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IT News - CxO
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7 Secrets Of High-Performing IT Teams
Getting staff to move beyond simply meeting basic goals is an art only select IT leaders possess. Here are seven performance-boosting techniques top IT pros rely on
John Edwards writes in CIO, "Every IT leader wants to head a team renowned for its talent, productivity and imagination, but few actually have what it takes to elevate their staffs to an exceptional plateau.

One key differentiator between middling managers and superstar IT leaders is fear, as many managers, simply by being reluctant or unable to assume risk, miss the opportunity to drive their staffs to stellar performance..."

CIO, August 28th, 2019
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Digital Transformation: 10 Counterintuitive Tips
No two digital transformations look alike - so why do so many organizations try to follow the same rules?
"Adopt a 'fail fast' approach," suggests Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project.

"Put the customer at the center. Minimize your risk through careful planning and preparation. Start with legacy IT modernization. Stay ahead of the technology curve. You've likely heard this advice for digital transformation a time or two - or 10, or 20.

But remember, there are no 'universal truths,' and common wisdom can - and often does - fall flat for an organization that attempts to fit its digital transformation into the same mold as another company's..."

The Enterprisers Project, August 26th, 2019
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What Is The Cost Of A Data Breach?
Data breach costs can be ongoing for years, a new study finds. Here's the breakdown of costs and advice on how to minimize them
Dan Swinhoe writes in CSO Online, "Data breaches and security incidents are becoming increasingly costly. Canadian lender Desjardins Group recent revealed it had spent C$70 million ($53 million) in the wake of a breach earlier in the year that exposed personal information of 2.9 million members. Manufacturer Norsk Hydro said the final bill for its crippling cyberattack could be as high as $75 million. British Airways and Marriott have had to add $100 million each onto the final cost of their incidents after falling foul of GDPR..."
CSO Online, August 29th, 2019
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IT News - Security
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Automation Of Cyber Security, Is It A Viable Solution?
Information Age spoke to three experts in the automation of cyber security -- we spoke about the dark web, black boxes and red buttons
"The relationship is not symmetrical. Cyber criminals are highly motivated," opines Michael Baxter in Information Age.

"'They're not bound by bureaucracy or normal business rules,' says David Carroll of XQ Cyber, for them cyber crime is a 'revenue opportunity to get rich, so you can imagine how fast the wheels are spinning.' By contrast, cyber security is by definition about defence 'it's got bureaucracy wrapped in it.' And that loads the dice in favour of the bad guys, which means the good guys, need all the help that they can get. And that is the first benefit of automation in cyber security..."

Information Age, August 28th, 2019
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Cybersecurity In The Age Of The Remote Workforce
With the advent of cloud services and the proliferation of high end mobile devices (think iOS devices and Android phones), the workforce is moving inexorably to a mobile one where managers and employees are no longer tied to the office
"What initially started as a movement to the mobile phone/tablet work style has spilled over into full remote computing solutions," notes Paul Ponzeka in HelpNet Security.

"Users want to be able to take any device and work from anywhere with no loss of functionality.

From the business perspective, this can send chills up the backs of CIOs and CISOs as this full freedom work solution creates numerous security and compliance challenges..."

HelpNet Security, August 30th, 2019
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IT News - Storage
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On-Premise Object Storage: Key Products And Use Cases
We run the rule over on-premise object storage, key use cases and suppliers, take a closer look at an organisation that has deployed object storage, plus cloud compatibility
"Object storage is the bedrock of cloud computing services," notes Stephen Pritchard in ComputerWeekly.

"It's the basis for services such as Dropbox, Facebook's file system, and is the foundation of Amazon's S3 cloud storage; arguably the largest storage system in the world.

Object technology is usually associated with solving the specific challenges of massive public clouds: Petabyte-scale data volumes, highly distributed systems and long-term data retention..."

ComputerWeekly, August 29th, 2019
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How To Optimize Storage For AI, Machine Learning And Deep Learning
AI and deep learning apps use large data sets and fast I/O. But storage can cause performance issues. See what features your AI and deep learning storage systems should have.
Kurt Marko writes in Search Storage, "The resurrection of AI at the hands of machine learning and deep learning has engendered an explosion of research and product development as businesses discover creative ways to use these new algorithms for process automation and predictive insights. The nature of machine learning and deep learning models, the latter of which often emulate the brain's neural structure and connectivity, requires the acquisition, preparation, movement and processing of massive data sets..."
Search Storage, August 27th, 2019
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Enterprise SSD Debug And Failure Analysis
What is so specific about enterprise SSD failure analysis?
"As a first item I'm highlighting Platform Diversity," writes Andrei Konan in Storage Newsletter.

"Enterprise storage server can be very complex construction just in terms of SSD connection. Like motherboard, next PCIe switch, next cables, enclosures, adapters and finally SSD. And I'm not even saying about software stack complexity on the host side. All this adds a lot of unknown variables during failure analysis. Issue can simply come from the one of the components in this long chain or SSD itself. You need to triage and confirm..."

Storage Newsletter, August 29th, 2019
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5 Ways NVMe Storage Benefits Your Business
Increased performance and reduced latency aren't the only benefits of NVMe flash storage. Find out other advantages, such as allowing more VMs on a physical server
Stacey Peterson writes in SearchStorage, "NVMe started out as a host controller interface designed to quickly transfer data between a host computer and a target SSD using a PCIe bus. The goal was to cut latency, improve performance, provide parallel I/O and maybe even reduce power consumption, among other NVMe storage benefits. But the technology has evolved into much more..."
SearchStorage, August 26th, 2019
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IT News - AI
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How AI Will Transform IT Service Management
Remember 'Jarvis' from Iron Man or 'Irona,' the Robot Maid from Richie Rich? Well, if you do, then you already had a glimpse of the shrewd adroitness of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
"Artificial Intelligence or, what we call machine intelligence is all set to create an unprecedented phenomenon shortly," notes Hutch Morzaria in Business 2 Community.

"The rate of its progression has been swift, dramatic and very real, and as Elon Musk said: 'It is capable of vastly more than anyone knows and the rate of improvement is exponential.' Artificial Intelligence in the realm of IT, has a vast potential in developing and transforming the IT Service Management (ITSM)..."

Business 2 Community, August 30th, 2019
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Top 8 Artificial Intelligence Software
These top AI solutions can help your enterprise generate the insights you need to remain competitive in today's market
"Over the past decade, artificial intelligence software has gone from being a futuristic promise to an everyday reality," writes Cynthia Harvey in Datamation.

"Today, most enterprises are either using or at least experimenting with some sort of AI technology. Most have realized that they have to be using these tools if they want to keep up with their competitors.

But artificial intelligence is a broad field and the term means many different things to different people. Artificial intelligence encompasses machine learning, computer vision, computer speech, sentiment analysis, text recognition and a whole host of other types of services that used to be easier for humans to accomplish than machines..."

Datamation, August 30th, 2019
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Robotic Process Automation (RPA): 3 Use Cases To Consider
If you're exploring use cases for RPA, sales operations, customer service, and big data offer broad possibilities for pilot tests and early wins. Here's what to ask
"Robotic process automation (RPA) is primed to revolutionize the way companies operate, serve customers, and manage data," opines Ashley Hudson in The Enterprisers Project.

"A 2017 survey by Redwood Software reports that 83 percent of IT decision-makers believe robotic automation is key to their digital transformation strategy, and companies are increasingly investing to automate repetitive tasks, with 59 percent of business processes expected to be automated by 2022. This boom could provide a platform for human creativity: RPA experts highlight the positive effects that automation is likely to have on the labor force and, more generally, the way we work and the skills we use..."

The Enterprisers Project, August 28th, 2019
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IT News - Technology
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Will Chromebooks Rule The Enterprise? (5 Reasons It May)
Google schooled Apple and Microsoft in the education market by growing market share from zero to 60 in eight years. Insider Pro columnist Mike Elgan examines whether they can they do it again in the enterprise
Mike Elgan writes in idginsiderpro, "Chromebooks in the enterprise got real last month. Dell shipped new devices with double the RAM and storage of previous "enterprise" Chromebooks. Now we have Chromebooks that rival Windows machines in hardware performance.

The only thing stopping Chromebooks now is a bad reputation....

Google and Dell partnered on two new enterprise-class Chromebooks..."

idginsiderpro, August 30th, 2019
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IT News - Humor
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A Knotty Solution
It's easier than installing tiny speed bumps inside the power cords.
"It's the late 1970s and pilot fish (who swears this tale is true) is working as an IBM customer engineer. No, fish explains, CEs didn't design customers; they fixed typewriters.

As a new graduate of the company's three-month training program, fish is assigned to accompany a senior CE to learn the ropes before being given a territory of his own. Many of the calls involve cleaning IBM Selectrics, which would slow down as their almost entirely mechanical workings became gummy with age. (Despite their name, there are only three electrical components to a Selectric typewriter: the motor, the on/off switch and the power cord.)..."

ComputerWorld, August 28th, 2019
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Party Like It's 1999
You and I have very different ideas of what teamwork means.
"The tale told here revolves around Y2K remediation efforts, but don't think about it as dated and irrelevant to you in 2019; think of it as a timeless tale of managerial perfidy.

It's early November 1999, and sysadmin pilot fish is among those pulled into a big meeting where the division chiefs want to know where the eight groups in fish's division stand regarding the looming Y2K deadline. What they hear is not encouraging. Most Windows machines have been patched and tested, but Unix machines are lagging. Patches are glitchy; testing is falling behind; developers can't get their code running..."

Computerworld, August 26th, 2019
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Throwback Thursday: Timing Is Everything
From the 'Things could have been worse' files.
"It's many years ago, and this pilot fish regularly travels to company offices around the country, dealing with IT-related problems and running user training sessions.

The big current project is implementing internet filtering after complaints that some workers are viewing inappropriate websites. So fish has to head to a meeting with many directors and managers to demonstrate..."

Computerworld, August 29th, 2019
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IT News - Operations
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Data Center-Specific AI Completes Tasks Twice As Fast
Researchers at MIT have developed an artificial intelligence-powered system based on reinforcement learning that could revolutionize data center operations
Patrick Nelson writes in Networkworld, "Data centers running artificial intelligence (AI) will be significantly more efficient than those operating with hand-edited algorithm schedules, say experts at MIT. The researchers there say they have developed an automated scheduler that speeds cluster jobs by up to 20 or 30 percent, and even faster (2x) in peak periods.

The school's AI job scheduler works on a type of AI called 'reinforcement learning' (RL). That's a trial-and-error-based machine-learning method that modifies scheduling decisions depending on actual workloads in a specific cluster. AI, when done right, could supersede the current state-of-the-art method, which is algorithms. They often must be fine-tuned by humans, introducing inefficiency..."

Networkworld, August 29th, 2019
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IT News - BI
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Top Benefits Of Business Intelligence For The Healthcare Industry
A research study found that health care spending across the globe is likely to register an annual growth of 4.1 percent between 2017-2021
"The industry had an annual growth rate of just 1.3 percent between 2012 and 2016," reports Mrunal Chokshi in CustomerThink.

"So, as the industry dives headfirst into an era of growth driven by factors such as growing populations, the evolution of developing countries, increase in labor costs, progress in the medical field, and more that companies operating in this space need a robust tool to help them navigate this phase..."

CustomerThink, August 28th, 2019
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IT News - Linux
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11 Surprising Ways You Use Linux Every Day
What technology runs on Linux? You might be astonished to know just how often you use Linux in your daily life
Don Watkins writes in opensouce.com, "Linux runs almost everything these days, but many people are not aware of that. Some might be aware of Linux and might have heard that this operating system runs supercomputers. According to Top500, Linux now powers the five-hundred fastest computers in the world. Go to their site and search for "Linux" to see the results for yourself...."
opensouce.com, August 30th, 2019
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IT News - Wireless
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5G Won't Replace 4G: Debunking All The 5G Myths
The next generation of high-speed mobile data, known as 5G, is already live in a handful of areas in the US, as well as other parts of the world
"But as this network rolls out, many misconceptions and confusion around the new technology remain," warns Lynn La in CNET.

"This isn't completely surprising -- 5G will have an impact on many people's lives all around the world, so there are understandably still a lot of questions being asked. As the 5G rollout continues throughout 2020, it's predicted that there will be 1 billion 5G customers by 2023. Not only will these 5G networks connect users to a superfast mobile network, but many other industries will benefit from the faster connectivity of 5G as well, like self-driving cars, drones and the internet of things, to name a few..."

CNET, August 29th, 2019
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IT News - Networks
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What Is The Difference Between SDN And NFV?
SDN and NFV are siblings but not twins -- while they have a lot in common, they aren't identical. Here's what you need to know about their differences.
Glen Kemp writes in SearchNetworking, "Network functions virtualization and software-defined networking are two closely related technologies that often exist together -- but not always. Broadly, NFV and SDN both use virtualization and automation to facilitate the creation of more nimble, responsive networks, but the two technologies differ in their specific goals and execution.

While both SDN and NFV abstract network intelligence from physical hardware, SDN typically involves doing so across the network as a whole, while NFV deals with virtualizing individual network services..."

SearchNetworking, August 28th, 2019
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IT News - IoT
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How IoT Is Impacting Various Industries Worldwide
The Internet of Things is affecting a variety of industries across the world in a number of creative ways. Now that it isn't just computers connected to the Internet, a world of opportunity has opened up, ranging from agricultural usage, energy industries, and financial planning.
"At first, it was only computers that were connected to the Internet," recalls Naiya Sharma in Jaxenter.

"That changed the way people lived and industries functioned. Today, everything from mobile phones to watches, electric meters, surveillance cameras, industrial production units, and even air conditioners are connected to the Internet.

This network of physical objects, most of which were not originally created for internet connectivity is called the Internet of Things (or IoT). Today, devices embedded with dedicated sensors and software interact seamlessly with each other and with humans..."

Jaxenter, August 27th, 2019
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IT News - Careers
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Is It Hard To Stay Productive When You Work From Home?
The opportunity to work from home seems like a dream gig. But is it difficult to stay focused when you're surrounded by the comforts (and distractions) of home? It's easier than you might think
"Today, more than five percent of the U.S. workforce work from home," notes Elyse Hauser in Lifesavvy.

"Even those who don't have full-time remote jobs work from home one or two days a week. Many also work on freelance projects at home after their regular workday ends.

However, no matter when or how they work, remote workers almost always face one question: is it hard to stay productive? If you're interested in working from home, you might wonder the same thing..."

Lifesavvy, August 28th, 2019
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IT News - Virtualization
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VMware Workstation vs. VirtualBox: Which is the better hypervisor?
The Type 2 hypervisor debate between VMware Workstation and Oracle VirtualBox has gotten tougher as the latter has caught up. Examine their advantages to see which fits your needs
"If you're looking for a Type 2 hypervisor, the primary choices are VMware Workstation vs. VirtualBox from Oracle. Evaluate the similarities, differences and advantages of each platform before deciding which one works best for you," suggests Sander van Vugt in SearchServerVirtualization.

"If you need to evaluate or test operating systems (OSes) as virtual machines (VMs) running on your own computer, a Type 2 hypervisor will suit your needs. With a Type 2 hypervisor, as opposed to a Type 1 or bare-metal hypervisor, you install the hypervisor as an application on top of an existing OS. Type 2 hypervisors use the host's OS to call for resources and support guest VMs. End users can then easily run a VM on a personal computing device..."

SearchServerVirtualization, August 30th, 2019
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IT News - Big Data
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Critical Data And Master Data - What Is The Difference?
In a recent blog, I looked at why you should prioritise your data and identify the data that is the most critical or material to your organization, so you can focus your data governance efforts on that data
"In response to that blog, I had a number of people contacting me to ask what was the difference between critical data and master data, so I decided that it would make a good topic for this blog," writes Nicola Askham in Information Management.

"As it is common for the two to get confused, let's look at each in turn:

My 'go to' reference point for all definitions to do with data is the dictionary published by DAMA International (the Data Management Association). However, I was disappointed to find that there is no definition of critical data in there. Luckily with the help of Google, I managed to find the following definition: 'data that is critical to success in a specific business area.'..."

Information Management, August 29th, 2019
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