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IT News - CxO
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5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In March
The Enterprisers Project, March 2nd, 2020
"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.

"The curated pieces below are available now through the end of March.

5 mental mistakes that kill your productivity

Most people can relate to feeling busy all day, yet making little progress on long-term goals. Productivity apps and hacks are easy to find and explore, but common mental roadblocks could be standing in the way of your efficiency goals..."

CISO Imperatives In The Age Of Digital Transformation
CIO, March 3rd, 2020
"As tech evolves, so to must the enterprise approach to defense, from afterthought to business enabler.

Cybersecurity is primarily about input and output validation; ensuring that a program or application behaves as it is intended to. Interestingly, AI and machine learning is expected to transform the predictability of current data processes and traditional algorithms as they are designed to learn and improve, making their output unpredictable. It isn't just AI - there are several different technology trends that are impacting cybersecurity. Given the changing dynamics, how can an enterprise assure security in its business?..." - CIO

How Is Digital Transformation Affecting The CIO Role?
SearchCIO, March 4th, 2020
"If you think the CIO's role and responsibilities haven't changed in the last 10 years, you're partially right," opines David Needle in SearchCIO.

"A panel of executives at the HMG Strategy 2020 Silicon Valley Global Innovation Summit discussed and debated the impact digital transformation has on the CIO role, and one thing they agreed on is that what they've been historically responsible for hasn't gone away..."

IT News - AI
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Service Desks And The Approaching AI Tipping Point
EnterpriseAI, March 3rd, 2020
Roy Atkinson writes in EnterpriseAI, "But while customers and end users expect companies to retain their hardware, software and access configurations and requirements, they also still want one-on-one service from analysts.

AI allows for the best of both worlds, combining human creativity with state-of-the-art technology. Its value lies in its ability to integrate with existing systems and make employees' lives easier. Teams that utilize advanced digital tools such as AI can offer more consistent help to customers while taking advantage of the time and labor saving capabilities of AI to advance ongoing projects..."

Will Artificial Intelligence Render Human Transcriptionists Obsolete?
SmartDataCollective, March 6th, 2020
"Artificial intelligence is changingthe nature of human language," notes Ryan Kade in SmartDataCollective.

"We are seeing computers that can understand language in very nuanced ways. Towards Data Science has a very interesting analysis of this trend in their article Understanding Natural Language Process, How AI Understands Our Languages.

AI is still unable to grasp the complexities of language to the level of trained transcriptionists. However, that may change in the future. Will it eventually make them obsolete?..."

IT News - Careers
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Work From Home? Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Started
ZDNet, March 5th, 2020
"If you've just been given the assignment to work from home, here are some tips from a seasoned couch commuter.," writes David Gewirtz in ZDNet.

"I've been working from home for almost two decades. At first, I missed the camaraderie of the office, but I eventually grew to love managing my time, setting my priorities, and customizing my work environment to be optimal for my ever-changing work responsibilities. Plus, you haven't lived until you've met deadlines while holding a warm puppy on your lap..."

    Should I Tell My Boss I Might Resign?
    Ask The Headhunter, March 2nd, 2020
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    "I left a decent-size company for a start-up some time ago. Like any other start-up, the work requires a lot of hours. The work itself is very challenging and truly leading-edge technology. However, since the birth of my daughter, I've realized that I'm much more of a family man than I imagined. I can clearly see that the hours will only get worse as time goes on.

    So, I'm considering leaving the job. My question: Do I wait until I get an offer to tell my boss?..." - Ask The Headhunter

    vBeers-SF
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    vBeers @ Biergarten Boca
    Wednesday, March 18th, 2020: 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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    Microsoft: 99.9% Of Compromised Accounts Did Not Use Multi-Factor Authentication
    ZDNet, March 6th, 2020
    Catalin Cimpanu writes in ZDNet, "Speaking at the RSA security conference last week, Microsoft engineers said that 99.9% of the compromised accounts they track every month don't use multi-factor authentication, a solution that stops most automated account attacks.

    The cloud giant said it tracks more than 30 billion login events per day and more than one billion monthly active users..."

    IT News - Security
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    5 Considerations For Building A Zero Trust IT Environment
    HelpNet Security, March 2nd, 2020
    "Rather, it's a particular approach to cybersecurity. It means exactly what it says - not 'verify, then trust' but 'never trust and always verify,' suggests Chris Gerritz in HelpNet Security.

    "Essentially, zero trust is about protecting data by limiting access to it. An organization will not automatically trust anyone or anything, whether inside or outside the network perimeter. Instead, the zero trust approach requires verification for every person, device, account, etc. attempting to connect to the organization's applications or systems before granting access..."

    Your Cybersecurity Strategy Could Use Some ESP
    HelpNet Security, March 6th, 2020
    "Year after year, billions of dollars are spent on building checks and controls, but the rate of attacks and breaches has only accelerated. No one seems to be immune," reports Vishal Salvi in HelpNet Security.

    "Sophisticated players like Chase and British Airways, even icons like Apple and Marriott have been victims of cyberattacks in recent years. Business-critical activities have been disrupted, customers' data has been compromised, and the threats don't seem anywhere close to ending..."

    IT News - BI
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    Best Data Analytics Tools For Business Intelligence Teams
    AiTHORITY, March 4th, 2020
    "It helps businesses in - accurate reporting, a thorough picture of data, statistics and analytics. Business Intelligence tools help organizations to improve their dynamic and social collaboration.

    But how do you know which data analytics tool helps you achieve Business Intelligence goals? We have done all the hard work and jotted down some of the most useful data analytics tools based on their robustness, integration capabilities, ease-of-use, which can help your Business Intelligence team with making the right decision..." - AiTHORITY

    IT News - HR
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    5 Remote Work Statistics To Guide Your Mobile Workforce Strategy
    HR Technologist, March 4th, 2020
    "However, the latest remote work statistics speak a different, more evolved story. In this article, we share five interesting remote work statistics for 2020. We also discuss actionable insights that you can draw from these findings.

    If you're still on the fence about remote working, 2020 might be the year to take the leap..." - HR Technologist

    What HR Needs To Do More For Digital Transformation
    HR Technologist, March 4th, 2020
    "So how should HR tackle developing new critical skills, and what, exactly, are the competencies to focus on, shares Karen Mann, Associate Vice President, HR Research, Learning Solutions, and Advisory Services at McLean & Company...

    There is no doubt we're in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, where technology is impacting every organization, in every industry, in ways we never imagined were possible. This seismic shift has increased workplace volatility and complexity..." - HR Technologist

      IT News - PM
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      8 Lies Project Managers Tell Themselves
      CIO, March 4th, 2020
      Imagine "You're the project manager on an exciting project," writes Christina Wood in CIO.

      "The timeline is set. Decisions have been made. Project goals have been articulated. And you've set up a detailed plan in the project management tool of your choice. What could possibly go wrong?..."

      8 Reasons Why You Should Adopt Agile Project Management In 2020
      Business 2 Community, March 4th, 2020
      "What do you understand by it?" asks Vartika Kashyap in Business 2 Community.

      "Agile means - efficient or getting maximum output in minimum time without any wastage of time.

      Now, when we see this in the context of project management, Agile project management uses those methodologies which help in completing projects efficiently, at the same time without compromising with quality in any way.

      Basically, Agile project management allows flexibility, continuous improvement, clear actions and better output from projects..."

      IT News - Cloud
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      How To Accurately Estimate The Cost Of A Cloud Migration
      StateTech, March 6th, 2020
      "By turning to public clouds from providers such as Microsoft's Azure and Google and using private clouds, state governments provide cost savings by reducing redundant infrastructures, boosting reliability through more robust centralized infrastructures and simplifying management," writes Phil Goldstein in StateTech.

      "Yet the cost of a cloud migration is one of the key elements in a shift, something that is especially true for state and local agencies often operating under tight IT budgets. It is also a thorny challenge for both CIOs and line of business leaders, including finance departments..."

      Cloud 2.0 Is Coming - And It's What You Thought Cloud 1.0 Would Be
      CIO, March 3rd, 2020
      Mike Feibus writes in CIO, "Ask any CIO for their thoughts on multi-cloud - where data and applications flit seamlessly across all the public clouds, private cloud and on premise, for lowest cost and best performance - and you're likely to get one of two distinctly divergent responses..."
      IT News - Networks
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      How A VPN Can Improve Your Cyber Security Posture
      Information Age, March 3rd, 2020
      "As the name suggests, the Virtual Private Network (VPN) hides users' Internet Protocol (IP) address and their geographical location, and with businesses basing their practices online more and more, using one can help improve security and protect systems from targeted cyber attacks.

      With this in mind, here's how Surfshark's VPN can help your company improve its security posture..." - Information Age

      IT News - Technology
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      Ampere Unveils 80-Core Server Processor
      HPCWire, March 3rd, 2020
      Ampere announced that it has begun shipping the Ampere Altra processor, an 80-core server CPU and the first cloud native CPU for modern cloud and edge computing datacenters.

      Ampere Altra is the company's next generation cloud-focused product, and first in a new class of CPUs rolling out on an annual basis from Ampere's roadmap, that will provide predictable high performance, secure isolation through single-threaded cores, scalability across the entire platform, and new levels of power efficiency. The Ampere Altra processor delivers 80 cores up to 210 W, giving an industry-leading performance boost for rapidly growing use cases such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, database, storage, telco stacks, edge computing, web hosting and cloud native applications...

      Intel CFO Talks 7nm, 5nm Futures; AMD's Growing Data Center Market Share
      Enterprise Apps Today, March 4th, 2020
      Doug Black writes in Enterprise Apps Today, "That's the message from Intel CFO George Davis, interviewed this week during the Morgan Stanley TMT Analyst Conference, whose remarks left the impression of a company working hard to catch up with AMD, which launched its 7nm EPYC Rome server chip last summer..."
      IT News - Virtualization
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      How To Install A Windows 10 VirtualBox VM On MacOS
      How-To Geek, March 4th, 2020
      "VirtualBox is a great, free alternative to do this. Plus, you can install and set it up in just a few minutes.

      VMs can run any operating system (OS) in your current one. Whether it's for disaster recovery, code testing, or just some fun experimentation, you can use VirtualBox for free to simulate any Windows OS, including 98, 95, or even 3.1..." - How-To Geek

      IT News - Database
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      5 MySQL Features You Need To Know
      opensouce.com, March 3rd, 2020
      "Recently, at a presentation I was giving on the newer features of MySQL 8.0, I noticed one person in the audience getting very upset," recalls Dave Stokes in opensouce.com.

      "The more I talked about one feature, the more agitation I could see this one person getting. We're talking upset at a level where I was wondering if I was going to worry about my physical safety. The person in question finally snapped, "If I had known about that, it would have saved me four months of my life!"

      IT News - Big Data
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      Best Practices To Secure Data At Rest, In Use And In Motion
      SearchSecurity, March 5th, 2020
      "The easiest way to secure sensitive data is to not have any in the first place," opines Andrew Froehlich in SearchSecurity.

      "Of course, that's not a realistic option. Therefore, IT professionals must devise a strategy based on best practices to secure data at rest, in use and in motion.

      Information theft, which Accenture called "the most expensive and fastest rising consequence of cybercrime" in its 2019 Cost of Cybercrime Study, is the primary reason for organizations to pay attention to how they protect data. Stolen data can be used for identity fraud, corporate or government espionage and a lure for ransomware..."

        IT News - DevOps
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        5 New Ways DevOps Will Leverage The Cloud
        InformationWeek, March 4th, 2020
        Gilad David Maayan writes in InformationWeek, "Research by Allied Market Research estimates the DevOps market will reach $9.4 billion by 2023. With cloud services expected to grow to $266.4 billion in 2020 alone, the continued overlap of DevOps and the cloud seems obvious. Of course, like every part of the tech world, the success of this overlap is driven by innovation. Here are five areas of innovation to keep an eye on in 2020..."
        IT News - Wireless
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        How Secure Is Your Home Wi-Fi?
        How-To Geek, March 3rd, 2020
        "Everyone wants fast access to the internet, which is why Wi-Fi is everywhere. But how secure is your home Wi-Fi router? What can you do to protect your network?" asks Dave Johnson in How-To Geek.

        "Something you rarely hear these days is that as long as you follow a few common-sense and easily implemented best practices, you probably have very little to worry about.

        'Basically, Wi-Fi is pretty secure,' said Anthony Vance, professor and director of the Center for Cybersecurity at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. 'People shouldn't be concerned about it.'