IT News and Events  
March 18th, 2019 — March 24th, 2019
Volume 252, Issue 3
IT - CxO
10 Lessons for IT leaders from CIOChat Live
The Enterprisers Project, March 18th, 2019

"Top CIOs examined some of today's thorniest challenges - from change management to security - at the recent CIOChat Live conference. Here's a look at what's working and what isn't...

When top CIOs get together to talk lessons learned, you'd better listen - if you are an IT leader intent on expanding your perspective and improving your team's performance. Last week, CIOChat - the longstanding Twitter chat - brought its participating CIOs together in person for the first time, at Boston College, and we at The Enterprisers Project were excited to take part..."

7 Disruptions CIOs Need To Watch
Information Week, March 22nd, 2019

"Here's a look at seven emerging technologies that will disrupt your business, marketplace, and culture.

What if you could have anticipated the impacts of the iPhone a year before it was introduced, or known about how the Internet and the Web would connect the world of computers before it actually happened. That would give you an insight into the opportunities ahead and an advantage in prepping for those opportunities..."

CEO Money Videos (Episodes 26 - 30)
CEO Money, March 23rd, 2019

  • Amber Billman | CEO Money - Episode 30 March 22nd (11 minutes)
  • Tom Weickgenant | CEO Money - Episode 29 March. 21st (10 minutes)
  • Aitan Zacharin | CEO Money - Episode 28 March. 20th (12 minutes)
  • Nicholas Stuller | CEO Money - Episode 27 March 19th (10 minutes)
  • Edgar Esparza Jr. | CEO Money - Episode 26 March 18th (10 minutes)

Click through for the videos.

CISOs: You Need To Manage By 'Walking Around'
VentureBeat, March 18th, 2019

"Chief information security officers (CISOs) today have replaced chief information officers (CIOs) as the most under-valued C-level executives. In fact, according to research from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), nearly one-third (29 percent) of corporations today still do not have a CISO role or its equivalent. And for those that do have such a role, the CISO is often relegated to 'glorified administrator' status, rather than strategic business enabler..."

CxO Talk: Digital Transformation And IoT At Otis Elevator (Video, 44m)
CxOTalk, March 23rd, 2019

"Otis Elevator was founded in 1853 and has revenue of $12 billion. CXOTalk host, Michael Krigsman, speaks the Chief Information of Otis, Marcus Galafassi, about the modern technology shaping this well-known brand.

Marcus Galafassi was appointed Vice President, Information Technology & Chief Information Officer for Otis in 2015. In this role, Marcus is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of Otis' worldwide IT operations. He provides oversight for all information systems and drives optimization and efficiency across the enterprise..."

The C-Suite's Role In The Transformation Of The Project Management Office
Forbes, March 18th, 2019

"Today's disruptive technologies are requiring project leaders to evolve and act and think more strategically. In fact, 92% of executives surveyed by Forbes Insights view the project management office (PMO) as a driving force as they transform their organizations using disruptive technology. And nearly 90% of respondents believe the PMO will play an increasingly critical part in digitally transforming organizations in the future..."

IT - Storage
Flash Storage: A Cheat Sheet
TechRepublic, March 21th, 2019

"With over a dozen form factors, knowing what the best flash memory card and SSD technology is available can be daunting...

Flash memory is an electronic, non-volatile data storage medium that is erased and reprogrammed electrically. It is the basis of a variety of storage products for differing use cases, form factors, and speed or performance requirements. Flash memory is the underpinning of modern consumer technology - it is used to store photos taken with digital cameras, and is found in smartphones, tablets, game consoles, as well as solid-state drives used in computers..."

Is Your SSD Storage Acumen Up To Snuff?
Search Storage, March 18th, 2019

"Take our quiz to find out if you're up to speed on solid-state technology in areas such as SSD form factors, management strategy, security and innovation...

There are a lot of details to consider when making SSD buying decisions. From the various form factors to how garbage collection works to the latest NVMe innovations, solid-state technology gets complicated fast.

SSDs have been around since the early 1990s, providing better performance than HDDs. But low capacities and high per-gigabyte prices have kept them away from all but the most performance-demanding applications. More recently, SSD storage capacities have ratcheted up, and prices have dropped, making hybrid and all-flash storage architectures viable alternatives for a broader range of workloads..."

IT - Security
2019 May Be A Record Year For Enterprise Breaches, But Secure Collaboration Tools Could Help
HelpNet Security, March 18th, 2019

"Despite business executives agreeing that cybersecurity is a major challenge, businesses globally are severely unprepared for cyberattacks...

44% of business executives from Europe and the United States said they shared sensitive information over email, yet 35% admitted they are unaware of the ways in which their organization is protecting its sensitive information, communications and data, according to the results of the annual Communication and Security survey released by Wire..."

The 4 Pillars Of A Lasting Cyber Security Transformation
Business 2 Community, March 22nd, 2019

"Many CIOs and CISOs would have come across this situation after an incident, a serious near-miss or a bad audit report: Suddenly, money and resources - which were previously scarce - appear out of nowhere, priorities shift, and senior executives demand urgent action around cyber security.

It is probably the dream of many CISOs to inherit one day such transformational challenge where money is - apparently - no object. In practice, however, it can also be a curse if you fail to deliver.

What are the key factors in driving successful transformation around cyber security?..."

What Does A Zero-Trust Model Mean For Network Security?
SearchNetworking, March 18th, 2019

"A zero-trust model limits access and permissions according to a defined set of parameters that enterprises specify for each application. Learn what this means for network security...

Many network security architectures assume anything inside a firewall is good and anything outside is bad until the traffic has been verified. In a zero-trust environment, however, the architecture makes no assumptions -- everything must be verified..."

12 Tips For Effectively Presenting Cybersecurity To The Board
CSO Online, March 19th, 2019

"Don't let your board presentation miss the mark. Follow these best practices and common mistakes to avoid when communicating cybersecurity risk to the board.

Cybersecurity is a top concern for boards of directors.

In fact, 42% of the nearly 500 leaders surveyed by the National Association of Corporate Directors listed cybersecurity risks as one of the five most pressing concerns they're facing - just behind changes in the regulatory climate and an economic slowdown..."

Cyber War Is Here, According To 87% Of Security Professionals
Information Age, March 19th, 2019

"A study from Venafi has concluded that the world is in the midst of a cyber war, with 72% of respondents believing nation-states have right to 'hack back' cybercriminals...

War is described as a 'state of armed conflict between states, governments, societies and informal paramilitary groups, such as mercenaries, insurgents and militias. It is generally characterised by extreme violence, aggression, destruction and mortality, using regular or irregular military forces.'

But, in the internet age, this description no longer applies. Or, at the very least, is outdated..."

Four Key Security Tips When Using Any Collaboration Technology
HelpNet Security, March 18th, 2019

"With database breaches and ransomware attacks making daily news, security is now a top priority for companies, and collaboration solutions are no exception. In the current age of global connectivity, video conferencing and collaboration technologies have become an inescapable part of doing business. Business partners and remote employees around the world rely on these solutions to stay connected and communicate effectively, especially when in-person meetings aren't possible.."

Global Security Spending To Top $103 Billion In 2019, Says IDC
ZDNet, March 20th, 2019

"Large enterprises will spend the most and managed security services will get plenty of attention.

Global spending on security hardware, software and services will top $103 billion in 2019, up 9.4 percent from 2018, with large enterprises spending the most, according to IDC data.

IDC projects that global spending on security will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 9.2 percent from 2018 to 2022. In 2022, IDC forecasts security-related spending till be $133.8 billion..."

The 4 Most Common Cyber Attacks (And How To Prevent Them)
Business 2 Community, March 20th, 2019

"What are your website security plans for this year?

If you're an optimist, and have been lucky so far, your strategy might be to continue hoping hackers don't notice you because you're a small target, compared to the massive corporate data breaches that make the news.

But that's a bad strategy, because numbers don't lie.

According to, almost half of all Americans who use the internet have been hacked at some point to some degree, and 43% of all cyberattacks target small businesses. The bottom line is this: if your number hasn't come up yet, the odds are against you.

Keep an eye out for the following four popular cyber attacks, and learn how to stop them below..."

When Automation Meets Security: Best Practices
The Enterprisers Project, March 22nd, 2019

"As automation touches more of your organization, security will be far from automatic. Bots' privileges need close scrutiny, for example...

Automation continues to take on a growing role across business functions. Looking specifically at the cybersecurity sector, identity and access management, patching, and network change management are just a few areas where automation has become a central component..."

5 Common Web Application Vulnerabilities And How To Avoid Them
SearchSecurity, March 19th, 2019

"Common web application vulnerabilities continue to confound enterprises. Here's how to defend against them and stop enabling exploits...

The Open Web Application Security Project last revised its OWASP Top 10 list of critical web application security flaws in 2017. Sadly, the list has changed little from previous years, showing that those responsible for application design and development are still failing to address well-known and well-documented errors. Many of the most common web app vulnerabilities are so widespread that crimeware kits feature search-and-exploit tools targeting them, making it trivial for even novice attackers to exploit these flaws..."

Most IT And Security Professionals Feel Vulnerable To Insider Threats
HelpNet Security, March 20th, 2019

"91 percent of IT and security professionals feel vulnerable to insider threats, and 75 percent believe the biggest risks lie in cloud applications like popular file storage and email solutions such as Google Drive, Gmail, Dropbox and more..."

Box's Chief People Officer Discusses Hr's Role In A Tech-Driven Workplace
HR Dive, March 18th, 2019

"In today's work environment, HR professionals are more essential than ever to conversations about technology. Their people-centric perspective can be key in determining how teams will rise to meet challenges presented by digital disruption; they can balance the prospects of boosting innovation and efficiency with considerations for how such changes will impact workers..."

Artificial Intelligence Is Making Job Descriptions Obsolete, Executives Say
Forbes, March 18th, 2019

"A recent study suggests that seeing tasks taken away by machines has a demoralizing effect on human workers. The study, conducted by researchers at Cornell and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, details how humans were pitted against machines in a series of games. (Dan Robitzski provides a nice summary of the results in Futurism.).."

SAS To Invest $1 Billion In AI For Industry Uses, Education, R&D
ZDNet, March 18th, 2019

"The AI investment is part of SAS' efforts to make data, AI, machine learning and algorithms more return driven and consumable...

SAS said it will invest $1 billion in artificial intelligence over the next three years as it develops its analytics platform, educates data scientists and targets industry-specific use cases.

The investment is part of SAS' effort to build a higher profile. SAS is an analytics and data science pioneer, but the privately-held company has been quietly retooling its business and products..."

Why Your Company's AI Strategy May Not Be Its Own
Information Week, March 18th, 2019

"Nine big tech firms are deciding your company's fate and even the fate of humanity simply because they have the most control over AI...

More companies are innovating with, experimenting with and adopting AI without regard for the potential long-term consequences of their actions. As it did in the last 50 years, innovation continues to focus on the art of the possible and rapid financial returns while corporate strategies continue to revolve around quarterly profits..."

AI Cybersecurity Benefits Are Real, But Not Automatic
Search Compliance, March 19th, 2019

"Cybersecurity strategies are increasingly tapping into artificial intelligence technology, including machine learning, to detect threats quickly and determine an accurate response.

As the products mature, AI security technology is playing a big role in helping organizations fight off cyberattacks..."

IT - Humor
A Flicker Of Excitement
Computerworld, March 20th, 2019

"Pilot fish is the non-IT IT guy for about 30 fellow cubicle farmers - the person the others turn to before calling IT with a problem. Comes one morning when fish is late, and one of his neighbors with a flickering CRT monitor can't wait to ask for fish's help. So when fish does arrive, he sees three guys from IT gathered around that flickering monitor, stumped. They have changed the monitor, the graphics card, the refresh rate, all to no avail..."

Chap Joins Elite Support Team, Solves What No One Else Can
The Register, March 23rd, 2019

On Call, El Reg's weekly instalment of readers' tale of support triumphs large and small, is the best way to start your Friday.

Not our words, but those of a loyal reader who has this week offered his own story for publication in these pages.

This reader, who we'll call "Simon", shared what is either a cautionary tale for those considering speaking truth to power or a celebratory tale of getting one over on the people who think they're better than you.

This was at a time, Simon said, "when my beard was dark, DOS was king, and Sun Microsystems was still a thing"...

Dead LAN's Hand: IT Staff 'Locked Out' Of Data Center's Core Switch
The Register, March 23rd, 2019

"An IT department is pulling its hair out this month after realizing a coworker who died last year was the only person who could log into a crucial network switch.

This is according to Dylan, a sysadmin at a small US healthcare company, who today told El Reg a story of how he and his colleagues ended up locked out of the equipment, thanks to an untimely death in 2018. The deceased, who we will refer to as Nick out of respect for the departed and family, was the only person who knew how to log into the core switch, and had a history of both health and work performance problems, it is claimed..."

Driven By Distraction
Business 2 Community, March 18th, 2019

"Friday mornings are usually 'Coaching' days. I have a number of standing calls scheduled with coaching clients. This morning, there was a call with 'Bob.'

At the appointed time, I called Bob, he picks up saying, 'Hi, Dave'

"Bob, what should we focus on ..' I started.

Bob, 'Excuse me a moment, I've just got to take this call, I am double booked.'

"Don't worry, call me back when you are ready for this meeting," I respond.

A few minutes later, Bob calls, he is appropriately apologetic...

Flashback Friday: Power Play
Computerworld, March 22nd, 2019

"This division of a paycheck company has 180 users working in a converted warehouse with very dirty power, says a net admin pilot fish working there.

'Our IT budget allowed most of the things we needed - except a UPS for the server room,' fish says. 'After carefully studying the electrical requirements, I came up with what seemed to be the best and most cost-effective solution: a UPS unit costing $12,000'..."

IT - Technology
Facial Recognition: Apple, Amazon, Google And The Race For Your Face
CNET, March 18th, 2019

"Facial recognition technology is both innovative and worrisome. Here's how it works and what you need to know...

Facial recognition is a blossoming field of technology that is at once exciting and problematic. If you've ever unlocked your iPhone ($1,000 at Amazon) by looking at it, or asked Facebook or Google to go through an unsorted album and show you pictures of your kids, you've seen facial recognition in action..."

Should You Use Hubitat To Automate Your Smarthome?
How-To Geek, March 23rd, 2019

"The first step in building a smarthome is often choosing a hub, and there are many options. Hubitat is a unique cloud-independent hub. It's incredibly powerful, capable, and complicated. But should you use Hubitat in your smarthome?..."

IT - Bitcoin
Bitcoin Dominance Drops Near 50% - Boom On The Way?
CCN, March 23rd, 2019

"There's a buzz in the cryptosphere today. Bitcoin dominance hasn't been this low since last August. Google trends show that interest in Bitcoin hasn't been this low since last April. Are we in the quiet before the storm or status quo?"

The Crypto 'Trichotomy'
CoinDesk, March 23rd, 2019

"The crypto space ain't what it used to be.

In the good old days when bitcoin was the only 'cryptocurrency' around, life was much simpler. Then, a few other 'currencies' came along, followed by ICOs and things rapidly got much more complex.

Somewhere along the line, folks started paying as much or more attention to the technology underlying bitcoin as to bitcoin itself. Distributed ledger technology (DLT) or the 'blockchain' suddenly became household words (well, with slight exaggeration..."

IT - Blockchain
How Crypto Is Beating Charity Fraud And Binance Is Bringing Uganda's Children To School
NEWSBTC, March 18th, 2019

"The topic of charity often brings disparity of opinion. On the one hand, most of us recognize the injustices of the world and want to help those in need. But, given the reports of fraud and misconduct, as well as the sheer scale of problems, it's understandable why many become numb to the issue. However, crypto and blockchain technology is working to change that..."

UPS Targets B2B Sales With New Blockchain E-Commerce Platform
CoinDesk, March 23rd, 2019

"U.S.-based shipping giant UPS has announced a new blockchain integration aimed to bring business-to-business (B2B) sales into the digital age.

Announced yesterday, UPS has inked a deal with e-commerce company Inxeption to develop a platform to facilitate business-to-business sales, one supported by blockchain technology. The platform, called Inxeption Zippy, will work as an online catalog for businesses, according to the UPS news page..."

Salesmate vs. Pipedrive vs. Agile: Which CRM Is Better For Managing Sales
Business 2 Community, March 22nd, 2019

"CRM entered the business world as a powerful wave and is flowing strongly across various industries. It has proved to be an effective tool for successfully managing all aspects of sales. CRM has the potential to accelerate revenue by 41% per sales personnel. Companies of various sizes have turned towards this cutting-edge technology for increasing their business profits and revenue..."

The Art Of Securing ERP Applications: Protecting Your Critical Business Processes
HelpNet Security, March 19th, 2019

"In this Help Net Security podcast recorded at RSA Conference 2019, Juan Pablo Perez-Etchegoyen, CTO at Onapsis talks about the challenges of securing and monitoring ERP applications for vulnerabilities and compliance gaps across cloud and on-premise deployments.

Juan Pablo leads the research & development team that keeps Onapsis on the cutting-edge of the business-critical application security market..."

Making The Most Of Your Data Analytics Budget
CIO, March 19th, 2019

"Analytics investment is on the rise, but results can be elusive. Here's how orgs are spending on tools and personnel to get the biggest bang for their buck...

Organizations worldwide are spending more on data analytics. The key questions: Are they translating those investments into analytics that actually drive business value, and if not, what can help give them the best results?..."

3 Ways Businesses Can Help Project Managers Succeed
TechRepublic, March 21th, 2019

"Organizations wasted almost 12% of project spend investment last year due to poor performance, according to the Project Management Institute...

Organizations wasted almost 12% of their project spending last year due to poor performance, according to a recent report from the Project Management Institute (PMI). In response, project leaders should work to improve their Project Management Technology Quotient (PMTQ), which adds an element of project management to a person's ability to adapt, manage, and integrate content advances in technology for a project or organization, PMI found..."

eWEEK's Top Vendors: Project Management/Collaboration Tools
eWeek, March 20th, 2019

"These systems allow teams to synchronize and share files-documents, photographs, videos, audio and more. Yet, many of these platforms also offer tools that aid in file analysis and workflow management. This makes it possible to apply analytics, inventory unstructured data, handle backups and versioning, and tie in security and compliance controls.

If any concept defines the digital age, it's project management and collaboration. The ability for groups to communicate and work together is paramount. A key aspect of collaboration revolves around sharing content, which becomes more complicated to use by the day. As a result, content collaboration and project management platforms play an increasingly important role in the enterprise..."

Gartner Says AI Will Assume 80% Of All Project Management Tasks By 2030
siliconAngle, March 20th, 2019

"Project managers who are worried about the prospects of artificial intelligence one day stealing their jobs might do well to consider a career change as soon as they can.

That's because Gartner Inc. analysts predict that AI software will eliminate around 80 percent of all project management office or PMO tasks by 2030. That includes tasks such as data collection, reporting and tracking, all of which will soon be done by software rather than by humans..."

IT - Operations
Evaluate On-Premises vs. SaaS Tools For IT Systems Management
SearchITOperations, March 18th, 2019

"While there are a lot of factors for enterprises to consider when choosing an IT management tool, the on-premises vs. SaaS decision can be a particularly tricky one...

Many organizations continue to use on-premises tools to deploy and manage IT infrastructure. There's also been a sharp rise, however, in IT management tools offered as software as a service.

In this case, the SaaS provider hosts and maintains an IT infrastructure management platform for its enterprise customers. For companies with on-premises infrastructure that do not specialize in infrastructure management, a SaaS tool provider -- which does have that expertise -- may be the only logical approach..."

IT - Server
eWEEK's Top Vendors: Server Processor Makers
eWeek, March 18th, 2019

"At the close of the second decade of the 21st century, Intel, AMD, IBM and Arm far and away lead the world's shortlist of server processor makers, and prospects point to more the same for the time being...

As in just about all of the IT business, things are again changing quickly in the data center. New workloads are taking advantage of advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and analytics, opening the door for more optimized silicon and pushing back at general-purpose chips..."

Open Compute Takes Root Outside Of Hyperscalers
The Next Platform, March 19th, 2019

"When Facebook open sourced the hardware and datacenter designs of its very first homegrown datacenter in Prineville, Oregon nearly eight years ago, creating the Open Compute Project, it was an act of enlightened self-interest. Facebook was growing fast enough that it could have, like peers Google and Amazon, kept its designs to itself and engaged with original design manufacturers (ODMs) to make the iron it specified, occasionally bragging to the world about the iron it had forged..."

IT - Linux
40 Linux Server Hardening Security Tips [2019 Edition]
nixCraft, March 19th, 2019

"Securing your Linux server is important to protect your data, intellectual property, and time, from the hands of crackers (hackers). The system administrator is responsible for security of the Linux box. In this first part of a Linux server security series, I will provide 40 hardening tips for default installation of Linux system..."

Keep All Your Linux Servers In Check
Linux Magazine, March 20th, 2019

"Managing a herd of computers is no small feat, which is why a system administrator is only as good as his or her tools. Keeping an eye on the different computers in the network requires a lot of work. You can spend a lot of time configuring various components and setting up scripts to ease some aspects of monitoring and administration.

If you are short of time, though, there's nothing better than Cockpit. Cockpit is easy to deploy, and you can use it to connect and manage machines across the network, start and stop services, inspect logs, manage storage, visualize system performance, and even deploy and control containers via Docker. Although designed for administrators, Cockpit's lightweight and intuitive interface makes it ideal for home servers and small businesses..."

12 Open Source Tools For Natural Language Processing, March 22nd, 2019

"Natural language processing (NLP), the technology that powers all the chatbots, voice assistants, predictive text, and other speech/text applications that permeate our lives, has evolved significantly in the last few years. There are a wide variety of open source NLP tools out there, so I decided to survey the landscape to help you plan your next voice- or text-based application.

For this review, I focused on tools that use languages I'm familiar with, even though I'm not familiar with all the tools. (I didn't find a great selection of tools in the languages I'm not familiar with anyway.) That said, I excluded tools in three languages I am familiar with, for various reasons..."

FOSS: On The Road To Nowhere
FOSS Force, March 18th, 2019

"Has FOSS traded its shared values for success in the marketplace?

I started using free and open source software 20 years ago. In many ways, I'm delighted in how it has developed and spread. I can use KDE's Plasma, the most advanced desktop on any platform, and it's been 15 years since I needed to buy software for my professional work. From being an outlying oddity, FOSS has become the norm - so much so that invitations for bids often specify that the resulting software must be open source..."

The Document Foundation Announces LibreOffice 6.2.2
The Document Foundation, March 21th, 2019

"The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.2.2, the third release of the LibreOffice 6.2 family targeted at tech savvy individuals: early adopters, technology enthusiasts and power users.

LibreOffice individual users are supported by a global community of volunteers.

On the website and the wiki there are guides, manuals, tutorials and HowTos. Donations help us to make all these resources available..."

Intel And Energy Department Plan Exascale Aurora Supercomputer By 2021
Data Center Knowledge, March 18th, 2019

"US and Japan are expected to be behind China in launching exascale systems...

Intel and the US Department of Energy on Monday announced plans to build the country's first exascale supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory by 2021, a major milestone that government officials say will spur innovation, bolster health research, and accelerate scientific discoveries.

The new $500 million Aurora supercomputer, which will run on Intel Xeon processors and Cray hardware, will become the first high performance computing system in the US that reaches exaflop speeds (a thousand petaflops, or a billion billion calculations per second)..."

IT - Cloud
6 Big Companies That Succeeded With Cloud Computing
SmartDataCollective, March 20th, 2019

"Considering cloud computing for your company? Learn more by exploring these six companies that succeeded with cloud computing...

Cloud computing isn't right for every company, but an increasing number of enterprises realize that it helps them grow their businesses and meet other goals. Here are six examples of large companies that found cloud computing success..."

How To Avoid The Multi-Cloud Management Headache
ITPro Today, March 20th, 2019

"By following the best practices outlined above, IT teams can ensure they don't suffer from storage management headaches later down the line...

With vast quantities of data to collect and retain, and with the economics of the cloud making for a compelling case, organisations of all sizes and across every industry have adopted the cloud for their computing and data storage needs. And adopting a multi-cloud strategy appears to be the preferred strategy of most organisations: IDC estimates that 85 per cent of companies have done so..."

15 AWS Best Practices For 2019
Business 2 Community, March 19th, 2019

"There are a ton of great blogs that cover AWS best practices and use cases. To provide a little more insight into the latest practices offered by AWS, we put together 15 of the best practices since the beginning of 2019, consisting of tips and quotes from different experts..."

Optimizing SaaS Pricing Strategy Based On Data Analysis
SmartDataCollective, March 21th, 2019

"Data analysis can make a major difference in optimizing and improving your SaaS pricing strategy. Here's what to know and why it's important...

Trying to create the ultimate SaaS pricing strategy is tricky, to say the least. The point is to make yourself and your customers happy - you want your product to be properly aligned with value so you can earn revenues from it, while on the other side clients want something they deem 'affordable.' If the price is too low, it may even deter the buyers as it may be associated with low quality...."

CIO Trends 2019: Multi-Cloud Is Becoming The Norm
CIO, March 18th, 2019

"CIOs are betting big on public cloud, and more enterprises use Azure to close the gap with AWS. Still, managing the cloud remains a challenge...

Organizations everywhere are moving forward with digital transformation plans and projects. Consequently, almost all of them (94 percent) are now 'cloudified' - in other words, they all use the cloud in one way or another, a phenomenon described in RightScale's 2019 State of the Cloud Report (now part of Flexera)..."

How Cloud Computing And Robotics Play A Role In Industrial Automation
SmartDataCollective, March 22nd, 2019

"Cloud computing and robotics are major trends to look out for in the way that industrial automation is evolving. Here's what to know about it...

All technologies today are connected to cloud computing. And unsurprisingly, robotics as well. The biggest beneficiary of this mix of novel and complex technologies seems to be the manufacturing sector. By the end of this year,the global expenditure of robotics and robot-related services will reach approximately $135 bn. As a comparison, the 2015 expenditure of robotics was only $71 bn..."

IT - DevOps
5 Practices That Will Help Drive Successful Robotic Process Automation Deployments, March 18th, 2019

"Enterprises have begun to invest considerably in robotic process automation (RPA) in recent years. RPA is one of the critical technologies that enterprises now are leveraging to automate their business processes to make their businesses more agile and efficient. When properly deployed and managed, RPAs can automate everything from mundane tasks (such as organizing files) to more significant functions, such as user provisioning to resources and more..."

6 Ways Mature DevOps Teams Are Killing It In Security
InformationWeek, March 19th, 2019

"New survey shows where 'elite' DevOps organizations are better able to incorporate security into application security...

The automation, stability of infrastructure, and inherent traceability of DevOps tools and processes offer a ton of security and compliance upsides for mature DevOps organizations.

According to a new survey of over 5,500 IT practitioners around the world, conducted by Sonatype, 'elite' DevOps organizations with mature practices, such as continuous integration and continuous delivery of software, are most likely to fold security into their processes and tooling for a true DevSecOps approach..."

DevOps Hiring And Training: 16 Top-Rated Skills
The Enterprisers Project, March 19th, 2019

"What skills does an IT team need to do DevOps well? The best DevOps pros have skill sets spanning three crucial areas: automation, process, and soft skills

As DevOps culture matures and evolves, the fundamental question most organizations are asking has changed from 'What is DevOps?' to 'How do we do DevOps?'

That's paraphrasing DevOps Institute CEO Jayne Groll, introducing her firm's recent report, 'Upskilling: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report 2019.' While that might sound like a logical progression in the relatively brief history of DevOps, it speaks to IT leaders still struggling to figure out how to 'do' DevOps..."

NTUC Learninghub And DevOps Institute Collaborate To Meet The Growing Need For DevOps Professionals Through Certified DevOps Training, March 18th, 2019

"NTUC LearningHub and the DevOps Institute have announced their collaboration to accelerate digital transformation within companies through the skills training and adoption of DevOps - an innovative approach and set of processes that brings development and operations teams together to complete software development.

The partnership was announced today at the DevOps Institute APAC Roadshow in Singapore themed 'Moving ahead in the Digital Era with DevOps', which was organised in partnership with the Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) as a supporting and outreach partner..."

5 Considerations To Get DevOps Right In Telco IT Systems Vishal Augustine, March 20th, 2019

"Implementing DevOps in telco IT systems, such as business support systems/operations support systems (BSS/OSS), is not easy. This is especially true with telcos that overly rely on third-party commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) vendors or systems integrators (SIs) to implement new capabilities, and to run operations. To effectively control the vendors, telcos extensively use traditional levers found in SLAs, KPIs and RFx (requests for whatever). They also reinforce the organizational and mental boundaries between the telco and vendor staff. In a DevOps setup, such a traditional approach is not likely to produce the desired results..."

Can It Admins Benefit From A Devops Environment?
SearchDataCenter, March 19th, 2019

"Admins might wonder if they need to pay attention to DevOps, but collaboration with developers helps minimize bad code and optimize processing hardware...

If DevOps is implemented poorly, it increases the pressure on admins to deal with uncontrolled code rollouts in the operational environment, which can drain hardware resources and increase troubleshooting time.

However, a good DevOps environment with all the right checks and balances in place reduces the number of mind-numbing tasks that admins face, and it provides more time for interesting, value-add tasks that help the business..."

DevOps: Assessing Behavior Flows Through An Organization, March 22nd, 2019

"I'll admit it, this article is a little strange. It is an experiment. But DevOps is all about experimentation, right?

This article explores how information and behaviors in fact 'flow' through an organization. It is based upon my observations with literally hundreds of DevOps teams. I have used the Three Ways of DevOps to show how and why many organizations struggle with this flow of information and behaviors, and what you can do to identify and prevent behavioral 'defects' in your organization..."

IT - Wireless
5G Will Impact These 10 Industries The Most
TechRepublic, March 20th, 2019

"Major 5G network deployments are expected by 2020, and the technology will create opportunities across many industries, according to CB Insights...

Highly-anticipated major 5G networks are expected to be deployed by 2020, and will transform a number of industries due to the technology's ability to provide wider network coverage, more stable internet connections, and faster data transfer speeds, according to a recent report from CB Insights..."

IT - Networks
Four Hidden Benefits Of SD-WAN Adoption
ITProPortal, March 22nd, 2019

"Here are four of the less-considered upshots of SD-WAN I see coming into play over the next year or two...

In an era of digital transformation it might seem to the casual observer that networking capabilities wouldn't be at the top of IT leaders' lists as something critical to address today. Surely, one might assume, the structural changes that enterprises all over the world are now pursuing are about integrating processes more tightly with their network, and the network itself is already digitally native..."

Infiniband: To HDR And Beyond
inside HPC, March 23rd, 2019

"In this video from the 2019 OpenFabrics Workshop in Austin, Ariel Almog from Mellanox presents: To HDR and Beyond.

Recently, deployment of 50 Gbps per lane (HDR) speed started and 100 Gbps per lane (EDR) which is a future technology is around the corner. These technologies exposing various new physical interfaces for copper and optical interfaces and type of transceiver like SFP-DD..."

IT - IoT
9 Top Internet Of Things Trends For 2019
Information Management, March 19th, 2019

"Commercial applications, edge computing, machine phishing and real-time data access are among the top trends that will drive IoT strategies..."

"IoT has made a lot of progress in the last decade," notes Chris Nelson, vice president of engineering at OSIsoft. "2019 is well underway, as the year progresses we'll continue to see IoT mature and evolve, particularly for industrial applications as these organizations realize the opportunity to monetize IoT..."

Best Practices To Overcome An IoT Security Challenge
IoT Agenda, March 22nd, 2019

"The internet of things poses numerous security challenges, but with the proper preparation and tools, your enterprise can mitigate the threats...

The internet of things is affecting your enterprise this very moment, whether you're aware of it or not. If you play a role in IT or security, it's incumbent on you and your team to ensure the safe collection, management and disposition of information assets as they relate to your IoT environment -- and that includes knowing what's on your network. It sounds a bit simplistic, but the reality for businesses large and small is that you can't secure the things that you don't acknowledge or don't even know are there. Even if you believe IoT devices aren't on your network, odds are good that there's something there that needs to be addressed in some way..."

The Enterprise Prepares For IoT
InformationWeek, March 18th, 2019

"IoT isn't quite mainstream yet, but analysts and consultants agree that the opportunity is huge, and it's time for enterprises to get ready.

Enterprise IT organizations are deeply familiar with the concepts behind the Internet of Things -- connected devices that generate and harvest data and can be monitored to help predict problems, needed maintenance, and replacement. IoT extends that idea beyond the IT infrastructure to an enterprise's other assets such as manufacturing equipment, vehicles, field devices, and even products offered to customers..."

Success With The IoT Starts With Understanding 'Thing Management'
Information Management, March 19th, 2019

"Some are calling the industrial Internet of Things the next industrial revolution, bringing dramatic changes and improvements to almost every sector. But to be sure it's successful, there is one big question: how can organizations manage all the new Things that are part of their organizations' landscapes?..."

IT - Careers
8 Unusual Rewards Employees Appreciate More Than Raises
Business 2 Community, March 18th, 2019

"Young job hoppers only jump ship when another company offers more money, right? Not exactly.

According to a new infographic published by SCORE, four out of five employees appreciate better benefits - to a pay raise.

That doesn't mean top employees are content to accept below-market salaries, but it does mean employers have some wiggle room in negotiations. This is especially true when 42 percent of full-time workers get no benefits at all, per SCORE. Which perks do employees want, though, and which ones are wastes of money?..."

Should I Move For A 30% Salary Increase?
Ask The Headhunter, March 18th, 2019

In the March 19, 2019 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter a reader asks whether a big salary increase is enough reason to accept a job offer.


"A rival company has offered me a job with a 30% salary increase. I know there are other things to consider, but it's such a big pay bump that I think it may be sufficient reason to move. Should I accept it?..."

Career Advice For Engineers: Step Away From The Keyboard, March 19th, 2019

"Over the course of my career, I've had two to three major mindset shifts in how I approach my work. At first, I just focused on engineering - trying to know the most about whatever language or libraries I was using, being very 'trivia' focused, and ultimately ignoring the concerns of others in an effort to just write good code. This wasn't to say I didn't try to get along with my coworkers or help them out, but my efforts to improve were all about me; after all, the team and the company do better as I become better. And to be fair, this approach isn't totally unfounded in its merits..."

DevOps Reshapes Career Paths As Well As Business Methods
ZDNet, March 23rd, 2019

"DevOps, represents one of the biggest IT transformation initiatives of the past 30 years. There are implications for IT jobs...

Why is DevOps now so important to software teams and their businesses?

Let's count the ways, says Mark Levy, director of strategy for software delivery at Micro Focus. He recently shared his observations on the current state of software delivery, which include the following: ..."

12 Reasons Why You Should Schedule Free Time (And What To Do With It)
Business 2 Community, March 19th, 2019

"I know what you're thinking. Aren't you supposed to only schedule work-related tasks like meetings and priorities, such as doctors appointments? Well, I'm sure most of you do. That's why 52 percent of American employees have unused vacation time. At the same time, you also need to schedule free time in addition to those deadlines and appointments in your calendar. But, what exactly is free time?

Free time is anything that's not work-related. It could be anything from hanging out with friends and family to reading to meditating to working on a passion project. It could even be staring out the window for 15 minutes..."

IT - Virtualization
5 Expert Tips To Stay On Top Of Cloud Container Technologies
SearchCloudComputing, March 19th, 2019

"Our experts weigh in on the container deployment models in the cloud and offer advice for how to avoid some common pitfalls for organizations as they get started with the technology...

When it comes to the public cloud, containers are a work in progress.

Cloud container technologies have piqued the interest of the IT community as a new way to package and ship applications. However, there's still a lot of confusion in the market and a need for more maturation in the tools and services..."

Happy Sixth Birthday, Docker!
Container Journal, March 18th, 2019

"Anyone who says six years ago they fully appreciated the impact Docker containers would have on IT probably isn't being entirely truthful. But as Docker celebrates its official sixth birthday today, it's clear just how much Docker containers are transforming almost every aspect of IT.

Today Docker Inc. claims the are more than 2 million developers using Docker Desktop to create applications. All told, there have been 85 billion downloads of Docker containers and Docker Inc. estimates that more than 700 companies are in some way benefiting from applications built using Docker Enterprise. Industry analysts have projected the Docker ecosystem will be valued at more than $4.3 billion by 2022..."

Microsoft Delivers Public Preview Of Windows Virtual Desktop
ZDNet, March 21th, 2019

"Microsoft's service for virtualizing Windows 7, 10, Office 365 ProPlus apps and other third-party software by running them in Azure virtual machines is now available in public preview...

Last September, Microsoft announced its new Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) product and strategy. The company's plan was to make available to any and all interested testers an early version of the technology before the end of 2018. On March 21, 2019, Microsoft delivered (a bit late) on that promised WVD public preview..."

The 4 Most Vulnerable Areas Of Container Security In 2019
Container Journal, March 22nd, 2019

"Software containers have become more popular in recent years as many organizations have discovered the benefits of containerization. Unfortunately, as is often the case with rapid advances in technology, container security has been a bit neglected and is often an afterthought.

Part of the problem is that some security teams fail to correctly understand containers and the challenges in keeping them secure. To understand the four most vulnerable areas of container security, one first must gain a complete understanding of how they work..."

Top 10 VMware Admin Tools
VMware Blogs, March 18th, 2019

"On Episode 108 of the Virtually Speaking Podcast, John and I welcomed Duncan Epping and William Lam to discuss the various VMware tools used to manage environments. In preparation for this discussion I took to social media to get a general consensus of the most popular tools VMware admins are using these days. As expected, the usual suspects surfaced to the top (i.e RVTools, PowerCLI) but I was amazed at just how many tools were mentioned that I hadn't heard of. Since our podcast only covered the top 10, I want to share all the great tools I discovered in this exercise..."

Why Docker Containers Matter, 6 Years After The Project First Started
eWeek, March 22nd, 2019

"The open-source Docker container project was announced to the world in March 2013 by Solomon Hykes and has grown to become a cornerstone of the modern software development ecosystem.

Few, if any, 6-year-old technologies have done as much to change the way applications are built and deployed as Docker.

Docker, the eponymous name of the container technology and the company behind it, celebrated its six-year anniversary on March 20. From its earliest days, even as just a 1-year-old effort back in 2014, there was no shortage of optimism and excitement about Docker..."

IT - Compliance
Does GDPR Compliance Reduce Breach Risk?
CSO Online, March 19th, 2019

"A new report from Cisco suggests that GDPR compliance reduces data breach impact. Incident response, legal and security experts agree but caution not to rely on compliance alone...

Compliance can be costly and often feels more like red tape and a barrier to business than anything that provides a benefit. A report by EY and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) estimates that organizations have spend an average of $3 million to achieve compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a sweeping piece of legislation that affects any company that stores or processes data on European Union (EU) citizens..."

ISACA issues new audit programs for blockchain, CASBs and GDPR
HelpNet Security, March 20th, 2019

"Auditors face an onslaught of new technologies, systems and regulations to incorporate into assessments. New audit programs from global technology association ISACA give auditors additional frameworks for toolkits to provide assurance for blockchain, cloud access security brokers (CASBs) and the EU GDPR..."

Quantum Computing Will Break Your Encryption In A Few Years
Networkworld, March 20th, 2019

"Modern public-key encryption is currently good enough to meet enterprise requirements, according to experts. Most cyberattacks target different parts of the security stack these days - unwary users in particular. Yet this stalwart building block of present-day computing is about to be eroded by the advent of quantum computing within the next decade, according to experts..."

IT - Risk
Why IT Leaders Must Speak Risk Fluently
The Enterprisers Project, March 20th, 2019

"You're going to be speaking less about security and more about risk - to customers, to the board, to your team...

We don't do security because it's fun. No: let me qualify that. Few of us do security because it's fun - and none of us get paid to do security because it's fun (sadly.) Security is a means to an end, and that end is to reduce risk. This was a notable change in theme at the recent RSA Conference in San Francisco. I'd love to say that it was reflected in the expo, but although it got some lip service, selling point solutions still seemed to be the approach for most vendors. We're way overdue for some industry consolidation, given the number of vendors advertising solutions which, to me, seemed almost indistinguishable..."

IT - Email
Find Out Whether Secure Email Really Protects User Data In Transit
SearchSecurity, March 20th, 2019

"Outside of user perceptions, how safe is secure email in terms of protecting users' data in transit? Our expert explains how much the SSL and TLS protocols can protect email...

It's hardly a surprise that people want secure email communications, but the truth is that some email messages might not be secure. That's not very reassuring, and the reason you can't be certain about email security is because organizations generally rely on implicit rather than explicit security to protect email communications..."

How Spear Phishing Email Is Becoming A Growing Threat
eWeek, March 19th, 2019

"Targeted phishing emails, commonly referred to as spear phishing, are a real risk for most organizations, as attackers use different techniques to lure victims....

Email security is top of mind for many organizations, with one of the primary threats coming from a type of attack known as spear phishing.

Phishing is a well-understood type of email threat where attackers send unsolicited email with some kind of hook to attract and trick a victim into clicking a link that can lead to a malware infection. While phishing in general is not targeted but instead is a broad-based attack, spear phishing is a very targeted attack, with attackers aiming the lure at specific individuals within organizations..."

IT - Backup
Cloud Based Backup vs Physical On-Site Backup - Which Is The Right Choice For Your Business?
Business 2 Community, March 21th, 2019

"No one likes to think about it, but computer networks crash every day. Data can be lost for a variety of reasons, whether it's a hardware failure, user error, or a security breach. Unfortunately, it's an unhappy fact of doing business in the 21st century.

In the modern marketplace, businesses rely on their computer networks for everything from storing payroll information and employee records to guarding proprietary company info and protecting privileged client data. Not to mention the day to day operational data that keep the business functioning smoothly.

If that data is lost for any reason, it can be a crippling blow to even the largest company. That's why it is vital for businesses of all sizes to have recovery measures in place, and to have all of their important data backed up in a secure location..."

Make Right Choice Between Scale-Out And Scale-Up Backup Appliance Architectures
SearchStorage, March 19th, 2019

"Companies are always on the lookout for simpler, most cost-effective methods to manage their infrastructure. This explains, in part, the emergence of scale-out architectures over the last few years as a preferred means for implementing backup appliances. It is as scale-out architectures gain momentum that it behooves companies taking a closer look at the benefits and drawbacks of both scale-out and scale-up architectures to make the best choice for their environment..."

The Challenge Of SaaS Backup And How To Approach It
SearchDataBackup, March 18th, 2019

"Just because it is in the cloud doesn't mean it's safe. SaaS data backup is equally as important as backing up your on-premises workloads but has its own unique challenges...

The use of cloud-based applications, also known as software as a service, such as Office 365 and Salesforce, is now a mainstream part of most organizations' operations. The reliance on these services as a critical part of your business means their availability is crucial to ensure you can operate..."

IT - Big Data
3 Essential Big Data Security Protocols To Be Aware Of
SmartDataCollective, March 19th, 2019

"As big data grows, so does the need to keep it secure. Here are three essential big data security protocols to keep in mind...

The way that we do business today is way different than the way we were doing business 20 years ago before the modern age hit us like a sack of bricks. Now, we live in a modernized world where big data is easier to collect and use to further a brand's reach and disrupt industries in a manner that's a lot easier than any of the others used previously. It has provided all marketers with the opportunity to make ad campaigns more consumer-centric and uncovering missed areas they should touch on..."

Big Data, Big Problems? Responsible Data Management In 2019
Datanami, March 18th, 2019

"If 2018 taught us one thing about data collection, it would be the existence of a distinct and profound line between companies using data for good and those whose business model relies on its exploitation. As Facebook gears up to pay a multi-billion dollar fine to the FTC as a result of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it's time we as an industry evaluate how we handle data..."

Data Science Is Now Bigger Than 'Big Data'
Forbes, March 18th, 2019

"In a world in which 'big data' and 'data science' seem to adorn every technology-related news article and social media post, have the terms finally reached public interest saturation? As the use of large amounts of data has become mainstream, is the role of 'data science' replacing the hype of 'big data?..."

Unlocking The Real Value Of Data
Networks Asia, March 21th, 2019

"While there are examples of data used to drive positive impact, many companies are not using data to its full potential yet..." "Many firms are sitting on mountains of valuable data that could give them an edge over competitors, however, they are facing a lack of talent to help harness this potential," according to Leslie Ong, Country Manager, Southeast Asia, Tableau Software, in an interview with Networks Asia. "Hence, companies need to adopt a mindset shift, emphasizing a data-driven approach by leveraging the right tools to upskill workers as the region embraces a digital world..."

IT - Encryption
3 Ways To Monitor Encrypted Network Traffic For Malicious Activity
CSO Online, March 18th, 2019

"Ubiquitous encryption of network traffic prevents you from performing deep packet inspection, but you can still detect and prevent a lot of attacks...

Security experts have been screaming at you for years to encrypt all network traffic. They have a point: Making a secure configuration the default configuration is an obviously good idea. Both the standards and products that implement encryption are very mature. There's no reason not to!..."

NIST Pushes New Encryption Protocols For Quantum, Connected Devices
FCW, March 20th, 2019

"The National Institute of Standards and Technology is inching closer to developing two new encryption standards designed to protect the federal government from new and emerging cybersecurity threats.

Many experts believe the advanced computing capabilities of quantum computers will render most traditional encryption protocols used today obsolete. While true quantum computing is still decades away, the federal government is already preparing contingencies for how to defend its current IT assets and equipment from the threat..."

TLS 1.3: A Good News/Bad News Scenario
Dark Reading, March 20th, 2019

"Stronger encryption standards are improving the privacy of data in motion, but enterprises will need to adapt their security architectures to maintain visibility into network traffic.

A growing number of blog posts and news stories are being written about the impact of the relatively new TLS 1.3 transport encryption standard, and for good reason. While TLS 1.3 enables much better end-to-end privacy, it can break existing security controls in enterprise networks that rely on the ability to decrypt traffic in order to perform deep-packet inspection to look for malware and evidence of malicious activity..."

IT - Tape
How Is Tape Backup Doing In 2019?
SearchDataBackup, March 18th, 2019

"Industry experts say tape isn't going away and the technology is actually improving. The problem, they say, is vendors aren't talking enough about this 'old-school' backup method...

Tape backup isn't dead, but it rarely makes headlines. And when it does, it's usually when people assert how "not dead" it is.

Because the technology's been around for more than five decades, it's easy for organizations, especially new companies, to pass it over in favor of shinier storage media like disk, flash and cloud..."

IT - Java
Latest Java SE Release Will Power Spotify
Oracle, March 19th, 2019

"Oracle today announced that Spotify, the world's largest music streaming service, has selected Oracle's Java SE Subscription in a multi-year agreement for all its Java SE needs.

Introduced by Oracle in 2018, the Java SE Subscription is a new subscription model that covers all Java SE licensing and support needs and removes enterprise boardroom concerns around mission critical, timely, software performance, stability and security updates. Java SE Subscription complements Oracle's long-standing and continued free Java SE releases and stewardship of the OpenJDK ecosystem where Oracle now produces open source OpenJDK binaries, enabling developers and organizations that do not need commercial support or enterprise management tools..."

Java 12 Is Here!
Jaxenter, March 19th, 2019

"Java SE 12 is here and even though it's not an LTS release, it definitely brings some important features to the table. Let's have a look at the highlights of this new release.

Java 11 may have been the first LTS release in Oracle's new six-month cycle but Java 12 has its share of excitement!

This new release brings eight new features..."

Oracle Java SE 12 Brings Improvements To Developer Productivity
HelpNet Security, March 19th, 2019

"Oracle announced the general availability of Java SE 12 (JDK 12), continuing the six-month release cadence that provides enterprises and developers faster access to completed enhancements to the popular programming language.

The release brings continued improvements to developer productivity, including a preview of switch expressions and abortable mixed collections for G1. All together, these enhancements elevate performance, functionality and security for Java SE Platform implementations in general, and the JDK in particular..."

Oracle Makes Developers More Productive With Latest Java Release
Oracle, March 19th, 2019

"Oracle today announced the general availability of Java SE 12 (JDK 12), continuing the six-month release cadence that provides enterprises and developers faster access to completed enhancements to the popular programming language.

The release brings continued improvements to developer productivity, including a preview of switch expressions and abortable mixed collections for G1. All together, these enhancements elevate performance, functionality and security for Java SE Platform implementations in general, and the JDK in particular..."

IT - Developer
10 Most Frequently Asked Questions By Developers Answered
Information Management, March 22nd, 2019

"Data from Global App Testing shows that JavaScript is the most popular coding language in terms of the raw volume of questions asked by developers. A Stack Overflow 2018 survey also placed JavaScript top of all other computing technologies. Almost every company today is adopting JavaScript with opportunities for developers increasing. With that in mind, Information Management asked Wojtek Olearczyk, head of engineering at Global App Testing, what the 10 most frequently asked questions by developers are, and the answers expected..."

Podcast: Polyglot Programming And GraalVM
Oracle, March 20th, 2019

"How many programming languages are there? I won't venture a guess. There must be dozens, if not hundreds. The 2018 State of the Octoverse Report from Github identified the following as the top ten most popular languages among GitHub contributors:..."

Trends To Dominate Enterprise Mobile App Development In 2019
Business 2 Community, March 23rd, 2019

"Thriving technology paves the way for revolutionary changes in the enterprise processes. Every now and then, we come across various trends or technological advancements in the domains of wearables, AR, VR, AI, and Blockchain. These trends are integrated in the enterprise mobile apps to help entrepreneurs take their business to the next level while addressing the changing requirements effectively.

Here are top ten enterprise mobile app development trends that are set to rule the enterprise mobility domain in 2019 and beyond..."

vBeers @ Miami (Veza Sur Brewing Co.) - New Location
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Veza Sur Brewing Co. - Miami

55 NW 25th St - Miami, FL 33127

Join us for the next vBeers @ Miami. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month in Miami. Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida.

Feel free to arrive and depart at your convenience.

The Miami events will be held in conjunction with the Miami VMware users group (VMUG).

Hosted by John J. McLaughlin from vBeers

SFTA Cinco De Mayo Golf Event
Friday, May 3rd, 2019: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Jacaranda Golf Course - Plantation

Celebrating the wonderful diversity of our region, we'll be incorporating a colorful Cinco De Mayo Festival theme throughout the event. Not a golfer, no problem! Get a Lunch / Cinco De Mayo Fiesta Ticket and join in all the post-golf fun!

Our event includes:

  • Breakfast
  • Roaming Drink Carts
  • Golf Cart and all fees
  • Driving Range
  • 4-person scramble
  • Catered luncheon and awards reception
  • Cinco De Mayo Happy Hour

Sponsorships are available now.


  • Foursome $500 - Includes Golf for 4, lunch and awards reception.
  • Individual $125 - Includes Golf for 1, lunch and awards reception.

Hosted by the SFTA

Oracle News
It Takes A Village: Oracle Expands CX Partner Ecosystem
Oracle, March 19th, 2019

"These days everyone is trying really hard to deliver amazing customer experiences. However, there's a truth that is difficult to reconcile: Expectations will continue to shift faster than most organizations are able to evolve or adapt. That sets up the very real potential for falling farther and farther behind.

Now for one more truth: Consumers are in the driver's seat. They are the true innovators. They will dictate what they want, when they want it, and how they want it, and will not interact with you based on any kind of formulaic customer journey. And they increasingly see experiences as just as important, if not more important, as the actual product or service you deliver..."

It's Time To Rethink The Customer Experience: Oracle CX Cloud Updates
Oracle, March 19th, 2019

"Change is accelerating. Expectations are skyrocketing. Nothing is predictable. The clock is ticking. The one truly finite resource is slipping through our fingers.

But what if Father Time was on our side? What if we had the time to stop and think about what's truly possible? What if we had the time to make every single customer interaction really matter? And what if we could give time back to our prospects and customers?..."

Maui And Sons Chile Rides The Oracle Wave To Operational Agility
Oracle, March 21th, 2019

"Maui and Sons is one of the best-known surf and skateboard apparel brands in the world, selling in more than 100 countries. When executives at the brand's regional arm, Maui and Sons Chile, ran into obstacles scaling operations in Latin America, they rethought their technology approach. Bringing in Oracle Retail, Maui and Sons Chile established a foundation for future growth by streamlining inventory, adding new sales channels, and more effectively serving the needs of its customers..."

Nation's Leading Real Estate Brokerage Taps Oracle As It Modernizes Home Buying And Selling
Oracle, March 19th, 2019

"Berkshire Hathaway affiliate HomeServices of America teams with Oracle to revolutionize the home buying and selling process...

HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and one of the country's premier providers of homeownership services, has selected Oracle Cloud to power the reimagination of the home buying and selling process. With Oracle Cloud, HomeServices, as part of its broader technology initiative, is transforming its operating model to enable its affiliated brands to offer a superior customer experience..."

Oracle Adds AI Smarts To Increase Oracle ERP Cloud's Market Lead
Oracle, March 19th, 2019

"New intelligent assistants and AI capabilities for financial controls reduce manual processes and improve accuracy and compliance...

Oracle has extended the artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities within Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud. The latest machine learning-based innovations include an expense reporting assistant, project management digital assistant, advanced financial controls and project-driven supply chain management..."

Oracle Applauds Creators Of Legendary Customer Experiences
Oracle, March 21th, 2019

"Annual 2019 Markie Awards honor the movers, shakers, and experience makers across marketing, commerce, sales and service...

To celebrate the creators of truly great experiences across the entire customer journey, Oracle today announced the winners of the Markie Awards. The awards showcase Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud customers who have delivered standout customer experiences across marketing, sales, service and commerce. This year's winners include Bonnier News, Samsung Business, Things Remembered, Movember Foundation and the City of Albuquerque, New Mexico..."

Oracle Beefs Up Advanced Support To Help Customers Thrive In The Cloud
Oracle, March 19th, 2019

"Advanced support services enable Oracle Cloud Applications customers to boost performance, compliance and user experience...

Oracle's new Advanced Customer Success Services concierge program, announced today, was designed to give Oracle Cloud Applications customers the resources they need to achieve the best benefits of cloud computing as quickly as possible..."

Oracle Brings Service And Supply Chain Teams Together With Industry-First Innovations
Oracle, March 19th, 2019

"Most service organizations have been there: A disgruntled buyer contacts customer service to file an issue and requests a technician. The customer service team, with little insight into the real-time location of field technicians, 'guestimates' an arrival time. The technician shows up at a different time and realizes the parts needed for the fix aren't on-hand. The result: Frustration for all involved, and a negative customer experience that puts future business opportunities at risk..."

Oracle Cloud Helps Drive Efficiency And Innovation For MGM Resorts International
Oracle, March 21th, 2019

"Entertainment trailblazer moves to cloud applications to support growing and diversifying business demands..

Oracle Cloud Applications will support MGM Resorts International's fast-changing business needs as the entertainment company integrates systems and streamlines operations to drive efficiency and innovation across the enterprise.

MGM Resorts needed a flexible, scalable and secure business platform that would allow it to rapidly adapt to changing demands and maintain its competitive advantage. After carefully evaluating Oracle's capabilities, MGM Resorts chose Oracle Cloud Applications..."

Oracle Honors HR Trailblazers At Annual Awards Gala
Oracle, March 21th, 2019

"Rubies Awards showcase organizations that use Oracle HCM technology to make a significant business impact...

To celebrate standout HR professionals who are using technology to transform their business, Oracle today announced the winners of the Oracle HCM Cloud Rubies Award. The awards honor Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud customers who advocate for innovation, prioritize investment in employees, and have a vision to see the potential of tomorrow's human resources possibilities, today. The 2019 winners include: UnitedHealth Group, Hilton Worldwide, Hilton Grand Vacations, Mars Petcare, Grupo Bimbo, AfrAsia Bank, Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions, and Gruppo Mondadori..."

Oracle Recognizes Finance Innovation At Modern Business Experience
Oracle, March 21th, 2019

"Oracle Change Agents of Finance Awards spotlight organizations using innovative technology to transform finance operations and drive business growth...

To celebrate organizations and finance leaders using technology to transform their business, Oracle today announced the winners of the Oracle Change Agents of Finance Awards. The awards honor Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud customers who have implemented innovative cloud solutions to achieve tangible business results and drive growth across their organization. The 2019 winners include: Argo Group, Diversey, GE, Michael Baker International, MedStar Health, Royal Bank of Scotland, TTI, Inc. and Western Digital..."

Oracle Recognizes Supply Chain Innovation At Modern Business Experience
Oracle, March 21th, 2019

"Oracle SCM Excellence Awards spotlight organizations and leaders using innovative technologies to digitize supply chain operations and drive business success

To highlight the innovative strategies organizations are implementing to modernize their supply chain, Oracle today announced the winners of the Oracle SCM Excellence Awards. The awards recognize Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud customers who have successfully transformed their organization's supply chain strategy and adopted industry best practices. The 2019 winners include ATCO Group, GE Power, Mondelez International and The AMES Companies..."

Cisco News
AI Could Improve Your Next Meeting In Cisco Webex
Cisco, March 19th, 2019

Imagine you're walking into a conference room for a big meeting.

The screen on the wall wakes up as you enter. "Hi," it says. It calls you by name. "I see in your calendar that you have a meeting that starts in five minutes - want to join now?'

"Not yet," you say. You need to talk to someone first. "OK, Webex, call Susan."

Microsoft News
Microsoft Teams Wins Best Of Enterprise Connect Overall Award
Microsoft, March 22nd, 2019

"At Enterprise Connect 2019, Microsoft Corp. was awarded top honors for its new vision for Microsoft Teams, which is focused on making communication and collaboration easier for the entire workforce, including those on the Firstline. This is the second year in a row that Microsoft has been chosen for the Best of Enterprise Connect Overall award, which is presented to a company making significant technology advancements within the enterprise communications and collaboration industry..."

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Launches Alliance Intelligent Cloud On Microsoft Azure
Microsoft, March 20th, 2019

"Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world's leading automotive alliance, today announced the production release of the Alliance Intelligent Cloud, a new platform that is enabling Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi Motors to deliver connected services in vehicles sold in nearly all 200 markets served by the Alliance member companies.

Culminating joint development efforts between the Alliance and Microsoft, the auto industry's first global and most ambitious connected vehicle program will be deployed utilizing cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), and IoT technologies provided by Microsoft Azure. Azure provides the Alliance with a global data platform to securely capture, manage and analyze vehicle data to deliver intelligent services based on the vast volume of data created by connected vehicles..."

IBM News
Health Quest Sets Out To Boost Participation In Clinical Trials With IBM Watson
IBM, March 21th, 2019

"Health Quest Systems Inc., a four-hospital health system operating in New York's Hudson Valley and northwest Connecticut, and IBM Watson Health (NYSE: IBM) have entered an agreement that will leverage the power of artificial intelligence (AI) with the goal of increasing participation in clinical trials. Health Quest will deploy IBM Watson for Clinical Trial Matching, a cognitive computing system that matches patients to clinical trials for which they may be eligible, throughout its hospitals..."

IBM Blockchain World Wire, A New Global Payment Network, To Support Payments And Foreign Exchange In More Than 50 Countries
IBM, March 18th, 2019

"IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced IBM Blockchain World Wire, a real-time global payments network for regulated financial institutions, is officially accessible in a growing number of markets.

Designed to optimize and accelerate foreign exchange, cross border payments and remittances, World Wire is the first blockchain network of its kind to integrate payment messaging, clearing and settlement on a single unified network, while allowing participants to dynamically choose from a variety of digital assets for settlement..."

IBM's The Weather Company Releases Spring Forecast For The United States
IBM, March 18th, 2019

"With two days left until spring, many Americans will finally see warmer temperatures, according to the latest forecast for North America from The Weather Company, an IBM Business (NYSE: IBM). According to the forecast, the Northeastern, Southeastern, and Northwestern U.S. will enjoy a warmer-than-normal spring, with the Plains and Southwest experiencing temperatures below normal. Rainfall will skew above-normal in most areas excluding portions of the Northeast and Southwest..."

RemoteMyApp Adopts IBM Cloud To Scale Multi-Platform Gaming Service
IBM, March 21th, 2019

"IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Polish startup RemoteMyApp will adopt IBM Cloud for increasing global reach and scaling of its Vortex gaming platform.

Vortex allows users to play games anywhere in the world on almost any device - smartphone, tablet, or smart TV - via the application, without downloading the game. As the platform has grown in usage and expanded to new markets such as Latin America and South East Asia, Vortex needed to scale its services, updates, and functionality to meet growing demand from players. Vortex turned to IBM Cloud to provide the global scale needed to provide a low latency gaming experience no matter where players are or what device they are using..."

Red Hat News
Friday Five - March 22, 2019
Red Hat, March 21th, 2019

"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...

  • Red Hat Blog - More keynotes hitting the stage at Red Hat Summit 2019
  • Red Hat Blog - Educating the next generation of technology professionals
  • ComputerWorld UK - How CYBG is increasingly running 'as-a-service' with Red Hat
  • Red Hat Blog - From virtualization to emerging workloads: How Red Hat and NVIDIA are driving enterprise innovation
  • Red Hat Blog - Red Hat Summit Labs Highlights 2019

Read on for details.

Citrix News
Miami Marlins Reach For The Cloud With Citrix
Citrix, March 19th, 2019

While baseball was hibernating, the Miami Marlins were busy rethinking nearly every aspect of their operations. When they take to the field for their Home Opener March 28, they will deliver a world-class entertainment experience. And they'll use solutions from their South Florida-based innovation partner, Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS), to do it.

"We are continually looking for ways to drive efficiency and productivity," said Marlins President of Business Operations Chip Bowers. "We challenge ourselves to be innovative and are pleased to have a partner like Citrix who shares our mindset and can provide us with the technology and support we need to take things to the next level..."

SuperMicro News
Supermicro Offers End-to-End Portfolio of NVIDIA GPU Systems
Super Micro, March 18th, 2019

SuperServers Optimized for the Full Range of NVIDIA GPUs and Market Segments Including the World's Most Powerful AI Training and Inferencing Systems On-Display at GTC 2019...

Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions and green computing technology, is showcasing the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of NVIDIA GPU servers at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2019 at the San Jose Convention Center, Booth #829 from March 18-21.

Leveraging NVIDIA GPU technology with Supermicro's system engineering expertise to design the most advanced server systems, Supermicro offers the industry a comprehensive portfolio of NVIDIA GPU systems. From NVIDIA Tesla, Quadro and GRID to the NVIDIA HGX-2 server architecture, Supermicro offers optimized SuperServers for the full range of market segments and applications, including VDI, professional visualization, transcoding, IoT, HPC, AI inferencing and deep learning...