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Oracle News
Oracle Utilities Unveils the Perfect Customer Platform for the Modern Utility
Oracle, May 23rd 2017
New customer to meter offering slashes tech costs by 25% and combines full power of customer information systems and meter data management systems

Oracle unveiled Oracle Utilities Customer to Meter, a comprehensive meter-to-cash solution for today's customer-first utility. Oracle Utilities Customer to Meter is the first offering to combine a market-leading customer information system (CIS) with a market-leading meter data management system (MDMS) into one solution with a single user interface.

Lowes Foods Makes Every Guest Interaction Count
By Rick O'Herron
Rick O'Herron blogs, "Imagine you're the CEO of Lowes Foods, a 97-store regional grocery chain based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Your customers basically shop for convenience, not loyalty. So what do you do when several other regional and national grocery chains encroach into your area to poach any customer they can?"
As Ad Revenues Decline, Colombian Newspaper Turns Data Into Profits
By Sasha Banks-Louie
Sasha Banks-Louie blogs, "Newspaper publishers hit a turning point in 2015: Global advertising revenue - traditionally their major source of income - fell below circulation revenue for the first time since 2011, according to the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.

One reason behind this trend is the outflow of advertising dollars from newspapers to social media platforms such as Google, Snapchat, and Facebook..."

Japan's Startia Turns To The Cloud To Improve Customer Service -- In A Hurry
By Carol Hildebrand
Carol Hildebrand writes, "Knowledge may be power, but only if you can find it easily when you need it.

For Startia, that lesson proved particularly apt when it came to customer service. The Japanese company sells a wide range of IT products and services related to what it calls office infrastructure: network equipment, cloud services, office automation equipment, internet connectivity, and the like. In some cases, Startia offers multiple versions of the same products and services..."

Banks Turn To Fintech Partnerships To Reach Digital Natives
By Margaret Harrist
Margaret writes, "My mother writes checks when she receives bills in the mail, while I make automatic payments electronically each month. My daughter, however, is open to taking care of money matters via whatever mobile app comes along..."

"For millennials, if you're not mobile, you don't matter," said Andy Brown, CEO and cofounder of Sand Hill East, an advisory and consulting firm serving early-stage companies, during his keynote at the annual NetSuite SuiteWorld event held recently in Las Vegas.

How Online Sports Retailer Wiggle Competes With The 'Big Kids
By Linda Currey Post
Linda writes, "When Wiggle, a UK-based online purveyor of athletic gear for triathletes, doubled its revenue from 200 to 400 million UK pounds in an 18-month period beginning in 2014, its IT systems couldn't keep pace.

That expansion, the result of deft attention to customer satisfaction and the acquisition of rival Chain Reaction Cycles, left Wiggle with some 200 home-grown and acquired financial and procurement systems, most of which didn't talk with one another or scale to accommodate growth..."

    Build your very best digital roadmap with these suggestions
    By Kathleen Wolf Davis
    Kathleen blogs, "We're not being measured against our own - against other utilities,' said Eric Karcher, manager of digital strategy with Eversource Energy. "We're being measured against other experiences, other industries."

    Karcher and James Langdon, digital strategist with Eversource Energy, gave a little insight in their utility's own plan to build out digital and transforming from reactive to proactive in that area during the "Building a Digital Strategy and Roadmap" session on Thursday at CS Week 2017 in Fort Worth.

      High and Maximum Availability Architectures
      By Anthony Shorten
      Anthony Shorten blogs, "One of the most common questions I get from partners is what are the best practices that Oracle recommends for implementing high availability and also business continuity. Oracle has a set of flexible architectures and capabilities to support a wide range of high availability and business continuity solutions available in the marketplace.

      The Oracle Utilities Application Framework supports the Oracle WebLogic and Oracle Database and related products with features inherited from the architecture or native facilities that allow features to be implemented. In summary the Oracle Utilities Application Framework supports the following..."

      IT - AI
      How Artificial Intelligence Can Transform NHS Patient Services
      ITProPortal, May 22nd 2017
      "The healthcare industry can be significantly improved by taking advantage of the power of emerging technologies such as AI and chatbots.

      Artificial intelligence (AI) could easily be defined as the technology industry buzzword for 2017, with almost every vendor trying to attach themselves in some way to this rapidly developing trend. Once purely the splendor of sci-fi - with films such as Terminator and I, Robot predicting the demise of the human race - AI is now actively transforming our daily lives, from helping us pay bills to supporting doctors to determine patient ailments..."

      AI's Ability To Process Big Data Will Shake Up Insurance
      Information Management, May 23rd 2017
      "Despite how easy computing has become for the end user, the insurance industry is facing more technology-related challenges than ever. As a result, the expectations around technology advancements have reached an all-time high. These challenges - and expectations - don't have their roots in the technology itself, but in the ramifications of its use.

      I admit to being a true technology geek, not by education but by interest, and was one of the first to purchase The Driver in the Driverless Car, a new book written by Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever about how emerging technologies will impact our society and economy..."

        AI: Breaking Down Performance Barriers With Intel Scalable System Framework
        HPCWire, May 22nd 2017
        "Interest in artificial intelligence (AI) is rising fast, as practical applications in speech, image analysis, and other complex pattern recognition tasks have now surpassed human accuracy. Once trained, a neural network can be deployed on edge devices or in the cloud to meet demands in near real-time. Yet training a deep neural network within a reasonable time frame requires the speed and scale of a high performance computing (HPC) system..."
        AI: The Promise And The Peril
        CSO Online, May 25th 2017
        "Artificial intelligence is here and its presence and associated disruption will increase in the future. Panelists at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium discussed ways to ease that disruption...

        Mommas, don't let your babies grow up to be truck drivers. Or pretty much anything that a machine or a robot could do, if you want them to have a job. The list of those things will continue to get longer - in some cases rapidly - extending well beyond the assembly line on a factory floor.

        The forecast is not all gloomy - artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and automation are also expected to create jobs that will likely be much more interesting and creative than the repetitive tasks of the industrial age..."

        Optimising Machine Learning
        ITProPortal, May 22nd 2017
        "A great deal of manual work goes into building and training intelligent machine learning algorithms.

        Machine learning seems to be the new hot topic these days. Everybody is talking about it since we've been seeing machines beat human players in chess, jeopardy, and now even Go. Our cars will be driven by artificial intelligence in the future, our jobs will be taken over by robots. There's a lot of hype, a lot of fear and uncertainty - as so often when new technology has the potential to disrupt our societies.

        However, when you talk to the people that are actually involved in developing these new types of intelligent algorithms, you get a quite different picture..."

          The 6 Top Machine Learning Trends
          Information Management, May 23rd 2017
          "IT Ops are now entering the third generation backed by cloud computing and automation, where setting up a new environment is a matter of a few clicks compared to installing a bare metal server in the second generation.

          Instances could be summed up by developers on a per-application basis or launched automatically due to increased user load. The complexity, as well as the number of active servers to manage, has increased significantly, resulting in a much larger amount of collected data to sort through and track..."

          The Ai Fight Is Escalating: This Is The It Giants' Next Move
          CIO, May 24th 2017
          "Artificial intelligence is where the competition is in IT, with Microsoft and Google both parading powerful, always-available AI tools for the enterprise at their respective developer conferences, Build and I/O, in May.

          It's not just about work: AI software can now play chess, go, and some retro video games better than any human -- and even drive a car better than many of us. These superhuman performances, albeit in narrow fields, are all possible thanks to the application of decades of AI research -- research that is increasingly, as at Build and I/O, making it out of the lab and into the real world..."

          The Robots Are Coming: Machine Learning Now Enhances Itself
          Information Age, May 24th 2017
          "Machine learning can optimise itself, but there are opposing types of optimisation: parameter sweep, random search and parameter optimisation...

          Machine learning seems to be the new hot topic these days. Everybody is talking about it since machines beat human players in chess, jeopardy, and now even Go. People's cars will be driven by artificial intelligence in the future, and many jobs will be taken over by robots. There's a lot of hype, a lot of fear and uncertainty - as so often when new technology has the potential to disrupt our societies..."

            When Artificial Intelligence Botches Your Medical Diagnosis, Who's To Blame?
            Quartz, May 23rd 2017
            "Artificial intelligence is not just creeping into our personal lives and workplaces - it's also beginning to appear in the doctor's office. The prospect of being diagnosed by an AI might feel foreign and impersonal at first, but what if you were told that a robot physician was more likely to give you a correct diagnosis?

            Medical error is currently the third leading cause of death in the US, and as many as one in six patients in the British NHS receive incorrect diagnoses. With statistics like these, it's unsurprising that researchers at Johns Hopkins University believe diagnostic errors to be 'the next frontier for patient safety'..."

              Where Is Artificial Intelligence In Forrester's Tech Market Numbers? It's Hiding
              Forrester, May 22nd 2017
              "I have gotten some inquiries about where spending on artificial intelligence and cognitive technologies occur in our tech market numbers (see, for example, 'US Tech Market Outlook For 2017 And 2018: Mostly Sunny, With Clouds And Chance Of Rain'). The short answer is that we include them in our data on business intelligence and analytics, though so far spending on these technologies is still small -- probably than a billion dollars for 2017..."
              IT - Storage
              7 Ways To Secure Cloud Storage
              Network Computing, May 24th 2017
              "Figuring out a good path to security in your cloud configurations can be quite a challenge. This is complicated by the different types of cloud we deploy - public or hybrid - and the class of data and computing we assign to those cloud segments. Generally, one can create a comprehensive and compliant cloud security solution, but the devil is in the details and a nuanced approach to different use cases is almost always required.

              Let's first dispel a few myths..."

              Nine Design, Implementation Factors For Modern Enterprise Storage
              eWeek, May 25th 2017
              "Enterprises that want to stay ahead of the curve now require data storage that delivers high performance, scalability and always-on availability in order to keep up with increasing data-movement speed demands. Not only that, in the current hyper-connected, data-driven world, organizations must overcome the challenges associated with real-time access to data to support business-critical workloads - all while maintaining the agility required to adjust to changing business directives. In this eWEEK slideshow, using industry information from Infinidat CTO Brian Carmody, we present nine principles designed to govern the next generation of storage..."
              What To Do With Legacy Assets In A Flash Storage World
              Enterprise Storage Forum, May 22nd 2017
              "'Legacy' is an interesting word. Aided by Gartner, Microsoft managed to convince the world in the mid-nineties that anything that wasn't a Windows-based server was old and hence 'legacy.' Who have thought just a few years ago that anything not flash would earn the very same moniker? Yet here we are.

              All-flash arrays and hybrid storage arrays have established themselves as the standard. Storage areas networks (SANs) and network attached storage (NAS) using hard disk drives (HDDs), so long a staple of data storage, are now being sidelined as legacy.

              So what should you be doing with all those antiques that are littering the data center?..."

              IT - Technology
              New Drone Technologies You Do Not Want To Miss
              AmongTech, May 23rd 2017
              "Buying a drone today is a lot easier than you think. There are more options to choose from regardless of the amount of money you are planning to spend on the drone. Older generations of drone are very affordable and still highly capable. Newer alternatives, on the other hand, are now packed with technologies that make flying drones easier.

              These more modern technologies are among the most important features to have on a drone. They make new consumer drones more capable in different situations. In this article, we are going to take a look at the newer features you want to have in your next drone..."

                Tales In Tech History: Unix
                Silcon, May 26th 2017
                "Unix was one of the most popular server operating systems, but its life has been marred by bitter legal battles...

                Unix may not be a familiar name to some of the younger generation, but back in the day the operating system dominated the server market, and was the defacto OS choice for many businesses.

                Its rivalry with the Pick operating system continued for many years, and there is an argument to be made that the Unix operating system was one of the most influential pieces of software ever written..."

                IT - Bitcoin
                4 Ways Blockchain Is The New Business Collaboration Tool
                ComputerWorld, May 23rd 2017
                "Smart contracts, healthcare data-sharing and microgrids are all taking advantage of the technology

                While blockchain may have cut its teeth on the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, the distributed electronic ledger technology is quickly making inroads across a variety of industries.

                That's mainly because of its innate security and its potential for improving systems operations all while reducing costs and creating new revenue streams.

                David Schatsky, a managing director at consultancy Deloitte LLP, believes blockchain's diversity speaks to its versatility in addressing business needs, but "the impact that blockchain will have on businesses in various industries is not yet fully understood."

                This year, blockchain technology is expected to become a key business focus for many industries, according to a Deloitte survey conducted late last year..."

                Bitcoin Is A Speculative Asset, Not A Currency, Says Economics Professor
                CryptoCoinsNews, May 20th 2017
                "Jeffrey Dorfman, an economics professor at the University of Georgia, sees bitcoin as an asset rather than a currency. Writing in Forbes that value of the cryptocurrency increased 140% in 2016 and 49% in the past month, Dorfman maintains the swings in either an upward or downward direction do not make bitcoin a plausible currency as much as a speculative asset.

                Bitcoin does not make a good currency for two key reasons: its unstable value and its slow transaction time..."

                Consensus 2017: Even Academics Can't Keep Pace With Blockchain Change
                CoinDesk, May 25th 2017
                "As blockchain startups take off, where will they find their workforce?

                The onus often falls on universities to develop young people with the requisite skills. As a result, universities are now facing their own set of challenges - like finding qualified researchers willing to teach blockchain-related subjects and building industry partnerships at the risk of losing their own talent to deep-pocketed tech firms.

                At a workshop at CoinDesk's Consensus 2017 conference yesterday, five members of academia, representing MIT, Duke University and the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, gathered to discuss those and other issues..."

                Three Services That Aim To Create Bitcoin Professionals And Experts
      , May 21st 2017
                "Bitcoin can be a very technical subject, and oftentimes people have to find various resources online to educate themselves. However, there are a few organizations that instruct cryptocurrency enthusiasts through training and curriculum in order to edify the growing field of bitcoin professionals...

                As the bitcoin economy grows, there are many people looking to learn about the bitcoin protocol and the growing cryptocurrency ecosystem. A leading-edge network of professionals that understand the technology is needed to bolster the innovative technology into the future. In 2017, there are few ways an individual can become a certified bitcoin professional to advance their knowledge and careers..."

                IT - FOSS
                How Open Source Software Will Drive The Future Of Auto Innovations
                VentureBeat, May 22nd 2017
                "Automotive companies are shifting from bending metal to bending bits. Soon they will be offering software and services to complement their manufactured metal.

                As these companies become software-driven, open source will become a staple to drive innovation faster and more reliably. Today's cloud is powered by open source software: 78 percent of businesses run open source software in some form. With the convergence of automobiles and the cloud (supporting autonomous systems and connectivity), it's quite clear this open source paradigm that took over the cloud will take over the automobile..."

                Open Source Network Software Matures, But Needs Incentives For Use
                SearchSDN, May 24th 2017
                "Open source network software is maturing, but the networking industry needs to create compelling economic incentives for large suppliers and buyers to contribute, as well...

                For IT applications, the widespread use of open source has redefined how software is created and maintained by leveraging broad communities of contributors. Open source network software for network applications is maturing, as the industry adapts its innovative ideas to the specific requirements of network and telecom applications..."

                The Enterprise'S Appetite For Open-Source Software Continues To Grow
                SiliconANGLE, May 26th 2017
                "Development organizations face an infinite supply of open-source tools in today's tech ecosystem. There are a thousand new open-source projects a day, with 10,000 new versions and 14 new releases each year, according to Matt Howard (pictured), executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Sonatype Inc.

                The supply is massive, and consumption is equally incredible. Last year alone, there were 52 billion download requests from Maven Central for Java binaries and more than 15 billion requests for npm packages in the JavaScript ecosystem, he added..."

                Which Technologies Are Poised To Take Over In Open Source?
      , May 24th 2017
                "These technologies are quickly gaining ground on open source stalwarts, creating opportunities for people who become proficient in them...

                When you think of open source technologies, you probably think of the stalwarts, the technologies that have been around for years and years. It makes sense: According to a survey conducted in Q4 of 2016 by my company, Greythorn, 30%+ of participants said established technologies are among the top ten they primarily use..."

                IT - DevOps
                Best Practices For Internal Communication In DevOps
      , May 22nd 2017
                "DevOps has become a widely popular method of collaboration in the IT world. The combination of development, operations and quality assurance, DevOps requires every project have clear communication channels between development teams and individuals. In this article, we're going to explore some of the best practices for internal communication within the DevOps structure.

                Software development is the game that runs on invention and communication. Therefore, communication methods and channels play a significant role in project success..."

                How Software DevOps Took This Company From 'Racks To Riches'
                SiliconANGLE, May 26th 2017
                "Software is eating the world - and it was eating Costa Rica-based Altus Consulting LLC's customers, according to Chief Innovation Officer Jose Bogarin (pictured).

                'People from Cisco call it a racks to riches story,' Bogarin said of his company's hybridizing its Cisco Systems Inc. hardware reselling business with software development..."

                Why DevOps Success Depends On The Right Infrastructure
      , May 24th 2017
                "Do you remember building with LEGOs? You could follow the directions that come in the box down to the letter, or you could go off-script to create something totally your own and evolve and refine it over time. Regardless of your level of creativity, if you had one of those classic green base plates to build from, then LEGO cities were in your grasp.

                In many ways, a DevOps methodology aligns with the block-building process. While the tools and processes can change, a solid foundation is the backbone for fast and repeatable success. Developers and IT operations are beginning to reap the benefits: According to RightScale's '2016 State of the Cloud report,' DevOps adoption increased to 74 percent in 2016 from 66 percent in 2015..."

                Calculating Distances with MySQL's Spatial Data Extensions
                By Mark Lewin
                Mark writes, "I used to work for a company specializing in Geographical Information Systems, and I still get excited about using computers to interact with geospatial data. Once a field that interested only geography geeks, GIS has now become mainstream, with just about every mobile app offering some kind of location awareness.

                Whereas many such applications use some kind of third-party API to work with spatial data, with MySQL you can do this right in the database itself. MySQL provides a number of spatial data types which let you create and store simple geometric shapes like points, lines, and polygons that represent features like cities, roads, and countries respectively, together with their location in the real world..."

                Cloud Computing
                Why Walk When You Can "Sprint" to the Cloud?
                By Andy Bird
                Andy Bird blogs, "A new methodology, from Oracle's 2016 Global Partner of the year for SaaS Cloud Transformation, Inoapps, is set to disrupt implementation practices for Oracle Cloud applications. Called 'Sprint,' the new approach offers a game-changing alternative that reduces the perceived risk of moving finance (or other lines of business) to the cloud and reduces the time taken to go live.

                Free from any cost or commitment, Sprint challenges the traditional fixed price/fixed scope, "one size fits all" cloud implementation model. It does this by breaking the scope of the change into 'sprints' which provide customers with a 'try before you buy' Oracle Cloud solution - comprising 80% of the proposed system - before making a final purchase decision..."

                5 ways utilities can exploit the cloud
                By Kathleen Wolf Davis
                Kathleen blogs, "We are live at CS Week in Fort Worth today, and our utility-filled Synergy meeting is bubbling over with juicy tidbits. We've made a lot of lists - of lessons learned and problems to avoid and topics into which we all need to grab a spade and dig a little deeper.

                And even though we're here to talk about the customer - CS Week is short for Customer Service Week, after all - the more we want to offer the customer, the more tech, platforms, partnerships and software we'll need.

                Highest on that 'we totally need it' list is the cloud. From our roundtable discussions with utilities in this closed-door session, here are our best 'you just had to be there' secrets..."

                  Executive To Tech Enthusiasts: 'Move to Cloud Your Way, Not Theirs'
                  By Jeff Erickson
                  Jeff Erickson blogs, "For people steeped in the nitty-gritty operations of enterprise technology, 90 percent of which still resides on company-owned data centers, 'moving to cloud' sounds like a journey for another day. They aren't immune to the promises, but they're busy keeping their business's current set of applications running.

                  "That's important work that needs to keep getting done," said Oracle Senior Vice President Steve Daheb in an address to a gathering of independent user groups dedicated to Oracle technologies and business applications. "So the question becomes, how do you take advantage of cloud in a way that makes sense to the way you work right now, today?"

                  Introducing UEK4 and DTrace on Oracle Linux for SPARC
                  By Wim Coekaerts
                  Wim blogs, "About 2 months ago we released the first version of Oracle Linux 6, Update 7 for SPARC. That was the same version of Oracle Linux used in Exadata SL6. OL6 installed on T4, T5 and T7 systems but it did not yet support the S7 processors/systems. It contained support for the various M7 processor features (DAX, ADI, crypto,...), gcc optimizations to support better code generation for SPARC, important optimizations in functions like memcpy() etc.

                  We also introduced support for Linux as the control domain (guest domain worked before). So this was the first time one could use Linux as the control domain with a vdiskserver, vswitch and virtual console driver. For this release we based the kernel on UEK2 (2.6.39).

                  The development team has been hard at work doing a number of things.."

                  IT - Cloud
                  Businesses Search For Balance In Multi-Cloud Environments
                  SiliconANGLE, May 26th 2017
                  "While a hybrid cloud approach uses two different types of clouds, public and private, a multi-cloud environment uses a mix of public, private or hybrid cloud solutions, but does not necessarily use different cloud types. Many experts view hybrid cloud as a stepping-stone to a multi-cloud future, and as its advantages are touted, multi-cloud is becoming the preference of more and more enterprises, according to Jim Bugwadia, founder and chief executive officer of Nirmata Inc..."
                    Cloud Migrations: Pharma CIO Shares Best Practices, Pitfalls
                    The Enterprisers Project, May 22nd 2017
                    "Nathan McBride, CIO of Amag Pharmaceuticals, sought to become one of the first biotech companies to move fully to the cloud model, and he was able to achieve this goal in 2010 - just as the cloud trend was taking off. Since the migration, Amag has enjoyed a 60 percent reduction in spending and a significant increase in innovation, functionality, and scalability, with no loss of performance.

                    This week, McBride will share his cloud experience during a panel at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, taking place May 24 in Cambridge, MA. His session, 'Navigating the Clouds,' will offer insights into the promises, pitfalls, and best practices around cloud migrations. In this sneak peek, McBride shares a few with us..."

                    Hide & Seek: Security Teams Lack Visibility In The Cloud
                    CSO Online, May 23rd 2017
                    "IT leaders remain on the hot seat when it comes to the ability to continuously monitor the state of their data and operations. How hot is your seat?

                    It's no secret that the cloud is rapidly gaining acceptance as a preferred infrastructure platform for enterprises of all sizes. All indicators suggest that this upward trend continues unabated, but concerns about security issues -- like access to data, geographic location of sensitive data, compliance, and visibility and security controls built into organizations' public and hybrid cloud environments -- are still top of mind among CSOs and CIOs..."

                    Why It's Difficult To Make The Cloud Secure
                    SmartDataCollective, May 21st 2017
                    "Cloud services have become so prevalent you'd think security is a reasonable expectation. However, a secure cloud is easier said than done. Many IT professionals, across various countries, are finding that keeping data and applications safe in remote places is challenging. That's not because the cloud is insecure. Almost half of professionals in an Intel cloud security report said lacking cybersecurity skills swayed them from cloud adoption. Shadow IT and other factors, according to those in the field, are also making it tough to completely secure the cloud..."
                    Why The Public Cloud Is Outpacing The Private Cloud
                    jaxenter, May 24th 2017
                    "Making the decision between the public cloud and the private is a tough one. However, adoption rates between the two vary dramatically. In this article, Rick Delgado explains why companies are making the choice to go with public cloud services..."
                      Will Edge Computing Replace The Cloud?
                      InformationWeek, May 23rd 2017
                      "New technology breakthroughs plus the IoT are driving new interest in edge computing.

                      Although we're only beginning to scratch the surface when it comes to the capabilities of cloud applications, many are already contemplating the successor to cloud architectures. One such technology being discussed is a called edge computing. This is a concept where we move computation that's currently centralized inside the cloud back to the edge in a distributed manner. Doing this provides key benefits that make it superior to traditional cloud architectures. But will it eventually replace the cloud in the enterprise? That's our topic of discussion today..."

                      Why Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Works for Enterprise-Level Companies
                      Business 2 Community, May 24th 2017
                      "While the cloud now dominates all aspects of computing end use - from providing personal email to managing enterprise-level company CRM software - the industry is seeing more and more of the larger companies turn to infrastructure as a service (IaaS) for servers, data storage, hardware management, and bandwidth. IaaS, where businesses make use of pay-as-you-go cloud infrastructure from a service provider, was the largest cloud computing growth area in 2016, and it seems like 2017 will continue this trend. IaaS allows enterprise-level companies to function more effectively, using virtual machines to create data networks, manage large, international business networks, and create apps and software..."
                      Why Public Cloud R&D Is Making Lock-In Worse, Not Better
                      TechRepublic, May 22nd 2017
                      "Derrick Harris offers a great analysis of Google's AI-driven approach to cloud computing, but the subtext is perhaps even more interesting: The cloud is on lock-in overdrive.

                      We've spent the last decade unhooking data infrastructure from proprietary systems. As Cloudera co-founder Mike Olson rightly stated: 'No dominant platform-level software infrastructure has emerged in the last ten years in closed-source, proprietary form'..."

                      IT - CxO
                      Calculate The Cost Of Downtime
                      CIO, May 22nd 2017
                      "IT projects, especially infrastructure projects can be challenging to get approved. Discuss the 'cost of downtime' in your proposal so senior management can visualize and understand the risk implications, and you will get many more of your projects approved.

                      IT projects, especially infrastructure projects can be challenging to get approved.

                      Discuss the 'cost of downtime' so senior management can understand the financial or risk implications, and you will get many more of your projects approved..."

                      How The CISO Moved From The Basement To The Boardroom
                      TechRepublic, May 22nd 2017
                      "The rapidly expanding cybersecurity threat landscape has driven the chief information security officer (CISO) out of the basement and into the boardroom in many enterprises. While these tech professionals were traditionally seen as security enforcers, they have now taken a seat at the table as strategists helping the enterprise avoid cybercrime..."
                      10 Ways CIOs Can Run Their Business Like A Business
                      InformationWeek, May 23rd 2017
                      "Being a CIO isn't just about serving the business; today it means running the IT operation as a business itself.

                      The role of the CIO is evolving as quickly as the technology and business information we manage. Our teams are no longer solely responsible for ensuring technology works, but are also expected to be a source of business transformation architected to be competitive advantages for our organizations..."

                      6 Reality Checks For It Chiefs: MIT CIO Symposium
                      The Enterprisers Project, May 26th 2017
                      "At the 2016 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, 'Uber-ization' reigned as the buzzword of the day. But this year, machine learning dominated discussions, as one attendee noted to us.

                      The conference, held May 24, featured wisdom from IT leaders making concrete progress disrupting their own organizations and achieving digital business goals - not just looking over their shoulders for the next Uber or Airbnb. Today, in lieu of our usual Friday news roundup, we bring you some intriguing lessons from the conference. Look for more advice from these trailblazing CIOs during the next few weeks..."

                      Don't Worry CIOs: You Still Control Tech Spending
                      CIO, May 22nd 2017
                      "In the digital era, business executives are becoming more involved in acquiring corporate technologies. But the CIO still largely has the final say for most technology purchasing decisions.

                      CIOs still control the purse strings for most corporate IT, owing to the complexity of broad technology implementations. But other business executives play an ever-larger role in acquiring digital tools, underscoring technology's growing importance, according to new reports from Forrester Research and CompTIA..."

                      The Growing Influence Of The CIO
                      ComputerWeekly, May 25th 2017
                      "The role of IT leaders has changed radically over the past decade. Today, digital technology is bringing CIOs new opportunities, higher budgets and the chance to make a strategic difference...

                      In 2005, CIOs had largely replaced IT directors, but they were still relatively minor players in their organisations. Barely one-third sat on their executive committees. CIOs just looked after that tiresome technical stuff.

                      But now CIOs are very different creatures. Today, nearly two-thirds take their seat at the top table and their remit is evolving and expanding, according to the Harvey Nash/KPMG 2017 CIO survey..."

                      Why Organizations Must Co-Opt Shadow IT
                      Information Management, May 25th 2017
                      "Denial has proven futile. Once just a worrisome trend, shadow IT has grown into a monster. The aptly named phenomenon, a known risk of data breaches and financial liabilities, pits information technology professionals against end users in an endless battle for control of the digital workplace environment.

                      The 'number of unauthorized cloud apps being used in the enterprise' is up to 20 times higher than CIOs predicted, according to a Cisco survey. Attempts to suppress the infiltration of user apps with strict controls have done little more than exacerbate the face-off between 'stodgy' IT departments and freedom-loving end users..."

                      5 Ways Retail CIOs Can Future-Proof Their Business
                      CIO, May 23rd 2017
                      "You don't need to predict the future to prepare for it. The strategies outlined here will help you keep your organization's eye on the prize.

                      The retail CIO is facing a number of challenges in 2017. Budgets are tightening, the technology environment is rapidly shifting, the business has become more empowered to bypass IT, and brick-and-mortar stores are struggling to meet digitally-demanding consumer expectations..."

                      vBeers @ June 2017
                      4 Weekly Meeting Each Month
                      The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) vBeers events happen four times each month, once each in these cities: Palm Beach Gardens, Oakland Park, Boca Raton and Miami.

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

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

                      • Wednesday, June 7th @ Twisted Trunk Brewing
                      • Wednesday, June 14th @ Funky Buddha Brewery
                      • Wednesday, June 21st @ Biergarten Boca
                      • Wednesday, June 28th @ vBeers @ Miami

                      Read on for detailed schedule

                      IT - DR
                      Seven Business Continuity Strategy Planning Mistakes
                      Search Disaster Recovery, May 25th 2017
                      "Given the comprehensive nature of business continuity planning, mistakes can happen. Explore some of the most common errors to avoid before a disaster hits.

                      Developing a business continuity strategy is a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. Organizations must gather and validate massive amounts of data and develop and validate procedures to keep data available and protected at all times.

                      Employees must be trained on the business continuity plan, as well as their roles and responsibilities when a disruptive incident occurs. Senior management must be aware of the plan and be involved with its development..."

                      IT - PM
                      6 Free And Feature-Filled Open Source Project Management Tools
                      CIO, May 23rd 2017
                      "You don't have to shell out for expensive project management software, these free and open-source solutions that just might fit your business needs.

                      Whether you own a small business or you're just starting one, every dollar counts; finding free software to help you manage, communicate, collaborate and keep projects progressing smoothly isn't easy. At CIO we've taken some of the guesswork out of it with this list of 6 (alphabetically sorted) open-source project management tools that can help make lighter work of planning and managing your projects..."

                      Under Pressure, It May Need To Fail Fast With Some Projects
                      InformationWeek, May 22nd 2017
                      "Lines of business want services fast; IT will need an investment budget that allows it to try to achieve desired solutions and sometimes fail.

                      It used to be that every IT technology project needed to be a business -- to have a business justification. Now, every new business project "needs to be a technology," noted Mark Tonsetic, analyst with the CEB unit of Gartner..."

                      IT - Networks
                      How Software-Defined Networking Is Helping Modernize Data Centers
                      eWeek, May 22nd 2017
                      "As an increasing number of enterprises upgrade their data centers with the latest software and infrastructure, they are looking at technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN) services to move and protect data. At the same time, organizations increasingly are relying on cloud services for hosting mission-critical workloads. Companies adopting a cloud-first approach also must upgrade their networks, which is strategic to harnessing the power of the cloud. In this eWEEK slide show, Verizon Executive Director of Network &amp; Virtual Solutions Victoria Lonker explains how a network upgrade can reap long-term benefits using SDN..."
                      Making The Leap To 25 Gigabit Ethernet And Beyond
                      Network Computing, May 22nd 2017
                      "If you're beginning to feel the bandwidth pinch while operating Gigabit Ethernet and 10 GbE within your data center, a logical step is to consider 25-, 40-, 50- and even 100-Gbps links. But while all four are excellent new technologies that can significantly boost throughput capacity, there are a few things to keep in mind. Let's look at three key considerations before you make the jump to new Ethernet standards..."
                      The Most Common Errors Identified In Professional DNS Audits
                      IT World, May 23rd 2017
                      "Recent DNS outages should serve as a wake-up call that DNS is critical to business infrastructure. When your DNS infrastructure goes down, so does your web site, email, and other services, which may result in lost revenue and a negative brand perception. Many organizations are challenged by the cost and complexity of managing a DNS infrastructure because best practices may change over time, resulting in errors and inefficiencies. Chris Roosenraad, director of DNS Services at Neustar, shares some of the most common errors observed during audits of its customer's DNS infrastructure and the best practices you can take to ensure you are maximizing your DNS performance to minimize potential downtime..."
                      Gartner: Potential For Network Failures Looms Large
                      NetworkComputing, May 23rd 2017
                      "Analysts say organizations need to take action now to address risk posed by products with flawed Intel Atom C2000 chips.

                      Gartner analysts are sounding the alarm about the potential for network outages due to defective network and security products containing faulty Atom C2000 chips. The flawed component issue that affected a wide swath of products from Cisco and other networking vendors surfaced earlier this year, but many organizations still don't know about it, they said in a new report..."

                      How to Make a Network SLA Work or Your Organization
                      Search Networking, May 24th 2017
                      "What's the best way to focus on outcomes and construct a network SLA that reflects end-to-end service performance?

                      Enterprises have long sought out service-level agreements that will keep their providers on task in delivering services that meet their performance requirements. No business wants the credits that are offered when a service falls short of network SLA metrics. Instead, IT organizations look to a network SLA as a standard that reassures them when they first enter contracts with their providers, and then as an ongoing measure that the managed services they are consuming are sufficiently supporting their operational objectives..."

                      IT - IoT
                      Connected Devices Are Creating 277 Times More Data Than People Are
                      CSO Online, May 22nd 2017
                      "In a transformation where the digital world is taking over the physical world, almost every entity is going through some degree of digitization. In doing so, companies need to have resilient security measures in place to embrace new technologies that advance their business, without sacrificing the security and credibility of their services. CSO Managing Editor Ryan Francis recently spoke with Anthony Grieco, senior director and trust strategy officer at Cisco's Security and Trust Organization, about how organizations can securely incorporate new technologies as they embrace digitally-enabled business model..."
                      Data: Lifeblood Of The Internet Of Things
                      InformationWeek, May 24th 2017
                      "As computing power becomes increasingly distributed into the devices and infrastructure around us, the data generated by those devices will invariably play a larger role in our businesses and everyday lives.

                      Between my role at Seagate in Cupertino and the vineyard and olive orchard I run in Sonoma County (Trattore Farms), I spend a fair amount of time driving. Or, rather, riding, taking advantage of my Tesla's autopilot feature. I've been continually impressed by the way my Tesla, as part of a network of cloud-connected vehicles, learns through real-time data every day..."

                      Top 5 Misconceptions Of Iot Network And Device Security
                      Network World, May 26th 2017
                      "The Internet of Things (IoT) describes an interconnected system of standalone devices, which communicate and transfer data within the existing internet infrastructure, providing greater insight and control over elements in our increasingly connected lives. With an estimated 30 billion connected devices to be deployed across the globe by 2020, the promise of a global Internet of Things is fast approaching, posing a whole new level of threats to connected organizations. To a potential attacker, a device presents an interesting target for several reasons..."
                      Understanding The Benefits And Threats When Building An Iot Strategy
                      CIO, May 22nd 2017
                      "The Internet of Things (IoT) market continues to gain momentum, both growing in total connections and into new business and consumer application segments, but still CIOs and other IT leaders diverge on what are the real benefits of this technologies for the business and, mainly, what are the potential risks..."
                      What Companies Seek From The Industrial Iot (Slideshow)
                      CIO Insight, May 22nd 2017
                      "A clear majority of organizations have a growing or high interest in the industrial internet of things (IIoT), according to a recent survey from the Business Performance Innovation (BPI) Network. The resulting report, 'The Impact of Connectedness on Competitiveness,' indicates that these manufacturing-based companies are seeking more efficient operations from their IIoT investment, as well as better product and services differentiation, and improved customer engagement. But there are lingering obstacles to full-scale, successful deployments, including existing skills gaps and a lack of adequate data integration capabilities..."
                      IT - Linux
                      The History Of Ubuntu Linux, Canonical's Open Source OS
                      The VAR Guy, May 23rd 2017
                      "In October 2004 the first Ubuntu release, Ubuntu 4.10, debuted. Codenamed Warty Warthog because it was rough around the edges, Ubuntu 4.10 inaugurated a tradition of releasing new version of Ubuntu each April and October that Canonical has maintained up to the present -- with the exception of Ubuntu 6.06, which came out a couple of months late in 2006.

                      Ubuntu 4.04 launched six months after Mark Shuttleworth first met with Debian developers to discuss the creation of a new, Debian-based Linux distribution that would emphasize ease-of-use, regular release cycles, accessibility and internationalization..."

                      IT - Operations
                      It Doesn't Take A Supercomputer To Justify Liquid Cooling
                      Data Center Knowledge, May 22nd 2017
                      "When the national weather services for Denmark and Switzerland upgraded their computing capacities, they each turned to supercomputers that are cooled by internal heat exchangers.

                      It doesn't take a supercomputer to justify liquid cooling, however. Heat exchangers have been used inside server cabinets for many years to dissipate heat and reduce the cooling needed from computer room air handing (CRAH) units. Recent advances are causing data center managers who may have dismissed them as risky to take a second look..."

                        IT Still Needs The Tried-And-True On-Premises Data Center
                        SearchDataCenter, May 23rd 2017
                        "Despite a rapidly changing IT industry driven mostly by cloud, the on-premises data center is here to stay, according to a survey by the Uptime Institute.

                        Public cloud and colocation may drive the industry's growth, but for many companies, their on-premises data center matters more than ever.

                        The rapid pace of cloud adoption hasn't eaten into the two-thirds of workloads that enterprises still run in house, according to the latest Uptime Institute survey. The on-premises data center is still important because a large number of applications aren't a good fit in the cloud, and it would be too expensive or technically infeasible for IT teams to rearchitect or rewrite them..."

                          Data Center Strategy: Tips For Better Capacity Planning
                          Data Center Knowledge, May 24th 2017
                          "The world is littered with thousands of examples of the problems associated with data center strategy mistakes around capacity and performance.

                          For example, Lady Gaga fans brought down the vast server resources of soon after her album 'Born This Way' was offered online for only 99 cents. Similarly, a deluge of online shoppers caused the data center to crash after they bombarded for a mammoth sales event. And, of course, there was the famous debacle, when an ad campaign prompted millions of Americans to rush to the website for healthcare coverage only to face long virtual lines and endless error messages. In total, it is estimated that more than 40,000 people at any one time were forced to sit in virtual waiting rooms as available capacity had been exceeded..."

                          Why Data Centers Still Dominate Tech Deployments (Slideshow)
                          CIO Insight, May 25th 2017
                          "Despite the growing presence of the cloud, the majority of IT assets are still deployed at enterprise-owned data centers, according to the Uptime Institute's seventh annual "Data Center Industry Survey." The findings reveal that flaws within the cloud provider evaluation process may be contributing to this trend. Many organizations are, in fact, still addressing data and application storage demands with new data center construction, rather than with cloud migrations or colocation space investments. Data center outages still come with the territory, but most tech departments are getting to the bottom of downtime by conducting root-cause analyses of incidents, as well as measuring their impact on costs..."
                            Tips For Better Capacity Planning
                            Data Center Knowledge, May 24th 2017
                            "The world is littered with thousands of examples of the problems associated with data center strategy mistakes around capacity and performance.

                            For example, Lady Gaga fans brought down the vast server resources of soon after her album 'Born This Way' was offered online for only 99 cents. Similarly, a deluge of online shoppers caused the data center to crash after they bombarded for a mammoth sales event. And, of course, there was the famous debacle, when an ad campaign prompted millions of Americans to rush to the website for healthcare coverage only to face long virtual lines and endless error messages. In total, it is estimated that more than 40,000 people at any one time were forced to sit in virtual waiting rooms as available capacity had been exceeded..."

                            IT - Security
                            9 Ways Organizations Sabotage Their Own Security: Lessons From The Verizon DBIR
                            Dark Reading, May 22nd 2017
                            "Mistakes and missteps plague enterprise security. The Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) offers nuggets on what organizations must stop doing - now.

                            Datasets from the recent Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) show that some security teams still may be operating under false assumptions regarding what it takes to keep their organizations secure.

                            For starters, the same security standards don't apply across all vertical industries, says Suzanne Widup, a senior consultant for the Verizon RISK Team and co-author of the Verizon DBIR..."

                            Security Pros Reveal How They Cope With Rising Tide Of Cyber-Attacks
                            eWeek, May 19th 2017
                            "With new software vulnerability exploits in the news on a regular basis, the daily challenges of cyber-security professionals are as high as ever before. A report released on May 17, from security risk vendor Bay Dynamics, based on a survey of 400 cyber-security professionals conducted by Enterprise Management Associates reveals some of the challenges these professionals face on a daily basis.

                            Among the big challenges is the simple fact that while the total number of security threats continues to rise, there is not a corresponding rise in staffing levels. Another key challenge is figuring out how to prioritize threat alerts, with 52 percent of respondents reporting that automated system improperly prioritize threats. In this slideshow eWEEK looks at some of the highlights of the Bay Dynamics/Enterprise Management Associates Day in the Life of a Cyber Security Pro report..."

                            An Ethical Hacker Can Help You Beat A Malicious One
                            GCN, May 22nd 2017
                            "The recent spate of cyberattacks on computer systems across the world shows how some organizations are not doing enough to protect their systems against malicious hackers.

                            But if organizations had engaged the services of an ethical hacker then many of the vulnerabilities on their systems could have been found and fixed, rather than exploited.

                            There are many instances in which ethical hacking has successfully prevented a potential attack, but because of the sensitive nature of such information, few cases are made public. This anonymized example highlights the type of issues that can be uncovered by an ethical hacker, which can then be addressed by the client..."

                              Multi-Factor Authentication Terms and Factor Types - MFA 101, Part 1
                              Business 2 Community, May 25th 2017
                              "Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is an extremely hot topic among enterprises, education organizations, and consumers alike. Almost daily, we hear about a data breach being discovered in the news. Often, the response to such an intrusion is for the impacted users to change their passwords and enable some type of multi-factor authentication on their accounts.

                              MFA tends to be cited as the most common fix (or augmentation) for the shortcomings of passwords or just as a general alternative to passwords altogether. While there is a lot of truth to MFA providing additional security controls and protection, there are also many other things to consider..."

                              Six In Ten Companies Still Don't Know Who Has Access To Their Critical Data
                              ITProPortal, May 23rd 2017
                              "A common misconception amongst organisations is that all cyber threats originate from outside their organisation.

                              According to a survey conducted by Lepide - a leading security auditing solutions provider - 60 per cent of companies are still not able to determine who has access to their critical data. The survey was conducted during a variety of trade shows including Infosec Europe, RSA Singapore, and DataConnectors Pittsburgh, and involved 250 face-face interviews.

                              A common misconception amongst organisations is that all cyber threats originate from outside their organisation, yet according to a report published by, 43 per cent of data breaches were the result of malicious or incompetent insiders..."

                              Top 10 Tips On How To Avoid Damage From Insider Threats
                              eWeek, May 24th 2017
                              "Insider threats to enterprise IT systems are the top worry for many CISOs. The perfect recipe for insider cyber-crime combines financial stress with easy access to corporate data and a host of online black market outlets ready to turn information into cash.

                              To effectively address cyber-crime like this, enterprises should use an inside-out security approach that monitors events and suspicious behaviors across their entire computing infrastructure. Prioritizing key assets that store information is the key to providing the necessary level of security to prevent, detect and respond to insider cyber-crime. This eWEEK slide show on avoiding damage from insider threats is based on industry information from Isaac Kohen, founder and CEO of Teramind, which monitors employees with an insider-threat prevention platform that detects, records and prevents malicious user behavior..."

                              10 Things Threat Hunters Watch For
                              CSO Online, May 25th 2017
                              "Pursuing cyber threats is much like conventional hunting in that it requires patience, persistence and a keen eye, and when done correctly, it can be both exhilarating and rewarding. Threat actors do everything in their power to blend in and attempt to become a ghost in your network, so it is the job of the security professional to be the ghostbuster, says Tim Bandos, director of cybersecurity at Digital Guardian. In order to track and acquire an elusive target, a threat hunter needs to be well equipped with the right skills and tools. Start by loading up on cyber threat knowledge and centralizing critical logging data. He sets out the common indicators that say a threat is underway..."
                              Emerging Threats To Add To Your Security Radar Screen
                              Dark Reading, May 22nd 2017
                              "The cybersecurity threat landscape is poised to grow in size and complexity - what to look out for.

                              As security pros scramble to defend against today's threats as well as a new wave of attacks such as the WannaCry ransomware worm, emerging technologies and determined cybercriminals are poised to make cyber-defense even more complex.

                              Machine learning and the Internet of Things aren't new terms, but they're new to the workplace. As more businesses adopt advanced systems, they'll find themselves vulnerable to a broader range of security threats. The geopolitical landscape will also drive security risk as nation-states target foreign adversaries without fear of punishment..."

                              4 Easy Steps How To Conduct It Security Audit Of Your Own Company
                              SmartDataCollective, May 22nd 2017
                              "Businesses often view data security audit as a stressful and intrusive process.

                              Businesses often view data security audit as a stressful and intrusive process. Auditor walks around distracting everybody and meddling in regular company operations. The usefulness of conducting audits is also something up for a debate: aren't regular risk assessment enough to form security strategy and keep your data protected? And if you're a subject of compliance regulations regarding private data security, then you'll be facing an official audit sooner or later anyway. Wouldn't you be better off preparing for that, than doing an IT security audit of your own?..."

                              In Search Of An Rx For Enterprise Security Fatigue
                              Dark Reading, May 22nd 2017
                              "Are you exhausted by the vast number of measures your organization needs to keep its systems and data safe? You're not alone.

                              The last thing any company stakeholder wants is to be in the headline of a news story about a security breach. Not only does it do irreparable damage to your reputation, but it could also have a huge monetary impact on both revenue and the overall value of your company. Just ask Yahoo, which, after reports of being hit by two major data breaches last year, had to settle for a $350 million price cut in its sale to Verizon..."

                              For Enterprise Protection, Antivirus Software Is No Longer Enough
                              ComputerWorld, May 22nd 2017
                              "Behavioral analytics and A.I, among other technologies, are needed for better corporate defenses..

                              Antivirus software to protect corporate systems from malware is like a flu shot. You should have it, but it won't likely protect you from every strain of the flu.

                              "Antivirus is great for blocking known threats, but the issue has grown past viruses," said Ryan O'Leary, vice president of the Threat Research Center at WhiteHat Security. "Malware and vulnerabilities in the network or application can lead to far greater compromise."

                              Worse yet, new threats are being crafted faster than traditional antivirus can keep up..."

                              Staying A Step Ahead Of Internet Attack
                              Dark Reading, May 23rd 2017
                              "There's no getting around the fact that targeted attacks - like phishing - will happen. But you can figure out the type of attack to expect next.

                              "It's difficult to make predictions. Especially about the future," Yogi Berra famously stated. While this may be true for general predictions, I don't believe it's true for Internet security predictions.

                              By training, I am a cryptographer. In the late '90s, I realized that Internet security wasn't really about cryptography or even how protocols were implemented. Instead, it was about people and their actions. I believed criminals would start circumventing Internet security measures - authentication, in particular - by tricking people, using techniques we now refer to as "phishing." However, no one else at that time seemed to believe that this type of deception would ever be successful..."

                              IT - Careers
                              3 Things To Think About Before Firing An Employee
                              TechRepublic, May 23rd 2017
                              "In my years as a manager, I can't think of anything more distasteful than having to fire an employee. I have had to do this several times during my management career, and every time I had to do it, I was thinking about that 'wanna get away' ad.

                              A colleague of mine who also has spent many years in management said the same. He recalled that his worst experience was having to fire a software developer who could not perform the job. It ended with the man getting down on his knees and grabbing my colleagues' legs. With tears streaming down his face, the man begged for his job. I could hardly stand to hear it..."

                              A 12-Step Program For Retaining Your Diverse Workforce
                              TLNT, May 24th 2017
                              "Datasets from the recent Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) show that some security teams still may be operating under false assumptions regarding what it takes to keep their organizations secure.

                              For starters, the same security standards don't apply across all vertical industries, says Suzanne Widup, a senior consultant for the Verizon RISK Team and co-author of the Verizon DBIR..."

                              IT Job Interviews: 11 Ways To Stand Out To CIOs
                              The Enterprisers Project, May 22nd 2017
                              "Nathan McBride, CIO of Amag Pharmaceuticals, sought to become one of the first biotech companies to move fully to the cloud model, and he was able to achieve this goal in 2010 - just as the cloud trend was taking off. Since the migration, Amag has enjoyed a 60 percent reduction in spending and a significant increase in innovation, functionality, and scalability, with no loss of performance.

                              This week, McBride will share his cloud experience during a panel at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, taking place May 24 in Cambridge, MA. His session, 'Navigating the Clouds,' will offer insights into the promises, pitfalls, and best practices around cloud migrations. In this sneak peek, McBride shares a few with us..."

                              Wanted: Big Data And Big Data Experts (Slideshow)
                              CIO Insight, May 23rd 2017
                              "Big data initiatives are in vogue, but adoption and deployment are in the early stages, according to a new study. Less than one in 10 companies surveyed has mature big data processes and infrastructures in place, according to 'The State of Data Ops,' a report sponsored by Qubole and conducted by Dimensional Research. "While participants reported strong confidence in meeting their business' big data analysis needs, they also listed numerous challenges and technology chasms,' the report said.

                              The study also found that fear of the cloud is subsiding, and most companies will leverage cloud resources for their big data projects. Eighty-three percent of respondents said their data teams are growing, but 36 percent are having difficulty finding big data experts. The 406 respondents included IT staff implementing and operating data infrastructure (30 percent), IT managers responsible for delivering data projects (30 percent), IT executives with data initiatives (21 percent), data platform team members (8 percent) and analytics team members (4 percent). The remaining respondents were business stakeholders or data science professionals. More report highlights follow..."

                              Why You Should Invest In AI Talent Now
                              CIO, May 22nd 2017
                              "Mark Minevich didn't mince words in his Rise of the Autonomous Enterprise presentation here at Interop last week: "Whoever doesn't get involved in AI will die and get phased out." Minevich, a senior advisor to the government's Council of Competitiveness in Washington D.C., ticked off several examples of companies that have transformed industries by leveraging AI technologies, including Amazon with its personalized recommendations and Tesla. "Tesla has accumulated over 750 million miles of data to make cars smarter," said Minevich.

                              The good news is that the U.S. is widely viewed as a leader in AI. Minevich said there's more AI investment in Silicon Valley, for example, than anywhere else in the world and it's growing. Last year estimates put AI investments at $2.5 billion, a figure that's forecast to double to $5 billion 2017. Pointing to forecasts by consulting giants Accenture and McKinsey, Minevich said "AI will deliver a massive trillion-dollar economy and the U.S. will benefit tremendously because we're a leader in research and development."

                              15 Tricky Job Interview Questions -- And How To Nail Them
                              IT World, May 25th 2017
                              "Winning an interview in today's competitive IT job market can feel like an accomplishment itself. But the real work has only just begun.

                              To be truly prepared for your next interview, you need to practice answering the hiring manager's questions. But you don't want to get lost preparing for questions that may not come; most recruiters and hiring managers stick to a slate of tried-and-true questions that help them get to the heart of who you are and what you can do for the company. And while they may seem bland on the surface, they can be tricky to answer. Here are the fifteen most common interview questions you'll be faced with and how to approach them..."

                                Three Things You Need To Do To Avoid Hitting A Career Plateau
                                Fast Company, May 24th 2017
                                "Without a corporate ladder to climb, how do you make sure you don't get stuck at the same level forever?...

                                Climbing the corporate ladder used to be a good metaphor for success, but promotions no longer come rung by rung. That's because the business world has fundamentally shifted in gradual but profound ways, and the path to career advancement takes new skills, says Richard Jolly, adjunct professor at London Business School..."

                                  IT - Social Media
                                  What's The Best Social Media Platform For Your Business?
                                  Business 2 Community, May 23rd 2017
                                  "If you're a small business owner or have a social enterprise or nonprofit, you know that your digital marketing strategy has to encompass social media...

                                  The first place to begin is by looking at the largest social networks. Sure, some businesses may have a particular niche where it makes sense for them to choose social media that has fewer users or a particular audience. However, generally speaking, most businesses should focus on at least some of the big platforms..."

                                    IT - Virtualization
                                    Containers Vs. Virtual Machines: A Simplified Answer To A Complex Question
                                    TechRepublic, May 23rd 2017
                                    "If you're having trouble deciding between virtual machines or containers, Jack Wallen boils down this choice to two simple bullet points...

                                    For years, virtual machines (VMs) were all the rage. They made perfect sense: Instead of having a room filled with servers, you can deploy all of those systems on a single piece of (impressive) hardware. VMs work very well, can save serious money, and make failover easier. Your server goes awry, spin up a recent snapshot and your back up and running..."

                                    IT - Big Data
                                    22 Free Tools For Data Visualization And Analysis
                                    ComputerWorld, May 25th 2017
                                    "Got data? These useful tools can turn it into informative, engaging graphics...

                                    You may not think you've got much in common with an investigative journalist or an academic medical researcher. But if you're trying to extract useful information from an ever-increasing inflow of data, you'll likely find visualization useful -- whether it's to show patterns or trends with graphics instead of mountains of numbers, or to try to explain complex issues to a nontechnical audience..."

                                      How To Keep Your Data Lakes From Becoming Cesspools
                                      TechRepublic, May 23rd 2017
                                      "Over the past few years, organizations have set up multiple data lakes throughout the enterprise. One of the reasons is that it's easy to set up a data lake quickly," said Ken Tsai, head of cloud platform and data management for SAP.

                                      As a result, data lakes have propagated, user department by user department, often with very little data curation or integration.

                                      In many cases, the result has been a series of "standing pools" of data that are growing murky with an unknown number of data types that can't readily integrate with each other to produce insights. "We call this phenomenon 'data dissonance' because the data can't be brought into a harmonic and compatible state without preparing it so it can work with other types of data," said Tsai.

                                      5 Questions To Ask When Approaching Digital Analytics Data
                                      Business 2 Community, May 22nd 2017
                                      "It's all about asking the right digital analytics questions.

                                      Sure, in the right context, you can probably get by doing what Avinash Kaushik refers to as 'data puking,' but you won't excel as an analyst or marketer that way.

                                      In addition, you'll consistently come up short on bringing true business value to your company.

                                      In any field, it's important to be critical. But in digital analytics, it's crucial..."

                                      How Big Data Helps In Finding Out Your Best Customers?
                                      SmartDataCollective, May 21st 2017
                                      "For today's businesses, big data offers numerous possibilities. Big data analysis also offers a number of advantages when it comes to the prospective as well as current customers of an organization in addition to gains in efficiency and revenue.

                                      For the marketing department especially, this is a very big news. In-depth understanding about the potential buyers, their preferences and habits can help make sure that offerings and advertising are targeted for a particular group, enhancing the chances of loyalty and conversion. In addition to this, it can finally put an end to the age-old problem of offering huge amount of money to a advertising campaign and expecting miracles from them. Today, every dollar that is being spent on marketing is a highly calculated investment and ensures big returns.

                                      When it comes to prospective clients, does your business know whom to target and when they are identified, how do you capture them? Let us take a look:..."

                                      The Benefits Of Big Data
                                      Information Age, May 25th 2017
                                      "The role of data integrity has an important part to play in effective customer targeting...

                                      If you were to tell a story about your travels to a friend, you would include lots of detail around where you went, how you travelled and what you thought and felt throughout.If your friend was then to tell a similar story, their preferences would be different. It is this difference between one individual and another that makes it possible for marketers to use data to inform, validate and measure their marketing campaigns. Today, however, much of the data easily available to marketers is unverified..."

                                        Finding Customer Data is Big Hurdle to Meeting GDPR Right to Erasure
                                        ComputerWeekly, May 25th 2017
                                        "Global organisations do not know where customer data is stored and use unreliable data removal methods to erase content, a study shows...

                                        Locating customer data is likely to be the biggest challenge to fulfilling personal data erasure requests under the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

                                        From 25 May 2018, any organisation holding EU citizens' personal data will be required to erase that data at the request of the data subject.

                                        However, most organisations struggle to identify where all their customer data is stored, according to the EU GDPR: Countdown to compliance study by the Blancco Technology Group, which polled 750 corporate IT professionals in the UK, US, France, Germany and Spain..."

                                          Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                          Vol 231 Issues 1, 2 and 3 ; Vol 230 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 229 Issue 5
                                          We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                          • The Working Dead: IT Jobs Bound For Extinction
                                          • Where All-Flash Storage Makes No Sense
                                          • Say Goodbye: This Is Why We Quit
                                          • What Is UEFI, and How Is It Different from BIOS?
                                          • 10 Most In-Demand Tech Skills
                                          • The CIO Role Is Changing
                                          • 2017 Strategic Roadmap For Storage By Gartner
                                          • Amazing Facts About Dennis Ritchie, The Inventor Of C Programming Language And Unix
                                          • What's The Point Of DevOps?
                                          • The Fundamental Flaw in TCP/IP: Connecting Everything

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

                                            IT - Encryption
                                            The Encryption Challenge
                                            ITProPortal, May 22nd 2017
                                            "There are many encryption challenges in the tech world today, particularly as the importance of encryption as a fundamental, rather than nice to have for data security, becomes the norm for businesses. An increasing number of organisations worldwide are adopting encryption to address the growing concerns of data safety and data privacy for compliance regulations..."
                                            IT - Tape
                                            Tape Continues To Shine At Ibm: Calline Sanchez
                                  , May 23rd 2017
                                            "Regular readers of this blog know our view of tape - namely that it has a long runway ahead because of its capacity, durability and cost metrics. Anyone who says otherwise is a fool. Anyone who works for a silicon or disk storage vendor and says otherwise is a damned fool.

                                            Now that this is off our chest, we were delighted to meet up with Calline Sanchez, a VP at IBM Enterprise Systems Storage and to interview her with respect to, among other things, her view of tape technology..."

                                            Development that's fast, simple, and powerful!
                                            By Edgar Haren
                                            Edgar blogs, " Cloud based application development is growing at an incredible pace due to the rise of tethered database cloud services, coupled with modern, intuitive, and powerful development tools.

                                            In years past, developers were plagued by some concrete challenges -

                                            • Cumbersome user interface and user experience
                                            • Lack of scalability
                                            • Lack of performance from un-optimized databases
                                            • New frameworks and platforms
                                            • Security

                                            Application development is inherently difficult, as the developer must deliver a final product that achieves its desired goal, but also must possess creative elements that are pleasing, brand-building and technically modern.

                                            Oracle JET 3.1.0 released
                                            By Graeme Mawson
                                            Graeme blogs, "We are proud to announce the 15th on-schedule release of Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET).

                                            JET v3.1.0 is a minor release and is primarily a bug fix release, however there are new features related to ojDiagram, ojDialog, ojCheckboxset, ojRadioset and BusyContext.

                                            Please read the Release Notes for this release to see all aspects about the release that may be relevant for updates and new development..."

                                            IT - Java
                                            Java Is Alive And Well In Federal It
                                            GCN, May 24th 2017
                                            Jim Tyrrell blogs, "Mark Twain famously stated, 'The report of my death was an exaggeration' -- a quote that can also apply to the Java programming language. Java's impending death has been discussed, blogged about and ruminated on for many of its two-plus decades of existence. Yet not only has it persevered, one could say it's thriving. And that's good news for federal agencies.

                                            Agencies often take IT cues from enterprise companies. Java has been used by Twitter developers to rewrite parts of the social media platform because the programming language can provide more throughput. At Google, Java is one of the five main languages that are promoted as a standard internally.

                                            In fact, I believe that Java is as popular as ever..."

                                            Nexenta News
                                            NexentaStor 5.0.3-FP1 now available
                                            Nexenta, May 24th 2017
                                            The Nexenta website and repo. have been updated with a new release:

                                            • May, 2017 NexentaStor 5.0.3-FP1 version

                                            The release notes are here.

                                            Cisco News
                                            Cisco Completes Acquisition of Artificial Intelligence Company MindMeld
                                            Cisco, May 26th 2017
                                            Cisco announced it has completed the acquisition of MindMeld Inc., a privately held artificial intelligence (AI) company based in San Francisco. MindMeld has pioneered the development of a unique AI platform that enables customers to build intelligent and human-like conversational interfaces for any application or device. Through its proprietary machine learning (ML) technology, MindMeld delivers incredible accuracy to help users interact with voice and chat assistants in a more natural way.

                                            As chat and voice quickly become the interfaces of choice, MindMeld's AI technology will enable Cisco to deliver unique experiences throughout its portfolio, starting with collaboration. This acquisition will power new conversational interfaces for Cisco's collaboration products, revolutionizing how users will interact with our technology, increasing ease of use, and enabling new cognitive capabilities.

                                            Cisco IoT Threat Defense: Realizing the Promise of IoT with an Architecture and Services Solution to Secure IoT Devices
                                            Cisco, May 23rd 2017
                                            By 2020, Cisco expects up to 50 billion connected devices to be in play, signaling a critical mass in achieving the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT). Today, Cisco takes a leading role in securing that promise -- and offsetting risk -- with the introduction of Cisco IoT Threat Defense. This broad architectural and services solution segments devices on the network to provide adaptable, extensible protection for organizations at IoT scale. The first use of IoT Threat Defense is to secure vital services in advanced medical care, power generation and delivery, and automated manufacturing.
                                            Cisco Survey Reveals Close to Three-Fourths of IoT Projects Are Failing
                                            Cisco, May 23rd 2017
                                            IDC predicts that the worldwide installed base of Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints will grow from 14.9 billion at the end of 2016 to more than 82 billion in 20251. At this rate, the Internet of Things may soon be as indispensable as the Internet itself.

                                            Despite the forward momentum, a new study conducted by Cisco shows that 60 percent of IoT initiatives stall at the Proof of Concept (PoC) stage and only 26 percent of companies have had an IoT initiative that they considered a complete success. Even worse: a third of all completed projects were not considered a success...

                                            Dell News
                                            Introducing Wyse Management Suite for Wyse Thin Clients
                                            Dell EMC, May 24th 2017
                                            Jeff McNaught blogs, "In today's fast-paced technology environment, change is a given. New innovations come on the market every day and there are new ways of working, whether that's from remote or multiple locations or with multiple devices. For years, our customers had two options for managing their virtual desktop infrastructure: they could manage Wyse endpoints on-premises through Wyse Device Manager (WDM), or they could manage and maintain endpoints over-the-air through Cloud Client Manager. Both solutions have worked well for our customers for several years now..."
                                            Microsoft News
                                            Accelerate your GDPR compliance with the Microsoft Cloud
                                            Microsoft, May 24th 2017
                                            Julia White blogs, "The European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect one year from tomorrow. While some companies have started working towards GDPR compliance, Gartner believes that less than 50 percent of all organizations will fully comply with the GDPR when it goes into effect on May 25, 2018. We know that the cloud can help dramatically increase that compliance rate, and we are dedicated to helping our customers on this journey..."
                                            Meet Mixer, formerly Beam, Microsoft's interactive livestreaming platform
                                            Microsoft, May 24th 2017
                                            Microsoft blogs, "A big evolution of Microsoft's interactive livestreaming platform was announced Thursday, including a new name for the service: Mixer (formerly Beam). Users will also see several features they've been asking for that unlock a whole new world of possibilities for social streaming, and help viewers find the content they're looking for across the service..."

                                            'We chose Mixer as our new name because it represents what we love most about the service - how it brings people together,' writes Matt Salsamendi, co-founder and engineering lead of the platform at Microsoft.

                                            Symantec News
                                            WannaCry: Ransomware attacks show strong links to Lazarus group
                                            Symantec, May 22nd 2017
                                            Tools and infrastructure used in the WannaCry ransomware attacks have strong links to Lazarus, the group that was responsible for the destructive attacks on Sony Pictures and the theft of US$81 million from the Bangladesh Central Bank. Despite the links to Lazarus, the WannaCry attacks do not bear the hallmarks of a nation-state campaign but are more typical of a cybercrime campaign. Our analysis only allows us to attribute these attacks to the Lazarus group. The technical details do not enable us to attribute the motivations of the attacks to a specific nation state or individuals.
                                            IBM News
                                            Consensus 2017: From Capital Markets to Supply Chains, IBM Outlines How Blockchain Will Reimagine Business Networks
                                            IBM, May 22nd 2017
                                            At CoinDesk Consensus, the world's leading blockchain conference, Arvind Krishna, senior vice president, Hybrid Cloud and director, IBM Research, delivered a keynote presentation detailing the rapid growth in blockchain applications in industries from capital markets to supply chains.

                                            With respect to capital markets, using blockchain to improve dispute resolution and settlement times can deliver benefits across boundaries. Krishna noted that an estimated $300 billion in underlying costs of global commerce can be optimized with blockchain, a powerful statement of the technology's benefit to industries such as shipping, property and capital markets. Blockchain will do for transactions what the Internet did for information.

                                            City Furniture Taps IBM for iOS Enterprise Apps to Deliver Personalized In-Showroom Journey
                                            IBM, May 23rd 2017
                                            City Furniture, South Florida's leading furniture providers, and IBM announced that City Furniture has launched three MobileFirst for iOS apps for iPad Pro - Sales Assist, Payment, and Finance - to get in-store shoppers the products they want faster.

                                            City Furniture is rolling out the apps to 400 store associates across 15 City Furniture showrooms, and 12 Ashley Furniture HomeStore showrooms, in south Florida. These apps will equip associates with insights to deliver a more efficient, personalized shopping experience for customers.

                                            IBM Security Launches New Capabilities to Help Clients with Impending EU General Data Protection Regulation
                                            IBM, May 25th 2017
                                            IBM announced new incident response capabilities, from its IBM Resilient security portfolio, to help companies address the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These capabilities are designed to help clients rehearse, prepare for and manage the new regulations. GDPR is one of the biggest changes in data privacy law in decades which goes into effect on May 25, 2018.

                                            GDPR may require significant changes to the way organizations respond to consumer data breaches. For example, any organization that does business in Europe will have 72 hours to notify the supervising authority and data subject of a breach, or risk being fined 20 million Eurps or up to 4 percent of their global annual turnover...

                                            IBM Accelerates Open Database-as-a-Service on IBM Power Systems
                                            IBM, May 24th 2017
                                            IBM announced a new Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) toolkit on Power Systems optimized for open source databases, including MongoDB, EDB PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, Redis, Neo4j, and Apache Cassandra to help deliver more speed, control, and efficiency for enterprise developers and IT departments.

                                            The new platform gives database administrators and developers the ability to easily deploy a fully configured private cloud with automated provisioning for open source database services. Users can easily gain the efficiency of a cloud delivery model, while also maintaining oversight and control of resource allocation and secure data policies. Because the Open DBaaS Platform is built on OpenStack, it can also easily be incorporated into the organization's hybrid cloud management strategy.

                                            Major Ukraine Fuel Station Retailer Taps IBM to Help Improve Efficiency of Operations
                                            IBM, May 23rd 2017
                                            IBM announced that Concern Galnaftogaz, a leading fuel station, convenience store and cafe operator in the Ukraine, has tapped IBM to deploy a company-wide asset and service management solution that will be used by all departments and divisions to bring greater simplicity, flexibility and security to its growing operations.

                                            Concern Galnaftogaz, a public company, operates about 400 OKKO gas stations, which include convenience stores and cafes, across 24 regions and manages a growing employee base of 10,000.

                                            Hitachi to Deliver New Mainframe Based on IBM z Systems in Japan
                                            IBM, May 23rd 2017
                                            IBM announced plans to deliver a new mainframe computing environment with Hitachi Ltd. that uses Hitachi's operating system and IBM z Systems hardware technology to provide clients new digital solutions while sustaining previous investments in business-critical data and software.

                                            Hitachi will exclusively adopt the IBM z Systems high-performance mainframe hardware technology as the only hardware for the next generation of Hitachi's AP series. These systems primarily serve major organizations in Japan. This work expands Hitachi's cooperation with IBM to make mainframe development more efficient through IBM's global capabilities in developing and manufacturing mainframe computing.

                                            IBM Platform Deployed by Sidra to Advance Qatar's Biomedical Research Capabilities
                                            IBM, May 24th 2017
                                            IBM announced the deployment of its IBM solutions as the compute and storage infrastructure for Sidra Medical and Research Center (Sidra).

                                            Sidra, a groundbreaking hospital, biomedical research and educational institution, chose IBM solutions to manage and store clinical genome sequencing data as well as to provide the organization's biomedical informatics technology infrastructure capabilities that will serve as a national resource. The IBM platform is used for data management and storage, bioinformatics and High Performance Computing (HPC)...

                                            VMware News
                                            VMware Partner Network Recognized at Annual Partner Leadership Summit
                                            VMware, May 25th 2017
                                            VMware announced honorees of the VMware 2016 Global Partner Innovation Awards. VMware recognizes its partners annually for outstanding achievements accomplished during the previous year.

                                            "We are pleased to present the VMware Global Partner Innovation Awards to a broad range of winners this year," said Ross Brown, senior vice president, Worldwide Partners and Alliances, VMware. "The VMware Partner Network consistently delivers value and performance to a dynamic set of businesses globally, and together, we enable organizations to harness the power of their digital transformation, and help them thrive in today's competitive business environment."

                                            VMware to Present at the Stifel Technology, Internet & Media Conference
                                            VMware, May 23rd 2017
                                            VMware announced that Rajiv Ramaswami, VMware's chief operating officer, products and cloud services, will present as a speaker at the Stifel Technology, Internet & Media Conference in San Francisco, CA on Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 10:55 a.m. PT/ 1:55 p.m. ET.

                                            A live webcast will be available on VMware's Investor Relations page at The replay of the webcast will be available for two months.

                                            Red Hat News
                                            Friday Five - May 26, 2017
                                            Red Hat, May 26th 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 to Acquire Codenvy, Provider of Agile and Cloud-Native Development Tools
                                            • Red Hat Blog - Why Red Hat is acquiring Codenvy
                                            • Red Hat Open Innovation Labs Opens in London to Jumpstart Application Development with Open Source and DevOps
                                            • Open Source Stories - Road to AI
                                            • CRN - Red Hat's Head Of Products On Competing With Docker, Teaming With AWS And A Container Services 'Renaissance' For The Channel

                                            Read on for details.

                                            Red Hat to Acquire Codenvy, Provider of Agile and Cloud-Native Development Tools
                                            Red Hat, May 25th 2017
                                            Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Codenvy, provider of cloud-native development tools that enable developers to more easily create modern container-based and cloud-native applications. By adding Codenvy to its existing portfolio of developer tools and application platforms, including Red Hat JBoss Middleware and Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat continues its efforts to provide solutions that enable developers to create applications for hybrid cloud environments. Red Hat plans to make Codenvy an integral part of, Red Hat's recently announced hosted development environment for building hybrid cloud services on OpenShift.
                                            Level3 News
                                            Level 3 selected as Military Times' 'est for Vets: Employers 2017'
                                            Level(3), May 24th 2017
                                            Military Times selected global telecommunications provider, Level 3 Communications, Inc., for its "Best for Vets: Employers 2017" rankings. The selection helps veterans and their families identify corporations with a culture and policies supportive of veterans. This is Level 3's fourth time receiving the designation.

                                            Level 3's Focus on Veterans:

                                            • Level 3 actively recruits military talent at all levels by participating in job fairs, visiting military bases and partnering with schools, military workforce sectors and veteran-focused programs.
                                            • Level 3 employs veterans in diverse roles ranging from entry-level to senior leadership.
                                            • More than half of the participants in Level 3 training programs like Ops Tech Academy and IP Bootcamp are veterans who have been selected in part because of their military-specific skills, attitude and aptitude.
                                            • Level 3 provides a Veteran Employee Resource Group (VERG), comprised of more than 650 members. The VERG advises the business on how to best meet the needs of veteran employees and hosts a variety of internal and external events where members can connect, and create support groups and communities.

                                            Read on for details

                                              EMC News
                                              How Tech Helps Nike Change the Game
                                              Dell EMC, May 26th 2017
                                              Laura Pevehouse blogs, "I've been shopping recently for a new pair of running shoes, and it's been a bit of a Goldilocks scenario. This one was too big, that one was too small. I'm still not sure I've landed on just right.

                                              So hearing the vice president of Digital Design Transformation at Nike, Ken Black, speak at Dell EMC World was timely insight into the next-generation footwear - enabled by next-generation technology from Dell..."

                                              Dell EMC Takes #1 Position on TPCx-BigBench for Scale Factor 10000
                                              Dell EMC, May 26th 2017
                                              Dell EMC is focused on providing information that helps customers make the most of their big data technology investment. The failure rate for Hadoop big data projects is still too high given the maturity of the technology. Customers can't afford to guess when designing and sizing a solution; they need to deliver optimal performance for their business use cases and to scale as needed. Dell EMC recently completed and published a new TPCx-BigBench (TPCx-BB) result that will help customers make the right choices for Hadoop performance and scalability...
                                              HP News
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Delivers The Broadest and Deepest Flash Storage Portfolio for Hybrid IT
                                              HPE, May 24th 2017
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a comprehensive flash portfolio update with new products and data protection solutions designed to help customers continue their journey to an all- flash data center. The new offerings include:

                                              • A more powerful midrange HPE 3PAR StoreServ 9450 all-flash array
                                              • Availability of Nimble Storage primary and new secondary flash arrays
                                              • Affordable fifth generation HPE MSA Storage
                                              • High-speed, cloud-connected StoreOnce data protection

                                              The adoption of flash storage continues to gain pace, with 51 percent of customers predicting that they will have an All-Flash Data Center within five years. It's not just enterprises, smaller companies are also adopting flash as prices come down. At the same time, IT teams are seeking deeper integration across servers, storage, networks, and automation tools to maximize value from investments...

                                              Windstream News
                                              Windstream expands metro fiber network in Knoxville
                                              Windstream, May 23rd 2017
                                              Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced a major expansion of its advanced metro fiber network in Knoxville, Tennessee's third-largest city. Windstream's expansion will provide the area's growing business community with world-class fiber and fixed-wireless infrastructure that connects even more local data centers and commercial buildings with Windstream's high-speed, highly available nationwide fiber network.

                                              "With a metropolitan area that has grown to more than a million residents and is home to a number of influential companies and organizations including the University of Tennessee's flagship campus, Knoxville is an incredibly important regional economic hub," said Jeff Lowney, regional president for Windstream. "Knoxville, like many other parts of Tennessee, has experienced tremendous economic growth over the past five years, and we are excited to do our part to help the area sustain those levels of growth by investing in our local fiber and fixed wireless networks."

                                              F5 News
                                              F5 Delivers Application Services for a Multi-Cloud World
                                              F5, May 23rd 2017
                                              At its annual EMEA Agility partner and customer conference, F5 Networks announced the availability of offerings designed to provide consistent application services in multi-cloud environments - giving companies greater deployment flexibility, more effective security, and faster time to market.

                                              F5's 2017 State of Application Delivery report shows that while more customers than ever are shifting to cloud infrastructures, many are consciously choosing to invest in multiple cloud technologies...

                                              Netapp News
                                              NetApp Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017 Results
                                              NetApp, May 24th 2017
                                              NetApp reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017, ended April 28, 2017.

                                              • Net Revenues for Q4 up 5% quarter-over-quarter and 7% year-over-year.
                                              • Q4 All-flash array annualized net revenue run rate of $1.70 billion, up almost 140% year-over-year.
                                              • Over an exabyte of flash shipped in fiscal year 2017.
                                              • $913 million returned to shareholders in share repurchases and cash dividends in fiscal year 2017.
                                              • First quarter fiscal year 2018 dividend to increase by 5% to $0.20 per share.

                                              Net Revenues of $1.48 Billion for the Fourth Quarter and $5.52 Billion for Fiscal Year 2017

                                              Aerohive Networks News
                                              Aerohive Connect Now Available Across Entire Portfolio
                                              Aerohive, May 23rd 2017
                                              Aerohive Network, the leading independent enterprise Wi-Fi vendor, announced the expansion of the Aerohive Connect product line, using the power of cloud networking to deliver the essential functionality businesses need to provision robust Wi-Fi connectivity, whether at one or thousands of locations.

                                              Aerohive Connect is now available on all Aerohive access points and switches, starting at $229 per access point. Aerohive Connect allows organizations to grow as they go, simplify their network operations, and effortlessly upgrade to the comprehensive industry-leading capabilities of Aerohive Select. With Aerohive Connect now available across the entire product line, Aerohive offers the industry's first and only fully flexible approach to high-performance connectivity...

                                              Druva News
                                              Druva Achieves SOC 2 Type II Certification for Cloud-Native Data Protection Solutions
                                              Druva, May 23rd 2017
                                              Druva, the leader in cloud data protection and information management, announced that it has successfully completed the Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II certification for its data protection solutions. This certification further assures customers that Druva has designed and implemented effective internal controls that maintain the confidentially and privacy of the data it processes.

                                              Today's enterprises are turning to modern, cloud-based solutions to reduce the risk, cost and effort of managing data...

                                              Insight News
                                              Tech Decision Makers Double Down on Cloud Adoption, According to Insight's Intelligent Technology Index
                                              Insight, May 23rd 2017
                                              IT professionals and organizations acknowledge technology is not only supporting the business; it's becoming the business. In this evolving environment, companies are undergoing fundamental, technology-centric shifts in the ways they structure their organizations, develop products, execute operations and message to customers.

                                              More than 85% of technology professionals agree their company is an IT company at heart. A bimodal IT talent approach is being used by 63% of organizations.

                                                Centrify News
                                                What are CDM and CRED?
                                                Centrify, May 23rd 2017
                                                The Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Task Order for CREDMGMT provides guidance and tools to federal civilian agencies to fulfill the Manage Credentials and Authentication (CRED) Function. This functional area is designed to prevent

                                                • the binding of credentials
                                                • the use of credentials by anyone other than the rightful owner (person or service).

                                                The approved tools provide careful management of credentials, preventing attackers from using hijacked credentials to gain unauthorized control of resources, especially administrative rights.

                                                Citrix News
                                                Citrix Solutions Help SCL Health Move to Value-based Healthcare
                                                Citrix, May 24th 2017
                                                SCL Health, a faith-based nonprofit healthcare organization, is undergoing a huge transformation as they move to a value-based healthcare model, which means doctors and clinicians can focus more on the quality of care they deliver, not just the number of patients for whom they provide throughout the day. To make this reality possible, SCL Health needed technology that maximized efficiency so doctors and nurses could spend more time with their patients. SCL Health turned to Citrix to find the technology that would help transform patient care...
                                                Citrix Unveils Innovations at Citrix Synergy to Power the Future of Work
                                                Citrix, May 23rd 2017
                                                Organizations that harness the full potential of their people will drive business success that will power the future of work. According to a recent Oxford Economic Research study, executives who supported virtual work and mobile business strategies outperformed their peers across a wide range of business metrics, including higher revenue growth and profits, reduced expenses, increased employee retention and better customer satisfaction.

                                                To help businesses drive transformational performance and greater employee engagement, Citrix is announcing new secure digital workspace offerings at Citrix Synergy that will power the future of work, enabling customers to reimagine where and how work happens - and what connected 'things' are involved.

                                                Commvault News
                                                Commvault Calls on Businesses to Accelerate GDPR Compliance Preparations
                                                Commvault, May 25th 2017
                                                "Businesses need to urgently prepare for the arrival of EU GDPR compliance regulations, or risk being among the first to be penalised when the regulations take effect in 12 months' time, according to Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud. Corporate complacency is one of the biggest barriers to GDPR compliance with many organisations yet to implement either suitable processes or technology. With instances of intrusions such as ransomware and leakware on the rise, failure to implement a secure data management platform can result in organisations facing damaging financial penalties..."
                                                Juniper News
                                                Juniper Networks Announces Date and Webcast Information for Upcoming Investor Conferences in June 2017
                                                Juniper Networks, May 23rd 2017
                                                Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, announced the Company will present at the following investor conferences in June:

                                                • Ken Miller, Chief Financial Officer at Juniper Networks, will present at the Stifel 2017 Technology, Internet & Media Conference, Monday, June 5, 2017 at 9:45am, PT in San Francisco.
                                                • Ken Miller, Chief Financial Officer at Juniper Networks, will present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Global Technology Conference, Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 3:35pm, PT in San Francisco.

                                                These events will be available live via webcast on the Juniper Networks website

                                                Mellanox News
                                                Mellanox Delivers Superior Interconnect Solution for Open Platform for Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) on IBM Power Systems
                                                Mellanox, May 24th 2017
                                                Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, announced support for the new Open Platform for Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) on IBM Power Systems.

                                                "As the need for new applications to be delivered faster than ever increases in a digital world, developers are turning to modern software development models including DevOps, as-a-Service and self-service to increase the volume, velocity and variety of business applications," said Terri Virnig, VP, Power Ecosystem and Strategy at IBM. "With Open Platform for DBaaS, IBM is supporting these cloud development models to provide complete control of data, access and security for compliance, as well as the choice and flexibility for agile development of innovative new applications."

                                                Micron News
                                                Micron Earns Trust, Key Award from Alibaba Suppliers Convention 2017
                                                Micron, May 25th 2017
                                                Mike Prieto blogs, "When the world's fifth largest internet company presents you with an award, you enjoy the moment and prepare to thank those who made it happen and where we go from here.

                                                During a private ceremony with its suppliers, the Alibaba Procurement Department recognized its leading partners for excellence in four different categories. Alibaba recently named Micron its Delivery Partner of the Year, out of 2,000 suppliers. Our responsiveness and ability to effectively meet Alibaba's requirements earned Micron the distinction in the delivery category..."

                                                  Nutanix News
                                                  Nutanix Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Financial Results
                                                  Nutanix, May 25th 2017
                                                  Nutanix, Inc., a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced financial results for its third quarter of fiscal 2017, ended April 30, 2017.

                                                  Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Highlights

                                                  • Revenue: $191.8 million, growing 67% year-over-year from $114.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016

                                                  • Billings: $234.1 million, growing 47% year-over-year from $159.5 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016

                                                  • Net Loss: GAAP net loss of $112.0 million, compared to a GAAP net loss of $46.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016; Non-GAAP net loss of $60.8 million, compared to a non-GAAP net loss of $40.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016

                                                  • Net Loss Per Share: GAAP net loss per share of $0.78, compared to a pro forma GAAP net loss per share of $0.39 in the third quarter of fiscal 2016; Non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.42, compared to a pro forma non-GAAP net loss per share of $0.33 in the third quarter of fiscal 2016

                                                  • Cash and Short-term Investments: $350.3 million, up 83% from the third quarter of fiscal 2016

                                                  • Deferred Revenue: $463.0 million, up 102% from the third quarter of fiscal 2016

                                                  • Operating Cash Flow: $(16.0) million, compared to $2.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, reflecting a $(9.6) million outflow of operating cash related to the purchase of ESPP shares

                                                  • Free Cash Flow: $(29.2) million, compared to $(11.0) million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, also reflecting a $(9.6) million outflow of operating cash related to the purchase of ESPP shares

                                                  "We continue to execute on our strategy of building a cloud operating system that provides our customers maximum choice of hardware platforms," said Dheeraj Pandey, CEO, Nutanix.

                                                  Nutanix Enables TBConsulting to Rapidly and Efficiently Scale Managed Desktop Environment
                                                  Nutanix, May 23rd 2017
                                                  Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced that TBConsulting, a leading provider of managed IT services, has deployed the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform to power and scale its virtual desktop environment from 600 to over 4,000 virtual desktops.

                                                  In order to meet increasing demand from its healthcare clients, TBConsulting needed a higher-performing platform that would provide the ability to scale quickly and improve the speed of application deployment. Previously, the company used a complex infrastructure platform with a homegrown solution comprised of Cisco components, VMware vSphere and VMware Horizon View for its VDI environment consisting of 600 virtual desktops. After vetting several best-in-class vendors, TBConsulting determined Nutanix was the optimal solution for its fast-growth VDI offering based on VMware Horizon View.

                                                  Palo Alto Networks News
                                                  Ignite 2017 Open Seats: Migrating Data Center Security from Legacy to Cloud Architectures
                                                  Palo Alto Networks, May 25th 2017
                                                  Anna Lough blogs, "Ignite '17 Security Conference is right around the corner. To get you ready for the premier security conference of the year, we'll be spotlighting our top session each day on the blog. Register now, seats fill up quickly!

                                                  As data centers migrate from legacy architectures to Cloud and SDN, how do you embed security into the architecture? Doing so in greenfield data centers is straight-forward, but how do you approach it for a brownfield data center? What do you need to do to change your security architecture design so that it doesn't add complexity to the migration efforts? In this session, we will discuss in detail, security best practices being followed by organizations across the world as they migrate their brownfield data center deployments..."

                                                  SuperMicro News
                                                  Supermicro Announces Sample Systems Based on Upcoming Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family
                                                  SuperMicro, May 23rd 2017
                                                  "Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in compute, storage and networking technologies including green computing, has announced plans to offer their next generation, X11 product family based on the Intel Xeon Processor Scalable Family (codename Skylake). The systems, scheduled for mid-2017, will be targeted at key enterprise, cloud and hyperscale datacenters and key channel and distribution partners worldwide. Supermicro will be previewing these systems at SAP Sapphire on May 17th, Computex starting May 30 and at International Super Computing 2017 on June 19 and via sample solutions available today..."
                                                  Supermicro's new 45-Bay Capacity Maximized, Top Loading, Storage Server Delivers Maximum Intel Xeon Dual Processor Performance in Extremely Short Depth
                                                  SuperMicro, May 25th 2017
                                                  Super Micro Computer, Inc, a global leader in compute, storage and networking technologies including green computing, announces the new (SSG-6048R-E1CR45H/L) 45-Bay, capacity maximized, top loading, 4U, storage server that is 17% shorter than 60-bay systems. The 45-Bay system supports Dual Intel Xeon processors and complements our existing, 60 and 90 bay, top-loading, storage systems.

                                                  The new 45-Bay storage server comes with the industry's most flexible and innovative design. It features tiered storage, packing hot, warm and cold storage in one compact 4U enclosure. It is the only 45-Bay storage server supporting NVMe SSDs (6 x U.2) for I/O intensive meta-data operations, highest performance CPU, largest memory with 24 DIMMs, M.2 SSDs, high-availability boot drives, and wide range networking choices with Supermicro Super I/O Module (SIOM) cards.

                                                  Supermicro Wins Computex Best Choice Award for Capacity Maximized, Top Loading 60-Bay4U SuperStorage Solutions
                                                  SuperMicro, May 23rd 2017
                                                  Super Micro Computer, Inc. wins the Computex Best Choice Award for its capacity maximized, top loading 60-Bay, 4U SuperStorage offerings.

                                                  The award, presented by the Taipei Computer Association, focuses on Functionality, Innovation and Market Potential. The Supermicro top loading, 60-Bay 4U SuperStorage represents all three well. It's the only 60-bay storage server supporting NVMe SSDs (6 x U.2) for I/O intensive meta-data operations, highest performance CPU, largest memory with 24 DIMMs, on-board M.2 SSDs, HA boot drives, and wide range networking choices with Supermicro Super I/O Module (SIOM) cards.

                                                  Deploying and servicing the 60-bay SuperStorage products are extremely easy with tool-less chassis design, tool-less drive carriers, out-of-band management through IPMI 2.0 with dedicated LAN port, Supermicro RSD support, and a built-in front panel LCD display for fast system and disk diagnostics. As a mainstay in Supermicro capacity maximized, top loading storage product family, 60-Bay storage offerings are optimized for the most demanding software-defined storage applications and especially popular among cloud service providers and large internet data center customers.

                                                  Zerto News
                                                  Zerto Previews New Public Cloud Technology at ZertoCON 2017 with Bi-Directional Enterprise Application Replication and Recovery
                                                  Zerto, May 24th 2017
                                                  Zerto, an award-winning provider of enterprise IT resilience cloud solutions, announced it will preview new technology for enterprise-class application replication and recovery going to and from public cloud. Exclusively for ZertoCON 2017 attendees, the preview will demonstrate the latest innovations using Microsoft Azure with Zerto Virtual Replication. Additionally, new analytics features will be unveiled showing real-time and historical trend capabilities for any Zerto protected multi-target environment. The new features and platforms previewed at ZertoCON 2017 will be officially released later this year. Today's conference highlights also include a one-of-a-kind, multi-analyst panel with experts from Forrester, Gartner and 451 Research participating.
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