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Resizing database as a service with Oracle
By Pat Shuff
Pat blogs, "Historically, what happens to a database months after deployment has always been an issue and problem. If we go out and purchase a computer and disk storage then deploy a database onto the server. If we oversize the hardware and storage, we wasted budget. If we undersize the hardware and storage we had to purchase a new computer or new storage and get an operating system expert to reconfigure everything on the new server and get a database administrator to reconfigure the database installation to run on the new server or new storage..."
    Why 'Fast Follower' Is Yesterday's Tech And Business Strategy
    By Rob Preston
    Rob writes, "Much has been written on whether businesses should be first movers or fast followers when it comes to innovation and technology adoption. For a long time, the conventional wisdom tilted toward the latter strategy: Allow others to stick their necks out and get things right before joining in yourself.

    But this fast-follower mentality rests on at least three false assumptions:.."

      Oracle Big Data Discovery Cloud Service For Visual Face Of Big Data
      By Victor Ameh
      Victor blogs, "Oracle Big Data Discovery Cloud Service introduced by Oracle offers all the capabilities of Oracle Big Data Discovery 1.1 as well as push-button provisioning and easy cloud life cycle management. It provides a single, easy to use product for anyone to transform raw data into business insight in minutes, without the need to learn complex tools or rely only on highly specialized resources..."
      DataLab in a Box: accelerate your Data Value to stay ahead
      By Eric Bezille
      Eric blogs, "Since 2011 and McKinsey analysis launching the 'Big Data' phenomenon and my first blog entry on this trend (here), many things evolved. It is no more a 'hype', and depending on which angle you are looking at it, 'Big Data' evolution brings new jobs like Chief Data Officer, new enrichment and additional complexity for operations with the continuous evolution of tools revolving around it. Either way, there is no way to stop it if you don't want to stay behind, or even become irrelevant..."
      IT - AI
      Why Machine Learning Models Require A Failover Plan
      SearchSecurity, June 2nd, 2016
      "Flawed machine learning models lead to failures and user interruptions. Expert Judith Myerson explains the causes for failures and how a failover plan can improve user experience...

      Machine learning models are prone to failure, with one major reason being the vulnerabilities they come with. Hackers have the ability to lock up a model on health predictions in medicine, for example, and make it inaccessible to legitimate users. They can inject codes into the model to cause flawed predictions on fraudulent transactions over e-commerce..."

      Google Is Teaching Its Self-Driving Car To Honk Its Horn
      CNET, June 2nd, 2016
      "Every month, Google releases a report on its autonomous-car project. Some updates discuss simple topics, like where the cars are operating or how many miles were driven. May 2016's report has that, but it's also got some interesting little tidbits, like the fact that Google taught its car to use its horn..."
      Deeptext AI Is Facebook'S Futuristic Text Understanding Engine
      TechWorm, June 2nd, 2016
      "Facebook Using DeepText Artificial Intelligence To Make Its Computers Understand Everything You Post

      The social network giant, Facebook on Wednesday announced a new, artificially intelligent language processing engine, called DeepText, a system developed by Facebook's AI (artificial intelligence) labs that scans 10,000 posts every second in 20 languages. It applies a computer-science technique called deep learning to the old problem of teaching computers to understand human language..."

      Bill Gates Talks About Why Artificial Intelligence Is Nearly Here And How To Solve Two Big Problems It Creates
      recode, June 1st, 2016
      "The real challenge is ensuring humans stay in control...

      Bill Gates is excited about the rise of artificial intelligence but acknowledged the arrival of machines with greater-than-human capabilities will create some unique challenges.

      After years of working on the building blocks of speech recognition and computer vision, Gates said enough progress has been made to ensure that in the next 10 years there will be robots to do tasks like driving and warehouse work as well as machines that can outpace humans in certain areas of knowledge..."

        SPARC M7 DAX - Stream Processing for Big Data
        By Ramona Costea
        Ramona blogs, The overwhelming growth of big data for enterprises today means that not only must you be able to analyze the rest of the information that truly counts, but that involves sophisticated search and machine learning algorithms over large data sets to find the important details that matter. Enter stream processing, which can be a game changer in a big data world..."
        Oracle Advanced Analytics: SPARC T7-4 Beats 4-Chip x86 E7 v3
        from the Oracle BestPerf blog: "Oracle's four-chip SPARC T7-4 server can deliver up to 3.5x better performance than a four-chip x86 server (with Intel Xeon Processor E7-8895 v3 chips) running Oracle Advanced Analytics data mining features. The SPARC M7 processor per core performance is up to 2x faster than the per core performance of the Intel Xeon Processor E7-8895 v3. Oracle Advanced Analytics is an option of Oracle Database 12c Enterprise Edition (12.2)..."
        Oracle VM Windows Pv Drivers 3.4 Released
        By John Priest
        John Priest blogs, "A new version of the Oracle VM Paravirtual (PV) Drivers for Microsoft Windows has been released to provide a performance boost for Microsoft Windows guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM Server for x86. These Oracle VM PV Drivers for Microsoft Windows are high-performance network and disk drivers that significantly reduce the overhead of the traditional implementation of I/O device emulation..."
        Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.4
        By Jeff Savit
        Jeff blogs, "We are pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.4, which has been delivered as part of Oracle Solaris 11.3 SRU 8.7. Together, they provide new features for virtualization, performance, security, scalability, and system management.

        Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.4 introduces several new capabilities, including the following:..."

        IT - Storage
        The Fundamental Components Of Object Storage
        InformationWeek, June 2nd, 2016
        "Many of the most important values of object storage are derived from the fact that it leverages the advantages of distributed, scale-out architecture, which expands capacity by simply adding nodes.

        The easiest way to think of object storage may be to compare it to the containers we've been discussing in this blog series. This will also introduce the first of many advantages of object storage, which is its ability to manage data in context..."

        More SSDs Means More Data Loss
        ITProPortal, June 6th, 2016
        "As more people are switching from HDD (hard disk drive) to SSD (solid state drive), more data loss is occurring, a new report by Kroll Ontrack suggests.

        SSD disks might be solid in their state, but still don't seem to be more reliable than HDD disks. Still, it doesn't stop its popularity growth. Out of 2,000 global respondents to the Kroll Ontrack survey, 92 per cent are using SSD technology, with more than a third (38 per cent) having experienced an SSD failure.

        Of those failed disks, almost a quarter (23 per cent) lost data..."

        ZFS: Finding Its Way To A Linux Near You?
        Linux Foundation, June 1st, 2016
        "It seems like only yesterday that I read Jeff Bonwick's blog entry 'ZFS: The Last Word in Filesystems'. It was Halloween of 2005 that ZFS was fully integrated into Sun Microsystem's Solaris, and the filesystem was very well received. For the readers not familiar with ZFS, it is a combined all-purpose filesystem and volume manager. It simplified data storage management while also offering the most advanced features of the time. Such technologies include drive pooling with software RAID support, file snapshots, in-line data compression, data deduplication, built-in data integrity, advanced caching (to DRAM and SSD), and more..."
        Java Technology
        It's An Exciting Time For Java Developers!
        Oracle Java Certification is kicking off June with two NEW offers.
        Eva Chase blogs, "Oracle Java Certification is kicking off June with two NEW offers. ..

        If you are brand new to Oracle Certification this is a good time to get Java certified! Experience the benefits of Java Certification and take your skills to the next level. Certification is a measurable credential for knowledge and proven skills. Pass any Java exam that results in your becoming an Oracle Certified Associate, Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle Certified Expert or Oracle Certified Master and request your free #javatshirt. We want to help you show off your skills!..."

        From Big Data To Insights
        By Editor in Chief Andrew Binstock
        Editor in Chief Andrew Binstock blogs, "Welcome to the May/June issue of Java Magazine in which we look at how big data is done today. An unusual aspect of the platforms that handle big data is that they almost all run on Java - a testimony to its suitability for enterprise-scale needs.

        However, today many of the primary tools don't require enterprise size to be useful. Apache Spark, for example, can work effectively on small, human-size databases. We show how this is done with one developer's project of querying a database of first names to find one for his unborn child. But even if you run Spark in enterprise apps, you'll find that it is much easier to use than earlier tools that required extensive setup and fiddling with systems. Our lead article on Apache 101 shows just how simple it can be to work with big data and produce useful results..."

        IT - Technology
        New 512Gb SSD Is Smaller Than A Stamp
        PCWorld, May 31st, 2016
        "Samsung's PM971-NVMe drive crams half a terabyte of storage into a single teeny tiny chip...

        Blazing-fast storage just got a whole lot smaller. Samsung said Monday night that it has begun mass producing a new SSD tinier than a postage stamp.

        The PM971-NVMe fits up to 512GB of NAND flash, a controller, and RAM into a single BGA chip measuring 20mm x 16mm x 1.5mm and weighing just one gram, the company said.

        The chip's small size doesn't mean it'll be slow, either. Samsungs says the PM971-NVMe will hit 1.5GBps read speeds and 800MBps write speeds..."

        What Boost Will Intel's Next Chips Deliver?
        Computerworld, June 2nd, 2016
        "The company plans to deliver 10 to 20 percent performance improvements with chips based on the 10-nanometer and 7-nanometer manufacturing processes...

        Do you want more power-efficiency or CPU horsepower with your next PC chip?

        The merits of each have propelled an interesting debate among those who want more performance or longer battery life in their PCs. But raw CPU performance drives the ongoing rivalry between AMD and Intel..."

        How Intel Turned Thunderbolt From A Failure Into A Success
        PCWorld, June 2nd, 2016
        "A year after Intel announced Thunderbolt 3, the company's vision of 'one cable to rule them all' doesn't seem so laughable...

        The third time could be the charm for Intel and its Thunderbolt technology. A year after introducing Thunderbolt 3 at Computex 2015, Intel is finally starting to see success with its high-speed external I/O-enough that even doubters might agree it's winning.

        You needn't look far for signs that Thunderbolt 3 will succeed where its two predecessors failed dismally on the PC. This year's top-tier laptops from HP and Dell, as well models from MSI, Asus, Razer, and Acer, all prominently feature Thunderbolt 3 ports..."

        Everyday Quantum Computing Is Years Off - So Why Are Some Firms Already Doing Quantum Encryption?
        ZDNet, June 2nd, 2016
        "The blockchain industry is hashing out how to determine a good blockchain use case, debating the usefulness of private blockchains and mapping out how regulators might benefit...

        If there's one thing virtually everyone in the nascent blockchain community can agree on, it's the need for valid use cases for the technology. Blockchain use cases are out there in abundance, proponents say, but pioneers in this space will need to determine where blockchain does -- and doesn't -- make sense..."

          The Enterprise Technologies To Watch In 2016
          ZDNet, June 2nd, 2016
          "While enterprise technology has always been somewhat a breed apart from consumer tech, this year we see that consumer tech will definitively set the agenda for businesses like never before in this year's list of tech to watch...

          This year's round-up of enterprise technologies to watch in 2016 is more crowded than ever. This is partly due to the fact that there's just more new tech this year, and partly because the consumer-focused side of the technology industry is creating ever more disruptive advances that enterprises are simply required to face more quickly to maintain their relevancy in the market..."

            Renewable Energy Now Supplies A Quarter Of The World's Power
            ComputerWorld, June 1st, 2016
            "8.1M people now have jobs in the renewable energy industry, which saw big gains in 2015...

            International investment in renewable energies reached $286 billion last year, double that of fossil fuels even as oil and gas prices continue to tumble.

            Jobs in the renewable energy sector (not including large-scale hydropower) increased in 2015 to an estimated 8.1 million, according to the 59-page Renewables Global Status Report, generated by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21)..."

              Take Training On Oracle VM 3.4
              By Antoinette O'Sullivan
              Antoinette blogs, "It is time to learn about Oracle VM 3.4 by taking the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course. This course teaches you how to build the infrastructure for open cloud computing. You will learn to deploy pooled server resources to create virtual machines supporting enterprise applications.

              You can take this newly updated course as a:..."

              IT - Bitcoin
              Bitcoin Is The Killer App For Mobile Wallets, Not Rewards
    , June 1st, 2016
              "Mobile wallets are the hot trend these days, but there is still no killer app for this type of digital innovation. Reward schemes may not be the way to go, as they are far too expensive and may not be worth the effort...

              When consumers use a digital wallet, they usually do so out of convenience. Rather than dealing with cash or even plastic cards, customers take out their phone to make contactless payments. While this also requires retailers to upgrade their payment terminals, mobile wallets are becoming more common every year..."

                Blockchain Use Cases, Private Vs. Public Debate Engross Community
                Search CIO, June 2nd, 2016
                "The blockchain industry is hashing out how to determine a good blockchain use case, debating the usefulness of private blockchains and mapping out how regulators might benefit.

                If there's one thing virtually everyone in the nascent blockchain community can agree on, it's the need for valid use cases for the technology. Blockchain use cases are out there in abundance, proponents say, but pioneers in this space will need to determine where blockchain does -- and doesn't -- make sense..."

                  Banks Want To Turn Off Bitcoin As A 'Public Utility' For Money
        , June 2nd, 2016
                  "Developing nations are waking up to the opportunities that Bitcoin and open blockchain technology can provide to the world's poorest and financially excluded citizens, while banks appear to stifle their efforts and simultaneously develop their own privatized blockchain ledgers. Is it fair to explain private ledgers as another way to profit at the expense of a public utility?..."
                  Confidential Transactions: How Hiding Transaction Amounts Increases Bitcoin Privacy
                  Bitcoin Magazine, June 2nd, 2016
                  "Bitcoin right now is not really anonymous. While Bitcoin addresses aren't necessarily linked to real-world identities, they can be. Monitoring the unencrypted peer-to-peer network, analysis of the public blockchain, and Know Your Customer (KYC) policy or Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulation can reveal a lot about who's using Bitcoin, and for what..."
                  London School Of Economics Paper Says Blockchain Could Reduce Custody Risks
                  CoinDesk, June 2nd, 2016
                  "A new paper from the London School of Economics argues that the existing infrastructure for holding and transmitting securities puts asset owners at risk - and that blockchain applications could alleviate some of these problems should adoption take place.

                  Penned by Eva Micheler of the LSE's Law Department and Luke von der Heyde of South Africa-based law firm ENSafrica, the paper posits that while the evolution from paper-based securities to wholly electronic settlement led to faster communication times, there have been negative trade-offs along the way..."

                  Bitcoin Fever Continues As The Price Climbs Toward $600 USD
                  NEWSBTC, June 3rd, 2016
                  "Bitcoin is currently not caring about all the naysayers. The current price of Bitcoin is now topping a $570 USD high per BTC on most exchanges. Just recently the publication the Economist claims Bitcoin's rise will be 'short-lived' and inserted the Ethereum token as a replacement. However, the value of the top cryptocurrency within the ecosystem is breaking the mold of what people think. Because the Honey Badger just doesn't care..."
                  IT - DevOps
                  Devops: Shift Left To Reduce Failure
        , June 2nd, 2016
                  "DevOps is all about increasing the feedback loop from idea to customer and back again. Tremendous gains have been achieved in automation and tools to drastically reduce the amount of manual labor involved in progressing down the release pipeline. But mission-critical applications in a highly competitive market cannot afford to go down. Complex applications, environments and infrastructure increase risk, which can cause failure..."
                  The Road To Digital Bliss Is Paved With Service Thinking And DevOps
                  ZDNet, June 3rd, 2016
                  "The irony of becoming a digital business is technology leaders need to be more than technology leaders...

                  DevOps -- the alignment of development cycles with ongoing operational demands -- is more than a better way to reorganize the IT department. It's an important step to take in moving the entire enterprise to a more digital footing.

                  That's one of the key takeaways from a recent post by Philippe Abdoulaye, business technology author and avid proponent of the IT-as-a-Service approach to technology opportunities, who recently spelled out the prominent role IT managers and professionals need to take in the digital wave that is cresting over everyone's heads. (I'm also flattered that he sprinkled some of my thoughts in there as well.)

                  Here are Philippe's key pieces of advice for IT managers going forward..."

                  Securing Software through Continuous Delivery
                  By Jim Bird

                  "How do you build security and compliance into your DevOps platforms and pipelines? With this O'Reilly report, security analysts, security engineers, and pen testers will learn how to leverage the same processes and tools-such as version control, containers, and Continuous Delivery - that DevOps practitioners use to automate software delivery and infrastructure changes. In other words, you'll understand how to use DevOps to secure DevOps..."

                  What Is DevOps' Business Value?
        , June 2nd, 2016
                  "It is important understand that DevOps philosophically has a system-level view of a business' performance. You don't hear this much - it's more difficult to write about than, say, the latest tech, but it's always there under the covers...

                  And, granted, the frequent focus for DevOps grassroots discussions is about tooling, about tech, about software pipeline -the 'IT' in 'ITSM,' so to speak. That's usually because all of the people in those discussions have Dev or Ops or related functions as a job and already know all-too-well the business runs on the work they're responsible for. You'll see this at any DevOps Days you ever go to..."

                  MySQL Cluster 7.5.2
                  News from the MySQL High Availability Team
                  Matt Lord blogs, "I'm happy to announce that the third Development Milestone Release (DMR) of MySQL Cluster 7.5 - 7.5.2 - is now available!

                  Some highlights of this third milestone release of MySQL Cluster 7.5 are:

                  • This release is based on MySQL 5.7, so users can enjoy many of the great new features available in the latest MySQL Server, along with the many features that Cluster brings, including shared-nothing clustering and auto-sharding.
                  • This release further removes any dependencies on the MyISAM storage engine. We've now completed the migration of all ndbinfo tables to the ndbinfo storage engine and the mysql system tables (e.g. ndb_binlog_index) to the InnoDB storage engine. This ensures ACID guarantees for all Cluster statistics and metadata.


                  Cloud Computing
                  Getting Started with EBS on Oracle Cloud
                  By Terri Noyes
                  Terri blogs, "To get started, you must have an Oracle Compute Cloud Service (IaaS) account. There are two subscription options:

                  • If you sign up for a metered subscription, the amount of computing resources (including CPU, memory and disk) available to your account is unlimited.
                  • If you have a non-metered subscription, you have access to a fixed number of computing resources.

                  Oracle Compute Cloud provides the infrastructure building blocks - compute, storage and networking - required to run any enterprise application..."

                  Oracle Linux Newsletter (May 2016)
                  By Zeynep Koch
                  Latest issue of Oracle Linux newsletter is available now, don't forget to subscribe for regular updates.


                  • What is on tap for Linux Container strategy in 2016?
                  • Oracle is proud to join AGL to help build an open platform for the Connected Car
                  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 Quarterly Update 1 is Now Available
                  • Latest Spacewalk Release for Oracle Linux Now Available
                  • Oracle Linux 6.8 Now Available ...

                  Read on for details.

                  IT - Cloud
                  10 Things That Businesses Fail To Consider When Building Out A Hybrid Cloud
                  ITProPortal, June 6th, 2016
                  "According to industry research, the hybrid cloud market is estimated to grow from $33.28 billion in 2016 to $91.74 billion by 2021, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.5 per cent. What industry research such as this doesn't explain, however, is that:..."
                    IT - CxO
                    Debate Continues Over Where Cisos Sit In The C-Suite
                    CIO, June 2nd, 2016
                    "It's been customary for CISOs to report to CIOs, but a recent MIT panel raised questions about the viability of this C-suite model...

                    Pundits scrutinizing senior executive dynamics have opined for years about to whom the CISO should report. Some say the CISO should report to only the CIO because the top security role is inextricably linked to IT. Others say this is a terrible idea because the CISO's must lock down the corporate network while the CIO is challenged to innovate. A CISO panel convened at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium last month rekindled this longstanding C-suite debate..."

                    4 Ways CIOs Are Driving Business Disruption
                    The Enterprisers Project, June 2nd, 2016
                    "Today, companies are either transforming their markets or transforming their company. Innovation, information and markets have accelerated and so, too, has market disruption. For CIOs, these significant changes have challenging side effects and consequences:

                    • Line of business teams choosing their technology solutions
                    • Smart technical talent choosing innovative companies
                    • Harnessing the value of data rather than just cost-effectively managing it

                    These same dynamics can elevate the CIO to MVP and IT from a back-office cost center to a strategic partner in growing the business..."

                    Are CIOs Being Frank With The IT Dashboard?
                    FCW, June 2nd, 2016
                    "CIOs in various agencies are undercutting the usefulness of the federal IT dashboard, Government Accountability Office watchdogs warn.

                    The dashboard is meant to offer feds and the public alike a way to keep tabs on how IT investments are likely to proceed, but in a report released June 2, GAO found that many agency CIOs are giving green 'low risk' ratings to projects that are actually medium- or high-risk..."

                      What Not Upgrading Enterprise Software Could Cost You
                      CIO, June 2nd, 2016
                      "Given the rapid rate of innovation in the software field, the costs of obsolete systems are usually much higher than most people realize. The only way to know for sure is to estimate that cost...

                      Some things in life are inevitable: death, taxes, and obsolete software. For extreme examples of obsolete software see this article by Kenneth Corbin: U.S. CIO aims to cut legacy spending, proposes IT modernization. While technologies fall out of favor, companies change, their markets grow, they are familiar with their software and may hang onto it long past its prime. Though there are many reasons not to change enterprise software, possibly the biggest is inertia. If it isn't broken, why fix it?..."

                      vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha Brewery
                      Wednesday, June 8th: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                      Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida. vBeers events happen four times a month, once per county:

                      • vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens 1st Wednesday of Month
                      • vBeers @ Broward 2nd Wednesday of Month
                      • vBeers @ Boca 3rd Wednesday of Month
                      • vBeers @ Miami 4th Wednesday of Month

                      RSVP at

                      Sponsorships for the vBeers events are through the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA).

                      John Mclaughlin, SFTA

                      IT - DR
                      Save Your Business With Disaster Recovery-As-A-Service
                      CIO, June 2nd, 2016
                      "Every minute a business remains closed due to a disaster is a minute during which revenue isn't being earned, bringing the business one step closer to complete failure with every tick of the clock.

                      Frank Jablonski, Product Marketing Director for Acronis Cloud and Mobility Solutions puts it this way: 'Can you afford to be down for a week?' The answer to that question for large numbers of businesses is a definite 'No.'..."

                        IoT Security Must Be Factored In To Business Continuity Plans
                        ITProPortal, June 2nd, 2016
                        "The Internet of Things (IoT) industry must establish a common set of security standards of which to adhere, according to Oscar Arean, technical operations manager at disaster recovery provider Databarracks. Arean also argues that IoT risks should feature in organisations' continuity plans if they want to be protected.

                        Research carried out by Gartner has forecasted that 6.4 billion connected devices will be in use worldwide in 2016. Further research from Gartner predicts worldwide spending on IoT security will reach $348m in 2016 with this figure climbing to $547m in 2018...."

                        IT - PM
                        Why Remote Project Teams Work
                        CIO, June 2nd, 2016
                        "Remote project management and virtual teams is more about efficiency and productivity than going green. Read here why it's a great concept and get pointers on how to make it happen in your organization. I have long been a proponent of virtual teams and remote project management. It has always worked well for me however it does not come easy or with out some adjustment period..."
                        6 Ways To Be A Better Project Manager
                        CIO, June 3rd, 2016
                        "Project management is a complex -- and critical -- function. Here are six pieces of advice to help project managers improve their craft...

                        Project managers wear many hats: facilitators, managers, problem-solvers and even interpreters -- translating business needs into actionable plans for teams and aligning resources. They must work around constraints, map skills and set timeframes to ensure positive outcomes for the business. In a 'do more with less,' digital era, project managers are critical to the success of a business, especially in the fast-moving world of IT and software..."

                        8 Quick Ways To Increase Your PM Knowledge
                        CIO, May 31st, 2016
                        "If you're a project manager, crammed schedules, overflowing to-do lists and restricted budgets can limit your chances of pursuing formal training. Here are eight ways to learn more about project management without breaking the bank or disrupting your busy schedule..."
                        IT - IoT
                        Making IoT Magic
                        CIO, June 2nd, 2016
                        "Connecting devices is just the first act in an Internet of Things production. The magic happens when analytics transform data into business intelligence. CIOs need to play a role...

                        Fred and Ginger, peanut butter and jelly, the Internet of Things (IoT) and... analytics?

                        Despite all the hoopla over what's possible with connected products, the connecting part is easy compared to what it takes to develop and deploy analytic systems that transform the data deluge into something that gives companies a competitive business advantage..."

                        IoT Devices Will Leave Mobile Phones In The Dust By 2018
                        Datamation, June 2nd, 2016
                        "The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing and growing fast, according to Ericsson's latest Mobility Report.

                        By 2018 the IoT will surpass mobile phones as the largest connected device category, the Swedish communications specialists predicts. 'IoT is now accelerating as device costs fall and innovative applications emerge,' said Rima Qureshi, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Ericsson, in a statement..."

                        The IoT Future: 6 Ways Smart Technology Will Affect Your Business
                        memburn, May 31st, 2016
                        "Smart technology (IoT), is simply about connecting devices, but while the focus has been on technology that facilitates the creation of smart households, its business applications are endless. According to BI Intelligence, it is projected that by 2020, 34-billion devices will be connected to the internet.

                        While we have heard many international examples of the use of smart technology, in Africa there are more and more examples of the technology being tested and implemented.

                        Smart technology has the potential to change everything and every business needs to consider what these will be and how it will affect them. Here are six ways that smart technology will affect your business..."

                        How To Control The Stealth IoT Invasion
                        Network World, June 3rd, 2016
                        "IoT devices are arriving at enterprises in increasing numbers, often driven by purchasers outside the IT department...

                        IoT devices are invading the enterprise, often by stealth. Groups and departments are selecting devices such as door locks, air quality monitors, security and control systems which require connection to the enterprise WLAN and the Internet, but with no IT input into the purchase decision. This creates headaches for the network engineer, but they are manageable: a basic enterprise IoT management solution requires just a handful of functions..."

                        IT - Linux
                        Ten Steps To Linux Survival
                        Essentials for Navigating the Bash Jungle
                        By Jim Lehmer

                        "Linux systems are everywhere today, even in companies once considered 'pure Windows.' If you're a sysadmin, network administrator, or developer in a small Windows shop, you may have to jump in and fix a system problem when your site goes down. What if you have no Linux knowledge? This short guide provides tips to help you survive.

                        Linux systems may appear in your shop as virtual machines or in the cloud, including web servers, databases, mobile device managers, version control, and monitoring systems. When one of them falters, this primer leads you through some diagnostic and recovery tasks so you can quickly get your site back up..."

                        IT - Security
                        Growing Advanced Threats Will Augment The It Security Market Through 2020
                        Help Net Security, May 30th, 2016
                        "Research analysts are forecasting positive growth for many segments of the global IT security market over the next four years as several markets including BYOD security, mobile payment security software, and contactless smart card market in banking sector, will witness an increase in revenues..."
                        Insider Threat Mitigation Techniques Worth Considering
                        CSO Online, June 2nd, 2016
                        "Insider threats are a constant that all organizations regardless of being in the public or private sectors face. At their core, insiders are those very people you have hired to work in your business, allowed access to your information systems and sensitive data, and trusted to work competently, effectively, and honorably. For some organizations, the vetting of an employee stops after the interview process and when they are hired. Certainly, some businesses may have a probationary period during which time new hires must prove themselves capable to meet their job responsibilities, but this has more to do with performance than trustworthiness..."
                        The Future Of Identity Management: Passwords And The Cloud
                        Help Net Security, May 31st, 2016
                        "Compromised credentials are still the cause of almost a quarter of all data breaches, according to the Cloud Security Alliance. With a surge in cybercrime, it's no wonder that the global identity and access management (IAM) market is expected to reach USD 24.55 billion by 2022, according to Research and Markets..."
                        9 Reasons Why Your Security Awareness Program Sucks
                        CSO Online, June 3rd, 2016
                        "As a person who primarily focuses on the human aspects of security and implementing security awareness programs, people are surprised when I am neither upset nor surprised when there is an inevitable human failing. The reason is that I have come to the conclusion that most awareness programs are just very bad, and that like all security countermeasures, there will be an inevitable failing.

                        I have to admit that it is frustrating to have to argue with people who claim that awareness is always bad. They argue that since there will always be a single failing, then it is not worth the effort to have an awareness program in the first place. Of course, I vehemently disagree. However to debate people, and address their points, at least in the eyes of decision makers, you need to understand the foundation of their arguments and accept the premises that are true..."

                        IT - Careers
                        15 Highest Paying Programming Languages In 2016
                        Business 2 Community, June 2nd, 2016
                        "As the ever-expanding world of technology continues to grow in its reach, so too do the various jobs, skills, and programming languages. Since the dot-com bubble of the 1990s and early 2000s, we've seen a great proliferation of various programming languages, and that growth shows no signs of slowing. Indeed, some lists suggest there are close to 300 different languages one can learn. It's no secret that coding skills are highly sought after and often very well compensated in the workforce, but no one can learn every language, and some skills are more valuable than others..."
                          Insider Insights Into Global Knowledge's 2016 It Skills And Salary Report
                          Global Knowledge, June 2nd, 2016
                          "Mountains of data are collected during our annual salary survey, but not all of it makes it into the IT Skills and Salary Report we release each spring.

                          For the first time, Global Knowledge Sr. Market Research Manager Greg Timpany is giving us a peek behind the data curtain and revealing his insights. Timpany has been collecting and analyzing IT salary information and trends for Global Knowledge since 2009.

                          As part of our annual report we always release the top-paying certifications and highest salaries by industry, region and area of expertise, including non-IT professionals. But, Timpany says there are a lot of other useful statistics he's been able to uncover through the survey. Here are some of his top picks for things you should know that didn't make it into the report..."

                            Tech Talent Gaps Hold Companies Back
                            The Wall Street Journal, June 2nd, 2016
                            Kim Nash blogs, "The proportion of CIOs reporting a technology skills shortage is at the highest level since the 2008 recession and many technology chiefs say the gap is preventing them from keeping up with the pace of digital change.

                            In a survey of 3,352 CIOs and other technology leaders by recruiter and outsourcer Harvey Nash and KPMG LLC, 65% of respondents said recruitment problems were hurting IT modernization efforts. Last year the number was 59%. One consequence: Project success rates are falling in areas such as big data implementation, according to the survey..."

                            The Top 10 Things People Dislike About Being A Freelancer
                            Business 2 Community, June 2nd, 2016
                            "You hate your job or your boss and you think you can do things better when you are a freelancer. If you were a freelancer, you would have all the time in the world to perfect the outcome of your assignment, make more money or plan your own schedule. While I encourage people to follow their dreams, I do think you should think twice before starting as a freelancer. Living the freelance life can be great, but it can also be hard..."
                              How To Achieve Work-Life Balance: The Power Of No
                              Business 2 Community, June 2nd, 2016
                              "When you are a hungry entrepreneur starting your new business, your work-life balance can seem out of whack. You're working so hard to get your business going that you sometimes forget what it is you're even trying to achieve. You may even start to ask yourself, 'Is it worth it?' That's when you know you need to sit down and map out a strategy that's going to sustain you personally and professionally. That's when you know you need to learn to say 'no.'..."
                                IT - Social Media
                                Snapchat, Just 4 Years Old, Passes Decade-Old Twitter
                                Business 2 Community, June 2nd, 2016
                                "Just four years into its existence, Snapchat, which began with the simple idea of being able to send expiring photo messages, has just passed one of the social media giants in number of active daily users: Twitter.

                                According to a report by Bloomberg, which is based on anonymous sources close to the company, Snapchat has gone from 110 million people using the app daily in December to 150 million today. That 35% increase in just the past five months is even more staggering when compared to Twitter's latest financial report showing its total user base only up 3% worldwide, with no growth in the United States..."

                                  3 Reasons Why (Almost) Every Business Leader Needs To Develop 21St Century Social Networking Skills
                                  Business 2 Community, June 4th, 2016
                                  "A lot has changed in the past 20-30 years when it comes to the technology that we use to communicate and build relationships in business. Yet, many business leaders have failed to keep up with these innovations and adapt their own leadership styles and communication skills accordingly..."
                                    IT - Virtualization
                                    Virtualization Levels Have Peaked, So What's Next?
                                    SearchServerVirtualization, June 2nd, 2016
                                    "Now that virtualization is a mature technology, organizations should be looking to further refine their infrastructure and consider the next step...

                                    By many accounts -- not the least of which is VMware's declining vSphere bookings -- the x86 sever virtualization market is starting to slow. It's safe to say that virtualization has matured, but are there still areas for growth? This month, we're putting the question about the future of virtualization to our Advisory Board members. Do you think server virtualization levels have reached their peak and will now start to decline in favor of cloud computing or containerization? And, for the organization that is already highly virtualized, what does life after virtualization look like?..."

                                    Containers: Your Secure, No-Upgrade Future In The Cloud
                                    ZDNet, June 3rd, 2016
                                    "Imagine a future with no malware and no workflow-interrupting software upgrades. It's coming...

                                    Based on the feedback I got on my last piece, it's clear that everyone hates upgrading their operating system and applications.

                                    The issue isn't so much that one questions the value of patching an OS to secure it from malware attack or adding new functionality, it's that newer system software tends to obsolete older hardware, so upgrade paths are not guaranteed.

                                    And then there are the apps that frequently have to be dealt with as well..."

                                      IT - Email
                                      17 Gmail Extensions That Make Your Life Easier
                                      Business 2 Community, June 2nd, 2016
                                      "In today's email-centric work environment, you have to make sure you're on top of your game.

                                      But that's easier said than done. You likely use email to manage customer relationships, talk to your team, network and manage your to-do list. Keeping up with everything makes it all-too-easy to drown in an ocean of emails.

                                      Luckily, tons of Gmail plugins exist that make your life way easier. Some of these Gmail extensions add handy new features and capabilities to your email account, while others make a huge difference in email optimization.

                                      You can now send higher-quality, better-informed emails, faster than ever-so that communication with clients and peers doesn't have to take up half your day.

                                      Here are 17 game-changing Gmail extensions..."

                                        IT - Backup
                                        Why Business Data Backup Is More Important Than Ever
                                        Business 2 Community, June 2nd, 2016
                                        "Doesn't it seem like the world is getting a little crazier? Natural disasters from global warming, hackers like Anonymous attacking politicians and business owners, violent crimes increasing, employee turnover at an all time high. While all of these things may not seem related, what you may not realize is that all of them have an impact on how you should be protecting your business. Unforeseen events and circumstances out of business owners' control often result in server failures or complete loss of data. This year business data backup is more important than ever. Here's why:..."
                                          IT - Big Data
                                          7 Big Data Jobs You Need To Know (Slideshow)
                                          Talkin'Cloud, June 2nd, 2016
                                          "In my job as an editor I see a lot of statistics thrown around on technology, so it's not often that I read one that really wows me. Get this: nearly six million jobs were created in the US last year to work on big data projects. This is according to a slideshow from Bernard Marr, the author of Big Data: Using Smart Big Data, Analytics and Metris to Make Better Decisions.

                                          To break it down, 1.9 million jobs were created in the US last year to work on the IT-side of big data projects, but each of these jobs is supported by 3 new jobs outside of IT. Isn't that incredible?..."

                                          Big Data's Biggest Challenges (Slideshow)
                                          CIO Insight, May 31st, 2016
                                          "Few companies take full advantage of all the data that's made available to them, and most business users spend more time gathering data than analyzing it...

                                          While the vast majority of organizations are headed in the right direction in leveraging big data effectively, a number of challenges are keeping them from maximizing this resource, according to a recent survey from Attivio. On the positive side, most survey respondents say business unit leaders are easily accessing big data and using it to make quick decisions..."

                                          IT - BYOD
                                          The Three Steps To Securing BYOD
                                          ITProPortal, May 30th, 2016
                                          "BYOD has now become so prevalent that 29 per cent of UK secondary schools are now operating some sort of BYOD policy including asking students to bring their own devices. While the enterprise world has been talking about BYOD for years, it's this kind of mainstream use that confirms BYOD as a way of life, and of business. While there are clear benefits in terms of productivity for example, unfortunately, security still remains a key concern. In order to take advantage of the potential benefits and avoid the security risks, organisations need to do three core things - develop a robust BYOD policy, choose the right security technology, and support the people using it..."
                                          Mobile Security Strategy Matures With BYOD
                                          SearchSecurity, June 2nd, 2016
                                          "The basic level of mobile security is to protect data and access to a network, but understanding the needs of mobile users and their devices is the key to maturing that strategy...

                                          As mobility increases workforce productivity, CISOs need to develop a mobile security strategy that strikes a balance between a great user experience and effective information security. The key to scaling the mobile maturity ladder is in how well you know your users and the devices they bring to your organization..."

                                          Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                          Vol 219 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Vol 218 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 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:

                                          • Imagine What You Could Do With 64TB of Memory
                                          • Oracle VM Hierarchy Viewer
                                          • Oracle VM 3.4.1
                                          • Deploying and Upgrading OpenStack with Docker
                                          • Teamcenter on Oracle Engineered System Solution Brief
                                          • Sapporo Brews New Beers -- And New Customers -- With Social And Marketing Cloud Ingredients
                                          • Unleashing BMC Remedy 9 performance and scalability on Oracle Solaris and SPARC Servers
                                          • How Oracle Created A Much Better Cloud Buying Experience
                                          • IoT Webcast May 26th 2016
                                          • Getting Started Modularizing with Jigsaw in NetBeans IDE

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

                                            IT - Encryption
                                            Readers' 2016 Top Picks For Enterprise Encryption Tools
                                            SearchSecurity, June 2nd, 2016
                                            "As the enterprise encryption tools market matures, buyers find many vendors to choose from, but few stand out from the crowd as encryption is absorbed into other security tools...

                                            With RSA's departure from the encryption business last year, many companies have been left wondering where to buy enterprise encryption tools, and it shows in the lack of any clear leaders in the encryption tools market space..."

                                            The Importance Of End-To-End Encryption In Protecting Your Information
                                            Business 2 Community, May 31st, 2016
                                            "WhatsApp recently added end-to-end encryption to its instant messaging app...

                                            WhatsApp explains the motivation behind this new feature on its blog: 'When you send a message, the only person who can read it is the person or group chat that you send that message to. No one can see inside that message. Not cyber criminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even us. End-to-end encryption helps make communication via WhatsApp private.'..."

                                            IT - Server
                                            Worldwide Server Sales Dip To $12.4B In 1Q16
                                            ServerWatch, June 4th, 2016
                                            "The first quarter of 2016 is not shaping up as particularly bright one for server vendors, based on the latest analyst reports from Gartner and IDC.

                                            According to Gartner, worldwide server revenue declined 2.3 percent year over year, while shipments grew 1.7 percent. IDC reported a steeper revenue decline of 3.6 percent, with first quarter 2016 server revenue of $12.6 billion.

                                            IDC also differed from Gartner on server shipments, reporting that 2.2 million units were shipped in 1Q16, a decline of 3.0 percent from the first quarter of 2015..."

                                            IT - Developer
                                            7 Developer Tools Anyone Can Use To Build Modern Enterprise Apps (Slideshow)
                                            eWeek, June 2nd, 2016
                                            "The craft of application development is in a renaissance. Spending for developer tools and DevOps is increasing. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts there will be 1.4 million computer specialist jobs available in the next four years alone. Additionally, learning how to develop full-service, enterprise-grade applications is more accessible, thanks to thousands of open-source tools and repositories like GitHub that make collaboration easier than ever before..."
                                            IT - HPC
                                            Supercomputing: The Next Generation
                                            Network Computing, June 3rd, 2016
                                            "Supercomputing is at a crossroads. A desire for petaflop operations and beyond has stressed out existing architectural approaches from the compute engines themselves out through networking to storage. The pressure is increased by the need to compute closer to the data sources, which are often in remote locations such as, in the case of the Square-Kilometer Array (SKA), in either the Namib desert or Australian outback.

                                            SKA is an extreme example of the challenges in supercomputing. Planned for commissioning in less than a decade, the array will be the ultimate data gatherer. Raw-data generation is expected to run to a few exabytes per day, all of which requires heavy mathematical computation. The output of this is going to be around 1,500 petabytes per year, which not only need to be stored but transmitted to scientists on other continents..."

                                              PHP Tools: Minor improvements
                                              By Tomas Mysik
                                              Tomas blogs, "Hi all, today we will show you our improved support for some PHP tools which will be part of NetBeans 8.2. As you already know, NetBeans uses a lot of existing tools (great, right?!) and we will now focus on improvements for two of them.


                                              Perhaps the most unpleasant thing in PHPUnit support in NetBeans is (was! ;) that test results are visible once all the tests finish. In other words, one has to wait for all the tests to complete and after that, NetBeans is able to display the results. That is not true anymore, NetBeans now displays test results as they come, it means that you will be able to see what tests and with which results already finished even if the whole test run is still running..."

                                              Nexenta News
                                              Lenovo Selects Nexenta for Lenovo StorSelect Program
                                              Introduces Joint OpenSDS-Based Enterprise Storage Solution
                                              You may have heard about Lenovo's StorSelect Program, which allows customers to confidently deploy new storage technologies using pre-loaded appliances with software from best-of-breed, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) on proven Lenovo systems. The StorSelect solutions enable easy expansion for scalable deployments, as well as integration with existing storage infrastructures. The program will also offer quality, engineering expertise and access to Lenovo's worldwide global services.

                                              In March 2016, Nexenta announced a partnership with Lenovo as part of this program with a shared initiative to drive broader adoption of next-generation software storage solutions. Nexenta introduced a joint solution that integrates Nexenta's award-winning, software-defined storage (SDS) with Lenovo x86 servers: The Lenovo Storage DX8200N powered by NexentaStor.

                                              The Lenovo Storage DX8200N powered by NexentaStor allows you to accelerate and simplify unified file and block storage deployments. At the same time, this pre-validated turnkey solution provides easy scalability and simplified management at a fraction of the cost of legacy systems - without trade-offs in availability, reliability or functionality.

                                              Cisco News
                                              Service Providers Worldwide Adopt Cisco ACI to Provide Advanced SDN Services Today and into the Future
                                              Provides powerful policy-based, programmable automated architecture to support multi-tenant data centers and clouds
                                              Regional service providers worldwide strive to provide excellent customer service, while facing the same challenges as huge global providers but without the same resources. To provide highly secure cloud management, high-speed mobile Internet access and continuous application availability, many regional providers are turning to Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI).

                                              ACI is being deployed worldwide by regional service providers to increase IT efficiency, reduce operational costs, improve scalability for future growth, and free up IT staff time to better service their customers. ACI provides a new SDN approach to solve their common challenges with unified control of both physical and virtual environments, enhanced security, and policy-based automation - as a result new customer services can be delivered to market much more rapidly.

                                              IBM And Cisco Combine The Power Of Watson Internet Of Things With Edge Analytics
                                              Bell Canada to deliver intelligent data analytics solutions across the country on Canada's largest and fastest LTE network
                                              Cisco and IBM announced a global collaboration to provide instant Internet of Things (IoT) insight at the edge of the network. Now, businesses and organizations in remote and autonomous locations will be able to tap the combined power of IBM's Watson IoT and business analytics technologies and Cisco's edge analytics capabilities to more deeply understand and act on critical data on the network edge.

                                              Today, billions of interconnected devices and sensors are gathering vast amounts of real-time data about the physical world. In recent years cloud computing has offered companies a powerful way of storing that data and turning it into valuable insight. But for businesses without easy access to high bandwidth connectivity, these capabilities are sometimes out of reach or take too long.

                                              ALMA Observatory pushing high Cisco technology
                                              ALMA is the world's largest observatory
                                              Located at 5,000 meter altitude at the Atacama Desert in Chile, ALMA, Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, the world's largest radio observatory, is literally pushing Cisco technology to the limits.

                                              Having 66 antennas almost 15 meters tall - the eyes of ALMA - operating day and night to capture the signals of the universe to explain how stars and planets were formed is not an easy task. Low temperatures, high winds and snow, low humidity, dust, and a lack of oxygen are tough challenges that the ALMA staff and its network infrastructure have to endure.

                                              To deal with one of the most extreme environments of the planet, it's required a robust and reliable digital network architecture to take all the data from the antennas to the brain of ALMA, a supercomputer capable of processing the information from the ALMA antennas in real-time and transforming it into one cohesive data stream.

                                              Dell News
                                              Dell Launches World'S First 17-Inch 2-In-1
                                              And A New Generation Of Feature-Packed Personal Laptops In Brilliant Colors
                                              At Computex 2016, the largest IT trade fair in Asia, Dell unveiled a new line of Inspiron 2-in-1s ideal for students heading back to school, aspiring entrepreneurs and families seeking an affordable solution to meet their everyday computing needs. The new devices include the Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1, the world's first 17-inch 2-in-1 laptop.

                                              The latest additions to Dell's award-winning line of innovative products are specially designed to deliver strong performance with an array of choices to meet customer needs. The completely refreshed 2016 Inspiron 2-in-1 lineup offers something for everyone, whether it's a premium 7000 Series, a mainstream 5000 Series, or an entry-level 3000 Series. These new devices are available with a wide range of processor options and configurable features, enabling students, families and users looking for great value to connect, learn and achieve more...

                                              Microsoft News
                                              Microsoft Opens Windows Holographic To Partners For A New Era Of Mixed Reality
                                              Microsoft, June 1st, 2016
                                              Microsoft invited its Windows 10 hardware partners to create virtual reality (VR) devices, augmented reality devices and everything in between with Windows Holographic, the platform that powers Microsoft HoloLens. In opening up Windows Holographic to partners, Microsoft shared its vision for mixed reality - a world where devices interact with each other to change the way people work, communicate, learn and play.

                                              'With Windows 10, we've been on an incredible journey with our partners, and today we usher in the next frontier of computing - mixed reality,' said Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices.

                                              Microsoft And Xiaomi Expand Partnership To Bring Productivity Services To Millions Of Devices And Customers
                                              Microsoft, May 31st, 2016
                                              Microsoft Corp. and Xiaomi Inc. have expanded their global partnership to provide innovative user experiences on mobile devices. As part of the agreement, Xiaomi will ship Microsoft Office and Skype on Xiaomi Android smartphones and tablets. As a result, tens of millions of consumers and business customers in China, India and around the world will have new ways to work, collaborate and communicate. The companies' new collaboration also includes a cross-license and patent transfer agreement.
                                              Microsoft Announces 2016 Partner Of The Year Winners And Finalists
                                              Microsoft, May 31st, 2016
                                              Microsoft Corp. announced the winners and finalists of the Microsoft 2016 Partner of the Year Awards. The annual awards recognize top Microsoft partners demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Award winners and finalists from around the world will be recognized at the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference taking place July 10-14, 2016, in Toronto, Canada.
                                              IBM News
                                              China's Fujian Rural Credit Selects IBM to Help Manage New Financial Products
                                              FJRC has quickly deployed innovative financial products
                                              China's Fujian Rural Credit has selected IBM for its new storage infrastructure to help to speed up deployment and raise efficiency of Internet- and cloud-based new financial applications, such as mobile banking, for the province's increasingly prosperous agricultural population.

                                              With fast proliferation of the Internet, mobile communications, cloud computing and big data analytics technologies, FJRC sees a tremendous new market of diversified financial services for its rural populations. This new virtual storage system came in time for FJRC to capitalize on the growing market opportunities.

                                              IBM to Acquire EZSource to Help Developers Modernize Mainframe Applications for Digital Business
                                              Technology visualizes application environment to speed cloud deployment
                                              IBM announced that it plans to acquire EZ Legacy Ltd. (EZSource), an Israel-based application discovery company, to help developers quickly and easily understand and change mainframe code based on data displayed on a dashboard and other visualizations. Today's applications can be made up of millions of lines of code, and to update this code can take days or weeks. EZSource provides a visual dashboard to quickly and easily show developers which applications have changed to ease the process of modernizing applications, exposing APIs and more efficiently leveraging development resources. The planned acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016 subject to completion of governmental review and customary closing conditions.
                                              Froedtert & The Medical College Of Wisconsin Taps Watson For Clinical Trial Matching
                                              IBM, June 2nd, 2016
                                              IBM announced Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Network will adopt Watson cognitive computing to help match cancer patients with clinical trials. The Froedtert & MCW Cancer Network is the first in Wisconsin and among the first cancer programs in the nation to use Watson for Clinical Trial Matching. The matching program is slated to begin this fall.

                                              Clinical trials are the gold standard in medical evidence and crucial for developing new treatment options for the 13.8 million Americans currently battling cancer.

                                              The Weather Company Announces Watson Ads, To Humanize The Ad Experience For Consumers With Industry-First Capability
                                              Campbell Soup Company, Unilever and GSK Consumer Healthcare Are First Three Marketers On Board
                                              The Weather Company, an IBM Business is announcing Watson Ads, an industry-first capability in which consumers will be able to interact with IBM Watson through advertising, by being able to ask questions via voice or text and receive relevant information about the product or offering.

                                              Marketers have long sought an advertising solution that can create a one-to-one connection with the consumer, that can be personal, relevant and valuable; and can scale across millions of interactions and touchpoints. Watson Ads will help marketers achieve those goals, and can also help them uncover consumer and product insights faster than ever before, revealing connections previously invisible to human data scientists. This will be the first consumer use of IBM Watson technology for advertising purposes.

                                              Startup Grush Taps IBM Cloud to Create Gaming Toothbrush
                                              Grush turns thousands of data points into a fun gaming experience for kids
                                              IBM today announced that startup Grush is leveraging IBM Cloud's cognitive capabilities for its interactive gaming toothbrush for children. Grush turns brushing into a real-time interactive app on mobile devices through Bluemix and the Watson Analytics API.

                                              Using advanced motion-sensing technology, Grush captures thousands of data points while a child is brushing and sends them via Bluetooth to the IBM Cloud, where they are analyzed and turned into fun mobile brushing games. For example, the 'Toothy Castles' game allows children to wipe away monsters in the areas of the mouth that have not been brushed.

                                              IBM Speeds High Performance Data Analytics with Software-Defined Infrastructure Technology
                                              Intelligent scheduling software helps clients adopt, manage Apache Spark analytics
                                              IBM expanded its portfolio of software-defined infrastructure solutions with cognitive features to help clients improve the management of computing resources to achieve faster, results from data-driven applications and analytics.

                                              The new intelligent resource and workload management software, called IBM Spectrum Computing is designed to make it easier for organizations to extract full value from data to accelerate performance-intensive analytics or machine learning. This technology can be used across industries to help sequence genomes for improved cancer treatment, or for engineers to design a championship-winning Formula One race car or bankers to personalize financial services to attract new customers.

                                              IBM P-TECH School Boosts Number of Early Graduates Earning Both High School & College Tech Degrees
                                              This fall, IBM's innovative education model spreads to 60 schools with 250 industry partners
                                              "More than two dozen New York City youth will graduate from P-TECH with both their high school diplomas and their associate degrees in technology this month. These early graduates, four times the number of graduates from last June, are fast-tracking through an innovative education model co-developed by IBM that blends high school, community college, and work experience in one...

                                              To date, early graduates from P-TECH total 38 students, all of whom completed the program one or two years ahead of schedule, with 10 receiving college honors. Last year, six out of the 11 early graduates have started jobs at IBM and five are pursuing their bachelor's degrees at four-year institutions full time..."

                                              IBM and Cisco Combine the Power of Watson Internet of Things with Edge Analytics
                                              Bell Canada to deliver intelligent data analytics solutions across the country on Canada's largest and fastest LTE network
                                              Cisco and IBM announced a global collaboration to provide instant Internet of Things (IoT) insight at the edge of the network. Now, businesses and organizations in remote and autonomous locations will be able to tap the combined power of IBM's Watson IoT and business analytics technologies and Cisco's edge analytics capabilities to more deeply understand and act on critical data on the network edge.

                                              Today, billions of interconnected devices and sensors are gathering vast amounts of real-time data about the physical world. In recent years cloud computing has offered companies a powerful way of storing that data and turning it into valuable insight. But for businesses without easy access to high bandwidth connectivity, these capabilities are sometimes out of reach or take too long. To address the problem, IBM and Cisco have joined forces to offer a new way to produce immediate, actionable insight at the point of data collection. The new approach is designed to target companies operating on the edge of computer networks such as oil rigs, factories, shipping companies and mines, where time is of the essence but bandwidth is often lacking.

                                              Fujitsu News
                                              Fujitsu Director of Education, Pam Doyle, Recognized by CRN as 2016 'Women of the Channel' Honoree
                                              Fujitsu, May 31st, 2016
                                              Fujitsu, the market leader in document imaging scanners, announced that Pam Doyle, director of education, Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., has been named to the 2016 CRN Women of the Channel. The women executives who comprise this annual list span the IT channel, representing vendors, distributors, solution providers and other organizations that figure prominently in the channel ecosystem. Each is recognized for her outstanding leadership, vision, and unique role in driving channel growth and innovation.
                                              VMware News
                                              Global Analyst Firm Ranks VMware AirWatch the Largest Enterprise Mobility Management Vendor in the World for the Second Consecutive Year
                                              Global Analyst Firm Ranks VMware AirWatch the Largest Enterprise Mobility Management Vendor in the World for the Second Consecutive Year
                                              VMware, Inc. a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility,announced leading analyst firm, IDC, ranked VMware AirWatch as the largest enterprise mobility management (EMM) vendor in terms of market share for 2015, growing 83.8 percent from 2014 through 2015. AirWatch had the largest percentage of market share among the top 14 EMM vendors, at 16.5 percent in 2015, according to the report.
                                              VMware Expands Network Functions Virtualization Partner Ecosystem With New VMware Ready NFV Certified Solutions and Program Participants
                                              Innovative Solutions From F5, Silver Peak and VeloCloud Achieve VMware Ready NFV Certification
                                              VMware, Inc. announced the expansion of the company's Telco NFV partner ecosystem with three new certified VMware Ready NFV solutions and four new members to the VMware Ready NFV program. VMware now has nine certified solutions from eight different vendors for VMware vCloud NFV, including newly certified partners F5, Silver Peak and VeloCloud. Additionally, Infoblox, Netrounds and two of the largest global network equipment providers (NEPs) have joined Mitel as partners with solutions currently going through certification.

                                              VMware Ready NFV allows partners to certify their virtual network functions (VNFs) for compatibility with VMware NFV infrastructure (NFVi). The VMware Ready certification provides CSPs with the confidence that partner VNF solutions will seamlessly and efficiently deploy, run, and interoperate with vCloud NFV. The VMware Ready program designates VMware's highest level of endorsement for products and solutions created by our established partners, and accreditation builds customer confidence and accelerates further opportunities for collaboration as leaders in the cloud.

                                              Red Hat News
                                              Red Hat Software Collections 2.2 and Red Hat Developer Toolset 4.1 Now Generally Available
                                              Latest installments of Red Hat's curated developer languages, databases and tools designed to bridge agility and production stability
                                              Red Hat, Inc. announced the general availability of Red Hat Software Collections 2.2, Red Hat's newest installment of open source web development tools, dynamic languages, and databases. Delivered on a separate lifecycle from Red Hat Enterprise Linux with a more frequent release cadence, Red Hat Software Collections is designed to bridges developer agility and production stability by helping to accelerate the creation of modern applications that can then be more confidently deployed into production.
                                              Level3 News
                                              Level 3 Awarded Extension on GSA's Networx Enterprise Contract
                                              GSA Authorizes Level 3 to Support Federal Agencies' Networking Needs Through 2020
                                              Level 3 Communications announced the General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded the company an extension on its Networx Enterprise contract. The contract allows Level 3 to bid on and deliver telecommunications solutions to support the GSA's goal of providing federal agencies access to a broad range of domestic and international network services.

                                              "The importance of a smooth transition to the EIS contract cannot be overestimated, and Level 3 is pleased that the GSA is providing us with this extension to best meet the needs of the departments and agencies we serve. Level 3 prides itself on helping our customers achieve their mission critical objectives by delivering a wide variety of global network services, and we look forward to our continued support of these groups." - David Young, Regional Vice President, Level 3's Government Markets Group

                                              EMC News
                                              EMC Announces libStorage, the First-Ever Storage Provisioning Framework for Container Platforms
                                              New EMC Open Source Initiative Solves Emerging Storage Challenges in Container Environments
                                              EMC Corporation announced libStorage, a vendor and platform-agnostic storage orchestration, model and API. The first open source technology of its kind, libStorage elevates storage to a first-class and sustainable citizen within the container ecosystem by providing universal and portable storage capabilities for container and application platforms.

                                              Driven by EMC {code}, libStorage is the latest project in a series of EMC contributions to the open source community designed to help solve challenges for open source users. In addition to multiple projects contributed through EMC {code}, EMC has also dedicated development resources and leadership to open source communities and efforts such as Cloud Foundry and OpenStack.

                                              Containers have been gaining attention as a valuable open source technology; however, each container platform is unique, and the technologies aren't unified for users. Additionally, users need a seamless interface between storage and container platforms, as well as native interoperability. None of that has been easy - until now..."

                                              HP News
                                              Teachers College, Columbia University Wires Classrooms To Explore How Wired Classrooms Work
                                              Teachers College, Columbia University educates educators, but also studies education. In other words, what goes on there is very meta.
                                              Among the school's areas of study is the classroom environment itself. So when the college wires up a class, it could serve as a model for others. That's why the school's recent deal to implement a full suite of Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Aruba wired and wireless solutions is significant.

                                              With a portfolio of HPE core and data center switches, Aruba Wi-Fi, mobility access switches and controllers, ClearPass secure access platform and AirWave network management, Teachers College can now give its 5,300 students spread across eight interconnected campus buildings quick and reliable access to resources via any mobile device. The school had previously used a wireless system from Cisco, but decided to upgrade the network.

                                              Forbes: Meg Whitman On Why She 'Runs To The Fire'
                                              HPE's CEO talks with Forbes about her favorite motto, her inspiration and what she would tell her 20-year-old self
                                              CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Meg Whitman says her favorite short motto is "Run to the fire." She's been in plenty of fires, metaphorically speaking. Most recently, Whitman had to figure out how to boost revenue at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which split off from Hewlett Packard in November 2015 and sells servers, software and more to businesses.

                                              And she pulled it off. In late May the company announced that revenues for the second quarter this year grew 1% over the prior year's quarter - for the first time in five years. Better still, she announced yet another deal, agreeing to spin off HPE's enterprise services business and merge it with IT services firm Computer Sciences Corp. HPE stock rallied on the news.

                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Introduces New Application Lifecycle Management Software for DevOps and Agile Environments
                                              Latest Offering Leverages Open Source and Integrated Analytics to Enable Rapid, High-Quality Software Delivery
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced the availability of HPE ALM Octane, an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) software offering, designed to help customers accelerate their DevOps processes. This streamlined ALM solution leverages widely-used developer toolsets like Jenkins and GIT to bring continuous quality to lean, Agile, and DevOps-focused teams. HPE ALM Octane provides insights to developers and testers, helping them deliver applications quickly, without sacrificing quality or end-user experience.

                                              To keep pace with a rapidly changing market landscape and deliver compelling customer experiences, organizations are building and enhancing software and mobile applications at lightning speed. This accelerating rate of change drives businesses to rethink how they optimize their internal software development processes. Application delivery management solutions that ensure on-going quality and scale at increased speed have not yet evolved fast enough to support development methodologies like Agile, Lean, and DevOps.

                                              HPE-Backed Cloud28+ Cloud Services Federation Ramps Up
                                              HPE, June 1st, 2016
                                              While many enterprise applications are already living on the cloud, most businesses have a handful of their often most valuable applications that are not yet connected. But selecting a cloud-based solution across an entire region isn't easy when CIOs must also comply with local regulations. The HPE-backed Cloud28+ federation wants to make the transition easier for businesses by simplifying enterprise cloud software deployment.

                                              Last month in Amsterdam, the 225-member federation met and announced significant enhancements on the path to providing a common way for cloud infrastructure providers to deliver software and services in Europe.

                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Introduces Industry-First 'Single Source Of Truth' Solution For Global Information Management And Governance
                                              HPE Verity Combines Industry-Leading Big Data Analytics With Information Archiving, Data Protection, eDiscovery and More, to Help Organizations Generate Value and Manage Risk
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced the launch of the HPE Verity suite, a modular, integrated set of applications and services to help businesses comprehensively manage, govern and extract actionable insights from enterprise information. In addition, HPE is announcing HPE Verity Information Archiving, the suite's first module to help organizations manage and control data in accordance with regulatory, legal and operational needs.
                                                Brocade News
                                                Brocade To Contribute To CERN openlab Open Day 2016
                                                Brocade Contributes to CERN openlab to Develop SDN Solutions That Support the New IP
                                                BROCADE is continuing its partnership with CERN by participating in the 2016 CERN OPENLAB open day event on 8 and 9 June 2016. The event will provide an opportunity to learn about CERN openlab's work: collaborating with LEADING ICT COMPANIES AND RESEARCH INSTITUTES to accelerate the development of cutting-edge solutions for the worldwide Large Hadron Collider community, as well as for wider scientific research. Brocade's contribution to CERN openlab is to help the world's largest and most respected centre for scientific research develop a long-term Software-Defined Networking (SDN) strategy for its IP network infrastructure. Brocade is an official networking contributor member to CERN openlab.
                                                Windstream News
                                                Windstream expands metro fiber network in Nashville
                                                Expansion is part of Windstream's multi-city campaign to connect even more data centers & commercial buildings to company's national backbone
                                                Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications announced a major expansion of its advanced metro fiber network in the Nashville area. Windstream's expansion will provide the area's growing business community with world-class fiber and fixed-wireless infrastructure that connects even more local data centers and commercial buildings with Windstream's high-speed, highly available nationwide fiber network.

                                                'This is a big, ambitious project that will have a major economic impact on Nashville, and we are proud to be supporting the city's business community in this important way,' said Eric Warren, regional president of enterprise sales for Windstream's south region. 'Today's announcement reflects a significant investment that Windstream is making to expand its network of connected buildings in the Nashville area, which will help to ensure that it is one of the best-connected cities in the country.'

                                                Netapp News
                                                NetApp SolidFire Unveils Innovative Storage Purchasing Model for the Next Generation Data Center
                                                FlashForward Capacity Licensing creates significant flexibility and investment protection for customers to purchase storage infrastructure in alignment with the dynamic and growing nature of their businesses
                                                NetApp SolidFire announced FlashForward Capacity Licensing, an entirely new storage model that offers unparalleled flexibility, investment protection and peace of mind for how customers purchase and grow their storage infrastructure. FlashForward Capacity Licensing complements SolidFire's market-leading scale-out block storage architecture with a flexible enterprise-wide software licensing and support model that is precisely aligned with how service providers and advanced enterprises are looking to purchase and consume storage infrastructure.
                                                Internet Solutions Selects Netapp Solidfire And Becomes The First Service Provider In Africa To Offer Performance-Based Storage Tiering
                                                SolidFire's all-flash platform delivers guaranteed performance and capacity at scale, while eliminating data migrations and cutting the cost of operational overhead in half
                                                NetApp SolidFire announced that Internet Solutions (IS), Africa's largest provider of managed network services, has deployed its all-flash scale-out storage. Powered by SolidFire's next-generation infrastructure that delivers guaranteed, predictable performance, IS is the first provider to offer performance-based tiered services to customers in Africa.

                                                IS is a converged communications service provider operating in 14 countries across Africa, with international offices and points of presence worldwide. The majority of its customers are listed in the Fortune 2000 in Africa, including the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dimension Data Group and part of NTT, IS leverages its footprint and infrastructure to rapidly deploy emerging technologies to its global customer network of public and private sector organizations. With a large and growing cloud services delivery operation, planning for future storage capacity along with guaranteeing performance is essential to its success.

                                                NetApp SolidFire Introduces the SF-Series 19210 Node and New Element OS with VVol Integration that Delivers Market-Leading Performance Control per VM
                                                Highest-density SF-Series node delivers twice the performance and capacity; ninth-generation storage software simplifies customers' transition to service delivery-oriented infrastructure
                                                NetApp SolidFire introduced the latest addition to its NetApp SolidFire SF-Series product line and announced version 9 of its NetApp SolidFire Element Operating System (OS) - Fluorine.

                                                The new NetApp SolidFire SF-Series 19210 decreases the cost of all-flash arrays by offering the highest density - twice the performance and capacity in the SF-Series - and lowest cost per GB/IOPS. With 40-80TB effective capacity, 100,000 predictable IOPS and sub-millisecond latency, the SF-Series 19210 is well-suited for heavily virtualized environments, databases, and public and private cloud infrastructures where guaranteed performance, scale-out capacity, and higher infrastructure density are required. The SF-Series 19210 delivers the full SolidFire feature set, including guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS), a true scale-out architecture, in-line data reduction, complete system automation and integration with VMware and OpenStack.

                                                Managed Cloud Services Leader HOSTING Masters the High-performance Cloud with SolidFire All-Flash Storage
                                                NetApp, June 2nd, 2016
                                                NetApp SolidFire announced that managed cloud services leader HOSTING deployed SolidFire's all-flash scale-out storage to meet the high-performance storage needs of many of its most demanding enterprise customers.

                                                'Solution architects at HOSTING turn to SolidFire when a client needs high performance for scale-out workloads, a situation more and more of our clients are finding themselves in,' said Darrell Hyde, chief technical officer at HOSTING. 'Performance matters, both at the customer-facing application front end and at the deep end of the compute and storage infrastructure. And for high performance, HOSTING relies on SolidFire.'

                                                NetApp FlashAdvantage 3-4-5 Makes the All-Flash Data Center a Reality
                                                Guaranteed performance and efficiency combined with extended lifecycles reduces risk of flash adoption for customers
                                                NetApp announced the FlashAdvantage 3-4-5 program, which includes the industry's only guaranteed efficiency reduction of 4:1. This program combined with the company's new 15TB solid state drives (SSDs) makes flash the ideal workload consolidation platform for customers' infrastructure needs.

                                                'The adoption of flash is most often dependent on the total cost of ownership to the customer' said Camberley Bates, managing partner and analyst at Evaluator Group. 'Programs such as the FlashAdvantage 3-4-5 will help users justify the economic value of flash as they look at effective capacity applied to SSDs that are far larger than today's biggest capacity hard disk drives.'

                                                NetApp ONTAP 9 Software Simplifies Transition to Hybrid Cloud, Next-Generation Data Center
                                                Data management software integrates the best of traditional and emerging technologies to provide foundation for customers' next-generation Data Fabric architecture
                                                NetApp technology allows us to be nimble and react quickly to the often volatile changes in the energy sector,' said Hercu Rabsatt, director of infrastructure and service management, Mansfield Oil. 'NetApp has been a key partner in helping us revolutionize our infrastructure for competitive advantage, tying our technology to our business strategy and remediating areas of risk. We've had zero downtime for our core business applications since moving them to NetApp ONTAP software. We can always service our customers.'
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