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IT News - CxO
5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In April
The Enterprisers Project, April 1st, 2019
"Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders," writes Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project.

"Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our business library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. These curated pieces are available now through the end of April..."

    5 Things Every Executive Needs To Know About Identity And Access Management
    Forbes, April 1st, 2019
    "For new digital business models to succeed, customers' privacy preferences need to be secure, and that begins by treating every identity as a new security perimeter," writes Louis Columbus in Forbes.

    "Organizations need to recognize that perimeter-based security, which focuses on securing endpoints, firewalls, and networks, provides no protection against identity and credential-based threats. Until they start implementing identity-centric security measures, account compromise attacks will continue to provide a perfect camouflage for data breaches..."

      CEO Money Videos (Episodes 34 - 38)
      CEO Money, April 5th, 2019
      • Mark Hopkins | CEO Money Episode 38, April 5th
      • Len Bland | CEO Money Episode 37, April 5th
      • Mills Menser | CEO Money Episode 36. April 4th
      • John Denes | CEO Money Episode 35, April 3rd
      • Jimmy Nguyen | CEO Money Episode 34, April 1st

      Click through for the videos.

        CIO: The Transformational Chief Information Officer (CxOTalk #335)
        CXOTalk, April 4th, 2019
        As the CIO role goes beyond transactions and even digital, what does it mean for the Chief Information Officer to be a transformational leader? Industry analyst, Michael Krigsman, explores this topic with innovative and outspoken CIO Jay Ferro. Topics include culture change management, leadership, organizing a transformational information technology department, and more.

        Jay Ferro is the Chief Information Officer for Quikrete, the largest manufacturer of packaged concrete in the United States. Previously, he served as CIO for a number of other companies including Earthlink, the American Cancer Society and AIG.

          IT News - Storage
          Major Disruptions In Data Storage Technology: What This Shake-Up Means For The Enterprise
          insideBIGDATA, April 5th, 2019
          "Good technology is evolutionary. Great technology is revolutionary. Of the two only the second is disruptive. One of the single greatest factors driving disruption in IT infrastructure is the growth of data and data storage technologies, fueled by initiatives in big data, Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics.

          Today's enterprises are generating and storing more data than ever before. This trend shows no sign of slowing down. This uptick is pushing enterprises to expand their infrastructures, especially around data storage. Market pressures on storage providers are escalating and it looks like the entire ecosystem is in for a shake-up..." - insideBIGDATA

            Software Defining Your Storage
            architectingIT, April 5th, 2019
            Paul Stringfellow writes in architectingIT, "There is a lot of talk in the technology industry of 'software defining', the idea that elements of our technology stack, traditionally based on a hardware appliance can be abstracted from it and made available as a software-only appliance that can be installed on any hardware. But why? Wouldn't you rather your key assets were installed on custom-built hardware with performance optimisations, resilience and convenient support models? Well, you'd think, wouldn't you?..."
              IT News - AI
              See How AI Is Changing The World Around Us
              CNET, April 4th, 2019
              "Artificial intelligence is already helping to solve problems in industries like transportation, health care, agriculture and retail...

              Is the artificial intelligence we see in science fiction movies steeped in any kind of reality? Many tech industry experts believe the idea of a super-intelligent or sentient AI is greatly exaggerated and many years away..." - CNET

                How To Lay The Foundations For Machine Learning
                ITProPortal, April 3rd, 2019
                "Machine learning feels new to many of us because it has only recently become feasible for the mass market, but its roots span decades," opines Mathias Golombek in ITProPortal.

                "The concept of machines learning from data materialised in the 1950's, and in 1988 IBM revolutionised the industry by introducing principles of probability-based data algorithms into what had previously been the rule-based field of machine learning..."

                  Can AI Defeat Fake News?
                  ZDNet, April 1st, 2019
                  "Our digital society is under attack from malevolent forces creating realistic looking fake text, images, and video. Can real artificial intelligence overcome evil fake news?" asks Robin Harris in ZDNet.

                  "Social networks crave attention, and they aren't particular about how they get it. Getting people outraged is one of the best ways they have to get - and keep - your focus. And fake news is the surest route to outrage - and profits..."

                    SFTA Cinco De Mayo Golf Event
                    Friday, May 3rd, 2019: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
                    Jacaranda Golf Course - Plantation

                    Celebrating the wonderful diversity of our region, we'll be incorporating a colorful Cinco De Mayo Festival theme throughout the event. Not a golfer, no problem! Get a Lunch / Cinco De Mayo Fiesta Ticket and join in all the post-golf fun!

                    Our event includes:

                    • Breakfast
                    • Roaming Drink Carts
                    • Golf Cart and all fees
                    • Driving Range
                    • 4-person scramble
                    • Catered luncheon and awards reception
                    • Cinco De Mayo Happy Hour

                    Sponsorships are available now.


                    • Foursome $600 - Includes Golf for 4, lunch and awards reception.
                    • Individual $150 - Includes Golf for 1, lunch and awards reception.

                    Hosted by the SFTA

                      Florida's Tech Scene Surpasses Its Reputation
                      South Florida Business and Wealth, April 10th
                      Kevin Gale writes in SFBW, "Austin is widely recognized as a national technology center, but guess who is just behind it in tech employment? South Florida.

                      The new Computing Technology Industry Association Cyberstates report shows Austin had 154,884 tech jobs to rank No. 18 nationally, while the Miami metro area was ranked No. 19 with 148,489. South Florida ranked ahead of another widely hailed innovation hub, Portland, which was No. 20 with 136,803 jobs.

                      The Cyberstates 2019 report belies the stereotype of Florida as a technology backwater: It ranks fourth nationally for tech jobs and second for net tech jobs added.

                      Among urban areas, South Florida ranked 13th nationally with 4,262 tech jobs added in 2018 and its 3 percent increase ranked 15th. The national increase was 2.3 percent. The report's authors predict a continued tight labor market for technology employment in the state..."

                        IT News - FOSS
                        5 Useful Open Source Log Analysis Tools
              , April 2nd, 2019
                        "Monitoring network activity is as important as it is tedious. These tools can make it easier," writes Sam Bocetta in

                        "Monitoring network activity can be a tedious job, but there are good reasons to do it. For one, it allows you to find and investigate suspicious logins on workstations, devices connected to networks, and servers while identifying sources of administrator abuse. You can also trace software installations and data transfers to identify potential issues in real time rather than after the damage is done..."

                          SFTA's vBeers@Boca
                          Wednesday, April 17th, 2019: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
                          Biergarten Boca - Boca Raton

                          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. Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here 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!

                          Hosted by John J. McLaughlin

                            IT News - Careers
                            5 IT Certifications For Beginners Or Career-Changers
                            The Enterprisers Project, April 2nd, 2019
                            "These IT certifications may open doors for newcomers, career-changers, or IT pros looking to build a new specialty," writes Kevin Casey in The Enterprisers Project.

                            "If you're climbing the first few rungs in your career ladder, the right IT certification can help beef up an IT resume short on real-world experience.

                            Some people overlook the first real certification test, however: Figuring out what it is you really want to do..."

                              Remote Work Is Here To Stay And Here Is Why [Infographic]
                              Business 2 Community, April 4th, 2019
                              Stacey Rudolph writes in Business 2 Community, "Remote work is becoming very popular and once thing you will discover is that once people go remote, they don't want or are unlikely to go back. As a matter of fact, 90% of remote workers report preferring to work remotely for the rest of their lives..."
                                When Bad Interviewers Happen To Good People
                                Forbes, April 3rd, 2019
                                "When you're in an interview with a bad or inexperienced interviewer, they're not giving you the opportunity to truly make the case for your candidacy," notes Robert Hellmann in Forbes. "They're not asking you the right (or any) questions, and in fact they may be turning you off by their behavior.

                                Very often, however, you can find a way to change the subject back to their number one question, "How can you help me?" and thus do both of you favor; they will get their answer and you'll stand out from the competition as the candidate who answered this key question. Let's look at how to improve your outcome in four of the most common bad-interviewer scenarios..."

                                  IT News - Linux
                                  25 Years Later: Interview With Linus Torvalds
                                  Linux Journal, April 2nd, 2019
                                  Robert Young writes in Linux Journal, "Linux Journal's very first issue featured an interview between LJ's first Publisher, Robert Young (who went on to co-found Red Hat among other things), and Linus Torvalds (author of the Linux kernel). After 25 years, we thought it'd be interesting to get the two of them together again. You can read that first interview from 1994 ..."
                                    IT News - Security
                                    Hackers Are Targeting D-Link Home Routers: Here'S How To Secure Yours
                                    Forbes, April 5th, 2019
                                    "A DNS hijacking campaign has been targeting home routers, according to security researchers at Bad Packets," reports Kate O'Flaherty in Forbes.

                                    "The researchers identified three waves which took place between December last year and the end of March this year, detailed in a blog.

                                    All exploit attempts have originated from hosts on the network of Google Cloud Platform (AS15169), the researchers say..."

                                      The 6 Biggest Ransomware Attacks Of The Last 5 Years
                                      CSO Online, April 5th, 2019
                                      "The biggest ransomware attacks illustrate how this particularly nasty genre of attack software has grown from a curiosity and an annoyance to a major crisis," writes Josh Fruhlinger in CSO Online.

                                      "Malware that holds data for ransom has been around for years. In 1991, a biologist spread PC Cyborg, the first ever ransomware, by sending floppy disks via surface mail to other AIDS researchers, for instance. In the mid '00s Archiveus was the first ransomware to use encryption, though it's long ago been defeated and you can find its password on its Wikipedia page..."

                                        IT News - PM
                                        Top 30 Free Project Management Software Solutions To Get Things Done
                                        Business 2 Community, April 4th, 2019
                                        "Project management tools can help you organize tasks, visualize projects, share feedback, and more," notes Max Benz in Business 2 Community.

                                        "So they can help you keep your project on track, your team motivated, and your clients happy.

                                        But these tools come at a cost. When every cent counts, you have to make the most of free options. Here's an analysis of the best free project management software available to marketing project managers..."

                                          IT News - Cloud
                                          Cloud Service Delivery Model Shifts From The Big 3 To Tier 2
                                          SearchStorage, April 5th, 2019
                                          George Crump writes in SearchStorage, "Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud may lead the cloud market, but the drumbeat of the competition is growing louder from niche alternatives and upstart challengers.

                                          Other public providers in the mix include the likes of Alibaba Cloud, Dell Technologies' Virtustream, IBM's Bluemix, Iron Mountain, Oracle and Rackspace. Meanwhile, startup Wasabi Technologies's low-priced cold storage options drew so much interest out of the starting gate, the company temporarily shut down its trial offer..."

                                            AWS Releases New S3 Storage For Long-Term Data Retention
                                            HelpNet Security, April 1st, 2019
                                            "Amazon Web Services (AWS), an company, announced the general availability of Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive, a new storage class that provides secure, durable object storage for long-term retention of data that is rarely accessed.

                                            At just $0.00099 per GB-month (less than one-tenth of one cent, or $1 per TB-month), S3 Glacier Deep Archive offers the lowest cost storage in the cloud, at prices significantly lower than storing and maintaining data in on-premises magnetic tape libraries or archiving data off-site..." - HelpNet Security

                                              IT News - Technology
                                              Why Natural Language Processing (NLP) Will Be Big In 2019
                                              VentureBeat, April 5th, 2019
                                              "Natural language processing (NLP) technologies leads the AI revolution. It is by far the most visible and popular form of AI. That's partly because it has to do with one of the most basic fundamental forms of intelligence - language. With NLP, machines have made huge leaps in recent years in recognizing and understanding language - and thus are now learning to communicate just like humans, whether it's a bot chatting with you via text, or Alexa speaking with you through an Amazon Echo..." - VentureBeat
                                                IT News - ERP
                                                Top 10 Enterprise Resource Planning Software Providers
                                                eWeek, April 4th, 2019
                                                Samuel Greengard writes in eWeek, "The enterprise resource planning market, though a long-established convention within IT, is evolving in its own way during this period of overall digital transformation. Here are 10 top vendors competing in the space.

                                                The complexities of running a business with enterprise resource planning software aren't lost on today's executives. But ERP is at the center of everything a company does. It tackles the core tasks of managing and integrating core business processes in real-time. The enterprise software typically addresses project management, scheduling, procurement, production, sales, order management, distribution, billing, shipping, logistics, and supply chain management..."

                                                  IT News - Developer
                                                  Should You Learn Python, C, Or Ruby To Be A Top Coder? [Infographic]
                                                  Business 2 Community, April 2nd, 2019
                                                  Larry Kim writes in Business 2 Community, "Top coders have near limitless prospects when it comes to employment, or even opportunities to succeed in their own startups. In fact, learning to code is fast becoming a necessary life skill, with millions each year taking online and in-person courses to learn Python, Java, and other popular programming languages.

                                                  But which one will give you the most bang for your buck?

                                                  Even if you're learning how to code free online, it's an investment of your time. You want to be sure you're learning the language that will be most useful for you..."

                                                    IT News - Wireless
                                                    What Is The New Wi-Fi 6 And How Is It An Improvement On Standard Wi-Fi?
                                                    Forbes, April 2nd, 2019
                                                    Anna Tobin writes in Forbes, "All around us, cellular and wireless data delivery systems are being upgraded. Mobile technology is being boosted by the much-hyped 5G and wireless technology is moving into its less talked about sixth generation - Wi-Fi 6. But what exactly is Wi-Fi 6 and how will it impact?..."
                                                      IT News - Humor
                                                      Throwback Thursday: Cold Comfort
                                                      Computerworld, April 4th, 2019
                                                      "A contractor is working to replace the outdated ventilation system in the office building where this IT pilot fish works. But that shouldn't pose any problems for IT - at least in theory.

                                                      'The other day, one of the contractors forgot to turn the boiler back on after they were working on it,' fish says. 'Needless to say, the next morning a large portion of the office was cold - about 55 degrees..." - Computerworld

                                                        Memory-Lane Monday: Debugging, The Hard Way
                                                        ComputerWorld, April 1st, 2019
                                                        "Boss at this big mobile-phone service provider tells IT pilot fish to go to a cell site and let the exterminator in to spray for bugs.

                                                        'Bug man sprays in the cell site, then goes into the generator room,' fish reports. 'All of a sudden, this big bug flies into the room where he's spraying with his wand..." - ComputerWorld

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