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IT - CxO
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Study: Companies that go all-in with SaaS can save big
NetWorld World, February 20th, 2014
"Companies that move the bulk of their IT operations to cloud services can end up realizing significant overall cost savings, according to a study by analyst firm Computer Economics.

The study looked specifically at companies that had moved mostly to the cloud and compared their spending habits to those of "more typical organizations," report author and Computer Economics President Frank Scavo wrote.

Computer Economics surveyed seven organizations with revenue ranging from US$50 million to $550 million. While acknowledging the sample size is small, the respondents' relative size is crucial, Scavo said in an interview..."

    The new CIO mandate
    ZDNet, February 19th, 2014
    "Keeping up with the relentless pace of technology advancement has become one of the top challenges for organizations as they seek to modernize and adapt to today's digital marketplaces. Perhaps foremost on the hot seat these days is the Chief Information Officer (CIO). That IT leadership role has been under growing tension between two implacable forces: 1) applying the latest technology innovations to the business and 2) maintaining infrastructure and keeping existing IT systems running smoothly..."
    Ways to crack the IT talent retention problem when money isn't the answer
    SearchCIO, February 17th, 2014
    "Finding ways to attract and retain top IT people is a major battle for today's CIOs. The quest for IT talent can be especially difficult for nonprofit organizations, where workplace culture and mission must often make up for the heftier paychecks offered by for-profit businesses. That's the case for Jim Noga, vice president and CIO for Partners HealthCare, and Anne Margulies, vice president and CIO for Cambridge, Mass.-based Harvard University..."
    Three essential steps to a software defined data center
    NetworkWorld, February 20th, 2014
    "Imagine this in your data center: A swath of compute, networking and storage hardware from a variety of different vendors that are all controlled not individually but by software that overlays the entire operation.

    Sound like a fantasy? It's the idea behind the software defined data center (SDDC) and research firm Enterprise Management Associates has declared that 2014 is the year for enterprises to seriously take a look at it.

    But how do you get there? EMA analyst and blogger Torsten Volk has outlined three key priorities to adopting a SDDC strategy..."

    Oracle
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    What is Oracle Mobile Suite?
    By Grant Ronald
    Grant writes, "You might start hearing mention of a new product/initiative from Oracle called Oracle Mobile Suite. This is a suite of products covering the development efforts for building Enterprise mobile applications; and that includes the on-device applications as well as the back-end services they consume. To help you understand a little more of the challenges, the products available, and Oracle's vision, my team put together a short video on Oracle Mobile Suite which gives you the main points to understand..."
    Features
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    Larry Ellison Talks Talent, Teamwork, And 'Insanely Great' Products
    By John Foley
    John writes, "It's not enough to 'empower' employees. If companies truly want to unleash an empowered workforce, they need a new generation of human capital management tools that are designed to enable that, Larry Ellison said at HCM World last week."

    "Getting people to connect - to the company, to one another - makes for a much more satisfied and productive workforce, which is very different from how we looked at HCM before," Oracle's CEO said in a February 6 keynote presentation at HCM World in Las Vegas.

    The CEO's Perfect Storm: Demographics, Data, and Devices Change Everything
    By Mark V. Hurd
    Mark writes, "While the business world went through some unexpected turbulence in 2013, I believe three major factors are going to make 2014 even more disruptive and challenging for CEOs.

    This perfect storm for the CEO includes unprecedented shifts in workforce demographics, the ongoing surge in data volume, and the rapid emergence of the 'Internet of Things' in which tens of billions of devices will be infused with intelligence and connected to our online world.

    These profound changes will provide great opportunities for forward-looking leaders who can get out in front of these disruptive forces and exploit them to create new and higher-value products and services, smarter and more-capable workforces, and more-intimate engagements with customers..."

    Exadata
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    Eagle's Platform Runs Critical Workloads 2.6x Faster with Oracle Exadata Database Machine
    Eagle Investment Systems Solution Suite V12.1 Achieves Oracle Exadata Optimized Status
    Some of the world's most successful financial services firms rely on Eagle Investment Systems' innovative data management, investment accounting and performance measurement solutions to make better business decisions. From boutique firms to global powerhouses, Eagle will work closely with you to implement and maintain flexible investment solutions that streamline your investment operations, freeing you to focus on your business, not your IT.

    ... Eagle's technology, running with Oracle Exadata, provides one of the most scalable, on-premise investment management solutions available. The Oracle Exadata Database Machine provides unsurpassed performance to support the Eagle platform on-site.

    IT - Storage
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    Top Five Hot Data Storage Trends
    Data Center Knowledge, February 20th, 2014
    "As the speed of change in businesses continues to accelerate, the pressure for organizations to provide the most cost-effective and highest performing supportive IT services around the clock has never been greater. Information is an organization's most valuable asset - and often the most costly to maintain. Users are accessing data more frequently from more devices than ever before. As a result, new solutions (including flash storage and converged infrastructures) are better suited for a world where digital data creation is growing by around 50 percent per year and organizations work to keep pace and stay within budgets...

    Here are five enterprise storage trends that Dell expects to see heat-up this year..."

    The future of storage is software-defined
    ComputerWorld, February 19th, 2014
    "The Storage Networking Industry Association recently hosted an industry summit, 'The Future of Computing - The Convergence of Memory and Storage through Non-Volatile Memory (NVM).'

    For a glimpse into the future, from some of the industry's true thought leaders, check out the presentations [ZIP] and audio recordings [ZIP]. This view into the rapid developments in flash memory and other NVM technologies has given me a new-found appreciation for the concept of a software-defined data center (SDDC)..."

    HDD Decline Expected To Slow and Reverse
    Forbes, February 10th, 2014
    "There is just too much information to store to keep a good storage technology down. After two straight years of declining shipments, 2014 looks like it could be the year that HDD shipments bottom out and perhaps even increase over the prior year.

    In the just released Digital Storage Technology Newsletter put out by Coughlin Associates (www.tomcoughlin.com) calendar Q4 2013 and 2013 HDD shipments are laid out with projections for 2014 and beyond. The newsletter is edited by Tom Coughlin. Following are some observations from the newsletter..."

      Java Technology
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      Java+EE Basic Training
      with Yakov Fain
      Reza Rahman writes, "Those of us that have been around Java/Java EE for a little while sometimes tend to forget that Java is still an ever expanding ecosystem with many newcomers. Fortunately, not everyone misses this perspective, including well-respected Java veteran Yakov Fain. Yakov recently started a brand new free online video tutorial series focused on Java and Java EE beginners. The very first of these excellent videos is posted below..."
      IT - Technology
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      Researchers come up with new chip to chip communications
      TechEYE.net, February 20th, 2014
      "The Optical Fibre Communications Conference (OFC) has revealed details of a new approach to chip-to-chip communications based on silicon photonics. The paper explains how to develop a modulator and a tuneable filter created using IBM's CMOS process that the paper's presenters believe could make inter-chip communications ten times more energy efficient..."
      A UK Surgeon Successfully 3D Printed And Implanted A Pelvis
      Business Insider, February 17th, 2014
      "A British surgeon successfully implanted a 3-D printed pelvis for a man who lost half his pelvis to bone cancer, Madison Beerbohm of Healthpoint Capital reports. It was the first transplant of its kind.

      The patient, who is in his sixties and has remained unnamed, suffered from a rare type of bone cancer called chondrosarcoma. It affected the entire right side of his pelvis... "

        IBM Prototype Achieves Internet Speeds Up to 400G bps
        eWeek, February 17th, 2014
        "IBM announced a technological breakthrough that will help improve Internet speeds to 200 to 400 gigabits per second at extremely low power. The speed boost is based on a device that can be used to improve transferring big data between clouds and data centers four times faster than current technology, company officials said.

        At this speed, 160 gigabytes, the equivalent of a two-hour, 4K ultra-high-definition movie or 40,000 songs, could be downloaded in only a few seconds, IBM said. The device was presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco Feb. 9 to 13..."

        HAMR Promises To Boost Storage Capacity
        Network Computing, February 17th, 2018
        "Thankfully, the Shingled Magnetic Recording technology I discussed in my first post on SMR can provide the next capacity boost the drive industry needs.

        Unfortunately, the challenges of SMR technology, which I wrote about in my article on using SMR drives will both limit just how much added capacity SMR can deliver and prevent SMR from being used for any sort of random workload. However, a technology that generates plenty of hardware store and worksite jokes -- Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) -- promises to help..."

        The very best tech you can buy for $150 or less
        ZDNet, February 21st, 2018
        The very best tech you can buy for $150 or less..

        • Jawbone Jambox
        • Canon PowerShot SX160
        • Kingston Digital 64GB Flash Card
        • HTC One (T-Mobile)
        • Mophie Juice Pack Air (iPhone 5/5s)
        • Kensington KeyFolio Pro 2
        • Sony MDR-7506
        • Amazon Kindle (Wi-Fi)
        • Seagate Slim
        • Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard

        Read on for more suggestions and details.

        IT - Bitcoin
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        Bitcoin ATMs to land in the US
        CNET, February 18th, 2014
        "Robocoin's bitcoin ATMs are hitting the United States later this month, Reuters reported Tuesday.

        Robocoin is installing these automated teller machines in Seattle, Wash., and Austin, Texas. The kiosks will enable a person to buy and sell the digital currency after scanning the user's government-issued identification, like a driver's license or a passport. People will be able to sell bitcoins for cash, buy more bitcoins, or transfer funds through a digital wallet..."

        Regulators and Hackers Put Bitcoin to the Test
        New York Times, February 17th, 2014
        "Bitcoin is facing significant growing pains as it struggles to move beyond a stormy adolescence.

        After months of hype and hysteria that have driven up its price at a dizzying pace, Bitcoin recently encountered several hurdles that are likely to determine whether it makes it out of its early speculative phase to become a currency that people actually use, is supplanted by a rival or falls apart altogether.

        The most fundamental threat was a bug in some basic software that determines how Bitcoins are moved between digital accounts. That forced several of the largest Bitcoin exchanges to shut down for most of last week and raised questions about the sturdiness of the programming underlying the currency..."

        How To Use Bitcoin To Shop At Amazon, Home Depot, CVS And More
        Forbes, February 17th, 2014
        "Two of the country's biggest names in e-commerce, Overstock.com and TigerDirect.com, earned themselves some press (and perhaps goodwill from the tech crowd) with their recent decisions to start accepting Bitcoin as payment.

        Now, though, users of the controversial peer-to-peer digital system can spend their cryptocurrency in brick and mortar stores including Home Depot, CVS, Kmart and Sears as well as online at web retail granddaddy Amazon.com..."

        Bitcoin for idiots: An introductory guide
        VentureBeat, February 17th, 2014
        "Drama, greed, controversy, conspiracy, crime, risk, theft, speculation, wealth - such was the world of Bitcoin in 2013.

        The crypto-currency captivated us with its soaring highs and plunging lows in 2013, rising from $10 to $1,200 in the course of a year. It surpassed the value of gold at its peak before crashing down to $500. Today it flutters between $380 and $682 on different exchanges...

        For those of you who spent last year curious but wary about Bitcoin, here is a guide to everything you need to know..."

        IT - FOSS
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        Open Source Has Changed Everything
        CIO Insight, February 21st, 2014
        "A quarter century ago, before pervasive computer networks and mobility burst into the mainstream, every product - automobiles, refrigerators, typewriters and telephones - was proprietary. There was very little need to collaborate with any other company on basic design and engineering - unless it was a supplier.

        But a quiet revolution that began in earnest in 1991, when Linus Torvalds released the first version of Linux, has sent ripples - perhaps tsunami is a better choice of words - throughout the business world…and beyond. The open source concept has fundamentally rewired the way businesses operate and the way they develop products. Platforms such as Linux, Java and Apache Hadoop have turned things upside down and inside out..."

        Here Are 5 Ways In Which Open Source Is Shaping Our Future In 2014!
        EFY Times, February 19th, 2014
        "The constant war between open source and proprietary technology ceases to end, and with ever improving tools the battle grows fiercer. However, it won't be wrong to say that open source is clearly leading the way when it comes to innovative technology so much so that 2014 might just be the year of open source computing. Furthermore, it's only obvious that even proprietary technology cannot deny the tremendous functionality of oepn source for the results speak for themselves. 2014 is also the year when the battle enters an all new arena with proprietary firms pouring in their resources into open source development while open source companies shaping their revenue models..."
        MySQL
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        Zyme Relies on MySQL Enterprise Edition
        Delivers High Quality Global Channel Insights to Customers
        Zyme selected MySQL since the launch of its products because it met all the following requirements Zyme needed for its mission-critical channel data solution:

        ACID compliant Ease of use and administration Open source Cost-effective support services backed by a well-recognized company Currently MySQL stores 2.5 Terabytes data, composed by 1 billion records Zyme collects from retailers and distributors across the globe. Deploying the master-slave replication topology, Zyme makes the master MySQL database in charge of receiving incoming data and processing over 50 million transactions per month, with two layers of slave databases handling reporting and backups respectively.

        Cloud Computing
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        Oracle Extends Industry's Most Comprehensive Marketing Cloud
        Latest Release of Oracle Eloqua Introduces Innovative New Modern Marketing Execution and Reporting Capabilities
        Today's modern marketer is increasingly tasked with a complex balancing act that involves helping their organization identify and understand its customers, create relevant and engaging experiences, find and nurture opportunities, deliver revenue and demonstrate marketing's impact on the bottom line. To help CMOs and their global marketing teams balance these complex objectives, Oracle today extended the Oracle Marketing Cloud. The new features and enhancements to Oracle Eloqua, a component of Oracle Marketing Cloud, help modern marketers optimize the customer experience and execute marketing campaigns that have a measurable impact on revenue.
        Oracle Delivers Enterprise Financial Planning and Budgeting in the Cloud
        Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Helps Organizations Adopt World-Class Planning with the Simplicity of the Cloud
        Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service Helps Organizations Adopt World-Class Planning with the Simplicity of the Cloud

        Organizations that align operational resources with strategic priorities through integrated planning, budgeting and forecasting can substantially improve productivity and profitability. Yet adopting these best practice planning processes has been a challenge for businesses that rely on spreadsheets or disconnected point solutions. To help organizations harness the power of integrated financial planning and budgeting quickly and cost-effectively, Oracle has released Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service, democratizing access to world-class planning and performance management.

        IT - Cloud
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        Cloud Brings Enterprise Problems
        internet evolution, February 20th, 2014
        "As enterprises deploy important applications in the cloud, they're finding that the technology isn't magic. Cloud deployments bring their own challenges and problems.

        These include procurement, cost tracking, integration with other systems, and transforming IT, according to a report from CompTIA.

        Start with "rogue IT." That's where lines of business procure their own cloud solutions without involving IT. It's an ongoing problem..."

          Enterprise Cloud Adoption: 5 Hard Truths
          InformationWeek, February 19th, 2014
          "Everest Group lead analyst Jimit Arora looks at five factors that can determine successful cloud adoption in the enterprise...

          Last fall I had the honor of sitting on the selection committee for the inaugural ICE (Innovation in Cloud for Enterprise) Awards, sponsored by the Cloud Connect show and Everest Group. The experience taught me how large enterprises are adopting cloud computing in ways that are often compelling, sometimes surprising, and occasionally breathtaking.

          The winner, Revlon, Inc., presented an impressive case for how it leverages cloud to achieve organizational transformation that boosts competitiveness and consumer wallet share..."

          Internal IT Coming to Terms With the Cloud
          CIO Insight, February 21st, 2014
          "The challenge facing nearly every IT organization today is not whether to make use of cloud computing services, but the degree to which they want to manage it. Despite the popular perception that internal IT organizations are threatened by cloud services, a new survey suggests that most of them aspire to manage only about half the cloud services being used by their organization by 2016. Internal IT organizations are clearly being asked to deliver more cloud computing services, and IT organizations are getting fairly comfortable with the idea that they don't need to directly control every service..."
          Why data-as-a-service has taken off so fast
          InfoWorld, February 18th, 2014
          "The primary drivers for moving data into private, public, or hybrid clouds are the efficiency and capabilities that clouds can bring. Enterprises have never seen such efficiencies and capabilities in traditional database technologies, including those from Oracle and IBM.

          What databases in the public cloud offer is hugely compelling: Elastic scalability, universal network accessibility, integration with mobile platforms, pay-per-use efficiencies, avoidance of capital costs, and the ability to work with widely scattered structured and unstructured data (that is, big data)..."

          Questioning the use of private clouds
          Gigaom Resarch, February 20th, 2014
          "Since the rise of cloud computing, enterprises have often preferred the use of private clouds, to public clouds. This was largely due to control and security issues, or, at least the perception that public clouds had these issues. So, the operating theory became, 'If you're going cloud, go private'

          The problem with private clouds is that you're trading off one set of rack-mounted hardware in your data center for another set of rack-mounted hardware in your data center. The costs are about the same, with private clouds providing a bit better utilization..."

          Beware Of "Careless Users In The Cloud"
          BusinesSolutions, February 20th, 2014
          "A services and solutions provider surveyed 1,000 full-time workers in the United States and Canada and found employees who use cloud-based apps have some bad habits that could result in security breaches and data loss. As you create cloud-based solutions for your customers, you should advise them to be aware of employee practices that could undermine data security..."
          Top-Tier Vendors Begin Posturing on OpenStack Implementations
          eWeek, February 17th, 2014
          "They had little to do with the development of OpenStack, yet they are quickly jumping aboard a train that appears to be built for the long haul.

          Let the positioning begin. The big, all-purpose IT vendors are beginning to confront each other about how best to use and support OpenStack cloud computing software within their own environments, even though they are hardly experts on the topic.

          These guys had little or nothing to do with the development of the fast-rising data center system, yet they are quickly jumping aboard a train that appears to be built for the long haul..."

          Cloud Computing Saves Organizations Money on IT Spending
          eWeek, February 17th, 2014
          "Organizations are benefiting from the efficiency, low costs and flexibility that come with cloud use, according to a recent survey by Capita IT Services. Organizations fully utilizing cloud computing save on average more than 15 percent in IT spending, whether measured as a percentage of revenue or on a per-user basis, according to a report from Computer Economics.

          A more detailed analysis of respondents' IT spending mix shows that the savings come not only from a reduction in data center spending but also in IT personnel costs..."

          Debunking the Top 9 Hybrid Cloud Myths
          Data Center Knowledge, February 17th, 2014
          "The cloud model is here to stay. In fact, many organizations are expanding their infrastructure directly into some type of cloud platform. Initially, there were concerns about the operation of a cloud. It was a new technology, adoption was low, and many businesses were worried about resources. The modern cloud has come a long way. Organizations clearly see the direct benefits of working with a cloud infrastructure.

          Here's the reality: More solutions become available every day, but with a learning curve and numerous management challenges and considerations..."

          How to become a cloud computing leader
          ZDNet, February 17th, 2014
          "Technologists working with cloud need a range of specific skills, from Java or .NET framework to REST API development to knowledge about Amazon Web Services. But businesses are also crying out for people who can take leadership roles in moving operations into the cloud world.

          When it comes to leadership, it's the "soft skills" that matter, as cloud often requires the ability to look at the big picture, marshal organizational resources and funds, and sell new ways of doing things to skeptical line of business managers.

          Bill Kleyman, writing at Data Center Knowledge, provides several pointers for imporving cloud skills:.."

          Hardware
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          Oracle Database Appliance 2.9
          maintenance release
          The Oracle Database Appliance Manager 2.9 release is now available.

          This 2.9 release includes:

          • January 2014 PSU of RDBMS - 11.2.0.4.1 and 11.2.0.3.9
          • Import of http based templates on ODA_BASE
          • Send Key support to the VM
          • Additional hardware monitoring on X3-2 and X4-2.
          • Out-of-place update Grid Infrastructure from 11.2.0.3.x to 11.2.0.4.0(17721778).
          • Oracle Database Patch Set Update (PSU) 11.2.0.4.1 and 11.2.0.3.9.
          • Improved VM stack - better module level logging (TINT ID), better exception handling in oakd, mutithreading of XML rpc agent, multithreading oakd adapter, to allow parallel VM commands.

          The documentation will be refreshed shortly.

          IT - DR
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          A CTO who has 'seen it all' shares top tips for effective disaster recovery
          SearchCIO, February 20th, 2014
          "I have spent my IT career in what I would consider to be turnaround roles. For some reason, IT is not performing as expected or required and so the organization hires a new IT leader (me) to get things aligned and in shape. In other cases, organizations bring me in to do a one- or two-day assessment of their IT processes and systems. In such roles, I have seen it all -- particularly when it comes to disaster recovery:..."
          IT - PM
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          11 Project Management Tips for Setting and Managing Expectations
          CIO, February 17th, 2014
          "Keeping projects on track -- especially in the face of constant change requests and additions -- is a project manager's greatest challenge. And when project managers don't properly set expectations from the start -- with senior management, the client or their team -- and don't have a strategy in place for dealing with scope creep or last-minute requests or changes, deadlines can suffer.

          So how can project managers ensure that everyone shares the same goals and expectations? CIO.com asked dozens of IT executives, project managers and project management experts to find out. Check out their top 11 suggestions on how to successfully set, manage and adjust expectations to ensure deadlines are met and tempers don't flare..."

          IT - Networks
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          WAN Performance Needs Work, Report Finds
          Network Computing, February 20th, 2014
          "Wide-area networks have becoming increasingly important to conducting business today, but companies need to do a better job of refining their WANs to deliver maximum business value. Such are the implications of a recent study on the state of the WAN.

          Talari Networks surveyed more than 200 IT pros last November and December, and two-thirds said they consider the WAN to be strategic to their businesses to some extent. Where they see it as most strategic is in improving application performance, which is by far the most frequently cited factor driving WAN-related decisions, mentioned by 42% of respondents..."

          IT - Operations
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          Colocation services vs. cloud hosting -- which should you choose?
          SearchDaracenter, February 19th, 2014
          "Colocation services and public clouds move IT workloads out of your corporate data center and into theirs, but the similarities end there.

          Whether you should use cloud hosting or colocation services depends on how you want to implement private and hybrid enterprise cloud. Colocation services can be a gateway to hosted private cloud or to a hybrid cloud that bypasses public Internet connections.

          Here, colocation and cloud service providers answer IT pros' questions about which approach to take..."

            CIO/CTO shapes up shared services strategy and puts the fun into ITSM
            SearchCIO, February 20th, 2014
            When Bart Murphy was hired three years ago as vice president of shared services at the CareWorks Family of Companies, a shared services strategy was a distant dream.

            Bart Murphy, CIO/CTO, CareWorksBart Murphy Comprised of six companies, Dublin, Ohio based CareWorks is one of the largest managed care organizations in the state. Its companies offer a variety of services, including workers' compensation, compliance consulting and vocational rehabilitation.

            When Murphy arrived, the largest of CareWorks' companies was ending an outsourcing arrangement of nearly 15 years, and bringing its IT operations in-house. The other five companies were served by a combination of internal teams and a tech services business that had been bought eight years before and made part of CareWorks Tech. The internal IT services, however, varied from CareWorks company to company, depending on the sophistication of the business users and whether they were corporate-based or remote.

            5 Tactics To Help Triage Patching
            Dark Reading, February 19th, 2014
            "In a perfect world, patching vulnerable software would be simple: security and information-technology professionals would deploy software updates immediately and no conflicts, crashes or challenges would arise.

            But in reality, most companies will never catch up with their vulnerability workload, and instead try to triage and fix the most serious issues. For those firms, the lack of information about the criticality and exploitability of flaws hampers efforts to prioritize their patch program and leaved companies attempting to apply as many updates as possible..."

            Incorporating Security Into Change Management
            Enterprise Effieciency, February 18th, 2014
            "Annual IT security audits can be painful, yet they don't have to be.

            Audit reports often show glaring and sometimes embarrassing mistakes that slipped through while you were making moves, adds, and changes throughout the previous year. Annual audits are useful in finding and correcting security holes within an infrastructure, but wouldn't it be better to identify many problems before they ever made it into production? If you think so, than you should seriously think about bolstering your security review procedures during your regularly scheduled change management process..."

            Getting started with ITIL service management
            SearchDataCenter, February 17th, 2014
            "ITIL outlines processes and practices for efficient, cost-effective and business-centric IT service management.

            Although numerous paradigms exist, the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) has emerged as one of the best-known and widely practiced approaches for IT Service Management (ITSM). ITIL service management comprises an established set of processes, procedures and tasks that help IT organizations deliver and manage computing services to the business. ITIL publications, under Crown Copyright, form the foundation for international standard ISO/IEC 20000..."

            IT - Security
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            Most security pros concerned about missing threats between vulnerability scans
            Help Net Security, February 18th, 2014
            "Continuous monitoring, whose roots lie with the U.S. government, addresses many of the challenges faced by traditional vulnerability management solutions and offers CISOs and security leaders across sectors a near real-time view into the security posture of their respective institutions.

            A new survey found that organizations that implemented continuous monitoring are more than twice as likely to be satisfied with their vulnerability management approach compared to those who use periodic scanning..."

            6 tips to combat Advanced Persistent Threats
            CSO Online, February 15th, 2014
            The success of advanced persistent threats (APT) is reportedly so pervasive that detecting and defeating them with any consistency may seem to be a hopeless battle.

            Based on news reports and multiple statements from U.S. officials, hackers from China breach the systems of all kinds of U.S. businesses, from major newspapers to defense contractors and cutting-edge technology companies, and remain undetected long enough to make off with billions in intellectual property and sophisticated weapon designs..."

              Securing Data In 4 (Relatively) Easy Steps
              Dark Reading, February 21st, 2014
              "A cyberattack is like a swelling riverbank, ready to make its way into an enterprise, destroying sensitive data. Many companies spend their security budgets on sandbags, lining them up around networking devices, hoping to keep hackers at bay. However, until you understand what is going on inside your network, you cannot truly protect your data against an attack..."
              Removing admin rights mitigates 92% of critical Microsoft vulnerabilities
              Help Net Security, February 18th, 2014
              "Avecto analyzed data from security bulletins issued by Microsoft throughout 2013 and concluded that 92% of all vulnerabilities reported by Microsoft with a critical severity rating can be mitigated by removing admin rights.

              The results also revealed that removing admin rights would mitigate 96% of critical vulnerabilities affecting Windows operating systems, 91% critical vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Office and 100% of vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer..."

              Final version of NIST cybersecurity framework draws mixed reviews
              SearchSecurity, February 18th, 2014
              "The final version of the NIST cybersecurity framework, released last week, is intended to provide a baseline of IT security best practices for U.S.-based critical infrastructure organizations. Experts, however, questioned whether the document provides the sort of easily understandable and actionable advice those organizations require..."
              Why security pros should care about Bitcoin's troubles
              CSO Online, February 15th, 2014
              "Chief security officers who believe the latest Bitcoin problems do not affect them should think again. Securing such digital currency flowing through peer-to-peer payment systems may one day be the responsibility of security pros.

              The world of Bitcoin has certainly had a bad week. A bug in its protocol forced two exchanges, Mt. Gox and BitStamp, to halt trading temporarily. The flaw was also blamed for the theft of $2.6 million from the Bitcoin wallet belonging to Silk Road 2, the online black market that took the place of the original Silk Road after it was shutdown by federal authorities. Both anonymous marketplaces provide a place on the dark web to sell and buy illegal drugs..."

              100 Greatest Hacking Tools
              EFY Times, February 19th, 2014
              "Some would say that hacking has been simplified by the array of hacking tools that are available nowadays. While that remains a topic for another discussion, if there's one thing that the tech world unanimously agrees on, it is the usefulness of these tools. Whether it is wireless hacking, network security, encryption, intrusion detection or anything else, there is a tool available for it.

              Here are the top 100 hacking tools being used by pros around the world nowadays..."

              (IN)SECURE Magazine issue 41 released
              Help Net Security, February 19th, 2014
              "(IN)SECURE Magazine is a free digital security publication discussing some of the hottest information security topics. Issue 41 has been released today:

              Table of contents:

              • Cloud insecurity? Time to bust the myth
              • Executive hot seat: Cloud Security Alliance CEO
              • Security uncertainty in the cloud: Problems and potential solutions
              • Share with the world: Who reads my data in the cloud?
              • Executive hot seat: Intrinsic-ID CEO
              • Privacy in the cloud: The power of encryption
              • How to recover deleted or corrupted digital currency
              • Leveraging Big Data for security operations
              • The past, present, and future of Big Data security
              • Information stewardship: Avoiding data breaches and managing Big Data
              • Generating value from Big Data analytics
              • Too big to fail: The Big Data dilemma

              Read on for details.

              IT - Careers
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              15 Non-Certified IT Skills Growing in Demand
              CIO, February 18th, 2014
              "Whether you're a senior IT executive evaluating staffing needs and preparing budgets or an IT pro deciding where to invest your time to gain new skills, knowing what technologies are in demand should be a key part of your strategy..."
                Demand for Linux skills rises
                ComputerWorld, February 19th, 2014
                "Demand for people with Linux skills is increasing, a trend that appears to follow a shift in server sales.

                Cloud infrastructure, including Amazon Web Service, is largely Linux based, and cloud services' overall growth is increasing Linux server deployments. As many as 30% of all servers shipped this year will be cloud services providers, according to research firm IDC.

                This shift may be contributing to Linux hiring trends reported by the Linux Foundation and IT careers website Dice, in a report released Wednesday. The report states that 77% of hiring managers have put hiring Linux talent on their list of priorities, up from 70% a year ago..."

                How To Answer The Five Most Common Interview Questions
                Forbes, February 18th, 2014
                "You successfully made it past the HR screening. Now it's time to meet with the person who will ultimately decide if you're the right candidate for the job - the hiring manager.

                When going into an interview, it's important to know what questions to expect and how to approach them. Preparation is key, which is why, as a career coach, I provide mock interviews and guidance for those looking to successfully navigate these crucial career moments.

                Below are five common questions asked by hiring managers and how to prepare for them..."

                  IT - Backup
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                  Accelerating Backup Performance and Efficiency Top Priorities for Large Enterprises - Sepaton
                  StorageNewsletter.com, February 17th, 2014
                  "Sepaton, Inc. announced the results of the fifth annual Sepaton Data Protection Index, an annual survey of large enterprises in North America and Europe with at least 1,000 employees and at least 50TB of primary data to protect.

                  The survey elicited responses from more than 200 IT professionals across a range of vertical industries to define and quantify current data protection trends and challenges for enterprise data centers. Specific areas covered by the survey, included data protection technologies currently in use; key data protection challenges facing enterprises; and data protection priorities for 2014..."

                    IT - Big Data
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                    Data Crush - By Christopher Surdak
                    O'Reilly, February 2014
                    • Data Crush
                    • How the Information Tidal Wave Is Driving New Business Opportunities
                    • By Christopher Surdak

                    "The Internet used to be a tool for telling your customers about your business. Now its real value lies in what it tells you about them. Every move your customers make online can be tracked, catalogued, and analyzed to better understand their preferences and predict their future behavior. And with mobile technology like smartphones, customers are online almost every second of every day..."

                      California fights drought with big data, cloud computing
                      ComputerWorld, February 19th, 2014
                      California is facing its worst drought in more than 100 years, and one with no end in sight. Conserving water has never been more important, and Silicon Valley has an opportunity to offer technological solutions to the problem.

                      Consider, for example, the approach the East Bay Municipal Utility District took to encouraging customers to reduce water consumption.

                      Using technologies not available in earlier droughts, the Oakland-based agency issued report cards on water usage to 10,000 of its 650,000 customers in a year-long pilot program. For instance, EBMUD would put worried-looking smiley faces on the statements it sent to people in two-person households who used more than 127 gallons per day -- the average for a household that size. The statements disclosed each household's actual water usage and urged the customers to "take action" -- and many did.

                        Using Big Data to Predict Big Problems
                        Enterprise Effieciency, February 20th, 2014
                        "With violent clashes going on in Kiev, Ukraine, it is a good time to ask if we could have predicted the violence and done something to prevent it. The answer might be yes.

                        Using a combination of social media and news sources, Nathan Kallus from MIT says, it is possible to predict protest moments within a country. This has implications for governments that hope to keep protests peaceful, as well as for enterprises that need to mitigate risk factors in their supply chain and keep workers safe..."

                          Why Big Data In The Enterprise Is Mostly Lip Service
                          InformationWeek, February 18th, 2014
                          "Here are six reasons organizations are taking the wrong approach to big data or not utilizing it at all.

                          These days, it's not hard to find surveys, polls, and reports saying that "most" organizations are embracing big data. For instance, as Matt Asay on ReadWriteWeb writes: ..."

                          The 8 Most In-Demand Big Data Roles
                          CIO, February 17th, 2014
                          "As more organizations begin to get on the big data bandwagon, demand for IT professionals with the skills to collect, organize, analyze and architect disparate sources of data is on the rise..."

                          • ETL (Extract, Transfer and Load) Developers
                          • Hadoop Developers
                          • Visualization Tool Developers
                          • Data Scientists
                          • OLAP Developer
                          • Data Warehouse Appliance Specialist
                          • Predictive Analytics Developer
                          • Information Architect

                          Read on for details.

                          Few Enterprises Using Big Data Analytics
                          CIO Insight, February 17th, 2014
                          "Many executives say their companies are not equipped to make the most of big data, according to a survey by management consulting firm Bain & Company. Participants were executives from more than 400 companies worldwide and mostly from enterprises with revenues of at least $1 billion. "We found…an elite group that puts into play the right people, tools, data and intentional focus," say authors Rasmus Wegener and Velu Sinha. These select companies are already using analytics insights to change operations and to improve products and services. They are twice as likely to be in the top quartile of financial performance within their industries, three times more likely to implement decisions as intended, and five times more likely to make decisions faster..."
                          Big Data Is Important, but Execs Don't Know Where to Start
                          Big Data Republic, February 17th, 2014
                          "A recently released report reveals "a stark disconnect" between the understanding by executives of the value of big-data analytics and their grasp of where to start on big-data projects in their organizations.

                          A survey of 144 CFOs and CIOs at multinational corporations with annual revenues north of $1 billion, conducted by KPMG Capital and released in January, reveals that while 99 percent of executives surveyed understand that what KPMG calls "data and analytics" (D&A) is important to their businesses, 75 percent "find it difficult to make decisions around D&A"..."

                          IT - BYOD
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                          BYOD Businesses Still Lack Effective Security Policies
                          eWeek, February 21st, 2014
                          "A majority of businesses (53 percent) unprepared to deal with hacked or stolen bring your own device (BYOD) devices, even though half indicated company-owned tablets, notebooks and smartphones may have been hacked in last 12 months, according to a report from ITIC and KnowBe4.

                          The survey results indicate that 65 percent of businesses now allow end users to BYOD and use them as corporate desktop or mobile devices to access organizational data including email, applications and sensitive data..."

                          Top10
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                          Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                          Vol 192 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 191 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 190 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:

                          • An Introduction to the Z File System (ZFS) for Linux
                          • The Non-Beginner's Guide to Syncing Data with Rsync
                          • 10 Books For Linux System Administrators
                          • illumos FAQs
                          • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel
                          • LibreOffice 4.1.5
                          • Run Oracle Database Like a Ferrari, But Save Like a Prius with Oracle Storage
                          • OCFS2 Best Practices Guide
                          • Steps to Fast Track your Database Cloud implementation on Exadata
                          • MySQL February Newsletter

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

                            LibreOffice
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                            LibreOffice 4.2.1 Is Already Available
                            Update Will Improve The Experience Of Early Adopters
                            The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.2.1, three weeks after the availability of LibreOffice 4.2. The first minor release - based on a shorter cycle than expected - solves over 100 problems, introduced by the larger than usual code refactoring of the LibreOffice 4.2 family. The changelog is [url "https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Releases/4.2.1/RC1" "available."]

                            'LibreOffice 4.2 was extremely ambitious, in terms of code refactoring. Because of this, we planned an extensive quality assurance cycle, based on automated tests followed by QA sprints in December and January, but we were not able to catch all the issues' says Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of The Document Foundation. 'Based on early adopters feedback, developers and QA experts have jumped in immediately, and have solved the most urgent problems in less than three weeks, showing the importance of our large community.'

                            LibreOffice 4.2.1 is immediately available for download from here.

                            Sysadmin
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                            Virtual Sysadmin Day and Hands On Labs
                            By Chris Kawalek
                            Chris writes, "If you missed Virtual Sysadmin Day last month, it is available in replay mode. It's not quite the same as the real-time environment where you could ask questions, but you do get recorded versions of the presentations that were given to give you some extra context for working through the Hands On Labs. Also, if you are in EMEA friendly time zones, there is a second live Virtual Sysadmin Day coming up on March 18. You can register here.
                            NetBeans
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                            Interview with Authors of "NetBeans Platform for Beginners" (Part 2)
                            By Geertjan Wielenga
                            Geertjan writes, "in part 1, Jason Wexbridge and Walter Nyland were interviewed about the book they're working on about the NetBeans Platform.

                            NetBeans Platform for Beginners

                            I caught up with them again, in the final stages of working on their book, to ask them some questions..."

                            Security
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                            Oracle Advanced Security Blog
                            By Todd Bottger
                            Todd writes that as, "technical product manager for Oracle Advanced Security here at Oracle Corp, I extend a warm welcome to new readers and hope that you will find this blog informative and useful... By way of background, Oracle Advanced Security is a commonly used option for Oracle Database Enterprise Edition that provides two important preventive controls to protect sensitive data at the source. The first control is Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), which stops would-be attackers from bypassing the database and reading sensitive information directly from storage by enforcing data-at-rest encryption in the database layer. The second control is Data Redaction, which complements TDE by reducing the risk of unauthorized data exposure in applications, redacting sensitive data bound for application display before it leaves the database..."
                            Oracle Identity Federation
                            Released as part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11gR2 Release 2 (11.1.2.2.0)
                            Damien Carru, a member of the Oracle Identity Management organization, writes,"This new version of OIF provides Identity Provider (IdP) and Service Provider (SP), a.k.a. Relying Party (RP), support for the SAML 2.0, SAML 1.1 and OpenID 2.0 protocols.

                            The admin interfaces have been revamped to provide a comprehensive and easy way for administrators to manage Federation partnership on a day-to-day basis: while the UI allows the basic administration of Federation settings, which would cover most of the daily use cases, the OIF WLST command scripting tools allow advanced configuration of the Federation servers and its partners.

                            In this article, I will discuss about the features included in OIF 11.1.2.2.0:

                            • Native Integration with OAM
                            • Protocols
                            • Additional Features

                            Read on for details..."

                            Level3 News
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                            tw telecom Awarded Wide Area Network Cloud B Connectivity Services Contract from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
                            Delivers private optical transport backbone services to three Federal Government Agencies
                            tw telecom inc., a leading provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions for enterprises, large organizations and government entities throughout the U.S., announced it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide a new Wide Area Network (WAN - Cloud B) that will interconnect three HHS Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) site locations.

                            Under the terms of the contract, tw telecom will deliver a number of 10Gbps optical bandwidth services that provide the backbone transport for the Health and Human Services (HHS) TIC traffic between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Indian Health Services (IHS) sites in Ashburn, Va., Atlanta, and Albuquerque, N.M., respectively. The network architecture will also support Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP) to ensure rapid restoration of services. This award encompasses an estimated initial five-month base term with options for four successive one-year periods not to exceed $21.85 million.

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