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IT News - CxO
How American Express Uses Technology To Support 65K Workers, In Office Or Remote
CIODIVE, June 12th, 2020
Naomi Eide writes in CIODIVE, "Running infrastructure at a Fortune 100 firm is akin to managing an amusement park. Lights flash, rides whirl, and distractions emerge left and right. But the goal remains the same: keep operations running smoothly, delegate the fire-fighting and focus on the experience.

Now imagine the amusement park is spread across the globe..."

CISOs Buying Into Unified Security Proposition
ComputerWeekly, June 11th, 2020
Alex Scroxton writes in ComputerWeekly, "Non-integrated point solutions make enterprise cyber security more challenging, thereby damaging confidence in security, making it harder to gain an accurate picture of what is going on, and wasting time managing multiple suppliers, according to a plurality of IT and security professionals..."
Digital Transformation: 3 Signs You Need To Pivot
The Enterprisers Project, June 10th, 2020
"Congratulations!" says Isaac Sacolick in The Enterprisers Project. "After much hype and debate on whether to invest in digital transformation, you've successfully aligned leaders on strategy and priorities. You spearheaded an agile transformation to connect people with goals and empower them with the promise of great experiences and robust solutions. And you embarked on a program to help your organization become more market-, customer-, and data-driven so that visions, priorities, and requirements adjust with evolving business conditions..."
3 Kinds Of Automation CIOs Should Prioritize In 2020
The Enterprisers Project, June 11th, 2020
Mark Runyon writes in The Enterprisers Project, 'Two years' worth of digital transformation in two months.'

"That's what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said during a recent earnings call, offering one reason the technology firm beat analysts' estimates.

COVID-19 has made digital transformation mandatory almost overnight as companies scramble to adjust to the new reality of remote work. One of the most promising areas of digital transformation lies in automation..."

IT News - Storage
Sony Gen3 Petasite Optical Disc Archive Technology With 165TB To 2.9PB Systems
Storage Newsletter, June 11th, 2020
"5.5TB for ODC5500R media cartridges, with ODS-D380U Gen3 high-capacity USB desktop drive, ODS-D380F FC library drive, and PetaSite library family including ODS-L30M master unit, ODS-L60E drive and cartridge extension unit, and ODS-L100E cartridge-only extension unit...

The archival storage solution scales from 165TB to 2.9PB of immutable optical storage in a 42U rack. This launch follows the company's recently announced Gen3 high-capacity USB desktop drive units (ODS-D380U), FC library drive units (ODS-D380F) and 5.5TB media cartridges (ODC5500R)..." - Storage Newsletter

    Worldwide Enterprise External OEM Storage Systems Market Revenue Declined 8.2% During The First Quarter Of 2020, According To IDC
    IDC, June 9th, 2020
    "According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, global market revenue for enterprise external OEM storage systems declined 8.2% year over year to $6.5 billion during the first quarter of 2020 (1Q20). Total external OEM storage capacity shipped was up 3.0% year over year to 17.3 exabytes during the quarter. Revenue generated by the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) selling directly to hyperscale datacenters grew at 6.9% year over year to $4.9 billion in 1Q20, although capacity shipped decreased by 20.2% year over year to 54.8 exabytes. Total capacity shipments for the market (External OEM + ODM Direct + Server-Based Storage) declined 18.1% to 92.7 exabytes..."
    Exclusive Interview With Datacore CEO Dave Zabrowski
    Storage Newsletter, June 8th, 2020
    "Dave Zabrowski is CEO of DataCore Software Corp. since 2018. Previously he co-founded Cloud Cruiser in 2010 and was CEO until its sale to HPE in 2017. Before that, he was CEO of Neterion from 2002 to 2009 and then the company got acquired by Exar Corporation early 2010. Between 1997 and 2002 he was VP ad GM at HPE. First, what does the Covid-19 crisis change for DataCore, its employees and business?

    Zabrowski: Many aspects of our business and our customers' business have changed. We do business in all major IT markets globally and every single country's population and economy has been impacted. The depth of impact and rate of recovery has varied widely geographically (ex: Taiwan, China and Central Europe are getting back on their feet faster than USA) and within verticals (ex: essential healthcare and government increasing while travel, consumer and some manufacturing decreasing). Most importantly, all our employees are safe working from home and our customers' use has proceeded without interruption..."

    IT News - AI
    5 Ways Artificial Intelligence (AI) Is Reshaping IT
    The Enterprisers Project, June 10th, 2020
    Stephanie Overby writes in The Enterprisers Project, "As Gartner's most recent hype cycle report for artificial intelligence (AI) points out, AI ranks high on the CIO's agenda for the next five years as a source of potentially transformational business impact. However, for many IT organizations, AI is not just on the IT leader's radar as a business enabler: It's having fundamental impacts on the function itself - from automating some longstanding functions to demanding greater involvement and newer approaches from IT teams..."
    AI Has A Big Data Problem. Here's How To Fix It
    Zdnet, June 10th, 2020
    Daphne Leprince-Ringuet writes in Zdnet, "Artificial intelligence has, quite literally, got a big data problem - and one that the COVID-19 crisis has now made impossible to ignore any longer.

    For businesses, governments, and individuals alike, the global pandemic has effectively redefined "normal" life; but while most of us have now adjusted to the change, the same cannot be said of AI systems, which base their predictions on what the past used to look like..."

    IDC Survey Finds Artificial Intelligence Adoption Being Driven By Improved Customer Experience, Greater Employee Efficiency, And Accelerated Innovation
    IDC, June 10th, 2020
    "Over a quarter of all AI initiatives are already in production and more than one third are in advanced development stages. And organizations are reporting an increase in their AI spending this year.

    Delivering a better customer experience was identified as the leading driver for AI adoption by more than half the large companies surveyed. At the same time, a similar number of respondents indicated that AI's greatest impact is in helping employees to get better at their jobs. Whether it is an improved customer experience or better employee experience, there is a direct correlation between AI adoption and superior business outcomes..."

    What Are The Pros And Cons Of Artificial Intelligence?
    SmartDataCollective, June 8th, 2020
    "Artificial intelligence (AI) is a hot topic these days, but it's not a perfect technology," notes Kayla Matthews in SmartDataCollective.

    "AI is like almost anything else in that it has both advantages and downsides. What are the pros and cons of artificial intelligence? Here's what people bring up most often..."

    vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom
    Wednesday, June 24th, 2020: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

    In-person vBeers are suspended until the COVID-19 thread is diminished and public gathering are again allowed. will host a Virtual vBeers every Wednesday until in-person events resume.

    After the intros, the rest of meeting will be an informal hangout!

    Please join the live meeting at 6:00PM EST with this Zoom link:

    You can also join by phone:

    • Meeting ID: 792 850 274
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    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

    vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom
    Wednesday, July 1st, 2020: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

    In-person vBeers are suspended until the COVID-19 thread is diminished and public gathering are again allowed. will host a Virtual vBeers every Wednesday until in-person events resume.

    After the intros, the rest of meeting will be an informal hangout!

    Please join the live meeting at 6:00PM EST with this Zoom link:

    You can also join by phone:

    • Meeting ID: 792 850 274
    • 646 558 8656 US
    • +16465588656,,792850274# US (New York)

    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

    IT News - Linux
    3 Points Where Linux Could Have Played Out Differently
    The Enterprisers Project, June 12th, 2020
    "Given different events or individual actions, could Linux and open source more broadly have failed to become the engine for collaboration and innovation that it is today," asks Gordon Haff in The Enterprisers Project.

    "Perhaps you believe that great economic and technological forces make it difficult for individuals or chance events to radically alter how events play out. The integrated circuit, Moore's Law, the internet, the sharing of software especially in academic settings, and other broad trends trump any single action in this view. Even if an open source operating system called 'Linux' did not exist today, something much like it would..."

    IT News - Security
    How To Build An Effective IAM Architecture
    SearchSecurity, June 8th, 2020
    "Things can sometimes be so foundational that they become difficult to see clearly -- or even invisible," writes Ed Moyle in SearchSecurity.

    "Imagine a typical office environment, for example -- what do you see? There are likely chairs, desks, telephones and filing cabinets. These things are so foundational to what an office is that we don't usually stop to think about the fact that they're there..."

    A 10-Point Plan To Vet SaaS Provider Security
    CSO Online, June 8th, 2020
    "For a growing number of enterprises, software-as-a-service (SaaS) has become the primary means of accessing vital business applications," writes Bob Violino in CSO Online.

    "The strategy makes sense from a business standpoint because of the potential benefits: cost savings, increased agility and easier scalability to name a few.

    Any cloud-based offering comes with security risks, however. How can an organization know for sure if its SaaS providers' security provisions are up to its own standards?..."

    Five Signs A Virtual CISCO Makes Sense For Your Organization
    HelpNet Security, June 8th, 2020
    "Protecting an enterprise and preparing for current and future threats requires a great deal of expertise, planning and timely and targeted actions," opines Ken Jenkins in HelpNet Security.

    "Regardless of company size or industry, nearly every organization benefits from having a CISO who can establish comprehensive, risk-based security strategies and processes that protect critical data and systems while keeping business moving forward..."

    IT News - Cloud
    How Does COVID-19 Impact Cloud Adoption?
    HelpNet Security, June 8th, 2020
    "The situation only slightly improves looking ahead to 2021, with 84% expecting a continued impact. And 74% of respondents expect a second wave of COVID-19 impact, with 51% planning to move more applications to the cloud to prepare for it...

    Cloud adoption accelerating for some, slowing for others The impact on businesses' cloud adoption plans - with 40% currently accelerating their move to the cloud - has led to increases across a range of related decisions as companies prepare for future COVID-related shutdowns. When asked to select all that apply, the top choices on this topic were..." - HelpNet Security

    3 Big SaaS Challenges For IT
    ComputerWorld, June 8th, 2020
    Bob Violino writes in ComputerWorld, "The software-as-a-service model of application delivery has become so commonplace that for many organizations it's no longer a question of whether to deploy SaaS but rather to what extent it should dominate the corporate software landscape.

    The potential benefits of SaaS are well known: cost savings, greater agility, easier scalability, and so on. 'The ease and speed of deployment, and the innovative features included with SaaS, help businesses accelerate their digital transformations,' says Frank Della Rosa, research director for SaaS and cloud software at IDC..."

    IT News - Operations
    The Definitive Guide To Enterprise IT Monitoring
    SearchITOperations, June 11th, 2020
    "George Harrison once sang, paraphrasing the Cheshire Cat from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland: "If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there." That very same lack of insight has plagued IT organizations since the earliest days of computing, leading to inefficiency and wasted capital, nagging performance problems and perplexing availability issues that can be costly and time-consuming to resolve..." - Stephen J. Bigelow, SearchITOperations
    How To Shift End-Of-Life It Hardware From Landfill To Secure Re-Use
    eWeek, June 9th, 2020
    "For a long time, large enterprises have depended on a planned obsolescence policy to deal with IT assets that have reached end-of-life. Unfortunately, this 'buy-dump-buy' mindset is partly responsible for fueling a massive increase in global e-waste.

    According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), approximately 50% of today's e-waste is made up of computers, screens, smartphones, tablets, TVs and other devices. The WEF estimates that by 2050, the amount of e-waste could double to 100 million tons..." - eWeek

      IT News - Technology
      14 Technology Winners And Losers, Post-COVID-19
      CIO, June 10th, 2020
      "As opposed to, say, the travel or restaurant industries, the tech sector has weathered the most disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic relatively well," writes Peter Wayner in CIO.

      "But that doesn't mean that business has gone smoothly as if nothing happened - or that trends haven't accelerated or been disrupted by the crisis.

      While it's a bit early to know whether shifts in usage and IT tactics will remain permanent, some corners of the computing business have clearly seen a boost, while others have fallen in use, suffered setbacks in the wake of lockdowns, or been called into question for the months ahead, even when workers return to the office..."

      Top 10 Emerging Technologies Of 2020: Winners And Losers
      TechRepublic, June 10th, 2020
      Teena Maddox writes in TechRepublic, "Technology solutions built around artificial intelligence (AI) and 5G offer the most immediate opportunities for tech firms to generate new business and revenue, according to CompTIA's third annual Top 10 Emerging Technologies report released on Wednesday.

      Each year, the Emerging Technology Community of CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the global technology industry, releases its list of the top emerging technologies..."

      IT News - Database
      Misconfigured Databases Targeted Hours After Deployment
      Dark Reading, June 10th, 2020
      Kelly Sheridan writes in Dark Reading, "Misconfigured databases are subject to attack hours after they appear online, Comparitech researchers report. The team sought to learn more about how attackers target poorly secured cloud databases, which continue to pose a security risk to organizations around the world.

      Cloud configuration mistakes, which occur when cloud-related systems or assets aren't properly configured, can grant attackers access to troves of corporate data. In the past few years, several businesses have accidentally left these databases open to the Internet, sometimes exposing up to billions of records. Unsecured and misconfigured servers can leak sensitive user data, which unauthorized third parties can often access or modify without authentication or authorization..."

      Eliminating MySQL Split-Brain In Multi-Cloud Databases
      several nines, June 8th, 2020
      Krzysztof Ksiazek writes in several nines, "They promise high availability and possibility to easily implement disaster recovery procedures. They are also a method to avoid vendor lock-in: if you design your database environment so it can operate across multiple cloud providers, most likely you are not tied to features and implementations specific to one particular provider. This makes it easier for you to add another infrastructure provider to your environment, be it another cloud or on-prem setup. Such flexibility is very important given there is fierce competition between cloud providers and migrating from one to another might be quite feasible if it would be backed by reducing expenses..."
      IT News - DevOps
      Cloud And Devops: CI/CD And Market Analysis, June 9th, 2020
      "A set of good features and their reach to customers can increase only when the company releases software updates frequently," writes Pavan Belagatti in

      "As a result, organizations are embracing DevOps and CI/CD approaches to improve their ability to plan, build, test and release applications and features to market quickly with quality and at scale. IDC predicts the worldwide DevOps software market will reach $8 billion by 2022, up from $3.9 billion in 2017..."

      DevOps For Beginners: Where To Start Learning And Focusing
      The Enterprisers Project, June 11th, 2020
      "If you're beginning to learn more about DevOps, you may be confused about where to start," writes Tim Beattie in The Enterprisers Project.

      "First, DevOps is a bit of a buzzword. Throughout the 2010's, Agile was one of tech's biggest buzzwords: It is still often used incorrectly, to describe purely delivering software faster. Agile is, in fact, focused more around delivering business value earlier to users - and more frequently thereafter. Even though Agile is now officially grown up (it had its 18th birthday in February 2019), we still love to use the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto (created in 2001) as the basis for subsequent technology approaches and philosophies..."

      IT News - Humor
      Wayback Wednesday: Fun With Numbers
      ComputerWorld, June 10th, 2020
      "This IT pilot fish's team is getting a new manager every year, and there's a definite pattern behind it.

      Each new manager would come in and tell the department to identify cost-cutting measures. When those were implemented and proved, the manager would show his cost savings to upper management and be promoted..."

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