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IT News - CxO
Digital Transformation: 5 Trends That Could Shift Your Strategy
If your digital transformation strategy doesn't reflect the most recent industry changes and related opportunities, reconsider your roadmap. These five trends could lead you to pivot
"As we slowly return to a post-COVID world, IT leaders should raise their periscopes and review industry trends. While many organizations were busy shifting to hybrid work, updating business processes, and adjusting to changes in customer needs, the opportunities to innovate, improve customer experiences, launch digitally enabled products, and mature machine learning capabilities may have taken a back seat.

Digital transformation is not just about taking existing business processes and making them more efficient. New technology capabilities and evolving customer opportunities require business leaders to rethink business models, products, target markets, and customer experiences. Your digital transformation may flounder and require you to pivot if it doesn't focus on growth and customer opportunities..."

The Enterprisers Project, April 8th, 2021
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IT Leadership: 1 Trend To Abandon And 2 To Adopt In 2021
As we settle into 2021 and move toward a post-pandemic future, consider these two workplace culture trends that we should embrace - and one we should end
"After what felt like a geologic timescale in the last year, a growing number of scientists say that we are in fact at the beginning of a new geologic epoch: the Anthropocene, marked by rapid geological changes resulting from human activity.

That pretty much sums up 2020: Rapid changes that will continue to impact people.

IT leadership should view how the pandemic transformed their culture as if they were in a new cultural epoch. Much of what we took for granted in terms of work culture will likely never come back. Our teams are more agile than ever before, and we've started to master the full spectrum of communication tools that could benefit office work tremendously as hybrid work models become the norm..."

The Enterprisers Project, April 9th, 2021
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Worldwide IT Spending To Grow 8.4% To $4 Trillion In 2021 - Gartner
The latest spending forecast from Gartner says that IT spending worldwide is set to grow by 8.4% year-on-year to $4.1 trillion in 2021
"According to Gartner, a major factor for the growth in IT spending across the globe in 2021 will be funds for new digital business initiatives more frequently coming from from business departments outside IT, and charged as a cost of revenue or cost of goods sold (COGS).

All IT spending segments are forecast to have positive growth through 2022, and the highest growth will come from devices (14%) and enterprise software (10.8%), as organisations shift their focus to providing a more comfortable, innovative and productive environment for their workforce..."

InformationAge, April 7th, 2021
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16 Traits Of A World Class Chief Innovation Officer
Your innovation program, and the role of the CINO, is too important to leave to chance. Make sure whoever holds the top innovation job has these essential qualities
"As organizations look to accelerate growth, uncover new opportunities, and foster a culture of innovation, they're often formalizing their innovation programs or expanding the purview of their existing programs. As they do this, the role of the chief innovation officer (CINO) is becoming increasingly important and needs to be carefully designed to achieve these goals.

While I've made the case in the past why you don't need a Chief 'insert new tech name here' Officer for every new hot topic, the CINO is a key position with a clear distinction in role and responsibility from the chief information officer (CIO), chief technology officer (CTO), and chief digital officer (CDO) and is essential for many of today's organizations. Much like the CDO, the CINO role requires a team player who is a highly collaborative and influential leader, well-versed in working across business and IT..."

CIO, April 5th, 2021
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CIO Best Practices For Communicating About Disaster
When disaster strikes, your public relations plan can be just as important as your disaster recovery plan. Here are three best practices for CIOs
"CIOs are well versed in handling the technical aspects of a disaster recovery (DR), but meeting with stakeholders, the board, the CEO, and the public when an all too visible disaster occurs is another matter. What are the best public relations practices to follow when you have to face the people?

I've often reflected on this when I reviewed my career as a CIO. During these reflections, I found there were moments that stood out because they were great successes, and others when our execution in IT could have been better..."

InformationWeek, April 8th, 2021
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Evolving Role Of The CIO Key To The Future Of Work
Allan Tate, executive chair of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, explains how the pandemic pushed CIOs to the forefront as enterprises scrambled to adapt to a new normal
"When the pandemic forced organizations to shift their employees to remote work and find new ways to serve customers, one thing became clear: The CIO role is key to the future of work. Over the past year, CIOs have stepped up to the plate, beefing up networks, implementing new communication platforms, automating business processes, bolstering security and -- most notably -- helping their companies figure out how to remain viable in a digital marketplace. More than perhaps ever before since the role debuted some 40 years ago, CIOs were called on to become business strategists..."
SearchCIO, April 6th, 2021
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How To Improve Virtual Collaboration In The Enterprise
In the ideal team collaboration environment, technology enables a nuanced work experience while fading into the background. Realizing that ideal requires a strategic approach.
"When the COVID-19 pandemic triggered an abrupt exodus from the office in early 2020, insurance giant Liberty Mutual faced a technological challenge. With more than 45,000 newly remote workers, CIO James McGlennon needed virtual collaboration technology that could mirror the in-person collaboration experience his users knew best. "It was important we had the ability to support the personal connections our employees had built with their teammates and managers," he said.

Liberty Mutual decided to deploy a centralized team collaboration platform where the bulk of company communication, documentation and workflows now live. McGlennon said the move has greatly encouraged remote productivity and engagement. Virtual, organization-wide town hall meetings feel "like one-on-one interactions, even though there are thousands of employees tuning in," he said, adding that the technology enables participants to easily interact, ask questions and provide real-time reactions from all over the world..."

SearchUnifiedCommunications, April 8th, 2021
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Gartner: Worldwide IT Outlay To Hit $4T In 2021
Gartner forecasts the biggest growth in IT spending this year will be on laptops, mobile phones and enterprise software
"Researchers at Gartner said that all IT spending segments-from data center to enterprise software-are forecast to have positive growth through 2022 with overall IT spending projected to hit $4.1 trillion in 2021, an increase of 8.4% from 2020.

Gartner forecasts the highest growth will come from devices such as laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobile phones (up 14%) and enterprise software (up 10.8%) as organizations shift their focus to providing a more comfortable, innovative and productive environment for their workforce, said John-David Lovelock, distinguished research vice president at Gartner..."

Networkworld, April 7th, 2021
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IT News - CRM
What Data-Driven Marketers Must Know About Salesforce & CRM
Salesforce Automation System and CRMs are highly effective big data marketing tool
"Data-driven marketing has become the norm in almost every industry. Companies have found that big data can significantly improve the ROI of modern marketing campaigns. However, they must use the right technology to get the most out of their big data initiatives.

There are a number of platforms that use big data to help marketers reach their target customers and engage with them more efficiently. Two of the best are Salesforce Automation System and CRMs..."

SmartDataCollective, April 5th, 2021
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IT News - Security
Explainers: 4 Common Attack Vectors You Need To Know
Cybercriminals use various attack vectors to target users, steal their sensitive data, or exploit their network system
"Online adversaries always advance their hacking techniques to enhance their attack vectors. Cybercriminal groups focus on different kinds of cyberthreats such as data breaches, malware, phishing, or Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. According to the 2021 Cyber Security Report, cybercriminal groups have largely exploited the pandemic situations by targeting all business sectors, cybersecurity professionals, and C-Level executives. It was found that, on average, one new organization globally becomes a victim of a ransomware attack every 10 seconds. It might be alarming to find that over 46% of organizations had at least one employee who downloaded a malicious mobile application..."
CISO MAG, April 7th, 2021
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Remote Work: How To Limit Cybersecurity Risks?
A lot of companies at this point work with dispersed workers and little or no office space, and with the worldwide health crisis forcing even more organizations, if just temporarily, to work mostly online, it is more significant than ever to implement cybersecurity measures for workers working remotely from a home office
"Cyber attacks are rampant today as cybercriminals have the edge as well as are very motivated. Organized hackers and individuals benefit from the sloppy security measures too many people and organizations employ, leaving million dollars and personal details ripe for the picking.

Despite considerable cybersecurity exposures, about 85% of business owners think their enterprise is safe and sound from cybercriminals, data breaches, malware, or viruses. This disconnect is because of the prevalent, albeit mistaken, idea that these numbers of small commerce are not likely targets for attack. In fact, cybercriminals are just searching for the way of the smallest amount of resistance. A study conducted by Symantec discovered that 40% of online attacks are directed to an organization with less than 500 workers or employees..."

Security Boulevard, April 8th, 2021
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Having A Cybersecurity Training Program In Place Isn't Enough To Ensure Cyber Safety
With cyberattacks increasing dramatically after the pandemic, TalentLMS and Kenna Security teamed up to gauge employees' awareness and knowledge of cybersecurity risks
"While 59% of employees received cybersecurity training from their companies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the survey uncovered that these initiatives have been insufficient.

The survey of 1,200 U.S. employees finds that employees are most knowledgeable in laptop security, while they are unaware of how to secure sensitive data and recognize harmful files. The report sheds light on the effectiveness of cybersecurity training, and examines employees' awareness, habits, and knowledge related to staying safe in cyberspace..."

HelpNet Security, April 9th, 2021
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Tom Cruise, TikTok And Fraud: How To Combat Deepfakes
Earlier this month, popular Hollywood actor Tom Cruise was trending on social media not because of a new film that he's working on, but thanks to TikTok videos that went viral, generating many reactions from users around their authenticity
"In one of the clips, Cruise is shown performing a magic trick with a coin, ending with him saying 'It's all the real thing', and on others he could be seen golfing or tripping over a carpet.

While this gimmick may be amusing at first viewing, the use of deepfakes as means to defraud unsuspecting victims has become an alarming trend that has increased since their emergence in late 2017. In a famous case, one business leader fell victim to a deepfake scam where fraudsters impersonated a trusted business partner, manipulating the CEO into transferring $243,000 to the scammers' account.

So, the idea of these entertainment videos delivered by a deepfaked Tom Cruise had an additional benefit alongside the levity - of raising awareness around trust and misinformation. What's more, the creator of the videos said in an interview recently that he created them in order to 'raise awareness to the continued evolution of the technology that can create incredibly realistic fake videos of people'...

Security Boulevard, April 7th, 2021
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6 Ways To Prevent Insider Threats Every CISO Should Know
Too often, organizations focus exclusively on external risks to security. Infosec expert Nabil Hannan explains what CISOs can do to effectively assess and prevent insider threats
"Chief information security officers, or CISOs, around the world have come to learn from the SolarWinds manual supply chain attack that insider threats are a real issue, one that must be prioritized in 2021. The breach also brings to light an under-discussed application security challenge: developers writing malicious code that can later be exploited.

The frequency and financial impacts of insider threats have grown dramatically in the past two years. In a recent Ponemon Institute report, the overall average cost of insider threats per incident increased by 31% from $8.76 million in 2018 to $11.45 million in 2020. In addition, the number of incidents has increased by a staggering 47% in just two years, from 3,200 in 2018 to 4,716 in 2020.

Building off the lessons learned from the SolarWinds breach, here are six steps CISOs can take to prevent insider threats..."

SearchSecurity, April 6th, 2021
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Shadow IT Is Creating An Ever-Growing Problem With Remote Teams
The shift to remote work in the COVID era and the ease of accessing third-party software and applications have contributed to the rise of shadow IT
"Most organizations have a centralized IT department with the apps and software approved for certain activities. However, remote workers might choose to find other apps and software that lacks the perceived limitations of the centralized and approved IT resources. Anytime a remote worker uses an application or software that your IT department is unaware of, your organization is exposed to different security threats that cybercriminals can exploit..."
CISO MAG, April 6th, 2021
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The Time Is Right For Passwordless Authentication
Paul Norbury, CEO of SecureDrives, discusses why the concept of passwordless authentication could be the way forward for organisations
"Passwordless authentication is not a new idea. As long ago as 2004 Bill Gates told the RSA Security Conference that 'There is no doubt that over time, people are going to rely less and less on passwords. People use the same password on different systems, they write them down and they just don't meet the challenge for anything you really want to secure.'

2004 was the year Facebook started up. YouTube came a year later, and Twitter in 2006. In 2007, Apple launched the iPhone. Gates was talking about passwordless authentication at a time before ransomware was something every company needed to be aware of and before cloud was a 'thing'..."

Information Age, April 9th, 2021
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IT News - Storage
Seagate Shipped 3ZB Of Storage On HDDs
What does 3ZB mean in the real world?
"Seagate Technology plc just became the first data storage company to have shipped 3ZB of hard drive storage capacity, surpassing that milestone in March 2021.

It had previously taken Seagate 36 years to reach the milestone of its first 1ZB shipped in total. Then it took less than another 4 years to reach a total of 2ZB shipped, and then just over 2 more years to accomplish 3ZB shipped since the company's founding. Firm's ability to manufacture ever more storage capacity has accelerated..."

StorageNewsletter, April 6th, 2021
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IT News - AI
Why Machine Learning, Not Artificial Intelligence, Is The Right Way Forward For Data Science
We like to imagine an AI-driven future, but it's machine learning that will actually help us to progress, argues expert Michael I. Jordan
"We bandy about the term "artificial intelligence," evoking ideas of creative machines anticipating our every whim, though the reality is more banal: "For the foreseeable future, computers will not be able to match humans in their ability to reason abstractly about real-world situations." This is from Michael I. Jordan, one of the foremost authorities on AI and machine learning, who wants us to get real about AI..."
TechRepublic, April 5th, 2021
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How AI Is Making Software Development Easier For Companies And Coders
Software design is also an area where AI can prove to be very effective. There are various benefits of AI-powered coding. AI-assisted tools can help developers to reduce around 50% of the number of keys pressed in the development of software.
"AI (Artificial Intelligence) was created by writing numerous lines of code, now AI has the capability to code with ease. Sounds unreal, but it's true. Nowadays, coders and even many companies are using AI to help humans in the software development process. Now, software developers can not only use AI to write and review codes but also test software, find bugs and optimize development projects. AI not only will help the new generation of developers learn to code easily, but also help companies to deploy software and apps efficiently..."
Jaxenter, April 9th, 2021
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Turning Data Into Actionable Insights With Machine Learning
To help make better use of data and analytics, we're diving into how companies can infuse ML-produced actionable insights into their decision-making workflows
"It's no secret that businesses are data-driven these days. With the rise of data collection, analytics has become one of the biggest drivers of business value. However, an analytics program is only as good as the workflows underneath it.

While companies are collecting more data than ever before, many struggle to figure out what to do with it. Businesses need to use actionable insights to drive decisions, but what is an actionable insight, and how exactly is data used to create one?..."

SeaarchCIO, April 7th, 2021
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AI Can Accomplish Incredible Things When Leaders Focus On These 3 Areas
How to maximize your team's time in reaching AI project or development goals
"The Covid-19 pandemic may have created economic uncertainty, but it's a testament to the incredible excitement surrounding AI innovation that investments in the space largely weathered the storm: Just 7 percent of investments decreased, and 16 percent were temporarily suspended in 2020, while 47 percent remained unchanged and 30 percent were set to increase.

Over the past few years, AI products have gained momentum for many reasons, but two, in particular, stand out. First, the data being generated continues to exponentially increase, even as it takes on new forms and emerges from a wider geographical footprint. More data and, critically, more diverse data is better for teaching an AI model to avoid bias and accomplish all kinds of goals..."

ITProPortal, April 7th, 2021
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IT News - Technology
A New Era Of Innovation: Moore's Law Is Not Dead And AI Is Ready To Explode
Moore's Law is dead, right? Think again.
"Although the historical annual improvement of about 40% in central processing unit performance is slowing, the combination of CPUs packaged with alternative processors is improving at a rate of more than 100% per annum. These unprecedented and massive improvements in processing power combined with data and artificial intelligence will completely change the way we think about designing hardware, writing software and applying technology to businesses.

Every industry will be disrupted. You hear that all the time. Well, it's absolutely true and we're going to explain why and what it all means..."

siliconANGLE, April 10th, 2021
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Intel's 10nm 'Ice Lake' Datacenter CPUs Make Their Debut, Provide Up to 40 Cores Each
The wait is over. Intel officially launched its 10nm datacenter CPU lineup on April 6, delivering its more powerful and flexible third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable "Ice Lake" processors to waiting partners, OEM builders and customers.
"With up to 40 'Sunny Cove' cores per processor, built-in acceleration and new instructions, the Ice Lake-SP platform offers a significant performance boost for AI, HPC, networking and cloud workloads, according to Intel.

In addition to boosting the core count from 28 to 40 over previous-generation Cascade Lake chips, Ice Lake provides eight channels of DDR4-3200 memory per socket and up to 64 lanes of PCIe Gen4 per socket, compared to six channels of DDR4-2933 and up to 48 lanes of PCI Gen3 per socket for the previous generation..."

EnterpriseAI, April 7th, 2021
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IT News - ERP
How Advanced ERP Transforms Tech Companies' Success And ROI
Deadline squeezes. Skills shortages. Shifting parameters on high-stakes projects with zero room for error. These are some of the biggest hurdles facing technology businesses now, says the Forbes Technology Council
"Why do technology companies need ERP?

Here's the short answer: Only modern ERP solutions provide what high-tech businesses need to grow and deliver highly successful projects to customers with rapidly changing expectations in a rapidly evolving digital landscape.

That is, ERP's automated efficiency, resource management proficiency, precise time planning and tracking, quality assurance protections and granular financial KPI tracking cannot be found in any other single platform at the same level of impact and ROI..."

CustomerThink, April 8th, 2021
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3 Advanced ERP Capabilities Redefining Resilience For Medium-Size Business
It's exceedingly rare for a business to think about its technology during times of disruption and change. Financial risk, employee retention and support, experience management, and customer services usually come to mind first. But lately, this traditional mind-set is beginning to evolve now that medium-size companies are connecting the dots between their operational resilience and organizational interconnectedness with cloud-based enterprise, resource and planning (ERP).
'This growing awareness of ERP systems is illustrated well in a LinkedIn post from James Forsdyke, head of Product Management at Lloyd's Register:

"Taking a moment to reflect on how 'lucky' we were at Lloyd's Register for having implemented an end-to-end cloud-based ERP before the global pandemic hit. It felt really hard at the time, but ultimately meant we could keep all our lights on during global lockdowns and continue to support our customers who themselves perform such essential functions for the world at the moment."

And Lloyd's Register is not the only business realizing these benefits - so are many medium-size businesses worldwide. Oxford Economics reported that 45% of surveyed leaders indicated improvements, to a great or transformative extent, customer and employee experiences, new product and service innovation, customer engagement, or skill gaps by using data-driven, technology-enabled capabilities...'

Forbes, April 9th, 2021
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IT News - HR
Are You Training The Way People Want To Learn?
Are You Training the Way People Want to Learn?
"Mountain climbers make sure they have everything they need to attempt a summit. Why? Because mastering their craft could mean the difference between life and death.

Salespeople on the other hand, may not be so inclined to pay close attention to their training. Sales training has a bad reputation - too often it is outdated, irrelevant and a waste of sellers' valuable time. But in reality, training done right is the key to unlocking your team's potential. While your salespeople's lives may not be on the line, their success is - and it's up to you as the enablement professional to provide valuable training so that they too can conquer any mountain..."

Business 2 Community, April 8th, 2021
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The War For Talent Is Here: What's Your Strategy To Win It?
The so-called 'war for talent' has been raging hot ever since the phrase was coined in a McKinsey report back in 1998
"In the past 20+ years, not much has changed - in fact, unemployment numbers came in at just 3.5 percent, which means that you probably have several positions to fill, and fewer prospects than ever to step into key roles.

For HR professionals, the war for talent is the new normal, and your department is held accountable for recruiting, retention, and even overall performance. Each of these responsibilities is fraught with difficulty:..."

Business 2 Community, April 10th, 2021
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Employee Poaching: Keep Them Happy Or Someone Else Will
Great team members are highly valuable-which means other companies are trying to poach your best employees
"You've worked hard to build and invest in your agency's team-so why wouldn't someone else want to reap the benefits?

Your employees can leave any time they want. but it hurts the most when a competitor lures them away.

Yet employee poaching is a fact of life. Instead of getting frustrated, acknowledge the reality-and then do your best to keep current employees happy, because happy employees tend to stay.

In my work as an agency consultant, I've identified 11 proactive steps that you can take right now to reduce employee poaching at your agency-or potentially prevent poaching from happening at all..."

Business 2 Community, April 6th, 2021
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IT News - Linux
10 Best Linux Laptops Of 2021
With the provision of installation media formats like ISO images and Live CDs, running new installations of operating systems is as easy as a walk on the beach, especially in cases with our favorite open-source desktop operating system, GNU/Linux
"Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Manjaro are readily downloadable from their official websites to be easily installed on dual-boot systems or as a complete replacement on some computers.

One common issue, even though it is becoming less rampant, is driver/hardware incompatibility. Without going into any details, it suffices to say that there are several options you can choose from if you want to purchase a laptop that runs Linux from the factory or one on which it is extremely easy to install Linux.

Today, we bring you a list of the best Linux laptops to purchase in 2021 starting from the best overall and then the rest in no particular order. I hope it helps you find the right Linux computer for your work..."

FOSSMINT, April 7th, 2021
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IT News - DevOps
DevOps And Kubernetes: A Perfect Match?
DevOps is a software development strategy that combines development and operations teams into a single unit
"Kubernetes is an open source orchestration platform designed to help you manage container deployments at scale. On the surface, it is not entirely clear where these two meet, why and whether this union produces the desired results.

But there is a connection between DevOps and Kubernetes. I want to explore the relationships between enterprise DevOps, agile culture, the role of containers in CI/CD pipelines and the integration of Kubernetes into the DevOps pipeline..."

Container Journal, April 5th, 2021
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Why Security Needs To Be Integral To DevOps
Through DevSecOps, the traditional security engagement turns into proactive security measures integrated within the software development life cycle (SDLC).
"Thanks to this evolved approach, both continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) approaches facilitate continuous testing and evaluation of the software code all through the development process.

DevOps as a development process enjoys so much traction and popularity simply because of its scope of outperforming competition through continuous innovations and addressing customer expectations. As per the 2015 State of DevOps Report, leading IT companies thanks to DevOps are able to deploy 30 times more frequently with 200 times less lead time and the chances of project failure is reduced by at least 60 times..."

jazenter, April 8th, 2021
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