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Inside Oracle's Acquisition Machine
by Cyrus Sanati
Cyrus writes in Fortune, "Oracle's $9.4 billion acquisition of NetSuite late last month has Wall Street bankers frothing at the mouth on the hopes that the software giant is set to go on a spending spree of epic proportions. But while Oracle is no stranger to making big purchases at opportune times, such as its $10.3 billion acquisition of PeopleSoft in 2004 or its $8.5 billion acquisition of BEA Systems in 2008, the bulk of its deal flow will most likely remain modest in its size and narrow in its scope..."
Oracle Mobile Cloud Service 2.1
By Carlos Chang
Carlos blogs, "In our continued efforts in helping our customers build "better apps faster" MCS 2.1 is now available!

Fusion Apps connector simplifies browsing and consuming Fusion Applications instances with declarative security, letting users sign in to Fusion Applications using SSO. Fusion Application connector enables developers to browse and consume Fusion-based SaaS instances, such as Oracle HCM, Oracle SCM and Oracle CRM. Building, Mashing and shaping a data collection from feature-rich Fusion App Instances with easy to use wizards. Consider the implications of leveraging the ecosystem of applications. Fusion Application connector enhances time to market and makes secure backend development a breeze..."

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution & How Will it Affect You?
by Alexandra Georgescu, Oracle University Program Manager - Workforce Development
Alexandra blogs, "We are living days of change.

Some call it the "fourth industrial revolution", some call it "Industry 4.0." Regardless of what you call it, we're seeing the combination of cyber-physical systems (CPS), the Internet of Things and the Internet of Systems.

Previous industrial revolutions liberated humankind from animal power, made mass production possible and brought digital capabilities to billions of people.

This fourth industrial revolution is, however, fundamentally different. It is impossible to define it without using the words "cyber-physical systems" and "cloud computing."

It's a revolution of networks, platforms, people & digital technology..."

8 Reasons to Connect with User Groups at Oracle OpenWorld
By Bill Dunham and Jon Riley, OAUG Geo/SIG Committee Co-Chairs
Bill Dunham and Jon Riley blog that. "Oracle OpenWorld only happens once a year, so why not take full advantage of this year's event by connecting with the Oracle user group community? Oracle-related user groups act as independent communities of like-minded individuals dedicated to helping Oracle customers optimize the use of specific products, and a number of groups are present at this year's show. Here are the top eight reasons why you should make it a priority to meet up with these close-knit communities during the Oracle Users Forum on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Moscone South and West, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m..."
13 Ways Machine Learning Can Steer You Wrong (Slideshow)
Information Week, August 17th, 2016
"Applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to your decision-making can help your business stay competitive. But a lot can go wrong along the way. Without the proper checks and balances, machine learning efforts can spiral out of control, exposing your organization to risks. Here are 13 pitfalls to avoid..."
    Machine Learning: How We're Teaching Computers to Think
    Business 2 Community, August 18th, 2016
    "Remember toasters? Of course you do. Back before there were popular toastsharing apps like 'Crusti' and hook-up sites for bakers like 'Hotbred,' people used to have machines in their kitchens that made bread into toast. It fulfilled the function of an appliance, which was to make some aspect of life easier. No more people standing over slices of bread with a blowtorch; this contraption did it for us. Presumably, millions of person-hours were saved by letting the toaster do this crucial work..."
      Open Mind: Microsoft's Visual Studio-like suite for machine learning
      ZDNet, August 17th, 2016
      "Microsoft looks to be building a Visual Studio-like tool suite for machine learning called Open Mind Studio.

      There looks to be yet another suite in the cards called Open Mind Studio. Open Mind is a Visual Studio-like suite for machine learning, according to slides from an August 2 talk by Microsoft Executive Vice President of Applications and Services Qi Lu..."

      Zebra says its new machine learning algorithm can save 500,000 lives a year
      TechWorm, August 15th, 2016
      "Medical algorithm developer Zebra medical vision claims to have created a machine learning diagnosis breakthrough

      Algorithms, we all know them. If you're not technically inclined, you may tangentially know that they have something to do with coding. If you ARE technically inclined, you know that they are what makes our IT-based world go round. Well, according to one company, they can do a whole lot more..."

        Disaster Recovery with a Future-Ready Infrastructure
        Empire Life modernizes its IT infrastructure and decreases recovery times from days to hours with the Fujitsu M10 server.
        The ability to rapidly and completely recover from a major disaster is a must-have in any IT environment today. Companies must safeguard their internal data as well as that of their customers and be able to resume business quickly after an interruption in service. For insurance companies, which offer critical services in times of need, disaster recovery capabilities are even more imperative.

        When Canada's Empire Life Insurance Company sought to replace its aging infrastructure with one that would enable it to be better prepared for worst-case scenarios, it chose to consolidate on the Fujitsu M10-1 server with the SPARC64 X+ processor.

        Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.4
        By Simon Coter
        Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 4. This release includes a number of improvements and bug fixes from first release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1. Between them we can mention:

        • GUI: show actual VM uptime in the session information window
        • Audio: re-enabled speakers for Mac OS X guests (5.1.0 regression)
        • Linux installer: fixed some scripting issues
        • Windows hosts: fixed corrupted mouse pointers with some Linux and Solaris guests
        • Linux Additions: made the video driver work on kernel 4.7 and later
        • Windows Additions: auto-resizing fixes for Windows 10 guests

        See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes..."

        IT - Storage
        Enterprise SSD and (Much) More: Can File Systems Keep Up?
        Enterprise Storage Forum, August 16th, 2016
        "Storage technology is evolving extremely rapidly but our file systems are not. Is it time to re-think files systems so we can take advantage of this new technology?

        Enterprise SSD - And Much More

        Perhaps it's because I'm getting older but it seems like things are changing faster every year (my wife tells me it's because I'm getting older). Regardless of the cause, things are changing quickly, particularly in storage world..."

        Flash Storage Trade-Off Myths that Are Just not True
        CiOL, August 16th, 2016
        "It is pretty much the accepted wisdom in IT organizations that if you want something 'faster, better, and cheaper', you'll end up disappointed. It's possible to achieve one or sometimes two of these characteristics, but almost always at the expense of the third. It's called the Iron Triangle, and program managers make their living balancing these demands and mitigating the trade-offs that almost inevitably result.

        There's a school of thought that says the same is true in the flash storage world - that you can have performance, affordability, or enterprise-grade resiliency and data services, but you can't have all three. But is that really true, or is it a myth perpetuated by storage vendors to cover gaps in their product offerings?..."

        How object storage manages big data in the IoT
        ITProPortal, August 19th, 2016
        "There's no question: The era of big data has been a paradigm shift for businesses. Now, creating an easily searchable 'data lake' - either on-site or cloud-based - is a key determinant of a company's success. Conceivably, trillions of files of any size must be managed and protected without degradation in performance.

        Dependence on intelligent and cost-effective data storage will only grow in the next decade. Last year, Gartner forecast that 6.4 billion connected things would be in use worldwide this year and predicted that number would reach 20.8 billion by 2020. With 5.5 million new things connected every day, data storage and access systems are critical to the foundation of today's business technology..."

        Object storage vs. NAS: Which should you choose?
        SearchStorage, August 17th, 2016
        "While the choice between object storage offerings and NAS systems used to be pretty clear, innovations in the storage user interface are blurring the lines.

        As data storage needs increase, network-attached storage users have to decide whether to stay with a scale-out NAS system or to convert to object storage. If the question of object storage vs. NAS had been raised even a couple of years ago, the response would have been something like this: 'I'm used to NAS, but I just need scale. Object storage has a peculiar REST interface, which means app rewrites and, anyway, it's much slower. I'm staying with NAS.'..."

        Open Software Defined Storage takes an Object Storage Step
        Storage-Switzerland, August 18th, 2016
        "Software Defined Storage (SDS) continues to attract the attention of IT professionals, but broad adoption is not meeting the expectations IT professionals. Part of the challenge is that while SDS, in theory, breaks the chains of hardware lock-in, it does little to prevent software lock-in. A potential answer can be found in Open SDS but these solutions need to mature to deliver a package that is more approachable to the enterprise and cloud providers..."
        SDS products present new performance, budgeting hurdles
        Search Data Center, August 17th, 2016
        "Software-defined storage presents data center managers with new options, but they aren't free from challenges, particularly around hardware limitations and budgeting cycles.

        A universal definition for software-defined storage doesn't exist yet; vendors often shape the definition to adhere to their offerings. But experts agree that software-defined storage emphasizes storage-related services rather than storage hardware, and the use of programming and policies to automate data center management. The technology's benefits range from flexibility to cost, but it doesn't come without its challenges -- especially since it's still new..."

        IT - Technology
        DRAM will live on as DDR5 memory is slated to reach computers in 2020
        CIO, August 18th, 2016
        "Hardware experts believed the last DRAM would be the current DDR4, but that's not the case, with DDR5 memory now under development.

        Specifications for DDR5 memory will be released this year, and deployment of the DRAM will begin in 2020, according to a slide deck presented at the Intel Developer Forum this week.

        DDR5 DRAM will have many benefits: Users will be able to cram more memory into PCs, and applications will run faster. DDR5 memory will be denser than earlier DRAM, and also consume less power, which could extend battery life in laptops..."

        Intel Launches Silicon Photonics Chip, Previews Next-Gen Phi for AI
        HPCWire, August 18th, 2016
        "At the Intel Developer Forum, held in San Francisco this week, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager Diane Bryant announced the launch of Intel's Silicon Photonics product line and teased a brand-new Phi product, codenamed 'Knights Mill,' aimed at machine learning workloads.

        With the introduction of Silicon Photonics, Intel is debuting two new 100G optical transceivers. Sixteen years in the making, the small form-factor design fuses optical components with silicon integrated circuits to provide 100 gigabits per second over a distance of two kilometers. Initial target applications include connectivity for cloud and enterprise datacenters as well as Ethernet switch, router, and client-side telecom interfaces. Microsoft is adopting the technology for its scale-loving Azure datacenters..."

        Laptops most often stolen from most unlikely place
        CIO, August 15th, 2016
        "The rise of mobile has led many CIOs to fret about data loss from lost or stolen devices. A new study suggests IT theft in the office should be a primary concern...

        The rise of mobile in the enterprise has led many CIOs to become concerned about the potential for data loss due to a lost or stolen device - phones, laptops and the like lost in taxis, restaurants and hotel rooms. But a new study has found that CIOs also need to spend more time focusing on the office itself..."

          See the powerful megachips that will clash at Hot Chips (Slideshow)
          ComputerWorld, August 20th, 2016
          "Blazing new chips detailed at Hot Chips next week will quench the need for speed in PCs, servers, mobile devices, and cars

          This year's Hot Chips conference is all about chips that can rake, power efficiency be damned. That's because virtual reality, machine learning, and self-driving cars demand heaps of processing power, not low power consumption. Here are some the fastest chips being detailed at the conference, starting Sunday in Cupertino, California..."

            The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016
            The Wall Street Journal, August 18th, 2016
            "The World Economic Forum recently published its 2016 list of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies that will likely have the greatest impact on the world in the years to come. The list is compiled by the WEF Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, a panel of global experts led by Dr. Bernard Meyerson, IBM Fellow and Chief Innovation Officer..."
            This delicate cube is an omnidirectional octocopter
            CNET, August 15th, 2016
            "If you're frustrated with the limitations of the current generation of quadcopters, a team of researchers at ETZ Zurich, Switzerland has been working on a model that improves on precision maneuverability. Dario Brescianini and Raffaello D'Andrea have developed an eight-rotor aerial vehicle that has six controllable degrees of freedom, rather than the four quadcopters have..."
              Top 5 Reasons to Take an Oracle University Training Course
              By Breanne Cooley
              Breanne provides five solid reasons to invest in Oracle University training:

              • Technology is rapidly changing
              • Oracle Certification helps you stand out
              • With Training On Demand, learn any time, anywhere
              • Learning is good for your brain and overall health
              • Developing new skills promotes job security

              80% of Oracle Certification holders reported a promotion, salary increase or other career improvements.

              IT - Bitcoin
              Blockchain Builder Brings Protocol To CryptoCurrency Initiative
              Information Week, August 17th, 2016
              "Chain, a San Francisco blockchain company, has joined the Initiative for CryptoCurrency & Contracts. With its membership, the firm brings a blockchain protocol to the party.

              It may seem like a still distant prospect, but the possibility that your enterprise IT staff will one day need to implement a blockchain financial system -- for example, Bitcoin -- has come a step closer to reality..."

              Department of Homeland Security Awards Blockchain Tech Development Grants for Identity Management and Privacy Protection
              Bitcoin Magazine, August 18th, 2016
              "In May, Bitcoin Magazine reported that both the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and NATO have requested proposals for the development of military-related apps built on blockchain technology. In particular, DARPA wants to leverage blockchain technology to create a secure messaging service and NATO is interested in applications of blockchain technology to military logistics, procurement and finance, with a catch-all described as 'other applications of interest to the military.' Previously, the U.S. Air Force worked with contractors to develop a Bitcoin payment gateway..."
              Gartner: Blockchain Tech Hits Hype Cycle Peak
              CoinDesk, August 17th, 2016
              "Blockchain has hit the peak of its hype cycle according to Gartner.

              That's the key finding from a new report, issued this week, that asserts the emerging technology is at a stage in its development where users and the public are suffering from 'inflated expectations' about its benefits.

              Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, connected homes and smart robots were other technologies included in this category.

              But if that sounds negative, Gartner's report also projects blockchain will come to be 'transformational' across a variety of industries, and it forecasts that this transition is only between five and 10 years away..."

              Is blockchain revolutionary, or just another infrastructure support technology?
              ZDNet, August 19th, 2016
              "Is blockchain everything it is supposed to be? There has been a great deal of discussion, seen at this blogsite as well, about blockchain's potential as an ultra-distributed and ultra-secure mega global database for transactions large and small. Some visionaries, including Don Tapscott, Alex Tapscott, and our own Dion Hinchcliffe, see blockchain as revolutionary as the Internet itself, wiping away middlemen and brokers, delivering unfettered but highly trusted storage of and access to transactions..."
                Taking blockchain beyond bitcoin
                FCW, August 15th, 2016
                "To the degree that most people think about blockchain technology at all, it's in conjunction with the cryptocurrency bitcoin. But blockchain is also a versatile recordkeeping tool.

                In fact, the central libertarian mechanic of bitcoin - a distributed validation network with no central authority in charge - is not a necessary component of blockchain and might well be scrapped for government uses of the tool..."

                IT - FOSS
                Top 5 open source web servers
      , August 18th, 2016
                "Statistics show us that well over 80% of web applications and websites are powered by open source web servers. In this article, I look at the most popular open source web servers, and briefly review their history, technology, features, and more. I will also provide some tips so you can easily deploy one of the popular web servers yourself.

                According to Wikipedia, a web server is "a computer system that processes requests via HTTP, the basic network protocol used to distribute information on the World Wide Web. The term can refer to the entire system, or specifically to the software that accepts and supervises the HTTP requests." In this article, we address the software which specifically processes web requests from end users..."

                Why Microsoft open sourced PowerShell and ported it to Linux
                CIO, August 18th, 2016
                "Microsoft has open sourced PowerShell, it's automation tool and command line shell. That's not all, PowerShell is also coming to Linux. The alpha release of PowerShell for Linux is available on the GitHub page; you can test it on Ubuntu, Debian and CentOS. The source of PowerShell is also available on GitHub..."
                Getting Started with LibreOffice 5.1
                The Document Foundation, August 16th, 2016
                "Getting Started with LibreOffice 5.1, a new book from the community addresses the demand for updated documentation on the software...

                Volunteers active in LibreOffice Documentation Project within The Document Foundation announce the availability of the Getting Started Guide for LibreOffice 5.1. The book updates the traditional introductory text with the new features provided by the 'still' version of the software, targeted to enterprise deployments and to individual users looking for superior quality and stability.

                Updated by members of the community, the book is an effort to fill the gap in official documentation for LibreOffice..."

                IT - DevOps
                What DevOps Skills are Organizations Looking for?
      , August 16th, 2016
                "DevOps is a cultural, philosophical and organic approach toward automating workflow and getting products to market more efficiently and effectively.

                DevOps engineers are in top demand right now. According to studies by Gartner, 25 percent of top global 2000 organizations will have adopted DevOps as a mainstream strategy by the end of 2016.

                DevOps is both a cultural movement and a philosophy - which can make it difficult to define the specific skill set you need a DevOps team to possess in order to function successfully.

                Of course, an excellent way to show fluency in DevOps is by earning a DevOps Institute certificate - for example, DevOps Foundation.

                That being said, there are some 'mission-critical' DevOps skills that organizations are searching for pretty universally right now..."

                Why Companies Get DevOps and Continuous Delivery Wrong (Slideshow)
                eWeek, August 16th, 2016
                "DevOps confirmed its place in the enterprise as a must-have for the most innovative companies. Many have adapted a continuous approach to software delivery and development as part of a contemporary DevOps practice. Yet there is much more to the experience than just DevOps, and a lot more to a quality framework than relying on tools alone. While many popular technologies, such as Jenkins CI, Ansible, CruiseControl or Bamboo, can improve a continuous integration strategy, the processes should come first and the tools second. Key to changing a company's process is examining the frequency and scale of tests running throughout the development lifecycle..."
                How to Become a DevOps Engineer
                Datamation, August 16th, 2016
                "DevOps is revolutionizing the workplace. Today an ever-increasing number of organizations are implementing DevOps, fueled by reports of the benefits of DevOps, which include faster time to market, reduced costs, increased security, and higher quality products. This enables DevOps teams to deploy code, in some cases, 30 times more frequently, and with 50 percent fewer deployment failures than their competitors. As a result, companies are rushing to hire DevOps engineers. They are having difficulty finding them, however..."
                3 Simple Steps to Rugged DevOps 101
                DevOps, August 18th, 2016
                "As the CEO of WhiteSource, I regularly consult enterprises about building and enforcing their open-source security policies.

                In the course of my consultations, I discuss open-source security protocol with many software companies and enterprises, and I'm often baffled by the fact that many organization aren't boosting their software development performance and speed by bringing their development and operations teams together via DevOps. In fact, only 25 percent of enterprises are currently doing DevOps. I mean, if you were a CTO and someone said you could make your software development 200 times faster and reduce unplanned work/rework by 22 percent, wouldn't you jump at the chance?..."

                Move to DevOps takes some fearlessness
                FCW, August 18th, 2016
                "Imagine a world in which an agency can identify a process problem, such as an inefficient electronic application form, come up with some ideas on how to fix it in hours and have a constantly self-testing solution up and running in days.

                That process would be far speedier than the federal government's traditional months- and years-long development cycle. Achieving that goal means not being overly concerned about traditional processes or even what the inspector general thinks, said Mark Schwartz, CIO at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services..."

                3 Simple Steps to Rugged DevOps 101
      , August 18th, 2016
                "As the CEO of WhiteSource, I regularly consult enterprises about building and enforcing their open-source security policies.

                In the course of my consultations, I discuss open-source security protocol with many software companies and enterprises, and I'm often baffled by the fact that many organization aren't boosting their software development performance and speed by bringing their development and operations teams together via DevOps. In fact, only 25 percent of enterprises are currently doing DevOps. I mean, if you were a CTO and someone said you could make your software development 200 times faster and reduce unplanned work/rework by 22 percent, wouldn't you jump at the chance?..."

                Cloud Computing
                New features in the Oracle Compute Cloud
                By Pat Shuff
                Pat blogs, "Today Oracle updated the Oracle Compute Cloud Service by adding three new features.

                • Integration of the Oracle Marketplace into the Compute Cloud Console to make it easier to deploy custom solutions
                • Expanding the functionality of Backup Services to snapshot Compute Instances and clone them from snapshots
                • Making it easier to import existing virtual machines into the Oracle Cloud and making these images available to the Public and Private Marketplace

                We talked earlier this week on pulling an image from the Oracle Marketplace. Previous to today you had to go to, setup preferences to link your account to your compute account, get an app from the marketplace, and provision the instance through the compute cloud. Today we just need to go into the create instance menu system from the Compute Console and select an image from the Marketplace to provision into a compute instance. This modification reduces the number of steps required to use the Marketplace as well as making it easier to provision preconfigured solutions into a compute instance or set of compute instances..."

                IT - Cloud
                The 7 Attributes of a Comprehensive Cloud Strategy
                ZDNet, August 15th, 2016
                "We believe a pragmatic cloud strategy will work best, based on your own unique landscape and requirements. Working every day with customers and partners in co-innovation, we quickly realized that there is no one-size-fits-all approach..

                There is a lot of hot air involved in cloud discussions - and a lot of foggy principles. I happen to believe that a pragmatic cloud strategy will work best, based on your own unique landscape and requirements. Working every day with customers and partners in co-innovation, we quickly realized that there is no one-size-fits-all approach..."

                  Why Private Clouds Will Suffer a Long, Slow Death
                  CIO, August 15th, 2016
                  "While private cloud proponents have spent the last five years focusing on getting their IaaS offerings working, Amazon, Microsoft and Google have moved way beyond core computing services. And you don't have to strain to hear the death knell sounding for the private cloud..."
                  Shift: public cloud considered more secure than corporate data centers
                  ZDNet, August 16th, 2016
                  "Survey finds majority of IT executives rate security higher in public cloud than in their own data centers, but security is still the greatest concern with cloud.

                  Security has always weighed heavily on executives' minds as the risk of using public cloud services. In surveys I am involved in designing, we find to this day that security is the number-one challenge or showstopper when it comes to moving things to the cloud..."

                  Tips to right-size, not overprovision, public cloud capacity
                  SearchCloudComputing, August 18th, 2016
                  "While enterprises want to be prepared in the cloud, they shouldn't have to pay for unused resources. Use these tips to right-size your cloud instances and avoid over provisioning...

                  While the cloud offers the ability to use the exact amount of resources you need at any time, challenges still exist. For example, overprovisioning and overspending for unused cloud capacity is a common issue that can impact enterprises' bottom line..."

                    Why IT Leaders Love the Public Cloud (Slideshow)
                    CIO Insight, August 17th, 2016
                    'Remember when organizations once feared the public cloud? If only because they were concerned about data security? Well, no longer, as the vast majority of companies have migrated to the public cloud and expect to boost their presence there in the immediate future, according to a recent survey from SADA Systems. As a result, they're increasing their flexibility with respect to infrastructure needs, while saving considerably on equipment, facilities and staffing costs. And when it comes to security, most IT decision-makers now feel that data security in the public cloud is actually better than that within their own data centers..."
                    IT - CxO
                    4 huge BI challenges facing CIOs and IT Leaders
                    SmartDataCollective, August 18th, 2016
                    'Knowledge has become the key economic resource and the dominant, if not the only, source of competitive advantage.' - Peter F. Drucker

                    "I share that quote because it applies perfectly to the current business world. We're in the middle of a data explosion. We have more data from more sources than ever before. Those who can turn this data avalanche into easily accessible knowledge will hold a true competitive advantage. But, if left uncontrolled, this data overload can have the opposite effect..."

                      4 Reasons you Still Refuse to Innovate your Technology
                      Business 2 Community, August 18th, 2016
                      "Making changes in life is pretty difficult, right? We're all so used to our routines that even changing grocery stories can seem a little daunting. After all, you're not sure if they carry the meat you like and the thought of having to memorize a completely new layout is downright scary. But venturing outside your comfort zone has its merits - and usually is what leads to discovering new things and growing personally. Businesses have a good idea of how their technology works. They train their employees on their line of business application and have certain processes that they stick to. Sometimes these processes prevent them from taking their technology to the next level..."
                        7 tips for future CIOs
                        CIO, August 17th, 2016
                        "I caught up with Thomas Lord, CIO of UGI Utilities, after he had just been asked by a CIO forum to deliver a keynote about the evolving role of the CIO. As Lord was already in a reflective mood, I asked him for words of advice for the next generation of CIOs.

                        Here are Lord's seven tips for up-and-coming CIOs..."

                        Data resilience: Why CEOs and CFOs need to understand the CIO agenda
                        ITProPortal, August 20th, 2016
                        "In the PWC 2015 CEO insights, Raymund Chao stated that 'No less than 86 per cent of the CEOs we interviewed said that it was important that they, as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), champion the use of digital technologies to help their organisations get the most out of those technologies.' The survey also disclosed that the same percentage of CEOs believe 'a clear vision of how digital technologies can help achieve competitive advantage is another key to success.'..."
                        4 Signs Your Company Isn't Prepared for a Cybersecurity Threat
                        Information Management, August 15th, 2016
                        "It's clear by now that IT executives take cybersecurity threats seriously, at least in the abstract. The most recent SIM IT Trends Study, which surveys industry IT leaders, found that security is among the main issues keeping them up at night and is one of the biggest investments IT departments are making.

                        But given that security threats now exist far outside the IT department, it's not enough for just IT leaders to take them seriously. Every department needs to be involved in the discussion, and that involvement should start within the C-suite..."

                        vBeers @ Miami - M.I.A Beers
                        Wednesday, August 24th, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                        Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry!

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

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

                        vBeers start at 6PM

                        Wednesday, August 24th @ M.I.A. Beer Company

                        Pleaase register @

                        John Mclaughlin, SFTA

                        vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens - Twisted Trunk
                        Wednesday, September 7th, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                        Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry!

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

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

                        vBeers start at 6PM

                        Wednesday, September 7th @ Twisted Trunk Brewing

                        Pleaase register @

                        John Mclaughlin, SFTA

                        IT - DR
                        Delta Outage Is a Wake-Up Call for IT Execs, CEOs
                        Search CIO, August 17th, 2016
                        "The Delta outage isn't the first DR-related debacle to strike a well-known organization and it won't be the last. Also: Data theft on the rise; Intel the latest to buy AI startup.

                        Delta's problems started with a small fire and a power outage. The fire was extinguished quickly, but by then it had sparked a chain reaction that led to more than 2,000 cancelled flights, millions of dollars lost, a tarnished reputation and a lot of questions for IT professionals..."

                        Disaster Recovery Planning: Are You Prepared?
                        Network Computing, August 18th, 2016
                        Peter Welcher offers advice on what to consider when developing a DR strategy.

                        "Disaster recovery is one of those important things that seldom seems to get the attention it deserves. My experience is that most large organizations, and some smaller organizations, have disaster recovery plans that at least get partial testing.

                        But then, there are small to medium-sized organizations that are storing backups in some form offsite, but have not yet gotten around to having a DR site, for financial or other reasons. The NetCraftsmen team recently rallied around to support a customer that got lucky in that regard (transformer blew, water and smoke damage)..."

                        IT - PM
                        4 keys to getting funding for your IT project
                        ComputerWorld, August 16th, 2016
                        "A compelling case can work even outside of the annual budgeting process. In most enterprises, there's always money somewhere...

                        Many IT leaders complain constantly that they can't satisfy their users because their budget doesn't provide enough money for new services. Meanwhile, many unsatisfied users complain that IT should not be given more money until new services are delivered. It's a vicious circle..."

                          How cognitive computing will change project management
                          CIO, August 16th, 2016
                          "Cognitive computing is rapidly making inroads into the professional services workspace. The emerging technology will have a lasting impact on all jobs across all industries, with health care, finance and legal as early adopters. As much as it changes current jobs, it will also create new jobs..."
                          The Risky Side of Project Management
                          CIO, August 15th, 2016
                          "A significant part of successfully navigating projects is how effectively you manage risk, but how much of the risk should fall on the shoulders of the project manager, and what can you do to sufficiently mitigate those risks?

                          Risks are dependant on a multitude of things and serve as triggers. These dependencies help to identify and measure the impact of the risks; here are just a few of these dependencies.

                          • Product and service offerings
                          • Client, vendor, sponsor and project team expectations
                          • Location
                          • Industry norms
                          • Buy-in levels
                          • Cultural differences

                          Once the dependencies can be determined, it becomes much clearer which of the following risks are likely..."

                            Introduction to Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service - Webcast August 23rd 2016
                            By Juergen Kress
                            Juergen blogs, "Please join the Oracle Product Management team in an introduction to version 16.3.3 of the Oracle Internet Cloud Service. This webcast will provide an overview of the exciting new features available in this release.

                            It will feature a demo of the new, readily-deployable Asset Monitoring application for rapid integration of IoT device data into asset monitoring workflows.

                            Schedule: Aug 23, 2016 18-19:00 CET (Berlin time)..."

                            IT - Networks
                            The Basics of QoS
                            NetworkComputing, August 15th, 2016
                            "Based on your feedback requesting what topics you'd like to see addressed in this blog, this is the first in a series of entries addressing Cisco's Quality of Service (QoS) course, and the corresponding exam. In this posting, let's identify the major topic areas on the QoS course and exam..."
                            Review: 6 slick open source routers
                            Network World, August 16th, 2016
                            "DD-WRT, Tomato, OpenWrt, OPNsense, pfSense, and VyOS suit a wide range of devices and networking needs...

                            Hackers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but the lousy stock firmware your routers shipped with.

                            Apart from smartphones, routers and wireless base stations are undoubtedly the most widely hacked and user-modded consumer devices. In many cases the benefits are major and concrete: a broader palette of features, better routing functions, tighter security, and the ability to configure details not normally allowed by the stock firmware (such as antenna output power)..."

                            IT - IoT
                            12 Tips for Implementing IoT Security (Slideshow)
                            CIO Insight, August 15th, 2016
                            "The internet of things (IoT) is everywhere. It's in our homes, cars, offices and most commonly around our wrists. It's changing the way factories are run, how health care is delivered and how cities operate. With an estimated 5.5 million new "things" connected each day, and an expected 6.4 billion in circulation by the end of 2016, according to Gartner research, the IoT will increasingly become part of our lives. But with the IoT's proliferation comes great responsibility..."
                            4 fundamental practices in IoT software development
                            Information Age, August 16th, 2016
                            "Businesses face product quality, security and reliability obstacles when investing in the Internet of Things

                            Technology leaders who work for a public company without an Internet of Things (IoT) strategy today can wave goodbye to their share price on its way down.

                            IoT is no longer a nascent dream. By 2020, IDC predicts there will be 30 billion connected 'things' and a revenue opportunity of $1.7 trillion for the ecosystem..."

                            7 cool internet of things companies to watch
                            Network World, August 17th, 2016
                            "IoT development tools, security products and remote asset management services among hot areas for investment

                            Industry watcher CB Insights earlier this month showed that venture capital funding of internet of things companies is actually on the decline after years of growth. But we've still seen enough fresh funding in the months since we rounded up 10 Internet of Things companies to watch back in April, to justify doing this follow-up with 7 additional firms, most of them startups..."

                            Internet of Things Requires Operational Intelligence
                            SmartDataCollective, August 19th, 2016
                            "The emerging Internet of Things (IoT) is an extension of digital connectivity to devices and sensors in homes, businesses, vehicles and potentially almost anywhere. This innovation means that virtually any device can generate and transmit data about its operations - data to which analytics can be applied to facilitate monitoring and a range of automatic functions. To do these tasks IoT requires what Ventana Research calls operational intelligence (OI), a discipline that has evolved from the capture and analysis of instrumentation, networking and machine-to-machine interactions of many types..."
                            IT - Linux
                            Beyond Linux: 7 Open-Source Projects the Linux Foundation Is Leading (Slideshow)
                            eWeek, August 19th, 2016
                            "The Linux Foundation got its start in 2007 as a home for the development of Linux and its creator Linus Torvalds. In the last decade, the mission of the foundation has expanded beyond the confines of the Linux kernel. Although the Linux kernel still remains central, the foundation's model of enabling open, collaborative software development has proven valuable to multiple groups. That's where the Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects effort comes in, enabling groups of developers to bring software projects under the Linux Foundation umbrella..."
                            How to Send and Receive Encrypted Data with GnuPG
                  , August 12th, 2016
                            "The day has come where the security of your data -be it on a server, a work desktop, or your personal machine - is one of the single most important issues you can take on. Whether you're hoping to secure company information or private email to clients, friends, and/or loved ones, you need to understand how to ensure your data cannot easily be read by the wrong people.

                            That's where GNU Privacy Guard comes into play. GNU Privacy Guard (also called GPG or GnuPG) is an implementation of the OpenGP standard that allows you to encrypt/decrypt and sign data communications. It is one of the single most important tools you can use for secure communications on the Linux desktop..."

                            The 7 Best Linux Distros for Business
                            Datamation, August 15th, 2016
                            "Selecting the best Linux distro for business isn't easy. With over three hundred active Linux distributions, choosing one for your business can take some serious time.

                            Admittedly, you don't have to try all the Linux distro. A few distros, like deepin and elementary, are obviously aimed at desktop users. Probably, too, you won't want Ubuntu Studio, with its emphasis on creativity, or DebianEdu, which is obviously intended for the class room. Yet even if you eliminate the distros that are a personal hobby or most of the dozens derived from Debian or Ubuntu, the choices are still overwhelming.

                            Instead, you probably need to begin with the question: What business task do you plan to use your choice of distros for?..."

                            IT - Operations
                            Data center monitoring tools and tips to keep IT in the know
                            SearchDataCenter, August 16th, 2016
                            "It's important to monitor your data center to ensure the highest security, performance and scalability. Learn how to make the process as efficient as possible with these five tips.

                            Data center administrators have a long to-do list when it comes to infrastructure monitoring. From server and equipment monitoring -- and in some cases, mainframe monitoring -- it's a practice that's often difficult to juggle, especially if you work in a large data center. But monitoring is an essential task. By obtaining the data you need, you can increase security and scalability, efficiently automate and better align resources with capacity needs.

                            Here are five tips to bring you up to speed on different data center monitoring tools and strategies..."

                            How DCIM can help with data center optimization goals
                            GCN, August 19th, 2016
                            "On Aug. 1, 2016, Federal CIO Tony Scott announced the long-anticipated Data Center Optimization Initiative. There are three main goals of the DCOI:

                            • Data center optimization
                            • Cost savings and avoidance
                            • Closing data centers

                            DCOI requires federal agencies to develop and report on data center strategies to consolidate inefficient infrastructures, optimize existing facilities, achieve cost savings and transition to more efficient infrastructures, such as cloud services, virtualization and interagency shared services..."

                            The True Meaning Of Availability
                            Data Center Journal, August 17th, 2016
                            "High availability is the ultimate goal of all cloud-service providers (CSPs). It's a testament to their reliability and standard of service, providing a measurement of their ability to remain continuously operational. But in their quest to attain the highest number of 'nines' in their service-level agreements, players in the cloud industry may have been neglecting the true meaning of availability all this time.

                            The cloud storage industry has traditionally approached availability from the inside out - it measures downtime according to how long the infrastructure stays running. But given how we have trouble at home keeping even our lights on constantly, external factors that are out of our control may pose even greater problems..."

                            IT - Security
                            Five Tips to Help Execute an Employee Training Program
                            HelpNet Security, August 18th, 2016
                            "One of the best ways to reduce the risk of data breaches is employee training. This is particularly important during the fall 'back to business' season when many employees are returning to the office after a well-deserved summer break, according to Shred-it.

                            According to a new survey conducted by Ipsos, US companies are not prioritizing employee training in their fight against fraud and data breaches..."

                              Five Ways to Prevent A Ransomware Infection Through Network Security
                              Search Security, August 15th, 2016
                              "Stronger network security could be the key to preventing a ransomware infection. Expert Kevin Beaver has five ways organizations can improve their networks to stop this threat...

                              Ransomware attacks are not only becoming more common, they're becoming more creative. This advanced malware that once targeted users directly is now being deployed via remote exploits of unsecured web servers running WordPress and, now, JBoss. According to Cisco's Talos threat intelligence organization, a new type of ransomware called SamSam is targeting enterprises running vulnerable versions of JBoss..."

                              Forget Two-Factor Authentication, Here comes Context-Aware Authentication
                              ComputerWorld, August 15th, 2016
                              "The stakes are high and cloud vendors know it. Is context-aware authentication the next safety net?

                              Remember the good old days, when logging into your favorite web service (Geocities, anyone?) was a simple as entering a username and password? Back then, things were simpler and safer.

                              Today, the ante has well and truly been upped, and service providers, not to mention users, are in a perpetual battle to keep data safe..."

                                Why a security team embraces shadow IT
                                CIO, August 18th, 2016
                                "A group within Western Union information security team relies on cloud software, including content management, social collaboration and single sign-on tools to let employees to get their work done while protecting corporate data...

                                When you hear the phrase "getting ahead of shadow IT," it typically comes from a CIO who is implementing new technologies so that employs won't take it upon themselves to purchase tools. But you don't expect such proactive practices from an enterprise's information security team, which a CIO often enlists to place a moat around corporate assets..."

                                Why Doesn't My Cybersecurity Insurance Cover that? (Slideshow)
                                CSO Online, August 16th, 2016
                                "There is still no standard approach on which the insurance industry underwrites cyber liability coverage. Find out some answers from an industry expert.

                                Cybersecurity insurance is designed to alleviate losses from various cyber incidents, including data breaches, damage to networks, and any interruptions to business operations. But while billion-dollar companies are all in desperate need of cybersecurity insurance and can afford to spend millions without thinking twice, cybersecurity insurance only transfers some of the risk of a breach to the insurer. It does not cover lost data, reputation damage or lost business..."

                                  Your Next 10 Security Pain Points
                                  Network World, August 15th, 2016
                                  "Security issues that companies need to pay attention to include container technology, data loss prevention, regulatory compliance and skills development...

                                  Going to security conferences always stimulates my imagination. It makes me think outside of the box and remove the cruff that develops when I sit inside my lab too long - staring at vCenter monitors, 10 open bash sessions, security consoles, and emails from colleagues swallowing Xanax...."

                                  The state of security? No one cares about a breach
                                  Help Net Security, August 19th, 2016
                                  "In an election year, everyone asks the question about whether or not you are better off than you were four years ago. There are many ways to answer such a question, and various people make arguments from various angles and data points.

                                  Now, more than half way through the year, hardly anyone could claim that the data breach crisis has improved. Even of the number of reported breaches declines to some degree or the total number of records lost to an attacker is somewhat smaller, the specter of loss remains formidable, according to LightCyber..."

                                    IT - Careers
                                    Ask Yourself These Five Questions before Making any Major Decisions
                                    Fast Company, August 15th, 2016
                                    "Everyone hits a crossroad from time to time. We get stuck in a state of indecision on a problem that seems to have no correct answer, and at times, it can be maddening.

                                    The most important decisions, whether in work or in life, never really seem to fall in the black or white. They linger in the gray, where they can remain for a dangerously long time. The journalist Hunter S. Thompson once wrote, "A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance."

                                    Instead of letting circumstance make your next vital decision, Joseph L. Badaracco, the John Shad professor of business ethics at Harvard Business School, believes that the answer will reveal itself after answering five important questions..."

                                      8 Cyber-Security Certifications to Boost Your IT Career (Slideshow)
                                      InformationWeek, August 14th, 2016
                                      "Businesses are scrambling to hire IT professionals with knowledge and experience in cyber-security. A shortage of skilled cyber-security practitioners is leaving organizations across all industries vulnerable to attack.

                                      The risk is severe. Research firm Vanson Bourne was commissioned by Intel Security to survey IT decision-makers in the US, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Mexico, and Israel. Most of the survey's 775 respondents report a shortage of cyber-security talent; one in three said this makes them key targets for hackers..."

                                      5 Steps That Can Shorten The IT Hiring Process
                                      InformationWeek, August 16th, 2016
                                      "IT hiring managers who take too long to extend a job offer may suffer from the snooze-you-lose syndrome -- specifically losing a candidate's interest within a week of the interview if an offer is not made, according to survey results. However, there are five practical steps IT managers can follow to streamline the process..."
                                        How to Answer a Hiring Manager's Inappropriate (or Illegal) Questions
                                        Fast Company, August 15th, 2016
                                        "The questions interviewers aren't allowed to ask are pretty clear-cut, but how to respond when you're asked them anyway isn't...

                                        Are you married? Planning to have kids? When did you start your career? Where are you from originally? Do you celebrate any specific religious holidays?

                                        Make no mistake: These questions are illegal to ask job candidates. But that doesn't prevent job seekers from being asked them now and then. Your response depends on how offensive you find them and how much you still want the job after fielding intrusive queries from the person who may become your manager..."

                                          Train Like an Olympian for Your Next Job Interview (Slideshow)
                                          CIO, August 15th, 2016
                                          "Trying to land a new job? Take a cue from Olympic athletes: Apply some hard work, preparation and dedication and you're sure to land that dream role...

                                          Landing a new job is a marathon, not a sprint, so it makes sense to prepare for interviews like an athlete would -- deliberately, methodically and with lots of preparation..."

                                            IT - Virtualization
                                            Everything you need to know about creating a virtual container
                                            SearchCloudApplications, August 18th, 2016
                                            "It's tempting think of containers as just another type of VM, but that's not accurate. Expert Mark Betz offers a look at what's easy and tricky about containers in the cloud.

                                            Software may be "eating the world," but containers are eating the world of software. Containerization is a radical shift that brings dramatic improvements to how your enterprise software is deployed and managed. Those improvements stem directly from the main promise that a virtual container makes: An image built to run your application will capture all the necessary software dependencies and just work every time it is deployed to a compatible host system..."

                                            The challenge of encrypting virtual machines
                                            ITProPortal, August 20th, 2016
                                            "Virtual Machines have been mainstream for some time, and many IT managers think they have good management processes in place; they know where their machines are, their status, and the function they are performing. But is that enough?

                                            Whilst virtual machines (VMs) allow an IT infrastructure to be extremely agile in Private, Public and/or Hybrid Cloud environments, they also create opportunities for weak points, where data can be compromised..."

                                            IT - Email
                                            Mulling cloud email services? Ask two questions first
                                            Search CIO, August 18th, 2016
                                            "Before moving productivity software to the cloud, think about what you might lose -- and what you might gain, says Gartner's Guy Creese.

                                            CIOs considering a move from on-premises email and other productivity software, like word processing and messaging, to cloud email services, such as Microsoft Office 365 or Google Apps for Work, would do well to ask themselves two questions, said Guy Creese, an analyst at market research outfit Gartner. First, what features will you lose with a move to the cloud?..."

                                            Thunderbird Email: In-Depth
                                            Datamation, August 15th, 2016
                                            "The Thunderbird email client is a true standard. Over the years, there have been countless email clients for various operating systems. None has come close to making the impact on the open source community of Mozilla's Thunderbird. In this article, I'll dive deep into what makes Thunderbird email relevant in 2016..."
                                            IT - Database
                                            Not All DBaaS Are Created Equal
                                            insideBIGDATA, August 17th, 2016
                                            "Like every other cloud category that shares the as-a-service moniker, DBaaS (Database as a Service) is poised to become the new normal. In fact, if you rely on mobile and Internet apps to get the latest sports news, live stream video, book last-minute hotel stays, make purchases, or any number of other online activities, then you've already had first-hand experience accessing data stored in public cloud databases..."
                                              IT - Big Data
                                              Big Data and business strategy
                                              ITProPortal, August 20th, 2016
                                              "We live in the age of big data, where every company, big or small, has some part to play in the space. However, despite the potential big data has to transform businesses and the way they operate, that potential is being left largely unfulfilled due to a lack of knowledge of how to integrate and understand it.

                                              This isn't an area that should be thought of on a project by project basis or something that should be left to the CIO to deal with. Big data is fundamentally a business issue, something that can create opportunities for enterprises to target untapped markets, reduce operational costs and improve communications strategies. Business leaders must see it as an enabler to take their company to the next level, rather than a hindrance..."

                                              Big Data and the Evolution of Supply Chain Planning
                                              SmartDataCollective, August 17th, 2016
                                              "When you buy a new piece of furniture, the typical expectation is that delivery will happen in a timely fashion. It's understood that custom-ordered furniture might take more time to arrive, but a standard piece picked out in the store? That shouldn't be a hassle.

                                              What if you picked out a piece of furniture in the store or on a website and were told that delivery wouldn't take place for six or even eight months? That's precisely what happened to some Restoration Hardware customers recently, and the issue boiled down to poor supply chain planning..."

                                                Data to Action: How to Provide More Than Just Pipeline Analytics
                                                Business 2 Community, August 18th, 2016
                                                "I don't know about you, but I'm inundated with data. Data from my thermostat, from my bank account, from my kids' pediatrician; the nutrition label on the bag of animal crackers I just ate (thanks to said kids), my electric car, I even get data on how much data I use from my internet service provider.

                                                I get so much data in a given day that I can end up overwhelmed. And really - I'm not sure about you - but I only like metrics I can act on. What does it mean that my son lands in the 85% for head size? And how many leaves earned on my thermostat equals more money in my bank account? What do I do with this data - and how does it determine the decisions I'm making for the future?..."

                                                  IT - BYOD
                                                  9 reasons your next PC should be a Chromebook (Slideshow)
                                                  CIO, August 18th, 2016
                                                  "It's back-to-school time, and for many of you that means running out to buy a new PC. Here's why you should save yourself some money and buy a Chromebook instead of a Macbook or Windows PC.

                                                  And if you can wait until the winter holidays to make your purchase, so much the better as Google Play support is coming to more Chromebooks, and that means millions of Android apps will be at your disposal..."

                                                  Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                  Vol 222 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 221 Issues 1, 2, 3, and 4 ; Vol 220 Issue 4, 5
                                                  We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                                  • Advanced System Administrators: Learn How to Configure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with Hands-On Training
                                                  • ORACLE OPENWORLD - Keynotes and General Sessions
                                                  • MySQL Failover, Enhanced MySQL Utilities
                                                  • Inside Java Magazine - July/August 2016 Edition
                                                  • JVM Language Summit Highlights
                                                  • Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service 16.3.3 Release Announcement
                                                  • Most Unique Feature of NetBeans IDE!
                                                  • With Cloud, Irving Materials Inc.'s Financial Reporting No Longer Set In Concrete
                                                  • Community Reception Oracle OpenWorld 2016 September 20th San Francisco
                                                  • HCL Predictive Maintenance Solution based on IoT Cloud Service

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

                                                    IT - Encryption
                                                    Let's Encrypt: Why create a free, automated, and open CA?
                                          , August 16th, 2016
                                                    "During the summer of 2012, Eric Rescorla and I decided to start a Certificate Authority (CA). A CA acts as a third-party to issue digital certificates, which certify public keys for certificate holders. The free, automated, and open CA we envisioned, which came to be called Let's Encrypt, has been built and is now one of the larger CAs in the world in terms of issuance volume.

                                                    Starting a new CA is a lot of work - it's not a decision to be made lightly. In this article, I'll explain why we decided to start Let's Encrypt, and why we decided to build a new CA from scratch..."

                                                      PGP security weakness exposed
                                                      ZDNet, August 17th, 2016
                                                      "If you're still using 32-bit PGP keys, you only think you have security. But you really don't. It would take a cracker about four seconds to forge your PGP signature...

                                                      If someone signs and encrypts their code or email with their PGP digital signature, you could, in theory, be sure they are who they say they are and their words or code are indeed their words or code. If they use a short (32-bit or smaller) key, they have no real security. In that case, a hacker can now easily forge a fake PGP signature. And that's exactly what happened to Linus Torvalds, Greg Kroah-Hartman, and other leading Linux kernel developers..."

                                                      Pro Tips for an Effective Encryption Strategy
                                                      Business 2 Community, August 17th, 2016
                                                      "In our Introduction to Encryption article, we laid out the basics of how encryption works to help protect your sensitive information from hackers. Encryption also provides better privacy and comfort for both you and users of your site or service, making it less likely for hackers to be able to snoop or steal their information.

                                                      More and more businesses are enlisting encryption experts to help them implement plans to encrypt data, internet connections, websites, and email - but is it the right strategy for you? Read on to learn more about encryption, when and where you should use it, and some things to consider when crafting your own encryption strategy..."

                                                      IT - Server
                                                      Serverless Computing: The Smart Person's Guide
                                                      TechRepublic, August 15th, 2016
                                                      "This comprehensive guide covers what serverless computing is and how it could reduce the complexity and cost of your cloud infrastructure...

                                                      The world's major cloud providers are rushing to offer serverless computing services. Here's everything you need to know about what it means to go serverless and how it could benefit your business..."

                                                      Agile and DevOps Development
                                                      By Yolande Poirier
                                                      Yolande blogs, "How can you improve your Java development with Cloud based agile and DevOps platform? Which tools will help with your deployment?

                                                      In this OTN Summit replay, Shay Schmeltzer, Director of Product Management at Oracle reviews best practices and platforms used by Oracle to improve development processes when creating Java applications and products. He discusses how the cloud can help you manage and execute and agile development process and streamline your DevOps activities resulting in better applications delivered faster.

                                                      He also shows a great demo of the Oracle developer cloud service interfaces, including sharing code with GitHub, creating build files, team collaboration tools and more..."

                                                      Integrating Oracle Fusion Middleware MapViewer with Oracle JET
                                                      By Geertjan Wielenga
                                                      Geertjan blogs, "There are many map components in the world out there-and I have documented how to integrate several of them in an Oracle JET application, e.g., 3DCityDB, Mapbox, Leaflet, and LuciadRIA, as well as Oracle JET's ojThematicMap component.

                                                      However, Oracle has its own map component, as described in detail below, which includes the Oracle Maps Javascript library:..."

                                                      IT - Java
                                                      Java EE 8 set to slip, while Java SE could move up
                                                      Javaworld, August 18th, 2016
                                                      "To no one's surprise, troubled Java Enterprise Edition (EE) 8 is likely to miss its target release date of the first half of next year, minutes of a recent Java Community Process (JCP) meeting reveal. But on the bright side, editions of Java Standard Edition (SE) might now happen every year as opposed to every three years or so.

                                                      During the Aug. 9 meeting, held via teleconference, Oracle's Anil Gaur, group vice president responsible for Java EE, said the planned release date for EE will change, but he did not yet have the details. Further information is expected to come at next month's JavaOne conference in San Francisco..."

                                                      IT - HPC
                                                      Trinity Supercomputer Wiring Reconfiguration Saves Millions
                                                      insideHPC, August 15th, 2016
                                                      Rich Brueckner blogs in insideHPC, "LANL reports that a moment of inspiration during a wiring diagram review has saved more than $2 million in material and labor costs for the Trinity supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

                                                      The Laboratory's High Performance Computing facilities team, led by Data Center Manager Ron Velarde of HPC-Design (HPC-DES). discovered the potential to re-engineer Cray's initial wiring diagram for the power feed to Trinity's computing racks. As a result, the facilities team was able to perform a redesign, approved by Cray and the Laboratory, that ultimately saved the Lab an estimated $2.6 M in material and labor costs. Sandia National Laboratories adopted this redesign for their Trinity-like systems and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is considering it as well..."

                                                      My five favourite NetBeans features
                                                      "Continuing a series of articles focusing on NetBeans users and their five favorite NetBeans IDE features, here's the next part, by Damir Demirovi&#263;...."

                                                      "My name is Damir (@object_brain). Friends call me Dax. I am a developer from Serbia, working at Micro Business d.o.o. We are focused on developing business solutions software strictly in Java and our main product is named BusinessWare. Our mission is developing cross-platform independent business software in order to support our clients. Until recently, we've been developing a Java Swing application, though we're about to start developing a web solution to increase availability. Therefore, recently, we started developing a Java EE application using Vaadin..."

                                                      Nexenta News
                                                      Systems Integrator NetNordic Selects Nexenta Software-Defined Storage Solutions
                                                      to Build Centralised Storage Repository
                                                      Nexenta announced that NetNordic, an independent systems integrator, specialising in networking solutions and cloud-based services, has chosen NexentaStor to create a centralised storage repository for the company and its customer base.

                                                      Founded in 2001, NetNordic is comprised of two main departments - Network Solutions and Enterprise Communications. Between these business entities, the company boasts more than 80 operators and 300 enterprise and government customers throughout Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

                                                      Cisco News
                                                      Cisco Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Earnings
                                                      Cisco, August 17th, 2016
                                                      Cisco reported fourth quarter and fiscal year results for the period ended July 30, 2016. Cisco reported fourth quarter revenue of $12.6 billion, net income on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis of $2.8 billion or $0.56 per share, and non-GAAP net income of $3.2 billion or $0.63 per share.

                                                      "We had another strong quarter, wrapping up a great year. I am particularly pleased with our performance in priority areas including security, data center switching, collaboration, services as well as our overall performance, with revenues up 2% in Q4 excluding the SP Video CPE business," said Chuck Robbins, CEO of Cisco.

                                                      Cisco gives Skype for Business a seat at the conference table
                                                      Cisco, August 15th, 2016
                                                      Cisco is on a mission to make collaboration simple, magical and open. We want to make connecting with others painless so you can get on with the task at hand and get great work done.

                                                      We take a huge leap forward as we announce Cisco Meeting Server. It makes it simple to connect people in Cisco video rooms with others who are using Skype for Business. In fact, with this technology, everyone can join - regardless of whether they are using Polycom or Avaya gear, a mobile client or a WebRTC-enabled browser. It's as simple as clicking a link.

                                                      Dell News
                                                      Dell State of IT Trends 2016 Study Reveals Alarming Reliance on Legacy Technology in Government
                                                      Dell, August 16th, 2016
                                                      Dell unveiled the results of its new State of IT Trends 2016 study focused on the federal market, which reveal the federal government's overwhelming dependence on legacy IT. A little more than 70 percent of federal IT decision makers surveyed said their agency runs important applications on outdated IT systems. In addition, more than half of those surveyed in total reported that their agency runs computer operating systems that have exceeded their official end-of-life.

                                                      Reliance on legacy IT has potentially damaging consequences for agencies. Aging systems are expensive to maintain and they put critical data at risk, leaving limited funds and time to devote to IT modernization and digital transformation. These challenges were reflected by federal IT decision makers in the survey. Cybersecurity was the most frequently referenced concern associated with legacy IT, cited by 42 percent of respondents, followed by the cost of system support.

                                                      IBM News
                                                      Workday, IBM Form Strategic Partnership on the IBM Cloud
                                                      IBM Cloud selected as primary platform for Workday's development and testing globally
                                                      IBM announced Workday (NYSE: WDAY), a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, has adopted the IBM Cloud as part of a multi-year strategic partnership. IBM Cloud will become the foundation for Workday's development and testing environment providing Workday with greater efficiency, flexibility, and global scale.

                                                      As IBM Cloud becomes the primary platform for Workday's development and testing, Workday will continue accelerating the pace of innovation for its applications and services. IBM Cloud will also provide important capacity expansion in support of Workday's growing development and testing requirements...

                                                      Fujitsu News
                                                      Fujitsu Launches Solution to Detect Sewer-System Flooding due to Torrential Rain
                                                      Thermoelectric converter unit turns natural energy into electricity, streamlining operations
                                                      Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Kyushu Network Technologies Limited announced the start of sales in Japan of their Sewer System Flood Detection Solution, aimed at reducing the damage from torrential rain and flash floods.

                                                      This solution uses a sensor attached within a sewer manhole to collect water-level data, and wireless communications that transmit this data to the cloud every five minutes. The sensor is powered by a thermoelectric converter that turns energy from temperature differentials into electricity. The converter, developed by Fujitsu Kyushu Network Technologies, extends the time between battery replacement from 10 months with the sensor being powered by batteries alone, to five years. This means that in addition to making it possible to achieve dramatic operating efficiencies, deployment costs are also kept in check as power supply installation is unnecessary.

                                                      Red Hat News
                                                      Friday Five - August 19th, 2016
                                                      Red Hat, August 19th, 2016
                                                      The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.

                                                      • CBR - Containers debunked: DevOps, security and why containers will not replace virtual machines
                                                      • The New Stack - Red Hat JBoss Data Grid is Not Just for Caching Java Objects Anymore
                                                      • Management Today - 4 leadership tips from a $13bn tech CEO: Red Hat boss Jim Whitehurst on how today's managers must be more inclusive
                                                      • Red Hat Blog - Modernizing virtualization to save time and money
                                                      • Healthesystems modernizes business process and rules management

                                                      Read on for details.

                                                      Global Travel Technology Leader Amadeus Wins 2016 Red Hat Innovator of the Year Award
                                                      Amadeus Cloud Services, built on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, delivers scalable platform to help meet demands from growing data transaction volume
                                                      Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Amadeus, a leading provider of technology solutions for the global travel industry, won the 2016 Red Hat Innovator of the Year award. They were selected as the 2016 Red Hat Innovator of the Year out of six finalists and category winners for the 2016 Red Hat Innovation Awards after a public vote.

                                                      Amadeus was recognized for its innovative use of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform as part of a new cloud services platform to help companies meet the increasingly complex demands of travelers. Amadeus has reported they process more than 30,000 end-user transactions per second during peak operations. Finding their data transaction demands increasing, many Amadeus customers wanted a travel application that could run on-site locally or be accessed through public, private, or hybrid cloud platforms.

                                                      Level3 News
                                                      Level 3 Transmits Caracol Television's Live Feed Of Major Latin American Soccer Tournament
                                                      Level 3 Vyvx Solutions Delivered the Tournament from the United States to Viewers in Colombia
                                                      Caracol Television, one of Colombia's main television networks, once again used Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) broadcast-based Vyvx Solutions to distribute the international feed of an annual Latin American soccer tournament, 3 to 26 June, from different U.S. soccer stadiums to Caracol Television's studios in Bogota, Colombia.
                                                        EMC News
                                                        EMC Shareholders Vote Strongly In Favor Of Merger With Dell
                                                        EMC, August 19th, 2016
                                                        EMC Corporation announced that, based on a preliminary vote tally from the Special Meeting of Shareholders held earlier today, EMC shareholders approved the merger agreement among Denali Holding Inc., Dell Inc., Universal Acquisition Co., and EMC, and approved the other two proposals described in EMC's proxy statement relating to today's meeting.

                                                        Approximately 98% of voting EMC shareholders cast their votes in favor of the merger, representing approximately 74% of EMC's outstanding common stock as of the record date for the special shareholder meeting. The final results will be available on a Current Report on Form 8-K, to be filed later this week by the company.

                                                        The transaction is expected to close on the original terms and within the originally announced timeframe, subject to regulatory approval from China and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

                                                        EMC Reports Second-Quarter 2016 Financial Results
                                                        EMC, August 18th, 2016
                                                        EMC Corporation reported second-quarter 2016 financial results. Second-quarter consolidated revenue was $6 billion. GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share was $0.29 in the second quarter, up 16% year over year. Non-GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share in the second quarter was $0.45, up 5% year over year.

                                                        EMC generated $1.6 billion in operating cash flow and $1.34 billion in free cash flow in the second quarter, and ended the quarter with $16.1 billion in cash and investments.

                                                        Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman and CEO, said, 'We had a strong second quarter and are well positioned as we look forward to combining with Dell to establish the world's largest privately-controlled, integrated technology company. We expect the transaction to happen under the original terms and within the originally announced timeframe, following the result of tomorrow's Special Meeting of Shareholders, regulatory approval from China and completion of customary closing conditions.'

                                                        HP News
                                                        Hewlett Packard Enterprise Brings High-End Capabilities to Entry Storage
                                                        New flash and software-defined storage breakthroughs eliminate compromise and technology dead-ends for SMBs
                                                        Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced new shared storage solutions that help small and midsized businesses (SMBs) modernize their IT with hybrid flash and software-defined storage platforms that bring enterprise capabilities to sub-$10K price points.

                                                        For years, SMB customers have been forced to subjugate business requirements due to the cost and complexity of enterprise storage. While others have deployed flash for app acceleration, leveraged software-defined storage for cost savings, and are exploring hyper-convergence to accelerate time-to-value, smaller customers and others with entry budgets have been priced out of these game-changing technologies.

                                                        Modern Storage Solutions That SMBs Can Afford
                                                        By Brad Parks, Director, Go-To-Market Strategy and Enablement, Storage, HPE
                                                        Brad writes, "When it comes to the newer, more powerful and cost-efficient storage technologies, many small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) have been on the outside looking in.

                                                        While large enterprises have deployed flash storage for mainstream application performance, software-defined storage for cost savings and hyper-convergence to accelerate time-to-value, smaller organizations are often getting by with older and less capable storage platforms. This compromise becomes even more problematic when you contrast the need for companies to fully utilize these investments for many years against the rapid rate of change in today's business environment..."

                                                        Composable infrastructure - the next step towards the software defined data centre?
                                                        Computerworld UK speaks to David Chalmers, HPE's vice president and chief technologist, EG EMEA
                                                        Matthew Finnegan writes in ComputerWorld, "The idea behind composable systems is that hardware components - compute, storage and networking - are managed entirely via software commands. Pools of resources are created and assigned automatically to meet the demands of individual applications in near real-time.

                                                        This contrasts with the siloed approach of traditional IT architectures..."

                                                        Comcast News
                                                        Comcast To Deliver Gigabit Internet Service Over Its Existing Network Infrastructure
                                                        Comcast, August 17th, 2016
                                                        Comcast launched the Chicago area trial of a new Internet service today that delivers speeds up to 1 Gigabit-per second (Gbps) to customers. The service will use DOCSIS 3.1 technology to deliver these speeds over the company's existing network infrastructure.

                                                        The consumer introduction of DOCSIS 3.1 marks a major step forward in the evolution of ultra-high-speed broadband. In February 2016, Comcast unveiled plans to offer the service in Atlanta and Nashville in the first half of the year, with Chicago, Detroit and Miami to follow in the second half.

                                                        NRG Stadium Fans Score Big with Free Wi-Fi from Comcast
                                                        Comcast, August 17th, 2016
                                                        Comcast Business has been named the Wi-Fi vendor of choice for NRG Stadium, home to the Houston Texans, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Super Bowl LI. With a seating capacity of over 72,000 seats, the multi-purpose stadium hosts a number of key events throughout the year in addition to football games, including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, international soccer matches, and concerts.
                                                        Windstream News
                                                        Windstream expands metro fiber network in Chicago
                                                        Expansion is part of Windstream's multi-city campaign to connect even more data centers and 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 Chicago 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 to Windstream's high-speed, highly available nationwide fiber network.

                                                        'We are excited to expand our network here in Chicago. It creates new levels of connectivity and network reliability, allowing us to offer an expanded product suite and unique last mile diversity solutions with the combination of fiber and fixed wireless,' said Chris Nein, regional president of enterprise sales for Windstream's west region. 'Our expansion plans are a direct reflection of how important the Chicago business community is to our company. We have already started to connect local customers directly to our expanded fiber network, and are ready to continue to grow it rapidly.'

                                                        F5 News
                                                        F5 Networks Appoints Rob Malkin as Managing Director, Sales, of Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ)
                                                        F5, August 15th, 2016
                                                        F5 Networks announced the appointment of Rob Malkin as Managing Director, Sales, for Australia and New Zealand (A/NZ). Based in Sydney, Malkin will be responsible for managing F5's business and directing the broader strategy for growth in the region.

                                                        'Rob comes to us with extensive transformational experience as well as channel management experience across the region,' said Emmanuel Bonnassie, Senior Vice President, Sales, Asia Pacific, F5 Networks. 'This expertise is important as we are revitalising our market strategy to drive thought leadership in hybrid cloud and application security in A/NZ.'

                                                        Netapp News
                                                        NetApp Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Results
                                                        Net Revenues of $1.29 Billion for the First Quarter
                                                        NetApp reported financial results for the first quarter fiscal year 2017, ended July 29, 2016.

                                                        Net revenues for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 were $1.29 billion. GAAP net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 was $64 million, or $0.23 income per share, compared to GAAP net loss of $30 million, or $0.10 loss per share, for the comparable period of the prior year. Non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 was $129 million, or $0.46 income per share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $89 million, or $0.29 income per share, for the comparable period of the prior year.

                                                        NetApp Names Jean English Chief Marketing Officer
                                                        NetApp, August 17th, 2016
                                                        English brings a wealth of leadership and marketing experience to NetApp and to the role of CMO. Her experience in business-to-business marketing spans over 20 years. She has expertise in developing and implementing comprehensive marketing strategies that include global and country-level strategic planning, branding and positioning, product and solutions marketing, integrated multichannel marketing, digital marketing and commerce, and sales channel enablement and optimization. Jean joins NetApp from IBM, where, most recently, she was the global vice president for IBM Cloud Marketing and led the go-to-market transformation for IBM's cloud business.
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