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Oracle Named a Leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service
Oracle, April 7th 2017
Oracle positioned as a leader based on ability to execute and completeness of vision

Oracle announced that it has been named a leader in Gartner's 2017 'Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service" report. We believe this recognition is another milestone which the company feels is due to the tremendous momentum and growth of Oracle Cloud Platform this year.

'We believe this recognition is another acknowledgement of Oracle's strong momentum in the integration and larger PaaS sector, driven by the successful adoption of Oracle's cloud platform offerings by thousands of customers," said Amit Zavery, senior vice president, Oracle Cloud Platform and Middleware. "By successfully delivering a comprehensive iPaaS offering that provides an easy way to integrate any type of application, data, device and system, Oracle has given customers a powerful option to meet their ever evolving integration needs."

7-Eleven Mexico Deploys Oracle Retail to Streamline and Simplify Operations
Oracle, April 7th 2017
Oracle announced that 7-Eleven Mexico S.A. implemented Oracle Retail to simplify operations and facilitate the customer experience. In Mexico, today's consumer demands access to brands and a differentiated experience. 7-Eleven Mexico embraced technology, empowering them to keep up with the changing demands of the market. 7-Eleven Mexico operates 1,950 convenience stores supported by 8 distribution centers and 18,000 collaborators across 15 states in Mexico.

7-Eleven Mexico has adopted best practices and deployed Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management solutions to support growth and transformation. The company implemented Oracle Retail Merchandising System, Oracle Retail Price Management, Oracle Retail Sales Audit and Oracle Retail Invoice Matching to automate best practices, improve communication among the stores and provide more complete data to empower associates with the help of Oracle Partner Network Gold Level Partner Logic Information Systems.

America's Fastest-Growing Companies Forecast Rapid Expansion Yet Lack Technology Expertise to Keep Pace
Oracle, April 7th 2017
Study Reveals Companies are Highly Optimistic about Growth but Need Cloud Technology Innovation and Strategy to Overcome Challenges

Leaders of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in America - known as the Inc. 5000 - have an overwhelmingly optimistic outlook for 2017, according to Oracle's The Talent and Tech Driving America's Fastest Growing Companies survey, released today.

Nine out of 10 respondents (89 percent) describe themselves as either extremely confident or very confident about their prospects for the future. Backed by this confidence, the majority plan to expand their workforce (91 percent), offer new products (61 percent), move into new markets (65 percent) and do more business internationally (32 percent) in the coming year.

OracleVoice: Hotel Operators, Guests Want More Technology: Survey
By Rob Preston
Rob writes, "Hotel operators are embracing technology innovation with a greater sense of urgency as online travel agents (OTAs), personal digital assistants, room-sharing services, and shifting consumer expectations disrupt the $500 billion global industry.

That was one of the big takeaways from a panel session of hotel industry innovators at Oracle Industry Connect, where Oracle released the results of its Hotel 2025 survey. Conducted with 150 hotel operators and 702 consumers in February 2017, the survey found that guests are willing to engage brands that offer new technologies if they feel they're in control of their experience. It also found that hotels should be wary of implementing automation without personal service..."

Avoid ERP Cloud Buyer's Remorse: Ask These 5 Questions
By Margaret Harrist
Margaret Harrist writes, "It's that familiar, awful feeling after you've made a big purchase: realizing the details you didn't consider before are turning out to be huge disadvantages.

It's a feeling that's become easier to avoid as a consumer, because you can read a wealth of product reviews online before making a big purchase. But when choosing applications to run your growing business, any reviews you find won't reflect your exact situation. Every legacy IT environment, whether it's homegrown or from a vendor, has many different dependencies, the result of myriad customizations and varying levels of updates..."

    10 New Reasons To Move ERP Into The Cloud
    By Sasha Banks-Louie
    Sasha writes, "Companies rely on enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to help them automate nearly every aspect of their businesses - from supply chain operations and procurement to risk management and financials.

    But getting to this level of automation has come at a huge cost. According to a 2016 study conducted by Nucleus Research, the average expense for companies to set up their on-premises ERP systems - including software, hardware, consulting, personnel, and training - is about $8 million..."

    IT - AI
    Real Intelligence Needed To Understand Artificial Intelligence
    IT Business Edge, April 3rd 2017
    "IDC ... released research that predicts that cognitive and artificial intelligence will generate $12.5 billion in revenue this year, an increase of 59.3 percent over 2016. Indeed, the growth shows no sign of slowing. The compound annual growth rate (CAGR) will be 54.4 percent through 2020, with revenue exceeding $46 billion.

    A particularly interesting conclusion is that 51.1 percent of investment, based on this year's market share, will made in the 'other' category. All the identified use cases are clustered between 9 percent (fraud analysis and investigation) and 10.3 percent (quality management investigation). This seems promising. IDC is willing to say that growth will be strong despite the fact that it can't definitively say from where more than half of that growth will come..."

    Machine Learning Is The New Proving Ground For Competitive Advantage
    Business 2 Community, April 3rd 2017
    • 50% of organizations are planning to use machine learning to better understand customers in 2017.
    • 48% are planning to use machine learning to gain greater competitive advantage.
    • Top future applications of machine learning include automated agents/bots (42%), predictive planning (41%), sales & marketing targeting (37%), and smart assistants (37%).

    These and many other insights are from a recent survey completed by MIT Technology Review Custom and Google Cloud, 'Machine Learning: The New Proving Ground for Competitive Advantage'..."

    The Case For Cloud-Based AI
    GCN, April 4th 2017
    "Meagan Metzger is the founder of Dcode42, an accelerator program for companies with innovative technology products for which there is a current or potential future government need. Dcode42 recently partnered with Amazon Web Services to help speed the adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning for problem solving in government.

    GCN spoke with Metzger about the role of AI in government and ways cloud-based AI can help government solve challenges. The interview has been edited for length and clarity..."

    Why Understanding Data Science And AI Will Change Everything
    SearchSoftwareQuality, April 5th 2017
    Everyone wants faster software development, but how to get there? Here's how Soasta evangelists are selling the world on data science one customer at a time

    "In a rapidly changing world filled with too much information, Tom Lounibos, CEO of Soasta Inc., has a simple, down-to-earth, one-word solution for his customers looking to make a digital transformation: practice.

    A one-time college baseball star drafted by the major leagues, Lounibos admitted he often turns to sports metaphors when talking about business solutions. "If you're making the move to playing pro ball, it's the same game, but everything is just so much faster," he explained. "So how do you get there? You watch the films, you hit the batting cage ... in other words, you practice."

    Chatbot Technology Raises Ethical Questions
    SearchCRM, April 5th 2017
    New AI platforms have given life to chatbots that decipher customer intents so well, chances are you've carried on an email conversation with one and were never the wiser

    "Through the course of reporting on the use of artificial intelligence in business applications, I visited Conversica's website to request a live demo of its chatbot technology. I filled out the online form, and a friendly sales assistant named Rachel Brooks followed up via email to provide me with more information. When I didn't respond, persistent as salespeople can be, she sent another email:..."

      What Businesses Need To Know About Cognitive Computing Systems
      SearchBusinessAnalytics, April 7th 2017
      While cognitive computing tools have come far in utility, they still have some important gaps. Understanding these hitches may be key to getting value from the platforms

      "Businesses wanting to cash in on the trends of artificial intelligence and cognitive computing need to give their plans a reality check before launching lengthy, and potentially expensive, projects.

      'A lot of people are looking at cognitive computing as a bright, shining object that you can apply to anything, and problems will go away,' said Hadley Reynolds, managing director and co-founder of the Cognitive Computing Consortium, in a presentation at the TDWI Accelerate conference in Boston. 'But what we hear daily is that, if you don't have a very good idea of what you're trying to accomplish with cognitive projects, whatever efforts you make are likely to end in failure'..."

        Fujitsu and Oracle Launch Fujitsu SPARC M12 Servers with World's Fastest Per-Core Performance
        Providing optimized infrastructure for both on-premises and cloud environments
        Fujitsu Limited and Oracle announced the launch of Fujitsu SPARC M12, a new lineup of enterprise servers now available worldwide.

        Featuring Fujitsu's new SPARC64 XII processor, Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers achieve the world's highest per CPU core performance in arithmetic processing, offering dramatic improvements for a wide range of database workloads, from mission-critical systems on premises to big data processing in the cloud.

        The new Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers join the vibrant SPARC technology ecosystem, and together with Oracle's SPARC systems they leverage the unique security and scalability features of the Oracle Solaris operating system, as well as the efficiency and versatility of the Oracle VM Server for SPARC virtualization software.

        Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers are offered in two models: the two-processor Fujitsu SPARC M12-2 server, and the Fujitsu SPARC M12-2S server, which can be expanded incrementally to a maximum of 32 processors.

        Announcing Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 for SPARC
        By Avi Miller
        Avi blogs, "The Oracle Linux operating system is engineered for open cloud infrastructure. It delivers leading performance, scalability and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications.

        Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 (SPARC) is the first public release of Oracle Linux on the SPARC platform. It was built from the same source packages as the corresponding Oracle Linux distribution for the x86 architecture, plus any required patches and modifications to support the SPARC platform..."

        IT - Storage
        Flash, Cloud Top Data Storage Options For Storage Pros
        SearchStorage, April 3rd 2017
        Cloud is popular among data storage priorities for primary and backup storage, while most say they will use flash in primary data storage

        "Around the start of the decade, forward-thinking storage experts predicted flash and cloud would eventually become the dominant storage tiers.

        Those predictions of popular data storage options appear on target, according to TechTarget's 2017 IT Priorities survey. The survey included 201 respondents who said that storage or backup and disaster recovery were areas where they devote most of their time. Nearly half of each group called the cloud a main priority. The 48% who picked cloud backup as a priority put that at the top of the secondary to-do list. Cloud storage also showed up on 48% of respondents' priority list for primary storage, eclipsed only by the combination of all-flash arrays (31%) and solid-state storage (30%)..."

        Analytics, Internet Of Things To Drive Data Volumes To 163ZB By 2025
        ComputerWeekly, April 4th 2017
        IDC study predicts consumers as creators of data will decline as the enterprise, analytics and 'life critical' scenarios push total volumes to a tenfold increase by 2025

        "The world's volume of data will expand to 163 zettabytes by 2025 - a tenfold rise in the total - according to analyst IDC. And the trend is back towards enterprise data forming the bulk of that, away from consumers as the source.

        The trend away from consumers and entertainment as the primary creators of data will see enterprises as the site of 60% of the world's data by 2025, says the study sponsored by disk maker Seagate..."

        Enterprise SSD Buying Guide
        Enterprise Storage Forum, April 6th 2017
        "You can tell how hot an area of data storage technology is by how hard it is to keep up with what's new. Enterprise SSD is one such zone. No sooner have you completed a buying guide when a whole raft of new products flood onto the market. Here are some of the recent ones:...

        • IBM DS8880F All-Flash Storage
        • Kaminario
        • Dell EMC Flash
        • Nexenta
        • Tintri
        • Pure Storage FlashBlade
        • Enmotus

        Read on for details.

        IT - Technology
        R&D: Nanomagnets For Future Data Storage, April 5th 2017
        An international team of researchers led by chemists from ETH Zurich have developed a method for depositing single magnetisable atoms onto a surface

        "This is especially interesting for the development of new miniature data storage devices.

        The idea is intriguing: if only a single atom or small molecule was needed for a single unit of data (a zero or a one in the case of binary digital technology), massive volumes of data could be stored in the tiniest amount of space. This is theoretically possible, because certain atoms can be magnetised in only one of two possible directions: 'spin up' or 'spin down'. Information could then be stored and read by the sequence of the molecules' magnetisation directions..."

          The Value of IT CertificationThe Value of IT Certification
          By Sheryl Domingue
          Sheryl blogs, "Taking an IT certification has become a common practice in recent years for those who want to remain up-to-date with the constantly evolving IT industry. Whether it's getting hired, a promotion, re-skilling for a new line of work, or staying current to the latest technology, many more IT professionals are seeking the value of certification.

          According to the latest Pearson VUE survey, 88% of IT professionals recommend certification to a colleague when discussing a career or advancement in IT. Given the fact that IT is a fast-paced industry, there is no surprise to see that more than half of respondents work in IT - 63.3%. The survey yielded nearly 28,000 completed responses from employees of 26 of the world's leading IT organizations..."

          New Intuitive Learning Platform - Engineered for Cloud Learning
          By Sudhir Menon
          Sudhir blogs, "With a growing number of cloud implementations across ORACLE Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PAAS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS), a re-engineered cloud learning platform with new functionalities is essential for adoption.

          The key characteristics of these new cloud learning platforms include:

          • Adaptive learning across versions of cloud implementation
          • Incremental learning for various levels of users
          • An intuitive platform for collaboration, knowledge management from the platform
          • Measurable and outcome-based learning
          • Instrumentation for reporting, certification
          • Video-based learning with attached web based learning

          Customers and organizations are exploring platforms that provide seamless employee learning for an integrated, continuous learning platform that keeps up with constantly changing cloud product lines.

          Below, we'll explore the top 10 desired functionalities of a cloud platform..."

          IT - Bitcoin
          Bitcoin Innovates
          NEWSBTC, April 5th 2017
          "In 2008, enterprising individuals realized that the World Wide Web required its own digital currency: Bitcoin. Digital transactions should use digital currencies, it only makes sense. It is like a fisherman needing a boat.

          Now, Bitcoin Casinos are popping up all over the place. These allow you to enjoy yourself, using one of the hottest currencies on Planet Earth. See, Bitcoin has no language, culture or national origin, it is a true global currency.

          If you are wondering what you can do on Bitcoin Casinos, here is your answer. You can play any of the most popular casino games, like Blackjack, Dice, Roulette and Poker. Here are the advantages, which Bitcoin Casinos enjoy:.."

          Bitcoin To Be Accepted At 260,000 Stores In Japan By This Summer
, April 5th 2017
          Only a few days after bitcoin officially became a method of payment in Japan on April 1, two major Japanese retailers have partnered with Japanese bitcoin exchanges to start accepting the digital currency for payments

          "Bic Camera is a major consumer electronics retail chain in Japan. Many of its stores are either located in front of a train station or are directly connected to one, making them very easily accessible with lots of foot traffic. Bitflyer is the largest bitcoin exchange by volume.

          According to Nikkei Asian Review, the two companies have partnered and Bic Camera will start a trial to accept bitcoin payments at two of its locations in Tokyo on Friday, using the Bitflyer's payment system. The first location is Bic Camera's flagship shop in Tokyo's Yurakucho district, and the other is Bicqlo Bic Camera which is the hybrid outlet with Uniqlo located in Shinjuku. Usage trends at the two test stores will help the company decide whether other locations will accept bitcoin payments..."

          9 Things You Didn't Know You Could Buy With Bitcoin
          CryptoCoinsNews, April 5th 2017
          "If you're new to Bitcoin, you might be wondering what you can spend your cryptocurrency on. The answer might surprise you. Take a look at these nine things you might not know you can buy with Bitcoin...

          • A Hotel Room
          • Flights
          • A College Degree
          • Pizza
          • VPN Services
          • Jewelry
          • Computers
          • Windows Apps
          • Gift Cards

          Read on for details

          IT - FOSS
          The Document Foundation releases LibreOffice 5.3.2
          The Document Foundation, April 7th 2017
          The Document Foundation (TDF) releases LibreOffice 5.3.2, the 2nd minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, focused on bleeding edge features, and as such targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters, and power users. LibreOffice 5.3.2 integrates over 50 patches, with a large number of fixes related to RTF and DOCX documents.

          For all other users and enterprise deployments, TDF suggests LibreOffice 5.2.6, with the backing of professional support by certified professionals

          IT - DevOps
          DevOps: Challenges And Considerations
          ITProPortal, April 3rd 2017
          "Every few years, a new buzzword appears on the IT canvas that sparks hype and excitement among businesses and technologists alike. DevOps is one such term that has continued to gain momentum and is highly-relevant in today's digital transformation landscape. It's also a term that's quite misunderstood. Here are some thoughts that define this term, while also explaining its benefits and challenges...."
          How To Apply DevOps Practices To Legacy IT
          ComputerWeekly, April 5th 2017
          The one constant in legacy systems is that they can't just be switched off. We find out how Ticketmaster has adapted its legacy IT to DevOps

          "When Ticketmaster was established 41 years ago, its core software was written on a Vax minicomputer. Over time, its IT estate became more complex.

          The ticketing company acquired other businesses, taking on their IT, and moved with the times onto the web.

          The Vax still runs bits of Ticketmaster, albeit in the form of an emulated system rather than physical hardware, but it now has a raft of supporting software connected into it..."

          DevOps Comes Of Age
          InformationWeek, April 5th 2017
          More organizations have embraced DevOps to deliver higher quality software faster. Meanwhile, DevOps itself has evolved. We explain where DevOps is today and where it's is headed

          "Software teams are under pressure to deliver better quality software at ever faster speeds. Toward that end, many of them have embraced Agile methodologies, which have helped accelerate the pace of software development.

          Software release schedules haven't necessarily improved to the same degree, however, particularly when operations continues to operate as a siloed organization. To solve that bottleneck, organizations are moving to DevOps, if they haven't already..."

          What Is Chef? A Primer For DevOps Newbies
          HPE, April 5th 2017
          Mastering the cloud is a lot easier with the DevOps program Chef in your kitchen

          "Chef is an open source cloud configuration management and deployment application. It's meant to help anyone orchestrate servers in a cloud or just in a departmental data center. Instead of system administrators sweating over management programs that were designed for single, stand-alone servers, Chef allows DevOps to spin off dozens or hundreds of server instances in less time than it takes you to read this article..."

          MySQL High Availability tools - Comparing MHA, MRM and ClusterControl
          Severalnines, April 5th 2017
          Krzysztof Ksiazek blogs, "We previously compared two high availability solutions for MySQL - MHA and MariaDB Replication Manager and looked into how they performed fail-over. In this blog post, we'll see how ClusterControl stacks up against these solutions. Since MariaDB Replication Manager is under active development, we decided to take a look at the not yet released version 1.1.

          All solutions provide flapping detection. MHA, by default, executes a failover once. Even after you restart masterha_manager, it will still check if the last failover didn't happen too recently. If yes (by default, if it happened in the last 8 hours), no new failover will happen. You need to explicitly change the timeout or set --ignore_last_failover flag..."

          Cloud Computing
          University of Wyoming Uses Oracle Cloud to Drive Core Mission of Teaching, Research, and Service
          Oracle, April 7th 2017
          Higher education institution's initiative provides modern, sophisticated cloud solutions to align technology with strategic business planning

          Oracle announced that the University of Wyoming (UW), has selected Oracle Cloud to transform the way UW does business at every level, by providing a modern and synchronized technology platform to further academic excellence. As Wyoming's only provider of baccalaureate graduate education, research, and outreach services, UW decided it could no longer wait to redesign its 20-year-old systems. The initiative incorporates finance, human resources (HR), budgeting and planning, grant management, and supply chain management systems - all of which are core to the University's operations.

          The university's strategic Oracle Cloud implementation, named WyoCloud, will help UW respond to today's opportunities and challenges by enabling department staff to access timely, accurate information at the right time to run the institution more efficiently. Oracle's complete and modern solutions will thus free employees to focus more time and effort on enhancing the student experience now and in the future.

          Companies Adopt ERP Cloud Analytics To Power Growth, Profitability
          By Linda Currey Post
          Linda writes, "Companies worldwide are discovering that their enterprise resource planning applications aren't just indispensable for managing financial, purchasing, and supply chain processes. Those ERP applications also contain a trove of data they can analyze for competitive advantage.

          Take Japan's Yonehachi Group. Every day in Japan, crowds of hungry residents and tourists stop by one of its 140 restaurants, located in high-traffic areas such as train stations, highway service centers, and large department stores, to pick up a tasty meal packed into a Bento or 'convenience' box..."

            Friday Spotlight: Running Oracle Linux as a Logical Domain on SPARC
            By Jeff Savit
            Jeff writes, "Oracle recently announced Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 (SPARC) available as a developer release for the benefit of developers and partners. Now you can install Oracle Linux in a guest domain under Oracle VM Server for SPARC managed by Oracle VM Manager or OpenStack.

            A simple installation in a logical domain could look like the following commands, which define a simple guest domain with 4 CPU cores (32 virtual CPU threads), 32GB of RAM, a single network device, and a virtual disk and the install iso image. The virtual disk is a file in a ZFS dataset, which makes it easy to later make snapshots and golden image clones..."

            Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux is Recommended for Oracle Products
            By Antoinette O'Sullivan
            Antoinette blogs, "Oracle Linux is the only linux distribution recommended for Oracle products. Oracle Linux is:

            • Used by Oracle's engineered systems
            • Linux development standard at Oracle
            • Comprehensively tested across the Oracle stack
            • Pre-configured in Oracle VM templates for rapid deployment of Oracle applications

            For those using an earlier version, adopt Oracle Linux 7 by taking the Oracle Linux 7: What's New for Administrators course..."

            IT - Cloud
            Expert Tips For Managing Your Cloud Data
            ComputerWorld, April 3rd 2017
            Networking, governance issues are key

            "When oncologists at Carolinas HealthCare System go before a tumor board review to discuss patient cases, they are looking for feedback on treatment plans and clinical trials. During their presentations, the doctors show their peers genetic data, pathology reports, lab results and physicians' notes -- all of which is at their fingertips because it is stored in a Hadoop cloud on Microsoft Azure.

            This is the nonprofit hospital network's first big foray into the cloud, and it has prompted careful consideration about how CHS both protects and manages its data off-premises..."

            The Importance Of Assessing Cloud Readiness
            Information Age, April 3rd 2017
            In the haste to capitalise on the benefits of cloud, one of the most overlooked considerations is cloud readiness

            "While there is the general expectation that cloud can solve all business ills and transform an organisation in terms of cost, flexibility and agility, the reality is that it's not always beneficial to move everything to the cloud.But having an aspirational goal - like complete migration or adopting a cloud-first mentality - is a good starting point to determine what you need to do and how you go about doing that..."

              Built To Burst: Which Apps Work Well In A Cloud Bursting Architecture?
              SearchCloudComputing, April 3rd 2017
              Cloud bursting is one way to manage spikes in demand, but it's difficult to achieve with certain apps. So which application types burst best to the public cloud?

              "One of the selling points for hybrid cloud is the cost savings that IT teams can achieve when they right-size their private clouds to match average workloads, and then burst into the public cloud to support demand peaks.

              But despite the advantages of a cloud bursting architecture, there are challenges. For example, some enterprises struggle with how to best position data files, since copying that data between cloud environments is time-consuming..."

                Building A Cloud Strategy On A Solid Foundation
                GCN, April 4th 2017
                "Abruptly moving from legacy systems to the cloud is akin to building a brand-new house without a foundation. Sure, it might have the greatest and most efficient new appliances and cool fixtures, but it's not really going to work unless the fundamentals that support the entire structure are in place.

                Too often, agencies begin their cloud migration efforts only to find out -- too late -- that their networks were unprepared for the transition. There have been tales of agency IT administrators running into bandwidth, security and network visibility challenges..."

                AWS Meets The Enterprise Head On
                GIGAOM, April 5th 2017
                "Amazon Web Services must have been a very interesting company to work for over recent years. My conversations with AWS senior executives have sometimes been fraught - not because of any conflict or contention, but rather due to a pervading feeling that discussion gets in the way of activity. The organisation has been so busy doing what it is doing (and making a pretty reasonable fist of it) that it barely has time to stop to talk.

                Any thoughts or feedback about how AWS might do things differently, about how the needs of the enterprise could be better achieved, have been met with flummoxed consternation. It's all completely understandable, in a company which measures success by the number of new features achieved or services shipped, to question any question of whether it is doing enough. But still, the question needs to be asked..."

                Cloud Computing Services
                Datamation, April 5th 2017
                What is a cloud service and when should organizations use them? Learn more about the main types of cloud services, including SaaS, IaaS and PaaS

                "The past decade has witnessed a dramatic change in the way organizations handle their computing needs. In the 1990s and early 2000s, most enterprises ran their applications on servers that they owned and maintained in their own data centers. But today, cloud computing has come to the forefront.

                In fact, the RightScale 2017 Cloud Computing Survey found that 95 percent of the organizations surveyed were using at least one cloud, and 85 percent were using multiple clouds. The average enterprise now runs the majority of its workloads in the cloud: 32 percent of them in the public cloud and 43 percent in a private cloud..."

                Moving To Hybrid Cloud: A Health Insurer's Journey
                Data Center Knowledge, April 5th 2017
                "When Mark Ross took over the management of IT infrastructure for Concordia Plan Services two years ago, it had a single point of failure with just one firewall employed, and nearly all data and every application - except payroll and benefits - resided on in-house servers.

                Sounds like a typical health care services organization, right? The need to comply with all kinds of regulations, the concern that important data might be compromised or lost, and the all-around fear of losing control kept and still keeps many of them from using colocation, managed services or cloud..."

                Is A "Cloud-First" Approach Right For Your Organization?
                InformationWeek, April 6th 2017
                Enterprise IT needs to rethink the scope of the cloud-first mindset

                "I'm a proud advocate of cloud computing. I believe it's a great way to offload unnecessary technical burden from IT staff, create flexibility, and streamline processes. But when I hear people talking about using a 'cloud-first' approach, it gives me pause. While this architectural strategy is almost certainly discussed with the greatest intentions, it has the potential to send IT projects and upgrades down the wrong implementation path.

                So first, we need to discuss what a 'cloud-first' strategy is -- and how it's often being misconstrued. The idea behind a 'cloud-first' approach is that when any new IT project, refresh or replacement crops up, our first instinct should be to think about how the technology could be spun up and managed within a cloud service provider's network. This is completely fine. It was also a mindset that likely was a worthwhile mantra a few years ago. But it's not necessary today. My argument is that most enterprise organizations have already accepted and adopted cloud computing..."

                Private vs Public Cloud Computing
                Datamation, April 6th 2017
                Many enterprises are finding that the best answer to the private vs public cloud question is "yes, both."

                "Once an organization has chosen to pursue a cloud computing strategy, the next major decision will be whether to use a public cloud service or to set up a private cloud.

                It's important to note that the private vs. public cloud decision doesn't have to be an either-or choice. Industry analysts say that most enterprises are pursuing a multi-cloud strategy; that is, they use more than cloud. In fact, the 2017 Rightscale State of the Cloud Survey found that, on average, enterprises are running applications in 1.8 public clouds and 2.3 private clouds, while experimenting with another 1.8 public clouds and 2.1 private clouds..."

                The Best Cloud Storage Services
                TechAdvisor, April 7th 2017
                We've rounded up 14 of the best cloud storage services vying for your data, including Google Drive, Dropbox, Mega, Tresorit, pCloud, and OneDrive

                "More than just a tech-friendly buzzword, cloud storage is more and more an integral part of most of our lives, giving us access to our files and data from any device, anywhere in the world.

                There's an overwhelming number of companies offering cloud storage though, so how are you meant to pick one? Our buying guide breaks down the top cloud storage services by price, features, storage limits and more, to help you pick the one that's right for you..."

                IT - CxO
                IT Modernisation Can Boost Revenue And Cut Costs
                ITProPortal, April 3rd 2017
                However, it's not always easy to justify ROI on IT modernisation

                "IT modernisation is essential to addressing the needs of modern digital businesses, according to a new report by Avanade. The report is based on a poll of 800 IT decision makers in organisations scattered all over the world.

                On average, IT decision makers believe that by modernising IT, they could boost their company's revenue by as much as 14 per cent. That's almost $1 billion a year, Avanade says.

                But it's not just about boosting revenue - it's also about cutting costs..."

                  Taming The SAAS Security Wilderness
                  ComputerWorld, April 3rd 2017
                  As rogue applications proliferate, the need to protect corporate data requires new tools

                  "The security risk that I am most focused on right now is this: Shadow IT and the consumerization of IT have put too many employee work activities out of sight of the security department.

                  Employees at my company now use more than 90 cloud-based apps that I know of. Most of these are categorized as software as a service (SaaS). Many are corporate-sanctioned, meaning the business unit or IT went through a selection process to identify and procure an application, and my department was at least consulted. This list includes applications such as ADP for payroll, Salesforce, Workday, Oracle, WebEx, Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365 and SAP..."

                  What Is Serverless Computing? (Animation)
                  Network World, April 3rd 2017
                  "In this animation, Network World explains some of the concepts of serverless computing, and how it represents the next phase of cloud computing for Internet of Things applications and products..."
                  How CISCOs Can Overcome Cybersecurity Pollution
                  CSO Online, April 3rd 2017
                  How to assess a cybersecurity vendor in simple, unbiased and efficient manner?

                  "Last week, I had the pleasure to lead High-Tech Bridge's team at Black Hat Asia 2017 in Singapore and present a session entitled 'Modern challenges of Web Application Security'. At the event, many great companies were presenting exciting cybersecurity products and solutions, with very attractive and quite well-thought out marketing claims.

                  However, when there is so much motley diversity, it starts bordering with pollution effect, precluding security decision makers from making the right choice. During the event, I had several brief discussions with CISOs - friends of mine from large organizations, who were also a little bit confused by the puzzle of different products..."

                  A Guide To The General Data Protection Regulation
                  CIO Insight, April 5th 2017
                  The General Data Protection Regulation covers personal data of European Union residents and affects firms holding a person's data moving across EU jurisdictions

                  "The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) officially goes into effect in May 2018 and will have an international reach, affecting any organization that handles the personal data of European Union residents. This means that any company holding an individual's data that moves across EU jurisdictions will be affected - even if the company is not based in Europe. Since the account holder's data is moving across the jurisdiction, the company is responsible for it.

                  The GDPR aims to establish uniform data protection levels for all EU residents and will focus on how organizations handle personal data. Businesses face several challenges in preparing for this reform, including a lack of awareness among major inner stakeholders. The benefits of the GDPR will create several compliance requirements, from which few organizations can completely escape..."

                    Digital Transformation: Point Checklist
                    ITProPortal, April 5th 2017
                    Digital transformation is an on-going process that organisations must constantly consider

                    "Right now, we're seeing digital transformation on everyone's agenda, with organisations scrambling to adopt every new approach they hear about. We see this despite endless confusion around what digital transformation actually is and, vitally, whether businesses actually need it. At the bottom line, digital transformation is about using digital technologies to maximise your business efficiency. Whether you're looking at your employee on-boarding process through to your supply chain management, digital transformation enables you to finding the best way for technology to drive your business outcomes. It touches all parts of your business - for your customers, your people, and your partners..."

                    Executive Action Plan: 7 Steps To An Information Security Program
                    Business 2 Community, April 5th 2017
                    "At this stage in your efforts toward modernizing your company's information security program, it's time to move beyond education and dialogue into more concrete action. By following these seven steps, you can pave the way toward a more secure future for your organization..."

                    "1. Hire a CISO who can (and will) create a cybersecurity plan and evaluation process.

                    Your CEO and CIO are on board, but if your company is like many others today, you may be missing a crucial ingredient..."

                    Seven Rules For Inclusion In The CSO's Security Playbook
                    eWeek, April 4th 2017
                    "As conventional cyber-security practices continue to fall behind the sophistication of bad actors, enterprise chief security officers are scrambling to keep up. Organizations spent about $75 billion in the U.S. last year on security products and services, representing some 11 percent of total dollars spent on IT. Nonetheless, 75 percent of large enterprises are breached, and the average dwell time of the adversary from breach to detection is 99 days. In light of these challenges in such a fast-moving sector, effective enterprise security requires understanding that old techniques don't work anymore and success comes from investing in what does work. This eWEEK slide show, based on industry information from Jamie Butler, chief technology officer at Endgame, offers tips on how chief security officers establish an effective enterprise security framework..."
                    New, Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In April
                    The Enterprisers Project, April 6th 2017
                    "Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our Business Library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders would benefit from reading. These curated pieces are available now through the end of April...

                    • How to overcome executive isolation
                    • The rise of AI makes emotional intelligence more important
                    • Why CIOs make great board directors
                    • Your high-intensity feelings may be tiring you out
                    • The dirty little secret about digitally transforming operations

                    Read on for details.

                      The New Shadow IT: Custom Data Center Applications
                      Dark Reading, April 7th 2017
                      If you think you've finally gotten control of unsanctioned user apps, think again. The next wave of rogue apps is on its way from your data center to the cloud

                      "Over the years, the consumerization of IT has spurred a free-for-all in the adoption of cloud services. As employees found unsanctioned applications to help them do their jobs, overwhelmed security teams took a head-in-the-sand approach, giving rise to a serious problem dubbed 'Shadow IT.' But how big of a problem is Shadow IT, really? That depends who you ask..."

                      What C-Level Leaders Need To Know About Cybersecurity
                      ComputerWorld, April 7th 2017
                      CEOs, board members need to bone up on cybersecurity and not leave those matters to CIOs, analyst says

                      "Despite the scale and potential harm from cyber-attacks, there's wide recognition that corporate leaders, especially boards of directors, aren't taking the necessary actions to defend their companies against such attacks. It's not just a problem of finding the right cyber-defense tools and services, but also one of management awareness and security acumen at the highest level, namely corporate boards.

                      'Our country and its businesses and government agencies of all sizes are under attack from a variety of aggressive adversaries and we are generally unprepared to manage and fend off these threats,' said Gartner analyst Avivah Litan, a longtime cybersecurity consultant to many organizations..."

                      SFTA & ASHRAE Present 'The Internet Of Things' - a Panel Discussion & Dinner
                      Thursday, April 13th, 2017: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                      The Tower Club - Ft. Lauderdale

                      You Are invited to join the SFTA and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) for a not-to-be-missed revealing and illuminating deep-dive panel discussion into 'The Internet Of Things'

                      We will uncover exactly what it is and how it will affect you and your business in the near future.

                      Your ticket price includes: Dinner, Presentation, Valet Parking and Cash bar!



                      South Florida Technology Alliance's 5th Annual Golf Tournament
                      In aid of the SFTA's Charity portfolio fund and will be supporting several South Florida organizations
                      You are invited to Join The SFTA for Cinco De Mayo themed 5th Annual Golf Tournament. Details

                      This year's Golf Event is in aid of the SFTA's Charity portfolio fund and will be supporting several South Florida organizations.

                      Celebrating the wonderful diversity of our region, we'll be incorporating a colorful Cinco De Mayo Festival theme throughout the event. Fees: Foursome: $500 - Individual: $125 - Lunch Only: $55 ($35 for SFTA members)


                      "That's My Domain! Domain Name Branding Secrets With Jeff Sass" followed by Private Room Social
                      Tuesday, April 25th, 2017: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
                      Funky Buddha Brewery - Oakland Park

                      Join us for a Fireside Chat with Jeff Sass, Domain Name & Social Media Expert.

                      Come and learn from Jeff how to use your Domain Names to Brand Yourself or Your Company, Increase Your Exposure on the Internet.

                      There will also be an SFTA "Private Room" social event after the talk.


                      vBeers @ Broward (Funky Buddha)
                      Wednesday, April 12th, 2017: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
                      Funky Buddha Brewery - Oakland Park

                      We meet in Oakland Park on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. 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.

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

                      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.


                      SFTA, John McLaughlin

                      IT - Networks
                      Open Networking Takes Next Steps Up The Stack
                      eWeek, April 6th 2017
                      A number of key announcements were made at the Open Networking Summit, including the release of code for ONAP and the release of a milestone version of OPNFV

                      "As networking makes its inexorable move toward cloud native models and development, participants here at this week's Open Networking Summit made several key announcements toward that end.

                      Chief among these was the initial release of the code for the newly combined network management and orchestration effort, dubbed ONAP. The Open Network Automation Platform is an open-source project that earlier this year was created by merging two others: AT&T's ECOMP (Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management & Policy) and the OPEN-O Project, which was backed by China's biggest operators, China Mobile and China Telecom..."

                      Install And Configure OpenVPN Server In Linux
                      OSTechNix, April 5th 2017
                      "This guide describes how to install and configure OpenVPN server in RPM and DEB based systems. In this guide, we are going to use a script called openvpn-install that automates the entire OpenVPN server installation and configuration process. This script helps you to setup your own VPN server in few minutes, even if you haven't used OpenVPN before.

                      Let us get started.

                      For the purpose this guide, I will be using two systems that are running with CentOS 7 64bit edition. One acts as OpenVPN server, an another one acts as openVPN client. The following is my test boxes details..."

                      Lay The Groundwork For Sdn Implementation In Four Steps
                      SearchSDN, April 4th 2017
                      If your organization is thinking about a future SDN implementation, the time to begin planning is now. Follow these four steps to launch the process

                      "The consensus in the networking world is SDN is the future of enterprise infrastructures. Yet, most IT shops have shied away from software-defined networking in the past few years. The reason for the hesitation hinges on the belief that SDN implementation doesn't offer enough benefits today, when compared with the amount of time and effort required to migrate away from legacy architectures..."

                      5 Ways Your Company Can Benefit From Using A Vpn
                      ComputerWorld, April 7th 2017
                      Increasing your company's security doesn't have to be timely or expensive

                      "Is your company using a VPN -- or just letting it all hang out?

                      A VPN, or a virtual private network, is a technology that lets you create a secure network connection while using a public network. Using one might seem like something as obvious as 'the internet' as a tool that businesses should have in the bag.

                      And with security issues like Wi-Fi spoofing, Firesheep and more, it's more important than ever to keep your online activity safeguarded. Plus, with telecommuting and virtual offices becoming more and more mainstream, employees are taking care of business from just about every corner of the world, and often relying on unsecured public networks in the process..."

                      Seven Reasons Why Interconnection Is Better Than The Public Internet
                      eWeek, April 6th 2017
                      "As is the case with all technologies, IT solutions and offerings of all kinds - both on-premises and cloud-based - continue to evolve. We've observed cloud services grow from singular private or public cloud offerings into multi cloud solutions facilitated by direct interconnections. Interconnections, offered by a handful of the world's leading data center hosting providers, enable organizations to connect to one or many cloud providers, telecommunications providers and even other enterprises directly, bypassing the public internet with lower latency, increased performance and enhanced security as a result. In this eWEEK slide show, using industry information from Digital Realty, which operates both colocation and interconnection data centers for enterprises, we offer the top seven factors to consider when comparing interconnections to the public internet..."
                      Evaluating WAN Redesign Options
                      Network Computing, April 7th 2017
                      Direct internet access and SD-WAN offer enterprises alternatives to MPLS

                      "Renovating traditional WAN architectures with SD-WAN technologies has undoubtedly been top of mind for CIOs and IT managers in recent years. SD-WAN enables high-level corporate objectives like lowering IT budgets while swiftly providing agile services. Although SD-WAN has been touted as the cost-efficient alternative to the MPLS-driven WAN, easing the administrative burden of managing the network and cloud migration is also driving this revolution.

                      Before jumping on the SD-WAN bandwagon, IT and business managers need to challenge themselves to define a compelling business use case, map cost to value, and identify success metrics along with ROI benefits over time..."

                      IT - IoT
                      IoT To Improve The Programming Of Implantable Devices
                      Information Age, April 3rd 2017
                      The top four IoT challenges and how to solve them: there's a dark side to IoT that must be addressed as it continues to shape society and business practice

                      "From smartphones to medical devices, connected cars to robo-bosses, everyone has read plenty about how the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to transform everyday lives and unlock unprecedented growth within companies.

                      With a number of benefits on offer, it's perhaps of little wonder why the IoT will be adopted by 85% of businesses by 2019. However, organisations should approach this mass adoption with caution. Where there are rewards, they are also risks, and if businesses don't overcome the challenges the 'dark side' of IoT presents, they will certainly be heading for trouble..."

                      Blockchain For IoT Extends Beyond Ensuring Security
                      IoT Agenda, April 3rd 2017
                      Put the words 'blockchain' and 'IoT' together and most people think of security for IoT, but blockchain in IoT can do much more than that

                      "Blockchain, the technology that made Bitcoin possible, has been getting a lot of attention in the IoT world, often because of its role in security. However, experts and practitioners said the potential of blockchain for IoT is deeper and broader than just keeping the bad guys out.

                      Ian Hughes, analyst of IoT at 451 Research, sees a role for blockchain that goes deeper, enabling authentication of devices -- especially when they are connected infrequently, as the case might be with, say, agricultural systems that may shut down for large parts of the year. Having a blockchain distributed ledger can provide a tidy way to account for and recognize the return of long-lost network participants as trusted members. Similarly, Hughes explained, blockchain can make possible micro-transactions for various kinds of billing within and across an IoT ecosystem..."

                      The Year Of The Internet Of 'Critical' Things
                      Information Age, April 3rd 2017
                      The Internet of Things has undergone a more-than-dramatic rise over the last few years, but is the technology being wasted?

                      "Last year saw IoT continue its dramatic rise and become one of the main talking points across the technology and business sector. It saw the total of global 'things' increase to an astounding 23 billion, as a never ending array of connected devices joined networks arounds the world.

                      Everything from wearable technology, smoke detectors to water bottles have made it into the connected market, creating a whole new world of opportunities for businesses to explore.

                      Employers and employees have continued to see technology evolve and work its way into more business and consumer applications, performing tasks, anticipating people's needs and making our lives easier..."

                      How To Implement A Low-Power WAN To Support The IoT
                      ComputerWeekly, April 5th 2017
                      We explore the options and the implementation process for an LPWAN to support internet of things projects in the enterprise

                      "The internet of things (IoT) today relies on multiple competing methods of connectivity, but low-power wide area networks (LPWANs) are rapidly emerging as one of the more important standards.

                      Indeed, the huge scale at which LPWAN is being adopted by network operators was highlighted recently by the forecast of more than three billion LPWAN connections by 2023, according to analyst firm Machina Research.

                      So, what options are there for the enterprise when it comes to implementing LPWAN to support the IoT?..."

                      4 Steps To Prepare For An IoT Deployment
                      StateTech, April 5th 2017
                      Be sure to understand your vision, strategy and security needs before starting any new state and local smart project

                      "As the Internet of Things (IoT) becomes more popular, state and local government IT agencies need to play more of a leadership role in understanding the transformation of their departments and their networks.

                      Governments need to prepare properly to ensure they can handle the influx of smarter and more numerous devices, sensor networks and connected communications across their geographies. Embarking on any IoT-based journey requires governments and agencies to go through four key phases, which should be developed in the context of creating strategic partnerships between business lines and IT organizations..."

                      IT - Linux
                      Ubuntu Unity Is Dead: Desktop Will Switch Back To Gnome Next Year
                      Ars Technica, April 5th 2017
                      Ubuntu phones and tablets also dead, but the desktop, server, and cloud live on

                      "Six years after making Unity the default user interface on Ubuntu desktops, Canonical is giving up on the project and will switch the default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME next year. Canonical is also ending development of Ubuntu software for phones and tablets, spelling doom for the goal of creating a converged experience with phones acting as desktops when docked with the right equipment.

                      Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth explained the move in a blog post Wednesday. 'I'm writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell,' he wrote. 'We will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS,' which will ship in April 2018..."

                      IT - Operations
                      Human Error In IT: A Growing But Preventable Issue
                      Information Age, April 3rd 2017
                      While many assume most IT issues that impact mission-critical services are the result of a catastrophic technology failure, they are often due to a human error that could have been prevented

                      "In late January, an outage at Delta caused hundreds of flight cancellations and delays. More recently, Amazon Web Services' (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3) suffered an outage that disrupted services for tens of thousands of customers including popular sites like Netflix, Spotify, Pinterest and Expedia.

                      When a network goes down, theories run rampant. Was it a software bug? cyber attack? systems failure?..."

                      The Evolution Of Data Center Segmentation
                      Network World, April 5th 2017
                      Micro-segmentation, an evolution of network security, offers organizations a way to add granular segmentation policies to their data center transformation strategy

                      "Data center transformation has delivered better resource utilization, scalability and automation for data center environments. While software-defined networking (SDN) and automation platforms can tie in network security, the options have been largely inflexible and static, limiting the amount of security automation that can be delivered. This has become even more apparent as DevOps environments continue to grow..."

                      How Amazon Prevents Data Center Outages Like Delta's $150M Meltdown
                      Data Center Knowledge, April 7th 2017
                      "It's typical for hyper-scale data center operators like Amazon to build their own infrastructure technology when it isn't available on the market or when they feel they can make it cheaper on their own.

                      One piece of technology Amazon built in-house is meant to circumvent what one of the company's top infrastructure engineers described as misplaced priorities in the way electrical switchgear vendors design their products.

                      It is this problem that likely caused last summer's Delta data center outage that ultimately cost the airline $150 million, as well as the infamous 2013 power outage during Super Bowl. And John Hamilton, VP and distinguished engineer at Amazon Web Services, has seen this type of failure in data centers he has overseen during his career..."

                      Scale Hyper-Converged Systems With Server, Storage And Network Changes
                      SearchDataCenter, April 7th 2017
                      Looking to scale a hyper-converged appliance? Consider the differences between a scale out, scale up and scale through approach for servers, storage and networks

                      "Many IT pros see scalability as one of the key advantages of hyper-converged infrastructure -- but not all systems tout that benefit. Some are too heavily engineered, which makes it impossible to decouple the three constituents of a hyper-converged platform -- server, storage and network -- to grow one without growing the others.

                      First, let's consider the three means of expansion for hyper-converged infrastructure when it comes to servers:..."

                      IT - Security
                      In The Cyber Evolution, Identity And Access Management Is A Key Player
                      GCN, April 3rd 2017
                      "The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently announced plans to update to its cybersecurity framework. Updates proposed in version 1.1 of the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity will, among other changes, increase the focus on identity management, a pillar of security that has become more important since the initial version of the framework was released in 2014.

                      The category, now titled Identity Management, Authentication and Access Control, clarifies the definitions of the terms 'authentication' and 'authorization,' and includes and defines the term 'identity proofing' for the first time..."

                      How To Get Started With IAM Services In The Cloud
                      SearchCloudStorage, April 4th 2017
                      Security is critical in the cloud, so it isn't surprising that identity and access management services are in high demand. Learn why you need IAM, and what services to consider

                      "Cloud computing has changed the way users connect to enterprise apps and data. With a more distributed compute model, cloud enables users to step out of bounds into a more mobile environment. As a result, cloud computing, along with BYOD policies and mobile applications, lead many enterprises to evolve their IT security strategy.

                      And secure user access -- achieved through identity and access management (IAM) -- is an important part of any cloud security model..."

                      ADP CISO Offers Tips to Leverage Security to Grow the Business
                      Dark Reading, April 4th 2017
                      Savvy CISOs would do their companies a favor by broadly integrating security across the organization, a move that can yield greater revenues, cost savings and an entry into new markets

                      "When Roland Cloutier joined ADP seven years ago to focus on operational risk, he was tasked with helping the business outsourcing solutions and payroll giant adopt a security first mindset that would ultimately yield cost savings, new markets and revenue...

                      "I was brought in to specifically do this and [ADP] was ready to accept change to do it," says Cloutier, senior vice president and global chief security officer at ADP.

                      Hiding In Plain Sight - Places To Find Cybersecurity Talent In Your Own Organization
                      CSO Online, April 5th 2017
                      "Simeon Holloway wanted to parlay his 13 years of IT experience into a cybersecurity position. He thought that it would be a relatively easy transition considering the global shortage of cybersecurity professionals and his eagerness to learn.

                      The information security department at the federal agency where he worked in Atlanta was an obvious place to start. Perhaps he could shadow a security professional there or fill an empty position and learn on the job, he thought. But the reception he received was cooler than he had expected..."

                      Generational Differences Increase Security Risks
                      Help Net Security, April 6th 2017
                      "There are two major IT security risks that enterprises need to prepare for - Millennials and the impending General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

                      A global Ponemon Institute study of more than 4,000 IT, security, and business professionals found that Millennials bring a growing number of mobile apps, devices and new methods of information sharing and collaboration that pose new security risks for businesses.

                      The study also found that most enterprises are skeptical of their ability to meet the stringent security and compliance requirements of the proposed GDPR..."

                      Dedicated Security Teams: The Pros And Cons Of Splitting Focus Areas
                      SearchSecurity, April 7th 2017
                      Could using dedicated security teams that focus on one area of risk help reduce the attack surface for enterprises? Expert Steven Weil looks at the pros and cons of that approach

                      "The attack surface for many organizations is steadily expanding, as they must now defend against attacks on their cloud applications, mobile devices and internet of things (IoT) devices, in addition to protecting their servers and traditional endpoints, like laptops and desktops. Organizations are trying to figure out how to best arrange their cybersecurity teams to deal with this myriad of risks.

                      One approach increasingly being considered is organizing the cybersecurity team into dedicated groups that focus on major risk areas, like cloud, mobile devices and IoT, for example. In this organizational model, the cybersecurity team is segmented. But what are the pros and cons of such an approach?..."

                      7 Ways Hackers Target Your Employees
                      Dark Reading, April 6th 2017
                      One employee under reconnaissance by cyberattackers can put your whole business at risk. Where are they being targeted, and what should they know?

                      "Cybercriminals are testing the strength of your organization's defensive wall, looking for the one crack they need to launch their attacks. Oftentimes that flaw isn't a "what," but a "who."

                      Employees only need to download a bad attachment, click a malicious link, or give attackers one piece of information they need to break in. Security is a business-wide responsibility..."

                      "Companies need to realize if their employees are picking up the phone and answering emails, they are making security decisions every day that can affect the company," says Michele Fincher, COO for Social-Engineer, Inc. "They don't realize how many good decisions employees need to make to be secure."

                      IT - Careers
                      To Attract And Retain Better Employees, Respect Their Data
                      Dark Reading, April 3rd 2017
                      A lack of privacy erodes trust that employees should have in management

                      "It's the first day of your job and you're filling in the I-9 ID verification form, scanning your passport, and completing a direct deposit sheet. This sounds great until someone realizes the human resources folder is open to the 'Authenticated Users' group, meaning every employee and contractor in the company has easy access to your information.

                      Employees tend to believe their data will remain private because they trust their employer to keep it safe - a faith that is sometimes misplaced. This US tax season, 130 organizations and counting fell victim to W-2 business email compromise scams in which employees were tricked into releasing personal information of other employees, affecting 120,000 tax payers. This lack of privacy negates any trust that employees have in management to keep their personal data safe..."

                      Highest Paying Certifications, Skills In Demand Revealed
                      Help Net Security, April 5th 2017
                      "Global Knowledge surveyed 14,000 IT and business professionals worldwide, and confirmed that individuals and organizations benefit from IT certification. Participants identified increased productivity and earning potential, fewer skills gaps and faster troubleshooting as benefits of certification...

                      The majority of IT decision-makers indicated that the cost of certification is recouped through increased productivity, faster troubleshooting and fewer skills gaps. Survey participants also indicated a correlation between certification and job security and satisfaction..."

                      IT - Virtualization
                      How Docker Containers Help Save Money
                      The VAR Guy, April 3rd 2017
                      "By now, you probably know how popular Docker containers are with technical folks. But do you understand the business case for Docker? Do you know how containers help save companies money? If not, read on.

                      Docker became popular in its early days because it simplifies the work of developers and admins in important ways. Containers provide environment parity, which makes it easier to find bugs before they reach end-users. Containers also help developers to deploy software more quickly..."

                      5 Reasons Developers Love Containers
                      CIO, April 6th 2017
                      Developers are a driving force behind the adoption of container technology in general and Docker in particular. Here's why.

                      "Linux containers have been around for almost a decade, but it was only with the release of Docker four years ago that large numbers of developers began to adopt the technology. Now it seems that containers are everywhere and their popularity continues to rise.

                      Containers have become such an important part of the IT landscape that server virtualization giants like VMware and Microsoft have had to go out of their way to accommodate them. VMware now offers a way to deploy, run and manage containers from within its vSphere virtualization infrastructure management system, while Microsoft - which has built Hyper-V server virtualization into its Windows Server product - has partnered with Docker to create Windows Server containers, and containerization support has been added to the Windows 10 kernel..."

                      IT - Email
                      Top 5 Email Security Best Practices To Prevent Malware Distribution
                      CSO Online, April 3rd 2017
                      "Email is a critical enterprise communication tool synonymous with sending important documents quickly and efficiently between employees, managers, HR, finance, sales, legal, customers, supply chain and more. That said, organizations often don't understand that the file types used every day to share important information - standard files like Word docs, Excel spreadsheets and PDFs - are also the most common attack vectors widely used for the distribution of malware. For cybercriminals, it's often too easy to target a user with a spoofed email or phishing attack, and trick them into opening an infected attachment that appears to be legitimate..."
                      Rollout Of DMARC Email Security Protocol Needs To Gain Steam
                      Help Net Security, April 3rd 2017
                      "Trust, from both customers and investors, is the most important currency for financial services companies. A breach of trust can break a bank, while maintaining trust leads to long-term success. At its core, financial services customers expect their banking institutions to protect their money and their information. And it starts with the most basic of 21st century communications - email. So how are the globe's leading financial institutions doing?

                      The good news is that the five largest banks in the U.S. are deploying the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance (DMARC) email security protocol to prevent their brands from being hijacked and protect consumers from data theft, according to a new study from the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA).

                      However, there is still much more work to be done..."

                      The Email Security Challenge: 4 Ways To Engage Employees In Security
                      ITProPortal, April 6th 2017
                      It is possible to implement a simple security strategy throughout the organisation

                      "it was reported that over one million Google and Yahoo accounts were being sold on the black market online where usernames, email addresses, and passwords stored in plain text were all on offer. This hoard of compromised user accounts and credentials is thought to be harvested from a collection of breaches dating back as far as 2012.

                      In the fast-paced world of cybercrime, it may be surprising to some that hackers are selling email account credentials that are several years old, but much of that information may still be valid if victims do not practice proper email and password security hygiene and regularly update passwords..."

                      Smackdown: Office 365 Vs. G Suite Management
                      InfoWorld, April 6th 2017
                      Users don't directly see these capabilities, but they are core to managing your productivity and collaboration platform

                      "When you choose a productivity platform like Microsoft's Office 365 or Google's G Suite, the main focus is on the platform's functionality: Does it do the job you need?

                      That's of course critical, but once you choose a platform, you have to manage it. That's why management capabilities should be part of your evaluation of a productivity and collaboration platform, not only its user-facing functionality.

                      You've come to the right place for that aspect of choosing between Office 365 and Google G Suite..."

                      IT - Backup
                      Backup Software Features That IT Managers Love And Hate
                      CSO Online, April 5th 2017
                      Systems administrators in the IT Central Station community identify the best, and worst, features of backup software from HPE, Veeam and Altaro

                      "With corporate data more important than ever, selecting the best data backup and recovery software for the organization would be a career-enhancing move. According to online reviews by enterprise users in the IT Central Station community, three of the top backup and recovery products on the market are Veeam Backup, HP Enterprise's Data Protector, and Altaro VM Backup. What do enterprise users really think about these tools? Here, users give a shout-out for some of their favorite features, but also give the vendors a little tough love..."

                      IT - Mobile
                      What Is Driving The Global Mobile Internet Traffic? [Infographic]
                      Business 2 Community, April 7th 2017
                      "According to Gartner, we should expect to continue seeing a surge in mobile traffic over the coming years. TechCrunch further estimates that mobile data traffic will grow by 300% in 2017. It is also worth noting that mobile traffic overtook desktop traffic by 16% in 2014. This was monumental back then..."
                      IT - Big Data
                      7 Leading Tools For Data Preparation
                      Information Management, April 3rd 2017
                      "In the new Forrester Wave report, 'Data Preparation Tools, Q1 2017: The Seven Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up,' Forrester analyst Cinny Little, along with Gene Leganza and Jun Lee, look at seven top tools to help data analysts best prepare data so that it can be used to provide business insights. Trifacta Wrangler Enterprise and Paxata Adaptive Platform were named leaders in the group. Alteryx Analytics, Datawatch Monarch and SAS Data Loader for Hadoop were named strong performers. Unifi and Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service were named contenders..."
                      How Will Big Data Continue To Evolve Throughout 2017
                      insideBIGDATA, April 7th 2017
                      "During 2017, consumers and merchants alike can expect to see their data production greatly increase. Larger and larger amounts of data are produced every single day, and this is proving beneficial from a number of viewpoints, especially in regards to artificial intelligence.

                      What might come as a surprise, though, is that while investments in big data technology are increasing, fewer companies are hopping on the bandwagon, meaning this 'trend is likely to lead to a growing divide between organizations that 'know' and those that don't know.'

                      Those who take advantage of big data need to start asking deeper questions to ensure they are getting the best insights out of the data they collect and analyze. In addition, they must take into consideration that the results of their analyses may require them to change their business behaviors..."

                      4 Questions For Addressing The Big Data Talent Shortage
                      Business 2 Community, April 5th 2017
                      "With the explosion of information pouring into companies' servers and data warehouses in recent years, the enormous power that big data holds is unquestionable among executives. Studies indicate that even though 97% of business leaders use data analytics, only 19% are very satisfied with the insights they deliver. While several factors may contribute to this dissatisfaction, none are as profound as the talent problem plaguing the tech industry.

                      While finding the perfect IT candidate is difficult in general, when it comes to big data specialists the talent shortage is even more pronounced. In order to solve the big data talent shortage, organizations must first ask themselves four important questions..."

                      How Big Data Is Making Big Changes To Agriculture
                      SmartDataCollective, April 6th 2017
                      "Big data is a popular buzzword that refers to the massive amount of collected information during day-to-day business operations. Depending on the industry, this could be anything from crop yields to patient demographics and everything in between. How could the utilization of big data change the agriculture industry?

                      Drone Patrol

                      Monitoring hundreds of acres of crops can be a backbreaking job, requiring dozens of people willing to walk or drive the length and breadth of the fields to check for things like pests and disease. A drone fleet could do the same work while being managed by one or two people. Depending on the style of drone, they could also be equipped with things like:.."

                      6 Trends Shaping The Future Of Data Analytics
                      Information Management, April 7th 2017
                      "Organizations are demanding more from their data analytics efforts, wanting immediate insights that will help drive business decisions. In response, many are adopting new technologies such as machine learning, deep learning and natural language processing. Eric Mizell, vice president of global solution engineering at Kinetica, discusses what role these technologies will plan in shaping the future of data analytics..."
                      Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                      Vol 229 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 228 Issues 2, 3 and 4
                      We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                      • Microservices Explained: 3 Keys To Better, Faster, Business-Driven Software Development
                      • Oracle Linux 6.9 Released with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 4.1.12, TLS 1.2
                      • Oracle Unveils Industry-First Cloud Converged Storage to Help Organizations Bridge On-Premises and Oracle Cloud Storage
                      • Training Thursdays: Zero-Downtime Patching for Continuous Security
                      • Transform Your Business with Training for the Internet of Things (IoT)
                      • New Certifications Demonstrate Continued Momentum for Oracle Public Cloud
                      • Croatian Grocery Retailer Konzum Deploys Oracle Retail Planning & Optimization Solutions
                      • Oracle JET v3.0.0
                      • How Genomics Can Lead Doctors To 'Knowing Ahead Of Time'
                      • Oracle's HCM World and Modern Finance Experience 2017 Deliver Foundation for Modern Business Success

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

                        IT - Encryption
                        Nearly A Quarter Of Security Pros Are Blind To Encrypted Threats
                        ComputerWeekly, April 5th 2017
                        A sizeable proportion of security professionals do not know how their organisation is addressing cyber threats hiding in encryption

                        "Cyber attackers are increasingly using encryption to hide their activities, but nearly a quarter of security professionals admit they are blind to this threat, a survey has revealed.

                        Security firm Venafi polled 1,540 information security pros about their organisations' capability to defend against threats hiding in encrypted communications.

                        Some 23% said they had no idea how much of their encrypted traffic was decrypted and inspected, and 17% said they did not know how much of their traffic was encrypted..."

                        Keeping The Enterprise Secure In The Age Of Mass Encryption
                        Information Age, April 7th 2017
                        How can businesses ensure enterprise security in a world with mass encryption, given Mozilla's revelations recently that over half of webpages loaded by Firefox use HTTPS

                        "Organisations have always been told that strong encryption is their friend. When applied to internet traffic, encryption secures the connection between user and website, locking the bad guys out and foiling the hijackers attempting to spoof legitimate sites or eavesdrop on communications.

                        So when Mozilla recently revealed that the majority of web pages loaded by Firefox used the secure HTTPS protocol, it seemed like a good news day for information security. Naturally, the story is far more complex than that.

                        The truth is that the hackers are getting increasingly adept at hiding in these encrypted 'tunnels' - which disguises their attacks from even the best defences. For example, roughly 90% of CIOs have already been attacked, or expect to be, by hackers hiding in encrypted traffic..."

                        The Document Foundation releases LibreOffice 5.3.2
                        The Document Foundation, April 7th 2017
                        The Document Foundation (TDF) releases LibreOffice 5.3.2, the 2nd minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, focused on bleeding edge features, and as such targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters, and power users. LibreOffice 5.3.2 integrates over 50 patches, with a large number of fixes related to RTF and DOCX documents.

                        For all other users and enterprise deployments, TDF suggests LibreOffice 5.2.6, with the backing of professional support by certified professionals

                        IT - Developer
                        Python Vs. R: The Battle For Data Scientist Mind Share
                        InfoWorld, April 6th 2017
                        Here's how the general-purpose favorite of scientists stacks up against the stat head's data-honed tool of choice

                        "The boss's boss looks out across the server farm and sees data - petabytes and petabytes of data. That leads to one conclusion: There must be a signal in that noise. There must be intelligent life in that numerical world - a strategy to monetize all those hard disks filling up with numbers.

                        That job falls on your desk, and you must now find a way to poke around the digital rat's nest and find a gem to hand the boss..."

                          IT - HPC
                          Report: Supercomputer Growth Drives Record HPC Revenue In 2016
                          insideHPC, April 5th 2017
                          "Hyperion Research reports that Worldwide factory revenue for the high-performance computing technical server market grew 4.4% in full-year 2016 to a record $11.2 billion, up from $10.7 billion in 2015 and from the previous record of $11.1 billion in exceptionally strong 2012. Hyperion Research is the new name for the former IDC HPC group.

                          The 2016 year-over-year market gain was driven by strong revenue growth in high-end and midrange HPC server systems, partially offset by declines in sales of lower-priced systems.

                          The Supercomputers segment for HPC server systems priced at $500,000 and up grew 26.2% to $4.0 billion in 2016, compared with $3.2 billion in 2015.

                          The Divisional segment for systems priced between $250,000 and $499,000 expanded 18.2%, from $1.9 billion in 2015 to $2.3 billion in 2016.

                          The Departmental HPC segment for HPC systems in the $100,000 to $249,000 price range declined by 19.3% to $3.1 billion, compared with $3.8 billion in 2015.

                          The Workgroup HPC segment for sub-$100,000 systems dropped 6.9% to $1.7 billion, from $1.8 billion in 2015. 2016 fourth-quarter revenues for the whole market grew

                          Cisco News
                          AppDynamics Spring '17 Release Empowers Application Teams to Ship Faster and More Reliably Throughout the Modern Software Development Lifecycle
                          Cisco, April 5th 2017
                          Developer Toolkit and Business iQ Set a New Standard for App Team Collaboration, from Code to Business Performance

                          AppDynamics, a Cisco company and the leader in application intelligence, today announced its Spring '17 release, including the AppDynamics Developer Toolkit and major updates to Enterprise iQ and Business iQ. The latest release empowers application teams to deliver impactful customer experiences faster while laying the foundation for unprecedented scale. Now, the entire business can quickly align around a single goal: continuously delivering high quality mobile and web applications faster than ever. AppDynamics customers can quickly build, deploy, measure and improve their customer experiences regardless of the environment.

                          Telenor Norway And Cisco Collaborate To Deliver Enterprise IoT Services
                          Cisco, April 5th 2017
                          Telenor and Cisco Jasper to Help Enable Norwegian Enterprises to Launch, Manage and Monetize Connected Services that Add Value for Customers

                          Telenor Norway, the largest provider of mobile and network services in Norway, today announced a collaboration with Cisco Jasper to help enable enterprises throughout Norway to launch, manage and monetize IoT services. The collaboration will pair Telenor Norway's mobile network with the Cisco Jasper IoT connectivity management platform, enabling enterprises to easily and cost-effectively deliver new connected services through connected devices that create valuable experiences for customers and unlock new revenue channels.

                          "Businesses throughout Norway are eager to embrace IoT because they understand that, as more devices get connected, business value shifts from the products themselves to the services that are delivered through them," said Ove Fredheim, Senior Vice President and Head of the Business Division at Telenor Norway. "Companies are increasingly focused on offering services that generate recurring, post-sale revenues. We're excited to be at the forefront of enabling this transformation for businesses throughout Norway..."

                          IBM News
                          IBM Opens Budapest Software Lab to Develop Cloud Video Solutions
                          IBM, April 3rd 2017
                          Site will focus on infusing new cognitive capabilities into streaming video technology

                          IBM announced it has opened an IBM Budapest Lab dedicated to developing new technologies for IBM Cloud Video to support the increasing demand for streaming video technology by companies across all industries. A major focus will be collaborating with other IBM sites to infuse cognitive capabilities into IBM Cloud Video solutions to unlock data and insights from video. IBM estimates cloud-based video will be a $105 billion market by 2019.

                          Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and IBM Help Next Generation of Pharmacists Utilize Business Intelligence Technologies
                          IBM, April 3rd 2017
                          IBM and Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy announced an initiative to help train the next-generation of pharmacists on business analytics and insight-derived decision making. As the first college of pharmacy in the nation to add IBM Watson Analytics into its curriculum, Lipscomb University is helping their students graduate with an understanding of data and business analytics that can be applied in the workforce.

                          At a time when health care companies expect individuals at all levels of an organization to act on data-driven insights, future pharmacists need to analyze and understand data to help deliver more informed answers in patient care. Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy is the first college of pharmacy in the nation to provide students full access to Watson Analytics and trainings as part of its curriculum to help graduates fulfill this need for their future employers.

                          IBM Watson and Internet of Things Top Highlights at Upcoming 15th Annual IBM China Forum
                          IBM, April 7th 2017
                          IBM Watson IoT General Manager Sanjay Brahmawar to keynote on how Watson is helping clients unlock new value from massive amounts of data to enable new levels of productivity in manufacturing

                          IBM announced that Sanjay Brahmawar, general manager of IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT), will deliver a keynote session at the 15th annual IBM China Forum on Tuesday April 11. The session will focus on how Watson is helping to transform the manufacturing industry...

                          The IBM China Forum will bring together more than 5,000 clients, partners, influencers and IBM experts who will explore how IBM is helping to transform industries, redefining development and reimaging professions.

                          IBM Patents Machine Learning Models for Drug Discovery
                          IBM, April 7th 2017
                          Invention could accelerate discovery of more effective and safer drugs

                          IBM announced that its scientists have been granted a patent on machine learning models to predict therapeutic indications and side effects from various drug information sources. IBM Research has implemented a cognitive association engine to identify significant linkages between predicted therapeutic indications and side effects, and a visual analytics system to support the interactive exploration of these associations.

                          This approach could help researchers in pharmaceutical companies to generate hypotheses for drug discovery. For instance, strongly correlated disease-side-effect pairs identified by the patented invention could be beneficial for drug discovery in many ways. One could use the side-effect information to repurpose existing treatments (e.g. drugs causing postural hypotension could be potential candidates for treating hypertension). If a new drug is being designed for a disease that is strongly correlated with severe side effects, then special attention could be paid to controlling the formulation and dosing of the drug in the clinical trials to prevent serious safety issues.

                          IBM Transforms Helpdesk Experience with Watson
                          IBM, April 7th 2017
                          Workplace Support Services with Watson brings a concierge-like service to the Helpdesk

                          IBM announced that it is bringing the cognitive capabilities of Watson to the service desk for a more intelligent workplace, which will work to anticipate, predict and act to meet current and future tech support requirements. IBM's Workplace Support Service with Watson will transform how service and support is delivered by integrating IBM's helpdesk services with analytics and Watson's cognitive capabilities, learning from user behavior and improving over time. It can support individuals on any device, any time and at any location, and will offer faster resolution of IT issues, handling the majority of support tickets when integrated with other helpdesk automation functions.

                          The Weather Company, an IBM Business, Wins Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Award
                          IBM, April 6th 2017
                          Goose Island "Journey of the Hop" Branded Experience Recognized As "Best Beverage Online Campaign"

                          The Weather Company, an IBM Business (NYSE: IBM), announced that it has received an award from the Web Marketing Association's 2017 Internet Advertising Competition (IAC), which recognizes the best in online advertising. Weather won the "Best Beverage Online Campaign" award for its dynamic branded content experience with Goose Island's "Journey of the Hop."

                          IBM & PNC Partner To Expand New Collar Tech Career Training Opportunities For Pittsburgh-Area Veterans
                          IBM, April 5th 2017
                          IBM's Technology Certification Program Equips Military Veterans with Free Software Training, Certification and Employment Assistance

                          Building on IBM's recent commitment to hire 2,000 veterans in the United States over the next four years, leaders from IBM, PNC Bank, Corporate America Supports You (CASY), a national non-profit that specializes in job placements for veterans, and the National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance (NCFTA), a Pittsburgh-based non-profit that involves experts focused on identifying and mitigating cyber threats, joined forces today to expand in Pittsburgh a free nationwide training initiative that will certify veterans in the use of IBM software widely used by law enforcement, cybersecurity, and national security agencies.

                          The Veteran Employment Accelerator program, spearheaded by IBM and CASY, provides returning service members with a free intensive week-long training, certification, as well as employment assistance.

                          Jordan Electric Power Company Selects IBM Cloud for Infrastructure Overhaul
                          IBM, April 5th 2017
                          The 5-year agreement calls for the migration of all enterprise workloads to the IBM public cloud

                          IBM announced that Jordan Electric Power Company (JEPCO) has selected IBM Cloud to transform and modernize its IT infrastructure.

                          Founded in 1938, JEPCO is responsible for distributing and retailing electricity in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Its customer base accounts for approximately 65 percent of the Kingdom's consumers.

                          The company relied on its own on premise, in house solution and applications since its inception. With a fast growing customer base, rapid growth of the business and the need to improve its quality of services to its customers, JEPCO realized the need to have a robust, reliable and secure infrastructure that will allow it to adopt new technologies.

                          IBM Names Three Blockchain Adoption Principles Essential for Every CEO to Consider
                          IBM, April 4th 2017
                          IBM identified three key elements of enterprise blockchain adoption that c-suite leaders should consider when evaluating the technology for business use.

                          Blockchain, or distributed ledger technology, is quickly making its way into the enterprise, potentially becoming as revolutionary a technology for business transactions as the internet was for communications in the late 1990s. In the supply chain and logistics industry alone, the technology could potentially help save billions of dollars annually and significantly reduce delays and spoilage. Its potential impacts are far-reaching; according to the World Economic Forum, reducing barriers within the international supply chain could increase worldwide GDP by almost five percent and total trade volume by 15 percent.

                          To best derive value from blockchain technology, IBM recommends that enterprise adopters across supply chains and other key industries including financial services, retail, energy and others develop a close understanding of five key elements of the technology...

                          IBM Launches Financial Models on Bluemix to Help Developers Build Cognitive Investment Apps
                          IBM, April 4th 2017
                          Instrument Analytics enables rapid access to financial data tools via IBM Cloud for Financial Services

                          IBM announced it has launched new and experimental services to provide developers with financial models on Bluemix, IBM's cloud platform. As a part of the IBM Cloud for Financial Services, these technologies provide developers with a quick connection into the data and analytical capabilities needed to build cognitive-enabled financial apps that can evaluate the past and current value of an investment, as well as project its possible future value.

                          Called IBM Instrument Analytics, these new services give cloud developers easy access to tools which model the potential behaviors of certain financial assets, such as the cash flows produced throughout the life of a security, the sensitivity of an asset to various market risks, and the calculation of the value of an asset under alternate scenarios and market conditions.

                          IBM First to Deliver Latest NVIDIA GPU Accelerator on the Cloud to Speed AI Workloads
                          IBM, April 5th 2017
                          NVIDIA Tesla P100 on IBM Cloud Generates Value from Massive Volumes of Data Faster

                          IBM announced that it is the first major global cloud provider to make the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerator available on the cloud. By combining NVIDIA's acceleration technology with IBM's Cloud platform, businesses can expect to more quickly and efficiently run compute-heavy workloads, such as artificial intelligence, deep learning and high performance data analytics.

                          With more than 160 zettabytes of data expected to be generated by 2025 according to IDC'1', enterprises of all sizes are increasingly relying on cognitive and deep learning applications to make sense of these massive volumes and varieties of data. GPUs, or graphics processing units, work in conjunction with a server's central processing unit (CPU) to accelerate application performance helping these compute-heavy data workloads run more quickly and efficiently.

                          IBM Named #1 in Thought Leadership Again
                          IBM, April 6th 2017
                          IBM's Institute for Business Value Recognized the Sixth Time as Leading Quality Executive Guide for Industry Trends

                          IBM announced that for the sixth time, its consulting organization was named the industry's top producer of thought leadership in a White Space Report by Source Global Research, a leading research and strategy firm for the global management consulting industry.

                          According to the most recent White Space report evaluating the quality and impact of 25 major global consulting firms in the world, IBM remains the leader for the consistent high quality of its thought leadership. The White Space rankings are based on four evaluation criteria - Resilience, Differentiation, Appeal, and Prompting Action. This is the sixth out of seven evaluation periods that IBM has remained in the top spot.

                          IBM Security Shares Tips To Stay Safe This Tax Season
                          IBM, April 5th 2017
                          54M Americans Wait Until Last Minute to File Taxes; Cybercriminals Poised to Exploit Tax Deadline to Cash in on Refunds

                          IBM Security released a new report taking a closer look at the techniques and motivations of cybercriminals targeting taxpayers in the United States. Between December 2016 and February 2017, IBM X-Force researchers saw a 6,000 percent increase in tax-related spam emails. The researchers see this increase and other factors as evidence that cybercriminals are not slowing down their attacks in the days leading up to Tax Day 2017.

                          IBM's analysis found that historically one-third (54 million)'1' of Americans who file tax returns do so after April 1. This year's extended deadline of Tuesday, April 18, 2017 gives cybercriminals even more runway to execute their tax fraud schemes. IBM X-Force stresses that it's especially crucial for consumers to stay vigilant in protecting their online identities over the next month.

                          VMware News
                          OVH Announces Intent to Acquire VMware vCloud Air Business
                          VMware, April 4th 2017
                          vCloud Air, Marquee Customers, and Enterprise-Ready Support Team to Serve as Foundation for OVH's Launch into the US

                          VMware and OVH, a global hyper-scale cloud provider, today announced OVH intends to acquire the VMware vCloud Air business. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in calendar Q2 2017.

                          vCloud Air is VMware's cloud offering based on the software-driven data center and is designed specifically to meet enterprise needs delivering a secure, hybrid cloud experience. The recent introduction of bi-directional, zero downtime cloud migration and the hybrid DMZ architecture has enabled customers to accelerate the pace of migration to the cloud, while maintaining security, compliance and control. Since its inception, vCloud Air has serviced industry leading customers as they embrace a hybrid cloud environment.

                          In conjunction with this announcement, VMware is reiterating its previously issued financial guidance for Q1 and the full fiscal year 2018.

                          Red Hat News
                          Friday Five - April 7, 2017
                          Red Hat, April 7th 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 Blog - What makes us Red Hat
                          • Red Hat Blog - What makes us Red Hat
                          • CIO - Red Hat's secrets of success
                          • Red Hat Blog - How Red Hat and Tate are making a difference through open collaboration
                          • Open Source Stories - The People Behind OpenAI

                          Read on for details.

                          Red Hat Honors Vizuri with Partner of Excellence Award
                          Red Hat, April 6th 2017
                          Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, recognized Vizuri, a leading IT consulting firm, with the first-ever Partner of Excellence Award. Vizuri was recognized at Red Hat's 2017 North America Partner Conference in Las Vegas.

                          The Partner of Excellence Award was developed to honor partners that showcase support and leading contributions to the Red Hat community. With ten years of collaboration, Red Hat and Vizuri have worked together to develop innovative solutions that are designed to meet customer needs and solve complex business challenges. As a Premier Red Hat Partner, Vizuri's experience spans the spectrum of Red Hat's open hybrid cloud portfolio including Linux, middleware, cloud, application development, virtualization, management and storage.

                          Level3 News
                          Level 3 Positioned in Challengers Quadrant in 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Global
                          Level(3), April 3rd 2017
                          Global telecommunications provider Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) has been positioned in the Challengers quadrant of the February 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Global1. The report evaluated 16 network service providers on the completeness of their vision and their ability to execute on services and strategy.

                          Use this link to Access the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Global.

                          EMC News
                          Dell EMC Announces First-Ever NASCAR Sponsorship; Helps JTG Daugherty Racing Transform Digitally
                          Dell EMC, April 7th 2017
                          Dell EMC announces that, for the first time ever, the company is sponsoring a NASCAR team, JTG Daugherty Racing. Through this partnership, Dell EMC is working with JTG Daugherty Racing to help provide a competitive edge through the implementation of technology within the race car, on the track and at the shop.

                          Specifically, the JTG Daugherty Racing team is using Dell IoT and client solutions and Dell EMC enterprise technologies to help improve performance of the team at the racetrack and manage shop floor operations. This collaboration is reflective of the growing trend within NASCAR to leverage more powerful technologies and data in new ways to help improve performance at all levels of the race team - for the drivers, throughout practice and testing and at the track on race day.

                          HP News
                          Hewlett Packard Enterprise Completes Spin-off and Merger of its Enterprise Services Business with CSC
                          HPE, April 3rd 2017
                          Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) - announced that it has successfully completed the previously announced separation of its Enterprise Services business ('ES' or 'Everett Spinco'), and merged it with Computer Sciences Corporation ('CSC') to create DXC Technology ('DXC').

                          The spin-merge of the ES business unlocks a stronger, more focused HPE, well positioned to compete and win in today's rapidly changing market.

                          As planned, HPE will now execute a clear and ambitious strategy based on three key pillars: First, making hybrid IT simple through secure, software-defined offerings that enable customers to move data seamlessly across their traditional data centers, private and public cloud environments. Second, redefining IT outside of the data center by powering the emerging intelligent edge that will run campus, branch, and Industrial IoT applications. Third, providing the world-class expertise and flexible consumption models to help customers transform their IT environments.

                          Comcast News
                          Comcast Introduces Xfinity Mobile: Combining America's Largest, Most Reliable 4G LTE Network and the Largest Wi-Fi Network
                          Comcast, April 6th 2017
                          Go Unlimited or Pay By the Gig for Data; Up to Five Lines Included with Unlimited Talk and Text, and No Line Access Fees

                          Get a Better Wireless Experience For Less Money on the Most Popular Devices

                          Comcast introduced Xfinity Mobile, a new wireless service designed for the way people use their phones today, with the internet and data at the center of the experience. Up to eighty percent of smartphone data traffic in the U.S. travels over Wi-Fi,1 not cellular networks, making Wi-Fi a key solution to today's mobile data consumption. Xfinity Mobile uses America's largest, most reliable 4G LTE network along with Comcast's 16 million Wi-Fi hotspots to provide consumers with a better wireless experience, for less money, on today's most popular devices.

                          F5 News
                          5 Things to Know About F5 Networks
                          F5, April 6th 2017
                          F5 is an IT leader in transition. Here are five things investors should know about the company

                          Tech investing can be intimidating. There's a large amount of jargon, and the space moves quickly. Still, the world is only becoming more technological, so the industry is hard to ignore as part of one's portfolio.

                          One company investors may wish to look at is F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV). F5's products enable the efficient management and delivery of applications across large enterprises. In recent years, it has expanded its offerings with security products, as well as other advanced solutions related to data, applications, and efficient network management.

                          While those outside corporate IT departments are unlikely to ever use F5's products, they are mission-critical to businesses worldwide. Here are five things to know about the company.

                          Aerohive Networks News
                          The SD-LAN Revolution: Optimizing Enterprise Networks
                          Aerohive, April 6th 2017
                          "To kick things off, let's discuss enterprise wired and wireless networks. These environments are facing increased requirements as a result of expanding ecosystems of users, devices, and applications. At the same time, the increased nuance in network architectural options can make network infrastructure decisions daunting for enterprises considering network refreshes and greenfield deployments.

                          Enterprise IT decision makers must consider the following factors, among others:..."

                          Insight News
                          Datalink Achieves SOC 2 Attestation for Managed & Customer Support Services
                          Datalink, April 4th 2017
                          Protects Clients by Ensuring Adherence to Rigorous IT Security & Availability Standards

                          IT services and solutions provider Datalink, an Insight company, announced it has completed a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2, Type II, attestation for its technical support and managed services operations. The attestation verifies that Datalink has instituted stringent security and availability internal controls in accordance with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) applicable Trust Services Principles and Criteria.

                          The AICPA created the SOC guidelines to provide an authoritative benchmark for service organizations to demonstrate implementation of proper control procedures and practices. Type II reports include detailed testing of the operational effectiveness of the described systems' security and availability controls to:

                          • Ensure secure client access to Datalink systems
                          • Protect client systems managed by Datalink

                          "Transformation is top of mind for leaders of large enterprises, and so is security. Increasingly, large enterprises are leveraging IT operations services providers to transform their operations with an eye on future needs and future threats," said Shawn O'Grady, Datalink Senior Vice President and General Manager.

                          Centrify News
                          Intercede And Centrify Partner To Streamline Secure Mobile Access For Highly Regulated Enterprises
                          Centrify, April 4th 2017
                          Intercede's MyID technology and Centrify Identity Service enable compliance with HSPD 12 and open new mobile use cases for employees

                          Today, cybersecurity and identity management expert Intercede announces a partnership with Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity, to secure and manage mobile access in highly regulated industries who must comply with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), FIPS 201-2 and NIST 800-157.

                          Interecede's MyID enables enterprises to replace employee passwords with more secure and convenient digital identities on smart cards. This solution then manages the lifecycle of credentials, for example revoking them if a user leaves an organisation or updating them in advance of the credentials expiring. All credential issuance and lifecycle events are recorded into MyID, providing full visibility and audit capabilities.

                          Citrix News
                          Global Study Shows Millennials and GDPR are Driving the Need for a New IT Security Framework
                          Citrix, April 4th 2017
                          55 percent of respondents believe Millennial employees may pose the biggest security risk, says IT survey from Citrix and The Ponemon Institute

                          According to a recent survey by the Ponemon Institute and Citrix, there are two major IT security risks that enterprises need to prepare for Millennials and the impending General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The global study of more than 4,000 IT, security, and business professionals found that Millennials bring a growing number of mobile apps, devices and new methods of information sharing and collaboration that pose new security risks for businesses. The study also found that most enterprises are skeptical of their ability to meet the stringent security and compliance requirements of the proposed GDPR...

                          Juniper News
                          Juniper Networks Announces Date of First Quarter 2017 Preliminary Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast
                          Juniper Networks, April 4th 2017
                          Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, confirmed it will release preliminary financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 after the close of the market. The Company's senior management will host a conference call that day at 2:00 pm PT.

                          A commentary by Ken Miller, chief financial officer, reviewing the Company's first quarter 2017 financial results, as well as second quarter 2017 financial outlook, will be furnished to the SEC on Form 8-K and published on the Company's website at Analysts and investors are encouraged to review this commentary prior to participating in the conference call.

                          To listen to the conference call, the toll free dial-in number is 877-407-8033, international callers dial +1-201-689-8033. Please dial in ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time. The call will also be webcast live and archived on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at

                          Mellanox News
                          Mellanox Technologies Ltd., Schedules Release of First Quarter 2017 Financial Results and Conference Call for April 26, 2017
                          Mellanox, April 4th 2017
                          Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that it will release its financial results for the first quarter 2017 after the market closes on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

                          Following the release, Mellanox will conduct a conference call at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (5 p.m. Eastern Time). To listen to the call: dial +1-888-632-3384 (non-U.S. residents: +1-785-424-1675) approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

                          Nutanix News
                          OUAC Chooses Nutanix to Save 100 Hours Per Year in IT Management Time and Use 26 Fewer Rack Units Than Alternate Solutions
                          Nutanix, April 3rd 2017
                          Nutanix's Offerings Provide Greater Storage Management Simplicity, Easy Consolidation of Existing Infrastructure, and Lower IT Expenses

                          Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced that the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) has chosen the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform for an improved ROI resulting in 27% lower estimated costs versus competitive solutions over a five-year period, a reduced VM cloning time from 31 minutes on OUAC's old systems to just six seconds on Nutanix, and four times less rack space in the organization's data centers.

                          In order to choose a new IT infrastructure provider, the team evaluated options from five providers to find a solution with sufficient capacity to accommodate 100% growth over the next two years, and to integrate with OUAC's existing backup/recovery solution and 10 Gigabit Ethernet network. Not only did Nutanix accomplish each of these needs, it also provided OUAC with an additional estimated five-year cost savings of 27% lower than any of the alternate solutions due to fewer server and energy expenses.

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