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Updated Docker images for Oracle Linux

Oracle Quarterly Results available.

Oracle Cloud Revenues Surge Again

LibreOffice has a new Extensions & Templates website

Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8 Released


Oracle News
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Oracle Quarterly Results
Total Quarterly Cloud Revenue $1.1 Billion - First Quarter Over One Billion Dollar Mark
Oracle Corporation announced fiscal 2017 Q2 results. Total Revenues were $9.0 billion, flat in U.S. dollars and up 1% in constant currency. Non-GAAP Total Revenues were $9.1 billion, up 1% in U.S. dollars and up 2% in constant currency. Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $878 million, up 81% in U.S. dollars and up 83% in constant currency. Non-GAAP SaaS and PaaS revenues were $912 million, up 87% in U.S. dollars and up 89% in constant currency. Total Cloud Revenues, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), were $1.1 billion, up 62% in U.S. dollars and up 64% in constant currency. Cloud plus On-Premise Software Revenues were $7.2 billion, up 2% in U.S. dollars and up 3% in constant currency.
Oracle Cloud Revenues Surge Again
Oracle, December 16th, 2016
Noting that 'as we get bigger in the cloud, we grow faster in the cloud,' Oracle CEO Safra Catz reported that the company's second-quarter FY2017 software-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service revenues rose a combined 81% from the year-earlier quarter, to $878 million. It's the fourth consecutive quarter in which Oracle's SaaS plus PaaS cloud revenue growth rate has increased.

The company's total cloud revenues, including those from infrastructure as a service (IaaS), rose 62% in the quarter, to $1.05 billion - surpassing $1 billion for the first time. Catz said that by the time Oracle competitor Salesforce.com crossed the billion-dollar milestone (in its fiscal year 2014 third quarter), its revenue growth rate had slowed to 36%.

Mired In A Cloud Debate? Time To Consider 'Cloudification'
By Chuck Hollis
"The enterprise IT industry has spent the last decade debating 'cloud.' Most of the discussion involved where IT should be done: your data center or someone else's.

I've tried to persuade people that the more important thread is about how IT should be done. That is, cloud should be about doing enterprise IT better, not so much about the physical location.

In that regard, I have utterly failed. 'Cloud' seems irrevocably welded to the notion that a company's applications now have to run in someone else's data center.

So I'll pull an old marketing trick out of my bag and make up a new word: cloudification..."

    Clorox Decodes The IT-Marketing Partnership Puzzle
    By Debra Donston-Miller
    "When you think of bleach, you probably think of The Clorox Company - an identification that goes back 100 years and is due in large part to the company's efforts to respond to the needs of its consumers. Indeed, Clorox - whose portfolio extends beyond cleaning solutions to foodstuffs, personal care solutions, and more - is constantly seeking new and more effective ways to 'lean in' to and connect with consumers, and that increasingly involves leaning into technology..."
      6 Critical Steps To A Successful Cloud Migration
      By Brian Sullivan
      "Most companies have a strategy for adopting cloud services, but many still struggle with their migration because they haven't set a clear roadmap. Every company would benefit from following these six cloud planning best practices.

      1. Ensure that all stakeholders are onboard. Each cloud implementation should begin with discussions that involve everyone from C-suite executives to IT and line-of-business managers, software developers, and end users. Getting the executives involved early heads off objections later on, and it's always helpful to explain to users why the organization has chosen to migrate to new systems..."

        IT - CxO
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        CIO Outlook 2017: Five Elements Of The New IT Operating Model
        ITProPortal, December 13th, 2016
        "CIO outlook 2017: Jettison the plan-build-run model, form fusion teams, hire agile learners, double down on IT risk and spearhead a plan to maximize the value of data. Here's how...

        The CIO outlook for 2017 can be summed up in one word -- digitization. Next year's agenda will be shaped by companies' efforts to use next generation technologies to transform products, channels and operations. At the same time, all the work that IT has done in previous years won't have gone away, so the old adage about building the ship while sailing has never been more true.

        In conversations with hundreds of CIOs globally, we've heard about their biggest priorities for 2017. Collectively, it's an impressive list of plans to change IT's operating model, adopt new ways of working, upgrade IT talent, and come to grips with some of digitization's most significant business implications. Here is our CIO outlook for the coming year in five steps..."

        Jetblue Cio Drives Innovation Through It's 'Toolkit'
        IT World, December 12th, 2016
        "Eash Sundaram has built on JetBlue's technology-driven legacy by pioneering new ideas from all fronts, including a new venture-capital arm...

        On a JetBlue flight in November from Fort Lauderdale to New York, a man dressed in business-casual attire walked the aisle, chatting up passengers while collecting their garbage.

        Eash Sundaram wore blue latex gloves and carried a clear plastic garbage bag. The only thing missing was the flight attendant uniform.

        The scene was captured by a LinkedIn user who posted a story with a photo displaying JetBlue's CIO and Executive Vice President for Innovation in this unusual role..."

        Evolve IT Budget Planning For Software-Defined Infrastructure
        Search Data Center, December 12th, 2016
        "During IT budget planning for a software-defined data center, maximize value by accounting for predictable demand spikes, and evaluate resources to avoid losing funding later on.

        A software-defined data center is demand-driven infrastructure centered on the idea that it will respond to the needs of the business and deliver applications on-demand. However, because the underlying hardware in software-defined infrastructure changes at a different pace than the software, it can complicate IT budget planning. It takes seconds to minutes to deploy a VM or container, for example, but can take weeks to months to buy more servers or storage to hold those VMs and containers. In addition, the budget to buy those servers may only be available once every three years when a hardware refresh is due..."

        Top 20 Technology-Driven Hard Trends Shaping The Future
        Business 2 Community, December 15th, 2016
        "There has never been a shortage of trends, and it's predictable that, as we near the end of every year, a new batch of trends will be published. The real problem for you is figuring out which ones will happen. I have been publishing a list of top trends since 1983, and if you have been a subscriber to my newsletter for decades, you know they have been highly accurate. The reason for this is the methodology that I developed back then, which separates what I call Hard Trends, the trends that will happen, from Soft Trends, the trends that might happen. Knowing their distinctions can make all the difference; and this year's Top 20 List is no exception..."
          Tech Forecast 2017: Facts And Figures For The Year Ahead In IT (Slideshow)
          ComputerWorld, December 16th, 2016
          "What's the outlook for the tech year ahead? In general, IT executives are feeling optimistic as they head into 2017. According to the results of Computerworld's Tech Forecast 2017 survey, enterprises plan to continue on the path to digital transformation, deepening their commitment to big data and analytics, as well as cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS).

          But that doesn't necessarily translate to greater IT spending -- and may not bode well for rank-and-file tech employees. According to survey results, most companies plan to keep both costs and head count in check throughout their digital journeys by increasing automation to enable self-service IT. Tech staffing will generally remain flat or decrease at seven out of 10 organizations..."

          Resolving The Disconnect Between It Security And C-Suite Executives
          ComputerWeekly, December 13th, 2016
          "Board members and C-suite executives routinely face the challenge of managing business objectives while also keeping investors and shareholders happy. Their priorities are focused on business goals, such as increasing the profitability of the company, staying ahead of the competition, looking for the next innovative idea, encouraging employee engagement, and being able to pay dividends to shareholders in an extremely difficult and challenging business climate. Their brains are wired to look at things through a business lens..."
            The Non-It CIO: Information Over Infrastructure
            InformationWeek, December 12th, 2016
            "The emergence of CIOs whose backgrounds are outside of IT isn't a fluke. It was inevitable. Everybody seems to hate it when their elders start a sentence with "I remember when." It's almost interchangeable with "When I was your age..."

            However, I'm going to take a chance and say, 'I remember when the title chief information officer really gained popularity.' The term took off when IT thought leaders advocated for it in the mid to late 1980s..."

              Why GDPR Means Companies Can No Longer Afford To Ignore Data Protection
              ITProPortal, December 13th, 2016
              "The balance has tipped for GDPR because the penalties for a serious breach are substantial.

              One IT issue stands head and shoulders above others in terms of importance in 2017 - the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Its impact goes well beyond the IT team; it has wide-reaching implications at board level, and any organisation which does not begin serious preparations in 2017 will struggle to meet the May 2018 deadline and put itself at serious business risk..."

                Lessons Learned From The 7 Major Cyber Security Incidents Of 2016
                Network World, December 14th, 2016
                "What to glean from the DNC and Yahoo hacks, the rise of ransomware...

                Cyber incidents dominated headlines this year, from Russia's hacking of Democrat emails to internet cameras and DVRs launching DDoS attacks, leaving the impression among many that nothing should be entrusted to the internet.

                These incidents reveal technical flaws that can be addressed and failure to employ best practices that might have prevented some of them from happening..."

                  2017 CIO Priorities: If You Do Anything Next Year, Do This
                  Search CIO, December 14th, 2016
                  "Analytics, security, data privacy and IT specialization loom large for 2017. Here is my CIO guide for surviving another whirlwind year...

                  Just about four years ago we implemented what just might be the greatest use of advanced analytics/machine learning in the history of mankind. OK, perhaps I exaggerate a bit, but it was a terrific project. At the time -- remember, just four years ago -- the tools and technologies we used to deliver our results were bleeding edge.

                  I am here to report that today no right-thinking IT professional would use those tools or technologies, because they are obsolete..."

                  8 Top Digital Transformation Stories Of 2016
                  CIO, December 13th, 2016
                  "Locked in a footrace with rivals to lure new customers, companies are increasingly expanding existing or building new digital capabilities to make business processes more efficient or improve customer service.

                  Digital products and services take many forms, from mobile banking apps to internet-connected refrigerators that self-monitor their temperature. Such capabilities are typically augmented by analytics or to help CIOs gauge the digital tool's effectiveness..."

                  IT - AI
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                  Artificial Intelligence: Silicon Valley's Next Frontier
                  CIO Today, December 17th, 2016
                  "Virtually everywhere you look, Bay Area tech businesses are running into walls. Smartphones were revolutionary and lucrative, but the U.S. market is saturated, and Apple's iPhone sales have fallen for three quarters. The 'app economy' has matured, with more people using existing apps than downloading new ones. And Facebook, which has filled users' news feeds with so many ads it can barely add more, is predicting its revenue growth will slump next year..."
                  How Artificial Intelligence Will Usher In The Next Stage Of E-Government
                  Government Technology, December 16th, 2016
                  "The defining feature of the new perceptive stage is that the work involved in interacting with government will be significantly reduced and automated for all parties involved...

                  Since the earliest days of the Internet, most government agencies have eagerly explored how to use technology to better deliver services to citizens, businesses and other public-sector organizations. Early on, observers recognized that these efforts often varied widely in their implementation, and so researchers developed various frameworks to describe the different stages of growth and development of e-government..."

                    Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning Find Role In Radiology
                    Information Management, December 16th, 2016
                    "Artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities are beginning to make an impact within radiology, as vendors start rolling out initiatives to assist professionals in making diagnoses.

                    The radiology profession is ripe for technology- as radiologists deal with an increasing number of images and bear more responsibility in the clinical process..."

                      Top AI Stories Of 2017
                      ITProPortal, December 16th, 2016
                      "In the sci-fi film Ex Machina, reclusive inventor Nathan Bateman foresees a bleak future, telling the movie's protagonist Caleb that, 'One day the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossil skeletons on the plains of Africa.' When we don't understand something, we tend to fear it; which is one reason popular movies like Ex Machina and HBO's nail-biting new series Westworld like to imagine futures in which artificial intelligence plots to destroy humanity.

                      Fortunately, AI is far more likely to recommend those titles to your Netflix queue than to result in a dystopian society out of a George Orwell novel..."

                      Ieee Publishes Draft Report On 'Ethically Aligned' Ai Design
                      ZDNet, December 13th, 2016
                      "More than 100 experts in artificial intelligence (AI) and ethics are attempting to advance public discussion surrounding the ethical considerations of AI...

                      As the tech world pushes forward with the development of artificial intelligence, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is asking everyone to pause and consider the ethical ramifications. It's kicked off that process by publishing the first draft of a document that explores a range of ethical challenges posed by AI..."

                      Why We Are Still Light Years Away From Full Artificial Intelligence
                      Techcrunch, December 14th, 2016
                      "The future is here - or is it?

                      With so many articles proliferating the media space on how humans are at the cusp of full AI (artificial intelligence), it's no wonder that we believe that the future - which is full of robots and drones and self-driven vehicles, as well as diminishing human control over these machines - is right on our doorstep.

                      But are we really approaching the singularity as fast as we think we are?..."

                        Artificial Intelligence Has A Big Year Ahead
                        CNET, December 14th, 2016
                        "In 2017, AI won't just be for the nerdy companies. Machine learning can help with mortgage applications and bridge safety, too...

                        Get ready for AI to show up where you'd least expect it.

                        In 2016, tech companies like Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft launched dozens of products and services powered by artificial intelligence. Next year will be all about the rest of the business world embracing AI..."

                        Virtualization
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                        Friday Spotlight: Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade to Oracle VM 3.4.2
                        By Simon Coter, December 16th, 2016
                        "Oracle VM is engineered for open cloud infrastructure. This latest 3.4.2 release is focused on security along with new features and performance enhancements.

                        Below are the Top 5 Reasons why you should consider using this release or upgrading to it:

                        1. Security

                        As part of Oracle's ongoing commitment to security, various components of Oracle VM Server and Oracle VM Manager have been patched with the recent security fixes.

                        It's the best practice to keep Oracle VM environment up to date. Customers with an Oracle support plan covering Oracle VM may download the latest updates, including the latest software ISO releases, drivers, tools or utilities, from My Oracle Support or Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN)..."

                        Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8 Released
                        By Honglin Su, December 12th, 2016
                        Honglin blogs, "We are happy to share that the Xen Project, a project hosted at The Linux Foundation, has released Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8 which improves code quality, security hardening and delivers new features. This release offers benefits to traditional server virtualization, Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS), hyperscale clouds, security applications, embedded systems and hardware appliances. Oracle is a member of the Xen Project Advisory Board and has been using and supporting the Xen Project Hypervisor for Oracle VM Server for x86 for many years.

                        Xen Project software is an open source virtualization platform licensed under the GPLv2 with a similar governance structure to the Linux kernel. Designed from the start for cloud computing, the Project has more than a decade of development and is being used by more than 10 million users. Xen Project technology continues to see growth in a broad range of environments due to its flexibility, extensibility and customizability..."

                        IT - Storage
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                        HDD Production, Forecasted At 108 Million Units, May Reach 117 Million In 4Q16
                        Storage Newsletter, December 14th, 2016
                        "This is an Executive Brief published by Trendfocus, Inc.

                        HDD production to reach 117 million in CQ4? Our CQ4 '16 HDD shipment forecast was for approximately 108 million units. However, the collective production may be as high as 117 million.

                        The magnitude of production-shipment gap has not been seen for several quarters, and the fact that as of early December, few signs of an impending build plan cut may point to several possibilities..."

                          Nexentaedge DevOps Goes Gratis For Docker Persistent Storage
                          SeachStorage, December 13th, 2016
                          "Nexenta Systems Inc. is giving away a special version of its NexentaEdge block, file and object storage for building Docker persistent storage containers.

                          It has introduced NexentaEdge DevOps for development teams that require self-service provisioning and storage management for containerized applications. The DevOps edition is a separate code release from its software-defined NexentaEdge platform...."

                          NVMe over fabrics vs Fibre Channel, Ethernet, Infiniband
                          ComputerWeekly, December 13th, 2016
                          "NVMe over fabrics takes the built-for-flash advantages of the PCIe-based protocol, and allows NVMe to be sent via Fibre Channel, Ethernet and Infiniband networks...

                          We recently looked at NVMe, a PCIe-based protocol that allows computers to communicate with storage in a way optimised for flash storage, with huge increases in input/output (I/O) and throughput possible compared with spinning disk-era SAS and SATA protocols..."

                          Flash Or SDS? Finding The Right Path For Your Infrastructure
                          Information Management, December 12th, 2016
                          "Software defined storage has tremendous potential. The ability to decouple storage from the applications and systems that use those resources can yield huge benefits for businesses, allowing them to quickly scale capacity when it's needed and maximise the utilization of infrastructure.

                          That's the theory, at least. But while SDS has taken off quickly in test and dev environments, its adoption for production use hasn't been as swift. According to Gartner, last year just 14% of enterprises were using SDS broadly in production..."

                          Gartner Profiles 5 Start-Up Cool Vendors For Hyperconverged Integrated System
                          Storage Newsletter, December 17th, 2016
                          "This report is a Gartner Research Note G00301053 by analysts Andrew Butler, George J. Weiss, Philip Dawson, dated April 26, 2016...

                          The rapid adoption of containers and software-defined abstraction from hardware have created renewed interest in server and virtualization technology. The following Cool Vendors seek to guide I&O leaders how to assess and expand server functionality beyond traditional OSs and hypervisors..."

                          FLUX
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                          South Florida Linux Users Group Monthly Meeting - Hardening Linux
                          Sponsored by Centrify - Tuesday, December 20, 2016 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
                          • NSU's College of Engineering and Computing, Carl DeSantis Building
                          • Knight Lecture Hall Auditorium, (room 1124) Ground floor

                          Please signup @ meetup.com

                          This will be a group discussion on what steps Linux admins should take to secure their systems. I'll try to be in the room by 5:30pm. We'll have pizza and chat until about 6:45pm then start the agenda.

                          Centrify will be our a pizza/soda sponsor for this meeting.

                          "Centrify is the leader in securing enterprise identities against cyberthreats that target today's hybrid IT environment of cloud, mobile and on-premises. Centrify's Identity Platform protects against the leading point of attack used in data breaches - compromised credentials - by securing enterprises - internal and external users in addition to privileged accounts..." - https://www.centrify.com Group Discussion - Hardening Linux

                          Topic will include:

                          • Documentation
                          • BIOS protection
                          • Disk encryption
                          • Disk protection
                          • Locking the boot directory
                          • Disabling USB
                          • System Updates
                          • Open Ports
                          • Secure SSH
                          • SELinux
                          • Network Parameters
                          • Password Policies
                          • Permissions and verification

                          Please encourage your IT colleagues with an interest in Linux to attend.

                          IT - Technology
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                          U.S. DoT Advances Mandate For Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications Technology
                          Network World, December 13th, 2016
                          "V2V technologies could mitigate the severity of up to 80% of non-impaired crashes, DOT states.

                          Looking to put a high-tech solution to a deadly problem the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued a proposed rule to standardize the development and implementation of vehicle communications technologies in cars and trucks. The idea is to enable a multitude of new crash-avoidance applications that could save lives by preventing 'hundreds of thousands of crashes every year by helping vehicles 'talk' to each other,' 'the DOT stated..."

                            IT - Bitcoin
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                            Swift's Global Head Of Banking Argues Blockchain Isn't A Disruption
                            CoinDesk, December 14th, 2016
                            "Long before blockchain, inter-bank communication platform Swift was working to modernize the way financial institutions do business.

                            First published in 2004, Swift's global standard ISO 20022 was collaboratively created by a consortium of six standards bodies also including the International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication and the Fix Protocol..."

                              Anti-Malware Is Necessary In The Data Center: 3 Examples
                              Dark Reading, December 14th, 2016
                              "Simply because data center endpoints don't have the same threat profile as general desktops doesn't mean they don't need anti-malware software. Here's why.

                              People often ask about the value of anti-malware software on data center endpoints such as Web servers, databases, file servers - the list goes on. This is a reasonable question because, with respect to malware, data center endpoints simply don't have the same threat profile or business use-cases as general desktops, where users click on things all day, every day. Also, when endpoints don't have all those pesky users, it would seem malware would have a much harder time getting onto data center endpoints. Yet, it happens all the time. How?..."

                                2017: The Second Era Of Bitcoin Begins
                                CoinDesk, December 17th, 2016
                                "Akin Fernandez, also known as Beautyon, is the owner of London-based bitcoin voucher service Azteco. He is also a writer who has extensively covered bitcoin and related services, and a software developer with 15 years of experience.

                                In this CoinDesk 2016 in Review special feature, Fernandez gives a passionate and personal overview of the cryptocurrency industry's year - 12 months that he says prove 'there can be only one bitcoin'..."

                                5 Enterprise-Related Things You Can Do With Blockchain Technology Today
                                InfoWorld, December 12th, 2016
                                "You can use blockchains to track diamonds and make payments ... but what link do they have with pork?...

                                Diamonds. Bitcoin. Pork. If you think you've spotted the odd one out, think again: All three are things you can track using blockchain technologies today.

                                Blockchains are distributed, tamper-proof, public ledgers of transactions, brought to public attention by the cryptocurrency bitcoin, which is based on what is still the most widespread blockchain. But blockchains are being used for a whole lot more than making pseudonymous payments outside the traditional banking system..."

                                Bitcoin's Rally Crushed Every Other Currency In 2016. Here's Why
                                Data Center Knowledge, December 16th, 2016
                                "Bitcoin, that nebulous digital currency that trades in cyberspace and is 'mined' by code-cracking computers, emerged as a better bet this year than every major foreign-exchange trade, stock index and commodity contract.

                                The electronic coin that trades and is regulated like oil and gold surged 79 percent since the start of 2016 to $778, its highest level since early 2014, data compiled by Bloomberg shows. That's four times the gains posted by Russia's ruble and Brazil's real, the world's top two hard currencies..."

                                5 Things The Bitcoin And Blockchain Industry Needs To Stop Saying In 2017
                                CoinDesk, December 16th, 2016
                                "The bitcoin and blockchain industry continues to grow, but as new people begin to take notice, they're often greeted with the same tired talking points.

                                As we head into 2017, some of those talking points should be left by the roadside entirely.

                                Below, let's review the blockchain tropes that are not only hypocritical, but also unimportant to the greater goal of the technology..."

                                IT - DevOps
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                                9 Things To Expect In DevOps For 2017 (Slideshow)
                                The VAR Guy, December 14th, 2016
                                "The number of businesses moving to a DevOps and Agile culture will continue to rise and make a significant impact in 2017. According to RightScale, DevOps adoption has increased from 66 percent in 2015 to 74 percent in 2016. Many businesses are moving in this direction because DevOps and Agile create a better customer experience, providing greater functionality, new features, and frequent application upgrades. Statistics show that when customers feel valued and appreciated, it drives greater customer loyalty and profitability..."
                                MySQL
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                                MySQL Connector/C++ 1.1.8
                                By Daniel Horecki, December 16th, 2016
                                "A new GA (general availability) version of MySQL Connector/C++ has been made available: MySQL Connector/C++ 1.1.8 GA. The MySQL Connector/C++ provides a C++ API for connecting client applications to the MySQL Server 5.5 or newer..."
                                DevOps Guide to Database Backups for MariaDB & MySQL
                                By Severalnines, December 16th, 2016
                                "Check out our free whitepaper on database backups, which discusses in detail the two most popular backup utilities available for MySQL and MariaDB, namely mysqldump and Percona XtraBackup. If you're looking for insight into how to perform database backups efficiently or the impact of Storage Engine on MySQL or MariaDB backup procedures, need some tips & tricks on MySQL / MariaDB backup management - our new DevOps Guide has you covered..."
                                MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.5
                                By MySQL Release Engineering, December 16th, 2016
                                "MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.5 GA is a third GA version of 2.1 release series of the pure Python database driver for MySQL. It can be used for production environments.

                                MySQL Connector/Python version 2.1.5 GA is compatible with MySQL Server versions 5.5 and greater. Python 2.6 and greater as well as Python 3.3 and greater are supported. Python 2.4, 2.5 and 3.1, 3.2 are not supported..."

                                Cloud Computing
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                                3 Ways To Move On-Premises Workloads To The Cloud Without Losing Your Investments -- Or Your Mind
                                By Sasha Banks-Louie
                                Sasha writes, "Despite increasingly compelling arguments in favor of cloud computing - among them the unbeatable combination of greater flexibility at lower cost - many companies have not yet committed to moving operations to the cloud.

                                One big reason for the hesitation, says Steve McMillan, senior vice president of managed cloud services at Oracle, is that companies 'have made substantial investments in on-premises applications, which haven't yet realized their full ROI potential'..."

                                The Future of Cloud Is Still Ahead, and Oracle Leads the Way
                                By Margaret Harrist, December 13th, 2016
                                Margaret writes, "When it comes to the cloud, we're at the beginning of the beginning.

                                Only 6% of enterprise workloads have moved to the cloud - leaving 94% still running in data centers and on-premises solutions, said Oracle's Joe Strada, group vice president of cloud Platform Sales Engineering, at Oracle Cloud Day in Dallas in November..."

                                Linux
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                                Updated Docker images for Oracle Linux
                                By Avi Miller, December 13th, 2016
                                Avi blogs, "Docker is becoming even more popular for customers and users to optimise their deployment processes, particularly when integrated into a Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) pipeline. Docker forms the basis of several Oracle Cloud products, including the Oracle Developer Cloud, Oracle Application Container Cloud and Oracle Container Cloud.

                                As part of Oracle's ongoing commitment to security, we regularly release updates to the official Oracle Linux base images hosted on the Docker Hub and in the official Oracle GitHub repository. In the past month, we have released 5 updates across the Oracle Linux 5, 6 and 7 images to cover several CVEs that have been fixed..."

                                IT - Cloud
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                                The Outlook For Cloud Computing 2017? Lower Costs And More Options
                                Search Cloud Applications, December 16th, 2016
                                "In 2017, serverless computing technologies, data analytics and Docker containers will help drive innovation in the cloud. And you'll even get pay-as-you-consume time in the cloud...

                                Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lambda functions have become massively popular with DevOps folks, because Lambda lets you run code without provisioning an entire server.

                                The result is serverless computing, which means developers no longer have to worry about setting up or managing servers. Instead, they can just upload their code to the cloud and run it..."

                                Rise Of The Cloud-First Enterprise
                                Datamation, December 14th, 2016
                                "It's no surprise that most companies today use a cloud service or two as part of their IT mix. The latest edition of the Future of Cloud Computing Survey, an annual study from North Bridge, an equity and venture capital firm, and Wikibon, confirms that enterprises are not only adopting the cloud at a torrid pace, for many the cloud is their go-to approach to rolling out software and IT services.

                                Forty-two percent of those polled - the firms surveyed 1,351 respondents - said they subscribed to a cloud-first or cloud-only IT strategy. Another 49 percent said they make selective use of the cloud. In total, 90 percent of all enterprises rely on the cloud, in one way or another..."

                                Successfully Staffing The Cloud
                                Government Technology, December 13th, 2016
                                "Many state, city and county IT offices are caught in a bit of a Star Trek-ian time warp - professional staff members originally recruited for an on-premises business model face substantial obstacles when moving application software and hosting to the cloud. CIOs must align their staffers' skill sets with the constantly evolving demands of cloud computing, but few IT offices can keep pace..."
                                Multi-Cloud Management: What To Realistically Expect In 2017
                                InformationWeek, December 14th, 2016
                                "Learn what you should realistically expect from your multi-cloud management solution in 2017 -- and what you may have to wait for until 2018 and beyond.

                                Enterprises heavily invested in cloud computing across multiple service providers understand the tremendous effort it takes to manage policy in a unified fashion. Because of this, many IT decision makers are looking to multi-cloud management platforms as the solution to their problem..."

                                Financial Regulators Use AWS's Cloud To Analyze 75 Billion Trades Daily
                                Network World, December 13th, 2016
                                "About three years ago the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) began plotting a migration to Amazon's cloud. Most companies when they do so target low-hanging fruit: Applications that can be relatively easily lifted and shifted to the cloud.

                                Not FINRA. 'We started with the migration of our most critical systems to AWS,' explains Steve Randich, executive vice president and CIO of FINRA, and a former CIO of the NASDAQ stock exchange and Citibank. 'We moved our most mission critical, data-intensive services first.' Randich called them FINRA's 'crown jewels'..."

                                Data Centric Computing Is Driving The Next Revolution In Cloud Storage Alternatives
                                GIGAOM, December 14th, 2016
                                "As the march towards data-centric computing continues unabated, many organizations are finding that the traditional ideologies of the public cloud are no longer appropriate. The biggest issue is that the public cloud may not offer the level of security and speed needed by organizations that are transforming their intellectual property into actionable data sets. Simply put, there are enterprises that share a common problem, they cannot or will not send their proprietary data into a public cloud..."
                                vBeers-SF
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                                SFTA vBeers @ Boca (Biergarten Boca)
                                Wednesday, December 21st, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                                Funky Buddha Brewery - Oakland Park

                                The South Florida Technology Alliance and vBeers South Florida invites you to join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL.

                                The meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and East of I-95.

                                $5 burger/fries and $3 featured drafts during happy hour! (We may have a sponsor, so the beer may be sponsored!)

                                Bring your sense of humor and get ready for some great IT and virtualization conversations with some of the best people in South Florida's IT community.

                                Please share this invitation with your IT colleagues and encourage them to attend!

                                Please register at the SFTA Website.

                                South Florida Technology Alliance, John J. McLaughlin

                                IT - DR
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                                Disaster Recovery Testing: Technology Systems To Test DR
                                ComputerWeekly, December 12th, 2016
                                "In this concluding part of a two-part series, Computer Weekly looks at ways of testing disaster recovery plans, with methods including array-based replication and hypervisor-based approaches..

                                In this concluding part of a two-part series, Computer Weekly looks at ways of testing disaster recovery (DR). In the first article, we discussed the need for disaster recovery and for developing a strategy to test the backup process..."

                                Companies' Confidence In Their Disaster-Recovery Plans Plummets
                                The Datacenter Journal, December 14th, 2016
                                "Even as their companies' data storage grows as much as 30% each year, 83% of top IT professionals from across the nation have some doubts their disaster-recovery (DR) plans are complete and tested, according to a new e-book from Vision Solutions, a leading provider of IT modernization solutions.

                                The e-book, Destination HA/DR: A Road Trip to Business Continuity, also reveals:..."

                                IT - PM
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                                Construct A Winning Data Center Project Plan
                                Search Data Center, December 12th, 2016
                                "Before embarking on new data center projects, such as an upgrade or move to the cloud, clearly define all goals and expectations -- and not just for IT.

                                As organizations adopt technologies such as cloud computing, mobility and internet of things, they take on significant data center projects. These projects could include a move to the cloud, a major update to a critical business application, a server brand change or new infrastructure management tools..."

                                Building Your Project Management Office
                                Business 2 Community, December 14th, 2016
                                "In a work of increasingly complex interactions and business models, the need for a standardized approach to managing projects has never been greater. The benefits of businesses building their own Project Management Office (PMO) will depend on whether the business culture, leadership team, and project processes, tools, and goals are aligned. Although there are project management standards that can be applied to every project each of these must be individually applied to meet the needs of each unique project. This means that there is no 'one size fits all' approach to project management and that the team needs to understand both the unique needs of the project as well as how to wield each tool to be successful..."
                                4 Tips For Managing A Diverse Project Team
                                TechRepublic, December 13th, 2016
                                "Most project management approaches and toolsets are organized and geared toward values from American culture. Here are a few strategies for making sure everyone can contribute...

                                The first White House Demo Day in 2015 featured women and minority founders in technology, and President Obama urged tech companies to more rigorously pursue workforce diversity..."

                                IT - Networks
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                                Reducing Wan Complexity with SD-WAN Segmentation
                                Network World, December 12th, 2016
                                "There are a lot of reasons why IT is so excited about SD-WAN solutions these days. Of course, the potential cost savings of being able to leverage broadband Internet connections securely and with high reliability are particularly compelling. But the true value of an SD-WAN encompasses many more benefits including agility, security and application Quality of Service (QoS)..."
                                What Bluetooth 5 Will Bring To Internet Of Things Devices In 2017 (Slideshow)
                                eWeek, December 13th, 2016
                                "There's a new wireless standard coming to wireless devices. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has finalized the Bluetooth 5 specification, paving the way for device makers around the world to start integrating it into their products in the coming months. In a statement, Bluetooth SIG said the enhancements in the Bluetooth 5 standard will be able to accommodate the influx of connected devices over the next several years. Bluetooth 5 promises faster performance than Bluetooth 4, better range and enhanced security..."
                                Should You Buy an SD-WAN Service?
                                Network World, December 12th, 2016
                                "SD-WAN services are starting to hit the market. Are they right for your organization?

                                When we first started evaluating SD-WANs, the market was pretty straightforward. You had a few appliance (virtual and hardware) providers, a service provider and that's about it. Today, more than 30 vendors deliver some kind of SD-WAN.

                                Mind boggling? A bit, but we can help. There are three categories of SD-WAN offerings today. You can buy SD-WAN equipment (and software) and do it yourself (DIY), subscribe to an over-the-top (OTT) SD-WAN service, or have your SD-WAN bundled with a carrier network, such as MPLS or Direct Internet Access (DIA). We'll look at each one of them..."

                                  A Deep and Diverse Menu: VPNs for Any Needs
                                  Network World, December 13th, 2016
                                  "There are a variety of virtual private network (VPN) solutions available today.

                                  Let's start off with a quick glance at the menu of options:

                                  • Software-defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN)
                                  • Multiprotocol Label Switching (MLPS)
                                  • Broadband
                                  • Multiservice VPN
                                  • Ethernet
                                  • Internet Protocol Security (IPSec)
                                  • Remote access services
                                  • Cloud-connected

                                  The good news is there are site by site options to best meet the needs of your organization. So here's a quick guide..."

                                  Virtualised Network Management In The Age Of Encryption
                                  Information Age, December 13th, 2016
                                  "Given the current state of cyber security it's more important than ever to balance encryption on network management, yet it's a problem that's difficult to manage due to network virtualisation...

                                  Traffic encryption is helping us to keep our data private and that's a good thing.In the post-Snowden era, safeguarding vital information like credit card numbers, passwords, and other identifiable data from anyone who gains unauthorised access to network traffic has become more important than ever before..."

                                  The Beginning of the End for Enterprise Network VLANs
                                  Network World, December 12th, 2016
                                  "It is possible to build a very large, flat IP network for the Wi-Fi domain with today's WLAN equipment

                                  Many of us cordially detest virtual LANs (VLANs). They require complicated configuration, and consequently they are error-prone. They do not offer fully satisfactory solutions for the problems they are employed to solve, primarily limiting broadcast traffic and segregating devices and their traffic for security purposes. But as the least-worst alternative, they are a fact of life in many networks.

                                  Recent developments in WLAN and data center networking offer opportunities to escape VLANs..."

                                  IT - IoT
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                                  What's Naughty & Nice About The Internet Of Things
                                  Dark Reading, December 12th, 2016
                                  "It's easy to catalogue the worst IoT security hazards. But that's not the whole story.

                                  The press rightly publicizes the worst IoT security hazards, and there's a hefty catalogue of what's wrong. The most recent entry on the naughty list is the 'IoT-powered DDoS' traffic-flooding attack, where hackers exploit well-known passwords to control insecure connected devices like cameras and use them en masse to disrupt Internet service. Easily exploitable connected devices pollute the public Internet. The situation begs comparison to Ohio's much-abused Cuyahoga River, which grew so concentrated with industrial sludge that it actually caught fire at least 13 times over the course of a century..."

                                  10 IoT Considerations For SEO & Other Digital Marketing Strategies
                                  Business 2 Community, December 16th, 2016
                                  "The Jetsons. Back to the Future. Metropolis. A Space Odyssey. Total Recall. Minority Report. These old favorites feature the past's imagined technologies of the future, including many inventions to assist us in our daily lives. Ranging from the voice-activated or robotic to the instantaneous and answer-your-every-command 'genie' devices, these advancements once seemed impossible within our lifetimes. Technologists, however, did indeed bring the future to us - by developing networked devices..."
                                    The Internet Of Things: When Bigger Is Not Better
                                    Dark Reading, December 13th, 2016
                                    "What happens when 10,000 companies add programmability and connectivity to their products, and we increase the Internet's attack surface by a million times or more?

                                    Sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, on a psychological level at least. There was a time when parents and teenagers could not instantly reach each other in times of stress, which made the task of 'checking in' far more difficult and dubious than it is today..."

                                      IoT And Agriculture: A Natural Combination
                                      ZDNet, December 16th, 2016
                                      "Solid examples of IoT applicability are sometimes hard to articulate. But agriculture provides a use case that is quite concrete, even if in rural environments...

                                      We all know that the Internet of Things (IoT) represents game-changing transformation in the industrial application of technology...or at least we think we do. Perhaps more accurately, we sense that denying IoT's significance would be foolishly contrarian. And while we might have an innate sense of why IoT is so important, we also might come up short when pressed to describe specific applications of IoT technology..."

                                      IT - Linux
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                                      Torvalds Releases Hefty Linux Kernel Update
                                      LinuxInsider, December 13th, 2016
                                      "Linus Torvalds this weekend announced Linux 4.9, which offers a number of significant upgrades to the kernel..."

                                      "I'm pretty sure this is the biggest release we've ever had, at least in terms of commits," Torvalds wrote. "If you look at the number of lines changed, we've had bigger releases in the past but they've tended to be due to specific issues."

                                      Popular Centos Linux Server Gets A Major Refresh
                                      ZDNet, December 13th, 2016
                                      "The new CentOS 7 release, based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3, has arrived...

                                      CentOS doesn't get many headlines. But it's still the server Linux of choice for many hosting companies, datacenters, and businesses with in-house Linux experts. That's because CentOS, which is controlled by Red Hat, is a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) clone. As such, it reaps the benefits of RHEL's business Linux development efforts without RHEL's costs..."

                                      Linux 2017 - Looking Ahead
                                      Freedom Penguin, December 12th, 2016
                                      "As the year 2016 draws nearer to a close, I would like to offer some thoughts about the last year in Linux and maybe even dare to make a few predictions for 2017. Please do keep in mind that nothing I say herein is based in any hard fact but rather comes from my own perceptions, hearsay and conjecture on my part. Do with them what you will and feel free to disagree at any point along the way..."
                                      IT - Operations
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                                      Brush Up Your Data Center Facilities Management Strategy
                                      SearchDataCenter, December 14th, 2016
                                      "An inefficient data center can break the bank. Prevent cooling failures and update battery technology to remain efficient and keep your data center cost-effective...

                                      Data center facilities management -- from the maintenance of uninterruptable power supply systems to gauging power efficiency -- is an evolving space for IT teams. For example, older metrics, such as power usage effectiveness, are no longer enough to understand data center efficiency, and increasing power density can lead to more destructive cooling failures.

                                      All of this means it's important to adjust your data center facilities management strategy to adapt to these changing standards, and to keep your data center efficient and cost-friendly. Here are four SearchDataCenter tips from 2016 to help you get started..."

                                      Two Recurring Issues In Data Center Monitoring Automation
                                      The Datacenter Journal, December 13th, 2016
                                      "In my previous post, I began to explore the what and why of data center monitoring automation:

                                      • What: Device discovery, connectivity, application discovery, monitoring assignments, automated actions triggered by alerts and more.

                                      • Why: Because we're lazy.

                                      In my next post, I'm going to dig into the how and provide some specific examples of automation that exemplify the raw potential that automation brings to bear, and how it can be a powerful force for good in your data center. But in this post, I want to take a step sideways and address two major issues that often come up at this point in the conversation..."

                                      10 Mistakes To Avoid When Troubleshooting IT Problems
                                      TechRepublic, December 13th, 2016
                                      "The pressure of troubleshooting technology can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially in emergency situations. Avoiding these 10 mistakes will improve your chances for success...

                                      As a system administrator, I've spent over 25 years in technology and seen all the ups and downs of troubleshooting and resolving problems. In the heat of the moment, as stress and frustration pile up, desperation can cause IT staff to make bad choices which further compound the problems and delay resolution.

                                      Whether trying to diagnose a single device or dealing with the urgency of a company-wide outage, there are solid best practices on what NOT to do. With that in mind, here are 10 things to avoid doing, so you can limit the pain and keep things running as smoothly as possible:.."

                                        What'S Next After Hyperconvergence?
                                        The Register, December 15th, 2016
                                        "Hyperconverged box humming away nicely? Time to take things up a notch

                                        So, you've had a crack at hyperconverged architecture. You've bought your cloud-in-a-box solution from Nutanix, VMware or whomever and tried it out on a pilot project - something manageable and discrete that didn't interfere with the rest of your architecture too much. And now that you've dipped your toe in the water, you'd like to wade in a little further..."

                                        IT - Security
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                                        Top 15 Security Predictions For 2017
                                        CSO Online, December 14th, 2016
                                        "Not that anybody knows for sure what will be happening even a month from now, never mind six months to a year...

                                        It is once again, as the song doesn't quite say, 'the most predictive time of the year.' Not that anybody knows for sure what will be happening even a month from now, never mind six months to a year.

                                        But that does not, and should not, stop organizations from trying. The way to get ahead and stay ahead, especially in online security, is to look ahead..."

                                        12 Tips For Implementing Secure Business Practices
                                        HelpNet Security, December 12th, 2016
                                        "Optiv Security shared a list of a dozen tips for implementing secure business practices during the 2016 holiday season. Security experts developed these recommendations to help security and IT teams better prepare their companies and employees to address the increase in cyber threats that occur during this time of year..."
                                        Worried About Cybersecurity? Insist On Long Passwords
                                        CIO Today, December 15th, 2016
                                        "'I have two dogs' may not sound like much, but it could be the foundation for an improved wall against costly and time-consuming cyber attacks.

                                        At a recent panel discussion [during] Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Kevin Howard, principal security architect at cyber security and risk management company Secuvant, suggested that companies insist on having their employees use lengthy passwords, or even phrases, to keep the bad guys out of their computer networks..."

                                        5 Tips To Stay Ahead Of Ransomware Threats
                                        CIO, December 13th, 2016
                                        "Ransomware is on the rise and promises to be an even bigger threat in 2017. Here are five ways to protect against attacks...

                                        According to Symantec's 2016 Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), there were more than 4,000 ransomware attacks per day since Jan 1, 2016, a 300-percent increase over 2015, which saw an average 1,000 attacks per day, according to the ISTR.

                                        While organizations can't ever be completely protected, there are a number of steps you can take to minimize the risk and potential fallout from a ransomware attack, says Scott Millis, CTO at mobile security and secure device management platform Cyber adAPT..."

                                        Nearly Half Of The Top 1 Million Websites Deemed Risky
                                        Dark Reading, December 13th, 2016
                                        "Forty-six percent of the top million websites, as ranked by Alexa, pose potential malware risks to businesses.

                                        Nearly half (46%) of the Alexa top one million websites were found to be risky, putting businesses at risk as their users visits these sites.

                                        The finding is part of a new report published by Menlo Security entitled 'State of the Web 2016: Quantifying Today's Internet Risk,' where researchers examined key characteristics of the top one million websites, as ranked by Alexa, to determine sources of risk..."

                                        Flood Of Threat Data Overwhelming Security Operations Center Managers (Slideshow)
                                        eWeek, December 13th, 2016
                                        "In the modern cyber-security landscape, security vendors have been pushing the idea of visibility and alerting tools to help improve enterprise security. According to Intel Security's McAfee Labs Threat Report for December 2016, many of the alerts that security tools are generating might be for naught as 93 percent of respondents admitted that they are unable to properly respond to all potential threats. The overwhelming number of security alerts is in part being driven by an increasing hostile attack landscape with 67 percent of organization reporting that they received an increased number of security incidents..."
                                        10 Security Trends To Watch In 2017
                                        ITProPortal, December 13th, 2016
                                        "Once a year either at the end of an old or the start of a new year, I deliver a view on the forthcoming year. Common to many industry analysts who 'call' the market, it's a view based on customer sentiment (I speak to many customers), extensive research, market knowledge and many years of experience (an elegant way of writing 'gut feel'). This year I will release the 'Security 10 for 2017' earlier than normal to reduce the comparison to other market perspectives that will appear on mass in January..."
                                        30 Easy Tips For Cyber-Security
                                        ITProPortal, December 14th, 2016
                                        "The 30 tips listed below aren't exhaustive and some may seem obvious, but the simple rules are sometimes forgotten.

                                        The world of cyber-security presents us with a tangled web of information. 2016 had its fair share cyber security tales and it's clear that the hackers aren't slowing down in their attacks.

                                        In our increasingly paranoid online world, we are told what we can and can't open, when and where we will be hacked, and how the cyber criminals are inescapable. Individuals and businesses are bombarded by the influx of guidelines on how to live their internet lives - but how can this information be filtered into something tangible for everyday use? ..."

                                        Five Ways Cybersecurity Is Nothing Like The Way Hollywood Portrays It
                                        Network World, December 15th, 2016
                                        "According to pop culture's portrayal of cybersecurity, the industry is hot property. Hacks and breaches not only dominate the real-world media, but they can be seen everywhere in TV and movies today.

                                        Granted, there have been some early examples of security issues playing a role in pop culture plot lines, such as the 1980s cult-classic Tron. But in recent years, Hollywood seems to have really picked up the mantle when it comes to cybersecurity. If the bright lights of TV and movies are to be believed, hackers are simultaneously the coolest and scariest people on the planet.

                                        Let's take a look at five of the most common cybersecurity misperceptions as portrayed in TV shows and movies:.."

                                        4 Historic Security Events Of 2016 And What They Teach Us [Infographic]
                                        CSO Online, December 15th, 2016
                                        "From the massive data breaches at Yahoo to the election hacks, history will look back on 2016 as a very instructive year indeed...

                                        What is it they say about failing to learn the lessons of history and being doomed to repeat it? However the famous saying goes, I think we can agree that the events of 2016 can be very instructive if we choose to pay attention.

                                        Just yesterday, for example, Yahoo disclosed a breach from 2013 involving more than 1 billion user accounts - and those are unrelated to the 2014 breach disclosed in September involving over 500 million user accounts..."

                                          The New CISO Imperative: Solving The Information Management Paradox
                                          HelpNet Security, December 13th, 2016
                                          "According to Cybersecurity Ventures' Cybersecurity Market Report, worldwide spending on cybersecurity is predicted to top $1 trillion for the five-year period from 2017 to 2021. However, in the drive to become more cyber resilient in 2017, organizations are extending risk management that is traditionally based on parametric measures (i.e., data loss prevention and firewalls) towards information stewardship - the proper identification, categorization and deletion of their own content, regardless of where it is saved..."
                                          IT - Careers
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                                          How Bad Hires Hurt Your Organization (Slideshow)
                                          CIO Insight, December 15th, 2016
                                          "If you're like many CIOs and other executives and managers, you've been saddled with a bad hire at least once in your career. In fact, most companies have to deal with this issue, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. In some cases, candidates lie about their qualifications. In others, they develop negative attitudes while failing to meet quality-of-work expectations. As a result, department productivity and morale typically take a plunge. And this costs companies plenty - a five-figure loss on average..."
                                            Time Management Experts Share Their Secrets For Staying Productive During The Holidays
                                            Fast Company, December 13th, 2016
                                            "An overloaded calendar can make December feel like the least productive time of year. But with some small shifts, it doesn't have to be...

                                            It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it's also the busiest. Chances are your social obligations are picking up as well as your off-hours tasks. How do you get everything done without sacrificing productivity at work?..."

                                              You've Got The Job Offer, Now What?
                                              Business 2 Community, December 16th, 2016
                                              "You've been thinking about it. You've been dreaming about it. Now it's in your hand or at least in your inbox. That job offer you've been dreaming of is finally here.

                                              Now what?

                                              All your hard work. All your research. All your effort's, including time away from family, friends, and fun activities.

                                              First off - Congratulations!..."

                                                Want Top IT Talent? Start Interviewing Well Before You Have Openings
                                                The Enterprisers Project, December 15th, 2016
                                                "How does a rapidly-growing company keep bringing on the IT talent it needs? By interviewing candidates well before it needs them, says Anjoo Rai-Marchant, CTO of employee engagement solution provider HighGround. In an interview with The Enterprisers Project, she explains how she keeps the talent pipeline full..."
                                                4 Real-Life Ways People Shut Down Interruptions For Good
                                                Fast Company, December 14th, 2016
                                                "When it's time to get things done, interruptions can be the bane of a productive person's existence. Email and instant messages, phone calls, and co-workers with "just a quick question" can easily eat up hours of our day and, basically, make our work lives hell.

                                                But it's possible to develop effective strategies to manage interruptions and train your co-workers and even supervisors to give you some space while you finish your work. Here are four real-life examples of tactics that worked..."

                                                  IT - Virtualization
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                                                  Everything You Need To Know About Containers As A Service
                                                  Search Cloud Applications, December 15th, 2016
                                                  "Containers as a service provides an easy way to set up a container cluster. Choosing the right CaaS platform depends on hosting and the flexibility of a container stack...

                                                  CaaS is what you get when you take the platform as a service paradigm and apply it to containers. A CaaS is designed to be a complete, easy-to-install platform for hosting and managing containerized applications.

                                                  Think of a CaaS as a Linux distribution. If you want, you could take all the different pieces you need to create a Linux-based operating system, then build and configure them yourself. Or you could use a Linux distribution like CentOS or Ubuntu, where everything comes preassembled and ready to use out of the box..."

                                                  IT - Email
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                                                  91% Of Cyberattacks Start With A Phishing Email
                                                  Dark Reading, December 13th, 2016
                                                  "Phishing remains the number one attack vector, according to a new study that analyzes why users fall for these lures...

                                                  The majority of cyberattacks begin with a user clicking on a phishing email. Ever wonder why users continue to fall for phishing emails?

                                                  According to a new report from PhishMe that found that 91% of cyberattacks start with a phish, the top reasons people are duped by phishing emails are curiosity (13.7%), fear (13.4%), and urgency (13.2%), followed by reward/recognition, social, entertainment, and opportunity..."

                                                    IT - Mobile
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                                                    Leveling The Playing Field For Mobile Transformation
                                                    Business 2 Community, December 13th, 2016
                                                    "Mobility, BYOD and the massive adoption of cloud-based services have dramatically transformed both culture and business. Organizations continue to look for ways to leverage mobile for business gains, though this is easier said than done. Defining real needs and collaborating to find practical solutions will help avoid false starts. Understanding who in the organization is best positioned to lead this charge is also important..."
                                                    IT - Big Data
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                                                    IT Teams Take Steps To Simplify Big Data Analytics Process
                                                    SearchBusinessAnalytics, December 14th, 2016
                                                    "Even with the expanding array of advanced analytics tools now available for use, analytics teams still face plenty of challenges in developing big data applications and getting useful information from them.

                                                    For starters, building predictive models and machine learning applications is a difficult, time-consuming task that typically involves testing out a large number of data variables and algorithms before finding a combination that produces the desired analytics results. The degree of difficulty ratchets up further as the big data analytics process becomes more complex, such as in deep learning and artificial intelligence initiatives, noted Andy Feng, vice president in charge of Yahoo's big data and machine learning architecture..."

                                                    Why Does Data Decay So Fast?
                                                    Business 2 Community, December 14th, 2016
                                                    "People change jobs, get promoted and move home. Companies go out of business, expand and relocate. Every one of these changes contributes to data decay. It's been said that business databases degrade by around 30% per year, but why?

                                                    A report by IDG states that companies with effective data grow 35% faster year-on-year. However, for this to happen your data needs to have a high level of accuracy, consistency and completeness. Yet for many businesses, data quality is seen as an abstract concept - let's examine why"

                                                      4 Statistics That Show Why We Must Bridge The Gap Between Collecting Customer Data & Actually Using It
                                                      Business 2 Community, December 13th, 2016
                                                      "I have a challenge for you: Ask your sales or business development professionals how many sales they've won because of your CRM system.

                                                      Chances are, if you're like most organizations, you're going to hear crickets or maybe even spy the slightest eye roll.

                                                      We base our hypothesis on a study by CSO Insights. They report that more organizations than ever have CRM systems. In fact, it's almost ubiquitous considering 80% of the more than 1,000 companies they surveyed have a CRM solution. But only a third have adoption rates of at least 90%, this is almost a 10% drop over the past decade. This is concerning, especially now that more organizations than ever have CRM system..."

                                                        Why Many Organizations Don't Trust Their Data (Slideshow)
                                                        CIO Insight, December 16th, 2016
                                                        "Despite all of the talk about the potential of data and analytics (D&A), most of the professionals who work closely in these areas are not confident in the integrity and reliability of the resulting insights, according to a recent survey commissioned by KPMG International and conducted by Forrester Consulting.

                                                        The accompanying report, 'Building Trust in Analytics,' indicates that very few survey respondents think their company excels in the management of D&A quality. Such shortcomings impact the information needed for customer research, business operations and even risk and security management..."

                                                        What Does 2017 Have In Store For Big Data?
                                                        Information Age, December 15th, 2016
                                                        "Big data has been an ambiguous buzzword that has been flying around the technology industry for sometime, but this will change in 2017...

                                                        This has been the year that big data has become, if possible, even bigger.A survey by Gartner found that 48% of companies invested in big data in 2016, and nearly three quarters of those surveyed have already invested, or plan to invest for 2017..."

                                                        12 Top Data And IT Trends To Expect In 2017 (Slideshow)
                                                        Information Management, December 12th, 2016
                                                        "This year has seen tremendous changes in the areas of analytics, machine learning, and the Internet of Things. Expect more of the same in 2017, according to these experts..."

                                                        • Organizations Learn to Trust the Data Lake
                                                        • The IoT Market Will See Greater Consolidation
                                                        • IoT Architect Becomes the Top Job Role
                                                        • Need For Speed Becomes Top Data Focus
                                                        • Consumers will Gain Control of their Own Data
                                                        • Mobile, IoT and Cloud Become Must Dos
                                                        • Traditional Network Security Becomes Irrelevant
                                                        • Big Data or Bust in 2017?
                                                        • Hackers Hijack Connected Cars
                                                        • Data Management Becomes the Final Frontier
                                                        • Deep Learning Emerges As True Strategy
                                                        • Predictive Analytics and AI Become Differentiators

                                                        Read on for details.

                                                        8 Big Data Predictions For 2017
                                                        Network World, December 12th, 2016
                                                        "Skills requirements will shift and M&A activity will increase...

                                                        Market research and advisory firm Ovum estimates the big data market will grow from $1.7 billion in 2016 to $9.4 billion by 2020. As the market grows, enterprise challenges are shifting, skills requirements are changing, and the vendor landscape is morphing. The coming year promises to be a busy one for big data pros. Here are some predictions from industry watchers and technology players..."

                                                        IT - BYOD
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                                                        BYOD: Large Firms Need Clarity From The Top, Not Ambiguity Or Denial
                                                        Business 2 Community, December 14th, 2016
                                                        "In a previous article, we pointed out how millennials - whose digital-nativeness is often praised by employers - are actually endowed with less cybersecurity-savviness than their more senior co-workers. A key consequence of this is their failure to distinguish personal from professional uses of technology, and the fact that consumer and corporate
                                                          Top10
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                                                          Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                          Vol 226 Issue 1; Vol 225 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Vol 224 Issues 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:

                                                          • Java EE Training - Expand Your Skills to Enterprise Applications
                                                          • Friday Spotlight: New to OpenStack, Here is the Perfect Training for You
                                                          • Journey to Cloud with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
                                                          • Oracle Bear-Hugs the International Maker Movement
                                                          • Announcing Oracle Mobile Cloud Service v3.1
                                                          • Orchestrator at GitHub
                                                          • MySQL Connector/NET 6.10.0 alpha has been released
                                                          • MySQL 8.0: Storing IPv6
                                                          • 5 Cloud Lessons Learned: Tales from Oracle's Customer Success Managers
                                                          • Integrating Styles into Oracle JET Applications

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

                                                            IT - Encryption
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                                                            ENISA Says Crypto Backdoors Are A Bad Idea
                                                            Help Net Security, December 14th, 2016
                                                            "History has shown that technology beats legislation, and criminals are best placed to capitalise on this opportunity," the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) noted in a recently released opinion paper on encryption...

                                                            "The paper addresses the question of whether backdoors or key escrow schemes should be implemented in encryption solutions, so that law enforcement and security services are able to decrypt communication that could be vital to solving cases.

                                                            ENISA's position is clear: the use of backdoors in cryptography is not a solution..."

                                                            Growth Rates Of Cryptographic Keys And Certificates
                                                            Help Net Security, December 16th, 2016
                                                            "A new study conducted by Dimensional Research evaluated current and projected growth rates of cryptographic keys and digital certificates in the enterprise for 2016 and 2017. Study respondents included 505 IT professionals that manage these critical cryptographic assets in the U.S., U.K., France and Germany..."
                                                              IT - Server
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                                                              Systems Admin Role Isn't Dead
                                                              CIO, December 12th, 2016
                                                              "Despite dire predictions, the role of the system administrator is far from obsolete. Nick Bush is a prime example of how the role continues to evolve and change while remaining critical to IT.

                                                              With the ubiquity of cloud technology and the availability of modern systems administration tools that allow anyone from developers to administrative assistants to procure and provision servers and services, it's tempting to think that the role of the system administrator, or sysadmin, is obsolete..."

                                                                LibreOffice
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                                                                LibreOffice has a new Extensions & Templates website
                                                                By The Document Foundation, December 14th, 2016
                                                                The Document Foundation announces the new Extensions & Templates website, which offers an improved user experience to both developers and end users: https://extensions.libreoffice.org. The resource is now based on the latest version of the Plone open source Content Management System, and has been both coordinated and developed by Andreas Mantke, deputy member of the board at The Document Foundation.

                                                                "Two of LibreOffice's most distinctive characteristics are the possibility of adding features through extensions, and improving quality and consistency of documents thanks to templates", says Andreas Mantke. "After six years, we decided to refresh the existing resource, to make it easier for developers to upload their files, and for end users to search and download them. I'd love to see an increasing number of contributors uploading extensions and templates".

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                                                                Introducing Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET), for mobile app development
                                                                By Graeme Mawson, November 12th, 2016
                                                                Graeme blogs, "In March this year Oracle proudly announced that we had open sourced the Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET), targeted at intermediate to advanced JavaScript developers working on client-side applications.

                                                                Since then we've released new JET versions every couple of months.

                                                                You can find out more about JET on the oraclejet.org website..."

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                                                                Turn Pain Into Gain With Agile Software Development
                                                                Business 2 Community, December 13th, 2016
                                                                "Integration is one of the most painful parts of a traditional software development process. After the system is designed and coded it gets integrated together in a Waterfall process, and this is when the nastiest bugs show their faces. It's also when we really can't afford to address fundamental issues..."
                                                                  Functional Programming Vs. Object-Oriented Programming
                                                                  jaxenter, December 14th, 2016
                                                                  "In this article, Lucas Dohmen, a consultant at InnoQ, is weighing in on the differences between functional programming and object-oriented programming. He concludes that instead of wondering whether FP is better than OO, people should ask themselves the following question: What concepts and ideas help me to write better code?..."
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                                                                    Oracle Technology Patch Versioning Changed
                                                                    By Steven Chan, December 16th, 2016
                                                                    Steven blogs, "Version numbering for Oracle Database, Enterprise Manager, and Fusion Middleware products began to change after November 2015. The new version format makes it easier to see which bundle patches are from which time-frame, and in particular which patches are from the same Critical Patch Update release..."
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                                                                    OpenSFS Announces Release of Lustre 2.9.0
                                                                    HPCWire, December 15th, 2016
                                                                    "Open Scalable File Systems (OpenSFS) is pleased to announce that the Lustre 2.9.0 release has been declared GA and is available for download.

                                                                    This major release includes new features:

                                                                    • UID/GID Mapping Provides the capability to remap user and group IDs based on node address so as to simplify administration when sharing access between security domains (LU-3291)
                                                                    • Shared Key Crypto Identifies clients/servers and authenticates/encrypts RPCs (LU-3289)
                                                                    • ...

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                                                                    Nexenta News
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                                                                    Leading Merchandise Optimization Software Company Realizes $120K in Savings via Nexenta Open Software-Defined Storage Solutions
                                                                    Revionics Achieves Rapid Scalability to Meet Growing Business Needs and Support Retail Customers Worldwide
                                                                    Nexenta the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), announced that Revionics, a proven leader in end-to-end merchandise optimization solutions,leveraged NexentaStor to achieve rapid scalability at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) to support their growing customer base.

                                                                    Revionics' customer base includes leading retailers like Dick's Sporting Goods (link is external), Michael's Stores and Cabela's, which require the support of robust systems for their price, promotion and markdown optimization capabilities delivered via SaaS, using science-based predictive analytics. Revionics was traditionally a storage attached network (SAN) vendor shop, relying on various storage solutions to support customer data.Revionics wanted a longer-term solution that could scale robustly to keep pace with the growth of both their customer base and in data volumes from existing customers.

                                                                    NexentaStor 4.0.5
                                                                    Nexenta, December 14th, 2016
                                                                    NexentaStor 4.0.5, Nexenta's latest and greatest maintenance update, is now generally available for online upgrades and download from nexenta.com.

                                                                    This release further hardens Nexenta's core product and rolls up all Fix Packs and customer specific patches released since 4.0.4 went GA (a bit more than a year ago now). It also includes a number of enhancements, such as:

                                                                    • Support for Data At Rest Encryption on Self-Encrypting Drive based configurations
                                                                    • Numerous security updates, including update to OpenSSL 1.0.2
                                                                    • Support for Intel XL710 40GbE NIC, and X710 10GbE NICs
                                                                    • Support for QLogic 16Gbps FC
                                                                    • Numerous chassis management additions (e.g. Ericsson HDS8k, Dell MD1280, Amax)
                                                                    • and more (see release notes for details)

                                                                    https://nexenta.com/products/downloads/nexentastor

                                                                    Nexentaedge DevOps Goes Gratis For Docker Persistent Storage
                                                                    SeachStorage, December 13th, 2016
                                                                    Garry Kranz writes in SeachStorage, "Nexenta Systems Inc. is giving away a special version of its NexentaEdge block, file and object storage for building Docker persistent storage containers.

                                                                    NexentaEdge DevOps integrates Docker persistent storage from up to three Linux servers and 16 TB of raw storage with NexentaEdge data and storage services.

                                                                    It has introduced NexentaEdge DevOps for development teams that require self-service provisioning and storage management for containerized applications. The DevOps edition is a separate code release from its software-defined NexentaEdge platform..."

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                                                                    Veritas Study Reveals Over Half of Businesses Are Unprepared for GDPR
                                                                    Compliance breaches will trigger unprecedented fines unless businesses address failings in the next 18 months
                                                                    Newly released research from Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, shows more than half of organizations have failed to begin any work on meeting minimum General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance.

                                                                    Intended to harmonize data security, retention and governance legislation across European Union (EU) member states, GDPR requires greater oversight of where and how sensitive data - including personal, credit card, banking and health information - is stored and transferred, and how access to it is policed and audited by organizations. GDPR will not only affect companies within the EU, but extend globally to the U.S. and other countries, impacting any company that conducts business in the region or with an EU organization...

                                                                    Microsoft News
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                                                                    As location data grows, Microsoft partners with mapping companies to build next world graph
                                                                    By Kevin Dallas, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Business Development
                                                                    Location is essential in understanding the world around us, and making sense of complex location data has enormous potential to transform lives, cities and industries. The journey starts with an ecosystem that leverages the heritage and first-class expertise and technologies of our partners. As a step in this direction, TomTom, HERE and ESRI - all titans in mapping technology - joined us Wednesday at the Microsoft Technology Center in Detroit to share our goals of pioneering intelligent location-based services across Microsoft services and technologies.
                                                                    Microsoft and AI: Introducing social chatbot Zo, Cortana takes on new roles and more
                                                                    Microsoft, December 13th, 2016
                                                                    On Tuesday, Microsoft introduced Zo, the next evolution in chatbots; shared how Cortana, in partnership with Harman Kardon, will be present in a new way in your home; and announced that more than 67,000 developers are now using Microsoft's Bot Framework and Cognitive Services.

                                                                    "We're really moving from a world where we have to understand computers to a world where they will understand us and our intent, from machine-centric to human-centric, from perceptive to cognitive and from rational to emotional," Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence and Research group, said at a small gathering on AI in San Francisco.

                                                                    Microsoft Ventures: Making the long bet on AI + people
                                                                    By Nagraj Kashyap - Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Ventures
                                                                    "Today, I'm excited to share another significant commitment by Microsoft to democratize AI: a new Microsoft Ventures fund for investment in AI companies focused on inclusive growth and positive impact on society. I also have an update about the growth of our overall portfolio of companies.

                                                                    AI holds great promise to augment human capabilities and improve society by tackling some of the world's biggest problems. Our recently announced partnership with OpenAI is a key example of us working to use AI to address important issues such as climate change, inequality, health and education..."

                                                                    Symantec News
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                                                                    Symantec Research Provides Key Evidence for International Cybercriminal Takedown
                                                                    Three men arrested in Romania and extradited to the U.S. for $35 million USD fraud operation known as 'Bayrob'
                                                                    Symantec Corp., the global leader in cyber security, today revealed the findings of a decade-long research campaign that helped unearth an international cybercriminal gang dubbed "Bayrob." Symantec's wealth of intelligence led to a successful FBI sting operation and the capture of three criminals in Romania. The group is responsible for stealing up to $35 million USD from victims through auto auction scams, credit card fraud and computer intrusion.

                                                                    Through its research, Symantec discovered multiple versions of Bayrob malware, collected helpful intelligence data, and witnessed Bayrob as it morphed from online fraud to a 300,000+ botnet for cryptocurrency mining. Over time, Symantec's research team gained deep technical insight into Bayrob's operations and its malicious activities, such as its recruitment of money mules...

                                                                    IBM News
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                                                                    IBM Named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape on Worldwide Object-Based Storage 2016 Vendor Assessment
                                                                    IBM, December 12th, 2016
                                                                    IBM announced that it has been recognized as a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Object-Based Storage 2016 Vendor Assessment for the third consecutive year.

                                                                    The study assesses the capabilities and business strategies of leading suppliers in the (scale-out) Object-based Storage (OBS) market, which the IDC MarketScape notes is part of the overall file and OBS market segment. According to the IDC MarketScape, this evaluation is based on a comprehensive framework and a set of parameters that gauge the success of a supplier in delivering an OBS solution in the market. This study includes analysis of 12 key vendors of commercial OBS solutions with broad portfolios and global scale, per the IDC MarketScape.

                                                                    Unruly Taps IBM Watson To Improve Accuracy of Online Marketing Campaigns
                                                                    Unruly's New Video Targeting Tool Uses Watson Cognitive Computing to Help Increase Sales from Online Consumers
                                                                    British ad tech company Unruly has turned to IBM Watson to create a new cognitive powered psychographic targeting tool to increase the effectiveness of digital video ads. Unruly DNA combines the company's emotional intelligence tools with IBM Watson's machine learning capabilities to help identify and engage the people most likely to increase a brand's sales.

                                                                    Unruly is tapping Watson's Personality Insights service from the Cloud to help advertisers to learn how and why people think, act and feel a certain way. The Unruly DNA tool analyzes social media and other digital data from consumers and learns personality traits such as empathy, trust, assertiveness and imagination.

                                                                    Delos, IBM Join Forces to Advance Healthy Indoor Environments through Improved Digital Intelligence on the Cloud
                                                                    Wellness real estate tech firm aligns with IBM to develop cloud apps that quickly identify connections between health and indoor spacesI
                                                                    IBM announced that it is collaborating with wellness real estate and technology firm Delos to adopt IBM Cloud and cognitive technologies to speed the discovery of new insights in health and wellness and their connections to the design of indoor spaces.

                                                                    Designed to be a multi-year collaboration, Delos will leverage Watson and data analytics services through IBM Bluemix, IBM's cloud platform, to create cognitive applications that probe the connections between human health and indoor environments in which we live and work. Watson's work will draw from the terabytes of research data being generated from Delos Labs, Well Living Lab and Delos Applied Research units.

                                                                    The Weather Company Extends Access to WEATHERfx Platform Off-Property; Empowering Marketers to Improve Personalized Marketing
                                                                    Company Collaborating with The Trade Desk and Vistar Media to Better Target Programmatic Campaigns
                                                                    The Weather Company, an IBM Business, announced it is expanding off-property access to its proprietary automated ad targeting platform, WEATHERfx, and further extending the capability beyond The Weather Channel and Weather Underground web and mobile properties.

                                                                    As part of this WEATHERfx expansion, Weather has collaborated with The Trade Desk, a global self-service technology platform for buyers of advertising, and Vistar Media, the industry's first and only solution for programmatic out-of-home advertising. Through The Trade Desk and Vistar Media, marketers will be able to leverage WEATHERfx targeting across a variety of programmatic campaigns. Both programmatic and digital OOH advertising are promising growth markets, with programmatic ad spending expected to grow at double-digit rates for the next several years, and digital placements forecasted to account for more than half of OOH ad spending by 2018.

                                                                    IBM Cloud Unveils New Features and Growing Momentum for Open Serverless Platform
                                                                    Santander Group and others look to IBM Bluemix OpenWhisk to tap the benefits and flexibility of an open serverless platform
                                                                    IBM announced companies across a range of industries, including one of the world's top banks, Santander Group, are designing and testing new apps with Bluemix OpenWhisk, IBM's event-driven and open serverless computing platform. IBM is also releasing new OpenWhisk features designed to help developers rapidly debug code, more tightly integrate with third party tools, and adopt a broader range of programming languages.
                                                                    IBM Study: Businesses More likely to Pay Ransomware than Consumers
                                                                    70% of Businesses Impacted Paid Cybercriminals; half paid over $10,000 Consumers Motivated to Pay When Financial Info, Digital Family Memories Threatened, X-Force study, Limor Kessem, Dynamic Playbook
                                                                    IBM Security announced results from a study finding 70 percent of businesses infected with ransomware have paid ransom to regain access to business data and systems. In comparison, over 50 percent of consumers surveyed said they would not pay to regain access back to personal data or devices aside from financial data.

                                                                    Ransomware is an extortion technique used by cybercriminals where data on computers and other devices is encrypted and held for ransom until a specified amount of money is paid. The IBM X-Force study, 'Ransomware: How Consumers and Businesses Value Their Data' surveyed 600 business leaders and more than 1,000 consumers in the U.S. to determine the value placed on different types of data.

                                                                    Japan Airlines Selects IBM MobileFirst for iOS Apps to Support On-Time Arrivals, Departures
                                                                    IBM, December 14th, 2016
                                                                    Japan Airlines (JAL) announced it collaborated with IBM to jointly develop IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps -Assign Tech and Inspect & Turn -- to improve the aircraft maintenance process. Using iPad Pro and iPhone, aircraft engineers have access to tools and processes that allow them to expedite repairs and modifications to the aircraft.

                                                                    Improving the efficiency of aircraft maintenance for skilled engineers is an important issue for every airline. In the short amount of time that engineers have between landing and takeoff they need to check maintenance status, prepare maintenance manuals and adjust any necessary parts. They also need to communicate with related departments all while traveling between the airport apron and maintenance office.

                                                                    Resilient, an IBM Company Helps Organizations Respond to and Manage Ransomware
                                                                    New Dynamic Playbooks: An Industry First in Fighting Complex Cyber Threats
                                                                    Resilient, an IBM company released the industry's first Dynamic Playbook for ransomware, aimed at helping organizations globally respond effectively to this growing type of cyberattack. Dynamic Playbooks, the latest innovation to Resilient's Incident Response Platform, automate and orchestrate, in real-time, the variety of actions organizations need to take in response to cyberattacks.
                                                                    BMW Group to Start Research with IBM Watson
                                                                    IBM, December 15th, 2016
                                                                    IBM has announced a new collaboration with the BMW Group, through which the companies will work together to explore the role of Watson cognitive computing in personalizing the driving experience and creating more intuitive driver support systems for cars of the future.

                                                                    As part of the agreement, the BMW Group will collocate a team of researchers at IBM's global headquarters for Watson Internet of Things (IoT) in Munich, Germany and the companies will work together explore how to improve intelligent assistant functions for drivers.

                                                                    VMware News
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                                                                    Companies Across Industries Embrace the VMware Workspace ONE Platform for Delivering Consumer Simple and Enterprise Secure Digital Workspaces
                                                                    City of Lansing, Michigan, LCMC Health and Western Carolina University select VMware AirWatch, Horizon and Workspace ONE to power digital transformation
                                                                    VMware, Inc., a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, announced that the City of Lansing, Michigan, LCMC Health, and Western Carolina University have selected the VMware Workspace ONE platform as the solution of choice for delivering secure digital workspaces for flexible workstyles and bring your own device (BYOD). Powered by a combination of VMware AirWatch, VMware Horizon and VMware Workspace ONE identity management, the Workspace ONE platform is a simple and secure enterprise platform that delivers and manages any application on any device using a digital workspace that integrates identity, application and enterprise mobility management.
                                                                    Red Hat News
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                                                                    Friday Five - December 16, 2016
                                                                    Red Hat, December 16th, 2016
                                                                    The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.

                                                                    • Red Hat Global Customer Tech Outlook 2017: Customers focus on digital transformation, cloud, and DevOps
                                                                    • Nominations now open for the 2017 Red Hat Certified Professional of the Year Award
                                                                    • KeyBank Goes Cloud-Native, Builds a DevOps Practice and Chooses Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
                                                                    • Red Hat Improves Scalability, Simplifies Usability with Latest Version of Production-Ready OpenStack for Enterprise and Service Provider Clouds
                                                                    • Livestream with the New York Stock Exchange - Red Hat, Inc. Rings the NYSE Opening Bell

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                                                                    Red Hat Improves Scalability, Simplifies Usability with Latest Version of Production-Ready OpenStack for Enterprise and Service Provider Clouds
                                                                    Built on OpenStack 'Newton' community release, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 delivers refreshed user interface, customizable roles and long lifecycle support
                                                                    Red Hat, Inc. announced the availability of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10, the company's massively-scalable and agile cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution. Based on the upstream OpenStack 'Newton' release, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 drives new features that increase system-wide scalability, ease infrastructure management, and improve orchestration, while also enhancing network performance and platform security. Additionally, Red Hat OpenStack Platform 10 introduces a new software life cycle, with optional support up to 5 years...
                                                                    Red Hat Completes FIPS 140-2 Certifications for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
                                                                    The world's leading enterprise Linux platform adds nine security certifications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology
                                                                    Red Hat announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 has received nine Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 security certifications from the U.S. federal government's National Institute of Standards and Practices (NIST). These certifications, achieved in 2016, emphasize Red Hat's focus on delivering a more secure foundation for mission-critical systems, building upon Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1's recent achievement of a Common Criteria security certification at Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4+ as the first certified operating system to offer Linux Container Framework Support.
                                                                    Level3 News
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                                                                    Level 3's Rio de Janeiro Data Center Receives Tier III Certification From Uptime Institute
                                                                    Certification Marks Highest Standard for Data Centers
                                                                    Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) received the Tier III Concurrently Maintainable Certification of Design Documents from Uptime Institute for its data center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The certification recognizes high design standards for data center infrastructure and capability. Level 3 operates two Tier III certified data centers in the country. Customers can access the redundant, reliable data center services, laying a solid IT foundation for organizations large and small.
                                                                    Comcast News
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                                                                    Rogers Partners With Comcast To Bring Rogers Customers X1 Next-Gen IPTV Service
                                                                    World-class solution provided by one of the world's largest media and technology companies delivers an innovative video product roadmap for Rogers customers.
                                                                    Rogers Communications announced a long-term strategic partnership with Comcast to bring Rogers customers a best-in-class video experience by deploying Comcast's X1 IP-based video platform. This agreement builds on Rogers' internet leadership and furthers its strategy to deliver all-IP services in the home.

                                                                    "This partnership is great news for our customers," said Alan Horn, Chairman and interim CEO, Rogers Communications. "We're bringing our customers a world-class IPTV service with the most advanced features available in the market today. On top of that, our customers will be future-proofed thanks to Comcast's innovative and robust product roadmap."

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