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Miroglio Fashion Selects Oracle Retail to Drive Innovation
Italian Fashion Company Creates Connections between Product, Data and People
Oracle announced that Italian fashion company Miroglio Fashion has selected Oracle's Omnichannel Suite of solutions including Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service, Oracle Retail Customer Engagement and Oracle Retail Order Broker. The Miroglio Fashion is launching a retail innovation initiative, that includes the Oracle solutions, to improve efficiency and performance called the Retail 4.0 Program. Miroglio Fashion creates and distributes 11 brands including Fiorella Rubino, Oltre, Motivi, Elena Miro, Caractère in more than 1,110 retail stores in 34 countries.
Life Care Services Adopts Oracle HCM Cloud
Leading senior living community provider uses cloud technology to reduce HR administrative work
Oracle announced, that Life Care Services (LCS) has chosen Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud to help reduce the amount of time on administrative work such as tracking project plans and milestones or updating employee records, all while ensuring more efficient business practices in its HR and Payroll Departments. Oracle HCM Cloud will help LCS bring together integrated solutions for payroll, benefits and employee management and LCS expects to go live on Oracle HCM Cloud in the months ahead.

LCS is working to eliminate standalone systems and forms that are currently not integrated on a single platform. With Oracle HCM Cloud, all employee data and processes will be held on one single electronic system, offering easy access to employee records and effortless accessibility to reporting. The advanced data analytics delivered by Oracle HCM Cloud will also help LCS to gain a better understanding of employee turnover rates and how to best retain top talent.

America's Cup Boats Draft Moore's Law Technology Curve
By Rob Preston, April 13th 2017
Rob writes in Forbes, "The boats that competed for the 32nd America's Cup, off Valencia, Spain, in 2007, weren't much faster than the ones Queen Victoria watched sail down the Solent strait during the first Cup race almost 170 years ago. But the yacht-technology advances of the last several years have been nothing short of astounding.

New craft-lifting, drag-reducing hydrofoils and wingsails, augmented by ultra-responsive control systems and space-age aerodynamics, have nearly quintupled boat speeds while improving maneuverability. The catamarans that will fly above water in the 35th America's Cup qualifiers, playoffs, and finals, to be held on Bermuda's Great Sound in May and June, will reach speeds exceeding 55 mph. Sammy Hagar should take note..."

Why CIOs Who Want To 'Grow The Business' Must Adopt Cloud
By Linda Currey Post,Oracle, April 12th 2017
Linda writes in Forbes, "CIOs looking to boost growth are replacing their legacy systems with ERP software that integrates the latest technologies so they can use them in their business activities when the time is right.

So says Steve Cox, Oracle vice president of ERP and EPM product marketing. According to Cox, the question is, 'Do you want to spend the majority of your IT budget to run the business or do you want to spend it to grow the business?'..."

Education Ministry Moves From Spreadsheet Scrum To Financial Restart
By Rob Preston, April 11th 2017
Rob Preston writes in Forbes, "New Zealand's Ministry of Education faced a challenge all too common in the private sector. Its financial organization had too many spreadsheets, databases, outdated applications, and disconnected processes to manage effectively. So it was difficult to hold budget overseers accountable for financial performance and give people across the Ministry access to the information they needed for planning, forecasting, and other purposes.

The Ministry of Education, which manages an NZ$14 billion (US$9.8 billion) annual budget, is unlike most companies in that its remit is wide-ranging and public-service-oriented. Among its responsibilities: Provide funding for a variety of programs to boost student achievement in New Zealand's primary, secondary, and tertiary schools, while reducing education disparity. As such, the Ministry needed to modernize and integrate the financial systems and processes that make all that important work possible..."

University of Wyoming Creates 'WyoCloud' For Better Decisions Through Better Data
By Chris Murphy, April 10th 2017
Chris writes, "Imagine running the University of Wyoming, the 14,000-student, flagship university of a state hit hard economically by the slump in oil, natural gas, and coal prices. State budgets supporting the university are tight, including a $41 million cut in its two-year block grant.

Now imagine, amid these lean budgets, committing to the school's largest investment in information systems in nearly 20 years, replacing systems for financials, procurement, human resources, reporting, and more.

Why make such an investment in supposedly 'back office' technology when money is tight?..."

    Leverage Enterprise Manager to Simplify your Database Security Management
    By Manish Choudhary
    Manish blogs, "Are you concerned about securing your and your customers' most valuable asset - the data? Are you worried about enforcing and managing different database security solutions to meet regulations such as European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? Most of you must have used or heard about Oracle Database Security features and products that work together to offer a complete defense-in-depth and unified solution to your data security needs. But, did you know that you can manage these features and products from a central location? Yes, you can perform all database security management operations (and much more) from one place! Let us see how..."
    IT - AI
    Here's Why You Should Learn Machine Learning
    Business 2 Community, April 11th 2017
    "Artificial Intelligence (AI) is indeed moving tremendously. Its prospects have left many worried, for it's assumed that job automation portends great danger to humanity. Arguing about the credibility or otherwise of this claim is however not the intent of this article.

    Noteworthy, when mention is made of AI, the average non-technical person thinks about high-end robots. This is however an oversimplification of a rather broad concept. It's safe to say AI is a huge tree comprising various but interwoven branches, among which include Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Machine Learning (ML). So, while self-driving cars are AI applications, so is Siri on your iPhone as well as Youtube's video recommendations.

    Being barely separable from data science, ML has particularly gained much attention in the business world. But what is it all about?..."

      How To Build IT Competencies For The AI Era
      CIO, April 11th 2017
      CIOs are already managing massive disruption - from analytics to cloud - and AI presents opportunities for IT organizations to drive change and enable business capabilities

      "Artificial intelligence (AI) companies generated an estimated $8 billion of revenue in 2016 and are on an incredible trajectory to increase that figure five times over the next three years. Enterprises are increasingly investing in artificial intelligence as a way both to drive down costs and transform customer and employee experiences.

      According to Accenture's Technology Vision 2017 survey of more than 5,400 IT and business executives, 79 percent agree that AI will help accelerate technology adoption throughout their organizations. While the disruptive growth of AI is a fact, the impacts to the workforce are more difficult for companies to articulate and address..."

      Machine Learning Solutions Put A Twist On Enterprise Network Architecture
      Network World, April 13th 2017
      We are already seeing machine learning applied to problems such as network management, enterprise security and IoT

      "Machine learning is a modern wonder, but as with any new technology, opinions differ as to what the future holds. Some label it a fad, while others see limitless applications.

      We are firmly in the optimistic camp. Machine learning, even as it continues to develop, is already widely understood, and open-source libraries and cloud computing engines make the technology accessible to every software engineer. Most important, machine learning solutions are finding their way into enterprise networks. We already see machine learning applied to problems such as network management, enterprise security and IoT..."

      Of Machines And Men: AI And The Future Of Cybersecurity
      Help Net Security, April 13th 2017
      "For many in the cybersecurity community, 'Ghost in the Shell', both in its source material and recent film adaptation, is an inventive representation of where the sector is heading. We still have a way to go, but the foundations are in place for the melding of human and machine. Today, at least, this is not meant physically but rather in the operational sense.

      Artificial intelligence (AI) has become so important for the industry that this relationship could already be described as symbiotic. As the number and complexity of threats and attacks increases, organisations are increasingly looking to AI and machine learning to transform their security posture..."

      The Dark Secret At The Heart Of AI
      MIT Technology Review, April 11th 2017
      No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem

      Will Knight writes in MIT Technology Review, "Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn't look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General Motors, and it showed the rising power of artificial intelligence. The car didn't follow a single instruction provided by an engineer or programmer. Instead, it relied entirely on an algorithm that had taught itself to drive by watching a human do it..."

      Two-Thirds Of Tech Leaders Are Not Implementing AI
      TechRepublic, April 10th 2017
      "Enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning platforms are poised to grow exponentially in the coming years, research shows. Revenue for cognitive and AI systems will hit $12.5 billion in 2017 - up nearly 60% percent from last year, according to a recent IDC report. By 2020, these AI systems will top $46 billion.

      Leading enterprise use cases in 2017 include quality management and recommendations, diagnosis and treatment, customer service, and security and fraud investigations, IDC found. But when we asked our panel of tech leaders 'Has your company implemented, or is it planning to implement, AI or machine learning?' just four out of 12 CIOs said yes, while eight said no..."

      Why Smart Enterprises Are Thinking AI
      CIO, April 11th 2017
      Companies are starting to leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to bolster customer experience, improve security and optimize operations

      "TGI Friday's may have a reputation as a casual restaurant and watering hole, but its messaging to customers was hardly conversational. The well-known chain sent out regular blasts through traditional broad-reach media and, more recently, social media, yet it increasingly wanted to re-create the banter that happens organically when regulars belly up to the bar..."

      IT - Storage
      Preliminary 1CQ17 HDD Results: 98.5 to 100 Million Units Shipped - Trendfocus, April 11th 2017
      Impacted by seasonality, figures down quarterly between 10% and 12%

      In its SDAS: HDD Information Service, Preliminary CQ1 '17 Quarterly Update, published on April 5, 2017, analyst company Trendfocus, Inc. wrote:

      Preliminary CQ1 '17 Results: Client and CE Segments Impacted by Seasonality HDD Shipments Ease to 98.5 - 100 Million

      3.5" Desktop/CE HDDs: Total desktop/CE HDD shipments (including 3.5" external HDDs) shipments declined in seasonal manner due to softer desktop PC and 3.5" external HDD sales in CQ1 to approximately 33-35 million units. ...

        IT - Technology
        What Is 4K Blu-Ray?
        CNET, April 13th 2017
        Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray discs deliver the best home video picture quality you can buy. Here's what you need to know

        "Ultra HD 4K Blu-rays have the best picture quality possible for your 4K TV, even better than streaming 4K from Netflix or Amazon.

        Even better, many discs have high dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut (WCG) content, which provide a much more noticeable improvement than 4K resolution, provided your TV can deliver it.

        'But I hate physical discs,' you say. I hear you. But for people who want peak image quality, a disc is still the way to go. And for new and current movies, it's often cheaper than you'll pay for streaming.

        The industry has learned from its past mistakes, at least a little. 4K players will all play standard Blu-ray discs and DVDs as well, for example. There's also only one format! No UHDDVD or other such nonsense. All the manufacturers are on board for a single unified format, so the great Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD format war is ancient history..."

        Training Thursdays: Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud with Oracle OpenStack
        By Antoinette O'Sullivan
        Antoinette blogs, "The Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux solution maintains the flexibility of OpenStack while allowing customers to deploy and manage public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructure.

        Get the most out of the recently released Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 3 by taking the Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux: Getting Started seminar. This course helps you understand all the concepts involved in this architecture and guides you through installation and configuration..."

        IT - Bitcoin
        Bitcoin Isn't Money, Rules US Judge In Money Laundering Case
        CryptoCoinsNews, April 11th 2017
        "Yet another U.S. judge has ruled that bitcoin isn't money.

        U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott ruled in a money laundering case in Buffalo, N.Y. that bitcoin is more like a commodity and is not a form of currency, according to a local news report. He recommended the money laundering charge be dropped against the defendant since bitcoin isn't money.

        Scott is not the first U.S. judge to rule that bitcoin is not money..."

        How Big Is Bitcoin?, April 12th 2017
        "Recently reported on the release of a comprehensive cryptocurrency study by the University of Cambridge. One area discussed in this report is the number of users of cryptocurrencies and wallets. This article explores how the study derives the number of active Bitcoin users and holders.

        Twenty-six wallet providers participated in the survey..."

        Moody's: Don't Expect US To Lead Blockchain Adoption
        CoinDesk, April 12th 2017
        "Moody's is predicting that blockchain tech will spark a transformation on the post-trade side of the securities business, but it argues that more developed markets may not play a prominent role in the near term.

        The credit ratings service provider, famed for its economic analysis, published a new report today in which it maintains that industry titans are unlikely to be disrupted by blockchain tech - at least in the near to medium term.

        Issued as part of a sector deep dive, the report examines the potential for blockchain across the life cycle of a securities trade, and offers a set of possible scenarios in which the technology and the legacy financial players might coexist.

        Robard Williams, the report's lead author, said that, while there is ample space for blockchain to thrive, barriers to entry posed by regulation and the sheer scale of incumbents ensure distributed ledger startups will more likely serve in complementary roles..."

          Russia Finally Stops Opposing Bitcoin And Plans To Legitimize Cryptocurrency By 2018
          NEWSBTC, April 11th 2017
          "Russia is a country has never seen eye-to-eye with bitcoin up until now. Several legal proposals have been drafted which could have lead to jail time. Thankfully, it appears regulators have come to their senses, as bitcoin users in Russia no longer need to fear jail time. In fact, the country may turn bitcoin into a legitimate financial instrument as early as next year.

          This U-turn by Russian legislators has quite a lot of people stunned in disbelief. Just a year ago, it seemed using cryptocurrency in the country would lead to jail time. While that is still a distinct possibility right now, things are going to change very soon. The Russian Finance Ministry wants to accept bitcoin as a way to fight money laundering. An interesting stance, as most countries feel bitcoin facilitates money laundering, even though there is no evidence..."

          UK Royal Mint Begins Testing Blockchain Gold Trading Platform
          CoinDesk, April 12th 2017
          Testing has begun on a blockchain-based gold trading platform backed by the UK's Royal Mint

          "First announced in November of last year, the initiative sees the 1,000-year-old institution - which creates and issues physical coins, among other items - developing a so-called 'Royal Mint Gold' digital asset, each unit of which will represent 1 gram of gold held by the Mint. The Mint is working with bitcoin startup BitGo and white-label exchange software provider AlphaPoint to develop the market, with a planned launch eyed for later this year..."

          IT - DevOps
          DevOps: It's an Ongoing Culture, Not a Project
          InformationWeek, April 12th 2017
          Splunk's Chief Technology Advocate Andi Mann will sound off on DevOps as a culture-driven phenomenon at Interop ITX and the disciplines it requires

          "DevOps is a topic that everybody likes to talk about, and many are trying to do something about it. But it's a difficult conversion to make for IT shops steeped in the traditional methods of waterfall software development. Even those who have embraced DevOps principles may still find it difficult to get the results desired..."

          Enterprise Migration To The Cloud Causes Server Market Slowdown To $3.4T
          Datamation, April 10th 2017
          "In a revised forecast, Gartner expects a slight uptick in IT spending this year while businesses reduce their server spending in favor of the cloud "

          "Gartner has revised its Worldwide IT Spending Forecast downward to reflect the status of the American dollar and significant shifts in the market's dynamics.

          IT spending is anticipated to reach $3.46 trillion in 2017, a 1.4 percent increase. Previously, the research firm predicted that spending would rise 2.7 percent. Part of the reason Gartner amended its forecast involves the strength of the U.S. dollar..."

          Why DevOps And Cloud Are Essential To Digital Transformation
          The Enterprisers Project, April 13th 2017
          "The qualities that make the cloud so attractive - such as speed, agility, efficiency, and economies of scale - are particularly well-suited for the hyper-fast-paced and ever-changing digital business environment.

          But harnessing the cloud for digital transformation isn't as easy as it may seem. CIOs and the rest of the C-suite face a dual challenge - one technological, the other involving company processes, culture, and even organizational structure..."

            Setting up MySQL Cluster in the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud
            By Mikael Ronstrom
            Mikael blogs, "The Oracle Bare Metal Cloud service is an innovative cloud service. When looking at how it can be used for MySQL Cluster it is a great fit.

            MySQL Cluster is a high availability solution. Oracle Bare Metal Cloud provides the possibility to have servers that only you use and thus two Oracle Bare Metal servers are definitely independent of each others hardware. If you want to also run synchronous replication with no dependence on network, housing and electricity you can place these servers in different availability domains in the same region. Thus it is possible to build individual clusters with very high availability.

            It is still possible to use smaller virtual machines that share the machine with other simultaneous users..."

            MySQL 8.0.1: Using SKIP LOCKED and NOWAIT to handle hot rows
            By Martin Hansson
            Martin blogs, "MySQL 8.0.1 introduces two new features which allow you to better manage situations where you have tables with hot row contention. This issue frequently presents itself in scenarios such as worker threads all accessing the same tables trying to find new work, and ecommerce websites trying to keep accurate inventory counts.

            My example for today will be trying to book tickets to a Hockey game..."

            MySQL 8.0: Improved performance with CTE
            By MySQL Server Team
            Oystein Grovlen blogs, "MySQL 8.0 introduces Common Table Expressions (CTE). My colleague Guilhem has written several blog posts on how to use CTEs , and you can also read about it in the MySQL 8.0 Reference Manual. In this blog post, I will focus on how using a CTE instead of a view or a derived table can improve performance.

            As usual, my example query will be a query from the DBT-3 benchmark. This time, we will look at Query 15, the Top Supplier Query:..."

            MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.7
            By Jose Ramirez
            Jose blogs, "The MySQL Windows Experience Team is proud to announce the release of MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.7. This is a maintenance release for 1.2.x. It can be used for production environments.

            MySQL for Visual Studio is a product that includes all of the Visual Studio integration functionality to create and manage MySQL databases when developing .NET applications.

            MySQL for Visual Studio is installed using the MySQL Installer for Windows which comes in 2 versions..."

            Replication Features in MySQL 8.0.1
            By Luis Soares
            Luis blogs, "MySQL 8.0.1 has just been released with a wonderful set of features across the board. Specifically in replication, there is plenty of new and exciting functionality as well as performance improvements. In this post I am going to summarize the replication features of this development milestone release..."
            Cloud Computing
            Oracle CEO: We Can Beat Amazon and Microsoft Without as Many Data Centers
            Fortune, April 12th 2017
            Barb Darrow writes in Fortune, "Conventional wisdom in the public cloud market is that there are three leaders: Amazon Web Services followed by Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

            Those companies assemble and sell massive arrays of servers, storage, and networking to businesses-most of which don't want to build more of their own data centers. Towards that end, those three cloud superpowers alone spent roughly $31 billion last year to extend their data center capacity around the world, according to the Wall Street Journal, which tabulated that total from corporate filings.

            By comparison, Oracle, which is making its own public cloud push, spent about $1.7 billion. To most observers, that looks like a stunning mismatch.

            But Mark Hurd, Oracle's co-chief executive, would beg to differ. In his view, there are data centers and then there are data centers. And Oracle's data centers, he said, can be more efficient because they run Oracle hardware and supercharged databases..."

            McGraw Hill's Journey to Oracle Public Cloud
            By Eric Jacobsen
            Eric blogs, "Chandan Ghosh describes McGraw Hill's journey to the cloud and why Oracle's Integrated Cloud platform with high performance, massive scalability, and reduced costs, was the best option for moving their entire IT footprint to the Oracle Cloud.

            McGraw Hill has been experiencing rapid grow in their digital educational subscriptions and needed a way to speed up their delivery model. Find out how they were able to set up environments in only a few hours versus the 30 days it used to take...

            Explore Cloud Computing Architecture through Hands-On Oracle OpenStack for Linux Training
            By Diana.H. Gray
            Diana blogs, "Oracle OpenStack is packaged as a set of Docker images.

            Streamline installation and running within Docker containers. This gets rid of the need to install components individually and directly on nodes.

            Take Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux: Getting Started training if you're new to OpenStack. You'll get a chance to deep dive into the steps involved in achieving a multi-node deployment, while learning key tips to empower your troubleshooting..."

            Friday Spotlight: Running Oracle Linux as a Logical Domain on SPARC
            By Jeff Savit
            Jeff blogs, "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..."

            Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux R3 Webcast and More
            By Zeynep Koch
            Zeynep blogs,"Last week we have released Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Release 3.0, based on upstream Mitaka, you can read about the details of this announcement in our Oracle OpenStack blog.

            We have recorded a short 'An Introduction to Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 3' podcast that gives a snapshot of the announcement..."

            IT - Cloud
            10 Tips For Securing AWS Public Cloud Environments
            Information Age, April 11th 2017
            Despite the huge benefits offered by cloud computing, security concerns are still holding many back from enjoying the full range of advantages it offers

            "The shared responsibility model of public cloud can be confusing, and requires vigilance, especially as security teams learn how to manage multiple cloud environments in hybrid cloud settings.Given the enormous popularity of Amazon Web Services (AWS), this article will take a deep dive into the different methods of securing your data and applications in this environment, and offers ten top tips for IT managers looking to secure their AWS accounts and infrastructure..."

            Cloud, AI And Security Driving Network Monitoring Industry
            ComputerWeekly, April 13th 2017
            We explore the latest developments and trends in enterprise network monitoring and management

            "Enterprise networks are evolving. They have to deal with more data, more devices and different locations, all while providing a fast, reliable service that does not cost the business too much money. Networks these days are far more complex than in previous years.

            The network has traditionally acted like the veins of an enterprise - delivering data and services across the organisation. However, technological advances such as mobile devices, cloud computing and more recently the internet of things (IoT) have changed the nature of enterprise networks. They now push beyond the traditional four walls of a business, into the cloud and out to mobile devices..."

            How To Decide Between Cloud, On-Premise And As-A-Service
            Network World, April 11th 2017
            Use these tips to weigh the options

            "Although vendor-written, this contributed piece does not advocate a position that is particular to the author's employer and has been edited and approved by Network World editors.

            Deciding whether and how to use cloud computing is a complex, and made all the more complicated by the overwhelming number of vendors and products. What's more, hybrid and multicloud approaches blur the lines between the cloud and on-premise deployment options..."

            Platform As A Service (PaaS)
            Datamation, April 12th 2017
            By enabling cloud-based web development, PaaS helps businesses develop software faster and more efficiently

            Platform as a service (PaaS) is a cloud-based web development platform that shifts computing infrastructure and development tools from the customer data center to the PaaS cloud provider. Some PaaS environments run on a business's private cloud, but most PaaS offerings run from a cloud computing vendor who provides the infrastructure and the full development toolset.

            PaaS if one of three primary cloud computing domains: Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)..."

            IT - CxO
            Gartner Projects Worldwide IT Spending To Reach $3.5B In 2017
            Data Center Knowledge, April 11th 2017
            "Worldwide IT spending will increase by 1.4 percent from last year, reaching $3.5 trillion in 2017, according to projections released Monday by Gartner. The growth rate was projected to be 2.7 percent in the previous quarterly forecast, but was hit by the rising U.S. dollar.

            'The strong U.S. dollar has cut $67 billion out of our 2017 IT spending forecast,' said John-David Lovelock, research vice president at Gartner. 'We expect these currency headwinds to be a drag on earnings of U.S.-based multinational IT vendors through 2017.'..."

            How CIOs Can Improve Their Staff's Engagement (Slideshow)
            CIO Insight, April 13th 2017
            Organizations are recognizing that everyone - employees, teams, managers and executives - influences engagement. Find out how CIOs can make a positive impact

            "Workforce engagement isn't strictly an employee thing or a management thing. It's actually an 'everybody' thing, with individuals, teams, managers and executives playing a major role, according to a recent survey from the Engagement Institute, a joint venture of organizations that include the Conference Board and Deloitte Consulting..."

            How To Eliminate Enterprise Shadow IT
            CIO, April 11th 2017
            Don't try to find shadow IT and govern it; instead, out-compete it with DevOps

            "Gartner studies have found that shadow IT is 30 to 40 percent of IT spending in large enterprises, and our research at Everest Group finds it comprises 50 percent or more. Either way, I believe these statistics are an understatement of the shadow IT ecosystem - spending on IT that doesn't go through the sanctioned enterprise IT shared service function. It's a big issue, and increasingly complicated. Historically, the increase in complexities, the need for greater security or the need to operate at enterprise-wide scale drove shadow IT out of departments and into the administration of the IT group. That's no longer the case; thanks to SaaS and cloud products/services, shadow IT can now operate securely at scale. So how can a CIO address the risks and expense of shadow IT? ..."

            How To Make Your IT Department More Valuable: 4 Stages Of Success
            TechRepublic, April 11th 2017
            At the 2017 Midmarket CIO Forum, Dan Roberts of Ouellette & Associates Consulting described the four stages of the IT maturity curve, and how your shop can create more business value

            "Enterprise IT shops play a variety of roles, from delivering basic services all the way up to implementing innovative strategies. At the 2017 Midmarket CIO Forum in Savannah, GA, Dan Roberts, CEO of Ouellette & Associates Consulting and author of Unleashing the Power of IT: Bringing People, Business, and Technology Together, explained the four-level IT maturity curve and how organizations can move up the curve to deliver more business value to their organization..."

            SAS CIO: 3 Ways IT Can Bring More Value To The Business
            The Enterprisers Project, April 11th 2017
            "When I became a CIO, my team and I talked about the value we would bring to our business. I thought it was incumbent on us to figure out how to attach ourselves to the company's business goals. And to do this effectively, we needed three things: business understanding, insight into emerging trends, and the ability to ask the questions that would lead us to the best possible solutions.

            We needed to get closer..."

            What Happens To Your Information After A Data Breach?
            Business 2 Community, April 12th 2017
            "Data breaches have become all-too-common amongst retailers, businesses, educational institutions and health care facilities. Last year, 1,093 data breaches led to over 36 million compromised records in the United States, leaving millions of Americans' personal information exposed.

            The best way you can protect your information from compromise is by taking proactive measures to safeguard it, especially after a data breach. Follow us as we break down what can happen to your information after a data breach, what the law says about notifying you of breached data and how to secure information that has already been compromised..."

            What It Takes To Become A Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
            CSO Online, April 11th 2017
            A CISO typically has a technical information security or IT risk background, but the path that leads to the role can vary greatly. Here's how one CISO landed his first job in the position

            "Jeff Foltz did not set out to be an information security professional. He arrived at his current role as CISO at Fidelity National Financial by making the most of a series of opportunities and constantly building his skillset. His degree in psychology and philosophy would also prove more useful in his CISO job than one might think.

            After graduating from Kent State College in 1994, Foltz found himself gravitating toward technology. He began his career in the IT department of a graphic arts and supply company. There he provided technical support, wrote reports and performed systems administration for computing, networking and telecom systems..."

            Why A Move To Chief Digital Officer Was A Promotion For One CIO
            CIO, April 12th 2017
            Richard Maranville became CDO of Freeman Company after he identified a need to better manage and develop the company's digital products. His replacement at CIO now reports to him

            "When a CIO becomes chief digital officer (CDO), the company benefits from an innovator who is well acquainted with little things like information security, enterprise scale and the back-end. Richard Maranville joined the event services business, Freeman Company, as CIO in 2009 and has been executive vice president, CDO since August 2015. He manages the Digital Product and Technology organizations across the enterprise. Previously, he was with FedEx Kinko's for more than nine years, and held senior roles, most recently senior vice president and CIO. Maranville holds a BS in Computer Science with a Math minor from California State University.

            In this interview, we discuss his new role, and how he made the leap..."

            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)


            Private Room Social Including Talk by Jeff Sass
            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.

            • 5:15 to 5:30 - Sponsor Setup
            • 5:30 to 6:00 - Registration
            • 6:00 to 6:30 - Jeff Sass presents 'That's My Domain! Domain Name Branding Secrets'
            • 6:30 to 8: 30 - Appetizers and networking


            vBeers @ Broward (Funky Buddha)
            Wednesday, April 12th, 2017: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
            The South Florida Technology Alliance and vBeers South Florida invites you to join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton.

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

            $5 burger/fries and $3 featured drafts during happy hour!

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

            vBeers - we're about:

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            IT - DR
            Replication: Complementing Disaster Recovery, Not Replacing
  , April 11th 2017
            "Many people believe that replicating a distributed database is a replacement for having a solid disaster recovery (DR) plan or backup system. While there are certainly elements of truth to this, it is missing the mark. Replication is a complement to a well thought-out DR plan, not a replacement..."
            IT - PM
            What Matters To Project Managers
            Business 2 Community, April 14th 2017
            "A few developers working hard can get a lot done, but it takes a well-rounded team with different skills and roles to build and grow a successful software product and company. Unfortunately, all too often, we find that our teams or team members are working in silos, not fully understanding what others are doing (or why). With our 'What Matters' series, we'll be digging into the various members of your team to help you understand and work better with them all..."
              IT - Networks
              How to Get the Most Out of Your SD-WAN Deployment
              eWeek, April 13th 2017
              "Everything in IT seems to trend toward 'software-defined,' and this includes local networks. From all indications, software-defined wide-area networks, or SD-WANs, are gaining traction among enterprises. According to a recent study, 58.5 percent of enterprises across the globe plan to adopt SD-WAN within the next two years, and researcher IDC estimates that worldwide SD-WAN vendor revenues will exceed $6 billion in 2020. Many organizations understand the benefits of SD-WAN - including optimized bandwidth at a low cost - and are ready to deploy it in their environments, choosing to handle it in-house for greater control and the ability to make quick policy changes..."
              Internet VPN or MPLS for Branch Office IP Phone Communication?
              Network World, April 10th 2017
              A cost-benefit analysis should be completed before making this decision for your branch office. Start by considering these pros and cons of each

              "Many businesses with branch offices that have IP-enabled phones must decide what type of circuit medium to use for their communication to the corporate headquarters site.

              Two of the most selected choices are a MPLS circuit or internet VPN. Both solutions have their pros and cons, and what is best can depend on your business requirements. Speed, quality of service (QoS), security and cost are the key factors you should consider when making this decision..."

              Next-Gen Data Center Trends That IT Teams Shouldn't Ignore
              eWeek, April 11th 2017
              "If you think of Marvell as only a processor maker or a system-on-a-chip company - which is where it made its early reputation - then you probably need to do a little research. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based IT hardware giant has been expanding into multiple markets during the last several years, including the server and networking switch sectors.

              For example, ARM chip partners Cavium and Marvell are going all out to further their case for the use of low-power ARM-based processors in the data center. This is a battle against the long-established x86 chips that dominate the IT environment at the moment. The fact that lower-power processors now can put in nearly the same performance as hotter-running older chips is a major consideration for IT decision-makers. In this eWEEK slide show, Marvell offers what it sees as major trends for data centers in 2017..."

              The Best VPNs 2017
              TechAdvisor, April 13th 2017
              "What is a VPN? If you're concerned about online privacy, a virtual private network (VPN) will help keep snoopers at bay. We round up the best VPN services for hiding your location online and allowing you to access blocked content and blocked sites.

              Why you need a VPN

              Over the past few years public awareness of VPNs has grown, but for many they are still a mystery. Traditionally, they were used by businesses to enable their employees to access a company's internal network securely. Nowadays people use them for two main things: watching TV and privacy..."

              The Growing Importance Of Time Sensitive Networks
              Network World, April 11th 2017
              Demanding new applications require precisely timed system control

              "We live in a world with self-driving automobiles, and reusable self-landing rockets. Such complex systems of multiple sensors, computers, and actuators form a Cyber-Physical System (CPS). Some CPSs will operate at scales that will challenge comprehension. From autonomous platooning vehicle convoys communicating with each other and highway infrastructure, to Smart Cities coordinating resources (avoiding traffic congestion, coordinating parking, reducing emissions and power consumption), to Smart national power grids and beyond..."

              IT - IoT
              IoT Device Sales Set To Surge In Next Decade
              ComputerWorld, April 13th 2017
              The sensors and nodes used widely in smart city infrastructure are pushing growth, says IHS Markit

              "The number of Internet of Things devices used to spark the 'smart' in smart cities is projected to surge six-fold in the next decade, according to a new forecast from market research firm IHS Markit.

              Shipments of devices like sensors and nodes that detect pedestrians and traffic and measure water and air pollution are expected to hit 202 million devices globally this year, then grow to 1.4 billion by 2026, IHS Markit said in a report released Thursday..."

              IT - Operations
              Data Centers Decline As Users Turn To Rented Servers
              ComputerWorld, April 11th 2017
              Consolidation and the move to the cloud are behind the mega change

              "Data centers are declining worldwide both in numbers and square footage, according to IDC -- a remarkable change for an industry that has seen booming growth for many years.

              Users are consolidating data centers and increasingly renting server power. These two trends are having a major impact on data center space..."

              Prepare Your Server Fleet For A Private Cloud Implementation
              SearchDataCenter, April 14th 2017
              To make a move toward private cloud services, IT teams first need to evaluate their current data center infrastructure, starting with server processor, memory and storage support

              "Private cloud services promise flexibility and scalability, while allowing organizations to maintain full control of their enterprise data centers. It's a compelling goal -- but private cloud implementation can be challenging and frustrating.

              The path from a traditional data center to a private cloud starts at the lowest levels of the infrastructure. IT leaders must evaluate their current server fleet to ensure that each system offers the features needed to support virtualization and the subsequent cloud stack. Here are some considerations that can help sanity check whether your data center infrastructure is ready for private cloud implementation..."

              Six Key Security Weaknesses In Industrial Systems
              ComputerWeekly, April 13th 2017
              Organisations should mitigate six key vulnerabilities in industrial control systems to reduce the risk of cyber attack, warns security firm FireEye

              "Cyber attackers could exploit six common weaknesses in industrial systems typically used in electric utilities, petrol companies and manufacturing plans, a report warns.

              Manufacturing organisations invest heavily in industrial control systems (ICS) to operate industry processes efficiently, reliably and safely, but board members, executives and security officers are often unaware that the technology at the core of business operations invites undetected subversion, according to the FireEye report..."

              IT - Security
              5 Things All Security Teams Should Be Doing (But Many Aren't)
              Business 2 Community, April 14th 2017
              "Security teams are expected to do a lot these days. From properly configuring the cloud environment, to protecting the organization from today's latest threats, to answering tough questions from the board and customers, there's more than enough to be done, but how do you know you're doing the right things?

              In this post, we'll dive into the five biggest areas of security that all teams should be paying attention to. Addressing these will protect you from a large majority of security threats today, and will also create a solid security foundation that you can incrementally build on as your organization grows and your needs become more complex..."

              6 Common Enterprise Cybersecurity Threats And How To Avoid Them
              TechRepublic, April 11th 2017
              At the 2017 Midmarket CIO Forum, Brian Hill of Computer Forensic Services explained how to protect your company from threats such as ransomware, phishing, and IoT vulnerabilities

              "As enterprises continue to add new technologies to the business, CIOs must be constantly alert to the cybersecurity threats that those technologies open up. At the 2017 Midmarket CIO Forum in Savannah, GA, Brian Hill, vice president of corporate investigative services at Computer Forensic Services, explained several major security vulnerabilities currently facing businesses.

              'Cybersecurity is ever-changing,' Hill said. 'With technology we gain a ton of convenience, but every time we gain convenience, we always give up some security. It's about trying to find that fine balance in between those'

              Here are six major enterprise security threats, and tips for how to avoid them..."

              CLDAP Reflection Attacks May Be The Next Big DDoS Technique
              SearchSecurity, April 14th 2017
              Security researchers discovered a new reflection attack method using CLDAP that can be used to generate destructive but efficient DDoS campaigns

              "DDoS campaigns have been growing to enormous sizes and a new method of abusing CLDAP for reflection attacks could allow malicious actors to generate large amounts of DDoS traffic using fewer devices.

              Jose Arteaga and Wilber Majia, threat researchers for Akamai, identified attacks in the wild that used the Connection-less Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (CLDAP) to perform dangerous reflection attacks..."

              Detecting Insider Threats Is Easier Than You Think
              IT World, April 12th 2017
              Security experts weigh in on stopping the danger from your own employees

              "When it came to the physical plant, it used to be easy with surveillance cameras and access badges to tell if an insider was up to no good. Now with a more virtual network, you can't always know if the person sitting in the next cubicle is gaining access to confidential documents.

              While the insider threat still connotes an employee of the company, the intruder is no longer someone located within the confines of the building. Accessing the network can happen from such public places as the local coffee shop..."

              Forget The Tax Man: Time For A DNS Security Audit
              Dark Reading, April 11th 2017
              Here's a 5-step DNS security review process that's not too scary and will help ensure your site availability and improve user experience

              "The DDoS attack against DNS provider Dyn that took out large swaths of the Internet put a million-candle spotlight on the issue of the availability, and proved that proper DNS management is not just an IT issue, but a security mandate as well. Maintaining website availability and preventing revenue loss from associated outages depends upon good DNS hygiene, maintenance, and control.

              DNS tends to be a set-and-forget type of technology... and that can pose problems several years after everything has been forgotten, according to Chris Roosenraad, director of product management for DNS service at Neustar..."

              How CISOs can explain privacy to the C-suite
              CSO Online, April 13th 2017
              With the recent moves by the FCC, it is imperative that chief security officers make the company aware of privacy issues

              "With the recent decisions the Trump administration has made around FCC policies and net neutrality, it has become even more important for security and privacy professionals to educate internal and external stakeholders. It's the CISO's role to help inform the C-suite, investors and board of directors about potential security.

              If CISOs are wondering where to start, Malcolm Harkins, chief security and trust officer at Cylance and Ruby Zefo, vice president of the Law and Policy Group at Intel Corporation have put together four privacy and security topics to talk with stakeholders about..."

              IT Professionals Feel Security Pressure From Cloud, Others' Breaches
              eWeek, April 12th 2017
              "Security services firm Trustwave released its 2017 Security Pressures Report on April 12, providing insight on a global study based on responses from 1,600 full-time IT professionals. As was the case in 2016 edition of the report, respondents reported that they felt increasing security pressures over the course of the last year and expect to be further pressured into 2017. Of note, much of the organizational security pressure noted by respondents is exerted by C-level executives and boards of directors. Looking at personal security pressures, globally 40 percent of respondents indicated that they felt the most pressure directly following any major security breach that made headlines. In this eWEEK slide show, we look at other pressure points uncovered by the 2017 Security Pressures Report..."
              People, Process And Technology Challenges With Security Operations
              Network World, April 11th 2017
              Large organizations need to focus on formalizing processes, implementing intelligent security technologies (SOAPA), training staff and modifying the organization

              "These days, it's tough for any organization to keep up with cybersecurity operations. Why? Well, the bad guys are pretty persistent for starters, launching a blitzkrieg of attacks and new types of exploits all the time.

              OK, hackers are relentless, but we've always know this, and their behavior isn't likely to change anytime soon. What's really disturbing, however, is that a lot of problems associated with cybersecurity are based upon our own intransigence..."

              Pressures Security Professionals Face Have Become More Personal
              HelpNet Security, April 13th 2017
              "While 53% of security professionals report increased pressure in trying to secure their organization, there has been a shift in the source of this stress, according to Trustwave. Security is now becoming more personal, with 24% of respondents citing pressure exerted by oneself as the second-biggest human pressure pusher, up 13% from the previous year..."
              The FBI Shut Down A Huge Botnet, But There Are Plenty More Left
              MIT Technology Review, April 11th 2017
              A new law has allowed the feds to declare war on one of the world's most pernicious cybersecurity threats

              "A prolific botnet has finally fallen .. but there are still plenty to go... at the request of the FBI, Spanish police officers arrested Russian hacker Peter Levashov while he holidayed in Barcelona with his family. The reason: Levashov is thought to be better known as Peter Severa, a cybercriminal who controlled the Kelihos botnet. Now, the Justice Department has announced that at the time he was seized the FBI simultaneously began the task of dismantling his nefarious creation.

              The army of weaponized computers corralled by Levashov had been running since 2010 and at times numbered as many as 100,000 devices. According to the Justice Department, his malware scoured computers running Windows for usernames and passwords, as well as intercepting network traffic to the same ends. It leveraged those details and its presence on devices to provide a platform from which to send spam e-mail and perform ransomware attacks, and it was even hired out to other cybercriminals. A New York Times report contains more detail on Levashov himself, including his possible collusion with the Russian government..."

              Top 10 Ways To Achieve Agile Security
              CSO Online, April 11th 2017
              Find out how to enable developers to do what they wanted, when they wanted, as fast as they wanted

              "From the barrage of cyberattacks on enterprises to new threat vectors within networks due to the move to the cloud, CIOs and CISOs have more to consider around cybersecurity than ever before. Cloud has brought considerable benefits to business: agility, scalability, cost savings; but more often than not, security can't keep up. Achieving agile security in the cloud is a challenge many companies are beginning to face as they deploy cloud environments..."

              What Prevents Breaches: Process, Technology Or People? One Answer Is PC, And One Is Right.
              ComputerWorld, April 12th 2017
              Many experts say that people are more important than process in the IT security world. That is politically correct, as opposed to actually correct

              "When I served on a panel about data breaches at the ISACA Silicon Valley chapter conference recently, the moderator asked, 'To prevent data breaches, which is more important: process, technology or people?'

              My fellow panelists (three CISOs and two highly experienced consultants) all answered ahead of me: 'People.' I was surprised. Here I was the only awareness specialist on the panel, yet my answer was process..."

              IT - Careers
              Five New Rules My Company Set After A Hiring Disaster
              Fast Company, April 10th 2017
              After overhauling his company's hiring process three years ago, this CEO says turnover has plummeted

              "Early in 2014, my year-old company faced a critical launch deadline. Feeling pressured and anxious, I started hiring in a hurry. To make a long story short, it didn't go well.

              I soon realized we'd wound up with some real misfits. A couple of them turned out to be openly contemptuous of the company's norms and culture, as well as of my own directives as a leader. Others simply hadn't yet developed the skills they needed to do their jobs well. I should've fired the troublemakers early on, but I was afraid of a nasty confrontation and embarrassed to admit my errors. Instead, I spent the next few months hoping things would get better. They didn't..."

              IT Certifications: How Valuable Are They?
              The VAR Guy, April 13th 2017
              "There seems to be two schools of thought on the value of IT certifications. Some technology professionals say they can absolutely turbo-charge your salary and earning potential. Others claim that certifications may not be worth the paper on which they're printed.

              Obviously, the companies that sell that type of training are the biggest proponents. For example, IT training company Global Knowledge, last year published its list of the 15 Top-Paying Certifications for 2016. Thirteen boasted average salaries of $100,000. Similarly, the SANS Institute reported that "proven certifications can provide up to a 5 percent increase in compensation for certified staff over non-certified staff."

              IT certifications and continuing education, like university degrees, go a long way toward proving professionals have the skills they claim. This validation often gives job candidates, with the right certifications and experience, an edge over comparable candidates with only experience..."

                Salaries For Storage, Networking Pros Continue To Rise
                CIO, April 12th 2017
                The annual salary survey from shows tech salaries stagnating slightly, but certain in-demand skills did see increases in 2016

                "While 2016 saw U.S. tech salaries remain essentially flat year-over-year, key skills, especially in the areas of storage and networking, did warrant increases, according to the annual tech salary report from careers site

                Their recent survey polled 12,907 employed technology professionals online between October 26, 2016 and January 24, 2017. The survey found that, overall, technology salaries in the U.S. were essentially flat year-over-year (-1 percent) at $92,081 in 2016, a slight dip from $93,328 in 2015. However, there are some notable exceptions across the country and for specific skills areas like storage and networking seeing increases, says Bob Melk, president,"

                  These Are Six Communication Styles That Every Single Person Uses
                  Fast Company, April 10th 2017
                  Everyone you talk to speaks one of these six 'languages.' Here's how to understand and communicate with them

                  "If you've ever had a miscommunication or failed to comprehend what someone else was trying to say, it could be that your perceptual languages are getting in the way. Discovered by development psychologist Taibi Kahler, perceptual languages are the different processes of how people communicate. The way people communicate often carries more information than the words themselves, says clinical psychologist Nate Regier, cofounder of the communication-coaching firm Next Element..."

                    IT - Database
                    13 Top In-Memory Database Products (Slideshow)
                    Information Management, April 12th 2017
                    "Forrester Research recently issued its Wave report looking at 13 top products for in-memory databases. Five products fell into the Leader category: IBM dashDB/DB2, Microsoft SQL Server 2016, Oracle Database In-Memory/Times Ten In-Memory Database, SAP HANA and Teradata Database. Six products were named Strong Performers: Aerospike, Couchbase Server, DataStax Enterprise, Red Hat JBoss Data Grid, Redis Labs Enterprise Cluster and VoltDB. Two products were named as Contenders: MemSQL Enterprise and Starcounter..."
                    In-Memory Databases: Is It Time For Businesses To Shift From Disk Storage?
                    SmartDataCollective, April 12th 2017
                    "The old database system was majorly characterized by disk storage and relational databases. Over the years, this industry has undergone an intensive revolution, eventually ushering in the now popular in-memory database. Database developers have spent a lot of time optimising the existing databases, developing designs and designing models capable of providing sustainable solutions to the ever-increasing computing technicalities. This led to the birth of latest-generation in-memory databases that have become the standard database solutions. Currently, Microsoft, Oracle, and IBM are struggling to be the leading in-memory technology providers..."
                    IT - Backup
                    Why Do Hyper-V Backups Waste Space?
                    Storage-Switzerland, April 13th 2017
                    W. Curtis Preston blogs, "There are too many traditional backup products trying to tackle a nontraditional backup problem. As a result, they continue to use some of the old world backup techniques in the very new world of IT. These techniques waste storage space, network bandwidth and computing power. Let's take a look at the two main ways they do that..."
                      IT - Mobile
                      Similarities In Partial Fingerprints May Trick Biometric Security Systems
                      HelpNet Security, April 11th 2017
                      "No two people are believed to have identical fingerprints, but researchers at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering and Michigan State University College of Engineering have found that partial similarities between prints are common enough that the fingerprint-based security systems used in mobile phones and other electronic devices can be more vulnerable than previously thought..."
                      IT - Big Data
                      Data Science Gets Chic
                      Information Management, April 13th 2017
                      "A managerial movement is now in motion and picking up steam. It is the application of business analytics for organizations to gain insights to determine good decisions and the best actions to take. This topic was once the domain of 'quants' and statistical geeks developing models in their cubicles. Today applying analytical methods is on the verge of becoming mainstream.

                      One way to draw my conclusion about this emerging movement is that there is much chatter and debate about the topic. Articles in IT magazines and websites about analytics of all flavors, such as correlation and segmentation analysis, are increasingly prominent. Debate is always healthy. Some IT analysts view applying analytics as a fad or fashion or way overvalued. Others claim that an organization's achievement of competencies with analytics will provide a competitive edge..."

                      No Digital Transformation Without Big Data
                      IT Business Edge, April 12th 2017
                      "Big Data is likely to be a key element in the digital transformation taking hold in the enterprise, but there are still questions as to how it will influence future business processes and what steps to take now to ensure it provides optimal support in a fast-changing economy.

                      According to a recent report by Verizon and the Harvard Business Review, most organizations are looking forward to dramatic improvements in services and business models through Big Data, but few are implementing technology and infrastructure as part of a strategic approach to transformation. The study found that 52 percent expect Big Data to lead to new services for the Internet of Things (IoT), while 44 percent say it will transform their business models..."

                      The Enterprise Lacks A Big Data Strategy For IoT Transformation
                      insideBIGDATA, April 11th 2017
                      "A new research report is now available describing how organizations are approaching IoT transformation. 'The Enterprise Lacks a Big Data Strategy for IoT Transformation' by Verizon and Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, explores how companies are currently using IoT to improve customer experience and increase efficiency, the challenges they're facing as they struggle to handle the volume, variety and velocity of big data..."
                      Why Big Data Is Important For Businesses
                      Business 2 Community, April 11th 2017
                      "First, let's start with the definition of big data. Big data means large sets of structured and unstructured data. It is so large and complex that regular data processing techniques do not work in dealing with this type of data sets. Generally, in the industry, the 3V model is used to describe big data. These 3Vs are; volume, velocity and variety.

                      Volume is related with how the data is stored. Businesses collect data from many sources such as sales transactions and social media and storing this continuous data was a problem in the past..."

                      IT - BYOD
                      Are Chromebooks Responsible For PC Market Growth?
                      The Verge, April 12th 2017
                      "Microsoft might have more reason to be scared of Chromebooks these days. While the software giant was spooked by Google's low-cost laptops three years ago, they've mostly only been selling well to schools. That appears to have changed over the past year. Chromebooks outsold Macs for the first time in the US last year, and now they appear to be contributing to overall PC market growth.

                      IDC claims the PC market is 'up slightly,' recording its first growth in five years. It's a tiny growth of just 0.6 percent, but it's a flattening of the market that Microsoft and its PC maker partners have been looking for after years of decline. While percentage growth looks good on paper, it doesn't always tell the whole story..."

                      Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                      Vol 230 Issue 1; Vol 229 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 228 Issues 3 and 4
                      We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                      • Fujitsu and Oracle Launch Fujitsu SPARC M12 Servers with World's Fastest Per-Core Performance
                      • Announcing Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 for SPARC
                      • Friday Spotlight: Running Oracle Linux as a Logical Domain on SPARC
                      • Oracle Named a Leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service
                      • University of Wyoming Uses Oracle Cloud to Drive Core Mission of Teaching, Research, and Service
                      • America's Fastest-Growing Companies Forecast Rapid Expansion Yet Lack Technology Expertise to Keep Pace
                      • The Document Foundation releases LibreOffice 5.3.2
                      • The Value of IT CertificationThe Value of IT Certification
                      • Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux is Recommended for Oracle Products
                      • OracleVoice: Hotel Operators, Guests Want More Technology: Survey

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

                        IT - Encryption
                        Encryption In The Spotlight: What Can Businesses Do To Enhance Data Privacy?
                        ITProPortal, April 12th 2017
                        Businesses should take a proactive course of action. Ultimately defending privacy is good for customers and good for business

                        "The events of the past month have pushed data privacy firmly to the top of not just the technology industry agenda, but also the political agenda.

                        In the UK, the Government has been in conflict with the technology industry ever since David Cameron's ludicrous call for a 'ban' on encryption. However, in the last month the Prime Minister and Home Secretary have doubled down on this objective, demanding back door access to social media services such as WhatsApp - despite widespread doubts as to whether the policy is even practicable..."

                        Enterprise Adoption Of Encryption Accelerating, Study Shows
                        ComputerWeekly, April 13th 2017
                        Cloud adoption and escalating threats are accelerating adoption of encryption, a study has revealed

                        "Enterprises adoption of encryption strategies is accelerating, with 41% of those polled saying their organisations have an encryption strategy applied consistently across the enterprise.

                        For the first time in 12 years, business unit leaders have a higher influence over encryption strategy than IT operations, according to the 2017 Global encryption trends study by the Ponemon Institute. The influence lines of business have on encryption strategy has risen from 10% in 2005 to 30% in 2016..."

                        Why We Need To Encrypt Everything
                        InfoWorld, April 11th 2017
                        Many major websites already encrypt by default. Here's why encryption and multifactor authentication should be everywhere

                        "If you've been paying attention lately, you've likely noticed that more of your everyday websites are going HTTPS by default: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and even your favorite search engine.

                        This is a good development. For years, critics have derided default, widespread HTTPS encryption and authentication as unnecessary and performance-wasting. But now that we've seen most of the biggest websites go HTTPS, led by Google, the world is finding out it isn't such a bad idea.

                        In fact, it's great. It's time for us to go all the way and encrypt and authenticate everything!..."

                        Oracle SQL Developer v4.2 Is Now Available
                        By Jeff Smith
                        Jeff blogs, "Today is the day! We have new releases of both SQL Developer and SQL Developer Data Modeler.

                        I've been talking about v4.2 tweaks and enhancements for awhile now, and here's the full list if you want to go back and review.

                        I'd like to share a few highlights though.

                        But first, FULL STOP. Go click that big button to the top and left.

                        Ok, let's continue..."

                        IT - Developer
                        21 Hot Programming Trends - And 21 Going Cold
                        JavaWorld, April 10th 2017
                        Hot or not? From the web to the motherboard to the training ground, get the scoop on what's in and what's out in app dev

                        "Programmers love to sneer at the world of fashion where trends blow through like breezes. Skirt lengths rise and fall, pigments come and go, ties get fatter, then thinner. But in the world of technology, rigor, science, math, and precision rule over fad.

                        That's not to say programming is a profession devoid of trends. The difference is that programming trends are driven by greater efficiency, increased customization, and ease of use. The new technologies that deliver one or more of these eclipse the previous generation. It's a meritocracy, not a whimsy-ocracy..."

                          Cisco News
                          Cisco Announces Program to Help Accelerate Digitization in Kazakhstan
                          Cisco, April 13th 2017
                          Cisco announced a planned series of initiatives in Kazakhstan to help accelerate the country's digital transformation over the next three years.

                          John Chambers, Executive Chairman of Cisco, said: "The Kazakh Government has embraced an ambitious digital agenda to achieve its goal of becoming one of the top 30 global economies by 2050. Cisco is proud to partner with Kazakhstan to bring this vision to life and contribute to a strong future for the country and its citizens through digitization."

                          Cisco Launches Next Generation Storage Networking Innovations
                          Cisco, April 11th 2017
                          Cisco MDS Storage Networking Director Now Offer 32Gb, Analytics, Flash Memory Support, and Extended 32Gb Fabric Integration with Cisco UCS

                          Data stored in global data centers will increase by five-fold to reach 915 Exabyte by 2020, according to the recent Cisco Global Cloud Index. Cisco today announced technology innovations for next-generation storage networking that will help customers access, manage and automate this stored data to better enable digital business goals.

                          With this announcement, Cisco offers storage networking customers 32Gb fibre channel performance across an integrated MDS storage director and Unified Computing System (UCS) fabric, storage networking analytics, and non-volatile memory express (NVMe) over FC support for flash memory appliances.

                          Microsoft News
                          Microsoft to acquire Deis to Help Companies Innovate with Containers
                          Microsoft, April 10th 2017
                          Scott Guthrie blogs, "Containers have been at the forefront of cloud transformation in recent years, and for good reason: Container technologies let organizations more easily build, deploy and move applications to and from the cloud. With this increase in agility and portability, containers are helping to make applications the new currency in the cloud. At Microsoft, we've seen explosive growth in both interest and deployment of containerized workloads on Azure, and we're committed to ensuring Azure is the best place to run them.

                          To support this vision, we're pleased to announce that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Deis - a company that has been at the center of the container transformation. Deis gives developers the means to vastly improve application agility, efficiency and reliability through their Kubernetes container management technologies..."

                          IBM News
                          IBM Announces Methods for Building Bluemix Apps with Flexible and Open Microservices
                          IBM, April 10th 2017
                          IBM announced techniques for developers to build apps on Bluemix, IBM's cloud platform, with microservices that can be written in a wide range of different languages, as well as run on top of a variety of compute platforms. This flexibility can accelerate both the development time and innovation potential of an app, as it expands the number of developers that can work on an app within an enterprise.
                          Footters to Use IBM Cloud Video to Globally Stream Amateur Soccer Games
                          IBM, April 10th 2017
                          IBM solutions provide global reach for streaming video, flexible delivery models and data analysis capabilities

                          IBM announced that Footters, an online streaming platform created to broadcast amateur soccer games, has selected IBM Cloud Video to power its streaming video platform and help connect fans around the world through access to their favorite teams' matches.

                          Footters selected IBM Cloud Video because of its ability to provide global, reliable and flexible streaming video solutions at scale. Amateur soccer has an estimated 24 million clubs with 270 million players worldwide, and draws of billions of fans. Footters' goal is to connect members of the global soccer community, including clubs, players, family, agents, scouts, institutions, tournaments and brands...

                          Reimagine Food Launches Cognitive Discovery Tool on IBM Cloud
                          IBM, April 12th 2017
                          IBM announced that Reimagine Food, an international hub devoted to boosting food innovation, has chosen IBM Cloud on which to develop and operate a new discovery tool for the food industry.

                          SmartFoodS (, is a powerful discovery engine that helps member food producers, retailers, chefs, and food services companies discover information about new trends, industry news, academic investigations, startups, and new products, all related to innovation in food & tech.

                          Indian Retailer abof personalizes online shopping experience with IBM Watson and Cloud
                          IBM, April 10th 2017
                          Aditya Birla Online Fashion (abof), leading online fashion retailer and IBM announced a new shopping experience to deliver a personalized and convenient shopping experience powered by IBM Watson and Cloud.

                          Abof is an Indian online fashion retailer from the Aditya Birla Group. The company sells apparel, footwear and accessories for men and women targeting the millennial consumers. Abof's goal is to provide a highly convenient and distinctive customer experience, driven by a strong technology backbone and 100% curated merchandise. In a first for India's retail market, abof customers can use natural language questions within abof's enhanced eCommerce platform to receive greater personalization and product recommendations.

                          The Weather Company and a Leading Multimedia Publisher Trinity Mirror are Bringing the Best Weather Data to the United Kingdom
                          IBM, April 11th 2017
                          New Agreement Combines the Most Accurate Weather Data with the Most Trusted News Content Curated for UK Consumers

                          Trinity Mirror plc and The Weather Company, an IBM Business, announced an agreement that will bring the best weather information and content on apps and websites customized specifically for the U.K. market. With this agreement, Trinity Mirror's in-depth news content will appear for the first time on and The Weather Channel apps, bringing locally relevant articles, photos and videos to The Weather Company digital properties. In addition to Trinity Mirror's most user-friendly navigation, its 28 million readers will now also gain access to the most precise weather forecasts and pertinent weather stories across Trinity Mirror properties.

                          The Weather Company and Lyft Collaborate to Provide Personalized Recommendations for Made for Samsung App Users
                          IBM, April 11th 2017
                          Made for Samsung Co-Development Partners Combine App Services to Help Users Navigate The Elements and Their Daily Schedules

                          The Weather Company, an IBM Business (NYSE: IBM) announced that it has collaborated with Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and the popular ride-sharing service Lyft to provide Made for Samsung app users with personalized transportation

                          The new integration syncs Google calendar events with forecasts for a user's selected location, providing the forecast for those specific events as well as the ability to get a Lyft to the event if they choose to do so. As part of this seamless experience, Made for Samsung App users will see a Lyft section in their event card. When a user clicks on the Lyft section they will be directed to the Lyft app (or the app store if the Lyft app is not installed) to book their ride.

                          IBM Bestows Prestigious Technical Honor to 11 New Fellows
                          IBM, April 13th 2017
                          New Fellows Recognized for Pioneering Work in Cognitive, Cloud, Security Analytics and Design

                          IBM named 11 new IBM Fellows, the company's highest technical honor. The new Fellows are being celebrated for leading innovative work in cognitive computing, cloud, security and design.

                          The IBM Fellow honor is conferred to IBMers in recognition of exceptional and sustained technical achievements and leadership in engineering, programming, services, science, technology, design and industry solutions.

                          Comcast Business Now Provides Enterprises with Dedicated Links to IBM Cloud
                          IBM, April 13th 2017
                          Up to 10 Gbps Connections to IBM Cloud for Public, Private or Hybrid Cloud Deployments

                          Comcast Business announced that it now provides direct, dedicated links to IBM Cloud's global network of data centers, allowing Comcast Business to provide enterprise customers added flexibility with more choices for connections to cloud enablement. Comcast Business customers can receive up to 10 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) of private network connectivity to IBM Cloud for public, private, or hybrid cloud deployments, as well as bare metal environments, to deliver a wide range of critical business applications.

                          IBM and Hejia Launch Blockchain-based Supply Chain Financial Services Platform for Pharmaceutical Procurement
                          IBM, April 11th 2017
                          Pharmaceutical Retailers Receive Improved Access to Financing while Reducing Payment Terms to Next Trading Day

                          IBM and Sichuan Hejia Co., Ltd. announced the launch of a blockchain-based, supply chain financial services platform for pharmaceutical procurement to help improve efficiency, transparency and operation of supply chain finance.

                          The Yijian Blockchain Technology Application System is a permissioned blockchain platform that uses Hyperledger Fabric. It is in production with Hejia and one pharmaceutical retailer, a hospital and a bank running business transactions. In July, Hejia plans to expand the platform to include multiple pharmaceutical retailers, hospitals and banks. The system is designed to help eliminate some of the financing challenges in the pharmaceutical industry.

                          Ceska pojistovna Turns to IBM to Personalize Its Offer for Customers
                          IBM, April 11th 2017
                          With Around 1,000 Hours of Calls Each Day, Czech Insurer Needed Better Insight on Its Customers

                          IBM announced that Ceska pojistovna, one of the largest insurers in the Czech Republic and a member of the Generali Group introduced Expert Multichannel Multilingual Analyst platform (EMMA) powered by IBM Watson Explorer to search customer data from multiple touchpoints. EMMA developed by IBM Premier Business Partner Datera is using advanced content analytics to extract new insights from unstructured data.

                          The call centre of Ceska pojistovna handled in 2016 more than 3.6 million calls and upwards of 600,000 other customer interactions, including e-mails and live support chats.

                          IBM Names Five Essential Qualities For Banks in Today's Digital and Cloud Environment
                          IBM, April 10th 2017
                          IBM identified their five essential qualities for banks seeking to thrive in today's increasingly digital and cloud-first environment. Like many other industries, the established players in banking are constantly facing changes and new competition. These challenges stem primarily from on-the-cloud start-ups and agile FinTechs, a group of businesses that Moody's Investor Service estimates as high as 4,000-strong worldwide and on the receiving end of $19 billion in venture capital funding.
                          Fujitsu News
                          Fujitsu Awarded Three Prizes for Science and Technology from MEXT
                          Fujitsu, April 11th 2017
                          Recognized in 2017 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

                          Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Optical Components Limited, and Fujitsu Computer Technologies Limited today announced that in the 2017 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology they have received Prizes for Science and Technology.

                          In the Development Category, Fujitsu was awarded a prize for the development of high-dimensional interconnect technology for massively parallel computers, and Fujitsu Optical Components and Fujitsu were awarded a prize for the development of high-speed 100Gbps modules for optical communications.

                          VMware News
                          Defense Information Systems Agency Adds VMware vSAN Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Platform to VMware vSphere STIG Framework
                          VMware, April 13th 2017
                          VMware vSAN Becomes First Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Offering Included in a DISA STIG

                          VMware announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has added VMware vSAN, VMware vSphere-native storage that powers leading hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions, to the VMware vSphere Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG). VMware vSAN is the first HCI solution for which DISA has released a STIG, and the STIG is available for immediate use by agencies within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

                          VMware to Acquire Wavefront to Accelerate Delivery of its Cross-Cloud Management Services
                          VMware, April 12th 2017
                          VMware will Leverage Wavefront's Platform to Help Developers Optimize their Cloud and Modern Applications with Real-Time Monitoring Analytics

                          VMware announced its intention to acquire Wavefront, the leading metrics monitoring service for cloud and modern application environments. Terms were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in calendar Q2 2017. VMware does not expect this transaction to have a material impact on its FY18 operating results.

                          Digital enterprises face challenges of a new order of magnitude when monitoring modern applications -- consisting of hundreds of microservices in containers with lifespans of seconds -- spread across private and public clouds. To identify and fix operational issues in these dynamic cross-cloud environments, developers need new instrumentation for their applications, and teams practicing DevOps require sophisticated real-time analytics on their high-scale distributed systems to adapt to problems before they impact the business.

                          VMware Accelerates Customers' Data Center Modernization Efforts with New Release of Industry-Leading vSAN
                          VMware, April 11th 2017
                          VMware vSAN 6.6 Delivers First Native HCI Security, Increased Savings and Up to 50 Percent Higher Performance to Meet Data Center Demands of Today and Tomorrow; VMware is #1 in HCI Software with More than 7,000 Customers

                          VMware introduced a new release of VMware vSAN featuring industry-first native hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) security, lower total cost of ownership (TCO), and up to 50 percent higher all-flash performance. These combined benefits will help customers accelerate their data center modernization efforts.

                          HCI systems are the fastest growing segment in the converged or integrated systems market, according to IDC. By combining software-defined compute and storage capabilities with industry standard Intel Architecture (IA) servers, HCI systems enable customers to simplify IT operations and increase performance while lowering their upfront and ongoing costs compared to traditional storage.

                          Red Hat News
                          Friday Five - April 14, 2017
                          Red Hat, April 14th 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.

                          • CRN - Red Hat CEO Whitehurst On Soaring Stock Success, Open-Source Technologies And Being The 'Last Man Standing' In OpenStack
                          • Red Hat Delivers Advanced Network Automation with Latest Version of Ansible
                          • Red Hat Brings Kubernetes to New Application Workloads with Latest Version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
                          • Red Hat Blog - Containers are Linux
                          • Open Source Stories - Origins: AI and Open Source

                          Read on for details.

                          Red Hat Brings Kubernetes to New Application Workloads with Latest Version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
                          Red Hat, April 13th 2017
                          Enterprise-ready Kubernetes platform expands application support, enhances platform security, while adding new innovations

                          Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.5, the latest version of Red Hat's enterprise-grade, Kubernetes-native container application platform.

                          While enabling enterprises like Swiss Railways, Produban and Pioneer to actively embrace cloud-native applications in mission-critical roles, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.5 also helps enterprises retain existing IT investments through expanded support for traditional business applications. This dual application support is provided by new security enhancements as well as several innovations emerging from the Kubernetes upstream community.

                          Red Hat Delivers Advanced Network Automation with Latest Version of Ansible
                          Red Hat, April 12th 2017
                          Community release introduces new networking modules and persistent connections framework to further enable DevOps for the network

                          Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced the general availability of Ansible 2.3, the latest version of the leading simple, powerful, and agentless open source IT automation framework. Ansible 2.3 provides performance enhancements and advanced networking capabilities, including adding connection methods designed to increase flexibility and improve performance.

                          Level3 News
                          CenturyLink, Level 3 Get 4 Additional State Clearances for Planned $34B Merger
                          GovCon Wire, April 13th 2017
                          CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) have received regulatory clearances in Maryland, Delaware, Hawaii and Washington, D.C., for the companies' planned merger that was announced in October 2016.

                          The approvals are in addition to the clearances the firms earlier received from the states of Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Utah and West Virginia, CenturyLink said Wednesday.

                            EMC News
                            New Research: Only 5% of Large Companies Prepared to Meet IT Requirements of the New Digital Business
                            Dell EMC, April 12th 2017
                            Dell EMC announced the results of a new study conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), which revealed that a majority of senior IT leaders and decision-making managers of large companies surveyed around the world indicate their organizations have yet to fully embrace the aspects of IT Transformation needed to remain competitive.

                            While there is a clear imperative for companies to transform their legacy IT, digital transformation is becoming the driving force to making IT Transformation a top priority. However the ESG 2017 IT Transformation Maturity Curve study commissioned by Dell EMC shows 95% of survey respondents indicate their organizations are at risk of falling behind a smaller group of industry peers that are transforming their IT infrastructures, processes and delivery methods to accelerate their goals of becoming digital businesses.

                            HP News
                            HPE Successfully Completes Tender Offer to Acquire Nimble Storage
                            HPE, April 13th 2017
                            Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that its wholly owned subsidiary has successfully completed its previously announced tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Nimble Storage, Inc. ("Nimble Storage") at a price of $12.50 per share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes (the "Offer").

                            The Offer and all withdrawal rights thereunder expired at the end of the day, 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on April 13, 2017. Citibank N.A., the depositary for the Offer, has advised HPE that, as of the expiration of the Offer, an aggregate of 75,566,796 Nimble Storage shares were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn pursuant to the Offer, representing approximately 80.8% of the Nimble Storage shares then outstanding. HPE's wholly owned subsidiary accepted for payment all Nimble Storage shares that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn pursuant to the Offer, and payment for such shares will be promptly made by the depositary.

                              HPE Software Unveils Industry's First FIPS-Validated Format-Preserving Encryption Solution
                              HPE, April 13th 2017
                              HPE SecureData delivers first NIST-standardized data-centric security to neutralize data breaches and enable public and private sector collaboration

                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that HPE SecureData has achieved the industry's first Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 validation of Format-Preserving Encryption (FPE). HPE SecureData with Hyper FPE delivers a NIST-standardized method of protecting data at-rest, in-motion, and in-use, and maintains the format, meaning, value and logic in the data. Now, government agencies and private contractors serving government customers, can leverage the same powerful and proven technology that has transformed cybersecurity in the private sector.

                              Fighting Oblivion with a New Kind of Computer
                              HPE, April 13th 2017
                              The architecture of all computers in use today is more than 60 years old. Already today, computers are no longer able to cope with the exponential data growth in several areas - areas like medical research where the imaging and analysis of genetic information create immense amounts of raw data.

                              In order to solve this challenge, the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) - an institution researching, among other things, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease - recently closed a collaboration agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to leverage HPE's new computing architecture.

                              Back in December 2016 at HPE Discover in London, HPE unveiled the proof-of-concept prototype for Memory-Driven Computing - a concept that puts memory, not processing, at the center of the computing platform. Memory-Driven Computing will realize performance and efficiency gains and deliver big data insights not possible today. Current computing architectures use a lot of time and power moving data between different storage layers - a component the new architecture aims to resolve.

                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software Modernizes IT Operations Management with New Container-Based Deployment
                              HPE, April 11th 2017
                              New suites embed open source Docker and Kubernetes container technology to enable IT operations at the speed of DevOps

                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software announced the launch of containerized versions of its HPE IT Operations Management (ITOM) offerings. These suites - Hybrid Cloud Management, Data Center Automation, Operations Bridge, and IT Service Management Automation - help enterprise IT customers manage their private and public cloud infrastructure, and deliver new services at scale in response to the rapidly changing needs of business partners and DevOps teams. Deployed with built-in, open source container technology from Docker and Kubernetes, the four suites are expected to receive quarterly enhancements that provide customers with the latest innovations in real time to dramatically reduce time to value.

                              Comcast News
                              Comcast Bringing Hundreds of New Jobs to Miramar
                              Comcast, April 13th 2017
                              More than 600 new Customer Care Agents in South Florida to be hired as part of Company's commitment to customer experience

                              Comcast announced a significant expansion of its sales operations and customer care presence in South Florida where the company is bringing more than 600 jobs to its new Miramar facility this year. The employees will be based out of a leased Comcast office building located in Broward County at 15800 SW 25th Street in Miramar, Florida.

                              The more than 600 new jobs in Miramar are part of Comcast's focus on improving customer service as well as creating a culture focused on exceeding customers' expectations. Comcast has already made significant improvements to the customer experience through employee trainings, creating new customer tools and significantly reducing customer wait times. As part of this work, the Company is creating more than 5,500 customer service jobs in the U.S.

                                Windstream News
                                Windstream to acquire Broadview Networks
                                Windstream, April 13th 2017
                                Advances unified communications product portfolio, Improves competitiveness and ability to serve SMB customers

                                Windstream Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIN) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Broadview Networks Holdings, Inc., in an all-cash transaction valued at $227.5 million.

                                Broadview, headquartered in Rye Brook, N.Y., is a leading provider of cloud-based unified communications solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. The company offers a broad suite of cloud-based services under the OfficeSuite UC brand.

                                Windstream to focus on SD-WAN, partner program direction at Channel Partners Conference & Expo 2017
                                Windstream, April 11th 2017
                                Windstream executives will use the conference as an opportunity to discuss the company's planned channel partner program enhancements and future roadmap with customers

                                Windstream announced that its executives will attend the Channel Partners Conference & Expo 2017 to discuss enhancements that are planned for Windstream's channel partner program following its merger with EarthLink earlier this year. At the conference, Windstream will also present on how customers are using SD-WAN to enhance their connectivity with remote sites.

                                "The past year has brought a number of positive changes for Windstream channel partners, and 2017 will bring a greater level of focus and commitment to giving them the tools and dedicated resources they need to be even more successful. We have been meeting with our Partner Advisory members and other channel partners to understand firsthand their priorities, and we are incorporating those into our channel roadmap," said Olen Scott, Windstream's new vice president of Channel Sales.

                                  Windstream Wholesale powers up reseller-specific SD-WAN solution, expands reseller program
                                  Windstream, April 11th 2017
                                  Nationwide product release offers competitive edge to Windstream resellers, augments Wholesale solutions portfolio

                                  Windstream announced at Channel Partners Conference & Expo 2017 in Las Vegas both the launch of its all-new Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) solution uniquely designed for the reseller community, as well as the revitalization of Windstream Wholesale's reseller program.

                                  This latest SD-WAN solution relieves the demanding pressures on today's networks by providing agility, visibility and control, as well as performance and operational efficiencies. With its simple, comprehensive interface, resellers can optimize performance of end-user applications or value-added services - such as UCaaS, firewall or content filters - allowing delivery of a fully integrated service portfolio and improved customer experience, and ultimately offering increased reseller revenue opportunities.

                                  Netapp News
                                  neteffect Offers Hybrid Cloud Disaster Recovery Solutions with NetApp
                                  NetApp, April 13th 2017
                                  NetApp converged infrastructure gives neteffect technologies the flexibility to blend on-premises and cloud services for customers

                                  "Previous IT solutions that promised to be dynamic and expandable quickly reached their limitations, which ultimately threatened to affect our sales," says John Campbell, Chief Technology Officer of neteffect. "By combining NetApp storage with Cisco UCS servers, we have the flexibility to grow quickly while offering our customers a cost-effective disaster recovery solution and better performance at no additional cost. We're going to get a lot of longevity out of this platform."

                                  Aerohive Networks News
                                  Aerohive Helps Channel Partners Grow Their Managed Services Business
                                  Aerohive, April 11th 2017
                                  New Product Capabilities and Flexible Business Terms Enable Any Partner to Become a Wi-Fi Managed Services Provider

                                  Aerohive Networks announced the introduction of the industry's broadest set of business and product capabilities to empower channel partners to easily offer differentiated and profitable Wi-Fi managed services for their customers.

                                  Aerohive's MSP offering is a simple and flexible set of business terms and product capabilities that provides all authorized Aerohive channel partners the foundation for managed Wi-Fi service delivery. With no up-front investment, partners in North America can also resell turnkey managed services offered by SYNNEX, Aerohive's exclusive US distribution partner for managed services. All Aerohive partners can then leverage the power of Aerohive's cloud networking for secure, scalable Wi-Fi to provide value and managed services directly to their customers.

                                  Druva News
                                  Druva Achieves Major Milestone in FedRAMP Certification
                                  Druva, April 11th 2017
                                  Druva Cloud Data Protection Solution to Reach "In Process" Status

                                  Druva, the leader in cloud data protection and information management, today announced that Druva inSync has attained FedRAMP "In Process" status. This achievement demonstrates Druva's continued commitment to upholding stringent security requirements for federal government agencies while providing a single pane of glass for managing data availability and information governance across endpoints and cloud applications.

                                  "Federal agencies are increasingly leveraging the public cloud as a result of the U.S. government's cloud-first policy. However, security has historically been a barrier to adoption," said Sean Doherty, Analyst at 451 Research. "With the FedRAMP process, agencies now have confidence in selecting cloud vendors. Achieving FedRAMP 'In Process' status for Druva inSync means that more agencies are able to meet diverse information governance needs in a cloud environment, while complying with the strict security standards of FISMA."

                                  Centrify News
                                  Centrify Awarded 5-Star Rating in CRN's 2017 Partner Program Guide
                                  Centrify, April 10th 2017
                                  Annual guide recognizes the channel's top partner programs

                                  Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has given Centrify a 5-Star rating in its 2017 Partner Program Guide, for the second consecutive year. This annual guide is the definitive listing of partner programs from technology vendors that provide products and services through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

                                  To determine the 2017 5-Star ratings, The Channel Company's research team assessed each vendor's partner program based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.

                                    Citrix News
                                    Announcing 150 New Jobs in Ireland!
                                    Citrix, April 12th 2017
                                    Sherif blogs, "We're excited to announce 150 new jobs as part of a significant investment in our Ireland operation, which is based in East Point Business Park, Dublin. We're also adding 26,000 square feet of office space to the current footprint. This project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland. Mary Mitchell O' Connor T.D. and Martin Shanahan, Chief Executive of IDA Ireland, joined me this morning at a press conference to announce this initiative..."
                                      Commvault News
                                      Commvault Given 5-Star Rating In CRN's 2017 Partner Program Guide
                                      Commvault, April 13th 2017
                                      Annual guide recognizes the channel's top partner programs

                                      Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, announced today that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has given Commvault a 5-Star rating in its 2017 Partner Program Guide. This annual guide is the definitive listing of partner programs from technology vendors that provide products and services through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

                                        ExaGrid News
                                        ExaGrid, Next Generation Disk-Based Backup Storage Appliance Vendor, Reports Record Quarterly Revenue for Q1-2017
                                        Exagrid, April 12th 2017
                                        Larger enterprise customer opportunities result in best quarterly bookings and revenue in company history

                                        ExaGrid, a leading provider of next generation disk-based backup storage with data deduplication solutions, announced record bookings and revenue for Q1 2017. ExaGrid grew double digits over the same quarter of the prior year, continuing its trend of progressive growth at a faster rate than that of the overall market and consistent growth of its market share position. ExaGrid continues to demonstrate success in the enterprise market as evidenced by its posting of a record number of new customer six-figure deals in the current quarter.

                                        "ExaGrid again posted a record quarter as the number of higher-value enterprise deals continues to rise, resulting in a higher ASP," said Bill Andrews, CEO and President of ExaGrid. "We are seeing the larger enterprise customers looking for better performance at a lower cost than the first generation of backup storage solutions can provide, and that's what ExaGrid is uniquely positioned to deliver."

                                        Juniper News
                                        Risk & Repeat: Juniper's Kevin Walker on SDN security challenges
                                        SearchSecurity, April 13th 2017
                                        Rob Wright writes in SearchSecurity, "Software-defined networking can be difficult to successfully execute, but Juniper Networks Inc. is hoping a different approach will solve some of the common SDN security challenges that enterprises face.

                                        Kevin Walker, Juniper's security chief technology and strategy officer, spoke with SearchSecurity at RSA Conference 2017 in San Francisco about his company's Software-Defined Secure Network (SDSN) platform and how it aims to address SDN security challenges..."

                                        Nutanix News
                                        Nutanix: How Automation Changed Your IT Department
                                        Forbes, April 12th 2017
                                        Adrian Bridgwater writes in Forbes, "We hear a lot about IT automation and machine learning these days. It is mostly at the software application level where the emphasis is very much on automating blocks of code that can perform the same (or similar) function in different application use cases and different (often similar) business workflows.

                                        Behind the application layer, automation is also growing in importance in the cloud datacenter itself. This type of automation works to enable routine provisioning and maintenance tasks so that they can become 'self-service' options handled automatically, freeing up IT support staff to concentrate on more important matters..."

                                        Palo Alto Networks News
                                        Credential Theft: The Key to Shamoon 2 Data Destruction
                                        Palo Alto Networks, April 13th 2017
                                        Christopher Budd of Palo Alto Networks, writes in "The Cypher Brief", "The problem of stolen credentials is a well-known threat in the security industry. But knowing something is a problem and understanding the full scope are two different things. The Shamoon 2 attacks targeting critical organizations across Saudi Arabia should serve as a clear demonstration about how significant the problem of credential theft is and how taking steps to prevent it can yield truly significant, tangible results in protecting against attacks.

                                        For context, the Shamoon attacks of 2012 and the recent Shamoon 2 attacks of 2016 and 2017 are among the most noteworthy attacks in cybersecurity...

                                        Zerto News
                                        Zerto Announces ZertoCON 2017 Keynote Speakers Including Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden, Industry Analysts, and Customer Luminaries
                                        Zerto, April 11th 2017
                                        Second-Annual Premier Conference for BC/DR and Enterprise Cloud Strategists Will Focus on Achieving Resilience for Evolving IT

                                        Zerto, an award-winning provider of cloud IT resilience solutions, announced ZertoCON2017 keynote speakers featuring retired 4-star general (USAF) and former director of CIA and NSA, Michael Hayden, industry analysts from Forrester, Gartner, and 451 Research, and customer luminaries.

                                        The second-annual premier conference for business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) and enterprise cloud professionals will focus on achieving Resilience for Evolving IT. The conference will take place May 22-24 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

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