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IT News - CxO
5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In March
The Enterprisers Project, March 4th, 2019
"Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders," suggests Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project.

"Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our business library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. These curated pieces are available now through the end of March.

  • How to motivate yourself when you're just not feeling work
  • What to do if your career is stalled and you don't know why
  • How to combine data models to make better decisions
  • Are you a micromanager - or an under-manager?
  • How to avoid superficial data analyses

Read on for details.

Five Tech Trends You Don't Want To Miss
ITProPortal, March 5th, 2019
"Consider which investments could take your company to a new level this year," writes Suresh Sambandam in ITProPortal.

"Digital innovation advances every year, making it tough to keep up with the latest developments. Technology continues to change the business world, but change doesn't happen overnight. When the options at hand are meticulously researched, selected, and utilised to the highest capacity to meet specific operational needs, companies will stay ahead in their industry, while others ignoring the ongoing digital revolution will fall behind..."

Amy Webb highlights over 300 tech trends in annual report (378+ Pages)
VentureBeat, March 9th, 2019
Khari Johnson writes in VentureBeat, "The Future Today Institute today unveiled the twelfth annual Tech Trends Report, which highlights 315 trends, up from 225 last year. The report highlights top trends in areas like energy, robotics, AI, transportation, data, privacy, and security.

Future Today Institute director and New York University Stern School of Business professor Amy Webb will release the report and detail highlights in a presentation today at SXSW in Austin, Texas..."

IT News - Storage
Western Digital Storage Strategy
Forbes, March 5th, 2019
Tom Coughlin writes in Forbes, "I attended the Storage Field Day visit to Western Digital on February 28, 2019. WD gave us a good taste of their strategy and plans for digital storage and memory. The company discussed solid state and hard drive products as well as their foray into storage system. Speakers said that Western Digital will be 50 years old this year. Some thoughts from that meeting are summarized below with some images of the presentations.

WD's speakers said that about 75% of the world's data is generated outside of data centers and more than 36% of the world's data resides on their products..."

IT News - AI
The 20 Best Examples Of Using Artificial Intelligence For Retail Experiences
Forbes, March 4th, 2019
"The basic retail experience hasn't changed much over the years," opines Blake Morgan in Forbes. "...go into a store, look for the right product and make a purchase. Artificial intelligence has the potential to completely transform the traditional retail experience and take it to the next level with personalization, automation and increased efficiency. And it's already happening! Here are 20 of the best examples of AI to improve the retail experience..."

AI vs. Machine Learning: What's The Difference?
The Enterprisers Project, March 4th, 2019
"Artificial intelligence and machine learning get lumped together so often these days that it'd be easy for people to mistake them as synonymous," writes Kevin Casey in The Enterprisers Project. "That's not quite accurate, though: They're most certainly connected but not actually interchangeable.

'Artificial intelligence and machine learning are closely related, so it's no surprise that the terms are used loosely and interchangeably,' says Bill Brock, VP of engineering at Very.

If you're not using AI or ML yet, you soon will be evaluating its potential for your organization..."

Three AI Developments That Will Rock The Startup World
Forbes, March 4th, 2019
"Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere," opines Bijan Khosravi in Forbes. "It quietly integrated itself in nearly every aspect of our lives. Still, this technology is in its infancy and we don't entirely understand its full potential. We cringe at the idea of data being mined by governments, as reported in an amazing story on CBS's 60 Minutes. Yet, we laugh at Super Bowl ads depicting a of a dog ordering food through Amazon's Alexa. We worry about Big Brother, but excitedly lap up every Cortana or Siri update hoping it makes life just a little bit more interesting and easier..."

IT News - Technology
Best Raspberry Pi Alternatives (March 2019)
ZDNet, March 8th, 2019
"Here is a selection of single board computers for homebrew projects, automation, and even AI and ML..." - ZDNet

USB4: Based On Thunderbolt 3. Two Times The Data Rate, At 40Gbps
The Register, March 4th, 2019
"USB version 4 is on the way, offering double the fastest possible USB data transfer rate over the previous generation: a satisfying 40Gbps," writes Kieren McCarthy in The Register.

"On Monday, the USB Promoter Group announced the new spec is ready to be revealed, just a week after details of the latest iteration of the current standard - USB 3.2 - was released.

Note, we're talking about USB communications here: how the data is transferred over the lines, not the physical plugs and sockets. This announcement means future devices and computers can use USB4 to shove files and other information between each other much faster, typically via physical USB-C connectors.

USB4 - yes, no space - is based on Intel's Thunderbolt 3 specifications, and will allow for multiple simultaneous data and display linkages, meaning that you can use it for several different devices at the same time, and each data transfer will be adjusted dynamically between each bit of kit..."

Inside The High-Stakes Race To Make Quantum Computers Work
Wired, March 8th, 2019
"Deep beneath the Franco-Swiss border, the Large Hadron Collider is sleeping," reports Katia Moskvitch in Wired.

"But it won't be quiet for long. Over the coming years, the world's largest particle accelerator will be supercharged, increasing the number of proton collisions per second by a factor of two and a half. Once the work is complete in 2026, researchers hope to unlock some of the most fundamental questions in the universe. But with the increased power will come a deluge of data the likes of which high-energy physics has never seen before. And, right now, humanity has no way of knowing what the collider might find..."

IT News - Blockchain
The Difference Between Blockchain And A Database Explained
ComputerWorld, March 6th, 2019
Lucas Mearian writes in ComputerWorld, "Blockchain has been accused by detractors as nothing more than a more complicated and expensive database. While both technologies offer data storage and management, blockchain has one unique feature a database will never replicate...

Blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT) has been touted as the answer for just about every transactional issue facing the world today - from payment processing and supply chain tracking to digital identities and copyright protection..."

IT News - Humor
Throwback Thursday: Straight To The Point
ComputerWorld, March 7th, 2019
"This pilot fish gets new responsibilities, and they include editing Visio files that come from clients and colleagues.

'I had an older version of Visio and put in a requisition to buy an upgrade to a more recent version, as I could not read customer files,' says fish. 'I often needed to have a colleague save it in a version I could read. This was very clumsy and difficult.'

Fortunately, fish's boss approves the requisition right away. Unfortunately, the company is in 'avoid all discretionary expenses' mode, so the request is routed to someone in the financial controller's office for special approval..." - ComputerWorld

IT News - PM
A Beginner's Guide To Project Management Offices (PMOs)
PMWord 360, March 8th, 2019
"What is a project management office?" asks Jan Schiller in PMWord 360.

"In general, a PMO exists to ensure an organization realizes the value of its investments in projects, usually focused on improving the stability and reliability of solution delivery, project management, and outcome management processes. In reality, PMOs can take many forms and may have a variety of functions, which gives rise to the various names..."

IT News - Operations
Windows By The Numbers: Windows 7 Is One Obstinate OS
ComputerWorld, March 4th, 2019
Gregg Keizer writes in ComputerWorld, "Even as its end-of-support deadline draws ever closer, Windows 7 apparently gained users in February, casting doubt on just how well how customer migrations to Windows 10 are doing. Even Windows XP gained users.

When the groundhog saw his shadow last month, it wasn't a signal of an early spring but a hint that Windows would have one of those upside-down stretches..."

The Data Center Is Being Reimagined, Not Disappearing
Networkworld, March 5th, 2019
"While many workloads are shifting to the cloud, on-premises server hardware continues to be vital to the workplace, a new Spiceworks survey finds..."

Andy Patrizio writes in Networkworld, "I have documented more than once that the data center is not going away; it's being reimagined. And now comes a report with greater details on that change..."

5 Trends Driving The Design Of Next-Generation Data Centers
Information Management, March 7th, 2019
Gavin Flynn writes in Information Management, "Data centers have become a core component of modern living, containing and distributing the information required to participate in everything from a social life, to the economy. Data centers consumed 3 percent of the world's electricity in 2017, and new technologies are only increasing their energy demand.

The growth of high-performance computing - as well as answers to growing cyber-security threats and efficiency concerns - are dictating the development of the next generation of data centers..."

IT News - Security
Incident Response: Having A Plan Isn't Enough
Dark Reading, March 5th, 2019
"Data shows organizations neglect to review and update breach response plans as employees and processes change, putting data at risk," writes Kelly Sheridan in Dark Reading.

"Businesses are slowly improving their data breach plans, but lack of executive involvement, failure to review and update plans, and regulatory and compliance challenges prevent them from being able to respond to security incidents with increasingly severe consequences..."

IT News - Linux
Virtual Filesystems In Linux: Why We Need Them And How They Work, March 8th, 2019
"What is a filesystem? " asks Alison Chaiken in

"According to early Linux contributor and author Robert Love, 'A filesystem is a hierarchical storage of data adhering to a specific structure.' However, this description applies equally well to VFAT (Virtual File Allocation Table), Git, and Cassandra (a NoSQL database). So what distinguishes a filesystem?..."

Get Started With Powershell Core On Linux
SearchDataCenter, March 7th, 2019
"PowerShell Core lets you configure and manage Windows, Linux and Mac-based servers in the data center. Learn how to install and navigate the command-line shell in this tip," writes Dan Franciscus in SearchDataCenter

"PowerShell is a Windows-only scripting language for managing systems such as Active Directory, Exchange and SharePoint. In 2016, Microsoft decided to make an open source version of PowerShell, named PowerShell Core..."

Linux 5.0 Introduces New Security Capabilities
eWeek, March 4th, 2019
"Linux 5.0, the first major milestone release of the open-source Linux kernel in 2019, launched on March 3," reports Sean Michael Kerner in eWeek.

"Linux 5.0 is the first version of the kernel since April 2015, when Linux 4.0 was released, with a major new version number. That said, Linux creator Linus Torvalds really doesn't assign a specific significance to new major version numbers, but rather the incremental number adjustment is somewhat arbitrary.

'The numbering change is not indicative of anything special,' Torvalds wrote in Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) message. 'If you want to have an official reason, it's that I ran out of fingers and toes to count on, so 4.21 became 5.0'..."

IT News - Cloud
The Ugly Truth About Cloud Computing In The Enterprise
Javaworld, March 5th, 2019
Matt Asay writes in Javaworld, "One surprising finding of Flexera's RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud report is that 84 percent of enterprises surveyed have a multicloud strategy. No, it's not surprising that the number is so high. Rather, it's surprising that the number isn't 100 percent. After all, the cloud has been driven by developer convenience, and those same developers are choosing services from different clouds, running them throughout an enterprise.

It's a convenient fiction that enterprises meant for this sprawling cloud mess to happen..."

IT News - IoT
What Is Shadow IoT? How To Mitigate The Risk
CSO Online, March 5th, 2019
"When someone in your organization starts using internet-connected devices without IT's knowledge, that's shadow IoT," reports James A. Martin in CSO Online.

"Here's what you need to know about its growing risk...

Shadow IoT refers to internet of things (IoT) devices or sensors in active use within an organization without IT's knowledge. The best example is from before the days of bring your own device (BYOD) policies when employees used personal smartphones or other mobile devices for work purposes. 'Shadow IoT is an extension of shadow IT, but on a whole new scale,' says Mike Raggo, CSO at 802 Secure..."

IT News - Careers
11 Most Difficult IT Jobs For Employers To Fill
CIO, March 6th, 2019
"From data scientists to DevOps engineers, the 2019 State of the CIO report reveals which IT roles are most difficult to fill," notes Sharon Florentine in CIO.

"As 2019 unfolds, CIOs continue to shoulder greater responsibility for digital transformation initiatives and strategic business tasks, including those related to data science and analytics and security and risk management. With that greater responsibility, though, comes operational challenges - not the least of which is recruiting and hiring talent with the skills necessary to advance those strategic initiatives..."

IT Talent Shortages: What Businesses Are Doing To Cope
InformationWeek, March 7th, 2019
"For organizations that are having trouble recruiting IT professionals with in-demand skills, some options have become available in the cloud and gig economy," reports Andrew Froehlich in InformationWeek.

"It's hard to believe -- but we're already well into 2019. For many IT department leaders, this year's biggest worry is finding and keeping the technical talent that are necessary to keep the lights on and to drive new projects. Because the U.S. unemployment rate is so low, combined with the fact that many businesses are following similar technology trends, certain skillsets are nearly impossible to obtain. That said, progress must continue if you want to stay ahead of the competition, Thus, many companies are forgoing their external talent searches and instead seeking to cope in other ways..."

IT News - Virtualization
Moving To Containers - What You Need To Know
ITProPortal, March 4th, 2019
Marco Rottigni writes in ITProPortal, "Containers are becoming more and more popular for deploying applications. Whether you are looking at Kubernetes or Docker, containers are useful for shipping application components and running them in public or hybrid cloud environments. They provide a way to abstract microservices components from the underlying hardware or cloud service, helping you prevent lock-in. However, moving to containers will mean changes for your IT security team..."

IT News - Big Data
How Big Data Will Impact Different Sectors
ITProPortal, March 8th, 2019
"There is one robust technology that has the potential to make a great impact in the changing scenario - Big Data Analytics," writes Ankit Patel in ITProPortal.

"The momentum with which the IT market in India is expanding is unbelievable. The global IT services are witnessing a transition phase from traditional to digital. Various technologies like cloud computing, analytics, artificial intelligence, data analysis, big data, and IoT have transformed our lives like never before. India has emerged as a leader with more than 55 per cent of the market share in 200$ billion global services sourcing companies..."

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