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IT News - CxO
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6 Signs The CIO-CISO Relationship Is Broken - And How To Fix It
Successful collaboration between the IT and security leaders is essential but not always easy. Here are signs the relationship is broken - and 8 steps you should take to fix it
"Mark Thomas felt trouble brewing when he was a CIO with a CISO reporting to him as the pair stumbled over what could have been seen as conflicting priorities," writes Mary K. Pratt in CSO Online.

"The two hashed out a plan to overcome the discord, Thomas says. They developed a set of common standards to help them communicate and pull toward common objectives. Thomas considered it an executive version of middleware..."

CSO Online, June 18th, 2019
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IT ROI: 10 Tips For Selling (And Proving) The Value Of IT
The digital era has placed greater scrutiny on delivering business value - and changed the equation for establishing and evaluating an IT project's return on investment
Mary K. Pratt writes in CIO, "Jon Fendenheim's old boss, the CEO of a homebuilding company, liked to equate the cost of each new IT project to sales, as in how many extra homes he'd have to sell to cover the technology's cost.

Fendenheim, who was director of IT at AV Homes during those exchanges, says his boss' perspective taught him a good lesson: 'It made me cognizant about how I spent the IT money and how to get the best bang for the buck...'"

CIO, June 19th, 2019
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Key SaaS Trends In The Enterprise
Here are five trends that one IT thought leader sees shaping SaaS application management in 2019.
"CIOs' management of enterprise applications has evolved greatly over time," opines Chris Preimesberger in eWeek.

"Prior to the SaaS (software as a service) era, IT decision-makers were intimately familiar with the applications deployed in their enterprises, had longstanding relationships with the vendors from whom they purchased, and led the selection, purchase, renewal and upgrade of software personally and at intervals they controlled..."

eWeek, June 18th, 2019
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How CIOs Can Overcome Fears Of Digital Transformation
What determines whether a digital transformation initiative succeeds or fails isn't a mystery. These five tips will help guide you in that effort
"It's a steamy 92 degrees in Austin, Texas, as I write this," writes Derek Hutson in InformationWeek. "The only thing more predictable than another really hot summer in central Texas is that digital transformation is coming to your organization.

Digital transformation (DX) is so hot that more than eight in 10 respondents to a McKinsey survey say their organizations have undertaken it in the past five years.

However, DX's path to success in many companies hasn't been a sure bet. According to the same McKinsey study, only 16% report that these efforts have been successful, and 7% say that while performance improved, it wasn't sustained..."

InformationWeek, June 21st, 2019
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IT News - CRM
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Salesforce vs SAP Salescloud: 2019 Comparison
What are the Similarities & Differences between Salesforce and SAP Sales Cloud?
"SAP has always been a leading provider of CRM software," notes Mike Vizard in ITBusinessEdge.

"However, SAP's strategy has shifted toward a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model through which it plans to close the gap between its offerings and Salesforce. That effort is manifesting itself in the form of SAP Sales Cloud, an instance of a CRM application that combines elements of various SAP acquisitions to create a CRM application optimized to run on the SAP HANA in-memory database..."

ITBusinessEdge, June 20th, 2019
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Pega CRM vs Salesforce: 2019 Comparison
What are the Similarities & Differences between Salesforce and Pegasystems?
"Salesforce and Pegaystems could not be further apart in terms of where both companies started their respective customer relationship management (CRM) journeys," notes Mike Vizard in ITBusinessEdge.

"Salesforce is currently evolving from providing a simple software-as-a-service (SaaS) application that tracked sales leads to a suite of cloud applications that promise to driver superior customer experiences. Pegasystems first gained recognition as a provider of a business process management (BPM) that the company has subsequently extended to create a set of highly integrated sales and marketing applications..."

ITBusinessEdge, June 20th, 2019
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IT News - Storage
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IDC 1Q2019 Storage Data Shows A Tough Market For Appliance Vendors
It's been 12 months since we took a look at the IDC data and analysed how the storage hardware market is performing. Compared to this time last year, we're seeing modest growth, challenges again for IBM and the addition of Pure Storage into the data for the first time
Chris Evans writes in architectingIT, "I've been collating IDC's storage hardware revenue data for some time and now have close to 12 years of information. Each quarter the company produces a summary of revenue for storage systems (servers and at least 3 disks) plus external storage appliances.

  • IDC 1Q2018 Data Shows a Rebound for Storage Hardware Sales
  • Understanding IDC's Flash Sales Figures
  • Storage Market Shows Growth - But Not in External Arrays
  • Measuring the Size of the Storage Market
  • Opinion: Is Enterprise Storage a Stagnant Market?

As the most complete set of data, Q1 is the only period where I initially found figures for all of the main vendors for each year from 2007..."

architectingIT, June 20th, 2019
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Will TCO Drive Software Defined Storage?
With the imminent announcement of pricing for VMware vSAN (formerly Virtual SAN), there has never been a more complex landscape for storage in the enterprise. But how much of future decisions will be based on technology and how much on understanding the TCO of solutions being deployed?
"Rumour has it that vSAN will be priced at about $2500 per CPU," writes Chris Evans in architectingIT.

"That's on top of existing licensing and storage hardware (flash and disk). Presumably this means on a 3-node cluster with 4 CPUs per node, vSAN will add an additional $30,000 in costs, list price. Anyone who follows enterprise storage pricing would expect vendors to offer pricing around the $5/GB mark, so for the the same price as licensing vSAN, we could go out and purchase a 6TB+ array. This doesn't seem much in terms of capacity but to be fair, there are many small array vendors out there who could supply a huge amount of storage capacity for $30,000. This is rather a simplistic example, so perhaps we need to look at things in more detail..."

architectingIT, June 19th, 2019
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IT News - AI
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8 Questions To Ask Before Embarking On AI
AI and ML are starting to transform business
Carmine Rimi writes in Enterprise AI, "Gartner estimates that AI technology will generate $3.9 trillion in business value by 2022. Soon, companies that do not invest in AI risk falling behind competitively. But having said that, organizations should not adopt AI just to stay on trend. It's crucial to build an AI business case, assess the company's AI readiness and create the program in the right way.

To achieve AI ambitions quickly, reliably and cost-effectively, here are eight questions every organization should ask..."

Enterprise AI, June 19th, 2019
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IT News - Technology
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4 Hot Digital Transformation Trends - And 4 Going Cold
Now considered essential to business success, digital transformations are redefining the business-IT relationship, reshaping technology portfolios, and revolutionizing how work gets done
"'Digital transformation' has become embedded into the tech lexicon, as most organizations have moved full throttle into enhancing internal and external business outcomes," opines Esther Shein in CIO.

"Their efforts are paying off. Some 89 percent of IT decision makers report that their digital innovation investments have been 'moderately or very successful,' according to Insight's 2019 Intelligent Technology Index..."

CIO, June 17th, 2019
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Why Video Doorbells Are The Best Smarthome Gadget
Video doorbells are the most important smarthome device you can buy
"Smart light bulbs may be flashy, but - when properly integrated - a video doorbell will become something you can't live without," opines Josh Hendrickson in How-To Geek. "They're incredibly reasonable, too, costing just $99 to $199.

If you could only have one smarthome device, you should make it a video doorbell - assuming you can install one. And if you could only have two, it should be a video doorbell and a voice assistant with a display. Here's why..."

How-To Geek, June 19th, 2019
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IT News - Humor
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A Lovely Spring Day
No animals were harmed in the retelling of this tale.
"It's a lovely spring day, and pilot fish who works for a company's software division located in its own hillside office building set in suburban woodland is enjoying the view from his third-floor office, hoping that this lovely spring day will be duplicated when Saturday comes around. Shortly before lunchtime, a loud 'BANG!' reverberates throughout the building, and the lights go out..."
ComputerWorld, June 19th, 2019
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Throwback Thursday: Looks Like Itgs Gonna Be Another Six Months
Did you just ask me to sue you?
"This company moves its plant to a new location and switches its internet service from a local cable company to a satellite provider, reports the pilot fish who handled the switchover. The transition goes smoothly, but six months later, the accounting office receives a collection bill from the cable company for a half-year of unpaid service, says fish, who is instructed to sort it out ASAP so the company can get it off its credit report..."
ComputerWorld, June 20th, 2019
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IT News - Operations
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8 Steps To Make Sure Microsoft Windows 10 1903 Is Ready For Deployment
Follow these steps to identify problems that might crop up when you update to the Windows 10 1903 release
Susan Bradley writes in CSO Online, "The May 2019 release of Microsoft Windows 10 1903 is now available to all who click on 'check for updates' as long as there is no blocking issue with the machine. Microsoft is no longer using the term "semi annual targeted" in respect to Windows releases. Nor will it use "current branch" or "current branch for business," the terms that Microsoft used for previous releases..."
CSO Online, June 19th, 2019
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7 Infrastructure Performance And Scaling Tools You Should Be Using
These open source tools will help you feel confident in your infrastructure's performance as it scales up
Pradeep Surisetty writes in opensouce.com, "Sysadmins, site reliability engineers (SREs), and cloud operators all too often struggle to feel confident in their infrastructure as it scales up. Also too often, they think the only way to solve their challenges is to write a tool for in-house use. Fortunately, there are options. There are many open source tools available to test an infrastructure's performance. Here are my favorites..."
opensouce.com, June 21st, 2019
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IT News - Security
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Best Antivirus Software: 14 Top Tools
These top-ranking Windows 10 client antivirus products were tested on three primary criteria: protection, performance, and usability
Maria Korolov writes in CSO Online, "The AV-TEST Institute recently tested the most popular Windows 10 client antivirus products on three primary criteria: protection, performance, and usability...

The top 14 antivirus offerings shown here in alphabetical order scored at least 17.5 points out of a possible 18. You can drill down on the full results at The AV-TEST Institute's website...."

CSO Online, June 20th, 2019
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(IN)SECURE Magazine Issue 62 Released
(IN)SECURE Magazine is a free digital security publication discussing some of the hottest information security topics. Issue 62 has been released today
Table of contents

  • What's your company's risk exposure?
  • The modern threat landscape and expanding CISO challenges
  • Product showcase: Veriato Cerebral user & entity behavior analytics software
  • Building a modern data registry: Go beyond data classification
  • What happened to trust and transparency in cybersecurity?
  • Prioritising risks in a climate of geopolitical threats
  • An intelligence-driven approach to cyber threats
  • Is curiosity killing patient privacy? Combatting insider threats in the healthcare contact center
  • Protecting applications against DFA attacks
  • The SEC demands better disclosure for cybersecurity incidents and threats

Get the latest issue of (IN)SECURE Magazine and subscribe for free...

Help Net Security, June 20th, 2019
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Protect Your Online Identity Now: Fight Hackers With These 5 Security Safeguards
Having your identity stolen can be a nightmare, and cleaning up the mess can take months. You can make life difficult for a would-be identity thief by locking down these five key aspects of your online life
"What happened to my ZDNet colleague Matthew Miller this month is the stuff nightmares are made of," writes Ed Bott in ZDNet. "The title pretty much says it all: 'SIM swap horror story: I've lost decades of data and Google won't lift a finger.'

In Matthew's case, hackers were able to convince T-Mobile to issue a replacement SIM that gave them access to his primary phone number. That in turn allowed them to reset passwords on his Gmail account, which pretty much gave them unfettered access to his entire identity. They then proceeded to shut down his Twitter account, wipe out everything associated with his Google account, and even access his online banking accounts..."

ZDNet, June 18th, 2019
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IT News - Linux
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All Linux, All The Time: Supercomputers Top 500
The new list of the world's fastest computers is out and, once more, every last one runs Linux.
"Supercomputers are in the news," opines Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in ZDNet.

"The biggest news is, with the latest Top 500 listing, all the world's fastest supercomputers are running at Petaflop speeds or faster. Of those, number eleven, the IBM-built Pangea III supercomputer, runs for a private company. And, Nvidia is adding support for Arm's CPU architecture to its GPU platform to create energy efficient supercomputing. What do all these have in common? Every last one runs Linux..."

ZDNet, June 18th, 2019
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IT News - Cloud
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Cloud IT Infrastructure Revenue Grew 11% Y/Y In 1Q19 Reaching $14.5 Billion
Market share: Dell 18%, HPE 12%, Cisco 7%, Lenovo 5%, Inspur 4%
"According to the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, vendor revenue from sales of IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switch) for cloud environments, including public and private cloud, grew 11.4% year over year in 1Q19, reaching $14.5 billion.

Analyst firm also lowered its forecast for total spending on cloud IT infrastructure in 2019 to $66.9 billion - down 4.5% from last quarter's forecast - with slower Y/Y growth of 1.6%..."

StorageNewsletter.com, June 21st, 2019
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Debunk 10 Common Public Cloud Myths
A range of public cloud misconceptions -- including those related to security and cost -- give enterprise adopters the wrong idea. Read on to dispel the myths and get the truth
George Lawton writes in SearchCloudComputing, "Despite the fact that cloud -- and its associated management tools -- has been around for years, some enterprises are still getting used to the concept. As with most unfamiliar things, misconceptions and rumors spread quickly, which creates problems when developers or IT professionals talk about the possibility of a migration.

Read through 10 of the most common public cloud myths to gain a clearer understanding of what to expect -- and sift the truth from the lies..."

SearchCloudComputing, June 21st, 2019
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IT News - Careers
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8 Must-Read Books: Fresh Advice On Managing Your Career
Practical wisdom on leadership, transitions, balance, and more
"The best IT leaders expertly help their team members manage their career goals, struggles, and paths," writes Stephanie Overby in The Enterprisers Project.

"However, they may tend to go on autopilot when navigating their own professional journeys. There have never been more career opportunities - and threats - for CIOs as the IT organization plays an increasingly critical role in overall business outcomes.

Taking full advantage of these professional prospects and effectively mitigating the risks, though, requires a thoughtful and more innovative approach..."

The Enterprisers Project, June 17th, 2019
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IT News - Compliance
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GDPR Compliance: Is Your Business At Risk Of An Employee Information Data Breach?
Since the introduction of GDPR last year, small businesses have faced increased pressure to develop and alter their existing policies in line with the new rules around data handling and compliance
"Since the introduction of GDPR last year, small businesses have faced increased pressure to develop and alter their existing policies in line with the new rules around data handling and compliance. Businesses of all sizes are fully conscious of the crippling 20 million Euros or 4% of annual turnover penalty that non-compliance can incur, and understand that even the smallest and least equipped businesses must keep private information secure and accurate..."
ITProPortal, June 21st, 2019
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IT News - Big Data
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10 Top Data Quality Tools
Learn which data quality management tool is best for your business - and leverage these tools' ability to analyze, manage and scrub data from numerous sources
"Data quality is a critical issue in today's data centers," opines Samuel Greengard in Datamation. "Given the complexity of the Cloud era, there's a growing need for data quality tools that analyze, manage and scrub data from numerous sources, including databases, e-mail, social media, logs, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

These data quality tools remove formatting errors, typos, redundancies and other issues. Data quality management tools also ensure that organizations apply rules, automate processes and have logs that provide details about processes. Used effectively, these tools remove inconsistencies that drive up enterprise expenses and annoy customers and business partners. They also drive productivity gains and increase revenues..."

Datamation, June 20th, 2019
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