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Oracle Brings Oracle's Flagship Databases and Developer Tools to the Docker Store
Oracle, April 19th 2017
Developers can easily access leading databases and developer tools as Docker containers to develop and deploy cloud-scale applications

Oracle announced that it is collaborating with Docker to release its flagship databases, middleware and developer tools into the Docker Store marketplace via the Docker Certification Program. Together, Oracle and Docker enable developers to quickly build cloud-native applications using Docker Enterprise Edition as their container platform and Oracle's databases and developer tools immediately available as Docker containers through the Docker Store.. The Docker Certification Program is a framework for partners to integrate and certify their technology to the Docker EE commercial platform.

Al Nahdi Drives Growth and Insight with Oracle Retail Cloud Services
Oracle, April 19th 2017
From Spreadsheets to Packaged Applications, Saudi Arabian Retailer Drives Increased Productivity

Oracle announced Saudi Arabian pharmacies' retailer Nahdi Medical Company deployed Oracle Retail Advanced Science Engine Cloud Service, Oracle Retail Merchandising Solutions, and Oracle Retail Category Management. Nahdi is considered the largest pharmacies' chain in Middle East and North Africa. Its mission is to exceed the expectations of 85 million guests across 125 cities by providing personalized high-quality health, wellness and beauty products and services through its expertise and extended reach.

Nahdi manages a huge and growing assortment of SKUs across 170 categories throughout its stores. The volume of data forced Nahdi to adopt a scalable and smart planning solution.

Oracle Buys Moat
Oracle, April 18th 2017
Creates the World's Most Comprehensive Cloud Platform for Marketing Data and Analytics

Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Moat, the fastest-growing digital measurement cloud company. Moat will join Oracle Data Cloud, which uses data and analytics to enhance media for leading marketers and publishers. The combination of Oracle and Moat will connect data to consumer attention for better media experiences and business outcomes.

Moat will remain an independent platform within Oracle Data Cloud, providing trusted measurement, analytics, and intelligence to the world's largest brands including Nestle, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever, and leading publishers such as ESPN, Facebook, NBCUniversal, Snapchat, and YouTube. Moat's enterprise client base and industry-leading attention analytics and intelligence suite provide a strong complement to Oracle Data Cloud's audience targeting and measurement solutions.

Oracle Warehouse Management Cloud Update Helps Businesses Scale Logistics to Meet Multi-Channel Demand
Oracle, April 18th 2017
Momentum of Cloud WMS Solution Touted in Top Industry Analyst Reports

Oracle announced a new supply chain cloud functionality that helps businesses master challenging warehouse fulfillment issues in order to help outpace their competition. Version 8 of Oracle Warehouse Management Cloud (the former LogFire Warehouse Management System) has the latest functional user experience and integration enhancements that provide a comprehensive view of inventory from supplier to the distribution center (DC) to store shelves.

With Forrester research reporting that the total cloud market value is expected to top $236 billion dollars by 2020, and Transparency Market Research reporting the cloud WMS market is expected to expand from $1.2 billion in 2015 to $4.1 billion by 2024, Oracle is well-positioned to help companies on their journey to adopt SCM cloud solutions.

How One B2B Company Makes Complex Customer Self-Service As Easy As ABC
By Rick O'Herron
Rick writes in Forbes, "Building communications networks isn't for meek service providers. They need to configure the right copper, fiber, and equipment and services to carry the voice, video, and data workloads of today and tomorrow. It's a very high-touch process, and it can't really be done with a traditional, consumer-like ecommerce interface.

Or can it? Calix, a $500 million telecommunications product and solutions company, has identified several B2B customer self-service scenarios - such as when customers know precisely what they want - where it makes sense to do exactly that..."

Innovation Made Easy: The Cloud's Long-Term Value Proposition
By Chuck Hollis
Chuck Hollis writes in Forbes, "A staple of the tech trade press is The New Shiny Thing, that cool, mysterious new technology portrayed as both promising and threatening.

Big data. Deep analytics. Internet of Things. Artificial intelligence and machine learning. Blockchain. Chatbots. The list goes on. When we tire of one thing, something newer and shinier comes along.

Buy the research study! Attend the conference! Download the white paper!

IT professionals usually take the time to understand the basic ideas behind these new shiny things, just in case some business colleague asks them. Most business people are looking for new ways to innovate, and all of these things might be winners - that is, if they were easier to consume.

But I'm here to argue that we'll see a lot less attention paid to new shiny things in the future than we've seen in the past..."

Oracle's Hurd: Answer The Questions That Really Matter To Your Business
By Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy writes in Forbes, "Oracle CEO Mark Hurd tries to avoid broad tech industry jargon like 'big data analytics.' Instead, as a CEO, he wants to hear about a real business problem and how data analysis helps solve it.

Like this question, which he's pushing his own teams to answer:

'What kinds of people succeed at Oracle?' Hurd asked, speaking to HR leaders on April 11 at the Oracle HCM World conference in Boston.

Oracle has hired tens of thousands of people over the past five years as it grows, adding to its a massive employee data set. Do recent grads from certain universities, with certain GPAs, tend to do better at Oracle, or does the success of such hires have more to do with the manager they're assigned? 'What common corollaries are there among the people who succeed?' Hurd asked..."

Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - April 2017
By Tanya Heise
The Critical Patch Update for April 2017 was released on April 18th, 2017

Tanya blogs, "The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes the list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities for each product suite, and links to other important documents. Supported products that are not listed in the "Affected Products and Components" section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied.

Also, it is essential to review the Critical Patch Update supporting documentation referenced in the Advisory before applying patches, as this is where you can find important pertinent information..."

Oracle IoT Cloud Helps Lochbridge Enable Connected Vehicles
By Product Team
Oracle blogs, "Lochbridge delivers Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to their customers in a number of industries including automotive, finance, healthcare and the public sector. They've partnered with Oracle to help enterprises find innovative ways to harness IoT data to improve and grow their business.

Listen to Lochbridge President and CEO Romil Bahl talk about leveraging Oracle Big Data Cloud and Oracle IoT Cloud services to build an IoT gateway for connected vehicles..."

Ada Is An AI-Powered Doctor App And Telemedicine Service
TechCrunch, April 19th 2017
"Ada, a London and Berlin-based health tech startup, sees its official U.K. push today, and in doing so joins a number of other European startups attempting to market something akin to an AI-powered 'doctor'.

The company's mobile offering bills itself as a 'personal health companion and telemedicine app' and via a conversational interface is designed to help you work out what symptoms you have and offer you information on what might be the cause. If needed, it then offers you a follow up remote consultation with a real doctor over text..."

Automated Agriculture: Can Robots, Drones, And AI Save Us From Starvation?
Digital Trends, April 17th 2017
"Agriculture has come a long way in the past century. We produce more food than ever before - but our current model is unsustainable, and as the world's population rapidly approaches the 8 billion mark, modern food production methods will need a radical transformation if they're going to keep up. But luckily, there's a range of new technologies that might make it possible. In this series, we'll explore some of the innovative new solutions that farmers, scientists, and entrepreneurs are working on to make sure that nobody goes hungry in our increasingly crowded world..."
    Machine Learning Algorithms Surpass Doctors At Predicting Heart Attacks
    Digital Trends, April 17th 2017
    "Doctors are not clairvoyant, but it looks like technology is getting awfully close. Thanks to a team of researchers at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, we could be closer than ever before to predicting the future when it comes to patients' health risks. The scientists have managed to develop an algorithm that outperforms medical doctors when it comes to predicting heart attacks. And this, experts say, could save thousands or even millions of lives every year.

    As it stands, around 20 million people fall victim to cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks, strokes, and blocked arteries. Today, doctors depend on guidelines similar to those of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) in order to predict individuals' risks. These guidelines include factors like age, cholesterol level, and blood pressure..."

    Machine Learning Audits In The 'Big Data Age'
    CIO Insight, April 19th 2017
    How can companies be confident that the algorithms they are employing are providing the service intended but are not reinforcing policies they did not intend?

    "Machine learning - essentially a computer that recognizes patterns without having to be explicitly programmed - is revolutionizing many industries. Machine learning enables us to find answers and unexpected relationships in data that were impossible to find with the 'cookbook recipe' style of programming that currently powers our software..."

      Supercharge Healthcare With Artificial Intelligence
      CIO, April 21st 2017
      "Artificial intelligence is redesigning healthcare. How do CIOs get a grip on what's practical versus theoretical in the dynamic space of machine intelligence? It starts by framing the A.I. landscape..."

      "Pattern-recognition algorithms can transform horses into zebras; winter scenes can become summer; artificial intelligence algorithms can generate art; robot radiologists can analyze your X-rays with remarkable precision.

      We have reached the point where pattern-recognition algorithms and artificial intelligence (A.I.) are more accurate than humans at the visual diagnosis and observation of X-rays, stained breast cancer slides and other medical signs involving general correlations between normal and abnormal health patterns..."

      New SPARC Cloud Offerings and Secure Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure Service
      By Javier Puerta
      Javier blogs, "Learn about the different SPARC-based cloud solutions. Acquaint yourself with a new on-premises cloud offering called Secure Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure as a Service which implements SPARC Enterprise.

      Watch the video..."

      Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.20
      By Simon Coter
      Simon blogs, "Today I'm going to announce VirtualBox updated releases on my personal blog; as maybe most of you already know our Virtualization Blog is migrating to a new platform and will be back very soon. Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 20.

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

      • GUI: fixed a possible crash when switching a multi-monitor VM into full-screen or seamless mode
      • GUI: fixed non-literal shortcuts if the keyboard is not captured
      • GUI: several mini-toolbar fixes in full-screen / seamless mode
      • Windows Additions: another fix for automatic logins for Windows Vista and newer
      • ICH9: fix for Windows guests with a huge amount (>64G) of guest memory
      • BIOS: fixed El Torito hard disk emulation geometry calculation (thanks to Dwight Engen contribution)

      Read on for details.

      IT - Storage
      Why Data Storage Issues Keep CIOs Up at Night
      CIO Insight, April 20th 2017
      CIOs are concerned that ever-increasing data storage issues will stall digital transformation efforts. Find out how they're responding to this challenge

      "With storage capabilities struggling to keep up with the growth of data, the majority of CIOs and other organizational leaders are reassessing their data storage approaches and strategies, according to a recent survey from SUSE. The resulting report, "Numbers Tell Stories," indicates that most IT decision-makers are concerned that data growth may cause storage issues that will stall digital transformation initiatives. They're also worried that storage costs will rise dramatically as capacity requirements increase. Given this, most said their company is moving toward the adoption of software-defined storage. Through SDS, virtualization separates storage hardware from the software that manages it, enabling IT departments to pursue the provisioning and management of data storage independently of hardware..."

      IT - Technology
      31 Tech Pros Share Favorite IT Products
      Network World, April 17th 2017
      Enterprise favorites bolster security and boost productivity

      "Every year we ask IT pros to share their favorite enterprise products, and every year we learn what it takes to win them over - including gear that saves time and money, bolsters security, and streamlines digital transformations. Read on to learn what 31 tech pros like best, in their own words..."

      A Chinese Warehouse Reportedly Cut Its Labor Costs In Half With A Fleet Of Tiny Robots
      Quartz Media, April 17th 2017
      "It's a disconcerting narrative to the American government, but the US is being outspent and out-scaled by the implementation of robots in China. Asia produces more robots than the rest of the world combined, and Chinese workers fear unemployment at the hands of robots more than anyone else. Even the Obama White House warned (pdf) that to stay competitive America needed to further invest in artificial intelligence and software that helps allow robots to operate in dynamic environments..."
        Accept For A Second That Robot Surgeons Exist. Who Will Check They're Up To The Job - And How?
        The Register, April 20th 2017
        "Medical robots should be split into different categories of autonomy, just as driverless cars are, a group of academics proposed Wednesday in Science Robotics.

        As should be obvious, surgery requires extensive training. In the US at least, students have to successfully get through university, postgraduate medical school, and years of practical training at a surgical residency program before they can be certified by the American Board of Surgery. They also have to learn to navigate the sensitive nature of patient-doctor relationships..."

          What Does the D-Shaped Icon Next to My USB-C Port Mean?
          How-To Geek, April 18th 2017
          "Most of the time, it is pretty simple to figure out what the various ports and the printed symbols next to them on our computers are for, but every so often, some new or different symbol pops up. With that in mind, today's SuperUser Q&A post has the answer to a curious reader's question..."
            IT - Bitcoin
            Way More Than Bitcoin: Inside The Blockchain Revolution (Videos)
            MIT Technology Review, April 19th 2017
            At the Business of Blockchain conference, speakers are exploring the future of money and transactions

            • Blockchain Is Helping to Build a New Kind of Energy Grid
            • How Blockchain Can Bring Financial Services to the Poor
            • Central Bankers Have Their Eyes on Blockchain
            • Blockchain's Weak Spots Pose a Hidden Danger to Users
            • Can Bitcoin Be the Foundation of a Fairer Financial System?
            • The Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Shaking Up Much More Than Money

            Read on for the links to to the videos...."

            What's Keeping Cryptocurrencies From Mass Adoption?
            TechCrunch, April 21st 2017
            "Speculators flocked to Bitcoin and many of the alt-coins in hopes of getting in early and making a big exit, but everyday users haven't warmed to cryptocurrencies.

            There are many reasons why, but one of the largest barriers to mainstream adoption is the price volatility of cryptocurrencies.

            So the question is, why do the prices change so much in the first place? It comes down to supply and demand: Most cryptocurrencies have only a fixed total supply, and yet demand for the coins is uncertain and constantly fluctuating thanks to speculation.

            Of course, it's easy enough to talk about the problem - coming up with a solution is quite another matter..."

            Will Blockchain Liability Be Similar To Bitcoin Liability?
            HelpNet Security, April 19th 2017
            "For many, Bitcoin is the de facto face of blockchain. The cryptocurrency Bitcoin has gained a sullied reputation for its nefarious use in criminal or black market transactions.

            However, Bitcoin and Blockchain are not one and the same. Bitcoin is a digital asset and payment system that runs on a public distributed ledger called a blockchain.

            But Blockchain can be used for cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin, and can be used for more than just cryptocurrencies. A Blockchain is a list of transactional records on a distributed ledger technology. Blockchain can be used to record real estate transactions, testing records, health care record storage and more..."

            IT - FOSS
            Best Practices For Securing Open Source Code
            Dark Reading, April 21st 2017
            Attackers see open source components as an obvious target because there's so much information on how to exploit them. These best practices will help keep you safer

            "Recently, a Forrester Research report called attention to open source's preeminence in application development, noting that custom code now often comprises only 10% to 20% of many applications.

            Although traditional application security tools - dynamic analysis security testing (DAST) and static analysis security testing (SAST) - are effective in finding bugs in proprietary application code, they aren't effective in identifying vulnerabilities in open source components 'in the wild'..."

            IT - DevOps
            Cryptographic Security Risks Are Amplified In DevOps Settings
            Help Net Security, April 19th 2017
            "Cryptographic security risks are amplified in DevOps settings, where compromises in development or test environments can spread to production systems and applications, according to a study conducted by Dimensional Research.

            According to the study, many organizations fail to enforce vital cryptographic security measures in their DevOps environments. These problems are especially acute among organizations that are in the midst of adopting DevOps practices, but even organizations that say their DevOps practices are mature do not follow security practices designed to protect cryptographic keys and digital certificates..."

            DevOps Playbook: A Practical Guide For Implementing DevOps
            jaxenter, April 21st 2017
            If you want to 'do' DevOps the right way, you need guidance. Hence the playbook, which gives you all the information you need to understand and adopt DevOps

            "Frankly speaking, there is no such thing as a set of rules and processes configured to do DevOps the right way, and the approach depends on the perceptions that different companies have towards DevOps. But wait, it gets even worse: many businesses misunderstand the concept of DevOps and so their DevOps approach goes down in flames.

            Understanding the concepts of DevOps is just one part - anybody can define DevOps in a fancy way but what matters most is doing it the right way. The fact that companies are willing to adopt DevOps is great but when they go from theory to practice, things go south. That happens because many companies which adopt DevOps have more questions than answers not only about how they should put it into practice, how a successful DevOps application looks like and how they know they are doing it right..."

            DevOps: The Innovation Power Couple
  , April 21st 2017
            "If 'Dev' and 'Ops' are the power couple of tech, 'DevOps' is the holy matrimony that takes innovation from trainwreck to fast and repeatable. At most businesses, however, Dev and Ops still sleep in separate rooms and agree only on their mutual contempt.

            Dev (Development) and Ops (IT Operations) usually are divorced or ready to serve the papers because their incentives clash. In Ops' opinion, Dev is an idiot - always out late drinking with friends, he comes up with wild ideas and wants to implement them immediately. Dev can't make anything work on real servers and can't write scalable, stable code..."

            MySQL InnoDB Cluster in Oracle Public Cloud: A Tutorial
            By Francisco Tirado
            Francisco blogs, "In this tutorial, we are going to guide you through the entire process of creating a 3 node InnoDB cluster in Oracle Public Cloud (OPC). We will address each of the steps, from the initial configuration and setup of the OPC IaaS resources to the InnoDB cluster creation and setup..."
            Cloud Computing
            Cloud-Native DevOps workshop
            By Juergen Kress
            Juergen blogs, "Oracle Cloud is the industry's broadest and most integrated public cloud. It offers best-in-class services across software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and even lets you put Oracle Cloud in your own data center. Oracle Cloud helps organizations drive innovation and business transformation by increasing business agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity. The workshop content shows different aspects of Application Development in the cloud with different set of Oracle Cloud Services..."
            Getting Started with Oracle Developer Samples
            By Allen Wangu
            Allen blogs, "Are you just joining Oracle's transformation journey to Cloud?

            Are you just getting used to working with the technology leader ?

            Having trouble getting started?

            Oracle is developing, supporting and promoting open source by providing sample templates that can get you started on most of our products..."

            IT - Cloud
            Five Pitfalls To Avoid When Migrating To The Cloud
            ComputerWorld, April 18th 2017
            Not analyzing your apps, your business and your costs can be major mistakes

            "Mistakes can be costly. They also can be so painful they keep you from venturing any further ahead.

            Of course, that's true with almost anything tech-related, but IT managers will tell you that there are some common, and potentially damaging, pitfalls that anyone looking at a cloud migration should work to avoid..."

              Organizations Take Data Warehousing To The Cloud
              Information Management, April 19th 2017
              "The pace at which organizations are moving their analytics efforts to the cloud is increasing, and many organizations are adopting a combined on-premises and multi-cloud environment in which to host their data.

              That is the view of Nikita Shamgunov, chief technology officer at MemSQL. Information Management spoke with Shamgunov at the Strata event in March in San Jose, asking his thoughts on current trends in analytics and data management..."

              IT - CxO
              6 Reasons Why You Should Buy - Not Build - Your Next CRM
              Business 2 Community, April 18th 2017
              "With analyst predictions placing CRM market value near the $40 billion mark, it's easy to assume that every company on the planet has chosen to invest in CRM. But contrary to popular belief, many companies are still on the fence as to whether they should buy a CRM from one of the more than 350 vendors on the market, or build it themselves.

              While constructing a customized CRM from the ground-up is certainly possible, companies that are dead-set on taking this route may be in for a little more than they bargained for. Here are 6 common reasons businesses cite for building their own CRM solutions, and why buying makes more sense..."

                Amtrak's CIO Is on a Technology Fast Track
                CIO Insight, April 21st 2017
                CIO Jason Molfetas modernized the technology at Amtrak, ushered in a digital transformation and deployed analytics to create a competitive edge for the company

                "When Jason Molfetas joined Amtrak as the CIO, he had come from Recall, an Australian-based global company involved in secure information management and logistics, digital media and data protection. In addition, he simultaneously held the position of general manager for its Brazilian operations. Therefore, Molfetas was quite experienced in taking on responsibilities outside of IT successfully. In the five years since, he has modernized the technology at Amtrak, while ushering in a digital transformation. As Molfetas tells CIO insight contributor Peter High, he has once again found opportunities to add value outside of the IT organization..."

                CISOs Admit They Are Unable to Keep Pace with Data Breaches
                Dark Reading, April 20th 2017
                "For the most part, cybersecurity seems to continue to be reactive rather than proactive. Yes, security systems are in place to prevent potential incidents, but overall, I think too many organizations are unprepared for when that incident does happen and spend a lot of time reacting to the aftermath.

                However, according to new research, organizations appear to be falling behind on their reactive approach. For The Global CISO Study: How Leading Organizations Respond to Security Threats and Keep Data Safe report, ServiceNow surveyed 300 CISOs and found that 81 percent said they believe data breaches in their company are going unaddressed..."

                CISOs, Board Members Have Widely Divergent Views on Cybersecurity
                Dark Reading, April 18th 2017
                Boards often want a lot more business-relevant reporting than CISOs provide, Focal Point Data Risk study shows

                "For all the talk about cybersecurity needing to be a board-level issue, security executives and corporate directors continue to have very different views on just about every critical aspect of the security function.

                Research released this week by Focal Point Data Risk shows that CISOs and board members often have different perspectives on the value of cybersecurity, on how to assess the effectiveness of security programs, and how to measure and express risk..."

                Continuous Delivery: 7 Hard-Earned Lessons For Getting It Right
                InformationWeek, April 19th 2017
                As organizations move toward continuous integration and delivery of applications there are multiple ways in which things can go wrong

                "It seems laughable now, but do you remember when Internet Explorer was updated every two years? Times have changed. Development cycles are approaching warp speed as companies deal with the competitive pressure to update their applications and websites as frequently as possible..."

                For True Cybersecurity, Executives Must Become Hands-On
                TechZone360, April 21st 2017
                "Of course cybersecurity is critical today - yet many organizations view it as a huge expenditure that slows the flow of business and frustrates employees, users and customers alike. C-level executives need to be aware of how their organizations' security measures affect the flow of business. At its best, cybersecurity infrastructure runs quietly in the background, unnoticed. Rather than being considered a cost center,

                cybersecurity can be re-envisioned as a growth enabler or differentiator, enabling enterprises to make innovative investments that spur growth.

                Data security is so important that mishandling it can spell disaster for an enterprise. It is a potentially ruinous mistake for executives with non-technical backgrounds to simply assign responsibility for cybersecurity to the chief security officer, chief information security officer or IT team. C-suite executives might see the iceberg ahead, but do they really understand the size of the problem below the surface?..."

                How This CTO Encourages Sustainable Innovation
                The Enterprisers Project, April 19th 2017
                "Innovation is easy - if you're willing to sacrifice everything in the process. Sustainable innovation is what we really want. Peak 10 CTO Mike Fuhrman has a unique insight into how to facilitate growth without sacrificing stability.

                The Enterprisers Project (TEP): Frequently you'll hear that rules and regulations strangle innovation, but it seems the opposite is true here. How have you created new rules that allow you to pursue opportunities? &#8232;...."

                The Danger Of Complacency Over GDPR Compliance
                ITProPortal, April 20th 2017
                What will be considered 'good enough' by Supervisory Authorities when the fateful date comes around?

                "There is no escaping the subject of the EU's Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at the moment, from new services and solutions being offered to blogs, webinars and conference presentations all focusing on the 25th May 2018 deadline for compliance.

                And yet, some organisations are still unsure how, or even if, GDPR will affect their business and what steps they need to focus on to meet its requirements. What will be considered 'good enough' by Supervisory Authorities when the fateful date comes around? Is this all just an exercise in selling snake oil by the IT security industry ('another Y2K' as I've heard GDPR referred to on several occasions)?..."

                Why CIOs Should Care About Robots Stealing Jobs
                CIO, April 19th 2017
                By 2027, automation will have a strong impact on employment - but it won't reach the level of a job apocalypse

                "There's a lot of talk these days about how robots, software, and artificial intelligence will (or won't) steal jobs. On one side of the debate you find denialists, like U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who believes that widespread impact on jobs is '50 or 100 years' away. On the other side, you find steadfast pessimists: Analysts who believe that robots will replace as many as half the jobs in the economy, like Oxford scholars Carl Frey and Michael Osborne, or Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots.

                Each of these views holds elements of truth, but both are also fundamentally incorrect. Denialists are wrong, as automation technologies have replaced human jobs for more than a century and this trend has been accelerating for 10 years. Advancements in artificial intelligence place additional classes of jobs - in white collar roles - at risk. Yet pessimists overstate their case. The revolution won't happen overnight: Forrester predict that by 2027, automation will have a strong impact on employment - but it won't reach the level of a job apocalypse..."

                  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

                  Free for SFTA members, $45 for non-members


                  vBeers @ Miami (Coral Gables)
                  Wednesday, April 26th, 2017: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
                  320 Gastrolounge - Coral Gables

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

                  This will be a joint meetup with the Miami VMware Users Group (VMUG).

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

                  Registration is required for this location.

                  John Mclaughlin, Andres Hurtado Rangel

                  IT - DR
                  Data Trashed? When RPO 0 isn't Enough
                  The Register, April 19th 2017
                  Cast-iron storage policies

                  "World Backup Day came and went - did you notice? It seems the only thing we've learned is that everyone wants Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) of 0. Unfortunately, aggressive RPO targets are hard. They affect the design of real world environments, and are sometimes not possible.

                  And RPO of 0 means "no data loss". With RPO 0, if a tornado touches down and obliterates your data center, not one block of data a production workload was writing is lost. This seemingly miraculous level of data protection is possible, within certain limits.

                  RPO 0 is expensive. So expensive, in fact, that RPO 0 will place significant constraints on how you can design your data center. Even more frustrating is that all the modern technologies at our disposal make the design process even more ambiguous, not less..."

                    What's In The Fine Print Of Your Disaster Recovery Vendor Agreement?
                    CSO Online, April 21st 2017
                    Make sure these points are in your service-level agreements with DRaaS vendors

                    "Disaster-recovery solutions require several complex, moving parts coordinated between your production site and the recovery site. Service-level agreements are ultimately the most accurate way to determine where responsibility is held for disaster-recovery process and execution. It's important to have SLA documentation around these critical aspects of recovery so that customers have commitments from their vendor. It's also important that a service provider's agreements contain service-credit backed SLAs for additional accountability. When considering DRaaS vendors, ask your potential partner how far they are willing to go in protecting your business and your data, and if these promises will be reimbursable if not met. Bluelock's Brandon Jeffress reviews what is essential to be in an ironclad SLA..."

                      IT - PM
                      5 Free Project Management Tools For Business Users
                      Business 2 Community, April 20th 2017
                      "Every industry needs a tool to manage and run their projects. According to a study published by the US based Project Management Institute (PMI), businesses in the United States lose as much as $122 million in poor project performance for each one billion dollar invested. Another study found that fewer than a third of all projects are completed on time and on budget annually. One of the many reasons contributing to the poor execution of projects is the lack of proper planning. A report published by Pricewaterhouse Coopers found that nearly 44% of project managers used no software to manage their projects..."
                      IT - Networks
                      Five Things I Learned Building A New Wi-Fi Network
                      ZDnet, April 18th 2017
                      Getting a Wi-Fi network up and running is easy, but putting in place frustration-free Wi-Fi takes thought, planning, and new hardware

                      "Regular readers will know that I've been busy kitting out the PC Doc HQ with a new Wi-Fi system. The old one was old, tired, and kludgy, with too much of it fabri-cobbled together using old gear, with routers hooked up to routers, and a mish-mash of Wi-Fi extenders thrown into the mix for good measure.

                      Five years ago this system was OK, but as demands on the system grew, along with an explosion in the number of clients, it was now creaking under the weight of the demands being put on it and something needed to be done.

                      So I bit the bullet and did it..."

                      How The New York Times Handled Unprecedented Election-Night Traffic Spike
                      Data Center Knowledge, April 18th 2017
                      "When he woke up the morning of October 21, 2016, Nick Rockwell did the same thing he had done first thing every morning since The New York Times hired him as CTO: he opened The Times' app on his phone. Nothing loaded.

                      The app was down along with BBC, CNN, Fox News, The Guardian, and a long list of other web services, taken out by the largest DDoS attack in history of the internet. An army of infected IP cameras, DVRs, modems, and other connected devices - the Mirai botnet - had flooded servers of the DNS registrar Dyn in 17 data centers, halting a huge number of sites and mobile apps that depended on it for letting their users' computers know how to find them online..."

                      Infrared Much Better Than Wi-Fi
                      Network World, April 17th 2017
                      Using open-air light waves instead of radio will solve bandwidth congestion resulting from internet-connected devices, researchers say

                      "A few special 'light antennas' dotted around a room would provide significantly more bandwidth for internet-connected devices than traditional Wi-Fi, says a Dutch scientist. Wi-Fi's days could be numbered if the technology works as suggested.

                      With this new Wi-Fi replacement system that's been proposed, benign, infrared rays of light emitted from ceiling-mounted transmitters would beam bandwidth-intensive streams of data at smartphones and laptops within the room. And each ray of light could provide 40 gigabits per second, says Joanne Oh, a Ph.D. researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in a news article on the university's website..."

                      Public WiFi Security: A 10-Step Guide
                      Network Computing, April 18th 2017
                      Protect your users by sharing these security precautions for public WiFi

                      "These days, public WiFi is everywhere. Beyond cafes and airports, you'll find hotspots in sports stadiums, hospitals, and department stores. While IT pros are well aware of the security risks of public WiFi, their users -- who are eager to get online wherever they are -- likely aren't.

                      The team at TheBestVPN put together a handy list of public WiFi security tips that can help educate your users. Following these security fundamentals will help protect them from hackers when they connect over a public WiFi network. Moreover, these steps will shield any sensitive corporate data that happens to be on their mobile device when they use a hotspot..."

                      Software-Based Networking Brings New Automation Perks, Challenges
                      SearchDataCenter, April 22nd 2017
                      More data center teams have moved to software-defined networks. And while the technology brings new benefits around automation, it also brings a host of implementation challenges

                      "The world of networking is moving rapidly to software-based systems that offer automated provisioning, improved management and security, and better support for DevOps-style application development. The automation benefits of software-based networking are critical to support the adoption of new IT and network architectures, including hybrid cloud and the internet of things..."

                      IT - IoT
                      3 Ways IoT Will Positively Change Your Manufacturing Business
                      Business 2 Community, April 20th 2017
                      "In our previous post about the Internet of Things (IoT), we took a broad look at why tech-savvy businesses shouldn't fear the coming connected-tech revolution. We argued that similar to the advent of the smartphone, this will be a disruptive technology that companies small and large need to educate themselves on in order to benefit from it. Now let's get more specific as to how IoT is poised to change traditional manufacturing businesses and make them more profitable..."
                      A Call For IoT Standards
                      Data Center Knowledge, April 20th 2017
                      "As anticipation for the Internet of Things has blossomed, so have misgivings and fears about its security vulnerabilities. Several high profile incidents, particularly the Mirai episode, have raised questions about the security risks posed by proliferating devices connected to the Internet. As companies and consumers continue their march into the brave new world of IoT, addressing these concerns will be essential..."
                      How Internet Of Things Will Shape Intelligent Enterprises
                      eWeek, April 18th 2017
                      "People are more than ready for the internet of things because they've been reading about its possibilities for a few years. They are beginning to buy smart connected products, such as thermostats, washing machines and refrigerators. Similarly, the IoT is quickly impacting and reshaping the enterprise landscape, forming more intelligent enterprises across industries. The convergence of IoT, mobility and cloud computing has led to a new operational paradigm known as the intelligent enterprise which allows businesses to be more efficient and make informed decisions with improved real-time visibility. This eWEEK slide show, using industry information from Tom Bianculli, CTO of Zebra Technologies, provides insights into the intelligent enterprise..."
                      Underwriters Laboratories Creates Living Lab For Real-World IoT Testing
                      Network World, April 18th 2017
                      The house provides a real-world environment where many smart appliances, devices and systems interoperate in close proximity with one another

                      "What could go wrong with IoT devices? A lot when it comes to dozens of such devices working close to one another if not tested for interoperability first. Is the connected thermostat interfering with the smart TV? Or has the IoT-enabled door lock been hacked through the security camera?

                      How do you to test if the smart appliances from different vendors work with your smart home ecosystem? Is one compromising the security of another? How do consumers really use their IoT devices?

                      Underwriters Laboratories (UL) uses a real home fitted with IoT appliances and devices as a testing lab to find out..."

                      IT - Operations
                      6 Steps For Setting Up A Server Room For Your Small Business
                      CIO, April 18th 2017
                      Are you worried about relying on a third-party online service provider to store your business data? Learn how to set up your own server room for an on-premises deployment instead

                      "Bringing IT in-house and setting up dedicated on-premises servers can be intimidating for a small business, especially given the recent focus on online services. Moreover, resources designed to help tend to assume a medium-sized or enterprise installation, which may not necessarily work well for setting up a small server room or even a closet for a branch office.

                      With some understanding of the basics, though, setting up your own server room for your small business network need not be an arcane process. Here are some tips for getting started..."

                        IT - Security
                        9 Superheroes For Crack Security Teams
                        InfoWorld, April 18th 2017
                        Want to beat the odds when meeting your next security challenge? Security teams work best when these roles are filled

                        "As a traveling enterprise security consultant, I get to see security teams at their best and their worst. Under stress, some teams work like a well-oiled machines, while others devolve into inefficient, finger-pointing bureaucracies.

                        Every great computer security team has a synergistic collection of skilled professionals who work well together to meet common goals. The team may debate a solution, but once a decision is made, everyone works hard to execute with no hard feelings. Good teams expect constant change and disruption. They know whatever it is they are trying to accomplish will likely be harder than anticipated..."

                        Humans Are (Still) The Weakest Cybersecurity Link
                        CIO, April 19th 2017
                        Companies are regularly compromised by social engineering schemes, such as phishing and ransomware. Here's what they can do prevent attacks and, if that's too late, mitigate the damage

                        "Humans remain the weak link in corporate data protection, but you might be surprised that it isn't only rank-and-file employees duped by phishing scams who pose risks. Some companies are lulled into a false sense of cybersecurity by vendors. You read that right:Some enterprises believe the shiny new technologies they've acquired will protect them from anything.

                        Just ask Theodore Kobus, leader of BakerHostetler's Privacy and Data Protection team..."

                          Privacy Vs. Confidentiality Vs. Anonymity: What You Need To Know
                          Business 2 Community, April 20th 2017
                          "Many of us use 'privacy' and 'confidentiality' interchangeably, yet the two words - and 'anonymity' - mean significantly different things. The differences matter when it comes to data ownership, rights, responsibilities, and protections.

                          I took a deep dive into confidentiality a couple of decades ago, during a four-year stint working at the U.S. Census Bureau. That was a great gig. Working on subcontract to IBM, I designed and led the development team for the 2000 Census tabulation system, which the bureau ultimately used to generate hundreds of billions of statistical tables, and I helped build the first iteration of the bureau's American Fact Finder Web portal..."

                          Secure Systems And The Three Little Pigs
                          CSO Online, April 18th 2017
                          How to create a secure systems development practice in spite of Agile, DevOps and changing threats

                          "Everyone knows the story of the three little pigs. Pigs #1 and #2 built houses of straw and wood; the wolf was able to blow their houses down, and presumably have them for a nice barbecue lunch. Pig #3 built his house out of brick and survived the wolf's attack. In fact, the wolf fell down the chimney and was lunch himself.

                          Pig #3 built security into his house, whereas the others did not. This story provides a nice feeling for security professionals. We start with a good foundation and add walls and roof. Then we are safe. We are clearly as smart as pig #3. We will build security into our system and survive attack. Our program managers and developers will be satisfied..."

                          Security And The Human Factor: Creating A Positive User Experience
                          HelpNet Security, April 20th 2017
                          "Despite the myriad of security solutions deployed, breaches are still happening. Even with the most robust security solutions it seems that we're failing with the fundamentals, with ever more sophisticated hacks infiltrating and bringing down networks or resulting in compromised data.

                          For all the security solutions we can create, it's people who are the first line of defence - but also the weakest link in the chain when it comes to your security defences. Isn't it time, therefore, to step back and take a look at the way we approach security from the perspective of the end users?..."

                          IT - Careers
                          10 Interview Questions For Hiring Cloud-Literate Security Staff
                          CSO Online, April 21st 2017
                          The answers will paint a picture of whether this candidate understands cloud security

                          "Market researchers have been saying for a while now that organizations are having trouble finding, hiring, and retaining experienced IT security professionals with the necessary cybersecurity skills. The rise of cloud computing creates an additional hurdle to building a modern security team.

                          Cloud computing brings a unique set of information security challenges along with a shift in security strategy. Gartner predicts that 95 percent of cloud security incidents will be the customer's fault, so it is critical for security professionals to understand the risks and vulnerabilities associated with cloud use..."

                          15 Top Paying IT Certifications In 2017
                          Business 2 Community, April 21st 2017
                          • Security-related certifications pay on average over $17,000 per year more than the median IT certification salary.
                          • Citrix certifications have annual salaries that range from $99,411 to $105,086 with a median salary of $102,365. AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate is paying a median salary of $125,091.
                          • Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications are the most pervasive, with 730,000 active PMPs in 210 countries and territories worldwide.

                          "These and many other insights about the highest-paying certifications this year are from Global Knowledge's latest research on the salary levels and market conditions for IT certifications..."

                          Cloud Engineering Jobs Demand Mix Of Technical, Business Skills
                          SearchCloudComputing, April 19th 2017
                          Cloud computing has become the norm for many enterprises -- and the IT job market reflects that. Learn what it takes to be a cloud engineer, and the skill set you need to succeed

                          "Cloud deployments -- whether private, public or hybrid -- need high-level IT professionals, such as cloud engineers, that can design, plan, deploy, manage and support these complex services. If you're on the hunt for cloud engineering jobs, or just want to advance your cloud engineering skills, it's important to know what prospective employers search for..."

                          Crafting The Optimal It Resume: 6 Tips
                          NetworkComputing, April 17th 2017
                          Reach your IT career goals by following this practical resume guidance

                          "'There are a lot of tips and advice about resumes out there. You've probably encountered the '1-page vs. 2-pages' debate for how long a resume should be. While a lot of that information is sound, there are some additional considerations when sending in a resume for an IT position. After all, IT is a rather unique career field. Here are six tips to help you optimize your resume for the IT job of your dreams..."

                            Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Threatens The Mid-Market
                            Network World, April 21st 2017
                            Organizations with 100 to 999 employees remain understaffed and under-skilled in cybersecurity - and an easy mark for hackers

                            "Each year, respondents ESG's annual global survey of IT and cybersecurity professionals are asked to identify the area where their organizations have a problematic shortage of skills. For the sixth year in a row, cybersecurity skills topped the list - this year, 45% of the 641 respondents said their organization has a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills.

                            Now, the cybersecurity skill shortage isn't picky; it impacts all organizations across industries, organizational size, geography, etc. Nevertheless, global cybersecurity may be especially problematic for organizations in the mid-market, from 100 to 999 employees..."

                              Four Steps For Rebounding From Job-Search Rejection
                              Fast Company, April 18th 2017
                              Getting turned down sucks. Here's how to bounce back even stronger than before

                              "Thanks for your interest, but we've decided to go with another candidate."

                              "This is a crappy email to receive, particularly when you thought you had it in the bag. The exceptional opportunity that you believed was a perfect fit is no longer on the table.

                              It seemed like an offer was definitely in the works, too; after all, you'd sent them references upon request, and even briefly chatted about possible compensation. Plus, you bonded with the hiring manager - you can't have made that up.

                              In spite of an outstanding final interview, you didn't get the job - now what?..."

                                How I Hired My Newest Employee Before She Even Started Her Job Search
                                Fast Company, April 18th 2017
                                One hiring manager at Dropbox shares his approach to recruiting so-called 'passive job-seekers'

                                "It's the end of the year. Everyone on my team is getting ready for holiday travel and planning to spend time with friends and family. But before we hang it up for the year, I've got one more thing left to do: find and hire two business development reps for my team here at Dropbox.

                                December isn't the hottest season for recruiting and hiring, but in the waning weeks of 2016, I had two open positions on my team and a pretty thick pipeline of candidates, typical of the season. But determined to find my top hire before breaking for the holidays, I reached out to our recruiting team, and they suggested I check out the 'Apply Starters' feature in LinkedIn Jobs, which rolled out late last year. The tool lets hiring managers find candidates who've started applying to their companies' job postings, even if they don't finish. That led me straight to my newest hire, Veronica Velasco.

                                Here's how..."

                                The 20 Highest-Paying Markets For Cyber Security Engineers
                                CSO Online, April 19th 2017
                                IT security professionals are in high demand in most job markets, but some metropolitan areas are better than others when it comes to offering a top pay check

                                "IT security professionals are in high demand in most job markets, but some metropolitan areas are better than others when it comes to offering a top pay check. Randstat recently released its annual IT salary study, which looked at the top 45 highest paying markets in 27 states. Following are the top 20 markets for cyber security engineers, based on the medium salary reported..."

                                IT - Virtualization
                                How To Containerize Your Legacy Apps Without Sweating
                                CIO, April 21st 2017
                                Docker, along with its partners, has created a program called Modernize Traditional Applications (MTA) to containerize legacy applications without changing a single line of code

                                "MetLife will turn 150 years old next year and the venerable company is still using applications that were written in 1980s.

                                If you think MetLife is unique, think again. According to a 2016 Fortune article, 'the average age of a Fortune 500 company is 80 years.'

                                In a keynote speech at DockerCon, Aaron Ades, an assistant vice president at MetLife, explained the challenges companies like MetLife face with legacy applications. Here we have a 150 year-old company, banking on a technology that is less than five years old.

                                That's courage..."

                                Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.20
                                By Simon Coter
                                Simon blogs, "Today I'm going to announce VirtualBox updated releases on my personal blog; as maybe most of you already know our Virtualization Blog is migrating to a new platform and will be back very soon. Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 20.

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

                                • GUI: fixed a possible crash when switching a multi-monitor VM into full-screen or seamless mode
                                • GUI: fixed non-literal shortcuts if the keyboard is not captured
                                • GUI: several mini-toolbar fixes in full-screen / seamless mode
                                • Windows Additions: another fix for automatic logins for Windows Vista and newer
                                • ICH9: fix for Windows guests with a huge amount (>64G) of guest memory
                                • BIOS: fixed El Torito hard disk emulation geometry calculation (thanks to Dwight Engen contribution)

                                Read on for details.

                                IT - Email
                                How CIOs Can Fight The Rise In Shadow Email
                                CIO, April 21st 2017
                                A substantial percentage of cloud services may be sending email on your company's behalf. Here' s how to get control over the problem of shadow email

                                "One feature of today's cloud-centric landscape is just how many different services may be sending email on your company's behalf, even when email does not appear to be their primary function.

                                We call this 'shadow email,' because these emails are going out (potentially exposing your company to risk and liability) without any awareness or oversight by the CIO, CSO or IT teams. Like shadow IT, shadow email lurks in the dark corners of your domain.

                                I've worked with dozens of companies to help them discover and manage their shadow email services, and I have yet to encounter a CIO who wasn't surprised by the sheer volume of cloud services that were sending email on their behalf - sometimes dozens of them..."

                                IT - Database
                                NoSQL Grudge Match: MongoDB Vs. Couchbase Server
                                RedMonk, April 20th 2017
                                Which document database? From ease of installation and backup flexibility to index design and query capabilities, a few key differences point the way

                                "Choosing the right database for the job can be a daunting task, particularly if you're entertaining the full space of SQL and NoSQL options. If you're looking for a flexible, general-purpose option that allows for fluid schemas and complex nested data structures, a document database might be right for you. MongoDB and Couchbase Server are two popular choices. How should you choose?..."

                                IT - Big Data
                                Artificial Intelligence: Fulfilling The Failed Promise Of Big Data
                                Information Management, April 21st 2017
                                "The topic of artificial intelligence is dominating discussions of data management this year. But while a growing number of organizations are interested in AI, many don't fully understand what the technology can do to help boost their customer engagement or the bottom line.

                                Forrester Research analyst Brandon Purcell has recently authored two reports on the current strong interest in artificial intelligence and what can be expected from it. In part one of Information Management's interviews with Purcell yesterday, we discussed 'The Top Emerging Technologies in Artificial Intelligence.' In part two today we discuss the report 'Artificial Intelligence Technologies and Solutions, Q1 2017'..."

                                How To Determine The Quality Of Data
                                Information Management, April 18th 2017
                                "Organizations are generating a deluge of data every moment. Effective analysis and decision-making depends upon that data, so ensuring the availability of quality data is imperative to achieving desired results.

                                Quality of data is closely related to the concept of 'fitness for the purpose.' Data that may be fit for a certain purpose may not be fit for another. So the same set of data may be considered of adequate quality for one specific purpose but may suffer a quality deficit when used for a different purpose..."

                                  Infrastructure, Scaling And Staffing Top Barriers To Analytics Success
                                  Information Management, April 17th 2017
                                  "The number of organizations implementing big data and analytics projects has increased dramatically, but many struggle with a number of challenges to achieving the returns on investment they hope for.

                                  That is the conclusion of a new study on machine data analytics by 451 Research and sponsored by Logtrust. The report, entitled 'The Need for Speed: Machine Data Analytics in 2016-17' found that most organizations currently employ data analytics, and are most frequently using it for IT operations management (cited by 80 percent) and security (cited by 60 percent). Other common use cases include the Internet of Things (cited by 51 percent), big data analytics (cited by 51 percent), fraud analytics (cited by 45 percent) and IT governance/compliance (cited by 34 percent)..."

                                  Open Source Tools For Enterprise Data Science
                                  insideBIGDATA, April 20th 2017
                                  "Proprietary solutions, once the mainstay of enterprise data science, are now being eclipsed by open source projects like R, Spark, and TensorFlow. There are several reasons for this trend: Open source tools offer endless opportunities for collaboration and contribution, and many have been built out to the point that they provide very real value, even at an enterprise level.

                                  Did you know that 62% of analytics professionals prefer open source languages Python and R to proprietary legacy solution SAS? Open source tools are winning at the enterprise level, but deciding which ones to add to your tech stack is not so straightforward..."

                                  Steve Ballmer Serves Up A Fascinating Data Trove
                                  New York Times, April 17th 2017
                                  "Guess what Steven A. Ballmer has been up to for the last several years. (No, not just cheering for the basketball team he owns, the Los Angeles Clippers.) It's a novel project, and he plans to take the wrapping off it Tuesday.

                                  But first the back story, which is a valuable prelude to a description of the project itself.

                                  When Mr. Ballmer retired as chief executive of Microsoft in 2014, he was only 57 and quickly realized "I don't, quote, 'have anything to do.'"

                                  As he looked for a new endeavor - before he decided to buy the Clippers - his wife, Connie, encouraged him to help with some of her philanthropic efforts, an idea he initially rejected.

                                  'But come on, doesn't the government take care of the poor, the sick, the old?' Mr. Ballmer recalled telling her. After all, he pointed out, he happily paid a lot of taxes, and he figured that all that tax money should create a sufficient social safety net..."

                                  Using Big Data To Improve Customer Relations
                                  Information Management, April 20th 2017
                                  "It is common knowledge for companies today that harnessing the power of big data it essential for building a successful business model. The rapid growth of digital communities and automation in the workplace has led to major changes in the way that companies communicate with consumers.

                                  From understanding market trends and fluctuations to segmenting consumer data to create more personalized marketing campaigns, big data has resulted in more sophisticated customer relations that have changed the way business interact with users on a day to day basis..."

                                  Why Big Data Means Better Health
                                  insideBIGDATA, April 21st 2017
                                  "From the mundane tasks of record keeping and data entry, to more advanced and practical applications like observing and understanding our sleep patterns via smartphone - data shape the way we live and think, just as much as the technology it powers does.

                                  In fact, more data have been created in the past three years than in the history of the human race. However, only 0.5% of all this data is ever analyzed and used. There is vast unrealized potential in big data, especially in industries where positive change is not only possible, but essential..."

                                  Why Securing Big Data Is A Big Deal
                                  insideBIGDATA, April 19th 2017
                                  "Companies are increasingly collecting more information than ever making big data a 'big deal' thanks to the massive volume of data, as well as the desire of many to make better use of such data. In fact, industry research firms like IDC are predicting continued double-digit growth for big data and business analytics through 2020. If you think you don't need to pay attention to securing big data, think again..."
                                  IT - Mobile
                                  4G vs LTE: What's the difference?
                                  TechAdvisor, April 20th 2017
                                  Tech jargon is confusing at the best of times, but 4G is a real minefield. We explain the differences between 4G and LTE to help you understand

                                  "4G, LTE, LTE-A, carrier aggregation. It's all tech nonsense if you don't understand what the jargon means. Here we explain the differences between 4G and LTE so you're better equipped to choose not only the best phone, but also the best tariff.

                                  These days, there are a lot of decisions to make when getting a new phone. Along with deciding which handset is best for you, you might also have to choose a new tariff, and that's a complex business in itself..."

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

                                  • Oracle CEO: We Can Beat Amazon and Microsoft Without as Many Data Centers
                                  • Ubuntu 17.04
                                  • Friday Spotlight: Running Oracle Linux as a Logical Domain on SPARC
                                  • America's Cup Boats Draft Moore's Law Technology Curve
                                  • Tips and Tricks for best RMAN Backup and Recovery Performance
                                  • Why CIOs Who Want To 'Grow The Business' Must Adopt Cloud
                                  • McGraw Hill's Journey to Oracle Public Cloud
                                  • Setting up MySQL Cluster in the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud
                                  • Training Thursdays: Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud with Oracle OpenStack
                                  • Leverage Enterprise Manager to Simplify your Database Security Management

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

                                    IT - Encryption
                                    Business Leaders See Encryption As Security Layer For Data In The Cloud
                                    IT Business Edge, April 18th 2017
                                    "To start 2017, the Chicago Tribune made a prediction. The paper said that this is the year we collectively embrace cybersecurity and encrypting our digital lives.

                                    I think in our personal use, most of us still see encryption as cumbersome, something we know we should do but would prefer our applications and software were designed to encrypt everything for us. But what about in enterprise? How are organizations dealing with encryption and protecting data?..."

                                    Businesses Increasing Encryption Efforts
                                    ITProPortal, April 18th 2017
                                    Cyber security threats have done their part in encryption adoption among businesses

                                    "Businesses are increasingly adopting encryption strategies, according to a new report by Thales. More than four in ten (41 per cent) of respondents in the report said their organisation has an encryption strategy that is applied 'consistently', across the enterprise.

                                    What's also interesting as that for the first time since Thales started making these reports (12 years), business unit leaders have more influence on these things than IT operations..."

                                    IT - Tape
                                    LTO Program Breaks Year-Over-Year Records for Tape Shipment
                                    HPC Wire, April 18th 2017
                                    The LTO Program Technology Provider Companies (TPCs) -Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM and Quantum - released their annual tape media shipment report, detailing quarterly and year-over-year shipments.

                                    The report shows a record 96,000 petabytes (PB) of total compressed tape capacity shipped in 2016, an increase of 26.1 percent over the previous year. Greater LTO-7 tape technology density as well as the continuous growth in LTO-6 tape technology shipments were key contributors to this increase.

                                    To help illustrate the monumental amount of tape capacity shipped in 2016, if you consider 1GB is equivalent to ~9 meters of books lined up on a shelf, a single PB would equal enough books to line a shelf stretching 9,144 kilometers long. To extend this analogy for a complete comparison, the amount of books required to represent 96,000PB of data could construct a ladder connecting Jupiter to the Sun with nearly 100 million kilometers of books to spare!

                                    Webcast Series: Build Better Mobile Apps Faster
                                    By Juergen Kress
                                    Juergen blogs, "Digital Transformation creates new business opportunities through the ability to engage people with the latest mobile, social, cloud and collaboration capabilities. You can create value, create loyalty and reduce cost of operations by optimizing your mobile presence and start using intelligent, in-the-moment experiences in your mobile strategy, in-context and collaboratively. Build engaging innovative apps with context and location and be ready for new channels such as chat bots, so the organization can support consumers in a fun, useful, and meaningful ways in an environment that presents the least friction possible..."
                                      IT - Developer
                                      Should You Use Python Or R For Your Programming Language?
                                      insideBIGDATA, April 19th 2017
                                      "When it comes to choosing a programming language, there really are only two choices if you're working with data. For data science, machine learning, statistics, IoT technology and even automation, the two best languages to use are Python and R.

                                      Narrowing down the focus to those two languages is easy, but unfortunately, choosing between them is not so simple. It doesn't help that most resources will go into extreme detail about each language, but they stop short of ever choosing which one is the best option..."

                                      IT - HPC
                                      Hyperion (IDC) Paints a Bullish Picture of HPC Future
                                      HPC Wire, April 20th 2017
                                      "Hyperion Research - formerly IDC's HPC group - yesterday painted a fascinating and complicated portrait of the HPC community's health and prospects at the HPC User Forum held in Albuquerque, NM. HPC sales are up and growing ($22 billion, all HPC segments, 2016). Global exascale plans are solidifying (who, what, when, and how much ($)). The new kid on the block - all things 'big' data driven - is becoming an adolescent and behaving accordingly. And HPC ROI, at least as measured by Hyperion, is $551 per $1 invested (revenue growth) and $52 per $1 of profit invested..."
                                      Nexenta News
                                      ZeroStack And Nexenta Offer Converged Cloud/Storage Solution
                                      Nexenta, April 11th 2017
                                      ZeroStack Teams up with Nexenta to Create Integrated Private Cloud Solution that Reduces Cloud Operations & Storage Costs for Enterprise and Cloud Workloads

                                      ZeroStack, the leader in making self-driving private cloud affordable for all companies, and Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), announced a joint solution that integrates ZeroStack's Intelligent Cloud Platform with Nexenta's storage systems to create a pre-tested, completely automated, and fully supported converged private cloud solution. With this solution, enterprises and managed service providers can now leverage Nexenta's industry-first hardware and protocol-agnostic Software-Defined Storage (SDS) portfolio, delivering complete freedom from storage hardware vendor lock-in, to build a highly resilient and high performing cloud for application development, running packaged enterprise applications and hosting.

                                      AMAX Launches StorMax Software Defined Storage Appliance NexentaStor
                                      Nexenta, April 18th 2017
                                      AMAX Launches StorMax Software Defined Storage Appliance

                                      AMAX, a leading provider of Cloud/IaaS, Deep Learning, Enterprise computing infrastructure solutions, announced the release of StorMax SDS, a software defined storage solution enabling customers around the world to transform their storage infrastructure, increasing flexibility and agility, simplifying management, and dramatically reducing storage infrastructure costs without compromising on Availability, Reliability or Functionality.

                                      AMAX StorMax SDS is a highly available software-designed storage solution that delivers unified file and block storage services with enterprise-grade data management, data integrity, and performance that can easily scale from tens of Terabytes to Petabytes.

                                      Seamlessly integrated with NexentaStor, the plug and play appliances are designed to be a simple swap-in replacement of legacy block and file storage appliances, offering unlimited file system sizes, unlimited snapshots and clones, and inline data reduction for additional storage cost savings . The StorMax SDS is ideal for VMWare/OpenStack/CloudStack backend storage, generic NAS file services, home directory storage, and near-line archive and large-scale backup repositories.

                                      Cisco News
                                      Cisco Expands Certification Portfolio to Drive Business Transformation
                                      Cisco, April 19th 2017
                                      Cisco Expands Certification Portfolio to Drive Business Transformation

                                      In the digital era, acquiring and building talent is a critical capability for organizations working to evolve, drive better business outcomes and create new market opportunities. Cisco announced it is expanding its training and certification portfolio with offerings that enable customers to optimize technology for successful digital business transformation. Transformation enabled by cloud computing, IoT, analytics, agile data centers, cybersecurity, mobility, ubiquitous access and the programmable network is only part of the equation. In addition to technology, workforce talent is key. Successful programs require involvement of stakeholders from beyond IT - and from other areas of the organization - who bring different perspectives. The evolution of job roles in the digital age requires new skills.

                                      Dell News
                                      Dell End-User Security Survey Highlights Unsafe Data Security Practices in the Workplace
                                      Dell, April 20th 2017
                                      Dell is releasing the results of its Dell End-User Security Survey, which finds that not only are many employees likely to share confidential information, but that they are doing so without proper data security protocols in place or in mind. Results show that today's workforce is caught between two imperatives: be productive and efficient on the job and maintain the security of company data. To address data security issues, companies must focus on educating employees and enforcing policies and procedures that secure data wherever they go, without hindering productivity.
                                      Microsoft News
                                      Microsoft to acquire Intentional Software to expand future productivity capabilities
                                      Microsoft, April 18th 2017
                                      Rajesh Jha blogs, "Today, I'm pleased to share that we have signed an agreement to acquire Intentional Software, a company that has been focused on creating a platform for a new generation of team productivity apps.

                                      At Microsoft, we aspire to help people and organizations be more productive, wherever they are. The reality is we live in a hyper-connected world that requires the ability to collaborate across geographies, disciplines and organizations, which is why we continue to push ourselves to think about new ways to empower people. You've seen this with the recent launch of Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace for Office 365, and the continued momentum and customer demand for Surface Hub, a device designed to unlock the power of the group..."

                                      IBM News
                                      IBM Study: Four Ways to Achieve Maximum ROI in Enterprise Mobility
                                      IBM, April 22nd 2017
                                      Enterprises continue to aggressively launch new mobile platforms, products and services, but may be falling short of the full potential value of their mobile projects, according to a study by IBM. The return on investment (ROI) for mobile currently accounts for only a fraction of what is possible, and organizations are not taking advantage of the full value mobility brings to the enterprise.

                                      According to a IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study "Return on Mobile Capturing the Value Beneath the Surface," there are four ways for organizations to increase their ROI from mobile. The study, based on surveys of more than 1,000 C-suite and mobile executives globally, found that 62 percent of executives surveyed said their most successful mobile projects pay for themselves in less than 12 months - a considerably faster rate than the two-to-three years it takes for other technology projects.

                                      Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala and IBM India Develop Real-Time Water Quality Measurement System on IBM Watson IoT Platform
                                      IBM, April 21st 2017
                                      The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management - Kerala (IIITM-K) and IBM announced the development of a real-time water quality management system - 'Swatchpaani'. The system, powered by IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, will continuously monitor water quality and measure temperature, pH and the presence of various metal/non-metal substances in the water, to ensure standard levels are not exceeded as prescribed by agencies.
                                      IBM Study Uncovers New and Innovative Ways for Electronics Companies to Improve Warranty Operations and Reduce Costs
                                      IBM, April 20th 2017
                                      Advances in predictive analytics, cognitive computing and Internet of Things (IoT) offer an opportunity to transform traditional warranty processes

                                      IBM announced results from a global benchmark survey analyzing electronics industry warranty performance, finding significant potential for improvement in warranty and supply chain operations.

                                      According to the new IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study, "Powering Warranty Reinvention: How Electronics Companies Leverage New Technologies to Improve Warranty Management," many companies don't put enough focus on effective warranty management or treat it as a competitive differentiator. Warranties are a critical part of product upgrades and launches, particularly for electronics companies that constantly introduce new features, software or experiences. Underestimating the operational impact of returns and repairs can have a profound effect on company reputation and bottom line.

                                      IBM Machine Vision Technology Advances Early Detection of Diabetic Eye Disease Using Deep Learning
                                      IBM, April 20th 2017
                                      The IBM Research findings achieve the highest recorded accuracy of 86 percent by using deep learning and pathology insights to identify the severity of diabetic retinopathy

                                      IBM this week released the results of new research using deep learning and visual analytics technology to advance early detection of diabetic retinopathy (DR). The results, which classify the degree of severity of the disease in an eye image, exceed other currently published research efforts for severity classification using deep learning and pathology insights.

                                      The research found that a new method created by the IBM team achieved an accuracy score of 86 percent in classifying the severity of the disease across the five levels recognized on the international clinical DR scale (no DR; mild; moderate; severe; proliferative DR), By being able to quickly and accurately identify both the presence and severity of diabetic eye disease, this research could potentially help doctors and clinicians have a better view of disease progression and determine treatment.

                                      Royal Canadian Institute for Science recognizes IBM's commitment to STEM
                                      IBM, April 20th 2017
                                      IBM Canada to receive award for contributing to public awareness of science

                                      The Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIS) will award IBM Canada the 2017 William Edmond Logan Award tonight at an award ceremony held at the MarS Discovery Centre in Toronto. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the public awareness of science by an institution or an organization.

                                      The William Edmond Logan Award recognizes IBM Canada's demonstrated commitment to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to youth. "The large number of students reached through these initiatives, in particular aboriginal students, and the manner in which these programs engage IBM staff is impressive," said RCIS President Peter Love in the award statement. "We are delighted to recognize another venerable institution for its work in building public awareness of science."

                                      HARMAN and IBM Watson Internet of Things Introduce Cognitive Rooms that Bring Connected Experiences to the Consumer
                                      IBM, April 19th 2017
                                      In-Room Concierge Capabilities Tap Watson to Deliver New Levels of Experience and Simplicity to Hotels, Hospitals, Conference Rooms and Other Key Locations

                                      HARMAN Professional Solutions and IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) today unveiled Voice-Enabled Cognitive Rooms. Using IBM's Watson artificial intelligence (AI) technology and HARMAN AKG microphones, JBL speakers and AMX AV control and switching systems, the companies bring highly connected experiences to medical facilities, corporate offices, hotels, cruise ships and other hospitality environments.

                                      In addition to the current in-market solutions, HARMAN is part of IBM's cognitive collaboratories based in its $200 million Watson IoT global headquarters in Munich. In this facility today, HARMAN is demonstrating the capabilities of its in-room cognitive concierge in a conference room setting. At the same time the HARMAN team is also working with IBM designers, researchers and others to put IoT into the hands of enterprise customers.

                                      IBM Security App Exchange Now Features Over 90 Custom Applications
                                      IBM, April 19th 2017
                                      IBM announced that the IBM Security App Exchange has grown to over 90 custom applications from IBM and Business Partners, fostering innovation and collaboration amongst the security community. Over 30,000 apps, content packs and tools have been downloaded since the launch of the App Exchange, allowing users to easily extend the capabilities of IBM's Security technologies with custom apps and integrations.

                                      Launched in December 2015, the IBM Security App Exchange is a community marketplace for customers, Business Partners and other developers to build and share applications which build upon and integrate with IBM Security products.

                                      The Weather Company and LiveRamp Announce Innovative Collaboration to Enable Marketers to Integrate Weather's Data to Drive Decision-Making Across All Channels
                                      IBM, April 19th 2017
                                      LiveRamp IdentityLink will Use Weather's Event-Based WEATHERfx Data to Create People-Based Audience Data To Be Used By LiveRamp Clients to Drive Digital Marketing Campaigns

                                      The Weather Company, an IBM Business announced an innovative collaboration with LiveRamp, an Acxiom company, that will enable marketers to seamlessly integrate Weather's unique real-time data to help drive decision-making in omnichannel campaigns across the digital ecosystem. The capabilities of this collaboration offer marketers unique tools to engage people with relevant and timely experiences.

                                      This first-of-its-kind data integration allows an 'event-based' data set (e.g. The Weather Company's WEATHERfx data) to be matched with an 'audience-based' data set in real-time. This is designed to help marketers create better campaign outcomes and an expanded usage of different data sets across the media ecosystem.

                                      IBM to Deliver Docker Enterprise Edition for Linux on IBM Systems
                                      IBM, April 19th 2017
                                      Provides new flexibility in app development and deployment across hybrid cloud environments

                                      IBM announced today at DockerCon17 plans to make Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) available for Linux on IBM z Systems, LinuxONE and Power Systems to provide organizations with advanced performance and flexibility in developing and deploying business-critical applications across a hybrid cloud environment.

                                      Docker EE, a new version of Docker's container management platform, is designed to give developers and systems administrators a streamlined approach to building, running and operating applications at scale.

                                      Telstra and IBM Aspera Team up to Enable Media File Transfer Capability and Global Media File Collaboration
                                      IBM, April 19th 2017
                                      IBM announced that Telstra, Australia's leading telecommunications and technology company, has selected IBM Aspera to deliver simple, fast and secure media file transfer capability for Telstra Global Media Network (GMN) over the internet powered by Aspera Files.

                                      Custom built for the media industry, GMN combines Telstra's high-capacity submarine fiber cable network, with access to four teleports and over 40 satellites covering strategic media hubs across Asia, Europe, the United States and Australia. As an alternative to traditional media delivery, GMN utilizes the proven power and performance of Aspera Files to share and exchange content of any size, from any connected location, with anyone.

                                      Credit Mutuel and IBM Watson Put Technology at the Service of People
                                      IBM, April 20th 2017
                                      Watson to assist 20,000 customer advisors across France, enhancing the quality of service for 12 million customers

                                      Credit Mutuel and IBM announced that following a successful pilot, the use of Watson technologies is extended to 20,000 employees across 5,000 branches to continue to strengthen customer relationships. This marks the first commercial use of Watson by a financial institution in France to assist its professionals. The bank's customer advisors have been using Watson services in French for the past year, integrated in their business applications, as Credit Mutuel and IBM have partnered to train and improve Watson's French language capabilities.

                                      By mid-June, Watson-based solutions will be deployed to client advisors across the 15 federations of Credit Mutuel throughout France: ...

                                      New Outage Prediction Model From The Weather Company, an IBM Business, Helps Utilities Prepare For and Respond to Severe Weather
                                      IBM, April 20th 2017
                                      New solution helps predict outage risk ahead of a storm to inform key decision-making and keep customers out of the dark

                                      The Weather Company, an IBM Business, introduce a new outage prediction solution designed to help utility companies proactively prepare for and respond to weather-related outages. Tailored to each utility's storm response plan, The Weather Company's Outage Prediction solution helps predict the anticipated number of outages and appropriate mobilization level based on the weather forecast for the utility's service territory. This enables the utility's operations team to make critical decisions as much as 72 hours ahead of an anticipated weather event - helping them to control costs and improve restorations times for their customers.

                                      "With our new Outage Prediction solution, storm operations and emergency management teams are now able to make more informed decisions that to improve restoration times, and save the utility millions of dollars per year," said Mark Gildersleeve, president of business solutions, The Weather Company. "This solution makes a huge impact when every hour of advance notice counts."

                                      U.S. Chamber Foundation and IBM Issue New Report on Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Public Sentiment, Brand Reputation
                                      IBM, April 20th 2017
                                      Social Media Analytics Reveal Positive Impact of CSR Communications

                                      The U.S. Chamber Foundation's Corporate Citizenship Center and IBM issued a new report that explores how efforts by businesses to be a positive force in communities - commonly referred to as corporate social responsibility (CSR) - influences public perception of those companies.

                                      The report, titled, "The CSR Effect: Social Media Sentiment and the Impact on Brands," examines the connection between companies that promote their corporate citizenship work and the resulting impact on public sentiment.

                                      Five9 Taps IBM Watson for Customers in Vietnam
                                      IBM, April 20th 2017
                                      Vietnamese entrepreneurs will access Cloud-based Cognitive systems that learn, reason and process natural languages

                                      IBM announced that Five9 Vietnam has selected IBM Cloud to bring Cognitive Computing to enterprises and organizations in Vietnam. Five9 is the first organization in Vietnam to tap into Watson APIs on IBM Bluemix to create and bring to life solutions that transform industries and society, starting with the banking and finance sector, healthcare and television. IBM and Five9 will help businesses, academics, startups and everyday people in Vietnam leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) and empower the next generation of developers to hone their AI skills and drive innovation.

                                      VMware News
                                      VMware Added To National NASPO ValuePoint Cloud Solutions Agreement
                                      VMware, April 20th 2017
                                      VMware announced its inclusion in NASPO ValuePoint's Cloud Solutions Master Agreement, a cooperative purchasing portfolio of best-value awards designed to make the public cooperative contracting process more efficient for participating states.

                                      The agreement -- which runs through Sept. 15, 2026 -- empowers states and other participating government or educational agencies with an approved Participating Addendum to acquire cloud technologies and IT solutions provided by VMware, and saves them the time and resources of researching service providers on their own.

                                      The Master Agreement was initiated after the State of Utah, the lead public agency on the request for proposal, utilized its sourcing team to thoroughly evaluate all applicants for a number of cloud IT solutions. VMware is included in the Master Agreement as a provider of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud solutions.

                                      Red Hat News
                                      Friday Five - April 21, 2017
                                      Red Hat, April 21st 2017
                                      The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.

                                      • Red Hat Offers Launchpad for IT Transformation with Latest Version of Red Hat Virtualization
                                      • TechRepublic - How Red Hat's strategy helps CIOs take baby steps to the cloud
                                      • Customer highlights to watch for at Red Hat Summit 2017
                                      • Open Source Stories - The Right Side of the Robots
                                      • InfoWorld - Ansible's rise is fueling Red Hat's reinvention

                                      Read on for details.

                                      Red Hat Offers Launchpad for IT Transformation with Latest Version of Red Hat Virtualization
                                      Red Hat, April 19th 2017
                                      Tighter portfolio integration and automation enhancements to KVM-based virtualization platform provides an open, powerful foundation to enterprises seeking IT modernization without lock-in

                                      Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Virtualization 4.1, the latest release of the company's Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)-powered enterprise virtualization platform. Providing an open source infrastructure and centralized management solution for virtualized servers and workstations and built on the enterprise-grade backbone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 delivers expanded automation capabilities through integration with Ansible by Red Hat while new networking and storage capabilities offer a stable, flexible foundation for IT innovation.

                                      Red Hat Names Eric Shander as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
                                      Red Hat, April 18th 2017
                                      25-year industry veteran appointed to new role after previously serving as Red Hat's acting CFO

                                      Red Hat announced that Eric Shander has been named the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective today. As Red Hat's CFO, Shander will be responsible for leading the company's global finance organization, reporting to Red Hat president and CEO Jim Whitehurst.

                                      Level3 News
                                      Over-the-Top Video will Overtake TV within Five Years
                                      Level(3), April 20th 2017
                                      According to Level 3, Streaming Media and Unisphere Study

                                      Within the next five years, viewership hours of live-linear streaming over-the-top (OTT) video will surpass those of traditional broadcast TV, according to close to 70 percent of respondents in the 2017 OTT Video Services Study by Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT), Streaming Media and Unisphere Research. The third annual survey on OTT trends was based on responses from almost 500 media industry professionals.

                                        Level 3 continues to Expand its Network in Latin America
                                        Level(3), April 19th 2017
                                        1,000 Additional Kilometers Added to IP and Metro Network in 2016

                                        Global telecommunications provider Level 3 Communications, Inc. expanded its Latin American Internet Protocol (IP) and metro network to 26,000 kilometers in 2016. Main expansions took place in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Peru. The Company also upgraded its existing nodes and data centers throughout the region.

                                          Lack of Employee Awareness and Education are Greatest Threats to Healthcare Security
                                          Level(3), April 18th 2017
                                          According to Level 3 Study Conducted by HIMSS Analytics

                                          Lack of employee awareness and education present the greatest security threat exposure according to responses from 125 health IT executives and professionals participating in the 2017 Level 3 Healthcare Security Study. The study, conducted by HIMSS Analytics and sponsored by Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT), was designed to identify and understand high-level IT security concerns in the healthcare industry as the threat landscape continues to evolve, placing the industry's valuable healthcare data and critical care infrastructure at risk.

                                          EMC News
                                          Dell EMC Releases Open Source Storage Updates Designed for Security and Easier Consumption
                                          Dell EMC, April 18th 2017
                                          Dell EMC Updates REX-Ray and libStorage for Enterprise-Ready Container Storage Provisioning and Orchestration

                                          Dell Technologies today announced the latest updates in a series of open source contributions from {code} by Dell EMC, including trust and security enhancements to REX-Ray in 0.9, the newest version of the leading container storage orchestration engine. Additionally, REX-Ray is now shipping Docker Certified managed volume plugins for cloud and storage platforms available in the Docker Store. The Docker Certification Program, a framework for partners to integrate and certify their software for the Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) commercial platform. Other announcements include collaboration on a universal Container Storage Interface and unification of Polly's features and roadmap into REX-Ray.

                                          HP News
                                          HPE and 5G Lab Germany Collaborate to Deliver Next-Generation Edge Applications
                                          HPE, April 20th 2017
                                          Current research & development efforts to align to Smart Cities and Autonomous Vehicle management

                                          Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced a collaboration with the 5G Lab Germany, a consortium of researchers focused on delivering key technologies to enable 5G wireless networks. Through this collaboration, HPE and the 5G Lab will research the impacts of 5G wireless networks combined with HPE Edgeline Converged Edge Systems on the telecommunications and mobile industries. Additionally, Edgeline systems will be deployed at the network edge to enable the next generation of applications to take advantage of 5G network performance.

                                          5G wireless networks promise to adapt to consumer behavior in real time. The bandwidth improvements from 5G are expected to dramatically increase the amount of processing required throughout the network to deliver existing and new applications.

                                          HPE Completes Acquisition of Nimble Storage
                                          HPE, April 17th 2017
                                          Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that it has completed its acquisition of Nimble Storage, Inc., the San Jose, Calif.-based provider of predictive all-flash and hybrid-flash storage solutions. HPE paid $12.50 per share in cash representing a net cash purchase price at closing of $1.0 billion. In addition to the purchase price, HPE assumed or paid out Nimble's unvested equity awards, with a value of approximately $200 million at closing.
                                          Comcast News
                                          Comcast Joins LoRa Alliance as Sponsor Member; Hosts Next All-Members Meeting and Showcases Citywide LoRaWAN Network Deployment
                                          Comcast, April 20th 2017
                                          Meeting to Feature Smart City Summit, Open House and Hackathon

                                          The LoRa Alliance, the global association of over 400 companies backing the LoRaWAN standard for low-power wide-area IoT (Internet of Things) networks (LPWANs), announced that Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has formally joined the Alliance as a Sponsor member, and will join the Board of Directors. Additionally, Comcast will host the Alliance's 8th All-Members Meeting, Open House and Marketplace Exhibition from June 12-14, 2017, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

                                          Windstream News
                                          Windstream introduces business continuity solution with 'five-nines' availability for cloud-reliant companies
                                          Windstream, April 20th 2017
                                          Windstream's Diverse Connect offers companies that rely on cloud-based applications more choices to guarantee network connectivity

                                          Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced the availability of a one-of-a-kind business continuity solution, Diverse Connect, that enables reliable connectivity for growth-oriented enterprises that are reliant on the cloud to power mission-critical applications. Windstream's Diverse Connect keeps a customer's network endpoints connected, and ensures the performance of mission-critical business functions even in the event of a serious network issue. Diverse Connect comes with a 99.999 percent uptime SLA that protects services from end-to-end, including the last mile of service from Windstream's provider service point to a business' internal network.

                                          Netapp News
                                          NetApp Showcases Cloud-Connected, Next-Generation Media and Entertainment Solutions at NAB 2017
                                          NetApp, April 19th 2017
                                          NetApp will showcase cloud-connected and next-generation solutions and strategies for the media and entertainment industry at the 2017 NAB Show. The company, in conjunction with its partners, will demonstrate how NetApp data management solutions can accelerate production, modernize media data centers, and transform global repositories. The conference takes place from April 22 through April 27, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

                                          "Media companies are challenged to find a balance between tried-and-true production approaches and designing global architectures for the future," said Jason Danielson, media and entertainment solution manager at NetApp. "NetApp and its partners have supported hundreds of customers in integrating the public cloud into their operations, enabling them to seamlessly manage their data from on the premises to the cloud."

                                          DARZ Drives DevOps Success with NetApp
                                          NetApp, April 18th 2017
                                          German IT services leader fuels customers' digital transformation by enabling agile software development through its Docker & Container as a Service offering

                                          "Embracing digital transformation and staying ahead of competition requires agile IT. With NetApp and our Docker & Container-as-a-Service offering, DARZ removes the burden of managing IT and provides customers with the flexible and scalable IT services they need so they can focus on accelerating their own businesses," said Lars Goebel, director of strategy and innovation at DARZ.

                                          Based in Darmstadt, Germany, DARZ is a full IT service provider that serves customers that are undergoing digital transformation. The ability to quickly develop, deploy, and market applications is critical to building and maintaining a loyal customer base. A modular, container-based approach accelerates this process. DARZ teamed with NetApp to enable next-generation scalability and flexibility, along with a durable, high-performing datastore.

                                          Aerohive Networks News
                                          Kansas City School District Embraces IoT and Paves Way for 1:1 Learning with Aerohive Solution
                                          Aerohive Networks, April 20th 2017
                                          Aerohive Networks (NYSE:HIVE), the fastest growing enterprise Wi-Fi vendor, announced that Olathe Public Schools, the second largest and fastest-growing district in Kansas, deployed Aerohive's enterprise-grade Wi-Fi solution to support their 1:1 learning initiative across more than 50 schools.

                                          Serving the greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, Olathe Public Schools is the second largest and fastest-growing district in the state. The district is home to 35 elementary schools, nine middle schools, and four high schools, with plans for a new high school to open in the coming year. In addition to these schools, the district has 21 support facilities throughout the area to support more than 29,000 students and over 4,000 staff.

                                          Olathe Public Schools first deployed a Wi-Fi network in 2004, installing 3Com access points in school libraries before wireless was in high demand.

                                          Druva News
                                          Intergraph Chooses Druva to Expand Cloud-Based Data Protection to European Offices
                                          Druva, April 19th 2017
                                          Cloud data protection and information management, coupled with self-service recovery, gives mobile Intergraph employees unparalleled data protection

                                          Druva, the leader in cloud data protection and information management, today announced that Intergraph, the leading global provider of engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities, has chosen Druva inSync to protect data across the company's roaming and mobile user base in Europe. The implementation provides users with protection for their critical data in the cloud, as well as the ability to recover data in a self-service manner when needed, instantly. By leveraging Druva's cloud-first platform to remove the complexity of data protection and the risk of data loss for their mobile users, Intergraph stays compliant with their global data protection requirements without the burden of new infrastructure.

                                          Centrify News
                                          Role-based Access Control: Keeping Your Business Out of Harm's Way
                                          Centrify, April 19th 2017
                                          When our baby first started crawling, we installed gates in all the doorways. This kept her in safe, baby proofed areas. We didn't have to worry about her accidentally wandering into a room and getting into something that could harm her. It also allowed us to keep some things 'nice' that a toddler would normally want to 'play' with.

                                          But, what does this have to do with role-based access control (RBAC)? Well everything. As she grows and gains more skills, we adjust her access to the house. It might be low tech, but it is real life role-based access control.

                                          Citrix News
                                          Citrix Solutions Transform the Workplace for Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
                                          Citrix, April 20th 2017
                                          Digital Transformation Gives Clinicians Flexibility to Work Anywhere

                                          Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has adopted Citrix technology to reduce costs and improve patient care by delivering critical diagnoses more quickly - as well as allow clinicians and support staff to access data and applications from anywhere.

                                          Providing services at about 30 locations in the Bolton, UK area, the trust's clinicians tend to work around the clock from a variety of locations, including patients' homes, the hospital and out in the community. As the trust didn't have a mobility solution, staff were not able to access hospital data when working in community clinics or if working remotely. If specialists were not available on site, critical diagnoses and patient care decisions were often delayed.

                                          ExaGrid News
                                          ExaGrid Version 5.0 Adds Advanced Support for Oracle RMAN Channels, Veeam SOBR, and Replication to AWS
                                          Exagrid, April 19th 2017
                                          Unique Architecture Delivers Unmatched Backup and Restore Speeds, Permanently Short Backup Window, and Lowest TCO in the Industry

                                          ExaGrid, a leading provider of next generation disk-based backup storage with data deduplication solutions, today announced its newly-released Version 5.0 that now provides advanced support for Oracle RMAN Channels, Veeam Scale-Out Backup Repository (SOBR), and replication to Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud for disaster recovery.

                                          ExaGrid v5.0 allows its Oracle RMAN customers to use Oracle RMAN Channels with up to 25 appliances in an ExaGrid scale-out GRID system. "Sections" of data are sent to each appliance in parallel for improved performance and also for performance load balancing as RMAN Channels will send the next section of data to the next available appliance in the GRID...

                                          Mellanox News
                                          Mellanox 25Gb/s Ethernet Adapters Chosen By Major ODMs to Enable Next Generation Hyperscale Data Centers
                                          Mellanox, April 18th 2017
                                          Mellanox 25Gb/s Ethernet Adapters Chosen By Major ODMs to Enable Next Generation Hyperscale Data Centers

                                          Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that the ConnectX-4 Lx 25Gb/s OCP and PCIe Ethernet adapters have been adopted by major ODMs.

                                          The ConnectX-4 Lx 25 gigabit Ethernet adapters provide 2.5 times the data throughput at lowest latency needed for data center applications while utilizing the same infrastructure as 10 gigabit Ethernet, thus maximizing the data center return on investment. The company is currently shipping hundreds of thousands of Ethernet adapters every quarter, reflecting a growing demand for Mellanox Ethernet solutions.

                                          SanDisk News
                                          There's More Than One Way to Manage Data at Scale
                                          SanDisk, April 18th 2017
                                          Data at scale is unlocking a future never thought possible, but it comes with a set of challenges. Learn about the different challenges of managing data at scale and the solutions which can help you manage it better

                                          Western Digital's Editorial Team blogs, "We are surrounded by data at scale. Whether you're generating it, storing it, or trying to analyze it, data is unlocking a future never before thought possible. The challenges we now face, are how do we collect, process, and analyze all this data?

                                          When the amount of information we're generating is growing at a 40%-50% CAGR (compound annual growth rate), managing data at scale presents different challenges for the storage infrastructure, based on the business, service-level agreements, or the business objectives of the company. And with that brings new concerns such as data accessibility, protection, and ensuring a level of data integrity you can rely upon..."

                                          Veeam News
                                          Enterprise Customers and Cloud Service Providers Fuel First Quarter Results for Veeam
                                          Veeam, April 18th 2017
                                          Growth Accelerates as Enterprise and Hybrid-Cloud Demand Continue to Increase in Parallel with the Shift to Digital Transformation

                                          Veeam Software, the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise, today announced another record quarter, fueled by explosive gains in Enterprise and Cloud revenues. During Q1'17, Veeam recorded a 33 percent YoY increase in total bookings revenue while Enterprise new license bookings grew 17 percent annually. Cloud revenue enabled by Veeam Cloud and Service Providers (VCSPs) grew 59 percent YoY, helping enterprises transform their operations to deliver 24.7.365 Availability that users demand in today's digital world.

                                          "It's no small feat for a company with more than $600 million in annual bookings to deliver 33% growth YoY, and I'm enormously proud of our entire team," said Peter McKay, President and COO at Veeam. "Looking ahead, we expect continued growth for the remainder of this year, fueled by new Veeam product releases, joint product offerings with our Alliances partners, further share gains in Enterprise, and Veeam-powered cloud solutions."

                                            Zerto News
                                            Zerto Chosen by HBL ICT NHS to Protect Data of 1.5 Million Patients
                                            Zerto, April 18th 2017
                                            Specialists in government healthcare technology opt for award-winning disaster recovery software to protect mission-critical workloads and improve IT resiliency

                                            Zerto, an award-winning provider of cloud IT resilience solutions, today announced that HBL ICT has invested in Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) to extend its business continuity and disaster recovery offering to the National Health Service (NHS). A leading provider of shared technology services and solutions to the UK healthcare industry, HBL ICT quickly implemented Zerto's software to protect IT infrastructure and critical healthcare applications to improve patient safety, while ensuring compliance with rigorous regulatory demands.

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