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IT News - CxO
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6 Major Tech Trends To Watch In 2020
A lot of us are already predicting what trends will explode during the upcoming 12 months
Niels Bosch writes in AmongTech, "2020 is just around the corner so it's logical that most of us are feeling excited about what it might bring to our tech-driven world. In fact, a lot of us are already predicting what trends will explode during the upcoming 12 months. However, as it looks today, it feels like next year won't be much about emerging technologies no one expects but rather about the consolidation of technologies we're seeing right now..."
AmongTech, December 30th, 2019
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Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends In 2020
Two decades ago, at the start of the millennium, IT was deeply concerned about Y2K - and the iPhone, Twitter and Facebook didn't exist. So what's in store as a new decade begins?
"The year 2020 heralds another decade rich with disruptive technology trends," opines Brian Burke in ComputerWeekly. "Some of these technologies are already commonplace, but the proliferation of new use cases and applications will see industry grappling with both benefits and opportunities. At Gartner, we predict that the key strategic technology trends in 2020 will include hyper automation, blockchain and artificial intelligence security, among others..."
ComputerWeekly, January 2nd, 2020
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CIO Influence Shifts as Cloud Spending Rises
As more IT spending goes to cloud providers, IT organizations are seeing their influence and control shift
"Unapproved, unsanctioned rogue technology has been sneaking its way onto the enterprise infrastructure for decades now with PCs, spreadsheet applications on floppy disks, Palm Pilots, and iPhones," warns Jessica Davis in InformationWeek.

"Eventually all these technologies got ingested by IT departments, which took control of the oversight of all of these. Yet, the introduction of line-of-business cloud services, purchased by business managers for their individual departments, is a newer iteration of the old practice..."

InformationWeek, December 31st, 2019
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5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In January
Check out our most popular HBR articles from 2019
Carla Rudder writes in The Enterprisers Project, "Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our business library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. The curated pieces below were the most popular HBR articles that we shared with our readers in 2019..."
The Enterprisers Project, January 1st, 2020
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Our Top 10 Articles Of 2019 For IT Leaders
Our readers found these articles - on robotic process automation (RPA), Kubernetes, emotional intelligence, agile, and more - the most valuable. Dig in for IT leadership wisdom to start the new year
"How did 2019 treat you and your IT team?" asks Laurianne McLaughlin in The Enterprisers Project.

"Did you improve your cloud strategy, perhaps with the help of containers and Kubernetes? Did you dip your toes into the water with robotic process automation (RPA), to free up IT people from rote tasks? RPA really took off in popularity on our site in 2019, so we suspect the answer is yes for many of you. In 2020, we'll help you refine your RPA strategy..."

The Enterprisers Project, December 31st, 2019
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IT News - Security
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7 Security Incidents That Cost CISOs their jobs
Whether or not security executives lose their jobs in the wake of a major incident, security failure should be seen as a learning opportunity
"CISOs can leave their job for any number of reasons, but a breach or other security incident often hastens their departure," notes Dan Swinhoe in CSO Online.

"According to Radware's 2018 State of Web Application Security report, 23% of companies reported executive firings related to application attacks. US companies were more likely to say execs were let go after an incident, as were companies in the technology or financial services sectors..."

CSO Online, January 2nd, 2020
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Strengthen Your Cybersecurity Posture: 20 Steps To Take In 2020
Looking to strengthen your cybersecurity posture in the new year? Here are 20 powerful steps to take in 2020 to better protect your data
"Thecyber threat landscape has never been more fragmented," opines Matt James in SmartDataCollective.

"In a competitive context, fragmentation is usually good news. You prefer your competitors to be disorganized, overmatched, clawing for crumbs of the wholes you snatch for yourself.

In the context of cybersecurity, however, things are very different. 'Fragmentation' really means 'a greater number and diversity of threats that collectively strain future victims' capacity to respond.'

It sounds much scarier that way, doesn't it?..."

SmartDataCollective, December 31st, 2019
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6 CISO New Year's Resolutions for 2020
We asked chief information security officers how they plan to get their infosec departments in shape next year
"It's that time of year - a chance to take stock of your accomplishments as a security leader in 2019 and decide your priorities for 2020," writes Joan Goodchild in Dark Read.

"First, let's look back. We know from research that breach rates rose (again) and the cost of one to a business is, on average, $3.92 million - a 1.5% increase over 2018. That's despite more money being thrown at security. According to the Enterprise Strategy Group, 58% of organizations were forecasted to increase cybersecurity spending this year..."

Dark Reading, December 30th, 2019
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IT News - MFA
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Two Tips To Make Multifactor Authentication For Office 365 More Effective
Here's how to set up "break glass" accounts for emergency admin access to Microsoft Office 365 and brand your Office 365 log-in page to foil fake pages
"Multifactor authentication (MFA) is a key tool in ensuring that your Office 365 - and any online application - will be secure in the cloud," writes Susan Bradley in CSO Online. "For those with Microsoft 365 here are some tips to ensure you provide maximum protection to your Office 365 deployment without sacrificing usability...."
CSO Online, January 2nd, 2020
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IT News - Storage
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The Rise of the High-Capacity vs. the high-performance SSD
Learn about the latest trends in enterprise drives, how high-performance devices figure in and the effect of advances in the underlying NAND flash technology
Kurt Marko writes in SearchStorage, "Solid-state drives have mostly replaced magnetic hard disks for enterprise application workloads and are an increasingly viable option for bulk data storage. While the total number of HDDs shipped continues to outpace SDDs, the crossover in units shipped will happen in the next year or two.."
SearchStorage, December 30th, 2019
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The 3 Biggest Storage Trends Of The Next Decade
The 2010s saw massive changes in data storage. But the storing '20s will dwarf that. Here are the three biggest trends that will remake storage in the next decade
"I've been watching storage for some 40 years," writes Robin Harris in ZDNet, "And each decade has seen accelerating change, and none more so than the the past 10 years. That trend will continue. Here's the biggest trends I expect to affect all who use storage, whether they know it or not..."
ZDNet, December 30th, 2019
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2019 Storage Mergers And Acquisitions Covered By Clouds
2019 enterprise data storage mergers and acquisitions often included a cloud angle, followed by data protection, NVMe flash and scale-out file storage
"Most of the enterprise storage-related mergers and acquisitions that happened or closed in 2019 had a cloud twist," notes Carol Sliwa in SearchStorage.

"Take IBM's $34 billion blockbuster acquisition of Red Hat. That was about "resetting the hybrid cloud landscape" with access to the 'world's largest open source community,' IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said in October 2018 of the proposed deal. The acquisition closed in July 2019..."

SearchStorage, December 31st, 2019
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Top 100 Cloud Backup Companies For January 2020 - Backup Review
The top 100 online backup companies are grouped into 4 categories, namely...
"The top 100 online backup companies are grouped into 4 categories, namely:

1) Consumer - for the general consumers

2) Small Medium Business (SMB) - for SMBs

3) Enterprise - for large enterprise corporations

4) Enablers - for enablers, channel, white label companies

The top 100 Online Backup Companies, according to Backup Review, are determined mainly based on these criteria outlined in this article: How Do I Choose the Best Online Backup Provider?"

Storage Newsletter, January 3rd, 2020
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IT News - AI
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AI Chatbot Technology Predictions For 2020
As we enter 2020 and embrace a brand new decade, technology acceptance is continuing to accelerate for a broad range of industries
Daniel Gutierrez writes in insideBIGDATA, "This second derivative effect is prevalent in the adoption of AI-powered chatbots for business applications - messaging, healthcare, customer service, toys, etc. To give our readers a glimpse of what may be coming, I reached out to our friends in the big data ecosystem to get their predictions and comments. The reflections below offer some thought-providing directions. Enjoy!..."
insideBIGDATA, January 4th, 2020
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10 AI Trends To Watch In 2020
Artificial intelligence: Everybody's doing it
"Few are doing it well, however,' warns Stephanie Overby in The Enterprisers Project. "In fact, nine out of ten companies have made some investment in AI, but 70 percent said they have seen minimal or no impact from AI thus far, according to the 2019 MIT SMR-BCG Artificial Intelligence Global Executive Study and Research Report.
The Enterprisers Project, December 30th, 2019
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What's Next: AI And Data Trends For 2020 And Beyond
After a year of consolidation and post-hype AI deployment disappointment, here's what we can expect for 2020 and beyond.
"The year 2019 was a busy one in the data, analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence markets," opines Jessica Davis in InformationWeek.

"Yes, there was quite a bit of consolidation among some big players with Salesforce acquiring Tableau, Google acquiring Looker, Qlik acquiring Attunity, among others.

Meanwhile, although the year began with a lot of hype around machine learning getting going hard in the enterprise, that didn't really happen in such a big way in 2019. Indeed, Gartner's CIO survey showed that enterprises weren't growing as quickly in their efforts to get into production with advanced analytics technologies such as machine learning and other types of artificial intelligence..."

InformationWeek, December 30th, 2019
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IT News - Technology
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USB-C Brings A Golden Age Of Charging Accessories
Who knew power dongles could be so interesting?
"The move from old-style USB ports to the newer USB-C has had its share of growing pains," warns Stephen Shankland in CNET.

"But the updated design is leading to a profusion of new products to charge your gadgets.

The biggest reason is that USB-C can charge both your phone and your laptop -- and, increasingly, other things like Bluetooth wireless earbuds and MiFi portable hotspots..."

CNET, December 30th, 2019
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Browsers Are Interesting Again
A few years ago, covering browsers got boring
Frederic Lardinois writes in TechCrunch, "Chrome had clearly won the desktop, the great JavaScript speed wars were over and Mozilla seemed more interested in building a mobile operating system than its browser. Microsoft tried its best to rescue Internet Explorer/Edge from being the punchline of nerdy jokes, but its efforts essentially failed.

Meanwhile, Opera had shuttered the development of its own rendering engine and redesigned its browser with less functionality, alienating many of its biggest fans. On mobile, plenty of niche players tried to break the Chrome/Safari duopoly, but while they did have some innovative ideas, nothing ever stuck..."

TechCrunch, January 4th, 2020
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IT News - Humor
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Throwback Thursday: Apparently It's Just Not In Their Job Description
Or 'Toner out' is way too cryptic a message
"This company upgrades all its printers to lasers, and they're pretty slick, says a net admin pilot fish on the scene.

'They report to the manufacturer, automatically ordering supplies when they run low,' fish says. 'I also receive emails when the devices report a toner cartridge running low, and I take a replacement to the printer and leave it for the users to replace..." - Computerworld

Computerworld, January 2nd, 2020
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Windows Vulnerability
The guinea pig would rather not get shot
"lot fish is working at a bank, but it's the 1970s, and ATMs are far from common. What this bank has is an after-hours teller window, available from 3 to 7 p.m. It's located in a small enclosure accessible from the street, and its operation involves a human teller working behind a reinforced-concrete wall...." - Computerworld
Computerworld, January 3rd, 2020
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Deep Background
When I asked you if you had changed anything - oh, never mind!
"It's a long time ago, and this pilot fish's job is to develop all the software to run a shareware business using Foxpro 2.6 for Windows. (We said it was a long time ago.) The software takes care of inventory and stocking of stores, printing labels for the disks and doing all other necessary tasks..." - Computerworld
Computerworld, December 30th, 2019
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IT News - Linux
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BlackArch Linux Ethical Hacking OS Gets First 2020 Release With 120 New Tools
BlackArch Linux 2020.01.01 is now available to download
Marius Nestor writes in Linux Journal, "BlackArch Linux developers announced today the release of new ISOs and OVA image for their penetration testing and ethical hacking operating system with new tools and many improvements.

Packed with more than 120 new penetration testing and ethical hacking tools, the BlackArch Linux 2020.01.01 release is powered by Linux kernel 5.4.6 and features an updated installer that incorporates numerous improvements and bug fixes for better hardware detection and support..."

Linux Journal, December 30th, 2019
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IT News - Virtualization
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Containers vs. VMs: A Closer Look
A closer look at the use cases for containers and VMs in software development environments
"Software development is changing, as organizations are being pushed to increase the rate at which they release and update applications due to today's mobile, on-demand world," writes Luca Ravazzolo in Container Journal.

"Traditionally, this process could take months, but development teams are now expected to deliver new software and updates in a matter of hours or days..."

Container Journal, January 3rd, 2020
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A Hyperconvergence Progress Report: Has Kubernetes Stolen The Show?
If an open source extension succeeds in making Kubernetes a virtual machine orchestrator, the value proposition supporting hyperconvergence could get pulled out from under it
"The basic idea behind hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI)," writes Scott Fulton in DataCenter Knowledge, "is that the resources each server in a data center brings to the table - memory, storage, processing power, networking bandwidth - may be pooled together and consumed like fuel or electricity rather than a bunch of individual devices. The premise of Kubernetes is that applications and individual services may be distributed throughout a data center, utilizing infrastructure in a more liquid fashion..."
DataCenter Knowledge, January 3rd, 2020
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IT News - Developer
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Install Rust Programming Language In Linux
Rust or rust-lang, is a modern, fast, cross-platform, and open source systems programming language designed to replace C/C++
SK writes in OSTechNix, "It comes with many features including zero-cost abstractions, move semantics, guaranteed memory safety, threads without data races, trait-based generics, pattern matching, type inference, minimal runtime, and efficient C bindings etc. Rust is being actively used in production by popular organizations such as Canonical, Chef, Coursera, CoreOS, Dropbox, Mozilla, NPM and many. Today, we are going to learn to install Rust programming language in Linux..."
OSTechNix, January 2nd, 2020
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What You Need To Know About Rust In 2020
While many programmers have long used Rust for hobby projects, in 2019, the language attracted support from major technology companies
"Rust has drawn plenty of attention from programmers on sites like Hacker News for a while," writes Ryan Levick in opensouce.com.

"While many have long loved using the language for hobby projects, it didn't start catching on in industry until 2019, when this really started to change.

Over the last year, many large companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, and Intel, came out in support of Rust, and many smaller ones took notice..."

opensouce.com, January 3rd, 2020
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