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IT News - CxO
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How Do CIOs Think About IT Transformation?
"From fixing how integration is done to jettisoning existing tech debt to helping to drive real business innovation, IT transformation should always be done with the business in mind," writes Myles F. Suer in CIO.

"IT transformation has many definitions. For this reason, I wanted to hear from the regulars at my weekly #CIOChat session. Interestingly, CIOs see IT transformation as having more to do with enabling digital transformation than enabling IT transformation..."

CIO, January 22nd, 2019
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Data Defined Digital Transformation
"Data must be of good quality and be controllable and consistent to ensure that it can generate business value and inform decisions," writes Jeff Burk in ITProPortal.

"The traditional task of CIOs being responsible for the technology strategy and procurement within an enterprise is no longer straightforward. The CIO and their team have the unenviable task of tracking the latest innovations and ensuring that businesses embrace these in a risk-free way that simultaneously keeps them ahead of the competition. And, this just got harder..."

ITProPortal, January 25th, 2019
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9 Key Metrics For IT Success
"Is your IT organization a business champion or a burden?" asks John Edwards in CIO. "Here's a look at the essential KPIs for gauging IT's business effectiveness, including digital transformation...

It's strictly a numbers game when it comes to measuring the various aspects of IT success. Positive KPIs generally indicate that all is well with specific IT operations and services. Negative numbers, on the other hand, warn that IT efforts may be headed in the wrong direction or are already actively damaging enterprise goals..."

CIO, January 23rd, 2019
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5 IT Trends Shaping 2019 CIO Strategies
"Tech executives sound off on the IT trends they see shaping CIO strategies in 2019. AI and cloud loom large, but the test for CIOs is not just technical," suggests George Lawton in Search CIO.

"We asked five C-suite leaders at companies that deliver business-critical technology products and services to identify the IT trends that will have the biggest impact on CIO strategies in 2019.

AI and the cloud will continue to dominate enterprise IT agendas, but to capitalize on them IT leadership, more than technical expertise, is what's required of CIOs..."

Search CIO, January 21st, 2019
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IT News - AI
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AI Is About To Change Your Messaging Experience Forever - Are You Ready?
"We're living in a text-driven world, where messaging platforms have become the primary medium of our digital conversations. Just look at the numbers: over 2.5 billion people, or 75 percent of smartphone owners, use at least one messaging app.

We are attached to our mobile devices, yet innovation in messaging remains behind the times. Just as AI-powered assistants transformed the way we manage our homes, the next generation of conversational AI is targeting our mobile messaging experiences - bringing them closer to our personal interactions, which are rich in context and emotional expressions. Here's how:..." - insideBIGDATA

insideBIGDATA, January 24th, 2019
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AI Skills: 5 Ways To Build Talent Internally
"As artificial intelligence use cases expand inside all types of businesses and industries, you can expect another sequel to a timeless IT hiring story: The Skills Shortage, AI edition - coming soon to a team near you," opines Kevin Casey in The Enterprisers Project.

"As Pat Calhoun, CEO of Espressive, told us recently: 'Most organizations want to embrace AI as part of their digital transformation but do not have the developers, AI experts, and linguists to develop their own or to even train the engines of pre-built solutions to deliver on the promise'..."

The Enterprisers Project, January 21st, 2019
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IT News - Technology
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Add More HDMI Ports To Your TV With These Switches
"If you find yourself constantly plugging and unplugging HDMI cables from your TV, then it may be time to buy an HDMI switch," writes Andrew Heinzman in reviewgeek.

"Most people have a handful of game consoles, digital receivers, and video players in their entertainment center. But most TVs usually have just two or three HDMI ports, a frustrating design choice that can turn a simple game night into a complicated adventure behind the TV. If only you could add more HDMI ports to your TV!..."

reviewgeek, January 22nd, 2019
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Following The Fortunes Of Our Future - 15 Technology Predictions For 2019
"Our team has compiled some of the most likely trends they think have the potential to disrupt the tech industry in the next 12 months," writes Dr. John Bates in ITProPortal.

"One of the side effects of the pace of scientific and technological advancement is a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. New discoveries, both in theory and in practice, drive emotions of expectation and hope. Yet, in pushing boundaries, the same developments are tinged with risk and exposed to mismanagement, misuse and mischief..."

ITProPortal, January 21st, 2019
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IT News - Humor
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How He Spent His Day Off
"Just before a holiday, this IT support guy calls a remote office to have a pair of tapes changed in their loader, says a pilot fish on the inside.

'Since the person who normally changes the tapes is away for the holiday, he decides to walk a user through the process,' reports fish.

IT guy describes the tape loader, and tells the user to 'remove tapes 1 and 6.'..." - ComputerWorld

ComputerWorld, January 21st, 2019
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Users Fail To Squeak Through Basic Computer Skills Test. Well, It Was The '90s
"Sticky balls? Wash your mouse out," writes Rebecca Hill in The Register.

"On Call Friday mornings can mean only one thing: El Reg's weekly instalment of On Call, where readers share their tales of users', um, naivety.

This week, as a special treat for making it through the first month of 2019, your Vulture has picked out two stories from the On Call mailbag.

Both take place back in the mid-'90s, when computer mice were something of an unfamiliar challenge for users..."

The Register, January 25th, 2019
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Throwback Thursday: Logic, Shmogic, We've Got A Process
"The wired network is being upgraded at the company where this pilot fish works -- and her cubicle is right next to a main conduit for the wires.

"I came in one morning and noticed that the new wire had been pulled, because all the faceplates for the connectors were pulled out of the conduit," says fish. "The old wires were still plugged in, with the new wires lying next to them..." - ComputerWorld

ComputerWorld, January 24th, 2019
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IT News - PM
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How To Create A Project Plan Template In 5 Steps
"If you work with a remote team, you know how valuable smart, savvy, reliable freelancers can be to your business," opines Melissa Ingold in Business 2 Community.

"And, knowing that, you do your best to keep your contractors happy and loyal. Right? Of course you do!

Which means you make certain that their time is used efficiently by giving them templates, checklists, and project plans so they aren't forced to constantly reinvent the wheel. Right?

If you answered 'no' to question number two, here's your gentle nudge in the right direction: To keep your remote team both organized and satisfied, you MUST support them with codified processes.

Seriously!..."

Business 2 Community, January 25th, 2019
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IT News - Operations
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10 Top Tips To Maximize Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Benefits
James Alan Miller writes in SearchConvergedInfrastructure, "The most-read hyper-converged tips of the past year represent a range of best practices for procuring and implementing HCI as all or part of your overall data center architecture...

The concepts behind the emergence of hyper-converged infrastructure are simple enough. Knowing how to fully take advantage of the many hyper-converged infrastructure benefits and avoid any pitfalls is another matter..."

SearchConvergedInfrastructure, January 24th, 2019
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IT News - Security
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Beware The Man In The Cloud: How To Protect Against A New Breed Of Cyberattack
Anurag Kahol writes in HelpNet Security, "One malicious tactic that has become quite prevalent in recent years is known as a 'man in the cloud' (MitC) attack. This attack aims to access victims' accounts without the need to obtain compromised user credentials beforehand. Below, this article explains the anatomy of MitC attacks and offers practical advice about what can be done to defend against them..."
HelpNet Security, January 21st, 2019
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Security Is The No. 1 IT Barrier To Cloud And SaaS Adoption
"More than 70% of tech professionals said security spending has increased in the past year, according to a Ping Identity report," writes Macy Bayern in TechRepublic.

"Security is the top barrier in cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) adoption for enterprise IT infrastructures, according to a Ping Identity report released on Wednesday. Some 43% of IT professionals surveyed said that security is the biggest obstacle for cloud adoption, and 37% said security is also the biggest barrier to SaaS adoption, said the report..."

TechRepublic, January 23rd, 2019
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IT News - BI
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10 Data And Analytics Trends To Watch In 2019
"To stay alive and thrive in an era of accelerating digital disruption, organizations are realizing that simply being 'data-driven' won't guarantee future success," opines Tricia Morris in Business 2 Community. "In 2019, leaders are now being challenged to change their siloed, departmental analytics approach to data, put away all their 'interesting' dashboards, and get down to defined business outcomes.

Forrester notes that it's not 'data-driven,' but rather 'insights-driven,' businesses that are growing at an average of more than 30% each year, and by 2021 are predicted to take $1.8 trillion annually from their less-informed peers..."

Business 2 Community, January 25th, 2019
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IT News - HR
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Talent Shortage Emerging As A Top Risk For Organizations
Valerie Bolden-Barrett writes in HR Dive, "The talent shortage jumped from third to first place as the emerging risk for organizations worldwide going into 2019, according to 137 senior executives in Gartner, Inc.'s latest Emerging Risks Survey. Gartner found that the talent shortage surged past 'accelerating privacy regulation' and 'cloud computing' - the top two risks in the Q418 - to become the highest risk in Q418. The survey showed that organizations can't find enough specialists in privacy regulation, cloud computing and other high-risk areas, making the talent shortage their highest risk..."
HR Dive, January 24th, 2019
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IT News - Linux
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Top 5 Linux Server Distributions
Jack Wallen writes at linux.com, "Ah, the age-old question: Which Linux distribution is best suited for servers? Typically, when this question is asked, the standard responses pop up:

  • RHEL
  • SUSE
  • Ubuntu Server
  • Debian
  • CentOS

However, in the name of opening your eyes to maybe something a bit different, I'm going to approach this a bit differently. I want to consider a list of possible distributions that are not only outstanding candidates but also easy to use, and that can serve many functions within your business. In some cases, my choices are drop-in replacements for other operating systems, whereas others require a bit of work to get them up to speed..."

linux.com, January 21st, 2019
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Microsoft Windows Server Benchmarked Against Six Linux Distributions
Michael Larabel writes in phoronix,"While it was not too long ago that Microsoft Windows Server 2019 began shipping and that we conducted some end-of-year benchmarks between Windows and Linux, with being in the process of running a number of Windows and Linux benchmarks as part of our ongoing 10GbE OS performance testing, I also took the opportunity to run some other benchmarks on Windows Server 2016 and 2019 as well as a set of Linux distributions..."
phoronix, January 23rd, 2019
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IT News - DevOps
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10 Ways To Learn More About DevOps
"If DevOps is on your agenda for 2019, there's no shortage of information out there to help you get started or overcome obstacles," writes Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project.

"Those who have made breakthroughs with DevOps are passionate and enthusiastic about sharing this way of working with others, and it's not hard to find examples of DevOps in action at leading companies..."

The Enterprisers Project, January 21st, 2019
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What Does DevOps Mean To You?
"It's said if you ask 10 people about DevOps, you will get 12 answers," opines Girish Managoli in opensouce.com. "This is a result of the diversity in opinions and expectations around DevOps - not to mention the disparity in its practices.

To decipher the paradoxes around DevOps, we went to the people who know it the best - its top practitioners around the industry. These are people who have been around the horn, who know the ins and outs of technology, and who have practiced DevOps for years. Their viewpoints should encourage, stimulate, and provoke your thoughts around DevOps..."

opensouce.com, January 24th, 2019
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IT News - Cloud
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Cloud Container Services Comparison
"There's no doubt that cloud container services adoption is on the rise," notes Katy Stalcup in Business 2 Community. "A recent survey found that more than 80% of IT professionals and teams reported deploying container technologies - up from 58% in 2017.

With this rise in adoption comes a rise of options in the market, so it quickly becomes difficult to keep track of each service and what they're best used for. We took a look at 14 container services and container-like services associated with the top cloud providers, and broke down the main use case for each. Scroll to the bottom for a comparison chart..."

Business 2 Community, January 22nd, 2019
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IT News - Careers
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Two In Five Technology Job Applicants Don't Have The Right Technical Chops, Survey Finds
"The tech talent gap is biting most of the 1,000 technical hiring managers responding to a recent survey," reports Joe McKendrick in ZDNet.

"More than two in five candidates (43 percent) applying for technology and engineering positions these days lack the appropriate technical skills for those roles. In addition, more than two in five hiring managers say it's only getting more difficult to find the skills they need..."

ZDNet, January 21st, 2019
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When To Stop Negotiating A Job Offer
In the January 22, 2019 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter a reader asks whether negotiating a good job offer would be crazy.

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"I'm a Senior Data Scientist and I just got a job offer, but the salary is about $1,000 lower than I expected. It's a management position with less than a dozen staff reporting to me. They also offered a very generous signing bonus of about $50,000.

I think the salary offer is so low because in the interview I was bad at white boarding, and they told me that. But I explained that other skills like machine learning are far more important in this position, and they agreed that's one of my key strengths. Obviously they agreed enough to want to hire me.

I understand they're using the signing bonus to hedge their risk, but I still want to negotiate the salary. What do you think? In this situation, how crazy is this idea? ..."

Ask The Headhunter, January 21st, 2019
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