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Draper James Gains Foundation to Grow Graciously with NetSuite
Oracle, September 20th, 2017
Oracle NetSuite, one of the world's leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, announced today that Draper James, a fast-growing Southern-influenced apparel and homewares line founded by actor Reese Witherspoon, has implemented and gone live with NetSuite's Retail Apparel Edition in 144 days to power its financials, inventory, customer and order management processes. Draper James now has an end-to-end view of the business across its wholesale distribution, ecommerce channels and three brick-and-mortar locations, to enable seamless omnichannel experiences for its customers and retail partners.
Global Research Identifies Three Consumer Personas and Opportunities for Technology, Personalization to Innovate the Retail Experience
Oracle, September 20th, 2017
Audit of 15,000 Consumers Reveals Trends in Mobile Payments, Returns and Emerging Technology

Oracle announced the 2017 findings of global research that audited 15,607 consumers across four key regions: EMEA (France, Germany, Italy, India, Spain, Sweden, UK) NA (Canada, USA), LAD (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico), and JAPAC (Australia, China) on their retail preferences and attitudes. Findings in the Retail in 4 Dimensions: Understanding Consumer Behavior in an Age of Relativity report highlighted three personas demonstrative of consumer behavior. It also revealed opportunities for retailers to identify the customer experience with personalization, mobile payments, automatic replenishment and virtual reality. The research insights indicate that consumer preferences for delivery, returns and self-service established with ecommerce have taken hold in a global, omnichannel environment.

New Survey Finds Enterprises Racing to Deliver New Pricing Models to Support and Enhance Customer Experiences
Oracle, September 20th, 2017
A new Oracle Communications survey announced today "Monetization as a Competitive Advantage: New Services, New Opportunities," highlighted the need for enterprises to move quickly to monetize new services to enhance customers interactions. The study found that enhancing customer experience is the most critical business objective for enterprises today and 75 percent of respondents see launching subscription-based services as a top priority as they look to digitally transform their customer engagement strategy.
Oracle Named a Leader in 2017 Analyst Evaluation for Enterprise BI Platforms with Majority Cloud Deployments
Oracle, September 21st, 2017
Oracle positioned as a leader in Business Intelligence for a broad and deep large-enterprise-grade BI portfolio

Oracle announced that Forrester Research has named Oracle a leader in its "The Forrester Wave: Enterprise BI Platforms with Majority Cloud Deployments, Q3 2017" report. This placement confirms Oracle Analytics Cloud as a leader in the analytics space.

"By offering a single, integrated platform capable of serving all of an enterprises' analytics needs, including self-service data visualization, data preparation, embedded machine learning and predictive analytics, Oracle Analytics Cloud helps businesses improve efficiencies and drive innovation," said Rich Clayton, vice president product management, Oracle. "Our unique, comprehensive platform can address the needs of executives, analysts and data engineers while helping reduce the time and financial resources necessary to integrate and optimize a plethora of technologies for data-driven innovation."

Oracle Unveils New Programs that Transform how Customers Buy and Consume Cloud
Oracle, September 19th, 2017
Oracle announces lowest list prices, higher performance, and more automation to provide customers with the lowest total cost of ownership

At a live event today, Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new programs that lower costs by delivering increased automation and flexibility, and enable customers to get more value from their existing Oracle software investments. The new Oracle Cloud programs include Bring Your Own License to PaaS and Universal Credits.

Polish Retailer Marketing Investment Group SA Selects Oracle Planning
Oracle, September 20th, 2017
Oracle Selected to Unify Processes and Drive Productivity at Leading Polish Retailer

Oracle announced that Marketing Investment Group SA (MIG) has selected Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning. MIG currently provides consumers with products of famous brands across more than 300 brick and mortar stores and 5 e-commerce outlets, through its own retail chain.

MIG efficiently manages a growing network of over 100 Sizeer stores, 150 under the brands of 50 style and operating stores of such brands like Timberland, Symbiosis, Umbro and up8. Dynamic growth through continued expansion and store openings in new markets, along with inconsistent manual spreadsheets resulted in the need for an integrated planning system to drive unified processes and experiences. The implementation of Oracle Retail will deliver a coherent, iterative plan to follow a single version of truth for the whole company.

Oracle to Hold Annual Project Portfolio Management Day in South Africa
Oracle, September 21st, 2017
Customers, industry experts to share insights into improving project delivery

Oracle Construction and Engineering will host its annual Project Portfolio Management Day event in Johannesburg. Project management community peers and thought leaders will gather at the exclusive event to share knowledge and best practices to improve project planning and delivery. The event will take place at Summer Place in Hyde Park.

"The annual Project Portfolio Management Day provides a dynamic forum for a cross section of business and public organizations to come together and discuss the strategies and solutions they are applying to transform their organizations," said Mike Sicilia, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Construction and Engineering.

September/October 2017 digital edition of Oracle Magazine is now available
Oracle, September 21st, 2017
The September/October 2017 digital edition of Oracle Magazine is now available.

  • Why next-gen Oracle Cloud Infrastructure will transform your IT and business
  • Cloud Couture By Chris Murphy
  • Next-generation Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is about more than lifting and shifting today's IT.
  • Oracle OpenWorld 2017 wants you to participate, learn, and take it home with you.
  • Next-generation infrastructure as a service enables better clouds.
  • Cloud, IoT, and the DBA
  • Use Oracle Mobile Cloud Service Sync Express offline data capabilities in your JavaScript mobile applications.


Larry Ellison To Customers: We're Transforming The Way You'll Buy And Consume The Cloud
By Jeff Erickson, Forbes, September 21st, 2017
Jeff writes, "Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison on Wednesday introduced Universal Credits, a new, flexible buying and consumption model for cloud services.

With Universal Credits, customers get access to all current and future Oracle Platform Cloud and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services under a single umbrella contract. 'This is about simplicity of doing business,' Ellison said. 'You don't have to tell us what you're going to consume in advance,' he said..."

Oracle To Welcome 17 Startup Accelerator Participants At Oracle OpenWorld
By Sasha Banks-Louie, Forbes, September 21st, 2017
Sasha writes in Forbes, "Seventeen startups from around the world will showcase their digital innovations this year at Oracle OpenWorld, displaying everything from intelligent contact hubs for customer engagement to an innovation-and talent-sourcing platform to a maintenance application that uses deep learning to predict when industrial equipment is about to malfunction.

Participating startups were chosen from the first global class of the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator program, which gives select technology and technology-powered startups six months of mentoring and other kinds of support - including engagement opportunities with Oracle's more than 400,000 global customers. Thousands of applicants across more than eight countries applied for admission to the program, with judges from Oracle and industry executives scoring each company on the strength of its management team, its use of technology, and market traction..."

How A Huge Utility Is Innovating With Chatbots For Better Customer Connections
By Chris Murphy, Forbes, September 20th, 2017
Chris writes, "Exelon, the US's largest utility company by customer count, has created a chatbot that will soon let customers text a question like: 'When's my power bill due?'

Or, they'll be able to use Facebook Messenger to ask: 'When are the lights coming back on?'

Exelon has built a working prototype of the chatbot, which relies on natural language processing and artificial intelligence to understand conversations and provide clear answers. Exelon plans to launch it soon, allowing customers to use a variety of messaging platforms and digital assistants to ask billing and outage questions..."

How Developers Can Deliver Chatbots That Propel A Broader AI Strategy
Forbes, September 20th, 2017
Alexa Morales writes, "A basic chatbot isn't that hard to build. In JavaScript, write a public REST endpoint to connect a Facebook page to some chat logic (botly is a popular option) and deploy the whole thing to run on a cloud platform.

Zoom out to the bigger picture, though, and you see that Facebook is just one channel. If you use Skype, Slack, Kik, and digital voice assistants, you'll have to build six or eight of these endpoints straight away. And chatbots are being asked to handle ever more complex responses, so you better build on a platform of machine learning and natural language processing to keep up..."

Larry Ellison Reveals 'Self-Driving' Database As Oracle's Cloud Business Soars
Forbes, September 19th, 2017
Rob Preston writes, "Oracle reported revenue and earnings at or above the high end of its guidance for its fiscal first quarter, bolstered by a cloud business that continues to grow faster than those of its major competitors. But it was a peek at the next generation of Oracle's market-leading database system that was the highlight of the company's financial call with analysts on September 14.

Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison revealed on the call that the company will announce in two weeks the first 'fully autonomous' database cloud service. Incorporating machine learning, this new version will not 'require human beings either to manage the database or tune the database,' Ellison said.

Creating An Ecosystem Of Startup Innovation Within The Enterprise
Forbes, September 19th, 2017
Reggie Bradford writes, "Oracle's new global startup program connects startup companies with Oracle global customers to create and nuture an ecosystem of codevelopment and coinnovation where everyone - the startups, customers, and Oracle - can win.

This is a tall task - one that other corporations have promised but failed to deliver. It's also hard to scale.."

What Does Oracle's Embrace Of Kubernetes And The CNCF Mean For Cloud Developers?
Forbes, September 18th, 2017
Alexa Morales writes in Forbes, "Fueled by the Docker phenomenon, Linux containers have gone mainstream as the easiest way to deploy software applications, packaged as bite-size services, in the cloud. But developers now face new questions, like how to orchestrate all these containerized applications, how to manage containers across multiple clouds, and whether serverless computing will make all this obsolete..."
3 Machine Learning Success Stories: An Inside Look
CIO, September 19th, 2017
"IT leaders share how they are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to generate business insights and new services - and offer key advice to those looking to leverage AI and ML as part of their IT strategy.

Fewer technologies are hotter than artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), which mimic the behavior of the human mind to help companies improve business operations. And for companies embarking on digital transformations, AI and ML are being viewed as cornerstone technologies for wooing customers with new services..."

    An Introduction To Machine Learning Today, September 20th, 2017
    "Machine learning and artificial intelligence have changed a lot since the last wave of interest, about 25 years ago...

    Machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI) mean different things to different people, but the newest approaches have one thing in common: They are based on the idea that a program's output should be created mostly automatically from a high-dimensional and possibly huge dataset, with minimal or no intervention or guidance from a human. Open source tools are used in a variety of machine learning and artificial intelligence projects. In this article, I'll provide an overview of the state of machine learning today..."

    Deep Learning Must Happen At The Edge, Too
    siliconANGLE, September 19th, 2017
    "In between meeting with customers, crowdchatting with our communities and hosting theCUBE, the research team at Wikibon, owned by the same company as SiliconANGLE, finds time to meet and discuss trends and topics regarding digital business transformation and technology markets. We look at topics from the standpoints of business, the Internet of Things, big data, application, cloud and infrastructure modernization. We use the results of our research meetings to explore new research topics, further current research projects and share insights. This is the sixth summary of findings from these regular meetings, which we plan to publish every week..."
    How To Get Practical Value From Artificial Intelligence
    GCN, September 22nd, 2017
    "For the past decade, cloud has been all the rage in federal IT circles, as agencies look for ways to decrease the burden of legacy IT spending.

    Today, the IT modernization push continues, and agencies can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. So far in 2017, there have been positive signs from Congress and the White House that IT modernization will remain a critical part of our government's priorities moving forward.

    Earlier this year, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders -- one on IT modernization and one on cybersecurity -- that signaled his administration would be taking the push seriously..."

      Know When To Automate With Artificial Intelligence
      R RAY WANG, September 19th, 2017
      "Recent client conversations indicate a desire for designing new AI Driven Smart Services. The rush to incorporate artificial intelligence into processes often requires a deeper examination of which services should be AI enabled. Constellation's latest framework for augmenting humanity encompasses six factors ..."
        The AI Revolution: Unleashing Broad And Deep Innovation
        insideHPC, September 18th, 2017
        "Many organizations are looking for an efficient and cost-effective foundation for developing, deploying and scaling AI applications and integrating them with traditional workloads.

        Organizations with deep pockets, deep expertise, and high-end computing resources have developed deep learning applications, such as complex games, and practical tasks, such as image and speech recognition. Many of these applications are impacting our everyday lives, including introducing human-like capabilities into personal digital assistants, online preference engines, fraud detection systems and more..."

          Why AI Success Depends On It Picking The Low-Hanging Fruit
          ComputerWeekly, September 22nd, 2017
          "General-purpose artificial intelligence is probably a long way off, but the rapid rate of innovation means off-the-shelf AI can kick-start many projects...

          New research from consulting, technology and outsourcing services company Capgemini paints a picture of remarkable optimism among heads of business about the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI)..."

          Oracle's New SPARC Systems Deliver 2-7x Better Performance, Security Capabilities, and Efficiency than Intel-based Systems
          Oracle, September 18th, 2017
          World's most advanced processor adds breakthrough performance and security enhancements with Software in Silicon v2 for Oracle Cloud, Oracle Engineered Systems, and Servers

          Oracle announced its eighth generation SPARC platform, delivering new levels of security capabilities, performance, and availability for critical customer workloads. Powered by the new SPARC M8 microprocessor, new Oracle systems and IaaS deliver a modern enterprise platform, including proven Software in Silicon with new v2 advancements, enabling customers to cost-effectively deploy their most critical business applications and scale-out application environments with extreme performance both on-premises and in Oracle Cloud.

          Oracle OpenWorld 2017: Oracle Linux and Virtualization Demogrounds
          By: Parnian Taidi
          Parnian writes, "With only 8 days left to Oracle OpenWorld 2017, we would like to highlight what you can find in the demogrounds this year fro Oracle Linux and Virtualization. In addition the sessions and hands-on labs we have the following demonstrations at Moscone West exhibit hall in the IT infrastructure area: ..."
          Take Latest Oracle VM Administration Training Online
          By: Antoinette Osullivan
          Antoinette writes, "By taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration training course, you will learn to build the infrastructure for open cloud computing and to deploy pooled server resources, so creating virtual machines that support enterprise applications.

          You can take the latest Oracle VM training on-line, at your own pace through the Training-on-Demand format..."

          Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2 Beta 3
          By: Simon Coter
          Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2 Beta 3.

          This release includes following improvements and regression fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2 Beta 2.

          Please do NOT use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines.

          IT - Storage
          After Almost 30 Years Of Software-Defined Storage, What's Next?
          Networks Asia, September 20th, 2017
          "Information technology today has become software-defined, multi-cloud and hyperscale, according to Veritas CEO Bill Coleman in his opening keynote at Veritas Vision 2017.

          'The key pain points enterprises are facing are migration and management of data in the cloud, General Data Protection Rights (GDPR) compliance and data protection, and smarter storage management,' he said..."

          Atto: Quad-Port Celerity 32GB FC-324E HBAs
, September 18th, 2017
          "This addition to the company's FC portfolio will enable companies to capitalize on their existing SAN infrastructure and addresses the need for performing, scalable and secure storage to support exponential data growth from applications such as 4K/8K editing and performance computing and data warehousing, along with the proliferation of virualized servers and flash arrays.

          Firm's 32Gb HBAs support 3,200MB/s per channel data throughput, maximizing the number of VMs per physical server and delivering unmatched storage performance. With x16 PCIe bus connection and four 32Gb/s FC ports, the FC-324E eliminates the bottlenecks created by I/O data intensive applications..."

          Object Storage Essential Capabilities #1 - Scalability
          architectingIT, September 22nd, 2017
          "This is a series of posts covering critical features for object storage platforms and extends on this post from the beginning of 2017.

          Object storage has been positioned as a platform for storing vast amounts of unstructured data, the main area in which we're seeing significant industry growth. Systems need to have the capability to scale to multi-petabytes of capacity, while at the same time offering a reasonable entry point for adoption. When we talk about specific features around scalability, exactly what do we mean?..."

            Public Cloud Storage Market Advances Around Big Data, SSDs
            SeachCloudComputing, September 22nd, 2017
            "As the competition continues among major public cloud storage providers, recent advancements around SSDs, big data and other technologies will shake things up even more.

            Storage is one of the main drivers to migrate to the cloud, and major providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure, continue to compete to be number one -- but no longer just on price.

            In today's public cloud storage market, a combination of demand and a desire to differentiate creates a veritable arms race among providers. New databases, big data storage tools and faster solid-state drives (SSDs) continue to surface, leading to more options for IT teams..."

            IT - Technology
            Step Towards Better 'Beyond Lithium' Batteries
            Science Daily, September 18th, 2017
            "A step towards new 'beyond lithium' rechargeable batteries with superior performance has been made by researchers at the University of Bath.

            We increasingly rely on rechargeable batteries for a host of essential uses; from mobile phones and electric cars to electrical grid storage. At present this demand is taken up by lithium-ion batteries. As we continue to transition from fossil fuels to low emission energy sources, new battery technologies will be needed for new applications and more efficient energy storage..."

            Data And Power Could Run Over The Same Wireless Network
            Network World, September 21st, 2017
            "Power and simultaneous data could be sent along the same radio channels, scientists say, thanks to a recent breakthrough...

            Combining power to operate equipment, as well as delivering substantial data rates that are good enough for video - in the same piece of radio kit - is now obtainable, scientists say.

            The developing system works similar to how charging pads provide power to a toothbrush or a mobile phone without having to be connected through wires. However, in this case, the apparatus doesn't need any physical contact with the device and data can be sent at the same time..."

              Cost Effective Quantum Moves A Step Closer
              Science Daily, September 19th, 2017
              "Researchers have taken an important step towards enabling quantum networks to be cost-effective and truly secure from attack. The experiments prove the viability of a measurement-device-independent quantum key distribution (QKD) system, based on readily available hardware..."
                Superaccurate GPS Chips Coming to Smartphones in 2018
                IEEE Spectrum, September 21st, 2017
                "We've all been there. You're driving down the highway, just as Google Maps instructed, when Siri tells you to 'proceed east for one-half mile, then merge onto the highway.' But you're already on the highway. After a moment of confusion and perhaps some rude words about Siri and her extended AI family, you realize the problem: Your GPS isn'' accurate enough for your navigation app to tell if you're on the highway or on the road beside it.

                Those days are nearly at an end. At the ION GNSS+ conference in Portland, Ore., today Broadcom announced that it is sampling the first mass-market chip that can take advantage of a new breed of global navigation satellite signals and will give the next generation of smartphones 30-centimeter accuracy instead of today's 5 meters. Even better, the chip works in a city's concrete canyons, and it consumes half the power of today's generation of chips. The chip, the BCM47755, has been included in the design of some smartphones slated for release in 2018, but Broadcom would not reveal which..."

                IT - Bitcoin
                Automation, AI And Now Bitcoin - What Is The Future That Lies Ahead?
                ITProPortal, September 19th, 2017
                "Cryptocurrencies are gaining popularity worldwide and now governments must decide if they are willing to support them...

                A great transformation is under process. More than being just a revolution, this age of Automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and now Bitcoin, is set to unprecedentedly revive economies across the world. Evolving technologies and perpetually increasing acceptance of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are not being integrated and implemented by business leaders, industries, governments only but by organized criminals and terrorists as well..."

                IT - FOSS
                35 Top Open Source Companies
                Datamation, September 21st, 2017
                "If you think of open source software as being primarily the work of hobbyists and lone developers, your impression is sorely out of date. While independent developers are still an important part of the open source community, today much of the work on open source projects is being done by corporate developers.

                In a recent appearance at the Open Source Summit, Linux founder Linus Torvalds acknowledged this corporate influence and welcomed it. 'It's very important to have companies in open source,' he said. 'It's one thing I have been very happy about'..."

                IT - DevOps
                Can DevOps Deliver On Digital Potential?
                ComputerWeekly, September 18th, 2017
                "DevOps and agile methodologies are seen as key ingredients of digital initiatives. Computer Weekly looks at the management challenges...

                A benchmarking study by consultancy Hackett Group, titled Beyond world-class service: IT's digital capability imperative, recently highlighted DevOps as a technique that can help enable digital transformation..."

                DevOps Jobs: 6 Eye-Opening Statistics
                The Enterprisers Project, September 18th, 2017
                "As DevOps has blossomed in many IT shops, so has a particular IT talent war: With more companies adding new DevOps roles, hiring high-quality DevOps talent can be brutal. IT leaders don't just need to find warm bodies; they need to find people who know how to deliver on the promise of DevOps - constantly experimenting and iterating, at speed, while navigating tricky culture change. That means good things for IT pros on the job market with the right mix of skills and experience. And this is not a fleeting situation. .."
                Robust DevOps Trend Fueled By It's Need For Speed, Survey Says
                Search CIO, September 18th, 2017
                "A survey from IT service management provider Pink Elephant pinpoints the motives and success factors driving the burgeoning DevOps trend.

                The first question asked of the survey respondents was to identify what percentage of the respondents were actively working on a DevOps-focused transformation.

                The objective of the question was to understand the pickup on the DevOps language in describing cultural improvement goals. The binary nature of the question was used in order to identify how many organizations were explicitly focused on improvements they mapped to the term DevOps culture..."

                MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.4.3 GA
                By: Andy Bang
                Andy writes, "We are pleased to announce that MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.4.3 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. It will also be available for download via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud in a few days. MySQL Enterprise Monitor is the best-in-class tool for monitoring and management of your MySQL assets and is included with your MySQL Enterprise Edition and MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition subscriptions..."
                Annual MySQL Community Reception at Oracle OpenWorld
                Lefred, September 22nd, 2017
                lefred blogs, "Like every year, the a MySQL Community Reception will take place during Open World.

                If you are using or interested in learning more about MySQL? And if you are attending Oracle OpenWorld and looking for an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas or experiences with MySQL users? Then join the MySQL team on Tuesday, October 3rd at Jillians to celebrate the dynamics and growth of the MySQL community!

                Whether you are attending OpenWorld, a member of local MySQL user groups, a MySQL user in the Bay Area, or simply interested in MySQL technology, you're all invited to Oracle's MySQL Community Reception..."

                Cloud Computing
                Oracle's Larry Ellison pokes Amazon again with new cloud pricing plan
                siliconANGLE, September 19th, 2017
                Robert Hog writes, "Oracle Corp. went on the offensive again versus Inc. today with a new cloud pricing plan that gives discounts to Oracle database customers who move their databases to the cloud.

                Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison (pictured) said during an event at its Redwood City, California headquarters that while Oracle has matched Amazon Web Services Inc. for base-level computing, storage and networking services known as infrastructure as a service, it's now moving to make higher-level cloud services such as databases and analytics cheaper than AWS's..."

                IT - Cloud
                How ROI Analysis Supports A Smooth Cloud Migration (Slideshow)
                CIO Insight, September 19th, 2017
                "The majority of organizations are now conducting a formal ROI assessment before migrating to the cloud, according to a recent survey from Unisys. The resulting "2017 Unisys State of Cloud Transformation Survey" report indicates that most of the companies that take this step attain the cost savings they expect. This is good news, especially since the majority of organizations are involved in the cloud in some capacity, and some are adopting mass migration or cloud-first strategies..."
                  Phased Process For Cloud Security
                  CSO Online, September 19th, 2017
                  "Enterprise organizations tend to follow a standard sequence as they secure cloud-based workloads and integrate cloud and existing security controls...

                  My colleague Doug Cahill and I have been following the development of cloud security for the past few years. What we've noticed is that many organizations tend to track through a pattern of actions as their organization embraces public cloud computing. The sequence goes through the following order:..."

                  Up-Front Analysis Pays Off For Organizations Moving To The Cloud
                  Information Management, September 20th, 2017
                  "Organizations that conducted a thorough return on investment analysis before embarking on cloud migrations were 44 percent more successful in realizing their cost-savings expectations than those that did not, according to a new report from technology company Unisys Corp.

                  The study, based on a survey of 400 global enterprise IT and business executives conducted for Unisys by IDG Research in April and May 2017, showed that 80 percent of respondents said they had expected cost savings from adopting the cloud as a channel for accessing IT and business resources..."

                  IT - CxO
                  7 Keys To A Successful Business Intelligence Strategy
                  CIO, September 18th, 2017
                  "BI success requires more than just a strong technology platform. It takes laser focus on processes and personnel - and a business-first approach to gaining insights from data.

                  Business intelligence (BI) is essential for business growth and competitive advantage, yet reaping benefits from BI requires more than implementing the technology that enables it.

                  In fact, deploying the technology is the easiest part of any BI initiative, according to Boris Evelson, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research. Getting the personnel and processes portions right are much more challenging, he says..."

                  How To Decide If Your Company Needs A Chief Digital Officer
                  TechRepublic, September 18th, 2017
                  "Popularized by many large companies, the chief digital officer role is now being considered by smaller entities. Here are a couple questions to ask before making a decision...

                  It seems that every couple of years a new executive role appears, and more often than not, these new roles are technology-related. In the past, all things technology generally fell under the domain of a CIO (chief information officer)..."

                  1.9 Billion Data Records Exposed In First Half Of 2017
                  Dark Reading, September 20th, 2017
                  "Every second, 122 records are exposed in breaches around the globe, a new report shows. And that's doesn't even include the new Equifax breach data.

                  More than 10 million data records are pilfered or lost every day around the world, a rate of more than 7,000 per minute: and that's only the numbers from breaches that go public.

                  Some 1.9 billion data records were exposed in breaches in the first half of this year, a dramatic increase of 164% from the second half of 2016, according to the Breach Level Index for the first half of 2017, compiled by Gemalto..."

                    3 Key Steps to Vet Cloud Services for GDPR Compliance
                    Information Management, September 19th, 2017
                    "The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now EU law and will come into effect on May 25, 2018, bringing with it a host of challenges for organizations throughout the world. While the law is termed 'general,' it might more accurately be called 'global.'

                    No matter where a company is headquartered, if it holds data on EU citizens, non-compliance could result in steep fines..."

                      A 9-Step Guide To Prepare For GDPR Compliance
                      Information Management, September 21st, 2017
                      "In May 2018, the General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) will take effect, significantly altering the way organizations handle and store data.

                      At 200 pages and 99 articles, the comprehensive regulation is primarily intended to strengthen security and privacy protections around individual data, which it enforces by subjecting organizations to stricter requirements, adding new requirements - such as breach notification - and increasing fines on organizations that fail to comply.

                      CIOs Must Build Adaptive IT Workforces
                      CIO, September 20th, 2017
                      "Today's IT workforce must be agile and able to adapt to the business's evolving needs. Here are three things CIOs can do ensure their teams can do that...

                      The workforce is the lifeblood of any IT organization, but several factors are disrupting the nature of IT work, including how work will be performed, when and by whom.

                      New technologies are emerging every day, and businesses want to quickly take advantage of those new capabilities. Silos within and amongst organizations are dissolving, making it easier to share resources and leverage talent from inside and outside the organization. Demand for resources continually fluctuates and businesses need a more flexible, on-demand workforce that can scale up or down as needed..."

                      The General Data Protection Regulation & Its Plain Language Requirement: How To Comply
                      Business 2 Community, September 22nd, 2017
                      "For good reason, American adults are outraged in light of the Equifax breach. Not only has their personal data been compromised, but the company's communications, or lack thereof, have compounded the frustration. The delay in disclosure, the lack of breach details, and the unclear language about enrollees in its monitoring service giving up their legal rights has raised even more ire.

                      The unfortunate lack of federal regulations protecting consumers in the US doesn't help. On the other hand, in the EU the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that goes into effect May 28, 2018 puts teeth into its data protection requirements. US companies doing business that involves processing the data of individual EU citizens risk forfeiting between 2%-4% of top line revenue if they are not compliant..."

                      What CEOs Expect From Digital Transformations (Slideshow)
                      CIO Insight, September 20th, 2017
                      "A significant share of CEOs at multinational companies rank ongoing digital transformation efforts 'at the top of our boardroom agenda,' according to a recent survey from BT. The resulting report, 'Leading from the Front: CEO Perspectives on Business Transformation in the Digital Age,' indicates that CIOs and chief digital officers are leading these initiatives, placing high priorities on the security, cost-effectiveness, reliability, integration and global presence of digital transformations..."
                      How CIOs Can Improve Talent Risk Management
                      CIO, September 20th, 2017
                      "Talent risk management expert Steve Trautman discusses how CIOs can ensure their teams are doing the right work...

                      Congratulations! You recently landed a great new Fortune 500 CIO job, and today is your first day.

                      You know that talent will make you or break you, so you smile when your HR business partner stops by to give you a pile of documents, all of which will help you get to know your team. These include:..."

                      ITPalooza 2017 At The Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center
                      Thursday, December 7th, 2017: All Day
                      You are invited to join the largest gathering of the South Florida technology community for ITP17. You'll connect with peers and industry experts, attend technology education sessions presented by regional and national subject matter experts all while experiencing the best IT and Technology available in our region.

                      Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center

                      Tickets are now available:

                      • General Admission - $65
                      • Marine Toys for Tot Pledge - $35 plus $30 of toys
                      • VIP $250

                      Special pricing for sponsorships is through the end of October.

                      Exclusive SFTA Seminar: Navigating Enterprise Cloud and SaaS Deal Negotiations with Mark Grossman - New Date
                      Thursday, October 20th, 2017: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
                      Hilton Hotel - West Palm Beach

                      You are invited to join this exclusive sfta seminar featuring leading tech lawyer mark grossman who is an internationally recognized technology law guru, keynoter and was the author of the miami herald's weekly "Techlaw" column.

                      Whether you buy or sell cloud and saas solutions, mark grossman will lead you through proven techniques to negotiate the best cloud and saas deals for your company.

                      Enterprises of all sizes are now comfortable with saas and cloud solutions. However, saas and cloud deals raise many complex legal issues that need to be thoroughly negotiated and documented in agreements. In this session - lawyer, author and frequent speaker on negotiating cloud and saas deals - mark will give you the benefit of what he has learned in his career as a tech deal negotiator.

                      In this session, he will speak to the unique customs, usages, and norms of saas and cloud deals, and the particular provisions that are critical to agreements in this area. The discussion will include issues common to saas agreements including intellectual property, warranties, and limitations of liability.

                      South Florida Technology Alliance

                      South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) Social Meetups: vBeers @ Tap 42 Midtown Miami
                      Wednesday, September 27th, 2017: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
                      TAP 42 Miami

                      • 3252 Northeast 1st Avenue Miami
                      • 5:00PM - 8:30PM

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

                      The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) vBeers events happen four times each month, once each in these cities: Palm Beach Gardens, Oakland Park, Boca Raton and Miami.

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


                      John J. McLaughlin

                      IT - PM
                      How Your Project Manager Can Skyrocket Your Business
                      ITProPortal, September 18th, 2017
                      "Though there are many factors at play in project management for business, here's how project experts can stimulate business growth.

                      Organisations have adopted project management experience with a clear mission: they're convinced that project experts can add value, advance strategies, and increase their competitive advantage. Mark Langley, president and CEO of the Project Management Institute (PMI), comes to this conclusion in his recent report on PM statistics, implying that competent project managers are worth their weight in gold..."

                      IT - Networks
                      Is SD-Wan Better Than MPLS
                      Network World, September 21st, 2017
                      "SD-WAN is something everyone's talking about but is it better than MPLS? My answer is yes... and it's easier to explain than baseball...

                      Lately, our clients with an MPLS WAN are starting to ask: 'Should we get rid of our MPLS and go to SD-WAN? Is SD-WAN better?'

                      I don't mean to make this question sound childish (since it's a fantastically good question), but it reminds me of a mistake I made when my 9-year-old son asked me a question the other day..."

                        Need Top Performers? Hire Candidates With A Strong Professional Network
                        ERE, September 18th, 2017
                        "Everyone knows the power of networks. But many hiring managers and recruiters are surprised to learn that the strength of someone's professional network is also one of the strongest predictors of individual employee performance. Professional learning networks differ from the more common social networks like Facebook, which contains mostly family and friends. Professional learning networks contain only highly knowledgeable individuals who can be approached to get answers, solutions rapidly, and to provide honest feedback..."
                        Survey: Careless Errors Still Pose Biggest Threat To Agency Networks
                        GCN, September 19th, 2017
                        "Careless or untrained insiders are the biggest source of security threats to federal agencies, according to the SolarWinds 2017 Federal Cybersecurity Survey. Fifty-four percent of respondents weight that heavier than threats from foreign governments (48 percent), malicious insiders (29 percent) and terrorists (20 percent). The problem is significantly more pronounced at Defense agencies than civilian ones, the report adds..."
                        The New Face Of DDoS: 5 Data Threats Facing Every Organization
                        Information Management, September 19th, 2017
                        "We've entered a new era of DDoS attacks. Using Mirai and other tools, hackers have at their fingertips a formidable array of attack styles and vectors drawing on the power of botnets gathered from the Internet of Things and encrypted, hidden from traditional defenses.

                        The ability to level a 1 Tbps attack, like the one that took down DNS provider Dyn and knocked scores of major websites offline, has given attackers new, more complicated firepower that many organizations are unprepared to defend against..."

                          Why Size Doesn't Matter In DDoS Attacks
                          InformationWeek, September 21st, 2017
                          "Companies both large and small are targets. Never think 'I'm not big enough for a hacker's attention.'

                          Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have increased, and research shows that on average, a DDoS attack can cost an organization more than $2.5 million in revenue. As a small or medium-sized business owner, you may be thinking 'hackers only use DDoS on the big boys' or 'I'm not big enough for them to care.' But these disruptive attacks are getting worse, and they're moving downstream. Today, they affect everyone from the largest organizations to smaller companies that are being hit either directly, or as a by-product of one of their service providers being attacked..."

                            IT - IoT
                            Connecting To The IoT Reality
                            CIO Insight, September 21st, 2017
                            "Without a clear strategy, security and a good policy framework, the IoT can't meet its potential, and firms will struggle to transform investments into results...

                            Connected systems and devices are no longer a novelty. Homes, businesses and even lakes and animals are now part of the internet of things (IoT). Yet, any doubt about the technology should be laid to rest by a new study, 'Sensor Sensibility: Getting the Most From the Internet of Things,' released by the BSA Foundation..."

                            Get Serious About IoT Security
                            InformationWeek, September 20th, 2017
                            "These four best practices will help safeguard your organization in the Internet of Things.

                            The Internet of Things is riddled with security challenges. Cybercriminals know this too, and have often been quicker to take advantage of vulnerabilities than we have been to fix them. For instance, according to Fortinet's Threat Landscape Report for the second quarter of 2017, 90% of organizations recorded attacks that targeted system and device vulnerabilities that were at least three years old, even though updates and patches had long been available. It's even more alarming that 60% of organizations reported attacks aimed at vulnerabilities that were 10 or more years old..."

                            New Alliance Advocates The Blockchain To Improve IoT Security, Trust
                            ZDNet, September 19th, 2017
                            "The Trusted IoT Alliance hopes to 'set the standard' for IoT blockchain protocols worldwide...

                            Cisco, Bosch, Gemalto and other business giants have announced the launch of the "Trusted IoT Alliance" as part of an effort to promote the use of the blockchain to secure IoT devices worldwide..."

                            Setting The Standard For A Blockchain Protocol For IoT
                            HelpNet Security, September 20th, 2017
                            "A wide range of blockchain technology companies and enterprises like Cisco, Gemalto and Bosch have launched the Trusted IoT Alliance, an initiative that aims to bring companies together to develop and set the standard for an open source blockchain protocol to support IoT technology in major industries worldwide..."
                            Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) Introduces The First Benchmark Standard For Internet Of Things (Iot) Gateway Systems
                            insideBIGDATA, September 22nd, 2017
                            "The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) announced the immediate availability of TPCx-IoT, the industry's first benchmark which enables direct comparison of different software and hardware solutions for IoT gateways.

                            TPCx-IoT was specifically designed to provide verifiable performance, price-performance and availability metrics for commercially available systems that typically ingest massive amounts of data from large numbers of devices..."

                            IT - Linux
                            7 Tips For Linux Cluster Admins To Help Keep Auditors Happy
                  , September 18th, 2017
                            "Try these strategies to satisfy auditors' requirements without wasting your time or testing your patience...

                            The beauty of building extra-large Linux clusters is it's easy. Hadoop, OpenStack, hypervisor, and high-performance computing (HPC) installers enable you to build on commodity hardware and deal with node failure reasonably simply. Learning and managing Linux administration on a small scale involves basic day-to-day tasks; however, when planning and scaling production to several thousand node clusters, it can take over your life, including your weekends and holidays.

                            Specific requirements for encrypting people-related data in transit and at rest have been heavily discussed elsewhere, so I won't be covering them here. Rather, we'll focus on preparations to keep an audit off the backs of your Linux admin team..."

                            CentOS 7 Server Hardening Guide
                            LISNET, September 17th, 2017
                            "This guide is based on a minimal CentOS 7 install following the idea that you only install software that you require.

                            For those familiar with OpenSCAP, you will notice the guide divided into two major sections: System Settings and Services. The first part contains rules that check system settings, where the second part is aimed towards hardening services.

                            General disclaimer applies: do not implement changes to production systems unless you understand what they do..."

                              IT - Security
                              Equifax Exec Departures Raise Questions About Responsibility For Breach
                              Dark Reading, September 18th, 2017
                              "Disclosed details suggest a failure by the technology team but senior executives and the board are not above responsibility as well, experts say.

                              With two senior technology officials stepping down from Equifax late last week, experts say the question now is whether responsibility for the recently disclosed data breach at the company should in fact go all the way to the top..."

                                Least Effective Enterprise Security Measures
                                HelpNet Security, September 20th, 2017
                                "Fifty-nine percent of respondents to a Bitglass survey at Black Hat USA 2017 identified phishing as the best data exfiltration strategy, as human error and ignorance will always be exploitable.

                                Understandably, and in line with recent cyberattacks, malware and ransomware ranked second, at nearly 27 percent..."

                                  Insider Threat: Majority Of Security Incidents Come From The Extended Enterprise, Not Hacking Groups
                                  Information Age, September 22nd, 2017
                                  "Organisations report that 42% of IT security incidents occur as a result of their employees actions, and 74% originate from their extended enterprise (employees, customers, suppliers)...

                                  New research by leading data security company, Clearswift, has shown that year on year cyber security incidents, particularly insider threats; continue to rise, but that companies are able to spot suspicious activity significantly quicker than two years previous..."

                                  The 6 Phases Of Adopting Cloud Security Practices
                                  CSO Online, September 19th, 2017
                                  "Enterprise organizations tend to follow a standard sequence as they secure cloud-based workloads and integrate cloud and existing security controls.

                                  My colleague Doug Cahill and I have been following the development of cloud security for the past few years. What we've noticed is that many organizations tend to track through a pattern of actions as their organization embraces public cloud computing. The sequence goes through the following order:.."

                                  26 Cybersecurity Terms You Should Know, From A To Z
                                  Business 2 Community, September 19th, 2017
                                  "There are a lot of confusing terms when it comes to cybersecurity. Here are some common terms related to network security and computers that we hope will help to clear up the confusion...

                                  Authentication - This is a method that verifies the identity of a person, process or device trying to gain access to your network.

                                  Baiting - This is some kind of offer that entices you to click on something - a free book, movie, music or other download.


                                  4 Ways To Halt Data Thieves
                                  CIO, September 22nd, 2017
                                  "On a daily basis, personal or business data is sabotaged. To restore and preserve it, the cost for you is money, time and effort. Develop the habit of using these proven techniques to eliminate or slow down the attempts to steal your identity.

                                  Small- to medium-sized businesses are struggling to reduce the complexity of cybersecurity management while maintaining defenses against a growing threat landscape. Companies traditionally have layered multiple security technologies to bolster their security posture, but technology alone can't keep up with recognizing and stopping emerging threats. Cybersecurity is now a corporate business continuity concern and should be a line-item in a recovery plan or policy..."

                                  5 Tips For Enterprises To Ensure Their SMB Partners Don't Cause A Data Breach
                                  TechRepublic, September 20th, 2017
                                  "SMBs are valued partners for many firms, but they often lack resources and expertise to develop comprehensive security policies. Here's how enterprises can ensure their partners are cybersecure.

                                  To avoid cybersecurity issues, large enterprises must be careful when choosing what small- and medium-sized (SMB) business partners to work with - especially as the average cost of an enterprise data breach rises to $1.3 million..."

                                  The Evolving Nature Of The CISO Role
                                  Help Net Security, September 20th, 2017
                                  "As IT security increasingly becomes a priority, CISOs' influence within companies is growing. However, security strategy in many organizations is still largely reactive and not yet aligned with business functions.

                                  Conducted by the Ponemon Institute, the findings are based on interviews with senior-level IT security professionals at 184 companies in seven countries: The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, India, and China..."

                                  To Be Ready For The Security Future, Pay Attention To The Security Past
                                  Dark Reading, September 18th, 2017
                                  "It's easy to just move on to the next problem, ignoring what's happened -- but that's a mistake. 'The past is never where you think you left it.' - Katherine Anne Porter

                                  Cybersecurity is a fast-paced industry, one that combats an ever-changing threat landscape. It's a semi-organized chaos of point solutions, patches, and processes designed to keep companies protected from the cyber attack(s) of the day. In the limited time not spent on addressing current threats, most practitioners are focused on what might come next. But little emphasis is put on how past incidents affect current and future threats..."

                                    What's That, Equifax? Most People Expect To Be Notified Of A Breach Within Hours?
                                    The Register, September 19th, 2017
                                    "Equifax hasn't found time for a houseclean and is making claims of authority and competence about security breaches that, following its own recent high profile breach, come off as pretty cringeworthy.

                                    An autumn 2016 whitepaper from Equifax - still available here at the time of publication - attempts to position the credit scoring agency as a go-to firm for organisations unfortunate or careless enough to suffer a security breach..."

                                    Where Do Security Vulnerabilities Come From?
                                    Dark Reading, September 22nd, 2017
                                    "There are three major causes: code quality, complexity, and trusted data inputs.

                                    It seems earthshaking vulnerabilities are released weekly that leave vendors and system administrators scrambling to remediate. So, where are all these vulnerabilities coming from? A simple search on the National Vulnerability Database shows over 3,300 new vulnerabilities released in just the past three months. Granted that many of these vulnerabilities are esoteric and limited to specific niche applications. However, nearly every other month we see a release with a large-scale hole that affects millions. The most egregious example was Heartbleed, which affected nearly half of all Internet web servers..."

                                      IT - Careers
                                      8 Hot IT Hiring Trends - And 8 Going Cold
                                      CIO, September 18th, 2017
                                      "Recruiting and retaining tech talent remains IT's biggest challenge today. Here's how companies are coping - and what's cooling off when it comes to IT staffing.

                                      We're seeing a number of shifts this year in hiring as technologies mature, new ones emerge and companies work to cut costs by blending full-time IT staff with contract work..."

                                        10 Open Source Skills That Can Lead To Higher Pay (Slideshow)
                                        Datamation, September 21st, 2017
                                        "Last month, The Linux Foundation and the online job board Dice released the results of a survey about open source hiring. It found that 67 percent of managers expected their hiring of open source professionals to increase more than their hiring of other types of IT workers.

                                        In addition, 42 percent of managers surveyed said they need to hire more open source talent because they were increasing their use of open source technologies, and 30 said open source was becoming core to their business. A vast majority - 89 percent - of hiring managers said that they were finding it difficult to find the open source talent they need to fill positions..."

                                        18 Certifications Worth Having
                                        Global Knowledge, September 19th, 2017
                                        "A certification is more than a gold star. It's more than a pat on the back or a 'job well done.'

                                        Obtaining a professional certification is an indication that you're an expert. It's proof to employers, peers and even yourself that you speak and think in a specific language. It comes with the expectation that co-workers and decision-makers will call on you for advice and insight. Your experience and expertise will be key to a business' growth in the face of internal and external changes.

                                        Basically, a certification is confirmation that you provide value. And in a competitive and crowded industry like IT, it's often not easy to stand out.

                                        This is your chance..."

                                          Enterprise Architecture: The Scarce Skillset In Big Demand
                                          CIO, September 18th, 2017
                                          "Three years ago, demand for enterprise architects - those who focus on building a holistic view of an organization's strategy, processes, information, and IT assets in order to support the most efficient and secure IT environment - was declining.

                                          Some were whispering that the days of the architects were over. But this unique skillset has recently staged a major comeback..."

                                            The Best Hiring Secrets From An Expert Interviewer
                                            Business 2 Community, September 19th, 2017
                                            "We spoke with world-renowned interviewer and New York Times best-selling author, Cal Fussman. He has a knack for asking all the right questions to really get to know someone, and shares his best tips for HR to ensure that they hire the right candidates.

                                            Some of his most notable interview subjects have included Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Al Pacino, Jimmy Carter and Richard Branson - all published in the coveted Esquire magazine.

                                            Cal explains why (and how) companies need to ditch their canned hiring questions in favour of a storytelling-based approach..."

                                              When A Headhunter Has To Fire A Client To Save A Candidate
                                              AskTheHeadHunter, September 18th, 2017
                                              Question: "I read your PBS NewsHour column, Job interviewers shouldn't be asking for your salary. Here's why. I am a new headhunter and I agree with everything you said in that article..."

                                              Nick's Reply: "There's no trade secret here. Just common sense, fair play, and good business..."

                                                Career Advice: IT Leaders On How To Land An Executive Role
                                                CIO, September 22nd, 2017
                                                "Making the transition from IT management to the C-suite takes more than technical knowledge. You need just the right mix of soft skills, business acumen and leadership skills, as these IT leaders advise.

                                                For ambitious IT professionals with an eye on the C-suite, there are ways to establish yourself as the obvious choice for an executive IT position. But it requires more than just technical skills. You need business, communication and leadership skills to make it to the top..."

                                                IT - Virtualization
                                                Characterizing And Contrasting Container Orchestrators
                                      , September 20th, 2017
                                                "Admiral Calcote, also known as Lee Calcote (@lcalcote) or the Ginger Geek to his friends, gave a presentation titled, 'Characterizing and Contrasting Container Orchestrators,' at the 2016 All Day DevOps conference.

                                                Okay, he isn't really an admiral - nor does anyone call him that - but he used the title 'admiral' to describe what container orchestrators do, relating it to an admiral directing a fleet of container ships. You could also say that they are like the conductor of an orchestra, directing the individuals to work together as a group toward a common goal while each musician is still able to play their own instrument..."

                                                Solve Common vCPU Troubleshooting Issues
                                                Search Server Virtualization, September 18th, 2017
                                                "Performance problems can be caused by a number of things, including overprovisioning and poor vCPU selection and assignment to VMs. Use these strategies to correct mistakes.

                                                Although hypervisors and virtualization technology are now well-established and proven to be reliable for enterprise environments, there are some potential issues that might require investigation and remediation..."

                                                IT - Compliance
                                                Compliance And Your Data Center: Three Things To Know
                                                Networks Asia, September 20th, 2017
                                                "Regulatory compliance isn't exactly the most exciting topic, however, it is one of the most important. After all, failing to meet compliance requirements can result in harsh penalties, including hefty fines. Not to mention, compliance standards, such as PCI DSS, Sarbanes-Oxley, GDPR and HIPAA, are designed to ensure the security of your data and the potentially sensitive information it holds.

                                                On top of this, government regulation such as Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) in Singapore aim to protect data from prying hands - be it companies or cyber criminals; a recent development of the PDPA may mandate organizations to inform customers of personal data breaches as soon as they are discovered.

                                                With that in mind, here are three key things you should remember when it comes to regulatory compliance:.."

                                                IT - Email
                                                Is Universal End-To-End Encrypted Email Possible (Or Even Desirable)?
                                                CSO Online, September 18th, 2017
                                                "End-to-end email encryption is getting more attention as security and compliance concerns mount, but practical use cases are rapidly being eaten away by other technologies...

                                                People expect their email to be private between them and the recipient, but in reality, the contents of your email are exposed during transmission. Full end-to-end encryption would mean that only the receiver of the email can decrypt their messages, but sharing public keys and agreeing on a common encryption standard can be tricky for most users..."

                                                IT - Database
                                                8 Technologies Transforming The Database
                                                Networks Asia, September 19th, 2017
                                                "What is a database? Once upon a time, it was simple. The database was a modern Bob Cratchit putting data in tables made up of very straight columns filled with one row per entry. Long, endless rectangles of information stretching on into the future.

                                                The relational database has been the bedrock of modern computing. The vast majority of websites are just a bunch of CSS lipstick painted on top of SQL. Everything that makes us special is just another row in the big table of life..."

                                                IT - Big Data
                                                6 Data Modeling Best Practices For Better Business Intelligence
                                                Information Management, September 20th, 2017
                                                "It's crucial to understand data modeling when working with big data to solidify important business decisions. Although specific circumstances vary with each attempt, there are best practices to follow that should improve outcomes and save time. Here are six of them..."
                                                Dark Data - Do You Have A Plan?
                                                TechZone360, September 19th, 2017
                                                "Harnessing Data to Create Profits

                                                Practically every organization has vast amounts of 'dark data' in the form of weblogs, machine logs, and logs from sensors on everything from oil rigs, to turbine engines, to hospital patients. The question is: Do you have a plan to create business value out of your dark data?

                                                This is the age of data-driven digital transformation. Your organization is looking for ways to engage more closely with customers, improve decision making, improve the operational efficiency of manufacturing, or deliver better patient healthcare outcomes. You probably have a great deal of the data you need to accomplish this in-house..."

                                                Debunking 8 Big Data And Analytics Myths (Slideshow)
                                                InformationWeek, September 21st, 2017
                                                "As with other emerging tech concepts, big data and analytics are haunted by myths. Here are eight such myths that you will want to dispel as you advance your analytics strategy.

                                                There's little doubt that the concept of big data analytics has been dragged through the mud multiple times over the years. Early adopters struggled in many areas that ultimately led to higher than expected failure rates -- and ultimately -- a poor return on investment. Yet, many of the mistakes of the past have long since been overcome. What remains, however, are a number of myths surrounding concepts and implementation steps that some feel still reflect the truth..."

                                                How Big Data Will Revolutionise Driving
                                                ITProPortal, September 21st, 2017
                                                "Big data will help lay the foundations for smart cities and in turn support the development of autonomous vehicles...

                                                The race to full autonomous driving has dominated the headlines in recent years, with challenger brands, such as Uber and Tesla, competing with conventional manufactures such as Volvo and BMW to launch the first fully autonomous mass market car. However, while the idea of driverless vehicles has gathered extensive media attention, the technology that underpins these developments has fallen underneath the radar..."

                                                How To Use Big Data To Improve Your Ecommerce Business
                                                SmartDataCollective, September 19th, 2017
                                                "In exploring the ways big data can improve your eCommerce business, what are some ways you've started to dive in?

                                                Big Data has taken the world of eCommerce by storm. These days, it seems as though everyone is hopping on the trend of trying to get in-depth customer insights that can help their business grow. And with 51% of Americans preferring to shop online, it's no wonder why everyone is trying to get an edge..."

                                                Why Startups Should Not Ignore Big Data
                                                insideBIGDATA, September 22nd, 2017
                                                "Startup businesses are a risky proposition. This means that if things aren't done in the most effective way possible, businesses will never make it past the first year. The business plan can often determine whether or not a business gets past the startup phase of the company. When creating a business plan, owners sometimes skip over big data. This is a mistake as the use of big data can be very influential to the success of the company..."
                                                IT - Mobile
                                                First 5G Smartphones With Download Speed More Than 10Gbps To Be Available From 2019
                                                TechWorm, September 18th, 2017
                                                "First 5G smartphones with download speeds faster than 10 Gbps will be available in US and Asian markets by 2019, says Qualcomm CEO

                                                The year is 2019 and you are able to download the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy movie set in just 10 minutes!!! Sounds too good to be true. But this will be the future according to Steven Mollenkopf. As of now, we are surfing the net at 4G speeds which means that we can theoretically download movies/tv shows/files etc. at 100Mbps speeds where it is available though, in reality only Japanese and South Korean telecom companies give near that of speeds..."

                                                Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                Vol 235 Issue 1 and 2; Vol 234 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 233 Issue 4
                                                We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                                • Oracle SPARC and Solaris Roadmap, Sep/2017
                                                • Solaris Update Plan is Real, But Future Looks Cloudy by Design
                                                • Get a Highly Available Kubernetes Cluster on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in Minutes
                                                • Machine Learning for Java Developers
                                                • Oracle OpenWorld 2017: Oracle Linux and Virtualization Hands-on Labs
                                                • Oracle Health Sciences Steve Rosenberg Honored Among PharmaVOICE 100's Change Agents in Life Sciences
                                                • Q1 FY18 GAAP EPS Up 19% To $0.52 and NON-GAAP EPS Up 12% TO $0.62
                                                • Oracle Joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation
                                                • Monday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld 2017 Oracle Linux and Virtualization Sessions
                                                • Oracle OpenWorld: Got Customers? Better Get AI For The Best Customer Experience

                                                The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

                                                  IT - Encryption
                                                  Encryption Isn't The Enemy In The War Against Cyber-Terrorism
                                                  Information Age, September 22nd, 2017
                                                  "Will opening a 'back-door' solution to encrypted messages for government and police open up communications data to cybercriminals?

                                                  Ministers in the UK and Australian governments are making moves to try to prevent the use of strong encryption techniques in messaging apps and more. Their belief is that terrorist groups and other criminals are using encryption to organise their activities without fear of being detected..."

                                                  IT - Server
                                                  8 Best Practices For Managing Software Patches
                                                  TechRepublic, September 19th, 2017
                                                  "Patching software is not a glamorous job, but it can prevent disasters like the recent Equifax breach. Following these eight tips can keep your company's data safe.

                                                  The Equifax security breach has now put 143 million Americans at risk for identity theft and fraud. It was caused by a website application vulnerability bug in Apache Foundation open source software that was known as Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638..."

                                                  IT - Java
                                                  What Role Will Java Play In The Future Of Big Data And IoT?
                                                  jaxenter, September 21st, 2017
                                                  "Java's not going anywhere, no doubt about that. But why are people choosing to use Java? And what sort of role will it play in the future development of Big Data and IoT? In this article, Jane Reyes explores the relationship between this old favorite of a programming language and the newest tech in the field.

                                                  It's cliche to talk about how quick the technology evolves. Java has been around for more than two decades and it is probably considered as one of the most 'love to hate' technologies out there..."

                                                  Java SE 9 And Java EE 8 Are Here
                                                  jaxenter, September 21st, 2017
                                                  "Oracle has just announced the general availability of Java SE 9, Java EE 8 and the Java EE 8 Software Development Kit (SDK). From now on, it's all about faster releases and more open source engagement.

                                                  Things are definitely changing in the Java universe. After today's releases, there will be two Java feature releases per year (so no need to wait years until the next version is out) and Java EE is moving to the Eclipse Foundation (and changing its name). Let's enjoy the release of Java SE 9 and Java EE 8 though..."

                                                  New Java 9 Features At A Glance
                                                  jaxenter, September 22nd, 2017
                                                  "We've been waiting for this moment for the past 3+ years but now it's finally here - Java 9 has been released. In this article, Henning Schwentner presents the new version's features.

                                                  With version 8, Java did get a lot of new features, of which the support of Lambdas had certainly the biggest impact. Also, the enabled bulk operations on collections and the new date-time API improved the daily life of the Java developer. However, a feature that has been wanted for a long time has not made it into Java 8 and became the trademark of the freshly released Java 9 version - the modularization with Project Jigsaw..."

                                                  Red Hat News
                                                  Friday Five - September 22, 2017
                                                  Red Hat, September 22nd, 2017
                                                  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.

                                                  • Get ready for Red Hat Summit 2018
                                                  • Red Hat Announces Broad Expansion to Open Source Patent Promise
                                                  • The future of Java EE
                                                  • SDTimes - The mobile and cloud imperative
                                                  • siliconANGLE - Open Container Initiative reaches great milestone

                                                  Read on for details.

                                                  Red Hat Announces Broad Expansion to Open Source Patent Promise
                                                  Red Hat, September 21st, 2017
                                                  Red Hat's Patent Promise now covers permissively-licensed code, making it the broadest protection for open innovation...

                                                  Red Hat announced a significant revision of its Patent Promise. That promise, originating in 2002, was based on Red Hat's intention not to enforce its patents against free and open source software. The new version significantly expands and extends Red Hat's promise, helping to protect open innovation.

                                                  In its original Patent Promise, Red Hat explained that its patent portfolio was intended to discourage patent aggression against free and open source software. The expanded version published today reaffirms this intention and extends the zone of non-enforcement. It applies to all of Red Hat's patents, and all software licensed under well-recognized open source licenses...

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