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Red Wing Shoe Company Deploys Oracle To Fuel Growth Among Diverse Consumer And Industrial Markets
Growing Retailer Delivers Leading Work Boots and Popular Styles via 170+ Mobile Truck-Based Stores and 450+ Traditional Stores
Oracle announced that Red Wing Shoe Company, a made in America brand selling to customers worldwide, has implemented Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service to support its rapid growth among new and traditional customer markets. Red Wing Shoes, which continues to launch new product lines and expand to new markets worldwide, plans to increase its store count over a five-year period by 25% - 30%.

Red Wing Shoes' styles appeal to diverse consumer groups - from construction workers to hipsters - and getting the experience right for each buyer persona requires thoughtful execution of brand interactions. The Oracle Retail solution enables Red Wing Shoes' to empower store associates and elevate customer service by allowing store associates to work via mobile, tablet and stationary workstation devices.

Wireless Carrier CREDO Gets Ahead Of Regulatory Curve
Forbes, January 5th, 2017
Carrie Massey writes, "CREDO Mobile is a small business that thinks big-really big. Its team of fewer than 100 employees and about 150 contractors manages the smartphone service of more than 100,000 customers while supporting the political causes of nearly 5 million activists by directing a percentage of the company's revenues to progressive causes.

Now CREDO is faced with a dilemma that affects many small companies struggling to comply with new accounting rules that were often crafted with large companies in mind - and for which in many instances only large companies have the resources to comply: in this case, the looming ASC606 protocol, which regulates how companies must report revenue from customer contracts..."

    How Banks Can Drive A New Sales Culture
    Forbes, January 4th, 2017
    Ning Tay writes, "Many banks have been working to reform their sales practices to better balance competitive pressures with ethical practices. But this is proving a struggle; even after new consumer protection measures were enacted six years ago, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) found in June 2016 that the number of complaints to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about 'bank account or services' and 'debt collection' continues to rise. NELP also interviewed 75 bank workers across 18 different states, many of whom reported dubious sales tactics. While many organizations struggle with balancing these two seemingly contradictory imperatives, successful organizations have employed a variety of strategies to ensure that sales incentives are both successful and ethical..."
      How Fedcap Helps Americans With Disabilities Find Living-Wage Work
      Forbes, January 3rd, 2017
      "They're among us everywhere, and yet we don't see them: People with all sorts of disabilities, doing jobs like bagging groceries, stocking warehouses, or washing dishes for bare minimum salaries that hardly cover the cost of food and shelter," writes Sasha Banks-Louie in Forbes. "They have not had access to the educational or workforce development opportunities necessary to become part of the community in a fully integrated way. What most folks don't realize, however, is that these people are an untapped workforce with tremendous potential..."
      Oracle Data Integrator Best Practices: Using Reverse-Engineering On The Cloud And On Premises
      by Benjamin Perez-Goytia
      This article discusses best practices on using the Reverse Engineering features of Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) on the cloud and on premises. The first part of this article presents the various options available in ODI to reverse-engineer metadata from a data server. Then, the article discusses performance considerations when running and executing reverse-engineering tasks. The last section of this article discusses the ODI reverse-engineering best practices.
      Using Event Handling Framework For Outbound Integration Of Oracle Sales Cloud Using Integration Cloud Service
      By Naveen Nahata, January 2nd, 2017
      Naveen writes, "Oracle's iPaaS solution is the most comprehensive cloud based integration platform in the market today. Integration Cloud Service (ICS) gives customers an elevated user experience that makes complex integration simple to implement.

      Oracle Sales Cloud (OSC) is a SaaS application and is a part of the comprehensive CX suite of applications. Since OSC is usually the customer master and is the center for all Sales related activities, integration with OSC is often a requirement in most use cases

      Although OSC provides useful tools for outbound as well as inbound integration, it is a common practice to use ICS as a tool to integrate OSC and other SaaS as well as on-premises applications. In this article, I will explore this topic in detail and also demonstrate the use of Event Handling Framework (EHF) in OSC to achieve the same..."

      IT - AI
      2017: The Year AI Bots Learn To React To Irrational Human Behaviour?
      ITProPortal, January 4th, 2017
      "AI gained a lot of ground in 2016 and the technology is set to be widely implemented this year.

      Artificial intelligence (AI) had a fair bit of air time last year - from tech imitating art in the recreation of Rembrandt's work, to robots outsmarting humans in technical games.

      Unsurprisingly, some of the biggest names in technology are working hard to establish what AI can do for them, with Facebook, Amazon Google, IBM and Microsoft setting up a partnership to discover just that.

      So as we settle into 2017, what can we expect from this fascinating field of technology in the next 12 months? ..."

      Crossing The AI Chasm
      TechCrunch, January 5th, 2017
      "Every day brings another exciting story of how artificial intelligence is improving our lives and businesses. AI is already analyzing x-rays, powering the Internet of Things and recommending best next actions for sales and marketing teams. The possibilities seem endless.

      But for every AI success story, countless projects never make it out of the lab..."

        Debunking Nagging Myths About AI And Customer Experience
        eWeek, January 4th, 2017
        "Commonly held beliefs about AI are usually more science fiction than reality--at least for the time being.

        For many people, hearing the term 'artificial intelligence' generates a wide range of reactions, ranging from enthusiasm to hysteria about machines taking over the world. Actually, the latter has been an unwarranted worry for most of the last century.

        Imagination runs wild as to how AI actually will affect our future, and it's interesting to dream about what it means by watching AI advancements in research centers.

        But commonly held beliefs in AI are usually more science fiction than reality--at least for the time being. Instead of falling into AI paralysis, people should assess what's real and what's not when it comes to AI and how it translates to delivering better customer experiences (also known as CX).

        Here are a list of common myths, provided to eWEEK as industry information from Vince Jeffs, Director of Strategy & Product Marketing at Pegasystems, which has been developing business process and customer relationship management software for enterprises since 1983..."

        Machine Learning Delivers Quality Data At The Speed Of The Business
        Information Management, January 5th, 2017
        "Maintaining data reliability is a resource-intensive uphill task for many organizations. Companies often spend too much effort on data reviews and cleanup, but seldom seem to catch up. Most of the time, teams don't even know what the issues are, how to look for them, and how to solve them. They just know that the data is dirty, and like a sitting on a ticking time bomb, we wait for the disaster to happen.

        The issues are often only illuminated when the data is put to operational use and trips up the end user or the customer with wrong information. The cost to the company can be enormous -- including loss of business, failed product launches, exposure to compliance risks and lack of responsiveness, to name the few..."

          Friday Spotlight: Learn about Oracle VM, More than a Hypervisor
          By Antoinette O'Sullivan, January 6th, 2017
          Antoinette blogs, "With more than 100 pre-configured, pretested templates for Oracle applications, Oracle has done the heavy lifting for you enabling the virtualization of complex applications with near-zero application knowledge. Oracle VM is the first step to delivery of applications and cloud services.

          Oracle VM is more than a hypervisor. Key components:

          • Xen hypervisor
          • Management/Monitoring
          • Configuration tools
          • Storage

          You can learn more about Oracle VM by taking the following courses:..."

          IT - Storage
          10 Things CIOs Should Know Before Choosing Storage For Virtual Environments
          Information Age, January 5th, 2017
          "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. But it doesn't come without its problems...

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

            Storage And San Management Tools: 2016 Products Of The Year Finalists
            SearchStorage, January 6th, 2017
            "There's a short stack of six finalists in the storage and SAN management tools category for the Storage magazine/SearchStorage 2016 Products of the Year award. Even so, the list represents a wide variety of technologies.

            They range from a complete data center management suite to a tool for checking on how the network component of your NAS system is performing at any given moment. Only one entrant in the storage and SAN management tools category is brand new to the market. The others are upgraded products. All six fit into one of these areas that made them eligible for consideration: SRM and SAN management software, performance monitoring, configuration management, provisioning, or data reduction..."

            The 10 Coolest Flash Storage And SSD Products Of 2016
            CRN, January 5th, 2017
            "Flash Storage: Ignoring The Speeds And Feeds

            High performance in all-flash storage is expected. But in 2016, performance itself ceased to be a key differentiator in the all-flash storage market. Instead, vendors in 2016 pushed new software and data services to the forefront as they looked to get a bigger part of the storage business.

            Virtualized flash storage appliances, new ways to turn flash into a service, new licensing schemes, and new technologies like NVMe were among the ways vendors differentiated their wares from smaller vendors for which speed was the key feature. In an age where someone can always make something a bit faster and less expensive than everyone else, the winners were those vendors that refused to play the commodity storage game.

            CRN has been watching the developments carefully. Take a look at some of the coolest of those developments from 2016..."

            Top Enterprise Storage Vendors To Watch In 2017
            SearchStorage, January 3rd, 2017
            "Check out our comprehensive forecast of what challenges and opportunities the top enterprise storage vendors are expected to face in the coming year.

            The storage world is spinning faster than ever. Fast-paced developments in hyper-convergence, solid-state, software-defined storage and the cloud are pushing traditional SAN and NAS systems out of the data center, revolutionizing the way we deploy, manage and secure data in the process..."

            Java Technology
            Java T-Shirt Recognition Promotion Extended!
            By Eva Chase
            Eva writes, "That's right, earn any new Java certification from June 1st 2016 to March 31st, 2017 and you're eligible to receive a free Java certified t-shirt.

            Show off your skills. You worked hard, we know it. Don't forget to let everyone else know it! Tweet your photo using the #javatshirt hashtag

            It's been a lot of fun for us to see your posts! ..."

            Enhancing ICS Mappings with Custom Java Classes by Ricardo Ferreira
            By Juergen Kress, January 4th, 2017
            Juergen writes, "One of the most common tasks performed during the creation of integrations in ICS (Integration Cloud Service) is the implementation of mappings. In a nutshell, mappings are the resources that ICS uses to allow messages coming from the configured source application to be sent to the configured target application. Failure in properly defining and configuring these mappings directly impacts how integrations are going to behave while sending messages downstream..."
              South Florida Linux Users Group Monthly Meeting - Hardening Linux - Live @ NSU
              Tuesday, January 20, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
              Please signup @

              For the January meeting, we'll build a virtual private server with a modern version of Linux. We'll leverage the new Lightsail Virtual Private Server (VPS) service from Amazon.

              • $5/month: 512 MB Memory, 1 Core Processor, 20 GB SSD Disk, 1 TB Transfer
              • $10/month: 1 GB Memory, 1 Core Processor, 30 GB SSD Disk, 2 TB Transfer

              ... larger VPSs are available.

              After starting the Linux VPS, we'll upgrade it and apply security best-practices. We'll use the PC connected to the projector to share the screen so that we can all see the commands and results.

              We may have time to install and configure a few apps such as apache, MySQL and wordpress.

              I'll ask FLUX members to take a stab at breaching the new server over the next month and in February we'll review the results!

              I'm looking for a pizza/soda sponsor.

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

              IT - Technology
              Scientists Turn Memory Chips Into Processors To Speed Up Computing Tasks
              Science Daily, January 3rd, 2017
              "A team of international scientists has found a way to make memory chips perform computing tasks. The advance means data could now be processed in the same spot where it is stored, leading to much faster and thinner mobile devices and computers...

              This means data could now be processed in the same spot where it is stored, leading to much faster and thinner mobile devices and computers.

              This new computing circuit was developed by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) in collaboration with Germany's RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Juelich, one of the largest interdisciplinary research centres in Europe..."

                TV Industry Paves Way For Humongously High-Res Video (8K)
                CNET, January 6th, 2017
                "The newest HDMI video technology will deliver 8K video. That's overkill for the vast majority of us, but it means improvements will also come to color, dynamic range and video smoothness.

                If you just got a new TV, chances are good it's a high-resolution 4K model. But the electronics industry, ever eager to get you to upgrade yet again, has laid important groundwork for televisions that quadruple the pixels of 4K..."

                  IT - Bitcoin
                  Vinny Lingham: Bitcoin Is Close To Being The Global Currency
                  Business 2 Community, January 6th, 2017
                  "The last 12 months have solidified bitcoin's crucial role in the global economy. Investors and traders have relied on the digital currency to protect their wealth and avoid economic and financial crisis resulting from excessive government monopoly over current monetary systems.

                  Indian government's decision to demonetize 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes led to one of the worst economic disasters in recent history, essentially halving the economy's cash circulation and causing a nationwide financial turmoil.

                  China's imposition of heavy regulations and impractical policies on cash outflow to prevent the devaluation of the Chinese yuan also pushed the demand for bitcoin further, as investors sought out for assets and stores of value that can be used to bring money out of the country..."

                  Will 2017 Bring An End To Bitcoin's Great Scaling Debate?
                  CIO, January 5th, 2017
                  "In bitcoin's early days, discussion of the protocol was almost the only thing that mattered - and 2016, it could be said, has brought this discussion back to center stage.

                  The reason has been the continued focus on network scalability, more specifically whether modifying bitcoin's block size is the right way to increase the number of transactions the network can process.

                  It's important to note that to some, the continued "debate" isn't really a debate at all.

                  As evidenced at the technology's annual developer summit, there remains a strong (if not overwhelming) consensus that a proposal called Segregated Witness is the best solution - if it is approved, it will nearly double bitcoin's capacity..."

                  IT - FOSS
                  7 Awesome Open Source Analytics Software For Linux And Unix-Like Systems
                  nixCraft, January 3rd, 2017
                  "Web analytics is nothing but the measuring web traffic. It is not limited to measuring web traffic. It includes:

                  • Analysis
                  • Data collection
                  • Reporting of web data for purposes of understanding and optimizing web pages

                  Google Analytics is the most widely used cloud-based web analytics service. However, your data is locked into Google Eco-system. If you want 100% data ownership, try the following open source web analytics software to get information about the number of visitors to your website and the number of page views. The information is useful for market research and understanding popularity trends on your website..."

                  7 Notable Legal Developments In Open Source In 2016
        , January 2nd, 2017
                  "We look at a few of the many open source-related legal developments that made headlines in 2016.

                  • Victory for Google on fair use in Java API case
                  • Censure of Patrick McHardy
                  • Hellwig lawsuit dismissed
                  • U.S. government announces Federal Source Code Policy
                  • Moglen steps down as FSF general counsel
                  • Debian and Ubuntu ship ZFS
                  • Apache Software Foundation bans JSON license

                  Read on for details..."

                  IT - DevOps
                  Best Devops Practices For 2017
        , January 6th, 2017
                  "Because the idea of DevOps is still so new, we're continually having to hone what we view as best practices. At the start of the new year, many people make their own personal goals clear for the year (regardless of whether they intend to keep them), but we tend to head back to our work desks without reassessing how our projects are going. We just jump back in unquestioningly and continue down the path we were on before the holiday.

                  Mindless plodding away at a goal that had been set too far in the past is perhaps the biggest business mistake we can make. Re-evaluating our approach is often the difference between stagnation and real innovation..."

                  Transitioning To A Devops Environment? Don't Make These Four Mistakes
                  Search CIO, January 5th, 2017
                  "Weak project management skills, missed timelines, thin-skinned staff -- any one of these could torpedo your fledgling DevOps environment.

                  DevOps blends tasks performed by a company's application development and systems operations teams. The straightforward definition belies the complexity of standing up a DevOps environment. Indeed, the list of potential problems CIOs face when moving to DevOps is long. These landmines range from the technical (i.e., failures in the infrastructure or test environments) to cultural (for example, overvaluing speed while undervaluing quality) to managerial (not getting executive support).

                  Here, our experts lay out four common mistakes when transitioning to a DevOps environment and steps on how to avoid them:.."

                  Easy-To-Use Perl Scripts To Backup Your MySQLl Database With Mysqldump And Ftp The Files To A Remote Server
                  By Tony Darnell, January 6th, 2017
                  Tony writes, "Most users of MySQL utilize the mysqldump utility to backup their database. While mysqldump is handy and easy-to-use (and free), if you have data which is important to your business, then you should take a look at the MySQL Enterprise Edition - and use MySQL Enterprise Backup instead. The MySQL Enterprise Backup allows you to backup your database without the table locking you get with mysqldump. And, it is extremely fast - especially when you have to restore your database. Here is a sample speed comparison between MySQL Enterprise Backup and using mysqldump:..."
                  Using MySQL to Output JSON
                  By Dave Stokes, January 6th, 2017
                  Dave, "MySQL has had a JSON data type since version 5.7 was released way back in '15. But did you know you could produce JSON output from non-JSON columns? It is very simple and saves a lot of time over trying to format it in your application.

                  World Database

                  We will be using the good old World database that MySQL has used for years in documentation, examples, and in the classroom. Starting with a simple query we will build up to something more complex..."

                  Cloud Computing
                  Oracle Training Available for OpenStack
                  By Diana.H. Gray, January 5th, 2017
                  Diana blogs, "Oracle is partnering with OpenStack, which provides open source software to create private and public clouds.

                  Two courses are currently available to help you get started with OpenStack administration with Oracle Operating Systems.

                  What is OpenStack?

                  OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter.

                  This is all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering users to provision resources through a web interface..."

                  Train Now To Optimize Your Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
                  By Diana.H. Gray, January 3rd, 2017
                  Diana blogs, "Eliminate multi-vendor integration, remove the risk of cabling, hardware or software configuration errors & reduce time needed to deploy new applications.

                  It enables you to license only the software that is used, and not the capacity.

                  Training for this converged infrastructure solution consists of understanding this pre-configured Oracle server, Oracle software, network, and storage hardware and will allow you to run applications in a virtualization environment..."

                  Fixing Cloud Integration By Andrew Bell
                  By Juergen Kress, January 3rd, 2017
                  Juergen blogs, "Today, most companies are still overwhelmingly on-premise. However, enterprises are turning more and more to the cloud in an effort to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of IT architectures.

                  Many hope to offload non-value adding processes and applications to the cloud, whilst others are looking to migrate fully to the cloud as part of their digital transformation journey. For SaaS applications to provide real value to businesses however, they need to integrate with other SaaS or on-premise applications in order to prevent the creation of data silos..."

                  Fixing Cloud Integration
                  By Juergen Kress, January 3rd, 2017
                  Juergen blogs, "Today, most companies are still overwhelmingly on-premise. However, enterprises are turning more and more to the cloud in an effort to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of IT architectures.

                  Many hope to offload non-value adding processes and applications to the cloud, whilst others are looking to migrate fully to the cloud as part of their digital transformation journey. For SaaS applications to provide real value to businesses however, they need to integrate with other SaaS or on-premise applications in order to prevent the creation of data silos..."

                  IT - Cloud
                  7 Products Revealed At Aws Re:Invent To Get Excited About
                  Global Knowledge, January 5th, 2017
                  "AWS continued to rock the technology world by revealing an array of new services at its annual re:Invent conference. With the release of new products and feature add-ons to existing properties, AWS shows no signs of slowing down.

                  If you're looking for a list of the most impactful new AWS services, you've come to the right place. The following are the 7 coolest product announcements from re:Invent 2016..."

                  Cloud Market On Track To Cross $150 Billion Mark
                  Datamation, January 4th, 2017
                  "The results are in. According to analysis of the cloud computing market from Synergy Research, revenues are close to hitting the $150 billion milestone.

                  Across the board, cloud consumption was up last year. In total, cloud vendors generated $148 billion in sales during the four quarters ending Sept. 30, 2016, a 25 percent increase on a yearly basis. The market also reached a crucial tipping point in 2016, observed, Synergy Research chief analyst and research director John Dinsdale..."

                  How Serverless Computing Can Help Optimize Your Cloud Apps
                  Data Center Knowledge, January 6th, 2017
                  "Serverless computing can make your cloud-based apps much more efficient. Wondering what serverless computing means, what the advantages and drawbacks are and how you can go serverless? Keep reading for a primer on serverless computing solutions.

                  Before diving into the details, let's get one thing straight: Serverless computing does not mean computing without servers. In a serverless computing environment, you still host your apps on servers..."

                    Planning Is Over, It's Time To Actually Move To The Cloud
                    InfoWorld, January 3rd, 2017
                    "It's time for IT to move from the what of the cloud to the how of the cloud

                    It's a new year. We'll soon have a new president in the White House, tax returns due in four months, and a bunch of resolutions that we'll have failed to keep by February. But there is one more thing to do.

                    Most enterprises have spent the last few years determining the what of cloud computing: What is it? What does it do for you? What does it cost? By what dates do your applications need to be in the cloud? They're all good questions to answer, but now in 2017 it's time to get to work -- that is, to move from the what to the how..."

                    Prepare For Liftoff: 9 Steps To Cloud Readiness
                    InfoWorld, January 5th, 2017
                    "Remove head from sand. Resist impulse to hug server. Prepare yourself for the inevitable...

                    I said the cloud wouldn't eat the world in 2017, but it's going to happen eventually. There's simply no reason for most businesses to run their own datacenter. There's no reason for most non-IT businesses to write most of their software. Buying hardware? It's a generation behind by the time you unpack it.

                    In the end, you have to do it. You must adapt. The business wants to use the shiny new SaaS solutions. Developers don't want to wait on deployment. You dragged your feet this long, but now it's time to cloud. What do you do?..."

                    IT - CxO
                    4 Key IT Trends For CIOs In 2017
                    The Enterprisers Project, January 5th, 2017
                    "Everybody in the technology sector knows innovation is a good thing. The problem for CIOs is anticipating which innovations will not only improve their IT performance but also help drive their companies' business strategies to gain a competitive advantage.

                    Based on my work with CIO clients at many midsize and global companies, I've identified several hot IT trends that CIOs should focus on in the New Year. Here are four key areas that can really help move the needle for business innovation in 2017..."

                    CIO, CMO Partner to Drive Used Car Sales
                    CIO, January 3rd, 2017
                    "CarMax has revamped its website and is testing a new home delivery service thanks to a close collaboration between its CMO and CIO...

                    CEOs are increasingly expecting their technology and marketing teams to collaborate on new digital initiatives supporting customer preferences. While that can be a tall task at companies where marketing puts the pedal to the metal and IT hits the brakes, CarMax' CIO and CMO are partnering to bring new products, including a new home delivery service, to market..."

                    Eight CIO Goals and IT Resolutions for 2017
                    Search CIO, January 3rd, 2017
                    "A new year, a new set of IT challenges. Before the holidays, SearchCIO asked IT leaders what IT resolutions they had in mind for the coming year -- and it appears no one is slowing down. Their 2017 IT resolutions are technical and ambitious. Improving customer service -- for IT's internal customers and for the business' customers -- is a top priority.

                    The compendium of IT resolutions also includes responses from two CIOs -- Dave Jackson of Welch Food Inc. and Cherif Amirat of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) -- who were asked by SearchCIO which emerging technologies were on their radar in 2017..."

                    Only 1 In 10 CIOs View Security As A Top Business Priority
                    Business 2 Community, January 5th, 2017
                    "Only 10 percent of Chief Information Officers (CIO) list cybersecurity as a top business priority heading into 2017, according to recent research from Deloitte. Innovating for customers, company growth, and technological performance top the list of CIO priorities.

                    In the same study, 61 percent of CIOs identified cybersecurity as a core expectation of their role and department. The majority of CIOs surveyed said they are expected to minimize risk and protect customer information, but they don't believe the overall organization views security as a risk management and compliance chore, rather than as a technological business investment. However, 64 percent of those surveyed expect cybersecurity spend to increase over the next two years, and 45 percent said cybersecurity would have the most impact on their business within the next two years..."

                    The Trouble With Third-Party Assessments
                    ComputerWorld, January 5th, 2017
                    "If you let one customer perform security tests against your applications and network, you let yourself in for a lot of headaches...

                    When it comes to security, more is always better, right?

                    That sounds good in the abstract, but in practice it can cause problems. For example, I have always resisted allowing any of our 20,000-plus customers to conduct third-party assessments of our security measures. I re-evaluate that policy from time to time, but for now I'm sticking to it. I'll explain why.

                    My team spends more than 20% of their time filling out security questionnaires, doing security-related contract reviews, responding to requests for information and participating is sales engagement meetings to address security and privacy. Repeatedly, we find that prospective customers want to conduct a security assessment of our applications and infrastructure, using either their own resources or a third party. It would just be a matter of them running a tool such as Nessus, Qualys or Nmap..."

                    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

                    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
                    Do You Have A Disaster Recovery Plan?
                    Business 2 Community, January 3rd, 2017
                    "Close your eyes, and imagine your business five years from now, in a tight spot: the latest ransomware virus just crippled your system, a hurricane just took out your office, and John from Accounting just accidentally deleted half your database. You've lost all your critical information, your systems, and your ability to function. In other words, you're toast.

                    Aberdeen Research estimates the average cost of an hour of downtime at $8,000 for small businesses, $74,000 for mid-sized companies and $700,000 for large businesses, and it's quickly becoming clear to you how accurate that number is. It's the cost of not looking ahead.

                    What is going through your head in this moment? What do you do? Well, first you wish that you could rewind five years. You wish that you had prepared for this. You wish that you had a Disaster Recovery Plan..."

                    Don't Let Disaster Recovery Slide Off Your It Budget In 2017
                    ITProPortal, January 4th, 2017
                    "The impact data loss has on an organisation can be prevented.

                    As we welcome in the New Year, we are already seeing multiple blogs prognosticating 2017 trends, setting priorities and suggesting resolutions. We are also rapidly approaching the 2017 budget cycle.

                    I am sure you will read many articles concerning new plans or resolutions for the coming year, but this one will be about an old resolution: IT Disaster Recovery..."

                    How To Handle Business Continuity In A Crisis (Slideshow)
                    Network World, January 3rd, 2017
                    "Most businesses are critically reliant upon their IT systems. If these systems go down due to a natural disaster, temporary power outage, loss of data center, ransomware or hacker attack, lost or corrupted files, or an application failure due to a software virus, the results can inflict significant financial harm. In the worst case, the business will be unable to continue functioning.

                    IT resilience ensures business continuity in crisis, but only if executed with forethought and diligence. Todd Scallan of Axcient suggests applying any of these six tips to make IT resilient..."

                    IT - PM
                    Tips To Make Sure Your Bi Projects Will Succeed In 2017!
                    Business 2 Community, January 3rd, 2017
                    "It seems that after 20 years we still have articles being written on 'Why do Business Intelligence Projects Fail?'

                    Many of these articles summarize the reasons typically within 3 general areas:

                    • Tools ...
                    • People ...
                    • Process ...

                    This is by no means an exhaustive list but in essence it summarizes most of the reasons why, according to Gartner, over 70% of these types of projects fail..."

                    Your Project Management New Year'S Resolutions
                    CIO, January 5th, 2017
                    "Here are five project management resolutions that will help you get off to a successful start in 2017.

                    Happy New Year! Have you made any resolutions? Eat better? Exercise more? Spend less? Save more?

                    What about work? Here are five project management resolutions that will help you get off to a successful start in 2017..."

                    IT - Networks
                    3 Steps To Increase The Business Value Of Your Network
                    Network World, January 5th, 2017
                    "With these three steps you will set your network on a path of transformation, from being primarily about connectivity to being primarily about revenue and innovation.

                    In 2016, I wrote several columns encouraging readers to begin taking steps to turn their networks into a platform for innovation. As I've said previously, forward-thinking companies view the network as an asset, rather than an expense, and leverage its full benefits to enable new services, new sources of revenue, and new ways to compete. But let's be honest, agreeing in theory is one thing; getting started is something else altogether.

                    So, in the spirit of New Year's resolutions for 2017, let's actually peel back the onion a bit. Over the next few columns, we're going to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

                    Let's begin..."

                      A Lesson From Network Outages: Redundancy Matters
                      InfoWorld, January 3rd, 2017
                      "Redundancy is important for infrastructure and third-party providers, not applications and internal services alone

                      Online outages are serious. Vendors lose money for every minute their users can't reach their web services, and business productivity tanks when employees can't access the web applications they rely on to get their jobs done. People can be convinced to forgive the occasional blip, but full-blown outages reinforce the impression that nothing truly critical should be entrusted to the internet..."

                      The Best 10 VPN Service Providers For Anonymity And Security - 2017 Edition
                      TechWorm, January 3rd, 2017
                      "In order to improve your online privacy and security, using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) service is arguably the most effective measure that one can opt for. VPN is a network technology, which links the private network over internet using encryption methods. It is generally preferred by government agencies, corporates, educational institutions, and private citizens to facilitate easy access of remote users to secured private networks.

                      In comparison to private networks, VPN is not only economical and flexible, but it also allows VPN users to maintain their anonymity and protect themselves from being snooped. A VPN can be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your browsing activity from prying eyes on public Wi-Fi, and more. However, one should be aware that there is no such thing as a one-stop-shop when it comes to protecting your privacy and staying secure while using the internet. Therefore, VPNs should be considered as an important tool in your internet toolbox..."

                      The Era Of Software-Defined LAN
                      ITProPortal, January 6th, 2017
                      "Networks have evolved and SD-LAN could be the next generation of network infrastructure...

                      As networks evolve, the race is on to create and define the next generation of network infrastructure, one that enables more flexibility, adaptability, and scalability than ever before, underpinned by extreme efficiency.

                      The Software Defined Network (SDN) has been a hot topic for many years, driving the future of networking by shifting the mind set around, planning, implementing, managing, and using networks. Traditionally, SDN has been an approach to using open protocols, such as OpenFlow, to apply globally aware software controls at the edge of a network to access network switches and routers that typically would use closed and proprietary firmware..."

                      The Loss Of Net Neutrality: Say Goodbye To A Free And Open Internet
                      Network World, January 3rd, 2017
                      "The end of net neutrality looks imminent. If it goes away, you can expect these long-lasting problems to surface...

                      First: I'm not a lawyer.

                      Net neutrality - the principle that no online traffic has priority over other traffic, not even for pay - might go away. If it does, big money will be behind its demise.

                      The end of network neutrality will create many lasting problems, including these specific issues: ..."

                        IT - IoT
                        IoT Analytics - Part 1
                        insideBIGDATA, January 5th, 2017
                        "This is the first article in a series focusing on a technology that is rising in importance to enterprise use of big data - IoT Analytics, or the analytical component of the Internet-of-Things. In this first segment, we'll set the stage for our discussion by providing an overview of the Internet-of-Things.

                        Internet of Things - An Overview

                        The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging theme with wide technical, social, and economic significance. Consumer products, durable goods, automobiles, industrial equipment, utilities, various sensors, and other everyday devices are being combined with Internet connectivity and powerful analytics capabilities that promise to be transformative in terms of the way we live, work, and play..."

                        IoT Spending To Top $1.29 Trillion By 2020, Says IDC
                        ZDNet, January 4th, 2017
                        "The data point is an update to IDC's spending guide study that covers the 2015-2020 forecast period...

                        Global Internet of Things spending is expected to reach nearly $1.29 trillion over the next three years, according to IT research firm IDC. The data point is an update to IDC's spending guide study that covers the 2015-2020 forecast period.

                        Previously, IDC predicted IoT spending would reach 1.3 trillion with a compound annual growth rate of 17 percent by 2019. These numbers have since ticked down a notch, with IDC slightly lowering the overall spend prediction and dropping the CAGR to 15.6 percent..."

                        IoT Trust Framework: The Foundation For Future Iot Certification Programs
                        Help Net Security, January 5th, 2017
                        "The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) released its updated IoT Trust Framework. Serving as a product development and risk assessment guide for developers, purchasers and retailers of Internet of things (IoT) devices, the Framework is the foundation for future IoT certification programs.

                        OTA's goal is to highlight devices and companies that demonstrate a commitment to device lifecycle security and embrace responsible privacy practices. Such notifications and disclosures will aid consumers to make informed IoT device purchasing decisions..."

                        IT - Linux
                        2016: When Linux Containers Became Mainstream
                        Infoworld, December 30th, 2016
                        "After making a splash with IT, container technology faced its next big mission: Become truly useful, not merely a gimmick. Here's how that unfolded...

                        In truth, 2016 wasn't The Year of the Container. That was 2015, when the possibility and promise of containers came along and knocked IT for a loop.

                        But not everyone wanted creative disruption. Many folks wanted dependable, reliable infrastructure, and they saw in containers a method to do so that had never been done before. The good news was that despite all the momentum around containers in 2016, major parts of the ecosystem began to stabilize. The novelty's worn off, but in a good way - it means there's now more attention on how to do containers right, not merely to do them at all..."

                        Debian Vs. Ubuntu
                        Datamation, January 6th, 2017
                        "Which is the best distro for you, Debian or Ubuntu? You can't go seriously wrong either way, but a useful answer depends on what you want in a distribution...

                        For the last four years, Debian and Ubuntu have been in the top three Linux distributions on Distrowatch. Since 2005, neither has been out of the top six. But which Linux distro is right for you? You can't go seriously wrong either way, but a useful answer depends upon what you want in a distribution.

                        You may have heard that Debian is a distribution for experts, and Ubuntu for beginners. That is true, so far as it goes. However, that distinction is more historic than contemporary..."

                        How Facebook Uses Linux and Btrfs: An Interview with Chris Mason
              , December 29th, 2016
                        "Chris Mason is the principal author of Btrfs, the open source file system that's seen as the default file system for SUSE Enterprise Linux. Mason started working on Btrfs at Oracle and then moved to Facebook where he continued to work on the file system as a member of the company's Linux kernel team. When Facebook has new kernels that need to go out, Mason helps make sure that everything's been properly tested and meets performance needs.

                        We sat down with Mason to learn more about the status of Btrfs and how Facebook is using Linux and Btrfs. Here is an edited version of that interview..."

                        Linux 2017: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
                        ZDNet, January 4th, 2017
                        "Linux and open-source software now run the world and that means we need to work harder than ever to make sure it's trustworthy...

                        In 2016, Linux turned 25. When it began, it was a student project. Today, Linux runs everything. From smartphones to supercomputers to web servers to clouds to the car, it's all Linux, all the time.

                        Even the one exception, the end-user, is moving to Linux. Android is now the most popular end-user operating system. In addition, Chromebooks are becoming more popular. Indeed, even traditional Linux desktops such as Fedora, openSUSE, Mint, and Ubuntu are finally gaining traction..."

                        Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 Hits Beta
                        ServerWatch, January 6th, 2017
                        "Red Hat today released a beta of its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.9 platform, providing a preview of the next incremental update for the company's older supported release. RHEL 6 first debuted in November of 2010 and was superseded in June 2014 by RHEL 7 as the leading-edge edition of Red Hat's enterprise Linux platform..."

                        "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 is a fully-supported release and customers will continue to receive the same award-winning support they have received for the platform since its introduction in November 2010," Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9Steve Almy, senior product manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux at Red Hat, told ServerWatch.

                        Tap into the new SELinux, DR features in RHEL release 7.3
                        SearchDataCenter, January 4th, 2017
                        "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 gives admins more granular control over security, DR and containers, while laying the foundation for IoT workloads -- something RHEL 8 will likely build on.

                        When you think of enterprise Linux, the first company that often comes to mind is Red Hat.

                        Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) gives users the flexibility and security to run the Linux platform in their data centers with enterprise-level support. In November 2016, Red Hat released the latest iteration of its enterprise Linux platform, RHEL 7.3, which focuses heavily on security, performance and reliability.

                        Let's take a look at some of the new features in this RHEL release -- and what they could mean for the upcoming launch of RHEL 8..."

                        There's A Linux-Powered Car In Your Future
                        ZDNet, January 6th, 2017
                        "Linux is well on its way to becoming the default automobile operating system...

                        Linux is everywhere. And, I mean everywhere. You name it, home electronics, smartphones, and, of course, computers. But, one place you probably didn't think of Linux living is sitting in your driveway right now: Your car.

                        The Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) group's membership is a who's who of car manufacturers. This includes: Mazda. Suzuki, Honda, Nissan, Ford, and the world's largest automobile company: Toyota. And, their numbers are only increasing..."

                        IT - Operations
                        10 Mistakes To Avoid When Migrating Data Centers To The Cloud (Slideshow)
                        eWeek, January 5th, 2017
                        "It wasn't that long ago when less than 25 percent of all enterprises were evaluating whether cloud services might work for them in a daily production environment and whether their corporate data would be secure in the cloud. But attitudes have changed about allowing a cloud service provider to store and secure critical business information..."
                          IT - Security
                          7 Tips For Better Security Awareness Training Sessions
                          CSO Online, January 5th, 2017
                          "If your idea of security awareness training is a once-a-year marathon PowerPoint session, you're doing it wrong.

                          At their worst, security awareness training sessions are boring wastes of time, both for employees and the IT people responsible for them. At their best, however, they are interactive, discussion-driven, and genuinely helpful opportunities to raise security issues and lay the groundwork for better habits.

                          How do you steer your own training sessions closer to the latter? Barkly lists seven straightforward tips that can help..."

                          Cyberrisk Through A Business Lens
                          Dark Reading, January 3rd, 2017
                          "Boards and CEOs can focus on these critical factors to provide better cyberrisk governance.

                          As with any other aspect of operating a business, effectively managing cyberrisk is predicated on making well-informed decisions and then executing reliably within the context of those decisions. With that in mind, boards and senior executives must ensure that their organizations accomplish both. For the reasons described below, today many organizations are unable to do either.

                          There are two primary components to making well-informed decisions regarding a complex and dynamic risk landscape - visibility and analysis - and executive management must examine both..."

                          IT - Careers
                          10 Roadmaps To IT Career Success (Slideshow)
                          CIO, January 3rd, 2017
                          "Looking to start a new career in 2017, but want to get a feel for what different roles actually entail? We've rounded up our Career Roadmap series from 2016 so you can get a behind-the-scenes look at 10 hot IT career options...

                          If you're considering a career in IT -- or looking to make a career change -- there's no better time than now. With salaries well above average and companies grappling with a talent shortage, you'll be well-compensated and your skills will be in high demand for years to come.

                          Over the past year,'s Career Roadmap series has taken an in-depth look at some of the hottest IT careers out there so you can get a behind-the-scenes view at careers in this field. Here are our top 10 Career Roadmap stories from 2016..."

                          3 Programming Languages Still In Great Demand
                          Business 2 Community, January 4th, 2017
                          "One big challenge of working in IT will always be adjusting to new technologies disrupting existing ones. C languages replaced Pascal. Swift replaced Objective-C. The upgrade to new languages can be worthwhile, but abandoning some existing programming languages before their expiration date may be preemptive.

                          The half-life on some coding languages is stunning. Rather than abandoning long-standing programming languages, determine which have staying power and which are slated for retirement. Here are a few of our projections for the near future:..."

                            These 6 Tech Skills Will Help You Earn More In 2017
                            TechWorm, January 5th, 2017
                            "Competition has risen to new levels with certain skills seeing an increase in-demand. In today's age, technology jobs are profitable, as businesses are willing to pay a premium to those having technical skills.

                            So, if you are looking to bring home a bigger paycheck in 2017, you can do so if you are fluent in one or more of the following tech skills given below. If you are not, don't worry it's never too late to learn..."

                              IT - Social Media
                              Why Social Media Is The Future Of Customer Service
                              Business 2 Community, January 6th, 2017
                              "The long and short of it is that social media is the future of customer service. Facebook, WhatsAapp, Instagram and twitter have 1.5 billion, 1 billion, 400 million and 300 million users respectively. Facebook, being the most popular social network, has 70% active users who log on on a daily basis, of which 43% do it several times a day. Likewise, 59% of instagram users and 38% of Twitter users log on daily. According to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the average Facebook users spend about 40 minutes per day on Facebook..."
                              IT - Virtualization
                              8 Docker Security Rules To Live By
                              InfoWorld, January 5th, 2017
                              "Container-based applications introduce unique security challenges; here's how to address them...

                              Odds are, software (or virtual) containers are in use right now somewhere within your organization, probably by isolated developers or development teams to rapidly create new applications. They might even be running in production. Unfortunately, many security teams don't yet understand the security implications of containers or know if they are running in their companies..."

                              IT - Database
                              SQL vs. MySQL: Which Relational Database is Right for You?
                              Business 2 Community, January 4th, 2017
                              "Structured query language (SQL) is the language of relational databases. Several database platforms use SQL, but a slight variation on it - each tend to have a slightly different syntax. Microsoft SQL and MySQL are two of the most common database platforms on the web. Once you go with one, it can be very difficult to switch to the other. That's because the database platform you choose will end up being the core of your dynamic content moving forward. It stores, secures, and retrieves all the data for your applications.

                              It's an important decision to make, and will likely hinge on a few things. If you're having a hard time deciding which one is right for your project, here's a look at some similarities and differences between the two, SQL and MySQL..."

                              IT - Backup
                              2016 Data Backup Hardware Products Of The Year Finalists
                              SearchDataBackup, January 6th, 2017
                              "This year's seven data backup hardware finalists for Products of the Year feature built-in new software capabilities to improve backup and recovery and are becoming cloud-compatible.

                              The data backup hardware finalists for the Storage magazine/SearchStorage 2016 Products of the Year go beyond simple disk appliances for data protection. The seven data backup hardware finalists include appliances with sophisticated software integrated, and systems for disaster recovery. These data backup hardware finalists represent modern data protection, encompassing data on-premises, at DR sites and in public and private clouds..."

                              IT - Mobile
                              Who Will Come Out On Top In 2017? Mobile Or Desktop? [Infographic]
                              Business 2 Community, January 6th, 2017
                              "I'm sure that it isn't news to you that mobile usage is booming and is expected to dominate in 2017 and beyond. GO-Globe has put together an infographic that talks about some of the trends relating to mobile internet usage - and what this means for desktop internet usage. Savvy marketers are advised to pay attention!

                              Here's the thing: by 2018, nearly 80% of internet usage will be mobile. Currently, over half (52.7%) of global internet users access the internet using mobile devices.

                              Estimated global mobile traffic is expected to sharply increase over the next four years:.."

                                IT - Big Data
                                6 Trends To Expect For Big Data In 2017
                                Information Management, January 5th, 2017 (Slideshow)
                                "The focus on big data in 2017 will be on the value of that data, according to John Schroeder, executive chairman and founder of MapR Technologies, Inc. Schroeder offers his predictions on the 6 trends in big data we can expect.

                                • Artificial Intelligence is Back in Vogue
                                • Big Data for Governance or Competitive Advantage
                                • Companies Focus on Business- Driven Applications to Avoid Data Lakes From Becoming Swamps
                                • Data Agility Separates Winners and Losers
                                • Blockchain Transforms Select Financial Service Applications
                                • Machine Learning Maximizes Microservices Impact

                                Read on for details."

                                'R For Data Science' By Hadley Wickham, Garrett Grolemund
                                O'Reilly, January 6th, 2017
                                "Learn how to use R to turn raw data into insight, knowledge, and understanding. This book introduces you to R, RStudio, and the tidyverse, a collection of R packages designed to work together to make data science fast, fluent, and fun. Suitable for readers with no previous programming experience, R for Data Science is designed to get you doing data science as quickly as possible..."
                                  Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                  Vol 226 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 225 Issue 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:

                                  • The History And Future Of The Java Programming Language
                                  • Oracle Server X6-2 System Architecture White Paper
                                  • Oracle Server X6-2L System Architecture White Paper
                                  • Oracle survey: Java EE users want REST, HTTP/2
                                  • Getting a Head Start on Using Apache Spark on SPARC Servers
                                  • Modular And Reusable Java EE Architecture With Docker
                                  • MSSQL To MySQL Data Migration Using MySQL Workbench 6.3
                                  • Percona Live Featured Tutorial with Oystein Grovlen - How to Analyze and Tune MySQL Queries for Better Performance
                                  • The Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) Team Has Loads Of New Content
                                  • Innovation To Grow. Insight To Control: Oracle Cloud Day

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

                                    IT - Server
                                    Random Access Memory On A Low Energy Diet
                                    Science Daily, January 3rd, 2017
                                    "Memory chips are among the most basic components in computers. The random access memory is where processors temporarily store their data, which is a crucial function. Researchers have now managed to lay the foundation for a new memory chip concept. It has the potential to use considerably less energy than the chips produced to date -- this is important not only for mobile applications but also for big data computing centers..."
                                    IT - Developer
                                    5 Reasons Why Scala Is Better Than Java
                                    jaxenter, January 5th, 2017
                                    "The dominance (not to mention popularity) of Java has remained uncontested for years. Java continues to top almost all the lists of programming languages in respect of popularity, career scope, and industry preference. Java is great because of its versatility, strength and capacity to handle complex tasks. But is there anything better than Java? Can there really be one?..."
                                    Top Programming Languages To Learn In 2017
                                    TechWorm, January 4th, 2017
                                    "Coding or programming has risen as one the most lucrative career options of 2016 and will continue to do so in 2017. As the tech landscape continues to grow especially with the oncoming deluge of Internet of Things, the need for programmers and other affiliated coding skills will continue to rise. However, pursuing the right programming language can be a big challenge given the fact that there are close to 300 different programming languages one can learn. It's no secret that coding skills are highly sought after and often very well remunerated in the I.T industry. But it's not possible for one to learn every language, and some skills are more valuable than others..."
                                      IT - HPC
                                      Reflecting On The Goal And Baseline For Exascale Computing (Video)
                                      insideHPC, January 6th, 2017
                                      In this video from SC16, Thomas Schulthess from CSCS presents: Reflecting on the Goal and Baseline for Exascale Computing.

                                      "Application performance is given much emphasis in discussions of Exascale computing. A 100-fold increase in sustained performance over today's applications running on multi-petaflops supercomputing platforms should be the expected target for Exascale systems deployed early next decade. In this talk we will reflect on what this means in practice and how much these Exascale systems will advance the state of the art. Experience with today's platforms show that there can be an order of magnitude difference in performance within a given class of numerical methods - depending only on choice of architecture and implementation. This bears the questions on what our baseline is, over which the performance improvements of Exascale systems will be measured. Furthermore, how close will these Exascale systems bring us to deliver on application goals, such as kilometer scale global climate simulations or high-throughput quantum simulations for materials design? We will discuss specific examples from meteorology and materials science."

                                      Oracle Key Vault 12.2 BP3 is Now Available
                                      By Michael Mesaros, January 3rd, 2017
                                      Michael blogs, "Bundle Patch 3 (BP3) of Oracle Key Vault 12.2 is now available. This release delivers new capabilities and several improvements including:

                                      • Persistent master key caching to enhance database continuity in the event the OKV server is unavailable
                                      • Integration with the Thales nShield Connect 6000+ Hardware Security Module
                                      • Support for the NIST CNSA (Commercial National Security Algorithm) Suite
                                      • Support for Google and Office365 SMTP business services for delivery of email notification alerts.."


                                      Nexenta News
                                      Nexenta, January 3rd, 2017
                                      NexentaStor has a proven track record of successful deployments across a diverse set of industries, helping thousands of enterprises eliminate unwanted vendor lock-in, increase agility and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by 50 percent or more.

                                      NexentaStor delivers unified file (NFS and SMB) and block (FC and iSCSI) storage services, runs on industry standard hardware supporting all-flash, hybrid, and all-disk scaling from tens of terabytes to petabyte configurations, and includes all data management functionality by default.

                                      With the introduction of NexentaStor 5.0, the award-winning storage platform, and in combination with NexentaFusion customers can deploy, run, and scale better than ever before. From getting set up, to daily task, and checking the health of your storage environment, IT administrators are able to easily manage the needs of their business. Standard day to day tasks including deploying pools and creating a file system are now easy to configure in a matter of minutes.

                                      Cisco News
                                      Cisco Introduces Infinite Video Platform Labs
                                      New Test-Lab Community Unites Customers, End Users to Define the Future of Video Israel's YES Joins as Premier Customer
                                      What will TV look like in 2020? In a dynamic entertainment and technology market such as ours, there is a flurry of possibilities.

                                      One thing is certain: video service providers will have to move faster than ever. Today, Cisco is launching the Infinite Video Platform (IVP) Labs, enabling all Infinite Video customers worldwide to define together the future of the consumer video experience.

                                      IVP Labs allows participating customers to test new features with users before making them generally available. Customers and end users can provide crucial feedback to make these features, and the IVP roadmap, more relevant. IVP Labs leverages IVP's agile development approach, built-in A-B testing capabilities, and a modular microservice-based architecture that enables fast, incremental delivery of value to its customers.

                                      Ericsson and Cisco extend strategic partnership to include new Wi-Fi solutions
                                      Cisco, January 5th, 2017
                                      Ericsson and Cisco are extending their strategic partnership to include a new Wi-Fi solution offering, named Evolved Wi-Fi Networks (EWN). EWN combines Ericsson's 3GPP access, core networks and applications with Cisco's Wi-Fi portfolio, to provide reliable Wi-Fi with the highest performance to Ericsson's mobile, cable and other industries customers.

                                      The offering will include pre-integrated and verified solutions and will offer a range of benefits:...

                                      Dell News
                                      Dell's innovative PCs actively engage the senses with stunning sights and sounds
                                      Dell Canvas is world's first horizontal smart workspace of its kind with touch, totem and pen capabilities
                                      At the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Dell unveiled a series of world-first innovations that are redefining personal computing. The entire Dell PC portfolio features Windows 10 and new 7th Gen Intel Core processors, helping people maximize productivity and creativity while enjoying lifelike viewing experiences.

                                      Dell Canvas - Work at the speed of thought

                                      What began as the Dell smart desk concept in 2014 evolved into Dell Canvas - a new category of smart workspace technology that expands creative productivity for content developers and designers. The 27-inch QHD smart workspace can be used at an angle or flat on a desk so professionals can create, communicate and express their thoughts and ideas as naturally as they do with pen on paper. For example, through the use of touch, digital pen and totems, the Dell Canvas turns drawings into part of the digital workflow and enhances collaboration. Developed in partnership with Microsoft Corp. and powered by virtually any Windows 10 device, Dell Canvas plugs seamlessly into software solutions from partners including Adobe, Autodesk, AVID, Dassault Systems, SolidWorks and Microsoft to unleash the creative genius in everyone.

                                      Gamers Ask and Dell Responds with New PC Gaming Products and an ELEAGUE esports Partnership
                                      Dell introduces new Inspiron 15 Gaming laptop with 1080p high-performance gaming and NVIDIA GTX 10 series graphics starting at $799
                                      Dell's industry expertise and presence in the PC gaming space just went into overdrive with the launch of Alienware and Inspiron gaming systems for players of all levels and price points. Available starting Jan. 5 in the U.S. and Canada, Dell will add an Inspiron gaming line built for price-conscious gamers who require performance demanded by today's most popular PC games.

                                      This move complements what Dell already offers with Alienware's 20 years of gaming excellence, pioneering specialty high-performance gaming PCs unrivaled in their engineering and innovation. Since joining the Dell family a decade ago, Alienware has grown into a leading gaming brand worldwide and brings industry-first innovation and uncompromised design to gamers who demand an edge on their competition...

                                      Microsoft News
                                      Microsoft, NXP Semiconductors, IAV And Auto Mobility Partners Showcase Innovations For Safe, Secure And Personalized Automated Driving At CES 2017
                                      Microsoft, January 3rd, 2017
                                      At CES 2017 from Jan. 4-8 in Las Vegas, Microsoft Corp., NXP Semiconductors, IAV, and auto mobility partners Cubic Telecom, Esri and Swiss Re will showcase their collective vision of safe and secure end-to-end mobility through a highly automated driving demonstration and experience.

                                      From the Gold Lot/North Plaza NP-2 of the Las Vegas Convention Center, CES attendees can take a test drive in a highly automated vehicle to understand how the cloud and artificial intelligence can enable personalized in-car experiences. Attendees will see how cars securely "talk" to other cars, how they monitor what is happening in their surroundings to improve safety, and how cars can adapt to different driving styles to deliver more personal driving experiences. Participants will also learn how these emerging technologies will enable new, flexible insurance models.

                                      Symantec News
                                      Norton Introduces Elegantly Designed Norton Core, A Digital Safety Solution For Connected Homes
                                      New High-Performance Wi-Fi Router, Built from The Ground Up to Secure Home Networks and IoT Devices, Will Come Bundled with Subscription to Award-Winning Norton Security
                                      Building on a heritage of industry-leading and award-winning security software, Norton by Symantec changed the future of digital safety with the announcement of Norton Core. Norton Core is a uniquely-designed, high-performance Wi-Fi router that is available for pre-orders today and will change the way people secure their connected homes.

                                      Today's home networks, bursting with connected devices, thermostats, smart televisions and refrigerators, need exceptional security to protect against malware, viruses, and suspicious activity. Yet, many consumers don't understand these devices can be an easy on-ramp for hackers to access their home networks. The Norton Cyber Security Insights Report found 65 percent of U.S. consumers believe connected devices are made with security in mind, even though Symantec uncovered vulnerabilities in more than 50 different categories of IoT devices.

                                      IBM News
                                      IBM Equips Youth with Tech Career Skills in Nationwide Network of High Performing P-TECH Schools
                                      IBM's Innovative Education Model Marks Continued Expansion, Prepares Youth for College and "New Collar" Careers
                                      IBM announced that P-TECH, the IBM-inspired six-year education model that is leading a national wave of career-focused technical education in nearly 60 schools across six states, has already graduated more than 50 students, including a new class of 16 graduates in January. All of these graduates completed the six-year curriculum ahead of schedule, earning both their high school and two-year college tech degrees, with some finishing in as little as 3.5 years. Some of their stories can be found here.

                                      P-TECH schools combine high school with a clear pathway to a community college degree, coupling strong academic rigor with workplace skills. IBM is committed to work with educators and businesses to create an additional 20 schools in the U.S. within the next year, growing the number of schools in the P-TECH network to 80 by 2017, with added expansion in the coming years. There are currently over 250 businesses partnering with P-TECH schools serving thousands of students...

                                      IBM and The New York Times Company's T Brand Studio Unveil New AR Experience Inspired by "Hidden Figures" Movie
                                      Explore Stories of STEM Innovators Via a Mobile Device
                                      IBM and The New York Times Company's T Brand Studio announced the launch of "Outthink Hidden," an augmented reality (AR) experience that brings unsung heroes of innovation to life. It is inspired by the 20th Century Fox film, "Hidden Figures," and launches inside the new T Brand Studio AR app.

                                      The movie, which will be in theaters on January 6, recounts the true story of three female African American mathematicians as the heroes at NASA during the 1960s Space Race. Their groundbreaking calculations for spaceship trajectories, which helped put John Glenn in orbit, involved programming a first-of its-kind IBM mainframe...

                                      IBM Reveals Five Innovations that will Help Change our Lives within Five Years
                                      IBM Predicts New Scientific Instruments to Make the Invisible Visible
                                      IBM unveiled the annual "IBM 5 in 5" (#ibm5in5) - a list of ground-breaking scientific innovations with the potential to change the way people work, live, and interact during the next five years...

                                      In 1609, Galileo invented the telescope and saw our cosmos in an entirely new way. He proved the theory that Earth and other planets in our solar system revolve around the Sun, which until then was impossible to observe. IBM Research continues this work through the pursuit of new scientific instruments - whether physical devices or advanced software tools - designed to make what's invisible in our world visible, from the macroscopic level down to the nanoscale.

                                      Panasonic Automotive and IBM Partner to Develop Cognitive Vehicle Infotainment System with Watson
                                      Technology showcased at CES 2017
                                      "Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America today announced the introduction of the Panasonic Cognitive Infotainment platform designed to provide OEMs and fleet providers a set of cognitive vehicle solutions combining Panasonic's market leading infotainment expertise with IBM's Watson and cloud technologies.

                                      The platform leverages Watson cognitive capabilities, including deep natural language processing and understanding, to answer questions and provide recommendations as well as directions while en route. The platform also introduces e-commerce capabilities for convenient in-vehicle purchases to make the most of a driver's time, as well as possible future cognitive driving solutions that monitor the vehicle condition for safer driving..."

                                      Panasonic and IBM Join Forces to Develop Cognitive Personal Concierge Solutions with Watson
                                      Companies also partner on location based services for hospitality industry
                                      Panasonic and IBM announced their work together on a digital concierge service to enhance consumer experiences and expectations while traveling.

                                      The empowered consumer expects a seamless, easy and personalized travel experience. A hotel's digital capabilities and amenities can impact a traveler's decision about where they book a stay. Today, Panasonic and IBM are introducing a creative and immersive experience that not only benefits the consumer, but also allows hotels to upgrade traveler experiences in the very competitive hospitality market.

                                      VMware News
                                      VMware Joins OPEN-O as Platinum Member to Advance Industry Adoption of Open Standards-Based Orchestration for Network Functions Virtualization
                                      VMware, January 5th, 2017
                                      VMware, Inc. announced the company has joined the OPEN-O Project, an open source project hosted by The Linux Foundation that enables leading telecommunications, cable and cloud operators end-to-end service orchestration over network functions virtualization (NFV) infrastructure, along with software-defined networks (SDN) and legacy networks. As a Platinum member, VMware will participate in both the governing board, along with the technical steering and marketing committees to help drive the continued wave of innovation in open, standards-based orchestration.
                                      Red Hat News
                                      Red Hat Launches Latest Version Of Red Hat Cloudforms, Drives Open Hybrid Cloud Management Across Geographies And Industries
                                      Red Hat, January 4th, 2017
                                      Red Hat announced the availability of Red Hat CloudForms 4.2, the latest version of its award-winning open hybrid cloud management solution. IT operations teams can face slow, manual processes to deliver services internally, which may cost time, money and competitiveness. To address these challenges, IT teams can use Red Hat CloudForms to increase service delivery while enabling IT teams to focus on critical, business-impacting issues.

                                      "There is no longer a 'one-size-fits-all' IT environment, as many organizations are seeking to leverage the best benefits of physical, virtual and cloud-based technologies. Coupled with Linux containers, only managing one or two aspects of these hybrid computing environments can lead to downtime or outages. Red Hat CloudForms provides a flexible, open management platform to oversee these disparate resources and we're pleased to help enterprises at a global scale use them to manage the growing complexities of their environments..."

                                      Friday Five - January 6, 2017
                                      Red Hat, January 6th, 2017
                                      The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.

                                      • Red Hat Launches Latest Version of Red Hat CloudForms, Drives Open Hybrid Cloud Management Across Geographies and Industries
                                      • ServerWatch - Red Hat Wins Big with OpenShift in 3Q17
                                      • Channelnomics - CIAs: Partner Program of the Year - Red Hat
                                      • Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Launches Science-as-a-Service and On-Demand Computing Capabilities Based on Red Hat's Open Technologies
                                      • TechRepublic - Why Red Hat makes more money on Docker than Docker does

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                                      Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Launches Science-As-A-Service And On-Demand Computing Capabilities Based On Red Hat'S Open Technologies
                                      A leader in genome sequencing and research taps Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat CloudForms to provide highly-available, scalable cloud computing solutions
                                      Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced that the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, a world leader in genome research, has standardized its cloud computing systems and services on Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat CloudForms. This has enabled the Institute to offer and more effectively manage scientific computing at scale, or 'Science-as-a-Service,' to their own researchers and to biosciences start-ups co-located at a newly-opened research facility on the Wellcome Genome Campus.
                                      EMC News
                                      Dell EMC Commits To Exclusive Use Of Cisco UCS Servers In Vblocks, VxBlocks
                                      CRN, January 4th, 2017
                                      Joseph F. Kovar writes in CRN, "A couple of key Dell EMC server and storage executives have stated unequivocally said the company would continue to use Cisco UCS servers, and not Dell servers, in the company's Vblock converged infrastructure solutions.

                                      Channel partners close to both Dell and Cisco had mixed reactions to the Dell EMC move - some see it as an example of the vendor's commitment to offering flexible solutions to customers, and others see it as a way to keep existing customers satisfied until they move to Dell-centric servers.

                                      Chad Sakac, president of Dell EMC's converged platforms and solutions division, said in a December video blog that customers see servers a critical part of how they build their IT infrastructures..."

                                      Brocade News
                                      Brocade Announces Joint Solution With Trackr To Enhance Asset Tracking Capabilities
                                      Collaboration Enables End Users to Monitor All High-Value Assets in Real Time Using Ruckus ZoneFlex Access Points
                                      RUCKUS WIRELESS, a part of BROCADE, announced a joint solution with TRACKR, a leader in personal item management innovations, that leverages Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology combined with Ruckus ZoneFlex access points (APs) to enhance the indoor and outdoor location services of TrackR's Crowd GPS network. Leveraging existing wireless infrastructure, the new integration provides customers and end users with enhanced asset movement detection in real time and provides more robust security features for enterprise, education, hospitality and large public venues. This new integration showcases how a Ruckus AP can now operate as an Internet of Things (IoT) gateway by supporting additional radio connectivity protocols like BLE for data acquisition from tags and sensors. Ruckus ZoneFlex APs serve as two-way distributed management and asset and security monitoring for TrackR. Ruckus also provides TrackR with the ability to acquire, contextualize and act on the sensor data being collected. As a result, TrackR can monitor devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones as well as higher value in-building infrastructure assets like TVs, projectors and other equipment. The installation of this solution enhances security and asset protection by triggering an alarm when devices cross defined geo-fences. This enables an in-building or campus-wide asset tracking solution that leverages the existing Wi-Fi infrastructure, reducing cost and complexity.
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