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RadioShack Dials Down Costs; Turns To Makers And STEM Students To Get Back In Black
Forbes, December 23rd, 2016
"After nearly a century, the once-ubiquitous RadioShack electronics retailer spiraled into bankruptcy protection in 2015.

Having put its assets on the auction block, the company's fixed assets were acquired for $160 million by Standard General affiliate General Wireless (and its intellectual property - including the brand - for a further $26 million). Now, RadioShack's new owners hope a new, more agile business model will help the retailer connect with a whole new generation of gadget-lovers and technophiles..."

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Boosts Business Agility with Unified Suite of ERP and HCM Cloud Services from Oracle
    Oracle, December 20th, 2016
    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a medical center dedicated to improving health through collaborative innovation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has selected Oracle Cloud Applications to optimize the performance of its finance and HR organizations. The move to Oracle Cloud is part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's larger strategy to transform business practices via modern cloud applications.
    Carrefour Positioned At Intersection Of Personalization And Service
    By Michael Hickins, December 22nd, 2016
    Michael writes, "Carrefour, the French supermarket giant whose name translates to 'intersection,' is building a new service capability to support its broad omnichannel strategy.

    The company is rolling out modern apps, such as one that makes it easier for consumers to shop using mobile devices and pick up their groceries without having to leave their cars - or their homes, for that matter. It's also adding modern capabilities that help customer service agents provide more efficient assistance, whether consumers are reaching out via email, web chat, or phone..."

      Avoiding Fistfights In The Toy Aisle: How Supply Chains Can Meet Customer Expectations
      By Margaret Harrist, December 21st, 2016
      Margaret writes, "Every holiday season, there's THAT TOY that parents go crazy trying to find. They'll race to stores on the day they've been told new stock is arriving. Or if they're tech savvy enough, they'll use online inventory trackers.

      But what of the company behind the coveted toy? Having the it-gift of the season is their dream come true - but if they're not able to meet high customer expectations, they stand to lose sales and get ripped on social media. Ironically, their dream product could end up damaging their reputation..."

        The Customer Is Always Right When It Comes To Application UX
        By Jeremy Ashley, December 20th, 2016
        Jeremy writes, "How many of you think that the customer is always right?

        I posed that question recently to an audience of mostly technologists, during a debate on this very subject with Symphony founder David Gurle at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. A few hands went into the air. But not every hand.

        The audience comprised creative thinkers, designers, and developers. A lot of what they do is wrapped up in introducing new ideas, not necessarily in gathering customer feedback. Many believe that their job is to identify for the customer what the customer wants, and then produce it..."

          How Sherwin-Williams Keeps Putting A Fresh Coat Of Paint On A 150-Year-Old Business
          By Michael Hickins, December 19th, 2016
          Michael blogs, "Worried about disease causing bacteria? Don't worry - 150-year-old paint company Sherwin-Williams has you covered. Literally. It has developed Paint Shield, a microbicidal paint used in hospitals and other facilities that kills pathogens on the painted surface. It's the first EPA-registered paint with the power to eradicate bacteria for up to four years.

          With commoditization a brushstroke away in any industry, it is innovations like PaintShield that are keeping Sherwin-Williams vibrant and hard to disrupt..."

            IT - AI
            How Artificial Intelligence can Eliminate Bias in Hiring
            CIO, December 22nd, 2016
            "AI and machine learning can help identify diverse candidates, improve the hiring pipeline and eliminate unconscious bias...

            Diversity (or lack of it) is still a major challenge for tech companies. Poised to revolutionize the world of work in general, some organizations are leveraging technology to root out bias, better identify and screen candidates and help close the diversity gap..."

              Not All Machine Learning and AI Projects Panned Out in 2016
              SearchBusinessAnalytics, December 23rd, 2016
              "Artificial intelligence applications were all the rage in 2016, but while some delivered impressive results, others didn't work quite as well as developers planned.

              There was no shortage of news about machine learning and artificial intelligence in 2016. But while some of the stories showed how far the technology has come, others showed how far it still has to go..."

                AI Tools Came Out of The Lab in 2016
                CIO, December 23rd, 2016
                "The kinds of tools that built one of the most remarkable AIs of the year are now available for any business to use ...

                You shouldn't anthropomorphize computers: They don't like it.

                That joke is at least as old as Deep Blue's 1997 victory over then world chess champion Garry Kasparov, but even with the great strides made in the field of artificial intelligence over that time, we're still not much closer to having to worry about computers' feelings..."

                  AI Is Late: 3 Things to Accelerate It
                  InformationWeek, December 19th, 2016
                  "Artificial intelligence applications haven't advanced the way you might hope. However, rather than waiting for AI to happen, you and your peers have to take action.

                  Today's data watchers estimate that we create at least 2.7 million terabytes of data per day -- enough to double the digital universe every two years. Our digital, sharing economy has given rise to a universe of apps, all generating bytes and bytes of data that, for the most part, no one looks at or uses. How will we begin to meaningfully utilize this overwhelming amount of data?..."

                    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.12
                    By Simon Coter, December 20th, 2016
                    Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 12.

                    This release includes improvements and bug fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1. Between them we can mention:

                    • Storage: fixed a couple of issue while using NVMe devices
                    • E1000: fixed "cable disconnected" issue
                    • Linux hosts: compile Linux 4.9 compile fix
                    • GUI: fixed certain keyboard capture issues

                    Read on for details.

                    Great Choices for Third-Party Backup and Restore on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
                    By Teri Whitaker, December 20th, 2016
                    This post is courtesy of Margaret Errington: "In an era where storage is very affordable, collecting and storing data is no longer an issue. This explosion in data growth within the enterprise can bring new headaches, that of protecting it. Additionally, if we are to add budget constraints, high service-level agreements, and technologies, such as virtualization to the mix, the capabilities of traditional backup and recovery processes may be a bit strained.

                    Customers are looking for backup/recovery solutions that address scalability, the ability to backup applications and databases both in the cloud and on-premises, and at the level of files to complete VMs..."

                      5 Virtualization Blogs for the 2016
                      By Zeynep Koch, December 23rd, 2016
                      Zeynep blogs," Here are the top 5 blogs for the 2016:

                      • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.12 is now available!
                      • Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade to Oracle VM 3.4.2
                      • Learn to Speed Up Deployments with Oracle VM Templates
                      • OpenStack support for Oracle VM Server for SPARC
                      • Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop ..."
                      IT - Storage
                      Five Reasons Why Data Growth Will Outstrip Processing for the Foreseeable Future
                      GIGAOM, December 21st, 2016
                      Jon Collins writes, "A while back, I documented what I called, with no small amount of hubris, 'Jonno's first Law' - namely that data will always be created at a greater rate than it can be processed. This principle, I believe, is fundamental to why we will fail to see the ultimate vision of artificial intelligence (which I first studied at university 30 years ago) become reality, perhaps for some decades.

                      So, what is driving the 'law' ? Most simply that Moore's Law, which states that the number of transistors on a chip will double periodically, is not the only principle at play. Other principles are economic, contextual and consequences of the way we choose to create data..."

                        IDC Report on WW Object-Based Storage in 2016
              , December 20th, 2016
                        IDC Opinion

                        "The storage market has come a long way in terms of understanding object-based storage (OBS) technology and actively adopting it. The OBS landscape now sees a standardization and integration of the Amazon S3 and OpenStack Swift API, an emphasis on computing paradigms such as containers, native support for file interfaces, and a focus on vertical/use case-centric solution offerings. Many OBS solutions offer a scale-out file system that integrates with an independent but underlying OBS platform..."

                        Storage Industry: 9 Hot Trends For 2017
                        Network Computing, December 21st, 2016
                        "Solid-state drives and other technologies will be game changers for storage next year.

                        Predicting even the near future of storage is a pretty complex issue right now. For anyone who hasn't noticed, we are in the middle of a storage revolution, with more change in the next year than any time since the RAID array nearly 40 years ago.

                        Many technology transitions are occurring, both in hardware and software. Some, such as hyperconverged systems, impact the very structure of the server box- networked storage array model we've grown used to over the last three decades..."

                          Solid State Drives are Now Larger Than Hard Disk Drives: The Impact for Your Data Center
                          Network World, December 22nd, 2016
                          "The amount of data that is being generated on a daily basis is growing rapidly, placing more and more demand on data centers. Not only do we have connected users actively engaged in generating and storing large amounts of content, machines such as autonomous cars and connected planes generate greater amounts of content by orders of magnitude..."
                            CIOs: How to Choose Storage for Virtual Environments
                            Information Age, December 22nd, 2016
                            "10 things CIOs should know before choosing storage for virtual environments...

                            Virtualisation, a mainstay in most IT environments today, has come to represent a panacea for the data centre, eradicating a tranche of issues associated with increasing workloads and organisational growth.

                            Through its inherent abstraction of physical hardware components, virtualisation maximises resources, increases data centre space and yields value from servers..."

                              How do Object Storage Systems Protect the Data they Store?
                              Storage-Switzerland, December 21st, 2016
                              "The value of object storage is that it can be the storage backend to a variety of unstructured data use cases, ranging from primary file stores, to unstructured data archives to a backup target for the protection of transactional primary store. But how should IT protect object storage systems?

                              Data protection processes have to protect against two main types of damage: physical and logical. Physical damage occurs when a drive fails, a node fails, or something physically happens to a node or entire site. Fires, floods, and natural disasters can all create physical damage to a storage system..."

                                Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving
                      , December 21st, 2016
                                "This Magic Quadrant evaluates the vision and ability to execute of vendors focused on compliance, discovery and reference use cases for archive data. I&O leaders can use this research to identify vendors that provide archiving for email, social media, IM, files and other content types.

                                Strategic Planning Assumption

                                By 2021, over 35% of email archiving for regulatory compliance and retention management will be done through the native email platform, up from 10% today..."

                                How to Evolve Your Storage Technology in 2017
                                eWeek, December 21st, 2016
                                "Convergence and hyper-convergence are two major trends forcing storage manufacturers to innovate into higher-quality products in 2017.

                                Storage IT has evolved significantly during the past 10 years, particularly since Amazon launched its Simple Storage Service in early 2006, adding a whole new dimension by bringing the cloud into the mainstream enterprise.

                                This IT sector is a prime example of the data center convergence and hyper-convergence trends. While the size of the storage drives is shrinking, capacity continues to increase. The media itself, whether spinning disks or solid-state NAND flash drives, is being produced with higher quality - including capaciousness - all the time.

                                Every change in one component leads to changes in other areas, unlocking new ways of looking at data. The increasing demand to monetize an ever-growing pool of unstructured data pushes against storage limitations, forcing storage manufacturers to innovate.

                                In this eWEEK article, which uses timely industry information from Samsung Product Marketing Director Richard Leonarz, we examine eight practical tips for storage administrators to keep their shops up to date..."

                                IT - Technology
                                The U.S. Navy is Using Drone Boat Swarms to Keep Harbors Safe
                                TechCrunch, December 20th, 2016
                                "The U.S. Navy is testing a team of drone boats to protect harbors here and abroad. The boats, which are basically autonomous versions of the Rigid Hull Inflatable, are connected to a AI routing system called CARACaS. In original 2014 tests the boats worked separately to protect ships in a harbor and the new routing system now allows them to swarm as a team to surround and neutralize threats..."
                                  French Drones to Deliver The Mail Once Per Week
                                  Ars Technica, December 21st, 2016
                                  "The French postal service has been given the go-ahead to start delivering parcels using drones...

                                  France's airspace regulator, the General Directorate for Civil Aviation, cleared the drones for take off. But that doesn't mean French skies will suddenly be abuzz with unmanned aircraft - at present, the drones will only work on a prescribed nine-mile route once a week in the southern region of Provence, as a feasibility test for the tech and regulations..."

                                    Virtual Reality is Actually Here
                                    ComputerWorld, December 20th, 2016
                                    "The applications of VR extend into nearly every sphere of life...

                                    If you think virtual reality exists today primarily in the gaming industry, you are seriously behind the times! VR springing up all over, and in some rather surprising places. VR videos are already available on YouTube, Android PlayStore and the Apple Store. Equipment prices and quality vary dramatically, from Google's inexpensive Cardboard to incredibly expensive and complex systems..."

                                    The Future of Robotics: 10 Predictions for 2017 and Beyond
                                    ZDnet, December 22nd, 2016
                                    "IDC shares predictions for the coming year and beyond...

                                    What does the future hold for robotics? It's hard to say, given the rapid pace of change in the field as well as in associated areas such as machine learning and artificial intelligence. But one thing seems certain: Robots will play an increasingly important role in business and life in general..."

                                    5 Enterprise Technologies that Will Shake Things Up in 2017
                                    Network World, December 19th, 2016
                                    "Triple A security, the Internet of Things and AR/VR to make their marks ...

                                    You think you have your hands full as an IT pro now? Just wait until blockchain, IoT, augmented and virtual reality, and these other technologies really start to take hold in 2017..."

                                    IT - Bitcoin
                                    Cash Usage Drops Drastically Worldwide, Bitcoin an Alternative
                                    ITProPortal, December 20th, 2016
                                    "The global war on cash, initiated by some of the leading economies and governments across the world, is starting to impact financial ecosystems. According to various sources, cash usage in countries including the US, South Korea and Denmark has decreased drastically and is presumed to decline even more in the foreseeable future. As cash continues to devalue, bitcoin is becoming a strong alternative to government-issued money..."
                                    US Feels Threatened by Increasing Popularity of Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies
                                    The US government is has got a lot invested in finding ways to disrupt the creation and usage of new cryptocurrencies.
                                    "The United States has gotten used to being the top dog in the world's economic system, thanks to the wide adoption of US dollar as reserve currency. The US economic system was probably responsible for the creation of Bitcoin as well. The digital currency was first introduced during the aftermath of US financial crisis brought upon the world by the country's banking system. Now, the increasing popularity of Bitcoin has threatened the dominance of US dollar and the country's hold on the global economy..."
                                    How to Get Your Friends Onto the Bitcoin Bandwagon
                          , December 23rd, 2016
                                    "Most of us who have ever listened to a bitcoin talk delivered by Andreas Antonopolous come away with renewed clarity as to the 'obviousness' of bitcoin being the best thing since ever.

                                    Why then is it so hard for us to get our friends to become even mildly as enthusiastic as we are? This short article aims to cover the five topics to master when bringing people into the bitcoin / crypto revolution..."

                                    Big Names Gather When North American Bitcoin Conference Comes Back to Miami
                          , December 23rd, 2016
                                    " is pleased to announce The North American Bitcoin Conference is hosting its 4th annual event this year in Miami. With all eyes on bitcoin and the significant interest in blockchain solutions, this year's conference will be a great place to be to gain insight on the future of these innovative emerging technologies..."
                                    IT - FOSS
                                    Nmap Security Scanner Gets New Scripts, Performance Boosts
                                    Nmap 7.40 has new scripts that give IT administrators improved network mapping and port scanning capabilities
                                    "The Nmap Project just released the Holiday Edition of its open source cross-platform security scanner and network mapper, with several important improvements and bug fixes.

                                    New features in Nmap 7.40 include Npcap 0.78r5, for adding driver signing updates to work with Windows 10 Anniversary Update; faster brute-force authentication cracking; and new scripts for Nmap Script Engine, the project's maintainer Fyodor wrote on the Nmap mailing list..."

                                    LibreOffice 5.2.4
                                    The Document Foundation, December 22nd, 2016
                                    The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the availability of LibreOffice 5.2.4 'still', the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family. Based on the upcoming announcement of LibreOffice 5.3, all users can start to update to LibreOffice 5.2.4 from LibreOffice 5.1.6 or previous versions.

                                    TDF suggests deploying LibreOffice in large organizations, public administrations and enterprises with the backing of professional support by certified people.

                                    Top Open Source Creative Tools in 2016
                          , December 22nd, 2016
                                    "Whether you want to manipulate images, edit audio, or animate stories, there's a free and open source tool to do the trick...

                                    A few years ago, I gave a lightning talk at Red Hat Summit that took attendees on a tour of the 2012 open source creative tools landscape. Open source tools have evolved a lot in the past few years, so let's take a tour of 2016 landscape..."

                                    IT - DevOps
                                    Report: The Bad News About DevOps Adoption
                                    jaxenter, December 20th, 2016
                                    "Enterprises are doing everything in their power to jump on the DevOps bandwagon but this journey is not all sunshine and rainbows, a recent study shows...

                                    DevOps has gone mainstream - there is no doubt about it. Every company is trying to do it and every manager is trying to be successful at it but in order to understand the present and face the future, they need to look at the past and replace the software test automation tools..."

                                    Learning to Love DevOps
                                    CSO Online, December 22nd, 2016
                                    "Security professionals need to embrace DevOps and use it to their advantage. The DevOps Handbook offers an up to date guide for this process...

                                    To be honest, I'm not falling in love with DevOps yet. DevOps doesn't really seem to have a built in place for security, but we security professionals can't bail out. IT has never really had a home for security. So how to make lemonade out of lemons?..."

                                    MySQL on AWS: RDS vs EC2
                                    By Gabriel Ciciliani, December 21st, 2016
                                    "When moving your MySQL instances to AWS, you would probably have to deal with this decision. This article will highlight some of the key factors that need to be considered in order to help you determine which is the most cost-effective solution for serving your data..."
                                    The Choice of MySQL Storage Engine and Its Impact on Backup Procedures
                                    By Ashraf Sharif, December 20th, 2016
                                    "MySQL offers multiple storage engines to store its data, with InnoDB and MyISAM being the most popular ones. Each storage engine implements a more specific set of features required for a type of workload, and as a result, works differently from other engines. Since data is stored inside the storage engine, we need to understand how the storage engines work to determine the best backup tool. In general, MySQL backup tools perform a special operation in order to retrieve a consistent data - either lock the tables or establish a transaction isolation level that guarantees data read is unchanged..."
                                    Binary Log Growth Handling in MySQL
                                    By Andrew Grimo, December 19th, 2016
                                    "So today we look at an aspect of capacity management or planning and how it relates to MySQL and its Logging. For this blog I'm primarily going to look at MySQL's binary logs. They have a tendency to grow, and will continue to if not held in check. Happily, they tend to be easy to manage. Let's look..."
                                    Linux Kernel 4.9 Released
                                    By Honglin Su, December 21st, 2016
                                    Honglin writes, "Linux Kernel 4.9, 'the biggest release we've ever had', was recently announced by Linus Torvalds. With more than 200 companies contributing to the Linux Kernel 4.9 release, Oracle is one of the top enterprise employers and contributed 14,425 lines of code in the 4.9 release. Oracle's strong support of Linux is evidenced by our numerous, on-going technical contributions to the Linux community.

                                    Among the extensive list of features and enhancements in the Linux Kernel 4.9, here are a few that are noteworthy:.."

                                    Top 5 Linux Blogs of 2016
                                    By Zeynep Koch, December 23rd, 2016
                                    Zeynep blogs," Here are the top 5 blogs of 2016:

                                    • Deployment of Oracle Applications and Database with OpenStack Murano (Beta)
                                    • Take Action on Dirty Cow
                                    • Are Cloudlets in Your Forecast?
                                    • What is on tap for Linux Container strategy in 2016?
                                    • Training Thursdays: Learn about Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux


                                    IT - Cloud
                                    20 Questions Security Pros Should Ask Themselves Before Moving To The Cloud
                                    Dark Reading, December 20th, 2016
                                    "A template for working collaboratively with the business in today's rapidly changing technology environment.

                                    Everywhere I go lately, the cloud seems to be on the agenda as a topic of conversation. Not surprisingly, along with all the focus, attention, and money the cloud is receiving, comes the hype and noise we've come to expect in just about every security market these days. Given this, along with how new the cloud is to most of us in the security world, how can security professionals make sense of the situation? I would argue that that depends largely on what type of situation we're referring to, exactly. And therein lies the twist..."

                                    10 Trends That Will Influence Cloud Computing in 2017
                                    Information Age, December 20th, 2016
                                    "Cloud computing will continue to strongly influence enterprise IT strategies in 2017, driven by these ten trends

                                    For most organisations the question is no longer whether it is appropriate to adopt cloud, but when is the right time and what services to move.

                                    Meanwhile, early adopters should be reviewing their portfolio to ensure they are getting best value and optimum service, as cloud providers are constantly developing and updating their offerings. These are the key cloud trends to look out for in 2017..."

                                    HPE, Cisco Maintain Cloud Infrastructure Market Lead, but Dell Is In Pursuit
                                    SmartDataCollective, December 21st, 2016
                                    "HPE and Cisco have been neck and neck in the cloud infrastructure equipment market for the last sixteen quarters, pulling in nearly identical revenue. But now that Dell Technologies operates under a single, defined strategy, it is poised to have a heavy presence in enterprises across sectors, threatening HPE's lead in several areas. According to Synergy, Dell EMC is the second-ranked server vendor and has a clear lead on storage..."
                                    Here's What Experts Say About Cloud in 2017
                                    Data Center Knowledge, December 22nd, 2016
                                    "Experts across cloud, security, web hosting and more offer their predictions for what the future holds. Here are the trends in containers, security, compliance and cloud they are keeping an eye on in 2017 and beyond..."
                                    Your Cloud Strategy Must Include No-Cloud Options
                                    InfoWorld, December 20th, 2016
                                    "Not all applications can move to the cloud, but they can still leave your datacenter...

                                    It's Monday morning. You go into work as if it's a normal day, but the office is quiet. There's a press release on your desk stating that your company has put its datacenters up for sale, and cloud will be its new platform.

                                    This strategic shift is increasingly commonplace now. Although it makes the company look innovative and thrifty to the stock holders, it also leaves the challenge to IT to make it all work..."

                                      Real Edge Computing will Enable New Business Models
                                      Network World, December 20th, 2016
                                      "Real edge computing will allow full stack relocations that bring the cloud as near as you need it, plus it will enable new business models that could change the playing field in 5G...

                                      Edge computing today may be most simplistically defined as putting an extra layer of computing in the network between your smartphone and a centralized data center in the cloud for some optimizing purpose.

                                      From this original, slightly narrow vision, there is still some ways to go before realizing full stack relocations (e.g., relocation of an entire web server) that will allow true service enablement just one hop away from the end user device..."

                                        Predicting the End of Cloud Computing
                                        Network World, December 22nd, 2016
                                        "This Andreesen Horowitz VC believes the cloud will be replaced by edge computing...

                                        Here's a prediction you don't hear very often: The cloud computing market, as we know it, will be obsolete in a matter of years.

                                        The provocateur is Peter Levine, a general partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He believes that the increased computing power of intelligent Internet of Things devices, combined with ever-increasingly accurate machine learning technologies, will largely replace the infrastructure as a service public cloud market..."

                                        How to Create a Cloud Security Strategy
                                        IT World Canada, December 20th, 2016
                                        "Some CISOs get led into the cloud by their organizations, who decide they have to take advantage of the power and flexibility of distributed systems. Others are pushed into it by employees who simply sign up for cloud services without management approval or knowledge.

                                        Whichever way, the organization is going to run into trouble if it doesn't have a cloud security technology strategy, says Andras Cser, a Forrester Research vice-president and principal security analyst..."

                                        IT - CxO
                                        The Year Ransomware Became One of the Top Threats to Enterprises
                                        CIO, December 20th, 2016
                                        "Ransomware increasingly hits businesses, hospitals, public utilities, public transit systems and even police departments..

                                        On Feb. 5, employees at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, started having network access problems that prevented electronic communications. Over the next few days, they learned that the hospital was the victim of a ransomware attack that encrypted files on multiple computers.

                                        After several days during which staff had to resort to pen and paper for some record keeping, the hospital decided to pay the $17,000 ransom..."

                                          The Grave Risks of Text Messaging For Public Agencies
                                          GCN, December 19th, 2016
                                          "Texting is now woven into the very fabric of American life, yet most government agencies still have not gotten the message.

                                          Text messaging is regularly used by 97 percent of smartphone owners in this country, and it is the phone feature used most frequently, according to findings by the Pew Research Center. In fact, the convenience of mobile messaging has made texting one of the main ways public sector employees now communicate official business, so those records must be preserved.

                                          However, many public sector organizations still have not set up policies to preserve text messages in the same way they save and manage emails..."

                                            Should CISOs Share The Responsibility For a Cybersecurity Incident?
                                            SearchSecurity, December 20th, 2016
                                            "CISOs usually take the brunt of the blame when a cybersecurity incident occurs, but should they? Expert Mike O. Villegas details ways CISOs can share the responsibility...

                                            Typically, after a data breach, organizations will place the fault on the CISO and/or the IT decision-makers in charge of security. A new survey from security vendor Absolute Software showed that 65% of these decision-makers said they believed they would lose their jobs in the event of a breach. Is that belief a positive, motivating factors for CISOs, or does it put too much pressure on one person? Who else should share the responsibility for a cybersecurity incident or data breach, and why?..."

                                            Going Digital: The Changing Role of The CIO
                                            Information Age, December 20th, 2016
                                            "As departments across businesses implement their own digital strategies, the role of the CIO is changing. To understand this transition, Information Age spoke to Caroline Serfass, CIO at Canon Europe...

                                            What is your role? What are your responsibilities day-to-day?

                                            I'm the CIO for Canon EMEA. My role involves running all the IT operations - all the IT we need to support our internal business processes, as well as how we interact with our customers in all elements..."

                                            2017 Predictions From IT Leaders on the Future of Technology
                                            The Enterprisers Project, December 20th, 2016
                                            "As we approach 2017, we asked IT leaders what they see on the horizon for the future of technology. We intentionally left the question open-ended, and as a result, the answers represent a broad range of what IT professionals may expect to face in the new year.

                                            Read on for 15 reasons to get excited for 2017..."

                                              How Monsanto CIO built a strong foundation of IT talent
                                              The Enterprisers Project, December 21st, 2016
                                              "In this interview, Monsanto CIO Jim Swanson shares some of the key ways his IT organization is fostering talent and building talent from within. ..

                                              The Enterprisers Project (TEP): Did you restructure the makeup of your IT team when you started as CIO?

                                              Swanson: We did. We introduced a platform-centric model to maximize Monsanto's investment in IT and put agility and design-thinking at the forefront of our software delivery..."

                                              Why Every CIO Needs To Be a Hands-on Leader to Succeed
                                              IT World, December 20th, 2016
                                              "In previous years, a hands-on designation meant practitioner, not leader. In not understanding how to embrace more direct participation, CIOs fear being branded as tactical. Yet hands-on IT executives are now getting the choice career opportunities...

                                              For CIOs, the struggle to gain organizational respect and parity with other CXOs has always been real. In the past, one way that IT executives knew they had 'made the grade' was to be considered strategic. In other words, the transition from working on computers, banging out code, and answering tickets to sitting as a member of the senior leadership team showed the outside world that a person had achieved the ultimate career success..."

                                                Innovation Is a Team Sport
                                                InformationWeek, December 20th, 2016
                                                "Lessons in teamwork, innovation and leadership learned in sports carry through in the business world, according to the CTO of Ultimate Software.

                                                Since my childhood, I've been 1) curious about how the world works, and 2) extremely competitive. I've also loved playing and watching sports -- for the spirited competition and the fact there's an objective winner. Because I have that competitive spirit, I love to win..."

                                                SFTA vBeers @ Miami (M.I.A Brewing Co. - Doral)
                                                Wednesday, December 28th, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                                                M.I.A Brewing Co. - Doral

                                                Need a break between Christmas and New Year's eve? Then join us for the next vBeers @ Miami!

                                                We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month in Miami. Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida.

                                                Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

                                                Please RSVP at the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) events page.

                                                Please share with your IT friends and colleagues.


                                                South Florida Technology Alliance, John J. McLaughlin

                                                IT - DR
                                                Top 2016 Disaster Recovery Planning Best Practices Entail Tests, Cloud
                                                SearchDisasterRecovery, December 23rd, 2016
                                                "These top pieces of advice from the year in disaster recovery planning could help your organization get out in front of possible outages and the ransomware epidemic.

                                                We saw plenty of strong cases for sound disaster recovery planning in 2016.

                                                The Delta Air Lines outage and ransomware made news in the wrong ways, while cloud disaster recovery saw advancements. These developments underscored the importance of careful planning and testing, whether on premises or in the cloud..."

                                                IT - PM
                                                What it Takes To Be A Great Project Manager
                                                CIO, December 19th, 2016
                                                "Project management certifications and training, in general, focus heavily on technical knowledge and project phases, but there's still so much more to being a successful leader. Do you have the necessary soft skills to be a top project leader? Here, Moira Alexander shares what decades of experience have taught her..."
                                                Why Projects Fail: Project Management Lessons
                                                Business 2 Community, December 23rd, 2016
                                                "Project management process tools can be used to guide almost any project towards its goals. Functioning as the structure through which other tools, resources, and inputs are introduced the project management structure supports projects across different industries, product types, and technologies.

                                                The five project management process groups function as 'boxes' to give guidance, structure, and support throughout each project phase..."

                                                IT - Networks
                                                The Ethernet Ecosystem Today is Driven by Applications, Not Speed Alone
                                                Network World, December 20th, 2016
                                                "Diverse applications in new and traditional industry verticals expand the Ethernet family...

                                                For many years, Ethernet evolution was characterized by the 'need for speed' as networks and data centers sought higher and higher throughput. But over time, Ethernet has found its way into applications unforeseen by the developers of the original specification, resulting in a broad and varied Ethernet ecosystem. Today the desire to bring the advantages of Ethernet into new applications necessitates a new approach where the needs of the application are considered first and foremost in defining new Ethernet incarnations..."

                                                2017 Enterprise Networking Trends To Watch
                                                CIO Today, December 22nd, 2016
                                                "Redesigned WAN architecture, the spread of network function virtualization (NFV) and the expansion of software-defined networking (SDN) are only a few of the developments we can expect to see in the enterprise Relevant Products/Services sector next year, according to Jeff Reed, senior vice president of Cisco's Enterprise Infrastructure and Solutions Group.

                                                'We are standing at the edge of a major technology shift,' Reed wrote in a blog post recently. 'The past year has paved the way and set the stage for the future -- a future that is rapidly coming into clearer focus'..."

                                                Verifying Network Resilience
                                                Network Computing, December 22nd, 2016
                                                "If you don't test, you don't really know if your infrastructure is resilient to failures.

                                                There have been several excellent posts recently on No Jitter about network resilience and network testing. Gary Audin describes "How to Approach Resilience Planning," Darc Rasmussen talks about using testing to "Make This a Happy Holiday Season," and Mike Burke tells us "How Not to Repeat History of Failed Testing."..."

                                                The 3 Layers of Data
                                                Business 2 Community, December 22nd, 2016
                                                "You analyze your visitors' behavior. You follow their journey, keep track of their purchases, and identify them when they register on your site. But there is a third layer of data. A layer that can inform you about the personal motivations behind these actions.

                                                I would like to tell you how can you make more money by understanding your customers in a way deeper level and giving them just what they want.

                                                To get started, let's take a look at the different sources of data in the digital sphere. The user information can either be anonymous or identified..."

                                                  Network Troubleshooting from the User Perspective
                                                  NetworkComputing, December 19th, 2016
                                                  "When investigating a user's network problem, it's helpful to start your analysis near the client machine.

                                                  Want to see an IT pro cringe? Just mention the classic user network complaint, 'It's slow.' When I hear this, I try to understand what the user means by 'it' and 'slow.' I know it sounds obvious, but trust me, I've had situations where a group of technicians in a war room argued these two points for hours..."

                                                    5 WiFi Networking Predictions for 2017
                                                    NetworkComputing, December 22nd, 2016
                                                    "IoT security, cloud-managed WiFi, and other trends will reshape the WiFi market next year.

                                                    WiFi has undergone some of the fastest changes of any business and consumer technology we've seen. 2017 will bring plenty of new milestones and developments in light of the exponential growth driven by the Internet of Things, new standards, cloud managed WiFi, and other trends. So, based on conversations with partners, customers, and industry experts, here are my 2017 WiFi predictions..."

                                                    IT - IoT
                                                    7 Ways the Internet of Things Will Impact ITSM (Slideshow)
                                                    IT Business Edge, December 21st, 2016
                                                    "You've heard the hype. The Internet of Things (IoT) promises a world where virtually every object is interconnected via embedded sensors, software and electronics to collect and exchange data. Gartner predicts that, by 2020, the IoT will grow to 20.8 billion connected things with 7.2 billion of them used by businesses.

                                                    Regardless of the pace at which businesses adopt the IoT, ITSM will have to evolve to deal with IoT-driven changes such as more connected nodes, data points, and automation, all of which add complexity. In this slideshow, Ujjwal Sood, product analyst, ManageEngine, has identified seven ways in which the IoT will impact ITSM..."

                                                    IoT Could be Our Downfall
                                                    Network World, December 20th, 2016
                                                    "We need to secure the internet of things...

                                                    The internet of things (IoT) is all about connecting devices to the internet so that they can talk to each other and to us, to make life more convenient. That might mean turning on the lights when we get up, or allowing us to use our phones to see who's at the front door, even when we're at the office. The potential applications are endless.

                                                    There are already more than 6 billion connected 'things,' and that's set to rise to more than 20 billion by 2020, according to Gartner..."

                                                    IoT Security: Big Trouble in Small Packages
                                                    IT Business Edge, December 21st, 2016
                                                    "It may be time to consider halting the sale of Internet of Things (IoT)-connected devices.

                                                    That won't happen, of course. But the basic idea is that what is happening is frightening enough to raise the thought. A world of malware is being developed that uses consumer-based IoT devices as an entry point (or attack vector, in industry parlance) to get into networks. Mirai is the highest-profile example thus far. There certainly are others, or new variants of Mirai that seek to wreak various forms of havoc..."

                                                    IoT Product Development is Broken - 6 Ways Developers and Manufacturers Can Fix It
                                                    Network World, December 21st, 2016
                                                    "The burden of securing connected devices - and responsibility to find fixes when a vulnerability is exploited - falls squarely on product manufacturers and developers ...

                                                    Internet of Things (IoT) technologies have been advancing exponentially over the last several years, with new solutions emerging and being adopted at an unprecedented rate. Gartner estimates that over 4 billion IoT devices will be installed by the end of 2016, with that number rising to 20 billion by 2020. In a market where connected devices or 'things' in the enterprise will drive spending to more than $868 billion in this year alone, the impact - and risks - of IoT adoption are already becoming apparent..."

                                                    Industry Needs Common Security Standards to Thwart IoT Attacks
                                                    xconomy, December 21st, 2016
                                                    "A silver lining has emerged in the wake of the massive and well-publicized denial-of-service attack launched less than two months ago by hackers using millions of IoT devices to cripple the websites of major companies like Amazon, Netflix and Twitter. This ambush has triggered a redoubling of efforts to focus on the need for industry-led cybersecurity standards for IoT devices..."
                                                    IoT OSes Face Dueling Requirements
                                                    IT Business Edge, December 18th, 2016
                                                    "The operating system (OS) used by an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor is a vital element. It must juggle two priorities. On one hand, these OSes must provide increasingly important security functions and, of course, do the job that the sensor or other device is tasked with providing.

                                                    On the other hand, it must be extraordinarily efficient. These OSes must use very small amounts of energy, since battery change-outs are difficult or impossible. The same resource scarcity means that they must skimp on memory and other computing functions..."

                                                    IT - Linux
                                                    This Intel Board Computer Can be a Powerful Ubuntu 16.04 Linux PC
                                                    ComputerWorld, December 20th, 2016
                                                    "Intel's Joule now supports Ubuntu 16.04 desktop OS..

                                                    If you want a PC with Ubuntu Linux, you can turn to Intel's Joule single-board computer instead of buying an expensive machine.

                                                    Support for Ubuntu 16.04 desktop OS has been added to the Joule board, according to developer notes for Intel IoT Developer Kit 5.0 released late last week..."

                                                    New BlackArch Linux ISOs Roll Out with Kernel 4.8.13, over 1600 Hacking Tools
                                                    Softpedia, December 20th, 2016
                                                    "Today, December 20, 2016, the developers of the Arch Linux-based BlackArch Linux operating system targeted at ethical hackers and penetration testers proudly announced the release of new ISO respins.

                                                    BlackArch Linux 2016-12-20 ISO images are now available for download for both 64- and 32-bit deployments. They ship with a new kernel from the Linux 4.8 stable series, version 4.8.13, over 100 new tools for all of your ethical hacking needs, and several other improvements..."

                                                    Happy Holidays: Linux Mint Get a Major Upgrade
                                                    ZDNet, December 20th, 2016
                                                    "If you've been a good Linux user this year, Santa has a great new present for you in his bag: Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena.'

                                                    With this long-term support Linux desktop, which is based on Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint is better than ever. Since I've already found Linux Mint 18 to be the best desktop out there of any sort, that's saying something..."

                                                    How Linux Got To Be linux: Test Driving 1993-2003 Distros
                                          , December 20th, 2016
                                                    "Enjoy a trip down Linux memory lane as we take early distros for a spin...

                                                    A unique trait of open source is that it's never truly EOL (End of Life). The disc images mostly remain online, and their licenses don't expire, so going back and installing an old version of Linux in a virtual machine and getting a precise picture of what progress Linux has made over the years is relatively simple..."

                                                    5 Rock-Solid Linux Distros for Developers
                                                    InfoWorld, December 21st, 2016
                                                    "Developers love things their way and no other way. To that end, Linux stands to be the ultimate developer's desktop environment. Linux is endlessly customizable, and it provides easy access to nearly all the software a developer might need. But a good Linux for developers must have other key attributes - like a comfortable work environment, good documentation, and useful features that a developer can benefit from generally..."
                                                    Top 3 Linux Performance Monitoring Tools
                                                    DarkDuck, December 23rd, 2016
                                                    "Performance monitoring in Linux system is a MUST and very important process. It is always suggested to get automated performance alerts through monitoring tools. Linux monitoring systems can help you with managing all critical performance tweaks so that critical issues/errors can be resolved well within the timelines.

                                                    Here we are going to discuss about top 3 Linux performance monitoring systems that can help you with monitoring Linux system's performance on routine basis..."

                                                    Linux Hardening: a 15-step Checklist For a Secure Linux Server
                                                    Network World, November 25th, 2016
                                                    "Most people assume Linux is secure, and that's a false assumption. Imagine your laptop is stolen without first being hardened. A thief would probably assume your username is 'root' and your password is 'toor' since that's the default password on Kali and most people continue to use it. Do you? I hope not.

                                                    The negative career implications of choosing not to harden your Kali Linux host are severe, so I'll share the necessary steps to make your Linux host secure, including how I use penetration testing and Kali Linux to get the job done. It's important to note that, while they are many distributions (AKA distros) of Linux and each one differs from the command line perspective, the logic is the same. Use the following tips to harden your own Linux box..."

                                                    IT - Operations
                                                    Why Monitoring Needs to be Reinvented
                                                    Network World, December 22nd, 2016
                                                    "We monitor things to make sure that they work well all of the time. But nothing works as it is supposed to all of the time. Maybe we need to reinvent monitoring...

                                                    Why do we monitor things (user experience, transactions, applications, virtual servers, physical servers, datastores, etc.)? Because we want them to work well all of the time.

                                                    Does everything in your environment work well as you expect it to all of the time?

                                                    Well, of course not. What if we reinvent monitoring so that we can help make that happen?..."

                                                    How Cloudy is the Data Center's Future?
                                                    Data Center Knowledge, December 20th, 2016
                                                    "Those of us who have been active in the IT industry for a while will recall when, in the early 1990s, a respected pundit opined that the last mainframe would be unplugged by the end of the first quarter of 1996.

                                                    The last time I looked - 20 years after that supposed termination - the great unplugging hasn't yet come to pass..."

                                                      IT - Security
                                                      World Will Need To Secure 111 Billion Lines Of New Software Code in 2017
                                                      CSO Online, December 19th, 2016
                                                      "&#8203;A little known statistic is arguably one of the most important for CISOs and IT security pros to take note of as they head into 2017...

                                                      It's estimated that there are 111 billion lines of new software code generated by developers every year, according to the 2017 Application Security Report, recently published by Cybersecurity Ventures and scheduled for release next month..."

                                                      From The Street to the Laptop: Online Fraud Dominates Our Lives
                                                      ITProPortal, December 21st, 2016
                                                      "Top four data security vulnerabilities you need to know about and how to combat them ...

                                                      According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales published this October by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the official crime rate all but doubled in the year ending June 2016 after the inclusion of online crime figures for the very first time. In fact, card fraud was cited as the most common crime in the UK. John Flatley, head of crime statistics and analysis at the ONS, stated that members of the public are now 20 times more likely to be a victim of fraud than of robbery. .."

                                                      Vulnerabilities and Exploits: What You Need to Know
                                                      Business 2 Community, December 19th, 2016
                                                      "Exploits feed on vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities, in turn, pave the way for exploits. These closely related security concepts are often confused, but it's key to understand the difference and how they each play out to make sure your systems are as airtight as they can possibly be...

                                                      What is a Vulnerability?

                                                      First, let's look at the concept of a vulnerability. In most cases, in cloud security, when we talk about vulnerabilities we mean weak spots in software code. These can slip in either at the beginning or anytime an update is made to the code base. Vulnerabilities are more common in older, more convoluted software (ahem Windows) than in SaaS applications, but they are very common..."

                                                      Global Security Threats You Need to Know About in 2017
                                                      ITProPortal, December 21st, 2016
                                                      "Information Security Forum believes there will be four major security threats next year...

                                                      In the year ahead, businesses of all sizes must prepare for the unknown so they have the flexibility to withstand unexpected and high impact security events. To take advantage of emerging trends in both technology and cyberspace, businesses need to manage risks in ways beyond those traditionally handled by the information security function, since new attacks will most certainly impact both shareholder value and business reputation..."

                                                      The End of Passwords? Not in the Near Future
                                                      TechRepublic, December 19th, 2016
                                                      "The media has proclaimed the password is dead and that a new solution is a must. Jack Wallen explains why he doesn't think we're even close to ready for such a change...

                                                      The idea that passwords are over, and the collective 'we' must move on to a more secure and reliable solution has been hammered home this year. Password-driven security has failed us time and again, yet the thinking that we must immediately move on from passwords is not practical..."

                                                      Identity Verification: The New Turing Test
                                                      Network World, December 20th, 2016
                                                      "Have you seen the movie Ex-Machina? It's a fascinating journey through the life of a reclusive Silicon Valley billionaire, and examines artificial intelligence ('AI') as manifested in a very engaging robot. The plot explores the 1950 Turing Test, in which Alan Turing - the father of modern computing - proposed that real AI will have been achieved when a human cannot detect they are talking to an AI bot; that is, in conversation, the AI bot passes as a real human partner in dialogue.

                                                      There is an interesting parallel between the Turing Test and where we are in digital identity today..."

                                                        Deadlines for Investigating and Reporting Data Breaches
                                                        HelpNet Security, December 19th, 2016
                                                        "75% of organisations set fixed time limits for investigating potential security incidents, according to Balabit. However, 44% of respondents reported missing internal or external deadlines for investigating or reporting a breach in the last year, and 7% said a missed deadline had resulted in serious consequences..."
                                                        How to Get More From Your Security Budget
                                                        CSO Online, December 20th, 2016
                                                        "Infosec budgets. They are small, they largely come from IT, and CISOs/CSOs often complain they are not nearly big enough.

                                                        It's a constant subject of debate and rightly so; a security budget will indirectly influence how well a CISO protects their business and its assets - and frankly, how well they do their job (which, in turn, will determine how long they stay in it)..."

                                                        Data Security in 2016: The Good, The Bad, The Takeaways
                                                        Business 2 Community, December 20th, 2016
                                                        "As we round out the current year, the data security world is buzzing with year-end reports and data security predictions for 2017.

                                                        From cybercrime to payments fraud - identity crimes took a dramatic turn in 2016. This year-end data paints a telling story of the state of data security. Some changes were for the best, others for the worst. However, there are a few qualitative findings that offer even more insight into the future..."

                                                        Maybe Security Isn't Going to Get Better After All
                                                        InfoWorld, December 20th, 2016
                                                        "Is that light at the end of the tunnel? Or is a train coming?...

                                                        One billion-plus accounts stolen in one online heist. The U.S. presidential election messed with by another country. Corporate secrets stolen and released on the internet on a regular basis. More and more data held hostage by ransomware. Stock markets routinely manipulated by hackers. Denial-of-service attacks whacking websites all over the place.

                                                        Will computer security ever get better? Or is this the way things are and we simply have to live with it?..."

                                                        Free Security Tools to Support Cyber Security Efforts
                                                        CSO Online, December 22nd, 2016
                                                        "There are more free information security tools out there than you can highlight with a fist full of whiteboard pointers. While many are trial ware-based enticements designed to lure decision makers to purchase the pricey premium counterparts of these freebies, many are full-blown utilities. A few important categories include threat intelligence tools, tools to build security in during the development stage, penetration testers, and forensics tools..."
                                                        IT - Careers
                                                        The Future Of The Workplace - Remote Working vs Remote Working Teams
                                                        Remote working has become more common in business over recent years
                                                        "Thanks to flexible working legislation and a shift in cultural attitudes, remote working has become more common in business over recent years. In fact, remote working has become such a norm, that these workers are going one step further, and travelling internationally - all whilst holding down a steady career. You or your company might not be ready to leave the office behind and rely on a team scattered around the world, but the prospect that all business could work this way as standard in the next five or ten years is an idea that's more reality than fantasy. With this different working style comes challenges, as well as benefits..."
                                                          Tech Supports the Growth of the Freelance Economy (Slideshow)
                                                          CIO Insight, December 21st, 2016
                                                          "The freelance economy continued to grow this year, fueled, in part, by technology, said a new study commissioned by the freelance website Upwork and the Freelancers Union. Conducted by Edelman Intelligence, the survey, 'Freelancing in America: 2016,' was produced for the third year in a row. The objectives of the research study were to quantify the number of people freelancing in the United States, assess why these people are freelancing, and gauge the future outlook for freelance workers. The online survey tapped 6,002 American adults who have done paid work in the past 12 months, including both freelancers and non-freelancers..."
                                                            Coding Boot Camp Grads Write Better Code
                                                            javaworld, December 22nd, 2016
                                                            "Boot camp grads lead college grads in practical programming skills, but lag in deeper understanding of systems and algorithms...

                                                            Programming boot camps seem to make an impossible claim. Instead of spending four years in university, they say, you can learn how to be a software engineer in a three-month program. On the face of it, this sounds more like an ad for Trump University than a plausible educational model.

                                                            But this is not what we've found at Triplebyte..."

                                                              Which Is The Most Popular Programming Language Based On Jobs And Search Engines?
                                                              TechWorm, December 22nd, 2016
                                                              "Find out which Programming Language is best career choice for you based on jobs, search engines and other parameters

                                                              Programmers are in high demand these days, as their fluency in coding language is invaluable. If you are interested in a lucrative career in programming and want to make to make it a career choice, it is important to know what programming languages are in demand and trending.

                                                              David Gewirtz, a computer scientist, lecturer, journalist, and author at ZDNet, took a look at the most popular programming language in the market and what that actually means..."

                                                                IT - Virtualization
                                                                VirtualBox 5.1
                                                                VirtiualBox, December 20th, 2016
                                                                This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

                                                                • VMM: fixed VERR_IEM_ASPECT_NOT_IMPLEMENTED Guru Meditations with certain Linux guests if KVM paravirtualization is enabled (5.1 regression; bugs #15613 and #16251)
                                                                • VMM: fixed VERR_VMX_UNABLE_TO_START_VM Guru Meditations under rare conditions
                                                                • GUI: prevent a crash under certain conditions if the VM is terminated very early
                                                                • GUI: fixed certain keyboard capture issues (5.1.10 regression; Mac OS X hosts only; bug #16150) ....
                                                                Addressing Container Security Challenges
                                                      , December 21st, 2016
                                                                "From month to month or even week to week, more organizations are developing with containers. The concept of containers isn't all that new, but the dramatic rise in adoption of container technologies and the support from major tech vendors and platforms has helped containers become mainstream quickly. As with most emerging technologies, now that containers are hot there is a greater focus on some of the security issues of containers. So worked with leading vendors to address that issue.

                                                                A new report from, sponsored by Aqua Security and Microsoft, examines the weaknesses of containers and that the security concerns introduced by using containers, and provides a look at some of the approaches to addressing those issues. 'Containers: Security Challenges and How to Address Them' contains insights from DevOps and containers experts to help you understand the challenges and how to solve them..."

                                                                Top 5 VPN Services For Personal Privacy and Security
                                                                Networkworld, December 22nd, 2016
                                                                "If you regularly travel or work remotely, you need to use a VPN or you're putting yourself - and your data - at risk. Here's a look at the options and price plans for some of the top VPNs...

                                                                Virtual private networks (VPNs) encrypt internet connections between two points, to secure them from casual snoopers and hackers. These VPN services are particularly useful when accessing the internet from an untrusted location, such as a hotel, cafe or coworking space.

                                                                A plethora of modern VPN services, with dedicated connectivity apps, have put an end to the maddening manual configuration VPNs once required. No two VPN offerings are alike, however, and it can be a challenge to find the right VPN. Here's a look at some of the top VPNs for privacy and security..."

                                                                Use Virtual Containers to Isolate Ransomware
                                                                Network World, December 20th, 2016
                                                                "Keeping suspicious files and connections in a separate container - a virtual space isolated from the rest of the network - is a savvy strategy that can save you time and money..

                                                                Keeping internal networks safe from the ravages of the Internet is increasingly hard, but virtual container solutions allow users to function normally while preventing the 'deplorables' of the Internet - malware, exploits, and other negative phenomena - from reaching files and sensitive data..."

                                                                  IT - Database
                                                                  Database Activity Monitoring (DAM) - That's Secure?
                                                                  GIGAOM, December 20th, 2016
                                                                  "The importance of Database Activity Monitoring (DAM) solutions can not be underestimated for today's connected enterprise. After all, there are countless applications that ultimately interact with a database at one point or another, and most any of those interactions can be the basis for an attack, breach or other nefarious activity.

                                                                  Nonetheless, monitoring without intelligence, specifically machine intelligence, does little to prevent breaches or other attacks..."

                                                                  IT - Mobile
                                                                  6 Mobile Technology Trends For 2017
                                                                  Business 2 Community, November 25th, 2016
                                                                  "Mobile technology trends are definitely something to be aware of. Learning something new comes in at #6 on the top 10 New Year's resolutions made every year. That means there are quite a few people in the world who are open to change. When it comes to technology - especially mobile technology - if you are not open to learning something new every single day, you will easily find yourself on the shelf with the Commodore 64..."
                                                                    IT - Big Data
                                                                    Big Data Industry Predictions for 2017
                                                                    insideBIGDATA, December 21st, 2016
                                                                    "Wow! What a year 2016 has been. The big data industry has significant inertia moving into 2017. In order to give our valued readers a pulse on important new trends leading into next year, we here at insideBIGDATA heard from all our friends across the vendor ecosystem to get their insights, reflections and predictions for what may be coming. We were very encouraged to hear such exciting perspectives. Even if only half actually come true, Big Data in the next year is destined to be quite an exciting ride. Enjoy!

                                                                    Daniel D. Gutierrez - Managing Editor ..."

                                                                    Top 4 Big Data and Analytics Trends of 2016
                                                                    CIO, December 21st, 2016
                                                                    "Big data and advanced analytics continued to make inroads in the enterprise in 2016 as organizations learned how to interrogate data to better understand their customers and drive efficiencies...

                                                                    Like mobile and cloud, big data and advanced analytics have been reshaping organizations and business processes. In 2016, organizations increasingly moved data analytics projects into production as they sought the capability to better interrogate internal and external data to better understand their customers and drive efficiencies.

                                                                    Here are our picks for the most significant big data and advanced analytics trends in 2016, as illustrated in 15 stories from the past year..."

                                                                    Ten Tips for Harnessing the Power of Data Analytics
                                                                    Data Center Knowledge, December 22nd, 2016
                                                                    Carey Moretti writes, "The explosive growth of business data has created a need for companies to adopt data analytics platforms that can make sense of so much information. By the year 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet, according to a citation in Forbes. By then, our accumulated digital universe will grow tenfold from 4.4 zettabytes today to 44 zettabytes, or 44 trillion gigabytes..."
                                                                    Security Analytics: Don't Let Your Data Lake Turn into a Data Swamp
                                                                    Dark Reading, December 21st, 2016
                                                                    "It's easy to get bogged down when looking for insights from data using Hadoop. But that doesn't have to happen, and these tips can help.

                                                                    Many technology and security teams, particularly in finance, are running data lake projects together to build data analytics capabilities using Hadoop.

                                                                    The goal for security teams that are doing this is to create a platform that lets them gain meaningful, timely insights from similar data to help solve a wide range of problems..."

                                                                    IT - BYOD
                                                                    Bringing Innovation to Enterprise Mobility
                                                                    ITProPortal, December 21st, 2016
                                                                    "Why is it crucial that employers get BYOD 'right'?

                                                                    Employees want increasingly more flexibility and achieving the perfect work life balance is crucial for the millennials running today's most successful enterprises. For employers, the pressure is on to meet the demands of their dynamic workforce, always on the go and willing to work anywhere, anytime, given the correct tools. If employers cannot provide the type of working environment which has come to be expected, they risk alienating a large part of their workforce..."

                                                                    How Will Your Organization Handle the Rise of BYOD?
                                                                    Business 2 Community, December 21st, 2016
                                                                    "It wasn't long ago that companies and their IT leaders were in complete control of how their employees communicated. As long as they provided business phone systems and had authority over when, where and how those phones were used, there was really nothing people could do to circumvent the rules. But things are changing.

                                                                    BYOD poses myriad challenges for bosses who want to ensure their people work efficiently and securely..."

                                                                    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                                    Vol 226 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 225 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Vol 224 Issue 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:

                                                                    • Oracle Technology Patch Versioning Changed
                                                                    • Updated Docker images for Oracle Linux
                                                                    • Friday Spotlight: Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade to Oracle VM 3.4.2
                                                                    • LibreOffice has a new Extensions & Templates website
                                                                    • DevOps Guide to Database Backups for MariaDB & MySQL
                                                                    • The Future of Cloud Is Still Ahead, and Oracle Leads the Way
                                                                    • Introducing Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET), for mobile app development
                                                                    • Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8 Released
                                                                    • MySQL Connector/C++ 1.1.8
                                                                    • MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.5

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

                                                                      IT - Encryption
                                                                      Encrypted Messaging App Signal Uses Google to Bypass Censorship
                                                                      CSO Online, December 22nd, 2016
                                                                      "The app routes requests through Google's servers to make it harder for governments to block them

                                                                      Developers of the popular Signal secure messaging app have started to use Google's domain as a front to hide traffic to their service and to sidestep blocking attempts.

                                                                      Bypassing online censorship in countries where internet access is controlled by the government can be very hard for users. It typically requires the use of virtual private networking (VPN) services or complex solutions like Tor, which can be banned too..."

                                                                      Encryption Backdoors are Against US National Interest, say Lawmakers
                                                                      ZDnet, December 22nd, 2016
                                                                      "Encryption is safeguard for our personal secrets and economic prosperity, says report...

                                                                      Any attempt to weaken encryption is against the national interest, a group of US lawmakers has warned.

                                                                      The widespread use of strong encryption has lead to complaints from law enforcement agencies that they are unable to access to communications of criminals - the so-called 'going dark' issue. This has lead to calls for government to order tech companies to install backdoors into the encryption they use, in order to allow investigators access to data. Critics of this move argue backdoors would weaken security and privacy for everyone, with little benefit to law enforcement..."

                                                                      IT - Server
                                                                      WW Integrated Infrastructure and Certified Reference Systems Revenue Decreasing 11% Y/Y in 3Q16 at $1.4 Billion - IDC
                                                            , December 23rd, 2016
                                                                      "According to the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker, the worldwide converged systems market increased revenue 1.7% year over year to $2.6 billion during 3Q16.

                                                                      The market consumed 1.4EB of new storage capacity during the quarter, which was up a moderate 12.5% compared to the same period a year ago..."

                                                                        Serverless Architecture - Too Good to Be True?
                                                                        Business 2 Community, December 22nd, 2016
                                                                        "Advancements in cloud computing, containers, API and automation technologies, and the growing sophistication of backend-as-a-service offerings, have created the opportunity for cloud providers to offer a Serverless Architecture cloud offering. This doesn't mean that servers are no longer involved; it just means that the developers no longer need to worry about the infrastructure because everything is taken care of by the cloud provider. Using this approach, developers just deploy the appropriate code and everything else is managed automatically by the cloud provider. Does this sound too good to be true?..."
                                                                        LibreOffice 5.2.4
                                                                        The Document Foundation, December 22nd, 2016
                                                                        "The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the availability of LibreOffice 5.2.4 'still', the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family. Based on the upcoming announcement of LibreOffice 5.3, all users can start to update to LibreOffice 5.2.4 from LibreOffice 5.1.6 or previous versions.

                                                                        TDF suggests deploying LibreOffice in large organizations, public administrations and enterprises with the backing of professional support by certified people..."

                                                                        LibreOffice Macros
                                                                        The Document Foundation, December 19th, 2016
                                                                        "Andrew Pitonyak has been the great master of StarBasic since forever. I still remember copies of his book being distributed at the 2nd OpenOffice Conference in Berlin, in September 2004, the very first time I was exposed to the global OOo community (and I decided to embark on the journey that has led to the birth of LibreOffice and The Document Foundation).

                                                                        Andrew Pitonyak's OOo Macro Information website is full of useful information..."

                                                                        IT - Java
                                                                        Java EE 8 Community Survey Results are Here
                                                                        jaxenter, December 22nd, 2016
                                                                        "Oracle conducted a survey in September-October 2016 regarding future enhancements to Java EE in the context of the revised roadmap presented at JavaOne 2016. The results are here - let's see the conclusions..."
                                                                        IT - Developer
                                                                        5 Tips to Help Developers Keep Up With Changing Technologies
                                                                        javaworld, December 20th, 2016
                                                                        "Developers want to learn new technologies and build new things. These five tips can help keep your developers happy and the innovation flowing...

                                                                        "One thing you realize early on," says Luke Tillman, technical evangelist for Apache Cassandra at DataStax, "is that things are constantly changing."

                                                                        That's a fact of life for developers and their managers. It's true whether you're working with JavaScript front-end frameworks or databases..."

                                                                        MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Patching User Space with Oracle Ksplice
                                                                        By Robert Chase, December 19th, 2016
                                                                        Robert blogs, "Oracle Ksplice is a powerful tool that allows administrators to increase the speed of deployment of critical patches and helps eliminate downtime.

                                                                        The Ksplice enhanced client extends the ability of Ksplice to enable in-memory patching of critical user space libraries in Oracle Linux. The ability to patch these libraries in-memory without rebooting not only increases system security but also reduces costly system downtime. Recent exploits such as Heartbleed can be patched automatically without administrator intervention, maintenance windows or downtime..."

                                                                        New Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET) Articles
                                                                        By Chris Muir, December 19th, 2016
                                                                        Chris blogs, "For anyone interested in Oracle JET, we continue to publish new articles on Dzone to help you familiarize yourself with JET's inner workings.

                                                                        The complete set of articles available to date are:

                                                                        • Installing Oracle JET for JavaScript Web Development
                                                                        • Installing Oracle JET for Hybrid-Mobile Application Development
                                                                        • Understanding the Development Process With Oracle JET for Web and Mobile
                                                                        • Working With RequireJS in Oracle JET
                                                                        • Investigating KnockoutJS in Oracle JET

                                                                        More to come..."

                                                                        New Oracle ORAchk and EXAchk Versions Released!
                                                                        By Desiree Terrell, December 23rd, 2016
                                                                        Desiree writes, "New features include:

                                                                        • Extended Cloud support including Big Data Cloud Services
                                                                        • Enhanced Elastic Stack integration
                                                                        • Collection Manager health score filtering
                                                                        • Oracle Platinum Services support for Oracle Auto Service Request on qualified Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) fault events
                                                                        • Support for Exadata Sparc Linux platform


                                                                        Cisco News
                                                                        Industry Partners Commit to NFV Interoperability Testing Initiative
                                                                        Cisco, December 20th, 2016
                                                                        Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia announced they have signed a MoU to create the NFV Interoperability Testing Initiative (NFV-ITI) that will help communication service providers to address the challenges related to NFV deployment and Cloud transformation within multi-vendor network environments.

                                                                        The deployment and integration of virtual network functions within today's multi-vendor environments can introduce new interoperability challenges. To address these challenges, NFV-ITI members will cooperatively support the interoperability of NFV elements in specific customer situations to accelerate the commercial implementations, and to reduce the time-to-market for new applications and services...

                                                                        Microsoft News
                                                                        In 2016 Microsoft Showed How It Will Change The World In 2017
                                                                        Microsoft, December 23rd, 2016
                                                                        "When Microsoft announced the Surface RT it was widely derided as a bad idea. But the truth is that it is a very good idea, but way too far ahead of its time. Here's the problem that Microsoft currently has: the Surface Pro and Surface Book are not tablets. The iPad Pro is a tablet, and it's very good and rapidly has become my go-to work machine when I'm not at my desk..."
                                                                        IBM News
                                                                        Fincantieri Selects IBM Cloud to Meet Growing International Demand for More Efficient Shipbuilding
                                                                        The leading Western shipbuilder turns to hybrid cloud to speed life cycle management of the design, building and deployment of new vessels
                                                                        IBM announced that Fincantieri, one of the world's largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation is adopting a hybrid cloud solution from IBM to improve the efficiency of designing, building and deploying new vessels in response to the growing global demand for shipbuilding.

                                                                        According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), demand for cruising has increased 68 percent over the last 10 years, helping the global cruise industry generate revenues of 37.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2014 - a figure that is expected to grow to approximately $39.6 billion by the end of 2016.

                                                                        APLUS Adopts IBM LinuxONE for Reliable, Secure Credit Card Transaction Processing
                                                                        Shift to Linux enterprise computing and storage infrastructure helps APLUS improve uptime as companies seek new ways to connect to hybrid cloud
                                                                        IBM announced that Japan-based APLUS Co., Ltd., which operates credit card and settlement service businesses, has selected IBM LinuxONE as its mission-critical system for credit card payment processing. The system's robust security and industry-leading performance will help APLUS achieve its 24/7/365 operation objectives as online commerce heats up and companies rely on cloud applications to draw and retain customers.
                                                                        Analyst Firms Name IBM a Leader in Software Testing Capabilities
                                                                        Independent research reports position IBM as a leader in software test automation
                                                                        IBM announced it has been named as a leader in software testing capabilities in two separate reports from analyst firms Forrester Research and Gartner. The Forrester Wave: Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools, Q4 2016, shows IBM outpaces its competition in the number of platforms on which teams can execute test automation, and the Gartner November 2016 Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation positioned IBM highest in execution in the Leaders quadrant. IBM is an industry leader equipped with the tools to help clients more quickly develop, test, and deploy enterprise software and applications across on premises and hybrid cloud environments.
                                                                        Lotte Announces Agreement with IBM to Leverage Watson for Retail
                                                                        Application of Watson technology will improve personalization capabilities across the business
                                                                        IBM announced it has signed an agreement with the Lotte Group to provide cloud-based IBM Watson solutions to help the Group deliver innovation across the business and become a world-class retail company.

                                                                        Lotte Group represents the country's largest retailer in a highly competitive retail market and is one of Korea's top five companies, providing products and services to its customers through online channels, mobile services and offline department stores, marts, convenience stores and duty-free shops.

                                                                        The Weather Company Named Most Accurate Forecaster in the World by New Study
                                                                        More Accurate Forecasts Help Lead Consumers and Businesses to More Informed Decisions
                                                                        The Weather Company, an IBM Business, was shown as the most accurate forecaster in a study by ForecastWatch, the nation's premier authority in meteorological accuracy validation. The study names The Weather Company's consumer brands The Weather Channel and Weather Underground as the most accurate forecasters overall across diverse geographic regions and time periods covered.

                                                                        "Our users and clients turn to us to help them make weather-related decisions with confidence. This study shows The Weather Company as the undisputed accuracy leader, confirming the trust of more than 250 million people who choose The Weather Company for weather information every month," said Mary Glackin, senior vice president of science and forecasting operations at The Weather Company...

                                                                        Cleveland Clinic, IBM Continue Their Collaboration to Establish Model for Cognitive Population Health Management and Data-Driven Personalized Healthcare
                                                                        5-year project builds on long-standing Cleveland Clinic, IBM collaboration
                                                                        Cleveland Clinic and IBM announced a five-year agreement to expand the Clinic's health information technology capabilities. The Clinic and IBM aim to establish a model for a health system transition to value-based care and population health, and to uncover potential standards that could be replicated by providers nationwide.

                                                                        The agreement builds on a decades-long relationship between the two organizations, and reflects the parties' intention to expand the use of IBMs secured cloud, social, mobile and Watson cognitive computing technologies across clinical and administrative operations. The collaboration is also being designed to better capture the value of data and to enhance patient care across the systems' nine regional hospitals and 18 full-service family health centers...

                                                                        Red Hat News
                                                                        Red Hat Reports Third Quarter Results for Fiscal Year 2017
                                                                        Red Hat, December 21st, 2016
                                                                        Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended November 30, 2016.

                                                                        "Enterprise and service provider customers continue to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy for developing, deploying and managing the life-cycle of their critical applications. Red Hat is uniquely positioned to address this need. In aggregate, customers utilizing our cloud-enabling technologies either on-premise or in the public cloud are spending more with Red Hat than customers that have not yet embraced our cloud-enabling technologies." said Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat.

                                                                        EMC News
                                                                        Dell EMC joins The Linux Foundation's OpenSDS Project
                                                                        The company is also making its first code contribution to the project.
                                                                        "Dell EMC is joining the OpenSDS Project, a Linux Foundation Collaborative project. To mark its commitment to the project, Dell EMC is contributing CoprHD SouthBound SDK (SB SDK) to the OpenSDS project. The SB SDK allows developers to build drivers and other tools with the assurance that they will be compatible with a wide variety of enterprise-class storage products.

                                                                        The OpenSDS Project is one of the many open source projects that are part of the foundation's collaborative projects. Lately, the foundation has become a de facto body for companies to collaborate on their projects. I once asked Sam Ramji, the then CEO of Cloud Foundry (one of the largest Collaborative projects), about the benefits that projects get by being part of the foundation and he said that projects benefit from the huge community that the foundation has created..."

                                                                        The 10 Biggest Dell EMC Stories Of 2016 (Slideshow)
                                                                        CRN, December 22nd, 2016
                                                                        "To say 2016 was a big year for Dell EMC would be a vast understatement. By January, the process of bringing Dell and EMC together to form a $74 billion IT industry behemoth was well underway, and partners were eager to learn about the opportunities the landmark deal would bring.

                                                                        As the year progressed, partners that worked with one vendor but not the other were encouraged to begin working with both, and the excitement began to build. Aggressive Dell partners were able to notch significant sales with EMC product lines, putting themselves and their bottom lines in a very favorable position..."

                                                                        HP News
                                                                        The Top 10 HPE Stories Of 2016 (Slideshow)
                                                                        CRN, December 21st, 2016
                                                                        Steven Burke writes, "For HPE, 2016 was a year of blockbuster spin in mergers and deals aimed at making the company a smaller, faster-moving, more innovative next generation infrastructure hybrid computing superpower.

                                                                        Ultimately 2016 marked the year that HPE CEO Meg Whitman delivered on her five-year plan to make HPE matter again. The one time battered behemoth was viewed as a Silicon Valley dinosaur with a dispirited partner network when Whitman took the helm in September 2011. If that wasn't enough the company was $12.5 billion in debt..."

                                                                        Windstream News
                                                                        Empereon Marketing Plans Rapid Growth With Contact Center as a Service and MPLS solutions from Windstream
                                                                        Windstream worked with long-time channel partner City Communications on the solutions
                                                                        Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced that leading contact center solutions provider Empereon Marketing has selected Windstream to provide highly reliable, scalable and cost effective Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) and MPLS transport solutions.

                                                                        Empereon Marketing provides "end-to-end" customer interaction solutions, including customer care, sales, technical support and help desk services, to customers across multiple industries, always delivering high-quality service to their client partners. The company has grown from 1,200 employees to more than 2,800 this year, and it also operates a debt collection division known as Constar Financial Services.

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