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Oracle
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Software in Silicon Innovations for Database
Video with Juan Loaiza
Juan Loaiza, Sr. VP of Technology, provides an overview of innovative Software in Silicon technology that redefines Enterprise Computing, enabling customers to improve performance and reliability of applications.

Juan talks about revolutionary Software in Silicon technologies like In-Memory which enable customers to improve performance and reliability of applications.

Software in Silicon features include:...

Oracle Defends Relational DBs Against NoSQL Competitors
eWeek, Nov, 25th, Chris Preimesberger
In response to an eWEEK article about the benefits of NoSQL databases, Oracle EVP Andy Mendelsohn reiterates the value of relational databases.

"Back on Oct. 26, eWEEK published a slideshow entitled 'Why Relational Databases Don't Handle Big Data Well.' It was an op-ed piece that looks at one side of the database debate and was labeled as such. This point of view was espoused by Matt Allen, senior manager of product solutions at NoSQL database specialist MarkLogic..."

Feature
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Oracle OpenWorld 2015: Finally a real Vision and Mission. A pleasant surprise
Robbrecht van Amerongen, Business Innovation Manager at AMIS Services
Robbrecht writes, "For me the 2015 Oracle OpenWorld was a pleasant surprise. The surprise was not the announcement of an additional set of cloud products like the Identity Cloud or the Application Builder Cloud Service. The biggest surprise was the different tone of voice during the conference.

In the past you could summarize Oracle's message as: We are Bigger and Better in technology, Open Source is bad, Cloud is important, We (Oracle) Offer a full set of products and you do not have to look at other vendors. All your problems will be solved when you buy Oracle.

There is a change happening in Oracle, and the most important change is not the new products. Is a change in market approach, culture and structure..."

IT - AI
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IBM's SystemML machine learning system becomes Apache Incubator project
ZDNet, November 23rd, 2015
"There's a race between tech giants to open source machine learning systems and become a dominant platform. Apache SystemML has clear enterprise spin...

The Apache Incubator is an entry to becoming a project of The Apache Software Foundation. The general idea behind the incubator is to ensure code donations adhere to Apache's legal guidelines and communities follow guiding principles.

IBM said it would donate SystemML as an open source project in June..."

Artificial Intelligence: 10 Things To Know
InformationWeek, November 24th, 2015
"Artificial intelligence (AI) is already widely used in software and online services and it is becoming more common, thanks to ongoing progress in machine learning algorithms and a variety of related technologies. But popular depictions of the technology as software-based sentience -- artificial consciousness -- obscure what AI is and how it's actually deployed.

Earlier this month, Andrew Moore, dean of Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, spoke with InformationWeek about AI and the growing role it is playing in people's lives. Moore sees a bright future for artificial intelligence, along with a number of challenges. Here are 10 insights from our conversation..."

    Machine Learning: Hottest Tech Trend in the Next 3-5 Years?
    insideBIGDATA, November 27th, 2015
    "Machine learning is the technology under the veil that powers many exciting new products, enabling them to appear nearly magical to consumers. Back in May 2013, Steve Jurvetson of DFJ said on the Churchill Club stage that he believes machine learning will be one of the most important tech trends over the next 3-5 years for innovation and economic growth. That was about 2 and half years ago; was the sentiment accurate? You betcha!..."
      IT - Technology
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      Li-Fi was tested outside of the lab and it works
      ITProPortal, November 24th, 2015
      "Reports of robots posing a threat to jobs are about as numerous as the ones that tell us to keep calm. Machines may do calculations swiftly, the soothsayers say, but they can't match humans' capacity for creativity.

      Not yet, anyway. Columbia University's Hod Lipson gives it less than a century..."

        Google's Loon balloons now fly for three months
        CIO, November 24th, 2015
        "Google is succeeding in keeping high-altitude balloons aloft in the stratosphere for more than three months at a time -- a key goal in its ambitious Project Loon program to deliver Internet from the sky.

        Project Loon envisages bringing Internet to underserved regions of the world by beaming 4G LTE cellular data signals from balloons drifting at around 60,000 feet..."

        Ten great gifts for the hacker in your life (Slideshow)
        ZDNet, November 23rd, 2015
        "Give gifts this holiday season that inspire your favorite hackers to make something great. Our ten top picks for gifts to make 'em smile are perfect for hackers of all styles, ages and interests...

        Holiday gift guides always struggle when faced with nailing down a list for hackers -- that's because hackers are as diverse in their interests and fascinations as they are diverse in gender, color, size and everything else. Someone with a multi-focused set of curiosity and unique gifts for finding out what makes the crackable crack may seem like a daunting individual to stuff a stocking for ... but don't fret. With a keen eye on the latest interests in hacker culture, we've got a gift guide that can make the hacker in your life smile as they enjoy using your gift to hack and explore throughout the coming year..."

          128GB TSV DDR4 RAM
          TechWorm, November 28th, 2015
          "Samsung Electronics on Thursday announced that it has started mass producing the industry's first 'Through Silicon Via' (TSV) 128GB DDR4 memory modules. Targeted at enterprise servers and data centers, it boasts the largest capacity and the highest energy efficiency of any DRAM module ever made, while also operating at high speed with excellent reliability..."
          IT - Bitcoin
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          Law Enforcement and Regulators Agree: Bitcoin Not Useful for Terrorists, Already Regulated Appropriately
          Bitcoin Magazine, November 23rd, 2015
          "In the aftermath of the Paris attack on November 13, the European Union (EU) is looking to crack down on bitcoin with the hope of preventing the financing of future attacks. Regulators and advocacy groups agree, though, that kneejerk regulation is not what is needed; rather, the need is thoughtful regulation and an increase in education..."

          'There's nothing wrong with Bitcoin, it just means it's another part of our financial system,' said Dana Syracuse, managing director and a member in the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Regulatory Compliance Practice at K2 Intelligence, in an interview with Bitcoin Magazine.

          Bank for International Settlements (BIS): Digital Currencies Could Disrupt Central Banking Model
          CoinDesk, November 23rd, 2015
          Digital currencies could disrupt the ability of central banks to exercise control over the economy or issue money should the technology scale, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) said in a new report released today.

          The BIS, a financial entity cooperatively owned by the world's central banks, said that it has been looking at the technology as early as November 2013, and in February of this year the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) asked a working group to draft the report it published today.

            IT - FOSS
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            10 products that big tech companies have open-sourced recently (Slideshow)
            Network World, November 23rd, 2015
            "In a very general and somewhat nebulous way, open-source software is on the rise. Acknowledging the importance of its large and growing role in enterprise computing has become an increasingly common activity, thanks to the prominence of open-source technology in everything from containerization to the cloud. A possible consequence of this is that major tech companies have been making more frequent gifts of code to the open-source community of late. Take a look at 10 of the most noteworthy..."
              Drupal 8 Released
              Enterprise AppsToday, November 23rd, 2015
              "After years of development and a few delays, the open source Drupal 8 content management system (CMS) is now generally and freely available. Among the most popular and widely deployed CMS technologies in use today, Drupal counts whitehouse.gov and the Federal Communications Commission among its notable users..."
              LibreOffice Now Has More than 1,000 Developers Working on It
              Softpedia, November 23rd, 2015
              The LibreOffice project is one of the biggest open source endeavors in the world, and The Document Foundation has announced that there are now more than 1,000 developers working on the office suite.

              LibreOffice is growing at an extraordinary pace and it looks like it will continue to gather a lot of talented people at a constant rate. The Document Foundation started its work with a fork from the equally famous OpenOffice.org but grew into something that nobody would have guessed.

              IT - DevOps
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              The state of DevOps in 2016
              Information Age, November 24th, 2015
              "DevOps has significant importance to any company delivering software or technical services today. With Gartner predicting that 25% of Global 2000 organisations will be leveraging it in 2016, it's key to understand what it means and what it can do for a business.

              Defining DevOps is trickier than you would think, primarily because of its wide usage. It is essentially shorthand, and nothing more than that, for a lean approach to software delivery..."

              Raising the Bar on DevOps for Enterprise Systems
              devops.com, November 24th, 2015
              "What do you do when you are a leader in DevOps solutions for Enterprise Systems and you practice what you preach? You raise the bar to continually improve your offerings and share thought leadership about where the future lies for clients as they navigate the world of continuous delivery in a climate of digital disruption..."
              Why enterprise DevOps will make IT organizations and CIOs relevant
              CIO, November 25th, 2015
              "Digital business is changing the competitive environment; the proliferation of startups created by highly qualified unemployed seniors and entrepreneurs, the increasing adoption of cloud which reduces IT cost and the Internet of Things substituting traditional services with digital services are forcing business lines (BL) to opt for new paradigms. Market responsiveness achieved through flexible IT environments is what they need; extending DevOps to competitive and revenue issues and establishing it as the foundation of IT operating models is what'll make IT organizations relevant. That's what enterprise DevOps is about..."
              Cloud Computing
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              Data Visualization Cloud Service - Now Available
              By Paul Anderson
              Paul writes, "Data Visualization Cloud Service (DVCS) is a new Oracle Cloud Service. It is a subset offering of the currently supported Business Intelligence Cloud Service (BICS).

              Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service is a web-based tool that enables you to explore analytical data visually and on an individual basis. It makes it easy to visualize your data so you can focus on exploring interesting patterns and outliers..."

              Linux
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              General availability of Oracle Linux 7.2
              By Michele Casey
              Michele blogs, "We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 Update 2, the second update release for Oracle Linux 7. You can find the individual RPM packages on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and the Oracle Linux Yum Server and ISO installation images are available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

              Oracle Linux 7 Update 2 ships with the following kernel packages:..."

              IT - Cloud
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              Using multiple cloud providers could save you money
              ITProPortal, November 24th, 2015
              "Cloud buyers can make substantial savings by shopping around for the cheapest services for each part of their Web application, a new report says.

              The Cloud Price Index, released today by analyst firm 451 Research, says that instead of using a single cloud provider to deliver an application, buyers who mix services such as compute and storage from multiple providers can make substantial savings..."

              3 types of private clouds: Which one's right for you?
              SearchCloudComputing, November 24th, 2015
              Forrester Research describes the Infrastructure-as-a-Service private cloud industry as healthy, growing and 'intensely competitive.'

              'Customers no longer question cloud computing as a viable technology choice,' writes Forrester senior analyst Lauren Nelson in a recent report. 'And in a growing number of enterprises, cloud is now the first choice.'

              Cloud storage adoption strong despite lock-in concerns
              SearchCloudComputing, November 24th, 2015
              "While compliance and lock-in concerns still deter some organizations from storing their data in the cloud, other enterprise IT shops are moving full speed ahead with cloud storage adoption.

              Half of IT and business professionals said they use the cloud as their primary form of storage for production data, according to a 2015 TechTarget Cloud Storage Survey..."

                IT - CxO
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                Attention, CIOs and other humans: Advances in robotics will reshape society
                SearchCIO, November 24th, 2015
                "Reports of robots posing a threat to jobs are about as numerous as the ones that tell us to keep calm. Machines may do calculations swiftly, the soothsayers say, but they can't match humans' capacity for creativity.

                Not yet, anyway. Columbia University's Hod Lipson gives it less than a century..."

                  Most Execs Fooling Themselves On Big Data Capabilities
                  Information Management, November 23rd, 2015
                  "When it comes to getting actual value from big data, a majority of organizations like to talk the talk but most really don't walk the walk.

                  That is the conclusion of a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Iron Mountain, which surveyed 1,800 business and technology leaders on their experiences with big data and data analytics. The study, entitled 'How organizations can unlock value and insight from the information they hold,' found that most organizations have a lot of work to do before they will be able to make better use of the data they collect..."

                  6 proven strategies for evaluating and prioritizing IT projects
                  CIO, November 23rd, 2015
                  "Within most large organizations - as well as smaller businesses - time and resources are in short supply yet high demand, making project selection more difficult. Evaluating and prioritizing projects can be complex, but this vital first step can negatively impact the business if not assessed carefully..."
                    CIOs have to back up financial leaders with solid IT decisions when it comes to data location
                    Information Age, November 23rd, 2015
                    "IT teams can demonstrate the long term value of data centre investments, such as investing in foreign countries like Sweden, to gain the IT capability the business will need in years to come...

                    The Swedish Government's recent suggestion of cutting tax on electricity for data centres by up to 97% will have made ears prick up in the IT industry and beyond..."

                      CIOs Face Expanding Security Concerns
                      CIO Insight, November 25th, 2015
                      "The pace and scale of cyber-security threats continues to increase, endangering the reputation of today's most trusted organizations struggling to cope with the quantum speed and sophistication of global cyber-attacks.

                      PwC recently highlighted numerous cyber-security issues that should be of concern in today's connected society and, according to the Ponemon Institute's 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study, the average consolidated total cost of a data breach is $3.8 million. These findings demonstrate the importance of having a business process in place for cyber-security preparedness..."

                      Top 10 tips to help CIOs stand out from the crowd and become tech superstars
                      v3.co.uk, November 27th, 2015
                      "The position of the chief technology officer (CIO) in the enterprise world is changing as technology increasingly penetrates, rather than just supports, business operations and processes.

                      This change presents opportunities and challenges for CIOs looking to make use of the best the technology the world can offer without hampering day-to-day operations. But those with a savvy approach could use IT to transform their businesses from an analogue to a digital age.

                      V3 has a rundown of the approaches, attitudes and doctrines the modern CIO should consider if they wish to become leaders in the IT world..."

                      Security is the common theme in 2016 top IT projects
                      SearchCIO, November 24th, 2015
                      "Security will be the top IT project for CIOs and senior IT leaders in 2016, according to TechTarget's 2015 Annual Salary and Careers Survey of 248 senior IT leaders (CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, executive vice presidents and directors of IT). When asked to choose their three top IT projects for 2016 out of a list of 30, 27% of respondents selected security, followed by application development (24%), cloud computing (19%), and business intelligence/big data (18%)..."
                      IT - DR
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                      The 5 imperatives for disaster recovery planning
                      Information Age, November 25th, 2015
                      "One certainty of IT disasters is it will happen to you at some point. Fire, flood, hurricane, corrupted data: whatever the cause, at some point a data centre will experience a catastrophic event that puts revenues and customer satisfaction at risk.

                      The largest, most prestigious companies claim they're too big and clever for it to happen to them, but it does. Vodafone's data centre in Istanbul suffered a flash flood, a transformer exploded inside the Canadian ISP Shaw's data centre, and Go Daddy had a six-hour outage owing to bad data. Noone is immune..."

                      IT - PM
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                      What CIOs need to know to ensure their PMOs deliver
                      ComputerWeekly, November 25th, 2015
                      "Traditionally, project management organisations (PMOs) are perceived as something between a totally tactical execution arm and an overhead cost that doesn't deliver much. Unfortunately, this perception is a common mistake among senior leaders and leads to misalignment in the organisation, which ultimately affects strategy execution..."
                      IT - Networks
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                      Getting the Network Up to Speed: The State of Network Appliances Today
                      The Data Center Journal, November 24th, 2015
                      "Big data has left the realm of catchphrase and entered the realm of stark reality for communications-service providers (CSPs) and network-equipment providers (NEPs), which must devise strategies to manage it. Not only is this data - generated by the billions of smartphones, mobile devices and sensors connected to the Internet - being generated in history-making quantities, but it is also coming in at network speeds of up to 100Gbps. Heavy Reading recently conducted a survey of these providers to evaluate the market for both traditional hardware and virtual network appliances..."
                      Texas Advanced Computing Center Interconnects With Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s IB
                      Storage Newsletter, November 25th, 2015
                      "Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. announced that the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas in Austin has selected Mellanox's end-to-end 100Gb/s EDR interconnect solutions to develop North America's first end-to-end 100Gb/s EDR HPC cluster...

                      It is TACC's mission to provide researchers with cutting edge technology, which led the center to select Mellanox for their next generation solutions. Mellanox is currently the only company offering end-to-end 100Gb/s interconnect solutions..."

                      Running out of Internet addresses: What IPv4 exhaustion means for you
                      CIO, November 27th, 2015
                      "ARIN's announcement that it has run out of IPv4 addresses has hastened the long-awaited move to IPv6. Here's what you need to know about the changeover...

                      We reached the end of an Internet era just a few weeks ago. The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), the body that distributes Internet addresses in North America, announced it had exhausted its pool of numbers based on the IPv4 standard. Though invisible to users, IPv4 played a huge role in creating the Internet as we know it by facilitating the connection of millions of computers, smartphones, tablets, and smart devices..."

                      IT - IoT
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                      The Security Vulnerability You Can Prevent
                      SC Magazine, November 25th, 2015
                      "The Internet of Things is one of the world's fastest growing technologies. Unfortunately, it is also poised to become the fastest growing source of security vulnerabilities in the enterprise - but it doesn't have to be that way.

                      According to Gartner, there will be 4.9 billion IoT devices active in 2015, representing a 30 percent increase from 2014 - and that trend is set to continue as 25 billion connected objects are expected by 2020. IoT technology has taken root across countless business verticals - and according to PwC's 6th Annual Digital IQ Survey, 20 percent of companies are currently investing in IoT sensors, up from 17 percent in 2014..."

                      5 predictions for the Internet of Things in 2016
                      Information Age, November 25th, 2015
                      "The promise of software sitting inside a wider variety of devices is set to open up valuable new revenue streams for the Internet of Things (IoT) in 2016.

                      Device manufacturers are set to aggressively adopt new business models associated with monetising the embedded or external software powering their intelligent devices, as the rhetoric becomes reality and the true value of connectivity comes to fruition.

                      Here our five predictions for how the IoT landscape will shape up next year..."

                      IoT attacks and evasion techniques will characterize threats in 2016
                      Help Net Security, November 25th, 2015
                      "As in years past, the Internet of Things and cloud play heavily in the predictions but new malicious tactics and strategies will create unique challenges for vendors and organizations alike, according to FortiGuard researchers.

                      They also predict the emergence of increasingly sophisticated evasion techniques that will push the boundaries of detection and forensic investigation as hackers face increasing pressure from law enforcement.

                      The top cybersecurity trends for 2016 include:..."

                        Major Security Challenges the Internet of Things Has Created (and How to Solve Them)
                        Virtual-Strategy Magazine, November 25th, 2015
                        "The Internet of Things is rapidly conquering our world. New gadgets keep appearing like mushrooms after the rain: from smartphones and smart watches to smart cars and even smart houses, we're getting closer to the future we've seen in science fiction movies and books. The problem is that such rocketing (and somewhat uncontrollable) gadget development cannot pass unspotted among blackhat hackers..."
                          Could Raspberry Pi Zero Be Pivotal To Open Source IOT ?
                          Forbes, November 26th, 2015
                          "Raspberry Pi, the Foundation responsible for the creation of the original Pi set of single board computers has announced the release of a new model - the Raspberry Pi Zero..."

                          "Today, I'm pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability of Raspberry Pi Zero, made in Wales and priced at just $5" - Eben Upton, Founder

                          The Zero is on sale immediately, and is also given away free with The MagPi, the Foundation's own magazine.

                            IT - Linux
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                            Booting Linux In Just One Second
                            phoronix, November 23rd, 2015
                            One of the most interesting presentations from this year's Embedded Linux Conference Europe was how-to boot Linux in under one second!

                            For targeting various embedded use-cases, Jan Altenberg of Linutronix presented how to achieve this feat of booting Linux in under one second.

                            Booting Linux in one second can be useful for automotive applications -- among other scenarios -- greater energy savings rather than dealing with suspending the system, and more. Some of the work done by Linutronix -- a German company focused on Linux for industrial use-cases -- included optimizations to the U-Boot boot-loader, using LZO kernel image compression, various kernel command-line tweaks, kernel configuration changes, using UbiFS, and more.

                            Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 Adds Security, DR Features
                            ServerWatch, November 19th, 2015
                            Red Hat released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 (RHEL 7.2), the latest milestone update to its flagship operating system platform.

                            RHEL 7.2 is the second major update for RHEL in 2015 and follows the RHEL 7.1 milestone that debuted in March. While RHEL 7.2 has been in beta since September, Red Hat first began to talk publicly about some of the enhancements back in June during the Red Hat Summit.

                            Among the highlights for RHEL 7.2 is improved support for the OpenSCAP (Security Content Automation Protocol), which is designed to help organizations establish and maintain a security baseline for system configuration.

                            BlackArch Linux ISO Images Updated with over 100 New Tools, Multilib Support
                            Softpedia, November 25th, 2015
                            "The developers of the Arch Linux-based BlackArch GNU/Linux operating system have announced today, November 25, 2015, the immediate availability for download of new installation media for the distribution.

                            According to the release notes, the latest BlackArch ISO image has been updated to include all the security patches and software updates that have been released on the upstream Arch Linux software repositories since November 25, 2015..."

                            Microsoft and Linux: True Romance or Toxic Love?
                            Linux Journal, November 25th, 2015
                            "Every now and then, you come across a news story that makes you choke on your coffee or splutter hot latte all over your monitor. Microsoft's recent proclamations of love for Linux is an outstanding example of such a story.

                            Common sense says that Microsoft and the FOSS movement should be perpetual enemies. In the eyes of many, Microsoft embodies most of the greedy excesses that the Free Software movement rejects. In addition, Microsoft previously has labeled Linux as a cancer and the FOSS community as a "pack of thieves".

                            We can understand why Microsoft has been afraid of a free operating system. When combined with open-source applications that challenge Microsoft's core line, it threatens Microsoft's grip on the desktop/laptop market..."

                            IT - Operations
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                            2016: The Year of The Data Center
                            Data Center Knowledge, November 23rd, 2015
                            "With 2016 quickly approaching, executives are starting to hash out their plans and budgets for the coming year. While all aspects of a business are important, no other division is more critical to supporting business growth than the IT department. After all, most businesses today have data they need to keep secure and functioning in order to keep things running smoothly..."
                              How Innovative Data Center Design Raises the Bar of Industry Standards
                              Data Center Knowledge, November 25th, 2015
                              "Earlier this summer, Facebook broke ground on its fifth data center, a Fort Worth, Texas-based facility powered entirely by renewable energy and cooled using outdoor air. This is the tech giant's latest energy-efficiency endeavor under the Open Compute Project (OCP), which Facebook and its partners launched in April 2011 to 'develop the most efficient computing infrastructure possible.'..."
                              IT - Security
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                              Lessons learned from the Adobe data breach
                              SearchSecurity, November 23rd, 2015
                              "Adobe CSO Brad Arkin spoke at the recent Privacy. Security. Risk. 2015 event about his experiences dealing with the company's massive data breach two years ago...

                              Brad Arkin was so stressed in the weeks after the high-profile Adobe data breach that he grinded his teeth to the point where he cracked two of his molars during incident response meetings..."

                              Why Brands Choose SSO
                              Business 2 Community, November 23rd, 2015
                              "Deploying a single sign-on (SSO) registration solution gives end-users access to multiple web properties and applications from any device or touchpoint with a single set of authentication credentials. Businesses employ SSO to reduce friction for users, unify disparate processes and data silos and ultimately to gain a 360-degree view of customers. Large companies that encompass multiple brands particularly benefit, since the right SSO strategy can dramatically improve security, performance and productivity, reduce costs and enable a superior customer experience. Here's a brief look at how SSO helps companies be more competitive, from the bottom-line to the top..."
                              Why phishing attacks are nastier than ever
                              ComputerWorld, November 23rd, 2015
                              "Phishing emails have been the scourge of the computer world for decades, defeating even our best efforts to combat them. Most of us can easily spot them by their subject lines and delete without even opening. If we're not entirely sure and end up opening them, we can immediately identify a phishing attempt by its overly formal greetings, foreign origins, misspellings, and overly solicitous efforts to send us millions of unearned dollars or to sell us dubious products. Most of the time, phishing attempts are a minor menace we solve with a Delete key..."
                                U.S. is still tiptoeing toward EMV credit cards
                                ComputerWorld, November 24th, 2015
                                "Isn't it wonderful? Now that October is behind us, all our credit card security problems have been solved! But wait - why did I get a call from one of my credit card companies informing me that my account had been compromised? How can that be?

                                In October, the U.S. went through the 'Payment Networks' Liability Shift,' the first significant milestone toward full rollout of Europay MasterCard Visa (EMV) chip technology here. So what has actually changed?..."

                                5 Data Breaches of 2015 You May Not Know
                                Business 2 Community, November 24th, 2015
                                "We have all heard of the data breaches with Target and Home Depot in recent years, but there are a lot of major data breaches that don't make the mainstream media. Not surprisingly, a lot of healthcare companies made the list and if you're not covered by them you probably didn't even know...

                                So let's see how many of the five you know, and which you don't..."

                                What data breach notification policy should enterprises follow?
                                SearchSecurity, November 23rd, 2015
                                "In the wake of the OPM breach, people are questioning how data breach notifications are sent to affected parties. Some experts have criticized the federal government for sending email notifications about the OPM breach, saying that such emails could leave recipients open to phishing scams. Others argue email is the quickest and most effective way to notify people. With so many data breach notification laws instituted, what are the best ways to alert affected parties?..."
                                  IT - Careers
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                                  8 Hot Tech Jobs Getting Big Salary Bumps In 2016 (Slideshow)
                                  InformationWeek, November 23rd, 2015
                                  "Engineering jobs to mobile app developer positions are expected to post some of the largest salary gains in 2016, and some tech-related creative careers are not too far behind. Here's a look at eight of those hot jobs...

                                  Although the nation's professional workforce is expected to post an average of a 4.1% base pay increase in 2016, technology workers overall are expected to fare better with a 5.3% increase. Thanks to an increasing focus on digital strategy among businesses, several 'creative' positions are set to cash in as well, according to the 2016 Salary Guide from staffing firm Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group..."

                                    How to retain and hire the best IT professionals
                                    CIO, November 23rd, 2015
                                    "The IT job market is increasingly competitive - for hiring organizations, that is. With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that unemployment rates for some tech roles are at under one percent, it's no wonder the job market for certain roles is so tight.

                                    As a team leader, you'll need to step up your game by making sure your recruitment efforts are effective and that you're paying attention to employee retention. Now that planning for next year is probably well underway, it's important to benchmark salaries and determine whether any additions should be made to your team based on upcoming projects or initiatives..."

                                    How To Evaluate A Job Offer
                                    Forbes, November 23rd, 2015
                                    "When you receive a job offer, it's a great feeling. You know that somebody values your talents and wants to get you on their team. That's good news, but it only takes one unfortunate experience with an unscrupulous or badly-run organization to make you very cynical about accepting the next job offer.

                                    We all tend to focus on the job title and the salary in a job offer, but there are other elements that are just as important as those two items, if not more so!

                                    Here are the critical questions to ask yourself the next time you're making a decision about whether to accept a job offer or pass on it..."

                                      Ask the Headhunter: Should I keep a job I hate for a big payoff down the road?
                                      PBS Newshour, November 17th, 2015
                                      Nick Corcodilos started headhunting in Silicon Valley in 1979 and has answered over 30,000 questions from the Ask The Headhunter community over the past decade...

                                      "Question: I work for a small software company and my compensation includes stock options. I am about one year into the four-year vesting period. If the company continues to grow, the value of my options could be substantial. Sounds great, right? Well, the problem is, I hate my job. I take the stress home and I have health problems. I'm sticking around solely for the options. How long and how much should I suffer at work for the possibility of a huge payoff?"

                                      10 best jobs in IT and engineering (Slideshow)
                                      CIO, November 23rd, 2015
                                      "IT and engineering are two industries that remain stable and growing as the economy continues to recover, according to data from CareerCast. Jobs in IT and engineering are not only in demand, but they're also growing ahead of the national average estimated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And as technology changes rapidly, new job titles and required skills emerge constantly.

                                      This fast-paced growth also lends itself to new job opportunities without many qualified job seekers to fill the roles. CareerCast uses data scientists as an example. It's a relatively new field and it's quickly become crucial to most organizations. The only problem is that it's so new, there aren't enough people with the right skills to fill the roles, thus increasing demand and competitive pay.

                                      Based on CareerCast's data, here are the top 10 jobs experiencing fast growth and high demand in IT and engineering..."

                                        Remote working on the rise despite security concerns
                                        Help Net Security, November 25th, 2015
                                        "Remote working is increasing in popularity as 96 percent of surveyed organisations now permit remote/mobile working, with 98 percent stating that it is advantageous to their organisation, according to Vanson Bourne.

                                        The survey of 500 IT decision makers in the UK and Germany found around three in five organisations believe that remote working has increased employee motivation due to greater flexibility (62 percent), and led to increased productivity as employees can work from multiple locations (61 percent)..."

                                          IT - Database
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                                          9 MongoDB success stories
                                          CIO, November 24th, 2015
                                          "The open source MongoDB NoSQL database is a cross-platform document-oriented data store originally developed by the MongoDB software company in 2007 as a component of a planned platform-as-a-service product. The company shifted to an open source development model in 2009, and the database has since been adopted as the backend software of numerous websites and services, including Craigslist, eBay and Foursquare. Here are nine more MongoDB success stories..."
                                          IT - Backup
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                                          Gartner Report: Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Endpoint Backup
                                          Storage Newsletter, November 26th, 2015
                                          "Endpoint backup has gone beyond simple backup/restore to a broader end-user data protection solution reducing various risks and increasing user productivity. This research helps I&O leaders evaluate enterprise endpoint backup solutions in two scenarios: cloud deployment and on-premises deployment..."
                                            IT - Big Data
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                                            Data-driven software making analytics work for businesses
                                            ITProPortal, November 23rd, 2015
                                            "The initial excitement around big data is translating into real-world progress. Appropriate architectures and processing platforms are now in place, while modern data management technology capable of storing and organising large data sets while taking advantage of the underlying massively parallel processing grids to crunch data at volume with high throughput and low latency, is accessible either from the cloud or as on-premise computing..."
                                            The ultimate answer to the handling of big data: the mainframe
                                            ZDNet, November 23rd, 2015
                                            "Quick question: What is more than 60 years old, but still spry enough to beat the best mid-range clusters at big data?

                                            If your answer was the mainframe, then you're correct.

                                            By a virtual show of hands, who loves mainframes? No one? Really? ..."

                                            Data-Centric Security - An Effective Line of Defense against Data Breaches
                                            insideBIGDATA, November 25th, 2015
                                            "The stark reality for enterprise security is that hackers continue to operate almost at will, bypassing defenses, and causing data breaches that have significant impact on consumers, businesses and governments. It's fair to assume that if hackers want to get into your networks, they're going to get into your networks.

                                            While much focus is placed on network security, endpoint protection, and perimeter defenses, compromised valid credentials continue to be one of the single greatest causes of data breaches..."

                                            Know Your Data: Navigating the Data Complexity Matrix
                                            SmartDataCollective, November 25th, 2015
                                            "Data environments are growing exponentially. IDC reports that compound annual growth in data through 2020 will be almost 50% per year. Not only is there more data, but there are more data sources. According to Ventana Research, 70% of organizations need to integrate more than 6 disparate data sources. At the same time, the value of unlocking that data and using it to make business decisions is also increasing. For the business user, understanding this complex data and unlocking its potential is the key to staying ahead of the competition. For IT organizations, complex data can be the bane of many programs, causing all kinds of trouble in data management and hindering system performance..."
                                            Big Data & The Law Of Diminishing Returns
                                            InformationWeek, November 27th, 2015
                                            "Right now, big data looks like it holds all the answers for any questions a person or company might have. However, in reality, big data eventually has to succumb to the law of diminishing returns. Here's what several experts see as the gap between promise and reality...

                                            At the heart of big data is the search for "insight" -- some correlation or finding that eludes the seeker until he or she adds another terabyte or 10 of data, just in case it is lurking there..."

                                            IT - Mobile
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                                            Wearables: Where's the business case?
                                            ZDNet, November 23rd, 2015
                                            "Wearable devices have real business uses -- from allowing patients to leave hospital sooner to blurring lines between staff and customers -- but not every organisation will be taking advantage of them right away...

                                            Mobile technology is now fully embedded in the business. So much so that, in many cases, the smartphone or tablet has become the de facto computing device for professionals completing tasks on the go, with the move to wearable devices the next obvious step..."

                                              Why ChromeOS Tops Linux, Mac and Windows
                                              Datamation, November 23rd, 2015
                                              "Those who know me best are quick to let me know: I'm a touch stubborn on certain matters. But there is one area where I've found myself caving to the pressures of reality. In this article, I'll make a case for why I believe ChromeOS might end up winning the OS wars..."
                                                IT - BYOD
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                                                5 Signs You're Mismanaging BYOD
                                                Business 2 Community, November 23rd, 2015
                                                "There's no question that it's valuable for an employee to use their personal tablet or smartphone at work. It eliminates the overhead expense of a company purchasing a cell phone, paying for an additional line of service or the capital expense of investing in separate tablets for the employee. But Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) needs to be closely managed in order to be secure..."
                                                Survey: Mobile Security - Confidence ebbs as BYOD booms
                                                Help Net Security, November 25th, 2015
                                                "Security risks have grown roughly in proportion to the meteoric growth in employee-owned mobile devices within the workplace. Meanwhile cyber attacks are growing in sophistication and severity.

                                                According to data from a new IDG Research survey, these dynamics have IT decision makers scrambling to tighten and revise BYOD policies while addressing the holistic issue of endpoint security.

                                                Download this paper detailing the IDG Research results for expert advice on securing your organization's data on Dell devices with Intel Core vPro processors in an increasingly mobile world..."

                                                Top10
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                                                Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                Vol 213 Issues 1,2 and 3; Vol 212 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 211 Issue 5
                                                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:

                                                • SPARC T7-2 World Record Performance for Two- and Four-Chip Systems
                                                • Amazing Results on SPARC T7 by MSC Software
                                                • Oracle Delivers 'Software on Silicon'
                                                • 2015 Duke's Choice
                                                • New Oracle Database Hybrid Cloud e-Book
                                                • Best Videos about Oracle Linux from OOW15
                                                • Modularity in Java 9
                                                • Catch the Java 9 Train
                                                • What Does The Internet of Things Mean To You?
                                                • Webinar replay: What happens when Software moves into Silicon

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

                                                  IT - Tape
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                                                  Sony and Fujifilm First Media Makers of LTO-7
                                                  Storage Newsletter, November 25th, 2015
                                                  "The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (TPCs), Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM Corporation and Quantum Corporation, announced that Fujifilm Corporation and Sony Corporation have completed interchange testing for LTO Ultrium generation 7 format.

                                                  The completion of this testing permits these companies to use the LTO-7 Ultrium format trademarks on LTO technology products..."

                                                  LibreOffice
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                                                  The Document Foundation Announces Libreoffice 5.0.3 'Fresh' And Libreoffice 4.4.6 'Still'
                                                  Upgrade to at least LibreOffice 4.4.6, for security reasons
                                                  The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 5.0.3 'fresh', the 4th release of the LibreOffice 5.0 family, and LibreOffice 4.4.6, the 7th release of the LibreOffice 4.4 family. So far, the LibreOffice 5.0 family is the most popular LibreOffice ever, based on feedback from journalists and end users.

                                                  LibreOffice 5.0.3 is more feature-rich, and as such is targeted to tech enthusiasts and power users, and LibreOffice 4.4.6 is targeted to more conservative users and enterprise deployments as it has been in widespread use for a longer time, and as such offers a better experience for document production.

                                                  All LibreOffice users should update their software at least to LibreOffice 4.4.6, for security reasons.

                                                  Libreoffice Getting Ready For The Next 1,000 Hackers
                                                  An average of over 16 new hackers contributing to the code since September 2010
                                                  The Document Foundation announced a renewed effort to grow the developers community beyond the threshold of 1,000 hackers reached in October 2015 (source: OpenHub), with the addition of Jan Iversen - a senior developer with a passion for mentoring, and a long experience at Apache Software Foundation - to the team.

                                                  The extraordinary growth of LibreOffice developer's community, with a monthly average of over 16 new hackers contributing to the code since September 2010, is the result of a global mentoring effort by some of the project founders. After five years and 1,000 new developers, though, the complexity has changed, and the project needs to invest on mentoring a new generation of coders.

                                                  NetBeans
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                                                  NetBeans at Fontys International Campus Venlo
                                                  By Geertjan Wielenga
                                                  Geertjan write, "I spent some time at Fontys International Campus Venlo, the software development department of which started the new academic year a few weeks ago. A perfect opportunity to be introduced to a thorough overview of the key features of NetBeans IDE.

                                                  I talked about the history of NetBeans IDE as a student project, about the fact that it is free and open source, and its many tools especially for Java and JavaScript. I did several demos, including Java EE/Maven and usage of the NetBeans Connector for Chrome, in combination with the new Oracle JET technology..."

                                                  Cisco News
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                                                  Next Evolution of VCE Vblock with Cisco ACI Delivers Policy-Driven Flexibility and Simplicity
                                                  Cisco, November 23rd, 2015
                                                  Cisco and VCE announced the next evolution of the Vblock System with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) to make it easier and faster for customers to build flexible, highly secure data centers that can rapidly adapt to changing application and business requirements. The combination of VCE Vblock Systems converged infrastructure with Cisco ACI provides the operational simplicity and software-defined innovation necessary to be successful in the cloud era.
                                                  Dell News
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                                                  Dell Announces Company's First Medical Monitor Purpose-Built for Healthcare
                                                  DICOM calibrated for accurate and consistent image display
                                                  Dell announced the release of the Dell Medical Review 24 Monitor (MR2416), the company's first monitor purpose-built for the healthcare environment.

                                                  'As the number-one monitor brand in the world, we want to bring our innovation and expertise in display technology to the healthcare field with a selection of medical-grade Dell monitors,' said Bert Park, Vice President and GM, Dell Global Software and Peripherals. 'The MR2416 is the first in a line of products we will be introducing to enable healthcare customers to improve their efficiency and service quality.'

                                                  Dell Services Leverages Big Data, Analytics and Cloud for Future-Ready Healthcare Solutions
                                                  Dell , November 24th, 2015
                                                  Dell Services' leadership in healthcare IT and clinical services continues to grow, with the unveiling of a new analytics platform partnership and data management tools that unlock information and empower caregivers to provide measurable, value-based care.

                                                  Dell Services has signed a multi-year agreement with Zebra Medical Vision to deliver a world-class platform for medical imaging research that integrates with the Dell Cloud Clinical Archive, which currently hosts more than 10 billion medical images and 150 million medical studies.

                                                  IBM News
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                                                  New IBM Cloud Service Enables Developers to Rapidly Translate Apps into Nine Languages
                                                  IBM, November 25th, 2015
                                                  "IBM announced a new cloud-based service that enables developers to automatically translate cloud and mobile apps into the world's most-spoken languages.

                                                  IBM Globalization Pipeline, now available in beta on Bluemix, IBM's Cloud platform, rapidly opens up new global markets to companies without requiring them to rebuild or redeploy their apps..."

                                                  VMware News
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                                                  OSIS Turns to VMware to Enhance Delivery of IT Services to Community Health Centers Nationwide
                                                  VMWare, November 23rd, 2015
                                                  VMware announced that OSIS, a non-profit technology services organization dedicated to providing expert NextGen Healthcare technology assistance exclusively to community health centers in the U.S., has standardized on VMware vSphere with Operations Management and VMware vRealize Operations Insight to achieve a more stable and scalable IT platform in support of current IT operations and overall business growth. OSIS migrated from Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 and 2012 to VMware vSphere with Operations Management 6 beginning in October 2014.
                                                  Red Hat News
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                                                  Friday Five - November 27, 2015
                                                  Red Hat, November 27th, 2015
                                                  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.

                                                  • InfoWorld - Review: OpenShift 3 rocks Docker containers
                                                  • The Stack - Red Hat Insider: Automating IT with Ansible
                                                  • Container Journal - Containers: 4 Key Security Considerations
                                                  • Red Hat - Customers succeed with OpenShift Enterprise by Red Hat
                                                  • Red Hat - Telegraph Media Group's digital-first strategy relies on Red Hat JBoss Fuse

                                                  Read On for details.

                                                  HP News
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                                                  HP Inc. Reports Hewlett-Packard Company Fiscal 2015 Full-Year and Fourth Quarter Results
                                                  Fiscal 2015 net revenue: $103.4 billion
                                                  HP Inc. announced Hewlett-Packard Company financial results for fiscal 2015 and the fourth quarter ended October 31, 2015. These results include Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company ("Hewlett Packard Enterprise"), Hewlett-Packard Company's former enterprise technology infrastructure, software, services and financing businesses, which separated from Hewlett-Packard Company on November 1, 2015.

                                                  Fiscal 2015 net revenue of $103.4 billion, down 7% from the prior-year period and down 2% on a constant currency basis.

                                                  Brocade News
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                                                  Brocade Announces Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2015 Results
                                                  Brocade, November 23rd, 2015
                                                  Brocade reported financial results for its fourth quarter and full fiscal year 2015 ended October 31, 2015. Brocade reported fourth quarter revenue of $589 million, an increase of 4% year-over-year and 7% quarter-over-quarter. Revenue for fiscal year 2015 was $2,263 million, up 2% year-over-year. The resulting GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.20 for the fourth quarter and $0.79 for fiscal year 2015, up 6% and up 48% year-over-year, respectively. The fiscal year 2014 GAAP EPS included a non-cash goodwill impairment charge associated with the strategic repositioning of the Brocade ADX® product family. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.26 for the fourth quarter and $1.01 for fiscal year 2015, up 8% and up 12% year-over-year, respectively.
                                                  Hitachi News
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                                                  Are CIO's Becoming Extinct?
                                                  Hitachi, November 23rd, 2015
                                                  "Last week I presented to a customer in our Executive Briefing Center. I had expected to meet the CIO of this company, but instead, the leader of this contingent was the VP of Director Services and the IT director who reported to him. We begin each briefing with the 'Voice of the Customer' where the customer tells us of their environment, their direction, and what they expect to get out of our briefing. During this briefing, the director of services explained that they were about to do a conversion from Oracle to SAP, so their CIO, called in a consultant from a well-known technology research firm, to help them plan this conversion. During the course of the study, the consultant determined that the CIO's position did not add any value. Within two weeks the CIO position was eliminated, and the CIO was let go..."
                                                  Windstream News
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                                                  Windstream Expands Network to Florida Market to Meet Increasing Carrier and Content Customer Demands
                                                  Windstream, November 23rd, 2015
                                                  Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, has announced the expansion of its 500G long-haul core network into Miami, Florida. 'Windstream Carrier Solutions has been aggressively expanding its network in order to provide high-bandwidth transport solutions to our customers needing greater connectivity to and from Florida,' said Jeff Brown, director of product management and product marketing at Windstream Carrier Solutions. 'This latest expansion enables Windstream to provide solutions to network operators and web-scale cloud/content providers leveraging our 500G DWDM Express Network.'
                                                  F5 News
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                                                  F5 Networks CEO Q&A -- Security, Partnerships and Transitioning the Business
                                                  F5, November 29th, 2015
                                                  F5 Networks Chief Executive Manny Rivelo says there's no reason to deny how investors felt about the networking-traffic technology company's latest quarterly sales results, but the turnaround is coming, even it takes time.

                                                  "Obviously, we would like to have done better," Rivelo said regarding F5's fourth-quarter results, which he attributed to larger market issues such as slowing sales among network service providers.

                                                    Netapp News
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                                                    NetApp to Participate in the Upcoming Nasdaq Investor Conference and the Credit Suisse Tech Conference
                                                    NetApp, November 25th, 2015
                                                    NetApp announced that Nick Noviello, executive vice president, finance and operations and CFO, will participate in a fireside chat at the NASDAQ Investor Conference in London on December 1, 2015 at 3:45 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time. Furthermore, Brendon Howe, senior vice president, emerging products and solutions, will participate in a fireside chat at the Credit Suisse Technology conference in Scottsdale, AZ, on December 2, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. Mountain Time.
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