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IT News - CxO
5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In June
The Enterprisers Project, June 3rd, 2019
"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," writes Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project. "These curated pieces are available now through the end of June.

'Leaders who ask for critical feedback are seen as more effective by superiors, employees, and peers, while those who seek primarily positive feedback are rated lower in effectiveness,' writes organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich in this HBR article...."

How 3 CIOs Gather - And Use - Data
CIODive, June 3rd, 2019
"In a technology-hungry world, industry boasts of the virtues of data. Potential? Loads of it," opines Naomi Eide in CIODive.

"Every 10 minutes, two million devices connect to the internet and generate 27 million gigabytes of data, said Rene&#769;e Lahti, CIO of Hitachi Vantara, speaking at the Interop IT conference in Las Vegas last month.

Devices have generated 90% of the world's data in the last three to four years.

Organizations are challenged to amass data and put it to work, delivering insights for business and creating revenue streams. Each organization builds out data portfolios in a different way, tackling resource constraints and efforts to court stakeholder investment.

At Interop, Lahti and two other CIOs outlined data strategies and obstacles their businesses overcame to employ the analytic-heavy technology..."

CIO Playbook: 4 Steps To Becoming A C-Suite Strategic Advisor
CIO, June 5th, 2019
Minda Zetlin writes in CIO, "'A seat at the table.' This overused phrase comes up in almost every conversation about the role of the CIO in an organization's leadership. IT leaders have been saying for years that they need to be included in strategic planning, and in high-level C-suite meetings, and to have a direct line of communication with the CEO.

The opportunity to do just that is finally here for CIOs smart enough to take it. That's because CEOs and other top executives are more focused on technology than at any time in the past..."

The 5 Qualities Of A Thought Leader
CIO, June 3rd, 2019
"In '5 things to consider before launching a thought leadership team,' I offered considerations for spinning up a thought leadership team, and provided some guidelines for positioning such a team within your company," writes Jill Dyche in CIO.

"Beyond justifying the need for a discrete organization - which, I argued, could pay for itself in both revenue growth and brand enhancement - I suggested that true thought leaders are a rare breed of professional. Here are five immutable characteristics of an effective thought leader..."

IT News - Storage
Top 7 Storage Certifications For IT Pros
CIO, June 3rd, 2019
Ed Tittel and Kim Lindros write in CIO, "An IT storage professional, who is typically an engineer or an architect, plans and deploys all kinds of storage for small to large organizations, whether it's on-premises storage area networks (SANs) or network-attached storage (NAS) appliances, or cloud-based storage as a service (STaaS) solutions. This person must also be deeply knowledgeable about networking infrastructures and all of the connections that must be made to ensure high availability for stored data..."
Seagate Begins Shipping 16TB Hard Disk Drives, June 3rd, 2019
"Seagate announced it has been actively shipping 16TB helium-based enterprise drive as part of the Exos X16 family," reports Michael Rink in

"The company also announced that the IronWolf and IronWolf Pro Network Attached Storage drive lines will be getting 16TB capacity models.

Exos X16 HDD is the world's highest capacity 3.5" 7200 RPM drive, and drives in the line are 2-4TB larger than the next largest Exos drives, the X12s. The new X16 line has ten models to choose from, evenly split between 16TB and 14TB models with both SATA and SAS versions for both capacities..."

For Enterprise Storage, Persistent Memory Is Here To Stay
Networkworld, June 6th, 2019
"It's hard to remember a time when semiconductor vendors haven't promised a fast, cost-effective and reliable persistent memory technology to anxious data center operators," opines John Edwards in Networkworld.

"Now, after many years of waiting and disappointment, technology may have finally caught up with the hype to make persistent memory a practical proposition..."

IT News - AI
Top 45 Artificial Intelligence Companies
Datamation, June 5th, 2019
"Artificial intelligence has exploded in the past few years, with dozens of AI startups and major AI initiatives by big name firms alike," notes Andy Patrizio in Datamation.

"The New York Times estimates there are 45 AI firms working on chips alone, not to mention the dozens of AI software companies working on machine learning, deep learning and AI projects.

AI is driving significant investment from venture capitalist firms, giant firms like Microsoft and Google, academic research, and job openings across a multitude of sectors. All of this is documented in the AI Index, produced by Stanford University's Human-Centered AI Institute..."

CIO Council's CIO-CTO Industry Networking Event in association with the Miami Dolphins
Sponsorship ranges from $1,200 to $5,000
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL 33056

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The CIO Council, in partnership with The Miami Dolphins office of the CIO, is proud to present the 1st Annual CIO-CTO Industry Networking Event and Panel, to be held at the Hard Rock Stadium June 20 from 5:30 PM. Proceeds support the CIO Council Scholarship Fund.

Our panel consists of the technology leaders or Florida's top sporting franchises - Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Miami Heat, Miami Marlins.


  • Tickets: $70
  • Sponsorships: $1,200 to $5,000

Our panel consists of the technology leaders or Florida's top sporting franchises - Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Miami Heat, Miami Marlins.

Bar and Buffet Networking

Enjoy an open bar and buffet while you network with the region's top technology professionals.


  • 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM - Registration & Networking
  • 6:45 PM Program Starts

Program Panel

  • Kim Rometo, VP and CIO, Miami Dolphins
  • John Spade, CIO, Florida Panthers
  • Matthew Jafarian, EVP, Business Strategy, Miami Heat
  • David Enriquez, Senior Director, Information Technology, Miami Marlins

Datacenter Tour

We will be leading a tour of the Miami Dolphins datacenter. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to look behind the curtain at one of the nation's top sports teams.


Attendees will be happy to note that parking is FREE at the Stadium

SUP-X - The Startup Expo
Thursday July 25, 2019
Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center

Tickets on Sale Now, Priced from $29-$299!

Sponsorships Opportunities on Sale Now, Packages from $250-$12,500!

Key Facts About SUP-X:

  • 1000+ Attendees
  • 4 Stages, 60+ panels, speeches, pitches, and demos
  • 100+ exhibitors, special exhibition opportunities for venture oriented startups and community partners
  • Startup competition with $25,000+ in cash and prizes, exhibition and pitch opportunities
  • #Women4Women, our morning forum focused on female founders, entrepreneurs, and investors

For more information visit SUP-X.ORG

Presented by TechLauderdale Powered by SFTA

vBeers @ Boca (Biergarten Boca)
Wednesday, June 19th, 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
Trends In Cloud Jobs In 2019
Business 2 Community, June 5th, 2019
"Trends in cloud jobs can be overall indicators into trends in the cloud computing space," notes Jay Chapel in Business 2 Community. "With an ever-evolving and increasing use of cloud services, new and important changes are needed to the skillsets, roles, and responsibilities of cloud professionals. Here are some trends we're seeing.

There is exponential growth in the cloud computing industry, so it's no surprise that the demand for cloud computing intellect and skills is also increasing, with no slowing down in the foreseeable future. According to Gartner TalentNeuron, an online real-time labor market insight portal, 'there are about 50,248 cloud computing positions available in the U.S. from 3,701 employers, and 101,913 open positions worldwide...'

IT News - Linux
10 Reasons To Use Arch Linux
FOSSMint, June 5th, 2019
"Arch Linux is a free and open source distribution for x86 - 64-based architectures," notes Martins D. Okoi in FOSSMint. "It is a rolling release which means that it constantly gets updates of fixes and new features and it can be installed from a CD image, USB, or via an FTP server.

Starting from the 10 reasons why I love Ubuntu and the 12 reasons to switch over to Linux to the best reasons to use Fedora Linux, FossMint has covered several reasons why one or the other Linux distro is a good choice of a workstation to make..."

Introduction To Catalog Of 125 Linux Hacker Boards
LinuxGizmos, June 4th, 2019
"Our 2019 spring edition catalog of hacker-friendly SBCs under $200 that run Linux or Android offers updated descriptions, specs, and pricing for 125 SBCs. Two big questions for 2019: Is it time for AI, and what about those tariffs?" asks Eric Brown in LinuxGizmos.

"Welcome to our latest catalog of 125 community-backed Linux and Android SBCs. We're skipping the reader survey this year, although you're welcome to cast your unofficial vote in the comments section at the end of this introduction..."

IT News - Security
10 Penetration Testing Tools The Pros Use
CSO Online, June 4th, 2019
J.M. Porup writes in CSO Online, "Penetration testing, also known as pentesting or ethical hacking, is like in the movie Sneakers, where hacker-consultants break into your corporate networks to find weaknesses before attackers do. It's a simulated cyber attack where the pentester uses the tools and techniques available to malicious hackers.

Back in ye olde days of yore, hacking was hard and required a lot of manual bit fiddling. Today, though, a full suite of automated testing tools turn hackers into cyborgs, computer-enhanced humans who can test far more than ever before..."

    6 Security Scams Set To Sweep This Summer
    Dark Reading, June 6th, 2019
    Kelly Sheridan writes in Dark Reading, "We look forward to summer's warm weather, travel plans, and maybe some added relaxation. Cybercriminals look forward to summer's new opportunities for scams and targeted attacks.

    Seasonal threats aren't new; for example, the holiday season typically brings phishing attacks in the form of fake package deliveries and fraudulent gift cards. Similarly, summertime, which drives an increase in flights and hotel stays, should put people on high alert for a wave of related scams..."

    5 Ways To Achieve A Risk-Based Security Strategy
    SearchSecurity, June 6th, 2019
    "Compliance with security standards such as ISO/IEC 27001 and PCI DSS doesn't necessarily make an enterprise's security controls effective and economical," notes Michael Cobb in SearchSecurity.

    "Simply following long checklists and implementing basic controls to meet a standard's requirements won't automatically create a coherent strategy that builds a resilient operating environment that can handle current and future threats.

    A risk-based security approach, on the other hand, identifies the true risks to an organization's most valuable assets and prioritizes spending to mitigate those risks to an acceptable level..."

    IT News - CRM
    Seven Signs Your Business Should Move To A New CRM System
    Forbes, June 6th, 2019
    "Let's be honest. Is there anything sexier, more fascinating or more exhilarating than a highly functioning customer relationship management (CRM) system?" asks Barrett Cordero in Forbes.

    "OK, maybe just about anything else. Good CRMs will not make you drool in admiration or write a pretty sonnet, but the bad ones will drive you and your employees crazy.

    Recently, my company learned this lesson the hard way. Over the past two years, we grew from 15 employees crammed in one tiny office in Santa Barbara to over 30 employees, one-third of whom work remotely across the United States. In that time, we've outgrown our conference table, office space and lunch order - but nothing more so than our CRM system. The signs were there for a CRM change, but it took a long time to realize what they were..."

    IT News - IoT
    The Internet Of Things Enables A Floating City Of Pleasure... And A Vision Of Hell
    ZDNet, June 4th, 2019
    Tom Foremski writes in ZDNet, "I was recently invited onto the Royal Princess cruise ship docked in San Francisco to see what Carnival is calling the largest Internet of Things deployment and how it and other wireless technologies such as passenger location improve the cruise experience.

    It was the first time Carnival had invited journalists to see what it has dubbed as the 'first real example of a smart city'..."

    IT News - PM
    7 Slack Alternatives For Team Chat And Collaboration
    Computerworld, June 6th, 2019
    Matthew Finnegan writes in Computerworld, "Here's a look at seven Slack rivals, from big players like Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts to lesser-knowns like Mattermost and Symphony.

    Slack's launch in 2014 helped ignite demand for chat-based collaboration tools in the workplace, and, in turn, paved the way for a range of team messaging offerings that now provide a simple and effective alternative to email..."

    IT News - Cloud
    Data Center Managers Avoid Cloud Migration Risks
    SearchDataCenter, June 7th, 2019
    "Well into the cloud era, a significant number of enterprises still have trepidations about moving mission-critical applications and services to the public cloud, preferring to forgo cloud migration risks by keeping apps ensconced within their own data centers," notes Ed Scannell in SearchDataCenter.

    "Heading the list of reservations corporate IT shops have is the lack of visibility, transparency and accountability of public cloud services, according to respondents to the 2019 Uptime Institute's Annual Global Data Center Survey..."

    IT News - Technology
    Bill Gates, Neo, Gigafund Backing Luminous In Photonics Supercomputer Moonshot
    Tech Crunch, June 4th, 2019
    "It's a moonshot and yet, the young company already has a number of high-profile investors willing to bet on the prospect," writes Kirsten Korosec in Tech Crunch.

    "The company has raised $9 million in a seed round led by Bill Gates, Neo's Ali Partovi and Luke Nosek and Steve Oskoui of Gigafund.

    The round also attracted other new investors, including Travis Kalanick's fund 10100, BoxGroup, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, and Emil Michael as well as pre-seed investors Class 5 Global, Joshua Browder, Ozmen Ventures, Schox Investments and Third Kind Venture Capital..."

    IT News - Virtualization
    Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager
    Oracle, June 3rd, 2019
    "Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager. This new server virtualization management platform can be easily deployed to configure, monitor, and manage an Oracle Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) environment with enterprise-grade performance and support from Oracle.

    Based on the open source oVirt project, Oracle Linux Virtualization Manager allows enterprise customers to continue supporting their on-premises data center deployments with the KVM hypervisor already available on Oracle Linux 7.6 with the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5. Oracle Linux KVM is a feature that has been delivered and supported as part of Oracle Linux for some time. With the release of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5, the Oracle Linux server virtualization solution with KVM has been enhanced. Oracle Linux KVM is the same hypervisor used in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, giving users an easy migration path to move workloads into Oracle Cloud in the future..."

    IT News - Email
    The Minefield Of Corporate Email
    Dark Reading, June 7th, 2019
    "Employee email accounts are prime targets for fraudsters, phishing attacks, and malware delivery as hackers assume someone will click, download, or respond to fall into their traps," warns Kelly Sheridan in Dark Reading.

    "The threats causing concern are far from new - in fact, they're among the oldest. As Cisco researchers point out in a new report, 'Email: Click with Caution,' spam is 40 years old and phishing is over 30. Over time they've grown in prevalence and sophistication, joined by malware and fraud as criminals find new ways to cause problems for security practitioners..."

    Email Still A Major Attack Vector: Security Research
    eSecurity Planet, June 4th, 2019
    Sean Michael Kerner writes in eSecurity Planet, "While modern cyber threats can take different forms and delivery methods, email continues to be one of the primary approaches cyber attackers are using to exploit organizations, according to multiple research reports released in May 2019.

    In this monthly roundup, eSecurity Planet summarizes findings from seven different research reports - and the key lessons that enterprises can learn to protect themselves against current and emerging security risks..."

    IT News - Humor
    There's Support, And Then There's Support
    Computerworld, June 4th, 2019
    "It's the '80s and pilot fish works for an independent software vendor. It's a small ISV, and because it competes with much larger vendors, it has to be nimble - like a pilot fish swimming among sharks, says pilot fish, who should know. A central part of that nimbleness is excellent customer support.

    The atmosphere in the development office is collegial, extending even to the customer support staff, who are based in the same office and share the same network..."

    Throwback Thursday: You Don't Own It
    Computerworld, June 6th, 2019
    "A server has gotten flaky, and this IT pilot fish determines that the problem is a failing motherboard. It's still under a support contract, so fish calls the vendor.

    'Please tell me the express support code on the front,' vendor tech says.

    Fish reads off the number.

    'That server is in our warehouse,' tech says..."

    IT News - Backup
    Top 100 Cloud Backup Companies For June 2019 - Backup Review, June 6th, 2019
    "The top 100 online backup companies are grouped into 4 categories, namely:

    • Consumer - for the general consumers
    • Small Medium Business - for SMBs
    • Enterprise - for large enterprise corporations
    • Enablers - for enablers, channel, white label companies

    The top 100 Online Backup Companies are determined mainly based on these criteria outlined in this article: How Do I Choose the Best Online Backup Provider?..."

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