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IT News - CxO
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CIO Role: Do You Have What It Takes To Be CIO? 7 Questions
The Enterprisers Project, November 18th, 2019
"The CIO role may seem like the ultimate goal for corporate technology leaders - a feather in the cap for a worthy IT professional who's worked their way through increasingly senior roles," notes Stephanie Overby in The Enterprisers Project.

"But the CIO role is not for everyone - particularly not the top IT spot of 2020 and beyond. 'A CIO is much less involved in the actual day-to-day projects and functions more as a face of the technical function of an organization,' says Jim Halpin, associate unit manager of technology recruiting at LaSalle Network.

'Good CIOs are entrepreneurial, driven, savvy, and strategic thinkers. Someone could be an extremely adept technologist but may not have the soft skills required of the CIO role.'

Why Some CIOs Are CTOs, Too
CIODIVE, November 20th, 2019
"Businesses often see CIOs as order-takers, tasked with keeping the lights on. CTOs, on the other hand, are dedicated to the customer experience and innovation," opines Samantha Ann Schwartz in CIODIVE.

"Spearheading technology, CIOs and CTOs are encouraged to collaborate, sometimes blurring the lines between roles. In some cases, the roles are so intertwined, companies will consolidate the executive position..."

Watch Out: 7 Digital Disruptions For IT Leaders
InformationWeek, November 18th, 2019
"Be like Apple, not Kodak," suggests Jessica Davis in InformationWeek.

"Years ago, Kodak was the first to offer digital film. But instead of pursuing the market that would disrupt one it already commanded, Kodak opted to invest in its traditional business by buying a chemical company for its conventional film business. Other companies went on to market digital film. Then came digital cameras and mobile devices with cameras in them. Kodak chose the wrong path..."

IT News - Storage
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Decide Between SAN vs. Hyper-Converged For Your Virtual Storage
SearchServerVirtualization, November 20th, 2019
"There is a large array of virtual storage options available to IT administrators, and choosing the right option comes down to functionality vs. costs," suggests Stuart Burns in SearchServerVirtualization.

"Many admins rely on shared storage, a key component of most production-grade virtual environments.

Shared storage ensures that the elements that make virtualization a great tool -- such as storage migration, high availability and redundancy -- remain available. Shared storage comes in several formats, the two main varieties being classic storage area network (SAN) and hyper-converged storage..."

5 Disruptive Storage Technologies For 2020
Networkworld, November 18th, 2019
John Edwards writes in Networkworld, "For decades, storage technology progress was measured primarily in terms of capacity and speed. No longer. In recent times, those steadfast benchmarks have been augmented, and even superseded, by sophisticated new technologies and methodologies that make storage smarter, more flexible and easier to manage..."
IT News - AI
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AI Will Lead Learning Trends In 2020, Udemy Predicts
HR Dive, November 19th, 2019
Kathryn Moody writes in HR Dive, "Perhaps nothing has challenged employers like the digital skills gap, including the operation of devices and "basic technical language," according to experts that spoke at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event earlier this year..."

"While many employers are training employees to meet specific talent needs, many people may not have the basic foundational skills to successfully enter that training," Steve Preston, CEO of Goodwill Industries International, said during the event.

5 Benefits Of Using AI Bots In Customer Service
Business 2 Community, November 20th, 2019
"The rise of the AI bots may sound like a sci-fi horror scenario, but in reality, the growing industry of bots isn't scary at all - it's a technology that brings real, tangible benefits to businesses and customers alike. Bots are already a big part of the customer service landscape," notes Amanda Roosa in Business 2 Community.

"In 2018, the bot market was worth $1.274 billion and predictions anticipate it reaching $7.5 billion by 2024.

Customers are quickly coming around to the idea of interacting with bots. 60% of consumers have used bots to communicate with a business in the last year, and 48% say they're willing to chat with a bot for customer service. If you're still on the fence about whether or not bots make sense for your business, here are the main things you need to know about using AI bots in customer service..."

SFTA
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vBeersPlus @ General Provision Downtown Ft. Lauderdale - Wed 11th
Wednesday, December 11th, 2019: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
General Provision Downtown - Fort Lauderdale - 2nd Wednesdays of the Month

Monthly networking for Enterprise IT Professionals at a private co-working space with food, beer, wine and soft drinks provided by sponsors

Spend some quality time with a wide variety of IT professionals in a relaxed, private environment. Arrive at your convenience after 5:30PM. People will be around until 8:30PM.

We will short presentations starting at 7PM. Three minutes max. per presentation, and a maximum of 30 minutes.

Note that GP has two locations, one in the Fort Lauderdale's Art and Tech district (GP FATVillage) and the other in the middle of renovation of downtown Ft. Lauderdale, right next to Autonation HQ.

Recommend parking at the "Government Center Parking Garage" on SW 2nd St., next to the train tracks that are now used by the Brightline trains. Parking in this lot is $5 for the evening and is less than a block away from GP Downtown.

Please Register at eventbrite.

Sponsorships Available

We look for sponsors to deliver short commercial talks during vBeersPlus. The idea is for a sponsor to describe an IT problem such that people will relate to it then briefly describe the sponsor's solution. Attendees will be able to visit the sponsor's table, after the presentations, to discuss the presented solution.

Sponsorship fee is $300 for one event and include promotions in the email and social media that will reach 15,000+ South Florida IT professionals.

Non-profit groups are also welcome to "pitch" their group in a 3 minute or less talk. (no charge)

If you are interested in sponsoring please email sales@itnewsandevents.com or call/text Lauren McLaughlin for details at (954) 729 9130.

Sponsors

Hosted by John J. McLaughlin and Lauren McLaughlin From ITNE

ITPalooza 2019 - 8th Annual IT Conference in Ft. Lauderdale
Thursday December 5th
Thursday, December 5, 2019, Ft. Lauderdale

ITPalooza is South Florida's Premier Technology Conference. Now in its 8th year, ITPalooza is the preeminent platform to drive business deals and forge valuable connections with local and regional tech professionals.

Support the South Florida Tech Ecosystem with your attendance and sponsorships! Encourage your IT friends and colleagues to do the same!

I'm excited to announce the immediate availability of a limited supply of Marine Toys for Tots Pledge Tickets at ITPalooza. These tickets are just $59 + your pledge to bring new, unwrapped toys to the value of $30 for the Toy Wall.

Ticket Codes:

  • ITP2019GA30 - $30 off General admission ticket price
  • ITP2019VIP50 - $50 off a VIP Ticket
  • We have a limited number of "Toys for Tots" tickets for $59

Statistics for the last seven editions:

  • 15,000 - Attendees and Guests
  • 800 - Speakers and Presenters
  • 1100 - Participating Companies
  • 82% - Technology Professionals

Quick Summary of Sponsorships:

  • Platinum Package With Sponsored Speaking Session (6) - $5,500
  • Platinum Package With Vip Lounge / Party Sponsorship (4) - $5,000
  • Attendee Lunch Sponsor (4) - $2,000 - $2,750
  • Check-In Sponsor (4) - $2,000 - $2,750
  • Gold Package (75) - Gold Package (75)
  • Silver Package (50) - $1,000 - $1,750
  • Non-Profit / Startup Package (20) - $500 - $1,000

If you need a convenient PDF document to forward to your boss or a colleague, download the official ITP19 sponsorship opportunities price list, here it is.

IT News - Careers
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5 Charts To Understand The Tech Job Market
CIODIVE, November 21st, 2019
"Innovation pushes industries to evolve at full speed. The breakneck pace is also impacting the job market," warns Roberto Torres in CIODIVE.

"As top skills in demand reshape what it means to be a technologist, companies from all verticals - from manufacturers to pharmaceutical labs - ponder their ability to attract talent as they shape growth plans.

Across the negotiation table, employees come to the job market lured by competitive salaries, flexible work benefits and the potential for upward mobility. Candidates enter the market knowing they're in demand, and with a fully-fleshed out idea of what their compensation package ought to be..."

    vBeers-SF
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    vBeersPlus @ General Provision Downtown Ft. Lauderdale - Wed 11th
    Wednesday, December 11th, 2019: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    General Provision Downtown - Fort Lauderdale - 2nd Wednesdays of the Month

    Monthly networking for Enterprise IT Professionals at a private co-working space with food, beer, wine and soft drinks provided by sponsors

    Spend some quality time with a wide variety of IT professionals in a relaxed, private environment. Arrive at your convenience after 5:30PM. People will be around until 8:30PM.

    We will short presentations starting at 7PM. Three minutes max. per presentation, and a maximum of 30 minutes.

    Note that GP has two locations, one in the Fort Lauderdale's Art and Tech district (GP FATVillage) and the other in the middle of renovation of downtown Ft. Lauderdale, right next to Autonation HQ.

    Recommend parking at the "Government Center Parking Garage" on SW 2nd St., next to the train tracks that are now used by the Brightline trains. Parking in this lot is $5 for the evening and is less than a block away from GP Downtown.

    Please Register at eventbrite.

    Sponsorships Available

    We look for sponsors to deliver short commercial talks during vBeersPlus. The idea is for a sponsor to describe an IT problem such that people will relate to it then briefly describe the sponsor's solution. Attendees will be able to visit the sponsor's table, after the presentations, to discuss the presented solution.

    Sponsorship fee is $300 for one event and include promotions in the email and social media that will reach 15,000+ South Florida IT professionals.

    Non-profit groups are also welcome to "pitch" their group in a 3 minute or less talk. (no charge)

    If you are interested in sponsoring please email sales@itnewsandevents.com or call/text Lauren McLaughlin for details at (954) 729 9130.

    Sponsors

    Hosted by John J. McLaughlin and Lauren McLaughlin From ITNE

    vBeers @ Biergarten Boca - Last vBeers of 2019! Wed 18th
    Wednesday, December 18th, 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!

    We meet in the upstairs lounge where you can take advantage of the $5 burger special and discounted beers!

    vBeers@Boca is sponsored by TechLauderdale:

    "TechLauderdale promotes the growth, connectivity, and awareness of the thriving technology ecosystem in Greater Fort Lauderdale" - https://techlauderdale.org

    Hosted by John J. McLaughlin

    IT News - MFA
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    Why Multifactor Authentication Is Now A Hacker Target
    Dark Reading, November 20th, 2019
    "The growing adoption of multifactor authentication (MFA) has resulted in a proportionate rise in cyberattacks that target MFA technologies," warns Tanner Johnson in Dark Reading.

    "In a recent Private Industry Notification (PIN), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recognized how recent cyberattack campaigns are focusing directly on circumventing MFA. The FBI outlined three specific and comprehensive tactics that hackers have been developing in order to bypass MFA..."

    Why You Need Both Two-Factor Authentication & Strong Passwords On Wordpress Sites
    Security Boulevard, November 20th, 2019
    Robert Abela warns in Security Boulevard, "However, 2FA alone isn't enough to harden your WordPress site authentication. Strong passwords are also an important part, even when using two-factor authentication.

    In this article we review 2FA, explain how hackers are bypassing it in some cases, and provide tips for using strong passwords on your WordPress website to compliment 2FA..."

    IT News - Security
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    Do Your Infosec Habits Make You Vulnerable To Fraud?
    HelpNet Security, November 18th, 2019
    "Despite notable data breaches in 2019, when asked if they update or change passwords/PINs after a company they do business with suffers a data breach, more than a quarter (28%) say only sometimes and nearly one in 10 (9%) say they don't update their passwords at all, according to a Shred-it survey..." - HelpNet Security
    13 Security Pros Share Their Most Valuable Experiences
    InformationWeek, November 18th, 2019
    "There is no one-size-fits-all approach to building a security career, as evidenced by the diverse range of educational, professional, and personal experiences that its many practitioners have," notes Kelly Sheridan in InformationWeek.

    "It's also impossible to predict which projects will teach you lessons you'll use later in a future security role. You could learn to better communicate with clients while working a help desk, or maybe you could gain the confidence to present your first security talk from a mentor at one of your first jobs..."

    Cyber Security Trends 2020 - How Unprepared Are We?
    Business 2 Community, November 21st, 2019
    Yash Mehta writes in Business 2 Community, "When new ransomware attacks occur every 14 seconds followed by infiltration attempts on large volumes of data putting millions of people at risk, cybersecurity ought to be discussed. As we usher into 2020, the scope of discussion has gone beyond the upcoming security products & services to new innovations in hacking. If you haven't woken up to combat such attacks, you could be the next target..."
    IT News - CRM
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    Which CRM Systems Are The Most Popular With Their Users?
    Forbes, November 21st, 2019
    • Zoho CRM, Pipedrive CRM, and SugarCRM are the three most-trusted CRM systems by their customers.

    • Oracle CRM is the best at continually improving their CRM Suites as rated by their customers.

    • Zoho CRM, Pipedrive CRM, and Oracle CRM are the best at including product enhancements at no charge in each new product release.

    • CRM users are most dissatisfied with how their vendors overpromise and under deliver, with this category receiving the lowest aggregate score of 56% and finding 5 of 9 vendors at 51% or below. Only three CRM vendors scored above a 70% customer rating on this attribute.

    Louis Columbus writes in Forbes, "These and many other fascinating insights are from SoftwareReview's latest customer rankings published today in their Emotional Footprint Report on Customer Relationship Management..."

    IT News - IoT
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    IoT Growth Set To Come From Managed Data Analytics
    ComputerWeekly, November 19th, 2019
    "Caution among IT buyers has resulted in CompTIA's (Computing Technology Industry Association) latest projection for growth in the global IT industry varying between 1.9% and 5.4%," suggests Cliff Saran in ComputerWeekly.

    "It forecast internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) as the biggest areas of growth for the IT industry, as IT decision-makers in organisations expand the use of these emerging technologies deeper into their businesses..."

    IT News - Cloud
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    Top 5 Benefits Of Hybrid Cloud
    SearchCloudComputing, November 19th, 2019
    "Organizations are migrating workloads to the public cloud, as well as implementing private clouds in-house," notes Stephen J. Bigelow in SearchCloudComputing.

    "As these forms of clouds computing take hold, large and small businesses are focused on hybrid cloud to bridge the two models.

    A hybrid cloud connects public and private clouds to create a single environment that offers consistency and mobility for the workloads that run on it. An enterprise can then get the best of both worlds and avoid unwanted tradeoffs, such as having to migrate traditional VM workloads to cloud instances or developing cloud-native applications tied to a specific provider's services..."

      IT News - DR
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      How To Build A Windows Disaster Recovery Toolkit
      CSO Online, November 20th, 2019
      Susan Bradley writes in CSO Online, "Over the weekend I dealt with a misbehaving server. That experience reminded me that no matter how large or small your business is, you need a security disaster toolkit at the ready should any event occur. You'll also need a disaster checklist that maps out processes and resources to speed recovery..."
      IT News - Technology
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      The Four Workhorses Of The Data Apocalypse
      The Next Platform, November 18th, 2019
      "It's hard to believe it is true, but one need only look at the rapidly expanding line of compute engines from Intel over the past few years to know that it is true," opines Timothy Prickett Morgan in The Next Platform.

      "The end of Dennard Scaling (making clocks faster in the same power budget, thus boosting performance, thanks to voltage and current scaling downwards as transistors shrink) and the slowdown in Moore's Law (doubling the transistors on and therefore halving the cost of processors every two years or so) are upon us. And just as the amount of data everyone wants to chew on for some kind of monetary gain or scientific advance (they are really the same thing) is growing at a horrendous pace..."

      Intel Unveils Graphics Chip And Software For High-Performance Computing And AI
      SiliconANGLE , November 18th, 2019
      "In addition," writes Mike Wheatley in SiliconANGLE , "Intel announced its oneAPI initiative, which aims to provide a simpler programming model for developing HPC and AI applications that can run on any kind of architecture, including GPUs, central processing units, field-programmable gate arrays and neural network processors.

      Announced at the Supercomputing 2019 event in Colorado today, the new Ponte Vecchio discrete GPUs are built on Intel's Xe architecture using its most advanced seven-nanometer process and have been designed especially for HPC and AI training workloads..."

      IT News - Virtualization
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      Oracle VW VirtualBox 6.1 Release Candidate 1 Now Available!
      Oracle News, November 22nd, 2019
      Simon Coter writes in an Oracle News article, "Please do NOT use this VirtualBox Beta release on production machines. A VirtualBox Beta release should be considered a bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes.

      You will shortly be able to download the binaries. Please use sha256sum to compare the hash of the downloaded package with the corresponding hash..."

      IT News - Big Data
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      Why Do Businesses Find Big Data And Advanced Analytics A Good Match?
      insideBIGDATA, November 22nd, 2019
      "Judge for yourselves: in 2015-2017, companies named data warehouse optimization as #1 big data use case, while in 2018, the focus shifted to advanced analytics. Another stat proves this trend: 84% of enterprises invest in advanced analytics to support improved business decision-making.

      Naturally, a question arises: what is so special about the alliance of big data and advanced analytics in business practice? To answer this question, let's consider a couple of practical examples where customer and operational big data is complemented with different advanced analytics techniques, for example, machine learning and its subset - neural networks..." - insideBIGDATA

      The Biggest Mistakes Made By Data Scientists
      Information Week, November 22nd, 2019
      "In 2019, companies looking to gain an edge on competitors and insight into customers and trends have come to rely more heavily on data scientists to inform their business decisions," reports Xin Heng in Information Week.

      "A good data scientist is invaluable to a company with any online presence. They will assess and interpret complex information and build out machine learning algorithms..."

      IT News - Wireless
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      The Road To Broad Wi-Fi 6 Use Shortens
      Network Computing, November 21st, 2019
      "It's time for IT managers who believe Wi-Fi 6 is a far-away future for their enterprises to think again," notes Bob Wallace in Network Computing.

      "With several mileposts passed of late, it now appears the road to enterprise deployment of the next-generation wireless technology has shortened considerably. Markers include the launch of Wi-Fi 6 product certification, the expansion of use beyond public sports venues, and support on new mobile devices from Apple, Google, and Samsung..."

      IT News - Humor
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      A Real Light Bulb Moment
      ComputerWorld, November 20th, 2019
      "It's the mid '70s this pilot fish is operating on IBM 370s for a financial clearinghouse in London, where Good Friday and Easter Monday are bank holidays. The systems use a CICS system logging to 3420 tape drives, the ones with the twin vacuum chambers, and when one drive on the backup system refuses to load tapes, Fish volunteers to come in with the engineers on Good Friday to work on it..." - ComputerWorld
      Throwback Thursday: See If You Can Wriggle Out Of This One
      ComputerWorld, November 21st, 2019
      "It's several years ago during a major virus outbreak - if you know your history of computer viruses, you can narrow it down - and a user at a remote site calls this pilot fish to complain that her computer won't let her get any work done..." - ComputerWorld
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