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4 Non-Database Technologies That DBAs Must Master Now
By Jeff Erickson; Forbes, August 24th, 2017
Jeff Erickson writes, "There is an app development superhero hiding in plain sight on the enterprise IT team. It's the database administrator, or DBA, who knows how to use advanced database features to make applications run faster, more reliably, and more securely. It's an indispensable skill set that is underrepresented in the modern app development teams tackling today's hot tech challenges, from Internet of Things projects to chatbots..."
    9 Ways To Use Low-Code Platforms For Serious App Dev
    By Alexa Morales
    Alexa writes in Forbes, "Low-code development environments are ideal for scientists or academics who need to solve complex problems with a minimum of coding knowledge, and for business users who don't want to wait for IT to write them a new mobile app. You might think these platforms can't offer much for experienced software developers - but you'd be wrong..."
    What Is Blockchain? A Primer For Finance Professionals
    By Steve Cox
    Steve writes in Forbes, "It's often not easy to envision or understand a new technology when we first hear about it - especially when the technology is not something that you can see, hold or touch.

    Everyone can see what a smartphone is, and most finance professionals understand the impact that related technologies, like mobile and social, have had on the way we conduct business. Emerging technologies are a different matter..."

    New Database In-Memory Implementation and Usage White Paper
    By: Andy Rivenes
    Andy blogs, "A new Database In-Memory Implementation and Usage White Paper is now available. This complements the Database In-Memory Technical White Paper and provides specific information to help you implement and use Database In-Memory..."
      IT - AI
      MIT researchers use machine learning to predict ICU interventions
      Information Management, August 25th, 2017
      "Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a machine learning algorithm that leverages large amounts of intensive care unit (ICU) data to predict actionable interventions for patients and improve health outcomes.

      By tapping into an MIT database of de-identified data for 40,000 critical care patients - including demographics, laboratory tests, medications and vital signs - the research team is able to use deep learning to determine what kinds of treatments are needed for different symptoms..."

      AI Projects No Longer Require a Professional Developer's Touch
      SmartDataCollective, August 25th, 2017
      "Today, developers have access to powerful AI tools that allow them to develop complex, useful algorithms. While the everyday programmer won't be able to develop a program that rivals something from the Pentagon..."
        3 Ways to Create a Strategic Framework for AI Adoption
        InformationWeek, August 23rd, 2017
        "CIOs need to help leaders understand how AI will really impact their spaces and take steps to using AI to help achieve long-term business objectives.

        Artificial intelligence has become a buzzword in boardrooms and C-suite meetings in companies large and small, across all industries. The purported advantages of AI and related technology have led CIOs and other decision makers to engage in a virtual arms race in which no one wants to be left holding legacy technology..."

          Microsoft's speech recognition systems achieve parity with humans
          silconANGLE, August 21st, 2017
          "Microsoft Corp.'s artificial intelligence research team said it has made a significant breakthrough with its natural-language speech recognition technology.

          The company announced on Monday that it has finally achieved a human-parity word error rate of 5.1 percent in a conversational speech recognition task known as Switchboard, which is a collection of recorded phone conversations used as a benchmark for the technology. What this means is that Microsoft's natural speech recognition systems are now able to recognize spoken words just as well as humans can..."

          Artificial intelligence and digital communication are disrupting the contact center space
          CIO, August 21st, 2017
          "How do you know what to focus your R&D resources on right now? The Innovator's Dilemma is happening right now in the contact center space. Artificial intelligence and digital communication is changing everything.

          The customer service (contact center) space is accelerating faster than the market has ever seen up to this point. Artificial intelligence and digital communication is changing everything..."

            Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.5
            By: Jeff Savit
            Jeff blogs, "We are pleased to announce the release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.5, which has been delivered as part of Oracle Solaris Support Repository Update (Oracle Solaris 11.3 SRU 23.5.0). Together, they provide new features for virtualization, performance, security, scalability, and system management.

            Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.5 introduces several new capabilities, including the following:..."

            Oracle VM Release 3.4.4
            By: John Priest
            John blogs, "Oracle VM is engineered for open cloud infrastructure. It delivers leading performance, scalability and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications.

            Oracle VM Release 3.4.4 offers updated versions of all components, delivering security updates and cumulative bug fixes since the previous 3.4.3 release..."

            Oracle VM Training to Leverage Faster Deployment and Simpler Management
            By: Antoinette Osullivan
            Antoinette blogs, "Join the many enterprises using Oracle VM. These companies benefit from:

            • Faster deployment and simpler management
            • The ability to make existing infrastructure cloud-ready
            • Xen, the hypervisor for vendor neutral hardware

            For the best user experience with Oracle VM, take the Oracle VM training on x86 or SPARC:..."

            IT - Storage
            Major Leap Towards Storing Data at the Molecular Level
            insideBIGDATA, August 25th, 2017
            "From smartphones to supercomputers, the growing need for smaller and more energy efficient devices has made higher density data storage one of the most important technological quests. Now scientists at the University of Manchester have proved that storing data with a class of molecules known as single-molecule magnets is more feasible than previously thought..."
              Unified Storage Appliance Powered by Nexenta and Supermicro Review
              HPCWire, August 25th, 2017
              "Nexenta and Supermicro have teamed together to deliver what they're calling the Unified Storage Appliance. The appliance leverages Nexenta's NexentaStor 5.0 software to deliver block-and-file storage and NexentaFusion for storage management and analytics combined with Supermicro's hardware and sales/support infrastructure. The combination brings together a software defined solution that's already tested and validated on the Supermicro hardware and is orderable from Supermicro as a pre-loaded and pre-configured complete solution. The Unified Storage Appliance comes in five configurations depending on customer need, ranging from a capacity-centric 4U 3.5" hard drive version that can support flash cache, to a 2U 24-bay all-flash configuration that's rated up to 180,000 mixed 8KB IOPS..."
              Supermicro Delivers 18 Million IOPS of Storage Performance in 2U Ultra Server
              HPCWire, August 23rd, 2017
              "Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in compute, storage, and networking technology and green computing, today announced the availability of new all-flash NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) 1U and 2U Ultra SuperServers. With support for 20 hot-swap NVMe SSDs, Supermicro's new all-flash 2U Ultra server delivers a groundbreaking 18 million IOPS of storage performance..."
              NVMe - a revolution in storage
              Information Age, August 23rd, 2017
              "NVMe is a new interface standard for storage, designed to optimise the higher performance of newer flash drives...

              Non-volatile memory express (NVMe) is a relatively new interface standard for storage, designed specifically to enable the full potential of faster storage technology, such as flash, to be realised.

              This article explores how NVMe promises to revolutionise storage as people know it, and how this new standard can impact business, in particular bringing new value to big data analytics and on-premise storage..."

              SSD Shipments Top 42 Million in 2Q17, NAND Ourput Up 6% Q/Q to 41EB
    , August 22nd, 2017
              "Here is an abstract of a report, NAND/SSD Information Service 2CQ17 Quarterly Update, written on August 17, 2017, by analysts from Trendfocus, Inc.

              SSD Shipments Top 42 Million - NAND Grows 6% Q/Q

              Healthy growth in most SSD segments, especially client modules

              • Total SSD shipments increased 5.8% from 1CQ17 to top 42 million units.

              • A large decline in client drive form factor (DFF) SSDs offset the 44.4% sequential rise in client modules to result in a total client SSD increase of 3.1%, to 35.935 million units.

              ... Read on for details.

              IT - Technology
              Automation by the numbers: record-breaking year for sales of robots, components
              ZDNet, August 25th, 2017
              "New research puts hard numbers behind the staggering growth of automation in recent months

              The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) just rolled out new research confirming record growth in the areas of robotics, machine vision, motion control, and motor technology for the first half of 2017..."

                PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years
                The Register, August 25th, 2017
                "Surfaces, iPad Pro and their ilk will do okay, bad news for all other form factors...

                Analyst firm IDC has issued a forecast for PC sales from 2016 to 2021, and the news is bad: shipments slipping from 2016's 435.1 million units to 398.3 million in 2021, for five-year compound annual growth rate of -1.7 per cent..."

                Flytrex launches an autonomous on-demand drone delivery service in Iceland's capital
                TechCrunch, August 23rd, 2017
                "Flytrex wants to prove that drones are a realistic option for on-demand logistics with a new delivery program that took flight in Iceland's capital today. While other companies, including Amazon, have tested drone deliveries, Flytrex says this is the first time a fully operational on-demand drone delivery service has launched in an urban area. Drones will take orders from online marketplace AHA's headquarters in Reykjavik to a destination two miles away during the project's first phase..."
                IT - Bitcoin
                Blockchain Fever: The Potential And Challenges Of Blockchain Technology
                Forrester, August 21st, 2017
                "In last week's episode of Forrester's 'What It Means podcast,' Principal Analyst Martha Bennett disentangles the hype from the reality of blockchain technology - and provides a passionate perspective on blockchain's potential as an economic engine..."
                IT - FOSS
                Dice and The Linux Foundation's 2017 Open Source Jobs Report reveals Linux and open-source jobs are hotter than ever.
                ZDNet, August 23rd, 2017
                "Dice and The Linux Foundation's 2017 Open Source Jobs Report reveals Linux and open-source jobs are hotter than ever...

                So, you want a technology job, do you? Then you should work on your open-source skills because that's where the jobs are. According to Dice, the leading technology job site, and The Linux Foundation, opportunities for open-source professionals are abound, as companies strive to improve efficiency and cut time to market..."

                Why open source should be the first choice for cloud-native environments
      , August 23rd, 2017
                "For the same reasons Linux beat out proprietary software, open source should be the first choice for cloud-native environments...

                Let's take a trip back in time to the 1990s, when proprietary software reigned, but open source was starting to come into its own. What caused this switch, and more importantly, what can we learn from it today as we shift into cloud-native environments?..".

                IT - DevOps
                How devops tools accelerate software delivery
                JavaWorld, August 24th, 2017
                "DevOps is a little bit of philosophy and a lot of tools. Here's how those tools work their DevOps magic...

                Once upon a time, there was a developer who needed to write code against a database. So he asked the database administrator for access to the production database.

                'Oh, dear me, no,' said the DBA. 'You can't touch our data. You need your own database. Ask operations'..."

                DevOps Proves No Coaster Ride for Roller
      , August 22nd, 2017
                "Keeping amusement parks running and the fun flowing is Roller's main job. The company provides software for the leisure and entertainment industries, notably theme parks, amusement parks and trampoline parks. Its core functions are ticketing, POS and CRM. Clients include Coney Island Luna Park, Aussie World and Twinlakes Park.

                When Roller decided to expand and redevelop its operations in 2015, DevOps was the main attraction. CTO Andrew Brodie led the company's push, having worked on Roller's original implementation in his previous role as co-founder and technical director of digital product design studio Bravo!..."

                The 7 habits of highly effective DevOps
                The Enterprisers Project, August 21st, 2017
                "Most people struggle to communicate about DevOps culture and desired results. Use this guide ...

                What aspect of DevOps poses the biggest challenge for IT leaders? As I discussed DevOps with hundreds of leaders during a recent event series with Gene Kim, an author of The DevOps Handbook, I heard one answer loud and clear: It's the culture change. The concepts of blended or shared responsibilities, blameless postmortems, and speed vs. stability often run counter to the principles you've been taught about leading IT..."

                Plan to improve the out of the Box Experience in MySQL 8.0
                By: Morgan Tocker
                Morgan blogs, "In MySQL 8.0, we will be introducing a new configuration parameter called innodb_dedicated_server=bool. When ON, this option will look at the system memory, and then automatically set the these configuration parameters using the following rules:..."
                5 Essential Practices for Database Security
                By Shane Johnson
                "Data breaches are expensive. Between business disruption, loss of customer confidence, legal costs, regulatory fines and any direct losses that may result from a ransomware attack, for instance, the effects can add up to millions. The best defense is a good offense, so let's look at five key practices to keep your database secure: protect, audit, manage, update and encrypt..."
                The MySQL High Availability Landscape in 2017 (The Adults)
                By Yves Trudeau
                Yves blogs, "In the previous post of this series, we looked at the MySQL high availability (HA) solutions that have been around for a long time. I called these solutions 'the elders.' Some of these solutions (like replication) are heavily used today and have been improved from release to release of MySQL.

                This post focuses on the MySQL high availability solutions that have appeared over the last five years and gained a fair amount of traction in the community. I chose to include this group only two solutions: Galera and RDS Aurora. I'll use the term 'Galera' generically: it covers Galera Cluster, MariaDB Cluster and Percona XtraDB Cluster. I debated for some time whether or not to include Aurora. I don't like the fact that they use closed source code. Given the tight integration with the AWS environment, what is the commercial risk of opening the source code? That question evades me, but I am not on the business side of technology..."

                Cloud Computing
                4 Reasons Cloud at Customer Gets Top Marks from Colleges and Universities
                By: Maywun Wong
                Maywun blogs, "While trust in the security of public clouds is growing, still only 23% of organizations trust public clouds to keep their data secure, according to Forbes contributor Louis Columbus. For institutions of higher learning, there's definitely reason for concern, and even fear: The 2016 Internet Security Threat Report noted that education came in second place as the most-breached sub-sector. That's not comforting news for colleges and universities that are subject to strict regulatory requirements for data security..."
                Oracle Data Cloud: Back-to-school volunteering
                By: Mindy Stubbs
                Mindy blogs, "If you've read our 'Oracle Data Cloud gives back' blogs, you know that we make community involvement and volunteering a top priority.

                Whether it be time or money, in the U.S. or around the world, our teams continually find opportunities to give back.

                Last year, our teams collectively volunteered 216 hours, donated 674 items and supported 13 unique organizations - worldwide..."

                Training Thursdays: Many Reasons to Adopt Oracle Linux
                By: Antoinette Osullivan
                Antoinette blogs, "There are so many reasons to adopt Oracle Linux including:

                • DTrace which permits you to identify performance bottlenecks
                • Virtualization technologies such as Docker, Linux Containers, Oracle VM and KVM

                To learn about these topics and much more, take Oracle Linux advanced training..."

                Monday Spotlight: Oracle Joins Tegile Speedway Team at VMworld
                By: Zeynep Koch
                Zeynep blogs, "The Oracle Linux and Virtualization team will be presenting as part of Tegile's Speedway Team at VMworld 2017, August 27-31st, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.

                Oracle and Tegile have been revving-up our collaboration over the last 4 years, including hardware certifications and joint engineering work. As is part of the Oracle Hardware Certification (HCL) Program, Tegile has certified and supported their flash storage solutions on the latest Oracle VM releases..."

                Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4 Update 5 for Oracle Linux
                By: Scott Lynn
                Scott blogs, "This update, UEK Release 4 Update 5 (kernel version 4.1.12-103.3.8), adds new features, functionality, bug fixes and security fixes including:

                • Btrfs Changes...
                • DTrace improvements: ...
                • Over 30 new and updated drivers...

                Read on for details.

                IT - Cloud
                Tips for getting your cloud in shape
                ITProPortal, August 23rd, 2017
                "At some point, every enterprise that has moved a significant percentage of their workloads to the cloud comes to the same conclusion: This is harder than we thought. As someone who has been on both sides of the issue, I can attest.

                The improvements that flowed so easily in the beginning of the implementation start to bog down. Increased agility and velocity come at the cost of increased management complexity, with the side effect of reduced visibility into costs and cost drivers..."

                Comparing Private and Public Cloud Threat Vectors
                Dark Reading, August 22nd, 2017
                "Many companies moving from a private cloud to a cloud service are unaware of increased threats.

                Because most companies that have followed relatively traditional IT strategies are now considering putting mission-critical applications and data into the public cloud, it's worth examining the differences in private versus public clouds when it comes to threats that applications and data encounter. When I talk to customers about the differences, I use a metaphor of what's happening onstage versus backstage in these two deployment scenarios..."

                IT - CxO
                Why CIOs make good COOs
                The Enterprisers Project, August 22nd, 2017
                "CIOs are strong COO candidates, says Brad Cowles, who recently made the jump...

                Ten years ago, a majority of the CIO's job was to keep systems up and running: the infrastructure, telephones, networks, and servers. Today, these responsibilities represent a smaller piece of the equation thanks to solutions like virtualization, software-defined data centers, and software-as-a-service.

                As these operational headaches diminish, a different breed of CIO is emerging - one that has more bandwidth to focus on the business and become more strategic. Sometimes, this new breed of CIO is well-suited to transition into the COO role, a move that I made in February..."

                9 lies CIOs tell themselves
                CIO, August 21st, 2017
                "If Achilles had been a CIO, self-deception would be his heel. He'd be sure business-IT alignment is tight, information security bulletproof, and all projects come in on time. CIOs set the stage for disaster by fooling themselves.

                'O what a tangled web we weave,' explained Scottish novelist Walter Scott, 'when first we practice to deceive'..."

                CIOs: Caught in the crosshairs
                CIO, August 23rd, 2017
                "Digital transformation is on the tip of every executive's tongue, but according to a recent study, most organizations are failing to realize value from their efforts - putting CIOs in peril...

                There are two ways to look at the current fate of the CIO role: Either the CIO is in the perfect place and time as the worlds of business and IT converge, or they are standing squarely in the 'kill zone' waiting for those same converging forces to fell them.

                I have been covering digital transformation for over three years and have watched with fascination as it has evolved from a new idea to its present state of frenzied hype. My hope was that as its mind share reached critical mass with business and IT executives, there would be a renaissance in strategy and action within executive suites.

                Unfortunately, it appears that organizations have realized only the first half of that hope..."

                What IT Spending Forecasts Tell Us About the Future of IT
                InformationWeek, August 25th, 2017
                "IT spending patterns make it clear that we are in a software and cloud-based world.

                Former Vice President Joe Biden once said, 'Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.' These words ring true as budgets not only can tell us what we value today, but also what we presume will valuable in the future..."

                  5 traits of the transformational CIO
                  The Enterprisers Project, August 25th, 2017
                  "'Transformation' gets overused as a term. But truly transformational CIOs share these qualities...

                  Enterprise technology leaders can no longer rely on a track record of operational performance to remain relevant in the future. Today's businesses need transformational, change-driving CIOs who can help them innovate like startups while still running the controls and efficiencies that their legacies require..."

                  ITPalooza 2017 At The Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center
                  Thursday, December 7th, 2017: All Day
                  You are invited to join the largest gathering of the South Florida technology community for ITP17. You'll connect with peers and industry experts, attend technology education sessions presented by regional and national subject matter experts all while experiencing the best IT and Technology available in our region.

                  Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

                  South Florida Technology Alliance

                  IT - Wireless
                  5G: are we trying to run before we can walk?
                  ITProPortal, August 25th, 2017
                  "If service providers aren't prepared they could face not being able to carry the huge levels of traffic required by the host application to any and all of its possible destinations.

                  Noise about 5G is certainly getting louder, with predictions that by 2025 the number of worldwide connections is set to hit 1.4 billion. As demand for services and applications increase, service providers are struggling to keep apace - the industry has yet to fully implement a working and reliable 4G experience for users - which begs the question: how can operators monetise 5G sufficiently and provide the end user with the customer experience they demand?..."

                    vBeers @ Palm Beach (North) Palm Beach Gardens
                    Wednesday, September 6th, 2017: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                    Twisted Trunk Brewing - Palm Beach Gardens

                    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.

                    Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

                    John J. McLaughlin, Craig, Nicole

                    IT - DR
                    Why Business Continuity is the Final Word in the 'Build vs Buy' Debate
                    Data Center Knowledge, August 24th, 2017
                    "Industry experts assert that because the manipulation and communication of information is now a core function of most organizations, comprehensive data management strategies are vital. But despite being mission critical, the data center often remains siloed - a necessary, but not strategic, business service.

                    However, in an economic landscape defined by digital disruption, and where businesses are transforming at lightning speed, this is finally set to change. The innovations revolutionizing business - cloud computing, social media, mobile apps, the 'big data' explosion and on-demand services - can only be delivered from purpose-built highly efficient data centers..."

                    Disaster recovery vs. security recovery plans: Why you need separate strategies
                    CSO Online, August 25th, 2017
                    "Responding to a cyber security incident has its own unique objectives and requires its own recovery plan...

                    Many enterprises blend their disaster recovery and security recovery plans into a single, neat, easy-to-sip package. But does this approach make sense?

                    Not really, say a variety of disaster and security recovery experts, including Marko Bourne, who leads Booz Allen's emergency management, disaster assistance and mission assurance practice. 'Security and disaster plans are related, but not always the same thing,' he observes..."

                    IT - PM
                    7 goals every project manager should aspire to achieve
                    CIO, August 23rd, 2017
                    "Project managers must look beyond requirements, budgets and timelines to ensure they are executing high-impact, high-visibility projects with a direct line to the organization's overall strategic goals. Here's how to be recognized by executives and stakeholders as an indispensable strategic partner.

                    You may think the chief responsibility of a project manager is to deliver projects on time and on budget, but you'd be wrong. As a high-level strategic body, project management professionals first and foremost help drive, guide and execute company-identified value-added goals..."

                    4 Project Management Tactics That Stand The Test of Time
                    Business 2 Community, August 25th, 2017
                    "The very concept of project management in business has seen a renaissance in recent years. New technology is making it easier for companies to identify the most optimal methods of conducting their internal operations.

                    However, technology - no matter how advanced - can only do so much. Ultimately, success will always depend on the people at the front lines and the tactics they employ..."

                    7 goals every project manager should aspire to achieve
                    CIO Insight, August 25th, 2017
                    "Project managers must look beyond requirements, budgets and timelines to ensure they are executing high-impact, high-visibility projects with a direct line to the organization's overall strategic goals. Here's how to be recognized by executives and stakeholders as an indispensable strategic partner..."
                      What's new in Oracle OpenWorld 2017?
                      By: Parnian Taidi
                      Parnian Taid blogs, "Oracle OpenWorld 2017, the industry's most important business and technology conference for the past 20 years, takes place at San Francisco's Moscone Center October 1 through 5 of this year. Whether you're just starting, growing, or an established organization, at Oracle OpenWorld you'll find the latest in industry and product thought leadership..."
                      2017 Duke's Choice Award Nominations
                      By: Yolande Poirier
                      Yolande writes, "The Duke's Choice Award is dedicated to all members of the Java Community! In keeping with its 15-year history, the 2017 Duke's Choice Award winners will be announced at JavaOne, the world's biggest Java technology conference and gathering of Java community members. The Duke's Choice Award celebrates extreme innovation using Java technology..."
                      IT - Networks
                      The far-reaching benefits of SD-WAN improve network edge to inner layers
                      SearchSDN, August 24th, 2017
                      "The benefits of SD-WAN could work inward from the network edge to improve network infrastructure efficiency, anticipate network service needs and maybe emerge as NFV's killer app...

                      The tech industry has always been known for generating new acronyms, but networking seems to be outdoing other areas in recent years.

                      For example, a partial acronym list includes the following: SDN, network functions virtualization (NFV), Open Networking Foundation (ONF), Open Network Operating System (ONOS), Open Daylight (ODL) and finally, software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN)..."

                      Critical considerations for adopting SD-WAN
                      ITProPortal, August 25th, 2017
                      "Your WAN gains the flexibility to use the most appropriate type of networking connection to meet particular business or application performance requirements, switching among them as needed.

                      The popularity of SD-WAN and its adoption is rapidly taking hold in companies of all sizes as they undergo digital transformation. It is an attractive option for businesses that are updating their WAN edge equipment, connecting branch offices, modernising their WAN infrastructure, and aggressively moving to the cloud..."

                      Multi-cloud and Internet of Things come in SD-WAN packages
                      silconANGLE, August 24th, 2017
                      "At face value, the Software-Defined Wide Area Network is a packaged information technology solution for organizations with multiple branch locations. But a boost from the latest cloud technology is revealing SD-WAN's hidden talents, and it may even may attract new customers by accidentally solving the multi-cloud management snafu..."
                      The 3 types of SD-WAN architecture
                      Networkworld, August 25th, 2017
                      "Which type of SD-WAN is the best fit for your company? ....

                      If you're contemplating whether SD-WAN will improve your company's Wide Area Network, I've learned it's important to first get a grasp of the different SD-WAN architectures.

                      As a long-time business ISP and cloud broker, I've had the best seat in the house for watching the SD-WAN craze take flight. As dozens of SD-WAN product offerings pop up, I have the enviable job of making sense of it all..."

                        IT - IoT
                        Review: 'Securing the Internet of Things'
                        Help Net Security, August 25th, 2017
                        "'Securing the Internet of Things' provides network and cybersecurity researchers and practitioners with both the theoretical and practical knowledge they need to know regarding security in the Internet of Things (IoT). This booming field, moving from strictly research to the marketplace, is advancing rapidly, yet security issues abound.

                        This book explains the fundamental concepts of IoT security, describing practical solutions that account for resource limitations at IoT end-node, hybrid network architecture, communication protocols, and application characteristics. Highlighting the most important potential IoT security risks and threats, the book covers both the general theory and practical implications for people working in security in the Internet of Things..."

                        5 essentials for building the perfect Internet of Things beast
                        ZDNet, August 26th, 2017
                        "The challenge is that 'the IoT platform market is immature and there are over 150 options to choose from' ...

                        Identifying and building the best-suited Internet of Things (IoT) platform is probably the most important endeavors an technology leader can undertake this year, but one can be forgiven for being perplexed by all the noise, crowds and confusion that reign in this space. The challenge is that "the IoT platform market is immature and there are over 150 options to choose from," Eric Lamarre and Brett May, both with McKinsey and Company, caution in a recent post..."

                        How to improve IoT security
                        Networkworld, August 21st, 2017
                        "The trend to create IoT devices and equipment is creating daunting security challenges. Researchers say the only way to address the issue is to create a security culture...

                        The tsunami-sized trend to add intelligence with sensors and actuators and to connect devices, equipment and appliances to the internet poses safety, security and privacy risks..."

                        IT - Linux
                        Happy anniversary, Linux: A look back at where it all began
              , August 25th, 2017
                        "Installing SLS 1.05 shows just how far the Linux kernel has come in 26 years...

                        I first installed Linux in 1993. I ran MS-DOS at the time, but I really liked the Unix systems in our campus computer lab, where I spent much of my time as an undergraduate university student. When I heard about Linux, a free version of Unix that I could run on my 386 computer at home, I immediately wanted to try it out. My first Linux distribution was Softlanding Linux System (SLS) 1.03, with Linux kernel 0.99 alpha patch level 11. That required a whopping 2MB of RAM, or 4MB if you wanted to compile programs, and 8MB to run X windows..."

                        IT - Operations
                        A Liquid Cooling Renaissance Coming to the Data Center?
                        Data Center Knowledge, August 25th, 2017
                        "With 35-plus years as a full-service mechanical and mission critical environments contractor with a heavy emphasis on service, maintenance, and repair, I specialize in mission critical cooling (heat rejection) and electrical infrastructures, as well as the comfort cooling surrounding them.

                        As you know, seemingly everything in the world is becoming digitized. A talking appliance that sits on your counter top and does just about anything you ask 'her' to do: play music, order pizza, or simply sing to the baby. If you can think of it, it can, has, and will become some form of synthetic and augmented reality. Welcome to the world of 'Big Data'..."

                        Keeping the management in SIAM
                        ITProPortal, August 24th, 2017
                        "Service Integration and Management (SIAM), an approach to managing multiple suppliers of services and integrating them to provide a single business-facing IT organisation has had a mixed rap in the public sector. So much so, that in February 2015 - Alex Holmes, GDS' Chief Operating Officer penned a blog titled 'Knocking Down The Towers of SIAM'. Many saw this as the government turning its back on SIAM, period. But that was not quite the intention of the blog. Instead, it highlighted how the SIAM model in use across much of the UK public sector needed to evolve and ensure it was fit for purpose to address the challenges the sector faces today and the needs of users..."
                        IT - Security
                        The 5 top cybersecurity threats for 2017
                        Information Management, August 25th, 2017
                        "Cyber attacks and data breaches are on the rise this year, thanks in large part to the proliferation of affordable, customizable and accessible tools for cyber criminals. Quite simply, it is becoming easier all the time to be a bad guy in cyber space.

                        That fact has contributed to the rise in ransomware attacks this year, according to research firm Accenture, which has issued a new mid-year report identifying the top cyber threats for 2017..."

                          Study finds big companies are not protecting against phishing attacks
                          silconANGLE, August 23rd, 2017
                          "A study of top companies in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia has found a majority have not yet implemented basic protections designed to protect against phishing attacks.

                          More specifically, they haven't embraced Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance, or DMARC, which can help detect and prevent phishing, a method of impersonating people that targets know so they let down their defenses..."

                            You deserve what you tolerate: Why companies must enforce security standards
                            ZDNet, August 23rd, 2017
                            "Companies that fail to enforce security policies must be prepared to handle the consequences...

                            After reading through some security blogs and strategy papers, I saw what appeared to be an underlying theme across the narratives I'd read: Security tolerates failure.

                            It's understandable that it happens, but I think if we are honest with ourselves, it happens because of a collective acceptance that close enough is good enough..."

                            How to protect your network from ransomware attacks
                            Networkworld, August 23rd, 2017
                            "This 7-step plan, which includes backup and recovery, network monitoring, and antivirus, will help prevent a ransomware attack on your company...

                            Ransomware attacks are becoming more rampant now that criminals have learned they are an effective way to make money in a short amount of time. Attackers do not even need any programming skills to launch an attack because they can obtain code that is shared among the many hacker communities..."

                            Ex-Employees Still Cause Data Breaches (Slideshow)
                            CIO Insight, August 22nd, 2017
                            "Many ex-employees continue to have access to corporate applications and often contribute to data breaches, says a new study. Forty-eight percent of respondents in the study, "Curse of the Ex-Employees," are aware of the problem. Furthermore, 20 percent of respondents believe the failure to deprovision employees has contributed to a data breach at their organization. "Companies aren't following very basic but essential security measures around employee provisioning and deprovisioning," said Alvaro Hoyos, chief information security officer at identity management provider OneLogin, which commissioned the study..."
                            The 5 cyber attacks you're most likely to face
                            CSO Online, August 21st, 2017
                            "Don't be distracted by the exploit of the week. Invest your time and money defending against the threats you're apt to confront...

                            As a consultant, one the security biggest problems I see is perception: The threats companies think they face are often vastly different than the threats that pose the greatest risk. For example, they hire me to deploy state-of-the-art public key infrastructure (PKI) or an enterprise-wide intrusion detection system when really what they need is better patching..."

                            IT - Careers
                            The 5 Hottest Technologies for Your IT Career in 2017
                            Business 2 Community, August 22nd, 2017
                            "As a tech professional, you're already in high demand by definition. The unemployment rate in the IT field stands at 2.5%, meaning you likely have a multitude of positions available to you and recruiters contacting you regularly. But how can you make yourself even more valuable to employers, and really take your career to the next level? The answer lies in obtaining experience in several of the hottest technologies and rounding out your skill set with knowledge in the areas employers are looking for most..."
                              Where's the college course about getting a job?
                              AskTheHeadHunter, August 21st, 2017
                              "In the August 22, 2017 'Ask The Headhunter Newsletter', a reader who works in a college says students need more than academic education. They deserve career education...


                              Colleges need to do more to teach students how to negotiate, how to dress for success, and other life skills.

                              I currently work at a community college. To say that the majority of the student body is under-served is putting it mildly. They need a lot of help, much more than we can provide, but we are there to try to help them succeed..."

                                Open source skills are a boost for career prospects, report finds
                                jaxenter, August 24th, 2017
                                "Open source makes the world go round, from Google, Facebook and Twitter to Android smartphones and Linux in self-driving cars. The Linux Foundation's 2017 Open Source Jobs Report confirms that the hiring market for developers with open source skills is hot, hot, hot. Are you ready?..."
                                8 Things Your Resume Needs to be Attractive in 2017
                                Business 2 Community, August 24th, 2017
                                "If you're looking to land yourself in a new, exciting and challenging role for 2018 then it's a good time to start looking now. Since we've passed the mid-year, you better get cracking on that goal now so that before 2017 ends you've given yourself ample time to start at a new company and get comfortable with their environment. However, before you start circulating your resume all over the place, are you certain your resume is still relevant and attractive in 2017?.."
                                  Sysadmin is here to stay
                                  Business 2 Community, August 25th, 2017
                                  This year once again we saw the industry fanfare to celebrate the 17th anniversary of sysadmin day at the end of July. Axel Schmidt of TeamViewer takes the opportunity to reflect on how the role has changed over the last two decades and how it will change in the future.

                                  Usually hidden behind the scenes, system admin staff are the bloodline of all large organisations, keeping the office running like clockwork. The role of a sysadmin varies from company to company..."

                                    IT - Virtualization
                                    3 Industries Embracing Container Innovation
                                    Container Journal, August 26th, 2017
                                    "Technology innovation is often driven by two things: agility and mobility. We happily ditched rotary phones for cordless phones, and have ultimately embraced mobile phones because they have allowed us to be more agile and mobile.

                                    IT itself is experiencing a similar evolution in the way we build and run apps. Fifteen years ago, virtualization was becoming mainstream and was embraced as a way to more quickly deploy new servers and apps and to separate them from physical hardware. Ten years later, cloud was becoming mainstream as a way to abstract those apps and infrastructure away from physical data centers and allow organizations to quickly and efficiently deploy and scale at provider scale..."

                                    Serverless May Kill Containers
                                    Datamation, August 23rd, 2017
                                    "Kubernetes, the darling of the container world, seems set to dominate the next decade of container orchestration. That is, if containers last that long.

                                    While it seems obvious that containers, the heir apparent to virtual machines, should have a long shelf life, the serverless boom may actually serve to cut it short. Though serverless offerings from AWS and Microsoft are built on the backs of containers, they eliminate the server metaphor entirely (and, hence, the need to containerize that server).

                                    According to some, including Expedia's vice president of cloud, Subbu Allamaraju, serverless frameworks like AWS Lambda are improving at such a torrid pace that they may soon displace container wunderkind like Kubernetes..."

                                    3D printing is now entrenched at Ford
                                    CIO, August 21st, 2017
                                    "While 3D printing was little more than a toy for engineers 20 years ago, today Ford Motor Co. could not develop new cars without it. New technologies ensure it's coming to a production line near you.

                                    If you were to put the brakes on 3D printing technology at Ford today, the company's vehicle development would literally come to a screeching halt..."

                                    IT - Database
                                    SQLite: The Universal SQL Database Engine
                          , August 22nd, 2017
                                    "Today's quiz is: What's the most popular database of all? MySQL? Nope. Oracle Database? Nah. Microsoft SQL Server? Try again. IBM DB/2? Wrong. Arguably the most popular database of all is SQLite.

                                    Never even heard of it? Find that hard to believe? SQLite's inside every smartphone, macOS and Windows; and the Chrome, Firefox, and Opera web browser. The reason you haven't heard of it is because it's hidden inside the code of numerous operating systems and programs. There, the SQLite C library provides database services for applications..."

                                    IT - Big Data
                                    Big Data is the Biggest Disruptor in the Restaurant Industry
                                    SmartDataCollective, August 24th, 2017
                                    "A survey shows 18% of small businesses and 57% of medium-sized businesses are investing in big data. Their report found that restaurants are investing more heavily in big data than brands in other industries...

                                    The restaurant industry has a higher failure rate than just about any other line of business. According to most surveys, approximately four out of five restaurants file for bankruptcy within five years. Smart restauranteurs invest in cutting edge technology to stand ahead of the competition. A recent report from the SMB Group shows that big data is the biggest game changer in the saturated industry..."

                                    Big Data Plays an Important Role in Utilities Today
                                    insideBIGDATA, August 23rd, 2017
                                    "Most businesses in most industries today are turning to Big Data to look for ways to boost customer satisfaction, enhance energy production efficiency and reliability, and plan for demands in the future and lead water and energy conservation initiatives. Utilities are at the intersection of the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as customer behavioral analytics. Utilities have a chance to couple strong customer energy and water data use with data spewing off of intelligent devices as well as the smart grid to create value propositions for the clientele..."
                                    Can retailers and manufacturers turn big data into smart data?
                                    ITProPortal, August 25th, 2017
                                    "Gaining access to an increasing amount of data does not necessarily lead to better decision-making...

                                    Manufacturers and retailers are inundated with information from an ever-increasing number of disparate sources, but the real challenge that they face is how to ensure their big data becomes smart data.

                                    Only if retailers and brands can gather, integrate, analyse and create actionable insight from their point of sale (PoS), customer loyalty and e-commerce data will they win shoppers' hearts and minds and gain a competitive advantage..."

                                    Understanding The Role of Big Data in HR Processes and Payroll
                                    SmartDataCollective, August 24th, 2017
                                    "Big data offers HR and payroll departments a vast range of analytic possibilities - but businesses first need to understand how to use their new tool...

                                    The Big Data revolution is underway: as the size, scope, and speed of data flowing into businesses grows, so does our ability to store and analyse it. Recent research revealed, that around 48.4% of Fortune 1000 companies are now achieving 'measurable results' from Big Data ventures, while 80.7% of their executives described those investments as 'successful'. With so many opportunities on the table, the potential advantages of Big Data for HR and payroll - both highly-data focussed fields - would seem self-evident..."

                                    IT - Mobile
                                    These are the 10 most popular mobile apps in America
                                    recode, August 24th, 2017
                                    "Between smartphones and tablets, Americans spend more than half of their digital media consumption time - 57 percent - in apps, according to comScore's annual U.S. mobile apps report. That's about the same as a year ago - evidence that the dramatic shift to mobile has now leveled out in the U.S.

                                    These are the winners, according to comScore, as measured by their penetration of the U.S. mobile app audience:..."

                                      IT - BYOD
                                      Consider These 6 Things for Your BYOD Security Policy
                                      Business 2 Community, August 22nd, 2017
                                      "A growing number of organizations are adopting a 'bring your own device' (BYOD) policy, which allows employees to use their personal devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops for company business. A report from Tech Pro Research showed that 72% of businesses are expected to implement BYOD by the end of 2017.

                                      As BYOD becomes more commonplace, it's crucial for organizations to formulate a security policy that meets the needs of employees, while protecting the organization's interests. Keep the following 6 points in mind when creating or updating your company's BYOD security policy..."

                                      Could organisations be doing more to implement BYOD policies in the workplace?
                                      ITProPortal, August 22nd, 2017
                                      "The bring your own device movement has quickly grown in popularity across organisations worldwide...

                                      As digital transformation has become more of a buzzword over the last year to 18 months, bring your own device (BYOD) is another term that has risen in popularity. BYOD is the practice of allowing employees to use their own computers, smartphones or other devices for work purposes and there is a growing school of thought that bring your own devices policies can help organisations implement not only flexible working, but a more collaborative workplace culture..."

                                      Pro V. Con: BYOD Security Challenges & Concerns
                                      ITProPortal, August 25th, 2017
                                      "Most employees will bring at least one type of smart device - most likely a smartphone - into the office. In fact, 77 percent of Americans use smartphones, which is why business owners have begun putting Bring Your Own Device, or 'BYOD' policies in place.

                                      BYOD simply means that your business allows employees to bring their personal devices, like laptops and mobile devices, into the workplace. These policies vary depending on your business type, the type of information you store, your employees' access to that sensitive information and your company's size and budget..."

                                      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:

                                      • Oracle Exadata Applications Can Now Run on Next-Gen Cloud Infrastructure
                                      • Oracle Releases Exadata Database for Bare-Metal Usage in Its Cloud
                                      • Interjet Increases Project Efficiencies with Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management
                                      • Higher Education Institutions Select Oracle EPM Cloud to Drive Student Success
                                      • Training Thursdays: Online Training, an Ideal Choice for Oracle Linux
                                      • Oracle Makes the Most Powerful Database Platform Available on the Industry's Most Advanced Cloud Infrastructure
                                      • MySQL Connector/NET 6.10.3
                                      • MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.7
                                      • Podcast: Are Microservices and APIs Becoming SOA 2.0?
                                      • MySQL Enterprise Edition Now in Docker Store!

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

                                        IT - Encryption
                                        How Quantum Computing Will Change Browser Encryption
                                        Dark Reading, August 24th, 2017
                                        "From a protocol point of view, we're closer to a large-scale quantum computer than many people think. Here's why that's an important milestone.

                                        In 2015, The NSA's Information Assurance Directorate issued guidance to postpone moving from RSA cryptography to elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) if they hadn't already done so. The guidance stated: 'For those partners and vendors that have not yet made the transition to Suite B elliptic curve algorithms, we recommend not making a significant expenditure to do so at this point but instead to prepare for the upcoming quantum-resistant algorithm transition.'

                                        The timing of the announcement was curious..."

                                        IT - Java
                                        JAX Magazine: The answer to Java 9 and modularity
                              , August 22nd, 2017
                                        "What comes to your mind when you hear the word Java? How about blockchain, DevOps and microservices? If you want to learn about emerging technologies or dive deeper into topics you're already familiar with (I'm looking at you Java 9), what better way to do that than to go straight to the source? Open the magazine and allow the experts to shower you with information!..."
                                        Oracle has a change of heart, now wants to release Java EE to the open source community
                                        TechWorm, August 23rd, 2017
                                        "They say that you can never expect a favor from the corporate world without them getting some profit. Oracle seems to be shutting shop on Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) and has now decided to open source it. After earning millions from Java EE, now Oracle seems to have realized that it needs to move on.

                                        As per reports Oracle is saying goodbye to Java EE (Enterprise Edition) and has decided to outsource it to an open source foundation, as the company plans to evaluate different ways to enhance the development process of Java EE. This announcement from Oracle comes before the forthcoming release of version 8 of Java EE..."

                                        The future looks good for Java EE - 4 experts weigh in
                                        jaxenter, August 24th, 2017
                                        "Discussions about Java EE's future are more intense than ever. Was Oracle's decision to look into moving Java EE technologies 'to an open source foundation' a good one? If Java EE is moved to an open source foundation, which one is the most suitable? Should it be renamed? We invited Ivar Grimstad, Martijn Verburg, Reza Rahman and Josh Juneau to weigh in on Oracle's decision..."
                                        IT - Developer
                                        Debunking the myths around agile development
                                        Information Management, August 21st, 2017
                                        "George Orwell once said: 'Myths which are believed in tend to become true.' Of course, a story can become a myth or indeed the myth often becomes a good story.

                                        This particular story has its genesis in the mountains of Utah, in February 2001, when a gathering of some of the greatest modern minds emerged with a set of 12 revolutionary software development principles under a proclamation called the Agile Manifesto..."

                                        IT - HPC
                                        Top 10 supercomputers of 2017
                                        Networkworld, August 23rd, 2017
                                        "These 10 supercomputers are the world's fastest....

                                        Yes, your new gaming PC that supports VR headsets is impressively fast. But can it simulate the entire universe over millions of years? Shed light on the forces that cause destructive summer storms in Europe? Ensure the safety and reliability of nuclear weapons? We didn't think so; those are jobs for supercomputers..."

                                        Red Hat News
                                        Red Hat Boosts Application Portability Across Hybrid Cloud with .NET Core 2.0
                                        Red Hat, August 21st, 2017
                                        Red Hat, Inc. announced that it will support .NET Core 2.0, the latest version of the open source .NET Core project, on Red Hat's portfolio of open technologies. A lightweight and modular platform for creating web applications and microservices, .NET Core 2.0 provides significant new developer capabilities while enabling developers to create .NET applications across platforms, and deploy on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, and more.
                                        Red Hat Helps Intermountain Healthcare Digitally Transform with Modernized Infrastructure and IT Automation
                                        Red Hat, August 24th, 2017
                                        Red Hat announced that Intermountain Healthcare is using Red Hat solutions to help the company transform its existing infrastructure by migrating services from a proprietary platform to an open source Red Hat stack. By implementing Red Hat platforms, Intermountain Healthcare is moving towards a more streamlined and modern IT environment offering enterprise-wide IT automation and on-demand services, enabling them to do more while decreasing complexity.
                                        Red Hat and Microsoft Simplify Containers to Help Enterprises Accelerate to the Hybrid Cloud
                                        Red Hat, August 22nd, 2017
                                        Microsoft and Red Hat announced an expansion of the two companies' alliance with plans for new initiatives aimed at enabling enterprises to more easily adopt containers. This includes native support for Windows Server containers on Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated on Microsoft Azure, and SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift. These additions to the companies' joint roadmap will focus on simplifying container technologies to help enterprise customers increase the agility and drive digital transformation using hybrid cloud.
                                        Friday Five - August 25, 2017
                                        Red Hat, August 25th, 2017
                                        "The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye...

                                        • Supporting Windows Server Containers with Red Hat OpenShift
                                        • CSO - Top 5 container mistakes that cause security problems
                                        • Why did I choose Red Hat?
                                        • Red Hat Boosts Application Portability Across Hybrid Cloud with .NET Core 2.0
                                        • New edX Course Now Available - Fundamentals of Containers, Kubernetes, and Red Hat OpenShift

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