, December 26th, 2018
"Get your career ready for the future. These 6 top emerging technology jobs are ready for big growth in 2019," reports Jessica Davis in InformationWeek.

"It's a strong job market out there and technology professionals are in demand. It doesn't matter if you've been in your current job for 6 months or 6 years. Keeping your skills up to date, your resume current, and your network strong will pay off when opportunities arise, whether it's a new job or negotiating a pay raise..."

IT Jobs By The Numbers: 13 Telling Stats
The Enterprisers Project, December 26th, 2018
Kevin Casey writes in The Enterprisers Project, "It's an IT job seeker's market right now, especially for cloud and security pros. Job hunters and hiring managers, take note - and look what's coming in 2019...

From start to finish, 2018 was a good year to be on the IT job market, particularly for tech professionals with certain skill sets..."

Top 10 IT Careers And Skills Stories Of 2018
ComputerWeekly, December 24th, 2018
"As we leave 2018, Computer Weekly takes a glance at how the technology careers and skills sector has developed over the past 12 months," reports Clare McDonald in ComputerWeekly.

"Digital skills are not only a big part of every job and industry, they are embedded in our everyday lives.

But many people still live without the digital skills they need to navigate the modern world, and with Brexit on the horizon there is widespread concern about whether there will be a big enough tech talent pool once the UK can no longer rely on an easily available EU workforce...."

IT News - Developer
The Most Popular Articles On Agile In 2018, December 24th, 2018
"2018 featured some fantastic content for agile aficionados, see the top ones and a few you may have missed," reports Jen Krieger in

"2018 featured some fantastic content for agile aficionados, from techniques and tricks to run more focused and outcome-driven retrospectives to how Coding Dojos gave agilists a new perspective.

Here's our list of the top five most-read agile articles in 2018 (plus a few you might have missed):..."

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