IT News and Events  
September 14th, 2020 — September 20th, 2020
Volume 270, Issue 3
 
 
 
 
IT - CxO
What CEOs Want In A CIO: A Strategic Business Partner
CIO, September 14th, 2020

Research shows that CEOs are looking to CIOs to drive transformation and business strategy. Are you ready to step up?

"For years we've heard that change is constant in business. But now it's more than just constant; it's accelerating. While you can find plenty of articles that talk about how hard it is to lead organizational change, this environment couldn't be better for CIOs, especially the ones who are ready to show up differently and unlock strategic value for the business.

A recent Deloitte study finds that CEOs are looking for CIOs to step up as strategic business partners who will shepherd the organization through these ongoing cycles of accelerating transformation and disruption. They know that technology will play an increasingly important role in driving business strategy and performance going forward. Indeed, 93% of CEO respondents to the Deloitte survey say that technology is important in driving product and service innovation and 90% say technology is important for delivering top-line growth (compared to 82% and 83% of CIOs, respectively). With IT's end-to-end view of the enterprise, tech leaders are uniquely positioned to identify and lead industry-disrupting change..."
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In Uncertain Times, CISOs Have A Golden Opportunity
HelpNet Security, September 14th, 2020

Hackers are targeting everyone and taking advantage of fear, uncertainty, and a 24/7 news cycle that can dwell on a single theme for weeks on end

"The victim pool includes everyone from the global remote workforce (some working in industries that didn't know remote work was even feasible), to essential workers in labs working on vaccines or treatment plans for COVID-19.

According to Microsoft, phishing and social engineering attacks have jumped to 30,000 a day, and extremely sophisticated levels of ransomware attacks are up 800%. Ransomware's latest tactic is a conversion to doxware. Attackers steal company data before encrypting it and threaten to reveal that your organization has been hacked and that sensitive customer data has been compromised. So even if you have backups and don't pay the hackers, your reputation is still at risk..."
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Top 5 Executive Soft Skills CIOs Need To Lead Today
SearchCIO, September 14th, 2020

To help navigate through a crisis like the pandemic, IT executives are drawing on their leadership and interpersonal skills as much as -- if not more than -- their technical ones

"CIOs have experienced a significant change in what it takes to lead in 2020 and must now take novel approaches to engage their teams and colleagues, which in turn has shifted the types of skills needed.

CIOs first flexed their technical prowess as they enabled mass-scale work-from-home environments and spun up new tech offerings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But they quickly had to tap into their interpersonal skills and leadership abilities to manage a dispersed virtual workforce that's under tremendous pressure to deliver at a time of great uncertainty..."
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10 Lies CIOs Tell Themselves About Their Agile Practices
CIO, September 16th, 2020

Seeking to accelerate software delivery, IT organizations are embracing agile but all-too-common self-deceptions and persistent problems have most falling short

"Most organizations now use agile software delivery models, with the No. 1 goal of delivering new capabilities as fast as possible.

Consider the numbers: The 14th Annual State of Agile report, released in May 2020 by Digital.ai, found that 95 percent of respondents say their organizations practice agile, and that the top reasons for doing so are to accelerate software delivery, to enhance the ability to manage changing priorities and to increase productivity..."
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4 Realities Of Hybrid Working That CIOs Must Address
The Enterprisers Project, September 17th, 2020

From meeting dynamics to merging toolsets, these issues demand attention now that we are through the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic. CIO Kevin Neifert shares priorities

"Ever since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, my priorities - and those of other CIOs - have been turned upside-down. Pre-pandemic, our basic infrastructure was in good shape, aligned to our business model, and working well. This allowed us to focus on things like doing more with big data analytics and engaging IT in new business pursuits.

But all of a sudden, that changed. Overnight, we had to figure out how to move our business to a remote model. We were adding VPN capacity to our infrastructure and ensuring that people had the gear they needed to work from home. Our focus, our priorities, and our mindset instantly shifted..."
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As Companies Face Remote Work Challenges, The Spotlight Is On CIOs
ITProPortal, September 17th, 2020

The long-term negative effects of remote work are emerging - and CIOs can quell them

"CIOs have been in the fight of their lives since the coronavirus pandemic broke out in the U.S. in March. From site overloads to denial-of-service attacks, the technical challenges of transitioning entire companies to remote operations were overwhelming.

As one CIO said in a McKinsey report, 'All eyes are on me. And I'm trying to deal with exploding online loads, people working remotely, new cyberthreats. Every day it's something new.' There's no doubt CIOs around the country - and the world - identified with this person's words..."
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Bed Bath & Beyond's Digital Transformation
Zdnet, September 17th, 2020

Bed Bath & Beyond is racing to develop its digital efforts and is looking to Google Cloud's analytics and data services to give it a boost

"Bed Bath & Beyond, which is in the middle of a turnaround and shift to digital sales, is betting that Google Cloud's analytics tools can play a big role.

Google Cloud and Bed Bath & Beyond said Thursday that the retailer will use BigQuery for machine learning and analytics so it can create an omnichannel shopping experience. Bed Bath & Beyond will also use Google Cloud to optimize its fulfillment strategy..."
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CTO Challenges Around The Return To The Workplace
InformationAge, September 17th, 2020

Stephen Murphy, CEO of Genesis, talks about the challenges that CTOs face when it comes to organisations returning to work at the office

"While financial services employees have been heading back to their 'desks', firms are figuring out the governance, structural and cost realities of what it means to reopen COVID-safe offices. Some banks are introducing staff rotation models, others have publicly stated they do not mandate a return to the workplace for many months to come. Whatever the corporate preference, working from home will dominate into the budget season, the 2021 priority-setting season, and throughout the final calendar quarter of 2021..."
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How COVID-19 Has Changed It's Focus And Plans For 2021
Computerworld, September 15th, 2020

Bread-and-butter investments to modernize workforce systems and improve IT operations are the post-pandemic focus for IT buyers in North America and Europe, a survey shows

"The COVID-19 pandemic - and the lockdowns that followed last spring - wrought changes across IT operations and strategy as businesses and employees adjusted to a new environment. But what changes were made, and which ones are likely to last?

Spiceworks Ziff Davis, a B2B tech marketplace, polled 1,073 IT buyers in North America and Europe in June and July 2020 to find out. The results in its 2021 State of IT report, released today, show that the pandemic-fueled transformation will continue, affecting both planning and budgets for the long term..."
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Skills And Traits Of A Business-Savvy CISO
CSO Online, September 17th, 2020

CISOs looking to advance their careers or land a plum job must prove they are really on top of their game. Here's what recruiters say sets business-savvy CISOs apart

"What does it mean to be 'business-savvy?'

A broad and somewhat vague term, being business-savvy can cover everything from having a formal business education or background to demonstrating a strong understanding of an organization's mission and industry or being responsible for hands-on business deliverables..."
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CISOs Struggling To Prep For Security Audits
HelpNet Security, September 16th, 2020

Calendars for security and compliance audits are largely unchanged despite COVID-19, yet the pandemic is straining teams as they work remotely, according to Shujinko

"Moreover, CISOs are tasked with preparing for more than three audits on average in the next 6-12 months, but struggle with inadequate tools, limited budgets and personnel, and inefficient manual processes.

Furthermore, the results show that migration to the cloud is dramatically increasing the scope and complexity of audit preparation, obsoleting old methods and approaches..."
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Enterprise Architecture Strategy Experts Offer Pandemic Tips
SearchCIO, September 16th, 2020

Enterprise architecture experts offer up advice and tips for organizations coping with budget constraints and staffing pressures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

"Enterprise architecture teams coping with IT budget constraints and staff cuts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic should seize the moment to provide strategic leadership to their businesses, experts advise..."

"Now is the opportunity for them to approach how they architect their business and their technology in a much more strategic way," said Betsy Burton, vice president of research and a fellow at Aragon Research Inc. "It's not time to just brush up your old business strategy. Doing business the same way is not going to address long-term issues."
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IT - CxO Events
Reduce the Costs And Risks Associated With IT Modernization Projects (Sept. 24th)
Thursday, September 24th, 2020: 2:00 PM

Join CIO on Thursday, September 24, at 2:00 pm ET to learn how top CIOs are drastically reducing the costs and risks associated with IT modernization projects.

Apply to attend today.

During this virtual roundtable, we'll discuss how even though a key component of any digital transformation strategy is improving the customer experience, only 72% of enterprise executives believe that access to data is a major bottleneck to a modern customer experience. To remove this data bottleneck, enterprises must leverage modern data management practices enabling the synchronization of data across systems and clouds.

Join us as we discuss these topics and more:

  • DataOps Methodology
  • The benefits of synchronizing data across systems to test applications that orchestrate customer workflow
  • Creating agility for core application updates with on-demand data
  • How to streamline the CI/CD pipeline to release features faster
  • Securing data to share with teams inside and outside your organization

The CIO virtual roundtable experience, in partnership with Delphix, delivers:

  • A live video meeting led by Ken Piddington, CIO Contributing Editor.
  • An intimate, gathering of senior IT leaders, from diverse industries, all grappling with similar issues.
  • A secure, private conversation open only to a carefully vetted group (no recording, no playback).

Space is limited so apply today.

Virtual Roundtables are learning and networking opportunities for IT executives (i.e., C-level, VP and director titles) from organizations with 500 or more employees. Attendees must be involved in the purchase, evaluation and recommendation of IT products/services; and/or have IT policy responsibility within their organization. All applications to attend are carefully reviewed and their information verified. Registrants will be notified promptly about the status of their application. Analysts, venture capitalists, sales, marketing or consulting staff from non-sponsoring technology or technology-related companies do not qualify to attend. All participants are subject to IDG approval.

Sponsored by CIO and Delphix.
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The Future of Data Layer Strategies: Trends & Innovations (Sept. 29th)
Tuesday, September 29th, 2020: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

BWG Connect invites senior IT managers to participate in a candid, interactive, peer-to-peer, industry discussion. Hear from your peers on the importance of Digital Transformation, strategies being implemented and challenges being faced!

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Transformative technologies have continually reshaped and accelerated the database industry for decades. Agility and resilience are the keys to survival. As the role of data and analytics continues to expand and become more mission critical, these trends are pushing the limits of current approaches, leading to cycles of rapid innovation to meet new customer demands. To stay ahead of the curve, it is paramount to keep your data layer at the forefront of your technology strategy to preserve your agility and resilience in such uncertain times.

Redis Labs and BWG Connect invite you to candid interactive industry discussion. Hear from Rachel Stephens, Analyst at RedMonk and Mike Anand, VP of Product Marketing at Redis Labs discuss the top data and analytic trends that are crucial to drive innovation, and optimize your business for competitive advantage.

Discussion Topics

  • How to leverage top database trends to resource optimize, reinvent processes, and reshape business models
  • Where to enhance and prioritize investments that have become first class in the database world
  • Identifying technology trends, and those with the biggest potential impact on an organization's competitive advantage

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

There are no sales pitches, presentations or costs to join, but space is limited and all participants are subject to BWG approval.

This event is co-hosted by BWG Connect and Redis Labs
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How China's Cyber Threat Groups Support Beijing's Geopolitical Objectives (Sept. 30th)
Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 BST

It's no secret that Beijing has ambitious plans to reposition itself as the world's superpower - one of the keys to its success has been its ability to deploy its cyber units to conduct state-endorsed operations.

Recorded Future researchers have examined China's core geopolitical objectives to explore how Chinese cyber threat groups have evolved to support them. Our analyses have revealed which threat actors have been particularly active, which geopolitical objectives are motivating them to carry out these cyberattacks, and what we might expect to see in the coming years.

Join us on Wednesday, 30 September at 10:00 AM BST for an interactive webinar on how China's cyber threat groups are supporting Beijing's geopolitical objectives, and learn how Recorded Future is helping organisations tackle the evolving threat landscape.
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Understanding and Reducing the Cost of Cloud Storage (Sept. 30th)
Wednesday, September 30th, 2020: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

BWG Connect invites senior IT managers to participate in a candid, interactive, peer-to-peer, industry discussion. Hear from your peers on the importance of Digital Transformation, strategies being implemented and challenges being faced!

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BWG Connect invites senior IT managers to participate in a candid, interactive, peer-to-peer, industry discussion. Hear from your peers on the importance of Digital Transformation, strategies being implemented and challenges being faced!

Discussion Topics

  • Understanding the total cost of data storage - Best practices for managing down the TCO of cloud storage

  • Fixed vs variable costs - Forecasting variable costs of data storage

  • AWS, GCP, Azure Cloud Storage TCOs

  • Cost profile of on-premise, colocation, and AWS cloud storage

  • Storage service level tiers and relative costs

  • Various licensing and payment models for data storage

  • Fixed cost, pay per consumption, reserved instances, subscription services

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

There are no sales pitches, presentations or costs to join, but space is limited and all participants are subject to BWG approval.

This event is co-hosted by BWG Connect and Pure Storage
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Florida CIO Virtual Town Hall - Achieving Business Transparency (Sept. 30th)
Wednesday, September 30th, 2020: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Business transparency and trust is more important than ever for CIOs and CISOs to drive competitive advantage, mitigate risk, and ultimately create business value.

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To maintain operations in fast-paced business environments, technology and security leaders must build trust across the C-suite and create a common vision and purpose. Business transparency and collaborative decision-making can create invaluable champions in the board, employees, and customers. By embracing transparency and aligning IT and security strategy to the business, CIOs and CISOs can drive competitive advantage, mitigate risk, and ultimately create business value.

Hosted by Evanta, a Gartner Company
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2020 HMG Live! Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit (Oct 1st.)
Thursday, October 1st, 2020: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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The global pandemic has created unthinkable circumstances for business and for society. But one constant as we work through the business challenges spawned by this international crisis is the empathetic leadership that technology executives are demonstrating to their teams to help keep them safe, secure and engaged. The key for CIOs, CISOs and other technology executives to drive success for their companies is to draw from their past and current experiences in the current crisis and to apply a fresh mindset in leading the business forward into a brighter future with courage and compassion.

In this Digital Summit, top technology executives will share their advice on the roles that CIOs and tech leaders can play in driving innovation, reshaping the business and fashioning the future of work.

You'll also discover:

  • Successful approaches to leading authentically to strengthen employee engagement and motivation
  • Recommendations for driving innovation and business transformation with the C-suite
  • The challenges posed by a hybrid workforce model, along with fresh ideas on how to address them
  • How to keep employees inspired and feeling safe and secure to deliver positive business outcomes

Hosted by HMG Strategy
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Managing Insider Risk in the Remote Era (Oct 1st)
Thursday, October 1st, 2020: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EST)

Join us Thursday, October 1, at 12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT to learn how top CSOs are managing insider risk in the remote era.

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In this virtual roundtable we'll discuss how insider risk has always been an issue that businesses have had to address. But the new work model, with users scattered to the winds, is exposing organizations to greater risks originating from their users driven by the current work dynamic. While every business should have an insider risk program in place, 2020 is showing us why it's important to push insider risk up the list of priorities.

Many are realizing that with a vastly distributed workforce, users can pose a significantly elevated risk to the business. While those risks often arise in response to users just trying to get their jobs done, we're seeing concerted and sophisticated efforts, across many industries, to compromise those users.

Hosted by CSO and Code42
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Accelerating the New Intelligent Data Center
Wednesday, October 14th, 2020: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

BWG Connect invites senior IT managers to participate in a candid interactive industry discussion. Hear from your peers about concrete lessons learned & real-world challenges faced during these unprecedented times.

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Discussion Topics

  • Accelerating applications within the data center

  • Increasing infrastructure deployment speed and accuracy

  • Adopting Automation

  • What initiatives are you de-prioritizing/prioritizing

  • What is happening to your Q3/Q4 IT spend to address the crisis

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 | 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST

There are no sales pitches, presentations or costs to join, but space is limited and all participants are subject to BWG approval.

This event is co-hosted by BWG Connect, NVIDEA, and Cambridge Computer
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IT - Storage
7 Leading Storage Area Network Products And Vendors
SearchStorage, September 14th, 2020

Before selecting a SAN product, learn which features seven market-leading storage vendors provide organizations of all sizes and how they distinguish their products

"Choosing a storage area network can be a daunting task when comparing products and trying to understand their differences. IT decision-makers must consider a range of factors, including scalability, performance, availability, management and data protection.

Here, we examine the following storage area network products:..."
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Where SSDs Make Sense In The Modern Data Center
techradar.pro, September 15th, 2020

Not all workloads require the performance boost that SSDs provide

"Flash technology is nothing new. SSDs have been around long enough now that the industry has seen them graduate from being a high-priced luxury to the standard media used in storage arrays across the spectrum of devices and computing platforms.

Specialized use cases where performance is king, like high-frequency trading, AI/ML, and supercomputing have taken advantage of SSDs for years. Major cloud providers have been consuming massive quantities of flash storage in a technological arms race to provide potential customers with the greatest user experience. Over the last few years, however, all-flash arrays have begun to arrive as an option in mainstream storage price-bands, no longer out of reach to those with limited IT budgets..."
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2020 Strategic Roadmap For Storage According To Gartner
StorageNewsletter, September 16th, 2020

I&O leaders must invest in application-aware infrastructure, embrace infrastructure-led-innovation and modernize storage systems for hybrid cloud services

"Advanced storage technologies and consumption-based IT services provide the agility and flexibility needed to thrive in a digital economy. Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) leaders must invest in application-aware infrastructure, embrace infrastructure-led-innovation and modernize storage systems for hybrid cloud services..."
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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using A SAN
SearchStorage, September 15th, 2020

SAN benefits include speed, scalability and fault tolerance, but the technology isn't without its drawbacks. Cost and complexity are big concerns for smaller organizations

"SANs have become increasingly popular over the years, but they aren't necessarily the right choice for every organization. Before deploying one, organizations should carefully consider storage area network advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of a storage area network

  • Fast
  • Easy to scale
  • Fault tolerant
  • Better hard disk utilization

One of the biggest advantages of using a storage area network is that SANs generally provide better performance than competing technologies, such as NAS..."
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Five Signs It's Time To Think About File Storage Modernization
ITProPortal, September 17th, 2020

Is it time to consider modernizing your data storage infrastructure?

"If your enterprise is still using a local file storage solution, such as NAS or local file servers, it may be time to consider modernizing your data storage infrastructure to support an increasingly distributed workforce and maximize data security and compliance using edge-to-cloud storage services.

Here are five key signs that you need to start thinking about file storage modernization..."
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Top 5 Programming Languages For Data Scientists To Learn
TechRepublic, September 16th, 2020

Data scientists working with large data sets or in high-performance computational environments may find these programming languages essential to extracting data quickly and effortlessly

"Data science is a field focused on extracting knowledge from data. Put into lay terms, obtaining detailed information applying scientific concepts to large sets of data used to inform high-level decision-making. Take the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic for example: Government officials are analyzing data sets retrieved from a variety of sources, like contact tracing, infection, mortality rates, and location-based data to determine which areas are impacted and how to best adjust on-going support models to provide help where it is most needed while trying to curb infection rates..."
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Seagate Adds Another 18Tb Hard Disk Drive To Its Portfolio
techradar.pro, September 17th, 2020

Seagate's new HDD allows to store 4320TB per rack

"Seagate on Thursday officially unveiled its Exos X18 hard drives that have been shipping to select customers for a while. The new drives are designed for hyperscalers, datacenters, and enterprise NAS systems that require maximum capacity, reliability, and 24/7 availability.

The Seagate Exos X18 is the company's 5th generation family of helium-filled 3.5-inch hard drives with a 7200 RPM spindle speed. The HDDs can store 16TB or 18TB of data using eight or nine platters. The HDDs rely on conventional magnetic recording to ensure predictable write performance. Being aimed at various customers with different servers, the Exos X18 may use a SATA or SAS interface as well as 512e or 4KN formatting. The SATA version features an average power consumption of 5.3W, whereas the SAS version consumes 5.8W..."
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SAN Management Best Practices For Optimizing Performance
SearchStorage, September 15th, 2020

SANs consolidate resources and provide a high-speed network for storage traffic, but that doesn't mean you're off the hook when it comes to performance management

"Storage area networks can deliver the performance required by even the most demanding enterprise workloads. Even so, there are several SAN management best practices that must be followed to achieve the optimal performance.

Infrastructure management

One of the key tasks required for keeping a storage system healthy is to proactively monitor the storage infrastructure. SAN vendors generally provide a management tool that you can use to configure and monitor their products, but third-party management tools are also widely available..."
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IT - Security
Gartner: Privileged Access Management A Must In 2020
SearchSecurity, September 15th, 2020

Gartner's 2020 Security & Risk Management Summit focused on the importance of privileged access management to cybersecurity as threat actors increasingly target admin credentials

"Several sessions at Gartner's 2020 Security & Risk Management Summit this week focused on the importance of privileged access management to cybersecurity, and how threat actors have increasingly focused efforts to hijack or obtain privileged accounts. In a Monday session titled "Outlook for Identity and Access Management," Gartner senior research director David Mahdi discussed what a successful identity and access management (IAM) program looks like in 2020, as well as the growing importance of privileged access management and other topics..."
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Banks Report Surge In Impersonation Scams
ComputerWeekly, September 16th, 2020

Fraudsters are using the COVID-19 crisis to trick people into transferring money to them

"According to banking trade group UK Finance, banks reported about 15,000 impersonation scans during the period, resulting in the theft of 58m IK pounds.

Impersonation scams involve consumers receiving an email, text or telephone call from a scammer claiming to be from an organisation such as a bank, the police or government, and asking them to make payment.

In addition, UK Finance identified that, as a result of home working, there had also been an increase in fraudsters impersonating IT departments or software companies demanding payments to fix problems with people's internet connection or broadband or attempting to gain remote access to the victim's computer..."
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Threats From The Digital World Lead To Greater Cyber Security Concerns
ITProPortal, September 14th, 2020

Organizations will have to adapt quickly to survive when digital and physical worlds collide

"The digital and physical worlds are on an irreversible collision course. By 2022, organizations will be plunged into crisis as ruthless attackers exploit weaknesses in immature technologies and take advantage of an unprepared workforce. At the same time, natural forces will ravage infrastructure.

Over the coming years, organizations will experience growing disruption as threats from the digital world have an impact on the physical. Invasive technologies will be adopted across both industrial and consumer markets, creating an increasingly turbulent and unpredictable security environment. The requirement for a flexible approach to security and resilience will be crucial as a hybrid threat environment emerges..."
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A Computer Can Guess More Than 100,000,000,000 Passwords Per Second. Still Think Yours Is Secure?
GCN, September 15th, 2020

The ConversationPasswords have been used for thousands of years, as a means of identifying ourselves to others and in more recent times, to computers

"It's a simple concept," writes Paul Haskell-Dowland in 'url "https://gcn.com/articles/2020/09/15/password-security.aspx" "GCN"' " - a shared piece of information, kept secret between individuals and used to 'prove' identity.

Passwords in an IT context emerged in the 1960s with mainframe computers (large centrally operated computers with remote 'terminals' for user access). They're now used for everything from the PIN we enter at an ATM, to logging in to our computers and various websites..."
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About Your Remote Access Policy: It's Time For An Update
Network Computing, September 18th, 2020

Times have changed, with more employees working from home. Has your enterprise's remote access policy kept pace with the arrival of new users, tasks, access technologies, and threats?

"With more employees than ever working from home, it's important to examine your organization's remote network access policy to ensure that it's still meeting its goal of protecting the enterprise network from misuse and attacks.

The biggest mistake organizations make when creating or updating their remote access policy is not taking enough time to understand the current threat landscape, said Tim Singleton, president of Strive Technology Consulting, a Denver-area IT services provider..."
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Gartner: Securing Remote Workforce A Top Priority
SearchSecurity, September 16th, 2020

In a COVID-19 pandemic world with new security threats and risks emerging, Gartner analysts discussed the urgency of securing access and devices for remote employees

"After Gartner re-examined its 2020 forecast in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, analysts now recommend securing the remote workforce as a top priority for enterprises.

Several sessions at Gartner's 2020 Security and Risk Management Summit this week featured pandemic-related topics, including Monday's presentation, titled "Top Projects for 2020-2021," with Gartner senior director and analyst Brian Reed, which outlined how organizations can build projects to secure remote workers. Other sessions included "The Future of Endpoint Management and Security in a Post-COVID-19 World" with Gartner research director Rob Smith..."
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More Cyberattacks In The First Half Of 2020 Than In All Of 2019
Dark Reading, September 15th, 2020

The pandemic-related shift to remote work and the growing availability of ransomware-as-a-service were two major drivers, CrowdStrike says

"A study by CrowdStrike of recent threat activity on networks belonging to its customers showed more intrusion attempts in the first six months of this year than in all of 2019.

The security vendor's threat-hunting team blocked some 41,000 potential intrusions just between Jan. 1 and June 30 this year compared with 35,000 for all of last year. Incidents of hands-on-keyboard intrusions in the first six months of 2020 - where a threat actor is actively engaged in malicious activity - was some 154% higher than the number of similar instances that CrowdStrike's researchers observed in 2019..."
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Securing The Edge: 5 Best Practices
CSO Online, September 14th, 2020

Considering how much is at stake in terms of data and infrastructure exposure, companies looking to take advantage of edge computing's promise will need to take steps to mitigate the risks

"For a growing number of companies, the 'edge' of the enterprise network is an increasing focal point of IT investments. This is where they are aiming to bolster data storage, processing, and analytics capabilities to generate business insights from data gathered from connected devices and systems.

Optical and photonic products manufacturer Lumentum has employed an edge strategy with local compute and storage arrays to deal with the large volume of data generated during the manufacturing and testing process..."
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Why VPNs Alone Won't Secure Your Remote Employees
techradar.pro, September 15th, 2020

Hackers have begun to exploit VPN services to gain access to corporate networks

"As organizations were forced to let their employees work from home during the pandemic, many turned to VPN services as a means to allow them to connect to their corporate networks remotely. Cybercriminals were well aware of this and they began exploiting VPNs to gain access to corporate networks. Outdated software and poor security practices were used to gain access to organization's VPNs but attackers have also begun to use voice phishing or vishing to steal VPN credentials from remote workers..."
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10 Tips To Improve Your Company's Cybersecurity Strategy In The Post-Coronavirus World
ITProPortal, September 18th, 2020

10 steps companies can take to protect employees and digital assets during the COVID-19 crisis

"As we all adapt to our 'new normal' of increased digitization amid the coronavirus pandemic, cybercriminals have not relented from seeking ways to exploit the crisis and find cracks in our digital systems. Millions of Americans have shifted to remote working, presenting a unique threat to personal data and company-wide systems and threatening collapse for organizations that are ill-prepared..."
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What Are The Habits Of Highly Effective CISOs?
ComputerWeekly, September 17th, 2020

Data crunched by Gartner analysts reveals the behaviours that differentiate the top-performing chief information security officers from the pack

"The most effective chief information security officers (CISOs) demonstrate exceptional ability to execute against four key metrics - functional leadership, information security service delivery, scaled governance and enterprise responsiveness - but only 12% of them meet the grade against all four criteria, according to new data presented by Gartner at its annual Security and Risk Management Summit..."
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IT - CRM
Rethink Your Relationship With CRM: Why Your CRM Might Fail And How To Fix It
Business 2 Community, September 16th, 2020

During a crisis, companies are understandably selective about the tools they use. They don't want to spend a penny on the tools that don't pay off. Still, they realize that customer-centricity should be at the core of their business, fostering personalization, and driving loyalty and business growth

"There are many ways to move towards customer-centricity. Employ a support team with astonishing interpersonal skills, start sharing highly engaging content and establish closer relationships with your customers. Better still, ensure all those factors are in line with the implementation of a CRM system.

The truth behind this statement is twisted. CRMs are only ineffective when implemented incorrectly. Usually, a simple revision of the approach can be enough to convince a business to give CRMs another chance. Especially since the positive effects of it are so delicious..."
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IT - HR
Top 10 Video Interviewing Tools For A Virtual Hiring Toolkit
SearchHRSoftware, September 16th, 2020

Video interviewing tools are essential in every modern recruiter's toolkit. Learn what 10 of the top tools offer and some of the HR systems they integrate with

"A great video interviewing tool is critical to successful remote hiring.

When governments began issuing stay-at-home mandates as the COVID-19 pandemic spread during early 2020, employers were quick to shift their talent acquisition efforts online. Companies such as Amazon, Google and LinkedIn began conducting most job interviews using video tools, according to the Society for Human Resource Management..."
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Upskilling Your Employees: Top 10 Benefits
Business 2 Community, September 14th, 2020

Let's have a quiz: if you had just one skill to equip your employees with, what would that be?

"If your response was something like: 'I want my employees to master X software,' you might want to reconsider. Because a new, more shiny app could replace that software tool in less than six months from now, and your wish would have gone to waste. But what if you didn't have to pick, and you were able to develop your employees' complete skillsets instead of just one skill? This is what employee upskilling does: it builds well-equipped, agile teams that can adjust to, or even lead, change..."
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IT - AI
3 Hurdles To Overcome For AI And Machine Learning
Information Age, September 17th, 2020

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have distinct limitations. Businesses looking to implement AI need to understand where these boundaries are drawn

"Although we are still in the infancy of the AI revolution, there's not much artificial intelligence can't do. From business dilemmas to societal issues, it is being asked to solve thorny problems that lack traditional solutions. Possessing this endless promise, are there any limits to what AI can do?

Yes, artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML) do have some distinct limitations. Any organization looking to implement AI needs to understand where these boundaries are drawn so they don't get themselves into trouble thinking artificial intelligence is something it's not. Let's take a look at three key areas where AI gets tripped up..."
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AI Bias: Why It Happens And How Companies Can Address It
Information Age, September 15th, 2020

As artificial intelligence becomes more prevalent throughout business and society, companies need to be mindful of human bias creeping into their machine models

"As artificial intelligence becomes more prevalent throughout business and society, companies need to be mindful of human bias creeping into their machine models

The old saying 'you get out what you put in' certainly applies when training an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm. This is especially true in a business context, where the purpose of the AI may be to interact with customers, manage automated systems or mimic human decision making. It's critical that the outcomes match the objectives. However, it's also vital that companies are able to address any incidence of bias that may skew how an AI responds to instructions or requests..."
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How To Build A Fair AI System
datanami, September 15th, 2020

AI is being rapidly deployed at companies across industries, with businesses projected to double their spending in AI systems in the next three years

"But AI is not the easiest technology to deploy, and even fully functional AI systems can pose business and customer risks. One key risk highlighted by recent news stories on AI in credit-lending, hiring, and healthcare applications is the potential for bias. As a consequence, some of these companies are being regulated by government agencies to ensure their AI models are fair.

ML models are trained on real-world examples to mimic historical outcomes on unseen data. This training data could be biased for several reasons, including limited number of data items representing protected groups and the potential for human bias to creep in during curation of the data. Unfortunately, models trained on biased data often perpetuate the biases in the decisions they make..."
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Luther.AI Is A New AI Tool That Acts Like Google For Personal Conversations
TechCrunch, September 16th, 2020

When it comes to pop culture, a company executive or history questions, most of us use Google as a memory crutch to recall information we can't always keep in our heads, but Google can't help you remember the name of your client's spouse or the great idea you came up with at a meeting the other day

"Enter Luther.AI, which purports to be Google for your memory by capturing and transcribing audio recordings, while using AI to deliver the right information from your virtual memory bank in the moment of another online conversation or via search.

The company is releasing an initial browser-based version of their product this week at TechCrunch Disrupt where it's competing for the $100,000 prize at TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield..."
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US Library Of Congress Launches AI Tool That Lets You Search 16 Million Old Newspaper Pages For Historical Images
TheNextWeb, September 16th, 2020

The dataset includes more than 1.5 million newspaper photos

"The US Library of Congress has released an AI tool that lets you search through 16 million historical newspaper pages for images that help explain the stories of the past.

The Newspaper Navigator shows how seminal events and characters, such as wars and presidents, have been depicted in the press. Jim Casey, an assistant professor of African American Studies at Penn State University who's tested the tool, said it would add a visual component to his historical research:..."
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IT - Humor
And The Motherboard Slipped Right Out
Computerworld, September 15th, 2020

It's a whole new category of PC abuse

"It's the '90s, and this pilot fish is working in a company that makes a national brand of snack cake. When a co-worker on the help desk gets a call saying that the computer in the shortening-pumping room has stopped working, fish decides to tag along.

They find the sanitation crew mopping up several hundred pounds of shortening that had escaped from a broken pipe coupler. Sitting on the floor is the PC that has stopped working, a Dell GX1. The height of the flood is plain to see from the high-shortening mark on the PC's case: around four inches..."
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Memory-Lane Monday: Sneakynet
Computerworld, September 14th, 2020

The legal mind at work

This contractor pilot fish is at a client site - and, as usual, he and his cohorts are dealing with issues that weren't originally contemplated when they were brought in.

"The network was going crazy," fish reports. 'This was a big site, with lots of routers and subnets, all carefully segregated. Something was hosing this big time, and sniffers told us we were seeing 'contamination' between subnets."
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Wayback Wednesday: A Little Too Literal-Minded
Computerworld, September 16th, 2020

But you DID demo it that way

"This pilot fish takes a job teaching at a local college, and his office is right next to the IT department.

'I helped out between classes when the IT guys were swamped,' says fish. 'One day while the IT staff was out to lunch, I heard the phone ring and no one was manning the help desk, so I fielded the call.'

The caller is the office manager, and she's complaining that her printer won't print. Fish doesn't have a class for a couple of hours, so he decides to see what he can do and heads to her office..."
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IT - Technology
Facebook Will Release Its First AR Glasses In 2021
VentureBeat, September 16th, 2020

During Facebook Connect - the replacement for the AR/VR event previously known as Oculus Connect - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said today that the company is planning to release its first pair of augmented reality glasses in 2021

"While the company's Oculus unit has become a leading provider of VR headsets, Facebook has touted AR as the next major frontier for computing, and this release date could spread the next-generation technology to the masses earlier than expected.

Zuckerberg confirmed that it has been working with fashion eyewear company EssilorLuxottica to create the 'smart glasses' product and suggested that it will be cosmetically appealing, arriving under the Ray-Ban brand name. The companies haven't yet revealed imagery of the glasses, but it's important to note that there are at least two stages to Facebook's plans - an initial wearable with basic functionality, then a future fully functional AR device with more features. Facebook confirmed its multiple prototype strategy last year..."
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IBM Publishes Its Quantum Roadmap, Says It Will Have A 1,000-Qubit Machine In 2023
TechCrunch, September 15th, 2020

The most important news in the short term is that the company believes it is on its way to building a quantum processor with more than 1,000 qubits - and somewhere between 10 and 50 logical qubits - by the end of 2023

"Currently, the company's quantum processors top out at 65 qubits. It plans to launch a 127-qubit processor next year and a 433-qubit machine in 2022. To get to this point, IBM is also building a completely new dilution refrigerator to house these larger chips, as well as the technology to connect multiple of these units to build a system akin to today's multi-core architectures in classical chips..."
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Qualcomm Targets The Enterprise With 16-Core Cloud AI 100 Inference Chip
siliconANGLE, September 16th, 2020

Qualcomm Inc. today shared technical details about the Cloud AI 100, an artificial intelligence chip with which it hopes to seize upon the growing enterprise demand for machine learning hardware

"Qualcomm's entry into the AI chip segment could put more pressure on market leader Nvidia Corp. in a time when it also faces rising competition elsewhere. Notably, Intel Corp. is currently preparing to launch a series of data center graphics cards.

Qualcomm announced the Cloud AI 100 early last year but didn't provide information about its capabilities. What has changed since, the company says, is that an initial set of units has been successfully manufactured and sent out to early users. The chipmaker expects to start volume shipments in 2021..."
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IT - BI
8 Top Open Source Intelligence Tools
CSO Online, September 15th, 2020

Find sensitive public info before the bad guys do

"OSINT, or open source intelligence, is the practice of collecting information from published or otherwise publicly available sources. OSINT operations, whether practiced by IT security pros, malicious hackers, or state-sanctioned intelligence operatives, use advanced techniques to search through the vast haystack of visible data to find the needles they're looking for to achieve their goals - and learn information that many don't realize is public. Open source in this context doesn't refer to the open source software movement, although many OSINT tools are open source; instead, it describes the public nature of the data being analyzed..."
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IT - PM
A Project Manager's Short Guide To Effective Problem-Solving In 6 Steps
Project Smart, September 19th, 2020

For project managers and business analysts, effective problem-solving remains an ever-important soft skill that requires you to combine creative thinking and strong analytical skills

"The simple six-step process outlined below will help you master effective problem-solving - a skill that will provide you with the ability to bring a new perspective to problems, helping you to design, and implement, effective solutions.

Step #1: Identify the Problem

First, make sure you're dealing with the real problem, not just its symptoms. In information technology, we use root cause analysis to trace back to the origin of a problem. Take the time needed to do this tracing and discover the real reason for a problem by looking at it from different angles..."
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Project Management: Four Ways CTOs Can Make A Difference
ZDNet, September 17th, 2020

From technical knowledge to department-building and goal-setting, here's the skills you need to hone if you want to become a great CTO with a highly effective team

"Technological expertise is in higher demand than ever before - and that need is leading to a rise in the prominence of CTOs.

Businesses were already looking for technologists that could help them exploit digital and data; add in the impact of the coronavirus pandemic - and the rapid establishment of cloud-based remote-working strategies - and the demand has become acute this year..."
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IT - Operations
Microsoft Finds Underwater Data Centers Practical
Data Center Knowledge, September 14th, 2020

Its researchers have pulled their second Project Natick experimental data center out of the ocean in Scotland

"Underwater data centers are a go, Microsoft said Monday, a couple months after its researchers pulled their experimental sealed capsule of a data center out of the ocean off the shores of Orkney Islands, in Scotland, where it had been since spring 2018.

Not only is this submarine data center design feasible and practical, they said, the experiment has demonstrated that servers deployed in a static, dry nitrogen environment fail at a rate that's 1/8th of the failure rate of servers deployed in a typical data center on dry land, where 'corrosion from oxygen and humidity, temperature fluctuations and bumps and jostles from people who replace broken components are all variables that can contribute to equipment failure'..."
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IT - Server
IDC Reports Jump In Server Sales, Decline In Storage Revenue
Networldworld, September 16th, 2020

On the surface it would seem contradictory for one market to rise and another to fall, but there is a pattern here

"IDC released two surveys last week with seemingly contradictory results, but there is an underlying pattern: For now, on-premises hardware sales are dipping, while cloud sales are booming.

In its Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, vendor revenue in the global server market grew 19.8% year over year in the second calendar quarter of 2020 to $24.0 billion, while worldwide server shipments grew 18.4% to nearly 3.2 million units in the same time period..."
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Worldwide Converged Systems Market Declines 4.5% Year Over Year During The Second Quarter Of 2020, According To IDC
IDC, September 14th, 2020

Worldwide converged systems market revenue decreased 4.5% year over year to $3.9 billion during the second quarter of 2020 (2Q20)

"The overall converged systems market showed a decline during a difficult second quarter as broader weakness in enterprise buying across server and storage also impacted HCI," said Paul Maguranis, senior research analyst, Infrastructure Platforms and Technologies at IDC. "The certified reference systems & integrated infrastructure and integrated platforms segments both declined this quarter while the hyperconverged systems segment was able to witness modest growth despite headwinds in the market. This growth was mostly due to strong HCI performance in Asia/Pacific, especially in China and Japan."
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IT - Linux
Linux Foundation Launches New Entry-Level IT Certification
ZDNet, September 18th, 2020

Like it or not, certifications are important for getting ahead in technology. The Linux Foundation wants to help by launching a new, entry-level certification: The Linux Foundation Certified IT Associate (LFCA)

"If you're Linus Torvalds, you don't need a certification to get a job. People know who you are. But most of us trying to get a start in technology need a certification. Now, The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit, open-source powerhouse organization, and Certiverse, a certification testing startup, have announced they're working on a new entry-level IT certification offering: The Linux Foundation Certified IT Associate (LFCA)..."
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PeopleTek News
Colleagues You Want Around
Oracle News, September 14th, 2020

Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat people - your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way - Barbara Bush

"What type of co-workers do you like to surround yourself with? Probably those who have the necessary skills to contribute to goal attainment, but what else? Common desired skills include the ability to trust, the desire for results, being accountable, but there's more.

What about someone that is just fun to be around and has an upbeat personality?..."
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IT - Cloud
Compare Top Confidential Computing Vendors
eWeek, September 14th, 2020

How does one secure "data in use"? Think of it as a logical next step beyond conventional solutions, like encrypting data when it is at rest (in storage environments) and in transit (being moved across networks). These companies are the best in the world at this time

"What, in fact, is confidential computing?

Confidential computing is an emerging approach to encrypting data while it is running in memory. The phrase "confidential computing" describes services and solutions that fully protect information across the entire scope of its use in business, from the build process to management functions to data-driven services and functions..."
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How To Deal With The Challenges Of Cloud Storage vs. SAN
SearchStorage, September 18th, 2020

Whether you're managing cloud storage or a local SAN, both have issues. Compare 13 areas where SAN and cloud storage challenges can arise and find out how to deal with them

"By moving data storage to the cloud, businesses can focus more on the core competencies of supporting their business model.

For instance, cloud services simplify the data center backup and recovery processes, enabling a smaller staff to manage them. You no longer must manage a large backup infrastructure but, instead, can handle recovery with a few mouse clicks. Large cloud providers offer data redundancy across geographically disparate data centers, in turn, making your data safer..."
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Large Cloud Providers Much Less Likely Than Enterprises To Get Breached
Dark Reading, September 14th, 2020

Pen-test results also show a majority of organizations have few protections against attackers already on the network

"Major cloud services providers are about half as likely (46%) to experience a data breach compared with large enterprises, a new study suggests.

Security assessment vendor Coalfire recently analyzed data from some 800 penetration tests that emulated cyberattacks on customer networks. The exercise showed that cloud services providers - at least the big ones - have made significant security improvements in recent years and are more resistant to data breaches than large enterprise organizations..."
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Microsoft's Cloud Business Revenue Overtakes AWS And Google Combined
AiTHORITY, September 14th, 2020

Microsoft is now leading the pack of top Cloud platforms and enterprise services

"According to the latest report published by StockApps, the Q4 2020 revenue from the Commercial Cloud business arm of Microsoft has increased by 30%. The jump in Cloud revenue indicates that Microsoft is leading the business ahead of IBM and Google. In fact, the research data analyses from StockApps reports that Microsoft's Cloud revenue is more than that of IBM and Google's Cloud businesses combined..."
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Technology Insights On Snowflake IPO Announcement: The Consolidation Of Public Cloud Market
AiTHORITY, September 18th, 2020

According to Gartner, the Public Cloud market is poised to grow further in 2020 even as CIOs continue to place big bets on IaaS to push their digital transformation goals

"Cloud spending will remain the number one priority - an outcome of surging demand for remote Cloud management services and virtualization tools due to coronavirus.

The year 2020 will be remembered for some really amazing innovations, tech partnerships and collaborations in the fields of AI Machine Learning, IoT, Cloud Computing and Virtualization. While IPOs always attract incredible responses from the technology investors, this year's biggest IPO launch will be remembered for the way it holds the potential to change Data Science industry forever. Yes, we are pointing at the recently announced Snowflake IPO..."
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IT - Wireless
Emerging Countries Will Adopt 5G Faster Than Expected
HelpNet Security, September 14th, 2020

Emerging markets have always been behind developed countries in adopting the latest generation mobile networks, with a few exceptions

"While it would be safe to assume that emerging markets would also lag in 5G adoption, global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research, finds that emerging countries will have faster than expected 5G subscriber adoption.

The Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5G subscriptions in emerging markets is estimated to be 26% between 2020 to 2030, an impressive rate considering the global CAGR of 5G subscriptions is only a slightly higher 28% in the same period..."
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IT - DR
How To Build A Disaster Recovery Plan: 7 Tips
The Enterprisers Project, September 18th, 2020

When the unexpected happens, will your critical systems be prepared? Here's what to consider while building a disaster recovery plan

"When we talk about disaster recovery, most people immediately think of 'smoking hole in the ground' scenarios: The data center building is engulfed in an inferno or demolished by a tornado. In reality, even small disasters can be devastating, and too often IT teams overlook disaster recovery planning.

Looking beyond fires and tornadoes, some disasters are caused by system failure, and many also result from human error: A network engineer accidentally plugs two network cables into the wrong hub. A database administrator tries to get ahead on weekend maintenance and accidentally commits new changes. Overheated systems shut down after a worker changes a data center thermostat setting from Fahrenheit to Celsius..."
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Rethinking Resilience: Tips For Your Disaster Recovery Plan
Dark Reading, September 15th, 2020

As more organizations face disruptions, a defined approach to recovery is imperative so they can successfully recover, experts say.

"The worst time to learn your disaster recovery plan is outdated is when a disaster occurs. As more businesses are prompted to turn to recovery plans, many have learned there is room for improvement to create a defined approach to recovery so they can bounce back from incidents.

Between 70% and 75% of organizations activated recovery plans in the last two years, Gartner research vice president Roberta Witty said in a talk during this week's Security and Risk Management Summit. Of the 298 that did IT disaster recovery, 23% report addressing one incident; 22% report two; 16%, three; 7%, four; and 8% report at least five events..."
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IT - Networks
VPN Usage Now Makes Up Almost All Enterprise Traffic
techradar.pro, September 14th, 2020

Organisations need to make sure their VPN services are secure

"Organisations of all sizes are being urged to make sure any VPN services they use are secured properly in order to avoid suffering cyberattacks.

VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, have become an incredibly popular tool in workplaces and homes around the world as users look to ensure their online surfing stays private..."
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Encrypted Traffic Inference: An Alternative To Enterprise Network Traffic Decryption
Dark Reading, September 15th, 2020

Encrypted Traffic Inference: An Alternative to Enterprise Network Traffic Decryption Finding threats in encrypted inbound network traffic is complex and expensive for enterprises, but a fascinating new approach could eliminate the need for decryption

"Enterprises cannot afford to ignore the threat posed by encrypted inbound network traffic. Adversaries now commonly use encrypted traffic flows to cloak cyberattacks, slipping malware, ransomware, and other malicious content past perimeter detection systems.

But as many network security practitioners understand, finding and stopping encrypted threats requires gaining visibility into encrypted flows; that, in turn, requires decrypting and inspecting encrypted traffic, which is no easy task..."
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Choosing A VPN: The First Step Toward Protecting Privacy
techradar.pro, September 16th, 2020

Keeping safe and secure online

"With limited travel a reality for the foreseeable future, it's no surprise people are spending more time than ever before on the internet, and research shows we're increasingly inclined to prioritise our privacy online. People seem to be waking up to the importance of safeguarding their networks and protecting their internet browsing from prying third-party eyes.

And with the widespread shift to working from home prompted by the pandemic, it's something organisations have had to become more mindful of too. Since employees are now exchanging company data from a potentially unsecured home office, the secure transference of that data has become a crucial consideration..."
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IT - IoT
Security, Interoperability Hinder Agency Iot Adoption
GCN, September 16th, 2020

In a survey of how federal agencies use the internet of things, the Government Accountability Office found that while IoT technologies offer a number of benefits, security and implementation challenges remain

"According to a web-based survey conducted between Dec. 16, 2019, and Feb. 12, 2020, GAO reported that many agencies are using IoT technologies, primarily for monitoring equipment or systems such as building control systems, controlling access to devices or facilities and tracking physical assets such as fleet vehicles or agency property. Some deployed IoT sensors for environmental monitoring, tracking performance of equipment and surveillance..."
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IT - Careers
Modern Data Science Skills: 8 Categories, Core Skills, And Hot Skills
Kdnuggets, September 17th, 2020

We analyze the results of the Data Science Skills poll, including 8 categories of skills, 13 core skills that over 50% of respondents have, the emerging/hot skills that data scientists want to learn, and what is the top skill that Data Scientists want to learn

"The latest KDnuggets Poll was a follow-up on last year's very popular poll on Data Science Skills, and asked the same two questions:

  • Which skills / knowledge areas do you currently have (at the level you can use in work or research)? and

  • Which skills do you want to add or improve?

The classical Data Science Venn Diagram which Drew Conway proposed in 2013 has 3 main areas: Hacking (Programming), Math & Statistics, and Business/Domain Knowledge. However, the Data Science field has been evolving at such speed these 3 areas are no longer sufficient. Now Data Science includes additional areas, such as Deep Learning algorithms and Cloud Computing Platforms. More Math knowledge (especially Algebra and Calculus) is needed for Deep Learning. The COVID pandemic added the demand for Survival Analysis and Epidemiology. Deploying Data Science requires understanding of software development, DevOps, and using GitHub, Docker, and similar tools..."
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Most Employees Are Completely Happy To Never Return To The Office, Survey Finds
TechRepublic, September 17th, 2020

Remote workers are happy at home, but many still feel pressured to work longer hours over management fears of lost productivity. Here's how organizations can change to suit the new normal

"Survey results from software recommendation site GetApp find that workers are ready for the new normal of remote work, but business leaders have yet to evolve past suspicions that remote workers are slacking off. COVID-19 has changed the face of work across the planet: Offices are closed, professionals of all kinds are working from home, and remote collaboration is the new normal. According to GetApp's survey results, workers are completely fine with that..."
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Why Remote Work Will Be The New Normal
Business 2 Community, September 15th, 2020

The global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus has certainly caused tremendous changes in how the economy works, including how companies and businesses operate

"Lockdown and quarantine protocols have been observed in various states, which means employees can no longer go to their offices to work like they used to.

Due to social distancing protocols that have been implemented all over the world, companies have been integrating this lifestyle to their employees.

The common notion is that remote work would cause an increase in productivity and efficiency among employees, but not all companies have exactly been open to this change- and the data confirms this.

According to RescueTime, certain employees who worked remotely had a 4 percent increase in the progress of their work compared to working in an office environment..."
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IT - Backup
5 Tips For Remote Backup Systems To Strengthen Your Defense
SearchDataBackup, September 17th, 2020

There are lots of options for remote backup. Take the time to evaluate your needs in the age of remote work and construct your backup platform wisely

"As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home and other types of remote work will likely remain popular for a long time. Backing up the data that work produces is just as important as backing up a primary data center.

Organizations must review and perhaps revise their data protection plans to make sure new remote backup systems are sufficient. You might need an amended backup plan, you might want to use other services provided by your current backup vendor or you might pick an entirely new provider..."
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Top 5 SME AWS Cloud Backup Solutions
StorageNewsletter, September 17th, 2020

Arcserve UDP, Arpio, Cobalt Iron Compass, Druva CloudRanger IBM Spectrum Protect Plus in alphabetic order

"The percentage of SMEs (250 - 5,000 employees) running their application workloads on public cloud platforms continues to grow.

Consider:

  • 96% of organizations of all sizes already use at least one public cloud platform (1)
  • Public cloud platforms will host more than 50% of all enterprise workloads and data by 2021 (2)
  • 87% of companies experience business acceleration from their use of cloud services (3)

These statistics reflect what many anecdotally know to be true: SME adoption of public cloud platforms continues to grow unabated. Among these plat- forms, Amazon Web Services (AWS) represents one of this trend's primary beneficiaries. AWS already owns nearly 50% of the public cloud IaaS market outdistancing its nearest competitor by more than 3:1..."
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IT - Big Data
6 Big Data Blunders Businesses Should Avoid
TheNextWeb, September 18th, 2020

Had Hergee been into businesses, this article would have been a point of interest to him. And he could have avoided the Big Data errors in his 'Tintin' enterprise

"Are you willing to follow down the line too? Not yet intrigued? #Sigh# Thought so! Let's get you hooked!

Here's the modern business landscape - Data data everywhere, not a drop to waste! Data has become considerably crucial for modern businesses. In this age even AI is getting powered by Big Data. The secret lies in the capability to collect, sort through, and collate data from diverse sources,This brings in the capability to increase the insight-level and make data-based decisions that enhance business enablement. The leverages extend from marketing, internal workflow to sales for businesses.

Now, where does Big Data come into the business realm? Let's get to the root of this, shall we?..."
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The Big Data Boom
Business 2 Community, September 14th, 2020

Business leaders today often refer to the growing demand for Big Data as the new oil boom. In truth, right now data may be more valuable than black gold, especially to marketers

"In helping to transform marketing, data is used for everything from targeted advertising to user profiling. It's tremendously valuable because it generates actionable insights that lead to commercial benefits. Data makes it possible to personalize user experience and automate processes across the board.

But data is actually a lot easier to procure than oil. Consumers regularly give data away for free, despite often knowing exactly how valuable it is to business. Consider how many of us freely give Facebook Pixel access to our browsing habits. The next time you see an ad after talking about going on a holiday, you're seeing what a complex data-driven advertising network predicts you want..."
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Unpopular Opinion - Data Scientists Should Be More End-To-End
Kdnuggets, September 17th, 2020

Can a do-it-all Data Scientist really be more effective at delivering new value from data? While it might sound exhausting, important efficiencies can exist that might bring better value to the business even faster

"Recently, I came across a Reddit thread on the different roles in data science and machine learning: data scientist, decision scientist, product data scientist, data engineer, machine learning engineer, machine learning tooling engineer, AI architect, etc.

I found this worrying. It's difficult to be effective when the data science process (problem framing, data engineering, ML, deployment/maintenance) is split across different people. It leads to coordination overhead, diffusion of responsibility, and lack of a big picture view.

IMHO, I believe data scientists can be more effective by being end-to-end. Here, I'll discuss the benefits and counter-arguments, how to become end-to-end, and the experiences of Stitch Fix and Netflix..."
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IT - Tape
Top Five Ways To Benefit From Tape Today
ComputerWeekly, September 17th, 2020

We look at the benefits that tape can bring, including in backup and recovery, long-term and 'warm' archiving, compliance and WORM use cases and 'air gapping' to protect data

"Tape is the IT industry's longest-lived magnetic medium and offers a number of benefits over spinning disk and flash technology.

These include capacity and cost. Once a tape system is set up, it is cheap to run and easy to expand. Tape also now works directly with file systems, making it almost as easy to use as NAS..."
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IT - Java
Oracle Announces Java 15
AiTHORITY, September 16th, 2020

Java 15 adds new features to improve developer productivity and security, including an Edwards-Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (JEP 339) and Hidden Classes (JEP 371)

"Oracle announced the general availability of Java 15 (Oracle JDK 15). After 25 years of innovation, Java continues to be the #1 programming language, used by over 69 percent of full-time developers worldwide. The latest Java Development Kit (JDK) delivers new functionality, including Edwards-Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (JEP 339) and Hidden Classes (JEP 371), as well as former preview features now finalized: Text Blocks (JEP 378) and ZGC (JEP 377). Java 15 includes Sealed Classes (JEP 360) as a first-time preview feature and second previews of Pattern Matching (JEP 375) and Records (JEP 384) for additional community feedback..."
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IT - Developer
Explore Cloud Computing's Effect On Application Development
SearchCloudComputing, September 15th, 2020

AWS and cloud computing changed the way organizations build and run applications. Explore why that happened and see what to expect in the future as more businesses jump on board

"When Amazon debuted its cloud computing platform over a decade ago, it set off a major shift in the world of technology and put the IT market on a trajectory to become the 100 billion dollar industry it is today.

Cloud services have evolved into a multifaceted market that focuses on different types of virtual infrastructure, development platforms and managed applications. Although cloud computing didn't invent virtual machines (VMs) -- VMware popularized VMs on x86 servers a few years earlier -- the ability to rent capacity on-demand was a technical and business innovation..."
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DDN News
DDN Discusses Removing Risk In AI Infrastructure And Optimizing Operations In Financial Services
DDN News, September 14th, 2020

DDN Featured Speakers in HPC + AI Wall Street Conference, Live Virtual Panel and NVIDIA/DDN-Sponsored Webinar

In this hyper competitive industry, every fraction of a second directly translates into financial opportunity. Creating the right infrastructure to meet the demands of AI workloads is critically important because it's such a large investment - time, energy, money, resources - and you've got to get it right. These discussions focus on how to unleash the true power of AI by eliminating risk, uncorking bottlenecks, and AI/ML infrastructure that scales easily and seamlessly. Hear from thought leaders and learn how their innovative organizations are implementing a strategic data-centric AI/ML infrastructure that facilitates breakthrough innovations while delivering significant acceleration in time to insight.
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RSA News
Security Is No Longer A Binary Decision
RSA News, September 16th, 2020

IT security has evolved from being a completely binary operation to taking a more nuanced approach

"Back in the days when R, S, and A first got together, it was sufficient to do security on this pass/fail basis - meaning a large part of security was letting someone in or not to your network. Or, it could mean allowing them to use a particular application or not, or allowing them access to a particular network resource (e.g. printer, server) or not.

In my blog post earlier this month, I have mentioned this nonbinary approach in passing, particularly when I have talked about adaptive authentication. This is the core reason that the authentication 'adapts' to particular conditions. For example, if someone is attempting a second login with 'impossible travel' conditions. Or, if you are trying to authenticate not just the user but their device as well..."
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Tabletop Exercises Build Resilience And Confidence For Future Elections
RSA News, September 17th, 2020

The challenges our industry faces are almost too numerous to count

"However, through collaboration, we can share ideas and expertise in an effort to devise strategies and approaches for managing the risks emerging in this new digital era. As RSA President Rohit Ghai said during his RSA Conference 2019 keynote, 'cybersecurity is a team sport.'

To that end, I was honored to represent RSA at Cybereason's Operation Blackout, an industry-driven, virtual tabletop exercise that brought together leaders from the public and private sectors to review and illustrate the threats to election security. Collaborative efforts, like Operation Blackout, are essential for helping address some of the greatest threats and challenges of our time..."
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Cisco News
Cisco Celebrates Sale Of 100 Millionth Phone With Contest To Update Beloved Hold Music
Cisco News, September 16th, 2020

Members of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live's band, Cleto and the Cletones, along with Guillermo, announced a contest to temporarily replace Cisco hold music

"If asked what Cisco is famous for, you might say routers. Or switches. Or Webex.

How about hold music?

Cisco's curiously memorable hold music-which comes standard on every IP phone the company makes-has acquired a cult following over the years. And now, to mark the milestone of selling its 100 millionth IP phone, a contest to replace the beloved Opus No. 1 for one month is now open..."
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Digital Divide's Massive Problem
Cisco News, September 15th, 2020

It's a story you might have seen on the news recently-two young girls, sitting outside of a Taco Bell, trying to access the spot's free Wi-Fi to complete their homework

"A study by Pew Research shows more than four-in-ten adults with household incomes below $30,000 a year don't have home broadband services or a traditional computer. Three-in-ten don't own a smartphone. As we have seen with this year's pandemic, internet connection has become one of the sole factors that determines essential access to healthcare, education, and social services.

It's called the digital divide; where various communities face barriers to internet access, whether it's because of economic, linguistic, or generational reasons. Lack of skills, education, and digital literacy also leave some groups at a disadvantage. And as certain parts of the world are already on their way towards 5G, AI, virtual reality, and more trending technologies, the digital divide gap widens..."
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The Network Week In Review: Sept 14 - Sept 18
Cisco News, September 17th, 2020

This week we celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, we learn how Cisco is innovating with the U.S. Open, and we explore the realities of the digital divide across the world. See below to learn all about it and read more stories!

1. Cisco sells 100,000,000 phones!

2. Cisco is top 10 on the Forbes America's Best Employers For New Graduates

3. Reflecting on Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

4. Digital divide's massive problem

5. National Online Learning Day

6. IT Pro Day!

7. TechBeat: A champion climber finds small business success in the cloud

8. How COVID-19 is Impacting Automation Decisions

9. Cisco celebrates New York Fashion Week!

10. Cisco is powering a more connected U.S. Open
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Datacore News
Storage Magic: 3 Spells To Becoming The Greatest IT Wizard
Datacore News, September 14th, 2020

One man's magic is another man's engineering. Read on to learn how you can engineer magic

"We all need a little bit of magic: some sort of sorcery to make life easier. Especially in the IT world jinxed with the challenges of performance, availability, capacity, security, et al., your end users expect solutions to their problems conjured up right away and your bosses need you to be omniscient and omnipresent to triage any issue anywhere. A lot is expected from the IT muggles who run the data center. Disregarding the effort and toil behind every undertaking, everyone expects magic, pronto..."
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HP News
Innovation Takes Virtual Center Stage At Annual HP Reinvent Partner Event
HP News, September 16th, 2020

Supporting partner business opportunities from virtual selling and growth through digital to the subscription economy, the future of work and education; introduces first partner sustainable impact and racial and gender equality programs

At HP Reinvent, HP Inc.'s annual global partner event, the company unveiled a range of new offerings and sustainability initiatives designed to help partners meet and exceed customers' evolving expectations. Inviting its partners to 'Amplify our Future Together', HP delivered an agenda centered around the evolving industry landscape and transformative trends shaping our world today.

Hosted by members of HP's leadership team, including President & Chief Executive Officer Enrique Lores and Chief Commercial Officer Christoph Schell, the event explored a broad range of topics centered around the evolving customer journey and digital transformation, the rise of the prosumer, the future of education and work, cybersecurity in the new normal, among other topics, and a call-to-action for partners to embrace HP's long-standing commitment to Sustainable Impact and equality.
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VMware News
VMware Unlocks The Power Of Kubernetes For 70 Million-Plus Workloads Running On vSphere
VMware News, September 15th, 2020

New VMware vSphere with VMware Tanzu Brings Kubernetes to the Fingertips of Millions of IT Administrators

VMware unveiled a new offerings to help customers further accelerate their app and infrastructure modernization initiatives. VMware vSphere 7 Update 1, VMware vSAN 7 Update 1 and VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1 product releases streamline customer adoption of Kubernetes and support stateful applications with new developer-ready capabilities and enhance scalability and operations with new features. VMware today also announced Tanzu editions-packaging portfolio capabilities to address the most common scenarios customers encounter in their modernization efforts.

"A year ago, we embarked on an effort to help customers succeed along each step of their app and infrastructure modernization journey," said Raghu Raghuram, chief operating officer, Products and Cloud Services, VMware. "Today, we take a leap forward to unlock the potential of Kubernetes for hundreds of thousands of VMware vSphere customers. Our new solutions and offerings help remove the guesswork out of Kubernetes and provide the requisite capabilities needed to help customers' achieve their modernization objectives..."
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Oracle News
Mccoll's Pivots During Crisis To Serve Vulnerable Customers With Oracle
Oracle News, September 17th, 2020

Oracle Retail Consulting Partners with Leading Retailer

McColl's is one of the UK's leading neighbourhood retailers serving the convenience and newsagent sectors with 1,400 stores. For communities, the scale and accessibility of McColl's became a lifeline during the COVID-19 pandemic.

'Supporting our community is at the heart of our business,' said Karen Bird, Colleague and Operations Director at McColl's. 'Never has this passion been tested more than during the current health crisis. With Oracle, we were able to pivot quickly to support new programs and protect our most vulnerable customers.'
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Oracle Announces Java 15
Oracle News, September 15th, 2020

Java 15 adds new features to improve developer productivity and security, including an Edwards-Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (JEP 339) and Hidden Classes (JEP 371)

"Oracle today announced the general availability of Java 15 (Oracle JDK 15). After 25 years of innovation, Java continues to be the #1 programming language, used by over 69 percent of full-time developers worldwide. The latest Java Development Kit (JDK) delivers new functionality, including Edwards-Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (JEP 339) and Hidden Classes (JEP 371), as well as former preview features now finalized: Text Blocks (JEP 378) and ZGC (JEP 377). Java 15 includes Sealed Classes (JEP 360) as a first-time preview feature and second previews of Pattern Matching (JEP 375) and Records (JEP 384) for additional community feedback. Get started with Java 15 today..."
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Oracle Cloud Guard And Oracle Maximum Security Zones Now Available
Oracle News, September 14th, 2020

Pre-built tools automate threat response and quickly and efficiently reduce customers' cloud security risk at no additional cost

Today Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Cloud Guard and Oracle Maximum Security Zones. With Oracle Maximum Security Zones, Oracle is the first public cloud provider to activate security policy enforcement of best practices automatically from day one so customers can prevent misconfiguration errors and deploy workloads securely. For day-to-day operations, Oracle Cloud Guard continuously monitors configurations and activities to identify threats and automatically acts to remediate them across all Oracle Cloud global regions. With these capabilities, Oracle is the only cloud service provider to offer a cloud security posture management dashboard at no additional cost, with numerous pre-built tools that automate response to reduce customer risk quickly and efficiently. Get started here...
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Oracle Cloud Recognized By Industry Experts
Oracle News, September 16th, 2020

IDC scored Oracle Cloud Infrastructure high on customer satisfaction

"Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has made tremendous progress this year. Big customer wins from companies including 8x8, Naveego, Phenix and Zoom show that Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is providing services that businesses trust to better serve their own customers.

These advances are getting noticed. For example, Oracle earned the best customer satisfaction score among all the major IaaS providers in an annual survey conducted by a leading analyst firm..."
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Oracle Expands Government Cloud With National Security Regions For US Intelligence Community
Oracle News, September 16th, 2020

Delivers Oracle's high performance Gen 2 Cloud platform with enhanced security for classified workloads

"To support growing customer demand, Oracle today announced a major expansion of the Oracle Government Cloud with the addition of National Security Regions for US Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD) customers.

These regions were developed to address IC and DoD needs at DISA Impact Level 6, Secret and Top Secret security levels, with capabilities including strong encryption, in-depth auditing, and robust security controls. Oracle National Security Regions support both ICD 705 and ICD 503 requirements. Oracle's Cloud Network Operations Center (CNOC) is accredited for Secret and Top Secret data and is operated by appropriately-cleared personnel..."
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Oracle Helps Customer Service Teams Embrace Change
Oracle News, September 17th, 2020

Over the past few years, customer service organizations have undergone significant changes to meet evolving customer expectations, and the events of this year have understandably accelerated many of those trends

"If 2020 has taught us anything, it's the importance of being resilient in the face of constant change. The pandemic turned service departments on their heads, shutting down at a moment's notice and reopening with remote workers. At the same time, many service departments had been overrun with requests and have had to rethink how they operate in order to answer customers when and where customers want..."
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Xactly Selects Oracle As Its Preferred Cloud Infrastructure Provider To Drive Continuous Innovation
Oracle News, September 15th, 2020

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure's exceptional price-performance to power Xactly's global expansion

"Oracle today announced that Xactly, a leading provider of cloud-based sales performance management software, will be using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as its primary cloud provider to run its flagship Incent SaaS application and accelerate its global expansion.

As part of the multi-year agreement, Xactly will migrate the majority of its business critical-workloads from private cloud to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for improved elasticity and exceptional price-performance capabilities..."
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Veeam News
Rabobank Chooses Veeam For Enterprise Scalability
Veeam News, September 14th, 2020

Fortune 500 company protects 3 petabytes of data across 12,500 virtual machines

Veeam announced that Rabobank, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services company based in Utrecht, Netherlands, chose Veeam Availability Suite as its European standard in data protection. Veeam delivers enterprise scalability to protect a vast virtual estate, ensures business continuity by backing up and recovering critical banking systems up to four times faster and saves 50% in licensing costs annually. Veeam has also helped Rabobank increase data security by creating immutable backups that protect against ransomware.

'Our customers expect 100% data integrity, and Veeam underpins our ability to provide it,' said Colin Chatelier, manager of storage and compute, Europe, Rabobank.
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Dell EMC News
5G: Where We Are And Where We're Heading
Dell EMC News, September 14th, 2020

In the last few months, we have seen society's embrace of technology accelerate dramatically

"Automation, Artificial Intelligence, virtual experiences, autonomous vehicles and robotics have all become much more accepted as humanity realized what those technologies could mean to human progress. The global pandemic has also forced corporations to shift business models, redefine education, recast healthcare over distance and fundamentally opened the door to different ways to do almost everything we understood before COVID..."
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Dell EMC Objectscale Early Access On VMware Cloud Foundation
Dell EMC News, September 15th, 2020

The next phase of object evolution: VMware, containers, and Kubernetes

"Many customers are looking to deploy object storage to support cloud-native apps without procuring and managing additional storage systems. This is why we have partnered with our colleagues at VMware to connect our leading object storage technology1 with VMware Cloud Foundation with VMware Tanzu, to truly deliver a cloud operating model at scale. We are excited to announce the launch of ObjectScale Early Access* for select Dell Technologies customers..."
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Pedal To The Metal With VMware Tanzu
Dell EMC News, September 15th, 2020

How Dell EMC is Accelerating the Adoption of Tanzu with PowerProtect Data Manager

"DevOps these days is focused on four key imperatives: to build, run, manage and protect. And with our partner VMware's announcement of Tanzu updates this week ahead of VMworld we are excited to be in lockstep with the progress we have made in this highly innovative space by bringing together end-to-end management and data protection for all Kubernetes workloads under a singular control plane..."
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VxRail: Kubernetes At The Speed Of Cloud
Dell EMC News, September 15th, 2020

Dell Technologies and VMware are dedicated to delivering tightly integrated products that help our customers get the most value out of their IT infrastructure investments, and today is the latest example of that commitment

In keeping with our 30-day synchronous release commitment, we are announcing integration with the latest VMware HCI software and Tanzu offerings.

"VMware Tanzu on Dell EMC VxRail integration is substantial news for customers. There also are plenty of new features in vSAN, vSphere and VMware Cloud Foundation that will benefit VxRail customers, regardless of where they are on their path to adopting Tanzu for Kubernetes orchestration and modern application development.

To help customers accelerate application modernization, VxRail delivers 'Kubernetes at Cloud Speed' with multiple, fully integrated HCI infrastructure options to run vSphere with Tanzu. In fact, Dell Technologies is the only HCI vendor offering a fully integrated Tanzu portfolio with reference architecture, cluster, and private cloud offerings - all on VxRail..."
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Dell News
Easing The Transition To New Ways Of Working
Dell News, September 15th, 2020

From medical equipment to groceries, technology is helping businesses make new ways of working a reality

"The spread and severity of COVID-19 has forced businesses and public institutions to find ways to carry out their essential missions while keeping their customers, employees and citizens safe.

That means large-scale transitions to remote work. For many, those transitions have had to be seamless. Lives and livelihoods are on the line, both in the workplace and in communities around the world..."
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Lenovo News
Lenovo And Google Cloud Partner To Deliver The Ultimate Collaboration Experience For Google Meet
Lenovo News, September 15th, 2020

Google Meet hardware Series One room kits from Lenovo deliver easy to deploy turnkey solutions available for small, medium and large meeting rooms

"Lenovo announced today, in partnership with Google Cloud, purpose-built meeting room solutions that include a comprehensive collection of innovative and attractive hardware components to enable workplace collaboration. The Google Meet room kits from Lenovo provide collaboration solutions for new and existing G Suite and Google Meet customers who need to outfit spaces to address the challenges of new hybrid working models. Ready out-of-the-box, the kits include compute, controllers, cameras, soundbars, microphone pods and cables1 and are available in three distinct offerings for small, medium and large meeting rooms..."
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Nutanix News
Building The Channel Of Tomorrow: .Next Recap
Nutanix News, September 17th, 2020

Every year Nutanix partners have gathered at our Partner Xchange at .NEXT to learn, connect, and experience the future of Enterprise Cloud

While this year certainly looked different than years past, we still delivered everything our partners have come to expect from the event: a partner exclusive keynote, breakout sessions, partner recognition, and a preview of what the future of partnering with Nutanix looks like.

An Obsession with Simplicity

The lines between traditional routes to market are blurring due to the cloud, subscription, and future-of-work transitions occurring in business today. Last week, we unveiled how we are simplifying our disparate channel, distributor, technology alliance, service provider, and systems integrator programs into one program architecture called Elevate..."
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From Reducing RPO Times, to all Things Kubernetes, to NVMe 'showing you where you suck' : An IT Tech Podcast Just For You
Nutanix News, September 17th, 2020

You may have previously kept your podcast listening confined to morning and evening commute hours in the car or on public transportation, but as we've progressed through pandemic times, podcast listenership that had initially slumped is on the rise again

"There's no better time than now to tune into a few new ones-and conveniently, we have a great option for you folks in IT.

The Nutanix Community Podcast is a weekly podcast specially tailored towards Nutanix customers where you can enjoy hearing experts hash out hot topics in IT, but also get fantastic insights into new features, tips, tricks, and improvements you can make to your existing Nutanix environment. Co-hosted by a dynamic Canadian duo comprised of your friendly Nutanix Community guru Angelo Luciani, and go-to Nutanix tech expert Dwayne Lessner, the Nutanix Community Podcast is on its 82nd episode and going strong..."
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Italy's Gruppo Policlinico Di Monza Healthcare System Chooses Nutanix
Nutanix News, September 16th, 2020

Nutanix Allows Hospital to Focus More on Patients and Less on IT in the Age of COVID-19

Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, announced today that Italy's Gruppo Policlinico di Monza, a private healthcare facility that has been at the forefront of providing personalized healthcare with a breadth of surgical and medical expertise, has chosen Nutanix's hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software to help bring over 700,000 yearly patients the care and services they need to stay healthy.
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Microsoft News
BP And Microsoft Form Strategic Partnership To Drive Digital Energy Innovation And Advance Net Zero Goals
Microsoft News, September 15th, 2020

The companies intend to work together to develop new technology innovations and digital solutions to help meet their sustainability aims, including reducing energy use and carbon emissions

"bp and Microsoft Corp. today announced that they have agreed to collaborate as strategic partners to further digital transformation in energy systems and advance the net zero carbon goals of both companies. This includes a co-innovation effort focused on digital solutions, the continued use of Microsoft Azure as a cloud-based solution for bp infrastructure and bp supplying renewable energy to help Microsoft meet its 2025 renewable energy goals..."
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Nuance And Microsoft Announce The Integration Of Dragon Ambient Experience And Microsoft Teams For Virtual Telehealth Consults
Microsoft News, September 15th, 2020

AI-powered ambient clinical intelligence accelerates the adoption of telehealth workflow solutions to improve patient experiences and health outcomes while reducing physician burnout

"Nuance Communications Inc. and Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced Nuance Dragon Ambient eXperience (DAX), an ambient clinical intelligence (ACI) solution, is now integrated into Microsoft Teams to broadly scale virtual consults aimed at increasing physician wellness and providing better patient health outcomes. As a Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare partner and part of a broader partnership between the two companies, the integration enables physicians to activate Nuance DAX from within their Microsoft Teams workflows, so they can focus on the patient while the AI securely captures the details of the virtual visit in context - creating clinical documentation that writes itself..."
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IBM News
IBM Establishes First Quantum Education And Research Initiative For Historically Black Colleges And Universities
IBM News, September 17th, 2020

Quantum Center part of broader HBCU investment, including additional $100M in Skills Academy technology, assets, resources and skills development

IBM is announcing its first IBM Quantum education and research initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), aimed at driving a diverse and inclusive quantum workforce. Led by Howard University and 12 additional HBCUs, the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center will offer access to its quantum computers, as well as collaboration on academic, education, and community outreach programs.

In addition, as part of the company's continued efforts around diversity and inclusion, IBM will make a $100M investment in technology, assets, resources and skills development through partnerships with additional HBCUs through the IBM Skills Academy Academic Initiative.

"We believe that in order to expand opportunity for diverse populations, we need a diverse talent pipeline of the next generation of tech leaders from HBCUs. Diversity and inclusion is what fuels innovation and students from HBCUs will be positioned to play a significant part of what will drive innovations for the future like quantum computing, cloud and artificial intelligence," said Carla Grant Pickens, Chief Global Diversity & Inclusion Officer, IBM.
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IBM Joins Forces With Nielsen Global Consumer Business To Expand Data Targeting Offerings For Marketers
IBM News, September 14th, 2020

AI-Enabled Targeting Solution Combines Weather Intelligence, Location and Point-of-Sale Data to Create Actionable Insights for Marketers

IBM announced the launch of Watson Advertising Weather Targeting, a new suite of triggers designed for marketers to help them make the connection between weather and product sales actionable at scale without the use of third-party cookies or identifiers. The offering supports new advertising targeting triggers powered by Nielsen. Facilitated through the Nielsen Connect Partner Network, the largest open ecosystem of solution providers for retailers and manufacturers in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, these new triggers leverage IBM Watson to aggregate and analyze large and complex data sets like weather and product sales to create more effective and efficient targeting opportunities while addressing new privacy standards. As part of their collaboration, IBM and Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN), through its Global Consumer business, will work together to combine the power of weather insights from The Weather Company with Nielsen's Retail Measurement Services (RMS) data to generate future reports for marketers.
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IBM Watson Assistant Can Help States Deliver Critical Voting Information To Citizens
IBM News, September 17th, 2020

Idaho Secretary of State's Office has adopted IBM Watson Assistant to help nearly 1 million voters ahead of 2020 general elections

'With COVID-19 causing uncertainty about voting logistics and procedures across the country, IBM (NYSE: IBM) has technology to help states use the AI capabilities of Watson to put this critical data and information directly into the hands of voters.

With states facing a deluge of information requests related to voting procedures, citizens may face wait times to receive answers to their most frequently asked questions.

To help ease this burden and address citizens' voting-related inquiries online or by phone, IBM is offering Watson Assistant on the IBM public cloud to U.S. states at no charge for 60 days. As part of this offering, IBM will assist with initial set up, which typically can be done in a few days. The offering uses advanced Natural Language Processing (NLP) built by IBM Research and available in IBM Watson Assistant for citizen-facing virtual agents, and Watson Discovery for text analytics that, when combined, quickly respond to voter questions and requests about the election process..."
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Mayflower Autonomous Ship Launches
IBM News, September 15th, 2020

Robot research ship from ProMare and IBM takes to sea; New Mission Portal features Artie - a seven-armed octopus chatbot

Ocean research non-profit ProMare and IBM have announced the completion and launch of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) - an AI and solar powered marine research vessel which will traverse oceans gathering vital environmental data.

Following two years of design, construction and training of its AI models, the new fully-autonomous trimaran was today lifted into the waters off the coast of Plymouth, England ahead of its official launch tomorrow.

Designed to provide a safe, flexible and cost-effective way of gathering data about the ocean, the new-generation Mayflower promises to transform oceanography by working in tandem with scientists and other autonomous vessels to help understand critical issues such as global warming, micro-plastic pollution and marine mammal conservation. ProMare is co-ordinating the scientific studies working with IBM Research and a number of leading scientific organizations...
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Fortinet News
Bridging The Skills Gap For Successful DevSecOps
Fortinet News, September 15th, 2020

This is a summary of an article written for DevOps.com by Lior Cohen, Senior Director of Products and Solutions for Cloud Security at Fortinet

"DevOps can be instrumental in accelerating the scalability and agility of organizations. But because few DevOps professionals have adequate security experience or training, it can also expand the risk of threats. And while some organizations are committed to building more secure cloud environments and applications, one survey revealed that 52% of companies scale back security measures when faced with particular business objectives or strict deadlines. And another 68% reported that their CEOs have been known to prioritize business process acceleration over security..."
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Customers Across Industries Simplify And Secure Branch Networks
Fortinet News, September 17th, 2020

As organizations expand their footprints in branches, stores, home offices, and a variety of other locations, they are evolving the way they manage and secure their distributed network infrastructure

"At the remote edges, many companies are already using Fortinet Secure SD-WAN to deliver cost-effective, optimized wide area network (WAN) performance while ensuring enterprise-level threat protection. To help protect the internal network, access control and identity management tools continue to proliferate, increasing cost and complexity.

To help ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of your technology investments, it is critical to integrate the LAN and WAN security and management platforms, quickly identify and control the growing number of devices in your environment, and deliver consistent, coordinated protection across your entire network; from branch office to home office. This is the idea behind Fortinet Secure SD-Branch..."
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How Fortisoar Benefits Partner SOC Operations
Fortinet News, September 16th, 2020

The expanding digital attack surface is making it increasingly difficult for organizations to proactively manage their network security

This has led many enterprises to deploy additional security tools to bolster capabilities to secure new environments and devices. While these solutions may address security concerns, they also create new challenges for security teams to manage, creating additional complexity while reducing visibility and control and the ability to respond to detected threats. Using solutions from different vendors decentralizes network operations, while using static security devices to secure dynamic network environments can create critical gaps in security. And with a growing shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals, IT teams struggle to build and maintain security systems that can keep pace with today's sophisticated threats. These challenges are driving the use of SOAR tools to streamline security operations and improve incident response times. According to Gartner, by year-end 2022, 30% of organizations with a security team of more than 5 people will leverage SOAR tools in their security operations.
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Think Outside The Box When Managing A Remote Workforce
Fortinet News, September 18th, 2020

Before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations had already begun the shift toward telework

"By offering this as an option to their employees, even as an occasional benefit, some companies were able to lay the groundwork for managing a remote workforce and ensuring business continuity outside of the traditional office environment. But even for those who had their remote work strategy in place, it was near impossible for anybody to fully prepare for what was to come.

Challenges of Working Remotely

According to Fortinet's 2020 Remote Workforce Cybersecurity Report, approximately two-thirds of organizations surveyed needed to transition more than 50% of their workforces to telework due to the pandemic. While some adapted to this 'new normal' fairly quickly, not everybody had the advantage of a smooth transition. Amid this shift, many faced new challenges in regards to secure connectivity, access to business-critical applications, and assurance of business continuity. Compound this with a lack of in-person communication, both structured and unstructured, and it is clear why many organizations have also struggled with maintaining motivation among employees during this time..."
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Red Hat News
Achievement Unlocked: How We Revamped The Red Hat Learning Subscription Dashboard
Red Hat News, September 15th, 2020

The final destination of a journey is what usually has the most focus, but it's also important to understand the steps it took to arrive there. This certainly holds true for learning, especially as you work to achieve something as big as a Red Hat certification.

"You ultimately want that tangible object that says "I have the knowledge and I can prove it," but what about the milestones that marked your progress to get to that result? The achievements earned along the way that consistently reminded you that you are on the right path? Understanding the small goals in pursuit of larger ones helps you keep motivated to continue progressing.

Track your Red Hat learning milestones

The Red Hat Learning Subscription, which brings all of the Red Hat Training and Certification courses to you to learn at your own pace, has been updated to include such milestone reminders. With a subscription, you have a full year to experience as much training as you need and we have included ways to track course progress as well as certifications..."
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Friday Five - September 18, 2020
Red Hat News, September 18th, 2020

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 Named a Leader by Independent Research Firm in Multicloud Container Development Platforms Evaluation
  • How BBVA has Automated Processes with Red Hat's Open Technologies
  • IBM and Red Hat: Nearly Two Decades of Linux Innovation Across Computing Architectures
  • Three Tips to Implement Kubernetes with Open Standards
  • In the Clouds with Red Hat Leadership: Joe Fernandes

Read on for details
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IDC Paper Highlights The Business Value Of Red Hat Software Certifications
Red Hat News, September 16th, 2020

Software development can be a key differentiator for organizations seeking faster and more agile business models, but it's no secret that the development, sale, and support of software can be costly

"With this in mind, Red Hat offers independent software vendors (ISVs) and technology partners a clear path to certifying their solutions. Red Hat's certification process enables partners to grow their business, access new markets and develop deeper relationships with customers to help generate long-term results. And now, we have a new research study that quantifies these business outcomes..."
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Managing The Security Of Your Red Hat Enterprise Linux Environment With Red Hat Insights
Red Hat News, September 17th, 2020

When it comes to managing security risks, enterprises face an increasing number of challenges

"One of these challenges is managing the security health of the IT infrastructure and this is a critical, ongoing, constantly evolving need. As an enterprise, managing the security risks on your infrastructure without any disruption to the business has become a critical exercise.

The security of your infrastructure is no longer a concern only for the security roles in your organization. Security topics are repeatedly brought up in the C-suite and in board discussions. When the stakes are high and the health or your business depends on it, you need to have a game plan to stay ahead of these risks while keeping the operational costs in check..."
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Supporting The Touchless Banking Customer Experience
Red Hat News, September 18th, 2020

The banking industry is no stranger to transformation, albeit every institution has its own pace and investment strategy for digital transformation. What cannot be denied however, is that the new normal post-COVID-19 will have an even larger reliance on digital technology while creating a "touchless customer experience."

"In this new-experience economy, banks are going to need to not only meet, but exceed customer expectations. What are financial institutions going to do to ensure that their customers can have the experience that they desire while feeling safe when visiting a branch, interacting with an advisor, or conducting routine and complex financial transactions?

Supporting the touchless customer experience will require the right amount of technology and acceptable in-person interactions to ensure that the financial institution is providing the necessary level of empathy while ensuring that the customers and employees remain safe. While handshakes will need to be put on hold, there are ways banks can safely engage with customers from the time that they enter the branch or reach out through digital channels..."
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Using KVM To Simulate Numa Configurations For OpenStack
Red Hat News, September 16th, 2020

Very few of us are able to have an OpenStack lab in addition to the various production environments that we run

"The cost to have duplicate infrastructure can be too much for all but the most fortunate companies. So how are we to test certain hardware-dependent features in such a way that we can emulate our production environments as closely as possible?

Fortunately, KVM (a.k.a. libvirt) provides us a lot of flexibility in virtualizing many of these features. Although seldom used, it is possible to create a KVM virtual machine with arbitrary NUMA configurations that we can use to test different configurations for OpenStack compute nodes..."
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Citrix News
Bringing Desktops As A Service To Citrix Virtual Apps And Desktops
Citrix News, September 18th, 2020

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the launch of Citrix Managed Desktops, we have seen many customers embrace the simplicity and speed that desktops as a service (DaaS) offers their business

"Citrix Managed Desktops has provided customers the flexibility to deliver Windows apps and desktops on demand and has been a welcome service during these challenging times with COVID-19. Because of the simplicity and flexibility that desktops as a service offers, we are evolving our Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops family to help bring desktops-as-a-service options to all our customers.

What does this mean exactly? It means that we are bringing the DaaS features of Citrix Managed Desktops to all our Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service customers. Since that is a lot of information, we just dropped on you, lets break it all down and understand what this all exactly means..."
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Citrix Rethinks Employee Experience To Advance New World Of Work
Citrix News, September 15th, 2020

Company leverages digital workspace technology to give employees the space to succeed and embrace new work models

Where and how work gets done has forever changed. But one thing remains consistent: the need to provide a superior and consistent work experience that empowers employees to perform at their best across any work channel or location. Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) is continuing to innovate its market-leading digital workspace solutions to help companies enhance employee experience and adapt to the new world of work. The company today unveiled fresh thinking about what employee experience means, along with a new corporate identity to support it...
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The New Citrix Is Here
Citrix News, September 15th, 2020

Our reimagined brand celebrates what's possible when people have the space they need to do their best work.

"Thirty years ago, Citrix pioneered a radical idea: That office work didn't have to be constrained to the office. That with the right technology, people could work from anywhere. Recent times, while incredibly challenging, have proved that what we do - enabling new ways of working - is critical to helping all customers not just adapt but thrive in this new era..."
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