IT News and Events  
December 3rd, 2018 — December 9th, 2018
Volume 249, Issue 1
IT - CxO
5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In December
The Enterprisers Project, December 3rd, 2018

"Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our business library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. These curated pieces are available now through the end of December..."

Getting Cybersecurity To The Top Of The Boardroom Agenda
ITProPortal, December 5th, 2018

"CEOs, Boards of Directors and Trustees are now realising how fatal cybersecurity failures can really be...

Despite the risks that the role now has a reputation for, numerous organisations are starting to see the value of employing someone to specifically deal with the increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, either because they have the right Information Assurance (IA) mindset - focusing on protecting data rather than the network - or because of the increasing pressures around compliance, risk and governance..."

3 New Leadership Skills For The Transformative CIO
The Enterprisers Project, December 4th, 2018

"CIOs must evolve their own leadership skills in three key areas - or fall behind in the digital age. For example, you need to take customer focus and collaboration to new levels

Constant change is the new normal in technology. For CIOs, this can be a thrill and a headache. The possibilities that are unlocked by digital transformation have propelled the CIO role into prominence. But unless CIOs are actively evolving their leadership competencies to keep pace with these changes, they risk falling behind as leaders at the very time when they need to step up..."

7 Common Breach Disclosure Mistakes
Dark Reading, December 6th, 2018

"Marriott International is quickly emerging as the latest example of the importance of proper breach disclosure.

Last week the hotel giant disclosed that sensitive data belonging to some 500 million Starwood Hotels customers had been compromised in an intrusion that began in 2014 and remained undiscovered until this September..."

CIOs Believe Business Will Move To A 'Voice First' Strategy
Information Age, December 5th, 2018

"New research from Red Box suggests that businesses will pivot to a 'voice first' strategy within the next five years...

Voice capture in the enterprise will be the next big thing.

However, currently, the majority of businesses are capturing only partial voice data sets and are not making the most of this highly valuable data set, as it is largely inaccessible..."

Following The Digital Transformation Path To Success
ITBusinessEdge, December 7th, 2018

"Perhaps the biggest unknown in the process of digital transformation is the outcome. While engineers and other technology experts are enthralled by the operational efficiency and cutting-edge capabilities that digital transformation brings, the business side of the organization (aka, the decision-makers), wants to know what's in it for them.

The simplest way to do this, of course, is to tout either the money-saving or the money-making opportunities that a fully digitized process represents. But given the investment and disruption that this project is likely to involve, it would be best to have something more than vague promises when making the initial pitch..."

Katrina Roberts, A CIO At American Express, Shares Hiring Strategy
InformationWeek, December 4th, 2018

"Strategies for recruiting IT talent are changing rapidly, and it's not just about challenges. There are opportunities and benefits as well.

Katrina Roberts, senior vice president and CIO of the Global Commercial Services Technology unit at American Express, takes IT recruiting and retaining top talent very seriously. She's also committed to helping to create and maintain a diverse environment at AmEx - one, she is quick to point out, that she has benefited from throughout her 27-year career at the company..."

IT - Storage
Seagate Achieves 16TB HAMR HDD, December 4th, 2018

"Seagate announced it has made the first formatted and fully functioning 16TB hard disk drive in a standard 3.5-inch form factor, which makes them the producer of the highest capacity hard disk drives yet. The drive utilizes Seagate's heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) process, and Seagate expects to make drives with even higher capacities soon. They expect to have a 20TB drive in 2020..."

What Is Storage-Class Memory And What Is It Used For?
ComputerWeekly, December 4th, 2018

"HPE has announced the availability of storage-class memory in its products and other array makers are expect to follow. So what does SCM do for analytics-centred workloads?...

With HPE's announcement last week that it will offer storage-class memory (SCM) in its 3PAR and Nimble arrays, we have entered a new phase in the architecture of storage and a potential step-change in storage performance..."

Broadcom 1st To Ship 7th Gen Fibre Channel HBA (64GFC), December 6th, 2018

"Broadcom announced the industry's first family of Gen 7 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) designed for accelerating today's mission-critical enterprise workloads and emerging mission-critical applications including artificial intelligence-based business analytics. The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) only announced the specifications for 7th generation fibre last month so this is quick work..."

Self-Encryption Deception: A High-Level View
IT ProPortal, December 3rd, 2018

"After analysing a significant number of hardware models, through the reverse engineering of firmware, it appears that a selection of hardware-based encryption products are flawed...

The security and vulnerability of hardware-based disk encryption of solid-state drives (SSDs) has been increasingly probed recently, as the frequency of data breaches and attacks continues to rise. One school of thought asserts that theoretically this form of encryption is similar to, or superior than, software-based encryption implementations..."

Enterprise Storage Forum, December 4th, 2018

"What's the difference between solid state drives (SSD) and hard disk drives (HDD)? Even more important, when you're adding storage should you buy a SSD or a HDD?

The answer depends on understanding the balance of cost, performance, capacity, and reliability between these two storage technologies. In many cases the ultimate goal is to combine HDD and SDD in a manner geared for your workloads and budget.

So what's best for your needs? Let's dive in..."

IT - Security
Using A Password Manager: 7 Pros And Cons
CSO Online, December 6th, 2018

"This veteran security pro feels more secure now that he's using a password manager, but there are still risks...

I've written about what I consider the best current password advice for websites and services you need to keep secure. In a nutshell, here's the advice again:..."

5 Emerging Trends In Cybercrime
Dark Reading, December 4th, 2018

"Organizations can start today to protect against 2019's threats. Look out for crooks using AI 'fuzzing' techniques, machine learning, and swarms.

To manage increasingly distributed and complex networks, organizations are adopting artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to automate tedious and time-consuming activities that normally require a high degree of human supervision and intervention. To address this transformation of the security ecosystem, the cybercriminal community has now clearly begun moving in the same direction..."

A Look Back At Cybercrime In 2018
CSO Online, December 7th, 2018

"Prepare now to mitigate the most cyber risk in 2019!

Last year IBM's predicted that:

  • Internet of things would make the news.
  • Orchestration & Automation would be a top priority.
  • Business would rush to prepare for GDPR

These were very accurately predicted as areas of great impact!..."

Introducing: The Cybercrime Support Network
Government Technology, December 4th, 2018

"Cybercrime is growing. Last year, CNBC called cybercrime the fastest growing crime in America.

Cybercrime is defined by Merriam-Webster as 'criminal activity (such as fraud, theft, or distribution of child pornography) committed using a computer especially to illegally access, transmit, or manipulate data' or 'an instance of such activity.'

Others describe cybercrime as 'online crime' or 'criminal activity that is primarily carried-out in cyberspace or on the Internet'..."

The Future Of Network-Connected Device Security
ComputerWeekly, December 4th, 2018

"The proliferation of poorly secured network-connected devices has prompted the UK government to publish new best practice guidelines. Do these go far enough?

Wireless functionality has improved workplace efficiency and organisations are no longer restricted by cabling access. Unfortunately, many of these devices are poorly secured and rarely have their firmware updated..."

South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) Social Meetups: vBeers @ Boca
Wednesday, December 19th, 2018: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Biergarten Boca - Boca Raton

The South Florida Technology Alliance invites you to join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL.

The meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and East of I-95.

$5 burger/fries and $3 featured drafts during happy hour! We meet in the upstairs lounge.

These informal networking/social events provide a relaxed environment to meet with other hands-on IT professionals and promote the growth of IT in South Florida.

Hosted by Craig Komins From vBeers South Florida

Microsoft Uses AI To Provide Live Captions And Subtitles In Skype Calls
siliconAngle, December 3rd, 2018

"Microsoft Corp. today doubled down on its efforts to win back users to its Skype messaging service with the deployment of artificial intelligence technology to provide live captions and subtitles in Skype calls.

The new feature is said to work on the latest version of Skype for both one-on-one calls as well as group calls. Launched to coincide with the U.N. International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the service allows those who are deaf or hard of hearing to read words that are spoken during audio or video calls in Skype..."

Western Union Clamps Down On Fraud With ML
Datanami, December 3rd, 2018

"Money transfers are a rich target for fraudsters, who have devised all sorts of creative ways to steal the funds. But thanks to a sophisticated machine learning system running atop a large Hadoop cluster, Western Union has taken a sizable bite out of the criminals' take..."

5 AI Predictions For 2019: Pragmatic AI Takes Hold
SeachCIO, December 4th, 2018

"Companies dreamed big in 2018 in response to external pressures and a changing IT landscape. But many of those dreams met a harsh reality in the form of expenses, insufficient resources, cultural resistance and the realization that digital transformation is not easy.

That's according to a series of Forrester Research reports that address the gap between IT ambition and execution in 2018 -- especially when it came to implementing AI -- and predict what's in store for 2019..."

AI In 2019: 8 Trends To Watch
The Enterprisers Project, December 4th, 2018

"Forget the job-stealing robot predictions. Let's focus on artificial intelligence trends - around talent, security, data analytics, and more - that will matter to IT leaders...

December means holiday parties, New Year's resolutions, and a blizzard of technology industry predictions. You'll see a ton of AI-related calls as we approach 2019. The artificial intelligence hype machine is already roaring.

The potential impacts of AI are wide-ranging - as are the related forecasts, on everything from how AI will change college admissions to the role it will play in international relations and politics..."

AI Platform Aims To Speed Up Timely, Money-Sucking Drug Research For Merck
siliconAngle, December 6th, 2018

"Done right, data analytics can propel a project from seedling to salad, time-lapse video style. The right way sidesteps undifferentiated heavy lifting from the get-go. The wrong way toils in the basement building plumbing from scratch. This is clear in pharmaceutical research; the failure rate of projects begs for a shorter route from hypothesis to conclusion.

Researchers are trying out artificial intelligence to cut the 90-plus-percent fail rate of drug-discovery projects. It's key to use prefabs for table-stakes stuff and leave room for tweaking, swapping and switching where it helps..."

How To Get Beyond AI Myths
GCN, December 7th, 2018

"It is the year 2020, and Michael is a senior IT manager who is about to lead a deployment of the latest version of Microsoft Windows to over 10,000 government computers. He and his team will be trained by Microsoft to support the oncoming surge of help desk tickets that usually come with these upgrades. The training would be provided by Microsoft's latest artificial intelligence training solution, which, in testing, seemed quite impressive at answering even the most technically complex questions quickly and accurately..."

How AI Will Transform Business Planning
ITBusinessEdge, December 4th, 2018

"The end of the year is usually a time when most organizations are either actively engaged in business planning for the next year or have just completed the process. Regardless of where they might be in the business planning process, just about everyone involved would agree that it was a painful. Most organizations still rely on antiquated spreadsheets to share financial data. Too often, there's not even much consensus concerning whether the data in those spreadsheet applications are accurate..."

Deepmind 'Closes Chapter' In AI Research With New Self-Learning Alphazero System
siliconAngle, December 7th, 2018

"A system developed by Alphabet Inc.'s DeepMind subsidiary has mastered three of the world's most complex board games in an achievement hailed as a milestone for artificial intelligence research.

The group detailed the system, which it calls AlphaZero, in a paper released today. The software is the third major evolution of AlphaGo, the AI that made headlines last year after beating the world champion in Go.

AlphaGo took months to train and relied heavily on human input to master the notoriously difficult game. The second iteration, the first to bear the AlphaZero name, managed to surpass its predecessor's skill level after a mere 30 hours by harnessing a new learning method. DeepMind's latest system has successfully applied the same method to chess and the closely related Japanese game of shogi..."

IT - Humor
Throwback Thursday: Bin There, Done That
ComputerWorld, December 6th, 2018

"It's a few years before the creation of eBay, and the IT shop where this pilot fish works is upgrading one of its oldest machines with external tape drives.

'In order to do this, we had to obtain a certain type of SCSI card that had been stopped being made many years ago,' says fish. 'Our supplier managed to get the cards for $35,000 in the back of a warehouse in Sweden, and they were the last of their type available..

When the packages arrive, one of fish's colleagues takes delivery of them..."

IT - Technology
8K TV Has Arrived. Here's What You Need To Know
How-To Geek, December 4th, 2018

"We've barely started the switch to 4K, and now 8K TVs are already on the market. Are they worth it? Should you care? Here's everything you need to know...

You might think that an 8K TV is double the resolution of a 4K TV, but because of the complicated method for measuring resolution, this isn't true. The term 8K refers to the horizontal resolution of the TV - that is, how many pixels run across the display left to right. 8K TVs have twice as many horizontal pixels, but they have four times as many total pixels as 4K - and 16 times more than 1080p - when you look at the entire surface area. It's a lot of pixels..."

Beyond Semiconductors: New Quantum Materials Could Pave The Way
inside HPC, December 6th, 2018

"Researchers from Intel and UC Berkeley are looking beyond current transistor technology and preparing the way for a new type of memory and logic circuit that could someday be in every computer on the planet. In a new paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers propose a way to turn relatively new types of materials, multiferroics and topological materials, into logic and memory devices that will be 10 to 100 times more energy-efficient than foreseeable improvements to current microprocessors, which are based on CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor)..."

IT - Bitcoin
Three Bitcoin Lies That Just Won't Die, December 5th, 2018

"Did you hear that China's just banned Bitcoin? Or that mining is killing the planet? Course you did. It's hard to ignore the FUD when it's all around you, like a thick fog that just won't shift. Some Bitcoin falsehoods are so pernicious and pervasive they refuse to die, despite all efforts to set the record straight. Here are three of the worst..."

The Personalization Challenge, And How CRM Teams Can Overcome It Through Content
Business 2 Community, December 5th, 2018

"You are lucky if you work in CRM!

It's your privilege to translate your company's marketing message to the language that your customer understands, likes and looks forward to. (It's like being Santa all year round, right?)

Even though this sounds easy, I know it's not.."

5 Trends Impacting ERP And GRC In 2019
G2 Crowd, December 3rd, 2018

"Last year G2 Crowd introduced predictions for 2018's major digital trends, but this year the focus is on trends in specific industries and how digital transformation will affect them in 2019.

Enterprise software has reached a level of maturity that leaves little room for innovation and growth outside of implementing early-stage technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) or the internet of things (IoT)..."

Five Drawbacks To Self-Service BI
TDWI, December 4th, 2018

"Self-service BI promises data democratization and faster data-based decisions, but it's not without limitations. Here are five considerations to keep in mind about a self-service BI program...

Self-service BI is a powerful tool, but like all tools, it can be misused, especially by people lacking proper training. Most articles focus on the benefits of self-service BI without looking at potential downsides that companies need to watch out for, including:..."

Gartner Finds 87% Of Organisations Have Low BI And Analytics Maturity
Information Age, December 6th, 2018

"Low BI and analytics maturity will stop organisations exploit more cutting-edge analytics technologies like AI and machine learning...

When data and analytics come up in conversation it's often in relation to topics such as artificial intelligence or machine learning; after all, these subjects are exciting, but are we trying to run before we can walk?..."

Top 12 BI Tools Of 2019
CIO, December 4th, 2018

"It's not always easy choosing a business intelligence tool to meet the needs of your enterprise. Here are 12 that could work for you...

With more and more data at our fingertips, it's getting harder to focus on the information relevant to our problems and present it in an actionable way. That's what business intelligence is all about..."

Bright Spots In The VR Market
Tech Crunch, December 3rd, 2018

"Virtual reality is in a public relations slump. Two years ago the public's expectations for virtual reality's potential was at its peak. Many believed (and still continue to believe) that VR would transform the way we connect, interact and communicate in our personal and professional lives.

It's easy to understand why this excitement exists once you put on a head-mounted display. While there are still a limited number of compelling experiences, after you test some of the early successes in the field, it's hard not to extrapolate beyond the current state of affairs to a magnificent future where the utility of virtual reality technology is pervasive..."

Edge Computing Architecture Helps IT Support Augmented Reality
SearchDataCenter, December 5th, 2018

"Organizations are finding real use cases for augmented reality, but IT infrastructure admins must first implement technologies that can help support it.

Edge computing, which processes data close to its source to reduce latency, is one way to support augmented reality (AR). IT can implement edge computing architecture by deploying edge servers, adopting micro data centers or both. Here at Gartner's IT Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference, admins discussed how AR and edge computing work together..."

Magic Leap's Seedling Showed Me The Challenges Of AR Gardening
CNET, December 5th, 2018

"I'm putting in my contact lenses at our office lunch table, booting up a little clip-on belt pack, placing goggles delicately over my face, and turning on a wireless controller. It's a lot of steps, but it's because I have to water my virtual plant. It's 5 p.m. and I almost forgot.

Magic Leap's first mixed-reality headset, the Magic Leap One, is a dev kit that isn't exactly intended for everyday people. Nevertheless, Insomniac Games has released a game for Magic Leap, called Seedling, that's now available, provided you have a $2,295 Magic Leap One headset..."

The Best VR Headsets For Your Phone
reviewgeek, December 6th, 2018

"Virtual Reality is working hard to be the future of gaming, but dedicated devices are still a little too expensive. Thankfully, you can experience the joy of VR by pairing your cell phone with an affordable headset.

Premium VR devices like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift are really a blast. Paired with a good game it's an incredible and immersive experience. The thing is, you need a powerful computer to use those expensive devices. So how do you go about experiencing the world of VR without dropping half a grand? You could grab a phone VR headset..."

IT - Operations
10 Predictions For The Data Center And The Cloud In 2019
Networkworld, December 4th, 2018

"What will 2019 hold for data centers and the cloud, both public and private? Here are our educated guesses...

It's that time of year again, where vacations are planned, going to the mall looks like something out of 'Braveheart,' package theft from doorsteps is rampant, and people try their best not to offend. In other words, it's Christmastime.

This leads to an inevitable tradition of looking back at the year and at what will come. For some time, I've done general looks back, but this year we are narrowing the focus to the data center and cloud, since the real battle these days is to find a balance between the cloud and on-premises implementations..."

Gartner Identifies Top 10 Trends For Infrastructure, Operations In 2019
eWeek, December 4th, 2018

"Gartner analysts on Dec. 4 presented these findings during the Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations and Cloud Strategies Conference, which continues through Dec. 6 in Las Vegas...

As is its convention each year at this time, IT industry researcher and analyst Gartner has highlighted the key technologies and trends for which IT infrastructure and operations decision-makers must prepare in order to fully support new-gen digital infrastructure in 2019..."

Streamline Data Center Power Usage Tracking With DCIM
SearchDataCenter, December 5th, 2018

"If you want a more in-depth picture of your data center's power consumption, explore DCIM options that provide server workload metrics and overall power system data...

Power usage effectiveness is a common way to track data center power, but to adequately minimize power use, admins need more information than what traditional temperature probes and power strips can provide..."

The Top 10 Infrastructure And Operations Trends For 2019, According To Gartner
Information Age, December 4th, 2018

"Serverless computing, AI, network agility, edge computing, the death of the data centre, new roles, SaaS denial, talent management and global infrastructure drive the Gartner top 10 infrastructure and operations trends for 2019...

Gartner has highlighted the key technologies and trends that infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders must start preparing for to support digital infrastructure in 2019..."

IT - Server
Gartner Magic Quadrant For Hyperconverged Infrastructure, December 4th, 2018

Gartner, Inc. has published on November 27, 2018, Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure, written by analysts John McArthur, Kiyomi Yamada, Philip Dawson, and Julia Palmer.

IT - Linux
How To Install ZFS On Linux
SearchDataCenter, December 5th, 2018

"ZFS is a file system that provides a way to store and manage large volumes of data, but you must manually install it.

ZFS on Linux does more than file organization, so its terminology differs from standard disk-related vocabulary. The file system collects data in pools. Vdevs, or virtual devices, make up each pool and provide redundancy if a physical device fails. You can store these pools on a single storage disk -- which is not a good idea if you encounter file corruption or if the drive fails -- or many disks..."

What To Expect Of Linux In 2019
Networkworld, December 3rd, 2018

"Faster, more versatile and secure, Linux gets better every year. Let's take a look at some of the highlights expected in 2019.

2019 just might be the Year of Linux - the year in which Linux is fully recognized as the powerhouse it has become. With Linux playing key roles in the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud technology, supercomputing and artificial intelligence (AI), and with a plethora of conferences and new releases on the horizon, Linux is poised to have a very exciting 2019. Let's examine some of what we can expect to see..."

Is Open Source Wealth Distribution Fair?, December 7th, 2018

"If wealth is the abundance of valuable possessions, open source has a wealth of software. While no one 'owns' open source, some are better than others at converting this communal wealth to personal wealth.

Many open source project maintainers who produce free open source software do not have a model for deriving income from the assets they have created. However, companies that use open source software to enhance their products and services convert this valuable asset into income..."

IT - Cloud
10 Critical Multi-Cloud And Edge Computing Storage Questions
SearchStorage, December 5th, 2018

"Combining edge-to-cloud computing with data storage is riddled with complexities. Luckily, there are steps to take that can help avoid a storage management disaster...

Managing enterprise storage can be a complicated and resource-intensive process. Even more challenging is implementing a multi-cloud environment, which can increase the complexity tenfold. If edge computing storage is added to the mix, management can turn into an IT nightmare, with data coming in from all directions and spread across multiple platforms and geographic locations..."

What Do The Cloud Wars Mean For Enterprises In 2019?
ITProportal, December 7th, 2018

"In reviewing a year of heated and varied competition, there are two key themes that have emerged as central to 2018's cloud wars, and which help set the stage for 2019...

The market for public cloud services is on the upswing.

According to Gartner, it's projected to be worth over $200 billion in 2019. Of the market segments that comprise public cloud, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is the fastest-growing, with expected growth of more than 27 percent next year..."

IT - DevOps
Blueprint For A Team With A DevOps Mindset, December 5th, 2018

"I've had the privilege to work with some of the brightest minds and leaders in my 33 years of software engineering. I've also been fortunate to work for a manager who made me question my career daily and systematically broke down my passion - like a destructive fire sucking the oxygen out of a sealed space. It was an unnerving period, but once I broke free, I realized I had the opportunity to reflect on one of the greatest anti-patterns for effective teams..."

DevOps And Collaboration: Fraternizing With The Enemy?, December 4th, 2018

"'You must collaborate,' say managers initiating DevOps adoption programs.

HR make new posters declaring the corporate values 'We value Collaboration & Teamwork.'

Can't fail!

Then when it appears not to be as effective as we had hoped we tell teams they are 'Empowered' to collaborate.

Blank stares!..."

DevOps: Common Mistakes And How To Avoid Them
ITProportal, December 7th, 2018

"Here are some common mistakes businesses might face and how best learn from them...

Across organisations of all sizes, software is driving real business value as it has transformed processes, broken down legacy systems and unleashed the wave of app-driven business models. Software is changing the business landscape, levelling the playing field for businesses of all sizes to compete and innovate through software development..."

Rethinking Disaster Recovery For The Cloud
CIO, December 6th, 2018

"DR practices that were designed for in-house computing are out of sync with the cloud world. If you haven't already revised your DR plan for cloud computing, now's the time. On September 4, 2018, a cooling problem in a data center created an outage for Microsoft Azure cloud that impacted companies across the south central United States. 'Azure was down for most of one business day,' said one IT professional. 'Though we're a nationwide company, all of our traffic goes through Dallas, Texas, so the entire company was affected. It caused a slowdown in many of our business processes'.."

10 Points That Often Get Forgotten During Disaster Recovery Planning
ITPro Today, December 3rd, 2018

"Based on client "scar tissue," here are 10 disaster recovery planning lessons learned from experience.

We don't know when the next disaster--in whatever form--is coming, but we do know that there are disasters in our future. Whatever the situation, the service cycle associated with disaster recovery is critical. Whether companies are using traditional disaster recovery products and processes, disaster recover as a service (DRaaS) or some combination thereof, there are some important lessons - borne from experience - that they can learn from..."

IT - Networks
10 Useful And Free Networking Tools That Are Windows 10 Apps
Network Computing, December 4th, 2018

"Easy-access network tools are simple but essential and can be downloaded from the online Microsoft Store and pinned to the Windows 10 Start menu...

Networking tools for Windows are typically command-line programs or desktop applications. Under Windows 10, there's a third format: apps that you download from the online Microsoft Store.

Here we're highlighting 10 networking tools that are available in the Microsoft Store and can be pinned as tile icons on the Windows 10 Start menu for convenient access. They're all useful, and they're all free..."

6 Design Principles Of The Modern LAN, December 3rd, 2018

"Modern LAN design can address a wide range of challenges that network architects and administrators are encountering today...

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing everything with regard to the modern LAN, as Frost & Sullivan reported in an infographic. As the infographic shows, as enterprises embrace IoT, top challenges surface:..."

2019 Predictions: The Year Of SD-WAN
ITProportal, December 7th, 2018

"Throughout 2019, SD-WAN is set to further change the business landscape, unlocking the cloud's potential and empowering businesses...

In 2018, despite experts estimating that up to 70 per cent of applications have moved to the cloud, the transformational promise of the cloud has fallen short of the hype and expectations. In a recent survey of IT decision makers, 85 per cent still say they are still years away from fully realising the benefits of the cloud, citing monthly cloud application disruptions and networks that can't keep pace with demands..."

Getting Started With 5G Network Planning
SearchNetworking, December 3rd, 2018

"The new year will ring in new developments for the networking industry. Among them, there will be more trials -- or tribulations -- of fifth-generation wireless technology, more commonly known as 5G.

Further deployment of 5G services is expected in metropolitan areas going into 2019, as organizations prepare for full deployment in a few years. But before this adoption happens, organizations should know where 5G stands now and how to begin planning for its future..."

Machine Learning Is Moving Corporate VPN Security Into The 21St Century
SmartDataCollective, December 6th, 2018

"Corporate VPN security is important to many businesses, but it has lagged behind for years. Thanks to machine learning, it's finally catching up...

Machine learning has played a crucial role in digital security. According to experts on digital security, machine learning is playing a vital role in the creation of new VPN solutions and corporate VPN security..."

Visibility Plays Critical Role In A Successful SD-WAN Deployment
Networkworld, December 7th, 2018

"LiveAction's president and CEO, Brooks Borcherding, explains how network visibility can overcome some of the challenges associated with migrating to an SD-WAN.

The rise of SD-WANs has been well documented by every analyst firm that covers network technology. I have the market growing from $1.0 billion in 2017 to over $9.5 billion in 2022, indicating the market is about to go through an accelerated phase of growth. Given SD-WANs can help save money and improve network agility, it seems like a no-brainer to evolve to an SD-WAN..."

Why 5G Will Be Disruptive
ComputerWorld, December 4th, 2018

"With more spectrum and friendlier small cell regulations, 5G will have the wind at its back.

Every next-generation mobile phone standard is greeted by some skepticism. Fifth-generation technology has certainly endured its share. Critics say it's just a collection of incremental improvements, is being used as an excuse to restrict competition (for instance, by banning Chinese vendors from the US market), and will drive up prices..."

IT - IoT
86% Of Enterprises Increasing IoT Spending In 2019
Business 2 Community, December 6th, 2018

  • Enterprises increased their investments in IoT by 4% in 2018 over 2017, spending an average of $4.6M this year.
  • 38% of enterprises have company-wide IoT deployments in production today.
  • 84% of enterprises expect to complete their IoT implementations within two years.
  • 82% of enterprises share information from their IoT solutions with employees more than once a day; 67% are sharing data in real-time or near real-time.

"These and many other fascinating insights are from Zebra Technologies' second annual Intelligent Enterprise Index..."

Major Flaws Uncovered In Leading IoT Protocols
HelpNet Security, December 5th, 2018

"Trend Micro warned organizations to revisit their operational technology (OT) security after finding major design flaws and vulnerable implementations related to two popular machine-to-machine (M2M) protocols, Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) and Constrained Application Protocol (CoAP)..."

The Top 5 Game Changing Uses For The Internet Of Things
SmartDataCollective, December 6th, 2018

"These five fantastic uses for the internet of things can change the game in individual businesses and the way we live our daily lives...

Not long ago, people were scratching their heads and asking, 'What is the internet of things and why should I care?' They're still scratching their heads, but it's not for lack of proliferation. The IoT is all over the place, and there are all kinds of uses for the internet of things..."

Why Massive Satellite Launch Signals Start Of IoT Revolution
eWeek, December 3rd, 2018

"The Dec. 3 launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried 64 tiny satellites into orbit, with several of those spacecraft dedicated to a new wave of IoT communications.

It was the sort of picture-perfect launch that has now become routine for SpaceX, with a Falcon 9 rocket on its third trip into space carrying a pair of deployment vehicles from Spaceflight designed to safely launch dozens of satellites into their respective orbits. Among those satellites were several satellites devoted specifically to providing communications for internet of things devices worldwide..."

IT - Careers
Age Discrimination: Help Me Market My Dad!
Ask The Headhunter, December 3rd, 2018

In the December 4, 2018 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter a reader complains that age discrimination is killing his dad's career...


"Help me market my dad. He's over 50. It seems that as soon as his age becomes evident in a job interview he is somehow no longer qualified. Are there any businesses who hire someone with 25 years' experience any more? He was a vice president until he got caught in a downsizing. People are still young and bring a lot to a job at his age. What can I tell him?..."

Where Cloud Computing Jobs Will Be In 2019
Business 2 Community, December 6th, 2018

"Demand for cloud computing expertise continues to increase exponentially and will accelerate in 2019. To better understand the current and future direction of cloud computing hiring trends, I utilized Gartner TalentNeuron. Gartner TalentNeuron is an online talent market intelligence portal with real-time labor market insights, including custom role analytics and executive-ready dashboards and presentations. Gartner TalentNeuron also supports a range of strategic initiatives covering talent, location, and competitive intelligence..."

10 Books To Make You A Stronger Leader
The Enterprisers Project, December 4th, 2018

"Whether you want to improve your soft skills or rally a team around a vision, these books will help you overcome challenges and broaden your leadership skills...

In this season of predictions, remember that personal reflection can be just as valuable as you shape strategy for next year. What worked, what didn't, and what could be improved upon as you continue to grow personally and professionally?..."

10 Signs Top Talent May Soon Leave
CIO, December 3rd, 2018

"In a tight tech talent market, employee retention is key. These tell-tale signs that highly valued team members may be considering moving on will help you get in front of turnover before it's too late...

Tech workers are changing jobs more frequently than ever. A 2018 report from LinkedIn found that amid all sectors surveyed, technology had the highest turnover rate. And a majority of workers from all industries increasingly see job hopping as a positive move with benefits that include higher salaries, reports a survey by staffing firm Robert Half..."

5 Ways To Successfully Manage A Remote Team
Business 2 Community, December 5th, 2018

"Whether you have a few people that telecommute to the office or a huge virtual team, remote employees are now the norm.

It can be a challenge not only to find reliable remote employees, but also to effectively manage your team from afar.

Employees and leaders need to understand their roles, be motivated to work hard and communicate with other team members. It's also essential to understand that certain industries lend themselves better to remote opportunities..."

Cloud Native Skills Needed! Report Claims New Cloud 'Skills Crisis'
Jaxenter, December 4th, 2018

"Cloud technology is taking over the enterprise world. However, there's a gap between this rapid technology and the skill pool prompting some reports to call it a 'cloud skills crisis'. Just how barren is this cloud skills desert?..."

IT - Virtualization
What Is Kubernetes?
Container Journal, December 4th, 2018

"Kubernetes has been built based upon 15 years of experience of running production workloads at Google, combined with best-of-breed ideas and practices from the community. It groups containers that make up an application into logical units for easy management and discovery.

Kubernetes is a production-ready, open source platform designed with Google's accumulated experience in container orchestration, combined with best-of-breed ideas from the community. It is designed to automate deploying, scaling and operating application containers..."

IT - Compliance
What To Look For In A Data Protection Officer, And Do You Need One?
InformationWeek, December 3rd, 2018

"The hiring of a data protection officer is a key element of compliance with GDPR, but it's also an opportunity to differentiate your company.

The 2018 deadline for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is well behind us and we are adjusting to life under the European law. While the new set of rules aims to give EU citizens more control over their personal data, our borderless world economy means GDPR impacts any company that conducts business in Europe or collects data from EU citizens..."

IT - Backup
Data Protection, Backup And Replication In The Age Of The Cloud
ComputerWeekly, December 4th, 2018

"A data protection and backup strategy has to take account of the expansion of the sphere of IT, from the datacentre to the public cloud to devices and locations at the edge...

Backup and data protection is more important than ever as we move towards an IT ecosystem that is increasingly dispersed in this era of the cloud.

But as in any IT landscape, a solid backup plan has to be based on auditing the data that needs to be protected and the processes that can be used to secure that data..."

IT - Mobile
1.5B Mobile Users To Have Subscriptions With 5G Services By 2024
eWeek, December 4th, 2018

"Today's topics include an Ericsson study predicting that 5G service will cover 40% of the world's population by 2024, and web conferencing service Zoom patching a critical flaw.

In its 2018 Mobility Report, communications technology vendor Ericsson predicts that by 2024, about 40 percent of the world's population will be covered by 5G cellular networks, and 1.5 billion mobile users will have subscriptions with 5G services. The average expected monthly data usage of 21GB per user is predicted to grow about four times the amount of data expected to be consumed by the average user per month in 2018..."

IT - Big Data
Before Starting, Consider 5 Reasons Your Big Data Project Will Fail
SmartDataCollective, December 6th, 2018

"There are all kinds of reasons your big data project will fail, but instead of seeing that is discouraging, use these lessons to fuel your success...

Whether companies are finding revolutionary ways to use data for personalized recommendations, like Netflix, or getting in trouble for illegally targeting users, like Facebook, big data is an integral element in optimizing efficiency. However, if your company is ready to give their customers a better user experience while shopping for the best homeowners insurance, or if you're trying to save money in customer clothing returns, diving into a big data project isn't going to be your saving grace..."

Building A Successful Data Governance Strategy
Datanami, December 7th, 2018

"One of the core elements of data analytics that organizations struggle with today is data governance. An organization could do everything right and still wonder why their analytics projects are failing if they haven't taken the time to build and implement a governance strategy. Here are some (hopefully) helpful tips from experts for building a data governance framework that lasts..."

ITPalooza 2018 - Tickets, Content, Sponsorships and Toys for Tots
Thursday, December 13th, 2018: 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM

The Greater Ft. Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center

You are invited to join the largest gathering of the South Florida technology community for ITP18. You'll connect with peers and industry experts, attend technology education sessions presented by regional and national subject matter experts all while experiencing the best IT and Technology available in our region. Don't forget the most excellent VIP party!


All attendees are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys for the "Toys for Tots" drive. ITPalooza is proud to be one of the largest collectors of toys for "Toys for Tots" in South Florida.

Hosted by South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA)

Oracle News
Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS7: Fast, Efficient, And Cost Effective
Oracle, December 3rd, 2018

"Today Oracle introduced the new Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS7 unified storage systems which provide exceptional performance and price-performance for data analytics, transaction processing, data sharing and data protection. These sixth-generation systems build on the breakthrough DRAM-centric system architecture serve up to 90% of all IOs out of DRAM cache, which is up to one-thousand times faster than flash, substantially improving the performance and price-performance compared to previous generation systems..."

The Next Big Things For Oracle Cloud Platform
Oracle, December 6th, 2018

"The pace of innovation never slows and Oracle is with you all the way! In the Next Big Things session at OpenWorld 2018, the Oracle Cloud Platform team showcased its coolest user experiences, latest development environments, and new blockchain applications. .."

Cisco News
Cisco SONFlex Helps VodafoneZiggo Ready for 5G with RAN Automation
Cisco, December 3rd, 2018

Cisco announced its plans to execute on a radio access network (RAN) automation strategy using the Cisco SON (self-organizing network) platform for VodafoneZiggo.

VodafoneZiggo is now deploying the new Cisco SONFlex Suite, building on its existing deployment of Cisco SON applications across its network to manage all RAN technologies including 2G, 3G, long-term evolution (LTE, or 4G) and ultimately 5G.

Microsoft News
Live Captions And Subtitles Are Coming To Skype And PowerPoint
Microsoft, December 4th, 2018

"Skype and PowerPoint will now feature live captions and subtitles, Microsoft has announced.

The features, which will help the deaf and hard of hearing community by giving them the ability to read what is being spoken in real-time, have been launched to mark the United Nations' International Day of Persons with Disabilities...

Microsoft Wins Technology Initiative Of The Year Award For Making Its Products
Microsoft, December 7th, 2018

"Microsoft has won an award for ensuring its products can be used by as many people as possible.

The company took home the Technology Initiative of the Year prize at the Disability-Smart Awards in London. The event 'recognises individuals and organisations around the world that have made an outstanding contribution to disabled people'..."

Scottish Research Company Aridhia Is Moving To Azure, Which Could Help Alzheimer'S Research
Microsoft, December 4th, 2018

"Data from the world's largest research project into the prevention of Alzheimer's will be stored on Microsoft's cloud platform following a new agreement with Aridhia.

The Scottish company, whose digital research platform AnalytiXagility is used in the health, biomedical research and precision medicine sectors, is to move all its work to Azure, including treatment studies by the European Prevention of Alzheimer's Dementia Consortium (EPAD)..."

IBM News
HCL Technologies To Acquire Select IBM Software Products For $1.8B
IBM, December 6th, 2018

IBM and HCL Technologies (HCL) today announced a definitive agreement under which HCL will acquire select IBM software products for $1.8 billion. The transaction is expected to close by mid-2019, subject to completion of applicable regulatory reviews.

The software products in scope represent a total addressable market of more than $50 billion and include:...

Thought Machine Names IBM Services As Global Implementation Partner
IBM, December 4th, 2018

IBM and Thought Machine, a UK based software company, announced that IBM Services will be the global preferred implementation partner for Thought Machine's cloud-native core banking platform called Vault.

Many established banks have the ambition to deliver better digital services to their customers but are held back by their complex core banking platforms. On average, banks spend a significant proportion of their IT budgets maintaining their current operations leaving them little ability to invest in developments to offer services that customers expect...

Red Hat News
Friday Five - December 7, 2018
Red Hat, December 7th, 2018

The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.

  • The Kubernetes privilege escalation flaw: Innovation still needs IT security expertise
  • Submissions Open for 2019 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year Award
  • InfoQ - The Future of OpenJDK at Red Hat
  • Command Line Heroes: Season 2: Episode 7 - At Your Serverless
  • Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Virtualization delivers increased efficiencies for storage and compute at the edge

Read on for details.

Weathernews Adopts Red Hat 3Scale Api Management For Weather Information Management Platform
Red Hat, December 3rd, 2018

Red Hat announced Weathernews Inc. has adopted Red Hat 3scale API Management to help power its weather information exchange platform by providing an open, flexible and standards-based infrastructure for managing its APIs. Using 3scale API Management, Weathernews is able to increase development productivity and business agility, and provide weather-related services and information to third parties.

Citrix News
Vector Rockets Into New Frontiers With Citrix
Citrix, December 4th, 2018

The commercial space industry is hot, and if Vector has its way, it is going to get even hotter. With the help of Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS), Vector is pioneering a next-generation platform to provide affordable access to the Final Frontier and an efficient, intelligent way for entrepreneurs to collaborate and bring their innovations to life.

'We want to give a blank canvas to the artists of the mind who will develop new use cases that create value in society,' says Jim Cantrell, CEO, Vector.

Building on its relationship since 2017 to develop the next generation of satellites, Vector is now extending its use of Citrix technology to include remote launch capabilities...

SuperMicro News
Supermicro Unleashes All-Flash NVMe 1U Petabyte Scale Systems at Gartner Data Center Conference 2018
Super Micro, December 3rd, 2018

New family of Latency, Bandwidth, Density and Thermal Optimized solutions supporting new EDSFF form factor allow rack level pooling of NVMe resources to reduce costs and improve efficiency and utilization...

Super Micro Computer, Inc. is showing a new 1U system that supports up to 1 Petabyte (PB) of all-flash NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) storage via 32 Intel EDSFF Ruler SSDs at Gartner IT Infrastructure, Operations & Cloud Strategy Conference 2018 from December 3-6 at the Venetian.

Supermicro's new 1U NVMe systems allow data centers to be more density and performance optimized than ever before. These new solutions provide a more thermally optimized high-density, high-performance all-flash storage solution compared to previous all-flash storage technologies. The systems support front hot-swap accessibility to 32 EDSFF Ruler drives for up to 1PB of fast low-latency NVMe storage in 1U.