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PurCotton Teams with Oracle Retail to Support Aggressive Annual Growth
Oracle, August 16th, 2017
Oracle announced that PurCotton has deployed Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management Suite, Oracle Retail Planning and Optimization and Oracle Retail Insights to support the growth of its retail business. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Winner Medical Group Inc., PurCotton inherits the parent company's 20-year technology and manufacturing expertise in medical-grade cotton-based products. PurCotton is devoted to providing safe, comfortable and eco-friendly cotton products to meet consumer needs with a focus on quality life, mother and baby care, feminine care and medical care.
ROLI Harmonizes Its Global Business with NetSuite OneWorld
Oracle, August 16th, 2017
Oracle NetSuite, one of the world's leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, announced that ROLI, a music technology innovator and maker of the award-winning Seaboard instrument, has implemented NetSuite OneWorld to manage critical business processes including financials, inventory management, order management, CRM, multi-currency management for the British pound, Euro and US dollar, and multi-subsidiary management for three subsidiaries in the UK and two in the US. As a result of its implementation of NetSuite OneWorld in September 2016, ROLI is better positioned to take advantage of rapid sales growth as innovative products like the Seaboard Block and Lightpad Block become more popular to music-makers.
Interjet Increases Project Efficiencies with Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management
Oracle, August 14th, 2017
Mexican airline transforms and optimizes the administration and execution of key projects...

ABC Aerolineas, S.A. de C.V., operating as Mexican airline Interjet, has seen significant efficiency gains from using Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management to coordinate, manage and execute key projects.

Interjet's projects range from the acquisition of new aircraft to the introduction of new routes to the installation of flight simulators. The airline notes that Primavera P6 EPPM's flexibility to adapt to different levels of project complexity and size has enabled Interjet to increase its efficiency by more than 50 percent among more than 200 projects.

Oracle Makes the Most Powerful Database Platform Available on the Industry's Most Advanced Cloud Infrastructure
Oracle, August 14th, 2017
Oracle announced that Oracle Exadata Cloud is now available on Oracle's next-generation cloud infrastructure. The marriage of Oracle Exadata, the highest performing on-premises and public cloud database platform, with Oracle Cloud's unique bare metal compute and storage services, delivers a combination of performance and availability for the entire application stack that only Oracle can deliver. These integrated and fully programmable cloud services enhance all stages of application development and deployment through faster connectivity, provisioning, processing, and database access with unmatched technology and industry-leading price performance.

"Oracle's next-generation cloud infrastructure is optimized for enterprise workloads and now supports Oracle Exadata, the most powerful database platform," said Kash Iftikhar, vice president of product management, Oracle. "With the power of Oracle Exadata, customers using our infrastructure are able to bring applications to the cloud never previously possible, without the cost of re-architecture, and achieve incredible performance throughout the stack. From front-end application servers to database and storage, we are optimizing our customers' most critical applications."

Higher Education Institutions Select Oracle EPM Cloud to Drive Student Success
Oracle, August 14th, 2017
Academic institutions leverage Oracle EPM Cloud to master increasing industry complexity, innovate, and grow

Higher education institutions of all sizes across the U.S. have invested in Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud solutions for the modern planning and forecasting insights. Oracle EPM Cloud customers in higher education include: Lorain County Community College, San Francisco State University, Shawnee State University, University of Maryland, Baltimore, University of Wyoming, and the University System of New Hampshire.

Feature
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With AI Chatbots, Commerce is Conversational (Again!)
By: Amanda Crocker
Amanda blogs, "AI technology is thriving and only getting smarter. And as machines continue to advance at a rapid pace, the case for utilizing chatbots as part of a brand's customer experience is strong. A recent study conducted by Juniper Research predicts that chatbots could save businesses $8 billion annually by 2022. While some may fear what automation may bring (think Elon Musk), as one Oracle colleague suggests, 'The future is about working along with robots not working against automation or robots.'..."
IT - AI
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AI Evolves Into A Business Technology 'Megatrend'
Datamation, August 17th, 2017
"The hype surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) is warranted, according to Gartner's latest 'Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies' report. AI is now a 'megatrend,' barreling its way into the IT mainstream.

Currently, a batch of AI technologies like deep learning and machine learning, are perched atop the so-called "Peak of Inflated Expectations," where reality has yet to catch up to their potential. Yet, a confluence of advancements and innovations in computing that will bring an AI-enabled future closer..."

Medical AI Isn't Just Beneficial - It's Becoming Necessary
SmartDataCollective, August 19th, 2017
"Few technological advancements have been as divisive as artificial intelligence (AI), especially in matters where human lives could hang in the balance. For example, AI is already seeing increased use in the medical industry, but many consumers view AI as unpredictable, or even dangerous, not to mention entirely superfluous.

For reference, AI refers to any machine or automated process that's designed to imitate human intelligence, usually in the realms of learning, reasoning, or self-correction. Modern AI algorithms often fall into the category of machine learning, where complex algorithms can 'teach' themselves to improve certain skills, such as recognizing diagnostic criteria for certain diseases..."

    Study: Government Should Think Carefully About Those Big Plans For Artificial Intelligence
    Government Technology, August 18th, 2017
    "Looking critically at AI could be the difference between streamlining citizen-centric government services and bogging down the processes and people it was trying to help, according to a new white paper...

    Government is always being asked to do more with less - less money, less staff, just all around less - and that makes the idea of artificial intelligence (AI) a pretty attractive row to hoe. If a piece of technology could reduce staff workload or walk citizens through a routine process or form, you could effectively multiply a workforce without ever actually adding new people..."

      Why AI Is More Important Than Big Data For IoT Development
      Network World, August 14th, 2017
      "Artificial intelligence won't solve every problem, but its current applications are already fundamentally reshaping the way we do business and collect data...

      While the development of the internet of things has revolutionized heavy industry, online shopping, localized data collection and virtually every other aspect of modern life and business, innovators are still struggling over the future of the IoT, and how they'll get there. While many see big data as the driving engine behind the IoT, savvy investors and entrepreneurs have shown that the real power behind the interconnectivity phenomenon is artificial intelligence...."

      Exadata
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      Oracle Releases Exadata Database for Bare-Metal Usage in Its Cloud
      eWeek, August 14th, 2017
      Chris Preimesberger writes in eWeek, "For more than three decades, Oracle was all about all-Oracle, all the time. There were myriad restrictions: Oracle required you to buy their hardware in order to run Oracle software; only Oracle's middleware worked with its apps; you needed certain kinds of support that only Oracle offered - unless you took a calculated gamble and went off the reservation to use Rimini Street or Quest Software - and so on.

      As Microsoft, Cisco Systems, SAP and EMC have moved away from their proprietary ways in the last few years and seen the benefits of the open-hands approach, so has the giant database and cloud services provider. Oracle and the others haven't gone totally to the other side yet, and for some use cases they never will, but the ships are changing their courses..."

      Oracle Exadata Applications Can Now Run on Next-Gen Cloud Infrastructure
      By: Jeffrey Erickson
      Jeffrey writes, "Oracle's Exadata system is now available on Oracle's next-generation cloud infrastructure. This combination of Oracle Exadata with Oracle Cloud's bare metal compute and storage services enhances all stages of application development and deployment through faster connectivity, provisioning, processing, and database access, allowing customers to move their most demanding applications to the cloud..."
      Virtualization
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      Friday Spotlight: Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database 12c Release 2
      By: Honglin Su
      Honglin Su blogs, "We are pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2.0.1) - Single Instance and Real Application Clusters.

      The templates are designed to provide a fast and easy way of deploying Single Instance or Oracle RAC cluster in Oracle VM for test as well as production environments. The new Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database are built with Oracle Linux 7..."

      Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2 Beta 2
      By: Simon Coter
      Simon blogs, "Oracle is proud to announce Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2 Beta 2.

      This release includes following improvements and regression fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2 Beta 1:

      • GUI: permanently save tools layout
      • GUI: don't allow to decrease the size of a medium as this is not implemented
      • Audio: fixed distortions when using the PulseAudio backend
      • Audio: fixed recording when using the ALSA backend
      • Linux Additions: support RHEL 7.4
      • Mac OS X hosts: fixed a GUI crash if Spotlight is used from file dialogs (5.1 regression)

      A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes..."

      IT - Storage
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      2Q17 HDD Exabytes Rise To 159 Despite Lower Units Shipments Of 96 Million - Trendfocus
      StorageNewsletter.com, August 16th, 2017
      "Here is an abstract of a report entitled SDAS: HDD Information Service CQ2 '17 Quarterly Update, published on August 10, 2017 by analysts of Trendfocus, Inc...

      • CQ2 '17 HDD Exabytes Rise to 158.50 Despite Lower HDD Shipments of 96.19 Million August 16
      • Nearline HDD sales grow modestly to 9.93 million - upward trend expected to continue through CQ4

      ...

        Why Object Storage Is Coming Of Age In The Big Data Era
        eWeek, August 14th, 2017
        "If IT were a television show, it would be 'Hoarders.' Organizations are creating and storing more and more data every day. According to research by IDC, by 2020 total data volumes will hit a mind-boggling 44 zettabytes, with about 80 percent of the data stored outside of structured databases.

        With such unprecedented data growth, IT teams are looking for flexible, scalable and easily manageable ways to preserve and protect that data. This is where object storage shines. Object storage manages data as objects rather than as a hierarchy of files, tables, columns and rows, or block storage, which manages data as blocks within sectors and tracks. This slide show, using industry information from Clayton Weise, cloud architect for Key Information Systems, looks at trends in the industry that are encouraging businesses to consider the object storage approach..."

        NVMe Will Not Replacing but Complementing Flash
        StorageNewsletter.com, August 18th, 2017
        "There has been some recent industry marketing buzz generated by a start-up to get some attention by claiming via a study sponsored by including the start-up that NVMe will replace Flash storage. Granted, many IT customers as well as vendors are still confused by NVMe thinking it is a storage medium as opposed to an interface used for accessing fast storage devices such as NAND fash among other SSDs. Part of that confusion can be tied to common SSD based devices rely on NVM that are persistent memory retaining data when powered off (unlike the memory in your computer)..."
        IT - Technology
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        10 Reasons Why Video Is Surpassing Chat As A Key Collaboration Tool (Slideshow)
        eWeek, August 16th, 2017
        "Often the best ideas come to people outside the conference room. Inspiration doesn't care about your schedule. It will appear in the break room, on a coffee run, even over the weekend. But as the workforce becomes more distributed, teams are losing these casual opportunities to connect. Digital connection, primarily via chat, has proved to be the next best thing..."
          How IT Can Prepare For VR, AR And MR In The Enterprise
          ComputerWorld, August 14th, 2017
          "Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality tools are coming to the workplace sooner than you think. Is your IT department ready?...

          Reality ain't what it used to be. Augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality tools are creating a lot of buzz - as well as a lot of potential headaches for IT departments in everything from networking and security to data retrieval.

          Even understanding what each of the terms refers to can be confusing, as they aren't always used consistently. .."

          IT - Bitcoin
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          Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies Fulfill Paypal's Original Goal, Says Ex Paypal COO
          CryptoCoinsNews, August 18th, 2017
          "Bitcoin has slowly been challenging PayPal. Recently, CCN reported that bitcoin topped PayPal's market cap after breaking $4,000 for the first time, and soaring past a $70 billion market cap. Back in 2016, PayPal announced it appointed the founder and CEO of Xapo, Wences Casares, to its board of directors.

          As bitcoin surpasses PayPal, CNBC's Eric Jackson caught up with former PayPal COO David Sacks, known in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur and an early investor in various companies such as Facebook, SpaceX, Uber, and Airbnb..."

          More Than Half Of All Enterprises Are Eyeing Blockchain
          Datamation, August 18th, 2017
          "By now, it's been firmly established that blockchain is much bigger than Bitcoin. Like the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and today's other trendsetting technologies, blockchain promises to radically alter how business is conducted over the next several years.

          And executives are taking notice.

          Fifty-seven percent of large enterprises are at least seriously considering deploying blockchain technology, if they're not already in the midst of their own deployment projects, according to a survey of 400 business executives, founders, managers and IT professionals conducted by analyst firm Juniper Research. Two-thirds (66 percent) of the organizations that are testing proof-of-concepts expect to integrate blockchain into their IT systems by the end of 2018..."

          Bitcoin Price To Reach $6,000 In 2018, Predicts Wall Street Strategist
          CryptoCoinsNews, August 19th, 2017
          "The bitcoin price pulled back from its all-time high this weekend, weighed down by a bitcoin cash price surge and disagreements over the SegWit2x scaling proposal.

          However, Wall Street strategist Tom Lee believes that the long-term prospects of the bitcoin price remain quite promising. As CNBC reports, Lee - who co-founded Fundstrat Global Advisors and is bearish on the outlook for the stock market - wrote a note to clients establishing a mid-2018 bitcoin price target of $6,000. He also forecasts that it could rise as high as $25,000 by 2022..."

          Making Sense Of Cryptoeconomics
          CoinDesk, August 19th, 2017
          "A few months ago Parker Thompson, a well known Silicon Valley VC, tweeted that 'the concept of crypto-economics is stupid. It's economics. Inventing your own word is just an excuse to ignore well-understood concepts.'

          The term 'cryptoeconomics' causes a lot of confusion and people are often unclear on what it is supposed to mean. The word itself can be misleading, as it suggests that there is a parallel 'crypto' version of the whole of economics. This is wrong, and Parker is right to mock such a generalization.

          In simple terms, cryptoeconomics is the use of incentives and cryptography to design new kinds of systems, applications, and networks. Cryptoeconomics is specifically about building things, and has most in common with mechanism design - an area of mathematics and economic theory..."

          IT - FOSS
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          10 Advantages Of Open Source For The Enterprise
          opensouce.com, August 17th, 2017
          "Enterprises looking to make smart use of open source software have plenty of great reasons to do so...

          Selecting technologies means committing to solutions that will support an active, growing business over the long term, so it requires careful consideration and foresight. When an enterprise bets on the wrong horse, the result is often significantly higher development costs and reduced flexibility, both of which can stick around for the long haul..."

          Non-Linux Foss: File Spelunking With Windirstat
          Linux Journal, August 18th, 2017
          "With Linux, it's fairy easy to find the large files on your system by doing something like this:

          du -ahx / | sort -rh | head -20

          Unfortunately, Windows users don't usually have equivalent tools. That's where something like WinDirStat comes into play. It's a file browser that uses incredible GUI elements to show you the files on your system with file size shown as rectangles. Big files are shown as big rectangles, and their file types are specified by color. It's a great visual way to sort your filesystem and get rid of (or at least find) extremely large files..."

          IT - DevOps
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          In DevOps, Quality Is A Team Effort
          DevOps.com, August 15th, 2017
          "Technology is changing every industry; we can all agree on this foundational premise. If you disagree, I believe the rest of this post is going to do nothing for you, so feel free to stop reading now. If you do agree, then you know that apps, the internet of things (IoT) and APIs are table stakes now. Businesses need strategies for each, and the forward-thinking executives are already adapting. The ones that aren't risk alienating a channel in their overall digital strategy. It's not all about strategies for building new types of functionality and partnerships; organizations also need to validate they will work specifically with their customers' use cases in mind..."
          DevOps Skills Gap: Do You Have The Necessary Skills To Succeed?
          HelpNet Security, August 16th, 2017
          "New research shows that software developers are not receiving the training they need to be successful as DevOps becomes the prevalent approach to building and operating digital products and services. In today's application-centric economy that gap could have real impact on the productivity of businesses in every industry, as well as on the security and quality of the software that underpins the digital economy..."
          All Day DevOps: Taking Lambda To The Max
          DevOps.com, August 17th, 2017
          "Lambda is the 11th letter of the Greek alphabet, and it is also the name of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) service that lets you run code without actually configuring a server. Amazon chose the name Lambda because - well, okay, I have no idea. Comment here if you know.

          Thankfully, you don't need to know that to understand how to utilize Lambda. Matt Williams, DevOps Evangelist at Datadog (@technovangelist), outlined how to set up AWS Lambda at the 2016 All Day DevOps conference in his talk titled, 'Hold the Infrastructure: Getting the Most Out of Lambda'..."

          DevOps And Security: 4 Steps To End Culture Clash
          The Enterprisers Project, August 18th, 2017
          "DevOps and security pros grew up in different tribes. Here's how to beat cultural barriers and ensure agility and security...

          More enterprises are embracing DevOps to improve development agility and speed up the rollout of business applications. However, speed can also increase security risks. Striking the balance between increasing business agility and ensuring information security requires that you integrate the security team into the DevOps methodology. This presents several challenges, including the time and effort required to break down the cultural barriers that separate the security and DevOps roles. Here are four key steps any organization can take to overcome these challenges..."

          DevOps Can'T Happen Without Education
          InformationWeek, August 16th, 2017
          "The emergence of DevOps practices means IT pros must expand their skills and the companies they work for must help foster that learning.

          To many of those working on the operations end of IT, the term DevOps conjures up thoughts of new cross-team strategies or specific tools like Github, Ansible, and Vagrant. But before you jump into the execution of DevOps, it's important to understand the dynamics behind it. The concept embodies a fundamental shift in how technology is used and produced in companies today, requiring skills that may be vastly different from the past. So moving toward DevOps means companies must think about how they educate their staff, and IT pros must look for ways to ramp up in areas that were once far beyond their scope..."

          It's Time For The DevOps Organization To Stop Ignoring Security
          Search CIO, August 18th, 2017
          "DevOps teams often focus on speed at the expense of security, and it's an oversight that needs to change, according to Lev Lesokhin, executive vice president of strategy and analytics at CAST, a software company in New York.

          Lesokhin is a proponent of a concept called cyber resilience, which aims to disperse security efforts more holistically throughout the enterprise. For the DevOps organization, that means integrating security into the development process rather than leaving it to the CISO's organization -- a change Lesokhin called 'shift-left thinking'..."

          Go Big Or Go Home: Total DevOps Guarantees Results
          DevOps.com, August 18th, 2017
          "As revealed by a recent survey, only enterprises that implement an 'all-in' approach to DevOps achieve the results of best-in-class enterprises seen in the '2017 State of DevOps Report.' Total DevOps approaches DevOps transformations holistically, integrating the full breadth of your DevOps value chain as well as the many stakeholders across your organization that must be engaged to ensure broad, enduring success.

          Trace3's Total DevOps transformation approach uses the following steps:..."

          MySQL
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          MySQL Connector/NET 6.10.3
          by MySQL Release Engineering, August 18th, 2017
          MySQL Connector/Net 6.10.3 rc is the fourth release which supports Scaffold-DbContext, that enables the creation of corresponding model classes from an existing database that are compatible with Entity Framework (EF) Core 1.1.
          MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.7
          by MySQL Release Engineering, August 18th, 2017
          MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.7 GA is a fifth GA version of 2.1 release series of the pure Python database driver for MySQL. It can be used for production environments.

          MySQL Connector/Python version 2.1.7 GA is compatible with MySQL Server versions 5.5 and greater. Python 2.6 and greater as well as Python 3.4 and greater are supported. Python 2.4, 2.5, and 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 are not supported.

          MySQL Enterprise Edition Now in Docker Store!
          By: Matt Lord
          "I'm happy to announce that in addition to the official MySQL Community Edition Docker images, we now have official MySQL Enterprise Edition Docker images available in Docker Store!" writes Matt Lord. "Now you can easily leverage the power of Docker with MySQL Community Edition or MySQL Enterprise Edition.

          What Does All of This Mean?

          First some context and general info to help you understand this news a bit more. Docker is a container platform which includes the following software components:..."

          What's New With MySQL Replication in MySQL 8.0
          By: Krzysztof Ksiazek
          Krzysztof blogs, "Replication in MySQL has been around for a long time, and has been steadily improving over the years. It has been more like evolution rather than revolution. This is perfectly understandable, as replication is an important feature that many depend on - it has to work.

          In the last MySQL versions, we've seen improvements in replication performance through support for applying transactions in parallel. In MySQL 5.6, parallelization was done on schema level - all transactions which have been executed in separate schemas could be executed at once. This was a nice improvement for those workloads that had multiple schemas on a single server, and the load was distributed more or less evenly across the schemas..."

          Cloud Computing
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          Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud Empowers Modern Finance Teams
          Oracle, August 14th, 2017
          New cloud services and capabilities extend industry leading enterprise performance management suite

          Extending its commitment to helping organizations drive predictable performance and report with confidence, Oracle today announced significant expansions to Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud. The latest additions to Oracle EPM Cloud include new offerings for tax reporting, and profitability and cost management as well as new strategic modeling and disclosure management capabilities...

          Oracle Cloud Platform Customer Momentum Accelerates Globally
          Oracle, August 14th, 2017
          Oracle announced that it is gaining incredible customer momentum across the industry's most comprehensive cloud business. In FY17, Oracle Cloud Platform revenues were up 60 percent from FY16 to $1.4 billion. Organizations including Advanced Drainage Systems, ARRIS, Australian Finance Group, Benchmark, Detroit Water and Sewerage, Immofinanz AG, Malmo stad, Marz Systems, Mebrom, Nuvias Group, Pernod Ricard Asia, Telesoft, and Total are the latest to choose Oracle Cloud Platform to speed innovation and deliver best-in-class customer experiences.
          Finding Your Way to the Cloud
          By: Tina Liu
          Tina writes, "Today's guest blog comes from Angie Dorfman, Vice President of Global ACS Marketing, Go To Market, and Cloud Services at Oracle...."

          "Many businesses looking to decrease IT costs while increasing the flexibility of their technology are making the shift to cloud. However, for some organizations, cloud adoption is about more than just technical convenience - it's about achieving the most with their IT investment. Oracle Advanced Customer Support (ACS) partners with Oracle customers to ensure this transition is as advantageous and efficient as possible..."

          Linux
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          Training Thursdays: Online Training, an Ideal Choice for Oracle Linux
          By: Antoinette Osullivan
          Antoinette blogs, "You can take Oracle Linux training through Training-on-Demand. This training format is an ideal solution for busy professionals and individuals who are ready to start building their system administration skills.

          Start training straight way, following classroom sessions taught by expert Oracle instructors through streaming video. Learn how to apply your knowledge through demos or scheduling access to a dedicated lab environment when suits your schedule..."

          IT - Cloud
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          Get A Grip On Evaluating Cloud Management Platforms
          Search CIO, August 16th, 2017
          "Software for managing multicloud computing environments can help companies tame the tumult. An industry expert gives tips on how to assess products...

          A sensible first step in sifting through the jumble of public and private cloud computing services is shopping for a cloud management platform, software that helps manage how applications are deployed and operated in multicloud computing environments..."

          Why Are Companies Moving To The Cloud? 81% Simply Fear 'Missing Out'
          TechRepublic, August 14th, 2017
          "A new report from Commvault shows that IT executives are concerned about missing out on cloud advancements in their business...

          If you've ever wondered why so many companies are making moves toward the cloud, the answer may surprise you: It's fear of missing out. According to recent report from Commvault and CITO Research, 81% of business leaders are embracing the cloud because they're concerned about missing out on cloud advancements..."

            Manage Containers In Cloud Computing To Prevent Sprawl, Cut Costs
            SearchDataCenter, August 18th, 2017
            "Too much of a good thing, including cloud containers, can cost you more in public cloud. Review three options to prevent container sprawl -- and the high price tag that comes with it...

            Containers in cloud computing simplify and accelerate application deployment, but the ease with which users spin them up can result in overuse. When this happens in the public cloud, container sprawl can drive up costs alarmingly..."

            Oligopoly Forms Amid SaaS Market Consolidation
            Search CIO, August 18th, 2017
            "Large application vendors have essentially cornered the cloud CRM market, Forrester says, bringing more risks than rewards. But that doesn't mean CIOs should keep from the cloud...

            Oligopoly is not a word most people use every day, but it has gained currency at Forrester Research.

            The technology market research company used the term, which refers to a market segment dominated by just a few vendors, to characterize dwindling competition in the cloud computing market..."

            Public Vs. Private Cloud Cost Comparison Finds Enterprise Winners
            SearchDataCenter, August 18th, 2017
            "Nearly half of enterprises do not save money with the public cloud, and say they have figured out how to beat public cloud costs with their own private cloud.

            A fresh batch of evidence shows that more companies than you may think can run a private cloud for less money than it costs to run the same number of virtual machines in the public cloud..."

              Strategize Wisely For A Legacy Application Migration To Cloud
              SearchITOperations, August 18th, 2017
              "Not every legacy application is compatible with every cloud service. Know the optimal path for any given application -- it could be the difference between success and failure.

              Administrators in charge of legacy applications might feel swept aside by the boom of cloud-native applications, but even small changes can bring legacy apps onto cloud resources..."

                IT - CxO
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                50% Of Ex-Employees Can Still Access Corporate Apps
                Dark Reading, August 18th, 2017
                "When employees are terminated or move on to new roles, they're often taking access to corporate data with them. For some companies, this access leads to a data breach.

                Researchers at identity management firm OneLogin polled 500 IT decision makers to learn about how they provision and deprovision, or terminate, staff login information in-house. Results indicate most aren't doing enough to protect against the threat of ex-employees.

                Twenty percent of respondents report their failure to deprovision employees from corporate applications has contributed to a data breach at their organization. Of those, 47% say more than 10% of all data breaches have been the result of ex-employees..."

                A Silicon Valley CIO's Conundrum: With Mobile Apps, Do You Build Or Buy?
                ComputerWorld, August 17th, 2017
                "Santa Clara County CIO Ann Dunkin wants to build a more mobile-friendly environment for local residents, offering a one-stop shopping experience on municipal websites that are mobile platform agnostic. The question: Do you build or buy those apps?..."
                Four Steps To Achieving General Data Protection Regulation Compliance
                Information Management, August 18th, 2017
                "The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, has become top-of-mind for organizations around the world. Indeed, according to PwC's Preparedness Pulse Survey, 92 percent of organizations consider GDPR compliance a top priority on their data-privacy and security agenda, with over half saying it's 'the' top priority and 38 percent saying it's 'among' top priorities.

                For the 8 percent who don't consider it a priority, GDPR is a new privacy regulation in Europe that protects the personal data for any individual based in the European Union, regardless of citizenship or where the data is being held. It applies to any organization located inside or outside the EU if they offer goods or services to, or monitor the behavior of, EU data subjects..."

                Make Your CIO More Relevant Using Business Architecture
                CIO, August 16th, 2017
                "To succeed, CIOs need to focus more resources in communicating and building business architecture change maps that will involve business executives, business architects and obviously the CIO...

                According to a Logicalis Global CIO survey[i], the likelihood that CIOs are left out of the IT purchasing decision process has grown every year since 2013 with only 60% of CIOs controlling technology spending in 2016. This trend will most probably continue in the future. Even more troubling, over 60% organizations created at least one new mobile app in 2015 without any IT involvement..."

                The CISO & The Board: A Love-Hate Relationship?
                ITProPortal, August 18th, 2017
                "A third of CISOs aren't involved at all with their company's key strategic business decisions. It is clear something has to change.

                Today, it seems like you are unable to pick up a paper without reading about a high profile hack, data breach or cyber criminal arrest. In the past, information security teams within large enterprises have always been the unsung heroes, working behind the scenes, often in isolation, to keep their businesses safe against these types of news stories - and maintaining a relatively low profile in the process. However, at a time when organisational security is getting compromised more and more, it is only natural that infosec professionals are finding their practices analysed and criticised more than ever..."

                Three Megatrends That Will Drive Digital Business Into The Next Decade
                Help Net Security, August 17th, 2017
                "Gartner revealed three distinct megatrends that will enable businesses to survive and thrive in the digital economy over the next five to 10 years.

                Artificial intelligence (AI) everywhere, transparently immersive experiences and digital platforms are the trends that will provide intelligence, create new experiences and offer platforms that allow organizations to connect with new business ecosystems..."

                Why CEOs Need To Talk To Their CTOs About Cybersecurity Now
                ITProPortal, August 14th, 2017
                "Cybersecurity is one of the biggest threats to businesses right now and CEOs must make it a top priority...

                In today's complex, digital landscape CEOs face a range of challenges when trying to ensure their businesses are a success. Yet, even with recent cyberattacks serving as stark reminders of the importance of data privacy, a worrying number of CEOs are failing to address one of the most pertinent modern businesses challenges - cybersecurity..."

                  Xerox CISO: How Business Should Prepare For The Future Security Threat Landscape
                  CSO Online, August 18th, 2017
                  "Dr. Alissa Johnson promotes better information sharing, strong partnerships and a cognitive approach where technology can learn, analyze and execute...

                  The pace of change for the security threat landscape is accelerating. To cope with the change and ensure success against adversaries, Xerox Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Dr. Alissa Johnson believes the security community needs to rethink the way it anticipates and responds to threats. It also needs to be more open and effective in the way it shares information..."

                  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

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                  SFTA Weekly Social Meetups: vBeers @ Tap42 Midtown, Miami: Aug 23rd
                  Wednesday, August 23rd 2017: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
                  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 23rd @ Tap42 Midtown

                  Upcoming Events:

                  • Wednesday, August 23rd @ Tap42 Midtown
                  • Wednesday, Sept. 6th @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens
                  • Wednesday, Sept. 13rd @ Funky Buddha Brewery
                  • Wednesday, Sept. 20th @ Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton

                  Read on for detailed schedule

                  SFTA Weekly Social Meetups: vBeers @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens, Wed Sept. 6th
                  Wednesday, Sept. 6th, 2017: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
                  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, September 6th @ 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 23rd @ Tap42 Midtown
                  • Wednesday, Sept. 6th @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens
                  • Wednesday, Sept. 13th @ Funky Buddha Brewery
                  • Wednesday, Sept. 20th @ Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton

                  Read on for detailed schedule

                  Software
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                  MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Announcing Software Collections 2.4
                  By: Avi Miller
                  Avi blogs, "We are pleased to announce the release of Software Collections 2.4 to the Unbreakable Linux Network and the Oracle Linux Yum Server.

                  Software collections are primarily intended for development environments which require access to the latest features of software components such as Perl, PHP, or Python. For these environments, you need to minimize the disruption of system processes that rely on the versions of these components. The Software Collections library allows you to install and use several versions of the same software on a system, simultaneously, and without disruption.

                  You use the software collection library utility (scl) to run the developer tools from the software collections that you have installed. The scl utility isolates the effects of running these tools from other versions of the same software utilities that you have installed..."

                  IT - DR
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                  Business Continuity Is The Ultimate Killer Application For Cloud
                  ZDNet, August 19th, 2017
                  "As cloud approaches its second decade in enterprises, IT managers find it to be an ideal backup environment, two new surveys confirm...

                  A couple of decades back, I had the opportunity to tour a World War II-era tank factory that had been converted to an IT disaster recovery center. It had all the amenities: sleeping quarters, kitchen, and of course, every system conceivable for the two-day process of bringing an enterprise's operations back online from tapes.

                  Now, cloud compresses that whole process to seconds. No cots or tapes needed..."

                  Lack Of Confidence In DR Plans Falls For Second Consecutive Year
                  StorageNewsletter.com, August 17th, 2017
                  "Annual Data Health Check findings reveal lack of confidence in DR plans as businesses respond to recent cyber threats and DR testing falls.

                  New research from BC and DR service provider Databarracks Ltd. revealed that organisations are now less confident in their ability to recover from an incident. Contributing factors include a lack of testing, budgetary constraints and the growing cyber threat landscape.

                  The findings are part of Databarracks' seventh Data Health Check report. The survey questioned over 400 IT decision makers in the UK about their IT, security and continuity practices over the last year, and what they expect to change in the next 12 months..."

                  IT - Networks
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                  WANs, Tunnels And Tags Are Things Of The Past
                  Network World, August 14th, 2017
                  "A look at WAN deployments through the ages. The future of WANs is no-WAN...

                  It is probably safe to assume that private networking has been an afterthought. In fact, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) document (RFC 1918) that created private network addresses that are 'un-routable' was released years after BGP-4 and IPV6 were codified into standards.

                  In order to join private networks to each other, wide area networks (WANs) emerged..."

                  The Speedy Evolution of SD-WANs
                  IT Business Edge, August 16th, 2017
                  "Virtualization is a potent concept that gets applied in many ways. The basic idea is that software is so sophisticated and networks so fast that complex computing no longer has to be done where it is used.

                  A foundational change that flows from this is software-defined networks (SDN). An implementation of this is in the world of wide-area networks (WANs), which are network overlays that enable widely diverse entities - for instance, branch offices in different cities or on different continents - to logically act as a single entity. This provides great cost savings and greater efficiencies..."

                  7 Free Tools Every Network Needs
                  Network World, August 15th, 2017
                  "From device discovery to visibility into systems, networks, and traffic flows, these free open source monitoring tools have you covered...

                  In the real estate world, the mantra is location, location, location. In the network and server administration world, the mantra is visibility, visibility, visibility. If you don't know what your network and servers are doing at every second of the day, you're flying blind. Sooner or later, you're going to meet with disaster..."

                  What Are The Differences Between SDN Open Source And Vendor Products?
                  SearchSDN, August 17th, 2017
                  "Choosing between SDN open source and vendor-provided options is easier when you know some of the available choices. Industry analyst Lee Doyle lists some of the options.

                  Many organizations have experienced the benefits of automation and scalability that software-defined networking brings to their data center networks. IT leaders are challenged to pick SDN options that are standards-based, open and interoperable in multivendor environments. Choices include SDN open source software, like OpenDaylight or OpenFlow, network operating systems for white box switches and a wealth of vendor-specific SDN products..."

                  Why Data Interconnection Services Are Booming With Increased Demand
                  eWeek, August 16th, 2017
                  "Publications such as eWEEK receive scores of industry surveys and other market research each month in our email boxes. Most of them have value and help us and our readers to understand trends in various sectors of the IT world.

                  On the other hand, some of them are self-serving, performed by a reputable research firm and underwritten by a product or service vendor in order to highlight how that vendor is leading its little part of the IT universe.

                  So when data center interconnection services provider Equinix told eWEEK about something called the Global Interconnection Index, a new market study published Aug. 16 by - you guessed it - Equinix, it's fair to say there was skepticism on our part..."

                    World's Largest IPv6 Network Reaches A Milestone
                    Data Center Knowledge, August 16th, 2017
                    "Everybody was probably sporting smiles on Monday at Hurricane Electric's headquarters in Fremont, California. Why? The network operator, which runs a vital part of the internet's backbone, announced it's become the first network in the world to connect to over 4,000 IPv6 networks. If they handed out gold medals for such things, this would be the company's second trophy for the same category. In 2010 it became the first to connect to 1,000 IPv6 networks..."
                    Think Your Network Is Secure? Think Again
                    Networks Asia, August 16th, 2017
                    "The Internet of Things (IoT) fever has swept across Asia Pacific, with tens of thousands of connected 'things' - including patient monitors, smart street lighting systems, and surveillance cameras in use today. But as we try to cope with the onslaught of smart devices, have we given serious thought to securing the IoT ecosystem?..."
                    SDN and a Life Beyond the Death of the Internet
                    Network World, August 15th, 2017
                    "For enterprises concerned about secure and consistent network performance, the public internet cannot be the default solution anymore. Enterprises need to look beyond the public internet to their own private WANs, and specifically, to SDN...

                    For decades, enterprises have relied on the public internet for business-critical SaaS applications and data traffic. The reason why is pretty simple: it's cost-efficient, it's easy to use and it's already there. Compare that to the logistical, financial and implementation challenges of installing an alternative private network, and it's clear why enterprises have been pretty content with the internet for their entire digital lives..."

                    IT - IoT
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                    IoT: The Importance Of Securing Your Smart Devices
                    NEWSBTC, August 14th, 2017
                    "The Internet of Things is going to see more and more 'things' connected to it, and with the way tech is progressing, these newly-connected things are going to be items we never would have imagined 'connecting' to before.

                    Today, our lights, door locks and even frying pans are connected to the internet but this is really only the beginning. Sometime in the not so distant future, entire cities are going to be internet-connected. Everything from our cars to mirrors in store dressing rooms to garbage cans will become more efficient and more convenient, all by virtue of the fact that they will be connected to the internet..."

                      Medical Devices And The Internet Of Things: Defending Against Cyber Threats
                      Help Net Security, August 16th, 2017
                      "More than one-third (35.6 percent) of surveyed professionals in the Internet of Things-connected medical device ecosystem say their organizations have experienced a cybersecurity incident in the past year, according to Deloitte.

                      Identifying and mitigating the risks of fielded and legacy connected devices presents the industry's biggest cybersecurity challenge according to respondents (30.1 percent)..."

                        IT - Operations
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                        10 Early Warning Signs Of ERP Disaster
                        CIO, August 15th, 2017
                        "Enterprise resource planning systems reap business efficiency by tying together disparate systems and services. But an ERP implementation can quickly unravel into disaster if you don't heed these early warning signs...

                        Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems weave together software and services from disparate departments into a cohesive, collaborative whole. Companies rely on ERP systems to keep their business operations running smoothly. Without ERP implementations to coordinate purchases, customer orders, financial transactions and beyond, modern business would take a significant step back in efficiency..."

                          Getting Data Center Managers & C-Suite On The Same Page For DCIM Implementation
                          Network World, August 15th, 2017
                          "Data center managers need to work with C-Suite on data center infrastructure management...

                          In any enterprise - large and small - bottom-line ROI is arguably the biggest factor driving business decisions. Whether switching from PCs to Macs, investing in new travel and expense management software or integrating data center solutions, every business unit, from HR to sales and IT, must prove the value that new processes and offerings will have on the enterprises' bottom line. The problem? ..."

                          What Is ITIL? It Infrastructure Library Definitions And Solutions
                          CIO, August 15th, 2017
                          "ITIL is a framework of best practices for delivering IT services. ITIL's systematic approach to IT service management can help businesses manage risk, strengthen customer relations, establish cost-effective practices, and build a stable IT environment that allows for growth, scale and change..."
                          Data Center Provider Equinix Bets Big On Fuel Cells
                          Network World, August 17th, 2017
                          "In an effort to become 100% reliant on renewable fuels, Equinix is turning to natural gas-powered fuel cells from Bloom Energy to power 12 of its U.S. data centers.

                          Data center provider Equinix is making a big bet on fuel cells to power its facilities by installing natural gas-powered fuel cells at 12 of its U.S. data centers. It's part of a push for the firm to be 100% reliant on renewable fuels, and it could set an example for other data centers in power management..."

                          IT - Security
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                          20 Tactical Questions SMB Security Teams Should Ask Themselves
                          Dark Reading, August 15th, 2017
                          "Or why it pays for small- and medium-sized businesses to plan strategically but act tactically.

                          Any sound approach to security will involve both strategic and tactical elements. The security program of a small- and medium-sized business is no different. Tactical guidance is more focused and more instructive than strategic guidance. But it doesn't readily lend itself to a list of only 20 questions or a simple road map to achieve long-term goals. What can be boiled down to a concise list are tactical questions SMB security teams should be asking themselves to improve their security posture. Let's get going..."

                          5 IAM Metrics That Every Retail Organization Should Be Tracking
                          Business 2 Community, August 18th, 2017
                          "The easiest way to show success is through tangible measurement. When you roll out a new project or implement a new system, you can say that you think it's working, but without evidence, you really can't be sure. That is why metrics are so important to a business. Metrics enable an organization to know if productivity is up or if costs are down. They can also measure whether security has improved and identify opportunities to enhance processes. These reasons are precisely why it is so crucial to track identity and access management (IAM) metrics..."
                          Could The Security Industry Have It All Wrong?
                          CSO Online, August 16th, 2017
                          "Shifting focus from perimeters to people is crucial for success in the new era of mobility and cloud...

                          For decades, enterprises have focused on securing valuable data and IP by building 'walls and moats' to keep out bad actors. Yet despite growing investments in defensive technologies, cyber breaches continue to proliferate. The threat landscape becomes even more complex as perimeters effectively evaporate thanks to ever-increasing systems (e.g., cloud, mobile) over which an enterprise has limited, if any, control..."

                            Discover A Data Breach? Try Compassion First
                            Dark Reading, August 16th, 2017
                            "The reactions to a big data breach often resemble the five stages of grief, so a little empathy is needed.

                            Many of the big data breaches over the past few years can be traced back to things such as stolen laptops and flash drives or compromised end-user accounts that get leveraged for horizontal movement inside the organization. Sometimes permissions on Internet-accessible systems are left wide open by accident or security patches didn't get applied in time, leaving the system vulnerable to attack..."

                            Organizations Willing To Try Out Longer Passwords, Study Finds
                            eWeek, August 15th, 2017
                            "A study from security awareness vendor KnowBe4 surveyed IT professionals' views on new NIST guidance that advocates the use of longer passwords.

                            The U.S. National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) is updating its guidance for password complexity, advising end users to choose longer pass phrases, rather than simply a mix of upper and lower case characters. According to a survey from security awareness vendor KnowBe4, many users are open to the idea of using a pass phrase approach advocated by NIST..."

                            Single Sign-On Vs Reduced Sign-On - IAM Explained
                            Business 2 Community, August 18th, 2017
                            "Whenever I am involved in the initial discovery phase of an Identity and Access Management (IAM) project, the term Single Sign-On (SSO) always comes up. SSO is often desired or a hard requirement of customers, which inevitably prompts a clarification discussion around just exactly what SSO means to them.

                            The customer's definition of SSO is usually something along the lines of 'customers have one set of login credentials for all of their web applications instead of a different set for each.' For example, a single 'scarter' account and password can get me access to Salesforce and Google Apps versus having a separate 'scarter1' account for Salesforce and then an 'scarter2' account for Google Apps.

                            However, this interpretation of what SSO means is actually only half correct..."

                            Study Shows Cyber-Security Pros Confident They Can Find Threats (Slideshow)
                            eWeek, August 17th, 2017
                            "Crowd Research Partners released the 2017 Threat Monitoring, Detection and Response Report on Aug. 15, providing insight into the latest trends and professional opinions in the cyber-security landscape. The report includes responses from 410 IT security professionals and was produced in partnership with AlienVault, Bitglass, BluVector, ControlScan, Delta Risk, DomainTools, Dtex, Event Tracker, Exabeam, ObserveIT, SoftActivity and Tenable. Among the high-levels finding is that most organization feel confident they can detect threats within a day, yet it takes more than a day, often much more, for the majority organizations to recover from a cyber-attack. This slide show looks at some of the highlights of the 2017 Threat Monitoring, Detection and Response Report..."
                            The ABCs Of Identity Management
                            Networks Asia, August 14th, 2017
                            "What is identity management? Broadly speaking, identity management systems (also known as identity and access management, or IAM, systems) enable the administration of individual identities within a system, such as a company, a network or even a country. More specifically, ID management in enterprise IT is about defining and managing the roles and access privileges of individual network users and the circumstances in which users are granted (or denied) those privileges.

                            An ID management system's core objective is one identity per individual. Once that digital ID has been established, it must be maintained, modified and monitored throughout each user's 'access lifecycle'..."

                            What CISOs Need To Know About The Psychology Behind Security Analysis
                            Dark Reading, August 14th, 2017
                            "A look at WAN deployments through the ages. The future of WANs is no-WAN...

                            It is probably safe to assume that private networking has been an afterthought. In fact, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) document (RFC 1918) that created private network addresses that are 'un-routable' was released years after BGP-4 and IPV6 were codified into standards.

                            In order to join private networks to each other, wide area networks (WANs) emerged. Initially, the benefits obtained by WANs were just pure connectivity. Subsequent benefits accrued, including the belief that private networks were secure because addresses of servers and clients in the private address could not be reached from the public network unless a 'translation' or rule was established. This, however, may no longer be the case..."

                            What Is An Enterprise-Class Cybersecurity Vendor?
                            CSO Online, August 17th, 2017
                            "Users say it takes industry, business process and operations expertise, but leading cybersecurity vendors must also demonstrate 'soft power' to the market...

                            Earlier this week, I wrote a post about enterprise-class cybersecurity vendors. Which vendors are considered enterprise-class? According to recent ESG research, Cisco, IBM, Symantec and McAfee top the list..."

                            Insider Threats Loom Large For Security Pros
                            Dark Reading, August 16th, 2017
                            "Insider threats pose a greater challenge to security pros than external threats, according to a recent survey.

                            When it comes to insider threats, 61% of infosec professionals consider it more difficult to detect and prevent these attacks than external ones, according to Crowd Research Partners' 2017 Threat Monitoring, Detection and Response report released this week.

                            The survey, which queried 400 cybersecurity professionals, found 51% believe internal threats are on the rise over last year, with 61% of respondents attributing them to inadvertent breaches. User training is the leading method among 57% of the survey respondents for tackling insider threats, the survey found..."

                            The True Cost Of Ransomware Is Much More Than Just The Ransom
                            eWeek, August 18th, 2017
                            "While the FBI has one set of numbers for the financial impact of ransomware, new figures from publicly traded companies shows the impact to be significantly higher...

                            Ransomware has been a growing internet security attack tactic over the course of the past year, with multiple groups attempting to quantify the financial impact.

                            In a ransomware attack, an attacker is able to install malware that encrypts data on a victim's system. The victimized system will then have a message on it, instructing the user to pay the ransom, in order to decrypt the data. While ransom payments are a core part of the ransomware model, they are likely the smallest financial component in terms of the actual impact that organizations face in the aftermath of an attack..."

                            What Is OAuth? What Security Pros Need To Know
                            CSO Online, August 16th, 2017
                            "The OAuth open authorization framework allows websites and services to share assets among users. It is widely accepted, but be aware of its vulnerabilities...

                            Since the beginning of distributed personal computer networks, one of the toughest computer security nuts to crack has been to provide a seamless, single sign-on (SSO) access experience among multiple computers, each of which require unrelated logon accounts to access their services and content. Although still not fully realized across the entire Internet, myriad, completely unrelated websites can now be accessed using a single physical sign-on. You can use your password, phone, digital certificate, biometric identity, two-factor authentication (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA) SSO solution to log onto one place, and not have to put in another access credential all day to access a bunch of others. We have OAuth to thank for much of it..."

                            Why Employees Hide Cyber-Security Incidents (Slideshow)
                            CIO Insight, August 14th, 2017
                            "Workers are hiding cyber-security incidents from their employers, according to a new study, thereby increasing overall damage. The consequences can be dire. Just one unreported incident may indicate a much larger breach, and security teams must be able to quickly identify threats in order to choose the right mitigation tactics.

                            The report, 'The Human Factor In IT Security: How Employees Are Making Businesses Vulnerable From Within,' was conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International. 'If employees are hiding incidents, there must be a reason why,' said Slava Borilin, security education program manager at Kaspersky Lab..."

                            IT - Careers
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                            AskTheHeadHunter: Library Vacation Beats Internet When Job Hunting
                            AskTheHeadHunter.com, August 14th, 2017
                            A reader of the "Ask The Headhunter Newsletter" asks Nick, "I purchased and read two of your books, 'How To Work With Headhunters' and 'How Can I Change Careers? 'You have a great business here. Kudos to you!

                            I have a question about your coaching regarding 'The Library Vacation' in How Can I Change Careers? (pp. 15-22). You advise actually going to libraries to explore job and career possibilities.

                            Given that technology and the Internet have changed significantly since you wrote your book, do you still recommend going to a library versus working on the Internet to explore careers, employers and jobs?..."

                            Nick's Reply ...

                              7 Hot New IT Jobs - And Why They Just Might Stick
                              CIO, August 14th, 2017
                              "From CIoTO to automation architect, new IT roles are rising to fill emerging needs. Some may fizzle, but others may have a long future thanks to underlying IT trends...

                              Unusual job titles aren't new in the IT world. Before the Twitter ninja and social media rockstar, before the webmaster was hired to conjure up HTML sorcery, there was the software evangelist, an IT job title that merged the worlds of sales and religion. In the early '80s an Apple executive coined the term for an Apple marketer who would praise the first Macintosh to potential developers and customers..."

                                8 Job Features That Appeal To Millennial Employees
                                Business 2 Community, August 18th, 2017
                                "Millennials are entering the workforce in droves. They're eager, they're enthusiastic, they're enterprising, and as most employers can tell you, they don't, as a whole, act the same way as the generations before them did. These are the new young professionals, and unlike Baby Boomers or Gen X'ers, they have a whole new set of priorities when it comes to what they want out of their careers.

                                If you're an employer looking to recruit and retain top young talent, it's crucial to know what motivates millennials and gets them fired up. Unlike the generations of employees that have come before them, millennials aren't swayed by a paycheck alone. Instead, they're looking for more. Take note: here are eight job features that appeal to millennial employees..."

                                  Demand Growing For Skilled Machine Learning Engineers
                                  Information Management, August 15th, 2017
                                  "This is the fifth article in a weekly series looking at the top jobs in data science and analytics. The first four pieces looked at data engineers, data scientists, data analysts and data architects. This article looks at the demand for and opportunities available to machine learning engineers, a growing area of artificial intelligence..."
                                  How To Move Into A Cloud Career From Traditional IT
                                  IT World, August 14th, 2017
                                  "From architects to developers, there is a path from traditional IT to the gold-plated jobs in the cloud...

                                  There is a great deal of interest from those with traditional IT skills - such as enterprise architects, developers, and networking engineers - to steer themselves into a cloud computing career that will not only provide job protection, but pay better as well.

                                  However, the path to cloud computing riches is not that clear for most..."

                                  IT Jobs Growth Could Be Slowing As Sluggishness Persists Sequentially
                                  ZDNet, August 14th, 2017
                                  "The data from the TechServe Alliance and Bureau of Labor Statistics shows year over year growth in IT jobs, but the last three months gains have slowed.

                                  Information technology job growth is showing sluggishness in recent months, but delivering gains compared to a year ago.

                                  According to the TechServe Alliance, which is the trade association for IT and engineering staffing industry, the number of IT jobs grew 0.1 percent sequentially in July.

                                  Compared to a year ago, IT employment was up 2.9 percent, said TechServe. Engineering employment was also up 0.1 percent sequentially..."

                                    Never Say These 11 Things During A Job Interview (Unless You Don't Want The Job)
                                    Fast Company, August 14th, 2017
                                    "The hiring manager has already sifted through resumes and decided that they want to meet you. Now it's your turn to make an impression. And, unfortunately for you, every sentence you utter during the job interview is going to be a part of that impression. The best way to prepare for potential embarrassment? Know what's off limits.

                                    Avoid these 11 statements next time you're up for a job, and you'll be well on your way to wowing your interviewer..."

                                      Top 4 Big Data Skills For Engineers
                                      insideBIGDATA, August 17th, 2017
                                      "As Big Data moves from hype to reality, more companies are adopting a 'data first' approach. Data is used to formulate strategies, design products, embed intelligence in applications, and ultimately provide an awesome customer experience.

                                      With increased data awareness, executives are also demanding more from their data teams - just mining data to derive insights is not completely sufficient. The emphasis is now on speed analytics which provide the agility and flexibility to react to data in real-time. Analytics pipelines are also expected to process data from a growing number of data sources and changing data formats..."

                                      Top Skills You Need To Avoid Being Replaced By A Machine
                                      ComputerWeekly, August 17th, 2017
                                      "A-level results have shown an increase in Stem subjects but tech skills remain a problem, warn some in the industry...

                                      Technical skills will become relevant to more people as businesses adopt artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to automate tasks that have traditionally required a human worker.

                                      Just as robots replaced people in automobile manufacturing, experts believe AI has the potential to replace certain jobs in the knowledge economy..."

                                        What Is A Data Scientist? A Key Data Analytics Role And A Lucrative Career
                                        CIO, August 18th, 2017
                                        "Becoming a data scientist varies depending on industry, but there are common skills, experience, education and training that will give you the leg up in starting your data science career...

                                        Data scientists are responsible for discovering insights from massive amounts of structured and unstructured data to help shape or meet specific business needs and goals. The data scientist role in data analysis is becoming increasingly important as businesses rely more heavily on big data and data analytics to drive decision-making and as more businesses lean on cloud technology, automation and machine learning as core components of their IT strategies..."

                                        IT - Virtualization
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                                        9 Container Fundamentals To Know
                                        Network Computing, August 15th, 2017
                                        "If you thought containers were a fad that would pass, think again. Since Docker popularized the technology, virtual containers have assumed a prominent role in the developer community and are quickly making inroads into the enterprise. By the end of 2020, containers will be a $2.69 billion market, according to 451 Research..."
                                        Docker Updates Enterprise Edition With Secure Multi-Tenancy Support
                                        eWeek, August 16th, 2017
                                        "After months of development with Docker Community Edition releases, Docker Enterprise Edition 17.06 is now generally available...

                                        Docker Inc. today announced the general availability of the latest iteration of its commercially supported flagship platform with Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) 17.06. The Docker EE 17.06 release is the first since March, when Docker EE debuted.

                                        Docker EE is a rebranding and repositioning of Docker's commercial platform, providing what had previously been known as Docker Commercially Supported (CS) edition as well as the Docker Datacenter platform. Docker's release model also changed in March, with a monthly Community Edition (CE) release that provides a rapid iteration of features that are then rolled up and stabilized inside of the Enterprise Edition (EE) releases..."

                                        IT - Email
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                                        Protonmail's Encrypted Email Service Adds Bitcoin Payments
                                        CryptoCoinsNews, August 18th, 2017
                                        "Encrypted email provider ProtonMail now accepts bitcoin payments for its premium-level accounts. According to the announcement, users will have the option to use bitcoin when upgrading to premium level accounts. Once the transaction is confirmed, the system will automatically convert the payment into ProtonMail Credits, which users can then use to pay for their subscriptions..."
                                        IT - Big Data
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                                        Making Sense Of Stream Processing
                                        Information Management, August 16th, 2017
                                        "There has been an explosion of innovation in open source stream processing over the past few years. Frameworks such as Apache Spark and Apache Storm give developers stream abstractions on which they can develop applications; Apache Beam provides an API abstraction, enabling developers to write code independent of the underlying framework, while tools such as Apache NiFi and StreamSets Data Collector provide a user interface abstraction, allowing data engineers to define data flows from high-level building blocks with little or no coding..."
                                        Why Analytics Is Nothing Without Data Visualization
                                        Business 2 Community, August 15th, 2017
                                        "Unless you work with data every day, it's easy to overlook the importance of visualization. After all, what did a pie chart ever do for anyone? Well, the truth is data on its own is pretty useless until you format it in a way that reveals actionable insights - and you need more than a few spreadsheets to do that.

                                        In this article, we're going to give you a glimpse of what data visualization can do by taking a single metric and turning it into profitable business insights. More importantly, you'll get a snapshot of the mindset of our data scientists as they make the magic happen..."

                                          How Can Big Data Solve The Challenges Of E-Commerce Personalization?
                                          SmartDataCollective, August 16th, 2017
                                          "As Millennials and Gen Z gain more purchasing power and the earlier generations become more tech savvy, the eCommerce segment can only grow, since people prefer the convenience of online retail.

                                          While in the offline environment buyers have a size perception which restrains them from comparing mom and pop shops with large chain retailers, in the online world, these differences are erased by the browser environment. This unitary view raises the bar high enough because in this game you get compared to competitors with astronomic budgets like Amazon, and you need to rise to the challenge..."

                                          Is Your Data Reaching Its Full Potential?
                                          Business 2 Community, August 16th, 2017
                                          "Data holds power. By now business leaders everywhere understand that big data has the ability to uncover valuable insights and boost efficiency for their company, but many struggle to reap these benefits. Information must first be understood and utilized appropriately, and making the jump from a plan to an executable strategy to definable results is often a bigger journey than initially thought. With a tremendous amount of information overwhelming many businesses today, how do you know if your data is reaching its full potential?..."
                                          Learn These 3 Languages Now If You Want To Become A Data Scientist
                                          TechRepublic, August 14th, 2017
                                          "Demand for developers with data science skills continues to grow. Here's what you need to learn to break into a career in the field...

                                          Looking to expand your skills in the tech realm? Demand for developers with data science skills is currently 'very strong' among businesses, according to Shu Wu, director of Indeed Prime, with 'tremendous growth' over the last four years for data scientist job postings..."

                                            Top 5 Traits Of Highly Effective Data Scientists
                                            InfoWorld, August 15th, 2017
                                            "Data science is booming and there is an incredible demand for skilled employees across all types of industries. However, the top data scientists have some fundamental traits that set them apart from the crowd...

                                            Data scientists are in high demand, and this skills shortage looks to continue for the next few years. According to a study by IBM, by 2020 the number of annual job openings for all data savvy professionals in the United States will increase from 364,000 openings to 2,720,000. Furthermore, according to the study, the annual demand for the fast-growing new roles of data scientist, data developers, and data engineers will reach nearly 700,000 openings by 2020...

                                            Why Do Big Data Projects Fail?
                                            Information Age, August 17th, 2017
                                            "Every business, every CIO is talking about enabling a big data project, but does anyone actually know what one entails?...

                                            Luckily, things have moved on since Geoffrey More's famous quote about Big Data, but there's still an awful lot of confusion and frustration when it comes to analytics.

                                            This is not a unique experience. Companies struggle to exploit Big Data - partly because they don't know how to overcome the technical challenges and that they don't know how to approach big data analytics..."

                                            Why Organizations Need A Data Ethics Strategy - And How To Create One
                                            Information Management, August 16th, 2017
                                            "A widespread, headline-grabbing problem often is an opportunity for savvy businesses. Case in point: personal data. Consumers are increasingly concerned that companies are amassing enormous amounts of information about their activities - online and off - and using that data in unethical ways.

                                            Politicians worldwide are increasingly leveraging that concern to get or stay elected by backing laws that limit how companies can use personal data. Now it's time for businesses to do more on their own - not just to head off additional, potentially heavy-handed regulations, but more so as a powerful new market differentiator..."

                                              Top10
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                                              Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                              Vol 234 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 233 Issues 1, 2,3 and 4; Vol 232 Issues 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:

                                              • 10 GDPR myths debunked
                                              • Preparations Should Begin for 400GE
                                              • AI gets down to business
                                              • Toyota, Intel and Ericsson team up to collect Big Data from cars
                                              • QLC NAND - how real is it and what can we expect from the technology?
                                              • 3 SaaS Applications You Aren't Using (But Should Be)
                                              • China tests hack-proof quantum satellite communications
                                              • Five things you need to know about executive protection
                                              • Hybrid Cloud: 10 notable statistics
                                              • AI on the high seas: Royal Caribbean sets a course for 'frictionless and immersive' vacations

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

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                                                Are Encrypted Lockboxes For Data Centers Worth The Usability Cost?
                                                Data Center Knowledge, August 14th, 2017
                                                "The idea is simple. First, you encrypt all your data and put the key somewhere safe. Then you send the data off to a data center somewhere. When you need the data, you bring it back and decrypt it with your key.

                                                The people who run the data center have no way of getting to your data, and neither do hackers, foreign spies, or anyone with a court order...."

                                                  How Security Pros Look At Encryption Backdoors
                                                  Help Net Security, August 18th, 2017
                                                  "The majority of IT security professionals believe encryption backdoors are ineffective and potentially dangerous, with 91 percent saying cybercriminals could take advantage of government-mandated encryption backdoors.

                                                  72 percent of the respondents do not believe encryption backdoors would make their nations safer from terrorists, according to a Venafi survey of 296 IT security pros, conducted at Black Hat USA 2017..."

                                                  The Best Mobile VPNs Can Ensure Your Privacy Anywhere
                                                  ZDNet, August 14th, 2017
                                                  "Going mobile? Stay secure. Here's how find an effective VPN service. (Hint: You can't trust every VPN provider)...

                                                  Virtual Private Networks (VPN) are great for protecting your internet privacy, but they're not perfect. Some VPNs don't take good care of your 'private' information. Mobile VPNs face all these issues and more.

                                                  Here are the VPN basics: ..."

                                                  IT - Server
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                                                  Serverless Architecture Could Cure Devops Pain
                                                  InformationWeek, August 16th, 2017
                                                  "IT organizations struggling to transition to DevOps should take heart. Serverless architecture can provide many of the same benefits without the steep learning curve.

                                                  Technology has a way of being disrupted the moment you grow accustomed to a new set of processes and procedures. Dealing with change in enterprise IT is simply the nature of the business, and DevOps may be the latest victim of disruption. The application delivery process that you have implemented or are working toward implementing will likely have to be retooled. Or it may need to be scrapped altogether, thanks to a shift towards serverless computing..."

                                                  Serverless Buzz Has Eclipsed Containers, Say Analysts
                                                  siliconANGLE, August 14th, 2017
                                                  "While containers' virtualized method for running distributed software applications has hogged the spotlight for the past couple of years, some technology experts quietly predicted that one day soon, serverless computing will take containers' place as the best thing happening in next-generation applications.

                                                  That day is today - at least if conversations at this week's AWS Summit in New York City are any indication..."

                                                  Developer
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                                                  Podcast: Are Microservices and APIs Becoming SOA 2.0?
                                                  By: Bob Rhubart
                                                  Bob writes, When I sent out a call for suggestions for podcast topics, one of the first to respond was Phil Wilkins, an Oracle ACE Associate and a senior consultant at Capgemini specializing in iPaaS. Among the list of topics Phil sent is the title you see above.

                                                  The panel for this program, which includes Phil, of course, tackles that question, discusses whether monolithic applications are really an anti-pattern, and also covers polyglot microservices, governance, and other issues. So, yeah, you really should listen..."

                                                  IT - Java
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                                                  What's New In Java EE 8
                                                  JavaWorld, August 14th, 2017
                                                  "The upgrade retools enterprise Java for cloud and microservices environments...

                                                  Although Oracle has been mostly quiet lately about the progress of its enterprise Java overhaul, that is likely to change soon with the impending arrival of Java Platform, Enterprise Edition 8, better known as Java EE 8..."

                                                  Nexenta News
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                                                  Late Night Infomercials and the Data Center
                                                  by Michael Letschin
                                                  Michael blogs, "Today's storage administrators are looking for the best performance for the lowest cost to satisfy their enterprise data requirements. Performance is often improved by adding more solid state drives, but these come at a cost premium. For enterprises looking to save money and resources while meeting performance requirements- data reduction is a key component in creating the ideal solution.

                                                  Options for data reduction are classified into two main categories and each has their own purpose - data deduplication and compression...."

                                                  Cloud Meets Software-Defined Storage
                                                  Webinar Wednesday, August 23rd at 10:00AM PDT
                                                  ZeroStack has teamed up with Nexenta to create a fully integrated private cloud that dramatically reduces operations and storage costs for enterprise and cloud workloads. With ZeroStack's Intelligent Cloud Platform and Nexenta's NexentaStor data integrity and scale, enterprises get a pre-tested, integrated, and fully-supported private cloud solution.

                                                  Learn how to:

                                                  • Reduce your footprint as both ZeroStack and Nexenta can run on converged infrastructure
                                                  • Leverage a single pane of glass to manage snapshots, clones and restores
                                                  • Enable multi-site remote replication
                                                  • Migrate applications and data from VMware or AWS with built-in automated migration capability

                                                  Speakers:

                                                  • Kamesh Pemmaraju, VP of Product Management, ZeroStack
                                                  • Michael Letschin, Field CTO, Nexenta

                                                  Register

                                                  Red Hat News
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                                                  Friday Five - August 18, 2017
                                                  Red Hat, August 18th, 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 Blog - The changing face of the hybrid cloud
                                                  • Virtualization & Cloud Review - Red Hat Targets Multi-Cloud Deployments With RHEL 7.4
                                                  • The New Stack - Red Hat Secures Networking Flaws in OpenStack, the Linux Kernel
                                                  • AnsibleFest returns to San Francisco on September 7
                                                  • The Enterprisers Project - 4 container adoption patterns: What you need to know

                                                  Read on for details.

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