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IT News - CxO
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What Good Leaders Do: 3 Key Practices You Can Adopt Today
Providing good leadership means giving the people on your team the safety and space they need to thrive. Here are three things you can start doing now that will make a big difference in the year ahead
"Earlier this year, I made a passing comment on LinkedIn that I had 'finally figured out what it means to be a leader, not just a manager.' Afterwards, people followed up asking, 'How do you become a leader and what made you realize this and adjust?' writes Megan Bigelow in CIO.

"Honestly, the answer is that I had a buckling amount of work and hiring more people wasn't an option. My team was already operating efficiently, so the only way to optimize was to look at myself. After carefully examining my tasks, I realized that the work I was doing was less coaching and more oversight. This realization led me to understand that I could not scale by managing people, I needed to start leading them..."

CIO, January 16th, 2020
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20 IT Resolutions For 2020
The new decade finds technology changing faster than ever. IT leaders must balance a wide array of priorities in developing a strategic agenda that can keep up
Mary K. Pratt writes in CIO, "Even in the high-touch field of healthcare, where human interactions remain core to the delivery of most services, IT exec Bill Fandrich feels the pressure to bring technology-fueled transformations to bear.

Fandrich, senior vice president and CIO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, says he must focus on how to use technology to create higher quality, more affordable services as well as to improve interactions for administrators, medical providers and patients. And he must determine, out of all the technology options available, which ones deliver the most returns for the best value based on his company's overall goals and objectives.

CIO, January 14th, 2020
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CIODive's Business Technology Predictions For 2020
In 2020, CIOs will spend their days using data to maximize the efficiency of their workforce, as cyberattacks and fierce competition looms large
"For IT decision makers, last year instilled a renewed sense of urgency when it comes to technology adoption," opines Samantha Ann Schwartz in CIODive.

"Only businesses with clear long-term strategies and the will to execute can thrive amid a highly competitive landscape.

In 2020, don't expect that sense of urgency to die down. Instead, the path industry blazed to get here indicates more investment, introspection and aggressive transformation strategies are in store..."

CIODive, January 13th, 2020
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The State Of Digital Transformation In 2020
The lessons learned from a decade of digital transformation provide a roadmap for those embarking on their own initiatives. CIO, Computerworld, CSO, InfoWorld, and Network World team up to dissect that legacy from every angle
"The past year has seen many businesses question exactly how transformational digital transformation really is," writes Eric Knorr in CIO.

"The answer, as with all IT initiatives, depends on the scope of the ambition, the skill of the leadership, and the ultimate degree of business impact.

Yet we've seen a pattern emerge: Those with transformational aspirations discover that boil-the-ocean schemes seldom meet their objectives, while carefully planned and targeted initiatives often have broader benefit than even the original instigators imagined..."

CIO, January 13th, 2020
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Gartner Forecasts Worldwide IT Spending Will Hit $3.9T This Year
Gartner Inc. says global spending on information technology will rise to $3.9 trillion in 2020, up just a hair from $3.8 trillion
"But some parts of the massive budget are growing much faster," notes Mike Wheatley in SiliconANGLE .

"The research firm's latest forecast, released today, shows that software-as-a-service will be the main driver for IT spending in 2020, growing by 10.5% as enterprises increase their use of cloud services.

But in fact, every IT segment will see growth in 2020, with spending on IT services rising 5%, data center systems growing 1.9%, communications services up 1.5% and devices up 0.8%..."

SiliconANGLE , January 15th, 2020
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IT News - Security
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What Is Information Security? Definition, Principles, And Jobs
Information security is a set of practices intended to keep data secure from unauthorized access or alterations. Here's a broad look at the policies, principles, and people used to protect data
Josh Fruhlinger writes in CSO Online, "Information security, sometimes abbreviated to infosec, is a set of practices intended to keep data secure from unauthorized access or alterations, both when it's being stored and when it's being transmitted from one machine or physical location to another. You might sometimes see it referred to as data security. As knowledge has become one of the 21st century's most important assets, efforts to keep information secure have correspondingly become increasingly important..."
CSO Online, January 17th, 2020
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Why Firewalls Aren't Going Anywhere
Written off multiple times as obsolete, firewalls continue to elude demise by adding features and ensuring that VPNs keep humming.
"Not that long ago, bold predictions were being made by some of the most noteworthy pundits in the technology community that the majority of Internet infrastructure would be fully moving to the cloud," writes Ruvi Kitov in Dark Reading.

"When enterprises moved en masse to the public cloud, they'd only need modern cloud security protections, the story went - and older network security methods such as firewalls would flame out and become obsolete.

But that day hasn't come..."

Dark Reading, January 15th, 2020
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4 Ways Security Leaders Will Redefine Their Strategies In 2020
Ponemon's 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Study found that the average cost of a data breach is nearly $4 million, yet the immediate financial reparations are just the beginning of the consequences
"In reality, the brand damage from security incidents can be crippling to an organization's business, possibly even terminal, as was the case with the American Medical Collection Agency earlier this year," writes Gaurav Banga in Information Management.

"A recent survey from PwC found that 87% of consumers will take their business elsewhere if they don't trust that a company is handling their data properly. In the face of this grim reality, successful CISOs will drive a comprehensive 2020 agenda of risk-aware cybersecurity posture transformation.

Here are some trends to expect in 2020:..."

Information Management, January 14th, 2020
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IT News - MFA
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Multifactor Authentication Critical As Workplaces Get More Connected
IT leaders across the public and private sector have been doing a great job educating the public on the latest cyber threats and preventative measures
"Just as companies continue to equip consumers with the tools they need to help safeguard their personal data into 2020, it is important for government agencies to apply the same important thinking to their enterprise operations," writes Mike Betsko in GCN.

"Today's technology is creating connections in unexpected ways and places. The connected workplace means more touchpoints and more devices than ever before -- from laptops and printers to smartphones and scanners. That digital ecosystem provides many benefits, such as efficiencies in workflow and easier collaboration. However, each device touchpoint also represents a separate security vulnerability as data moves from place to place and person to person. Some devices can limit with these vulnerabilities by requiring authentication with an ID badge, username/password, PIN code or biometrics.

GCN, January 14th, 2020
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IT News - Storage
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2020 Vision: Game-Changing Storage Trends For The Year Ahead
As data continues to proliferate at an exponential rate, companies must not only store their data; they must approach data management expertly and look to new approaches
Leo Lynch writes in DataCenterNews, "Companies that take new and creative approaches to storage will be able to transform their operations and thrive in the digital economy.

So how should companies approach storage in the years to come?

As we look into our crystal ball, here are important trends that will have an impact in 2020. Companies that want to make the most of data storage should be on top of these developments..."

DataCenterNews, January 13th, 2020
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Enterprise Data Storage 2019 Products Of The Year Finalists
The field of entrants in our 18th annual Products of the Year contest has been winnowed to 50 contenders vying for gold, silver and bronze glory in five data storage categories
Article by James Alan Miller, Nick Martin, Stacey Peterson, Paul Crocetti and Erin Sullivan in SearchStorage

"You don't have to be a storage manager to encounter enterprise data storage. Chances are, no matter what kind of IT professional or corporate business decision-maker you are, issues with implementation, provisioning and management of storage capacity come to your attention. But with so many products available, it's difficult for even the most seasoned veteran to separate the wheat from the chaff. Enter Storage magazine and SearchStorage's annual Products of the Year competition..."

SearchStorage, January 13th, 2020
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IT News - AI
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10 Leading Artificial Intelligence Companies
In the artificial intelligence market, these ten leading firms are among the pioneers making AI and machine learning accessible to businesses across multiple sectors
"Artificial intelligence has grown exponentially in the last two to three years, with scores of of AI startups and major AI initiatives by big name firms alike," notes Andy Patrizio in Datamation.

"Not to mention the dozens of AI software companies working on machine learning, deep learning and all forms of automation.

AI is driving significant investment from venture capitalist firms, giant firms like Microsoft and Google, academic research, and job openings across a multitude of sectors. All of this is documented in the AI Index, produced by Stanford University's Human-Centered AI Institute..."

Datamation, January 17th, 2020
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The AI Book Every Thinking Human Should Read
Welcome to TechTalks' AI book reviews, a series of posts that explore the latest literature on AI
Ben Dickson writes in TechTalks, "It wouldn't be an overstatement to say that artificial intelligence is one of the most confusing and least understood fields of science. On the one hand, we have headlines that warn of deep learning outperforming medical experts, creating their own language and spinning fake news stories. On the other hand, AI experts point out that artificial neural networks, the key innovation of current AI techniques, fail at some of the most basic tasks that any human child can perform..."
TechTalks, January 13th, 2020
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The State of AI Across 5 Industries
Business leaders expect financial and operational upside to artificial intelligence. But motivations aren't the same in every industry
"Artificial intelligence can enter the enterprise world at a high friction point," opines Roberto Torres in CIODive.

"It's understandable. AI's deployment can retool processes or reshape the very products a company offers. It brings all of this change bearing a high-sticker price, as well as the looming threat of sunken costs if something goes wrong..."

CIODive, January 17th, 2020
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IT News - Humor
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It's The Manglement
A lesson in the value of contracts
"The software development group at this large manufacturing firm is infamous for never delivering software on time or within budget. So of course someone in management suggests offshoring some of the software development work to save money.

And the off-shored project comes in early and under budget, with quality at least up to the level of internally developed software. Naturally, offshoring is touted as the way the corporation should go..." - Computerworld

Computerworld, January 17th, 2020
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The Third Degree
Show me your sheepskin
"Pilot fish is interviewing for a contract position in a research group at a government hospital, and the interviewer is an MD at both this hospital and the one at the local university. But the doc's perfunctory questions and his body language convince fish he is totally uninterested in him and his resume.

Until, that is, fish mentions that his MS is from the local university..." - ComputerWorld

ComputerWorld, January 14th, 2020
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There's Something Fishy Going Down In The Computer Lab
Macro or Mackerel? Whatever it is, it looks o-fish-al. We'll get our sealskin coat
"Welcome to Who, Me? The Register's headlong plunge into the pit of reader recollections and confessions," writes Richard Speed in The Register.

"Today's story takes us back to the glory days of the early 1990s when our hero (at least until he made a nuisance of himself) "Cliff" was coming to the end of his schooling.

The 8-bit generation had very much passed into history at this point, with ZX Spectrums and Commodore 64s shuffling to the attic while the kids with long paper rounds or deep-pocketed parents enjoyed the delights of Atari's ST and Commodore's Amiga..."

The Register, January 13th, 2020
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IT News - HR
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The Future Of HR Requires Talent Optimization
Modern businesses must adapt or fail. New technology, an accelerated pace of change, and shifting consumer priorities make old ways of doing business less effective
Stephanie McGuinn writes in Business 2 Community, "Many HR executives are realizing that new challenges require new solutions, especially when it comes to understanding and planning for the future needs of the workforce. In KPMG's Future of HR survey, 57 percent of HR executives said that if HR doesn't modernize its approach, it will become irrelevant within the modern organization.

Some businesses are already finding their way by focusing on a few high-impact priorities. The authors of the Future of HR Survey call these forward-thinking businesses Pathfinding HR Organizations. Although they make up just 10% of the survey sample, they have a lot to teach businesses about facing the future of HR..."

Business 2 Community, January 14th, 2020
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IT News - DevOps
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DevOps Process: 4 Ways To Improve
Consider these DevOps lessons learned - on key factors from testing to continuous improvement - as you improve your team's processes
"When it comes to DevOps process, many variables can derail even the most well-thought-out projects," writes Sean Kenney in The Enterprisers Project.

"However, several best practices can help teams meet deadlines while also lowering risks. In the end, no one wants to be the person held responsible for ill-performing applications that under-deliver and over-promise. Therefore, everyone should learn how to manage expectations and utilize proven tools to decrease common burdens..."

The Enterprisers Project, January 14th, 2020
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IT News - Networks
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A Deep Dive Into The Differences Between Wi-Fi 6 Vs. Wi-Fi 5
While Wi-Fi 5 is still sufficient for organizations, Wi-Fi 6 is worth learning about. Here are the major differences between the standards and what they mean for your organization
Margaret Rouse writes in SearchNetworking, "From its inception, Wi-Fi 6 -- or 802.11ax -- has been unique compared to its predecessors. Accompanied by multiple new features, capabilities and a new naming system, Wi-Fi 6 aimed to make a splash in the networking industry from its beginning.

Wi-Fi 6 entered the limelight in late 2018, and the Wi-Fi Alliance announced it alongside a new naming system for each Wi-Fi generation..."

SearchNetworking, January 14th, 2020
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A Deep Dive Into The Differences Between Wi-Fi 6 Vs. Wi-Fi 5
While Wi-Fi 5 is still sufficient for organizations, Wi-Fi 6 is worth learning about. Here are the major differences between the standards and what they mean for your organization
Margaret Rouse writes in SearchNetworking, "From its inception, Wi-Fi 6 -- or 802.11ax -- has been unique compared to its predecessors. Accompanied by multiple new features, capabilities and a new naming system, Wi-Fi 6 aimed to make a splash in the networking industry from its beginning.

Wi-Fi 6 entered the limelight in late 2018, and the Wi-Fi Alliance announced it alongside a new naming system for each Wi-Fi generation..."

SearchNetworking, January 14th, 2020
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IT News - Careers
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4 Core Skills To Level-Up Your Tech Career In 2020
There is one category of skill you should focus on to advance your career this year. Here's how
"We do a lot to level-up our careers," notes Dawn Parzych in opensouce.com.

"We learn new programming languages; we take on new projects at work; we work on side projects on the weekend; we contribute to open source communities. What if I were to tell you that, while these activities are helpful, there is one set of skills you should focus on if you truly want to advance your career..."

opensouce.com, January 16th, 2020
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How To Land An Awesome Remote Job In 2020
If you're dreaming of working from home, getting rid of the dreaded daily commute, and having a more flexible schedule, you're in luck
"Remote work has been on the rise in recent years and it's only getting more common. In fact, according to FlexJobs, between 2005 to 2017, there was a 159% increase in remote work," reports Syed Balki in Business 2 Community.

"It's a brand new year, which means it's the perfect time to turn your dreams into a reality. So, if you want to ditch the traditional office setting and find a remote job this year, let's make it happen.

Here's how to land an awesome remote job in 2020..."

Business 2 Community, January 14th, 2020
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IT News - Backup
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Google Cloud: Archive Data On Ice With New Storage Offering
General availability of storage class called Archive, starting from $1.23/TB/month
"Storage provides a key part of the foundation for enterprise data infrastructure, including cloud-based workloads.

At Google Cloud, we think that you should have a range of straightforward storage options that allow you to more securely and reliably access your data when and where you need it, without performance bottlenecks or delays to your users..."

Storage Newsletter, January 17th, 2020
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Best Enterprise Backup & Recovery Software
Rubrik, Veeam Backup & Replication, Cohesity, IBM Spectrum Protect, Zerto
"The best backup and recovery software vendors are Rubrik, Veeam Backup & Replication, Cohesity, IBM Spectrum Protect, and Zerto, according to IT Central Solution.

Rubrik is the top solution according to analyst company's reviews and rankings.

One reviewer writes: 'Database backups to a point in time, and the way it archives off-of-box are key features for us,' and another reviewer writes: 'Managing backups is much easier now; it's no longer a full-time role in our organization.'

The 2nd best product is Veeam Backup & Replication..."

Storage Newsletter, January 16th, 2020
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