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IT News - CxO
Driving A Successful Digital Transformation Strategy
Information Age, February 27th, 2019
"Gordon Cullum, CTO at Mastek looks at what it takes to drive a successful and evolving digital transformation strategy...

Within today's digital era, robust and high-quality software testing is key to an organisation's success - especially since practices such as Agile and DevOps often take centre stage.

Yet, as software projects increase in size and complexity, users often become demanding when there is a need to reduce costs and release on time. In turn, this poses a challenge when it comes to effectively testing software..." - Information Age

The 8 Toughest Decisions IT Leaders Face
CIO, February 25th, 2019
Dan Tynan writes in CIO, "Every day, CIOs and other tech executives must face an array of daunting decisions, from how they allocate resources to how to prepare for shifts in the technology landscape.

How do you prioritize projects? Is it really more efficient to outsource some of your development? Should you promote from within or seek more experienced talent outside? Does it make sense to acquire that company and its technology, despite your reservations about its corporate culture? And once you acquire them, which of your employees will be deemed redundant and get the axe?..."

CTO? Why Updating Your Backup Strategy Should Be On Your 2019 To-Do List
Continuity Central, February 28th, 2019
Avi Raichel writes in Continuity Central, "It's no secret that backup is one of the most important things that a business can invest in, and it's because of this that the evolution of backup has been such a grand one. The very first computer backups were made on to large reels of magnetic tape (punch cards), and have consistently evolved - from tape, to spinning disk, and then on to flash. However, what hasn't changed with backup is the central idea of creating 'golden copies' of data, to be used 'just in case'...."

What CIOs And CTOs Can Learn From Smart Cities
InformationWeek, February 27th, 2019
Lisa Morgan writes in InformationWeek, "Municipal IT leaders manage a lot of complexity; improving government efficiency, protecting citizens, and making cities attractive places to work, live and visit.

Imagine being CIO or CTO of a large city: lots of departments and city leaders need your assistance, citizens are demanding faster and easier access to resources, uptime is crucial, and you're tasked with enabling higher levels of efficiency and better decision-making through emerging technology. Mistakes and outages don't just pose a financial or reputational risk; they might also cause fatality..."

IT News - Storage
10 Software-Defined Storage Pioneers That Are Shaking Things Up
CRN, February 27th, 2019
"A storage array is at its heart a commodity server integrated with an operating system dedicated specifically to providing storage services," reports Joseph F. Kovar in CRN.

"Take away the server, and what's left? Software-defined storage, which is software that can be deployed on choice of hardware, usually from a list of approved servers, to provide storage services similar to those of dedicated storage hardware.

Customers get lower cost and increased flexibility, with the trade-off being the need to do the integration and a potential loss of hardware optimization.

Here are 10 offerings that enable customers to see lower costs and increased flexibility..."

New NVMe Western Digital Ssds Target Cloud, Hyperscale And Edge
SearchStorage, February 26th, 2019
"Western Digital is adding two NVMe SSDs designed for read-intensive workloads in public and private clouds, hyperscalers and edge deployments," reports Carol Sliwa in SearchStorage.

"The enterprise-class Western Digital SSDs launched today are the first in the vendor's NVMe data center product line with denser, 64-layer 3D NAND flash technology and new, internally developed controller technology. The 2.5-inch Ultrastar DC SN630 SSD will ship at capacities ranging from 960 GB to 7.68 TB, and the lower end CL SN720 is available from 256 GB up to 2 TB in a gumstick-shaped M.2 form factor..."

IT News - AI
9 Biggest Hurdles To AI Adoption
CIO, February 26th, 2019
"Early adopters are beginning to reap real business results from artificial intelligence implementations. But rolling out an AI initiative isn't without its challenges," opines Maria Korolov in CIO.

"The era of AI business value has arrived. In fact, in a recent Deloitte survey, 82 percent of early adopters said they saw a financial return from their AI investments.

AI and related technologies are enhancing existing products and creating new ones. They are optimizing internal and external operations, helping organizations to make better decisions, and freeing up employees to be more creative and to produce higher-value work, among a wide range of other benefits..."

AI Plays Important Roles At 3 Leading Companies
insideBIGDATA, February 28th, 2019
Daniel Gutierrez writes in insideBIGDATA, "Today we conclude the insideBIGDATA Executive Round Up, our annual feature showcasing the insights of thought leaders on the state of the big data industry, and where it is headed. In today's discussion, our panel of experienced big data executives - Ayush Parashar, Co-founder and Vice President of Engineering for Unifi Software, Robert Lee, Vice President & Chief Architect, Pure Storage, Inc., and Oliver Schabenberger, COO & CTO at SAS - discusses the most important role AI plays for their company's mission statement, and how that role will be cultivated in 2019?.."

IT News - Technology
The End Of Blu-Ray
ZDNet, February 25th, 2019
"Thanks to the rise of streaming, Samsung is discontinuing its Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray player lines. That's lousy news for people who love older TV shows and movies," opines Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in ZDNet

"Over 10 years ago, Samsung released the first commercial Blu-ray video disc player. Within a few years, Samsung and other Blu-ray OEMs had defeated their rival HD DVD manufacturers. They were set to dominate the video world. Then,..."

What Are USB Gen 1, Gen 2, And Gen 2x2?
How To Geek, February 28th, 2019
"Finding the fastest USB connection used to be easy: choose USB 3.0 instead of 2.0,: writes Josh Hendrickson in How To Geek.

"But now, you'll need to know the difference between USB 3.2 Gen 1, Gen 2, and Gen 2x2 - and what various types of 'SuperSpeed' mean, too.

Once upon a time, USB came in two main flavors, 2.0 and 3.0. All you needed to know about them was 3.0 was faster than 2.0. You could buy a USB 2.0 flash drive and plug it into a computer that had USB 3.0 slots, and it would still work - just at the slower USB 2.0 speeds. Buying a USB 3.0 drive and plugging it into a USB 2.0 port would give you USB 2.0 speeds, too..."

Get Ready for USB 3.2: Super-Fast 20Gbps Transfer Speeds But Tons of Confusion
ZDnet, February 27th, 2019
Liam Tung writes in ZDnet, "The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has announced that new USB 3.2 devices capable of 20Gbps will be available this year.

First announced in 2017, the USB 3.2 specification introduces changes to the way manufacturers communicate and advertise transfer speeds.

Although USB 3.2 specifications are meant to avoid confusion, it may actually make things more complicated for consumers and manufacturers..."

IT News - Bitcoin
A $1 Million Bitcoin: Is It A Reckless Speculation Or An Inevitable Reality?
NEWSBTC, February 25th, 2019
"Bitcoin is going to be worth a million dollar," predicts Davit Babayan in NEWSBTC.

"The extremely bullish target is once again trending high inside the cryptocurrency space thanks to Jesse Lund. The IBM executive, who heads the firm's blockchain & digital currencies wing, recently said in an interview that bitcoin would reach a seven-figure value.

Media ran the story. People spread it. Responses came from both ends of the stick. Critics questioned the viability of a $1 million Bitcoin, while the crypto maximalists supported it whole-heartedly..."

IT News - Humor
Top 10 Workplace IT Blunders
ZDNet, February 27th, 2019
"UK-based IT support provider, has revealed the top ten blunders reported to its helpdesk in 2018. ..

  • A user punched his laptop and wanted the screen replaced before any colleagues found out.
  • A user could not see or hear anything that was happening on their laptop...


Wayback Wednesday: I'm Going To Pass On That
Computerworld, February 27th, 2019
"It's the tail end of the Great Recession, and this pilot fish works for a manufacturer that uses aging automated systems that are already paid for - and given the economy, it has no interest in trading up.

'The automated systems use software that monitors the systems and writes to an Access-type database, giving codes,' fish says. 'Problem is, each of the 20 systems has its own PC and its own database, and to get reports you have to go to each and every PC and make a copy of each database.'

Fish is tasked with coming up with an easier way to get reports..." Computerworld

Throwback Thursday: And You Know Which Method He'll Choose
Computerworld, February 28th, 2019
"This medical claims clearinghouse deals with thousands of doctors and millions of medical claims every month, reports a pilot fish working there.

'Early this week, I was asked to research why a new client wasn't getting his reports back,' fish says. 'I looked into it.'

Fish determines that the client wasn't getting the reports because they weren't being generated by the system..." - Computerworld

IT News - Security
Why Many Organizations Still Don't Understand Security
Government Technology, February 25th, 2019
Daniel J. Lohrmann writes in Government Technology, "Despite a growing number of security incidents and headline data breaches, many security and technology professionals express the view that their government or company or nonprofit organization doesn't make cybersecurity a priority. Here's how you can help...."

IT News - Server
The Open Compute Project Is Quickly Gaining Ground
Network World, March 1st 2019
"The hyperscale-optimized data center gear is expected to top $10 billion in sales in three years," predicts Network World.

"Eight years ago, Facebook launched the Open Compute Project (OCP), an open-source hardware initiative to design the most energy-efficient server gear for massive, hyperscale data centers. The promise was flexibility of hardware and software and designs for greater power efficiency.

Very quickly, Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Sun Microsystems' co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim joined with Facebook to launch the OCP project, with Microsoft joining in 2014..."

IT News - DevOps
Top Trends In DevOps For 2019, February 25th, 2019
"DevOps is poised for healthy growth over the next several years, with analysts large and small weighing in with forecasts," reports Shailesh Kumar Davey in

"For instance, IDC predicts the worldwide DevOps software market will reach $8 billion by 2022, up from $3.9 billion in 2017. Similarly, Grand View Research estimates the global DevOps market will hit $12.85 billion by 2025, registering a CAGR of 18.6 percent..."

4 Must-Have DevOps Tools In 2019
Business 2 Community, February 26th, 2019
Matt Shealy writes in Business 2 Community, "DevOps is no longer a buzzword - it is the direction most developer and operations teams are moving towards. DevOps references the combined efforts of software developers and information technology operations to speed up how software is developed, which still delivering fixes, updates and new product features. As these teams merge their efforts, an integrated business model is emerging to support fast and flexible workflows in the software industry..."

IT News - Cloud
Security Is Battling To Keep Pace With Cloud Adoption
ComputerWeekly, February 27th, 2019
Warwick Ashford writes in ComputerWeekly, "Six out of 10 information security professionals say business adoption of cloud is outstripping their ability to keep pace with securing these environments, according to the inaugural annual State of hybrid cloud security survey by network security management firm FireMon.

The survey findings highlight the fact that the speed of cloud business initiatives is hampering respondents' ability to secure and manage hybrid environments, with security personnel often not included in cloud business initiatives..."

IT News - Careers
10 IT Certs Paying The Highest Premiums Today
CIO, February 28th, 2019
"Looking for the next hot IT certification to add to your resume?" asks Sarah K. White in CIO. "According to data from Foote Partners, these 10 IT certifications increased the most in value in the past year...

IT certifications can boost your career, but it's not always easy to tell which certifications hold the most value for your resume. Moreover, the pay associated any given certification can fluctuate based on business interest in the credential and the supply of IT pros who hold it. To help gauge certification values, Foote Partners tracks premiums paid for popular IT certifications in its IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index report..."

The Trouble With IT Job Descriptions
The Enterprisers Project, February 28th, 2019
Carla Rudder writes in The Enterprisers Project, "You want how many years of what? Many companies create a laundry list of expectations that few candidates can match. Here are 5 tips for employers - and 5 for frustrated job seekers...

Employers often ask for the moon when crafting IT job descriptions, and it's not hard to understand why. IT is often expected to deliver the moon: to work better, smarter, and faster; to deliver technology breakthroughs; to drive revenue; to transform process and organizations. These mandates require top talent with cutting edge skills..."

IT News - Virtualization
8 Best Server Virtualization Software
ServerWatch, February 28th, 2019
Drew Robb writes in ServerWatch, "Server virtualization software burst onto the scene in the early 2000s. The meteoric rise of VMware - the market pioneer - came about as organizations realized the benefits of consolidating multiple physical servers onto one virtual machine (VM). Gone were the days of low rates of server utilization and one physical server hosting one application.

Server virtualization remains a growth area of IT. According to Market Research Future, the server virtualization market is expected to grow at approximately $8 billion by 2023, at 7% of CAGR between 2017 and 2023. That represents a market that will almost double in that time..."

IT News - Email
Top 5 Email Security Issues To Address In 2019
Search Security, March 1st 2019
"The top five email security issues come from a variety of places, from email phishing to account takeovers. Our security expert recommends being vigilant and poised to take action," reports The Tolly Group in Search Security.

"With email security, every message counts. It only takes one message to inflict great harm on a business, large or small.

Email security vendors are forever focused on improving the protection they offer, while, at the same time, hackers are anticipating future protections and actively building new ways to subvert them. So it's never a bad idea for security managers to come up for air and have a look at what might be in store for them..."

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