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5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In January
Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders
"Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review," writes Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project, "we refresh our business library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. Check out the curated pieces below, available to readers through the end of January.

Emerging from the crisis

What is the next normal going to look like? HBR editor in chief Adi Ignatius met virtually with five CEOs across multiple industries to ask how they saw their businesses changing post-crisis..."

The Enterprisers Project, January 1st, 2020
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Here Are The Top Tech Trends Of 2021, According To 30+ Top Experts
As we come to the end of a crazy 2020, many of us are suffering from COVID-19 exhaustion. But as two vaccines begin their rollouts, we've also begun to visualize what post-pandemic life might be like
"Most would agree that the new normal that begins to take shape in 2021 won't be the old one," opines Mark Sullivan in Fast Company. "By forcing us from our routines, the pandemic has prompted us to reexamine the ways we live and work, and how we mix life and work together.

The changes that grow from that reflection will be reflected in the technologies we use going forward. I asked startup CEOs, executives at big companies, investors, and other experts for their predictions for the year ahead, from collaboration services to medical innovations to fresh ideas in AI, commerce, and even the tools we use to sustain our democracy..."

Fast Company, December 30th, 2020
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Cisco, VMware, Nutanix Among Biggest Tech Battles Of 2020
The world's biggest technology vendors' battles over market share, rankings, and overall bragging rights continued in 2020, and this year the feuds stretched from the clouds to court and even to a galaxy far, far away
Jessica Lyons Hardcastle writes in sdxcentral, "We saw Cisco and VMware duel over SD-WAN, while Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise moved beyond hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) to cloud-delivered everything. However, the ongoing VMware-Nutanix feud stole the show with VMware filing an 11th-hour lawsuit against the new Nutanix CEO with just three days left until 2021.

Here are some of our favorite battles of 2020. This doesn't mean they were won or lost, and most of them are just a single battle in a larger war that's far from over. We expect them to continue well into 2021 - and beyond, for some - and we'll be keeping a watchful eye on all as we head into the new year..."

sdxcentral, December 31st, 2020
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2020 Set The Stage For Cybersecurity Priorities In 2021
It's safe to assume that pretty much everyone is ready to move on from 2020. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, political battles, and social unrest, this has been a stressful year in so many ways
"It has also been a very active year for cybercriminals and fraudsters who have preyed on people's fears and vulnerabilities to push new scams," notes Chip Witt in HelpNet Security. "They've spoofed government health sites to trick people into clicking on malware links. They've targeted food delivery apps with credential-stuffing attacks. They've posed as the CDC to send phishing emails. And those are just a few examples.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 is expected to follow us into 2021, and cybercrime will too. In the interest of putting 2020 in the rearview mirror, let's take a look at what is expected in the cybersecurity realm in the new year..."

HelpNet Security, December 31st, 2020
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Our Top 10 Articles Of 2020 For IT Leaders
Our readers found these articles - on digital transformation, Zoom tips, virtual onboarding, Kubernetes, emotional intelligence, and more - the most valuable. Dig in for IT leadership wisdom to start the new year
"2020 taught us some phrases you may hope to never see again," opines Laurianne McLaughlin in The Enterprisers Project. "I nominate the word 'unprecedented.' Even the old tech standby 'disruption' took on a stark new tone amid the pandemic. However, 2020 also taught us how to be more mindful. More focused on managing our priorities. And certainly, more flexible.

You can see this reality in the articles that our community of IT leaders found the most valuable this year. You shared lessons learned on that traditional pain point digital transformation, but in the new light that the pandemic forced a rapid speed-up..."

The Enterprisers Project, December 31st, 2020
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6 Habits Of Successful IT Leaders In 2021
One thing we have learned from the pandemic crisis is how much improvement many of us need as IT leaders. With the fresh start of the new year approaching, here are key habits to develop
"All leaders were challenged in 2020," opines Ginny Hamilton in The Enterprisers Project. "As the year that walloped the world winds down, it's a natural time to think ahead about what you'd like to do differently next year.

We asked our community of IT leaders and experts to share a key habit they believe IT leaders should cultivate in 2021 to adapt to these changing times. From doing a better job prioritizing, to developing a meditation practice, here are some habits that could serve you well in 2021..."

The Enterprisers Project, December 28th, 2020
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IT Leaders' Top 15 Takeaways From 2020
From IT's resilience to the importance of being intentional, CIOs share insights on what 2020 has taught them about IT's value to the business and what it means to work as a team
Mary K. Pratt writes in CIO, "CIOs started 2020 talking about better business alignment, maturing their cloud architecture, and furthering digital transformation. No one expected a pandemic.

Yet here we are, at the end of a year full of unexpected upheavals that tested nearly every organization and executive, including CIOs and their IT teams who faced unique challenges as they raced to enable widescale remote work and support rapidly shifting market dynamics..."

CIO, December 28th, 2020
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The Worst Hacks Of 2020, A Surreal Pandemic Year
From ransomware schemes to supply chain attacks, this year melded classic hacks with extraordinary circumstances
"WHAT A WAY to kick off a new decade," writes Lily Hay Newman in Wired.

"2020 showcased all of the digital risks and cybersecurity woes you've come to expect in the modern era, but this year was unique in the ways COVID-19 radically and tragically transformed life around the world. The pandemic also created unprecedented conditions in cyberspace, reshaping networks by pushing people to work from home en masse, creating a scramble to access vaccine research by any means, generating new fodder for criminals to launch extortion attempts and scams, and producing novel opportunities for nation-state espionage.

Here's WIRED's look back at this strange year and the breaches, data exposures, ransomware attacks, state-sponsored campaigns, and digital madness that shaped it. Stay safe out there in 2021..."

Wired, December 28th, 2020
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6 Common Types Of Cyber Attacks And How To Prevent Them
To prevail in the battle against cybercrime, companies must understand how they are being attacked. Here are the six most damaging types of cyber attacks and how to prevent them
Michael Cobb writes in SearchSecurity, "Cybercrime is a clear and present risk to governments, businesses and individuals; according to the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2020, cyber attacks rank first among global human-caused risks.

The motivation behind cyber attacks has become more varied over the past few years, with disinformation and disruption joining the regular drivers of data theft, extortion and vandalism, and the challenges they present have many security teams on the back foot..."

SearchSecurity, December 31st, 2020
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Security Pros Reflect On 2020
Eight cybersecurity leaders go deep on their most valuable (and very human) takeaways from a year like no other we've known
"What was it like working cybersecurity this year?" asks Joan Goodchild in Dark Reading. "We know all the obvious answers: The pandemic forced just about everyone to work from home, security teams had to scramble to protect disparate networks and home setups, and cybercriminals made life miserable by taking advantage of the chaos.

But with 2020 a few days shy of being behind us, what are some of the takeaways and relevant experiences security professionals think about on a deeper level? Eight security leaders shared with The Edge what stands out for them the most..."

Dark Reading, December 29th, 2020
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What You Need To Know About Security Challenges In 2021
Businesses must adapt their security practices, so they can take advantage of the benefits of work-from-home models without creating extra risks
"Let's face it, 2020 was a rough year for predictions," writes John Nellen in Network Computing. "But as we near a new year, I'm emboldened to take a stab at what 2021 holds for us in the cyber security world. I see two main drivers: The emergence of 5G and the continued impact COVID-19 is having on businesses. From these drivers, I see many important developments we'll need to watch in the coming months.

5G achieves lift-off, and that changes things

We've all been talking about 5G for years now, but the inclusion of 5G support in the latest Apple iPhones show that 2021 will be the year that 5G finally lifts off. Gartner forecasted 5G infrastructure spending to top $4.2B in 2020. And while speeds of early networks are not expected to reach 5G's eventual capability, they are impressive nonetheless. Verizon customers are experiencing nearly 800 Mbits/second on average, which represents a roughly 5X improvement over the typical fixed broadband speeds in the US. That means 5G often represents a more viable transport for enterprise networks than traditional fixed broadband..."

Network Computing, December 28th, 2020
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A Look Back At The Top 9 Data Breaches Of 2020
A shift towards remote working in the year 2020 expanded the already fragile threat landscape. Invariably, the number of breaches supporting this work culture went up drastically. At the end of this eventful year, let us sit back and look at the top nine data breaches that grabbed headlines and taught us a lesson or two
"At the beginning of the year, people celebrated the turn of the decade and readied themselves to strike off the 'Things-to-Do' from their bucket list. The year looked promising in the first two months, but little did anyone anticipate they would spend the rest of the year confined within their homes and end up extending their list furthermore. The COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 rather bleak," opines Mihir Bagwe in CISOMAG.

"The forced lockdown saw a greater shift towards remote working and the uptake of technologies that facilitated this framework. Adoption of cloud and collaboration platforms skyrocketed and gave impetus to rapid digital transformation. However, every coin has two sides, and the flip side was worse. The expanded threat landscape made the already fragile cybersecurity aspect of several businesses cave-in, resulting in greater hacks and data breaches. In fact, a recent report from Risk Based Security revealed that 36 billion records were exposed in data breaches in 2020..."

CISOMAG, December 28th, 2020
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Key Cyber Security Trends To Look Out For In 2021
Greg Day, vice-president and chief security officer, EMEA at Palo Alto Networks, discusses the key cyber security trends that are set to emerge in 2021
Greg Day writes in Information Age, "Looking back on a year of unprecedented uncertainty, countless lessons have been learned across the board for everyone, including cyber security leaders and experts. The overnight change in working patterns meant millions of employees suddenly had to work from home, putting huge strain on access to IT systems.

Threat actors weren't resting on their laurels in spotting how these and other changes created vulnerabilities to target and exploit either; we saw a veritable 'gold rush' in cyber threat activity. By the end of March we had already identified more than 40,000 newly registered websites with coronavirus-related names, which we classified as 'high-risk' sites due to the scams and malware being pushed onto unsuspecting consumers..."

Information Age, December 31st, 2020
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8 Emerging Data Storage Trends To Watch In 2021
A focus on the actual business requirements from storage infrastructures, and not on the legacy discussions about speeds and feeds, the names on the bezels, and where the data is actually located, will characterize the storage industry of 2021 and beyond.
"The storage, management, protection, and valuation of data is and will continue to be a critical function of IT well into the foreseeable future - that is not in doubt," notes Joseph F. Kovar in CRN.

"Businesses will continue to collect data at an ever-increasing rate, and need new ways to find information from that data while keeping it available and safe. However, going forward, many of the technology details of data storage will be of increasingly less importance, while the discussions around business value will boom. Just like no one talks about SAN vs. NAS, business users soon will not look at 'on-prem vs. cloud' or 'NetApp vs. Pure Storage.' Instead, storage decisions are increasingly being made based on what the businesses need to grow their business and generate profits, and not where and how the data is stored..."

CRN, December 30th, 2020
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30 TB PCIe 4.0 SSDs, 20 TB HDDs Push Storage Limits in 2020
Enterprise storage drives continued to push the limits of performance and capacity in 2020, with fast new PCIe Gen 4 SSDs at 30 TB and energy-assisted HDDs at 20 TB
"High-performance PCIe 4.0 SSDs are soaring past 30 TB," notes Carol Sliwa in SearchStorage, "and spinning hard drives are hitting 20 TB for a cheaper alternative to cope with the escalating growth of data as 2020 draws to a close.

Chip manufacturers also continued to push the envelope with denser 3D NAND flash that can help users lower the cost per bit and reduce their storage footprints. Micron unveiled its 176-layer 3D NAND in November at the Flash Memory Summit, although it disclosed no timeline for availability. In December, SK Hynix announced that it provided controller companies with samples of its 176-layer, 512 Gigabit triple-level cell (TLC) flash, which it calls '4D NAND' ..."

SearchStorage, December 31st, 2020
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Fiction vs. Reality: The True Potential Of AI
For successful AI adoption, a lot can be learned from consumer behaviour and understanding
"The roots of artificial intelligence (AI) in popular culture and science fiction run deep," writes Rachel Roumeliotis in ITProPortal.

"The concept has been used in films, television and books to cause panic and laughter or to highlight how the world might one day be overrun by technology. Unsurprisingly, such a framing of AI hasn't encouraged positive development of the technology and has by no means depicted it accurately. In fact, the proliferation of AI technology in popular culture has skewed public perception of the technology's applications and capabilities..."

ITProPortal, January 1st, 2020
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2021: The Year AI Goes Mainstream
This decade will likely be thought of as the real launchpad of practical AI and, by the end of it, we'll be up to our necks in robots, automation, and ever more capable digital assistants
Rob Enderle writes in Datamation, "The pandemic has caused many trends to accelerate significantly during 2020 and some will remain with us for most of 2021. Of the things that the pandemic is accelerating, many of them have a lot to do with Artificial Intelligence. As we approach the end of the year, I thought it would be interesting to look ahead at the kind of changes to expect AI to influence as we continue to accelerate into what will be a vastly changed future..."
Datamation, December 31st, 2020
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Using AI To Provide Expert Help To IT And Developer Teams
AI ML have shown early promise for automating high volume, simple questions typical in call centers and front-line IT and developer support
"AI chat-bots for customer support are getting a great deal of attention and VC investment in industries ranging from retail to financial services to internal employee help desks," reports Robin Purohit in AiTHORITY.

"These technologies have shown early promise for automating high volume, simple questions typical in call centers and front-line IT and developer support.

An important area that has been neglected is support for engineers and developers who are driving IT innovations in a high-paced world of technology change. AI and machine learning has high potential to transform today's community forums into highly effective expert systems ideally suited to the needs of these tech workers..."

AiTHORITY, December 29th, 2020
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Here's What Happened In The World Of Artificial Intelligence In 2020
The year 2020 was long and treacherous, but the biggest bright spot for me was the official launch of Neural. That's our AI sub-brand here at TNW and the section you're reading this article in
Notes Tristan Greene in The Next Web, "More specifically, Neural is me (Tristan Greene), Thomas Macaulay, Ivan Mehta, and the contributors and colleagues who help us put out fresh, original, exciting content in the world of machine learning every day.

It was a tough year to be a reporter but Thomas and Ivan managed to exceed our expectations at every turn with incredible insight and consistent excellence. With that in mind, I'm proud to present some of my favorite articles from Tom and Ivan this year..."

The Next Web, December 29th, 2020
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IT News - Technology
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2020's Most Important Chrome OS Advice And Analysis
Calling all Chromebook owners: Your holiday reading list awaits you
"More than any other platform, Chrome OS is in a constant state of evolution - and if you blink for a minute, you're bound to miss some significant new improvement or addition," notes JR Raphael in ComputerWorld.

"I mean, heck, this past year alone, Chrome OS has gained support for Windows apps, in the enterprise, in addition to its existing support for Android and Linux programs; it's gotten an expanded and rebranded "Everything button" that changes the way you perform tasks and search for all sorts of information on a Chromebook; and it's on the brink of getting a fancy new Android-connecting Phone Hub along with some potentially transformative foundational adjustments to how the operating system works and what it does and doesn't include (whew!)..."

ComputerWorld, December 29th, 2020
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See Boston Dynamics Robots Show Off Seriously Impressive Dance Moves
Looks like the Boston Dynamics robots can now learn choreography. And you thought you were a good dancer?
Bonnie Burton writes in CNET, "Boston Dynamics robots can climb rough terrain, help doctors and remind humans to maintain social distance protocols in public parks. We just got reminded the sophisticated robots can learn choreography too.

In a video posted by Boston Dynamics on Tuesday, the company's machines -- Atlas, Spot the dog robot and Handle -- dance in unison to the Contours hit tune Do You Love Me.

The bots are so good at shaking it on the dance floor it almost feels like you're watching a robot version of the movie Dirty Dancing, which also featured the song..."

CNET, December 29th, 2020
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Researchers Achieve Sustained, High-Fidelity Quantum Teleportation
A viable quantum internet-a network in which information stored in qubits is shared over long distances through entanglement-would transform the fields of data storage, precision sensing and computing, ushering in a new era of communication
phys.org: "This month, scientists at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory-a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory affiliated with the University of Chicago-along with partners at five institutions took a significant step in the direction of realizing a quantum internet.

In a paper published in PRX Quantum, the team presents for the first time a demonstration of a sustained, long-distance teleportation of qubits made of photons (particles of light) with fidelity greater than 90%..."

phys.org, December 29th, 2020
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Laptops, Desktops Shortage Set To Continue For The Foreseeable Future
Shortages in laptops and desktops could possibly last until 2022
"Getting your hands on a new laptop or dekstop in 2021 could be slightly trickier as the market responds to a major surge in demand, experts have warned," reports Anthony Spadafora in techradar.pro.

"The huge growth in working from home and remote learning during the 2020 pandemic led to a massive increase in the number of laptops and desktops sold worldwide - but this growth could be stifled soon as demand outpaces supply, according to analysts..."

techradar.pro, December 28th, 2020
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8 Edge Computing Trends To Watch In 2021
What's next for edge computing, and how should it shape your strategy? Experts weigh in on edge trends and talk workloads, cloud partnerships, security, and related issues
Stephanie Overby writes in The Enterprisers Project, "All year, industry analysts have been predicting that that edge computing - and complimentary 5G network offerings --- will see significant growth, as major cloud vendors are deploying more edge servers in local markets and telecom providers pushing ahead with 5G deployments.

The global pandemic has not significantly altered these predictions. In fact, according to IDC's worldwide IT predictions for 2021, COVID-19's impact on workforce and operational practices will be the dominant accelerator for 80 percent of edge-driven investments and business model change across most industries over the next few years..."

The Enterprisers Project, December 29th, 2020
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This CentOS Alternative Will Be Available By Spring 2021
Has already received offers of help from several organizations
"Rocky Linux, one of the latest new CentOS clones, has announced that its project is targeting to put out a working release sometime in the second quarter of 2021," reports Mayank Sharma in techradar.pro.

"Rocky Linux came about when the Red Hat-owned CentOS project recently shifted focus, much to the chagrin of its users.

Miffed at the move, Gregory Kurtzer, one of the original co-founders of CentOS announced Rocky Linux to give the stranded users a viable option to migrate their servers to, before the current release of CentOS reaches its premature end in December 2021..."

techradar.pro, December 28th, 2020
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Top 10 DevOps Articles Of 2020
Check out our most popular DevOps articles of the year - for lessons you can use in 2021 and answers to key DevOps questions
"While no one could have been prepared for the curveball that 2020 threw our way, DevOps pros had a least one pleasant surprise this year:" writes Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project -- "They were already well versed in the skills needed for the 'new normal.' All IT professionals needed to quickly learn how to collaborate effectively, lead with empathy, and continuously learn - skills DevOps pros already know well, says Eveline Oehrlich, chief research director at DevOps Institute..."
The Enterprisers Project, December 29th, 2020
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Top 10 Cloud Stories Of 2020
The onset of the pandemic in early 2020 undoubtedly had a transformational impact on enterprise adoption rates of cloud technologies, as IT leaders grappled with how best to enable their teams to work remotely
Caroline Donnelly writes in ComputerWeekly, "At the same time, Covid-19 forced many enterprises to increase the scale and pace of their cloud migration plans to cut costs and bolster their business agility so they were better positioned to weather the economic fallout.

These trends saw Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google all post a very favourable set of financial results in the months that followed, as users flocked to their respective public cloud platforms in ever greater numbers..."

ComputerWeekly, December 29th, 2020
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IT News - Careers
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5 Tips For Leading IT Remotely
With WFH and hybrid workplace strategies stretching into 2021, IT leaders must settle in to new work habits to ensure success in leading IT from afar
"Many people have had to adapt to working from home and other remote locations," opines Bob Violino in CIO, "at least part of the time - in the hybrid workplace that's emerging because of the pandemic. That includes CIOs and other IT executives.

Whether executives are working remotely for one or more days per week or full time, leading IT has change significantly - and perhaps permanently..."

CIO, December 30th, 2020
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10 Most 'Disruptive' Information Technology Jobs In The Year Ahead
Artificial intelligence, DevOps-related skills drawing the highest premium, analysis of almost two million job openings finds
"In today's tech scene, jobs involving DevOps and artificial intelligence are the most in demand at this time," reports Joe McKendrick in ZDNet.

"Employers are offering up sizeable premiums -- almost $25,000 in additional salary for professionals who can automate IT operations, and an additional $14,000 a year to those who can deliver AI and machine learning capabilities.

That's the word from a recent analysis by Burning Glass Technologies. The study's authors looked at more than 1.7 million job openings within the United States, and grouped similar technology skills into associated skill areas and assessed both the projected growth of each skill area over the next five years, as well as difficulties filling job openings for said skills..."

ZDNet, December 29th, 2020
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IT News - Big Data
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7 On-The-Ground Big Data Strategies For 2021
Don't forget the routine tasks that make big data work for your company
Mary Shacklett write in TechRepublic, "While most companies have focused on training staff and understanding big data technologies, a majority have yet to focus on the more routine tasks surrounding big data-such as, how to ensure that everyone who is supposed to have access to the data does, that corporate investments are appropriately portfolioed so the company has visibility of its entire big data investment, and that business decisions are made on good data..."
TechRepublic, December 30th, 2020
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