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IT News - CxO
Top 10 CIO Interviews Of 2019
ComputerWeekly, December 24th, 2019
  • Aidan Hancock, CIO, Network Rail
  • Ross Fullerton, CIO, London Ambulance Service
  • Paul Stein, CTO, Rolls-Royce
  • Matt Harris, head of IT, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport
  • How Defra is getting its IT systems ready for Brexit
  • Simon McNamara, chief administrative officer, RBS Group
  • Dylan Roberts, CDIO, Leeds City Council
  • Charles Ewen, Met Office
  • Craig Donald, CIO, The Football Association
  • Mary O'Callaghan, director of technology engagement, British Heart Foundation

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The Top 5 Trends For Digital Transformation In 2020
Information Age, December 23rd, 2019
"There's only one constant in business," notes Gabby Menachem in Information Age, "and that's that things change. And that change has been accelerating in recent years. Businesses have had to adjust to new ways of doing things, most of them related to the digital transformation that business, and the world, has experienced in recent years. From artificial intelligence (AI), to blockchain and the Internet of Things (IoT), new digital technologies are having a major impact on business - and that impact will only grow in 2020..."
8 Impactful Enterprise Technologies For 2020
Information Week, December 23rd, 2019
Andrew Froehlich writes in Information Week, "As 2019 winds down, it's at this point where we look into our crystal ball in an attempt to predict what new technologies will become 'the next big thing' for the New Year. While many emerging technology lists often include concepts that are still half-baked, this one will only focus things that could be realistically considered by most in 2020.

Thus, don't expect things like blockchain or augmented reality to be listed here. While both have potential, neither will make much of an impact in the next 12 months..."

5 Lessons From Goldman Sachs' Digital Journey
CIO, December 23rd, 2019
"In 2015, a tight-knit team of jeans-clad, tattooed software engineers worked feverishly inside Goldman Sachs, sequestered from the other technology teams," notes Brian P. Watson in CIO.

"On November 17, they provisioned an account into the core billing system of Marcus by Goldman Sachs, the financial service firm's foray into consumer banking..."

7 'Crackpot' Technologies That Might Transform IT
CIO, December 23rd, 2019
"Innovation is the cornerstone of technology," opines Peter Wayner in CIO. "In IT, if you're not experimenting with a steady stream of emerging technologies, you risk disruption. Moreover, you can find yourself challenged when it comes to luring top talent and keeping ahead of competitors.

But knowing which bets to place when it comes to adopting emerging technologies can seem impossible. After all, most fizz out, and even those that do prove worthwhile often fall a little short of their hyped potential. Plus, most of what has most recently been considered cutting-edge today, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, is already finding its way into production systems. You have to look far ahead sometimes to anticipate the next wave coming. And the farther out you look, the more risky the bets become..."

Whatever Happened To The Next Big Things?
Tech Crunch, December 23rd, 2019
"In 2009, Symbian was still the dominant 'smartphone' OS, but 2010 saw the launch of the iPhone 4, the Samsung Galaxy S and the Nexus One, and today Android and iOS boast four billion combined active devices. Today, smartphones and their apps are a mature market, not a disruptive new platform. So what's next?" asks Jon Evans in Tech Crunch.

"The question presupposes that something has to be next, that this is a law of nature. It's easy to see why it might seem that way. Over the last thirty-plus years we've lived through three massive, overlapping, world-changing technology platform shifts: computers, the internet and smartphones. It seems inevitable that a fourth must be on the horizon..."

IT News - Storage
Digital Storage Projections For 2020, Part 1
Forbes, December 23rd, 2019
Tom Coughlin writes in Forbes, "This set of projections is especially interesting at the beginning of a new decade. As in prior years we will start with a piece on magnetic storage technology projections for 2020. Our second article will look at projections for solid state storage, including NAND and emerging non-volatile memory technology. Our last article will look at expected developments in storage systems technology including on-premises and cloud storage..."
Digital Storage Projections For 2020, Part 2
Forbes, December 23rd, 2019
"Our last blog dealt with magnetic storage," notes Tom Coughlin in Forbes. "This one will focus on the current state and projections for solid state storage and memory. It also includes how these storage and memory options, including new connection protocols such as NVMe and NVMe-oF are sculpting future computer architectures, enabling IoT, big data and AI applications, in the data center, at the edge and in the smart connected endpoint..."
Top 10 Storage Deployment Stories Of 2019
ComputerWeekly, December 23rd, 2019
"Deployments reported on Computer Weekly in 2019 reflect the key trends in storage," writes Antony Adshead in ComputerWeekly.

"A big theme is a move away from traditional SAN and NAS architectures. In particular, this is toward hyper-converged infrastructure (such as at Cranfield and Figeac Aero), which sees servers, storage and virtualisation hypervisors bundled together into nodes that can be built into scale-out clusters..."

IT News - AI
Artificial Intelligence Predictions For 2020
Inforworld, December 23rd, 2019
"Artificial intelligence (AI) has become integral to practically every segment of the technology industry," opines James Kobielus in Inforworld. "It's having an impact on applications, development tools, computing platforms, database management systems, middleware, management and monitoring tools - almost everything in IT. AI is even being used to improve AI.

What changes in core AI uses, tools, techniques, platforms, and standards are in store for the coming year? Here is what we're likely to see in 2020..."

AI Infrastructure Doesn't Have To Be Complicated Or Overwhelming
EnterpriseAI, December 23rd, 2019
"A wide range of industries are now using AI and DL to extract value from data and aid in business decisions. AI is being used to uncover significant breakthroughs in areas such as medical diagnostics, locating financial fraud, autonomous vehicles and speech recognition for a number of market applications.

However, AI and DL pose exceptional challenges and put significant strain on compute, storage and network resources. An AI-enabled datacenter must concurrently and efficiently handle activities involved in DL workflows, including data ingest, data curation, training, inference, validation and simulation. Thus, the storage and management of data has become a critical component of today's data centers..." - EnterpriseAI

IT News - Careers
Job Hunting With The Headhunter: Go around the system!
Ask The Headhunter, December 23rd, 2019
"Judging from the many questions I receive each week from subscribers, I worry that job seekers are falling into the most obvious traps while trying to navigate America's antiquated Employment System," notes Nick Corcodilos in Ask The Headhunter.

"Let me show you how to go around!

In place of the normal weekly Q&A, at the end of each year I publish a summary of Ask The Headhunter methods to help you land the job you want. Last year's Ask The Headhunter Secrets in A Nutshell were based on key concepts in my PDF books..."

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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 usually $5 for the evening and is less than a block away from GP Downtown.

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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.

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IT News - Linux
Create A Unique Linux Experience With The Unix Desktop Environment, December 23rd, 2019
"When the UDE project started in 1996, the developers took on a bold name - Unix Desktop Environment (UDE) - and held high hopes of reinventing what a desktop could be," recalls Seth Kenlon in

"They weren't just trying to redefine Unix desktops; they were trying to change the way users interacted with applications on their system. Windows 95 had just come out, so the idea of managing a make-believe "desktop" filled with "folders" and "windows" meant to mimic a real-world desktop had not won all computer users' mindshare (it still hasn't, but it does at least seem to be a reliably stable option now). There was still room for experimentation in computer user interfaces (UIs), and the UDE project introduced some truly innovative ideas..."

10 Articles To Learn Linux Your Way, December 23rd, 2019
"The year 2019 has been good for Linux with readers," reports Seth Kenlon in

"Obviously, the term "Linux" itself is weighted: Does it refer to the kernel or the desktop or the ecosystem? In this look back at the top Linux articles of the year, I've intentionally taken a broad view in defining the top 10 Linux articles (for some definition of "top" and some definition of "Linux"). Here they are, offered in no particular order..."

IT News - Security
Ransomware Situation Goes From Bad To Worse
Dark Reading, December 26th, 2019
"The surge in ransomware attacks on cities, municipalities, schools, and healthcare organizations this year is just a foretaste of what is likely come in 2020," notes Jai Vijayan in Dark Reading.

"Threat actors have sensed a very real opportunity to make big returns attacking enterprise organizations using ransomware and are refining their tools and techniques to increase their chances for success, say worried security experts..."

Top 10 Cyber Security Stories Of 2019
ComputerWeekly, December 23rd, 2019
Here are Computer Weekly's top 10 cyber security stories of 2019.

  • Top VPNs secretly owned by Chinese firms
  • Government insists 'nothing sinister' about web user data gathering
  • Nearly a quarter of tech firms do not security check products
  • NCSC seeks new breed of cyber security startups
  • Facebook asked George Osborne to influence EU data protection law
  • GDPR non-compliance worse than feared
  • EU patches 20-year-old open source vulnerability
  • UK cyber experts to support global company boards
  • Lawmakers study leaked Facebook documents made public today
  • Breach of nearly 2.7 billion records underlines password flaws

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The Top 10 Cybersecurity Stories Of 2019 - A Window Onto The 2020 Threatscape
Forbes, December 27th, 2019
"I have reported on everything from the world's top 100 worst passwords to how Apple's iPhone FaceID was "hacked" in less than 120 seconds.," writes Davey Winder in Forbes.

"The year didn't even start on a high note, with the revelation of the "Collection 1" data dump affecting more than 770 million people. Within a month, this had been followed by collections two to five, taking the total number of hacked accounts involved to 2.2 billion. Hardly surprising, then, that the first six months of 2019 alone saw data breaches expose more than 4 billion records..."

IT News - Cloud
Experts' Cloud Predictions For 2020
SearchCloudComputing, December 23rd, 2019
"Whenever December rolls around, people reflect on the past and try to guess what will happen in the upcoming year. For cloud pros, what's to come in the new year isn't always straightforward," warns Sara Grier in SearchCloudComputing.

"While general cloud predictions can be difficult to nail down, we asked analysts, journalists and IT pros where they see aspects of the cloud going in 2020. Explore what IT experts predict about how containers, machine learning, security and the IaaS market will change next year..."

IT News - DR
When Is Having A Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery Plan Critical?
SearchDisasterRecovery, December 26th, 2019
"There's no question that a cloud-based disaster recovery plan is a popular option," writes Nick Cavalancia, in SearchDisasterRecovery, "but there are situations where using the cloud is critical.

While the rise of cloud computing came with initial security and reliability concerns, especially in terms of data protection, most of these concerns have faded as the cloud has evolved and become more secure..."

IT News - ERP
Migrating ERP To The Cloud
CIO, December 23rd, 2019
Myles F. Suer writes in CIO, "Over the last 10 years, I have repeatedly asked large company CIOs about what systems were not likely to go SaaS or be put into the public cloud. If there was consistency, it was that their company crown jewels, ERP, would not move into the cloud. While cloud ERP clearly took hold within the mid-market, large legacy companies largely just said no..."
IT News - Big Data
Big Data Predictions: What 2020 Will Bring
datanami, December 23rd, 2019
"But is it completely dead?" asks Alex Woodie in datanami.

"Haoyuan 'HY' Li, the founder and CTO of Alluxio, says that Hadoop storage, in the form of the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) is dead, but Hadoop compute, in the form of Apache Spark, lives strong.

'There is a lot of talk about Hadoop being dead,' Li says. 'But the Hadoop ecosystem has rising stars. Compute frameworks like Spark and Presto extract more value from data and have been adopted into the broader compute ecosystem..."

IT News - Encryption
Why Quantum Computing's Threat To Crypto May Be Further Out Than Previously Thought, December 23rd, 2019
Graham Smith writes in, "In a recent report Dr. Subhash Kak, Regents Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oklahoma State University, notes that there are issues such as 'noise' and error correction that render the buzz about quantum supremacy when it comes to Bitcoin, still largely theoretical..."
IT News - DevOps
Predictions 2020: The Year Of DevOps Empowerment, December 23rd, 2019
"The reason? IT leaders are finally empowering their engineers with full-service ownership," notes Tim Armandpour in

"In a world in which speed, quality and precision will continue to determine the difference between continued success and unmerciful failure-particularly with regard to delivering best-in-class, end-to-end experiences for all stakeholders-full-service ownership is a matter of reality and necessity. Not to mention common sense..."

IT News - Humor
That Boss Is All Wet
ComputerWorld, December 23rd, 2019
"This local business has its own print shop - and a big boss who's a world-class skinflint. The print shop is needed because the business does a lot of custom printing of promotional materials, the really big kind that you can hang at a festival and will be noticed above the sea of humanity. The skinflint buys a rather ramshackle warehouse, in which the print shop is also installed. Budget for building improvements: $0..." - ComputerWorld
It's A Small World After All
Computerworld, December 24th, 2019
"It's the mid-'90s and this pilot fish is the DBA for DB2 running on MVS. He's the software DBA and the application DBA, meaning he does it all: installing and tuning DB2 itself, backing up the catalog, changing the ZPARMS, designing the application tables with the programming staff, backing them up, tuning the buffers for each application, and more..." - Computerworld
No Silent Night
Computerworld, December 25th, 2019
"True tales of IT life are Sharky's stock in trade, but the real people in them don't normally get named. This tale, however, comes from a pilot fish who heard it as a lad from Bob Coveyou, a noted mathematician who worked at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with fish's father, and he's worth mentioning because the tale involves what may well have been a computing first..." - Computerworld
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