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IT News - CxO
Top IT Spending Priorities For 2019
"From data analytics to cybersecurity to customer experience, here's where CIOs will direct their IT budgets this year, " writes Sharon Florentine in CIO.

"The CIO role continues to grow, thanks in large part to digital transformation, with IT executives adding new responsibilities, ranging from data analytics to product development, according to our 2019 State of the CIO. To meet these goals and continue to innovate, savvy IT leaders must carefully decide which tech investments to make to drive innovation, increase market share, develop and deploy new solutions and meet customer needs..."

CIO, March 12th, 2019
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Why Is More Data Staying On Premises?
"Security, performance and costs are leading enterprises to reconsider their use of public clouds.

Enterprises are keeping more and more data on premises. This shift, which involves on-premises infrastructure and often some form of private clouds, is hard to deny.

In a survey last year of more than 400 enterprises in the United States, market research firm IDG found IT and general management expecting on average to keep 52% of data on premises, up from 48%. Related surveys of European and Asian businesses showed even greater increases in the number of respondents expecting to keep more than half of their data on premises..." - CIO

CIO, March 14th, 2019
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5 Technology Trends That Will Transform Industries
"Voice-enabled devices and AI were the innovations that everyone embraced over the past two years," notes Maribel Lopez in Forbes.

"In 2019, we see a broader landscape of changes come to the forefront. Some of these advancements are right around the corner, and others will take longer to develop into commercial products. However, each of these advancements provides insight into how our professional and personal lives will change..."

Forbes, March 15th, 2019
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CIO Survey Shows Shifts In IT Leadership Role
"CIOs have made headway towards a more strategic position in the organization, but challenges remain on the road to digital," opines Jessica Davis in InformationWeek.

"It wasn't too long ago when many IT organizations were still considered to be just keep-the-lights-on cost centers within the enterprise. But thanks to a lot of effort on the part of technology leadership inside enterprise organizations, that seems to be changing. These days CIOs and IT organizations have shifted to contributing strategic value to the technology within the company, even if the business itself is sometimes still slow to recognize it..."

InformationWeek, March 11th, 2019
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Top 5 Requirements Management Tools
"Identifying and managing business requirements is among the most critical steps in ensuring project deliverables are on point," writes Moira Alexander in CIO.

"Here are the top tools to help you execute your requirements management plan.

Your team's ability to navigate business requirements plays a pivotal role in project success. To provide stakeholders with the high-quality deliverables they expect, you must understand and manage their requirements. Here, requirements management tools can help your team accurately capture, prioritize, track, and report what key stakeholders require of your project..."

CIO, March 14th, 2019
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IT News - Security
7 Hot Cybersecurity Trends (And 4 Going Cold)
"Is that security trend hot or not?" asks Josh Fruhlinger in CSO Online.

"From tools and technologies to threats, tactics, and training, the numbers don't lie...

The whole tech industry is dynamic and constantly changing. And if you're in IT security, you're in a unique position that the changes can be forced upon you by techniques developed by malicious hackers. That means that there's always something new going on in the industry, and there are also some techniques and tools whose usefulness has fallen by the wayside..."

CSO Online, March 11th, 2019
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74% Of Data Breaches Start With Privileged Credential Abuse
Louis Columbus writes in Business 2 Community, "Centrify's survey shows organizations are granting too much trust and privilege, opening themselves up to potential internal and externally-driven breaches initiated with compromised privileged access credentials.

Enterprises who are prioritizing privileged credential security are creating a formidable competitive advantage over their peers, ensuring operations won't be interrupted by a breach. However, there's a widening gap between those businesses protected from a breach and the many who aren't. In quantifying this gap consider the typical U.S.-based enterprise will lose on average $7.91M from a breach, nearly double the global average of $3.68M according to IBM's 2018 Data Breach Study..."

Business 2 Community, March 13th, 2019
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IT News - Storage
7 NVMe Storage Gotchas To Avoid
"Avoiding common deployment errors when implementing NVMe technology will save you time, money and professional embarrassment. Here's what to look out for," suggests John Edwards in SearchStorage.

"Failing to use the right type of NVMe for a particular application -- or deploying the correct technology in the wrong way -- can lead to performance problems and needless additional costs, not to mention a great deal of aggravation.

Fortunately, most common NVMe storage errors can be avoided by doing some advance research. To get started toward a smooth NVMe deployment, here are seven big mistakes to watch out for and avoid..."

SearchStorage, March 11th, 2019
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How Reliable Are SSDs? - Backblaze
"What's not to love about SSDs?

They are faster than conventional HDDs, more compact, have no moving parts, are immune to magnetic fields, and can withstand more shocks and vibration than conventional magnetic platter disks. And, they are becoming available in larger and larger capacities while their cost comes down.

If you've upgraded an older computer with an SSD, you no doubt instantly saw the benefits. Your computer booted in less time, your applications loaded faster, and even when you ran out of memory, and apps and data had to be swapped to disk, it felt like everything was much snappier..." -, March 14th, 2019
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IT News - AI
Cloud Native Is The New Normal. AI You Ready?
"2019 is the year that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will go mainstream using five major cloud elements," suggests Simon Evans in ITProPortal.

"The technologies of the cloud have changed, and its purpose is shifting. The New Normal now lies with five major cloud elements essential to organisations wanting to remain competitive and relevant: cloud-native applications, deploying a multi-cloud strategy, embracing mobile applications into the cloud, building viable data lakes and enabling the democratisation of data using analytic tools pivotal to helping industry sectors in becoming AI-Driven Businesses. AI is not just a technology; it is a business paradigm shift that cannot be ignored..."

ITProPortal, March 13th, 2019
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8 Key Roles Of Successful AI Projects
"As enterprises further develop artificial intelligence projects, they are finding that some roles are essential to success. But the right talent can be hard to find," opines Maria Korolov in CIO.

"Artificial intelligence offers ample opportunities to reap business value. When done right, AI can help improve sales, optimize operations, and free up staff for higher-value work. It can help reduce costs and empower organizations to create new products and pursue new markets.

And enterprises are diving in. According to a recent Deloitte survey, 55 percent of IT executives say their companies launched six or more AI-related pilot projects in 2018, up from 35 percent in 2017. More than a third have invested over $5 million in cognitive technologies, and 56 percent expect AI to transform their companies within the next three years..."

CIO, March 12th, 2019
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High Growth Companies Extending Their Lead With AI
Alex Woodie writes in Datanami, "Knowing what to invest in has always been a key differentiator in business. Those that do it well tend to thrive, while those that do it poorly tend to stagnate and die. These days, fast-growing companies are choosing to invest more in artificial intelligence than their low-growth brethren. But are they picking a winner?

A new study from Microsoft suggests that high-growth companies are investing more in artificial intelligence (AI) technology than low-growth companies. What's more, leaders of high growth companies feel a stronger sense of urgency to make progress with AI in the near term..."

Datanami, March 15th, 2019
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IT News - Technology
HDMI vs. DisplayPort: Which is Best for 4K, HD and Gaming Monitors?
"We're here to help you cut through your knotty cable decision," writes Lori Grunin in CNET.

"Choices, choices. When it comes to connecting a computer to a monitor (or picking a monitor to buy) one of the last things you want to get bogged down in is a decision over which connections you need.

And the truth is, a lot of people overthink it -- in most cases it doesn't matter. It can when new technologies begin to overlap, such as when HD was making way for 4K. But then you usually don't have a choice; for instance, at the moment, 8K only works with DisplayPort 1.4..."

CNET, March 14th, 2019
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Data Center Giants Announce New High-Speed Interconnect
"A group of big names in the data center space have linked arms to develop yet another high-speed interconnect, this one designed to connect processor chips," reports Andy Patrizio in networkworld.

"It's called Compute Express Link, or CXL, which is aimed at plugging data-center CPUs into accelerator chips. Members of the alliance that developed the spec are Intel, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, HPE, Cisco, and Dell-EMC, plus Huawei and Alibaba.

Where are IBM, AMD, Nvidia, Xilinx, or any of the ARM server vendors such as Marvell/Cavium? They have their own PCIe-nased spec, called CCIX. The group consists of AMD, Arm, Mellanox, Qualcomm, Xilinx, and Huawei.

There's also the OpenCAPI effort, led by IBM and includes OpenCAPI Consortium, founded in October 2016 by AMD, Google, IBM, Mellanox, Micron, Nvidia, HPE, Dell EMC, and Xilinx. So several of them are double-dipping, while everyone else seems to have chosen sides. Don't you just love unity in technology?..."

networkworld, March 12th, 2019
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MIT's Deflated Balloon Robot Hand Can Pick Up Objects 100x Its Own Weight
Brian Heater writes in Tech Crunch, "Soft, biologically inspired robots have become one of the field's most exciting offshoots, with machines that are capable of squeezing between obstacles and conforming to the world around them. A joint project between MIT CSAIL and Harvard's Wyss converts those learnings into a simple, soft robotic gripper capable of handling delicate objects and picking up things up to 100x its own weight.

The gripper itself is made of an origami-inspired skeletal structure, covered in either fabric or a deflated balloon. It's a principle the team recently employed on another project designed to create low-cost artificial muscles. A connector attaches the gripper to the arm and also sports a vacuum tube that sucks air out from the gripper, collapsing it around an object..."

Tech Crunch, March 13th, 2019
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IT News - Humor
Managing Up
"The right question asked at the right time can make a difference.

Pilot fish is in charge of production of his company's computerized call center systems. At the request of the engineers, he listens for about an hour to nearly completed systems, checking for cross-talk between lines, because he seems to have the best ears in the company. Eventually he expands this into an inspection protocol..." - ComputerWorld

ComputerWorld, March 12th, 2019
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Memory-Lane Monday: Mobile, Redefined
"The company where this pilot fish works is remodeling its buildings, floor by floor, to create a new 'mobile' office space. But that sounds better than the reality..."

'It consists of very small cubicles with low separating walls and only a chair, a height-adjustable desk, a docking station and a flat-screen monitor, available on a first come, first served basis,' says fish..." - ComputerWorld

ComputerWorld, March 11th, 2019
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IT News - PM
The Best Free Google Project Management Apps Out There
"To succeed as a modern marketing project manager, you and your team must effectively employ a range of tools.," opines Max Benz in Business 2 Community.

"Wondering how the suite of free apps from Google measure up? Here's a deep dive into ways to make these tools work for you and your team.

5 Must-Have Features of Project Management Software

As a project manager, you know that the best pieces of project management software must tick off a range of boxes. Here's a closer look:..."

Business 2 Community, March 13th, 2019
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What Should You Do When You Know A Project Is Bad?
"Most projects and initiatives start out with carefully thought-out plans and a decent chance of success," notes Liz Kislik in Business 2 Community.

"But every once in a while, you get that sinking feeling that something is heading for a flop: not the kind of failure that comes from a reasonable experiment or despite a good effort, but one that results from misfires due to errors in analysis or lack of executional capability.

Who has the responsibility to nix a bad project or debunk an unrealistic forecast? And if you see a plan going off the rails, smell a fiasco in the making, or sense a significant risk, is it your job to speak up? By all means, yes..."

Business 2 Community, March 12th, 2019
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IT News - Operations
Best IT Infrastructure Monitoring Tools In 2019
Serhiy Kozlov writes in Business 2 Community, "All IT departments deal with it. Server, network and applications issues arise, and they must react as quickly as possible. These situations are disruptive, stressful, and can result in downtime that impacts operations (and profits) of the entire organization. Per last year's report, the average IT downtime costs rounded up to $1.55 million. What's even more problematic is that outrages result in 545 hours of staff productivity losses per annum.

For these reasons, businesses are increasingly investing in application performance monitoring (APM) and server monitoring software, among other solutions. Since it really is not a question of if infrastructure monitoring is a required solution for businesses, the question becomes which tools to use.

Romexsoft SysOps and tech support engineers have narrowed down the following list for your consideration..."

Business 2 Community, March 11th, 2019
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IT News - BI
5 Business Analytics And BI Books That Should Be On Your Reading List
"Data is everywhere and it has already started to make a massive impact on enterprises," notes Ambika Choudhury in Analytics India Magazine

"In this article, we list down top 5 Business Analytics and BI books that cover the key areas of Business Analytics and BI and will help in your learning journey. Before you dive into the 5 must-read BA & BI books, here's a quote from American statesman Andrew Jackson..."

Analytics India Magazine, March 16th, 2019
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IT News - Wireless
What Is The Difference Between 4G And 5G Technology?
"As you evaluate the difference between 4G and 5G, you'll see the next-generation cellular standard seems pretty impressive. But goals and reality can be quite different," opines Lee Badman in SearchNetworking.

"Things are pretty easy in the world of wired Ethernet when it comes to speed. As a client, you get 100 Mbps or 1 Gbps on a switch port and the only potential limiting factor tends to be the size of your internet service provider.

However, Wi-Fi gets more complex, with endless data rate permutations depending on a lot of factors..."

SearchNetworking, March 13th, 2019
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IT News - Careers
Job Hunt Etiquette: How To Handle 6 Tricky Situations
"What is the polite response when a company goes dark, or tells you that you're the runner-up, not the winner, for example?" asks Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project.

"Use these tips from job hunt experts...

Job hunting can cause sleepless nights. Sure, it's exciting to think about the end result of job hunting - career growth, a chance to work with new technology, perhaps even landing your dream job. But getting there means sitting through quite a few awkward conversations and navigating tricky situations that come up during the interview and hiring process..."

The Enterprisers Project, March 12th, 2019
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IT News - Backup
Data Backup & Recovery - Back Up Critical Business Data
Andrew Lopez writes in Business 2 Community, "Here in Southern California, over the last couple of months we've seen quite a number of natural disasters. The Woolsey & Hill Fire, followed by rain that closed down some highways and streets, and mudslides inhibiting individuals from driving to work. Today is a good day to remind businesses having a backup strategy in place is a must in case a natural disaster occurs.

Every business, no matter what size, needs a data backup strategy. The data a business accumulates over time becomes a valuable digital asset that's irreplaceable. For instance, if a bookkeeper were to maintain all of their customer's financial data on her PC and out of nowhere the hard drive crashes. What steps does the bookkeeper have to restore the data? First, the bookkeeper can research the internet and perform the task on her own. Second, she can take the hard drive to a computer store to determine if the drive is recoverable. Lastly, work with a managed IT service provider who can help restore the hard drive back to normal. Notice the time and effort into recovering the data. Wasted productivity. Even worse, lost revenue due to time wasted on choosing a hard drive solution.

Backups are more than simply saving data on a PC. We'll discuss backup strategy ideas for any size business..."

Business 2 Community, March 13th, 2019
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IT News - Java
Java, Meet Kubernetes And Serverless Computing
"Red Hat's beta Quarkus framework aims to optimize Java development for distributed application architectures," notes Paul Krill in Javaworld.

"Red Hat is looking to bring Java into more-modern computing paradigms by providing a tool tuned to Kubernetes and serverless environments.

Currently in beta, Red Hat's open source Quarkus framework is aimed at a container-first, cloud-native world. It uses a unified reactive and imperative programming model to address distributed application architectures such as microservices and serverless. Java can be challenging to run in serverless environments, where compute services are called on demand..."

Javaworld, March 12th, 2019
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