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Oracle Cuts More Jobs in Its Hardware and Solaris Units
Fortune, September 5th, 2017
Barb Darrow writes in Fortune, "Oracle has laid off what appears to be a significant number of employees working on its hardware and Solaris operating system efforts, according to anonymous posts on, the gist of which were confirmed to Fortune by former Oracle employees.

Both Oracle's server and Solaris efforts emanated out of Sun Microsystems, a company Oracle acquired in 2010 for $7.4 billion. Before then Oracle had been a software company specializing in databases and financial applications, so jumping into computer servers and SPARC microprocessors - another Sun business - was a stretch. Solaris was Sun's version of Unix, a powerful operating system that powered its servers..."

The Sudden Death and Eternal Life of Solaris
By Bryan Cantrill
Bryan blogs at The Observation Deck, "As had been rumored for a while, Oracle effectively killed Solaris on Friday [the 1st]. When I first saw this, I had assumed that this was merely a deep cut, but in talking to Solaris engineers still at Oracle, it is clearly much more than that. It is a cut so deep as to be fatal: the core Solaris engineering organization lost on the order of 90% of its people, including essentially all management.

Of note, among the engineers I have spoken with, I heard two things repeatedly: 'this is the end' and (from those who managed to survive Friday) 'I wish I had been laid off.' Gone is any of the optimism (however tepid) that I have heard over the years - and embarrassed apologies for Oracle's behavior have been replaced with dismay about the clumsiness, ineptitude and callousness with which this final cut was handled..."

Why AI Isn't The Robot Apocalypse For Jobs
By Michael Hickins
Michael writes in Forbes, "Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence aren't the enemy of jobs after all. New technologies actually end up creating different, higher-paying jobs than the ones they replace, according to new research.

Fears of 'technological unemployment,' a term coined by renowned economist John Maynard Keynes in 1930, and recently popularized by MIT Sloan professors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, are rampant. The worry is that computer-driven automation will take over repetitive tasks across a swath of industries, from retail and financial services to manufacturing and, maybe sooner than we realize, taxicabs and trucking..."

You Gotta Have Goals: Oracle Ties Larry, Safra and Mark's Equity to Cloud
The Register, September 8th, 2017
Rebecca Hill writes in The Register, "Oracle's top earners will only be able to earn more equity if the company delivers on its cloudy promises and pays out for stockholders, according to a revamped compensation plan.

The changes, detailed in the company's latest 8-K filing, mean that from fiscal 2018, CTO Larry Ellison and joint CEOs Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will have to create value for their stockholders in order to walk away with their multi-million dollar wage top-up..."

Why AI Isn't The Robot Apocalypse For Jobs
By Michael Hickins
Michael writes in Forbes, "Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence aren't the enemy of jobs after all. New technologies actually end up creating different, higher-paying jobs than the ones they replace, according to new research.

Fears of 'technological unemployment,' a term coined by renowned economist John Maynard Keynes in 1930, and recently popularized by MIT Sloan professors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, are rampant. The worry is that computer-driven automation will take over repetitive tasks across a swath of industries, from retail and financial services to manufacturing and, maybe sooner than we realize, taxicabs and trucking..."

Why Your Bank Isn't (Is) Changing, And Why You Will (Won't) Change Too
By Michael Hickins
Michael blogs, "Chances are your bank is still sending you statements in the mail (or, if you're lucky, emailing you a PDF of your statement), its mobile app isn't full-service, and its website doesn't understand your investment goals. Even worse, that's unlikely to change anytime soon, because while most banks are trying to change, they're simply too laden with antiquated technology designed before there was such a thing as the internet, let alone smartphones and social networks. And of course they're constrained by significant regulatory compliance requirements and budgets..."
    Why HR Pros Need To Attend Oracle OpenWorld
    By Rob Preston
    Rob writes in Forbes, "Most companies pay lip service to the notion that 'our people are our most important asset.' But only those that invest intelligently and vigorously in attracting, training, developing, motivating, rewarding, advancing, and ultimately retaining the most talented employees stand a chance in this cutthroat knowledge economy.

    The fact that this year's Oracle OpenWorld will dedicate well over 100 sessions to content that serves human resources professionals and the technologists who support them is a testament to the importance and vitality of the HR function..."

    3 Ways AI Will Bring Humanity To The Enterprise
    By Pierce Ashworth
    Pierce blogs, "As a student at a STEM-obsessed university, I find that artificial intelligence is all the buzz nowadays. From shopping, to cars, to amenities within the home, artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the way we interact with our world and think about the future.

    Although exciting, I find this somewhat unnerving: According to a survey by ARM, 71% of people fear losing an aspect of humankind's control or authenticity to AI as it further pervades society..."

      IT - AI
      The Ultra-Optimistic Case for AI in Business
      CIO, September 6th, 2017
      "You've seen the headlines: Artificial intelligence is a job killer. It will end humanity. At the very least, it will lead to social unrest.

      The truth is, no one really knows what changes AI will bring. What's indisputable is that it's already here and it's getting more prevalent by the day. IDC predicts that worldwide revenues from cognitive and AI systems will grow 59.3% this year to $12.5 billion and will achieve a compound growth rate of 54.4% through 2020, when revenues will hit $46 billion.

      This isn't the cause for alarm though. It's a cause for celebration. Here's why:..."

      Machine Learning: 3 Considerations from LexisNexis CTO
      The Enterprisers Project, September 4th, 2017
      "Can machine learning benefit your organization? And if so, how?

      Vijay Raghavan, executive vice president and CTO at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, explains that it's important to first understand that there's no single ideal use for machine learning. 'Machine learning is a technique rather than an off-the-shelf tool,' he says. 'There is no right time to use machine learning, other than understanding what problem you're going solve and whether machine learning is going to help solve that problem..."

      Elon Musk Fears AI Could Lead to Third World War
      CIO Today, September 5th, 2017
      Elon Musk has said again that artificial intelligence could be humanity's greatest existential threat, this time through the starting of the third world war.

      The prospect clearly weighs heavily on Musk's mind as the SpaceX, Tesla and Boring Company chief tweeted at 2.33am San Francisco time about how AI could led to the end of the world without the need for the singularity.

      • China, Russia, soon all countries w strong computer science. Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo.-- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 4, 2017

      His fears were prompted by a statement from Vladimir Putin that 'artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind..."

      How Smart Is Artificial Intelligence Really?
      Information Week, September 6th, 2017
      "SAS CTO Oliver Schabenberger counters Tesla founder Elon Musk's description of artificial intelligence as the scariest problem.

      Tesla CEO Elon Musk has received a lot of criticism recently for saying at the National Governors Association meeting, 'AI is a fundamental existential risk for human civilization, and I don't think people fully appreciate that.' Musk also referred to artificial intelligence (AI) technology as 'the scariest problem' and called for government regulation. This is not new rhetoric; we have heard alarming language about AI as an existential threat to humanity for years now..."

      Intel Adds New Programming Tools to Speed Adoption of FPGA Custom Chips for AI
      silconANGLE, September 7th, 2017
      "Intel Corp. has spent a lot of effort pushing the concept of its Field Programmable Gate Arrays, which can be used to accelerate various computing tasks such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

      FPGAs are a special kind of microprocessor used in data centers that can be reprogrammed on the fly and in real-time, in order to optimize them for specific tasks. The problem is that although they can be incredibly useful, they're very difficult to reprogram in the first place, because they require expertise in little-known programming languages such as Verilog or VHDL..."

      Why You May be Looking at AI All Wrong
      CIO, September 7th, 2017
      "Artificial intelligence is everywhere in the media, but enterprise leaders must look past the hype and understand how to apply it to create real business value now...

      It's getting pretty hard to escape Artificial Intelligence ("AI"). I don't mean the impact that AI will have on your life - I just mean the idea of AI. In the business and technology press, a single day does not pass without some reference to the impact that AI is having - or will have - on, well, everything..."

        How Does AI and Regulation Play Into Fintech?
        Business 2 Community, September 8th, 2017
        "Fintech, or Financial Technologies, has proven that it's more than just an industry buzzword. Fintech represents many technologies that have already disrupted traditional financial services. One of Fintech's advances is enhancing everything from mobile payments, money transfers, loans, fundraising, and asset management. According to a report by Accenture, investment in Fintech has jumped from $930 million in 2008 to more than $12 billion by early 2015.

        There's no question that Fintech is here to stay. But are two important components that are playing a role in where exactly Fintech is headed; AI and regulation..."

        The Future of AI: Relying on Robots in Our Everyday Lives
        ITProPortal, September 5th, 2017
        "How do UK consumers feel about these technological advances? Do they recognise the benefits this could have on their daily lives?...

        Forrester predicts that investments in artificial intelligence (AI) will grow by 300 per cent in 2017, and a recent study by Narrative Science found that 68 per cent of enterprises will use AI technology by 2018. It is no secret that AI and cognitive technology is set to transform every sector. The healthcare sector, customer service and the public sector could change beyond recognition in the not-too-distant future - but how do UK consumers feel about these technological advances? Do they recognise the benefits this could have on their daily lives?..."

        A Practical Guide to Machine Learning in Business
        CIO, September 8th, 2017
        "Machine learning is poised to have a profound impact on your business but the hype is sowing confusion. Here's a clear-eyed look at what machine learning is and how it can be used today...

        Machine learning is transforming business. But even as the technology advances, companies still struggle to take advantage of it, largely because they don't understand how to strategically implement machine learning in service of business goals. Hype hasn't helped, sowing confusion over what exactly machine learning is, how well it works and what it can do for your company.

        Here, we provide a clear-eyed look at what machine learning is and how it can be used today..."

          IT - Storage
          How Long Do Solid State Drives Really Last?
          How-To Geek, September 6th, 2017
          "When large-scale flash storage first came to the consumer market as an alternative to conventional hard drives, the biggest concern (aside from price) was longevity. Tech fans had a pretty good idea of the general reliability of hard drives, but SSDs were still something of a wild card..."
          How NVMe Over Fabrics Will Change the Storage Environment
          SearchSolidStateStorage, September 6th, 2017
          "Expect NVMe to supplant SCSI and SAS protocols for SSD storage and NVMe over Fabrics to find a place in high-end networking deployments for transporting data....

          Storage networks started becoming popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s with the widespread adoption of Fibre Channel technology. For those who didn't want the expense of installing dedicated Fibre Channel hardware, the iSCSI protocol provided a credible Ethernet-based alternative a few years later. Both transports rely on the use of SCSI as the storage protocol for communicating between source (initiator) and storage (target). As the storage industry moves to adopt flash as the go-to persistent medium, we're starting to see SCSI performance issues..."

          Panasonic Plans 1TB Optical Disc
, September 8th, 2017
          "Due to the rapid development of IoT technologies, widespread of SNS, and increasingly better resolution of digital images, a staggering amount of data is being generated around the world.

          And the rising need for long-term storage of big data is becoming a social issue. Amid such challenges, optical discs are drawing much attention in the IT industry as a media possible of safely and securely storing large volumes of data over an extended period of time. To meet the needs of society, Panasonic Corporation has been developing its optical archive business, drawing on the optical disc technology first developed in Japan that the company has helped cultivate for more than three decades..."

          IT - Technology
          Drone Mapping Data Changes Business Economics
          Information Week, September 5th, 2017
          "Drone mapping data can dramatically impact the profitability of certain businesses. Should you include it in your business app? Consider these points.

          Drones gather mapping data about all kinds of things in the real world. Today we're using apps, data, and IoT devices, including drones rather than human surveyors on site or in a plane. Have you considered how your company might use drone mapping data in business apps to deliver new value to your customers? If not, perhaps you should..."

          Hacking Virtual and Augmented Reality: Short-term FUD, Long-Term Danger
          Help Net Security, September 6th, 2017
          "I believe virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are on the cusp of mass success, and will dramatically change the way we use technology. However, with new technology comes new attack surfaces.

          After watching security researchers and attackers pick apart the Internet of Things (IoT) so easily, it would be foolish not to consider the security of new technologies. So that begs the question - what are the risks of virtual and augmented reality?..."

          Why You'll Wear a Body Camera
          ComputerWorld, September 2nd, 2017
          "As costs go down, quality goes up and ease of use improves, wearable cameras will become more compelling, even at work. Here's why the body cam revolution is coming...

          InfoTrends says people will take 1.2 trillion digital photos this year. That's 100 billion more than last year and nearly double the number taken as recently as 2013.

          The rate at which photo taking grows is currently clocked at a whopping 100 billion per year - that means each year humanity takes 100 billion more photos that it did last year..."

            The Value of AR to The Enterprise
            Information Age, September 8th, 2017
            "Businesses are finally realising that in the digital era, augmented reality has an important role to play in enterprise...

            From dancing hot dogs to hidden Mr Men and little Japanese monsters, AR connects our real-life and virtual worlds, merging the physical with the digital to redefine our experience of reality. It's clever, it's immersive, and it takes engagement to another level..."

              IT - Bitcoin
              Cryptocurrency and Central Banks: The Quest to Dematerialize Money
              CoinDesk, September 4th, 2017
              "Today, nation states have a monopoly on the issuance of notes and coins, one enforced with acts and regulations.

              One just needs to revisit history to see how Liberty Dollar creator Bernard von NotHaus was charged with federal crimes for trying to mint his own private currency. Agents of the U.S. Secret Service and FBI raided the Liberty Dollar offices in 2007 and confiscated all its gold, silver and platinum. Bank accounts were frozen and computers seized..."

                Business in the Age of Digital Cash
                Business 2 Community, September 4th, 2017
                "You don't have to be an investor or involved in the payment industry to know that Bitcoin has been on a roll. And, it's just not Bitcoin. It's any type of digital currency that uses blockchain technology. The age of digital cash is just starting and your business needs to be prepared.

                The thing is, digital cash isn't a new idea. David Chaum fist came-up with cryptocurrencies back in 1983. Then throughout the 1990's companies like Digital Cash were launched.

                Media outlets like CNN were discussing the impact that digital cash was going to have in the world in 1998. Things rapidly changed when Bitcoin arrived in 2009..."

                Is Blockchain Ready for Fiat? Why Banks See Big Promise in Crypto Cash
                CoinDesk, September 6th, 2017
                "Central banks could soon see a wave of technological breakthroughs - that is, if the newest members of the Utility Settlement Coin (USC) project have anything to say about it.

                Initially designed as a way to minimize the role of clearinghouses by letting financial institutions pay each other directly using collateral-backed crypto tokens, the implications of the work could have a broad impact. Since the collateral associated with those tokens is to be held by central banks, the project is increasingly being seen as a step toward reimagining how fiat currency could be issued..."

                  IT - FOSS
                  The Sudden Death and Eternal Life of Solaris
                  By Bryan Cantrill
                  Bryan Cantrill blogs, "As had been rumored for a while, Oracle effectively killed Solaris on Friday 'Sept. 1st'. When I first saw this, I had assumed that this was merely a deep cut, but in talking to Solaris engineers still at Oracle, it is clearly much more than that. It is a cut so deep as to be fatal: the core Solaris engineering organization lost on the order of 90% of its people, including essentially all management.

                  Of note, among the engineers I have spoken with, I heard two things repeatedly: 'this is the end' and (from those who managed to survive Friday) 'I wish I had been laid off.' Gone is any of the optimism (however tepid) that I have heard over the years - and embarrassed apologies for Oracle's behavior have been replaced with dismay about the clumsiness, ineptitude and callousness with which this final cut was handled..."

                  IT - DevOps
                  How Well-Defined Metrics Enhance DevOps Success
                  jaxenter, September 6th, 2017
                  "How can you tell if a DevOps initiative is succeeding? After all, there are no standardized benchmarks. Savaram Ravindra explains what kind of metrics you should measure your DevOps approach to and judge its success that way.

                  When the information shared is inadequate, planning is haphazard and there is no clearly visible aim, collaboration is highly difficult to achieve within the project teams. In any company, there are crucial hurdles to overcome. This is more in product companies with teams that are distributed globally and working on various components of the product pipeline. For companies that have adopted a DevOps initiative, there are even more hurdles to clear..."

                  You Can Reconcile Bimodal IT with DevOps
                  InformationWeek, September 6th, 2017
                  "Enterprises may be faced with a choice between Bi-Modal IT and DevOps, but maybe the two can live together.

                  Is it speed versus quality, or speed and quality?

                  I recently gave a talk comparing DevOps with Gartner's Bimodal IT approach, which is somewhat controversial. I didn't bash Bimodal IT, instead I demonstrated how to reconcile the modes Gartner proposes organizations take based on application types, with the spirit behind DevOps. To begin, I made my own controversial statement:..."

                  DevOps Engineer: Career Paths
                  Datamation, September 7th, 2017
                  "For DevOps engineers, one aspect of getting hired is like any other job. Getting attention when applying for a job often means your resume, or LinkedIn profile, needs to be what some call 'buzzword-compliant.' You have the right words that hiring managers are looking for.

                  But one thing is different for DevOps engineers: few words get attention like 'DevOps'..."

                  On Open Source Databases. Interview with Peter Zaitsev
                  By Roberto V. Zicari
                  "To be competitive with non-open-source cloud deployment options, open source databases need to invest in 'ease-of-use.' There is no tolerance for complexity in many development teams as we move to 'ops-less' deployment models." - Peter Zaitsev

                  Roberto writes, "I have interviewed Peter Zaitsev, Co-Founder and CEO of Percona. In this interview, Peter talks about the Open Source Databases market; the Cloud; the scalability challenges at Facebook; compares MySQL, MariaDB, and MongoDB; and presents Percona's contribution to the MySQL and MongoDB ecosystems..."

                  Now live! MySQL on Docker: Understanding the Basics - The Webinar
                  By Jean-Jerome Schmidt
                  Jean-Jerome writes, "We're excited to announce the live version of our blog 'MySQL on Docker: Understanding the Basics', which will be presented by its author, our colleague Ashraf Sharif, on September 27th during this new webinar.

                  With 100K+ views to date, 'MySQL on Docker: Understanding the Basics' has become a popular go-to resource for MySQL users worldwide who are looking to get an initial understanding of and start experimenting with Docker.

                  So if you're looking at taking your first steps with Docker for MySQL then this webinar is made for you..."

                  Cloud Computing
                  Lift and Shift Your Workloads to the Cloud
                  By William Sanders
                  William blogs, "With Oracle PaaS and IaaS services achieving FedRAMP 'In-Process' status - including Database Cloud Service and Java Cloud Service - I thought it would be a great time to highlight the benefits government agencies can realize by running each.

                  In many cases, agency legacy systems started as a Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) product, but have been heavily modified to perform specific government requirements. While Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products continue to gain popularity and functionality, they often fall short of meeting government's broad needs..."

                  Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Integrated with Oracle Cloud
                  By Antoinette O'Sullivan
                  Antoinette blogs, "Oracle Private Cloud Appliance brings you on-premise infrastructure integrated with Oracle Cloud. With Private Cloud Appliance, you get storage and infrastructure designed for enterprise applications. Oracle has worked to bring you a single architecture for both public and private cloud, designed from the beginning to work together..."
                  Training Thursdays: Differentiate Your Business with Oracle Linux Offerings
                  By Antoinette Osullivan
                  Antoinette blogs, "Listen to Oracle Senior VP, Ajay Srivastava, to learn how CIOs differentiate their business by using Oracle Linux offerings.

                  So you and your colleagues can build the skills necessary to get the most from Oracle Linux, consider following the Oracle Linux curriculum. For example, depending on your existing level of skills, you can choose from the following:..."

                  IT - Cloud
                  Cloud Contact Centre is the New Investment of Choice for Smart Brands
                  ITProPortal, September 3rd, 2017
                  "With the IDC predicting that by 2018 more than half of all enterprise IT workloads will be based in the cloud, Calabrio CEO Tom Goodmanson explains why former doubters should consider this approach for their contact centre platform..."
                  When It's Time To Put An Engine In Your Cloud Security Lifeboat
                  Business 2 Community, September 4th, 2017
                  "Oftentimes companies wait until they grow to a certain size or have a full technology stack before they begin thinking seriously about security. The problem with this is that, statistically, it's a matter of when you will have a security problem, not if.

                  So our observation is: If you wait until your company reaches some arbitrary milestone before implementing mature security practices, you may already be late to the game. (If you'll pardon the obvious, it's not a great practice to put your life jacket on after your boat gets in trouble; it's much better to put it on at the very start - i.e., as soon as you board the boat.)..."

                  What is Edge Computing?
        , September 5th, 2017
                  "Edge computing is poised to boost the next generation of IoT technology into the mainstream. Here's how it works with the cloud to benefit business operations in all industries...

                  Cloud computing has dominated IT discussions for the last two decades, particularly since Amazon popularized the term in 2006 with the release of its Elastic Compute Cloud..."

                  5 Things You Need to Plan for When Migrating Data to the Cloud or Back Out of It
                  insideBIGDATA, September 5th, 2017
                  "In this special guest feature, Caio Milani, Director of Product Management at MarkLogic, discusses the need to have an exit strategy when embracing cloud technology in the event you decide to get the data out of one cloud and move it to another, or move it back to your own data center. He also offers 5 things you need to plan for when migrating data to the cloud or back out of it. Caio is responsible for various aspects of the product including infrastructure, operations, security, cloud and performance. Prior to joining MarkLogic, he held product management roles at EMC and Symantec where he was responsible for storage, high availability and management products..."
                  C-Suite Check-in: Six Strategic Truths About Cloud
                  ITProPortal, September 6th, 2017
                  "Decisive leadership, business expertise, ultimate responsibility for successes and failures - those are the expectations all C-Suite executives must own and direct their collective skills at meeting. Perhaps less personality driven and more grit and longevity dependent is a fourth one: knowing the domain in which you operate..."
                    Multi-Cloud Management: 6 Expert Tips
                    The Enterprisers Project, September 7th, 2017
                    "A multi-cloud strategy offers plenty of potential upside, especially in today's increasingly hybrid IT world. 'Multi' means 'more' - as in, more flexibility, more control, more protection against failures, and so on. Of course, it also means more to manage.

                    How can you ensure your team is well-prepared to deal with the added moving parts from multiple cloud providers?

                    We asked several experts to share their advice on how to successfully manage a multi-cloud environment and realize the best results..."

                      Are Developers Ready for the New Era of Edge Cloud Computing?
                      jaxenter, September 8th, 2017
                      "The world of connected devices has enormous potential but it is clear that we need distributed edge cloud to fulfill this promise. Developers can leverage edge cloud to write their applications and accelerate the growth of IoT but are they [really] ready for the new era of edge cloud computing?..."
                      Hybrid Cloud - is it Really the Future of Enterprise IT?
                      ITProPortal, September 8th, 2017
                      "Cloud computing continues to evolve at a rapid pace and hybrid cloud is its next iteration...

                      Cloud computing continues to evolve at an unprecedented rate and plays an important role in most modern organisation's technology strategy in one way or another. As the momentum of cloud continues, there is one question that still remains unanswered - is hybrid cloud really the future of enterprise IT?..."

                      IT - CxO
                      CIOs are Totally Stressed Out: Here's How to Help
                      CIO, September 5th, 2017
                      "Caught between trying to maintain legacy systems and be agile enough to foresee trends in the market, IT administrators feel pulled in two different directions...

                      In the course of researching a marketing campaign aimed at IT professionals, I have interviewed dozens of such workers over the past year. Some are middle-aged; some are very young. I've talked to men and women in all parts of the country who worked at large and small firms..."

                      CIO or C-Suite: To Whom Should the CISO Report?
                      Dark Reading, September 7th, 2017
                      "Five reasons why the chief information security officer needs to get out from under the control of IT.

                      According to a 2015 study by Georgia Tech Information Security Center, 40 percent of CISOs reported to the CIO or CTO rather than directly to upper leadership. A forthcoming F5 Ponemon CISO research report will show that the trend is shifting away from CISOs reporting into the IT organization..."

                      Chief Digital Officers Emerge in Business Transformation Efforts
                      ZDNet, September 5th, 2017
                      "Chief information and technology officers still lead the pack in Constellation Research's Business Transformation 150- list, but digital and innovation specialists have gained footing...

                      Chief digital officers are increasingly driving business transformation efforts, but chief information and technology officers lead the pack, according to a Constellation Research's list of 150 influential executives..."

                        CIO Interview: Adrenaline Junkie Leaps from Big Pharma to Cloud Services
                        ComputerWeekly, September 4th, 2017
                        "Diana McKenzie, CIO of Workday and triathlon competitor, on analytics, data lakes and the relationship between IT and business...

                        Diana McKenzie caught the IT bug from her school counsellor. As the young student sat down to discuss what academic programmes to take, the counsellor told her a story..."

                        How Can CIOs Help Create the Next Generation of IT Leaders?
                        ZDNet, September 5th, 2017
                        "Four experts give their best-practice tips for CIOs who are keen to develop their talent...

                        IT leadership is a constant work in progress. A confluence of fast-changing business demands and technological advances mean CIOs must work hard to keep their skills fresh and up-to-date.

                        So what do these requirements mean for next-generation IT leadership? Here, four experts offer their advice to CIOs who are keen on developing new expertise..."

                          New Cyber Regulations Highlight Need for Virtual CISOs
                          CSO Online, September 5th, 2017
                          "NY regulations increase demands on CISOs already under stress and in short supply...

                          The question of responsibility for cyber-attacks has been a gray area for the last few years. Regulators have treated data breaches and hacking attacks as though they were earthquakes or floods beyond human control, but that's beginning to change. A new set of rules just went into effect in New York that requires financial services companies to have comprehensive cybersecurity strategies..."

                            How to Make a Business Case for Hiring a CDO
                            CIO Insight, September 5th, 2017
                            "With business stakeholders increasingly demanding quick access to data, the vast majority of CIOs are convinced that their organization needs to hire a chief data officer (CDO), according to a recent survey from Experian Data Quality. The resulting report, 'The Chief Data Officer: Powering Business Opportunities with Data,' states that CIOs can't cover the same kind of professional ground that CDOs can...."
                            Cloud ERP: The Rising Alternative to Hosting Your own
                            CIO, September 6th, 2017
                            CIOs faced with brittle on-premises ERP systems and the desire to free up valuable IT resources are increasingly looking to the cloud as a reliable, scalable solution for their ERP needs.

                            One of the first tasks Tom Doria was charged with when he was brought on board as CIO of SeneGence International late last year was to evaluate cloud services for ERP. The global manufacturer and multilevel marketing company for women's cosmetics is experiencing tremendous growth and its platform couldn't match the pace needed for the company to remain competitive, says Doria..."

                            Gartner's Latest Hype Cycle Highlights Emerging Cloud Security Technologies
                            silconANGLE, September 8th, 2017
                            "Technology industry analyst firm Gartner Inc. Thursday published its latest Hype Cycle for Cloud Security products, which is designed to inform security personnel about which technologies are ready for mainstream adoption and which are not quite ready for prime time.

                            Gartner said rapid growth in the adoption of cloud technologies is driving huge interest in products that can secure data, applications and workloads running in those environments..."

                            38% of Attorneys Fail to Disclose Cybersecurity Issues to Board
                            Dark Reading, September 8th, 2017
                            "Directors increasingly find themselves held accountable for cybersecurity breaches at their companies.

                            Despite a movement to hold company directors responsible for security breaches at their organization, nearly 40% of in-house attorneys and general counsel fail to disclose security issues h to their board, according to a survey by ALM Intelligence and law firm Morrison & Foerster.

                            The survey of 200 in-house attorneys and general counsel also found that 14% of respondents will inform their board of security matters less often than once a year..."

                            Cover Your aaS Renewal Discussions
                            Forrester, September 8th, 2017
                            "Many of our clients are fast approaching their contractual renewal dates for Cloud and as-a-service (aaS) offerings. They have expressed concerns over vendors changing licensing models and pricing terms at the renewal point, usually to our clients' detriment. They feel almost powerless at the negotiation table and perceive that vendors are playing on their immaturity regarding effective aaS exit management strategies, making them reluctant to change vendor and in turn leading to uncomfortable budgetary discussions with their CIOs..."
                            A Kodak CIO's Perspective on Why Leadership Matters
                            CIO, September 8th, 2017
                            "Leadership is an important topic for every CIO. John Milazzo, CIO at Kodak Alaris, shares his insights on the important behaviors that helped him lead his IT team to success...

                            I'm sure that every one of you who are CIOs recognizes that your role is more strategic than ever before. The digital revolution is driving every company to rethink how to leverage information and technology in new and innovative ways to create unique customer value..."

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                            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
                            Six Steps to Faster, Better Wi-Fi
                            ZDNet, September 7th, 2017
                            "With the countless of devices we have nowadays all wanting a piece of our internet connection, who doesn't want better Wi-Fi? Here's how to get the best possible coverage for the least hassle. Read Less

                            #1: Where do you want the best Wi-Fi signal?

                            Probably one of the simplest questions, but when I ask people it, they usually have no clue and start hand-waving towards the office, living room, bathroom and so on..."

                            SFTA Weekly Social Meetups: vBeers @ Funky Buddha, Oakland Park: Sept. 13th
                            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

                            Oracle OpenWorld: Where IT's Bold Future And Pragmatic Present Meet
                            By Chris Murphy
                            Chris writes in Forbes, "IT pros have no shortage of hot technologies and trends they're exploring, from chatbots and artificial intelligence to cloud-based infrastructure and platforms to microservices and serverless architectures. But IT decision-makers also live in the real world of getting stuff done, so as they learn what's possible, they're also asking hard questions about whether a technology is secure, enterprise-scale, and within budget..."
                            Monday Spotlight: Oracle OpenWorld 2017 Keynotes and General Sessions
                            By Parnian Taidi
                            Parnian blogs, "With less than a month to go till Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, we begin our countdown with a series of blogs that will help you navigate the event. 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
                            Here's How the Software-Defined Network that Powers Azure Works
                            The VAR Guy, September 5th, 2017
                            "For a couple of decades now, Albert Greenberg has been quietly transforming the internet. Somewhat of a legend in network engineering circles, he's done some of the fundamental early research work on software-defined networking and has been one of the principal engineering minds responsible for turning AT&T from a phone service to an internet company and for designing one of the world's largest cloud platforms: Microsoft Azure..."
                            5 Benefits of Next-Generation Firewalls
                            Network Computing, September 8th, 2017
                            "The complexity of modern cyberattacks and advanced hacking methodologies are driving enterprises to look to next-generation firewalls for better security. New web-based malware and intrusion attempts bypass perimeter protections to exploit applications. Users are susceptible to malicious emails or phishing schemes, as these threats are concealed within the content itself, and are delivered over the network undetected..."
                            IT - IoT
                            A Practical Approach to Fixing Internet of Things Vulnerabilities
                            ITProPortal, September 6th, 2017
                            "The Mirai botnet drew the world's attention to the high number of vulnerabilities that exist within IoT devices.

                            When the Mirai malware struck last summer it seemed to vindicate the predictions of those who warned us of our increasingly connected future.

                            Mirai uses a tactic as old as the Internet itself - the tried and test DDoS attack - but via a new vector: the ever-increasing network of connected devices that make up the Internet of Things. Cue many lurid headlines about mankind heading blithely towards disaster, brought down by our too-trusting relationship with the machines..."

                            Workplace IoT Puts Companies on Notice for Smarter Security
                            Dark Reading, September 6th, 2017
                            "Blacklisting every 'thing' in sight and banning connections to the corporate network may sound tempting, but it's not a realistic strategy.

                            The security threats posed by the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices are top of mind for security practitioners, and with good reason..."

                            How Will the Internet of Things Impact Mobile Application Development
                            ITProPortal, September 8th, 2017
                            "As the IoT continue evolving, the concept of smart homes would flourish. In this environment, mobile devices function as the main interface through which we could interact with IoT-enabled devices...

                            Today, we are in the world wherein mobile apps have dominated the market. A mobile app development software and mobile apps functions more like a bridge for forward-thinking organisations trying to create smarter devices that could boost each and every aspect of people's lives..."

                            Dealing with the IoT Means Dealing with Change
                            IT Business Edge, September 8th, 2017
                            "The deluge of data that the Internet of Things (IoT) will generate will have far-reaching effects on how organizations operate. The good news is that two recent surveys suggest that this reality is understood.

                            451 Research released survey results that found that companies are reacting proactively to the great changes that are occurring as the new platform wends its way into the enterprise. The firm found that during the next year, 32.4 percent of 364 participating organizations surveyed plan increases in storage capacity, 30.2 percent in network edge equipment, 29.4 percent in server infrastructure, and 27.2 percent in off-premises cloud infrastructure..."

                            IT - Linux
                            Linux 4.13 Kernel Launches With Accelerated Security Feature
                            eWeek, September 5th, 2017
                            "The fourth new Linux kernel milestone of 2017 is now available, providing improved performance and security features including Kernel Transport Layer Security...

                            While most Americans were enjoying the Labor Day weekend, Linux creator Linus Torvalds was busy releasing the Linux 4.13 kernel on Sept. 3. Linux 4.13 is the fourth new Linux kernel released in 2017 and follows Linux 4.12, which debuted in July..."

                            Best New Linux Desktop Environments
                            Datamation, September 5th, 2017
                            "Most Linux users have their own desktop environment preference. For example, I enjoy using MATE, where other users I talk with get a lot of value out of XFCE, GNOME or KDE. Yet it surprised me when I asked my Linux using friends what they thought of some of the "newer" Linux desktop environments.

                            About half of these Linux users have never tried any desktop environment outside of the ones mentioned above. Because of this, I thought it would be interesting to compare the best new Linux desktop environments making a name for themselves..."

                            IT - Operations
                            A Checklist for Building Your Enterprise Logging Layer
                  , September 6th, 2017
                            "As you build infrastructure to collect, unify, and analyze your logs, be sure to check this list to create an invaluable record and tool.

                            In any discussion about big-picture topics such as cloud migration services, data centers, and microservices, the topic of enterprise logging can get relegated to an afterthought. But you do so at your peril, because without logging, you won't have critical visibility into your services in order to diagnose and debug efficiently. What's more, if you're a large enterprise, you may be violating compliance requirements..."

                            Creating a Modern Data Center Strategy
                            Data Center Knowledge, September 6th, 2017
                            "Question of the Week: Cloud? Colo? On-Premises? How to decide?...

                            Today we're introducing our new Question of the Week series, in which we'll be tapping into the expertise of our sister organization AFCOM's Data Center Institute (DCI). Each DCI board member has been chosen for their depth of expertise, experience, and forward-thinking insights. They come from a variety of companies and organizations and work across IT, IT operations, critical facilities, data center, cloud architecture, and product/service development. This broad scope of function and experience ensures a 360-perspective on emerging data center industry trends and effects of change on each segment in the world of data center and IT infrastructure..."

                            IT - Security
                            we Need to Stop Dehumanizing Security Before It's Too Late
                            CSO Online, September 5th, 2017
                            "Gary Golombco-founder of Awake Security, lines up for a Security Slap Shot on the need to bring the human element back to the security operation center...

                            If you're in security, how do you describe your job? If you're not in security, how do you describe security?..."

                            Endpoint Security Overload
                            Dark Reading, September 5th, 2017
                            "CISOs and their teams are over-investing in endpoint security tools, driving inefficiency and a need to consolidate data.

                            An excess of endpoint security tools in organizations is driving "information security debt," according to a new study.

                            The 'Voice of the Enterprise' report by 451 Research and Digital Guardian on the use and consolidation of endpoint security tools found that the more endpoint security systems an enterprise has, the greater the cost of managing them. Security teams are struggling with inefficiency because they're moving from dashboard to dashboard all day..."

                            Cybersecurity Basics Still a Key Component in Managing Digital Risks
                            Search CIO, September 5th, 2017
                            "Securing the digital enterprise is becoming increasingly complex, but companies should not forget the cybersecurity basics and tap into the power of its available technology, people and processes...

                            As ransomware like WannaCry and Petya make headlines, securing the digital enterprise has become a top priority for companies. But to understand the risks of the digital world, organizations need to know where they are on their cybersecurity journey, according to a recent cybersecurity report released by communications company BT and consulting firm KPMG..."

                              How to Implement a Solid Identity and Access Management Strategy (Slideshow)
                              eWeek, September 6th, 2017
                              "Most enterprises select and implement technology to perform tasks better, deliver higher value to users, fulfill their business mission and become more agile as an organization. But it often happens that many IT initiatives, including identity and access management (IAM), deter new technology initiatives and hamstring a company's IT agility. This is largely because IAM can appear to be an unwelcome process for employees to learn. In this eWEEK slide show, One Identity Product Marketing Manager Todd Peterson explains 11 universal truths of IAM that provide common-sense guidance on how to implement a solid IAM strategy - without impeding business agility..."
                              Inaudible Ultrasound Commands Can be Used to Secretly Control Siri, Alexa, and Google Now
                              The Verge, September 7th, 2017
                              "It's an effective hack, but unlikely to do much damage in the real world...

                              Is your digital assistant taking orders behind your back? Scientists from China's Zheijiang University have proved it's possible, publishing new research that demonstrates how Siri, Alexa, and other voice-activated programs can be controlled using inaudible ultrasound commands. This provides a new method of attack for hackers targeting devices like phones, tablets, and even cars..."

                                The 16 Biggest Data Breaches of the 21st Century
                                CSO Online, September 7th, 2017
                                "Security practitioners weigh in on the 16 worst data breaches in recent memory.

                                • Yahoo -Adult Friend Finder
                                • eBay
                                • Equifax
                                • Heartland Payment Systems
                                • Target Stores
                                • TJX Companies, Inc.
                                • JP Morgan Chase
                                • US Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
                                • Sony's PlayStation Network

                                Data breaches happen daily, in too many places at once to keep count. But what constitutes a huge breach versus a small one?..."

                                Insider Threats and Ransomware are Most Feared, Followed by DDoS Attacks
                                Help Net Security, September 8th, 2017
                                "A new SANS survey found that ransomware, insider threats and denial of service are considered the top three threats organizations face when it comes to securing sensitive data.

                                According to the study, 78 percent of respondents report encountering two or more threats to their data in the past 12 months, while 12 percent actually encountered a breach, with 43 percent of those encountering exfiltration of sensitive data through encrypted channels..."

                                  IT - Careers
                                  Are You a Micromanager or a Macromanager?
                                  Business 2 Community, September 5th, 2017
                                  Micromanager. It's one of the least flattering labels one can be tagged with in business today. It connotes an unproductive level of involvement in the work and work products, excessive need for control, nit-pickiness, attention to unnecessary details and a generally unpleasant overall workplace experience. Nobody wants to be a called a micromanager.

                                  Question: But, what's the alternative?..."

                                    Skilled Security Staff are Hard to Find, Security Teams Need to be Creative
                                    Help Net Security, September 7th, 2017
                                    "A study conducted in July by Dimensional Research examined how organizations are addressing the cybersecurity skills gap. Study respondents included 315 IT security professionals at U.S.-based companies with more than 100 employees.

                                    According to the study, 93 percent of security professionals are concerned about the cybersecurity skills gap, and 72 percent believe it is more difficult to hire skilled security staff to defend against today's complex cyberattacks compared to two years ago. Significantly, 81 percent believe that the skills required to be a great security professional have changed in the past few years..."

                                    7 Data Science Certifications That Will Pay Off
                                    CIO, September 7th, 2017
                                    "Looking to get ahead as a data scientist? Earning one of these seven data science certs will help you stand out in one of the hottest careers in IT.

                                    Data scientist is one of the hottest jobs in IT. What's more, it's the best job you can get, period, according to data from Glassdoor. If you're looking to get into this field, or you want to stand out against the competition, look no further than data science certifications..."

                                      IT - Virtualization
                                      Moving VMware Implementations to the Cloud - What Are the Options for Cloud Migration?
                                      ITProPortal, September 8th, 2017
                                      "Moving to the cloud is the perfect time to re-evaluate your organisation's IT strategy...

                                      At this year's VMworld event, VMware announced that it is now possible for customers to run their virtualised infrastructure on Amazon Web Services. Following the growth of public cloud as a deployment option over the past few years, teams with large VMware implementations have looked at how to move their internal clouds to public environments in order to reduce costs..."

                                      IT - Big Data
                                      14 Top Platforms for Data Integration (Slideshow)
                                      Information Management, September 6th, 2017
                                      "Gartner has released its Magic Quadrant report that looks at leading platforms for data integration. Written by analysts Mark A. Beyer, Eric Thoo, Mei Yang Selvage and Ehtisham Zaidi, the report breaks down the leading offerings by Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries and Niche Players, depending on the overall strength of each product in the market..."
                                      Your Enterprise Data Management Strategy Needs a Superhero
                                      Search Storage, September 6th, 2017
                                      "Data management products are the Superman, not the Batman, of storage. They have built-in superpowers that provide the innate power needed to manage data....

                                      s it just me, or are meta-humans becoming meta-boring? Summer 2017 seems to have passed by in a blur, punctuated every few days by yet another "blockbuster" movie based on a Marvel or DC superhero. My kids want to see every one, of course, despite the commonality of the plot lines..."

                                      Business Intelligence vs. Business Analytics: Where BI Fits into Your Data Strategy
                                      CIO, September 6th, 2017
                                      "While BI leverages past and present data to describe the state of your business today, business analytics mines data to predict where your business is heading and prescribe actions to maximize beneficial outcomes...

                                      Traditionally, enterprises have focused their data strategies around business intelligence (BI), but the rise of predictive and prescriptive analytics platforms, in part thanks to machine learning and artificial intelligence, is changing the equation. Even business intelligence itself is evolving, tipping in capabilities previously exclusive to business analytics platforms..."

                                      What Is Big Data? Everything You Need to Know
                                      JavaWorld, September 6th, 2017
                                      "Analyzing lots of data is only part pf what makes big data different from previous data analytics. Learn what the other three aspects are...

                                      Every day human beings eat, sleep, work, play, and produce data-lots and lots of data. According to IBM, the human race generates 2.5 quintillion (25 billion billion) bytes of data every day. That's the equivalent of a stack of DVDs reaching to the moon and back, and encompasses everything from the texts we send and photos we upload to industrial sensor metrics and machine-to-machine communications..."

                                      Big Data Law Enforcement and the Rise of Predictive Policing
                                      insideBIGDATA, September 8th, 2017
                                      "Have you heard of 'predictive policing'? The idea that big data can help law enforcement agencies to stop crime before it happens is a recent point of discussion in both criminology thought groups and the technological world. So when we use the term 'predictive policing,' we refer to these discussions and ventures. We have experimented a little bit in it, and many are wondering if it should become the new norm.

                                      There is no doubt though that big data is already being experimented with by law enforcement, even though there are several potential bugs to work out. There is some controversy around it, whether the means of surveillance justify the ends of halting potential crime. As the discussion continues, however, predictive policing doesn't seem to be a law enforcement method to die out anytime soon..."

                                      IT - Mobile
                                      4 Emerging Trends in the Mobile Payments Space
                                      Business 2 Community, September 3rd, 2017
                                      "These days mobile devices can handle just about everything that the customers and business owners need to work on and make a success.

                                      Shopping, social lives, and bill payments are just some of the many daily tasks that can be completed on a mobile device. Most people bring their devices with them everywhere, which allows them to expand their lives and even make payments on the go.

                                      Businesses wisely have started to make use of mobile payments in as many ways as possible for the good of their customers..."

                                        It's Time For IT to Take Control of Mobile Apps
                                        ComputerWorld, September 7th, 2017
                                        "IT is seeing a very dangerous collision of two trends: BYOD and mobile apps. IT's job is to protect corporate data - and it's an app download away from failing.

                                        IT is seeing a very dangerous collision of two trends: BYOD and mobile apps. IT's job is, among other things, to protect corporate data, a portion of the company's intellectual property. And yet easily downloaded consumer apps are threatening that data security by sharing their sensitive data with mobile apps that have almost infinite capabilities..."

                                        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:

                                        • Oracle Hiring Five-Thousand Cloud Professionals in the United States
                                        • Oracle OpenWorld 2017 Keynotes and General Sessions
                                        • Oracle Expands IoT Cloud Portfolio, Enabling Customers to Accelerate Intelligence and ROI from Connected Assets
                                        • The Cloud Goes To College To Control Higher-Education Costs
                                        • Oracle Code San Francisco And JavaOne Will Immerse Developers In New Tools
                                        • JCP JavaOne 2017
                                        • Luxury Fashion Goods Wholesaler Scales its Hong Kong Business with NetSuite OneWorld
                                        • Oracle and Mitsubishi Electric Collaborate to Develop Internet of Things Platform for Smart Manufacturing
                                        • On the Road with Oracle Student Cloud
                                        • College 'Back To School' Prep Offers Glimpse Into The Future

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

                                          IT - Encryption
                                          Tor Project Boosts Support for Anonymous Mobile Browsing
                                          ZDNet, September 6th, 2017
                                          "As mobile use is on the up, so is the need for secure internet browsing...

                                          Tor Project has announced measures to improve secure web browsing for mobile devices.

                                          The Tor Project, a non-profit which develops and maintains the Tor network for anonymized browsing and as a way to skirt censorship-heavy government controls, keeps its eyes on the state of censorship worldwide..."

                                            Calling All Developers to Join our CX Hackathon 2017
                                            By Laurie Pattison
                                            Laurie blogs, "Have we got a deal for you! Come hack a Smarter Customer Experience at the Modern CX Hackathon on 29-30 September in San Francisco. If you're already coming to OpenWorld 2017, this is a perfect opportunity to come a few days early and get your hands on some Oracle Cloud services, and access to experts to help you understand and integrate them. But don't worry, this hackathon is open to non-OpenWorld registrants as well!..."
                                            IT - Java
                                            The Road to Java 9: Twice-yearly Releases Are Coming
                                            ITWorld, September 6th, 2017
                                            "A move to GPL license and open-sourcing the JDK are also planned to make it easier for developers to adopt Java in their software...

                                            Oracle will speed up the releases of standard Java, with a new release Java Development Kit (JDK) coming every six months and a long-term support version that gets updated every three years. As a result, the next version of Java will be released in March 2018, six months after this month's planned Java 9 release..."

                                            Java's Late Flowering
                                            RedMonk, September 7th, 2017
                                            "At the risk of starting from the beginning, which is somewhat unfashionable these days in these days of Netflix box sets with complex chronologies, I am going to start at the beginning.

                                            Java, the language, was introduced on May 23, 1995, just as the Internet took off. Netscape's initial public offering was just a couple of months later, on August 9th. The fates of Java and the Net have been entwined ever since..."

                                            IT - HPC
                                            NVIDIA Volta GPUs to Help CDDS Advance Medicine with AI
                                            insideHPC, September 7th, 2017
                                            "Over at the NVIDIA Blog, Abdul Hamid Halabi writes that the Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS) today received the world's first purpose-built AI supercomputer from the all-new portfolio of NVIDIA DGX systems with Volta...

                                            'With a mission to advance medicine with artificial intelligence, CCDS includes clinicians, researchers, data scientists and product development, and translational experts. Using the first-generation DGX-1 based on Pascal GPUs, CCDS data scientists have successfully trained machines to 'see' abnormalities and patterns in medical images...'

                                            CCDS data scientists have created dozens of medical training algorithms to date. In addition to radiology, they include other medical specialties such as cardiology, ophthalmology, dermatology and psychiatry..."

                                              Nexenta News
                                              Simple and Scalable Storage from Supermicro and Nexenta
                                              Webinar - Thursday, September 28th at 8 AM PDT
                                              Data management can be complex, time-consuming and expensive - but it doesn't have to be. Supermicro and Nexenta have teamed up to address these issues with a flexible, scalable storage appliance that offers seamless deployment and management. This purpose-built, small form factor cluster delivers enterprise grade, full-featured unified file and block storage services for your business.

                                              To learn more about this new solution, join us for our webinar on Thursday, September 28th and find out more about:

                                              • How specific configurations were chosen to address your key workloads such as high-performance databases, virtualized environments, file services, archival needs and more.

                                              • The Nexenta GUI that enables you to manage all performance tiers from a single interface

                                              • Single point of contact for service and support to ensure your business gets the 24/7 support that you need

                                              At the end of the webinar, we will open the session up to answer any of your sales and technical questions. We look forward to seeing you there!


                                              Red Hat News
                                              Red Hat Expands Certified Cloud and Service Provider Program Footprint in APAC
                                              Red Hat, September 7th, 2017
                                              Red Hat, Inc. announced that cloud and managed services providers in India, Indonesia, Japan, and Singapore have joined its Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider program, helping them to better meet customer needs for cloud-based technologies.

                                              Since its launch in 2015, hundreds of cloud and service providers have achieved designation to deliver Red Hat solutions across the global marketplace. Globally, nine out of the 14 cloud service providers included in Gartner's 2017 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Worldwide are Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Providers...

                                              Red Hat Forum APAC 2017 Celebrates the Impact of the Individual
                                              Red Hat, September 6th, 2017
                                              Red Hat, Inc. announced the agenda and keynote speakers for Red Hat Forum APAC 2017, one of the premier open source technology event series in Asia Pacific. The first forum will be held in Bengaluru, India on the 19 September, followed by stops in 13 other major APAC cities. More than 6,000 attendees from across industries are expected to attend the series.
                                              Friday Five - September 8, 2017
                                              Red Hat, September 8th, 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 Advances Enterprise and Network Automation with New Ansible Offerings
                                              • Red Hat Blog - Open across all architectures: Introducing Red Hat's multi-architecture initiative
                                              • DHS Science and Technology Directorate Awards Contract to Red Hat and Kryptowire to Advance Mobile Application Lifecycle Security
                                              • ComputerWeekly - Open source helps Schiphol fly to multi-clouds
                                              • Red Hat Open Innovation Labs e-book

                                              Read on for details.

                                              Red Hat Advances Enterprise and Network Automation with New Ansible Offerings
                                              Red Hat, September 7th, 2017
                                              Red Hat, Inc. introduced new innovations designed to advance IT automation as its strategic importance grows in the enterprise. Ansible is a game-changing open source automation technology for the management of IT environments at scale. Designed to be simple to adopt, use, and understand, Ansible has become one of the world's most popular open source IT automation technologies, with nearly 3,000 unique contributors, more than 32,000 commits to the upstream Ansible open source project, and a user base that spans industries and the globe. Red Hat acquired the company behind Ansible in 2015, with the aim of helping users drive down the cost and complexity of deploying and managing both cloud-native and traditional applications across hybrid cloud environments. With Ansible, organizations can make the automated enterprise a reality...
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