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IT News - CxO
5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In February
The Enterprisers Project, February 4th, 2019
Carla Rudder writes in The Enterprisers Project, "Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders...

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 February.

  • How to resolve conflicts with a remote coworker
  • Why companies won't let bad projects die
  • Why design thinking works
  • How to collaborate with a perfectionist
  • Emotional intelligence has 12 elements. Which do you need to work on?

Read on for details?

The New CISO's Playbook: 5 Rules To Follow
CSO Online, February 4th, 2019
"Today's privacy and regulatory requirements, breadth of threats and bad employee behavior require chief information security officers to add some new moves to the old playbook," notes Stacy Collett in CSO Online.

"When Michelle Stewart was hired in August 2017 as the CISO at RentPath, a digital marketing company for the real estate rental industry, she knew she had to add some new rules to her CISO playbook. Times had changed since she last took over a new security leadership role. Once considered primarily a technology job, today's CISO must be a business enabler who can communicate in business terms the value of their security initiatives..."

Should Your Company Hire A Chief AI Officer?
SeachCIO, February 9th, 2019
"Aramark's newly appointed chief AI officer, along with senior IT leaders from Kohl's, eBay and Square, make the case for an AI expert in the C-suite: Title may not be required..."

George Lawton writes in SeachCIO, "As the use of AI across industries grows, some nontechnology enterprises like Aramark are hiring a chief AI officer to bring governance and common sense -- and value -- to the hype around AI. Other organizations like Kohl's, Square and eBay have strong AI teams, but have not elevated AI governance to the same level as a CIO position or chief human resources officer -- yet..."

How Visibility Can Contribute To Digital Transformation
ITProPortal, February 6th, 2019
"Here are three benefits that visibility can bring to digital businesses," writes Matt Middleton-Leal in ITProPortal.

"Benefits that companies stand to gain from digital transformation are not as widely discussed in the media as the associated obstacles. In real life, making the most of digital technologies is a challenge and not one which is easily avoidable. The process of digital transformation is time-consuming and requires additional investments, both financial and in terms of resourcing, while the outcome is not always easy to predict. A common issue is that digital transformation means different things to different people, so there can often be confusion within IT teams and the C-suite as to what is the most cost-effective and secure way to complete digital transformation..."

IT News - Storage
12 Storage Software Companies To Watch In 2019, February 4th, 2019
"2018 is over and we'll forget it pretty rapidly as it was not a memorable period except probably for a few confirmations and news around NVMe, cloud storage and multi-cloud approaches, M&A, file storage or SaaS backup. Interestingly, SDS pops-up in every segment of the storage industry. We expect 2019 to be more productive on the storage side than 2018.

Here is a selection 12 of them with great potential:..." -

2018 Hard Disk Drive Results
Forbes, February 6th, 2019
Tom Coughlin writes in Forbes, "Following is a summary from the Coughlin Associates quarterly newsletter about HDD results in 2018 as well as information gleaned from announcements by the HDD companies. Note that changes in the ways that Seagate Technology and Western Digital report their HDD shipments have increased the possible error in these estimates.

Total HDD shipments in CQ4 2018 were down 9.7% compared with CQe 2018 (87.7 M units in Q4 2018 versus 97.1 M units in Q3 2018). This is after an 0.6% from CQ2 2018 to CQ3 2018, an 3.1% increase from CQ1 2018 to CQ2 2018, and an 10.7% decrease in CQ1 2018 from CQ4..."

What's The Best Way To Move Data To A Backup Site?
Networkworld, February 7th, 2019
"There are several ways of moving data to backup storage sites where it will be safe in a disaster, but none is perfect," writes W. Curtis Preston in Networkworld. "Here are the upsides and downsides of each...

Everyone agrees that backups must be sent off site in order to protect your data from large disasters such as fire, earthquake, tornado, hurricane or flood.

If you store your backups in the same place you create your data, your backups will get destroyed along with your data. If you put them somewhere else, you at least have a chance at restoring data when the worst happens. The method you choose to get the data to another location will determine the likelihood and cost of such an event. Here are the various ways that people get data their off-site..."

2019 Storage Tech Predictions By MSys Technologies, February 8th, 2019
"2019 brings us to the second-last leg of this decade. From the last few years, IT professionals have been propagating rhetoric. They state that the technology landscape is seeing a revolutionary change. But, most of the revolutionary changes, has, over the time lost their gullibility. Thanks to the awe-inspiring technologies like AI, robotics, and upcoming 5G networks most tech pundits consider this decade to be a game changer in the technology sector, according to MSys Technologies LLC.

As the company makes headway into 2019, the Internet is bombarded with numerous tech prophecies.

The firm presents here its 2019 tech predictions based on its storage, cloud, DevOps and digital transformation expertise..." -

13th Annual State of the CIO
Wedesday, March 13th, 2019: 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Signature Grand - Davie

Sponsorship opportunities starting at just $1,200.Participating in the State of the CIO is more affordable than ever and represents high ROI for any company desiring to promote their product or service to local and regional CIOs and tech leaders.

Hosted by CIO Council South Florida

2nd Annual Tech Talent Fest
Thursday, February 28th, 2019: 1:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center

  • Are you a Hiring Manager looking for new tech talent?
  • Are you a Job Seeker looking for the chance to further your career growth?
  • Are you a business owner looking for the right team members to help you grow your business?
  • Are you a college student or new graduate looking for employment?

We are on our way to becoming 'The Ultimate Talent Event For the Tech Industry' offering both Hiring Managers and Job Seekers the chance to LEARN new skills, CONNECT with each other, and GROW their careers!


    SFTA Presents: GetITGirl Women's Leadership & Tech Brunch
    Friday, March 8th, 2019: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
    The Tower Club

    The South Florida Technology Alliance would like to invite you to join us for our first ever 'GetITGirl' event!

    GetITGirl is SFTA's NEW initiative with a focus on women in leadership, technology, and engineering roles. Our goal is to bring more diversity to the local workforce by increasing opportunities for women, developing tomorrow's leaders through continued education, and creating a network of women in South Florida who can support each other through our journeys.

    More and more companies are offering programs that support women such as childcare, nursing rooms, better maternity leave, and work from home options. We speak a lot about wanting employers to be more diverse and supportive of women, especially in leadership and technology roles where men are more prominent. We will have a panel discussion with local leaders what we would like from employers and what we need in order to increase the number of women in male-dominated roles.

    hosted by the South Florida Technology Alliance

    IT News - FOSS
    Top 5 Open Source Network Monitoring Tools, February 4th, 2019
    "Keep an eye on your network to avoid downtime with these monitoring tools," suggests Paul Bischoff in "Maintaining a live network is one of a system administrator's most essential tasks, and keeping a watchful eye over connected systems is essential to keeping a network functioning at its best.

    There are many different ways to keep tabs on a modern network. Network monitoring tools are designed for the specific purpose of monitoring network traffic and response times, while application performance management solutions use agents to pull performance data from the application stack..."

    IT News - Careers
    The Top 4 IT Security Hiring Priorities And In-Demand Skills For 2019
    CIO, February 4th, 2019
    Stephen Zafarino writes in CIO, "IT security talent is by no means cheap, as with all niche, in-demand talent groups in today's candidate-driven market. But the real question business leaders are starting to ask themselves is whether they can withstand the cost of failing to catch a cyberattack in time because they lacked the qualified talent..."
    IT News - Security
    Is Your VPN Secure?
    GCN, February 4th, 2019
    Mohammad Taha Khan and Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez write in GCN, "About a quarter of internet users use virtual private networks, a software setup that creates a secure, encrypted data connection between their own computer and another one elsewhere on the internet. Many people use them to protect their privacy when using Wi-Fi hotspots or to connect securely to workplace networks while traveling. Other users are concerned about surveillance from governments and internet providers..."
    Why Vaporworms Might Be The Scourge Of 2019
    HelpNet Security, February 6th, 2019
    "Not too long ago, the WatchGuard Threat Lab predicted the emergence of vaporworms as a major new cyber threat that will affect organizations of all sizes in 2019," reports Marc Laliberte in HelpNet Security.

    "We coined the term to describe a new breed of fileless malware with self-propagating, wormlike properties. At the time of the initial prediction, our team was fairly sure this idea was more than conjecture, but now the advent of the vaporworm in 2019 seems to be an abject certainty.

    But before I get into why and how this new threat will pick up steam this year, let's take a step back to first examine fileless attacks and how they differ from traditional malware..."

    70 Real-Life Hackers And Cybersecurity Practitioners Share Their Personal Insights
    HelpNet Security, February 6th, 2019
    Zeljka Zorz writes in HelpNet Security, "Entering the information security industry can be a formidable undertaking and renowned professionals often seem larger than life and unapproachable (even though most are on Twitter and their email address is public).

    Luckily for us all, Marcus J. Carey and Jennifer Jin have the ear of some of the biggest names in the field and have generously decided to share that access.

    Their book Tribe of Hackers: Cybersecurity Advice from the Best Hackers in the World is a compilation of answers seventy cybersecurity luminaries have given to questions most of us always wanted to ask:..."

    IT News - PM
    Building X-Shaped Project Management Skills: A Complete How-To
    Business 2 Community, February 6th, 2019
    "What are the most important project management skills? Does project management follow a T-shaped or X-shaped skill pattern?" asks Sylvia Moses in Business 2 Community. "This guide will answer these questions, and more.

    Calling project management a 'job' is a little misleading. It is actually several jobs rolled into one.

    As a project manager, your responsibilities are broad as well as deep. Every aspect of the project, from organizing teams to managing project risk, comes under your purview.

    Given the scope of these responsibilities, your project management skills have to be broad as well. It's unlike the typical skill graph that most other professions have. You can't specialize in a single skill; you have to master a lot of them to be good at your job.

    What are these essential project management skills? How can you develop them?

    I'll answer these questions and more in this guide..."

    IT News - Cloud
    Now Comes The Hard Part Of Cloud Computing
    ITBusinessEdge, February 7th, 2019
    Mike Vizard writes in ITBusinessEdge, "Much of the focus on cloud computing over the past several years has been simply making the transition. But as IT organizations move beyond running a handful of isolated application workloads, they are starting to discover getting to the cloud is only the first step in what is quickly becoming a career-long adventure.

    A survey of 100 IT decision-makers in companies with 500 or more employees conducted by NetEnrich, a provider of an IT automation platform, finds 85 percent of respondents reported either moderate or extensive production use of cloud infrastructure, with 80 percent claiming their companies have moved at least a quarter of all their applications and workloads to the public cloud..."

    IT News - Operations
    Hone These Top 5 Data Center Skills In 2019
    SearchDataCenter, February 6th, 2019
    "As data centers become more software-based, admins should prepare themselves by learning about the cloud, containers, DevOps and artificial intelligence," suggests Clive Longbottom in SearchDataCenter.

    "In 2019, the data center administrator role will require much more knowledge of the cloud, virtual resources and management software.

    IT administrators must prepare to oversee a different data center than they may be used to. Admins should make sure they understand the basics of supporting an environment that combines the cloud, containerization and artificial intelligence..."

    IT News - Technology
    Light-Based Computers To Be 5,000 Times Faster
    Networkworld, February 7th, 2019
    "New light absorption techniques in semiconductors get clock rates 5,000 times faster than current PCs. It's one more step towards an all-light computing environment," writes Patrick Nelson in Networkworld.

    "Electrical currents are best created using semiconductor crystals that absorb light, say researchers who have announced a significant, potential computer-speed breakthrough. The team obtained ultrafast clock rates in the terahertz of frequencies, using light. That is significantly higher than existing single-gigahertz computer clock rates..."

    IT News - Email
    Google Eliminates More Spam From Gmail With TensorFlow
    ZDNet, February 6th, 2019
    "With the open-source machine learning framework, Google can quickly modify its ML models to find the hardest-to-detect spam messages," writes Stephanie Condon in ZDNet.

    "Google says it's blocking 100 million more spam messages a day in Gmail after advancing its machine learning models. Specifically, Google has used TensorFlow, its open-source machine learning framework, to more efficiently modify its spam detection features. That enables it to spot the hardest-to-detect spam messages, such as image-based messages..."

    IT News - Developer
    Which Programming Languages Should You Learn?, February 8th, 2019
    "Learning a new programming language is a great way to get ahead in your career. But which one?" asks Marty Kalin in

    "If you want to get started or get ahead in your programming career, learning a new language is a smart idea. But the huge number of languages in active use invites the question: Which programming language is the best one to know? To answer that, let's start with a simplifying question: What sort of programming do you want to do?..."

      IT News - Wireless
      Coming Soon: On-Premises 5G Gear For Enterprises
      Networkworld, February 8th, 2019
      "As 5G networks become a reality, vendors including D-Link, Inseego, Netgear and Samsung are readying 5G gateways, routers and mobile hotspots," writes Howard Wen in Networkworld.

      "With all major mobile carriers expected to offer 5G this year, enterprises that want to take advantage of this next-gen mobile data service need to start thinking about how to support it on site.

      Anticipation is keen for 5G, given that it promises to deliver faster speeds and lower latency than the current premium wireless technology, 4G LTE. Ideally, 5G networks could deliver fast internet to areas of the country where wired broadband is unavailable, and more reliable connections to a variety of devices including not only computers and smartphones but also appliances, automobiles and security systems. But to use these services as a WAN option, businesses need hardware that can connect it to their existing wired and wireless LANs..."

      IT News - Humor
      And That, Kids, Is How You Boot A System
      ComputerWorld, February 6th, 2019
      "Back in pilot fish's college days, everything on campus runs off a DECsystem10 core-memory mainframe, connected to clusters of dumb terminals by 'cluster controller' PDP-10 minicomputers. Late one night, one of those cluster controllers goes on the fritz. None of the college employees or designated student experts can be found, time is a-wasting, and fish's friend Fred has a programming assignment due the next morning..." - ComputerWorld
      Not-So-Big Gulp
      computerworld, February 5th, 2019
      "It's January, dry season in Colorado, and when this company moves to a new building, the server racks come along, of course, including the built-in air conditioning unit. But whereas the AC tubing in the old building ran up to the ceiling and connected to a drain, as recommended by the manufacturer, pilot fish's manager sees that the tube is bone dry, and says that won't be necessary - no money to do it..." - computerworld
      A Dog's Life: Dark Reading Caption Contest Winners
      Dark Reading, February 8th, 2019
      "What do a telephony protocol, butt-sniffing, and multifactor authentication have in common? A John Klossner cartoon! And the winners are...

      Dark Reading reader Len Sebesta earns the top honors and a $25 Amazon gift card for his dog-surfing caption, penned below...."

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