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IT News - CxO
6 Major Tech Trends To Watch In 2020
AmongTech, December 30th, 2019
Niels Bosch writes in AmongTech, "2020 is just around the corner so it's logical that most of us are feeling excited about what it might bring to our tech-driven world. In fact, a lot of us are already predicting what trends will explode during the upcoming 12 months. However, as it looks today, it feels like next year won't be much about emerging technologies no one expects but rather about the consolidation of technologies we're seeing right now..."
    Gartner: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends In 2020
    ComputerWeekly, January 2nd, 2020
    "The year 2020 heralds another decade rich with disruptive technology trends," opines Brian Burke in ComputerWeekly. "Some of these technologies are already commonplace, but the proliferation of new use cases and applications will see industry grappling with both benefits and opportunities. At Gartner, we predict that the key strategic technology trends in 2020 will include hyper automation, blockchain and artificial intelligence security, among others..."
    CIO Influence Shifts as Cloud Spending Rises
    InformationWeek, December 31st, 2019
    "Unapproved, unsanctioned rogue technology has been sneaking its way onto the enterprise infrastructure for decades now with PCs, spreadsheet applications on floppy disks, Palm Pilots, and iPhones," warns Jessica Davis in InformationWeek.

    "Eventually all these technologies got ingested by IT departments, which took control of the oversight of all of these. Yet, the introduction of line-of-business cloud services, purchased by business managers for their individual departments, is a newer iteration of the old practice..."

    5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In January
    The Enterprisers Project, January 1st, 2020
    Carla Rudder writes 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. The curated pieces below were the most popular HBR articles that we shared with our readers in 2019..."
    Our Top 10 Articles Of 2019 For IT Leaders
    The Enterprisers Project, December 31st, 2019
    "How did 2019 treat you and your IT team?" asks Laurianne McLaughlin in The Enterprisers Project.

    "Did you improve your cloud strategy, perhaps with the help of containers and Kubernetes? Did you dip your toes into the water with robotic process automation (RPA), to free up IT people from rote tasks? RPA really took off in popularity on our site in 2019, so we suspect the answer is yes for many of you. In 2020, we'll help you refine your RPA strategy..."

    IT News - Storage
    The Rise of the High-Capacity vs. the high-performance SSD
    SearchStorage, December 30th, 2019
    Kurt Marko writes in SearchStorage, "Solid-state drives have mostly replaced magnetic hard disks for enterprise application workloads and are an increasingly viable option for bulk data storage. While the total number of HDDs shipped continues to outpace SDDs, the crossover in units shipped will happen in the next year or two.."
    The 3 Biggest Storage Trends Of The Next Decade
    ZDNet, December 30th, 2019
    "I've been watching storage for some 40 years," writes Robin Harris in ZDNet, "And each decade has seen accelerating change, and none more so than the the past 10 years. That trend will continue. Here's the biggest trends I expect to affect all who use storage, whether they know it or not..."
      2019 Storage Mergers And Acquisitions Covered By Clouds
      SearchStorage, December 31st, 2019
      "Most of the enterprise storage-related mergers and acquisitions that happened or closed in 2019 had a cloud twist," notes Carol Sliwa in SearchStorage.

      "Take IBM's $34 billion blockbuster acquisition of Red Hat. That was about "resetting the hybrid cloud landscape" with access to the 'world's largest open source community,' IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said in October 2018 of the proposed deal. The acquisition closed in July 2019..."

      Top 100 Cloud Backup Companies For January 2020 - Backup Review
      Storage Newsletter, January 3rd, 2020
      "The top 100 online backup companies are grouped into 4 categories, namely:

      1) Consumer - for the general consumers

      2) Small Medium Business (SMB) - for SMBs

      3) Enterprise - for large enterprise corporations

      4) Enablers - for enablers, channel, white label companies

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

        IT News - AI
        AI Chatbot Technology Predictions For 2020
        insideBIGDATA, January 4th, 2020
        Daniel Gutierrez writes in insideBIGDATA, "This second derivative effect is prevalent in the adoption of AI-powered chatbots for business applications - messaging, healthcare, customer service, toys, etc. To give our readers a glimpse of what may be coming, I reached out to our friends in the big data ecosystem to get their predictions and comments. The reflections below offer some thought-providing directions. Enjoy!..."
        10 AI Trends To Watch In 2020
        The Enterprisers Project, December 30th, 2019
        "Few are doing it well, however,' warns Stephanie Overby in The Enterprisers Project. "In fact, nine out of ten companies have made some investment in AI, but 70 percent said they have seen minimal or no impact from AI thus far, according to the 2019 MIT SMR-BCG Artificial Intelligence Global Executive Study and Research Report.
        What's Next: AI And Data Trends For 2020 And Beyond
        InformationWeek, December 30th, 2019
        "The year 2019 was a busy one in the data, analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence markets," opines Jessica Davis in InformationWeek.

        "Yes, there was quite a bit of consolidation among some big players with Salesforce acquiring Tableau, Google acquiring Looker, Qlik acquiring Attunity, among others.

        Meanwhile, although the year began with a lot of hype around machine learning getting going hard in the enterprise, that didn't really happen in such a big way in 2019. Indeed, Gartner's CIO survey showed that enterprises weren't growing as quickly in their efforts to get into production with advanced analytics technologies such as machine learning and other types of artificial intelligence..."

        vBeers @ Biergarten Boca
        Wednesday, January 15th, 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" -

        Hosted by John J. McLaughlin

        vBeersPlus @ vBeersPlus at New Horizons South Florida, Miami
        Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
        vBeersPlus at New Horizons South Florida, Miami- 3rd Wednesdays of the Month

        Monthly networking for Enterprise IT Professionals 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 6:00PM. People will be around until 8:00PM.

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

        Please Register at eventbrite.

        Sponsorships Available

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


        Hosted by John J. McLaughlin and Lauren McLaughlin From ITNE

        IT News - Linux
        BlackArch Linux Ethical Hacking OS Gets First 2020 Release With 120 New Tools
        Linux Journal, December 30th, 2019
        Marius Nestor writes in Linux Journal, "BlackArch Linux developers announced today the release of new ISOs and OVA image for their penetration testing and ethical hacking operating system with new tools and many improvements.

        Packed with more than 120 new penetration testing and ethical hacking tools, the BlackArch Linux 2020.01.01 release is powered by Linux kernel 5.4.6 and features an updated installer that incorporates numerous improvements and bug fixes for better hardware detection and support..."

        IT News - MFA
        Two Tips To Make Multifactor Authentication For Office 365 More Effective
        CSO Online, January 2nd, 2020
        "Multifactor authentication (MFA) is a key tool in ensuring that your Office 365 - and any online application - will be secure in the cloud," writes Susan Bradley in CSO Online. "For those with Microsoft 365 here are some tips to ensure you provide maximum protection to your Office 365 deployment without sacrificing usability...."
        IT News - Security
        7 Security Incidents That Cost CISOs their jobs
        CSO Online, January 2nd, 2020
        "CISOs can leave their job for any number of reasons, but a breach or other security incident often hastens their departure," notes Dan Swinhoe in CSO Online.

        "According to Radware's 2018 State of Web Application Security report, 23% of companies reported executive firings related to application attacks. US companies were more likely to say execs were let go after an incident, as were companies in the technology or financial services sectors..."

        Strengthen Your Cybersecurity Posture: 20 Steps To Take In 2020
        SmartDataCollective, December 31st, 2019
        "Thecyber threat landscape has never been more fragmented," opines Matt James in SmartDataCollective.

        "In a competitive context, fragmentation is usually good news. You prefer your competitors to be disorganized, overmatched, clawing for crumbs of the wholes you snatch for yourself.

        In the context of cybersecurity, however, things are very different. 'Fragmentation' really means 'a greater number and diversity of threats that collectively strain future victims' capacity to respond.'

        It sounds much scarier that way, doesn't it?..."

        6 CISO New Year's Resolutions for 2020
        Dark Reading, December 30th, 2019
        "It's that time of year - a chance to take stock of your accomplishments as a security leader in 2019 and decide your priorities for 2020," writes Joan Goodchild in Dark Read.

        "First, let's look back. We know from research that breach rates rose (again) and the cost of one to a business is, on average, $3.92 million - a 1.5% increase over 2018. That's despite more money being thrown at security. According to the Enterprise Strategy Group, 58% of organizations were forecasted to increase cybersecurity spending this year..."

        IT News - Technology
        USB-C Brings A Golden Age Of Charging Accessories
        CNET, December 30th, 2019
        "The move from old-style USB ports to the newer USB-C has had its share of growing pains," warns Stephen Shankland in CNET.

        "But the updated design is leading to a profusion of new products to charge your gadgets.

        The biggest reason is that USB-C can charge both your phone and your laptop -- and, increasingly, other things like Bluetooth wireless earbuds and MiFi portable hotspots..."

          Browsers Are Interesting Again
          TechCrunch, January 4th, 2020
          Frederic Lardinois writes in TechCrunch, "Chrome had clearly won the desktop, the great JavaScript speed wars were over and Mozilla seemed more interested in building a mobile operating system than its browser. Microsoft tried its best to rescue Internet Explorer/Edge from being the punchline of nerdy jokes, but its efforts essentially failed.

          Meanwhile, Opera had shuttered the development of its own rendering engine and redesigned its browser with less functionality, alienating many of its biggest fans. On mobile, plenty of niche players tried to break the Chrome/Safari duopoly, but while they did have some innovative ideas, nothing ever stuck..."

          IT News - Virtualization
          Containers vs. VMs: A Closer Look
          Container Journal, January 3rd, 2020
          "Software development is changing, as organizations are being pushed to increase the rate at which they release and update applications due to today's mobile, on-demand world," writes Luca Ravazzolo in Container Journal.

          "Traditionally, this process could take months, but development teams are now expected to deliver new software and updates in a matter of hours or days..."

          A Hyperconvergence Progress Report: Has Kubernetes Stolen The Show?
          DataCenter Knowledge, January 3rd, 2020
          "The basic idea behind hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI)," writes Scott Fulton in DataCenter Knowledge, "is that the resources each server in a data center brings to the table - memory, storage, processing power, networking bandwidth - may be pooled together and consumed like fuel or electricity rather than a bunch of individual devices. The premise of Kubernetes is that applications and individual services may be distributed throughout a data center, utilizing infrastructure in a more liquid fashion..."
          IT News - Developer
          Install Rust Programming Language In Linux
          OSTechNix, January 2nd, 2020
          SK writes in OSTechNix, "It comes with many features including zero-cost abstractions, move semantics, guaranteed memory safety, threads without data races, trait-based generics, pattern matching, type inference, minimal runtime, and efficient C bindings etc. Rust is being actively used in production by popular organizations such as Canonical, Chef, Coursera, CoreOS, Dropbox, Mozilla, NPM and many. Today, we are going to learn to install Rust programming language in Linux..."
          What You Need To Know About Rust In 2020
, January 3rd, 2020
          "Rust has drawn plenty of attention from programmers on sites like Hacker News for a while," writes Ryan Levick in

          "While many have long loved using the language for hobby projects, it didn't start catching on in industry until 2019, when this really started to change.

          Over the last year, many large companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, and Intel, came out in support of Rust, and many smaller ones took notice..."

          IT News - Humor
          Throwback Thursday: Apparently It's Just Not In Their Job Description
          Computerworld, January 2nd, 2020
          "This company upgrades all its printers to lasers, and they're pretty slick, says a net admin pilot fish on the scene.

          'They report to the manufacturer, automatically ordering supplies when they run low,' fish says. 'I also receive emails when the devices report a toner cartridge running low, and I take a replacement to the printer and leave it for the users to replace..." - Computerworld

          Windows Vulnerability
          Computerworld, January 3rd, 2020
          "lot fish is working at a bank, but it's the 1970s, and ATMs are far from common. What this bank has is an after-hours teller window, available from 3 to 7 p.m. It's located in a small enclosure accessible from the street, and its operation involves a human teller working behind a reinforced-concrete wall...." - Computerworld
          Deep Background
          Computerworld, December 30th, 2019
          "It's a long time ago, and this pilot fish's job is to develop all the software to run a shareware business using Foxpro 2.6 for Windows. (We said it was a long time ago.) The software takes care of inventory and stocking of stores, printing labels for the disks and doing all other necessary tasks..." - Computerworld
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