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Seaman Paper Asia Streamlines Business Operations with NetSuite OneWorld
Oracle, August 2nd, 2017
Wrapping Paper Supplier Speeds Processes and Boosts Revenue 25 Percent Since Upgrading from MYOB

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 Seaman Paper Asia (SPA), a leading B2B supplier of lightweight decorative tissue papers for retail packaging and consumer products, has realised significant business benefits since replacing MYOB accounting software with NetSuite OneWorld in 2013...

Oracle, SafeLogic and OpenSSL Partner on Next Generation FIPS Module
Oracle, August 3th, 2017
Oracle, OpenSSL and SafeLogic today announced a seed investment in developing the next generation open source OpenSSL 1.1 FIPS 140-2 module, and called for others to join the effort. OpenSSL is the most widely used and respected cryptographic library protecting data transfers across computer networks. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 is a joint U.S. and Canadian government security standard for testing cryptographic modules, the objective of which is to ensure the use of strong and validated cryptographic protection in U.S. and Canadian government systems.
Industry Customers Modernize Business with Oracle Cloud
Oracle, August 2nd, 2017
Oracle Global Business Unit cloud solutions drive innovation and accelerate success

Companies in growing numbers across industries are gaining new efficiencies while modernizing their businesses with Oracle Cloud. Retail, Hospitality, Financial Services, Health Sciences, Construction & Engineering, Utilities, and Communications customers are able to innovate faster, increase productivity, and lower costs with a growing array of Oracle Global Business Unit solutions. AT&T, gnTel, Cordoba Corporation, Lenox and Al Nadhi are just a few of the latest customers who are benefiting from these cloud solutions.

Lojas Renner Simplifies Operations with Oracle Retail
Oracle, August 2nd, 2017
Largest Brazilian Fashion Retailer Establishes a Foundation for Growth

Oracle announced that Brazil's largest fashion retailer, Lojas Renner has deployed Oracle Retail to transforms operations and establishes a foundation for growth. Lojas Renner operates over 470 stores under the Renner, Youcom and Camicado brands. Lojas Renner is simplifying operations and offering a shopping experience to inspire its customers even further and continue to grow.

Oracle Delivers Next-Generation Cloud Applications
Oracle, August 2nd, 2017
Innovations across Oracle Cloud Applications extend industry's broadest, deepest, and fastest growing suite of cloud applications

To help organizations around the world grow faster, differentiate from competitors, and better serve their customers, Oracle today announced significant new capabilities and enhancements to Oracle Cloud Applications. With the introduction of Oracle Cloud Applications Release 13, Oracle is further extending the industry's broadest, deepest, and fastest growing suite of cloud applications. Innovations in the new release enhance the user experience and empower business users across the organization including customer experience, finance, HR, and supply chain professionals.

Oracle Hospitality Introduces New Data Science Cloud Services to Help Food & Beverage Operators Optimize Every Sale
Oracle, August 1st, 2017
Expert Analysis and Machine Learning Enable Improved Menu Optimization and Greater Cost and Inventory Control...

Empowering food and beverage operators to convert data into profit, Oracle Hospitality today announced Data Science Cloud Services. With the new services, food and beverage operators gain the ability to analyze key information such as sales, guest, marketing and staff performance data at unprecedented speed - generating insights that lead directly to actionable measures that improve their top and bottom lines...

Is The Global Economy On The Cusp Of A 'Super-Cycle' Breakthrough?
By Rob Preston
Rob writes in Forbes, "Every generation seems to think its economic future is at dire risk, from the Panic of 1893 to the present. OPEC-induced oil shocks and runaway inflation rattled consumer confidence in the 1970s. 'Japan Inc.' and other foreign competitors started menacing the Western manufacturing establishment a decade later, portending a shift in economic power and the birth of the 'Asian century.' The 1990s brought relative prosperity worldwide, only to collapse as the dot-com and, later, credit bubbles burst..."
Enterprise AI: Why Should You Care?
By Chuck Hollis
Chuck writes in Forbes, "Business leaders often tell me they feel barraged by technology vendors touting their latest shiny thing as 'disruptive' and 'game changing.' Some technologies, like internet and mobile, did turn out to be powerful forces that transformed how we do business. But other technologies, not so much.

As someone who has worked a full career at the intersection of business and technology, I've learned to be extremely judicious and selective when making my case for a new enterprise technology. And I do what I can to avoid hyping a trend..."

Research Says People Will Learn More Than Ever At Oracle OpenWorld 2017
By Jeff Erickson
Jeff writes in Forbes, "Oracle OpenWorld may be one of the world's largest annual business tech conferences, but this year the focus is on just you - namely, improving your individual journey on the path to greater learning.

For Oracle OpenWorld 2017, which takes place at San Francisco's Moscone Center this October 1-5, that means new session formats that foster deeper learning and retention through more active participation and collaboration among attendees, and more access to open meeting spaces..."

Gaps In The Electric Grid Aside, African Economies Are On The Rise
By Linda Currey
Linda writes in Forbes, "The African Development Bank Group recently wrapped up its 2017 annual meeting in Ahmedabad, India, with an optimistic assessment of the country's progress made in improving agriculture and ending hunger and poverty.

The group also noted its funding of the New Deal on Energy for Africa, a far-reaching partnership that aspires to bring electricity to the continent's most remote areas by 2025..."

10 Companies Using Machine Learning In Cool Ways
Business 2 Community, August 3th, 2017
"If science-fiction movies have taught us anything, it's that the future is a bleak and terrifying dystopia ruled by murderous sentient robots.

Fortunately, only one of these things is true - but that could soon change, as the doomsayers are so fond of telling us.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are among the most significant technological developments in recent history. Few fields promise to 'disrupt' (to borrow a favored term) life as we know it quite like machine learning, but many of the applications of machine learning technology go unseen...

    AI Already Changing How CIOs Lead Healthcare IT
    The Enterprisers Project, August 2nd, 2017
    "The healthcare industry is being rapidly transformed by technology in a multitude of ways - from how doctors engage with patients to how cures are discovered. Boston-based Partners HealthCare is getting ahead of these shifts by collaborating with GE Healthcare and Nvidia to strategically integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning technology into every aspect of patient care over the next 10 years..."
    AI Is Now Handling All Of Facebook's Translations
    ITProPortal, August 4th, 2017
    "The social network is getting better at translating thanks to introduction of neural networks...

    Facebook has revealed it is harnessing the power of AI to support its growth across the world.

    The social media giant, which has over two billion users worldwide, is now using neural networks for to automatically translate content in foreign markets..."

    Artificial Intelligence Taking A Bigger Role In Antimalware Technology
    eWeek, August 4th, 2017
    'Even as artificial intelligence is having a bigger role in stopping malware and other cyber-threats, attackers are finding ways to get around it and even using AI as a way to enhance their own attack strategies.

    "Can we break machine learning? The answer is, yes we can," said Hyrum Anderson, Principal Data Scientist for security vendor Endgame, during his presentation at DefCon here last week. "It's actually become quite fashionable to break machine learning"...'

    The Pros And Cons Of Hiring A Chief A.I. Officer
    Business 2 Community, August 4th, 2017
    "The C-Suite grows merrier by the minute as increasingly more executives join the party at the top. From just a handful of head honchos, many companies now employ a full roster of 'chiefs' - including chief data officers, chief customer officers, and chief culture officers - to take on crucial, enterprise-wide functions. The latest title to generate buzz and wiggle into the boardroom is your controversial Chief AI Officer (CAIO)..."
      Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2 Beta 1 released!
      By Simon Coter
      Simon blogs, "Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2 Beta 1. Highlights of this beta release include:

      Main Enhancements:

      • VM export to Oracle Public Cloud
      • Automatic guest OS installation (see enhancement request #5810 and VirtualBox manual for further details)
      • Improved Virtual Machine selector GUI
      • Improved Virtual Machine Tools and Global Tools handling
      • New GUI icons

      Read on for details..."

      IT - Storage
      Seagate Enterprise Performance 10K v9 HDD Review (SAS, 2.5", 2.4TB), July 31st, 2017
      "Seagate Technology has released yet another version of its 10,000 RPM, SAS, 2.5" Enterprise Performance HDD, this being its ninth. Much like the previous versions, the latest is geared more for write-intensive applications.

      One major change is that the drive now has upward capacity of 2.4TB (the previous generation topped out at 1.8TB). While this isn't nearly as high as one would see in a 3.5" drive, it is still a lot of capacity that can be put into a small footprint. Seagate offers a FIPS 140-2 model and a SED model in the smaller capacities..."

      HDD vs. SSD: Is there room for disk in a solid-state world?
      SearchStorage, August 2nd, 2017
      "Although SSD vs. HDD speed is vastly different, for the foreseeable future, hard disks will have a place in our increasingly solid-state and even DRAM-centered data centers.

      Hard disk drives are hard to like. This 60-year-old device is slow and accesses data clumsily, but it stores volumes of data at a price that's hard to beat. Since the middle of the last decade, solid-state drive advocates have argued that SSDs would completely displace HDDs over the following few years. Yet here we are in 2017, and the HDD vs. SSD controversy continues. HDDs still play a greater role than SSDs in PCs and servers, and HDD unit shipments aren't much below 2005 levels..."

      Java Technology
      Thoughts on Java Report August 2017: Finally back on track
      Thoughts on Java, August 4th, 2017
      Thorben blogs, "So far, this year had been crazy. But July provided a nice change of pace.

      Within the first ~3 months, I wrote and launched the Hibernate Tips book with huge success. As of today, I sold more than 1100 books and e-books. As I've learned recently, that are more copies than some traditional publishers expect in the lifetime of a book. Thank you to everyone who got a copy and made this possible!..."

        IT - Technology
        Second Life Developer Breathes Life Into Social VR With New Virtual World, Sansar
        siliconANGLE, July 31st, 2017
        " Linden Lab, the creator of the world's most popular and prolific virtual world Second Life, released its newest creation, the virtual reality world of Sansar, to the public today.

        Sansar's open beta gives creative access to developers and artists with the tools needed to create and market immersive, social 3-D experiences. The objective of the virtual world is to provide a platform for social interaction in VR for individuals, communities, schools, studios, corporations, brands and others..."

        A Smart Torque Wrench And Google Glass Improve GE Aviation Mechanics' Efficiency By 8-12%
        TechRepublic, August 1st, 2017
        "GE Aviation is using Upskill's Skylight industrial AR platform with Google Glass to improve efficiency and avoid manufacturing maintenance errors...

        Avoiding maintenance errors and improving efficiency are key ways to save money in a manufacturing environment, and GE Aviation recently found a way to do both by arming its mechanics with Google Glass and a smart wrench as part of a pilot program..."

        Quantum Leap: Obstacles Remain, But A Revolution In Computing Is Almost Here
        siliconANGLE, August 4th, 2017
        "Salesman Tom is about to hit the road for a month long journey to visit customers and sales prospects, a trip that will take him to 50 destinations across the United States.

        Tom needs to optimize the trip by three priorities. He must first maximize the time he spends with each client. Second, he must complete the trip in the shortest possible distance. Finally, he needs to do it at the lowest possible cost.

        This variation on the classic "traveling salesman problem" would take one of today's off-the-shelf computer servers decades to solve definitively, if it could solve the problem at all. A quantum computer could knock it off in seconds..."

          IT - Bitcoin
          Beyond Bitcoin: How Blockchains Could Revolutionize Business
          TechRepublic, August 1st, 2017
          "Blockchains don't only underpin novel digital currencies that threaten to change the face of finance, they could also transform how businesses operate.

          The technology has many potential applications that go beyond supporting cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, says the analyst in charge of the European Union-backed Blockchain4EU project.

          Blockchain4EU will spend this year mapping the myriad ways that firms could use blockchains and other Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to improve how they operate..."

          Pros And Cons Of Accepting Bitcoin As A Payment Method
          Business 2 Community, August 3th, 2017
          "As an e-commerce store owner, you want to provide users with as many payment options as possible, but you don't want to increase your own risk for fraudulent payments. Increased options for your customers mean increased conversions and sales. Bitcoins hasn't hit mainstream just yet, but several large organizations, including Amazon, have discussed offering it as a payment option. Large organizations have the budget to maintain risk, but small businesses must limit as much of it as possible. If you're considering bitcoin for your customers, here are some pros and cons..."
          IT - FOSS
          Why Is Wrike The Best Free Project Management Software?
          TechWorm, July 31st, 2017
          "Whether you're a small business, fast-growing startup or a global enterprise, finding the best processes and tools to make your organization run efficiently is essential to success. But so is making the most of your resources, and that means finding easy project management software and workflow management tools that are powerful but also cost effective..."
          5 Awesome Open Source Groupware Software Suite
          nixCraft, August 3th, 2017
          "Groupware (also known as 'Collaborative software') is nothing but an app that helps users in everyday tasks such as calendar/scheduling, address books, email, forums, mailing lists, IM, wiki and more. The use of collaborative software in the work space creates a collaborative working environment. You can synchronize and share your files and photos easily using your hardware while maintaining privacy and security. Here is a list of 5 of them that you must know..."
          LibreOffice 5.3.5 Available
          The Document Foundation, August 3rd, 2017
          The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.3.5, the fifth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, targeted at enterprises and individual users in production environments.

          TDF suggests deploying LibreOffice in large organisations, public administrations and enterprises with the backing of professional support by certified people

          IT - DevOps
          4 Ways To Give Devops Teams The Support They Need
, July 31st, 2017
          "If it weren't hard enough for IT infrastructure teams to innovate and keep the lights on, a host of technologies designed to drive efficiencies are introducing new levels of complexity across the data center. Virtualization, cloud computing, software-defined storage and digital are making it much more difficult for the infrastructure team to control, manage and administer an organization's IT..."
          Security Drives The Adoption Of DevOps Tools
          ITProPortal, July 31st, 2017
          "Creating a SecOps culture in your organization requires smart, practical tooling....

          SecOps is more than just a title; it's a workflow and methodology. Its goal is to align security and ops teams in order to help companies deliver software efficiently, while simultaneously reducing risk for the organization over time. And that's a reality of business, after all. The simplest form of security monitoring often must be coordinated with operations - for example, even getting visibility into who is doing what, where, and when in the environment requires an agent, which in turn requires ops to approve and implement it. "

          Move The Needle In DevOps With Continuous Testing
, July 31st, 2017
          "Shift-left testing, risk based testing, early testing and technical debt reduction are all predicted to be some of the most sought-after trends in product development life cycle. All of these can be achieved with continuous testing through DevOps, as it emphasizes quicker transitioning of quality products to production environment at a reduced business risk..."
          DevOps Delivers Faster Software Releases - And Happier People
          ZDNet, August 5th, 2017
          "The most rewarding aspect of DevOps is the impact on individuals. To see people that are genuinely happy, and derive happiness from their work...

          First, the good news: DevOps is much more than a process change that speeds up software development and deployment. It invokes cultural change to the point where peoples' at-work personalities can actually change -- for the better..."

          How We Encrypt Data In MySQL With Go
          VividCortex, July 31st, 2017
          A SaaS product needs to use security measures you might not ordinarily use in an on-premises solution. In particular, it's important that all sensitive data be secured. Encryption plays an important role in information security. At VividCortex, we encrypt data in-flight and at-rest, so your sensitive data is never exposed.

          We use Go and MySQL extensively at VividCortex and thought other Go programmers might be interested to see how we've integrated encryption into our services layer (APIs). (And if you'd like to learn more about programming with Go in general, please take a look at our free ebook The Ultimate Guide to Building Database-Driven Apps with Go.)

          Monday Spotlight: Oracle Linux Newsletter July Issue
          By Zeynep Koch
          Zeynep blogs, "Hot off the press is our Oracle Linux Newsletter, July Edition. Read about latest updates, exciting news, and other information about Oracle Linux offerings. If you haven't subscribe to it, here's the link to register to receive the quarterly updates from Linux team..."
          IT - Cloud
          Assess The Benefits And Risks Of Compliance As A Service
          Search Cloud Computing, August 2nd, 2017
          "With compliance as a service, organizations can lean more heavily on their cloud providers to ensure adherence with certain regulations -- but not without some risk.

          While it's still an early trend, more public cloud providers will start to offer a form of compliance and governance on demand. And, as they do, many of them will start to handle tasks such as identity and access management, encryption and assurance that their users adhere to regulatory and compliance requirements..."

          Best Practices For Staying Safe In The Expanding Cloud
          Information Management, August 1st, 2017
          "The cloud is growing. There were 1,427 cloud services in use at organizations in 2016, an increase of 23.7 percent from 2015. Approximately 18 percent of the data that goes into the cloud has some form of sensitive information, whether that's personally identifiable information or trade secrets.

          With the typical organization facing 23 cloud security threats every month, there are many opportunities for a breach. In fact, last year, the number of threats rose by 18.4 percent. What is even more troubling is that insiders are becoming increasingly responsible for these breaches, whether through negligence or malicious intent..."

          Overcome Common IP Address Issues During A Cloud Migration
          Search Cloud Computing, August 2nd, 2017
          "During a move to the cloud, many organizations overlook potential snags surrounding IP addresses. To start, know how cloud providers manage address assignment.

          Enterprises often overlook IP address issues during workload migrations from a local data center to the public cloud.

          Your cloud provider and the activity of your cloud instance typically limit IP address ranges and availability, so the address that your workload uses in the public cloud is usually different than what you use on premises -- and often dynamic..."

            Edge Computing Could Push The Cloud To The Fringe
            TechCrunch, August 3th, 2017
            "Peter Levine, a general partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, has an interesting working theory. He believes that cloud computing is soon going to take a back seat to edge computing - and we will very quickly see the majority of processing taking place at the device level.

            As crazy as that sounds - and he fully recognizes that it does - Levine says it's based on sound analysis of where he sees computing going - and he believes his job as an investor is to recognize where the industry is heading before it happens...

            How To Manage Multiple Hybrid Cloud Vendors: 8 Tips
            The Enterprisers Project, August 3th, 2017
            "Hybrid cloud and multi-cloud strategy means juggling several vendors. Use this advice to get the best results and avoid trouble...

            Vendor management has long been an important - if a tad unglamorous - need in IT shops. That proves even more true in the hybrid cloud era. Hybrid cloud models, especially in concert with a multi-cloud strategy, entail working with multiple offerings and vendors..."

            7 Ways Cloud Software Can Simplify Document Management
            ITProPortal, August 4th, 2017
            "Despite the wealth of advice available, many companies struggle to identify what's affecting productivity in their own organisations.

            Hundreds of articles exist listing tips for streamlining employee productivity. Despite the wealth of advice available, many companies struggle to identify what's affecting productivity in their own organisations. Researchers at Bain and Company coined the term known as 'organisational drag' to describe common productivity killers. According to author Michael C. Mankins, more than 20 per cent of a company's productive capacity is lost to embedded organisational structures and processes..."

              IT - CxO
              9 Common Questions about SOC 2 Compliance
              Business 2 Community, August 2nd, 2017
              "SOC 2 compliance is a crucial framework for technology and cloud computing companies today. As with many other compliance mandates, it is not a simple connect-the-dots proposition, but rather a complex set of requirements that must be reviewed and carefully addressed. But it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Below, we'll break down nine of the most common basic questions that we hear about SOC 2. Think of it as a 101 on SOC 2..."
              CISOs: Disruptive Technology Trends And How To Prepare
              SearchSecurity, August 2nd, 2017
              "Information security managers and venture capitalists weigh in on which digital trends are changing security operations and how IT teams should deal with the fallout.

              In April, high-end audio maker Bose Corp. found itself in the crosshairs of a class-action suit alleging that its Bose Connect app "demonstrates a wholesale disregard for consumer privacy rights and violates numerous state and federal laws," because it collected information, such as song titles, from consumer devices..."

              The CIO and CTO Must Work as Partners
              CIO Insight, August 2nd, 2017
              "Collaboration between CTOs and CIOs isn't new, but what is new is the increased acceleration of technical and business forces necessitating a closer alignment of these functions. Traditionally, CIOs have managed and adapted existing technologies that control systems of record, such as finance and HR. In contrast, CTOs have overseen the development of new innovation tech that's often focused on value creation..."
                Zero One: Can the CIO Change IT's Bad Rep?
                Data Center Knowledge, August 2nd, 2017
                "Ask line-of-business executives (LOBs) what IT people really do, and you might get a blank stare. Sure, they troubleshoot email and website problems, but herein lies the rub. Tech workers only seem to jump into action whenever their technology breaks. We've always known about this perception problem, but it's bigger than most people think..."
                  Get to Know the DPO: Under GDPR, You May Need One
                  InformationWeek, August 3th, 2017
                  "Getting ready for GDPR now will allow ample time for testing and assessing the new protocols, hiring the right data protection officer and ensuring they are operating effectively.

                  When the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect globally on May 25, 2018, more than 9,000 U.S. firms will be required to hire a Data Protection Officer, or DPO, to ensure its strict data protection regulations are met..."

                    The Enterprise Technologies To Watch In 2017
                    ZDNet, August 3th, 2017
                    "It was a rebuilding year in a sense, as emerging tech for the enterprise steadily proceeded but didn't result in as many new targets to track as last year. Yet it's also abundantly clear the largest digital shifts by far are still ahead of us. Here's how 2017 is breaking down..."
                      World-Class IT Organizations Deliver Greater ROI (Slideshow)
                      CIO Insight, August 3th, 2017
                      "World-class IT organizations are significantly boosting the bottom-line performance of their companies, according to recent research from the Hackett Group. The accompanying report, "Beyond World-Class Service: IT's Digital Capability Imperative," defines "world class" as technology departments that excel at more than 100 metrics, including those related to efficiency, effectiveness, automated functions and project completion rates..."
                      3 Reasons Why GDPR is Not the New Y2K
                      Business 2 Community, August 4th, 2017
                      "There is a vast amount of 'GDPR fatigue' spreading on social media, as the result of the incredible quantity of snake oil being dispensed on the matter. Unsurprisingly, every tech vendor has a magic solution that would make you compliant and countless 'experts' have appeared out of nowhere.

                      At the receiving end of all this, many decision makers have started to compare the level of hype with the Y2K phenomenon: "All this is just a storm in a teacup, blown out of proportion by consultants and in the end, nothing serious will really happen", is something we hear more and more ..."

                        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
                        Business Security: How To Safeguard Against The Dangers Of Public Wi-Fi
                        Business 2 Community, August 2nd, 2017
                        "It's pretty safe to say that if you own a device that connects to the internet, chances are you've connected to public Wi-Fi. But did you know that by doing so, you may be putting your private information at risk?

                        Sometimes, even if we know the risks, we still connect. It is a convenience that many of us are not willing to go without. Sometimes you might even plan out where to go based on if they have public Wi-Fi or not. Your employees are no different in this regard and some of may access work in public places. Public Wi-Fi though often times are not the most secure connection points and malicious actors could be playing the man-in-the-middle role while sitting right next to you or one of your employees..."

                        5 Enterprise WiFi Pitfalls to Avoid
                        Network Computing, August 3th, 2017
                        "In many enterprise environments, WiFi has successfully replaced wired Ethernet as the primary mode of end-user connectivity. Consequently, it's critical that network administrators deploy and manage a wireless LAN that is reliable, secure and speedy. Yet we see the same mistakes made repeatedly on WLANs, which cause performance and data security issues for users. Let's look at the top five WiFi pitfalls that you should avoid at all costs..."
                        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

                        SFTA Weekly Social Meetups: vBeers @ Biergarten Boca Wed Aug 16th
                        Wednesday, August 16th
                        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 16th @ Biergarten Boca

                        • 309 Via De Palmas #90, Boca Raton,FL 33432
                        • 5:00PM - 8:30PM
                        • features $5 burger and fries and happy hour beer prices -

                        Upcoming Events:

                        • Wednesday, August 9th @ Funky Buddha Brewery
                        • Wednesday, August 16th @ Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
                        • Wednesday, August 23rd @ Tap42 Midtown
                        • Wednesday, September 5th @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens

                        Read on for detailed schedule

                        IT - DR
                        Why Businesses Need To Update Their DR Plan Now
                        InformationWeek, August 1st, 2017
                        "With cyberattacks becoming more common, and natural and man-made disasters not going away, disaster recovery programs are more important than ever.

                        The first half of 2017 has seen some of the biggest cybersecurity attacks to hit companies around the world. In May, WannaCry ransomware ripped through hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide, encrypting files and demanding payment. This attack was closely followed by NotPetya in June, which infected tens of thousands of computers in 65 countries. Although these large-scale attacks make global news headlines, the reality is that attacks like these happen every day with businesses of all sizes being vulnerable targets..."

                        Doubling Solutions To Cure Disaster Recovery's Recurring Pains
                        siliconANGLE, August 4th, 2017
                        "Data backup and disaster recovery are stuck in a time warp. The problems of 20 years ago are still present and pressing, according to Dave Russell, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner Inc. While underlying infrastructure has come and gone, many backup and DR pain points have stubbornly remained, he pointed out. They include data glut, tight backup windows, high cost and complexity..."
                        IT - PM
                        Project Management For Humans
                        O'Reilly, July 31st, 2017
                        "Project management - it's not just about following a template or using a tool, but rather developing personal skills and intuition to find a method that works for everyone. Whether you're a designer or a manager, Project Management for Humans will help you estimate and plan tasks, scout and address issues before they become problems, and communicate with and hold people accountable..."
                        Why IT Projects Still Fail
                        CIO, August 1st, 2017
                        "Despite new methodologies and management techniques meant to head off spectacular failures, critical technical initiatives still fall flat at an alarming rate. Here's how IT can learn from its mistakes...

                        In the age of agile development, devops and related management techniques, is IT project failure even a thing anymore? The answer, sadly, is yes..."

                        4 Project Management Steps To Ensure Success
                        Business 2 Community, August 2nd, 2017
                        "Anyone who has worked on a large-scale technology project knows how quickly things can derail if a foundational piece of programming doesn't get completed on time. Meanwhile, the client keeps adding more and more 'nice to haves' to a long list of non-essential tasks. The project is way behind schedule, and the client's expectations are out of control. The best way to fix this disaster is to avoid it in the first place..."
                          8 Project Management Tips For Setting And Managing Expectations
                          CIO, August 4th, 2017
                          "Project managers and IT executives share their top strategies for creating realistic schedules and keeping projects on track.

                          One of the most difficult aspects of project management is setting and then managing expectations of both clients and stakeholders. While creating a timeline and defining the scope of a project upfront is helpful, if the expectations are unrealistic, the schedule and budget can easily blow up..."

                          IT - Networks
                          SD-WAN Growth Is Exploding for at Least the Next 5 Years
                          Network World, August 1st, 2017
                          "As network pros rely more and more on SD-WAN to streamline connections among enterprise sites, the market for this technology will balloon from $225 million in 2015 to $1.19 billion by the end of this year, according to IDC.

                          Over the next five years, SD-WAN sales will grow at a 69% compound annual growth rate, hitting $8.05 billion in 2021, according to IDC's Worldwide SD-WAN Forecast, 2017-2021..."

                          Must-Have Wi-Fi Troubleshooting And Management Tools
                          Computerworld, July 31st, 2017
                          "Designing, maintaining and troubleshooting Wi-Fi networks aren't simple tasks. Several tools, including Wi-Fi stumblers, Wi-Fi analyzers, RF spectrum analyzers and Wi-Fi survey heatmapping software, can help...

                          As you may know all too well, Wi-Fi is a very fickle technology. It requires diligent configuration to work well and doesn't like sharing the airwaves. In a past article, I discussed specific things to do (or not do), such as adjusting or enabling certain settings, to help Wi-Fi performance. And in another article, I went in-depth on Wi-Fi channels.

                          Now I want to discuss the tools you can use to evaluate, design and troubleshoot wireless networks, from simple stumblers to the latest sensor-based products..."

                          The 10 Most Powerful Companies In Enterprise Networking
                          Network World, August 2nd, 2017
                          "Here's our ranking of the top 10 network-gear vendors that serve corporate needs...

                          There is no shortage of vendors competing for business at every part of the enterprise network - every vertical, every size business, from the edge to the core. None are created equal, but a few have separated themselves from the pack to become the 10 most powerful..."

                            How To Implement An SDN Training Strategy
                            SearchSDN, August 4th, 2017
                            "Each organization approaches SDN training with its own strategy depending on its motivation and requirements. Here are some pointers to consider.

                            Software-defined networking is a complicated subject with topics that span multiple disciplines within the field of data networking. With such a wide range of concepts, it's no wonder companies are struggling with how to approach SDN training for their network staff.

                            Let's take a look at how to best approach SDN training to find the right education strategy for your organization..."

                            IT - IoT
                            The Industrial Internet Consortium Announces The Industrial Internet Vocabulary Technical Report V.2.0
                            insideBIGDATA, July 31st, 2017
                            "The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), the world's leading organization transforming business and society by accelerating the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), announced version 2.0 of the Industrial Internet Vocabulary Technical Report. The report provides IIoT vocabulary terms and definitions that enable all stakeholders in the IIoT ecosystem, from system architects to IT managers to plant managers to business decision makers, to communicate with each other effectively..."
                              Developers Plead With Boardrooms To Take Iot Security More Seriously
                              Data Center Knowledge, August 4th, 2017
                              "As the U.S. government looks to introduce new legislation that will require Internet of Things (IoT) devices to bake in more security measures, new survey data from Netsparker this week suggests the move could be coming just in time.

                              Web application security provider Netsparker released data on Thursday that found 52 percent of web developers think IoT and smart home technologies are the most vulnerable technologies to attacks, more vulnerable than web apps and online services (41 percent). Smart TVs, connected cars, and ATMs are also at higher risks of hacking than other technologies, developers say..."

                              IT - Linux
                              Using Linux Performance Tools
                              O'Reilly, July 31st, 2017
                              "Move from basic Linux administration to advanced in this course that details how to monitor, profile, and trace Linux systems and applications. Linux expert Sasha Goldshtein shows you how to run basic performance checklists to get a reading of high-level system performance.

                              You'll discover ways to diagnose specific issues such as high CPU load, excessive I/O, and slow network requests; as well as gain a solid understanding of the Linux system infrastructure that makes tracing and profiling possible. The course is designed for application developers, system administrators, and SREs with some Linux system administration experience and a basic understanding of OS concepts like threads, I/O operations, and memory..."

                              What's New in RHEL 7.4
                              ITPro Windows, August 3th, 2017
                              "These days when a new version of an operating system is released, there's usually not a lot of gee-whiz new whistles and bells to make the front office folks salivate -- especially if it's a point release. But there are still plenty of new features to make DevOps folks happy -- nuts and bolts stuff that makes everybody's life easier.

                              That's the case with the release earlier this week of Red Hat Enterprise Linux's latest and greatest, RHEL 7.4. It doesn't really do anything new and exciting enough to impress non-techie bosses, but it's loaded with new features that count where it matters..."

                              IT - Operations
                              Why Companies Are Adopting DCIM Solutions (Slideshow)
                              CIO Insight, July 31st, 2017
                              "A majority of IT departments are deploying data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solutions and are reaping significant savings, according to a recent survey from Intel Data Center Manager and Schneider Electric.

                              The resulting report, "DCIM Solution Deployment," indicates that many organizations are deploying these solutions to automate time-intensive tasks that are currently conducted manually. They're also looking to overhaul legacy technology in an era that requires more complex hybrid IT environments. When they acquire these products, CIOs and other IT decision-makers are primarily looking for features that address security, automation and predictive analytics..."

                              IT Automation Software: Top Five Common Mistakes
                              SearchITOperations, August 4th, 2017
                              "IT automation software projects can involve a great deal of risk, but avoid these common mistakes and it will increase the chances for automation success.

                              Automating data center processes may sound like a cure-all for the recession-fueled manpower gap in today's IT departments, but that isn't always the case, according to IT experts..."

                                Data Center Construction Increases Thanks To The Cloud
                                Network World, August 3th, 2017
                                "New research shows data center construction increased 43% in North America due to cloud computing companies needing more server space...

                                A new report from a real estate firm that specializes in data center construction and leasing says data center construction in North America is up 43 percent over the same period in 2016, and industry consolidation has driven $10 billion in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) so far. .."

                                IT - Security
                                Why SSL/TLS Attacks Are on the Rise
                                CSO Online, August 1st, 2017
                                "As enterprises get better about encrypting network traffic to protect data from potential attacks or exposure, online attackers are also stepping up their Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) game to hide their malicious activities. In the first half of 2017, an average of 60 percent of transactions observed by security company Zscaler have been over SSL/TLS, the company's researchers said..."
                                Massive DDoS Attack Lasts for 277 Hours, Highlighting Growth of Extended Attacks on Businesses
                                TechRepublic, August 2nd, 2017
                                "Extended DDoS attacks are back in business: Q2's longest attack was active for 277 hours, or more than 11 days, according to a new report from Kaspersky Lab. This represents a 131% increase compared to Q1, and a current record for the year.

                                Further, the geography of these attacks changed from Q1 to Q2, Kaspersky Lab found, with organizations with online resources located in 86 countries targeted, compared to 72 countries prior. The top 10 countries most affected by DDoS attacks this quarter were China, South Korea, the US, Hong Kong, the UK, Russia, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, and France..."

                                  Majority Of Companies Get Failing Grades On Cybersecurity Performance
                                  IT Business Edge, July 31st, 2017
                                  "How do you think your cybersecurity investments and performance would hold up if they were graded? Do you think your company is doing an above average job in this area?

                                  According to a new study from Thycotic, chances are actually pretty good you're going to receive a failing grade. In its first annual 2017 State of Cybersecurity Metrics Report, 58 percent of respondents scored an 'F' or 'D' grade when evaluating their efforts to measure their cybersecurity investments and performance against best practices..."

                                  The Evolution Of Identity: Trust, Inclusivity, Biometrics And Beyond
                                  Information Age, August 1st, 2017
                                  "How to establish a single, trusted identity in the digital age, exploring consumer confidence when it comes to data sharing, making identity inclusive and the role of biometrics and social media in the next developmental phase of digital identities...

                                  Over the last 20 years identity has gone through a lot of change. Paper processes have evolved to electronic data, and consequently, paper documents are used less often in the verification process people have to go through when interacting with regulation and authority. This change has stemmed from organisations like credit reference agencies such as Experian, who can validate an identity using trusted data - digitally, faster, and smarter..."

                                    Why Ex-Employees May Be Your Company's Biggest Cyberthreat
                                    TechRepublic, August 2nd, 2017
                                    "While news of ransomware and DDoS attacks constantly make headlines, another major cybersecurity threat lurks at nearly every company: Ex-employees.

                                    In a recent survey of 500 IT decision makers from security firm OneLogin, only about half of respondents said they were "very confident" that former employees could no longer access corporate applications. And 20% of organizations surveyed said they had experienced data breaches by ex-employees..."

                                    Separation Of Duties And It Security
                                    CSO Online, August 3th, 2017
                                    "Muddied responsibilities create unwanted risk and conflicts of interest. New regulations such as GDPR now require that you pay more attention to roles and duties on your security team...

                                    Separation of duties (SoD) is a key concept of internal controls and is the most difficult and sometimes the most costly one to achieve. This objective is achieved by disseminating the tasks and associated privileges for a specific security process among multiple people..."

                                    Enterprise Password Management: Mandatory Changes Out And MFA In
                                    Business 2 Community, August 5th, 2017
                                    "In enterprises around the globe, it's becoming increasingly clear that implementing mandatory password changes is no longer considered best practice for securing key systems and data.

                                    Of course, we've long known that passwords are a weak link in the security chain. Eighty percent of hacking-related breaches in 2017 leveraged either stolen passwords and/or weak or guessable passwords, according to the latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report..."

                                    IT - Careers
                                    Four Times You Shouldnt Apologize (Including When It's Your Fault)
                                    Fast Company, July 31st, 2017
                                    "It's no wonder people are always apologizing. 'Sorry' is one of the first words we learn as young children, and it keeps getting hammered into us as adults. These days, leaders are coached to be sensitive, empathetic, and concerned with others' feelings-all worthy, important attributes that a great boss (or anyone with a shred of emotional intelligence) needs to possess. So with the best of intentions we go out of our way to be nice and collegial-and wind up overdoing the mea culpas..."
                                      10 Ridiculously Smart Questions You Should Ask In A Job Interview
                                      The Ladders, August 1st, 2017
                                      "In a crowded job market, the last thing you want to be is forgettable.

                                      Yet people do it every day with this one mistake: not asking any questions in a job interview.

                                      The mistake is understandable. You've been so busy preparing to answer questions, that you're forgetting to show the curiosity that lets interviewers see what you really want to know. After all, even if every single one of your responses are flawless and on point, by not asking a question or two of your interviewer you run the risk of coming across as generic.

                                      On the other hand, you don't want to ask terrible questions. That's even worse..."

                                        Top 12 Interesting Careers To Explore In Big Data
                                        insideBIGDATA, August 1st, 2017
                                        "Our friends over at Simplilearn provided us the infographic below which explores the top 12 interesting careers in big data. Big data is no longer a buzzword for our future capabilities, but is already being used by businesses in a range of industries. From data driven strategies to decision making, the true worth of big data has been realized, and has led to opening up of amazing career choices. Power to the data!..."
                                        5 Ways To Tell Your Boss No Without Actually Saying No
                                        Fast Company, August 2nd, 2017
                                        "Of course you want to look like a team player, but saying 'yes' all the time can give you a reputation as a doormat...

                                        Managers often ask us to do things we don't want to: work late, work on a weekend, attend a conference the same weekend we have concert tickets, help a difficult colleague finish a project. While it's important to be a team player, it's equally important to stay happy at work.

                                        In fact, it might even be good for your career to occasionally say no, says Suz O'Donnell, founder and CEO of Thrivatize LLC..."

                                        5 Tips To Launching An Effective Learning Management & Employee Development Program
                                        Business 2 Community, August 4th, 2017
                                        "Are you considering implementing a formalized employee development program? It is an investment that's likely to pay off. Organizations with a career development program in place enjoy up to 250 percent higher productivity.

                                        And the benefits don't stop there. Reduced turnover, higher employee engagement levels, increased innovation and improved risk management are some of the additional benefits companies realize when they implement a formal training and career development program. Training also serves as a recruiting tool - you're more likely to attract and keep good employees if you offer them development opportunities..."

                                        Cybersecurity Headhunter Shares 10 Secrets From Black Hat 2017
                                        CSO Online, August 4th, 2017
                                        "A security industry job recruiter goes undercover at the Black Hat 2017 Conference, and lives to tell about it. Here are 10 things he learned...

                                        Recruiting cybersecurity talent has never been more difficult. Cybersecurity Ventures predicts there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs by 2021, and the unemployment rate is holding steady at zero percent.

                                        An unrelenting cybercrime epidemic has employers searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack when it comes to hiring experienced cybersecurity candidates.

                                        Thousands of security-minded professionals gathered under one roof at the popular Black Hat USA 2017 Conference last week in Las Vegas. Recruiters from executive search firms, large organizations, and technology vendors were busy networking with the hacker crowd..."

                                        IT - Virtualization
                                        Container Security: The Seven Biggest Mistakes Companies Are Making
                                        HelpNet Security, July 31st, 2017
                                        "As enterprises increase adoption of containers, they also risk increasing the number of mistakes they make with the technology. Given that many companies are still wrapping their heads around the potential of container technology and how to best leverage it, that stands to reason. With that said, however, companies must ensure that they are establishing a solid foundation for security as they continue to identify strategies and workloads that make sense on a container platform.

                                        Here are the seven biggest container security mistakes companies are making, and how they can "adjust their sails" to ensure smooth sailing ahead..."

                                        VMs and Containers: The Newest Enterprise Frenemies
                                        IT Business Edge, August 1st, 2017
                                        "Containers add another layer of virtualization to an already virtualized data environment, but they are by no means a complete replacement for the virtual machine that first broke the dependency between software and hardware.

                                        But that leads to the question: When is it appropriate to use containers and when should the enterprise stick to the tried and true VM?"

                                        What Is The Future Of Container Deployment?
                                        Search Microservices, August 2nd, 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
                                        Four Survival Tips For The Accidental DBA
                                        Data Center Knowledge, August 1st, 2017
                                        "Let's be honest, most of us have inherited a database administrator gig. Either you're a dev that's deployed a new database platform to support your application, and now you've got to troubleshoot; or you're a dedicated database administrator, familiar with a few platforms who's been asked to work on one or more of the many number of new data platforms.

                                        The number of DBA professionals across the country continues to rise. According to CNN Money, the DBA job market is expected to grow by more than 11 percent over the next 10 years. Many database professionals pursue their careers through a formal college degree or internal development on the job. Increasingly though, many of us end up in this profession by accident..."

                                          Database Dilemma: Choosing The Best For Your Company
                                          The Datacenter Journal, August 4th, 2017
                                          "The term cloud means something different to everyone. For this article, we'll define it in relation to infrastructure: the cloud is the ability to autoprovision a subset of available compute/network/storage to meet a specific business need through 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 technology models..."

                                          IT - Backup
                                          Disk Still Rules Enterprise Backup Hardware Roost Despite Competition
                                          SearchDataBackup, August 2nd, 2017
                                          "Organizations continue to demand scalable, easy-to-implement disk-based data backup storage devices over cloud or tape when increasing backup storage capacity...

                                          While cloud is the new kid on the block and tape the experienced pro among backup targets, disk still rules the enterprise backup hardware world, for now, anyway..."

                                          2017 Magic Quadrant For Backup And Recovery Solutions
                                , August 4th, 2017
                                          "Enterprise backup is among the most critical tasks for infrastructure and operations professionals. Gartner provides analysis and evaluation of the leading data center backup solution vendors that offer a range of traditional to innovative availability capabilities..."
                                          IT - Mobile
                                          7 Mobile Product Management Trends For 2017
                                          Business 2 Community, August 1st, 2017
                                          "The field of mobile product management is rapidly advancing. We've written quite a bit about what's currently working in mobile product management, but today, we're switching gears to look ahead to the rest of 2017 and beyond. covered so much

                                          To understand what's next for mobile product managers, we asked mobile PM survey respondents (check out our full survey results here) to tell us what they're paying the most attention to in the mobile product management industry. The full list was long, but there were a few ideas that were repeated multiple times throughout the list we think you should keep on your radar..."

                                          Five New Threats To Your Mobile Device Security
                                          CSO Online, August 1st, 2017
                                          "Cyber criminals are stepping up their attacks on mobile devices with new weapons and variations on old ones...

                                          A decade ago, mobile malware was considered a new and unlikely threat. Many mobile device users even considered themselves immune from such threats. Fast forward to 2017, and more than 1.5 million new incidents of mobile malware have been detected by McAfee Labs in the first quarter of the year alone - for a total of more than 16 million mobile malware incidents..."

                                            IT - Big Data
                                            7 Steps Organizations Can Take To Better Protect Data
                                            Information Management, July 31st, 2017
                                            "The expression 'a chain is only as strong as its weakest link' is particularly applicable to information networks, which has numerous links of fixed and mobile devices, software, and people, any of which could be weak enough to enable a cyber attack.

                                            Social media and the Internet of Things (IoT) are dramatically fueling expansion of these links. The number of ways that a stranger can virtually 'reach out and touch you' never existed in the pre-Internet age..."

                                            5 Ways Big Data Is Transforming Finance
                                            SmartDataCollective, August 1st, 2017
                                            "A lot of financial companies are sick about hearing of Big Data, and I frankly do not blame them. To many businesses, Big Data means hoarding reams of useless facts which are collected just because, and are just stored on some cloud server and then forgotten.

                                            But while Big Data can be annoying to deal with, financial companies cannot ignore its transformative effects. Big Data is not just collecting data for data's sake. Big Data is fundamentally about the analytics which come with the data as well as what banks and financial service companies are doing with them..."

                                            30 Top Master Data Management Products (Slideshow)
                                            Information Management, August 2nd, 2017
                                            "At the recent MDM and Data Governance Summit last month in San Francisco, MDM Institute Chief Research Director Aaron Zornes released his listing of top product providers in the master data management space. Here are 30 top products evaluated by the MDM Institute and some of their main features..."
                                            Data Is Eating The Software That Is Eating The World
                                            Network Asia, August 2nd, 2017
                                            "The data-driven machine learning algorithms that power AI will not only upend programming, but lower the barriers to AI itself...

                                            No one doubts that software engineering shapes every last facet of our 21st century existence. Given his vested interest in companies whose fortunes were built on software engineering, it was no surprise when Marc Andreessen declared that 'software is eating the world.'

                                            But what does that actually mean, and, just as important, does it still apply, if it ever did? ..."

                                              Predicting And Preventing Power Outages Using Big Data
                                              insideBIGDATA, August 3th, 2017
                                              "Texas A&M University 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. Dr. Mladen Kezunovic, along with graduate students Tatjana Dokic and Po-Chen Chen, have developed the framework for a model that can predict weather hazards, vulnerability of electric grids and the economic impact of the potential damage..."
                                                How To Implement Privacy-By-Design Requirements For Gdpr
                                                Information Management, August 2nd, 2017
                                                "The must-anticipated General Data Protection Regulation will finally take effect next spring, and according to most recent studies, only a minority of organizations are prepared for the new rules.

                                                One part of the GDPR that organizations should take note of now is Article 25, which requires the use of appropriate technical and organizational measures that protect the security and privacy of personal data on European citizens..."

                                                Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                Vol 233 Issues 1, 2,3 and 4; Vol 232 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4
                                                We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                                • Top 9 Improvements And Features In Java 9
                                                • Java 9 Misconceptions & Java 10 Wish List: A Tell-It-All Interview With Java Influencers
                                                • Libreoffice 5.4 Released With New Features For Writer, Calc And Impress
                                                • 8 Advantages Of Using MySQL
                                                • The Oracle Database Cloud Development Story
                                                • Modernize Your Application Development Environment
                                                • UAE To Save Water By The Millions Of Gallons
                                                • MySQL Connector/ODBC 5.3.9
                                                • ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Modernizes the Customer Experience with Oracle Retail
                                                • Oracle Monetization Cloud Enables Recurring Revenue Models for Digital Services Providers

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

                                                  IT - Server
                                                  Make the Most of Your vCPU Resources with These Tips
                                                  Search Server Virtualization, August 3th, 2017
                                                  "Be sure to provision the right virtual CPUs to a VM and be aware of processor hyper-threading. Also, use CPU affinity strategically and scale out rather than up...

                                                  Virtualization has vastly improved the utilization of compute resources such as CPU, memory, storage and network assets. But the convenience and flexibility virtualization provides can also cause enormous resource waste..."

                                                    IT - Tape
                                                    IBM Scientists Store 330TB Of Uncompressed Data In One Tape, Sets New World Record
                                                    TechWorm, August 5th, 2017
                                                    "The future of data storage is here: magnetic tapes. Scientists at IBM Research have created a new world record for storing over 330TB of uncompressed data on a single tape cartridge that can easily fit into the palm of a person's hand. This storage capacity is more than the world's biggest hard drives that are capable of holding about 330 million books.

                                                    The record set by IBM in collaboration with Sony Storage Media Solutions can support data storage densities of 201 GB per square inch which is more than 20 times the density of commercial tape drives that hold data between 5 GB and 7 GB per square inch. The researchers showcased this feat at the 28th Magnetic Recording Conference (TMRC 2017) in Japan..."

                                                    LibreOffice 5.3.5 Available
                                                    The Document Foundation, August 3rd, 2017
                                                    "The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.3.5, the fifth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, targeted at enterprises and individual users in production environments.

                                                    TDF suggests deploying LibreOffice in large organisations, public administrations and enterprises with the backing of professional support by certified people..."

                                                    IT - Developer
                                                    21 Technologies Transforming Software Development
                                                    Javaworld, August 3th, 2017
                                                    "The very nature of programming is evolving faster than you might think, thanks to these powerful tools...

                                                    A long time ago, developers wrote assembly code that ran fast and light. On good days, they had enough money in their budget to hire someone to toggle all those switches on the front of the machine to input their code. On bad days, they flipped the switches themselves. Life was simple: The software loaded data from memory, did some arithmetic, and sent it back. That was all..."

                                                      Red Hat News
                                                      Red Hat Acquires Permabit Assets, Eases Barriers to Cloud Portability with Data Deduplication Technology
                                                      Red Hat, July 31st, 2017
                                                      Red Hat, Inc. announced that it has acquired the assets and technology of Permabit Technology Corporation, a provider of software for data deduplication, compression and thin provisioning. With the addition of Permabit's data deduplication and compression capabilities to the world's leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat will be able to better enable enterprise digital transformation through more efficient storage options.
                                                      Red Hat Bridges Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Deployments with Latest Version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
                                                      Red Hat, August 1st, 2017
                                                      Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4, the latest version of the world's leading enterprise Linux platform. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 offers new automation capabilities designed to limit IT complexity while enhancing workload security and performance for traditional and cloud-native applications. This provides a powerful, flexible operating system backbone to address enterprise IT needs across physical servers, virtual machines and hybrid, public and multi-cloud footprints.
                                                      Friday Five - August 4, 2017
                                                      Red Hat, August 4th, 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 Acquires Permabit Assets, Eases Barriers to Cloud Portability with Data Deduplication Technology
                                                      • Red Hat Bridges Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Deployments with Latest Version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
                                                      • IT Business Edge - How Containers Are Bridging the Hybrid Cloud Divide
                                                      • Tripwire - 12 Indispensable DevOps Tools for 2017
                                                      • The Enterprisers Project - 4 habits of revenue-generating CIOs: New Harvard Business Review Analytic Services research

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