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Be In The Moment: Integrated CX In The Age Of Discontent
By Robert Landon, December 29th, 2016
Robert writes, "Welcome to the Age of Discontent.

Consumers expect to make purchases wherever, whenever, and however they choose - while watching Netflix, waiting in line for a latte, or inside a bricks-and-mortar store on Black Friday. But 24/7 access isn't enough. They also expect delivery at a time and place of their choosing, whether in-store or at their doorstep, within an ever-shrinking window.

It sounds like a shopper's paradise, so why all the discontent? Because consumer expectations are actually outstripping the ability of most retailers and consumer product goods (CPG) manufacturers to deliver..."

Why Tech Startups Can Succeed Outside Of Silicon Valley
By Reggie Bradford, December 27th, 2016
Reggie writes, "Back in 2011, I wrote a column for TechCrunch on Why Even Ron Conway Couldn't Persuade Me To Move To Silicon Valley. This was about a year before I joined Oracle via the acquisition of my Atlanta-based startup, Vitrue. That was actually my third Atlanta-based startup, following successful exits by acquisition of WebMD and N2 Broadband.

Today, as I travel the world speaking to entrepreneurs, I know that what was true in Atlanta is true of cities worldwide: With the right ideas and talent, you don't need to be in San Francisco or Palo Alto..."

After A Big 2016, Next Year May Be A.I. Tipping Point
ComputerWorld, December 27th, 2016
"Artificial intelligence progress expected to continue to accelerate in coming year...

For artificial intelligence, 2016 has been a big year.

After years of researchers saying artificial intelligence (A.I.) was on the cusp of a revolution, the technology has made major advances this past year.

And now, finally, the beginnings of that major A.I. revolution seem to be here..."

    Capitalizing On Machine Learning - From Life Sciences To Financial Services
    HPCWire, December 26th, 2016
    "The promise of machine learning has a science fiction flavor to it: computer programs that learn from their experiences and get better and better at what they do. So is machine learning fact or fiction?

    The global marketplace answers this question emphatically: Machine learning is not just real; it is a booming field of technology that is being applied in countless artificial intelligence (AI) applications, ranging from crop monitoring and drug development to fraud detection and autonomous vehicles. Collectively, the global AI market is expected to be worth more than $16 billion by 2022, according to the research firm MarketsandMarkets..."

    2017 Will Be Big Year For AI Thanks To Tech Giants
    CIO, December 29th, 2016
    "Technology's leading companies drove the evolution of artificial intelligence in 2016, and Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are all expected to push AI much further in 2017.

    Machine learning and other variations of artificial intelligence (AI) are expected to proliferate in the enterprise in 2017. The majority of IT players, including today's leading technology companies, have invested in the space and plan to increase efforts for the foreseeable future, according to analysts who cover the market.

    However, while machine learning has generated tremendous interest throughout the enterprise, a wide gap still exists between research and beneficial use cases in the real world. And only a small number of companies have the resources to actually drive AI innovation and deliver it to the masses, sources say..."

    How Artificial Intelligence Will Solve The Security Skills Shortage
    Dark Reading, December 28th, 2016
    "Unlike industries that fear the intrusion of AI, the infosec world is embracing this revolutionary technology, and the seismic changes it will bring to threat detection and mitigation.

    I was reminded of a mathematical hypothesis called the singularity when I read Vinod Khosla's recent interview in the Wall Street Journal and his prediction of massive job displacement and the growth of new industries due to the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence (AI)..."

      What Really Is AI? Setting The Record Straight
      Information Age, December 28th, 2016
      "AI is already ingrained in our personal lives, but why have enterprises been slow to adopt the technology in the workplace?

      Enterprise artificial intelligence has reached a tipping point. Whatever you call it - machine learning, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, cognitive computing - this phenomenon is not only dominating our news feeds, but our business conversations also.

      It would probably be helpful to start with a baseline definition..."

      Getting a Head Start on Using Apache Spark on SPARC Servers
      By Victor Castillo, Kevin Klapak, Pedro Lay, and Suman Somasundar, December 28th, 2016
      "This article provides instructions for installing Apache Spark on Oracle Solaris. In today's real-time business environments, the rapid growth of big data is driving new workloads of compute-intensive analytic applications that require in-memory processing. Systems must analyze data quickly, while at the same time being able to handle sophisticated searches and more-complex machine-learning algorithms over large data sets. The new SPARC S7 processor-based servers from Oracle, powered with Oracle's SPARC S7 processor and its Data Analytics Accelerator (DAX) capability, provide hardware acceleration to process a variety of big data analytic workloads. This approach reduces data transfers and leaves the CPU cores to focus on other tasks..."
      IT - Storage
      Object Storage Architecture Won't Be Pushing NAS Out Just Yet
      SearchStorage, December 26th, 2016
      "Object storage is becoming more popular as the default storage choice for enterprises and large organizations. But it may not be time to ditch that NAS system quite yet...

      With vendors beginning to offer storage virtualization features that obscure object storage and make it look like other storage types, one has to question whether object storage can become a 'one-size-fits-all' choice for all of an organization's storage requirements. If object storage architecture can be configured to emulate NAS storage, for example, is NAS storage still necessary?..."

      NVMe and NVMs: What To Expect
      Network Computing, December 28th, 2016
      "NVMe is a relatively new protocol for accessing data stored on solid-state drives. Unlike spinning disks, SSDs store data on some form of non-volatile memory (NVM). This NVM can be either flash (NAND) or a next-generation NVM such as 3D XPoint (3DXP). Note that NVMe, the protocol, is different from NVM, the storage medium.

      NVMe (the "e" stands for express) is designed to be leaner and faster than its predecessors, SAS and SATA. It shaves off about 20us from the latency added by the I/O stack..."

      Storage In 2017: Big Improvements Are On The Way
      ZDNet, December 30th, 2016
      "If 2016 wasn't tumultuous enough for you - the world's largest storage company sold itself to Dell - you ain't seen nothin' yet. The pace of change in the storage industry is accelerating - and that's good for us...

      The pace of storage change continues to accelerate, and its impact on us continues to grow. Digital storage is central to a digital civilization, and as we grow more digital, we grow more dependent on improvements in storage. Here's what to expect in 2017..."

      IT - Bitcoin
      How Blockchain Can Create The World's Biggest Supercomputer
      TechCrunch, December 27th, 2016
      "As our desktop computers, laptops, mobile devices, etc. stand idly by for a huge portion of the day, the need for computing resources is growing at a fast pace. Large IoT ecosystems, machine learning and deep learning algorithms and other sophisticated solutions being deployed in every domain and industry are raising the demand for stronger cloud servers and more bandwidth to address the minute needs of enterprises and businesses.

      So how can we make a more economic and efficient use of all the computing power that's going to waste? Blockchain, the distributed ledger that's gaining traction across various domains, might have the answer to the dilemma by providing a platform that enables participants to lend and borrow computing resources - and make money in the process..."

      Get Ready For 2017 - These Legal Precedents On Bitcoin Were Set In 2016, December 26th, 2016
      "2016 saw numerous important court decisions made which affect the Bitcoin industry as a whole. We consulted lawyers and researched the biggest court cases of the year, ranging from whether or not Bitcoin is money to the fate of Ross Ulbricht. Here's what we've found..."
      Bitcoin Price Pushes Toward $1000
      CryptoCoinsNews, December 29th, 2016
      "The last week of 2016 has seen bitcoin push the pedal in its continuing rally as the cryptocurrency rises toward the $1,000 milestone.

      Bitcoin price has gained over 34% in the past month alone, streaking from $727.18 on the Bitstamp Price Index (BPI) on November 29, to today's and the newest annual high of $980.74, at the time of publishing.

      Having steadily risen through most of December's trading period, the price of bitcoin to the dollar shifted gears to surge from $791.41 on December 20 to $870.78 on December 22. While the handful of days remaining in 2016 wind down, bitcoin price broke through the $900 marker the following day, beginning the final 7-day period in 2016..."

      Will Banks Warm Up To Bitcoin In 2017?
      NEWSBTC, December 29th, 2016
      "The tone of a lot of financial players has shifted from borderline ignorant to showing an appetite for innovation...

      Over the past few months, it has become apparent that Bitcoin is here to stay. Even though 2016 started off on a weak note for bitcoin, its steady rise in the latter half of the year has only further consolidated its status as a reliable asset. Bitcoin not only managed to recover from the Bitfinex hack this year but also attained stability and demand.

      The steep rise in Bitcoin value has dispelled any notions about a decline in interest in the face of scalability and governance issues..."

      IT - FOSS
      Top 10 Open Source Projects Of 2016, December 26th, 2016
      "In our annual list of the year's top open source projects, we look back at popular projects our writers covered in 2016, plus favorites our Community Moderators picked.

      We continue to be impressed with the wonderful open source projects that emerge, grow, change, and evolve every year. Picking 10 to include in our annual list of top projects is no small feat, and certainly no list this short can include every deserving project.

      To choose our 10, we looked back at popular open source projects our writers covered in 2016, and collected suggestions from our Community Moderators. After a round of nominations and voting by our moderators, our editorial team narrowed down the final list.

      So here they are, our top 10 open source projects of 2016:..."

      Top Open Source Projects To Watch In 2017, December 28th, 2016
      "No one has a crystal ball to see the future of technology. Even for projects developed out in the open, code alone can't tell us whether or not a project is destined for success - but there are hints along the way. For example, perhaps it's not unreasonable to assume that the projects that will help shape our future are those projects that have first seen rapid growth and popularity among the developer community.

      So which new projects should an open source developer watch in 2017? ..."

      IT - DevOps
      DevOps: People First, Process Second
      ITProPortal, December 27th, 2016
      "Why better collaboration and teamwork is the end destination for any DevOps journey...

      Today businesses are working in more agile and digitally connected ways. What's more in the case of new software development projects, DevOps is a buzzword that chimes with this sentiment. But what does it mean and how should we view it? Is it a job role? Is it a team? A product? A vision?

      Quite simply, DevOps is a mind-set...."

      DevOps The Code To Delivering With Velocity, Quality And Agility
      Information Management, December 29th, 2016
      "Every business today is under pressure from a startup that is disrupting their traditional market. We have seen this in the taxi industry with Uber, ATOM Bank is revolutionizing banking and Airbnb the hotel industry. The overused statement that today every business is a software business, is resonating in every industry and we are all under pressure to not only deliver faster, we must do so with quality and add value to our respective businesses.

      To achieve velocity, organizations are turning to DevOps in their cultural and technology transformation. In my recent report, 'How To Deliver Services With Quality, Agility, And Value,' I look at these issues and discuss how to pragmatically assess your DevOps journey..."

      Percona Live Featured Tutorial with Oystein Grovlen - How to Analyze and Tune MySQL Queries for Better Performance
      Percona, December 29th, 2016
      "Welcome to another post in the series of Percona Live featured tutorial speakers blogs! In these blogs, we'll highlight some of the tutorial speakers that will be at this year's Percona Live conference. We'll also discuss how these tutorials can help you improve your database environment. Make sure to read to the end to get a special Percona Live 2017 registration bonus!

      In this Percona Live featured tutorial, we'll meet Oystein Grovlen, Senior Principal Software Engineer at Oracle. His tutorial is on How to Analyze and Tune MySQL Queries for Better Performance. SQL query performance plays a big role in application performance. If some queries execute slowly, these queries or the database schema may need tuning. I had a chance to speak with Oystein and learn a bit more about the MySQL query tuning:.."

      MSSQL To MySQL Data Migration Using MySQL Workbench 6.3
      By LALIT, December 29th, 2016
      LALIT blogs, "Recently I was testing data migration from MSSQL to MySQL using MySQL Workbench. My aim was to include data with all datatype available in MSSQL for migration. In this following blog post will see data migration prerequisites, migration steps and few common errors..."
      How to Perform Efficient Backup for MySQL and MariaDB
      By Ashraf Sharif, December 27th, 2016
      "All backup methods have their pros and cons. They also affect database workloads differently. Your backup strategy will depend upon the business requirements, the environment you operate in and resources at your disposal. Backups are usually planned according to your restoration requirement. Data loss can be full or partial, and you do not always need to recover the whole dataset. In some cases, you might just want to do a partial recovery by restoring missing tables or rows. In this case, you will need a combination of Percona Xtrabackup, mysqldump and binary logs to cover the different cases..."
        Cloud Computing
        How Oracle's Database Business Changes (And Doesn't) In The Cloud
        By Chris Murphy, December 26th, 2016
        Chris Murphy writes, "When it comes to database workloads, the shift to the cloud has only barely begun. Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison recently explained how, as that shift accelerates, the transition of databases to the cloud will be very different from the more established software-as-a-service business.

        Ellison, speaking on a conference call December 15 about Oracle's second-quarter FY2017 financial results, first laid out the competitive landscape. He said he measures Oracle's performance by comparing its cloud technology and market share to two main competitors: in applications and Amazon Web Services in both infrastructure and databases..."

        IT - Cloud
        Hedging Your Bets On Cloud Providers
        ITProPortal, December 26th, 2016
        "With cloud usage maturing, the focus is turning to how companies can implement the ideal cloud provider strategy...

        As we approach the end of 2016, organisations are forced to consider what the future holds for cloud computing. What balance of traditional infrastructure, private clouds, and public cloud services will IT departments hedge their bets on in the next three years? Even five years? ..."

        How And Why Is Your Industry Adopting Cloud?
        Information Age, December 29th, 2016
        "It's no secret that companies of all sizes, regions and industries are using the cloud in a variety of ways...

        It's a well-known fact that the cloud is revolutionising every industry and sector. Although the benefits of cloud were once hotly contested - with some experts arguing that the cloud was less secure than on-prem - now, those myths have dissipated.

        In fact, in this increasingly digital world, the cloud is now integral to an organisation's survival. A recent Progress study revealed that 85% of IT leaders feel that they have two years to advance their digital transformation strategy before falling behind their competitors or suffering financially..."

          7 New Guides And Tips For Openstack
, December 29th, 2016
          "Familiarity with OpenStack is likely to continue to be one of the most in-demand job skills in the new year, both for developers and system administrators. But OpenStack is a huge area, encompassing dozens of individual projects with varying degrees of complexity. Building and keeping up your skills can be a challenge.

          Fortunately, there are lots of resources out there to help you learn what you need to know. In addition to the official documentation, numerous training and certification programs, books, and other resources, there are also plenty of community-created tutorials, guides, and how-tos out there created by OpenStack developers and users who wish to share their first-hand knowledge..."

          Cloud Computing Explained: SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS
          Business 2 Community, December 28th, 2016
          "Cloud computing is an invaluable resource that all modern businesses should consider as part of their strategy. But many people hesitate to act because they don't quite understand it - what it is, what it does, or how they can use it to improve their business and their bottom line. That's quite understandable, since the topic can be somewhat confusing and the term has been appropriated by some businesses for unrelated purposes in order to take advantage of cloud computing's popularity.

          So today, we're clearing the air, clearing away the obscurity of the cloud to see what's really going on at ground level..."

          IT - CxO
          Ransomworm: The Next Level Of Cybersecurity Nastiness
          CSO Online, December 27th, 2016
          "2017 could see further evil innovations of ransomware...

          As if holding your data hostage and seeking cash payment weren't harsh enough, security experts foresee the next stage of ransomware to be even worse.

          Scott Millis, CTO at mobile security company Cyber adAPT, expects ransomware to spin out of control in the year ahead. That is an astounding statement when you consider that there were more than 4,000 ransomware attacks daily in 2016, according to Symantec's Security Response group..."

          4 Information Security Threats That Will Dominate 2017
          CIO, December 29th, 2016
          "Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and collaborative with every coming year. To combat the threat in 2017, information security professionals must understand these four global security threats.

          As with previous years, 2016 saw no shortage of data breaches. Looking ahead to 2017, the Information Security Forum (ISF), a global, independent information security body that focuses on cyber security and information risk management, forecasts businesses will face four key global security threats in 2017..."

          From The CIO's Desk: Looking Ahead To 2017
          ITProPortal, December 28th, 2016
          "In 2017 CIOs are poised to deliver more business value than ever before and we will be expected to shape the strategic conversations around our companies' digital journey...

          Today, successful organisations are focused on how they can digitally transform their business most effectively. This modernisation is having a profound effect because traditional industries are being disrupted by new entrants with a digital, rather than capital or people-intensive business model. Additionally, brand new companies can start and grow very quickly when their product is digital, rather than physical..."

            Who Controls The Marketing Tech Stack In 2017: The CIO Or CMO?
            ZDNet, December 31st, 2016
            "A funny thing happened along the way to using technology to better connect with the marketplace: The CIO and CMO both decided to have a hand in it. How will they agree and align in 2017 as digital becomes central to the end-to-end customer experience?

            Much has been made in the last several years for the need of the CIO and CMO to align on technology plans, as marketing strategy increasingly must be realized largely or entirely within digital experiences.

            While the CIO has long owned the overall technology stack inside of the enterprise, the CMO has certainly had a say in it in most organizations since the rise of digital marketing in the 1990s..."

            Exclusive SFTA Seminar: Negotiate The Best Cloud And SaaS Deals For Your Enterprise
            Thursday, January 19th, 2017: 8:30 PM to 12:00 PM
            Riverside Hotel - Ft. Lauderdale

            You are invited to join this exclusive SFTA Seminar featuring renowned legal Tech guru Mark Grossman and Rebecca Gahete. Mark and Rebecca will lead you through proven techniques to negotiate the best Cloud and SaaS deals for your enterprise.

            • 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM - Registration and Complimentary Breakfast
            • 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Seminar and discussion

            SFTA, John McLaughlin

            vBeers @ Palm Beach (North) - Twisted Trunk
            Wednesday, January 4th, 2017: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
            Twisted Trunk Brewing

            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 all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

            Sponsorships for the vBeers events are through the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA).

            Please register at The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) events page.

            John McLaughlin, Nicole Ciccone/SFTA

            SFTA vBeers @ Broward (Funky Buddha)
            Wednesday, January 11th, 2017: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
            Funky Buddha - Oakland Park

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

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

            Feel free to arrive and depart at your convenience. People start gathering around 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM and most people leave by 8:30 or 9:00 PM.

            Please register at The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) events page.

            We're about:

            IT - Operating Systems - Technology Startups - Open Source - New Technology - IT Professionals - Cloud Computing - Information Technology - Virtualization - Technology Professionals - Information Technology in Business - SaaS (Software as a Service) - vBeers - Linux - Unix - Web Technology - Security - Machine Learning - Containers - Networking - Referrals - Beer

            South Florida Technology Alliance, John J. McLaughlin

            IT - DR
            Top 10 Things Driving DRaaS Adoption
            Enterprise Storage Forum, December 26th, 2016
            "Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) has really caught on of late. Gartner cites a 77 percent increase in DRaaS-related inquiries over the past year and estimates the DRaaS market will reach $3.4B by 2019.

            What's driving this trend? ...

            • Confidence
            • Growing Data Outages
            • Reliability
            • Cost

            ... read on for details

            2016's Top Business Continuity Disasters Are A Reminder To Plan Ahead
            ITProPortal, December 31st, 2016
            "While you might not be able to predict exactly what incidents 2017 will bring, you can think ahead and prepare...

            From severe storms to power cuts to local fires, 2016 has brought its share of business continuity interruptions, testing businesses' continuity strategies and putting their revenues at risk.

            In an effort to raise awareness of why it is important for UK businesses of all sizes to have a business continuity strategy in place, nationwide managed services provider (MSP) IT Specialists (ITS) has put together research highlighting some of the biggest threats to business continuity during 2016. The incidents include the following:..."

            Innovation To Grow. Insight To Control: Oracle Cloud Day
            By Oracle, December 29th, 2016
            Oracle says, "This year we will showcase how unprecedented levels of insight gained from data are creating entirely new business categories. We will also explore how business leaders are taking advantage of the economics of information and connections to power business growth.

            Save the date and let us update you on our latest cloud capabilities, share with you our customer case studies and find out how your cloud strategy is developing...

            Click on your city link to register, or save the date in your calendar until registration is open..."

            Modular And Reusable Java EE Architecture With Docker
            By Bruno Souza, Elder Moraes, and Andre Carvalho, December 28th, 2016
            Bruno et. al writes, "Learn a simple process for using Docker containers to provide all the services a Java EE application requires. Can you easily replicate all the services your Java EE application needs to run? Every Java EE application needs many services: databases, message queues, NoSQL services, authentication, user management, and much more. We run some of those services inside the application server during development and small deployments. But once we grow and scale our infrastructure, we need to separate each service in its own environment. That's when things get complex..."
            IT - Networks
            3 Drivers For Faster Connectivity
            Network Computing, December 27th, 2016
            "More powerful CPUs, faster storage, and software-defined architectures require faster networking.

            In the never ending game of leapfrog between processing, memory, and I/O, the network has become the new server bottleneck. Today's 10 GbE server networks are simply unable to keep up with the processor's insatiable demand for data. This is creating a real problem where expensive servers equipped with the latest CPUs are giant beasts that suck power at an astounding rate, with all these massively parallel cores running at gigahertz rates busily doing nothing..."

            8 Predictions For Business Networks In 2017
            Information Age, December 29th, 2016
            "Whilst network infrastructure has tended to play a background role, in the New Year it is likely to come to the forefront of business discussions...

            Several new network technologies will at last be in field in 2017. These include artificial intelligence and step changes in process automation.Networks have come under increasing pressure with exponential growth in traffic demands, and 2017 could be the year we start to see those not 'fit for purpose' start to buckle.

            Here are eight predictions for business networks in 2017..."

            Why IT Monitoring Tools Are Not Stopping Outages (Slideshow)
            CIO Insight, December 29th, 2016
            "Most organizations are still using network monitoring solutions that aren't very effective in predicting network performance issues and/or outages, according to a recent survey from Veriflow. The accompanying report, 'Network Complexity, Change and Human Factors are Failing the Business,' indicates that, in many cases, it's the users who end up reporting an outage or service disruption, and that delay can negatively impact business for an hour or more..."
            Do DMZ Networks Still Provide Security Benefits For Enterprises?
            SearchSecurity, December 27th, 2016
            "DMZ networks were once widely used by enterprises, but are they still common today? Expert Judith Myerson explains why DMZs may be a good security option for some organizations...

            Setting up DMZ networks used to be common practice, but I rarely hear about them being used anymore. Is it still a good practice? Are there better alternatives, like using virtual machines (VMs), or do DMZ networks still provide value?

            You rarely hear about a DMZ subnetwork of a local network for a good reason. Hackers love to grab media attention with their successes in breaching a corporate or government network, such as the United States Office of Personnel Management. However, DMZ networks are often isolated and separated from the rest of the enterprise infrastructure and, therefore, are thankfully overlooked by attackers. To protect their servers against external network intrusions, organizations have used DMZ networks to separate specific portions of their crucial infrastructure..."

            Networking Guide To CIDR Notation And Configuration
  , December 30th, 2016
            "One of the key concepts in network routing that any Linux professional should be familiar with is network notation. This article was inspired by a request from a reader of my article, An introduction to Linux network routing, to explain more about CIDR notation and how it works. CIDR stands for Classless-Inter Domain Routing; it defines a notation methodology for network addressing that is used to specify the network portion of an IP address..."
            IT - IoT
            New Year's Resolution For IoT Vendors: Treat LANs As Hostile
            ComputerWorld, December 29th, 2016
            "The prevalence of insecure default configurations for embedded devices suggests that vendors don't account for LAN-based threats...

            In November, researchers from cybersecurity firm Invincea reported a vulnerability that could have allowed hackers to infect Belkin WeMo smart plugs with malware. The flaw was located in a configuration protocol that worked over the local area network and didn't require any authentication.

            In 2015, when researchers from vulnerability intelligence firm Rapid7 analyzed nine Internet-connected baby monitors, they found hardcoded credentials in four of them. Those backdoor accounts provided administrative access to the devices over the local network..."

              The Security Challenges With The Internet Of Things
              Information Age, December 28th, 2016
              "Over the last few months, the cybersecurity industry has been observing some very interesting trends, including an uptick in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks with unprecedented rates of associated traffic ...

              The recent spate of DDoS attacks are not taking advantage of amplification techniques, which have been the most prevalent types of DDoS attacks in recent years.Instead, the attacks are just flooding links with traffic generated from the sources, the traditional way of implementing a DDoS..."

                IT - Linux
                Top 10 Linux News Stories Of 2016
      , December 27th, 2016
                "The past year was packed with Linux anniversaries and announcements. Which ones made our top 10 list? Read on to find out. ..

                • Linux turns 25
                • Fedora 25 becomes the first major Linux distro to ship with Wayland enabled by default
                • Microsoft cozies up to Linux

                ... read on for details

                2016 Was The Best Year For Linux
                Freedom Penguin, December 27th, 2016
                "2016 was unequivocally Linux's best year yet. It's on more devices than ever before and more secure than ever before. Were there embarrassing moments along the way? Yes, I kept reasonably close to the news and watched a few of these evolve and get patched as quickly as they were found.

                I'd also like to predict that 2017 will end being Linux's best year yet. And I'll even go one year further than other folks making predictions and say that 2018 will top them all..."

                IT - Operations
                Critical Questions When Purchasing New Power-Distribution Equipment
                The Datacenter Journal, December 29th, 2016
                "As any data center manager knows, ensuring continuous uptime is critical to business continuity. And part of ensuring continuous uptime means making sure power is being effectively distributed throughout the facility at all times in the safest and most efficient way possible. Yet the needs of a data center are always changing, as it expands and facility managers add new equipment. At the same time, advancements in power-distribution equipment have made it attractive for facility managers to look at upgrades as a way to increase efficiency and reliability as well as to support data center expansion.

                But how can data center managers know exactly which equipment they need and when is the right time to upgrade? The following questions are critical to ask when evaluating your need for new power-distribution equipment in the data center..."

                IT - Security
                8 Boldest Security Predictions For 2017
                Dark Reading, December 27th, 2016
                "The end of the year may mean ugly sweaters and epic office holiday parties for some. But for us here at Dark Reading, nothing signals winter solstice more certainly than an email inbox stuffed full of IT security predictions for the coming year. We're talking a denial-of-service-level flood of communiques - a near endless cavalcade of thought leaders and laggards chiming in with their thoughts on how attacks, defenses and the business of cybersecurity will shake out after the New Year.

                Among the hundreds of predictions, the majority are either inane or obvious enough to get a "Well, duh" response from anyone who has been in infosec for any length of time. But every year we get a few that raise our eyebrows, elicit a chuckle or at least get us thinking speculatively about possibilities for the months to come. This year was no different, so we'll spare you all those predictions about phishing being the next big attack vector and skip straight to the good stuff..."

                10 Things Infosec Pros Can Celebrate About 2016
                Dark Reading, December 29th, 2016
                "There were a few items that passed for good news this year.

                Let's not rehash all the miserable DDoSes of the past several months or predict the horrors IoT has in store for us next year. For now, let's snuggle up with some hot chocolate and think comforting thoughts. Let's prepare our champagne toasts for New Year's Eve and celebrate the good times (or what passed for good times in this industry) from 2016: ..."

                17 Security Experts Share Predictions For The Top Cyber-Trends Of 2017 (Slideshow)
                SearchSecurity, December 27th, 2016
                "Enterprises, governments and end users faced no shortage of security challenges in 2016. As the year draws to a close, we wonder: What security trends will continue into 2017? What will be the big security stories of the year to come? Many trends emerged in 2016 that are very likely to remain key issues for organizations of all sizes and shapes in 2017. Among them is the continued and growing risk of ransomware, which emerged in 2016 as a primary attack vector for hackers aiming to cash in on their nefarious activities..."
                Test Systems - The Soft Underbelly Of System Security
                Business 2 Community, December 30th, 2016
                "Test systems are the guts of your overall system design. Test systems embody an incredible amount of the history of how your team's code and development practices turn into the tools, applications, and services you provide to your users. Most importantly, these systems show how your systems, tools, and applications mature and refine, and every brilliant and embarrassing decision your team made to create your product can often be found there..."
                  IT - Careers
                  10 Hottest IT Career Stories Of 2016
                  CIO, December 27th, 2016
                  "It was another big year for IT professionals -- demand for IT skills was high, unemployment was low and salaries just kept rising. Here are our 10 most popular stories for job seekers in 2016...

                  Every company is an IT company, no matter the industry, company size or scope. That's one reason why IT professionals were in high demand in 2016, and will continue to be one of the hottest, most lucrative careers paths for the foreseeable future.

                  What skills, experience and education are needed to survive and thrive in the fast-paced, digital world of an IT professional? We've rounded up our 10 most popular articles for IT job-seekers from 2016 to help you navigate your next career move..."

                    IT - Virtualization
                    Top 10 Virtualisation And Storage Stories Of 2016
                    ComputerWeekly, December 30th, 2016
                    "Flash storage has held onto the headlines in 2016, but hyper-converged infrastructure, containerisation, software-defined storage and VMware's plans for the hybrid cloud are rising themes...

                    While the rise of flash storage in the datacentre was prominent in 2016, its trend line was perhaps less steep than that of hyper-converged infrastructure.

                    Hyper-converged marries storage and server capacity in scale-out hardware, usually with a virtualisation hypervisor. It has seen a huge increase in prominence in 2016..."

                    IT - Email
                    Gmail Vs. Outlook: 5 Game-Changing Differences
                    Business 2 Community, December 26th, 2016
                    "Most companies turn to Gmail or Outlook to manage their workplace email. 13% of public companies use Office 365 or G-Suite (formerly Google Apps). The remaining 87% use a combination of the two, or a private email setup.

                    Some companies choose Google or Microsoft because they prefer one's cloud office suite - which includes calendars, and collaboration on spreadsheets and documents - over the other...

                    But if you use other productivity tools and are deciding between Gmail or Outlook solely for email, you want to choose one that helps you speed up your workflow. Gmail set its initial bar high, and Microsoft clearly took notice. Given Outlook's 2016 update, it is now more equipped to compete than ever.

                    Here are five game-changing differences between Gmail vs. Outlook..."

                    Why Email Is Still King Among Digital Communication Channels
                    Business 2 Community, December 30th, 2016
                    "Despite the several communication platforms that the Internet offers, email remains the most important and the most widely used. The popularity is so high that there are people asking on Google and Quora how many email accounts they should have!

                    When we crunch the numbers and take a look at the reports & analytical data, we see that email is here to stay. According to The Radicati Group Inc., the number of worldwide email users will increase to over 2.9 billion, by the end of 2019. Over one-third of the worldwide population will be using email by the end of 2019..."

                    IT - Big Data
                    Predictions For Data Analytics 2017
                    ITProPortal, December 27th, 2016
                    "Vice-president for the EMEA region at Logi Analytics, Tom Cahill, gives his predictions for data analytics in the upcoming year..."

                    • Decline in adoption and use of standalone tools will create opportunity for you
                    • Your software will need to offer more than just visualisations
                    • You'll need to consider more than just the end user when designing your roadmap
                    • Advanced analytics don't need to be part of your short term PRD

                    ... read on for more details...

                    The Year Of Big Data: What To Expect In 2017
                    Information Management, December 29th, 2016
                    "I see two key themes making an important impact on the growth and transformation of Big Data.

                    First, data in real-time is transforming everything. As consumers, we already experience it everywhere we go. IoT hitting the mainstream only means this trend towards real-time will continue to explode.

                    Second, this has implications in how businesses think about and manage data, driving the need for connected data architectures to draw out the value from the raw material. The impact is already profound in every industry..."

                    How Will Big Data Evolve In The Year Ahead?
                    CIO Today, December 29th, 2016
                    "People, organizations and things will continue to generate ever-larger volumes of data in the months and years ahead, but expect to see some changes in how that information will be put to use, not just by humans but by artificial intelligence (AI) as well.

                    A recent survey by the analyst firm Gartner Inc., for instance, found that while big data technologies are seeing more overall investment, that spending will be done by fewer companies over the next couple years. And that trend is likely to lead to a growing divide between organizations that "know" and those that don't, according to IDC..."

                    IT - Mobile
                    How to Connect to a VPN on Android
                    How-To Geek, December 27th, 2016
                    "If you want to download an app not available in your country, connect to a company network on the road, or just stay safe on public Wi-Fi, you'll need a VPN. Here's how to connect to a VPN on your Android phone.

                    It's worth noting that Nexus devices have a built-in VPN for staying safe on public Wi-Fi, and you can read more about that here. But for any other uses, you have a few options for connecting to a VPN on your Android phone..."

                    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                    Vol 226 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 225 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
                    We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                    • LibreOffice 5.2.4
                    • Linux Kernel 4.9 Released
                    • 5 Virtualization Blogs for the 2016
                    • New Oracle ORAchk and EXAchk Versions Released!
                    • Top 5 Linux Blogs of 2016
                    • Carrefour Positioned At Intersection Of Personalization And Service
                    • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.12
                    • LibreOffice Macros
                    • MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Patching User Space with Oracle Ksplice
                    • MySQL on AWS: RDS vs EC2

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

                      IT - Encryption
                      Congressional Report Backs Strong Encryption, Police Decryption Rights
                      eWeek, December 26th, 2016
                      "The report released by a bi-partisan study group underscores law enforcement's need to decrypt data while highlighting the importance of supporting strong encryption.

                      The United States needs to continue to support strong encryption or risk undermining the digital economy, according to a bi-partisan congressional report released Dec. 20.

                      The 'Encryption Working Group Year-End Report,' summarizes the conclusions of a nearly year-long investigation by members of the House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee.

                      While finding that 'any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest,' the report also concluded that Congress needs to consider legislation that could help law enforcement gain access to digital information during investigations and work with technology companies to find solutions..."

                      Achieve Complete Online Privacy Through Vpns
                      TechWorm, December 29th, 2016
                      "How VPNs can be your gateway to complete online anonymity

                      You won't believe but privacy has become a thing of the past, as everything you do online is monitored by one entity or another. There is just no escaping it. People who crave solitude have no option but to advertise what they are up to. There are algorithms in almost every website that allow them to track your searches and put products and ads in front of you in accordance. They call it a marketing technique, when in reality, that's downright spying. If you are one of those people who are sick of constantly being monitored, then it is about time you seek help from VPNs. There are a bunch of them out there, but following are the best options for achieving complete online privacy..."

                        IT - Developer
                        There's No 'Thing' You Can Do To Be Agile
                        ITProPortal, December 27th, 2016
                        "The Agile concept isn't just about IT and development, but about a mindset that has to extend throughout the business.

                        Agile development enables IT to deliver software that is more tightly aligned with the relentlessly evolving needs of the business, with greater speed and efficiency. But Agile development alone can't make your business more successful, because success in today's dynamic, competitive markets requires agility across all dimensions of your business, not just software development..."

                          Hot Programming Trends In 2016
                , December 30th, 2016
                          "Take a look at the year's hottest languages for AI projects and containers, new languages, and more programming trends...

                          Technology is constantly moving forward - well, maybe not always forward, but always moving. Even for someone who keeps an eye on the trends and their effect on programmers, discerning exactly where things are headed can be a challenge. My clearest glimpse into open source programming trends always comes in the fall when I work with my fellow chairs, Kelsey Hightower and Scott Hanselman, and our fantastic programming committee to sculpt the coming year's OSCON (O'Reilly Open Source Convention). The proposals that we get and the number focused on specific topics turn out to be good indicators of hot trends in the open source world. What follows is an overview of the top programming trends we saw in 2016..."

                          IT - HPC
                          IDC: Worldwide HPC Server Revenue Grows 3.9% In Third Quarter
                          insideHPC, December 28th, 2016
                          "IDC is out with their latest Worldwide High-Performance Technical Server QView report. The QView presents the HPC market from various perspectives, including by competitive segment, vendor, cluster versus non-cluster, geography, and operating system. It also contains detailed revenue and shipment information by HPC models.

                          Worldwide factory revenue for the high performance computing technical server market grew by 3.9% to $2.8 billion in the third quarter of 2016 (3Q16), compared with $2.7 billion in the prior-year third quarter..."

                          Nexenta News
                          NexentaEdge DevOps Edition
                          Scale-Out Storage for Container-Converged Infrastructure
                          "Docker probably puts it best when they simply state "Build, Ship, Run, Any App Anywhere".

                          Thanks to tools and frameworks like Docker, Kubernetes or Mesos, today's application developers have access to unprecedented levels of speed, flexibility, agility and control, making building applications and deploying them at scale simpler than it has ever been. To properly meet the needs of these rapidly evolving application frameworks, data center infrastructure will have to profoundly change.

                          Infrastructure services the past 15 years, whether on premise private clouds, or public clouds have more or less been about one thing: supporting and running ever larger numbers of virtual machines. In the process, infrastructure teams lost track of applications. Instead of allocating resources to applications, infrastructure management boiled down to allocating resources to virtual machines. Microservice based architectures, container technologies and the wider adoption of DevOps methodologies provide a unique opportunity to refocus infrastructure management around the specific needs of applications.

                          Software-defined storage, scale-out architectures, fast networks and high performance industry standard x86 storage servers provide the necessary building blocks for a new breed of Container-Converged Infrastructure: software-defined infrastructure that seamlessly integrates with container management frameworks to deliver the storage, networking and compute services necessary to support run modern containerized applications, simply, reliably and at any scale..." - NexentaEdge DevOps Edition white paper

                          Veritas News
                          Veritas' Enterprise Backup Software Balances Old And New School Needs
                          SearchDataBackup, December 31st, 2016
                          "Veritas NetBackup software comes with many backup capabilities for the enterprise, like backup to tape, VM recovery and cloud integration...

                          The goal of Veritas' enterprise backup software and appliances, NetBackup, is to solve backup challenges that plague enterprises. NetBackup languished for some time prior to Veritas spinning out of its parent company, Symantec; during that period, NetBackup was slow to move on new data protection opportunities like backup of virtual machines and the adoption of new technologies like copy data management..."

                          Fujitsu News
                          Fujitsu Uses AR Technology In 3D Superimposed Product Design Diagnostic Solution
                          Launches sales of solution for early discovery of manufacturing defects by comparing product component photos to 3D blueprints
                          Fujitsu announced the launch of its FUJITSU Manufacturing Industry Solution 3D Superimpose Product Design Diagnostic, a PLM solution for manufacturers that visualizes differences between product component photos and their 3D blueprints. This solution is available today, initially only in Japan.

                          In the manufacturing of large-scale structures, the 3D Superimposed Product Design Diagnostic solution enables users to overlay the blueprints of manufactured components created with 3D CAD on a picture of each component taken with a smartphone or tablet using AR technology, making comparison easy. In addition, it can also greatly increase the efficiency of diagnostic procedures in which each manufacturing component previously had to be inspected visually or manually.

                          Fujitsu continues to strengthen its manufacturing solutions, and represented by this solution, supports manufacturing with ICT on the front lines.

                          HP News
                          Hewlett Packard Enterprise Enriches HPE IDOL Machine Learning Engine With Natural Language Processing
                          insideBIGDATA, December 26th, 2016
                          "Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced a new release of its flagship unstructured data analytics engine, HPE IDOL, featuring advanced Natural Language Question Answering. The new version of HPE IDOL leverages advanced machine learning functionality to improve the effectiveness and contextual accuracy of human interactions with computers...

                          Among the biggest challenges facing organizations trying to leverage Big Data is providing answers to users' questions in a natural, effective manner without cumbersome user interfaces or extensive training. Interactive voice assistants and online chatbots have recently simplified this process for consumers, however developers have had a difficult time adapting this approach to enterprise-class tasks due to the complexity and context of the questions, trustworthiness of the source, specificity of the information needed and accuracy of the answer..."

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