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IT News - CxO
5 IT Risk Assessment Frameworks Compared
Formal risk assessment methodologies can help take guesswork out of evaluating IT risks if applied appropriately. Here is real-world feedback on using COBIT, OCTAVE, FAIR, NIST RMF, and TARA
Bob Violino wroites in CSO Online, "From a cybersecurity standpoint, organizations are operating in a high-risk world. The ability to assess and manage risk has perhaps never been more important. 'Having a risk management framework is essential, because risk can never be totally eliminated; it can only be effectively managed,' says Arvind Raman, CISO at telecommunications company Mitel Networks. 'When it isn't, organizations will likely find themselves the target of a data breach or ransomware attack, or be vulnerable to any number of other security issues.'..."
CSO Online, November 11th, 2021
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Digital CxOs Have Much To Learn From F1 Racing Teams
One of the more profound aspects of digital business transformation that many Digital CxOs fail to appreciate is the degree to which modern processes need to be able to process and analyze data in near real-time at the network edge.
"Most existing enterprise applications are batch-oriented; as data is collected, it is sent as part of a batch to process overnight. This is the primary reason so many legacy applications are not synchronized with one another. Arguably, the best example of this is an inventory application that shows a product is available only to discover the last one available was actually sold several hours previously..."
Digital CxO, November 8th, 2021
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Gartner: Why CIOs Need To Replan Their Roadmap
IT has always been about gaining more efficiency by automating processes, but greater efficiency doesn't lead to a step change in business outcomes
"Heads of IT are being urged to consider how they take their role forward, as organisations develop business strategies that rely heavily on digital technologies.

Gartner analysts said technology can help CIOs gain freedom from historical insights, legacy business practices and bias.

Speaking during the opening keynote at the virtual Gartner Symposium conference, Daryl Plummer, distinguished research vice-president and Gartner Fellow, said: 'CIOs 'chief information officers' need to reconsider how they think about value, and how they get to that value. They need a more expansive view of the role technology plays in doing so, and they must be bold to reach beyond the 'where' to discover freedom.'

ComputerWeekly, November 9th, 2021
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Most CIOs Expect IT Budgets To Rise Next Yea
Effects of the pandemic are still being felt
Chief Information Officers (CIO) are expecting their organization's IT budgets to rise 3.7% next year, according to a new report from Gartner.

In its annual global survey of CIOS and technology executives across the EMEA region, gathering answers from 2,387 respondents in 85 countries and all major industries, Gartner found the IT budget increase for next year is somewhat higher, compared to the average global IT budget growth of 3.6%., November 9th, 2021
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IDC Futurescape: Top 10 Predictions For The Future Of Innovation
Delivering innovative digital products can help businesses satisfy customers and create stronger competitive differentiation
Organizations that can then take the next step and transform their software innovation to into value engines will spawn additional business value, such as data monetization, new partnerships, or entrance into new markets. As business leaders consider ways to leverage software innovation and transform their businesses into digital innovation factories, International Data Corporation (IDC) offers its top 10 predictions for the Future of Digital Innovation.
IDC, November 12th, 2021
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Most CIOs And CISOs Underestimate The Risk Of An OT Breach
A research study by Skybox Security found that 83% of organizations suffered an operational technology (OT) cybersecurity breach in the prior 36 months
"The research also uncovered that organizations underestimate the risk of a cyberattack, with 73% of CIOs and CISOs 'highly confident' their organizations will not suffer an OT breach in the next year.

'Not only do enterprises rely on OT, the public at large relies on this technology for vital services including energy and water. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are all too aware that critical infrastructure security is generally weak. As a result, threat actors believe ransomware attacks on OT are highly likely to pay off,' said Skybox Security CEO Gidi Cohen. 'Just as evil thrives on apathy, ransomware attacks will continue to exploit OT vulnerabilities as long as inaction persists.'

HelpNet Security, November 10th, 2021
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5 Questions With Carmax CITO Shamim Mohammad
As CarMax's executive vice president and chief information and technology officer, Shamim Mohammad has led his company through significant digital transformation in recent years.
Dan Roberts writes in CIO, "But his story isn't just about transforming a company; it's about disrupting an entire industry.

The recipient of MIT Sloan's 2020 CIO Leadership Award and named a Forbes 2021 'CIO Next' Innovator, Shamim oversees digital innovations, all technologies and product engineering at CarMax, where his teams have also won awards for their leading-edge digital innovation work. They aren't just supporting other functions of the organization; they've cultivating a kind of entrepreneurial spirit that permeates the entire business. And Shamim is continually looking ahead, anticipating the future and making sure the organization is prepared and willing to pivot when necessary..."

CIO, November 11th, 2021
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Why The CIO-CFO Relationship Is Key To Digital Success
CIOs and CFOs haven't always gotten along. But with digital transformations now dominating budgets, business success depends on their ability to work together.
Mary K. Pratt writes in SearchCIO, "A strong CIO-CFO relationship has become critical for enterprise success as organizations speed delivery of their digital initiatives while also using technology to deliver efficiencies.

"There are so many important C-level relationships," said Chris Stephenson, national managing principal and leader of product innovation at the accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton. "But if you want your organization to invest in the right places and have the most impact, [the] CIO and CFO must work together and speak the same language."

What does that mean in practical terms?

SearchCIO, November 11th, 2021
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Are Tech CXOs Doing Enough to Bridge the Massive Skills Shortage?
As companies signal their intentions to increase technology investments and headcount to record levels, a massive skills shortage threatens to stymie the dynamic growth of the tech sector, according to a recent report
The 2021 Harvey Nash Group Digital Leadership Report surveyed 2,100 digital leaders in 87 countries, in collaboration with CIONET and MIT's Center for Information Systems Research further said that in an attempt to ease the tech talent crunch, more than half of tech CXOs say they are planning to cross-train workers from other parts of the company.

Jason Pyle, president and managing director of Harvey Nash USA. 'Digital leaders are committed to increasing headcount and investing in technology talent, while recognizing that building a productive, successful and satisfied workforce takes a new approach to broadening skillsets, increasing mental well being and committing to diversity and inclusion initiatives.', November 9th, 2021
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Welcome To Digital CxO
Hello, and welcome to the launch of Digital CxO, the premier destination site and community dedicated to fostering collaboration among business and IT leaders driving digital transformation initiatives. I'm Mike Vizard, general manager and editorial director.
Mike Vizard writes for Techstrong Group, "As part of Techstrong Group, which also includes, Container Journal, Security Boulevard, Techstrong TV and the newly formed Techstrong Research Group, Digital CxO aims to create an environment in which members of the CxO community can engage with one another and industry experts to better understand how to get the most out of their IT investments-which now play a critical role in every business strategy.

We all know CIOs and CTOs have deep acumen of the technologies that comprise digital business transformation initiatives. At the same time, CEOs, COOs, CMOs and other business executives are keen to understand the true potential of IT's impact on the success of their organizations. Digital CxO is committed to bringing these leaders and this knowledge-sharing together in a single, unified community..."

Digital CxO, November 8th, 2021
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IT News - CRM
Nearly Half Of Large Enterprises Can't Trust CRM Data As 'Single Source Of Truth'
In a statement on customer relationship management (CRM), a new report says that 47% of large enterprises believe they can't rely on their CRM data as a 'single source of truth' on customers.
The report, 'The State of Enterprise CRM Data Management: 2021,' shows that the 'high expectations for actionable insights from CRM data are rarely being met,' according to Odaseva, an enterprise data platform for Salesforce.

The report by Forrester was released last week and commissioned by Odaseva.

The inability of many enterprises to benefit from CRM data is caused by two key challenges, the report indicates: The majority of enterprises lack the basic foundations of data management, and struggles with data security requirements are reducing the value of CRM data.

Datamation, November 8th, 2021
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IT News - FinTech
Atlanta's FinTech Landscape Maps Industry Cluster, Upcoming Crypto And NFT Growth
The latest release of the Atlanta FinTech Landscape showcases a growing industry that houses the majority of the 10 largest US payment processing firms, tens of thousands of professionals, and over $71 billion
The region's growth in FinTech has become known, but recent expansion in the crypto world of NFTs reveal the potential for globe-shattering growth for the artists of the Atlanta area.

Atlanta is home to many publicly traded companies in the financial world, but Online Optimism's FinTech landscape showcases many opportunities beyond household name brands. The recent raises for startups in the region, including MomentRanks $4.2 million raise to expand its NFT analysis and portfolio platform, is emblematic of a competitive industry that's scaling fast...

AI Trends, November 9th, 2021
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IT News - EdTech
3 Strategies For Virtual Student-Centered Learning
Don't strive for perfection-instead, embrace mistakes and funny moments as you build community and relationships that support student-centered learning
When secondary educators plunged into emergency online teaching in March 2020, we faced a slew of challenges. Among those challenges was the lack of student engagement after the novelty of logging in from home in pajamas wore off.

What started as a two week attempt at keeping things as normal as possible 'just until after Spring Break,' became more than a year of uncertainty combined with lack of knowledge and resources to maintain high levels of engagement and content delivery. This is not for lack of trying, most definitely on the part of educators everywhere, and we've now reached a point where teaching blog posts like 'Is Anyone In Teaching Actually Happy?' fill my teacher-gram.

eSchool News, November 11th, 2021
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Using EdTech To Personalize Education For All Students
The global pandemic has required many teachers, students, and parents to adjust to many changes in the education system - and do so quickly
Pre-pandemic, the rollout of a digital learning program would take months; last year, schools had weeks (if not days) to implement remote learning models to ensure students continued their education despite all social distancing rules. Education technologies - or edtech - got a huge boost from a nice-to-have to a must-have.

As schools around the world prepare for the next term, everyone is keeping their fingers crossed that these will include as much in-person learning as possible. However, 'going back to normal' is clearly not an option. Online learning is here to stay, at least partially, in a hybrid model of education.

NEO Blog, November 12th, 2021
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What Is Multicloud, And What Are Its Benefits For Higher Ed?
Having multiple cloud environments can help institutions avoid overspending and underprovisioning
Higher education institutions face a rapidly evolving technology landscape. A growing number of students are expressing a desire for flexible learning environments, and administrators are turning to learning analytics and adaptive technologies to improve student retention and success.

Thankfully, the IT capabilities that are needed to support this convoluted landscape of technologies have one common component: the cloud. When institutions have sufficient cloud storage, computational and Big Data management technologies, they are more likely to get the most out of their IT investments.

EdTech, November 11th, 2021
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IT News - Storage
What's Driving The Data Storage Market?
When it comes to storage, there are differing views about what the biggest drivers are in the current market, which gives the channel a lot to think about
Billy MacInnes writes in ComputerWeekly, "Just because you ask a simple question, doesn't mean you'll get a simple answer that everyone can agree on. Not completely, anyway. Ask a bunch of vendors to identify the biggest drivers in the data storage market and you'll get replies that have some things in common and others that might have more to do with their own products and strategies than the market overall..."
ComputerWeekly, November 9th, 2021
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Seagate Debuts NVMe HDD Technology At OCP
Seagate demonstrated NVMe HDD technology, showing off its stability and its potential benefits. Customers can see a reduction in complexity and a step toward composability
Adam Armstrong writes in SearchStorage, "Seagate demoed HDDs running over the NVMe interface and expounded on the benefits such as simplification and consolidation of storage systems under just one interface at the Open Compute Project Global Summit this week in San Jose, Calif.

Customers could benefit from the new design, but not right away as the technology is in its infancy, according to industry experts. During Seagate's presentation, executives showed a prerecorded demo, presented with Microsoft, of HDDs running on the NVMe bus, for the first time publicly..."

SearchStorage, November 12th, 2021
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Major Storage Vendors Join Circular Drive Initiative Including Seagate
A collaboration of leaders in digital storage, sustainability, and blockchain announced the creation of the Circular Drive Initiative (CDI), a joint effort designed to reduce e-waste by promoting and enabling the secure reuse of storage hardware.
"Under the leadership of William McDonough, CEO, McDonough Innovation and the renowned architect of cradle to cradle design and the circular economy, CDI brings on major storage vendors, including Seagate Technology, as founding members alongside Chia Network.

Chia was designed by Bram Cohen to reduce the energy dependence of public blockchains while being the most decentralized and secure solution...", November 9th, 2021
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IT News - AI
AI And Deep Learning
The horizon of what repetitive tasks a computer can replace continues to expand due to artificial intelligence (AI) and the sub-field of deep learning (DL).
Artificial intelligence gives a device some form of human-like intelligence.

Deep learning is an AI technology that has made inroads into mimicking aspects of the human brain - giving a device the ability to process information for contextual analysis and action.

Researchers continue to develop self-teaching algorithms that enable deep learning AI applications like chatbots.

To understand deep learning better, we need to understand it as part of the AI evolution:

Datamation, November 8th, 2021
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AI Is Learning To Talk Back. How That's Changing The Customer And Employee Experience
The use of conversational AI tech has been increasingly rapidly, in part thanks to covid.
A long-term fallout of the Covid crisis has been the rise of the contactless enterprise, in which customers, and likely employees, interact with systems to get what they need or request. This means a pronounced role for artificial intelligence and machine learning, or conversational AI, which add the intelligence needed to deliver superior customer or employee experience.

Deloitte recently analyzed patents in the area of conversational AI to assess the direction of the market -- and the technology has been developing quickly.

ZDNet, November 13th, 2021
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AI, Automation Predictions For 2022: More Big Changes Ahead
After two years of rapid change, what's next for enterprises? Forrester Research offers their top 5 predictions for AI and also for automation in 2022
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to normal -- are you ready for round two?

'There are big changes ahead,' says Forrester VP Brandon Purcell. 'There are a lot of changes that have been brought about by what happened over the last 2 years. The pace of change is very rapid. There are pretty big things happening.'

Purcell spoke with InformationWeek about the predictions for AI in 2022 and beyond.

InformationWeek, November 9th, 2021
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How Artificial Intelligence Is Revolutionizing Food Industry
Artificial intelligence is improving the ways how the food items are produced, packed and marketed.
The Covid-19 pandemic had a powerful impact on the food business, prompting the implementation of new technology. Food firms are digitizing their manufacturing floors with the use of robotics, e-commerce, and digital food-management systems. Restaurants are also using AI technology and robots for hospitality and cooking, as well as to promote e-commerce. Food technology trends are indicating a shift toward more sustainable and customized food options. Alternative protein sources, regional foods, and tailor-made nutrition are among them., November 13th, 2021
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IT News - Technology
COVID-19 Effects On Digital Transformation: A Review Of James P. Quinn's Tech Trends 24/7
It's no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent events of the past couple of years have directly changed the ways we work and live
Our readers can see it clearly, but it's not as obvious to the layperson how digital transformation has ramped up, and how we can expect this to impact technological innovations in the future.

In his new book, Tech Trends 24/7 and the Impact of COVID-19, James P. Quinn takes on the challenge of describing these changes with a broad stroke. He explains how the COVID-19 pandemic, changing workforce trends, and other infrastructural and environmental factors are transforming digital transformation efforts across the public and private sectors.

CIOinsight, November 10th, 2021
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IT News - PM
Top 5 Open-Source Project Management Tools For Linux
Different project management software tools come in all shapes and sizes, vary in functionality and deployment models (SaaS or on-premises) but they are always used to collaborate and delegate tasks based on the needs of a team
No matter the size of the team and its field of activity, the goal remains the same - assigning project roles and responsibilities to team members, monitoring their progress, and managing the project budget to achieve some valuable results.

Given the diverse nature of companies and individuals who need project management software, it's really difficult to choose the right solution.

TecMINT, November 12th, 2021
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IT News - BI
Best Data Analytics Tools For Analyzing & Presenting Data
Businesses collect thousands of data points each day, but those that effectively use the data they're collecting see an average increase of 8 percent in their revenues and an average decrease of 10 percent in their costs
However, using data is much more difficult than collecting it and requires specialized analytics tools to gain the proper insights. Here are a few options for the best data analytics tools for analyzing and presenting data...

Data analytics is the process of studying information in order to gain insights from it. Companies typically collect data in an unstructured format and must use data analytics to structure it and turn it into something they can use and understand. Data analytics highlights trends in company data that can tell organizations things like which of their products is most popular, when their customers make the largest purchases, and which demographics make up the majority of their customer base...

IT Business Edge, November 11th, 2021
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97% Of Data Leaders Have Multiple BI And Reporting Apps
A new report on data sprawl shows that nearly every data leader is using multiple business intelligence (BI) and reporting apps.
The report, 'The State of Data and High Costs of Data Sprawl' by Hakkoda, indicates that data sprawl is a compounding and costly issue and likely to worsen with today's proliferation of tools and scarcity of talent, according to the company.

Hakkoda, a cloud data company specializing in Snowflake, released the report last week.

'According to McKinsey data, a mid-sized company with $5 billion of operating costs might spend $250 million on data management,' said Ha Hoang, co-founder and chief operating officer of Hakkoda.

'Those are just the hard costs. When you factor in the impact of inefficient and duplicate processes, bad data and the inability to innovate - which this research shows are fundamental issues - the business costs are much greater.'

Datamation, November 8th, 2021
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IT News - HR
How To Get More Women In Tech And Retain Them
Mark Lester, Chief Partnerships Officer at FourthRev, explores how to get more women into tech and retain them
Every day, we see more women taking a seat at the table in the positions and sectors that have previously been dominated by men.

This progress is welcome, but there's still a long way to go. This is particularly the case in technology and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) industries, with studies showing that only 35% of STEM students in higher education globally were women before the pandemic hit.

Information Age, November 8th, 2021
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Many People Now Select An Employer Based On Work-Life Balance
Work-life balance and commute times are now the two main factors people look at when deciding where to work
In the hybrid working era, many people are choosing their next employer based on work-life balance, a new report from telecoms firm NTT suggests.

Based on a poll of 1,146 workers and managers across 23 countries, the report states that the workforce is almost evenly split between the idea of working from home, working exclusively in an office, or working in a hybrid arrangement.

Almost a third (30 percent) would prefer working from home, with the same percentage (30 percent) preferring a hybrid model. The majority (39 percent) still prefer working from an office.

ITProPortal, November 10th, 2021
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The IT Talent Crisis: 2 Ways To Hire And Retain
IT workers are in high demand, especially those in cybersecurity, DevOps, and analytics. Harvey Nash and CompTIA have recommendations on how to hire and retain talent in this tight labor market
Just what does the HR/IT war room look like right now as CIOs and other digital leaders strategize about how to attract and retain their valuable technology talent?

IT organizations are in the midst of a dual problem. The labor market for IT talent, particularly in security and emerging technology, is increasingly tight. Some might even call it a crisis. At the same time, we are in a period that economists have dubbed 'The Great Resignation,' as masses of workers are voluntarily leaving their jobs.

Network Computing, November 12th, 2021
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US IT Job Growth Slows Because Of Too Few Candidates
Businesses would have hired even more IT workers if they could - especially developers, cybersecurity staffers, and compliance experts. Even so, US IT job growth is still in record territory
Job growth in the US IT industry slowed further in October, adding 4,800 positions, according to US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data included in the latest figures from IT employment consultancy Janco Associates. That's down from 8,900 positions added in the revised September figures.

Overall growth in IT positions comes even as the highly infectious delta variant of COVID-19 continued to hinder overall job growth, mainly due to slowdowns in the restaurant, entertainment, and service sectors.

ComputerWorld, November 8th, 2021
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IT News - Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 Officially Released, This Is What's New
Red Hat announced today the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 as the latest update to their Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 operating system series
"Coming more than five months after Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 is the fifth maintenance update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and brings various new features to RHEL's web console, such as live kernel patching without using the command line tooling and enhanced performance metrics to help you identify and prevent performance issues...

Starting with this release, Red Hat Insights, Red Hat's predictive analytics service for identifying and remediating potential system issues, received new capabilities to help organizations more effectively manage their Red Hat Enterprise Linux installations across multi-cloud, as well as hybrid cloud environments..."

9to5Linux, November 11th, 2021
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Why I Wrote The Linux Cookbook, Second Edition
Spoiler alert: 'Most tech authors don't write to make money. We write to share cool stuff.'
Once upon a time, way back in 2003, I had an idea. 'Hey,' I said to myself, 'I should write a Linux book. It will be for Linux users, rather than coders. It will cover the basic tasks that Linux users want to know about.'

I was so enchanted by this idea that I reviewed the notes I had collected during my Linux adventures and started writing an outline. I pitched it to O'Reilly Media, and wonder of wonders, they said yes. The writing process was long and horrible, because I had no idea how to write a book, but my editors were patient and amazing.

FOSS Force, November 12th, 2021
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Red Hat Announces General Availability Of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5
Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5, the latest version of a leading enterprise Linux platform
Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers a common, open operating system that extends across clouds, traditional datacenter operations and out to the edge. The platform enables IT teams to lean on existing skills while they use new and expanded capabilities to build the transformative applications and services required by their business, regardless of where these workloads may ultimately live.

Recent studies indicate that organizations are realizing that using public cloud exclusively may not be economically feasible for long-term scale. At the same time, Gartner predicts that by 2026, 'public cloud spending will exceed 45% of all enterprise IT spending, up from less than 17% in 2021.'1 Red Hat has long championed a hybrid multicloud world, where customers can make the vision of any application, anywhere, a reality by choosing the right environment and technologies that build on a flexible, more consistent foundation. This makes a common Linux foundation, tailored for the rigors of traditional datacenters as well as the complexities of multicloud and edge computing deployments, a necessity for digital transformation.

HPCWire, November 10th, 2021
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IT News - FOSS
Best Free And Open Source Alternatives To Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft's stance for decades was that community creation and sharing of communal code (later to be known as free and open source software) represented a direct attack on their business
Their battle with Linux stretches back many years. Back in 2001, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously tarnished Linux 'a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches'. Microsoft also initiated its 'Get the Facts' marketing campaign from mid-2003, which specifically criticized Linux server usage, total cost of ownership, security, indemnification and reliability. The campaign was widely criticized for spreading misinformation.
LinuxLinks, November 10th, 2021
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IT News - Cloud
Five Best Practices For Cloud Application Security
With more organizations in the cloud, application and data security has never been more important
"October was Cybersecurity Awareness Month and this year's theme was 'Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.'

The purpose of Cybersecurity Awareness Month is to empower individuals and organizations to own their role in protecting their cyberspace. With more organizations moving to the cloud, followed by rapid technological advances, increasing ransomware threats, and a global workforce managing sensitive data remotely, application and data security are perhaps more important than ever..."

ITProPortal, November 12th, 2021
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IT News - Careers
Non-Traditional Cybersecurity Career Paths: How To Find Your Own Way
In two previous blog posts, I shared the non-traditional cybersecurity career paths of more than a dozen professionals and how their previous life experiences shaped their security work
"It's been an honor helping to tell these individuals' stories. We conclude this blog series with a final installment in which these same cybersecurity professionals share advice on how people can find their own way into the industry.

'Quality and security assurance is a wide open, full throttle industry that needs educated people to help identify potential risks to consumers. If you like to read, learn and experiment with a computer, quality and security assurance may be the right industry for a career.'

SecurityIntelligence, November 12th, 2021
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