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Oracle Named a Leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Worldwide
Oracle positioned as a leader based on completeness of vision and ability to execute
Oracle announced that it has been named a leader in Gartner's inaugural 'Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Worldwide 2017' report. Oracle believes its leadership position for Oracle Access Management further highlights the exceptional service enhancements introduced by Oracle Identity Cloud Service so far this year.

"We believe this recognition is a credit to Oracle's commitment to build a comprehensive portfolio of PaaS security solutions, an integral piece of Oracle Cloud Platform," said Peter Barker, senior vice president, Identity and Security at Oracle. "Our goal has been to deliver a suite of security solutions that customers can adapt and scale to help secure their digital business transformation. Oracle Identity Cloud Service is a core part of Oracle's Identity-based Security Operations Center (SOC) framework that provides customers with an adaptive, machine learning-based security architecture."

NetSuite Announces New Channel Partners Seeking to Drive Growth with Cloud ERP
Cherry Bekaert, Terillium, Revolution Group and Conexus SG Join NetSuite Solution Provider Program
Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit, one of the world's leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced the addition of new partners to the NetSuite Solution Provider Program including Cherry Bekaert, Terillium, Revolution Group and Conexus SG. All four partners have launched new cloud ERP practices with NetSuite to help clients capitalize on the transformative power of cloud ERP. These new partners are responding to high demand for cloud ERP that can deliver greater agility and scalability for growth without the costly overhead and limitations of on-premise systems. At the same time, the partners are taking advantage of the opportunity to diversify and grow their business while benefiting with the high margins and recurring revenue offered through the NetSuite Solution Provider Program.
Bank of America Selects Oracle Cloud for ERP and Financials
Oracle, June 26th 2017
Oracle announced that Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) has selected Oracle's cloud-based ERP and financial applications for both its international general ledger and its broker-dealer systems. Oracle is the world leader in Cloud ERP systems. The company now has more than five thousand Fusion Financial cloud applications customers installed worldwide.

"Bank of America is among the most sophisticated applications customers in the world," said Mark Hurd, CEO, Oracle. "Companies in record numbers are migrating legacy ERP applications to Oracle ERP Cloud. Oracle will deliver Bank of America the most modern, complete, global ERP applications in the world."

Italian Consumer Electronics Retailer Unieuro SpA Drives Efficiency Through Supply Chain
Anticipate Demand and Simplify Operations with a Unified View of Inventory
Oracle announced that consumer electronics retailer Unieuro SpA purchased Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting and Oracle Retail Allocation & Replenishment to optimize stock levels, increase profitability and improve cash flow.

Unieuro aims at improving its centralized supply chain organization in order to support effective omnichannel replenishment processes including DOS, affiliate and online channels. With this initiative, Unieuro is in a stronger position to optimize the cross-channel opportunity to minimize stock, reduce obsolescence and streamline organizational costs. The supply chain organization will have the much needed visibility into demand coming from all touch points and to ultimately orchestrate the supply, reduce lost sales and increase customer satisfaction.

gnTel Selects Oracle Communications to Scale Cloud Based Hosted Services
gnTel deploys Oracle Communications Session Border Controller to expand their SIP trunking and hosted unified communications services and to establish a clear path for evolution to NFV
gnTel, a fast growing cloud-based telecom service provider to small and medium sized businesses in the Netherlands, has selected Oracle Communications technology to better scale their operations and lay the groundwork for the evolution of their network to NFV. Replacing their existing solution, gnTel will use Oracle Communications Session Border Controller (OCSBC) running on Acme Packet 4600 purpose-built hardware platforms to immediately create a new scalable access and peering infrastructure for their customers. This solution will allow gnTel to not only jumpstart their services but because of the close interworking between physical and virtualized OCSBC instances, and a flexible licensing scheme, also preserve this investment while they migrate to NFV.
State University of New York Selects Oracle Cloud at Customer to Modernize the Learning Experience for Students and Staff
Largest University System in the U.S. Looks to Oracle Cloud to Fuel Innovation, While Managing Stringent Regulatory Mandates
Oracle announced that State University of New York is modernizing its infrastructure with Oracle Cloud. The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, with 64 institutions serving more than 1.3 million students. Leveraging Oracle Cloud at Customer, SUNY aims to digitally transform its IT infrastructure, while meeting stringent regulatory data requirements and improving services to its constituents. The solution was selected in conjunction with Mythics, a Platinum-level partner in the Oracle PartnerNetwork...
Feature
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Larry Ellison: Oracle's PaaS And IaaS Will Be Bigger Than SaaS
Oracle, June 26th 2017
Chris writes in Forbes, "While software as a service was the driving force behind Oracle's Q4 revenue and earnings growth, Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison said during an earnings call with analysts that he expects Oracle's two other cloud pillars - platform as a service and infrastructure as a service - will become even more powerful growth engines for Oracle than SaaS..."
Hurd Says Oracle's AI Strategy Is Business-Focused
By Michael Hickins, June 28th 2017
Michael writes, "Oracle CEO Mark Hurd noted the extent to which the company is infusing its cloud applications with artificial intelligence capabilities during an interview with CNBC after Oracle announced record fourth-quarter earnings.

Hurd explained that the company's approach isn't to build discrete AI applications, but rather to embed AI capabilities into Oracle Cloud application, platform, and infrastructure services its customers use to run their businesses..."

Three Ways To Energize Your DBA Career In The Cloud
By Jeff Erickson, June 27th 2017
Jeff writes, "It's no secret that data is the new black gold - a source of wealth creation on par with financial capital, say some. So it's a little ironic that a group of people who understand better than anyone how to manage data are feeling increasingly left out of the party.

Database Administrators, or DBAs, are the experts responsible for the performance and security of a growing list of database types, from relational to in-memory to NoSQL..."

Oracle ERP Cloud Named a Leader in 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites
Oracle, June 28th 2017
Oracle announced it has been named a Leader in Gartner's 2017 "Magic Quadrant for Cloud Core Financial Management Suites for Midsize, Large and Global Enterprises" research report1. Out of 11 products evaluated, Oracle ERP Cloud is positioned the highest for both completeness of vision and ability to execute.

According to the report, "Leaders demonstrate a market-defining vision of how core financial management systems and processes can be supported and improved by moving them to the cloud. They couple this with a clear ability to execute this vision through products, services and go-to-market strategies..."

'Petya' Didn't Know *This* About Third-Party Software Maintenance Firms
By Michael Hickins, June 29th 2017
Michael writes, "In light of the most recent ransomware attack (using malware dubbed Petya), IT leaders would do well to resist the siren call of third-party software maintenance firms. IT has become a board-level concern - not only because of security concerns but also because of the growing awareness that digital transformation is changing the competitive landscape in every industry..."
IT - AI
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5 Fun AIs That Let You Play With Images In Unexpected Ways
memeburn, June 27th 2017
"The thought of AI can be scary, and it would be rational for the inevitability of the singularity to make you anxious.

But sometimes it's best to ignore the dark cloud that is the unknown future to play with some cool AI-powered software that messes with images/sketches to create funny and cool-looking things. It's time to enter uncanny valley..."

    AI Seen Adding $15.7 Trillion As Global Economy Game Changer
    Information Management, June 30th 2017
    "Artificial intelligence may not be so threatening after all.

    Amid warnings of the economic disruption that robots and automation could unleash on the world economy as traditional roles disappear, researchers are finding that new technologies will help fuel global growth as productivity and consumption soar.

    AI will contribute as much as $15.7 trillion to the world economy by 2030, according to a PwC report Wednesday. That's more than the current combined output of China and India..."

      How Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize Banking
      InformationWeek, June 26th 2017
      "AI has taken some steps into banking, but it also is poised to revolutionize how banks learn from and interact with customers.

      Artificial Intelligence gets a bad rap in pop culture. Movies like Terminator (with its rebellious Skynet) and 2001 (with its murderous HAL 9000) portray a future where the robots get smart, and conclude that it is in their interests to destroy mankind..."

        How Haven Life Uses AI, Machine Learning To Spin New Life Out Of Long-Tail Data
        ZDNet, June 26th 2017
        "Haven Life is leveraging MassMutual's historical data to give instant life insurance approvals. Using AI and machine learning to derive new value from old data could become an enterprise staple.

        Can a life insurance company look at the same data every other rival has and come up with different insights? That's the goal of Haven Life, which is using artificial intelligence to offer decisions on applications in real time..."

          Recasting Infrastructure For AI Workloads
          IT Business Edge, June 26th 2017
          "Artificial intelligence (AI) is not only changing the way data and business processes are carried out, it is leading to a broad reconfiguration of underlying infrastructure as well. Clearly, the enterprise cannot support a cutting-edge tool like AI on yesterday's hardware, but how exactly will infrastructure need to change in order to support the intelligent, dynamic data operations that are poised to remake business models the world over?..."
          SPARC
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          Chip Hall of Fame: Sun Microsystems SPARC Processor
          IEEE Spectrum, June 30h 2017
          Using an unproven new architecture, this processor put Sun Microsystems on the map

          There was a time, long ago (the early 1980s), when people wore neon-colored leg warmers and watched "Dallas," and microprocessor architects sought to increase the complexity of CPU instructions as a way of getting more accomplished in each compute cycle. But then a group at the University of California, Berkeley, always a bastion of counterculture, called for the opposite: Simplify the instruction set, they said, and you'll process instructions at a rate so fast you'll more than compensate for doing less each cycle. The Berkeley group, led by David Patterson, called their approach RISC, for reduced-instruction-set computing.

            Virtualization
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            Friday Spotlight: Maximizing Cloud Resources with Oracle VM Training
            By Antoinette Osullivan
            Antoinette blogs, "Server virtualization is the first step to delivery of application and cloud services. In your Oracle VM environment, you can deploy and redeploy standardized and pre-configured software appliances to meet workload objectives. And you can redistribute physical and virtual resources to optimize your application workload.

            Those new to Oracle VM Server for x86 can take the Oracle VM Server for x86: Administration course which is available in the following formats:..."

            Enhanced Enterprise Manager 13c Virtualization Plug-in to support the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance version 2.3.1
            By Simon Hayler
            Simon blogs, "We are delighted to announce the release of the Oracle Enterprise Manager Virtualization plug-in (13.2.3.0.0). This plug-in provides support for the monitoring and management of the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance version 2.3.1 components and Oracle VM Manager 3.4.2. The plug-in is available for download via the self update process of Oracle Enterprise Manager and will soon be available via the Oracle Technology Network (OTN)..."
            Announcing certification of Oracle VM 3.4.3 with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c releases 13.2 and 13.2PG
            By Simon Hayler
            Simon writes, "We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM 3.4.3 is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c releases 13.2 and 13.2PG. This enables the registration, monitoring and management of Oracle VM 3.4.3 with these two releases.

            Oracle VM is registered, monitored and managed with Oracle Enterprise Manager using this documentation from the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administration Guide..."

            IT - Storage
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            Flash Storage And Persistent Memory May Require Application Re-Writes
            TechRepublic, June 26th 2017
            "The world is rushing toward flash storage today and diskless persistent-memory architectures tomorrow. That could mean big changes for applications and their developers..."
            NVMe Market at More Than $57 Billion by 2020 - G2M Research
            StorageNewsletter.com, June 26th 2017
            "The Research NVMe Ecosystem Market Sizing Report from G2M, Inc. includes a five-year forecast for NVMe-related product segments, industry ecosystem mapping for each segment, and a market analysis report.

            IT professionals, vendors and investors will gain a better understanding of what factors will characterize NVMe product segment leaders, how NVMe technology is being deployed today, and how it will be used in next-generation IT infrastructure.

            NVMe will be used for more than just accelerating SSDs..."

            IT - Technology
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            New Class Of 'Soft' Semiconductors Could Transform HD Displays
            Science Daily, June 26th 2017
            "New research could help usher in a new generation of high-definition displays, optoelectronic devices, photodetectors, and more. They have shown that a class of 'soft' semiconductors can be used to emit multiple, bright colors from a single nanowire at resolutions as small as 500 nanometers. The work could challenge quantum dot displays that rely upon traditional semiconductor nanocrystals to emit light..."
              Kevin Kelly On The Future Of Technology (Video)
              Datamation, June 28th 2017
              "Noted futurist Kevin Kelly, author of the bestselling The Inevitable, talks about macro trends in technology that will shape culture in the years ahead...

              In his New York Times bestselling book The Inevitable, futurist Kevin Kelly identifies 12 key tech trends that will shape human life in the decades ahead. In a wide ranging discussion, we discussed many of these trends, including:..."

                Graphene And Terahertz Waves Could Lead The Way To Future Communication
                Science Daily, June 27th 2017
                "By utilizing terahertz waves in electronics, future data traffic can get a big boost forward. So far, the terahertz (THz) frequency has not been optimally applied to data transmission, but by using graphene, researchers have come one step closer to a possible paradigm shift for the electronic industry..."
                  IT - Bitcoin
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                  5 Quick Tips About Bitcoin And How To Use It In The Right Way
                  NEWSBTC, June 26th 2017
                  "Bitcoin is a digital currency whereby an encryption technique is used to regulate the creation of currency units and verify money transfer. It is a peer to peer system and a transaction occurs between the users directly. The transactions get verified by network nodes and are recorded in a blockchain.

                  If you are new to cryptocurrency, there are various things you need to learn. Some of which are:..."

                  The Best Bitcoin Apps Of 2017
                  Information Age, June 28th 2017
                  "When Satoshi Nakamoto began working on the very concept of Bitcoin he most probably was not aware of the significance that his creation would have on our lives in the present day...

                  The Bitcoin phenomenon is well and truly upon us, with its current impact dubbed as being the driving force edging us towards a Fourth Industrial Revolution of all things! Bitcoin is a currency that is pushing the boundaries of what we consider to be 'currency' and does precisely what fiat currencies do not- Bitcoin is free of regulation, totally anonymous and has a value that is not determined by supply and demand..."

                  IT - FOSS
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                  LibreOffice 5.3.4 Immediately Available For Download
                  The Document Foundation, June 26th 2017
                  The Document Foundation (TDF) announced the availability of LibreOffice 5.3.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users. LibreOffice 5.3.4 integrates over 100 patches, with a significant number of fixes for interoperability with Microsoft Office RTF and OOXML documents.
                  Linux
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                  Announcing the release of Docker 17.03 CE
                  By Avi Miller
                  Avi blogs, "Oracle is pleased to announce the release of Docker 17.03 CE (Community Edition) for Oracle Linux 7.

                  Docker allows you to create and distribute applications across Oracle Linux systems and other operating systems that support Docker. Docker consists of the Docker Engine, which packages and runs the applications, and the Docker Hub and Docker Store, which share the applications in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud..."

                  IT - Cloud
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                  Cloud Monitoring Tools: User Perspectives
                  Network Computing, June 29th 2017
                  "Growing reliance on the cloud in the enterprise makes cloud monitoring tools essential. However, the process of choosing a cloud monitoring solution that meets the unique needs of a business or network can be challenging. Peer reviews can help in the purchasing process.

                  Based on real user reviews at IT Central Station, these six tools are some of the top cloud monitoring software products on the market today..."

                  Hidden Cloud Migration Gotchas - And How To Avoid Them
                  CIO, June 26th 2017
                  "From a lack of visibility into infrastructure to licensing and governance issues, frustrating surprises await your migration to the cloud. Here's a real-world look at how traditional companies are navigating the cloud's less-documented challenges..."
                  How Do You Prepare to Manage a Hybrid UC Environment?
                  Search Unified Communications, June 26th 2017
                  "Managing hybrid unified communications can be tricky. Follow these steps to prepare your organization and IT team for the challenges of managing a hybrid environment.

                  Hybrid unified communications environments can be tricky to manage, to some extent. The biggest hurdle is making sure all the pieces work together. The next hurdle is managing the platforms themselves..."

                  How Hybrid Cloud Aids Digital Transformation
                  The Enterprisers Project, June 28th 2017
                  "For companies grappling with digital transformation, IT must act as a strategic driver of the business rather than just a service organization or, worse, a bottleneck that chokes off innovation. IT teams often describe their cloud project goals similarly - to create better business results and customer experiences. And interestingly, at companies succeeding with digital transformation, the transformation and hybrid cloud work often intersect. Where, exactly?..."
                    Overspending In The Cloud: Lessons Learned
                    ZDNet, June 26th 2017
                    "Ecolab, a global provider of water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services, figured out how to right-size its cloud investment with help from Microsoft...

                    One of the reasons virtualization (the precursor to cloud computing) gained popularity in the early 2000s is that companies had too many servers running at low utilization. The prevailing wisdom was that every box needed a backup and under-utilization was better than maxing out compute capacity and risking overload...."

                    Recovering From Bad Decisions In The Cloud
                    Dark Reading, June 26th 2017
                    "The cloud makes it much easier to make changes to security controls than in traditional networks.

                    During my IT service management career in the military, we used to say, 'If you don't build an enterprise with security engineered into the solution, it costs four times as much to retrofit it later.' Honestly, I have no idea where that metric came from; we all used to say it, so it must have been true, right? Although I can't definitively state the actual cost, I know it is painful and expensive to engineer security into an enterprise infrastructure after it has been launched..."

                    IT - CxO
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                    2018 Will Be The Year Of Automation In Enterprise
                    Information Age, June 28th 2017
                    "ServiceNow today released the results of a new report, which revealed that a majority of organisations have introduced advanced automation in their workplace - the full effects of which will be felt next year.

                    Nearly half of executives surveyed said that they'll require it more broadly by 2018 to cope with rising work volumes. The survey indicated that adding machines to everyday work drives revenue growth, creates new job opportunities and connects employees back to the work they want to do..."

                      A CIO's Guide To Beating Ransomware And Staying Available
                      Information Age, June 26th 2017
                      "Ransomware has dominated the threat landscape in recent years, heavily distributed via phishing emails, compromised websites or malicious ads. It's distribution has increased by 267% between June and November 2016..."
                        Do We Live In A Riskier World? C-Suite And Senior Level Experts Weigh In
                        Help Net Security, June 30th 2017
                        "72 percent of global business leaders say they're operating in a riskier world, spurred by increasingly regulated industries, advanced technology and rapid digitalization, according to BDO USA...

                        Businesses feel more confident in the macroeconomic environment, and may reflect improvements in governance, risk management and business continuity planning. The macro risk trends executives expect to have the most impact in the next 10 years include regulatory risk (19 percent), technological changes (16 percent) and increasing competition (13 percent)..."

                        How To Change Executive Perceptions Around Digital Transformation
                        Data Center Knowledge, June 26th 2017
                        "We've come to a point where almost every organization out there has become a digital entity. To the extent that they realize this will identify just how far along they are in their own digital transformation (DX) journey. Something I've learned over the past couple of years is that the digital journey can't be defined by partners, vendors, or even specific technology solutions..."
                          How Widespread Collaboration Advances Innovation (Slideshow)
                          CIO Insight, June 27th 2017
                          "With relatively few executives describing their organization as an 'innovation leader,' companies are resorting to nontraditional methods to drive innovation, according to a recent "Innovation Benchmark" report from PwC's Strategy. The report reveals that the majority of organizations are deploying so-called "open" innovation models, while "co-creating" with customers, partners and suppliers..."
                          Insurers Embrace CDO Role for Transformation
                          Digital Insurance, June 28th 2017
                          "More than a third of insurance companies have an executive in the chief digital officer role, more than any other industry, according to a survey of the world's 2,500 largest public companies by PwC.

                          PwC defines the chief digital officer as an executive responsible for the digital agenda at an organization. That means thinking more about the business case first than technology implementations, says Mathias Herzog, principal for PwC and co-author of the study..."

                            Suntrust CIO's Formula For Speed Relies On Cloud, Devops
                            The Enterprisers Project, June 26th 2017
                            "Technology has never played a more critical role in the financial services industry. To keep pace, it's imperative that CIOs position their IT organizations to move faster and better serve their clients. At SunTrust, we've been hyper-focused on changing the way we deliver products and technologies to our clients and teammates. We strive to be closer to our clients and be more precise and agile around the problems we're trying to solve for them..."
                            What Not To Do After A Data Breach
                            Business 2 Community, June 26th 2017
                            "Thousands of words have been written about how to prevent cyberattacks and what to do if you've been targeted. You're probably already familiar with terms such as endpoint protection and data backup and recovery. These solutions and services are great for protecting you and helping you get back up and running once an attack has been resolved. Unfortunately, there's no standard playbook for a data breach and your actions during a disaster could be as harmful as they are helpful..."
                              SFTA
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                              ITPalooza 2017 - Save The Date
                              Thursday, December 7th, 2017: All Day
                              You are invited to join the largest gathering of the South Florida technology community for ITP17. You'll connect with peers and industry experts, attend technology education sessions presented by regional and national subject matter experts all while experiencing the best IT and Technology available in our region.

                              Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center

                              Sponsor registration, with early bird prices, is open now.

                              SFTA

                              Exclusive SFTA Seminar: Navigating Enterprise Cloud and SaaS Deal Negotiations with Mark Grossman
                              Thursday, September 14th, 2017: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
                              Hilton Hotel - West Palm Beach

                              You are invited to join this exclusive sfta seminar featuring leading tech lawyer mark grossman who is an internationally recognized technology law guru, keynoter and was the author of the miami herald's weekly "Techlaw" column.

                              Whether you buy or sell cloud and saas solutions, mark grossman will lead you through proven techniques to negotiate the best cloud and saas deals for your company.

                              Enterprises of all sizes are now comfortable with saas and cloud solutions. However, saas and cloud deals raise many complex legal issues that need to be thoroughly negotiated and documented in agreements. In this session - lawyer, author and frequent speaker on negotiating cloud and saas deals - mark will give you the benefit of what he has learned in his career as a tech deal negotiator.

                              In this session, he will speak to the unique customs, usages, and norms of saas and cloud deals, and the particular provisions that are critical to agreements in this area. The discussion will include issues common to saas agreements including intellectual property, warranties, and limitations of liability.

                              South Florida Technology Alliance

                              vBeers-SF
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                              SFTA Weekly Social Meetups: vBeers @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens, Wed July 5th
                              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.

                              Wednesday, July 5th @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens

                              Upcoming Events:

                              • Wednesday, July 12th @ Funky Buddha Brewery, Oakland Park
                              • Wednesday, July 19th @ Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
                              • Wednesday, July 26th @ Tap42 Midtown
                              • Wednesday, August 2nd @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens

                              Read on for detailed schedule

                              IT - Networks
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                              Time To Consider A Move To IPv6
                              Network World, June 26th 2017
                              "The growth of the IoT means organizations need to start considering migrating to IPv6. Failing to migrate will restrict their ability to be flexible and innovative...

                              Organizations should consider migrating their network infrastructure and devices over to IPv6. It may be a challenge to persuade leadership to prioritize it over other projects such as cloud computing or big data migrations, but it is essential to start planning for a migration..."

                              Software Defined Networking (SDN) - Architecture And Role Of Openflow
                              HowtoForge, June 26th 2017
                              "In our previous article, we had a good overview of SDN as a technology, why it's needed, and how IT industry is adopting it. Now, let's get a layer deeper, and understand SDN's architecture and the role of the Openflow protocol in the implementation of the technology.

                              SDN broadly consists of three layers:..."

                              10 Most Important Open Source Networking Projects
                              Network World, June 27th 2017
                              "There's an open source insurgence happening in the networking industry.

                              Increasing demands on the network to scale to unprecedented levels and at the same time become more customized to specific use cases has led to the emergence of open source projects to support them..."

                              14 Essential Network Troubleshooting Tools
                              Network Computing, June 26th 2017
                              "Tracking down the cause of problems on the network is a form of art, requiring a combination of well-honed skills and indispensable tools. After much practice, network engineers bring a skilled eye to the troubleshooting process, aware of common pitfalls and remediation methods. They rely on powerful tools to help get to the root of network and application issues..."
                                Network Cabling Primer
                                NetworkComputing, June 27th 2017
                                "Part of any network engineer's job is to understand network cabling: the different types available, their capabilities and optimal use cases. While cabling tends to last through several generations of hardware refreshes, it does evolve slowly over time. In this article, I'll cover some of the most common network cabling types in the enterprise and explain why one cabling type might be preferred over another in certain deployment scenarios..."
                                  Remote Applications Drive Bandwidth Demand (Slideshow)
                                  CIO Insight, June 26th 2017
                                  "WAN managers need flexible network services due to the growing demand for higher bandwidth and predictable connectivity to applications that are remote, according to a new study, 'State of the WAN Report,' conducted SD WAN-supplier Aryaka. Traditional Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) no longer satisfies that need in a cost-effective and scalable way because of the high price of hardware and the demands it creates on time, deployment and maintenance..."
                                    What Is Session Initiation Protocol And How Does It Work
                                    Business 2 Community, June 29th 2017
                                    "Voiceover Internet Protocol, or better known as VoIP phone systems, has been a revolutionary introduction to contact centers in ensuring the prevalence of efficiency within the frontline of operations. VoIP companies have, in recent times, grown at a consistent rate of 15.7%, and are seen to continue increasing in years to come. The success of this technological advancement can be attributed to its ability to conveniently connect agents to customers via different media channels (i.e. videos and pictures). And this prime feature of VoIP phone systems is made possible with SIP or session initiation protocol..."
                                    IT - IoT
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                                    How Industrial Internet Of Things Is Shaking Off Hype And Getting Real
                                    eWeek, June 26th 2017
                                    "The world is starting to have a greater understanding of the industrial internet of things because a growing number of industries - such as manufacturing, agriculture and logistics - are implementing new IT to make themselves more connected. With more companies such as GE, Comcast, AT&T and Honeywell adopting an IoT approach, the concept of living in an integrated world is moving swiftly from hype to reality..."
                                    How IoT Is Driving Innovation
                                    ITProPortal, June 27th 2017
                                    "Many talk about and plan for an Internet of Things (IoT) future, but they don't truly understand the true power of its capabilities. Predictions suggest that IoT will have as much impact on human lives, governments, businesses and institutions as the harnessing of water for steam power, the discovery of electricity and the computer age had on the generations before us. In other words, IoT will, and is already beginning to, transform the world around us in a way that will impact our daily lives..."
                                    IT - Linux
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                                    Debian 9 'Stretch' Offers Improved Security On Multiple Architectures
                                    eWeek, June 26th 2017
                                    "In the world of Linux operating system distributions, Debian has been one of the most popular choices for more than two decades. On June 17, the Debian 9 distribution, code-named 'Stretch,' debuted. The new distribution marks the first major milestone release of Debian since the Debian 8 'Jessie' release in April 2015..."
                                    Linux On Azure: What Are Your Choices?
                                    ZDNet, June 29th 2017
                                    "More than a third of virtual machines running on Azure are Linux VMs. Here's what's available...

                                    If you still think Microsoft is all about Windows, wake up. Corey Sanders, Microsoft's director of Azure Compute, told me at Cloud Foundry Summit in Santa Clara, Calif., one in three Azure virtual machines (VM) run on Linux. On top of that, Sanders continued, over 60 percent of Azure Marketplace images are Linux-based..."

                                    IT - Security
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                                    10 Steps For A Successful Incident Response Plan
                                    CSO Online, June 26th 2017
                                    "Incident response plans are often left unused, leaving firms far less able to detect and respond to cyber attacks or data breaches. Here's our 10-point process to ensure you set up -- or improve -- an IR plan that actually works..."
                                      7 Things To Do Before The Next Ransomware Attack
                                      Information Management, June 28th 2017
                                      "Yesterday's ransomware attack again highlights the importance of cybersecurity vigilance.

                                      Unfortunately, many will respond to this latest event with a combination of relief, denial and/or a much-too-narrow augmentation of their ransomware defenses..."

                                        8 Ways Millennials Impact Your Security Awareness Program
                                        CSO Online, June 27th 2017
                                        "As millennials enter the workforce in large numbers, it is important for all security programs to realize the unique challenges that they pose. While it is not fair, proper or effective to say all millennials are alike, or that older generations don't share some of these traits, it is reasonable to acknowledge some distinct trends..."
                                        Everything You Need to Know About the Petya, er, NotPetya Nasty Trashing Pcs Worldwide
                                        The Register, June 28th 2017
                                        "It is now increasingly clear that the global outbreak of a file-scrambling software nasty targeting Microsoft Windows PCs was designed not to line the pockets of criminals, but spread merry mayhem.

                                        The malware, dubbed NotPetya because it masquerades as the Petya ransomware, exploded across the world on Tuesday, taking out businesses from shipping ports and supermarkets to ad agencies and law firms. Once inside a corporate network, this well-oiled destructive program worms its way from computer to computer, trashing the infected machines' filesystems..."

                                        FBI Reports $1.33B in Online Victim Losses; BEC Tops List of Attacks
                                        eWeek, June 26th 2017
                                        "Despite all the security industry reports of the growing ransomware problem in 2016, the FBI isn't seeing quite the same thing.

                                        The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued its 28-page 2016 Internet Crime Report, detailing $1.33 billion in victim losses from a total of 298,728 complaints during the year.

                                        Multiple forms of online attacks, including business email compromise (BEC), tech support fraud and various payment scams, were reported to the IC3 in 2016. Surprisingly ransomware, which has been cited as a growing trend in multiple security vendor reports, was not found to be a major factor in the IC3's 2016 report..."

                                        Fileless Malware: The Smart Person's Guide
                                        TechRepublic, June 28th 2017
                                        "Fileless malware uses system files and functions native to the operating systems to evade detection and deliver its payload. Learn more about this invisible threat and the best approach to combat it..."
                                          Wannacry Blame Game: Why Delayed Patching Is Not The Problem
                                          Dark Reading, June 27th 2017
                                          "While post mortems about patching, updating, and backups have some value, the best preventative security controls are increased understanding and knowledge.

                                          In the wake of the recent WannaCry attacks, cybersecurity professionals worldwide are engaging in discussions of best practices, appropriate policy implementation, and staff awareness and preparedness..."

                                          Why Enterprise Security Needs A New Focus
                                          SmartDataCollective, June 29th 2017
                                          "More Big Data Employment Opportunities Opening Up in 2017...

                                          Brands in every industry are utilizing big data to improve efficiency and deliver higher quality solutions. However, big data logistics can't be entirely automated. They rely heavily on the input and expertise of data scientists.

                                          Jeanne Harris, one of the senior executives for Accenture Institute for High Performance, has stated that data analytics is an essential and growing field. Harris points out that big data would be entirely useless without highly trained analytics experts..."

                                          With Ransomware, Pay Up If You Want To Keep Paying
                                          HelpNet Security, June 26th 2017
                                          "A hospital CEO is contacted in the middle of the night with a dire warning. Hackers have taken control of computer systems used for patient care, CT scans, and lab work.

                                          The hacker wants money. Rather than pay the ransom, the hospital CEO enlists several experts to try to break back into the system. It fails..."

                                          IT - Careers
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                                          Your Guide To The Top Big Data Certifications Today
                                          CIO, June 29th 2017
                                          "Analytics are the lifeblood of any successful business, but IT pros with the right mix of skills and experience can be hard to find. These certifications can help prove you've got what it takes.

                                          Data and big data analytics are fast becoming the lifeblood of any successful business. Getting the technology right can be challenging, but building the right team with the right skills to undertake big data initiatives can be even harder..."

                                          6 Ways To Prevent Burnout In Your IT Staff
                                          Computerworld, June 28th 2017
                                          "Running employees ragged is bad for them - and bad for business. Take these steps to lower stress and boost productivity among your IT workers...

                                          IT pros everywhere feel stressed, and no wonder: Some 81% of CIOs believe that the amount of pressure on technology professionals is higher now than it was just five years ago, according to a 2016 survey of more than 2,500 CIOs conducted by IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology (RHT)..."

                                            HR Professionals Say These Big Data Jobs Are In High Demand
                                            SmartDataCollective, June 29th 2017
                                            "Brands in every industry are utilizing big data to improve efficiency and deliver higher quality solutions. However, big data logistics can't be entirely automated. They rely heavily on the input and expertise of data scientists.

                                            Jeanne Harris, one of the senior executives for Accenture Institute for High Performance, has stated that data analytics is an essential and growing field. Harris points out that big data would be entirely useless without highly trained analytics experts..."

                                            Seven Types Of Interview Questions That You Could Get Into Trouble For Asking
                                            Fast Company, June 29th 2017
                                            "Recently, we've reported on a variety of interview questions ranging from the most common to the most annoying, and even the toughest curveball queries.

                                            But there's a big difference between a hiring manager asking a candidate: 'If a coworker had an annoying habit, and it hindered your quality of work, how would you resolve it?' and asking whether the candidate is a runner or hiker. The latter can land the company in legal hot water..."

                                              IT - Virtualization
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                                              The Benefits And Drawbacks Of Serverless Computing
                                              jaxenter, June 26th 2017
                                              "Serverless has grown considerably in the past few years. But what does serverless mean, exactly? In this article, Savaram Ravindra explains the basics of serverless and how this trend has changed computing forever..."
                                                Virtualization? It's All About Automation
                                                ITProPortal, June 27th 2017
                                                "Network functions virtualisation will play a huge role in the networks of tomorrow...

                                                There is no escaping the fact that Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is a key cornerstone of a network ecosystem that is growing rapidly. The increasing adoption of internet-connected devices across the globe is generating large chunks of data for the telecommunications network to deal with, and the growing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) - both in consumer, such as the connected car or home, and industrial scenarios - is requiring operators to think differently about their architecture..."

                                                What Are Containers And Why Do You Need Them?
                                                CIO, June 27th 2017
                                                "Containers are a solution to the problem of how to get software to run reliably when moved from one computing environment to another. Here's what you need to know about this popular technology...

                                                Docker exploded onto the scene in 2013, and it's been causing excitement in IT circles ever since.

                                                The application container technology provided by Docker promises to change the way that IT operations are carried out just as virtualization technology did a few years previously.

                                                Here are answers to 13 of the most common questions related to this technology..."

                                                IT - Big Data
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                                                Big Data Strategy
                                                Datamation, June 26th 2017
                                                "What's your Big Data strategy? You do have one, right? You better, or prepare to be left behind your competition. Companies are constantly seeking a competitive edge and are looking to data for that edge. From the right data you can gain valuable customer insights, predict future trends and activities, and create new business opportunities..."
                                                How Big Data Helped Fairmont Hotels And Resorts Improve Online User Experience And Increase Bookings
                                                TechRepublic, June 26th 2017
                                                "Using data and analytics from several sources helped the company better understand customers, which led to significantly more direct reservations.

                                                According to eMarketer, digital advertising in the US is expected to exceed $83 billion this year. In this online market, Google controls 40.7% of the spend, followed by Facebook with 19.7%...."

                                                Big Data Project Failure Pain Points And Their Solution
                                                insideBIGDATA, June 27th 2017
                                                "Big data projects don't typically fail for a single reason, and certainly not for technology alone. A combination of factors serve to derail big data deployments. Problems and failures occur due to factors including business strategy, people, culture, inattention to analytics details or the nuances of implemented tools, all intensified by the rapid advancement of digital transformation..."
                                                Big Data Security
                                                Datamation, June 27th 2017
                                                "Big data security is a constant concern because Big Data deployments are valuable targets to would-be intruders. A single ransomware attack might leave your big data deployment subject to ransom demands. Even worse, an unauthorized user may gain access to your big data to siphon off and sell valuable information. The losses can be severe. Your IP may be spread everywhere to unauthorized buyers, you may suffer fines and judgments from regulators, and you can have big reputational losses..."
                                                Forget About Big Data. Think Smart Data.
                                                Business 2 Community, June 28th 2017
                                                "Do you remember back in 1999 when everyone was talking about the Y2K systems crash that was going to take place when the clocks turned midnight on December 31? Seems funny now but some of us were busy until the very last minute ensuring that every system, database and application was ready to handle 2 more digits on every single date stored, processed and transmitted. What possible lack of vision did software developers, architects have to do something as silly as not creating dates with the full year?..."
                                                  How San Francisco Company Index Is Transforming Offline Sales With Big Data
                                                  insideBIGDATA, June 25th 2017
                                                  "Despite its newness, big data is already revolutionizing the retail space as we know it. Although many applications of big data revolve around online business and e-commerce, it can be used offline to achieve much of the same effect. Some companies, like Index, are even trying to bridge the competitive gap between local, brick-and-mortar stores and larger, more prominent e-tailers..."
                                                  The Big-Time Benefits Of A Centralized Data Analytics Team
                                                  CIO, June 26th 2017
                                                  "Micron overhauled its data management strategy, embedding crack teams of data scientists within an array of business units. Here's how that centralized strategy has delivered impressive results...

                                                  If data is the new oil, most companies are struggling not to drown in it. But not Micron Technology. The Boise-based chipmaker has created an early blueprint for what experts are calling the factory of the future, one almost entirely automated with software that analyzes data about products as well as the tools used to make them..."

                                                  Top10
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                                                  Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                  Vol 232 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 231 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 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:

                                                  • ORACLE TEAM USA Win Puts It Back Into America's Cup Contention
                                                  • Training Thursdays: Many Ways to Optimize Use of Oracle Linux
                                                  • WannaCry Ransomware Attacks Expose Some Third-Party Support Models
                                                  • Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Enhancements
                                                  • Oracle Earnings: Q4 FY17 GAAP EPS UP 15% TO $0.76 and NON-GAAP EPS UP 10% TO $0.89
                                                  • Monday Spotlight: How To Install Java SE on Oracle Linux from ULN
                                                  • APAC Webinar: Building Portable Applications Using Docker on Oracle Linux (July 11th)
                                                  • Oracle Named a Leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms
                                                  • Oracle's Security Fixing Practices
                                                  • Driving Innovation and Profitability with Modern Cloud Infrastructure in the New Digital Economy

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

                                                    IT - Tape
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                                                    Energy Conservation Strategy Supported By Value Of Tape
                                                    Data Center Knowledge, June 27th 2017
                                                    "In today's business climate, achieving results while maximizing resources has become more important than ever. IT leaders are focusing intently on every possible way to drive performance and extract as much value as possible from their systems and technologies while striving to conserve energy and reduce waste.

                                                    One critical area that IT leaders are looking at continues to be data storage..."

                                                    LibreOffice
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                                                    LibreOffice 5.3.4 immediately available for download
                                                    The Document Foundation, June 26th 2017
                                                    The Document Foundation (TDF) announced the availability of LibreOffice 5.3.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users. LibreOffice 5.3.4 integrates over 100 patches, with a significant number of fixes for interoperability with Microsoft Office RTF and OOXML documents.
                                                    Nexenta News
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                                                    Unified Storage Appliance - Nexenta and Supermicro
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                                                    Supermicro NexentaStor Solutions

                                                    Supermicro and Nexenta storage solutions are a series of optimized reference architectures (RA) based on Supermicro's industry leading server hardware and NexentaStor, an Open Source-driven Software Defined Storage platform.

                                                    Supermicro and Nexenta storage solutions allow enterprise IT departments to transform their storage infrastructure, increase flexibility and agility, simplify management and dramatically reduce costs without compromising availability, reliability, or functionality.

                                                    Running on world class server hardware, Supermicro and Nexenta storage solutions deliver unified file and block storage services, and extremely powerful data protection capabilities. Supermciro-Nexenta storage solutions are highly available and can scale from tens of terabytes to petabytes in a single set.

                                                    Webinar with 451 Research: Software-Defined vs. Storage Appliances? Get the Best of Both Worlds
                                                    July 26th at 8AM PST/11AM EST to learn more about the possibilities of the Lenovo DX8200N.
                                                    Join 451 Research, Lenovo & Nexenta

                                                    In today's IT environment, managing traditional data storage can be rigid and expensive, but you've heard software-defined can be complex.

                                                    Enter: Lenovo DX8200N powered by NexentaStor

                                                    This storage appliance gives you the best of both worlds. The end result? A simplified, enterprise-grade storage solution that is easy to manage and scales with your business.

                                                    Who's talking?

                                                    • Henry Baltazar, Lead Storage Analyst, 451 Research
                                                    • Bill Hansen, Senior Product Manager, Lenovo
                                                    • Michael Letschin, Field CTO, Nexenta

                                                    Register

                                                    Red Hat News
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                                                    Red Hat Opens the Doors to New Global Executive Briefing Center and Red Hat Open Innovation Labs in Boston
                                                    Red Hat, June 28th 2017
                                                    Red Hat announced the opening of its new facility in the Seaport District of Boston. The space is home to Red Hat's state-of-the-art Global Executive Briefing Center, a new Red Hat Engineering Lab, and the first U.S. east coast location for Red Hat Open Innovation Labs.

                                                    The 40,000 square foot facility is Red Hat's second location in the greater Boston area and complements the company's worldwide engineering and product headquarters located in Westford, Mass. The decision to expand into the city of Boston was driven by the city's reputation as a premier technology hub, its history of computer science technology development, and the area's many world-class universities, which produce some of the nation's top technology talent.

                                                    Friday Five - June 30, 2017
                                                    Red Hat, June 30th 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 Pairs Enterprise-Grade Kubernetes with Massively-Scalable Cloud Infrastructure in Latest Version of Red Hat Cloud Suite
                                                    • Red Hat Opens the Doors to New Global Executive Briefing Center and Red Hat Open Innovation Labs in Boston
                                                    • TechRepublic - Red Hat earnings suggest hybrid cloud is here to stay
                                                    • OpenGov - Why open source is increasingly key to government innovation
                                                    • The Boston Globe - A hidden bar lies behind the walls of Red Hat's new Fort Point office

                                                    Read on for details.

                                                    Red Hat Pairs Enterprise-Grade Kubernetes with Massively-Scalable Cloud Infrastructure in Latest Version of Red Hat Cloud Suite
                                                    Red Hat, June 29th 2017
                                                    Red Hat announced the availability of the latest version of Red Hat Cloud Suite. As cloud-native, containerized applications grow in importance to CIOs focused on enterprise digital transformation, IT infrastructure and management technologies need to adapt to the unique needs posed by modern applications, while still maintaining existing systems. Red Hat Cloud Suite enables organizations to more easily build cloud-native applications, deploy them and manage these workloads through a single offering, helping businesses to modernize without sacrificing existing IT infrastructure investments.
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