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IT News - CxO
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3 Technology Predictions For 2021
As IT leaders prepare their organizations for the year ahead, we're offering insights into the technology trends we predict will have the biggest impact
"With 2020 behind us," opines Graig Paglieri in SearchCIO, "now is a good time to look back at the at the most impactful IT industry trends of the last 12 months, as well as forecast some of the top technology predictions for 2021. The following are three predictions that stand out the most.

1. IoT finally gets unleashed

In Randstad's report on the state of digital transformation today, 63% of technology leaders stated that COVID-19 pushed their organizations to embrace digital transformation sooner and faster than they had ever expected prior to the pandemic..."

SearchCIO, February 8th, 2021
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Strategies CIOs Can Leverage To Avoid Cloud Cost Overrun
Four in every 10 organizations see their cloud budgets spill over. Governance structures and financial modeling can play a role in prevention
Roberto Torres writes in CIODIVE, "For the past five years, Sykes Enterprises has been on a push to migrate workloads onto the cloud. The objective was scale, especially for internally developed systems.

One of the first solutions it migrated was the oneTEAM platform, a proprietary workforce management system which supported a work-from-home business unit of about 5,000 customer service agents. Then the pandemic hit, and the platform stretched to 40,000 agents as everyone went home..."

CIODIVE, February 9th, 2021
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4 CIOs On The Tools That Got Them Through 2020
Facing varied pandemic-era challenges, CIOs across sectors share which investments supported business continuity
"Business disruption was a theme sectors could unite under when the pandemic first hit last year," writes Katie Malone in CIODIVE.

"But IT departments faced very different problems to contend with in response to the change. Remote work, business continuity, shifting demand, supply chain reactions and other developments influenced how CIOs prioritized resources.

Four CIOs from sectors ranging from dairy to pharmaceuticals detailed the early pandemic ventures enabling business continuity and how their teams are preparing for future turmoil at BMC in Conversation on Tuesday..."

CIODIVE, February 10th, 2021
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CIO Playbook: Building Better Relations With Boards
Tech-savvy boards lead to better business outcomes. Here's how IT leaders can help ensure their boards are among IT's biggest supporters
Esther Shein writes in CIO, "Rich Temple has it pretty good. The vice president and CIO of Deborah Heart and Lung Center, in Browns Mills, N.J., has a close relationship with every member of the C-suite and says he is valued by the hospital's board.

'I feel very blessed that I don't have the issue of folks not understanding the value of technology,'' Temple says. 'I feel like a valued member of the team and am brought into a lot of strategic discussions.'

That wasn't always the case, he adds. Deborah is a small hospital and Temple is the first CIO. Before he arrived over five years ago, 'There was a director-level person running IT and there was a sense 'the board' wanted someone who could think more strategically about using technology in a way to positively impact the business,' he says.

CIO, February 10th, 2021
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The Most Important Cybersecurity Topics For Business Executives
Data privacy, current cyberthreats, and cybersecurity culture and training top the list, but are these the right priorities?
"Industry rhetoric suggests that cybersecurity is an important topic in corporate boardrooms and C-suites," writes Jon Oltsik in CSO Online, "but according to a recent ESG survey, this is only partly true. While 58% of senior cybersecurity and business managers say that their organization's C-level executives' commitment and buy-in to cybersecurity is 'very good,' the remaining 42% say that their organization's C-level executives' commitment and buy-in to cybersecurity is 'adequate, fair, or poor.'

Not so good..."

CSO Online, February 10th, 2021
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Practical Information Governance Starts With IT
This year, the landscape of corporate risk has become increasingly intense and complicated, making sound, practical IG more important than ever before
Louise Rains-Gomez, Melissa Cohen, Jon Ringler writes in Network Computing, "In corporate risk management, a lot is often lost in translation between IT and legal. These two groups sit at the heart of information governance (IG) and corporate risk management, but because many organizations continue to address legal, privacy, data, and security risks in silos, collaboration between IT and legal teams has become the exception rather than the rule.

The result of this lack of unity between key stakeholders is a myriad of unnecessary challenges, lack of requirement understanding, gaps in governance, and increased risk. Organizations looking to take a strong, practical approach to risk management must start by building bridges between legal and IT, ensuring that IT buy-in is established at the outset of a new IG initiative..."

Network Computing, February 10th, 2021
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IT Leadership: 5 Ways To Energize Teams In 2021
Are you worried the momentum you felt at the start of the New Year is waning? Check out some ways to energize yourself and your team for the months ahead
"It seemed like everyone was excited for 2021 to arrive, as if the start of a new year would wash away the challenges we experienced last year," opines Ginny Hamilton in The Enterprisers Project.

"But here we are, almost two months in, and that New Year shine is starting fade. And while the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter, we still have to keep moving to get there.

We asked our community of IT leaders and experts to share ways CIOs and IT leaders can keep their teams focused and maintain momentum in the months to come. From streamlining your focus to creative writing, here are a few ways to help energize your teams for the months ahead..."

The Enterprisers Project, February 11th, 2021
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IT News - Security
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You've Got Cloud Security All Wrong: Managing Identity In A Cloud World
In a hybrid and multicloud world, identity is the new perimeter and a critical attack surface for bad actors
"As organizations prioritize digital transformation," writes David Mahdi in Dark Reading, "they are moving services to the cloud at a rapid clip. Yet when making this shift, many companies fail to make the necessary updates to their security programs and solutions to protect the new cloud perimeter. Rather than redesigning their security infrastructure for the cloud, many organizations are simply wrapping the cloud around their legacy technologies, relying on legacy network security solutions to protect their data..."
Dark Reading, February 12th, 2021
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Why Security Teams Are Burning Themselves Out
Despite gains in budget and a strategic priority for SOCs, burnout, overload and chaos persist in many organizations during the worldwide pandemic. Here are some best practices for enterprise security leaders to reform/re-energize SOC teams.
"Recently The Wall Street Journal published an article titled 'Cyber Chiefs Watch Their People for Burnout as Pandemic Rolls On,' which posited that IT security teams are burning out even more quickly than before the COVID-19 pandemic. With IT security teams supporting a vastly new remote workforce - and an even wider attack surface - that increases sophisticated cyberattack attempts by adversaries, the scales have tipped even more but not in the security operations center (SOC) teams' favor..." - eWeek
eWeek, February 9th, 2021
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3 Keys To An Effective Zero Trust Access Strategy
The most secure network is one that has no connections. Of course, that idea is not only impractical, it defeats the purpose of a network
Peter Newton writes in CSO Online, "The reality is that no network is an island, and as businesses become more digital, networks inevitably become more complicated and dispersed. Today's networks now have many 'edges,' so it's much harder than it used to be to create a single defensible boundary. In the face of these changes, the traditional network perimeter is dissolving, and it's far more difficult to tell who and what can be trusted.

To respond to increasing threats, best practices now stipulate a "trust no one, trust nothing" attitude toward network access. Protecting the network with this zero-trust access (ZTA) approach means that all users, all devices, and all web applications from the cloud must be trusted, authenticated, and have the correct amount of access privilege (and no more.)..."

CSO Online, February 11th, 2021
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IT News - Storage
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Track These 4 Emerging Storage Technologies In 2021
As they seek to increase the efficiency and performance of data storage systems in 2021, administrators should keep these four emerging technologies in mind
"There were significant changes within the data storage ecosystem throughout 2020," writes Marc Staimer in SearchStorage, "And, in 2021, that trend is set to continue.

In 2020, storage admins saw advancements and updates related to storage class memory (SCM), 3D quad-level cell (QLC) drives, cloud storage, Kubernetes persistent storage and machine learning..."

SearchStorage, February 11th, 2021
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Top Fastest Growing Storage Companies In 2020
Rewind +1,113%, Lightbits +500%, Vast Data +490%, WekaIO +400%, etc.
"Yearly since 2013, we are ranking the top fastest growing storage companies in sales, either start-ups, private or public firms, here from 2019 to 2020 (calendar year or fiscal year), based on published figures only.

This time, they are all privately held and, as usual, do not reveal the exact figure of their sales but growth percentage only.

In 2019, four public companies deserved a position in our ranking: Dropbox, Mellanox and Pure Storage already listed in 2018, plus Cloudera. No one in 2020..."

StorageNewsletter.com, February 8th, 2021
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In 2020 HDD Companies Shipped Over 1ZB Of Storage Capacity
Unit shipments in 4Q20 at 70.4 million, up 10.8% compared with 3Q20
Total HDD shipments in 4Q20 were up 10.8% compared with 3Q20 (70.4 million vs 63.5 million), up 8.3% in 3Q20 from 2Q20, down 13.5% in 2Q20 from 1Q20, and down 12.8% in 1Q20 from 4Q19.
StorageNewsletter.com, February 11th, 2021
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A Zettabyte Of HDD Capacity Shipped In 2020
A zettabyte of disk capacity shipped in 2020
Chris Mellor notes in Blocks & Files that, "A 2U Dell server can have over a petabyte of Nimbus Data flash. And GigaSpaces in-memory apps can use less space and yet go faster. Read on.

A zettabyte of HDD capacity shipped in 2020

TrendForce research showed demand for storage has fuelled HDD exabytes shipped growth, and a record zettabyte of HDD capacity was shipped in 2020. A zettabyte is 2 to the 70th and equal to 1,000 exabytes, a million petabytes, and a billion terabytes..."

Blocks & Files, February 12th, 2021
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IT News - AI
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The 3 Questions Driving The Future Of AI
In this special guest feature, Dr. Eli David, PhD, Co-founder of DeepCube, highlights the 3 questions driving the future of AI.
"Dr. David is a leading expert in the field of computational intelligence, specializing in deep learning and evolutionary computation. DeepCube, the first software-based inference accelerator, and Deep Instinct, the first company to apply deep learning to cybersecurity and was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer.

Dr. David has published over fifty papers in leading artificial intelligence journals and conferences, mostly focusing on applications of deep learning and genetic algorithms in various real-world domains. For the past fifteen years, he has been teaching courses on deep learning and evolutionary computation, in addition to supervising the research of graduate students in these fields. He has also served in numerous capacities successfully designing, implementing, and leading deep learning based projects in real-world environments..." - insideBIGDATA

insideBIGDATA, February 8th, 2021
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Why Real AI Innovation Is Centred Around People
Susana Duran, vice-president of engineering - emerging tech & mobile at Sage, discusses the need to look beyond AI when it comes to innovation
"2020 was a year of rapid transformation. The advent of Covid-19 has accelerated many of the trends we have seen in recent years. This is especially true of AI and machine learning - there's been an almost 25% year-on-year increase in business use of AI in response to the pandemic, with 63% of executives agreeing it has led to revenue increases. In the finance function especially, automation has helped to streamline processes and save professionals' precious time. Yet AI isn't the only emerging technology driving digital innovation," writes Susana Duran in Information Age.
Information Age, February 9th, 2021
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IT News - Technology
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Should You Care About Quantum Computing?
The answer is often not what people want to hear. Here's where quantum computing fits in the world of cloud computing, and perhaps in your business
"You can google any number of confusing definitions of quantum computing," notes David Linthicum in InfoWorld. "Simply put, quantum computers are machines that leverage the attributes of quantum physics to store data and perform computations. Clear as mud.

The best way to understand the value of quantum computing-or lack thereof-is to understand the use case. Quantum computing can be advantageous for certain tasks where it can vastly outperform even supercomputers. It is typically associated with the following use cases: cybersecurity, pharmaceutical development, financial modeling, improving batteries, cleaner fertilizer, traffic optimization, weather forecasting, climate change, artificial intelligence, solar capture, and electronic materials discovery..."

InfoWorld, February 9th, 2021
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5 Tech Trends For 2021
The pandemic forced government agencies to adapt rapidly
Mike Shrader writes in GCN, "During the past 12 months, government IT teams have been busy enabling remote work, implementing cloud migration and digital transformation projects and securing an ever-expanding perimeter. Yet while 2020 ushered in significant change from a federal IT perspective, it's merely the beginning.

Mega-trends like elastic cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence and the internet of things were converging with dramatic effect before the pandemic accelerated adoption. The forced mass shift to remote work simply sped up a transformation that was already underway, making many new technologies non-negotiable. As a result, the shifts that started in 2020 will snowball in 2021 and beyond. Here are five tech trends that all federal IT pros should have on their radar..."

GCN, February 12th, 2021
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Quantum Computing Hardware, Software Players Seeding The Market
While quantum computing is seen by most as futuristic, not quite out of the research lab, German automaker BMW is putting quantum computing into practice, one of the first real world uses of the technology
"BMW is using a Honeywell quantum computer to find more efficient ways to purchase the many components that go into its vehicles," reports John P. Desmond in AiTHORITY.

"Honeywell recently made its quantum computers available as a service, through the use of Honeywell Quantum Credits, representing the size of a quantum computational job run on the system. The number of HQCs required to run a given computation is determined by a formula that considers the number of single- and two-qubit gates, measurement operations, and shots (circuit repetitions), according to Honeywell..."

AiTHORITY, February 13th, 2021
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InfoWorld's 2021 Technology Of The Year Award Winners
InfoWorld celebrates the year's best products in software development, cloud computing, data analytics, and machine learning
James R. Borck, Martin Heller, Steven Nunez, Andrew C. Oliver, Ian Pointer, Isaac Sacolick and Serdar Yegulalp writes in InfoWorld, "What a long strange year it's been. We barely got started on 2020 before the offices closed and we all learned a new acronym, WFH. We also learned that, freed of the daily commute and cut off from the office Kegerator, software developers worked even longer hours. Technology marched on - and we're here to celebrate it.

InfoWorld's 2021 Technology of the Year Award winners represent the best that a world of homebound software developers have to offer - to other developers, to data scientists, to IT shops, and to the companies they all serve. Among our 23 winners you'll find dev and devops tools, machine learning tools, automation tools, state-of-the-art databases, and cutting-edge analytics platforms.

And in a nod to these unusual times, we include a few standout communications and collaboration tools that make it far, far easier to WFH..."

InfoWorld, February 10th, 2021
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With New Quantum Algorithm, Simple Photonic Machines Can Now Verify Quantum Advantage Exponentially Faster Than A Classical Supercomputer
Milestone experiment paves the way for verifying quantum solutions for significant industry applications
"CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique / The French National Center for Scientific Research) announced that scientists from CNRS, the University of Edinburgh, and QC Ware have successfully demonstrated that a quantum machine using a new quantum algorithm can verify quantum advantage in seconds, while a classical computer can take thousands of years to perform the same task...' - AiTHORITY
AiTHORITY, February 9th, 2021
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IT News - Cloud
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6 Cloud Vulnerabilities That Can Cripple Your Environment
Enterprises can be devastated by security-related weaknesses or flaws in their cloud environments. Find out where you are most vulnerable before an attacker comes knocking
"Businesses make a big mistake when they assume the cloud will automatically keep their workloads and data safe from attack, theft and other malfeasance," notes Stephen J. Bigelow in SearchCloudComputing.

"Even in the cloud, vulnerabilities and the potential for exploitation are inevitable.

Cloud platforms are multi-tenant environments that share infrastructure and resources across countless global customers. A provider must work diligently to maintain the integrity of its shared infrastructure. At the same time, the cloud is a self-service platform, and each customer must carefully define the specific controls for each of its workloads and resources..."

SearchCloudComputing, February 9th, 2021
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3 Must-Haves For Your Multicloud Architecture
Your preflight checklist should have centralized account management, resource management, and asset normalization
"Most cloud architects are finding that their world is suddenly heterogenous," opines David Linthicum in InfoWorld. "Where once we could focus on a single public cloud provider, today we have as many as four in the mix. The patterns of architecture have moved from intra-cloud to inter-cloud, and that is where complexity and risk come in.

As a result, architects, including myself, have put together processes to make sure that most bases are covered-much like a pilot uses a preflight checklist. These include items such as cross-cloud governance, security, operations, etc. However, a few things that are vital for success are often forgotten. Here are my top three:..."

InfoWorld, February 12th, 2021
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IT News - DR
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My Open Source Disaster Recovery Strategy For The Home Office
In the remote work era, it's more important than ever to have a disaster recovery plan for your household infrastructure
Howard Fosdick writes in opensouce.com, "I've worked from home for years, and with the COVID-19 crisis, millions more have joined me. Teachers, accountants, librarians, stockbrokers. you name it, these workers now operate full or part time from their homes.

Even after the coronavirus crisis ends, many will continue working at home, at least part time. But what happens when the home worker's computer fails? Whether the device is a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop - and whether the problem is hardware or software - the result might be missed workdays and lots of frustration..."

opensouce.com, February 9th, 2021
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Follow These Standards For Business Continuity And Resilience
Business continuity, disaster recovery and resilience professionals have numerous IT standards they can reference for nearly every aspect of planning
"To ensure their business continuity and resilience efforts are best in class, organizations rely on standards -- both established and new.," writes Paul Kirvan in SearchDisasterRecovery.

"Many standards for business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) have been updated in the past two to three years. They have also been joined by newer and more focused standards that expand the knowledge and standards base for BCDR professionals globally..."

SearchDisasterRecovery, February 9th, 2021
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IT News - Careers
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Remote Work: 8 Tips To Sharpen The Senses
Remote work can take a toll on collaboration. Grab a desk snack and consider these sensory-focused tips to keep your team - and yourself - engaged and productive
"Are you struggling with remote work fatigue? Do you find collaboration with your team difficult in a virtual environment?" asks Christel Seeberger in The Enterprisers Project.

"Maybe it's time to check in with your eight (nope, not five - eight!) senses.

Managing the complete sensory experience in your remote work environment can significantly improve your outlook, productivity, and ability to collaborate with others. Let's look at how your eight senses impact remote work - and offer some tips to help both leaders and team members stay productive and collaborate more successfully..."

The Enterprisers Project, February 12th, 2021
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Salaries For Software Engineers Continue To Rise In Major Tech Hubs
Joint analysis from Hired and Vettery finds increases in salaries for top software engineering roles, while remote roles spike in non-tech hubs
"The tech industry proved to be highly resilient in 2020, in spite of challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest report from Hired and Vettery, the leading AI-driven hiring marketplaces for matching highly-qualified and individually-vetted talent with top companies. Average salaries for top software engineering roles increased in all major tech hubs last year - by 5% in the San Francisco Bay Area, 3% in New York, 7% in Toronto, and 6% in London respectively..." - AiTHORITY
AiTHORITY, February 11th, 2021
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IT News - Developer
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10 Top Open Source API Gateways And Management Tools
Microservices and APIs (short for Application Programming Interfaces) have become almost commonplace in sustainable modern application development
Aaron Kili writes in TechMint, "APIs drive microservices (an architectural design that structures an application into small, self-contained, and manageable services/pieces) and they define how a consumer (of the API) can interact with and use the underlying service.

To businesses and other organizations, APIs have become the core of digital transformation strategies. The growth in the use of APIs has increased the use of API management solutions by developers to publish their APIs to the public or external developers, internal developers as well as other partners..."

TechMint, February 11th, 2021
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