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Oracle News
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ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Modernizes the Customer Experience with Oracle Retail
Oracle, July 26th 2017
Oracle announced that ABC Fine Wine & Spirits has upgraded the Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service with the help of SkillNet Solutions. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits differentiates their shopping experience with a superior product assortment, outstanding service and competitive pricing by empowering its associates with modern and intuitive tools. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits operates 130 stores across Florida, selling beer, wine, spirits, cigars and gourmet food items.

"We are continuously assessing how our stores and services meet our customers' needs. We are committed to providing the best overall shopping experience possible. We place our customers at the center of our operations and initiatives," said Robert Summers, CFO and CIO, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits. "With the implementation of Oracle Retail solutions, we are providing an intuitive modern shopping experience that also protects our customers with EMV compliance and PCI approvals..."

Telecom Brokerage Fuels Rapid Growth with NetSuite
Oracle, July 26th 2017
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, announced that TBI (Telecom Brokerage Inc.), the nation's largest master agent and technology services distributor, has continued its rapid growth since graduating to NetSuite from QuickBooks and an industry-specific solution called RPM Telco.

TBI relies on NetSuite to run end-to-end processes, spanning financials, quoting, order management, billing, customer relationship management (CRM) and project management. Additionally, NetSuite's powerful and flexible SuiteCloud development platform has enabled TBI to embed the commissions it receives from carriers and share them with its IT service provider selling partners, all from within the NetSuite platform.

Oracle Monetization Cloud Enables Recurring Revenue Models for Digital Services Providers
Oracle, July 26th 2017
Empowering innovative businesses to launch competitive pricing models in the era of digital commerce, Oracle today announced Oracle Monetization Cloud. The new cloud service accelerates time to market for digital and subscription-based products and services by enabling the full life cycle of customer on-boarding, offer creation, robust rating and discounting, billing, customized invoicing and reporting.

Enterprises are increasingly focused on generating recurring revenues and developing lasting customer relationships by extending from one-time purchases to recurring business models. Agile billing capabilities are required to help digital service providers monetize new offerings and differentiate their services in competitive markets. Oracle Monetization Cloud combines the power of scalable monetization capabilities with the simplicity, agility, and security of Oracle Cloud to accelerate time to market for digital services.

Oracle
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The Oracle Database Cloud Development Story
By: Laura Ramsey
Laura blogs, "Are you a software developer looking for the best cloud database for application development?

Oracle Database Exadata Express Cloud Service is the ideal entry-level service for running Oracle Database in Oracle Cloud.

Here's why:

  • It delivers an affordable and fully managed Oracle Database 12c Release 2 experience, with enterprise options, running on Oracle Exadata.
  • It is a great fit for small and medium-sized production databases as well as development, testing and evaluation environments.
  • For developers, Exadata Express provides easy access to advanced development features of Oracle Database, enabling you to rapidly create modern data-driven applications.

Exadata Express in Oracle Cloud delivers an easy, affordable and feature-rich enterprise database experience..."

Features
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How Your Finance Org Can Help Win The Digital Race
By Margaret Harrist , Forbes, July 24th 2017
Margaret Harrist writes in Forbes, "A warning light that comes on in your car only after it's broken down on the side of the road with smoke coming out from under the hood is pretty worthless. What you need is a warning system constantly monitoring critical components throughout the engine, providing real-time information and proactively recommending courses of action.

That's also the role finance needs to play for a company. A business whose finance department continues to focus on reports about the past - and takes weeks to gather and compile data that is no longer accurate by the time the report is presented - will be at a growing competitive disadvantage..."

1,000 MPH Or Bust: Reams Of Data Drive Land-Speed-Record Attempt
By Rob Preston, Forbes, July 27th 2017
Rob writes in Forbes, "In our never-ending quest to go faster and farther, we humans have always liked the tidiness of round numbers. The ultimate speed and endurance test of yesteryear was to run a mile in under 4 minutes, a feat first achieved by Roger Bannister in 1954. Today it's a sub-2-hour marathon, once considered impossible but now within reach thanks to advances in conditioning, diet, and running gear.

Advances in engineered systems have allowed humans to conquer a different set of round numbers, like flying an aircraft faster than the speed of sound (Chuck Yeager, 1947) and taking a manned spacecraft to the moon and back (Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, 1969)..."

Oracle And Open Source: 3 New Container Projects Show Company's Commitment
By Chris Murphy , Forbes, July 26th 2017
Chris writes in Forbes, "Containers have soared in popularity among developers for the simple reason that they make their lives easier. But the spirit of open source software is that there's always a way to improve, through a community of collaborators.

Count Vish Abrams and his team at Oracle among that community.

'The thing that excites me and keeps me motivated is constantly getting to deal with new challenges, new problems, and new technical spaces,' says Abrams, the former CTO of the OpenStack company Nebula and now an Oracle architect for cloud development..."

UAE To Save Water By The Millions Of Gallons
By Sasha Banks-Louie, Forbes, July 27th 2017
Sasha writes in, Forbes, "The United Arab Emirates has long battled the sand and sea to provide fresh, clean, potable water for its residents. With a population that has more than doubled and an economy that has grown 93% since 2005, the UAE is on track to use more water per capita than almost any other nation on earth, according to the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

But the UAE is starting to solve its water crisis, embracing the Internet of Things and enterprise software to increase the supply of fresh groundwater while reducing the amount of water it wastes..."

How One Digital HR System Gave Energy Company ENGIE A Vehicle For Change
By Chris Murphy, Forbes, July 26th 2017
Chris Murphy writes in Forbes, "As head of HR information systems at global energy player ENGIE, Violaine Pons-Vidart and her team were given a challenge: Roll out a companywide HR digital system at the same time that the group, which delivers electricity, natural gas, and energy services, was launching an ambitious three-year strategic transformation plan.

That transformation plan was built around three structural trends: decarbonization, digitalization, and decentralization. The group's business model is based on responsible growth while it takes on the major challenges associated with the energy industry's transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation, and the rational use of resources..."

IT - AI
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Common Misconceptions Entrepreneurs Have About AI
Business 2 Community, July 28th 2017
Murray Newlands writes in Business 2 Community, "Artificial intelligence, or AI, has been a huge topic of conversation over the past few years. While research suggests AI could do a variety of tasks currently undertaken by humans, no one knows where this will lead. Many entrepreneurs are relying heavily on AI to automate their processes, thus cutting jobs and, in turn, expenses. But, is that really the case?..."
    Machine Learning and ITSM: Helping Help Desks
    DevOps.com, July 24th 2017
    "The field of machine learning is a hot topic. We know that this type of artificial intelligence (AI) provides computers with the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. For people like me who need it in simpler terms, machine learning deals with systems that can learn from past data and experience to improve performance of a particular task..."
    Virtualization
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    Oracle VM release 3.4.2 is Microsoft SVVP Certified
    By: John Priest
    John Priest blogs, "Oracle has been a part of the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) program and validated previous versions of Oracle VM. The Oracle VM team is committed to continuing our support for users that are running Windows Server guests on Oracle VM Server for x86. With the recent introduction of two new Oracle VM releases, a new test certification has now been completed to validate the following components under the Microsoft SVVP:

    • Oracle VM 3.4.2 Release Blog
    • Oracle VM Windows PV Driver 3.4.2 Blog
    • Windows 2008 and Windows 2012 guest OS

    Oracle VM 3.4.2 has successfully passed all of the test requirements and is a validated virtualization product to support Windows guests. Certification details are published on the Windows Server Catalog site..."

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.26
    By: Simon Coter
    Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 26.

    This release includes improvements and regression fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1. Between them we can mention following 5.1.24 regressions, now fixed:

    • Audio: fixed a memory leak when enabled with VRDP connections
    • Linux hosts: properly bring up host-only network interfaces with iproute
    • Windows guests: fixed automatic logons for Vista and newer Windows guests
    • Further fixes not strictly related to release 5.1.24

    Read on for details.

    IT - Storage
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    Maps To The Storage Stars: Who'll Make It Big In Next 10 Years?
    The Register, July 25th 2017
    "Which suppliers will be the major storage players in the next 10 years on the same scale as Dell, HPE, IBM and NetApp are today? And how will they fit into the storage landscape?

    This analysis is a personal opinion and isn't based on an exhaustive review of market dynamics, supplier strategy and results and myriad CIO investigative interviews. Your humble hack has written several thousand articles about the storage scene over the year this article is the result of standing back and asking: 'Where is it all going?'..."

    Radical Innovation Could Reduce Data Density By 50%
    Network World, July 25th 2017
    "A new 'beyond binary' method of coding data, along with chemical films and dyes, could drastically reduce the amount of space we need to store information...

    The traditional approaches to data storage reduction aren't creating the necessary density savings that will be required in the future, some scientists say. We're creating a lot of ones and zeros these days, and we will be generating many more.

    To handle that, researchers say data should be completely re-written. It should use a four-symbol code, rather than classic two-symbol binary. That, coupled with chemical solutions for carrying the media, along with light, will greatly shrink data storage density, researchers say..."

      Software-Defined Storage: 4 Factors Fueling Demand
      Network Computing, July 25th 2017
      "SDS can help keep IT costs low while supporting new data-intensive initiatives.

      As organizations look for cost-effective ways to house their ever-growing stores of data, many of them are turning to software-defined storage. According to market researchers at ESG, 52% of organizations are committed to software-defined storage (SDS) as a long-term strategy..."

      The Unstoppable Progression Of Object Storage
      InformationWeek, July 24th 2017
      "New developments in gateways, plugins, and more, offer far more value to users of object storage than ever before.

      Object storage has consistently offered distinct benefits and advantages over traditional storage protocols. Much of this was illustrated in the May 2016 article in Red Hat Perspectives, 'Using Object Storage To Deliver The Agility Today's Big Data Apps Require'..."

      Transfer Appliance To Ingest Large Amounts Of Data To Google Cloud Platform
      StorageNewsletter.com, July 24th 2017
      This article was published on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, on a blog of Google by Ben Chong, product manager, Transfer Appliance, Google Cloud Storage:

      "Back in the eighties, when network constraints limited data transfers, people took to the streets and walked their floppy disks where they needed to go. And Sneakernet was born.

      In the world of cloud and data growth, the size of the disk and the speed of your sneakers may have changed, but the solution is the same: Sometimes the best way to move data is to ship it on physical media.

      Today, we're excited to introduce Transfer Appliance, to help you ingest large amounts of data to Google Cloud Platform (GCP)..."

      What 2017 Means For The Storage Market
      Business 2 Community, July 24th 2017
      "When businesses are made to handle large quantities of data, they need the right tools in order to store and secure them properly. That way, their precious data is spared from such scenarios as hardware problems, virus attacks, and human errors. Safe data translate to more efficient business operations. That's why back-up and recovery solutions matter.

      This is where the data storage industry fits the picture. Numerous companies use storage services to safeguard crucial data and access them whenever they see fit. More crucial is the issue of archiving them in an efficient manner..."

        Java Technology
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        Java 9 Misconceptions & Java 10 Wish List: A Tell-It-All Interview With Java Influencers
        jaxenter, July 24th 2017
        "Java 9's due date is coming but there are still some things we need to understand before its arrival. In the last part of our interview series, Java influencers bust some Java 9 misconceptions and reveal what they'd like to see in Java 10.

        It's time to bust those Java 9 misconceptions

        Java 9 will arrive in September even if we're ready for it or not but there are still some things we need to understand before its arrival. We need to stop thinking that Maven doesn't work on Java 9 and that Java 9 cannot be used without Jigsaw. There are at least 11 misconceptions that we'll bust in the last part of our interview series but let's not spoil all the fun from the very beginning..."

        Top 9 Improvements And Features In Java 9
        jaxenter, July 28th 2017
        "Java 9 is almost here, and with its approaching release date, interest in the new features it will bring is at an all-time high. The current release date for the new Java version is 21 September 2017. That means we don't even have two months to go! In order to prepare for using these new features, it's a good idea to take a look and get a feel for how Java 9 really works.

        There's a lot of changes with Java 9. Below, I will list the top 9 improvements that have made it into the new Java 9. Let's dive right in!..."

        IT - Technology
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        15 Technologies That Empower Ecommerce Stores In 2017
        Information Age, July 27th 2017
        "Running an ecommerce business can be tedious and daunting. You'd have to manage stocks, arrange shipments, be up to date with best SEO practices and keep a close tab on your analytics. Yes, Ecommerce can be hard work...

        Fortunately, for the tech savvy, there are a lot of tools you can add to your arsenal and you'll see your productivity and business grow.Take a look at these 15 tools that help power everything from the back end of the business to products, marketing, and customer loyalty..."

        CPU Architecture After Moore's Law: What's Next?
        ComputerWorld, July 24th 2017
        "As Moore's Law loses relevance, specialization may have to replace raw speed in microprocessor design.

        When considering the future of CPU architecture, some industry watchers predict excitement, and some predict boredom. But no one predicts a return to the old days, when speed doubled at least every other year.

        The upbeat prognosticators include David Patterson, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who literally wrote the textbook (with John Hennessy) on computer architecture. 'This will be a renaissance era for computer architecture - these will be exciting times,' he says..."

          USB 3.2 Aims To Double Data Transfer Speeds For New Devices
          CIO Today, July 27th 2017
          "The latest standard for USB connections will double data and power transfer speeds for new devices, while remaining compatible with older devices using earlier versions of the electronics connector system. By using multiple, rather than single, wire lane pairs in USB Type-C cables to transmit or receive data, the new standard will support operation speeds of up to 20 Gbps, an improvement over the 10 Gbps supported by the older USB 3.1 standard..."
            IT - FOSS
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            Libreoffice 5.4 Released With New Features For Writer, Calc And Impress
            The Document Foundation, July 28th 2017
            "The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.4, the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family, immediately available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and for the cloud. LibreOffice 5.4 adds significant new features in every module, including the usual large number of incremental improvements to Microsoft Office file compatibility.

            Shorter, sweeter documents make interoperability easier

            Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's 'simplicity is the ultimate sophistication', LibreOffice developers have focused on file simplicity as the ultimate document interoperability sophistication. This makes ODF and OOXML files written by the free office suite more robust and easier to exchange with other users than the same documents generated by other office suites..."

            MySQL
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            MySQL Connector/C 6.1.11 GA has been released
            by MySQL Release Engineering
            A new GA (general availability) version of MySQL Connector/C has been made available: MySQL Connector/C 6.1.11 GA. The MySQL Connector/C 6.1 implements the MySQL C API for connecting client applications to the MySQL Server 5.5 or newer.
            8 Advantages Of Using MySQL
            DevOps.com, July 26th 2017
            "MySQL is a free-to-use, open-source database that facilitates effective management of databases by connecting them to the software. It is a stable, reliable and powerful solution with advanced features including:

            • Data Security
            • On-Demand Scalability
            • High Performance
            • Round-the-Clock Uptime
            • Comprehensive Transactional Support
            • Complete Workflow Control
            • Reduced Total Cost of Ownership
            • The Flexibility of Open Source

            Read on for details.

            MySQL Connector/ODBC 5.3.9
            by MySQL Release Engineering
            MySQL Connector/ODBC 5.3.9, a new version of the ODBC driver for the MySQL database management system, has been released.

            The available downloads include both a Unicode driver and an ANSI driver based on the same modern codebase. Please select the driver type you need based on the type of your application - Unicode or ANSI. Server-side prepared statements are enabled by default. It is suitable for use with any MySQL version from 5.5.

            This is the fourth release of the MySQL ODBC driver conforming to the ODBC 3.8 specification.

            Cloud Computing
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            CPI Card Group achieves Data Excellence with Oracle BI Cloud Service
            By: John Klinke
            John blogs, "CPI Card Group is a leading provider in payment card production and related services, offering a single source for credit, debit and prepaid debit cards including EMV chip, personalization, instant issuance, fulfillment and mobile payment services. CPI Card Group has partnered with Oracle to support their growth in the dynamic payments industry. For better visibility into business analytics, CPI Card Group was able to deploy Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service in only 3 months to allow their employees to get access to the data they need to run their business smarter..."
            IT - Cloud
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            5 Principles For Running Securely In A Multi-Cloud Environment
            Business 2 Community, July 23rd 2017
            "AWS has long ruled the cloud platform game. But today more and more companies are branching out and using additional providers as well. Often this isn't a matter of replacing one with another, but of different business requirements (such as managing risk and costs) being suited to different cloud vendors. Other factors for using more than one provider center on the fact that vendors work to price their offerings competitively and continually add new features. Additionally, many organizations that run Windows are offered free Azure credits. So why not take advantage and reduce your overall cloud costs?..."
            Hybrid Cloud Security: 8 Key Considerations
            The Enterprisers Project, July 27th 2017
            "Hybrid cloud should strengthen your organization's security posture, not diminish it. But that doesn't mean improved security is a default setting. While security fears are declining as cloud matures, security remains an ongoing challenge that needs to be managed in any organization. And a hybrid cloud environment comes with its own particular set of security considerations..."
            Survey: IT Pros, Executives Disagree On What A Hybrid Cloud Actually Is
            silconANGLE, July 26th 2017
            "As companies increasingly shift their information technology operations to the cloud, more and more are adopting so-called 'hybrid cloud' solutions. But surprisingly, not everyone shares the same definition of what a hybrid cloud actually is.

            A newly published survey by cloud infrastructure company Stratoscale Ltd. found that IT specialists define hybrid cloud somewhat differently to C-level executives. One of the questions posed in the survey was 'what does hybrid cloud mean to you?' The answers came up rather different..."

            The Very Real Dangers Of Betting On Hybrid Cloud
            Network World, July 24th 2017
            "Hybrid cloud architectures are very popular right now, but they could turn out to be little more than a transitional strategy...

            Hybrid cloud architectures are currently very popular as a way for enterprises to move to the cloud without abandoning their existing data center investments. At first glance, the strategy makes sense, but there's a very real danger that the hybrid cloud's popularity will turn out to be little more than a transitional stage, potentially distracting companies from optimizing either their on-premise data centers or their migration to the cloud..."

              Understand The Multicloud Management Trade-Off
              InfoWorld, July 25th 2017
              "Tools that abstract away the complexity of running multiple clouds can also hide powerful cloud-native features...

              One of the trends I've been seeing for a while is the use of multiple clouds or multicloud. This typically means having two or three public clouds in the mix that are leveraged at the same time. Sometimes you're mixing private clouds and traditional systems as well.

              In some cases even applications and data span two or more public clouds, looking to mix and match cloud services. Why? Enterprises are seeking to leverage the best and most cost-effective cloud services, and sometimes that means picking and choosing from different cloud providers..."

                IT - CxO
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                The Skills And Traits Of A Next-Generation CIO
                CIO, July 24th 2017
                "Shifting technology budgets, old IT habits, and new turf wars have many CIOs stuck in a corner. Here's what it takes to stand out as a great, forward-thinking CIO...

                As digital transformation threatens to alter everything we thought we knew about business, the C-suite is suddenly crowded with geeks, and companies scrambling to disrupt themselves or die trying are looking to technology for answers, but not necessarily to the office of the CIO..."

                10 Steps Organizations Should Observe For GDPR Compliance
                Information Management, July 28th 2017
                "There are 10 months to go before the General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect in Europe, and several recent studies find that a majority of organizations are not ready for the data protection rules.

                With that in mind, eCommerce systems integrator Tryzens has outlined 10 steps organizations must take in order to mitigate risk in their business and implement GDPR effectively to ensure compliance..."

                  A CIO's Advice: 3 Ways To Empower Innovators
                  The Enterprisers Project, July 27th 2017
                  "If you want to run an innovative IT organization, you need everyone on your team to be an agent of innovation. I would argue that there are three elements involved in making that happen. All are focused on empowering greatness in others, which ultimately leads to competitive advantage and business value...

                  A few years ago, it wasn't uncommon for IT leaders to pull people away from revenue generation to handle mundane tasks. In today's environment, it sounds ludicrous, but ask any CIO and they will know what I mean..."

                  The Enterprise Risk Management Approach To Cybersecurity
                  FCW, July 25th 2017
                  "With the seemingly endless array of cybersecurity products, tools and related 'best practices' available that promise to protect an organization's enterprise and data, it is fascinating to see the continued spate of successful cyberattacks. Whether it is one-off attacks against large companies and government organizations (Target, Sony and the Office of Personnel Management immediately come to mind) or large-scale campaigns based on a software vulnerability (such as the recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks), it appears that the adversaries are winning -- and winning at an increasing rate..."
                  How Big Data Is Changing The Role Of The CMO
                  CIO, July 27th 2017
                  "Big data is making CMOs more accountable than ever...

                  In the past, marketing departments and IT departments didn't necessarily spend a lot of time working side by side.

                  IT decisions were left to be made by the CIO while marketing decisions were left in the hands of the CMO. Today, however, things have changed and those C-level roles have begun to slowly converge together as marketing departments become more focused and heavily invested in technology..."

                  SFTA
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                  ITPalooza 2017 At The Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center
                  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.

                  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

                  IT - Wireless
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                  5 Wi-Fi Analyzer And Survey Apps For Android
                  Networkworld, July 26th 2017
                  "Products can include Wi-Fi stumblers, heatmaps, active surveying, more...

                  Wi-Fi networks have many variables and points of frustration. Different types of walls, materials and objects can impact the Wi-Fi signal in varying ways. Visualizing how the signals move about the area is difficult without the right tools. A simple Wi-Fi stumbler is great for quickly checking signal levels, but a map-based surveying tool helps you visualize the coverage, interference and performance much more easily. They allow you to load your floor plan map, walk the building to take measurements and then give you heatmaps of the signals and other data..."

                  vBeers-SF
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                  SFTA Weekly Social Meetups: vBeers @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens: Wed 2nd
                  Wednesday, August 2nd
                  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, August 2nd @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens

                  • 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave #4106, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
                  • 5:30PM - 8:30PM
                  • Website

                  Upcoming Events:

                  • Wednesday, August 2nd @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens
                  • Wednesday, August 9th @ Funky Buddha Brewery
                  • Wednesday, August 16th @ Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
                  • Wednesday, August 23rd @ Tap42 Midtown

                  Read on for detailed schedule

                  SFTA Weekly Social Meetups: vBeers @ Funky Buddha, Oakland Park: Aug 9th
                  Wednesday, August 9th
                  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.

                  Upcoming Events:

                  • Wednesday, August 9th @ Funky Buddha Brewery
                  • Wednesday, August 16th @ Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
                  • Wednesday, August 23rd @ Tap42 Midtown
                  • Wednesday, Sept. 6th @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens

                  Read on for detailed schedule

                  IT - DR
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                  Failover Strategies For The Modern Enterprise
                  ITProPortal, July 27th 2017
                  "What options are available for businesses thinking about network failover?...

                  Modern enterprises are reliant on consistent Internet connectivity. Outages can have an immediate impact on revenue, render a company to unable to meet compliance obligations, and significantly increase security risks. More difficult to calculate is the damage that will be caused to a brand's reputation, and the continuing loyalty of its customers..."

                  GDPR Compliance Naivety In The Face Of Disaster Recovery
                  Information Age, July 28th 2017
                  "Disaster Recovery is an element of General Data Protection Regulation that many businesses haven't yet considered...

                  You can plan for it. You can train for it. You can create as many systems designed to prevent it as you want, but at the end of the day disasters still occur and they happen when people least expect them.

                  Whether it's a natural disaster that knocks a data centre offline or a cyber attack that ravages critical systems, there's no shortage of damage that can happen to a business during this time..."

                  IT - PM
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                  6 Traits Of Highly Effective Project Managers
                  CIO, July 27th 2017
                  "To be a truly great project manager, you must be a strategic business partner fully vested in organizational success - and be able to roll with inevitable setbacks. Here's how to stand out from the crowd...

                  Every project manager knows to execute projects on time and on budget. And good project managers also take pains to consistently meet project requirements. But truly great project leaders go above and beyond. Not only do they execute projects within scope, they are accountable, strategic business partners fully vested in organizational success..."

                    A Day In The Life Of A Project Manager
                    Business 2 Community, July 28th 2017
                    "For project managers, every day can be a new adventure. This is the story of a day in the life of a project manager named Mitch, and the strategies and tools that he (and other project managers) use to get through a typical day on the job. Submitted for your approval...

                    Mitch rolled through the security gate at TeleroCorp and gave the overnight guard his customary nod as the barrier gate lifted. The sun was still just a grapefruit-tinted haze on the horizon, but the guard hardly looked up as he packed his coffee thermos into his backpack. If anything, it would've been unusual to not see Mitch arrive during the early morning shift change..."

                    Top 11 Project Management Certifications For 2017
                    CIO, July 27th 2017
                    "No matter what your IT role is, a project management certification can add depth, breadth and value to your skills. Here are the top project management certifications, their requirements and cost...

                    Behind every successful IT project, you'll find a highly skilled project manager. From hardware and software upgrades to ongoing security patches, to application development and the rollout of software itself, project managers keep your teams on task and productive..."

                    IT - Networks
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                    A C-level view of SD-WAN
                    Networkworld, July 25th 2017
                    "How does SD-WAN look from the perspective of the C-suite?

                    If you ask a group of 10 people what SD-WAN is, there's a good chance you will get 10 different answers. So, which one is right? Well, that depends on your perspective. If you take all the marketing and jargon out of the equation it will be something like this:

                    Let's start off with what the acronym stands for. SD-WAN is a Software Defined Wide Area Network. It is a fresh new approach to how you build your WAN to accomplish the following objectives:..."

                      What Are The Top SD-WAN Management Concerns?
                      SearchSDN, July 27th 2017
                      "Although SD-WAN touts improved application performance and security, some IT shops still have SD-WAN management concerns. Industry analyst Lee Doyle discusses why...

                      Many enterprises with distributed locations have turned to SD-WAN technology to improve their application quality of service, or QoS, and to reduce WAN transport costs. IT leaders need to be aware of several key SD-WAN management issues, including the variety of methods providers use to approach application prioritization and critical traffic, visibility into WAN circuits, and interoperability with legacy WAN infrastructure..."

                      Top Network Monitoring Software And Visibility Tools
                      Network World, July 27th 2017
                      "If you need to know what's happening in your network, these are the tools to use...

                      Networking performance monitoring and diagnostics (NPMD) software, whether running as an independent appliance or embedded in networking equipment, can help stave off productivity issues for internal corporate users as well as those interacting with the network from the outside.

                      But with ever-increasing traffic on corporate networks, users attempting to optimize connections to the cloud and new Internet of Things devices bombarding the network, enterprises and network performance monitoring vendors face growing challenges..."

                      IT - IoT
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                      5 Effective Strategies For Boosting IoT Security
                      SmartDataCollective, July 25th 2017
                      "With the emergence of IoT devices that are being rolled out from time to time, the serious IoT security issues encountered by users can't be ignored...

                      With the emergence of IoT devices that are being rolled out from time to time, the serious IoT security issues encountered by users can't be ignored. This serious problem is often discussed by analysts and experts, but it's necessary to take proactive action. It has been predicted by Gartner that the size of the IoT market will continue to bloom at an unprecedented rate..."

                      Managing Third-Party Risks And Internet Of Things (Slideshow)
                      CIO Insight, July 27th 2017
                      "Efforts to mitigate third-party risks in the internet of things ecosystem are lagging, despite recognition that the IoT introduces new security risks and vulnerabilities, according to a new study. Companies rely on technologies and practices that have not evolved to address emergent IoT threat factors, according to 'The Internet of Things: a New Era of Third-Party Risk,' conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Shared Assessments.

                      'Risks include the ability of criminals to harness IoT devices such as botnets to attack infrastructure and launch points for malware propagation, spam, DDoS attacks and on anonymizing malicious activities,' the report stated. Ninety-four percent of the individuals surveyed said it is very likely, somewhat likely or likely that a security incident related to unsecured IoT devices or applications could be catastrophic..."

                      The Impact Of The Internet Of Things
                      Information Age, July 24th 2017
                      "The IoT is beginning to shape the future of many industries, by generating an unprecedented amount of data. Khalil Dimachkie, technical strategist at Big Radical extensively explores this emerging tech trend...

                      The Internet of Things (IoT) essentially refers to an ecosystem of discrete computing devices with sensors connected through the infrastructure of the internet. The concept may have been bubbling away in the industry for a long time, but the democratisation of computing technology through the availability and affordability of small computing devices has now pushed it firmly into the mainstream. So how did we get to this point?..."

                      Where Is IoT Headed?
                      CIO, July 24th 2017
                      "Businesses will look into using sensor or streaming data to predict customers' movements and decisions in near real time...

                      The Internet of Things next year will evolve to move beyond the household with an emerging consumer interaction segment, and people will turn their attention to the smartphone as an IoT sensor device, according to analysts.

                      Gartner's Kristian Steenstrup said a 'consumer interaction' IoT trend will become more visible next year. He played out a scenario of a retailer placing movement and context-aware sensors around its stores to detect how customers are moving in the shop and interacting with products..."

                      IT - Linux
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                      openSUSE 42.3
                      The FOSS Post, July 27th 2017
                      "After 8 months of continues development. The openSUSE team has just announced openSUSE 42.3. Which is considered to be the latest release of the stable openSUSE branch (called Leap).

                      openSUSE continues to be an enterprise-ready distribution. Since it started to be built again on SUSE Linux base (since 42.1). The new version is based on SLE 12 SP3.

                      openSUSE 42.3 comes with a lot of new features and updates, here's the new stuff:..."

                      IT - Operations
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                      10 Old-School IT Principles That Still Rule (Slideshow)
                      Infoworld, July 25th 2017
                      "These graybeard IT tenets still reign -- when applied in their modernized guise

                      The more things stay the same, the more they change.

                      That's not exactly how the saying goes, but it's the phrase that should be engraved over every door leading to IT. It's certainly better than "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

                      Not a lot has changed since our early days, when IT was EDP and programmers were the high priests of the glass house -- except for everything.

                      Luckily, much of the fundamental wisdom of the early days of IT still applies, though in a different, modernized guise. Here are 10 old-school principles that will guide you through next-generation IT and the fundamental differences in the ways you should apply them..."

                        Embrace The Heat: Data Center Tips For Summer Operations
                        Network World, July 24th 2017
                        "Summer and the heat it brings can be trouble for the data center without proper planning and precautions...

                        With the summer solstice in the rear view mirror, those of us north of the equator are preparing for the true summer heat to arrive in force this next month. While BBQs, boating, and your preferred beverage may be the first things on your mind for this next month, many folks in the data center world greet summer with a different attitude entirely..."

                          How To Automate Your System Administration Tasks With Ansible
                          opensouce.com, July 24th 2017
                          "Do you want to sharpen your system administration or Linux skills? Perhaps you have some stuff running on your local LAN and you want to make your life easier - where do you begin? In this article, I'll explain how to set up tooling to simplify administering multiple machines.

                          When it comes to remote administration tools, SaltStack, Puppet, Chef, and Ansible are a few popular options. Throughout this article, I'll focus on Ansible and explain how it can be helpful whether you have 5 virtual machines or a 1,000..."

                          The Critical Need to Patch Vulnerabilities ASAP (Slideshow)
                          CIO Insight, July 24th 2017
                          A new report claims that by the time a vulnerability is disclosed, 80 percent of exploits already exist, but only 70 percent of vendor-provided patches are available. The analysis, conducted by the Aberdeen Group, is based on data provided by Verizon and was commissioned by McAfee.

                          Titled 'Cyber-Security: For Defenders, It's About Time,' the report states that the business impact from data breaches is the greatest at the beginning, when records are first compromised. 'That's logical, since attackers want to get in and out with the goods (or data) in as little time as possible,' the report states..."

                          IT - Security
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                          10 Critical Steps To Create A Culture Of Cyber Security
                          Dark Reading, July 26th 2017
                          "Businesses are more vulnerable than they need to be. Here's what you should do about it.

                          Despite constant headlines about cyber attacks, organizations continue to leave their systems and data unnecessarily vulnerable. Cyber incidents result in the loss of reputation, enterprise value, and jobs, not to mention regulatory fines and civil litigation. According to Kaspersky Labs and the Ponemon Institute, 90% of businesses have experienced a cyber attack, with an average cost per breach of $3.6 million. Ponemon estimates that 27.7% of organizations surveyed will likely suffer another material breach within the next two years..."

                            5 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look Your Security Policy
                            CSO Online, July 25th 2017
                            "Evolving ransomware and DDoS attacks, new technology such as IoT, and changing user behavior are all good reasons to revise your security policy.

                            Today's advanced persistent threats, new business technologies and a younger workforce have prompted security budgets to shift from breach prevention to detection and response. Those same forces have also motivated many organizations to take a fresh look at their security policies and guidelines - and for good reason..."

                            Best Practices To Lower Your Chances Of Becoming A Victim Of Malware
                            Business 2 Community, July 24th 2017
                            "Last year, the CEO and CFO of a European public company fell victim of cyber fraud that ultimately cost them their jobs and the company 42 million Euros. The attacker(s) impersonated a senior board member and emailed the finance department requesting a money transfer from the company's account. The missteps taken by the CEO and CFO put the company under hot water and into a situation no company expects to see themselves..."
                            CEOs: Wannacry Is Your Wake Up Call
                            SC Magazine, July 25th 2017
                            "According to reports, recent months have seen several massive cyber-attacks appearing to exploit out-of-date software. Unsurprisingly, the ongoing Petya cyber-attack also demonstrates that companies running older versions of Windows are more vulnerable. Across the world, Boards are asking CEOs whether these successive threats affect their organization and what is being done to prevent it..."
                            Cybersecurity and The Board
                            ITProPortal, July 28th 2017
                            "Because cybersecurity has experienced a 'personality transformation' in recent years, the nature of boards' attention to cybersecurity is also evolving.

                            Data breaches. First, they were the concerns of CISOs and CIOs. Some even lost their jobs after over-mediatised breaches. Then CEOs got the spotlight, especially as brand reputations were damaged and customers left angry and churning. Today, board members are increasingly more involved in discussions around companies' cybersecurity and measures needed to prevent being thrown into the next big headline..."

                              Passwords Are Not Lame and They're Not Dead. Here's Why.
                              IT Toolbox, July 24th 2017
                              "Everywhere you turn, it seems that someone is proclaiming that passwords are lame, passwords are dead, and so on - you know the jingle. The argument is that passwords don't work. They're hard to remember. They're easily-cracked. Users complain when they have to be complex.

                              I know you've heard these things and have even thought them yourself from time to time. Much of it is for good reason. As the fifth-annual Worst Passwords List released by SplashData last year uncovered, the top five passwords used are:..."

                                You Can't Be Strategic Without Operational Intelligence
                                TLNT, July 25th 2017
                                "In today's connected business, companies implementing enterprise software need to have more than just a transactional system that can help ensure that a product arrives in the right place at the right time. Enterprise solutions should be able to go beyond functions such as training, licensing and certification documentation to bring together other data points that provide true enterprise-wide operational intelligence that can address the readiness of the workforce to meet business goals, service-level agreements and customer expectations..."
                                  IT - Careers
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                                  How To Write A CISO Job Description
                                  CSO Online, July 25th 2017
                                  "The chief information security officer has a big, mission critical job. Make sure you spell out the CISO's duties and expectations for the role.

                                  Whatever the role, good communication regarding the duties and expectations of a security professional is key to that person's success. That communication starts with a solid, thorough job description. It will be an important benchmark when hiring for the role, and a touch point for performance once the candidate is on board. The job description is also a baseline that helps security team managers keep pace as many roles evolve..."

                                  13 Body Language Blunders That Make You Look Bad
                                  Entrepreneur, July 26th 2017
                                  "Our bodies have a language of their own, and their words aren't always kind. Your body language has likely become an integral part of who you are, to the point where you might not even think about it.

                                  If that's the case, it's time to start, because you could be sabotaging your career.

                                  TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90% of top performers, to be exact). These people know the power that unspoken signals have in communication and they monitor their own body language accordingly..."

                                  IT Talent Retention Power Tool: A Learning Culture
                                  The Enterprisers Project, July 25th 2017
                                  "This CIO stresses constant learning to ward off talent problems...

                                  Hiring and retaining IT talent tops the list of headaches for many CIOs. Creating a learning culture in IT and throughout your organization means you can grow more of the talent you need in house, rather than trying to recruit it from outside, usually at a premium. This culture also helps you improve retention, says Michael Spears, CIO and chief data officer at the National Council on Compensation Insurance..."

                                  How To Write An IT Security Engineer Job Description
                                  CSO Online, July 28th 2017
                                  "The IT security engineer is on the front line of protecting a company's assets from threats. The job requires strong technical, organizational and communication skills.

                                  Whatever the role, good communication regarding the duties and expectations of a security professional is key to that person's success. That communication starts with a solid, thorough job description. It will be an important benchmark when hiring for the role, and a touch point for performance once the candidate is on board. The job description is also a baseline that helps security team managers keep pace as many roles evolve..."

                                  IT - Virtualization
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                                  What Is The Future Of Container Deployment?
                                  Search Microservices, July 27th 2017
                                  "Container deployment continues to evolve with the help of VM models, microservices and DevOps. Learn how the container architecture can impact your business goals.

                                  Containers aren't a new concept; the first steps toward Linux containers were taken in 1979. Since then, there have been about a dozen new evolutionary steps in container deployment of applications, and we're not done yet. Containers are also interacting with supporting technologies, like DevOps, and competing ones, like virtual machines (VMs), to create evolutionary pressure on all the technologies involved. The container of the future will be very different from that of today, but it's still possible for users to track the trends and make the most of each step along the way..."

                                  IT - Database
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                                  10 Essential Performance Tips For MySQL
                                  InfoWorld, July 25th 2017
                                  "From workload profiling to the three rules of indexing, these expert insights are sure to make your MySQL servers scream...

                                  As with all relational databases, MySQL can prove to be a complicated beast, one that can crawl to a halt at a moment's notice, leaving your applications in the lurch and your business on the line.

                                  The truth is, common mistakes underlie most MySQL performance problems. To ensure your MySQL server hums along at top speed, providing stable and consistent performance, it is important to eliminate these mistakes, which are often obscured by some subtlety in your workload or a configuration trap..."

                                  Big Data Analytics
                                  Datamation, July 27th 2017
                                  "Big data analytics is quickly gaining adoption. Enterprises have awakened to the reality that their big data stores represent a largely untapped gold mine that could help them lower costs, increase revenue and become more competitive. They don't just want to store their vast quantities of data, they want to convert that data into valuable insights that can help improve their companies.

                                  As a result, investment in big data analytics tools is seeing remarkable gains. According to IDC, worldwide sales of big data and business analytics tools are likely to reach $150.8 billion in 2017, which is 12.4 percent higher than in 2016. And the market research firm doesn't see that trend stopping anytime soon. It forecasts 11.9 percent annual growth through 2020 when revenues will top $210 billion..."

                                  New SQL Server 2017 Features Give Good Reasons For Fast Upgrades
                                  SearchSQL, July 28th 2017
                                  "SQL Server 2017 adds support for Linux and a variety of other new features that could justify upgrades to the new database platform, even coming so soon after the 2016 release...

                                  Ready or not, Microsoft is continuing its torrid development pace with the planned general release of SQL Server 2017 this summer, hot on the heels of SQL Server 2016's shipment in the middle of last year. Businesses that are typically slow to upgrade to new versions of core IT infrastructure products may have a tough time keeping up with this rapid release cycle..."

                                  Old Database Problems In A New Guise: As A Service
                                  InformationWeek, July 24th 2017
                                  "Interest in database as a service -- such as Amazon's MySQL re-architected for the cloud, Aurora database service -- is increasing, and Microsoft has jumped into the act with its own relational service, known as Azure SQL.

                                  But cloud operations in themselves will impose new problems on database response times and scalability.

                                  When it comes to being "the white knight of enterprise IT needs' cloud services don't free IT from all concerns about availability and performance, despite marketing to the contrary," wrote the database experts at ScaleArc, a supplier of database load balancing software..."

                                  Selecting The Best Database For Your Organization, Part 1
                                  Data Center Knowledge, July 27th 2017
                                  "The term 'cloud' is so ubiquitous that it means different things to everyone. For these purposes, we will define it in relation to infrastructure: the cloud is the ability to auto-provision a subset of available compute/network/storage to meet a specific business need via virtualization (IaaS).

                                  As far as applications, the cloud is browser-based access to an application (SaaS); and, importantly, the utility-based consumption model of paying for these services that has caused a major disruption in the traditional models of technology..."

                                  IT - Mobile
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                                  A Flaw In Wireless Networks Lets Hackers Pretend To Be You
                                  cnet, July 27th 2017
                                  "There are calls and text messages coming from your phone number that you never made. Meet the 'ghost telephonist.' ....

                                  When it comes to the 'Ghost Telephonist,' it's spookier than 'the calls are coming from inside the house!'

                                  They're coming from your own phone number.

                                  Consider how unique your phone number is to your identity. It's tied to a majority of your online accounts for banking, social networks, travel and work, now that banks and apps are relying on phone numbers to help protect your accounts. Those digits can stick with a person for life. In a blog post, former DEA agent Thomas Martin went as far as calling your cell phone number the "new social security number."

                                  So, when cybercriminals get to see your cellphone number, they can cause damage like taking over your bank accounts, according to NextAdvisor. When they can use your phone number, things get much scarier..."

                                  IT - Big Data
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                                  A Model Using Big Data Predicts And Prevents Power Outages
                                  Homeland Security News Wire, July 28th 2017
                                  "High-speed winds during a thunderstorm may cause trees around an electric grid to crash into the distribution system feeders causing an outage in that area. Currently, most utility companies diminish such accidents by scheduling regular tree-trimming operations. This effort is costly and is based on a rotational approach to different service areas, which may take months and sometimes years before all trees are trimmed. researchers have developed an intelligent model that can predict a potential vulnerability to utility assets and present a map of where and when a possible outage may occur. The predictive feature allows the trees in the most critical areas with the highest risk to be trimmed first..."
                                    What Analytics Pros Need To Know About Gdpr
                                    InformationWeek, July 26th 2017
                                    "Understanding the EU's GDPR guidelines is valuable knowledge for anyone in a data related profession.

                                    Analytics experts beware, the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) may require significant changes to your current personal data management, analytics and reporting practices. Unlike privacy laws in other jurisdictions, the GDPR is applicable to organization of all types and sizes located in and outside the EU. It is due to take effect on May 25, 2018..."

                                    Top10
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                                    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                    Vol 233 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 232 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 231 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:

                                    • Oracle Named a Leader in 2017 Analyst Evaluation for Digital Process Automation Software
                                    • Training Thursdays: Streamlined Oracle OpenStack Installation
                                    • Automation Not Optional: How Containers, Microservices, And Serverless Apps Change The Cloud
                                    • Java SE 8 Update 141 and More
                                    • Can't Move To The Cloud? The Cloud Can Come To You
                                    • Oracle expands Cloud at Customer portfolio to cover PaaS, SaaS, big data
                                    • Behind The Numbers: Life As An Oracle Data Scientist
                                    • TGI Fridays Becomes First UK Bar to Implement Bar Tab from Mastercard and Oracle
                                    • MySQL Connector/J 5.1.43
                                    • Oracle Significantly Expands Cloud at Customer with PaaS and SaaS Services to Help Customers in their Journey to the Cloud

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

                                      IT - Server
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                                      IT Leaders: How The Systems Administrator Role Can Stay Relevant
                                      Search Cloud Computing, July 24th 2017
                                      "Cloud computing has put the squeeze on traditional system administrators. IT leaders from Google, Pivotal and Rackspace say those employees can remain relevant through expanded skills.

                                      The traditional IT systems administrator role is an endangered species due to the emergence of cloud computing and new forms of application development. That's why it's incumbent on those in the field to find new ways to remain relevant in their companies.

                                      That hard reality was broached by Google's Dave Rensin during a panel discussion on innovation in the digital age at a Rackspace roadshow in New York. Rensin, who heads Google's customer reliability engineering team, should know a thing or two about this subject: He helps large enterprises shift to Google Cloud Platform and more modern IT practices..."

                                      Hyperconverged Infrastructure Systems Are As Good As Their Software-Defined Storage, Says Gartner Analyst
                                      silconANGLE, July 28th 2017
                                      "The term 'Hyperconverged Infrastructure,' commonly called HCI, may bring to mind big metal boxes and hardware stacks. But in fact the hardware is the least important ingredient in integrated systems. The software layer - particularly, software-defined storage - is where differentiation occurs.

                                      Gartner Inc. researchers say that HCI is the fastest-growing segment of the integrated systems market. In fact, it has predicted that the HCI market will reach nearly $5 billion and make up 24 percent of integrated systems sales by 2019. Market leaders like Dell EMC and Nutanix Inc. are increasingly calling attention to HCI's software layer and its place in multi-cloud..."

                                      IT - Tape
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                                      Zombie Technology Life After Death Tape Is Still Alive
                                      Storage IO Blog, July 24th 2017
                                      "A Zombie Technology is one declared dead yet has Life after Death such as Tape which is still alive...

                                      Sure we have heard for decade's about the death of tape, and someday it will be dead and buried (I mean really dead), no longer used, buried, existing only in museums. Granted tape has been on the decline for some time, and even with many vendors exiting the marketplace, there remains continued development and demand within various data infrastructure environments, including software defined as well as legacy..."

                                      LibreOffice
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                                      Libreoffice 5.4 Released With New Features For Writer, Calc And Impress
                                      The Document Foundation, July 28th 2017
                                      The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.4, the last major release of the LibreOffice 5.x family, immediately available for Windows, macOS and Linux, and for the cloud. LibreOffice 5.4 adds significant new features in every module, including the usual large number of incremental improvements to Microsoft Office file compatibility.

                                      Shorter, sweeter documents make interoperability easier

                                      Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication", LibreOffice developers have focused on file simplicity as the ultimate document interoperability sophistication. This makes ODF and OOXML files written by the free office suite more robust and easier to exchange with other users than the same documents generated by other office suites.

                                      Developer
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                                      Modernize Your Application Development Environment
                                      By: Eric Jacobsen
                                      Eric blogs, "The demand for developing applications in the cloud is rapidly increasing. A recent IDG survey* noted that "Cloud technology is becoming a staple to organization's infrastructure as 70% have at least one application in the cloud." Most businesses are using the Cloud to modernize existing apps, build new apps, or move directly to SaaS. Moving application development to the cloud can be challenging. What if you could make it easier?..."
                                      IT - Java
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                                      Java 9 Misconceptions & Java 10 Wish List: A Tell-It-All Interview With Java Influencers
                                      jaxenter, July 24th 2017
                                      "Java 9's due date is coming but there are still some things we need to understand before its arrival. In the last part of our interview series, Java influencers bust some Java 9 misconceptions and reveal what they'd like to see in Java 10.

                                      It's time to bust those Java 9 misconceptions

                                      Java 9 will arrive in September even if we're ready for it or not but there are still some things we need to understand before its arrival. We need to stop thinking that Maven doesn't work on Java 9 and that Java 9 cannot be used without Jigsaw. There are at least 11 misconceptions that we'll bust in the last part of our interview series but let's not spoil all the fun from the very beginning..."

                                      Top 9 Improvements And Features In Java 9
                                      jaxenter, July 28th 2017
                                      "Java 9 is almost here, and with its approaching release date, interest in the new features it will bring is at an all-time high. The current release date for the new Java version is 21 September 2017. That means we don't even have two months to go! In order to prepare for using these new features, it's a good idea to take a look and get a feel for how Java 9 really works.

                                      There's a lot of changes with Java 9. Below, I will list the top 9 improvements that have made it into the new Java 9. Let's dive right in!..."

                                      IT - Developer
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                                      Top 10 Programming Language Of 2017
                                      TechWorm, July 24th 2017
                                      "What kind of programming skills do you need to survive in the extremely ever growing competent market always remains the burning question?

                                      IEEE Spectrum research group, a publication of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a technical advocacy organization, has the answer for you. According to their 2017 IEEE Spectrum ranking published recently, Python claimed the top spot as it was the highly desirable coding skill by recruiting companies. It was followed closely by C, Java, and C++..."

                                      What Is Node.js? The Javascript Runtime Explained
                                      InfoWorld, July 24th 2017
                                      "Node.js is a lean, fast, cross-platform JavaScript runtime environment that is useful for both servers and desktop applications...

                                      Scalability, latency, and throughput are key performance indicators for web servers. Keeping the latency low and the throughput high while scaling up and out is not easy. Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment that achieves low latency and high throughput by taking a 'non-blocking' approach to serving requests. In other words, Node.js wastes no time or resources on waiting for I/O requests to return.

                                      Let me explain..."

                                      Red Hat News
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                                      Friday Five - July 28, 2017
                                      Red Hat, July 25th 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...

                                      • Seeking Alpha - Red Hat: The Next Cloud Giant
                                      • CFO - Red Hat CFO Pursues Cloud Agenda
                                      • The New Stack - History Major Makes Some History of Her Own at Red Hat
                                      • NECN - Boston's Evolution as a Tech Hub
                                      • Business Insider - The 52 most powerful people in enterprise tech in 2017

                                      Read on for details..."

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