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IT News - CxO
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10 Lessons for IT leaders from CIOChat Live
"Top CIOs examined some of today's thorniest challenges - from change management to security - at the recent CIOChat Live conference," writes Laurianne McLaughlin in The Enterprisers Project. "Here's a look at what's working and what isn't...

When top CIOs get together to talk lessons learned, you'd better listen - if you are an IT leader intent on expanding your perspective and improving your team's performance. Last week, CIOChat - the longstanding Twitter chat - brought its participating CIOs together in person for the first time, at Boston College, and we at The Enterprisers Project were excited to take part..."

The Enterprisers Project, March 18th, 2019
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7 Disruptions CIOs Need To Watch
"Here's a look at seven emerging technologies that will disrupt your business, marketplace, and culture," writes Jessica Davis in Information Week.

"What if you could have anticipated the impacts of the iPhone a year before it was introduced, or known about how the Internet and the Web would connect the world of computers before it actually happened. That would give you an insight into the opportunities ahead and an advantage in prepping for those opportunities..."

Information Week, March 22nd, 2019
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The C-Suite's Role In The Transformation Of The Project Management Office
"Today's disruptive technologies are requiring project leaders to evolve and act and think more strategically. In fact, 92% of executives surveyed by Forbes Insights view the project management office (PMO) as a driving force as they transform their organizations using disruptive technology. And nearly 90% of respondents believe the PMO will play an increasingly critical part in digitally transforming organizations in the future..." - Forbes
Forbes, March 18th, 2019
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CxO Talk: Digital Transformation And IoT At Otis Elevator (Video, 44m)
"Otis Elevator was founded in 1853 and has revenue of $12 billion. CXOTalk host, Michael Krigsman, speaks the Chief Information of Otis, Marcus Galafassi, about the modern technology shaping this well-known brand.

Marcus Galafassi was appointed Vice President, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer for Otis in 2015. In this role, Marcus is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of Otis' worldwide IT operations. He provides oversight for all information systems and drives optimization and efficiency across the enterprise..." - CxOTalk

CxOTalk, March 23rd, 2019
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IT News - CRM
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Salesmate vs. Pipedrive vs. Agile: Which CRM Is Better For Managing Sales
Melissa Burns writes in Business 2 Community, "CRM entered the business world as a powerful wave and is flowing strongly across various industries. It has proved to be an effective tool for successfully managing all aspects of sales. CRM has the potential to accelerate revenue by 41% per sales personnel. Companies of various sizes have turned towards this cutting-edge technology for increasing their business profits and revenue..."
Business 2 Community, March 22nd, 2019
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IT News - Storage
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Flash Storage: A Cheat Sheet
"With over a dozen form factors, knowing what the best flash memory card and SSD technology is available can be daunting," writes James Sanders in TechRepublic.

"Flash memory is an electronic, non-volatile data storage medium that is erased and reprogrammed electrically. It is the basis of a variety of storage products for differing use cases, form factors, and speed or performance requirements. Flash memory is the underpinning of modern consumer technology - it is used to store photos taken with digital cameras, and is found in smartphones, tablets, game consoles, as well as solid-state drives used in computers..."

TechRepublic, March 21th, 2019
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Is Your SSD Storage Acumen Up To Snuff?
Stacey Peterson writes in Search Storage, "Take our quiz to find out if you're up to speed on solid-state technology in areas such as SSD form factors, management strategy, security and innovation...

There are a lot of details to consider when making SSD buying decisions. From the various form factors to how garbage collection works to the latest NVMe innovations, solid-state technology gets complicated fast.

SSDs have been around since the early 1990s, providing better performance than HDDs. But low capacities and high per-gigabyte prices have kept them away from all but the most performance-demanding applications. More recently, SSD storage capacities have ratcheted up, and prices have dropped, making hybrid and all-flash storage architectures viable alternatives for a broader range of workloads..."

Search Storage, March 18th, 2019
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IT News - AI
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Artificial Intelligence Is Making Job Descriptions Obsolete, Executives Say
Joe McKendrick writes in Forbes, "A recent study suggests that seeing tasks taken away by machines has a demoralizing effect on human workers. The study, conducted by researchers at Cornell and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, details how humans were pitted against machines in a series of games. (Dan Robitzski provides a nice summary of the results in Futurism.).."
Forbes, March 18th, 2019
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Why Your Company's AI Strategy May Not Be Its Own
"Nine big tech firms are deciding your company's fate and even the fate of humanity simply because they have the most control over AI," observes Lisa Morgan in Information Week.

"More companies are innovating with, experimenting with and adopting AI without regard for the potential long-term consequences of their actions. As it did in the last 50 years, innovation continues to focus on the art of the possible and rapid financial returns while corporate strategies continue to revolve around quarterly profits..."

Information Week, March 18th, 2019
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IT News - Technology
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Facial Recognition: Apple, Amazon, Google And The Race For Your Face
"Facial recognition technology is both innovative and worrisome," writes Andrew Gebhart in CNET. "Here's how it works and what you need to know...

Facial recognition is a blossoming field of technology that is at once exciting and problematic. If you've ever unlocked your iPhone ($1,000 at Amazon) by looking at it, or asked Facebook or Google to go through an unsorted album and show you pictures of your kids, you've seen facial recognition in action..."

CNET, March 18th, 2019
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IT News - Bitcoin
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Bitcoin Dominance Drops Near 50% - Boom On The Way?
"There's a buzz in the cryptosphere today. Bitcoin dominance hasn't been this low since last August. Google trends show that interest in Bitcoin hasn't been this low since last April. Are we in the quiet before the storm or status quo?" asks P. H. Madore in CCN.
CCN, March 23rd, 2019
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IT News - Humor
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A Flicker Of Excitement
"Pilot fish is the non-IT IT guy for about 30 fellow cubicle farmers - the person the others turn to before calling IT with a problem. Comes one morning when fish is late, and one of his neighbors with a flickering CRT monitor can't wait to ask for fish's help. So when fish does arrive, he sees three guys from IT gathered around that flickering monitor, stumped. They have changed the monitor, the graphics card, the refresh rate, all to no avail..." -Computerworld
Computerworld, March 20th, 2019
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Chap Joins Elite Support Team, Solves What No One Else Can
Rebecca Hill writes in The Register, "El Reg's weekly instalment of readers' tale of support triumphs large and small, is the best way to start your Friday.

Not our words, but those of a loyal reader who has this week offered his own story for publication in these pages.

This reader, who we'll call "Simon", shared what is either a cautionary tale for those considering speaking truth to power or a celebratory tale of getting one over on the people who think they're better than you.

This was at a time, Simon said, "when my beard was dark, DOS was king, and Sun Microsystems was still a thing"...

The Register, March 23rd, 2019
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Dead LAN's Hand: IT Staff 'Locked Out' Of Data Center's Core Switch
Shaun Nichols writes in The Register, "An IT department is pulling its hair out this month after realizing a coworker who died last year was the only person who could log into a crucial network switch.

This is according to Dylan, a sysadmin at a small US healthcare company, who today told El Reg a story of how he and his colleagues ended up locked out of the equipment, thanks to an untimely death in 2018. The deceased, who we will refer to as Nick out of respect for the departed and family, was the only person who knew how to log into the core switch, and had a history of both health and work performance problems, it is claimed..."

The Register, March 23rd, 2019
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Driven By Distraction
"Friday mornings are usually 'Coaching' days," notes Dave Brock in Business 2 Community, "I have a number of standing calls scheduled with coaching clients. This morning, there was a call with 'Bob.'

At the appointed time, I called Bob, he picks up saying, 'Hi, Dave'

"Bob, what should we focus on ..' I started.

Bob, 'Excuse me a moment, I've just got to take this call, I am double booked.'

"Don't worry, call me back when you are ready for this meeting," I respond.

A few minutes later, Bob calls, he is appropriately apologetic...

Business 2 Community, March 18th, 2019
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IT News - Security
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2019 May Be A Record Year For Enterprise Breaches, But Secure Collaboration Tools Could Help
"Despite business executives agreeing that cybersecurity is a major challenge, businesses globally are severely unprepared for cyberattacks...

44% of business executives from Europe and the United States said they shared sensitive information over email, yet 35% admitted they are unaware of the ways in which their organization is protecting its sensitive information, communications and data, according to the results of the annual Communication and Security survey released by Wire..." - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, March 18th, 2019
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The 4 Most Common Cyber Attacks (And How To Prevent Them)
"What are your website security plans for this year?" asks Dan Fries in Business 2 Community.

"If you're an optimist, and have been lucky so far, your strategy might be to continue hoping hackers don't notice you because you're a small target, compared to the massive corporate data breaches that make the news.

But that's a bad strategy, because numbers don't lie.

According to Computer.org, almost half of all Americans who use the internet have been hacked at some point to some degree, and 43% of all cyberattacks target small businesses. The bottom line is this: if your number hasn't come up yet, the odds are against you.

Keep an eye out for the following four popular cyber attacks, and learn how to stop them below..."

Business 2 Community, March 20th, 2019
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IT News - Server
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eWEEK's Top Vendors: Server Processor Makers
"At the close of the second decade of the 21st century, Intel, AMD, IBM and Arm far and away lead the world's shortlist of server processor makers, and prospects point to more the same for the time being," notes Jeffrey Burt in eWeek.

"As in just about all of the IT business, things are again changing quickly in the data center. New workloads are taking advantage of advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and analytics, opening the door for more optimized silicon and pushing back at general-purpose chips..."

eWeek, March 18th, 2019
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IT News - Linux
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40 Linux Server Hardening Security Tips [2019 Edition]
Vivek Gite writes in nixCraft, "Securing your Linux server is important to protect your data, intellectual property, and time, from the hands of crackers (hackers). The system administrator is responsible for security of the Linux box. In this first part of a Linux server security series, I will provide 40 hardening tips for default installation of Linux system..."
nixCraft, March 19th, 2019
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IT News - FOSS
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12 Open Source Tools For Natural Language Processing
Dan Barker writes in opensouce.com, "Natural language processing (NLP), the technology that powers all the chatbots, voice assistants, predictive text, and other speech/text applications that permeate our lives, has evolved significantly in the last few years. There are a wide variety of open source NLP tools out there, so I decided to survey the landscape to help you plan your next voice- or text-based application.

For this review, I focused on tools that use languages I'm familiar with, even though I'm not familiar with all the tools. (I didn't find a great selection of tools in the languages I'm not familiar with anyway.) That said, I excluded tools in three languages I am familiar with, for various reasons..."

opensouce.com, March 22nd, 2019
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IT News - Cloud
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6 Big Companies That Succeeded With Cloud Computing
"Considering cloud computing for your company?" asks Kayla Matthews in SmartDataCollective. "Learn more by exploring these six companies that succeeded with cloud computing...

Cloud computing isn't right for every company, but an increasing number of enterprises realize that it helps them grow their businesses and meet other goals. Here are six examples of large companies that found cloud computing success..."

SmartDataCollective, March 20th, 2019
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IT News - Wireless
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5G Will Impact These 10 Industries The Most
Alison DeNisco Rayome writes in TechRepublic, "Major 5G network deployments are expected by 2020, and the technology will create opportunities across many industries, according to CB Insights...

Highly-anticipated major 5G networks are expected to be deployed by 2020, and will transform a number of industries due to the technology's ability to provide wider network coverage, more stable internet connections, and faster data transfer speeds, according to a recent report from CB Insights..."

TechRepublic, March 20th, 2019
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IT News - Networks
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Four Hidden Benefits Of SD-WAN Adoption
Stefan Keller writes in ITProPortal, "Here are four of the less-considered upshots of SD-WAN I see coming into play over the next year or two...

In an era of digital transformation it might seem to the casual observer that networking capabilities wouldn't be at the top of IT leaders' lists as something critical to address today. Surely, one might assume, the structural changes that enterprises all over the world are now pursuing are about integrating processes more tightly with their network, and the network itself is already digitally native..."

ITProPortal, March 22nd, 2019
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IT News - IoT
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9 Top Internet Of Things Trends For 2019
"Commercial applications, edge computing, machine phishing and real-time data access are among the top trends that will drive IoT strategies," writes Chris Nelson in Information Management.

"IoT has made a lot of progress in the last decade," notes Chris Nelson, vice president of engineering at OSIsoft. "2019 is well underway, as the year progresses we'll continue to see IoT mature and evolve, particularly for industrial applications as these organizations realize the opportunity to monetize IoT..."

Information Management, March 19th, 2019
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IT News - Risk
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Why IT Leaders Must Speak Risk Fluently
"You're going to be speaking less about security and more about risk - to customers, to the board, to your team," opines MIke Bursell in The Enterprisers Project.

"We don't do security because it's fun. No: let me qualify that. Few of us do security because it's fun - and none of us get paid to do security because it's fun (sadly.) Security is a means to an end, and that end is to reduce risk. This was a notable change in theme at the recent RSA Conference in San Francisco. I'd love to say that it was reflected in the expo, but although it got some lip service, selling point solutions still seemed to be the approach for most vendors. We're way overdue for some industry consolidation, given the number of vendors advertising solutions which, to me, seemed almost indistinguishable..."

The Enterprisers Project, March 20th, 2019
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IT News - Backup
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Cloud Based Backup vs Physical On-Site Backup - Which Is The Right Choice For Your Business?
"No one likes to think about it, but computer networks crash every day," writes Dario Zadro in Business 2 Community. "Data can be lost for a variety of reasons, whether it's a hardware failure, user error, or a security breach. Unfortunately, it's an unhappy fact of doing business in the 21st century.

In the modern marketplace, businesses rely on their computer networks for everything from storing payroll information and employee records to guarding proprietary company info and protecting privileged client data. Not to mention the day to day operational data that keep the business functioning smoothly.

If that data is lost for any reason, it can be a crippling blow to even the largest company. That's why it is vital for businesses of all sizes to have recovery measures in place, and to have all of their important data backed up in a secure location..."

Business 2 Community, March 21th, 2019
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IT News - Developer
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10 Most Frequently Asked Questions By Developers Answered
"Data from Global App Testing shows that JavaScript is the most popular coding language in terms of the raw volume of questions asked by developers. A Stack Overflow 2018 survey also placed JavaScript top of all other computing technologies. Almost every company today is adopting JavaScript with opportunities for developers increasing. With that in mind, Information Management asked Wojtek Olearczyk, head of engineering at Global App Testing, what the 10 most frequently asked questions by developers are, and the answers expected..." - Information Management
Information Management, March 22nd, 2019
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