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Oracle News
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Oracle Pledges $1.4 Billion to Support Computer Science Education in the European Union
Part of Oracle's Greater $3.3 Billion Annual Investment to Accelerate Digital Literacy Worldwide
The European Commission and DIGITALEUROPE launched the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, a multi-stakeholder partnership to bolster computer science (CS) and coding proficiency at all levels within Europe's workforce pipeline. In conjunction, Oracle announced a three-year investment totaling $1.4 billion in direct and in-kind support of CS education throughout the European Union (EU) member states.

Nearly 1,000 EU educational institutions currently collaborate with Oracle Academy, Oracle's flagship program in education philanthropy that brings computer science education to nearly 3.1 million students in 110 countries. As part of today's pledge, Oracle Academy aims to train 1,000 additional EU educators in CS, Java and Database instruction, as well as reach students across an added 1,000 EU educational institutions over the next three years.

NetSuite to go global under Oracle's flag
The cloud-based software company can now serve more countries and integrate its products with Oracle services
"Lashed to the much bigger ship that is Oracle, cloud software provider NetSuite is setting sail for a new market near you.

Until now, the 18-year-old company based in San Mateo, California, has focused on English-speaking countries and Japan. As part of Oracle, it plans to localize its products for many more countries while expanding its data-center capacity, sales operations, partner channel and other assets to reach customers in those new areas.

Oracle announced plans in July to buy NetSuite for $9.3 billion, and closed the deal on Nov. 7. On Thursday, executives laid out some of their plans following the takeover.

The plans include making NetSuite's cloud-based applications work with Oracle's larger platform and infrastructure services while keeping the NetSuite offerings as distinct products..."

IT - CxO
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Do you have what it takes to be a great CIO?
jaxenter, November 28th, 2016
"CIOs have the potential to become business leaders - it's a matter of nurturing the right skills, talent and relationships, according to Deloitte

What sort of personality do you need to be a great chief information officer?

You might think being competitive, outgoing, quick to adapt to technology and having strong people skills will turn you into a great CIO. But you would be wrong..."

The changing role of the CIO and boardroom in 2017
Information Age, November 28th, 2016
"Shifting boardroom attitudes and practices have dominated c-suite trends in 2016, and the role of the CIO has changed dramatically. What will this landscape look like going into 2017?

C-suite attitudes, while far from archaic, have perhaps been focused too heavily on how to reach customers.

As 2017 approaches a shift should be occurring in boardroom priorities. Of course its job is to drive profits, but this must be done in a secure way. Security is the name of the game..."

Every company is a technology company, but most don't behave like one
TechCrunch, November 29th, 2016
"In 2011, Marc Andreesen famously wrote a Wall Street Journal essay declaring that 'software is eating the world.' Five years later, the five largest companies in the world by market capitalization are all software companies.

However, in today's information economy, Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook are not the only important large technology companies..."

Adobe CIO: What it takes to be an exceptional CIO in the 'Age of Everywhere'
The Enterprisers Project, November 29th, 2016
"Since becoming SVP and CIO at Adobe Systems during summer 2016, Cynthia Stoddard has kept up a hectic schedule getting to know the company, which has included building relationships with her colleagues around the world. The Enterprisers Project caught up with her to discuss what makes for a winning CIO today.

The Enterprisers Project (TEP): As digital transformation rolls on and we approach what eBay's CEO called 'The Age of Everywhere,' many IT groups are defining what the next generation of their organization looks like. That begs the question - what does the ideal CIO look like for the successful future of IT?..."

The CIO's Influence in the Business Is Growing (Slideshow)
CIO Insight, November 30th, 2016
"In addition to being perceived as trusted custodians of technology systems, CIOs and other tech leaders said they are becoming change instigators and business co-creators in their companies, according to a recent survey from Deloitte. The accompanying 2016-2017 global CIO survey, 'Navigating Legacy: Charting the Course to Business Value,' indicates that most CIOs now come to their positions from leadership roles outside the IT department - frequently within a business area. Survey respondents think highly of their IT department's business acumen, which helps them meet expectations related to the improvement of business processes and innovation..."
4 Ways Business Priorities Don't Align With IT
InformationWeek, November 30th, 2016
"CIOs are well aware of changing business expectations, but often lack the resources, skills, or alignment to execute on expectations. The Deloitte 2016-2017 Global CIO survey reveals some stark disconnects between the business and IT.

Deloitte's 2016-2017 Global CIO survey reveals a disconnect between business expectations and IT capabilities. This is particularly so when it comes to expectations around innovation and cybersecurity.

Globally, 1,217 technology leaders across 48 countries responded to the survey, which was conducted May through September of 2016..."

Why financial services firms need to rethink their digital strategy
ITProPortal, December 1st, 2016
"What worked in finance in the 1990s, or even the naughties, no longer applies.

Banking has been part of society for millennia. From ancient times, when grain and cattle were traded as valuable currency, to the 18th century when the sector as we know it first emerged. Big banks have always been a central part of daily life. They enable people to save, act as payment platforms and are the very reason people can buy their homes..."

    Why is NOW the time to rethink your 2-tier ERP Strategy
    ZDNet, November 27th, 2016
    "Multinational companies directly drive the major part of global businesses. Often the business of subsidiaries, dedicated Line of business, acquisitions or divestitures are run with the ERP system of the headquarters, but there are cases where it is advantageous to run the subsidiary with their own independent ERP system...

    Multinational companies directly drive the major part of global businesses. Often the business of subsidiaries, dedicated Line of business, acquisitions or divestitures are run with the ERP system of the headquarters, but there are cases where it is advantageous to run the subsidiary with their own independent ERP system..."

      The digital opportunity for CIOs
      ComputerWeekly, December 1st, 2016
      "CIOs have a unique opportunity to lead the digital strategy in their organisations, but they have to move quickly to make sure they have the right skills and infrastructure in place

      Digital is a word CIOs hear constantly nowadays. Some see it as an opportunity or an enabler, while others see it as a threat or disruption. But what is vastly underestimated is how it provides a unique opportunity for the CIO to show leadership like never before..."

      Has IT become too Complex to Manage?
      Network World, November 28th, 2016
      "IT leaders must grapple with an overwhelming diversity of challenges to manage the enterprise IT function, but has it become too complex to manage?

      In the late 1990s, I was responsible for technical operations for a large healthcare organization. We supported more than 5,000 users across 50 locations and supported three distinct lines of business. We were a very progressive organization at the leading edge of technology innovation in healthcare.

      It was not a simple operation..."

      The Reporting Line of the CISO is Key to Success
      Business 2 Community, November 29th, 2016
      "Why is the reporting line of the CISO still a hot topic amongst Security communities?

      The actual role of the CISO varies greatly from one organisation to another - even if, on paper, job descriptions often look similar.

      Of course, the best reporting line for the CISO is the one that positions the role in the best way within the organisation - in relation to the real challenges that the CISO is expected to resolve.

      But in practice, corporate governance across large organisations also varies greatly, depending of industry sectors and geographical dispersion..."

      Oracle
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      Oracle Profit Magazne
      November, 2016
      The November 2016 Issue of Oracle's Profit magazine is now available online. Articles include:

      SPECIAL REPORT: INNOVATION

      • Oracle experts discuss what it takes to create a creative and nimble company. THE THREE KEY INTEGRATION PRINCIPLES OF THE CLOUD
      • "One way to keep the effort simple is to look for pre-integrated, best-of-breed technology," says Oracle Senior Solution Consultant Nicole Smayling. A CAMPAIGN FOR CHANGE
      • Instituto Nacional Electoral uses business intelligence to enhance democracy.

      FIVE IDEAS: INNOVATION

      • Highlights from Profit's November issue showcasing, including executive insight into digital transformation. HIGH-TECH HOUSING
      • Lean, green solution to help the homeless uses 3-D printing.

      ...

      Features
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      Oracle provides beacon of hope to American Heart Association event by Edith Mireles
      By Juergen Kress, November 28th, 2016
      "Oracle's investment in emerging technology is nothing new," writes Juergen. "We want to bring the best in user experience to the Oracle Applications Cloud, and emerging technology like wearables and Internet of Things (IoT) are part of that strategy as they come more to the fore.

      So it was no accident when Oracle, a major sponsor of the Bay Area Heart Walk in September, looked to the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team to lead a project to build a smartphone application that used IoT-style beacons around the course..."

      Behold! The IoT-Enabled Electric Scooter
      By Monica Mehta,, December 1st, 2016
      Monica Mehta writes in Forbes, "The small, quiet island of Teshima in Japan's Inland Sea has been admired as a place of beauty, serenity, and a virtually untouched rural landscape. Now, it's also becoming well known for cutting-edge art and technology.

      The island has become the proving ground for a new business model for energy distribution as well as remote analytics and telemetry, used to ensure that tourists visiting a popular international art festival don't get stranded on the remote island..."

      Healthcare Industry Must Address Precision Medicine Gaps
      By Jonathan Sheldon, November 30th, 2016
      "Precision medicine is starting to move from grand experiment - in which researchers use genomics to identify the molecular basis of diseases - to the clinical front lines, helping physicians tailor their care decisions to individual patients," writes Jonathan Sheldon, in Forbes

      "But if precision medicine is ever to realize its promise of saving and improving many more lives, the health industry must identify and correct the fixable gaps between good science and clinical application. And it must recognize those gaps that, for good scientific reason, cannot be fixed..."

      IT - AI
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      Researchers uncover algorithm which may solve human intelligence
      ZDNet, November 29th, 2016
      "The key element which separates today's artificial intelligence (AI) systems and what we consider to be human thought and learning processes could be boiled down to no more than an algorithm.

      That's according to a recent paper published in the journal Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, which suggests that despite the complexity of the human brain, an algorithm may be all it takes for our technological creations to mimic our way of thinking..."

        Monday's Musings: Secrets Behind Building Any AI Driven Smart Service
        Software Insider, November 28th, 2016
        "The combination of machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and cognitive computing will change the ways that humans and machines interact with our environments. AI-driven smart services will sense one's surroundings, know one's preferences are from past behavior, and subtly guide people and machines through their daily lives in ways that will truly feel seamless. This quest to deliver AI driven smart services across all industries and business processes will usher the most significant shift in computing and business this decade and beyond..."
          The Journey to a Machine That Transcribes Speech as Well as Humans
          xconomy, November 28th, 2016
          "As a student at the elite Tsinghua University in the early 1980s, Xuedong Huang confronted the same challenge as all other Chinese computer users.

          'In China, typing was fairly difficult with a Western keyboard,' says Huang, now a Microsoft distinguished engineer and its chief speech scientist.

          To answer that challenge, he helped develop a Chinese dictation prototype, launching him on a three-decade quest that yielded, earlier this fall, a speech recognition system capable of matching human transcriptionists for accuracy..."

          Self-learning software that builds itself
          GCM, November 28th, 2016
          "Researchers at Lancaster University in England have developed a machine-learning system that can assemble code components into a program to meet goals set by the human developers. The resulting software can continue to learn and reconfigure itself to adapt to changing conditions without human intervention.

          The researchers used the designing of a web server as a test case for the runtime emergent software, or REx, and found not only that the resulting web server performed efficiently but that REx came up with some unexpected tricks..."

            Is cyber security entering the age of automation?
            ITProPortal, November 29th, 2016
            "AI and machine learning are increasingly looking like the future of security.

            Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning and automation are technology trends dominating discussions in many different industries at the moment and cyber security is no exception.

            As cyber criminals become more advanced and the threat landscape continues to develop, businesses are looking to new technologies that can help secure their organisation in a more proactive way..."

            What's the First Emotion you'd give an AI That Might Kill You? Yes, Fear
            The Register, November 30th, 2016
            "As artificially-intelligent software continues to outperform humans, it's natural to be anxious about the future. What exactly is stopping a neural network, hard at work, from accidentally hurting or killing us all?

            The horror of a blundering AI injuring people has been explored heavily in science fiction; to this day, boffins have been trying to stop fiction from turning into fact..."

              Your New Best Friend Could Be an AI
              TechWorld, November 30th, 2016
              "From shopping recommendations and fraud detection to online support and personal 'voice assistants' like Siri, Cortana, Google Now and Amazon Echo, AI tools are something many of us use every day.

              However a new breed of startups hope to take our relationship with AI even further. These startups want to allow AI to make decisions for us: organising meetings, responding to our messages or even buying things on our behalf.

              One such startup, called Unloop, bills itself as 'your personal lifestyle enhancement AI', founder Noach Ben-Haim tells Techworld..."

              IT - Storage
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              Enterprise SSDs and Storage Design
              Enterprise Storage Forum, December 1st, 2016
              "Solid State Drives (SSDs) have been around a lot longer than you think. Their current popularity started a few years ago with small-capacity, expensive drives. They had much better performance than spinning drives, and this proved important in a number of areas. They also boasted low power draw and insensitivity to shock (i.e., you could shake them while running and they would not crash or lose data).

              However, they were far from perfect. The initial capacities were small, the price per GB was much, much larger than for spinning drives, and they had some peculiarities relative to spinning disks that people had to come to understand. Some of these included the following:..."

              Why Do We still Rebuild RAID Drives?
              ZDnet, November 28th, 2016
              "Worried about the days long rebuild times of 6, 8, or even 10TB drives? Don't be. Object storage is getting rid of that relic of the 25-year-old RAID architecture. Here's how it works...

              RAID arrays are designed to allow one or two individual drives to fail without losing access to the data. Parity data is added to your data to enable data access even after drive failure(s).

              The parity+data bits are spread across the drives. The smallest RAID arrays are 4 drives, but 6-8 drives in a RAID stripe is most common. With RAID 5, one drive's worth of capacity is dedicated to parity, while in RAID 6 two drive's worth are..."

              IT - Technology
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              HPE Demonstrates Memory-Based Computing at London Event
              eWeek, November 28th, 2016
              "Memory-Driven Computing puts memory at the center of the computing platform to realize performance and efficiency gains not possible today.

              Hewlett Packard Enterprise has been working in its labs for more than two years on an interesting new project called The Machine, a bold move to re-imagine data center architecture by putting memory, instead of processors, into the forefront.

              The Palo Alto, Calif.-based IT provider on Nov. 28 at its Discover London conference successfully demonstrated Memory-Driven Computing, a concept that puts memory at the center of the computing platform to realize performance and efficiency gains not possible today..."

              Driverless Vehicles & the IT Impact
              InformationWeek, November 29th, 2016
              "Jupiter Research tried to answer the question, given the experimentation with driverless vehicles, when will it gain traction?

              IT has already had to adjust to the tablets and various personal smart phones invading the office network. What if the next challenge is connecting everyone's smart car to the network as well?

              Driverless cars are coming in much higher volumes than anything enterprise IT has experienced so far. While there's still some breathing room, it might be wise to consider some of the ramifications of a vehicle that leaves its passengers --including the driver -- free to do other things..."

                IT - Bitcoin
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                Ernst & Young Switzerland Will Accept Bitcoin Next Year
                CoinDesk, November 28th, 2016
                "The Swiss branch of global professional services firm Ernst & Young is set to begin accepting bitcoin payments next year.

                Starting in January, EY Switzerland will accept bitcoin for invoice payments, the firm said last week. The company will also launch a new bitcoin ATM at its office in Zurich, as well as a dedicated wallet option for EY employees.

                The launch is, perhaps, an extension of the ongoing cultural experiment involving the digital currency in Switzerland..."

                Will the Bitcoin Scalability Debate Ever End?
                CryptoCoinsNews, November 27th, 2016
                "For almost two years, there appears to be little discussion in bitcoin's two main public forums other than scalability, an ancient topic, in bitcoin terms, that has consumed our community at the expense of all else.

                There have been many metaphorical casualties, including high principles, such as the right to an open and free public debate in what used to be bitcoin's main public space, but can bitcoin ever return to a united community? Should it split in two with the market holding a referendum? Can there be a grand compromise or will the question of scalability forever become part of bitcoin's background?..."

                Bitcoin Wallet Comparison: BTC vs XAPO
                Business 2 Community, December 1st, 2016
                "Bitcoin payments are gaining more popularity, especially in the business to consumer (B2C) world where payment security and protection from fluctuating currency are the biggest drivers.

                Large retailers like Dell and Microsoft are accepting Bitcoin as a payment method.

                The speed at which Bitcoin payments take place and the cost savings compared to traditional wire transfers and PayPal transactions have put more confidence in the consumers to use a Bitcoin payment wallet..."

                IT - FOSS
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                VLC media player features 360-degree video on Windows and Mac
                TechWorm, November 28th, 2016
                "VLC, the world's most versatile open source media player, has added support for 360-degree videos via their preview program. VideoLAN - the makers of VLC - released the technical preview labelled as VLC 360 for the upcoming version 3.0 of VLC on Saturday.

                To develop the functionality, VLC's development team worked with 360-degree camera maker Giroptic. The full version of the feature, which allows Windows and Mac users to view 360-degree photos and videos, as well as panoramic photos, is expected to arrive as part of the VLC 3.0 update at the end of the month. It also supports the spherical display mode, which is another step toward full VR capability..."

                3 open source password managers
                opensouce.com, December 1st, 2016
                "Keep your data and accounts safe by using a secure open source password manager to store unique, complex passwords.

                Maintaining complex, unique passwords for each site and service you use is among the most common pieces of advice that security professionals provide to the public every year.

                Yet no matter how many times it is said, it seems like a week doesn't go by where a high-profile hacking story hits the news, revealing that users of the service in question more often than not had such secure passwords as '12345' or 'password' as the only wall of protection on their account..."

                IT - DevOps
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                Demystifying DevOps: What can a company do to manage a DevOps culture shift?
                jaxenter, November 28th, 2016
                "Gartner predicted last year that in 2016 DevOps will evolve from a niche to a mainstream strategy. The year is almost over so it's safe to assume that DevOps has gone mainstream. But how familiar are companies with the elements that constitute the DevOps culture? And more importantly, how can they ease the DevOps culture transformation shock?..."
                DevOps Survey Says! State of DevOps, Reliance on Scripting and IT Automation
                devops.com, December 2nd, 2016
                "What our surveys told us about the state of DevOps, Reliance on Scripting and IT Automation...

                A lot of IT Operations teams including application owners, configuration managers, middleware specialists and database administrators are managing infrastructure configuration change with manual processes, spreadsheets and scripts. They are spending a lot of time writing and maintaining a lot of scripts. Even with all those scripts, spreadsheets and processes and the resources they consume, teams are still not getting the visibility, control and error-proofing that they require..."

                Solaris
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                Oracle OpenWorld 2016
                Video Playlist
                • Community Cast LIVE OOW16 Oracle Solaris Update with Glynn Foster
                • Bringing the Docker Engine to Oracle Solaris
                • Implementing DevOps on Oracle Solaris Today
                • Easy Performance Diagnostics with Oracle Solaris Analytics
                • Zero Downtime Patching on Oracle Solaris

                Read on for details.

                MySQL
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                Business Continuity and MySQL Backups
                By Dimitri Vanoverbeke, December 2nd, 2016
                Dimitri blogs, "This blog post discusses the business continuity plan around MySQL backups, and how organizations should think about them.

                During the years I've worked in IT, I've learned that backups sometimes are a conceptual subject in organizations. Many companies have them, but don't document the associated business continuation plan for them. I experienced this the hard way many many years ago, somewhere around when MySQL 5.0 was still widely used.

                In most organizations, there are a couple of business continuity subjects that should be described internally. For example, what is the recovery time objective and what is the recovery point objective. Let's go a bit deeper into both concepts:..."

                Make MySQL 8.0 Better Through Better Benchmarking
                By Peter Zaitsev, December 2nd, 2016
                Peter blogs, "This blog post discusses how better MySQL 8.0 benchmarks can improve MySQL in general.

                Like many in MySQL community, I'm very excited about what MySQL 8.0 offers. There are a lot of great features and architecture improvements. Also like many in the MySQL community, I would like to see MySQL 8.0 perform better. Better performance is what we always want (and expect) from new database software releases.

                Rarely do performance improvements happen by accident - they require running benchmarks, finding bottlenecks and eliminating them. This is the area where I think things could use improvement..."

                Cloud Computing
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                Podcast Show Notes: Building a Real Cloud Solution by Bob Rhubart
                By Juergen Kress, December 3rd, 2016
                Juergen blogs, "This program was recorded on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, during Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. "During" is the operative word, since the podcast was actually recorded in my hotel room, several blocks from Moscone Center, where OOW16 was held. The topic was suggested by Oracle ACE and frequent OTN contributor Arturo Viveros, who, along with other panelists, was in town for the big Oracle event..."
                2degrees Mobile Cuts Email Inquiries by 20%, Handles up to 40% More Chats Per Day
                Customer Success - 2degrees Mobile Ltd.
                "Founded in 2009, 2degrees Mobile Ltd. (2degrees) is New Zealand's fastest growing full service telecommunications provider. It offers prepay and pay monthly mobile plans and broadband products to meet the needs of over 1 million customers across different segments, including consumers, businesses, and enterprises.

                To differentiate its service and enhance its competitive edge in the telecom industry, 2degrees introduced innovative mobile plans, including New Zealand carryover minutes and data plans that last for up to a year, unlimited calls and text to New Zealand and Australia, and value packs for prepay customers. Roy Morgan Research recognized 2degrees as the 'Mobile Phone Service Provider of the Year' over the last five consecutive years..."

                  IT - Cloud
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                  How to Compare Cloud Costs Between Amazon, Microsoft and Google
                  Network World, November 29th, 2016
                  "Comparing prices among the major IaaS cloud vendors is not as easy as simply checking the cost of one virtual machine versus another. Myriad factors influence price: Size of the virtual machine, type of VM and contract length, to name a few.

                  So how are you supposed to know which vendor offers the best deal? The key is to understand the different offers from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform and then determine which is best for your use case..."

                  Is the Cloud Really Just Someone Else's Computer?
                  TechRepublic, November 29th, 2016
                  "Lately I've seen a lot of tech memes stating that the cloud is nothing more than someone else's computer. I get where that sentiment is coming from.

                  People see the cloud as just a place for saving files (and not much more) on a remote machine, owned by someone else. At one point, that may have been the case. We were saving our files to Dropbox, Google Drive, and other 'cloud' services, and it seemed those services really were nothing more than glorified servers.

                  However, the cloud has greatly evolved to the point that sentiment is dead wrong..."

                  AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud Pricing: Compute Instances
                  RightScale, November 28th, 2016
                  "Comparing cloud pricing is complicated. It can be difficult to make apples-to-apples comparisons because cloud providers offer different pricing models, unique discounting options, and frequent price cuts. This article dives down into the details to show you which providers have the lowest-cost options for cloud compute instances and under which circumstances.

                  Note: This blog was updated to include December 1, 2016, price cuts on AWS m4 and c4 instances as well as the introduction of new AWS r4 instances..."

                  Do You Really Have To Migrate To The Cloud?
                  SmartDataCollective, November 28th, 2016
                  "You will still always have some on-premise software (at least until internet access is free, instantly fast, and 100% ubiquitous - i.e. never.) But the bulk of your important business process are going to happen in the cloud. It's inevitable, so you might as well get used to the idea, and get over your (increasingly irrational) fears.

                  Don't believe me? Even Gartner was fed up with your stalling years ago:..."

                  Cloud Procurement Guide 2.0 Tackles Security, Encryption
                  Government Technology, November 30th, 2016
                  "After two years of heavy use in government circles, the Center for Digital Government has released updates to its Best Practices Guide for Cloud and As-a-Service Procurements...

                  Ask your local IT shop to explain exactly what cloud services are, and you'll be met with more information than you had ever hoped to get. Ask the same shop to explain how they purchased it, and you'll likely be met with a blank, slightly terrified stare..."

                    AWS re:Invent 2016 - 5 biggest takeaways
                    jaxenter, December 1st, 2016
                    "It's that time of the year again. Amazon kicked off its 2016 AWS re:Invent developer conference with a handful of announcements, including three new AI products, AWS Snowmobile, AWS Greengrass and more. Let's take a look at the most important news.

                    The audience couldn't catch a break at this year's AWS re:Invent developer conference as they were bombarded with one piece of news after another. Jeff Barr, Chief Evangelist for the Amazon Web Services, gathered all the announcements under one roof and explained what they are all about in a blog post..."

                    Amazon Lightsail: The private server killer
                    ZDNet, December 1st, 2016
                    "Amazon is going after hosting and virtual private server companies with its latest low-end cloud offering.

                    Hosting companies, and their virtualized descendants -- virtual private server companies such as Bluehost, Digital Ocean, and Linode -- provide remote servers for developers, websites, and businesses needing other internet services. They continue to be very popular with small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) that can't afford or don't need a data center or public cloud services..."

                    The Mission Critical Cloud: Designing an Enterprise Cloud
                    Data Center Knowledge, November 30th, 2016
                    "Today, many organizations are taking a look at cloud from a new lens. Specifically, organizations are looking to cloud to enable a service-driven architecture capable of keeping up with enterprise demands. With that in mind, we're seeing businesses leverage more cloud services to help them stay agile and very competitive. However, the challenge revolves around uptime and resiliency. This is compounded by often complex enterprise environments..."
                      7 Simple Truths You Should Know About the Hybrid Cloud
                      Network World, November 28th, 2016
                      "I'm about to tell you something that may shatter what you think about the cloud: The hybrid cloud does not exist.

                      The enterprise cloud adoption manual puts hybrid cloud at the top of the list. But you cannot buy one off the shelf. It's not one-size-fits-all.

                      Rather, the hybrid cloud is made up of models, processes, and multiple providers. The moment you start paying for a public cloud service, no matter how small or simple the service might be, you are in a hybrid cloud model..."

                        The Metrics that Matter for Your Private/Hybrid Cloud
                        Network World, November 29th, 2016
                        "So you want a private/hybrid cloud strategy for your company. Great idea. Now, how do you ensure that your cloud strategy will be successful? Well, this requires understanding how to measure success. Let me suggest the following criteria:

                        1. Your constituents (generally the business and applications owners) can voluntarily decide to adopt your cloud or not.

                        2. You need to be able to prove to them that it is to their advantage to run their applications in your cloud. ..."

                          The need the think seriously about how you use cloud file sharing services
                          ITProPortal, November 29th, 2016
                          "How do you know that the files you share via these tools are safe?

                          If you're like most people, you use file sharing services to send and share your files via the cloud. But how do you know that the files you share via these tools are safe? Do you trust the cloud service provider and the security measures they've put in place? How sure are you that these security measures are foolproof?..."

                          Cool Tech at AWS re:Invent (Slideshow)
                          Network World, November 30th, 2016
                          "Amazon Web Service's re:Invent conference is one of the premier showcases for new cloud technology spanning across the infrastructure, platform and software as a service markets. Check out some of the hottest products being announced or displayed at the show, from new tools for managing big data to products that help optimize your cloud use to ones that help secure your environment..."
                          IT - DR
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                          Disaster recovery testing: A vital part of the DR plan
                          ComputerWeekly, November 30th, 2016
                          "Disaster recovery provision is worthless unless you test out your plans. In this two-part series, Computer Weekly looks at disaster recovery testing in virtualised datacentres

                          IT has become critical to the operation of almost every company that offers goods and services to businesses and consumers.

                          We all depend on email to communicate, collaboration software (such as Microsoft Word and Excel) for our documents and data, plus a range of applications that manage internal operations and customer-facing platforms such as websites and mobile apps..."

                          IT - PM
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                          Successful Projects: What's Your S.E.C.R.E.T?
                          Business 2 Community, November 29th, 2016
                          "Getting projects done on time and accurately can be a minefield of trouble. With all the good intention in the world, projects can still go south quickly.

                          Why should this be so? Why do projects fail? A lot of the reasons can be traced back to the team relationships. Why do people get upset during projects? Why do relationships degrade? Why are attitudes called into question?

                          Is it all down to stress? Can you keep your cool?

                          Projects can be hugely stressful as there is a lot at stake. Some projects have failed so badly that the future of the organization has been threatened..."

                            Why senior executives neglect project management
                            CIO, November 29th, 2016
                            "Business leaders don't recognize the value of project management, and that lack of awareness can lead to problems with strategy execution.

                            I have spent the past 10 years trying to understand why senior executives seem to neither understand project management nor regard it as an important means of strategy execution. While conducting my research, I discovered that most heads of organizations view project management as a highly technical discipline -- an area for engineers and IT professionals..."

                            Project Management Process Groups Canvas
                            Business 2 Community, November 30th, 2016
                            "The five project management process groups are useful in providing a quick peak into the structured world of the project manager. These groups include the initiation process group, the planning process group, the executing process group, the monitoring and controlling process group, and the closing process group. Using this framework the project manager is supported to build a viable project framework. The Project Management Institute's (PMI) book, the 'Project Management Body of Knowledge', is now in its 5th edition and helps to explain the different tools, processes, and knowledge available to the professional project manager..."
                            10 Ways to Gracefully Kill An IT Project
                            TechRepublic, November 29th, 2016
                            'One of the greatest challenges can be knowing when a project has passed the point where it can no longer feasibly be completed. The factors behind terminating a project may vary; the complexity involved, limited staff resources, unrealistic project expectations, a naive and underdeveloped project plan, the loss of key stakeholders, higher priorities elsewhere, or some other element - but likely it will be a combination of some or many of these possibilities..."
                              Events
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                              Training Thursdays: HugePages, Crucial for Faster Oracle Database Performance
                              By Antoinette O'Sullivan, December 1st, 2016
                              Antoinette blogs, "HugePages allow larger pages to manage memory, provide faster overall memory performance and decrease page table overhead, making them crucial for faster Oracle database performance. You can use HugePages in both 32-bit and 64-bit configurations since release 2.6 of the Linux kernel.

                              To learn more about HugePages and many more topics, take the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration course. You can take this course in the following formats:..."

                              Path to Open Cloud Events in North America
                              By Zeynep Koc, November 28th, 2016
                              Zeynep writes, "Oracle can help you improve your private cloud architecture while lowering your risk and cost of getting to the public cloud.

                              Are you migrating your mission critical workloads to the cloud? Oracle's already done it and Oracle drinks its own champagne! In other words, while lots of cloud vendors offer solutions that they want customers to buy, very few of them run their entire business in the cloud. Oracle runs a $37 billion organization, with 115,000 employees, supporting over 420,000 customers in 145 countries in the cloud..."

                              IT - Networks
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                              'Complexity' will Halt Network Upgrades In 2017
                              Network World, November 28th, 2016
                              "Enterprises are foregoing network upgrades because of the cost and complexity of those upgrades, putting security at risk, a Cato Networks study finds...

                              Tricky network upgrades are causing many enterprises to throw up their hands and simply not do any upgrading at all, according to Cato Networks.

                              Nearly half of the organizations the company recently surveyed (40 percent) say they have 'no plans to upgrade their network' at all in 2017. If that's true, security will likely suffer..."

                              Why Networking doesn't get Respect Anymore
                              No Jitter, November 29th, 2016
                              My CIO surveys point to three primary factors, and even to a possible solution.

                              If you think businesses are souring on their IT processes, you should see networking. A decade ago, 18% of the CIOs who responded to my survey named networking as the focus point around which they built their IT plans, and 37% said it had equal weight to IT, meaning computing. This year, 12% said networking is their focus point, and 30% said they give equal weight to network and IT considerations.

                              That's a pretty astounding dip, and you have to wonder what caused it. The same surveys point to three primary factors, and even to a possible solution.

                              Why the IETF Will Be Key for Standardizing 5G
                              Network World, November 28th, 2016
                              "The 3GPP always seems to get the headlines, but the truth is the IETF will specify much of what is likely to be considered 5G

                              Most people in the mobile industry are aware that the Third-Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) - and Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) before it - has traditionally been the lead standards organization in specifying mobile network functionality. 3GPP logically partitions the mobile network architecture into Radio Access Network (RAN), and Core Network (CN) components..."

                                What is VPN and why should you always use VPN services
                                TechWorm, November 30th, 2016
                                "VPN is short for virtual private network and it allows you to create a secure connection to another network over the Internet. During your long haul on the Internet, you must come across some websites that say that access is not allowed. This could be due to a variety of reasons like the website being banned in your country or your IP address being blacklisted.

                                This is where the VPN comes into play. A VPN can be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi, and more. In this article, we study the uses of VPN and why it is absolutely necessary for you to use one..."

                                Tips for building SD-WANs
                                Network World, November 29th, 2016
                                "Keep these recommendations in mind as your WAN evolves to ensure an efficient and effective cloud and Internet-centric architecture...

                                The substantially high cost of MPLS circuits ($200-$400/Mbps/month) compared to easily deployed, lower cost broadband Internet (with a price tag of $1/Mbps/month) has triggered a shift in enterprise architectures to the software defined WAN. SD-WAN provides the flexibility to choose the most optimal transport and dynamically steer traffic over a mix of MPLS circuits, the public Internet, or even wireless LTE circuits..."

                                IT - IoT
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                                John Deere Leads the Way with IoT-Driven Precision Farming
                                Network World, November 30th, 2016
                                "Precision farming makes the most of limited natural resources to feed more people

                                Did you know that one in seven people in the U.S. depends on food banks to survive?

                                Or that one out of six children - roughly 100 million - in developing countries is underweight?

                                Hunger is a global problem.

                                Natural resources are limited. How do you grow more food on the same amount of land? Lower the cost of food production?..."

                                  4 sectors vulnerable to IoT attacks in 2017
                                  Information Age, December 1st, 2016
                                  "2017 is set to feature new attacks on internet infrastructure and advancements in Internet of Things security

                                  One of 2016's key events in the tech world was the massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in October that brought many of the internet's most heavily trafficked sites to their knees.

                                  There were two main takeaways from the event. Firstly, DNS infrastructure is highly vulnerable. And secondly, the growing proliferation of cheap, connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices - webcams, Wi-Fi speakers, wearables etc. - is making it far easier for cybercriminals to launch massive DDoS attacks..."

                                  How industrial IoT is making steel production smarter
                                  CIO, November 28th, 2016
                                  "Productivity increases and reduced maintenance costs have been the direct benefits of a new IoT project between General Electric and a Brazilian steel manufacturer.

                                  A new project between General Electric and Gerdau, a large steel manufacturer in Brazil, had a simple objective: Improve productivity by reducing equipment failure and related problems. Early indications suggest that goal was achieved with flying colors..."

                                  Here's what your hardware needs for the AWS Greengrass IoT service
                                  ITWorld, November 30th, 2016
                                  "Amazon's Greengrass offline IoT service will work on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410c board and should work with Raspberry Pi 3

                                  Amazon is bringing a bit of its AWS magic to devices and board computers with its Greengrass IoT service, which will help boost offline data collection and analysis.

                                  The goal of Greengrass, an AWS software tool, is to make IoT devices and maker boards smarter. Even underpowered devices collecting data won't be 'dumb' anymore, Amazon says..."

                                  10 ways to prepare enterprises for the Internet of Things
                                  ZDNet, November 29th, 2016
                                  "What IoT visionaries need to do to help create entire new categories of opportunities for their enterprises.

                                  Preparing an enterprise to embrace the Internet of Things means more than simply linking with remote devices or sensors. The IoT means rethinking an organization's relationship with technology, and the possibilities that are opening up. These possibilities go far beyond what anyone could have even imagined a couple of years ago..."

                                  How to architect the network so IoT devices are secure
                                  Network World, December 1st, 2016
                                  "New and increased traffic patterns from the Internet of Things create security challenges

                                  Just as the internet changed everything, a new revolution known as the Internet of Things (IoT) promises to produce even greater disruption.

                                  Primarily because IoT sensors will be utilized everywhere - in hospitals to monitor medical devices, in factories to supervise operations, in buildings for controlling temperature and lighting, etc..."

                                  IT - Operations
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                                  The Return of the Infrastructure Engineer
                                  Network World, November 30th, 2016
                                  "Infrastructure engineers have many opportunities. But these opportunities require fresh thinking about what makes a great engineer and a great engineering culture.

                                  Corporate digital strategy - whether it involves the cloud, the Internet of Things or other technologies - has presented new opportunities for infrastructure engineering. The infrastructure engineer, traditionally relegated to hardware provisioning and maintenance, is now an integral part of solution design and delivery. But this shift entails new expectations along with new demand..."

                                  IT - Security
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                                  Best practices to fight corporate security risks (Slideshow)
                                  CSO Online, November 28th, 2016
                                  "Today, security education may be part of an organization's onboarding process, but while many people know not to open an email from an unidentified source, or even those from a friend or coworker that have uncharacteristic links or text, individuals inevitably still do.

                                  These phishing attacks run the risk of infecting organizations and can further expose a company's critical assets. From phishing emails to password sharing, to downloading applications using corporate email logins; there are a myriad of actions that pose significant risks to organizations..."

                                  Security budgets continue to grow, but is it enough?
                                  CIO, November 28th, 2016
                                  "Cybersecurity is now a top concern for businesses, but the reality is that it should have been on their radar years ago. Why did businesses wait so long to invest in cybersecurity?

                                  Cybersecurity is an increasing concern in the enterprise as the number of high-profile breaches reported only grow each year. In 2015, there were a reported 781 data breaches in the U.S., making it the second highest year for security threats, according to data from the ISACA. And 40 percent of those data breaches happened in the business sector.

                                  So it's no surprise that Business Insider Intelligence reports an estimated $655 billion will be invested in cybersecurity initiatives between 2015 and 2020..."

                                  Just Half of Organizations Employ Threat Intelligence
                                  Dark Reading, November 30th, 2016
                                  "PwC survey finds half of enterprises worldwide swap actionable information with industry peers, and 45% with ISACs.

                                  Roughly 50% of IT managers worldwide say they use some form of threat intelligence, according to a new PriceWaterhouseCoopers study.

                                  The survey, 'Towards New Possibilities in Threat Management,' was sliced from PwC's Global State of Information Security Survey 2017 that polled more than 10,000 IT managers of all stripes in more than 133 countries..."

                                  Singapore telcos to support GSMA authenticaion standard
                                  ZDNet, November 29th, 2016
                                  "Singapore's three mobile operators have announced plans to support a global authentication standard that will allow their customers to access online services with their mobile number.

                                  In a joint statement released Tuesday, M1, StarHub, and Singtel said they would adopt the GSMA authentication standard, Mobile Connect, which would create a single digital user identity. This would enable their mobile customers to access supporting services including banking, e-commerce, and travel, without having to remember multiple usernames and passwords..."

                                    2016's 7 Worst DDoS Attacks So Far
                                    Dark Reading, November 28th, 2016
                                    "It takes a lot to surprise people who spend their time preventing DDoSes. Even the attack on DNS service provider Dyn last month "didn't shock ... by any means" Imperva's security group research manager Ben Herzberg and was "just another day at the office" to Arbor Networks' principal engineer Roland Dobbins."

                                    "You don't look at [attackers'] intentions, you look at capabilities," Dobbins says. "Folks that do this for a living, we tend to be very cynical."

                                    SIEMs-as-a-service addresses needs of small, midsize enterprises
                                    CSO Online, November 30th, 2016
                                    "MSSPs are stepping in to make SIEMs practical for smaller firms...

                                    The city of Lewiston, in north central Idaho, has a population of around 32,000 and an information systems budget of around $800,000 a year.

                                    But it wasn't too small for attackers. For example, the city council meetings, streamed online, were being watched by people in Russia..."

                                    "Why are they watching this?" said Danny Santiago, the city's information systems administrator.

                                      2017 security predictions
                                      CIO, November 30th, 2016
                                      "If you thought 2016 was bad, fasten your seat belts -- next year is going to be even worse.

                                      From W-2 scams to WordPress vulnerabilities, ransomware, business email compromises, DDos attacks and allegations of a hacked presidential election -- 2016's been a hell of a year in cybersecurity, and it's not over yet.

                                      There's no reason to believe 2017 will be any better..."

                                        Security Talent Shortage Hurts Business (Slideshow)
                                        CIO Insight, December 1st, 2016
                                        "Large businesses with few full-time security experts pay three times more to recover from a cyber-attack than businesses with in-house experts, said a new report. In addition, an inability to hire new security talent has a direct impact on the damage caused from cyber-security breaches. The survey, 'Lack of Security Talent: an Unexpected Threat to Corporate Cyber-Safety,' by Kaspersky Lab, asked 5,000 representatives in various company sizes working in different industries about their perception of the security talent shortage..."
                                        65% of social engineering attacks compromised employee credentials
                                        Help Net Security, December 2nd, 2016
                                        "Social engineering is having a notable impact on organizations across a range of industrial sectors in the US.

                                        In fact, 60 percent of surveyed security leaders say their organizations were or may have been victim of at least one targeted social engineering attack in the past year, and 65 percent of those who were attacked say that employees' credentials were compromised as a result of the attacks, according to Agari. In addition, financial accounts were breached in 17 percent of attacks..."

                                        10 Key Security Terms Devops Ninjas Need to Know
                                        InfoWorld, December 1st, 2016
                                        "If devops teams are going to move fast without breaking security, they'll need to learn key IT security concepts...

                                        It's no secret that devops and IT security, like oil and water, are hard to mix. After all, devops is all about going fast, while security is all about proceeding carefully. However, both devops and security serve a higher authority - the business - and the business will be served only if devops and security learn to get along.

                                        Security can (and should) be baked into the devops process, resulting in what is often referred to as devsecops..."

                                        How to Safeguard & Protect Your Most Important Asset: Data
                                        Business 2 Community, December 1st, 2016
                                        'In today's digital and social age, protecting a company's proprietary information has become increasingly complicated, and highly dangerous if the rights steps aren't followed. The information security team is one of the most important functions of the IT department. Yet, as companies spend more time and resources on information security, there is one area that has only recently being recognized as the most prominent Achilles' heel: insider threats..."
                                        The Rise Of SecBizOps & Why It Matters
                                        Dark Reading, November 30th, 2016
                                        "By aligning security dollars and technology with core business requirements, infosec can become a business enabler, not a business impediment.

                                        The term 'DevOps' was popularized in 2008 in reference to the cultural movement that emphasizes collaboration and communication between software developers and IT leaders while automating software delivery and infrastructure changes. The goal of the DevOps movement was to break down the informational silos to make software development, testing, and releasing faster and more reliable..."

                                        IT - Careers
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                                        To be leaders, technical professionals must move beyond IT expertise
                                        Search CIO, November 28th, 2016
                                        "Technical professionals sometimes flounder when adapting to leadership roles. Here are the four critical skills that they must strengthen to become high impact business leaders.

                                        Despite professionals working in technology, science and engineering being as smart as corporate executives, technical experts are still not well represented in senior corporate ranks.

                                        Sridhar Ramaswamy, senior vice president of ads and commerce at Google, is one of the executives who made the leap from technology to business leadership. Ramaswamy has a Ph.D. in computer science from Brown University, and was the key driver of Google's multibillion-dollar advertising business and its original product, AdWords..."

                                        7 ways new sys admins can boost career trajectories
                                        Information Age, December 1st, 2016
                                        "2017 is set to feature new attacks on internet infrastructure and advancements in Internet of Things security

                                        One of 2016's key events in the tech world was the massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in October that brought many of the internet's most heavily trafficked sites to their knees.

                                        There were two main takeaways from the event. Firstly, DNS infrastructure is highly vulnerable. And secondly, the growing proliferation of cheap, connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices - webcams, Wi-Fi speakers, wearables etc. - is making it far easier for cybercriminals to launch massive DDoS attacks..."

                                        Robert Half Report Lists the Most In-Demand IT Jobs In 2017 (Slideshow)
                                        eWeek, November 30th, 2016
                                        "The future looks bright for IT professionals, according to new data from the Robert Half human resources consulting firm. The company has released a new survey, the Robert Half Technology Salary Guide, that provides employers with guidance on how much they should be paying some of the top IT professionals in their organization. And, as in previous years, its findings for 2017 show that working on networks, security or big data could prove to be very lucrative for those with the skills and experience..."
                                        Top 10 Free IT Certification Training Resources (Slideshow)
                                        Datamation, December 1st, 2016
                                        "For IT professionals (or those who would like to be IT professionals), getting the right IT certifications can lead to a great job and a high salary.

                                        Unfortunately, those certifications sometimes carry a high price tag.

                                        For example, if you want to become a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) in Routing and Switching, the written test will cost $350 per attempt. You also have to pass a lab exam that costs another $1,600 per attempt. If you want to prepare, taking the recommended course from a Cisco authorized learning partner can cost around $5,000..."

                                        IT - Social Media
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                                        14 Social Media Management Tasks You Need In 2017 [Checklist]
                                        InfomationWeek, December 1st, 2016
                                        "Social media management tasks include more than responding to comments or posting to Facebook.

                                        For a well-rounded social media strategy, your business has to go beyond posting and responding to initiate success.

                                        Here are 14 things you'll need to tackle in 2017 if you want to see results.

                                        Your social media manager is probably already on top of this, but if not, always start here ..."

                                        IT - Virtualization
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                                        Docker Containers are Great, But They Add Complexity
                                        ZDNet, December 1st, 2016
                                        "Docker increases app flexibility, but it also adds complexity in many ways. To migrate successfully to containers, you need to have a plan for handling that additional complexity.

                                        Docker adds flexibility because it makes it easier to deploy an app wherever you want. That creates portability and scalability.

                                        Yet, containers also make app deployment complicated in several ways. They include:..."

                                        2016: A systems security disaster
                                        Network World, November 29th, 2016
                                        "With more than 900 security breaches recorded so far, 2016 certainly looks like a disaster. And the future doesn't look good either.

                                        This will likely make you angry. It made me livid.

                                        It's a report, 34 pages long, from the Identity Theft Resource Center of the known systems breaches just this year.

                                        Read it and rage..."

                                        To the cloud! Real-world container migrations
                                        Infoworld, November 28th, 2016
                                        "Forward-thinking organizations offer real-world lessons for containerizing enterprise apps for the cloud

                                        We hear a lot from vendors and service providers about the wisdom of migrating applications and workloads to the cloud. The potential benefits include lower capital costs and increased flexibility.

                                        With the advent of containers, porting your organization's legacy code to the cloud should be a snap -- in theory. But how feasible is a 'lift and shift' strategy when it comes to legacy apps? At this point, the method appears to be largely in the early and experimental stages..."

                                        Reasons to Keep Using Virtual Machines Instead of Containers
                                        Container Journal, December 2nd, 2016
                                        "You already know which advantages containers offer over virtual machines (VMs). But what do they do that containers can't? Here's a summary of the benefits.

                                        Some Docker fans would have you believe that containers have made virtualization a dinosaur technology. But in fact, virtual machines can still do some important things that containers cannot.

                                        Consider the following advantages of VMs:..."

                                        Storage
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                                        Worldwide Enterprise Storage Market Sees Modest Decline in Third Quarter, According to IDC
                                        HPCWire, December 2nd, 2016
                                        "Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue was down 3.2% year over year and reached $8.8 billion in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker. Total capacity shipments were up 33.2% year over year to 44.3 exabytes during the quarter. Revenue growth increased within the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) that sell directly to hyperscale datacenters. This portion of the market was up 5.7% year over year to $1.3 billion. Sales of server-based storage were relatively flat, at -0.5% during the quarter and accounted for $2.1 billion in revenue. External storage systems remained the largest market segment, but the $5.4 billion in sales represented a decline of 6.1% year over year..."
                                        IT - Mobile
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                                        How Mobile Is Overtaking Desktop in Global Online Media Consumption
                                        Business 2 Community, November 28th, 2016
                                        "According to recent studies, the amount of time people use on their smartphones is set to skyrocket this year as well as the coming years. Already, 52.7% of internet users access internet via their mobile devices. This means that the majority of internet users prefer mobile devices to their desktops.

                                        Mobile internet usage is now growing at the expense of internet usage as well as all other media. It is also projected that the use of desktop will drop by almost 16% when it comes to accessing the internet. Likewise, radio, newspapers, magazines and television will see further declines this year..."

                                          Gartner: Enterprise Mobile Devices Yet To Show Their Strength (Slideshow)
                                          Network World, December 1st, 2016
                                          "It's no secret that the role of the system administrator has changed drastically in this new, DevOps-focused world.

                                          Skills that use to fall solely on the sys admin are now being spread throughout the IT department. Likewise, tasks that sys admins didn't previously think twice about are now falling on their shoulders. What's interesting, is that most of the skills sys admins are expected to possess aren't currently being taught by many computer science departments. As such it's critical to keep abreast of the latest emergent practices for IT departments..."

                                          IT - Big Data
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                                          10 Big Data Predictions for 2017 and Beyond (Slideshow)
                                          Datamation, November 28th, 2016
                                          "Big data analytics is no longer a new technology. Today, most businesses recognize that they need to be actively mining their data stores for insights if they want to remain competitive in the constantly evolving marketplace. They've seen the benefit of big data solutions - and now they want more.

                                          For 2017, the primary trends in big data will revolve around refining enterprises' core big data capabilities. They are looking for ways to analyze more data, more quickly. Having seen the payoff from their initial investments in big data technology, they are looking to expand their big data projects to achieve even greater financial results..."

                                          Big Data Poised to Get Much Bigger in 2017
                                          GIGAOM, December 1st, 2016
                                          "Big Data is only going to get much bigger, so big in fact that companies attempting to deal with massive and more complex data sets are going to find it much harder to manage and derive value out of those massive lakes of data. At least that's what Neeraj Sabharwal, Head of Cloud and Big Data at Xavient Information Systems is telling us.

                                          GigaOM had the opportunity to discuss the future of Big Data analytics with Sabharwal, who shared some interesting insights and statistics on how Big Data is poised to change in 2017. Sabharwal is no stranger to Big Data and has a long and storied experience with the technology..."

                                          New Method to Improve Predictions
                                          Science Daily, November 30th, 2016
                                          "Researchers at Princeton, Columbia and Harvard have created a new method to analyze big data that better predicts outcomes in health care, politics and other fields.

                                          The study appears this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

                                          In previous studies, the researchers showed that significant variables might not be predictive and that good predictors might not appear statistically significant. This posed an important question: how can we find highly predictive variables if not through a guideline of statistical significance? Common approaches to prediction include using a significance-based criterion for evaluating variables to use in models and evaluating variables and models simultaneously for prediction using cross-validation or independent test data..."

                                          Top10
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                                          Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                          Vol 225 Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 224 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4
                                          We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                          • Linux hardening: A 15-step checklist for a secure Linux server
                                          • Friday Spotlight: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Administration Training
                                          • How Oracle's Data Analytics Accelerator Turbocharges SPARC
                                          • Siemens Teamcenter Excels on Oracle SuperCluster
                                          • Oracle Optimizer White Paper
                                          • Keeping The Community In The Java Community Process (JCP)
                                          • MySQL Cluster Manager 1.4.1 released
                                          • MySQL multi-instance Group Replication on systemd
                                          • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.10
                                          • New Video: Leverage Integration Cloud Service for EBS

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

                                            Developer
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                                            Building hybrid-mobile apps with Oracle JET and MCS
                                            By Chris Muir, November 28th, 2016
                                            Chris blogs, "Taking on board the fact that Oracle JET is capable of producing not just web applications, but Cordova hybrid-mobile applications too, within the Oracle mobile team we're keen to explore how Oracle JET can be extended to Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, to provide all the backend mobile services that mobile apps require.

                                            If you're a regular MCS fan you will know that MCS provides a number of client-side SDKs to make the task of working with MCS easier than writing what can be a huge amount of boiler-plate REST API code depending on the complexity of your mobile app..."

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                                            • Mobile
                                            • Developer Tools
                                            • DevOps
                                            • Big Data
                                            • Other Tools and Resources

                                            "We're working with the developer community to make our technology accessible to everybody who wants to use it." - Thomas Kurian, President, Product Development, Oracle

                                            IT - Developer
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                                            Go, Ruby, Swift and Java: Is it time to learn a new [DevOps] language?
                                            ITProPortal, December 1st, 2016
                                            "In the near future, every business leader will need to have a basic understanding of how the disparate languages, platforms and technologies fit together.

                                            Students of all ages have always been encouraged (and even required) to learn multiple languages. But these days it's not French or Latin that has the big impact. Forget accents and umlauts, many of the best and brightest students, business leaders and employers are taking the time to learn about tags, brackets, and commands - that is, they are learning programming languages...."

                                              Networking
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                                              Oracle SDN Virtual Network Services Overview
                                              Oracle White paper
                                              "An easy-to-access computing utility, with on-demand compute, storage, and network resources, has always been the promise of cloud computing. While server and storage virtualization technologies have been available for some time, network virtualization now adds another dimension of agility and scalability to cloud infrastructures.

                                              By virtualizing the network, the enterprise data center avoids having to configure fixed network silos with specialized service appliances. Instead, the network, subnetworks, and network services can be configured and reconfigured as needed in software. In a cloud-enabled data center, essential network functions, such as firewalls, network address translation (NAT), load balancing, and virtual private network (VPN), must be as virtualized as compute and storage resources. Oracle SDN virtual network services fulfill this requirement..."

                                              Nexenta News
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                                              DA Davidson Upgrades Super Micro Computer Despite Tough Comps
                                              Benzinga, November 30th, 2016
                                              D.A. Davidson upgraded Super Micro Computer, Inc. to Buy from Neutral on margin benefits from success of server sales outside the Internet Data Center vertical, while the company is set to deliver a seasonally strong quarter in December.

                                              The bullish thesis is also based on growth in storage business and a pending server upgrade cycle in mid-2017 in the form of Sky Lake.

                                              The upgrade comes despite SMCI faces a difficult year-over-year comparison for December, as the December 2015 quarter included a large deployment for IBM/Softlayer, which accounted for 15 percent revenue in the quarter.

                                              'With fast-growing storage vendors such as Nutanix Inc, Nimble Storage Inc, and Nexenta building software on SMCI hardware, we believe the storage vertical should continue to drive top line growth,' analyst Mark Kelleher wrote in a note.

                                              Cisco News
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                                              Olivetti and Cisco Jasper Accelerate Business IoT Adoption in Italy
                                              Italian Companies Across Multiple Industries Utilize IoT to Deliver New Services to Customers
                                              Businesses throughout Italy are increasingly leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) to deliver valuable services that unlock new revenue channels, as seen from the rapid adoption of the Cisco Jasper IoT connectivity management platform - Control Center - through Olivetti, the digital arm of Italy's leading Telco & ICT Group Telecom Italia/TIM.

                                              Ever since Olivetti launched Control Center, enabling an innovative managed connectivity solution fully integrated in TIM's Italian mobile network, business customers across multiple industries have selected the company to launch, manage and monetize IoT services that enhance their customers' experiences...

                                              Durham County Upgrades Data Center Network with Cisco ACI to Speed New Services and Applications for County Residents, Businesses, and Employees
                                              New data center network will automate data center processes, reduce costs and enhance security
                                              Cisco announced that Durham County Government of North Carolina has designed and implemented a new data center network fabric based on Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) as part of a long-range plan to create a highly efficient and automated application-centric data center. In phase one of the plan, all data center services will be migrated to the new ACI network, which is designed to provide greater visibility into the network fabric and the applications that run on it, ensuring that all applications and services will run at peak performance...
                                              Dell News
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                                              Dell Unveils High-Performing, Quad Core Wyse 5060 Thin Client Designed for Knowledge Workers
                                              Superb security and management benefits for knowledge workers in virtual desktop environments
                                              Dell announced a new high-performance, highly-efficient thin client, the Wyse 5060, that is easy to deploy and manage, provides greater security options and complete virtual workspace compatibility with Citrix, Microsoft and VMware. Designed for knowledge workers demanding powerful virtual desktop performance, and support for unified communications solutions like Skype for Business, the Wyse 5060 thin client delivers the flexibility, efficiency and security organizations require for their cloud environments with the superb user experience that employees need.
                                              Microsoft News
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                                              Microsoft offers grants to organizations working to improve affordable internet access
                                              Microsoft, December 1st, 2016
                                              Microsoft Corp. renewed its Affordable Access Initiative grant fund for a second year. The fund assists companies working to bring internet access and new technologies, services and models to underserved markets. The application process is now open for a new set of partners.

                                              'The social enterprises we support have inspired us with practical, high-impact and scalable approaches to help close the digital divide,' said Microsoft Affordable Access Initiatives Director Paul Garnett, writing in NextBillion. "It's a privilege to see these solutions take shape, and to play a role in helping local entrepreneurs spur job creation and economic growth."

                                              IBM News
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                                              IBM Retail Clients Set Records on Cyber Monday, Turn Customer Demand into Online Holiday Sales Growth
                                              Cyber Monday Becomes a Worldwide Shopping Event - Online Sales Up Nearly 17 Percent
                                              IBM reported that Cyber Monday has officially turned into a global shopping holiday with consumers taking advantage of online deals being offered by retailers all around the world. Over Cyber Monday, retailers saw online sales increase by 16.7 percent. Cyber Monday caps a five-day shopping period where online sales increased by nearly 9 percent (8.8%) over the same period in 2015.

                                              With a dedicated team of technical experts, IBM ensured that all retail customers large and small were prepared for this surge and that all systems, whether cloud or on premise, remained up and running so they can meet the needs of their customers. Working with IBM's Holiday Readiness team, customers rapidly and securely scaled their online shopping, inventory and order management systems, generated massive amounts of data and successfully processed record numbers of transactions, one as high as 1M in a single day. As a result, IBM clients met the specific needs of each shopper, from the first click to when the item arrived in the hands of the customer...

                                              American Airlines Selects IBM as its Cloud Provider
                                              https://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/51145.wss, November 29th, 2016
                                              IBM announced a strategic partnership with American Airlines, the world's largest airline, naming IBM as its cloud provider for greater enterprise flexibility, scalability and reliability.

                                              As part of the partnership, American Airlines will move select enterprise applications to IBM's Cloud. The airline will be able to leverage the global footprint of IBM Cloud, which consists of more than 50 data centers spanning 17 countries, as well as a wide range of application development capabilities through IBM Bluemix. In addition the company will have access to IBM advanced analytics capabilities and technologies, all of which will enable the company to advance its enterprise into a cognitive infrastructure that offers greater resiliency and better customer experiences.

                                              IBM Named a Leader in Application Programming Interface (API) Management Solutions
                                              IBM cited for supporting combined strategies for API management, PaaS, and integration
                                              IBM announced that Forrester Research named IBM a leader in its recent report, "The Forrester Wave: API Management Solutions, Q4 2016."

                                              Forrester analyzed and scored numerous API management solutions and identified IBM as a "leader" for offering broad and deep functionality. This included creating business agility, adapting to constant change and responding to new and changing competition across a wide range of unpredictable scenarios.

                                              The 27-criteria evaluation used in the report is designed to help application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals select the right API management platform for their needs. API management platforms were evaluated on current offerings, strategy and market presenc

                                              IBM Unveils Watson-Powered Imaging Solutions for Healthcare Providers
                                              November 29th, 2016
                                              IBM announced at the Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting (RSNA 2016) it will preview new imaging solutions from Watson Health and Merge Healthcare (Merge; an IBM Company) designed to help healthcare providers pursue personalized approaches to patient diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring. The solutions benefit from more than a decade of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) work conducted in IBM Research. Further, IBM Research has partnered with the Radiological Society to debut a live demonstration of how Watson understands, reasons and learns from imaging information...
                                              Finnair Adopts iOS Enterprise Apps from IBM to Accelerate Digital Transformation
                                              First IBM MobileFirst for iOS applications taken into use in Finnair Technical Operations
                                              Finnair and IBM announced a first-of-its-kind agreement to utilize iOS enterprise apps from IBM to support the airline's overall digital transformation.

                                              Finnair is adopting multiple enterprise iOS apps to digitally transform the airline's operations in a first-of-its-kind agreement with IBM. Finnair is the first organization to take advantage of IBM's new app design and development model called Mobile at Scale for iOS, allowing clients to deploy multiple iOS apps over a multi-year period. The airline will roll out IBM MobileFirst for iOS Assign Tech in early 2017, shown here on an iPad.

                                              Finnair is focused on Asia-Europe traffic, carrying over 10 million customers annually and connecting 70 European destinations with 17 Asian mega-cities and three North-American cities via its Helsinki hub. In preparation for growth, Finnair has recruited more than 500 employes, rolled out new aircraft and launched new routes this year. Now, Finnair seeks to improve its processes and enhance the customer experience through digital transformation.

                                              IBM and Pfizer to Accelerate Immuno-oncology Research with Watson for Drug Discovery
                                              Collaboration combines IBM Watson's cognitive computing capabilities with Pfizer's scientific knowledge to help scientists generate meaningful insights
                                              IBM Watson Health and Pfizer Inc. announced a collaboration that will utilize IBM Watson for Drug Discovery to help accelerate Pfizer's research in immuno-oncology, an approach to cancer treatment that uses the body's immune system to help fight cancer. Pfizer is one of the first organizations worldwide to deploy Watson for Drug Discovery, and the first to customize the cloud-based cognitive tool - tapping in to Watson's machine learning, natural language processing, and other cognitive reasoning technologies to support the identification of new drug targets, combination therapies for study, and patient selection strategies in immuno-oncology...
                                              Mahindra and IBM to Develop Blockchain Solution for Supply Chain Finance
                                              Cloud-based blockchain app to speed invoice discounting
                                              The Mahindra Group, one of the largest diversified multinational group of companies based in India, and IBM announced the development of a blockchain solution that has the potential to reinvent supply chain finance across India by enhancing security, transparency and operational processes.

                                              This cloud-based application, one of the first projects of its kind in India outside of traditional banking, is designed to transform supplier-to-manufacturer trade finance transactions through a permissioned distributed ledger. The blockchain-based supply chain finance solution will enable all parties involved in the transaction to act on the same shared ledger, with each party updating only their part of the process, ensuring efficiency, consistency, trust and transparency, while safeguarding sensitive information...

                                              Fujitsu News
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                                              Fujitsu Announces Start of Operations for Japan's Fastest Supercomputer
                                              Supercomputer is operated by JCAHPC, which is a jointly run by the University of Tokyo and the University of Tsukuba
                                              Fujitsu announced the completion of the Oakforest-PACS supercomputer at the Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC), which is jointly run by the University of Tokyo and the University of Tsukuba, and that operations have commenced.

                                              This new supercomputer is comprised of FUJITSU Server PRIMERGY CX600 M1 x86 servers. It uses Intel Xeon Phi processors in its 8,208 computation nodes, achieving a total theoretical computational performance of 25 petaflops.

                                              Using performance tuning technologies from Fujitsu and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. aimed at large-scale, high performance computing to draw out the maximum system performance, the system achieved 13.55 petaflops on the LINPACK benchmark used to show supercomputer performance on the TOP500 rankings, placing it first in Japan and sixth in the world..

                                              Fujitsu Offers Deep Learning Platform with World-Class Speed, AI Services that Support Industries and Operations
                                              Accelerates customers' business innovation with "Zinrai," Fujitsu's AI framework
                                              Fujitsu announced it has developed five Zinrai-related services that are being rolled out incrementally in Japan, helping customers accelerate their use of artificial intelligence. These services are based on the company's foundation of AI technology and knowledge, and are part of the 'Human Centric AI Zinrai' framework, Fujitsu released November 2015. Fujitsu is positioning these services on its FUJITSU Digital Business Platform MetaArc, which works to accelerate the business innovation of customers...
                                              VMware News
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                                              VMware makes welcome changes in vSphere 6.5
                                              Search Vmware, December 1st, 2016
                                              "VMware has rolled out a lot of new features in the latest version of vSphere, including updates to High Availability and DRS, as well as a new version of VVOLs.

                                              The latest version of vSphere focuses heavily on simplifying the user experience and improving security with a built-in security system. But there are a lot of other new features encompassed in vSphere 6.5, including changes to High Availability, improvements to the Distributed Resource Scheduler feature and additions to Virtual Volumes.

                                              Let's take a more in-depth look at these features, how they work and what they do..."

                                              Red Hat News
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                                              Friday Five - November 25, 2016
                                              Red Hat, December 2nd, 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.

                                              • TechRepublic - Why Red Hat is happy to have others make billions on its open source dime
                                              • Container Journal - The Benefits of Kubernetes, According to Red Hat
                                              • Digitally Advanced Traditional Enterprises Are Eight Times More Likely to Grow Share by Committing to Advanced Technologies But Still Lag Behind Digital Natives
                                              • Red Hat Open Innovation Labs
                                              • telecoms.com - Opensource: Walking the line between crowdsourcing and a captain-less ship

                                              Read on for details.

                                              Digitally Advanced Traditional Enterprises Are Eight Times More Likely to Grow Share by Committing to Advanced Technologies But Still Lag Behind Digital Natives
                                              Research from Bain & Co. and Red Hat indicates that many traditional companies are at an early stage in their digital journey
                                              Bain & Company and released the results of joint research aimed at determining how deeply enterprises are committed to digital transformation and the benefits these enterprises are seeing. The research report, For Traditional Enterprises, the Path to Digital and the Role of Containers, surveyed nearly 450 U.S. executives, IT leaders and IT personnel across industries and found that businesses that recognize the potential for digital disruption are looking to new digital technologies - such as cloud computing and modern app development - to increase agility and deliver new services to customers while reducing costs. Yet, strategies and investments in digital transformation are still in their earliest stages...
                                              Level3 News
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                                              Level 3 Brings Direct Cloud Connectivity to AWS re:Invent
                                              Annual Conference Delivered by AWS Cloud via Level 3 Direct Connect
                                              This year, Amazon Web Services (AWS) annual cloud computing conference, re:Invent, will be delivered completely over the AWS Cloud thanks to direct cloud connectivity provided by Level 3 Communications, Inc. In addition to serving as the official AWS Direct Connect provider for re:Invent 2016, Level 3 will showcase an AWS Direct Connect bundle providing private connectivity for AWS's fully managed, secure desktop computing service, Amazon WorkSpaces.

                                              As an Advanced Technology Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN), Level 3 delivers private access to the AWS Cloud. Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions provide secure, reliable dedicated network connections to global enterprises for their cloud-based business applications.

                                              HP News
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                                              HPE Enterprise Services Offers New Service Capabilities for Amazon Web Services
                                              Latest addition to consulting and managed service capabilities helps clients benefit from the innovation of AWS, while delivering secure, reliable hybrid IT operations
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that its Enterprise Services organization is now an Advanced Consulting Partner for Amazon Web Services (AWS), further expanding hybrid cloud services to help clients improve agility and security, while reducing costs. HPE Enterprise Services has also extended the breadth of its AWS solutions to include Application Transformation to Cloud, HPE Eucalyptus and Managed Cloud Broker.

                                              Organizations are under immense pressure to deliver new services and experiences to their customers while facing disruption from smaller competitors that are unencumbered by traditional systems and legacy delivery models. Additionally, IT organizations must respond rapidly to the demand for agility from their developer community constituents...

                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Delivers Application Performance Testing With HPE StormRunner Load on AWS Marketplace
                                              HPE StormRunner Load is now offered directly through AWS Marketplace to accelerate web and mobile application development
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced the availability of HPE StormRunner Load, a SaaS offering for performance and load testing on AWS Marketplace.

                                              HPE StormRunner Load is one of the first solutions to support SaaS Subscriptions on AWS Marketplace, and will help developers strengthen the quality and delivery of applications via a simple, intuitive and highly scalable platform. When used in conjunction with HPE Mobile Center and HPE AppPulse Suite, developers will have access to a complete set of solutions that cover the spectrum of application delivery challenges from testing to deployment to monitoring.

                                              Hitachi News
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                                              Hitachi Data Systems Named a Challenger in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems
                                              Evaluation Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute
                                              Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc., in the Challengers quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems1.

                                              Gartner analysts evaluated 19 integrated systems vendors based on the criteria of completeness of vision and ability to execute. "Gartner's view of the integrated system market is focused on transformational technologies or approaches delivering on the future needs of end users. It is not focused purely on the market as it is today. Integrated systems are defined by Gartner as a combination of server, storage and network infrastructure, sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit."

                                              Half of Executives Worldwide Expect Vast Digital Transformation in Next Two Years, Says New Study
                                              HDS, November 29th, 2016
                                              According to a new report by Forbes Insights, in association with Hitachi Data Systems, titled "How to Win at Digital Transformation: Insights from a Global Survey of Top Executives," digital transformation sits atop the strategic agenda for enterprises. Half of the executives surveyed believe the next two years will be critical for their organizations in order to make this transition and prepare for future opportunities.

                                              The global study - based on a survey of 573 senior executives worldwide, as well as one-on-one conversations with top executives - reveals that now more than ever, every industry and company faces the pressure to transform before it's too late. While prompted by competitive pressure, digital transformation holds the key to turning marginal growth into exponential growth. It is considered the accelerator for bending the curve on productivity, time to market, deployment of new business models and revenue generation.

                                              Windstream News
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                                              Windstream expands metro fiber network in Philadelphia
                                              Expansion is part of Windstream's multi-city campaign to connect even more data centers and commercial buildings to company's national backbone
                                              Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced a major expansion of its advanced metro fiber network in Philadelphia. Windstream's expansion will provide the area's growing business community with world-class fiber and fixed-wireless infrastructure that connects even more local data centers and commercial buildings with Windstream's high-speed, highly available nationwide fiber network.
                                              Netapp News
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                                              CBC Upgrades TV Production and Delivery Services with NetApp
                                              Pixit Media and NetApp build new production storage and disaster recovery infrastructure to improve CBC's broadcast service offerings throughout Germany
                                              'Although CBC's legacy storage infrastructure gave them the basic media bandwidth they required, they quickly found they needed additional enterprise-class scalability, reliability, and support to guarantee video throughput for all of their graphics and edit workgroups,' said Barry Evans, CTO, Pixit Media. 'Given their needs, we knew immediately that a mix of the NetApp E- Series all-flash and hybrid systems would best support their video and audio production needs.'

                                              Since 1994, CBC (Cologne Broadcasting Center) has become one of the leading broadcasting and television production companies in Germany. Numerous renowned TV stations and producers rely on CBC for a wide array of individualized services, including broadcast operations and services, and teleport, post production, and media services. To serve customers better, CBC replaced its aging file system with Pixit Media's PixStor scale-out NAS software running on NetApp E-Series storage arrays for centralized graphics production storage and online disaster recovery.

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