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Oracle News
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Oracle Hiring Five-Thousand Cloud Professionals in the United States
Oracle, August 28th, 2017
This year, Oracle is hiring more than five-thousand new engineers, consultants, sales and support people into its rapidly growing cloud business. This injection of talent will help Oracle sustain the momentum in what is already the world's fastest growing multi-billion dollar cloud business.

"Central to Oracle's success is our empowered, inspired and engaged workforce," said Joyce Westerdahl, Oracle Executive Vice President, Human Resources. "We're hiring experienced sales and engineering professionals eager to contribute to Oracle's cloud growth and champion our products. We are also recruiting high-performing recent college graduates and offering them a world-class training program to prepare them for a career in the technology industry."

Luxury Fashion Goods Wholesaler Scales its Hong Kong Business with NetSuite OneWorld
Oracle, August 31st, 2017
Lfplaza Grows from a Startup to a $300 Million HKD Business Across Southeast Asia in Just Five Years

Oracle NetSuite, one of the world's leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that Lfplaza Group, a wholesale distributor of luxury and designer fashion clothing, bags, shoes and accessories, has scaled its business dramatically since deploying NetSuite OneWorld shortly after its launch in 2012. Based in Hong Kong, the company relies on NetSuite for financials, inventory management, CRM and marketing, as well as multi-subsidiary and multi-currency management for the Hong Kong, Australian and U.S. dollars, Chinese renminbi, British pound, Japanese yen, New Taiwan dollar and the Euro.

Oracle Expands IoT Cloud Portfolio, Enabling Customers to Accelerate Intelligence and ROI from Connected Assets
Oracle, August 31st, 2017
Introduces Digital Twin, Digital Thread, and artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities

Oracle announced significant enhancements to the Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud. The offering now features built-in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning that powers Digital Twin and Digital Thread capabilities. As such, customers and partners can quickly gain operation-wide visibility and leverage predictive insights from connected assets. These insights can increase deployment times, reduce costs, improve business outcomes, and accelerate new market opportunities. Combining the power of Oracle IoT Cloud and enterprise applications, Oracle also introduced new industry solutions for digital field service, smart connected factories, and digital fleet management.

Oracle and Mitsubishi Electric Collaborate to Develop Internet of Things Platform for Smart Manufacturing
Oracle, August 31st, 2017
Using Oracle Cloud, New FA-IT Open Platform Enables Rapid Collection, Analysis, and Utilization of Production Site Data

Oracle announced its collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation to develop an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for smart manufacturing. With Oracle Cloud, Mitsubishi Electric developed its new FA-IT Open Platform for factory automation. Using edge computing between devices and business applications, the new platform enables the rapid collection, analysis, and utilization of data at production site.

Oracle
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Oracle NoSQL Database 4.5 Brings Big Developer Advantages
by Laura Ramsey
Laura blogs, "You have a NoSQL database that is fast, reliable and sophisticated. It's time to build applications that can take full advantage of the transaction performance, security and accessibility to make it really Big.

Oracle NoSQL Database 4.5 is now available for download and includes features that provides distributed, highly available key/value storage that is designed for high volume, latency sensitive applications. The new features in Oracle NoSQL 4.5 make it easier to build applications that can execute highly secure, high velocity transactions..."

Feature
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New Oracle Tech Simplifies Internet Of Things Deployments In The Field
by Michael Hickins
Michael writes in Forbes, "Oracle this week demonstrated new capabilities for its Internet of Things technology, which businesses can use to better manage their field equipment and assets as well as improve customer service performed by field technicians. Customers using the new capabilities have reported being able to deploy IoT into their workflows two to three times faster than before, according to Oracle executives who presented to a roomful of journalists at company headquarters in Redwood City, California..."
College 'Back To School' Prep Offers Glimpse Into The Future
by Linda Currey Post
Linda writes, "When college students head back to school this fall, most will bring along a laptop to take notes in class, a desktop computer to do homework in their dorm rooms, a smartphone to stay in constant communication, a TV that connects to the internet, and a couple of gaming devices just for fun. Students aren't just digitally savvy - they've come to expect a style of communication and services reflected by their digital experiences. They want a more personal relationship with their colleges, and they expect administrative transactions to be seamless and intuitive..."
    Meet The Modern CIO: Partner, Not Pedagogue
    by Matthew O'Keefe
    Matthew writes in Forbes, "The modern digital enterprise relies on technology more than ever before, but that reliance won't automatically equate to a more strategic role for the internal IT function. In this digital business and cloud computing era, the CIO's greatest challenge is to forge a new role for the IT organization that focuses much more on adding value and driving competitive advantage and much less on operating and maintaining legacy systems, says Margaret Miller, whose 30-year career in IT includes leadership roles in the private and public sectors, most recently as CIO of New York State until the spring of this year..."
    IT - AI
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    10 Signs You're Ready For AI - But Might Not Succeed
    CIO, August 29th, 2017
    "Not every problem can be solved by machine learning, and not every company is poised to apply AI. Here's how to know whether your IT organization is ready to reap the benefits of artificial intelligence...

    Since machine learning is a panacea, your company should be able to use it profitably, right? Perhaps; perhaps not. OK, I'm just kidding about the panacea: that's just marketing hype. Let's discuss whether you have what it takes to harness artificial intelligence - and how you could get to that point if you're not yet there..."

      Artificially Intelligent Drones Will Start Patrolling For Sharks In Australia
      siliconANGLE, August 27th, 2017
      "Drones using artificial intelligence will be deployed off beaches in New South Wales, Australia, to detect sharks and warn swimmers.

      The new drones will patrol beaches and use artificial intelligence to detect sharks in the water. It's not the first time drones have been used in Australia to detect sharks, but what makes the new drones interesting is that they do not rely on human operators controlling the drones to look for sharks. Instead, they use artificial intelligence software so they can spot sharks by themselves. To improve the results, additional software is also deployed to analyze the video feed from the drones to doubly make sure that sharks aren't missed..."

        Does AI Mean More Jobs?
        Data Center Knowledge, August 28th, 2017
        "Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has changed the way many large companies are handling their services. However, the continuous growth of AI technologies are drawing concerns with the public. If AI continues to be an important factor in business plans, will the majority of human-based jobs be taken over by automation? Can AI evolve into something more concerning? In spite of this, AI has contributed to many industries, specifically customer care, and it is possible that it will be able to create more jobs, not less..."
          Preparing The Network For AI And Machine Learning
          insideBIGDATA, August 30th, 2017
          "The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities are poised to drastically change the modern business landscape. A recent survey of Fortune 500 CEOs showed that in 2017, 81 percent believe these technologies will have a positive impact on their organization, up from just 54 percent in 2016. Furthermore, the Forrester recent technology predictions report forecasts that '2017 will be the year the big data floodgates open, driven by a voracious appetite for deeper contextual insights that drive customer engagement via mobile, wearables, and [the Internet of Things (IoT)]'..."
          Virtualization
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          Announcing certification of Oracle VM 3.4.4 with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c releases 13.2 and 13.2PG
          by Simon Hayler
          Simon blogs, "We are pleased to announce that Oracle VM 3.4.4 is certified with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c releases 13.2 and 13.2PG. This enables the registration, monitoring and management of Oracle VM 3.4.4 with these two releases..."
          IT - Storage
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          The Leading Object Storage Vendors Offer Broad Range Of Options
          SearchStorage, August 28th, 2017
          "Explore how the leading object storage systems can be accessed, how they integrate with the cloud, what data security they provide and the various deployment options they offer...

          Although object-based storage refers to a class of storage with specific characteristics, when evaluating products from the leading object storage vendors, it quickly becomes clear that there is more than meets the eye..."

          What You Should Know About CephFS
          opensouce.com, August 29th, 2017
          "Today, new storage system interfaces are created regularly to resolve emerging challenges in distributed storage. For example, Amazon Simple Storage Service [S3] (an opaque object store) and Amazon Elastic Block Storage [EBS] (a virtual machine image provider) both provide an essential, scalable storage service within a cloud ecosystem; however even with these new technologies, the conventional file system remains the most-widely used storage interface in computing..."
          IT - Technology
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          The Rise Of Voice Search: A How-To Guide
          Business 2 Community, August 28th, 2017
          "Me, to Siri, earlier today --'Siri, what is the meaning of life?'

          Siri - 'I Kant answer that. Ha ha!'

          (Please note that I changed the default Siri voice to be the voice of an Australian man, which makes the answer so much better.)

          All joking aside, all of us have probably used Siri, Alexa, Cortana, or Google Now at some point, either for fun or for practical purposes. In fact, voice search has grown considerably over the past few years. According to Google, more than half of teens and 41% of adults use voice search daily..."

          Intel Unveils Ai-Focused Movidius VPU Chip
          ZDNet, August 28th, 2017
          "The Myriad X VPU comes with improved processing capabilities for edge devices such as drones, VR headsets, smart cameras, wearables, and robots...

          Intel on Monday announced its next-generation Movidius vision processing unit with improved processing capabilities for edge devices such as drones, VR headsets, smart cameras, wearables, and robots..."

          Future Technologies To Keep An Eye Out For
          Business 2 Community, August 30th, 2017
          "Technology is something that's grown to play a very critical role in our lives, whether professional or personal. Today, we live in a world where almost 90% of what we do is dependent on technology and in some cases, even the kind of technology we use.

          But, you know what? It's never the same with technology and as time passes by we're only going to see technology evolve further. It will continue to revolutionize the way we do things. So, if you thought today's technology is awesome, here's a glimpse of what might be possible in the future..."

            The Future Of Nanotechnology
            Business 2 Community, September 1st, 2017
            "Advancements in the field of technology have allowed us to work on things that are so small that you would need a microscope to see them. Nanotechnology is no longer in its stage of infancy and scientists are developing new ways to work on a nanoscale.

            To appreciate the beauty of nanotechnology, we need to understand how small these objects are. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. The sharp point lead of a pencil is a millimeter. A nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter..."

              IT - Bitcoin
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              The Nav Coin Guide To How Anonymous Cryptocurrencies Work
              NEWSBTC, August 29th, 2017
              "With the release of NavTech 1.2, we're making a lot of improvements to make sure that your transactions are safer, more secure, and more private than ever before. So we thought we would take this time to step back and talk about why privacy is important, how privacy in cryptocurrencies work, and how NavTech (Nav Coin's optional private payment) works..."
                12 Reasons To Force Your Business To Adopt Blockchain
                Business 2 Community, August 28th, 2017
                "Getting paid is a top priority for every business. Without money coming in, people don't have the cash in place to support their day-to-day activities. But even with the many options now available, there are barriers. Those include hefty fees and clunky solutions that make it difficult for clients to pay.

                For those reasons, many business owners are now eyeing blockchain for business as an easier way to move payments, especially when other countries are involved..."

                  Bitcoin - Recent Trends In Cryptocurrency
                  NEWSBTC, September 1st, 2017
                  "Over the past decade, the world's financial markets have been characterized by uncertainty, not least in the wake of the global 'great recession' that began unwinding in December 2007. This impacted in many areas, and certainly placed the activities of central banks under increasing scrutiny.

                  Less than a year after these tumultuous events, the term Bitcoin was first coined, by 'persons unknown', named as Japanese programmer Satoshi Nakamoto. Working outside centralized financial institutions, this digital or cryptocurrency - regulated by encryption techniques rather than fiscal regulations - has now been providing a means to generate personal wealth that is thriving beyond traditional restrictions..."

                  IT - FOSS
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                  78 Open Source Replacements For Expensive Applications
                  Datamation, August 30th, 2017
                  "Back when Datamation first started making lists of open source software that could replace expensive proprietary applications, most commercial software came in a box and required a flat fee for purchase. These days, with the advent of cloud computing and software as a service, most applications require a regular monthly or yearly subscription.

                  Those subscriptions make it seem like software has become more affordable. After all, $10 or $20 a month doesn't seem like a lot. But when you add up those repeating fees, users often pay more under the new subscription plans than they did under the old flat-fee arrangements. If you use a lot of different applications, those fees can quickly add up. And it can be particularly hard to justify the expense for a piece of software that you only use once in a while..."

                  LibreOffice 5.4.1 'Fresh' And Libreoffice 5.3.6 'Still'
                  The Document Foundation, August 31st, 2017
                  The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.4.1, the first minor release of the new LibreOffice 5.4 family, which was announced in early August, and LibreOffice 5.3.6, the sixth release of the mature LibreOffice 5.3 family, which was announced in January 2017.

                  LibreOffice 5.4.1 represents the bleeding edge in term of features, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts and early adopters, while LibreOffice 5.3.6 is targeted at conservative users and enterprise deployments.

                  IT - DevOps
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                  Simulating DevOps to Discover the 'Culture Thingy'
                  DevOps.com, August 29th, 2017
                  "We are all, I believe, familiar with the fact that culture is an important factor when adopting DevOps.

                  Groan!

                  Most engineers and technologists are probably tired of having the 'C' word thrown at them: culture.

                  Because let's be brutally honest: DevOps value comes from the automation stuff..."

                  Integrating Security into DevOps
                  Networks Asia, August 28th, 2017
                  "Many developers today find themselves working in a DevOps ('development and operations') setup in which an agile relationship exists between development and IT operations, with close communication and collaboration between these business units.

                  DevOps brings many advantages such as releasing features and fix bugs faster using Agile methodologies, CI/CD processes, and open source tools. However, traditional security activities can't seem to keep up with this fast-paced tempo. How can you make sure security doesn't get left behind?..."

                  MySQL
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                  MySQL Connector/J 5.1.44
                  by MySQL Release Engineering
                  MySQL Connector/J 5.1.44, a maintenance release of the production 5.1 branch has been released. Connector/J is the Type-IV pure-Java JDBC driver for MySQL.

                  MySQL Connector Java is available in source and binary form from the Connector/J download pages.

                  MySQL Cluster Manager 1.4.3
                  by Thomas Nielsen
                  Thomas blogs, "You might already have seen the announcement earlier this summer - we made MCM 1.4.3 available for download from My Oracle Support.

                  The most notable changes to MCM 1.4.3 include..."

                  Cloud Computing
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                  The Cloud Goes To College To Control Higher-Education Costs
                  by Linda Currey Post
                  Linda writes, "After the long summer break, relieved parents are sending their college-age kids back to school. But bad news threatens to temper the celebration: By the time students pick up their diplomas they - or the parents who cosigned their student loans - will be stuck with an average bill of $37,000, according to a recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In the United States alone, more than 44 million borrowers are struggling to pay back an astonishing $1.3 trillion in student debt, the report said..."
                    On the Road with Oracle Student Cloud
                    by Susan Beidler
                    Susan blogs, "At Oracle, we recognize that our customers are innovators. We have listened to them as we design new features for Campus Solutions and now we want to extend the reach of their innovation to Oracle's Student Cloud.

                    We took our Oracle Student Cloud team on the road, to absorb insight from our higher education customers and their applicants, students, and alumni on the designs for the student system of the future..."

                    IT - Cloud
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                    5 Misconceptions About Microservices
                    The Enterprisers Project, August 31st, 2017
                    "Microservices misconceptions can sabotage your efforts to get buy-in from IT teams and others. We get to the bottom of them...

                    Perhaps you've learned how to explain microservices in plain English and make the case for microservices to people inside and outside of your organization. But can you debunk the common misunderstandings about microservices? ..."

                      Amazon Makes Elastic GPUs Generally Available
                      ZDNet, August 30th, 2017
                      "Amazon Web Services on Wednesday announced the general availability of Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs for Windows. Currently, customers can provision elastic GPUs in us-east-1 and us-east-2.

                      An elastic GPU attaches to an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance to accelerate the graphics performance of applications. They're best suited for applications that require a small or intermittent amount of additional GPU power..."

                      My Cloud Infrastructure Is Built, Now How Do I Monitor It?
                      siliconANGLE, August 31st, 2017
                      "Imagine the experience of driving today's car without any dashboard. No speedometer, gas gauge, trouble lights or temperature controls. That's the example that unified monitoring software company CA Technologies Inc. likes to use when describing the challenge facing network administrators who must manage an increasingly complex cloud and hybrid-information technology infrastructure..."
                      How To Adapt Your Risk Management Strategy For The Cloud
                      Business 2 Community, August 31st, 2017
                      "Security has always been about accepting and managing risk. It's not about becoming the most secure company; its goal is to protect against likely threats to your unique organization. But how do you know when a new risk crops up? And how can you stay on top of this in a rapidly changing cloud environment with more endpoints to monitor?

                      Fortunately, the cloud doesn't just introduce new risks. It also offers new opportunities for successful risk management. And while managing risk in the cloud may seem overwhelming, it can actually become a lot more streamlined if you do it right. In this post, we'll explain how risk management is different in the cloud and how you can adapt with a few simple shifts to your current approach..."

                      IT - CxO
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                      3 Truths For IT Leaders Navigating Intense Change
                      The Enterprisers Project, August 29th, 2017
                      "Today's IT leaders need honesty, humility, and an understanding of these classic principles, says Red Hat CIO Mike Kelly...

                      Digital transformation is surely on the mind of anyone looking to help an organization become more effective, responsive, and successful today. But all this focus on change might have an unintended effect: It might make us forget about fundamental aspects of working in IT that haven't changed since IT departments became organizational mainstays roughly four decades ago. Keeping these facets of our work in mind is extraordinarily important as we make critical technology decisions that could impact the business in significant ways..."

                      12 Bad Habits That Slow IT To A Crawl
                      InfoWorld, August 27th, 2017
                      "Bottlenecks always seem born of the best intentions, but they must be rooted out -- and broken...

                      It's time to face a cold, hard fact: Your IT department is too slow. It's the result of good intentions gone bad, but in business, intentions don't matter.

                      When is IT too slow? Whenever any part of the business has to wait for IT to deliver the goods, that's when..."

                        CIOs Grow Frustrated With Hiring Delays (Slideshow)
                        CIO Insight, September 1st, 2017
                        "A notable share of CIOs said the hiring process is taking too long, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. In fact, it typically takes well over a month - and sometimes up to three months - to bring a candidate on board. This puts CIOs in a difficult position, with vacancies lingering due to an inability to meet salary demands, as well as a lack of qualified applicants..."
                          Cybercrime Could Cost Businesses $6 Trillion. Are You Prepared?
                          Business 2 Community, August 28th, 2017
                          "In the olden days of information security the main line of defense against hackers was to keep them out of your network as long as possible. This method was known by many names - the crunchy outer shell method or the moat around the castle method. Either way this method's biggest failure was its unrealistic expectation that humans could operate in such a way that they never made a mistake or took a shortcut..."
                          How To Stay Current With Emerging Tech: CIO Tips
                          The Enterprisers Project, August 30th, 2017
                          "CIOs from Target, CVS Health, GE, and others share strategies for keeping up with the latest technologies...

                          How do you keep up with emerging technologies? In today's disrupt-or-be-disrupted world, it's a necessity. Smart CIOs and IT leaders prioritize their constant quest for knowledge in a few different ways.

                          We asked IT leaders from the likes of Target, CVS Health, and GE to share their advice on this topic - and we heard some creative answers, like 'venture days' and vendor speed-dating. Read on to learn their varied strategies for staying current on tech..."

                          Most Local Authorities - Including All in London - Can't Meet GDPR 'Right to Be Forgotten' Rules
                          v3 co uk, August 29th, 2017
                          "Most boroughs across the UK are unable to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 'right to be forgotten' requirements, even though there is less than nine months to go before the GDPR becomes law.

                          Research by information management company M-Files, conducted via a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, found that all 32 London boroughs and 44 other local authorities across the UK found that 69 per cent of the local authorities are not able to effectively erase personally identifiable information (PII) from their systems - a critical requirement of the new regulation..."

                          5 Key Steps You Need To Take If You Have A Data Breach
                          ReadWrite, August 29th, 2017
                          "In the wake of the recent OneLogin data breach, it becomes evident that no one is safe in the cyber world. All companies are susceptible to attacks and should be prepared to react in case of a sensitive data breach. Have you ever paused to consider what you would do if your company became a target? If you haven't, this post is for you.

                          Below you will find five steps you can take to secure your business after you discovered a breach. After all, it is in everyone's interest to move through the process swiftly and thoroughly to restore your operations and bring forth a restored sense of trust between you and your clients..."

                            Should CIOs Take Employees Offline to Improve Security?
                            IDG Connect, August 28th, 2017
                            "Welcome to your first day at Insecure IT Solutions. Here's your new office. It has three doors and five windows with no locks on any of them. We keep all the sensitive business information in this open filing cabinet in the middle of the room.

                            "If you want to send a message to anyone in the building, just write it on a postcard, fold it into a paper aeroplane and throw it out of a window: it'll get there eventually. Don't worry about all the strange pipes leading off into the walls and ceiling. We've no idea what they're for but it's probably fine.

                            "Oh, and you might find random strangers loitering around or sneaking in and looking at your work from time to time. As long as they do it quietly we ignore them. Any questions?"

                            "Erm... what?"

                            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

                            Tickets are now available:

                            • General Admission - $65
                            • Marine Toys for Tot Pledge - $35 plus $30 of toys
                            • VIP $250

                            Special pricing for sponsorships is through the end of October.

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

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

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

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

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

                            South Florida Technology Alliance

                            vBeers-SF
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                            SFTA Weekly Social Meetups: vBeers @Yard House - Palm Beach Gardens
                            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

                            SFTA Weekly Social Meetups: vBeers @ Funky Buddha, Oakland Park: Sept. 1th
                            Wednesday, September 13th, 2017: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                            Funky Buddha, Oakland Park

                            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
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                            10 Top Platforms For Disaster Planning
                            Information Age, August 29th, 2017
                            "Backup and recovery capabilities are among the most critical tasks that IT is entrusted with. Natural disasters such as Hurricane Harvey demonstrate the advantages of backing up data in the cloud, where it can be accessed from other locations in the event of an emergency. With IT managers focused this week on data protection and disaster preparedness, Gartner looks at 10 of the leading providers for backup and recovery products..."
                            Is Public Cloud Outed For Disaster Recovery?
                            ITProPortal, August 27th, 2017
                            "Given that the AWS outage was caused by human error, the first question I'd ask is whether blaming the public cloud for the outage is fair...

                            ComputerWeekly's Cliff Saran writes that 'AWS Outage Shows Vulnerability of Cloud Disaster Recovery' in his article of 6th March 2017. He cites the S3 outage suffered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) on 28th February 2017 as an example of the risks you pose by running critical systems in the public cloud. 'The consensus is that the public cloud is superior to on-premise datacentres, but AWS's outage, caused by human error, shows that even the most sophisticated cloud IT infrastructure is not infallible', he says..."

                            IT - PM
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                            8 Vital Project Management Skills
                            Business 2 Community, August 29th, 2017
                            "Being a project manager is a tough job. It's not enough to create project plans and delegate tasks. You also have to be a leader, a people manager and a clear communicator.

                            With so many skills to learn, which ones should you focus on developing first?

                            In this post, I'll walk you through 8 vital but sometimes overlooked project management skills. You'll learn the importance of these skills and get a brief lesson on how to develop them further..."

                            Project Management: 7 Steps To On-Time, On-Budget, Goal-Based Delivery
                            CIO, September 1st, 2017
                            "Project managers who follow these seven high-level project management tips will achieve on-time, on-budget, goal-focused delivery of high-profile projects, thereby increasing their project success rates and career prospects...

                            According to Project Management Institute's 2017 'Pulse of the Profession' global survey, organizations are wasting $97 million for every $1 billion invested due to poor project performance. Yes, that's a 20 percent decline from the previous year's survey, but the truth is, projects still fail at a staggering rate..."

                            Events
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                            Oracle Code San Francisco And JavaOne Will Immerse Developers In New Tools
                            by Alexa Morales
                            Alexa writes in Forbes, "When the guru who coined the term DevOps contends that delivering services over container is losing ground to so-called 'serverless' logic in the cloud - you listen. Self-styled 'DevOps enthusiast' Patrick Debois plans during his keynote at the Oracle Code San Francisco developer event to explain how DevOps is evolving in a serverless world, with emerging practices and promise theory to explain the move away from command-and-control applications..."
                            Oracle OpenWorld 2017 Keynotes and General Sessions
                            by Parnian Taidi
                            Parnian blogs, "We are exactly one month away from Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. As we begin our countdown, the following are the keynotes and general sessions that might be of interest to you...

                            • General Session: Strategies for Building Open, Cloud-Ready Infrastructure
                            • General Session: Oracle Linux - State of the Penguin

                            Read on for details.

                            IT - Networks
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                            Network Troubleshooting: The Ultimate Toolkit (Video)
                            Network Computing, August 29th, 2017
                            "In this video, network troubleshooting expert Mike Pennacchi provides a condensed version of his presentation at this year's Interop ITX in which he discussed the essential toolkit for network engineers. The collection he covers includes a number of open source tools including iperf, Wireshark, and Cacti. Pennacchi is owner and lead analyst at Network Protocol Specialists, a network analysis and training company based in Seattle, Wash. He's a longtime Interop instructor and perennial favorite at the conference..."
                            Next Generation Firewalls To Become Last Generation Firewalls
                            CSO Online, August 28th, 2017
                            "Hackers - utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning - will no longer be slowed down by a next-generation firewall alone...

                            Due to increased end-to-end encryption and the rise of affordable artificial intelligence (AI), your business' security suite needs to evolve to keep up with today's threats. While next generation firewalls (NGFW) still provide a critical component in a business' security solution, they no longer provide a 'one box to protect it all' turn-key solution. Today, hackers, knowing most businesses have a NGFW, focus on application layer attacks and they utilize transport layer security (TLS) to obscure their connections. This evades the defenses provided by a NGFW and requires businesses to either proxy connections at an edge gateway or move security down to the endpoint in order to remain secure..."

                            How Accurate Is Your Protocol Analyzer?
                            Network Computing, August 30th, 2017
                            "When it comes to packet capture, a hardware analyzer will produce different results vs. a software-based tool.

                            Capturing packets for network analysis seems pretty straightforward: Install your favorite packet capture tool, hit start, stop and save your trace. What could possibly be a problem?

                            Unfortunately not all protocol analyzers are created equally. For the purposes of this article, I will refer to two broad categories of network analyzers: dedicated hardware-based and general software-based tools..."

                              Software-Defined Networking Technology Makes Inroads In The LAN
                              SearchSDN, September 1st, 2017
                              "While software-defined networking technology still isn't mainstream, network pros are looking at how 'SDN-lite' principles can improve LAN automation and flexibility.

                              The same principles that make software-defined networking attractive in the data center -- among them, programmability, automation and policy enforcement -- also make it appealing for use in local area networks..."

                              Net Neutrality Comments Close: Let The BS Begin!
                              The Register, August 31st, 2017
                              "Everyone loves it! Everyone hates it! FCC will do whatever it wants anyway...

                              The latest comment period on the effort to kill off America's net neutrality rules has closed - and the circus has officially reopened for business.

                              A staggering 21.8 million missives have been sent to FCC on the subject - a number so large that it has pretty much allowed anyone and everyone to claim that their point of view is the one most strongly represented..."

                              IT - IoT
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                              3 Ways The Internet Of Things Is Changing Customer Relationships
                              Information Management, August 30th, 2017
                              "While not a new phenomenon, the Internet of Things continues to build momentum and has huge implications for both the consumers and producers of today's technology. More people are becoming more comfortable with the idea of tracking personal data, from health factors like their calorific intake or heart rate during exercise to the performance of their vehicle to how their homes are using energy..."
                              5 Reasons To Update The Enterprise Iot Security Roadmap
                              Information Age, August 30th, 2017
                              "In order for widespread IoT adoption to take hold, the industry needs to mandate minimum levels of security measures that protect from cyber intrusion across the board...

                              1. Security concerns have never been greater or higher profile.As the ever-growing Internet of Things becomes a staple in households across America through smart, connected devices, the risk of security breaches is a concept brought to the average consumers' (at times, actual) front door..."

                              6 Things IT Executives Must Do To Accelerate Iot Adoption
                              Network World, August 30th, 2017
                              "Most organizations are not IoT ready, but IT executives are the catalysts that drive adoption...

                              Are you ready for the Internet of Things (IoT)? Despite its transformational potential, most organizations are not. In an era of rapid disruption and digital transformation, IT executives and managers must lead the charge. You must bridge the gap between technology, business, engineering and operations. You must be evangelists, teachers, facilitators and innovators. To succeed, I've listed six things you must do to accelerate IoT adoption within your organization..."

                              IT - Linux
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                              So What Can You Actually Do With Linux? A Guide For Beginners
                              ZDNet, September 1st, 2017
                              "Linux is perfect for everyday tasks like browsing, emailing, photo management, financial management, and much more. Here's an overview...

                              In the comments to my recent post about dumping Windows and installing Linux Mint, in just 10 minutes, someone asked for an article about how to actually do things in Linux. That's certainly a fair request, and a good point..."

                              IT - Operations
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                              Forget Artistry, Opt For IT Automation
                              ITProPortal, August 27th, 2017
                              "As an IT professional with a perfectly happy relationship with your monitoring system, you may be asking why automation technology is important...

                              How do you debate the nature of art? For some, art exists in the daubings of their favourite painter. For others, it lies in the level design of an especially enjoyable video game. For many IT professionals, art is seen in the elaborate construction of their IT architectures. Beauty, it seems, is very much in the eye of the beholder..."

                              Back To The Basics With Software-Defined Data Centers
                              GCN, August 29th, 2017
                              "Bitcoin has established itself as a strong financial asset as the global markets continue to reel under uncertainties, one after another...

                              Over the past decade, the world's financial markets have been characterized by uncertainty, not least in the wake of the global 'great recession' that began unwinding in December 2007. This impacted in many areas, and certainly placed the activities of central banks under increasing scrutiny..."

                              IT - Security
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                              Know Your Adversary: Focus On Social Engineering (Podcast/transscript)
                              Help Net Security, August 27th, 2017
                              In this podcast recorded at Black Hat USA 2017, Tim Roberts, Senior Security Consultant at NTT Security, talks about social engineering and emphasizes the importance of security awareness and security culture...

                              "Hi, my name is Tim Roberts. I work for NTT Security Threats Services Group. We provide service offerings for offensive security testing. This includes network application, wireless mobile penetration testing, as well as on-site social engineering, covert physical, even overt physical offers..."

                              Cybersecurity 101: How Universities Are Dealing With Hackers
                              CNET, August 27th, 2017
                              "As thousands of freshmen move into their dorms for the first time, there are plenty of thoughts rushing through their minds: their first time away from home, what cringey nickname they're gonna try to make a thing, if there are any parties before orientation kicks off.

                              One thing that probably isn't on their minds is whether they're going to get hacked..."

                                How To Measure Cybersecurity Effectiveness - Before It's Too Late
                                CIO, August 31st, 2017
                                "The majority of organizations don't apply metrics to their cybersecurity efforts, and those that do often measure the wrong things. Here's how to ensure your cybersecurity projects pay off...

                                Are you measuring the value and effectiveness of your cybersecurity efforts? Most companies around the world are failing to do so, according to a recent security measurement index benchmark survey. Without establishing the proper metrics, you're flying blind..."

                                SIEM Challenges: Why Your Security Team Isn't Receiving Valuable Insights
                                Help Net Security, August 29th, 2017
                                "Today, many enterprises use security information and event management (SIEM) software to help detect suspicious activity on their networks. However, to be effective organizations need to surround a SIEM with security experts, advanced use cases, threat intelligence, and proven processes to investigate and respond to threats..."
                                10 Time-Consuming Tasks Security People Hate (Slideshow)
                                Dark Reading, August 28th, 2017
                                "Whether it is dealing with false positives, reporting to auditors, or patching software, here's the scut work security people dread...

                                No matter how much you love your job, there's a reason it is called work. For security professionals there are a lot of necessary duties that are as time-consuming as they are thankless, but nevertheless, are part of the work.

                                We polled some security experts to get their thoughts on the most dreaded tasks and organized them by the roles most expected to shoulder them..."

                                Disturbing Trends Revealed By The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report
                                TechRepublic, August 28th, 2017
                                "Microsoft reports a 300% increase in the number of malicious attacks on its cloud services. Enterprises should prepare for constant threats...

                                Microsoft's large installed base of enterprise software in the form of Windows 10, Office 365, and Azure give the company a unique perspective on the trends shaping cybersecurity. Microsoft uses the breadth and scope of this information to assess current security threats and identify emerging trends, which it then publishes in what it calls the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report..."

                                How Safe Are Your Passwords? Real Life Rules For Businesses To Live By
                                IT World, August 30th, 2017
                                "While people applaud easier password guidance from NIST, easier is not better. Here's what you need to consider when creating a company password policy...

                                Changes to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) password guidelines were welcomed as long overdue. Security professionals criticized the old guidelines, which recommended a mix of numbers, letters and special characters that are changed periodically..."

                                New, Custom Ransomware Delivered To Orgs Via Extremely Targeted Emails
                                Help Net Security, August 27th, 2017
                                "Ransomware campaigns are usually wide-flung affairs: the attackers send out as many malicious emails as possible and hope to hit a substantial number of targets. But more targeted campaigns are also becoming a trend.

                                Take for example the latest ones spotted by Proofpoint researchers in August: one was primarily aimed at Healthcare and Education verticals, while the other targeted Manufacturing and Technology companies..."

                                Cybersecurity: An Asymmetrical Game Of War
                                Dark Reading, August 28th, 2017
                                "To stay ahead of the bad guys, security teams need to think like criminals, leverage AI's ability to find malicious threats, and stop worrying that machine learning will take our jobs.

                                In the cybersecurity industry, we've all heard the old adage, "We have to be right 100 percent of the time. Cybercriminals only have to be right once."

                                It may be daunting, but it's the reality in which the cybersecurity industry lives every day. We're facing an asymmetrical game of war and, unfortunately, we're up against an army of cybercriminals with a vast arsenal of weapons at their fingertips..."

                                IT - Careers
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                                Ask The Headhunter: M.I.T. Calls B.S. On Skills Gap
                                Ask The Hunter, August 28th, 2017
                                Nick writes, "In the August 29, 2017 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter, we call out employers, politicians and analysts who bellyache about the skills gap..."

                                Q: "A few years ago you called out employers for their misguided crying about the talent shortage. Now the terminology has changed. Employers reject countless qualified job applicants (example: me) who don't match 100% of the key words in a job description, bellyaching that we're imperfect. Are we really just pathetic examples of a national skills gap? How can we fight this, uh, hiring incompetence?"

                                A: ...."

                                  This Is The Process I Follow To Stop Negative Thoughts From Occupying My Mind
                                  Fast Company, August 29th, 2017
                                  "There's no reason to let pessimistic self-chatter dictate how you view the rest of your day...

                                  Most people have heard plenty of ways to combat negative thinking: Practice mindfulness, go for a walk, call a friend or family member. But the challenge with negative thinking isn't knowing what you should do when it happens - it's knowing when to put these tactics into action. Negative thoughts are pretty sneaky. They often start out innocently, but then they quickly intensify and build on other negative thoughts..."

                                    5 Must-Have Credentials For IT Security Professionals For 2017 And Beyond
                                    TechWorm, August 31st, 2017
                                    "Did you know? An estimated 86% of IT recruiters take professional credentials into account when evaluating applicants.

                                    Businesses are taking a proactive approach to reducing vulnerability to cyber attacks by scrambling to hire and train IT security, or cyber security, professionals. More specifically, many organizations and IT professionals are bolstering their knowledge via certificate programs. But while a number of third-party organizations offer certifications, a select few IT security certifications garner great respect within the field. Here are 5 of the top cyber security certifications:..."

                                    The Top Data Management Skills Needed For Jobs In AI
                                    Information Age, August 30th, 2017
                                    "As a chief data or chief analytics officer, data scientist, data analyst or IT manager, you know information technology, data management and data analytics by heart. But what you may not have experience with is some of the rising technologies, like AI or artificial intelligence, for instance.

                                    AI is definitely seeing a huge boost in popularity these days. During the tail end of 2014, a gain of nearly half a billion dollars in the AI industry occurred. That warranted calling the movement a 'resurgence,' which is still happening. AI and machine learning is cropping up seemingly everywhere, across so many different industries like manufacturing, construction, retail and even finance..."

                                    These Are The 4 Emotional Intelligence Job Skills You'll Need In The Future
                                    Fast Company, August 30th, 2017
                                    "All the data suggesting that coding is rapidly becoming an essential skill for any job - not just one in tech-only tells one side of the story.

                                    The other side indicates that soft skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, attention to detail, and writing proficiency top the list of what hiring managers find missing from job seekers' personal tool kits. But according to the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs Report, one the job skills that will make a candidate competitive in the job market of the future is emotional intelligence. The WEF predicts it will be among the top ten in 2020..."

                                      IT - Virtualization
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                                      Hot Products At VMworld 2017 (Slideshow)
                                      Networkworld, August 29th, 2017
                                      "VMworld 2017 is [was] underway in Las Vegas, where IT pros are converging to learn about the latest in enterprise cloud, virtualization, security, and soware-defined data center technologies.

                                      Here are some of the product highlights on display at the show..."

                                      VMware Cloud Is Now Live On AWS
                                      TechCrunch, August 28th, 2017
                                      "When VMware announced it was partnering with AWS last fall, it turned more than a few enterprise heads. After all, we're talking about one company that dominates virtual machines on-prem, and the other in the public cloud. Together, the two companies make a powerful combination - and VMware made the whole shebang official today at VMworld when it announced that VMware Cloud was live on AWS...."
                                      How And Why Containers-As-A-Service (CaaS) Have Become So Popular
                                      v3 co uk, August 29th, 2017
                                      "SUSE director Danny Rowark explains how the CaaS platform emerged and what it can do for organisations' IT infrastructure...

                                      Business agility, aided by digital transformation projects that enable organisations to respond to market shifts more quickly, are at the top of many organisations' agenda.

                                      This reflects the rapid shift towards a digital-first world where everything is connected at all times..."

                                      IT - Email
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                                      How To Protect Your Organization's Sensitive Email Data
                                      SmartDataCollective, August 28th, 2017
                                      "If your organization's email data gets hacked, you could fall prey to ransomware and phishing...

                                      Email has never been a secure way of exchanging information. Google even includes results on how to hack emails, including one article titled, 'How to extract emails from an SMTP server'. The information on how to glean email data is readily available. Yet, thousands of organizations conduct the majority of their communications through email. By doing so, they make themselves vulnerable to hackers. Really, it's just a matter of whether a hacker decides to target your organization..."

                                      Sorry Enterprise Social Networks, Email Still Dominant Form Of Work, Personal Communication
                                      ZDNet, August 29th, 2017
                                      "We so want to quit email, but we can't. That reality means email marketing will remain a big business. Here's a look at Adobe's annual consumer email survey...

                                      Enterprise social networks are supposed to reinvent how work gets done and employees collaborate, but just 1 percent of workers consider the tools a preferred way to communicate, according to an Adobe survey.

                                      According to Adobe's annual consumer email survey, email remains the dominant form of work communication, yet people are spending less time checking it. There are even hints that people are trying to find a bit of work-life balance. Meanwhile, there has been a surge in face-to-face communication as a preferred way to communicate..."

                                        IT - Big Data
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                                        Five Challenges Companies Must Overcome To Make Use Of All Their Data
                                        Data Center Knowledge, August 29th, 2017
                                        "Companies today know they need to fully and effectively leverage all data - including the increasing digitization of human communications and the data being generated by everything from light bulbs to smartphones. They know they must capture a wide variety of data, store it in a way that makes it accessible, and query it based on the rapidly changing needs of the business. They also know that they can't get by with rigid, predetermined schemas . What they are finding, however, is that this is much easier said than done..."
                                          Security Analytics: Making The Leap From Data Lake To Meaningful Insight
                                          Dark Reading, August 29th, 2017
                                          "Once you've got a lake full of data, it's essential that your analysis isn't left stranded on the shore...

                                          Lots of technology and security teams, particularly in finance, are running data lake projects to advance their data analytics capabilities. Their goal is to extract meaningful, timely insights from data, so that security leaders, control managers, IT, and security operations can make effective decisions using information from their live environment..."

                                          5 Steps To Realising The Promise Of Big Data
                                          ITProPortal, September 1st, 2017
                                          "The lustre of Big Data is starting to be tarnished by the failure of too many organisations to realise its value...

                                          Chatting to colleagues, customers and competitors about their big data projects, I'm starting to sense disillusionment in the field. Reading through the news websites, too, questions are starting to be asked. Is big data analytics all it's cracked up to be? Why am I not getting the value I was promised from my investment in big data? Why am I still not able to get access to the insight I need? And how come others seem to be able to drive commercial advantage when I seem to be no further forward? ..."

                                          CIOs Are Turning To Blockchain Technology
                                          CIO Insight, August 29th, 2017
                                          "CIOs are keenly aware of the complexity of managing digital transactions. As data, goods and money flow across organizations and supply chains, verifying the authenticity of dealings is a growing challenge.

                                          In many cases, traditional approaches to auditing lack the level of visibility and security organizations require. 'They're also extremely labor-intensive and often inefficient,' observes A. Michael Smith, a partner at consulting firm PwC..."

                                          Don't Solve The Wrong Big Data Problem
                                          insideBIGDATA, August 28th, 2017
                                          "In this special guest feature, Todd Hinton, VP Engineering and Data Management at RedPoint Global, discusses how big data has conquered the world, but as with any technology, you need to proceed with caution when looking to deploy a big data solution. If you're not careful, you could end up with a solution that costs a lot of money and doesn't do what you need. Todd brings over two decades of product management and executive leadership to the company, providing strategic direction for RedPoint's data management products, including RedPoint Data Management for Hadoop..."
                                          Drowning In Data? How Business Intelligence Can Help
                                          Business 2 Community, August 28th, 2017
                                          "Businesses have more data than ever before, but scads of statistics can be overwhelming without the right reporting tools.

                                          Revenue systems can crunch invoices and cash flows, but they don't pay attention to the factors behind the numbers. That's fine, but business leaders cannot afford to ignore this vital information. Companies that are able to zero in on actionable insights and connect causes to effects will always be a few steps ahead of competitors..."

                                            IT - Mobile
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                                            Is A Mobile-First Strategy In Your Future?
                                            CSO Online, August 28th, 2017
                                            "Companies are scrambling to accommodate the fast-growing number of employees demanding to use their personal devices to access work files for their jobs - regardless of location or time zone.

                                            But as mobility becomes an integral part of business strategy, it also exposes enterprise data to potential new risks.

                                            The mainstreaming of the anytime business culture should be incentive enough for organizations to integrate mobile device security into their overall cybersecurity strategy. That's where there's a disconnect..."

                                            Top10
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                                            Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                            Vol 234 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 233 Issues 1, 2,3 and 4
                                            We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                            • What Is Blockchain? A Primer For Finance Professionals
                                            • 4 Non-Database Technologies That DBAs Must Master Now
                                            • Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.5
                                            • What's new in Oracle OpenWorld 2017?
                                            • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 4 Update 5 for Oracle Linux
                                            • Training Thursdays: Many Reasons to Adopt Oracle Linux
                                            • Monday Spotlight: Oracle Joins Tegile Speedway Team at VMworld
                                            • Plan to improve the out of the Box Experience in MySQL 8.0
                                            • New Database In-Memory Implementation and Usage White Paper
                                            • 4 Reasons Cloud at Customer Gets Top Marks from Colleges and Universities

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

                                              IT - Encryption
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                                              A Beginner's Guide To Encryption
                                              Global Knowledge, August 29th, 2017
                                              "It should come as no surprise that in this modern era of digital data we need encryption. But what exactly is it? How do you know what kind of encryption you need? If you were to ask someone what kind of encryption they use, they may respond with a specific encryption-based product, like full-disk encryption. Or they may mention an encryption-based protocol, like HTTPS (HyperText Transport Protocol over SSL). But encryption is much more complicated than that...."
                                              Real People Do Want End-To-End Encryption
                                              ITProPortal, August 27th, 2017
                                              "Against a backdrop of growing digital threats, E2EE has become more important than ever, and its benefits should not be ignored...

                                              Writing in the Daily Telegraph recently, British Home Secretary Amber Rudd stated that 'real people' do not need such 'high levels of security' as offered by end-to-end encryption (E2EE), going on to add that 'real people often prefer ease of use and a multitude of features to perfect, unbreakable security.' This statement couldn't be further from the truth..."

                                              LibreOffice
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                                              LibreOffice 5.4.1 'Fresh' And LibreOffice 5.3.6 'Still'
                                              The Document Foundation, August 31st, 2017
                                              The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.4.1, the first minor release of the new LibreOffice 5.4 family, which was announced in early August, and LibreOffice 5.3.6, the sixth release of the mature LibreOffice 5.3 family, which was announced in January 2017.

                                              LibreOffice 5.4.1 represents the bleeding edge in term of features, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts and early adopters, while LibreOffice 5.3.6 is targeted at conservative users and enterprise deployments.

                                              IT - Java
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                                              Java EE Set To Start A New Journey: Where Is It Leading?
                                              jaxenter, August 30th, 2017
                                              "Discussions about Java EE's future are more intense than ever. We talked with Ivar Grimstad, Martijn Verburg, Reza Rahman and Josh Juneau about Oracle's decision to move Java EE to an open source foundation and now it's time to welcome another group of experts to weigh in on the latest developments..."
                                              IT - HPC
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                                              Oak Ridge Turns to Deep Learning for Big Data Problems
                                              insideHPC, August 27th, 2017
                                              "A team of researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been awarded nearly $2 million over three years from the Department of Energy to explore the potential of machine learning in revolutionizing scientific data analysis...

                                              While deep learning has long been used to classify relatively simple data such as photographs, today's scientific data presents a much greater challenge because of its size and complexity. Deep learning offers the potential to truly change the way in which researchers use massive datasets to solve challenges spanning the scientific spectrum..."

                                                NERSC Scales Scientific Deep Learning to 15 Petaflops
                                                HPCWire, August 28th, 2017
                                                Rob Farber writes, "A collaborative effort between Intel, NERSC and Stanford has delivered the first 15-petaflops deep learning software running on HPC platforms and is, according to the authors of the paper (and to the best of their knowledge), currently the most scalable deep-learning implementation in the world. The work described in the paper, 'Deep Learning at 15PF: Supervised and Semi-Supervised Classification for Scientific Data', reported that a Cray XC40 system with a configuration of 9,600 self-hosted 1.4GHz Intel Xeon Phi Processor 7250 based nodes achieved a peak rate between 11.73 and 15.07 petaflops (single-precision) and an average sustained performance of 11.41 to 13.47 petaflops when training on physics and climate based data sets using Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (Berkeley Lab) NERSC (National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center) Cori Phase-II supercomputer..."
                                                What Lies Ahead for HPC Cooling?
                                                insideHPC, September 2nd, 2017
                                                "As the HPC industry collectively approaches exascale, the importance of energy efficiency - and maximizing the efficiency and performance of cooling technology - becomes paramount to ensuring that the cost of HPC resources does not become prohibitively expensive.

                                                To meet the ambitious targets for exascale computing, many cooling companies are exploring optimizations and innovative methods that will redefine cooling architectures for the next generation of HPC systems. Here, some of the prominent cooling technology providers give their views on the current state and future prospects of cooling technology in HPC..."

                                                Red Hat News
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                                                Friday Five - September 1, 2017
                                                Red Hat, September 1st, 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 named to Forbes' list of World's Most Innovative Companies for fifth time
                                                • Red Hat Helps Intermountain Healthcare Digitally Transform with Modernized Infrastructure and IT Automation
                                                • InformationWeek - How to Ensure a Successful OpenStack Deployment
                                                • Open virtualization: The enterprise economic impact
                                                • Who has a Kubernetes problem?

                                                Read on for details.

                                                Red Hat Appoints Narendra Gupta as New Chairman of the Board
                                                Red Hat, August 29th, 2017
                                                Red Hat, Inc announced that its board of directors has appointed Narendra (Naren) K. Gupta, Ph.D., as chairman of the board. Gupta, a member of Red Hat's board since 2005 and a member of the board's compensation committee, succeeds retired U.S. Army Gen. H. Hugh Shelton, who recently retired from the board after serving as chairman since 2010.

                                                Gupta, who has served on Red Hat's board of directors since 2005, is a technology industry veteran with more than 40 years' experience. In 2006, he co-founded Nexus Venture Partners, a leading venture capital fund, and he currently serves as the firm's managing director.

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