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Shawnee State University Chooses Complete Oracle Cloud Suite to Improve Recruitment and Operations
First state university in Ohio selects Oracle Cloud solutions to improve retention and streamline business practices
Oracle announced that Shawnee State University is implementing the full Oracle Cloud Suite including Oracle's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, in addition to Student Cloud CX. The university also anticipates moving to the Student Management Cloud as part of the university's efforts to prepare their students for future success using the latest technology. This adoption comes with a recent Ohio Governor mandate to lower the cost of education, which prompted the university to search for the best technology to modernize and optimize internal operations.
Oracle Cloud Helps Organizations Discover Profit Winners
Organizational managers and finance executives can easily identify hidden costs and profits with new profitability and cost management solution delivered in the cloud
Oracle announced a purpose-built solution for finance executives and organizational managers to understand specifically what drives profitability, continually assess how resources are being consumed, and take action. Although under constant pressure to improve performance, many organizations lack visibility into what drives cost and profit. Cost, revenue, and operational systems are often fragmented, unconnected, and dispersed, making it difficult to understand the true profitability and costs of the business.
Oracle Database 12C Release 2 New Features Training - Now Available!
By Diana H. Grace, November 7th, 2016
Diana blogs, "The Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for 12c R1 Administrators is a comprehensive new course that will guide you through each of the new features. Get ample opportunities to discuss and explore how these features may affect your working operations.

This course is the first 12c Release 2 course available in a series of learning paths being developed to get you up to speed on Oracle Database Cloud Services..."

From Old Brain To New Brain, The Evolution Of AI
Search CIO, October 31st 2016
"Much of the current discussion on the evolution of artificial intelligence - an umbrella term to mean everything from speech recognition software to robotics - centers on speed. Machines can digest, consume and analyze more data at a faster rate than ever before, but does that make a machine intelligent?"
    AI, Cognitive Computing To Disrupt Enterprises: IDC
    Information Week, November 8th, 2016
    "IDC is forecasting big growth for cognitive computing and AI in the next 5 years. This infographic shows the growth, industries, and use-cases for these technologies.

    What used to be science fiction is now an accepted path for IT. Multiple IT analyst firms are predicting that artificial intelligence technologies will become important components in future IT organizations. Indeed, at the Gartner Symposium, AI was simply another accepted factor in almost every system that will be created in the next decade..."

    Tom Davenport: Getting Started On Enterprise AI
    Search CIO, November 10th, 2016
    "Artificial intelligence is coming to the enterprise, or so we're told. But what does enterprise AI actually refer to, and how do CIOs get a handle on how to incorporate AI technologies into their IT strategies?

    In this SearchCIO Q&A, Tom Davenport, President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College and well-known analytics expert, explains why he's sharpened his focus on enterprise AI and how CIOs can get started. Davenport, who was traveling internationally, provided his responses via email...

    Let's start with definitions. When you talk about artificial intelligence, what are you talking about?..."

    Why It's So Hard To Create Unbiased Artificial Intelligence
    TechCrunch, November 7th, 2016
    "As artificial intelligence and machine learning mature and manifest their potential to take on complicated tasks, we've become somewhat expectant that robots can succeed where humans have failed - namely, in putting aside personal biases when making decisions. But as recent cases have shown, like all disruptive technologies, machine learning introduces its own set of unexpected challenges and sometimes yields results that are wrong, unsavory, offensive and not aligned with the moral and ethical standards of human society..."
      Will AI Cost Executive Assistants Their Jobs?
      Business 2 Community, November 11th, 2016
      "Recently, I wrote about the impact of Artificial Intelligence on administrative assistants, which outlined three ways AI enables assistants to be more productive on behalf of the executives they support.

      On the heels of that article, we had our monthly Town Hall Meeting in which all three of our offices connect via a video conference call to discuss company-wide happenings and keep everyone up-to-date. It's a mixture of insight, inspiration, and forward movement. The goal is for everyone in the company to have a seat at the proverbial table and be heard. During the Q&A portion of the meeting, one of our team members in The Philippines - Jun de Andres - asked if AI could cost him his job as an executive virtual assistant..."

        Oracle Exadata Database Machine And Cloud Service 2017 Implementation Essentials Exam
        By Ramona Costea, November 73rd, 2016
        Ramona blogs, "To help get partners prepared to recommend and implement the Oracle Exadata platform and Oracle Exadata Cloud solution we have created a dedicated certification. The Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Cloud Service 2017 Certified Implementation Specialist includes a complete training plan and corresponding exam to help partners get certified on the latest Exadata and Oracle Database 12c software and Exadata X6-2 hardware..."
        Big Data Lite 4.6
        By Mgubar
        "Oracle Big Data Lite VM v 4.6 is now available on OTN. The VM is packed with all of the latest capabilities from Oracle's big data platform - helping you get started with the tech stack:

        • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.8
        • Oracle Database 12c Release 1 Enterprise Edition ( - including Oracle Big Data SQL-enabled external tables, - - - - Oracle Multitenant, Oracle Advanced Analytics, Oracle OLAP, Oracle Partitioning, Oracle Spatial and Graph, and more.
        • Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH5.8.0) ..."
        Why All The Fuss About Containers? Oracle's John Fowler Explains
        By Alexandra Weber Morales, November 10th, 2016
        Alexandra writes, "Since the 2013 open source debut of Docker, a tool for automating Linux application containers, Oracle and other cloud computing vendors have seen a surge in developer demand for Docker on their platforms. What does Docker do? It wraps a completed application in a file system that contains all the associated files and libraries needed to deploy and run, regardless of environment. Because it doesn't include an operating system, an application deployed in a container lacks the overhead of a virtual machine, which abstracts an entire CPU.

        But why the sudden fascination with a technology that was described as early as 2000 and implemented in 2004 as containers in Sun's Solaris operating system? It's because companies in this digital economy want an easier way to deploy applications..."

        IT - Technology
        Adobe's VoCo Tool 'Photoshop For Audio,' Lets You Edit Speech As Easily As Text
        TechWorm, November 11th, 2016
        "How would you like to take someone's speech available online and put your words into it? Till now this was impossible but now Adobe has been testing a software which could let you do just that.

        Adobe has demonstrated its latest software - codenamed Project VoCo - that's capable of easily editing the speech of people by simply cutting, pasting, and adding words to a digital transcript..."

          IT - Bitcoin
          University Teams Choose Bitcoin Over Ethereum As A Long-Term Investment
          CryptoCoinsNews, November 8th, 2016
          "University business school teams competing in the Kraken Case Study competition predicted two to one that a bitcoin-weighted portfolio will outperform one that is Ethereum-weighted, according to The Economist. The competition invited students to choose which blockchain technology is the better long-term buy.

          The students were asked if they have a million dollars to invest in the two blockchain technologies and they cannot touch their investment for the next five years, how much of that sum do they invest in each, and why?..."

          IT - FOSS
          Six Big Projects That Went Open-Source (Slideshow)
          Network World, November 7th, 2016
          "Making big software and hardware projects open-source is an increasingly popular thing to do, whether you're a big company, a small company, or even the government. Here's a sampling of the latest major projects to hit the open-source realm. Enjoy..."
            IT - DevOps
            Don't Leave Software Testers Out of DevOps
  , November 8th, 2016
            "The term DevOps implies that software delivery is all about integrating the development and IT operations teams. But the software testing team is an important, if oft-overlooked, part of the picture. Here's why.

            Could you deliver software continuously without involving the QA team in the continuous delivery pipeline? You could try, but it would probably not go well. Software testers play a vital role in continuous delivery, for the following reasons:

            They are the glue connecting developers to IT Ops. If there is no one to test the code that developers write, IT Ops cannot deliver a stable product..."

            Last-Mile DevOps
            The Datacenter Journal, November 11th, 2016
            "Chances are your company is embracing DevOps to make sure you can get fresh, new digital capabilities to your customers ASAP. That's because in today's market you have to either be first or quickly close any gaps between you and your more digitally innovative competitors.

            But when it comes to getting new capabilities into the hands of your own employees, things probably move much slower. That's because your internal-facing apps must clear a hurdle that your customer-facing apps don't: administration of access privileges that are often poorly defined and inadequately automated..."

            Debating the Future of DevOps
  , November 10th, 2016
            "Change happens at an astronomical pace in the DevOps world, and I constantly see organizations shifting in their needs as the weeks and months go by. One week, the most essential need will be a specific configuration management tool and the next, it will be an urgent requirement to work on containerization.

            Many companies forget that simplicity often is the key and the focus should be on transferring to engineers the requirements of the business and product owners. It's not always about implementing every new tool just because another awesome engineering team is using it - they might have different business needs and end goals than yours..."

            Testing MySQL 8
            By Dave Stokes, November 11th, 2016
            Dave blogs, "MySQL 8 is now available for testing. The list of features is impressive and I am sure many PHP developers will be interested in having a true data dictionary, invisible indexes, and more. Right now it is in a milestone release. I am still doing a lot of work with 5.7 and found a great way to have 8 around when I needed by using Docker. Follow the Docker install guide for your platform of choice and then run ..."
            MySQL Cluster and real-time requirements
            By Mikael Ronstrom, November 7th, 2016
            Mikael writes, "This blog gives some background to the decisions made when designing the storage engine NDB Cluster used in MySQL Cluster around how to support real-time requirements (or as I sometime refer to it, predictable response time requirements).

            When analysing the requirements for NDB Cluster based on its usage in telecom databases two things were important. The first requirement is that we need to be able to respond to queries within a few milliseconds (today even down to tens of microseconds). The second requirement is that we need to do this while at the same time supporting a mix of simple traffic queries combined with a number of more complex queries running at the same time..."

            Cloud Computing
            Deployment Of Oracle Applications And Database With Openstack Murano (Beta)
            By Zeynep Koch, November 7th, 2016
            Zeynep blogs, "Traditional enterprise software deployment can be complex, time-consuming, and error-prone. OpenStack services provide a rich set of capabilities for automated deployment and configuration of raw compute, network, and storage, but have typically left the top of the stack to be managed by traditional configuration management (CM) tooling. With OpenStack Murano's abstraction capabilities, deployment time can be reduced from weeks and days to hours and minutes, without the requirement to develop and maintain highly customized CM manifests..."
            Cloud Deployment: Why Are User Training & Guided Learning Solutions So Important?
            By Sudhir Menon, November 10th, 2016
            Sudhir blogs, "End user adoption is the primary determinant of whether a cloud implementation is successful.

            If end users do not know how to properly use the enterprise applications or the business processes they were designed to support, they will never realize the value of their investment.

            It will be extremely difficult to remain competitive in the marketplace.

            And if they don't understand the process and policies to do their job, organizations will never realize the value of their enterprise applications..."

              How Photon Pulled Off Two Big Cloud Projects On A Tight Deadline
              By John Soat, November 9th, 2016
              John writes, "'We adopt anything new very quickly,' says Ajay Kumar, senior director of quality and compliance at Photon Interactive.

              That practice has stood Photon in good stead with a growing list of high-profile customers for its retail-oriented mobile applications - which, the company says, are responsible for more than 150 million consumer interactions a day among customers and employees of organizations across North America, Europe, and India. 'We create digital experiences for the Fortune 100,' says Michael Levine, vice president of marketing and business development. 'We make our customer's customer go 'wow' and work as our customers' innovation partner of choice'..."

                Expand Your Skills & Boost Your Credibility
                Take Oracle Linux 5 & 6 + Linux 7 Training
                Diana.H. Gray blogs, "Did you know Oracle Linux is used as the underlying operating system for the following appliances?

                • Oracle Exadata
                • Oracle Exalogic
                • Oracle Big Data Appliance
                • Oracle Exalytics
                • Oracle Database Appliance

                Getting trained and certified on Oracle Linux 5 & 6 or Oracle Linux 7 not only expands your skill set; it strengthens your credibility by validating your knowledge..."

                Oracle Linux 7.3
                By Teri Whitaker, November 10th, 2016
                Teri blogs, "the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Team is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 for x86-64 servers.

                Users with a support subscription can download ISOs from My Oracle Support. ISO installation images can also be downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Individual RPM packages for Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 are available on the public yum server and the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN)..."

                IT - Cloud
                Tips And Best Practices For Securing Your Cloud Initiative
                Data Center Knowledge, November 7th, 2016
                "As organizational IT data centers move to adopt cloud technologies they've immediately begun to see benefits in this type of distributed computing. Users are now able to access their applications or corporate desktops from any device, anytime and anywhere. But it's not just about apps and desktops. New types of cloud services are revolutionizing user experiences and rich content delivery..."
                  By 2020, 92 Percent Of All Data Center Traffic Will Be Cloud
                  Data Center Knowledge, November 11th, 2016
                  "Cloud data center traffic will exceed 14 zettabytes in 2020, an increase of 262 percent from 2015, according to the Cisco Global Cloud Index (PDF). Released Thursday, the report projects total global data center traffic to reach 15.3 ZB annually by 2020, with 92 percent of all workloads being processed in the cloud by 2020.

                  It also forecasts the number of hyperscale data centers to rise by 226 percent from 259 at the end of 2015 to 485 by 2020..."

                  Every Cloud Needs a Cop: How the FBI Secures Its Digital Assets
                  TechRepublic, November 9th, 2016
                  "At the 2016 Structure Conference, FBI CISO Arlette Hart explained how the bureau approaches security and manages its systems...

                  There's no doubt that the FBI is one of the first organizations that many Americans think about when they consider national security. However, in addition to focusing on the security of US citizens, the FBI has to focus on securing its own systems as well..."

                  OpenStack Skills Shortage Makes Deployment An Ongoing Challenge
                  SearchCloudComputing, November 11th, 2016
                  "Enterprises that pursue OpenStack deployments often scramble to find IT professionals experienced with the open source platform. Will that skills gap close any time soon?

                  As enterprise cloud adoption increases, OpenStack appears to be gaining market traction. But, as businesses attempt to deploy the open source cloud platform, they encounter a common problem: finding IT professionals with OpenStack skills..."

                  Public Vs. Private Vs. Hybrid Cloud - Exploring The Use Cases
                  SmartDataCollective, November 8th, 2016
                  "How do you choose the right cloud implementation model for your business - public, private, hybrid?

                  Before I get into the nitty gritty, let's first take a look at what the private cloud is. The essential difference between the public and private models is 'sharing.' With a public cloud infrastructure, there is shared physical hardware which is owned and operated by a vendor, so there's no maintenance component for the client business. The size of the public cloud means a company can scale capacity and computing power either up or down in just minutes, in congruence with business needs..."

                  The OpenStack Platform: What Businesses Need To Know
                  ITProPortal, November 8th, 2016
                  "Providing an open source platform for cloud computing, OpenStack allows the use of multi-vendor commodity hardware in a data centre to process and store data, and deliver networking resources. It's managed through a dashboard or an API and is used by many major companies around the world to manage their IT infrastructure..."
                  Top 9 Cloud Computing Failures (slideshow)
                  Datamation, November 10th, 2016
                  "Cloud computing has become a huge market. In a 2016 report, analysts at Gartner predicted that the shift to the cloud will affect more than $1 trillion in IT spending over the next five years. "Cloud-first strategies are the foundation for staying relevant in a fast-paced world," said Ed Anderson, research vice president at Gartner. "The market for cloud services has grown to such an extent that it is now a notable percentage of total IT spending, helping to create a new generation of start-ups and 'born in the cloud' providers."

                  In their rush to participate in this huge market, vendors have been quick to tout cloud successes. Their websites are filled with case studies explaining how various companies have reaped enormous benefits by embracing cloud computing.

                  But what about the cloud failures?..."

                  IT - CxO
                  Are True IT Leaders Born Or Made?
                  InformationWeek, October 31st 2016
                  "Elliot Luber is a visiting assistant professor of business, management, and leadership at SUNY Empire State College's School for Graduate Studies. Here, he shares his views on what makes a great IT leader and provides four tips you can apply now to your own career journey...

                  Experts like Harvard's Bill George will tell you leaders aren't necessarily born or made. They may genetically have some of the right personality traits, which are then forged in crucibles -- in great fiery tests that help transform individuals and their careers..."

                  Banding Together: 6 Challenges Shared By City CIOs
                  Government Technology, October 31st 2016
                  "In 2015, President Obama announced the Smart Cities Initiative, designed to help reinvigorate communities so that they could tackle local challenges and improve city services.

                  With an investment of more than $160 million in federal research and new technology collaborations, this initiative helped further establish the support needed for cities to think about technology in a strategic and innovative way in areas like transportation, public safety, economic development, energy efficiency, urbanization and environmental stability..."

                    IT Priorities Shifting Toward Security, Managing Costs
                    InformationWeek, November 11th, 2016
                    "A recent IDG survey shows CIOs and IT managers have a renewed concern for operational security and improved customer experience.

                    The priorities of CIOs and their IT budgets have undergone a rollercoaster journey since the outbreak of the Great Recession 2008. In the midst of the downturn, for example, cutting costs was frequently top of mind for the beleaguered IT manager.

                    In mid-2009, InformationWeek noted that IT managers 'had stopped cutting IT budgets' and might be contemplating 'spending a bit more' in 2010..."

                    The Emergence of the Millennial CIO and What It Means for Enterprise Software Vendors
                    Business 2 Community, November 11th, 2016
                    "The era of the Millennial CIO has officially arrived. Earlier this year, Thomas Saueressig was named the new chief information officer of the business application software company SAP. At age 31, Saueressig is a Millennial and one of the youngest executives in the Fortune 500.

                    SAP has been touting Saueressig's appointment, saying that having a Millennial CIO will help it serve new generations of customers. For his part, Saueressig believes being a Millennial gives him enormous advantage in relating to younger customers..."

                    SFTA/vBeers @ Biergarten Boca
                    Wednesday, November 16th, 2016: 5:30PM to 9:00PM
                    Get ready for some great IT, virtualization, network, software and other conversations with some of the best people in South Florida's IT community.

                    • Biergarten Boca
                    • 309 Via De Palmas #90
                    • Boca Raton, FL 33432 USA

                    We will be meeting on the second floor. Biergarten Boca features a great $5 burger and fries special!

                    SFTA MEMBERS! Please sign in and register as an SFTA member to be eligible for the FREE BEER tickets! Your name badge will indicate that you are an SFTA member.

                    Please register at the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) events page.. I try to be at the venue by 5:30PM. Most people arrive around 6pm to 6:30pm and depart by 9PM.

                    Registration is free. SFTA members who login and register will get their first beer for free!

                    Sponsorships are available starting at $100 and can be purchased from on the registration page. Sponsors will get 10 tickets for free beers to distribute to attendees!

                    IT - DR
                    Conducting A Disaster-Recovery Test
                    The Datacenter Journal, November 10th, 2016
                    "Spending time on your disaster-recovery test plan (DRP) may not be at the top of your list, but it definitely should be. Having an IT recovery strategy has become crucial for companies of any size, as you never know when trouble might strike. Just because your company is small doesn't mean you're not a target for hackers or won't be hit by other disasters at some point.

                    Even more importantly, networks and systems alone have become more complicated and powerful, and they are often solely relied on to provide services to customers in an 'always on' environment. The same systems also store sensitive data, increasing the potential for problems to occur..."

                      IT - PM
                      5 Secrets To Creating The Best Project Management Resume
                      IT World, November 9th, 2016
                      "Your resume is an extension of you professionally, and to some extent personally, and because you only have one chance to create that best first impression on paper, make sure it counts in a big way. Before you actually get an interview, an employer has to value your resume enough to want to pick up the phone. Here are a few secrets to the making of an eye-catching project management resume that will get employers calling..."
                      Project Management Screw-Up 4 - We Didn't Do A Good Project Schedule
                      Project Management Advisor, November 7th, 2016
                      "I can remember vividly my very first project schedule. My manager gave me the mission statement and an overall timeframe he thought it should take for me to complete the project. I diligently broke the schedule down to lower levels of detail. I continued to divide the overall timeframe among the tasks and assigned people to the tasks. I worked for days on end with my face buried in a computer screen developing the schedule. What I ended up with was a horrendously detailed project plan that had no logical dependencies identified, people being asked to complete 40-hour tasks in 15 minutes, and some people being asked to work 200 hours per week to get their work done. But by golly, the schedule met my manager's timeframe request..."
                        IT - Networks
                        How DNS Works: A Primer
                        NetworkComputing, October 31st 2016
                        "DNS has been in the news a great deal as of late. First, there was the controversy over the United States government essentially handing over control of the Internet's root domain naming system. Then DNS made headlines when cybercriminals performed three separate distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on a major DNS service provider by leveraging a botnet army of millions of compromised IoT devices. Yet with all the hoopla surrounding DNS, it surprises me how many IT pros don't fully understand DNS and how it actually works..."
                        5 Things You Need To Know About Virtual Private Networks
                        Computerworld, November 7th, 2016
                        "A virtual private network is a secure tunnel between two or more computers on the internet, allowing them to access each other as if on a local network. In the past, VPNs were mainly used by companies to securely link remote branches together or connect roaming employees to the office network, but today they're an important service for consumers too, protecting them from attacks when they connect to public wireless networks.

                        Given their importance, here's what you need to know about VPNs:.."

                          80/20 Rule Of Network Equipment: Stay On Budget And Innovate
                          Network World, November 7th, 2016
                          "There's a big debate brewing over bimodal IT.

                          Gartner says it's essential to have two separate but coherent styles of work-one focused on predictability and the other on exploration.

                          IDC says it's a recipe for disaster. In its just-published FutureScape: Worldwide CIO Agenda 2017 Predictions, IDC theorizes that by 2019, 80 percent of bimodal IT organizations will accumulate a crippling technical debt, resulting in spiraling complexity, costs and lost credibility.

                          Meanwhile, Forrester has weighed in saying there's only one mode for IT operations-and that's fast..."

                          How to Avoid DDoSing Yourself
                          The Register, November 10th, 2016
                          "Google engineers offer guidance to keep application developers from shooting themselves in the foot...

                          In the wake of the last month's distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against Dyn, a DNS management service, Google engineers want to remind application developers that self-harm represents a more realistic risk.

                          Just as US citizens have a greater chance of being crushed by falling furniture than to dying at the hands of terrorists, developers are more likely to DDoS themselves than suffer downtime from an external attack, or so claim Google site reliability engineers Dave Rensin and Adrian Hilton in a blog post..."

                          The Big Lesson We Must Learn from the Dyn DDoS Attack
                          Dark Reading, November 9th, 2016
                          "The vulnerabilities that make IoT devices susceptible to being used in a botnet also make them the perfect avenue into our data centers and clouds.

                          The recent distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against DNS service provider Dyn, built of Internet-connected DVRs, video cameras, and other embedded systems, has focused the minds of security experts on the huge threat posed by Internet of Things (IoT) devices. It's the second recent massive DDoS attack, and it's the perfect lesson to make the "IoT threat" discussion concrete..."

                          IT - IoT
                          Changing IoT Passwords Won't Stop Attacks. Here's what Will
                          Dark Reading, November 7th, 2016
                          "The solution will take an industry-wide effort, it won't happen overnight, and the problem is not the users' fault!

                          The distributed denial-of-service attack on domain name service provider Dyn that downed Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, and other big websites in October shows that hackers can easily turn millions of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices into cyber weapons. So far, experts have been advising people to change the default passwords when they install webcams, home routers, and other devices. Putting the onus on users to fix this isn't fair; the device manufacturers bear significant responsibility..."

                          Industrial IoT: 8 Things to Know
                          NetworkComputing, November 7th, 2016
                          "The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term used to describe the practice of networking everyday objects to collect and analyze data in order to streamline and automate processes. But once you start designing specific IoT projects, you begin to realize that IoT benefits and challenges vary widely depending on your specific goals. If you're designing an IoT project for an industrial environment, the variations are starker.

                          Industrial IoT uses sensors to collect data in the hopes of speeding up processes, gain efficiencies, and ultimately, reduce overall costs for a product or service. In many ways, this is similar to other types of IoT, but there are a couple ways that industrial IoT deployments are distinctly different..."

                          Key Considerations In Testing Internet Of Things Applications
                          Information Management, November 9th, 2016
                          "The Internet of Things or IoT is an environment in which objects, animals, or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. This enables them to share intelligent information with each other or to the backend database directly through embedded sensors and actuators connected over the internet.

                          As per Gartner, by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices; other research (Morgan Stanley, Hammersmith Group) predicts that it could be up to 100 billion. It means that there will be at least three times more IoT devices than the world population. Suffice it to say that the sheer number of IoT devices is going to be mind-boggling in the near future..."

                          The Bio-T: The Biometric Internet Of Things
                          TechZone360, November 12th, 2016
                          "Expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) is surging. A recent Gartner report predicts IoT spending to increase to $2.5 million a minute, with 1 million new IoT devices being sold every hour by 2021.

                          Products and services within the IoT represent an opportunity for massive growth and potential. Unfortunately, as the IoT proliferates, so do the potential security risks and attack vectors.

                          As the IoT rapidly grows, biometric technology also is being adopted at a fast rate, with analysts estimating the biometrics market will reach $30 billion by 2021..."

                          The Impact of IoT on Healthcare and Life Sciences
                          insideBIGDATA, November 8th, 2016
                          "The insideBIGDATA Guide to Healthcare & Life Sciences is a useful new resource directed toward enterprise thought leaders who wish to gain strategic insights into this exciting new area of technology. This guide is a useful new resource directed toward enterprise thought leaders who wish to gain strategic insights into this exciting new area of technology. The guide provides an overview of the utilization of big data technologies as an emerging discipline in healthcare and life sciences. It explores the characteristics of this business strategy and the benefits of leveraging big data technologies within these sectors. It also touches on the challenges and future directions of big data and analytics in the healthcare and life sciences industries..."
                          IT - Linux
                          Linux Kernel 4.8.7 Updates Intel And Radeon Drivers, Improves Wireless Support
                          Softpedia, November 10th, 2016
                          "Today, November 10, 2016, Linux kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the release of the seventh maintenance update to the Linux 4.8 kernel series, along with the Linux kernel 4.4.31 LTS long-term support version.

                          Finally, the release cycle of Linux kernel 4.8 has settled in and it looks like more and more GNU/Linux distributions are adopting it, including the upcoming openSUSE Leap 42.2 and Fedora 25, due for release next week. Rolling release users of Solus, Arch Linux, and openSUSE Tumbleweed are already enjoying the latest Linux kernel 4.8 updates, and soon they'll receive a new one, Linux kernel 4.8.7, which comes ten days after Linux kernel 4.8.6..."

                          Nginx And Wordpress
                          Linux Journal, November 8th, 2016
                          Reuven M. Lerner writes, "In my last article, I took an initial look at nginx, the high-performance open-source HTTP that uses a single process and a single thread to service a large number of requests. nginx was designed for speed and scalability, as opposed to Apache, which was designed to maximize flexibility and configuration. But through the years, nginx has become increasingly flexible as well, with a growing number of plugins and modules that can be used to customize its configuration. Between the performance, increasingly good documentation and convenience, it's no wonder nginx has been increasingly popular..."
                          Oracle Linux 7.3 Now Available With Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4
                          Softpedia, November 11th, 2016
                          "After last week's release of Red Hat's RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) 7.3 operating system, now Oracle is proud to announce the general availability of its Oracle Linux 7.3 distribution for 64-bit (x86_64) servers.

                          Based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 and powered by its kernel-3.10.0-514.el7 Linux kernel package, Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 appears to be the first release of the server-oriented Linux-based operating system to use Oracle's new Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 (UEK R4), versioned kernel-uek-4.1.12-61.1.18.el7uek. Oracle Linux 7.3 also introduces UEFI and Secure Boot support..."

                          Top 10 Best Kali Linux Hacking And Security Tutorials For Beginners
                          TechWorm, November 11th, 2016
                          "Kali Linux is one of the most loved distros by the hacking and security community because of its pentesting and exploit tools. It is one of the best security auditing operating systems based on the Linux kernel and the successor of the popular BackTrack. The Kali Linux has itself been upgraded to 2016.1, based on Debian GNU/Linux 8 'Jessie,' and that there's an official Kali Linux Docker image that lets users run the distro on any platform. However, what good is a tool or an exploit for a wannabe hacker or security researcher, if you don't know how to use it!.."
                          IT - Security
                          Is Fingerprint Authentication Making The Password Problem Worse?
                          Dark Reading, November 8th, 2016
                          "Fingerprint scanning is an easy and fast way to unlock mobile phones and authenticate identity to supported applications. Many banks have already added support for this capability and are allowing their customers to log in to mobile banking apps by scanning a finger instead of entering a password.

                          The initial impact was immediate. Millions of users enrolled in fingerprint authentication and started logging in without using passwords. The user experience improved, and security seemed to be better, because, unlike passwords, fingerprint data is locked on the device and can't be easily stolen or phished..."

                          The Worst People You Meet Doing IT Security (Slideshow)
                          IT World, November 7th, 2016
                          "If you've worked in IT long enough, you've learned to recognize certain types, people who fit into particular ecological niches. Sometimes they're great, and sometimes ... less so. A couple of years ago I asked IT pros to give me examples of the worst types of people they met on the job, and they were more than forthcoming. Now I've collected specific kinds of insecure employees that infosec workers have had to deal with and protect - or protect their servers from. You'll definitely recognize people you work with on this list. Hopefully you won't recognize yourself..."
                            Biggest Hacks, Leaks And Data Breaches Of 2016
                            ZDNet, November 11th, 2016
                            "These were the biggest hacks, leaks and data breaches of 2016

                            Over two billion records were stolen in 2016 alone -- and the year isn't over yet.

                            Historical hacks come back to haunt, and fresh breaches bite our behinds

                            This was the year when many historical hacks came back to bite millions just as they were least expecting it. The uptick in delayed reporting contributed to almost 3,000 publicly data breaches this year alone -- exposing more than 2.2 billion records. And the year isn't even over yet.

                            Even as we approach December 31, there's no sign of it ending. Let's take a look back at some of the biggest -- and most dangerous -- hacks and leaks so far..."

                              FBI Releases 'Primer' Successfully Infiltrating Darknets
                    , November 11th, 2016
                              "The FBI has published a 'primer' on Darknet Marketplaces (DNM) after disrupting the infrastructure of a market with an operation called Hyperion. U.S. law enforcement agencies said they have wrapped up a 'successful' international operation, teaching them a lot about underground online market behavior..."
                              Security Metrics Checklist (Slideshow)
                              Dark Reading, November 12th, 2016
                              "Which metrics are the best indicators of a strong cybersecurity team? Experts say security pros should be recording and reporting these data points to demonstrate their success.

                              It's easy to assume the best sign of security success is an absence of malicious activity. However, it's unrealistic for security pros to adopt the 'no news is good news' approach to defense, security experts say..."

                              Stay Vigilant To The Evolving Threat Of Social Engineering
                              Dark Reading, November 8th, 2016
                              "Even the most cyber-savvy individuals can easily get tripped up by a social engineering attack. But users can trip-up a threat simply by paying attention.

                              Little did you know, but your great-great-great-grandparents owned a lucrative mining operation in Nigeria and a law firm in Lagos has been trying to track you down for the past five years to appropriate your inheritance..."

                                Improve IT Security: Start with These 10 Topics
                                Network World, October 31st 2016
                                "You want to be more responsible about IT security in your organization, but where do you start? May I suggest your first step be understanding these topics more thoroughly. This is list isn't exhaustive. It's only a beginning:..."
                                The 7 Types Of Security Jobs, According To NIST
                                Dark Reading, November 8th, 2016
                                "NIST's Cybersecurity Workforce Framework gives the security industry a way to classify specific specialty areas and work roles and identify a path for career growth.

                                Making sense of the complex. That's what NIST's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) aims to do in developing the draft NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NCWF)..."

                                IT - Careers
                                Futureproof Tech Jobs & How To Get Them
                                Business 2 Community, November 7th, 2016
                                "Automation is growing more advanced every day, meaning 50% of human jobs are at risk of being taken over by robots in the next 30 years. Though many of these jobs are manual or admin-based, there are jobs in the technology sector that are at risk too.

                                Here are five tech jobs safe from automation for the foreseeable future, and tips on how to get them..."

                                  The 5 Secrets Of Great Interviewers
                                  TLNT, October 31st 2016
                                  "In today's market, it's imperative to utilize interviewing techniques that will maximize your effectiveness in hiring the right people for the right roles. With more than 20 years' experience as a top producer in the recruitment and search industry, I have found there are five secrets that are key to being a great interviewer..."
                                    10 Hardest-To-Find Tech Skills
                                    CIO, November 9th, 2016
                                    "Rumors of Moore's Law's demise have been slightly exaggerated. Advances in computing power, data analytics, the cloud and other technologies just keep marching on -- albeit a bit slower. But as enterprises become more data-driven, it's not the hardware or the infrastructure that's at issue. It's the fact that tech pros with skills relating to organizing, analyzing and securing that data are increasingly harder to find..."
                                    10 Interview Questions Networking Pros Should Expect
                                    NetworkComputing, November 9th, 2016
                                    "In November, we tend to reflect on what we did or didn't accomplish over the course of the year. Some conclude that it's time to make a change in their professional career, so they begin the process of refreshing resumes, scouring job boards, and preparing for job interviews. But for networking professionals, preparing for a job interview is much easier said than done because networking technologies span such a wide spectrum and blend into other infrastructure genres. What should you focus on to ensure you can ace the interview?..."
                                    How To Retain Top Talent
                                    Business 2 Community, November 7th, 2016
                                    "Talented individuals at your company can help your operations run smoothly and grow your business. When you fill positions with valuable employees at your small business, you want to keep those employees as long as possible.

                                    On the other hand, high employee turnover is not what you want when it comes to valuable workers. First, there is the upfront cost of losing their knowledge and skills. Second, there is the cost of marketing an open position or paying recruiters. And, you lose productivity when you have to constantly pull employees from their regular duties to train new hires..."

                                      Why We Help Our Best Talent To Leave
                                      TLNT, November 9th, 2016
                                      "A recent WSJ article by Dartmouth Professor Sydney Finkelstein articulated a provocative management idea: The best leaders allow and even encourage their superstar talent to leave.

                                      Finkelstein argues that the best leaders seek out the best talent, fully understanding that the most ambitious executives may claim some of the shortest tenures, as they'll be constantly eyeing their next great challenge. He argues that it is better to house tremendous talent within your organization for a short time than never to have it at all. In addition, he argues that a reputation for hiring and launching tremendously talented employees can assist in the recruitment of additional tremendously talented employees..."

                                      IT - Email
                                      Make Your Emails More Trusted With DKIM
                                      ComputerWorld, November 8th, 2016
                                      "The war against spam has been a long one. Just as we get better filtering, spammers and phishers turn to more sophisticated techniques. We are even seeing ransomware attacks like Cryptolocker and Cryptowall become commonly spread over email. There must be a technical way to stop some of this, right?

                                      There is an Internet authentication system -- DomainKeys, and its successor, DKIM -- that tries to mitigate some of the risk of trusting that emails are actually from who they say they are from. Strangely, though, this technology has not made its way into Microsoft Exchange. In this piece, I want to open the curtains on DomainKeys and DKIM, show how they work and why what they do is important, and then demonstrate how to use a free utility to set up DKIM on your on-premises Exchange servers..."

                                      IT - Big Data
                                      5 Lessons Learned From Building A Data Pipeline
                                      ComputerWorld, October 31st 2016
                                      "There is no clear winner in the debate of whether to buy or build software.

                                      The arguments for both sides are plentiful, and the decision is one that can have a huge impact on an organization's resources, operations, and funds. In fact, customers frequently ask my team: Why should I buy instead of build?..."

                                        Big Data, Open Data And The Need For Data Transparency (Industry Perspective)
                                        Government Technology, October 31st 2016
                                        "Data is part of everything we do, especially given the current open data movement. From financial market performance to farmer's market locations, weather to health care, bridge and road safety to population information, significant amounts of data are yielded and available for aggregation and analysis, and can be applied to improve public services. This is the philosophy behind the open data movement - that if we make all of this data available to the public, at least the high-value data, we can crowdsource public service issues and come up with the best possible solutions..."
                                        19 Tools For Data Visualization Projects
                                        Business 2 Community, November 11th, 2016
                                        "How do you make sense of massive volumes of data? Sophisticated analysis tools allow us to glean insights we never could before, but those insights can easily be lost if they're not presented in a way that's easy to understand. Data visualization is all about taking complex ideas and presenting them as straightforward as possible. Whether we're talking about simple bar and pie charts or highly interactive maps and timelines, a good visualization can be one of the most effective ways to present data..."
                                          A Look At Insurance's Big Data Trajectory
                                          Container Journal, November 11th, 2016
                                          "Mitch Wein, VP of research and consulting at Novarica, gave a speech at INN's Insurance Analytics Summit, which was held in late October, on what insurers are doing with big data and analytics. After his talk, he sat down with editorial director John McCormick to discuss where carriers are with the technology and where he see them going in the near-future. What follows is an edited version of the conversation.

                                          INN: When you look at big data and analytics, what are some of the neat applications you see?..."

                                          Big Data: Three Ways To Make Your Project A Success
                                          ZDnet, November 7th, 2016
                                          "Getting big data right is about much more than technology: these tips could help you set the right path.

                                          Big data might be a term that is beloved by marketing folk but it is starting to lose its lustre at an executive level. Analysts Gartner says just 11 per cent of executives describe their investments in big data as being as important, or more important, than other IT initiatives -- and 46 per cent believe they are less important..."

                                          IT - Mobile
                                          The FCC's New Privacy Rules are Toothless
                                          IT World, October 31st 2016
                                          "If opt-in agreements can be hidden within T&C documents, consumers will have little choice than to sign away their privacy rights ...

                                          When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted last Thursday (Oct. 27) to accept new privacy rules for ISPs, the move was heralded by many as an important step forward in U.S. privacy protections..."

                                          Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                          Vol 225 Issue 1; Vol 224 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 223 Issues 2, 3 and 4
                                          We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                          • LibreOffice 5.2.3
                                          • How Secure is Your Enterprise Architecture?
                                          • Here's Why Cloud Adoption Is About To Shift Into High Gear
                                          • MySQLArchitecture And Components
                                          • Friday Spotlight: automated installation of Oracle VM Server x86
                                          • Gut check on Oracle's journey to the cloud
                                          • MySQL Replication: All the Severalnines Resources
                                          • No More Double-Clicking To Open Files In NetBeans!
                                          • Expert Instructor Insights: Manage Oracle Cloud Virtual Machines with the Command Line for Oracle Compute Cloud Service (IAAS)
                                          • Data Warehousing in the Cloud - Part 3

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

                                            IT - Server
                                            Seven Myths For Hyperconverged Integrated Systems - Gartner
                                  , November 8th, 2016
                                            "As with many new technology trends, certain assumptions and hype emerge that can influence buyer behavior and lead to poor decisions.

                                            Gartner, Inc. has identified seven of the most common flawed assumptions in the hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS) market..."

                                            "HCIS, which encompasses software-centric architectures that integrate compute, storage and networking on commodity hardware, promises a cost-effective infrastructure solution that is simple to deploy, manage and scale," said George Weiss, VP and analyst, Gartner. "However, new and emerging technologies are often surrounded by hype as vendors try to accelerate sales. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders and decision makers should examine the following points carefully to avoid later disappointments or traps."

                                            IT - Encryption
                                            The Best Messaging Apps With End-To-End Encryption
                                            ComputerWorld, November 10th, 2016
                                            "These apps can help keep prying eyes away from your conversations...

                                            There is a growing desire to keep one's messages private. Some users are concerned about hackers, or worry about foreign or domestic government surveillance, but most people just agree with the general principle that what you say in your chat conversations ought to stay between you and the people you chat with..."

                                              IT - Java
                                              After A Decade, Open Source Java Is Still Controversial
                                              ITWorld, November 11th, 2016
                                              "Ten years on, Java founder James Gosling sees upside in the open source move, while others believe Sun didn't go far enough...

                                              Ten years later, the open-sourcing of Java remains a point of contention, with many in the community extolling the importance of an open Java, while others remain critical of its handling, including the belief that Sun Microsystems didn't go far enough..."

                                              IT - Developer
                                              How To Crack The Coding Challenge
                                              CIO, November 8th, 2016
                                              "Coding interviews are nerve-wracking, even for programmers with a computer science or engineering degree. They are e even scarier if you're a self-taught programmer. But using blind coding challenges can help boost your performance and even the odds...

                                              Even for the most seasoned software engineer or developer with a background education in computer science or engineering, completing a coding challenge or a technical screening can be nerve-wracking. Now, imagine you're a self-taught developer -- the anxiety levels skyrocket..."

                                              Web Development Languages 101
                                              Business 2 Community, November 7th, 2016
                                              "Programming languages are developers' tools-and each is well suited for a particular kind of website, application type, or project size and scope. Developers will have their own preferences, and will also know which languages and frameworks to use to maximize an application's potential as well as their own efficiency.

                                              However, when it comes to these skills - probably the most overwhelming aspect for a nontechnical person to sift through - frameworks and languages are often front and center on developers' resumes. That's why we've compiled a quick look at the most popular programming languages and frameworks, so you can hire faster and more effectively..."

                                                IT - HPC
                                                HPC Meets AI and Creates New Grand Challenges
                                                HPCWire, November 10th, 2016
                                                "The intersection of HPC and AI is creating a vibrant new market: 'High Performance Artificial Intelligence' (HPAI) that is fueling the growth of AI platforms and products.

                                                After decades of slow progress, HPC has given AI the boost it needed to be taken seriously. Enabled by supercomputing technologies, HPC techniques such as deep learning are transforming AI to make it practical for many new use cases.

                                                The necessary ingredients:

                                                • Big data, generated by digitized processes, sensors, and instruments
                                                • Massive computational power, often in the form of cloud computing, and
                                                • Economically attractive use cases are coming together to create a new breed of 'Thinking Machines' that can automate complex tasks and decision processes, augmenting or replacing mechanical and electrical machines and people


                                                Join Netbeans On Slack
                                                By Geertjan, November 7th, 2016
                                                Geertjan blogs, "One of the coolest recent developments in the NetBeans ecosystem is the establishment of the NetBeans Slack channel. We've only got this going over the past few weeks and there's a few hundred already registered and active.

                                                What's the big deal and what's so great about Slack? Well, to me, and to how I'm using it, is that I see it as a modernized version of IRC, with the benefit of direct and quick interaction, e.g., I was holding off on publishing the new release of the One Click Open Sesame plugin because I wasn't completely sure about what new features Chris and Benno had implemented and so I quickly wrote back and forth with Chris on Slack and very quickly had my questions cleared up, rather than e-mailing back and forth for a week or two before getting the story straight..."

                                                Nexenta News
                                                Nexenta Showcases Industry Leading Open Source-Driven Software-Defined Storage Solutions at Storage Expo 2016
                                                Nexenta, October 31st 2016
                                                Nexenta announced that it will showcase its unified product portfolio for file, block and object storage at Storage Expo-The Netherlands 2016, November 02 - November 03, at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. Nexenta will demonstrate how its agile OpenSDS solutions deliver the ideal foundation for data-intensive deployments across the enterprise.
                                                Nexenta Partners with Silicon Valley Education Foundation to Support Cloud-based Technology Innovation for K-12 Education at 12th Annual Pioneers and Purpose Event
                                                Nexenta, November 7th, 2016
                                                Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), announced its participation and sponsorship in Silicon Valley Education Foundation's (SVEF) 12th annual Pioneers & Purpose Event.

                                                Pioneers & Purpose brings together the best and brightest of Silicon Valley in celebration of public education. Since 2005, Pioneers & Purpose has been the signature event of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Honoring education leaders in the region, Pioneers & Purpose has raised over $9 million for STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - education, making a tremendous impact for public school children and teachers across Silicon Valley.

                                                Veritas News
                                                Veritas Helps Users Stave Off Data Capacity Gap with Expanded Cloud and Virtualization Support in Backup Exec 16
                                                Capacity crunch and greater density in datacenters and storage arrays demands smarter tools for more strategic backup across virtual, physical, and cloud systems
                                                Veritas Technologies, a leader in information management, announced Backup Exec 16, a significant update to its unified backup and recovery solution for mid-market organizations. Data in this market segment is expected to rise by 33 percent in the next three years, according to a recent survey. With budgets remaining flat and business expectations increasing for rapid deployment and return on IT services, backup and recovery, mid-market companies are seeking more powerful, flexible, and trusted data protection solutions.

                                                Efficient use of available resources will be crucial to avoid business disruption. Backup Exec 16 helps businesses address critical data protection challenges, covering all critical data across virtual, physical, and cloud systems - regardless of where it resides. Organizations can also leverage the most current and scalable Microsoft infrastructure with Microsoft Azure, Windows Server 2016, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016.

                                                Cisco News
                                                The Inspur-Cisco Joint Venture Is Officially Inaugurated
                                                Cisco, November 11th, 2016
                                                The Inspur Group and Cisco today announced the official inauguration of their joint-venture company, Inspur - Cisco Networking Technology Co. Ltd. Shandong Governor Guo Shuqing, Inspur Chairman & CEO Sun Pishu, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, and Cisco Greater China's Chairman & CEO Owen Chan along with Zhang Haitao, General Manager of Inspur - Cisco Networking Technology Co. Ltd, attended the inauguration ceremony in Jinan.

                                                During the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United States in September 2015, Inspur and Cisco signed a framework agreement for strategic cooperation for setting up the joint venture, with the support of the Chinese government. After over one year of efforts by both Inspur and Cisco, the joint venture was successfully set up and inaugurated today.

                                                Cisco Global Cloud Index Projects Cloud Traffic To Nearly Quadruple Representing 92 Percent Of Total Data Center Traffic By 2020
                                                Updated Report Analyzes Application Workloads; Highlights the Number of Global Hyperscale Data Centers; and Compares Data Center Storage Capacity versus Actual Data Stored
                                                In today's unveiling of the sixth annual Cisco Global Cloud Index (2015-2020), cloud traffic is expected to rise 3.7-fold, up from 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 to 14.1 ZB per year by 2020. This rapid growth of cloud traffic is attributed to increased migration to cloud architectures due to their ability to scale quickly and efficiently support more workloads than traditional data centers.

                                                With greater data center virtualization, cloud operators are also able to achieve greater operational efficiencies while flexibly delivering a growing variety of services to businesses and consumers with optimal performance. To better understand data center growth, new analysis on application workloads was developed for this year's report. The following business and consumer projections were revealed:...

                                                Dell News
                                                Dell Introduces Two New Color Smart Printers And New Openmanage Printer Essential Solution
                                                New Color Smart printers expand Dell's line of reliable, easy-to-manage and secure smart printers
                                                Dell announced two new Color Smart printers - the S3840cdn and S3845cdn - designed to work with Dell's new OpenManage Printer Essentials (OMPE) technology for fast setup and efficient fleet monitoring.

                                                'Today's digital workplace demands are such that companies need solutions that are fast, easy to use and enable productivity, and our new printers and software are designed to do just that,' said George Toh, vice president, Dell Imaging. 'At Dell, we are always listening to our customers, which is why we're so excited to offer both our latest Color Smart Printers and our innovative new solution of OpenManage Printer Essentials.'

                                                Microsoft News
                                                The Man Who Is Transforming Microsoft
                                                Microsoft, November 11th, 2016
                                                A blustery autumn afternoon in Dublin. Sudden clouds have cooled the red rays of a setting sun, and the resulting grays cast soft shadows on the faces of students lazily thumbing their smartphones in the lobby of the library at St. Patrick's College Drumcondra. Behind them more than a dozen children, teachers, and administrators sit quietly. They're awaiting the arrival of Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft, the Seattle-area technology titan that was once the largest and most powerful company on the planet.
                                                Microsoft's Updated Surface Book Is A Big, Powerful Brute Of A Laptop
                                                The Verge, November 10th, 2016
                                                Dan Seifert writes in The Verge. "a year ago, Microsoft set out to prove to the world that a Windows laptop could hang with the best MacBooks from Apple. The Surface Book, with its head-turning design, wild hinge technology, and detachable screen was just that laptop. Microsoft largely succeeded: though it wasn't perfect, the Surface Book showed that a powerful, well-designed, and attractive Windows laptop was possible..."
                                                Symantec News
                                                Norton Mobile Security for Android Boosts Security and Privacy Protections
                                                New Report Card Provides Automatic Security and Privacy Analysis and Reveals Where Data Travels
                                                Norton by Symantec announced the latest version of Norton Mobile Security for Android, its flagship mobile solution. The robust App Adviser feature, which deploys proactive protections against malicious apps and other sophisticated threats on Android devices has been redesigned for ease of use. The update also includes a Report Card feature and integration with Norton Safe Search and Web Protection.

                                                "We are seeing a significant uptick in customers installing Norton mobile solutions and believe it is due to people seeking ways to protect their devices, which are loaded with sensitive and personal information," said Fran Rosch, executive vice president, Norton Business Unit, Symantec. "With every update to Norton Mobile Security, we aim to enhance security capabilities and increase proactive protections to fend off today's privacy risks and security threats."

                                                IBM News
                                                Ibm Launches Experimental Platform For Embedding Watson Into Any Device
                                                Developers can extend Watson speech, language, vision and empathy capabilities to new form factors
                                                IBM unveiled the experimental release of Project Intu, a new, system-agnostic platform designed to enable embodied cognition. The new platform allows developers to embed Watson functions into various end-user device form factors, offering a next generation architecture for building cognitive-enabled experiences. Project Intu, in its experimental form, is now accessible via the Watson Developer Cloud and also available on Intu Gateway and GitHub.

                                                Project Intu simplifies the process for developers wanting to create cognitive experiences in various form factors such as spaces, avatars, robots or other IoT devices, and it extends cognitive technology into the physical world. The platform enables devices to interact more naturally with users, triggering different emotions and behaviors and creating more meaningful and immersive experience for users.

                                                IBM And Topcoder Bring Watson To More Than One Million Developers
                                                IBM bridges skills gap in artificial intelligence through hands-on hackathons and coding competitions
                                                At the IBM Watson Developer Conference, IBM announced a partnership with Topcoder, the premier global software development community comprised of more than one million designers, developers, data scientists, and competitive programmers, to advance learning opportunities for cognitive developers who are looking to harness the power of Watson to create the next generation of artificial intelligence apps, APIs, and solutions. This partnership also benefits businesses that gain access to an increased talent pool of developers through the Topcoder Marketplace with experience in cognitive computing and Watson.
                                                Tencent Cloud Joins IBM and Mellanox to Break Data Sorting World Records
                                                Tencent Cloud establishes 4 world records in winning the GraySort and MinuteSort categories at the renowned Sort Benchmark Contest - at rates 2 to 5 times faster than last year's winners
                                                Tencent and Mellanox announced that Tencent Cloud has been named the Winner of the Sort Benchmark annual global computing competition for 2016. Tencent Cloud and the Big Data Collaboration team spent less than 99 seconds (98.8 seconds) finishing sorting 100 terabytes of data in the Indy GraySort category, improving on 2015's best result, 329 seconds, by a factor of 3.3.

                                                Each year, top global companies and academic institutions participate in the contest to evaluate the capability of their software and hardware system architectures, as well as their research results. Tencent Cloud participated in two of the four competition categories, GraySort and MinuteSort, to benchmark the architecture capabilities and computing efficiencies of large distributed computing systems and real time data analytics.

                                                Travis Perkins Helps Improve Customer Experience Online And Offline With Ibm Cloud
                                                Leading retailer chooses IBM Business Process Manager on Cloud as part of transformational 'Highway to Cloud' strategy
                                                IBM announced that it is working with Travis Perkins PLC to extract value by moving key business processes into the cloud, improving data quality and reaching customers through every channel. This provides the British builders' merchant and home improvement retailer with a competitive advantage in the industry's crowded market.

                                                Travis Perkins PLC, which is a Group of 21 businesses, is using IBM Business Process Manager (iBPM) on Cloud via an IBM Cloud data centre in London to better manage multiple data governance processes for data collection, coordination and approvals. This cloud solution is part of Travis Perkins' "Highway to Cloud" initiative, which aims to move all key applications to the cloud within the next three years. By improving data quality and connecting multiple, diverse sets of product information, the retailer can better manage and optimize its data collection to be more efficient and agile.

                                                Polsat Tv Speeds Up Content Delivery With Ibm Cloud'S Aspera Technology
                                                Polish Broadcaster Accelerates Sharing of 12 TB of TV Series, Movies, and News Each Month
                                                IBM announced that Telewizja Polsat has selected IBM Aspera to provide a complete set of solutions that will significantly improve the way content is ingested from local producers and global correspondents to their broadcast station. IBM Aspera has replaced using external media, like tapes, hard disks and DVD's and other slow and ineffective methods of transfers.
                                                IBM Watson Health and Broad Institute Launch Major Research Initiative to Study Why Cancers Become Drug Resistant
                                                $50M research collaboration combines genomic data and IBM Watson to help researchers uncover why tumors become resistant to treatment
                                                IBM Watson Health and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard announced a research initiative aimed at discovering the basis of cancer drug resistance. The five year, $50 million project will study thousands of drug resistant tumors and draw on Watson's computational and machine learning methods to help researchers understand how cancers become resistant to therapies. The anonymized data will be made available to the scientific community to catalyze research worldwide...
                                                Kasikornbank Thailand And Ibm Aim To Reduce Complexity In Corporate Credit With Blockchain
                                                Major Thailand Bank Taps Bluemix, IBM's Cloud Platform, to Build a New Secure Blockchain Network to Accelerate Credit Approval Process
                                                IBM announced it is working with one of Thailand's largest banks, Kasikornbank Public Company Limited (KBank), to build a new blockchain network designed to help simplify procedures for the bank's corporate credit business. Using Bluemix, IBM's cloud platform, the bank will create the foundation for a blockchain business network which will allow credit requestors, credit beneficiaries and KBank to fast-track traditionally lengthy procedures such as Letters of Guarantee for clients.

                                                Banks require better visibility on the number of Letters of Guarantee processed and the status of each. Currently these take days to complete. Through tapping the transparency of blockchain, KBank is looking to expedite the application process, enrich the customer experience, and make the process more cost-effective for both clients and the bank.

                                                Fujitsu News
                                                Fujitsu Develops New Material Technology To Enhance Energy-Conversion Efficiency In Artificial Photosynthesis
                                                Fujitsu, November 7th, 2016
                                                Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced the development of a new thin-film process technology that increases oxygen-producing efficiency by more than 100-fold. This is compared to using photocatalyst material, as is, with photoreactive electrodes that produce electricity and oxygen through the interaction of sunlight and water, used in artificial photosynthesis.

                                                The results of this development could be used to increase energy storage capacity through artificial photosynthesis, and hold the promise of becoming a fundamental technology relating to energy and the environment, thus contributing to a more sustainable future with solutions to the problems of global warming and natural resource depletion.

                                                Fujitsu Wins MEF 2016 Excellence Award for Best LSO/SDN/NFV Consulting Practice
                                                New consulting services address complete lifecycle of virtual network services with unique vendor agnostic approach
                                                Fujitsu, a leading provider of business, information technology, and communications solutions, has won the MEF 2016 Excellence Award for the company's SDV/NFV consulting practice. The awards were judged by a panel of global and regional analysts, industry journalists and independent judges. Each award candidate was evaluated on four criteria: service offering differentiation; actual projects and business benefits; marketing; and customer testimonials.

                                                Fujitsu was recognized for the unique holistic, approach it takes with its consulting services.

                                                Fujitsu Leverages AI to Develop Highly Accurate Recognition Technology for Strings of Handwritten Chinese Characters
                                                Achieves highest-ever accuracy with a Chinese language database from the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences
                                                Fujitsu R&D Center Co., Ltd. and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. (collectively "Fujitsu") announced the development of an artificial intelligence model that can generate highly reliable recognition of handwritten character strings. The results of this model represent the world's highest degree of accuracy in recognizing handwritten Chinese character strings.

                                                Recognition of individual handwritten Chinese characters using deep learning and other AI models has already surpassed human recognition capability. When used on strings of handwritten characters, however, issues arise with an inability to correctly break the strings into individual characters. Given this, the new Fujitsu-developed AI model can rank degree of reliability, assigning a high degree of reliability to correct characters, and a low degree of reliability to portions that are not characters, in image recognition for handwritten strings of characters. By applying this model, recognition mistakes in characters have been reduced to less than half that of previous technology, greatly improving the efficiency of tasks such as digitization of handwritten texts...

                                                VMware News
                                                VMware Named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape for Virtual Client Computing Software
                                                Windstream, November 10th, 2016
                                                VMWare, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today announced that it has been positioned as a leader in the "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2016 Vendor Assessment (doc # US40700016, November 2016)." The report evaluated 8 vendors based on criteria that spans across strategies and capabilities. VMware was recognized for the second consecutive year for having the most complete mix of business and solution strategies and capabilities for delivering virtual desktops and applications through its VMware Horizon portfolio of solutions and services that includes VMware Horizon 7, Horizon Air, Horizon FLEX and VMware App Volumes.
                                                Red Hat News
                                                Red Hat Named a Leader in Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management
                                                Evaluation based on completeness of vision and ability to execute
                                                Red Hat announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned Red Hat in the 'Leaders' quadrant of Gartner's October 2016 Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management for Red Hat 3scale API Management Platform.

                                                Gartner's Magic Quadrants are based on rigorous analysis of a vendor's completeness of vision and ability to execute. According to Gartner, 'Full life cycle API management is the functionality organizations need in order to provide the technology platform for digital business, run successful API programs and thrive in the API economy.'

                                                Edlogics Addresses Health Literacy Gap With Linux Container And Cloud Solutions From Red Hat
                                                Healthcare Education-as-a-Service provider builds scalable and agile cloud infrastructure with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat JBoss Middleware and Ansible
                                                Red Hat announced that EdLogics, a health education-based consumer engagement company and innovator in game-based learning, has built its digital health literacy platform on container and cloud solutions from Red Hat, including Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat JBoss Middleware, and Ansible by Red Hat. EdLogics' Education-as-a-Service offering, based on Red Hat technology, is aiming to transform the way consumers learn about health and improve health literacy while simultaneously cutting consumer costs.
                                                Friday Five - November 11, 2016
                                                Red Hat, November 11th, 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.

                                                • Red Hat Named a Leader in Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant for Full Life Cycle API Management
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                                                Level3 News
                                                Level 3 Reports Third Quarter 2016 Results
                                                Level(3), October 31st 2016
                                                Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) reported results for the third quarter 2016.

                                                "We continued to expand margins and generated solid Free Cash Flow; however, we saw softer revenue growth in the quarter," said Jeff Storey, president and CEO of Level 3. "We are focused on delivering the best customer experience and improving our execution in the near term."

                                                Global Businesses Can Now Access Level 3'S Agile Ethernet Services In 15 Additional European Markets
                                                Level(3), November 7th, 2016
                                                Global businesses looking for greater visibility and control over their enterprise networks can now leverage the flexibility and performance of Ethernet services from Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) in 15 additional European markets. Level 3's award-winning Metro 2.0 global Ethernet platform empowers businesses to run more efficient and adaptable networks through solutions bolstered by virtualization and software-defined networking (SDN). Enterprises can access Level 3 Ethernet services in 290 markets around the world.
                                                EMC News
                                                Dell EMC Accelerates 'Data Protection Everywhere' Strategy with New Solutions Running on Amazon Web Services
                                                Provides Long-term Data Retention in the Cloud and Additional Protection for Applications Running on AWS
                                                Dell EMC has announced availability of a new Dell EMC NetWorker with CloudBoost solution for added protection of enterprise applications running on Amazon Web Services (AWS) as well as the extension of the industry-leading Data Domain protection storage platform to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

                                                Dell EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver information technology as a service. The cloud is fundamental to this transformation. Through innovative products, services and partnerships, Dell EMC accelerates the journey to the cloud, helping IT departments to manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset - information - in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.

                                                HP News
                                                HPE Applications Development & Management Services Earns Top Spot in Leading Market Intelligence Report
                                                Information Services Group Names HPE a Leader in 5 of 6 Categories in Application Development & Management Services
                                                Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that the company has been awarded a top spot in the ISG Insights Index Report for Application Development & Management (AD&M) Services.

                                                ISG has designated the Applications Development & Management Services practice, within HPE Enterprise Services, as a leader in 5 of 6 major AD&M segments. Additionally, the report calls out HPE as a noteworthy provider of Agile/DevOps and automation capabilities in the 'Enabling Digital' archetype.

                                                Hewlett Packard Enterprise Increases Regular Dividend
                                                HPE, November 10th, 2016
                                                HPE announced that the Hewlett Packard Enterprise board of directors has declared a regular cash dividend of $0.065 per share on the company's common stock. This is an increase of $0.01 per share from the prior dividend.

                                                This dividend, the first in Hewlett Packard Enterprise's fiscal year 2017, is payable on or about January 4, 2017, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 14, 2016.

                                                Hewlett Packard Enterprise has approximately 1.667 billion shares of common stock outstanding.

                                                  Brocade News
                                                  Fujitsu Consulting Builds New IP Network On Brocade SDN Architecture To Support Global Business Growth
                                                  Enabling an open, agile, and programmable network to meet international business requirements from new offshore development center
                                                  Brocade announced that FUJITSU CONSULTING INDIA has successfully deployed an end-to-end, software-defined networking (SDN) infrastructure to support operations at its new 2,000-seat Global Delivery Center (GDC) in Pune and Bangalore. This agile and programmable network has enabled the IT consulting and integration services provider to run a highly dynamic, 24x7 GDC environment designed to meet the most stringent requirements from Fujitsu Consulting's international client base.

                                                  Fujitsu Consulting India selected the Brocade networking solution based on its superior scalability, robustness, small environmental footprint, manageability, low total cost of ownership, and support for open standards. In particular, the company felt that open standards were critical to fully realizing the benefits of SDN, opening the door for Brocade's successful proposal, which was supported by a strong proof-of-concept...

                                                  Windstream News
                                                  Windstream launches Kinetic TV service in North Carolina
                                                  Windstream brings new service to more than 50,000 households across 13 North Carolina communities
                                                  Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced today that Kinetic, Windstream's next-generation television service, is now available in 13 North Carolina communities. More than 50,000 residents across Albemarle, Badin, China Grove, Concord, Harrisburg, Hemby Bridge, Indian Trail, Kannapolis, Matthews, Mooresville, Mt. Pleasant, New London and Oakboro can now sign up for the new television service, which uses the company's 100 percent fiber-backed network to provide an enhanced viewing experience.

                                                  "Our ability to offer customers new services and technologies that best meet their needs continues to be our top priority," said Sarah Day, president of consumer and small business for Windstream. "Earlier this year we announced 1-Gig service to North Carolina residents. The launch of Kinetic marks an important next step in our continued commitment to providing North Carolina residents with access to high-quality TV and Internet experiences."

                                                    Windstream and EarthLink to merge in $1.1 billion transaction
                                                    Combination Creates a Stronger, More Competitive Company with Extensive National Footprint Spanning Approximately 145,000 Fiber Route Miles
                                                    Enables Expanded Products, Services and Enhanced Enterprise Solutions for Customers

                                                    Windstream Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: WIN) ('Windstream') and EarthLink Holdings Corp. (Nasdaq: ELNK) ('EarthLink') today announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which Windstream and EarthLink will merge in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $1.1 billion, including debt.

                                                    Under the terms of the agreement, EarthLink shareholders will receive 0.818 shares of Windstream common stock for each EarthLink share owned. This ratio represents a 13 percent premium to the average exchange ratio of 0.721x over the month ended Nov. 3, 2016, the most recent unaffected trading day. Windstream expects to issue approximately 93 million shares of stock valued at approximately $673 million, based on the company's closing stock price on Nov. 4, 2016. Upon closing of the transaction, Windstream shareholders will own approximately 51 percent and EarthLink shareholders will own approximately 49 percent of the combined company.

                                                      Windstream Reports Third-Quarter Results
                                                      Expanded enterprise contribution margin; grew consumer revenue sequentially
                                                      Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions, today reported third-quarter results.

                                                      'Windstream continues to advance our strategy to maximize shareholder value. During the third quarter, we further expanded enterprise contribution margin and grew consumer service revenue sequentially. We continued to make prudent capital investments to better leverage our extensive network to serve customers and provide incremental returns to shareholders. Additionally we further improved our debt maturity profile and reduced future cash interest,' said Tony Thomas, president and chief executive officer at Windstream.

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