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IT News - CxO
7 Secrets Of Successful Digital Transformations
Getting digital right requires more than executive buy-in and financial commitment. It requires a nuanced approach to strategy, implementation, and collaboration.
"Organizations that continued full speed ahead with their digital transformation initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic are able to ruminate on what went right and what they would have done differently, with the benefit of hindsight," writes Esther Shein in CIO.

"Some of what they've gleaned comes as no surprise: A successful digital transformation requires executive buy-in, constant communication with business units, and of course, financial commitment. A newly released report from Deloitte supports that, noting that a straightforward, compelling 'north star' narrative is critical to success for 38% of executive respondents..."

CIO, April 18th, 2022
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy: 4 Priorities For CIOs
Extracting the value of artificial intelligence requires gaining quick wins while developing at enterprise scale. Consider focusing on these key AI areas
"It's an exciting and scary time to be a technology leader," writes Anurag Shah in The Enterprisers Project, "Exciting for the endless opportunities offered by rapidly evolving digital technologies - and scary due to the associated feeling of FOMO (fear of missing out).

Consider Artificial Intelligence (AI). Driven by the desire to tap unprecedented volumes of data for a broad array of real-world applications, many organizations see AI as a magic wand that CIOs can swing to generate customer delight and executive exhilaration..."

The Enterprisers Project, April 20th, 2022
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Drivers Of It Transformation And The Role Of Multi-Cloud
Benefits abound, but organizations should be beware the risk of increased complexity and avoid additional silos when adopting multiple clouds.
Multi-cloud expansion is essential for many organizations that are scripting strategic initiatives for future growth and success. But excitement over the advantages of multi-cloud-including modernization of cloud infrastructure, operations, and applications-needs to be balanced with caution. Managing and operating multiple applications and workloads across multiple clouds can create increased complexity and additional silos if not planned properly.
CIO, April 22nd, 2022
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Execs To Workers: Back To The Office For Thee, But Not For Me
Top brass are less likely to commute in every day, according to a survey by Slack, which claims workers are seeing more stress as a result of being required to go back into the office.
"Many employees may be returning to the office after a long period of remote work," writes Matthew Finnegan in ComputerWeekly, "but it appears the same rules don't always apply to senior executives.

That's according to a survey of 10,818 workers by collaboration software vendor Slack. The latest Pulse Survey from Slack's Future Forum research consortium indicated that non-executive employees (35%) are almost twice as likely as senior staffers (19%) to work from the office five days a week..."

ComputerWeekly, April 20th, 2022
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IT Leadership: 3 Best Practices To Strengthen Today's Teams
Amid continuing talent challenges, IT leaders should carefully avoid micromanagement and silos. Consider these common-sense tips
"The Great Resignation has hit the IT sector particularly hard," notes Steve Erickson in The Enterprisers Project. "That's a double blow given that this hemorrhaging of talent is occurring at the same time as a rapid acceleration of digital transformation in business and the global shift to a remote-centric workforce.

The bottom line: There is more to manage and there are fewer resources available. That means IT leaders need to enhance efficiency and effectiveness - now..."

Here are three practices that IT leaders can implement, starting today, to not only keep the ship afloat but help it go further, faster.

The Enterprisers Project, April 20th, 2022
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Technology Trends: What To Expect In 2022?
One key lesson that all of us have learned in the last two years is that we need to rapidly adapt in order to survive any unprecedented situation
"2020 was all about COVID, its effects, and how enterprises struggled to ensure uninterrupted operations. To stay relevant and competitive, enterprises had to accelerate their digital initiatives during 2021.

By now, organizations have understood the significance of digital, and this is likely to reflect in their increased technology investments. Here is a list of key trends that will shape the technological landscape in 2022 and beyond..." -- insideBIGDATA

insideBIGDATA, April 23rd, 2022
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IT News - Security
3 Ways We Can Improve Cybersecurity
To better manage risks, companies can concentrate on resilience, sharing information to protect from cyber threats, and making the cybersecurity tent bigger by looking at workers with nontraditional skill sets.
"As we look ahead, there are many reasons for optimism in cybersecurity," writes Joanna Burkey in DARKReading. "Defenders are maturing in their approach, we're getting better at articulating cyber threats in the language of business risk, and we're continually improving cross-sector collaboration.

But we still face a challenge navigating the changing threat landscape, something I discussed with industry peers on an HP-hosted CISO panel. I believe the cybersecurity industry needs to build on the positives by understanding cyber strategy more clearly in the context of good corporate governance, and by addressing the growing diversity and skills gap within our cybersecurity talent pool..."

DARKReading, April 21st, 2022
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Cloud Security Alliance Paper Offers Executive Management Guidance On Factors To Consider When Implementing Serverless Architectures
Report reviews risks, security concerns that accompany serverless architecture and offers industry-wide security best practices for adoption
"The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world's leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications, and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, today released its C-Level Guidance to Securing Serverless Architectures. Written by CSA's Serverless Working Group, the paper provides CISOs, CIOs, security and risk management professionals, and others involved in administering and managing systems, with a high-level business overview of serverless computing and the accompanying risks and security concerns that come when implementing a secure serverless computing solution..." -- AiTHORITY
AiTHORITY, April 21st, 2022
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Ten Types Of Passwords And Ways To Avoid Password Attacks
In the digital age, reusing the same login credentials can make you vulnerable to a password attack. These kinds of cyberattacks compromise and exploit your personal information by decoding the passwords used to keep people out.
Listed below is a comprehensive guide on the types of password attacks, ways people can avoid them, and tips which can be used to boost Cyber Safety. Brute force attack - A password attack is essentially a guessing game where the hacker tries different password combinations using hacking software until they're able to crack the code. These instances can be avoided by creating a unique password for every online account., April 18th, 2022
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Zero-Trust For All: A Practical Guide
How to use zero-trust architecture effectively in today's modern cloud-dependent infrastructures.
"While 'zero-trust architecture' has become a buzz phrase, there's plenty of confusion as to what it actually is. Is it a concept? A standard? A framework?" asks Tara Seals in threatpost.

"An actual set of technology platforms? According to security experts, it's best described as a fresh mindset for approaching cybersecurity defense, and companies of all sizes should start implementing it - especially for cloud security..."

threatpost, April 23rd, 2022
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IT News - Storage
Flash Memory Summit 2022 Opens Best Of Show Awards Nominations
New award category available for nominations
"Nominations are open for the Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2022 (produced by Conference ConCepts, Inc.) Best of Show Awards.

In its 16th year, FMS will be held August 2-4 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, and is an event showcasing the trends, innovations, and influencers driving the multi-billion-dollar memory/storage industry..." --, April 20th, 2022
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IT News - AI
Benchmarking AI With Mlperf Utilizing AI 3x27
How fast is your machine learning infrastructure, and how do you measure it?
Stephen Foskett writes in Gestalt IT, "That's the topic of this episode, featuring David Kanter of MLCommons, Frederic Van Haren, and Stephen Foskett. MLCommons is focused on making machine learning better for everyone through metrics, datasets, and enablement.

The goal for MLPerf is to come up with a fair and representative benchmark to allow the makers of ML systems to demonstrate the performance of their solutions. They focus on real data from a reference ML model that defines correctness, review the performance of a solution, and post the results. MLPerf started with training then added inferencing, which is the focus for users of ML. We must also consider factors like cost and power use when evaluating a system, and a reliable benchmark makes it easier to compare systems..."

Gestalt IT, April 18th, 2022
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IT News - Blockchain
Top Security Concerns When Accepting Crypto Payment
From Microsoft to AT&T to Home Depot, more companies are accepting cryptocurrency as a way to pay for products and services
"This makes perfect sense," notes Jonathan Reed in SecurityIntelligence, "as crypto coins are a viable revenue source. Perhaps the time is ripe for businesses to learn how to receive, process and convert crypto payments into fiat currency.

Still, many questions remain. How can you safely enable customers to pay with Bitcoin or other digital currency? What are the security risks that come with cryptocurrency? Let's find out..."

SecurityIntelligence, April 19th, 2022
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IT News - ERP
Benefits Of ERP: Weighing The Pros And Cons
A variety of industries and enterprise models use enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to organize and better connect their business applications.
Shelby Hiter writes in CIOinsight, "With the help of ERP solutions, users can automate, integrate, and create more visibility into how business processes are running, all while eliminating unnecessary IT tool sprawl.

Despite all of the benefits of ERP, businesses run certain risks when they invest in ERP without full knowledge of what the tool can do and how it should be set up and used. Weighing the pros and cons of ERP software ensures that organizations invest the right time, cost, people, and resources into selecting a solution that works..."

CIOinsight, April 22nd, 2022
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How To Choose The Right ERP System
As enterprises strive for more efficient operations across the board, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is an increasingly sought-after solution for improving processes at the business application level.
Shelby Hiter writes in CIOinsight, "ERP software unites disparate back-office applications, business processes, and workflows in a single platform. It can lead to new advantages like improved data sharing, increased data quality and accuracy, and administrative visibility.

Despite all of the benefits that can come from an ERP system, many enterprises make the mistake of selecting an ERP solution that fits poorly into their business model and goals. Learn not only the most basic features that your company should prioritize in an ERP platform but also some of the specialized features you should consider and the steps you should take to choose an ERP system for your business..."

CIOinsight, April 18th, 2022
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The 11 Best ERP Solutions For E-Commerce And Online Retail Businesses
The editors at Solutions Review have compiled the following list to spotlight some of the best ERP solutions for e-commerce and online businesses to consider.
"ERP is a robust enterprise technology solution for manufacturing and distribution businesses," writes William Jepma in Solutions Review.

"It is also an essential tool for finance, accounting, risk management, and other use cases for companies across industries. Now, more than ever, ERP is becoming increasingly important for online businesses and sellers. Online competition is high, and to stand out, companies need to unify their various processes, regardless of department or vertical..."

Solutions Review, April 18th, 2022
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Why Companies Should Make ERP Security A Top Priority
Whether your ERP system is on premises or in the cloud, it's still vulnerable, and you need to take the right measures to secure it. Here's advice on how to do just that.
"Your ERP is a treasure chest filled with valuable data," notes Kevin Beaver in SearchERP, "and hackers may be planning a cyber attack right now. That's why your IT and infosec teams need to understand ERP security issues and best practices.

An ERP system is likely to contain both the company's intellectual property and employee and customer personally identifiable information, and it's critical to keep this data safe. But it's not easy..."

SearchERP, April 23rd, 2022
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IT News - Operations
Best Remote Monitoring & Management (RMM) Software
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the move to remote work, meaning internal IT professionals and MSPs needed the ability to access employee devices no matter where they were.
Jenn Fulmer writes in IT Business Edge, "Remote monitoring and management (RMM) software enabled this access and made it easier for employees to get help with IT problems from home. By the end of 2022, experts expect 25 percent of all professional jobs to be remote, with even more remote opportunities coming in 2023. As this trend continues, so will the need for RMM software..."
IT Business Edge, April 21st, 2022
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IT News - BI
Best Data Visualization Tools And Software 2022
To earn a competitive advantage, businesses must transform vast amounts of data into actionable information. Data visualization tools are the best way to accomplish that task. Compare the best data visualization tools now.
"Regardless of their industry, geographical location, or size," writes Mark W. Kaelin in TechRepublic, "businesses operating in the modern world generate vast amounts of data about products, transactions and customers. To gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace, businesses must find a way to transform that vast stream of data into reliable and actionable information their decision-makers can use. For many enterprises, that means harnessing the benefits of data visualization tools..."
TechRepublic, April 22nd, 2022
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IT News - Linux
Geek Guide: Purpose-Built Linux For Embedded Solutions
The explosive growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is just one of several trends that is fueling the demand for intelligent devices at the edge
Increasingly, embedded devices use Linux to leverage libraries and code as well as Linux OS expertise to deliver functionality faster, simplify ongoing maintenance, and provide the most flexibility and performance for embedded device developers.

This e-book looks at the various approaches to providing both Linux and a build environment for embedded devices and offers best practices on how organizations can accelerate development while reducing overall project cost throughout the entire device lifecycle.

Linux Journal, April 20th, 2022
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Linux Foundation Control Helps Ready Sonic For Enterprise
Under the Linux Foundation, SONiC could get enterprise features that make the open source network operating system more useful within campus and edge environments.
"Microsoft's decision to hand SONiC management to the Linux Foundation will likely spur feature development and industry support that could lead to more enterprise use of the open source network operating system," reports Madelaine Millar in SearchNetworking.

"Microsoft handed the NOS to the foundation last week, taking a significant step toward making the technology more useful within enterprise data centers and campuses, analysts said. Microsoft developed SONiC as a critical networking component within its Azure public cloud..."

SearchNetworking, April 22nd, 2022
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IT News - FOSS
Top 10 Open Source Vulnerability Assessment Tools
Unlike penetration tests, vulnerability tests do not consist of performing real attacks.
"However," notes Julien Maury in eSecurity Plant, "they're no less valuable, as they can spot vulnerabilities missed by a penetration test and provide a baseline for comparison. In addition, vulnerability tests allow IT teams to identify weaknesses before they become an actual problem.

The goal is not to be stealthy but to assess risks from the inside, like how hackers would deploy their attack after breaking into a network. That's why vulnerability tests involve both passive and active scans..."

eSecurity Plant, April 18th, 2022
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IT News - Careers
Remote Work And The End Of Super-Commuting
Before the pandemic, more than four million Americans suffered through a daily work commute of more than 90 minutes. Help is on the way.
"Years ago, my wife decided to take a one-year course in holistic health counseling," recalls Mike Elgan in ComputerWorld. "The trouble is, the course was in New York City - and we lived at the time in Santa Barbara, CA. So she flew once a week to New York to attend classes - a hefty commute to the Big Apple.

She was a "super-commuter." A person who travels for 90 minutes or more each way to work (or school)..."

ComputerWorld, April 21st, 2022
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These Are The 5 Most In-Demand Cloud Computing Jobs In 2022
According to experts and recent statistics, the future looks cloudy. And no, we're not talking about the weather forecast, we're talking about the exciting and emerging cloud computing sector.
Pippa Hardy writes in The Next Web, "In the last decade, cloud computing has grown exponentially. It has become such a huge part of our lives that it's almost become unnoticeable. But, if you've used Google Drive, shared photos with friends or even watched a movie on Netflix this week - then you've been making the most of this technology..."
The Next Web, April 20th, 2022
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IT News - Virtualization
How To Choose The Best CPU For Virtualization
Selecting the right CPU for virtual infrastructures depends on many factors, including feature sets and hardware specs. Proper configuration of processor resources is also crucial.
"Choosing a CPU for virtualization and configuring it properly are just as important as choosing memory, storage and network resources," writes Ryann Burnett in SearchServerVirtualization. "A processor that doesn't make sense for the infrastructure or one that's misconfigured could negatively affect the other three components.

VM performance also largely relies on properly configured CPU, memory, storage and network resources. Processor resources are often hyper-threaded and overprovisioned to a detrimental degree. However, before you can implement configuration best practices to avoid this, you must first select a CPU that meets your needs..."

SearchServerVirtualization, April 18th, 2022
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VirtualBox 6.1.34 Released With Initial Support For Linux Kernel 5.17
VirtualBox 6.1.34 open-source and cross-platform virtualization software is out now with initial support for Linux kernel 5.17, as well as various other improvements and bug fixes.
Marius Nestor writes in 9to5linux, "VirtualBox 6.1.34 is the seventeenth maintenance release in the VirtualBox 6.1 series and comes three months after VirtualBox 6.1.32 with a lot of changes for Linux systems. First and foremost, it introduces initial support for the latest and greatest Linux 5.17 kernel series for both Linux guests and hosts, which means that you'll now be able to run GNU/Linux distributions powered by Linux kernel 5.17 inside virtual machines, as well as to install VirtualBox on Linux 5.17-powered distributions..."
9to5linux, April 19th, 2022
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IT News - Email
Top 6 E-Signature Software Tools
Electronic signature apps help businesses digitize processes that require signatures, such as contracts and legal documents. Integrating these tools into other business processes is the next step for enterprises. Here are the key features and top products to consider.
"The COVID-19 pandemic did not just disrupt physical meetings and physical office spaces," writes Keith Shaw in ComputerWorld, "workflows that relied on in-person interaction, such as signing documents and contracts, were also highly impacted. Electronic signature (e-signature) software has surged in popularity over the past two years as enterprises looked to modify their signature workflows to support a remote workforce, said Holly Muscolino, group vice president for content strategies and future of work at IDC..."
ComputerWorld, April 20th, 2022
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IT News - BYOD
60% Of BYOD Companies Face Serious Security Risks
When employees began bringing shiny, new smartphones into the office in the late 2000s, many business and IT leaders spotted an opportunity
"They recognized the productivity-boosting potential of mobile-connected workers, and - since almost everyone had their own smartphones - hoped this digital transformation would come at a big discount for the CFO.

As every CFO knows, however, there's no such thing as a free lunch. And the trend that soon came to be known as Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, wouldn't turn out to be free either. IT teams quickly realized that managing BYOD required specialized skills and additional staffing, while HR leaders found that employees increasingly expected a monthly stipend to compensate for the use of their personal devices for work..." -- HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, April 21st, 2022
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IT News - Big Data
Data Is An Asset. Treat It As Such.
Ensure proper data governance in your technology modernization journey.
"Data is the building block of business," opines Peter Mottram in CIO. "If a company loses its data or if its data is compromised, it could significantly damage the business in terms of financial performance, brand reputation or loss of customers. Whether an organization leverages data to fundamentally run its business, the data is a byproduct of conducting day-to-day operations, or the business sells the data assets as a unique product, data must be managed, protected, traced and updated. The importance of valuable data is even more amplified as an enterprise undergoes digital transformation..."
CIO, April 21st, 2022
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What Is Data Visualization And How Can It Benefit Businesses?
Data is the driving force for businesses all around the world. As we all become more reliant on digital technology, more and more data is generated.
"Since data translates to information and business intelligence, the use cases for this resource in business never stop growing," notes Jori Hamilton in TechTalks.

"Now, with over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created daily, the number of insights a business can produce from data-driven policies is monumental. However, turning information into actionable strategies is another ball game. That's where data visualization comes in.

Data visualization is a means to assemble and communicate the facts in a user-friendly manner. By learning its role, its benefits, and its business applications, you can enhance your business for the better..."

TechTalks, April 18th, 2022
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IT News - Developer
Report: 93% Of CIOs Say The Great Resignation Has Made It Harder To Hire Skilled Developers
A new global survey of 600 CIOs and IT decision-makers commissioned by Salesforce's MuleSoft reveals that organizations find it challenging to attract and retain the skilled developers needed to drive digital transformation.
"The survey was conducted to better understand the repercussions organizations will experience if there's no action to improve developers' work state. The report found that as demand for faster innovation continues to rise, today's skill shortage is piling pressure on already-stretched teams, creating the risk of developers tapping out - and leaving businesses' infrastructure at heightened risk..." -- VentureBeat
VentureBeat, April 18th, 2022
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Why Application Sustainability Is More Than A Programming Language Choice
Be wary of any organization that points to language choice as the sole indicator of its sustainability commitment.
Sandy Carielli writes in ZDNet, "This week, Forrester introduced the concept of application sustainability and noted that while less abstract languages may have lower energy costs, there are other considerations in sustainable development and deployment. Whether your team is starting up a sustainable development initiative or you want to critically analyze vendors claiming application sustainability, everyone must think beyond language. As organizations consider their applications' environmental impact, here are the factors to consider: ..."
ZDNet, April 23rd, 2022
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