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IT News - CxO
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How CIOs Become Visionary Communicators
"The best CIOs give their communications leaders a seat at the table, partnering with them to improve their own communications and the IT team's communications," notes Dan Roberts in CIO.

"When last we met, I summarized two key lessons from a dozen leading IT communications professionals. As CIOs fight a never-ending battle for talent in a hyper-competitive marketplace, and as they struggle to elevate their organizations from basic service providers to strategic innovators, their approach to communications becomes vital..."

CIO, April 29th, 2019
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Security Doesn't Trust IT - And IT Doesn't Trust Security
Kelly Sheridan writes in Dark Reading "How a rocky relationship between IT operations and cybersecurity teams can compound security risks.

IT operations and security teams share the bulk of responsibility for protecting organizations from digital threats. Unfortunately, lack of trust between the two can compromise security..."

Dark Reading, May 2nd, 2019
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Top 5 Digital Transformation Trends For 2019
"Digital transformational changes are driven by an organization's productivity and operations to achieve their goals faster and better," notes Rajat Chauhan in Business 2 Community.

"Moreover, digital transformation is a foundational change in how an organization delivers value to its customers. Here is what transformation truly entails - and how to tell whether your organization is on the right path.

The digital transformation is a necessary disruption to encourage more than 80% of businesses to improve their customer experience. this way businesses can quickly deliver the experiences their customer wish and help them gain their loyalty..."

Business 2 Community, May 3rd, 2019
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7 IT Leadership Surprises - And How To Handle Them
"It can be a long, hard climb to the top of the career ladder and, for many new CIOs, CTOs and other IT leaders, the first view from above wasn't exactly what they expected," opines John Edwards in CIO.

"Harvard Pan, CTO for healthcare software developer Diameter Health, clearly remembers when he discovered that a critical clinical application was dead on arrival. The incident remains forever seared into his memory. "We were rolling out an application to over 10,000 clinicians," he recalls. IT had diligently tested every aspect of the application, measuring the performance of all endpoints against test servers..."

CIO, May 1st, 2019
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5 Best Practices For Digital Transformation Success And Speed
"Digital transformation, or DX, is everywhere - from hospitality to retail to the enterprise," notes Jamshid Rezaei in Information Management.

"But because technology implementation moves quickly, it's no secret that speed is the currency for companies undergoing digital transformation.

In actuality, moving business operations to more digital and user-savvy functionality is much easier said than done. So, without getting lost in the process, how exactly can companies execute this transformation swiftly and successfully?

Companies should consider the following best practices when looking to implement a successful and speedy organization-wide strategy:..."

Information Management, May 1st, 2019
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CIOs Get Strategic
"As the lines between technology and business blur, CIOs are stepping up their strategy role, taking ownership of new disciplines and serving as a key force behind digital innovation," writes Beth Stackpole in CIO.

"Sarah Naqvi spent the greater part of her career at HMSHost International, a purveyor of food and beverage services for travelers, starting out in application development as a programmer analyst and working her way up the ranks to become CIO in 2013.

The early days of Naqvi's CIO tenure was fairly traditional, focused on shoring up infrastructure, implementing enterprise systems, and ensuring operations were up to snuff. As HMSHost, a $3.3 billion company, began to embark on its digital roadmap, however, Naqvi's CIO role took a new turn. Named executive vice president with a direct report to the CEO, Naqvi took ownership of critical business strategy in areas such as digital innovation and customer experience..."

CIO, May 3rd, 2019
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IT News - Storage
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What Is SSD Trim?
Ranvir Singh writes in Linux Hint, "SSDs are a completely different storage media compared to the ones that existed before it. Magnetic media, especially spinning disks, have introduced a lot of concepts like sector size, partitioning, fragmentation etc. Some of these ideas have been emulated in the firmware Solid state devices as well.

On the flip side, new concepts have been introduced in order to optimize the performance, life span and reliability of these novel devices as well. One such concept is the TRIM operation..."

Linux Hint, April 29th, 2019
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Raid Levels Explained
"Whether hardware or software, RAID is available in different schemes, or RAID levels, writes Christine Taylor in Enterprise Storage Forum. "The most commonly levels are RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, and 10. RAID 0, 1, and 5 work on both HDD and SSD media...

To understand RAID levels - and RAID storage overall - it helps to know that 'always-on' is more than marketing hype for business: it's a basic expectation of customers. One of the oldest and still active technologies to achieve always-on status is RAID, or 'redundant array of independent disks.'

Developers designed RAID to improve redundancy and performance in storage systems. RAID primarily serves HDDs, though some SSDs use RAID as well, especially in hybrid arrays..."

Enterprise Storage Forum, May 3rd, 2019
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Top 6 Best Nas Network Attached Storage In 2019
  • Western Digital My Cloud EX2 -Best Streaming
  • Synology DS115J -Best Budget
  • Synology DiskStation DS918+ -Best Storage
  • Synology D216II+ -Best for Small Businesses
  • Western Digital My Cloud EX4100 -Best for Home
  • Netgear ReadyNAS 626X00 -Best Splurge

Read on for details.

TechZimo, April 29th, 2019
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IT News - Technology
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Top Web Browsers 2019: Chrome Dumps User Share
"It was a good month for Mozilla's Firefox browser, which is at its highest level of use in a year, and for the Microsoft IE/Edge combo," reports ComputerWorld. "The user share for the two browsers jumped 1.4 points...

Chrome last month lost a record amount of user share, a measurement of browser activity, just one month after reaching a new all-time high.

Down. Up. Up. Down. Tracking the month-by-month movement of browsers' user share can be trying when the data doesn't show a crystal-clear short-term trend line. Does this mean that Chrome is poised to plummet? Doubtful. Could it? Certainly. Nothing stays on top forever.

Just ask Microsoft..."

ComputerWorld, May 1st, 2019
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IT News - Blockchain
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Amazon Goes Live With Its Blockchain Managed Service
"Amazon pushes its take on Blockchain-as-a-Service live, offering customers a way to set up a blockchain network in minutes," writes Lucas Mearian in ComputerWorld.

"Amazon on Tuesday announced the general availability its Amazon Managed Blockchain, a fully managed service that makes it easy to create and manage scalable blockchain networks.

Amazon originally announced the blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) at its AWS re:Invent conference in November, inviting companies to sign up for a pilot of it.

Jeff Barr, chief evangelist at Amazon Web Services, said the offering is now available for production use in the U.S. East (North Virginia) Region..."

ComputerWorld, April 30th, 2019
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Beyond The Hype: Blockchain Gets Down To Business
"Are you skeptical about blockchain? I'm not surprised," writes Jason Bloomberg and Jason English in siliconAngle.

"For a technology that got its start as the infrastructure that underlay the bitcoin cryptocurrency and then blossomed into a Libertarian's dream of a decentralized transaction platform that would take down the modern financial world, blockchain has had its share of hype, scams and other nonsense.

However, if we pare away all the silliness and radical politics, a core set of innovative technologies come to light. At its heart, a blockchain is an immutable, secure ledger. Every time anyone writes a record or 'block' to a blockchain, it's there to stay - and no one can change it..."

siliconAngle, May 3rd, 2019
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IT News - Humor
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Maybe A Paperweight Next Time?
"It's the late '80s and pilot fish is a junior programmer working on terminal emulation software for PCs to access various mainframe systems. He periodically ships out updates to customers on 5.25-inch floppy disks.

A few days after the latest update, Fish receives a call from a customer who says the floppy disk she received appears to be blank.

Not a problem, Fish says, I'll overnight a new copy. But after few days pass, the customer calls to say that this disk is blank as well..." -ComputerWorld

ComputerWorld, May 3rd, 2019
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Throwback Thursday: Pretty Much What Everyone Means By IT
"It's a few years ago, and this pilot fish is working at a big computer company where he's getting ready to move into a new position.

'I was leaving a team of highly skilled developers that I had hand-picked,' fish says. 'I insisted that, before I left, I got a chance to brief the new manager.'

Fish's bosses assure him that his replacement is the cream of the crop, and perfectly suited for a dynamic, high-tech development environment..." - ComputerWorld

ComputerWorld, May 2nd, 2019
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The Plotting Thickens
"It's the late 1970s and pilot fish is working for a small company that produces custom solutions involving computer hardware, software or both. A large customer wants a pair of drafting machines - pen plotters that can produce large-scale physical engineering drawings from CAD systems. .." - ComputerWorld
ComputerWorld, April 30th, 2019
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Watch Your Step
"It's 1969 and pilot fish is a college sophomore taking several computer programming classes. There are no terminals and no timesharing, only batch processing. Students punch their programs onto cards in a room with a half-dozen keypunch machines, carefully check them against their heavily marked-up printouts and repunch any cards that need to be corrected. The final step is to carry the card decks to a nearby table, where a teaching assistant takes the rubber bands off, puts separator cards between the decks, and carefully places them in metal trays. Once a day, he loads the trays onto a rolling cart and takes them to the computer room..." - ComputerWorld
ComputerWorld, April 29th, 2019
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IT News - Security
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How Akamai Implemented A Zero-Trust Model
Jaikumar Vijayan writes in CSO Online, "An effort that was triggered by a nation-state attack nine years ago has fundamentally transformed how people and devices access apps and services, limiting damage from lateral movement...

A nation state-sponsored cyberattack on Akamai in 2010 triggered an initiative at the company that nine years later has resulted in an application access model very different from that employed by a majority of large organizations..."

CSO Online, May 2nd, 2019
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Why IT Departments Miss Basic IT Security Hygiene
Cliff Saran writes in ComputerWeekly, "IT departments are failing to patch security holes in software because of a disconnect between security and operations teams, survey finds...

A survey of 300 IT operations and 300 IT security professionals has found a big gap in perception over who takes responsibility for patching IT systems.

In the survey, conducted by Vanson Bourne for consulting firm 1E, three-quarters (75%) of the IT professionals agreed that the IT operations team in their organisation has a 'keep-the-lights-on' mentality, focusing on availability over security..."

ComputerWeekly, May 2nd, 2019
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IT News - Linux
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37 Important Linux Commands You Should Know
"Are you new to Linux or just a little rusty?" asks Dave McKay in How-To Geek.

"Here are all the commands you'll need to know. Think of this as an essential reference for the Linux terminal. This applies to the macOS command line, too...

Linux includes a large number of commands, but we've chosen 37 of the most important ones to present here. Learn these commands, and you'll be much more at home at the Linux command prompt.

The below list is presented in alphabetical order. A command's position in the list is not representative of its usefulness or simplicity. For the final word on a command's usage, refer to its man pages..."

How-To Geek, May 3rd, 2019
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IT News - DevOps
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Best Practices For DevOps In The Cloud
David Brooks writes in devops.com, "DevOps is commonly defined as a methodology that combines software development with IT operations. The goal is to shorten a system's development life cycle while delivering features, fixes and updates frequently in close alignment with business objectives. Putting DevOps into practice is an ongoing experiment for many organizations..."
devops.com, May 2nd, 2019
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IT News - Cloud
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Cloud Computing: Why Open Standards Is Now The Only Way To Build
Simon Bisson writes in ZDNet that "Identity provider Okta's choice of open standards for its new integration service is the right choice for the modern cloud.

Steve Ballmer famously shouted "Developers, developers, developers," as he extolled the value of the Microsoft platform. Without third-party developers building applications on its tools, Microsoft would have just been another operating system company that appeared and disappeared..."

ZDNet, May 1st, 2019
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IT News - Wireless
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Cisco Says 5G's Success Will Depend On New WiFi Technology
Ian King writes in Bloomberg, "As the technology industry talks up 5G cellular networks, Cisco Systems Inc. says much of the promised revolution in connectivity will come from a more prosaic source: WiFi.

A new version of the ubiquitous short-range connection technology is being rolled out this year, called WiFi 6. It will bring the ability to connect many more devices to one access point, much faster data speeds and quicker response times, according to its backers, mirroring the promises of 5G cellular..."

Bloomberg, April 29th, 2019
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IT News - Careers
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The Skills And Priorities Of Tomorrow's Tech Professionals
Sacha Giese reflects on the skills and priorities of tech professionals, for now and tomorrow in an article for ITProPortal.

"Faced with today's tech realities and the expectations of tomorrow - tech professionals in 2019 are finding themselves at a significant crossroads, forced to ask inward-looking questions: Are they equipped to successfully manage today's increasingly complex tech environments and emerging technologies? Do they have the skills and training necessary to confidently manage new technology innovations? Where do their personal aspirations fit into the expectations on the horizon?..."

ITProPortal, April 30th, 2019
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How Do You Find Talent During A Skills Shortage?
"Callum Adamson, CEO at Distributed explores why outsourcing and direct hiring won't solve the skills gap in an article for ITProPortal.

"It's common knowledge that there is a shortage of developer talent globally. With estimates that 1 million computer programming jobs will go unfilled by 2020 in the U.S. alone, try as they might, universities and colleges across the world just can't push out computer science graduates fast enough. This creates a double edge sword for the industry, one that is good for developers, as they are likely to have their pick of jobs, but simultaneously a situation where organisations can't get the stable resourcing they need to keep up with the pace of digitalisation..."

ITProPortal, April 30th, 2019
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The 3 Ps Of Preparing An Effective Employee One-On-One
"There's a fine line between micromanaging and leaving people to their own devices, notes Scott Schulte in Business 2 Community.

"It's important to check in regularly with employees - not because you need to monitor their every move, but because direct managers and supervisors serve as the public face of 'corporate' to lower-level employees.

Lack of engagement drains an employee's productivity, typically causing him or her to look for work elsewhere; in this case, there's not much a company can do about it. This is why most organizations conduct regular one-on-one meetings with employees at all levels. So why does Gallup's 'State of the Global Workplace' report suggest only 15% of employees are engaged?..."

Business 2 Community, April 30th, 2019
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IT News - Backup
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Seven Reasons Why Traditional Backup Is Dying
"Ever wonder why people scramble to get the newest cell phone model? Some might say it's impulsive or even sinful when there's really nothing wrong with the current phone you're holding. After all, it works just fine, so you should be satisfied with it, right? But when it comes to technology, folks simply want information faster, with an optimized user experience, now - with no wait time or gaps in data..." - CIO
CIO, April 29th, 2019
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