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6 Top Trends In Emerging And Disruptive Technologies
David Weldon writes in Information Management, "Cloud-based machines, interactive collaboration tools and video collaboration are among the technology trends that organizations can expect to advance this year.

About these trends

A number of so-called disruptive technologies will be impacted by the growing adoption of cloud and artificial practices this year, according to Jordan Owens, vice president of architecture at Pexip, a leading video conferencing and collaboration platform vendor. Here, Jordan shares his predictions on how augmented and virtual reality, AI and other trends are impacting his industry..."

Information Management, February 22nd, 2019
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A Primer For CIOs Needing 'Deep Learning' On The Benefits On Emerging Tech
"Analytics, machine learning and other emerging technologies are transforming how businesses compete," notes Myles F. Suer in CIO.

"In discussions I've had with CIOs via my weekly #CIOChat sessions this year, the top 5 priorities are:

  • Analytics a
  • BI
  • AI
  • IoT
  • RPA (Robotic Process Automation)

And while there are differing opinions regarding the ownership of the analytics function, one thing is clear: CIOs need a better understanding regarding the potential for analytics and what is required to get data into a shape for their organization's data scientists. CIOs also need very clear mutual direction established with business leaders - in other words, what questions should be answered with data?..."

CIO, February 19th, 2019
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IT Priorities 2019: Cyber Security And Risk Management Among Top Priorities For 2019
Warwick Ashford writes in ComputerWeekly, "This year's Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities research shows that cyber security and risk management are among the top investment priorities...

Cyber security and risk management (32%) is second only to IT automation (33%) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), followed by cloud migration (29%), when it comes to the broad initiatives 1,578 IT decision-makers in the region plan to implement, according to the 2019 Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities survey..."

ComputerWeekly, February 19th, 2019
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CIOs: Break These Old IT Norms To Move Faster
"Speed has never been more critical for IT," opines Lee Congdon in The Enterprisers Project. "Ellucian CIO Lee Congdon shares some strategies to help energize your teams to move faster.

While operating in the status quo is comfortable, it won't propel CIOs and their teams to the leading edge. Today, there are very few business processes that don't have a significant or growing technology component. More organizations realize that their business and their IT are inextricably linked. This presents tremendous opportunities for CIOs and their IT organizations..."

The Enterprisers Project, February 22nd, 2019
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IT News - CRM
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4 Business CRM Tools You Can Use To Increase Your Sales
"Your business needs the best tracking tools in order to improve customer relations and conversion rates. Do you need to increase your bottom line this year?" asks Susan Gilbert in Business 2 Community.

"Take advantage of these great resources, and let me know how these work for you!..."

Business 2 Community, February 23rd, 2019
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IT News - Storage
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Guide To Flash Storage Memory
"Solid state drive vendors initially introduced flash storage memory and SSD's to support high-end applications and high-performance storage tiers," reports Christine Taylor in The Enterprisers Project. "Deployments have rapidly expanded over the last few years as flash/SSD performance increases - with better SSD IOPS benchmarks - and price decreases.

In 2019, the SSD vs HDD debate is largely over: even though hard drives still comprise 80% of most data centers media, and tape is still in the picture, flash SSD deployments are growing with extraordinary speed. As the enterprise storage market grows, flash seems to grow even faster..."

The Enterprisers Project, February 20th, 2019
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Number Of HDDs Shipped Worldwide From 1976 To 2018
"This invaluable chart shows the number of HDDs shipped for more than 40 years and the birth of the industry until to 2018 as well as estimations from 2019 to 2022.

Sources are Disk/Trend from 1976 to 2001, Trendfocus from 2002 to 2022 with the exception of IDC for 2009.

Total units shipped since 1976 is a little more than 9 billion! But the installed base is much less than that as a great number of them disappears or breaks down, and a lot of them was replaced by higher capacity devices.

Since the beginning these figures below were always growing until 2010 with a small decrease in 2001 for worldwide economical reasons, and began to constantly decline (but for 2014) until 2018. CAGR for the global period remains high: +24%. But it was +26.5% until 2010 but then -9.4% from 2010 to 2018..."

StorageNewsletter.com, February 19th, 2019
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IT News - AI
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30 Top Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning Companies
Ryan Kh writes in SmartDataCollective, "These top artificial intelligence and machine learning companies are providing great options for anyone interested in AI or machine learning.

Artificial intelligence has become an essential part of our everyday lives. It is used in financial processes, medical examinations, logistics, publishing, and in a wide range of other fast-rising industries. According toThe AI Index 2018 Annual Report by Stanford University, active AI startups in the US increased 2.1x from 2015 to 2018, while venture capital funding for US AI startups increased 4.5x from 2013 to 2017..."

SmartDataCollective, February 21st, 2019
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AI Is Not Magic - It's Time To Demystify And Apply
"It's time for enterprises to define their artificial intelligence strategies, and they have to consider embarking on mass experimentation to achieve success," writes Rob Thomas in InformationWeek.

"For centuries, electricity was thought to be the domain of sorcerers - magicians who left audiences puzzled about where it came from and how it was generated. Although Benjamin Franklin and his contemporaries were well aware of the phenomena when he proved the connection between electricity and lightning, he had difficulty envisioning a practical use for it in 1752. In fact, his most prized invention had more to do with avoiding electricity, the lightning rod. All new innovations go through a similar evolution: dismissal, avoidance, fear, and perhaps finally acceptance..."

InformationWeek, February 21st, 2019
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Take A Deeper Look At Deep Learning
"This form of machine learning continues to grow rapidly. Here's what you need to know as you consider whether to implement deep learning in your organization," writes Cynthia Harvey in InformationWeek.

"Last year, InformationWeek published a high-level introduction to deep learning that was meant to explain the basics of the technology to CIOs and IT managers. Since then, interest in deep learning has skyrocketed, so now seems like a good time to revisit the topic with a deeper dive into the technology.

Enterprises have been spending a lot of money on deep learning and related technologies - and they are about to spend much more. According to IDC, spending on artificial intelligence (AI), which includes deep learning, will likely grow from an estimated $24.0 billion in 2018 to $77.6 billion in 2022. In other words, AI investments will triple in just four years..."

InformationWeek, February 20th, 2019
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Can You Guess Which Face Is Real, And Which Is Computer Generated?
Greg Kumparak writes in Tech Crunch, "Computers have recently gotten much, much better at a somewhat unsettling skill: generating fake human faces. As in, creating an image of a human who has never existed before.

We saw the concept go a bit viral this week with ThisPersonDoesNotExist, a website hooked to a machine that generates a new face every few seconds. Or the feline version that dreams up (sometimes nightmare-inducing) cats, ThisCatDoesNotExist..."

Tech Crunch, February 20th, 2019
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How To Select An AI Pilot Project: 5 Criteria
"To create a tangible, actionable starting point for AI in your organization, you need to identify a real use case you'll test an AI solution against," notes Kevin Casey in "The Enterprisers Project".

"We recently posed five questions to ask when identifying AI opportunities in your organization. Once you've found answers, what do you do next?

For most teams and companies, it makes sense to start with a pilot. Call it a pilot project or pilot initiative or pilot program - the name doesn't matter so much as the purpose, which is to create a tangible, actionable starting point for AI in your organization. That's necessary because most businesses are starting from scratch. Trying to do everything - or simply experimenting with no real goals attached - is likely to produce results that range from frustrating to non-existent..."

The Enterprisers Project, February 21st, 2019
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IT News - Technology
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Don't Be Fooled By Fake Images And Videos Online
Hany Farid writes in Homeland Security News Wire, "Advances in artificial intelligence have made it easier to create compelling and sophisticated fake images, videos and audio recordings. Meanwhile, misinformation proliferates on social media, and a polarized public may have become accustomed to being fed news that conforms to their worldview. All contribute to a climate in which it is increasingly more difficult to believe what you see and hear online. There are some things that you can do to protect yourself from falling for a hoax. As the author of the upcoming book Fake Photos, to be published in August, I'd like to offer a few tips to protect yourself from falling for a hoax..."
Homeland Security News Wire, February 20th, 2019
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IT News - Humor
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T
"We've all wished we could dress down the arrogant users who try to make IT professionals jump to do their bidding, even when they're asking the impossible - to do it without getting fired, that is. Unfortunately, when a generally acknowledged loss center (IT) comes up against the revenue generators (just about everyone else), we know who is going to get top management's backing.

But one fish has a story about holding your ground and winning. It reads like fantasy, but he swears it's true..." - ComputerWorld

ComputerWorld, February 20th, 2019
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IT News - Security
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7 Cheap Or Free Cybersecurity Training Resources
"These resources can help skill up your workforce or help you land a cybersecurity job," notes J.M. Porup in CSO Online.

"Scare headlines about the looming cybersecurity skills shortage are a regular feature in the trade press, and occasionally even make it into mainstream publications. If one thing is clear, it's that companies outbidding each other for a tiny talent pool of security engineers with five to ten years' experience is not a winning formula to increase the cybersecurity labor force..."

CSO Online, February 18th, 2019
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Data Security Will Continue To Be A Big Deal In 2019 - Here's What You Can Do To Protect Your Data Now
"When applied to protecting against internal threats, employee monitoring software can be a highly effective tool for protecting customer data," opines Isaac Kohen in ITProPortal. "Here's how:

By now, the incredible cost of a cybersecurity incident is well understood. According to a 2018 study by the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data breach approaches $4 million, with cascading opportunity and reputational damage that can far exceed this number. Unfortunately, despite the terrible consequences, data loss events are increasing as the treasure trove of customer data that companies store has immense value for those brazen enough to steal it..."

ITProPortal, February 21st, 2019
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IT News - BI
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The 4 Major Players In Analytics And Business Intelligence Platforms, 2019
Timothy King writes in Solutions Review, "Analytics and business intelligence platforms come in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet the ever-changing needs of organizations and their increasingly complex big data environments. Businesses require data solutions that can serve any number of different use cases, and in the case of analytics and BI, can range from data discovery to predictive analytics. There are both small and large providers that offer software to help these companies with both niche and common challenges, though choosing the vendor(s) that are right for your specific environment can be a daunting task..."
Solutions Review, February 19th, 2019
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Gartner: Top 10 Data And Analytics Technology Trends For 2019
Andrew Ross writes in Information Age, "Augmented analytics, continuous intelligence and explainable artificial intelligence (AI) are among the top trends in data and analytics technology, according to Gartner...

The story of data and analytics is one that keeps evolving; from appointing chief data officers to procuring the latest analytics software, business leaders are desperately trying to utilise it, but it's not easy..."

Information Age, February 18th, 2019
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IT News - HR
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Move Aside, HR Suites. There's A Simpler Solution At Hand
Rahis Saifi writes in Business 2 Community, "Managing the human resources department of a growing company is thrilling, but the excitement can quickly become clouded by the increasing demands of finding and training new hires, managing employees, and providing career development opportunities.

Today's thriving job market creates extra stress for HR managers since employees can readily find new work if they aren't satisfied in their current position. Work Institute's 2018 Retention Report revealed about 77% - more than three out of four - of employees leave their job for preventable reasons. While the responsibility of retainment doesn't completely fall on HR management, smooth onboarding and employee engagement are integral components to keeping 'quits' at a minimum, saving thousands of dollars in capital..."

Business 2 Community, February 21st, 2019
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How To Keep Your Employees Satisfied In The Workplace
"Millennials and Gen Z in the workplace are embracing non-traditional workplace structures, interesting perks, and a willingness to work for a smaller company, or lower salary to get a creative company culture," opines Eileen Brown in ZDNet.

"Employers are prioritizing employee job satisfaction more and more these days, especially since workplace satisfaction has been decreasing over the past 20 years.

The idea of working exclusively for a pay check at the end of the month does not satisfy people's craving for career fulfilment according to a recent survey..."

ZDNet, February 19th, 2019
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IT News - Linux
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5 Of The Best Linux Distros For Raspberry Pi
Kris Wouk writes in Make Tech Easier, "The Raspberry Pi debuted in 2012, and since then the tiny computer and its successors have powered countless projects. While you can install regular Ubuntu on a Raspberry Pi, there are plenty of more specialized Linux distributions available. This list includes options that can handle everything from general computing to creating a tiny portable arcade..."
Make Tech Easier, February 18th, 2019
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Betty - A Friendly Interface For Your Linux Command Line
"All Linux experts might already know this statement 'Command line mode is more powerful than GUI' but newbies are scared about CLI," opines Magesh Maruthamuthu in 2dayGeek.

"Don't think that working on Linux CLI is difficult as everything is opensource nowadays and you can get it in online whatever you want.

If you have any doubt just google it and you will get many suggestion, select the suitable one and move forward.

If you are looking for some virtual assistant tool instead of google..."

2dayGeek, February 22nd, 2019
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IT News - Cloud
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Compare Tools For Multi-Cloud Kubernetes Management
"For IT teams that need to manage Kubernetes deployments that span multiple cloud platforms, here are seven tools intended to simplify that process," reports Tom Nolle in SearchCloudComputing.

"Kubernetes continues to evolve in many directions, which can make it difficult to understand its relationship with other IT trends -- especially multi-cloud.

Users can create a Kubernetes cluster and deploy containers inside VMs on any public cloud or on premises, but they still need to manage scaling and resiliency within those environments. Cloud providers offer managed services to address these problems, but those tools aren't built for a multi-cloud Kubernetes architecture..."

SearchCloudComputing, February 20th, 2019
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IT News - IoT
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Top Challenges Of IoT Adoption In The Enterprise
Mary K. Pratt writes in IoT Agenda, "CIOs share the top IoT implementation challenges they've faced and how they're overcoming them as they move forward with their enterprise IoT initiatives.

Worldwide demand for IoT technologies continues to climb, with data and analytics company GlobalData projecting the global market for IoT-enabling software, hardware and services will hit $318 billion by 2023 -- up from an estimated $130 billion in 2018..."

IoT Agenda, February 19th, 2019
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IT News - Careers
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10 IT Skills Paying The Highest Premiums Today
"From ERP and compliance to data visualization, these 10 IT skills grew the most in market value over the past year, according to data from Foote Partners," reports Sarah K. White in CIO.

"Market demand for specific IT skills can fluctuate quickly, as emerging trends and reviving interest in legacy systems rise and fall. And while pay for an individual role, such as data scientist, may spike upward due to a lack of qualified candidates, certain niche IT skills can become hot for a time, with organizations paying a premium for candidates with this specific skill, thanks to a change in their industry or a strategic shift in their overall business..."

CIO, February 20th, 2019
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6 Signals To Reject An Employer Recruiting You
In the February 19, 2019 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter something tells a reader it's time to reject an employer's recruiting come-on.

Question

'After multiple interviews with managers and team members, a well-known company made me a job offer that I refused. The offer was good, considerably more than I earn now. But the deal was unacceptable because, from one meeting to the next, the team showed me the company is undisciplined, disorganized and incapable of conducting business with someone they want to hire. And they recruited me! I didn't go to them looking for a job! This of course tells me they are not worth doing business with, period. I'm writing to you because I've concluded that I should have cut the meetings off sooner. I was so focused on performing at my best that I didn't calculate the problems that now appear so obvious to me. Can you poll your readers and ask them what signals during interviews tip them off that a company is not worth working for, much less continuing interviews?..."

Ask The Headhunter, February 18th, 2019
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IT News - Java
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JDK 13: The New Features Coming To Java 13
"The late 2019 version of standard Java is tentatively slated to support raw string literals," notes Paul Krill in Javaworld.

"Java Development Kit (JDK) 13 is beginning to take shape, and the first beta builds are available. Its production release is planned for September 2019.

Two capabilities anticipated for JDK 13 have been cited by Mark Reinhold, chief architect of the Java platform group at Oracle:..."

Javaworld, February 19th, 2019
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