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IT News - CxO
The Response To A Global Crisis - Four Phases Of CIO Activity
ITProPortal, July 14th, 2020
Rufus Grig writes in ITProPortal, "It is now 12 weeks since the UK workforce was told in no uncertain terms - 'Unless you are a critical key worker, you must work from home'. That was the catalyst for the most seismic change in working patterns in modern times - according to the Office for National Statistics - the proportion of the workforce that were regularly working from home went from just over 5 per cent in 2019, to 48 per cent according to the Business Impact of Coronavirus (BICS) survey carried out in early April..."
A CIO's Experience During The COVID-19: Aithority Interview With Deb Gildersleeve, Chief Information Officer At Quick Base
AiTHORITY, July 17th, 2020
Sudipto Ghosh interviews Deb Gildersleeve in AiTHORITY:

"So, now I have the opportunity to blaze my own path, and what I'm most excited about is the opportunity to define the position in a way that's different compared to your typical CIO job.

Quick Base is in the business of solving problems, not just setting up systems. And, while I'll of course oversee our own systems and technology, equally important is my role working with other organizations and customers to champion business-IT collaboration.

My goal is to lead other CIOs by example, demonstrating how rapid-cycle innovation can happen when you empower business-IT collaboration and foster trust..."

How Liberty Mutual Is Transforming Its IT Using Serverless Computing
TechRepublic, July 14th, 2020
"With a large IT infrastructure that's still being transitioned to the cloud, global insurance giant Liberty Mutual had a conundrum," reports Todd R. Weiss in TechRepublic. "Like many other companies, it's IT staff was kept so busy running the infrastructure that they didn't always have the time to focus on software and process projects that could directly streamline and improve the company's workflows.

But, that's been changing over the last four years as Liberty Mutual began adopting serverless computing, which leaves the infrastructure management to cloud vendors, giving IT staffers much more time for creativity in building applications for the company's employees..."

Digital Transformation: 5 Ways To Speed Up
The Enterprisers Project, July 13th, 2020
"Even as businesses around the globe continue to reel from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, many forward-thinking IT leaders are using the disruption as an opportunity to advance their digital transformation plans," opines Florence Lowe in The Enterprisers Project.

"I asked some of the most innovative leaders at the SaaS companies we work with to share their best practices. Digital transformation is not just a strategy for this group - they live and breathe it every day. They were already executing at world-class levels before the pandemic hit, and they found an extra gear this year..."

Five Pandemic-Induced Trends In Business And Technology - Forrester
Information Age, July 16th, 2020
Aaron Hurst writes in Information Age, "The new report from Forrester reveals the short, medium and long term impacts that the five trends are set to make within business and technology over the next ten years, despite the installation of updated healthcare practices and pandemic management protocols (PMPs)..."
IT News - Storage
Persistent Memory In The Data Centre
architectingIT, July 15th, 2020
Chris Evans writes in architectingIT, "Computers execute instructions and operate on data in memory, while programs and inactive data are stored on a peripheral device or external storage. New storage devices have blurred this boundary, offering benefits for applications and storage array vendors alike.

External Storage

Peripheral devices such as hard drives and SSDs initially connected to a server or computer through a storage controller. The controller itself connects directly to the CPU, today generally using the PCIe bus..."

    The 10 Hottest SSD And Flash Storage Products Of 2020 (So Far)
    CRN, July 17th, 2020
    Joseph F. Kovar writes in CRN, "The storage industry is an unusual beast, with untold millions of dollars being invested to increase the performance and capacity of the latest storage technologies even as the storage industry as a whole continues to see total spending fall. IDC in June published its latest Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker, and reported that the total first quarter 2019 worldwide enterprise storage systems market revenue fell 0.6 percent despite a 14.1-percent growth capacity shipped over last year..."
    Storage Comparison: Object vs. File vs. Block Storage
    Network Computing, July 14th, 2020
    "In today's increasingly digitized world, more and more storage solutions are introduced," opines Sagar Nangare in Network Computing.

    "Each storage solution comes with a unique set of characteristics, which fit different use cases. While having options is a good thing, the downside is that you need to spend more time assessing each option. To help you choose the right storage for your data, this article reviews and compares three of the most popular storage options - object storage, file storage, and block storage..."

      An Architecture For Artificial Intelligence Storage
      TheNextPlatform, July 13th, 2020
      Jeffrey Burt writes in TheNextPlatform, "Automation, analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, and the ability to easily move applications and data between on-premises and cloud environments are the focus of much of what OEMs and other tech players are doing. And all of this is being accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is speeding up enterprise movement to the cloud and forcing them to adapt to a suddenly widely distributed workforce, trends that won't be changing any time soon as the coronavirus outbreak tightens its grip, particularly in the United States.

      OEMs over the past several months have been particularly aggressive in expanding their offerings in the storage sector, which is playing a central role in help enterprises bridge the space between the datacenter, the cloud and the network edge and to deal with the vast amounts of structured and - in particular - unstructured data being created. That can be seen in announcements that some of the larger vendors have made over the past few months. Dell EMC has bolstered its storage portfolio to address the needs of today's enterprises..."

      IT News - AI
      10 Ways AI Is Transforming Enterprise Software
      InformationWeek, July 13th, 2020
      "If you are currently in the market for almost any kind of enterprise software, you will almost certainly run across at least one vendor claiming that its product includes artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities," suggests Cynthia Harvey in InformationWeek.

      "Of course, some of these claims are no more than marketing hyperbole, or "AI washing." However, in many cases, software makers truly are integrating new capabilities related to analytics, vision, natural language, or other areas that deserve the AI label..."

      Survey: AI Risks Grow Along With Adoption
      EnterpriseAI, July 16th, 2020
      George Leopold notes in EnterpriseAI, "Meanwhile, cybersecurity, AI failures and regulatory uncertainty are complicating future deployments and use cases.

      An annual AI adoption survey released this week by business consultant Deloitte also concludes that the early-mover advantage of AI pioneers may be fading as more companies embrace the technology. One reason is that AI deployments are being widely integrated in enterprise applications..."

      How To Hang On To AI's Advantage
      CIODIVE, July 16th, 2020
      "As businesses use artificial intelligence to respond to the pandemic, 2020 marks the start of a mainstream AI adoption era in the enterprise," opines Roberto Torres in CIODIVE.

      "The technology, in physical and digital form, will couple with human teams to elevate their efficiency, while AI will touch practically every software platform involved in daily work..."

      7 Steps To Scaling Enterprise AI For Maximum Value
      Business 2 Community, July 16th, 2020
      Manish Mistry writes in Business 2 Community, "Today, we are able to harness deep learning, neural networking, speech recognition, natural language programming, cloud computing, big data, and more, to create complex, cognitive systems that not only analyze massive data sets and make predictions, but can act on behalf of humans, and even 'think' as humans do. All this is happening now in an enterprise near you. Hopefully, in yours too.

      AI adoption within enterprises tripled in 2019, and, as Gartner's Chris Howard put it, 'If you are a CIO and your organization doesn't use AI, the chances are high that your competitors do and this should be a concern.' While all the stats point to AI happening here and now, that does not necessarily help enterprises decide which AI-driven projects to start, scale up or scrap altogether.

      Use our seven-step guide to help you navigate how to get the most business value from your enterprise AI investment..."

      53% Of Enterprises Spending More Than $20 Million A Year On AI Technology, Talent
      ZDNet, July 14th, 2020
      "Fifty-three percent of enterprises adopting artificial intelligence have spent more than $20 million over the past year on technology and talent, according to a survey by Deloitte," reports Larry Dignan in ZDNet.

      "The State of AI in the Enterprise survey, based on 2,737 information technology and line of business executives, highlights how AI implementations are moving into production at a rapid pace. Deloitte's respondent base included 26% "seasoned adopters," 47% "skilled" adopters and 27% "starters." The respondents were classified based on AI adoption and systems launched into production..."

      IT News - Careers
      Pssst! Want Job Referrals? Bribe Me.
      Ask The Headhunter, July 17th, 2020
      Seth King writes, "If you're looking for a job at a tech company like Facebook, Amazon, or Google, you're probably also looking for a referral. Just buy one. Rooftop Slushie, a website created by the makers of the anonymous tech forum Blind, has facilitated more than 11,000 referral purchases since launching last year, Daniel Kim, the site's product manager, told OneZero..."

      Nick's take:

      "What do we know about a company when its employees will openly take bribes for referrals to their boss about a job? ..."

      vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom
      Wednesday, July 29th, 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 - Security
      5 Best Practices To Secure Single Sign-On Systems
      CSO Online, July 14th, 2020
      Ax Sharma writes in CSO Online, "The recent 'Sign in with Apple' vulnerability earned a researcher $100,000 as a part of Apple's bug bounty program. The flaw itself arose from an OAuth-style implementation that did not properly validate JSON Web Token (JWT) authentication between requests. This would have allowed a malicious actor to 'Sign in with Apple' using anyone's Apple ID..."
      MGM Data Breach Was Over 10X More Extensive Than First Reported
      ITProPortal, July 14th, 2020
      "A hacker selling a large database on the dark web has prompted security researchers to believe the 2019 MGM Resorts data breach was far larger than initially thought," reports Sead Fadilpasic in ITProPortal.

      "Earlier this year, it was reported that the breach affected 10.6 million people. However, the recently published database - available for just under $3,000 - seems to hold personal details on more than 142 million MGM guests..."

      Best Password Managers Of 2020
      ITProPortal, July 13th, 2020
      "As our lives are moving increasingly into the online sphere," writes Sead Fadilpaaic in ITProPortal, "there are more and more passwords to remember and keep track of, which can be a burden. To make this task easier, you can use one of the many password managers out there that not only create a safe place to keep all your passwords, but, depending on the solution, offer additional options such as file vaults, VPNs, and storing other important information..."
        Zero-Trust Efforts Rise With The Tide Of Remote Working
        Dark Reading, July 13th, 2020
        "With coronavirus infections continuing to rise in many areas of the United States, remote work will remain in the future for most companies, leading business leaders to speed adoption of a variety of distributed security measures," reports Robert Lemos in Dark Reading.

        "In particular, the model of zero trust has gained momentum, moving from a possible approach to security to a necessary piece of surviving in the future. Underscoring that, more than 70% of organizations indicate that they are considering adopting a zero-trust model for security following the pandemic and the move to extensive remote work, according to a survey conducted by virtual private networking firm NetMotion Software..."

        'Make Your Bed' And Other Life Lessons For Security
        Dark Reading, July 14th, 2020
        Joshua Goldfarb writes in Dark Reading, "In his 2014 commencement speech at the University of Texas at Austin, Admiral William Harry McRaven stated:

        If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. . If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed, will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you'll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made, that you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better...'"

        IT News - HR
        The Ultimate Virtual Onboarding Checklist (For HRs)
        Business 2 Community, July 15th, 2020
        "Thus," writes Barasha Medhi in Business 2 Community, "it comes as no surprise, when onboarding- a process that is an initiation to a company- has to be conducted in a virtual setting.

        The onboarding process of the new normal still has yet to catch up to the effectiveness of the traditional onboarding process. And it's important that you do it right. After all, a good onboarding can be the difference between an employee being engaged from the first day itself and eventual employee turnover.

        Seeing that the shift was so abrupt, it's understandable that the preparedness for new virtual measures was affected. To ease some of the dilemmas, here is an easy checklist of everything you need to conduct a successful virtual onboarding:..."

          IT News - Blockchain
          How To Perfect Your Blockchain Strategy
          Information Age, July 17th, 2020
          "Perhaps best known as the technology behind Bitcoin, blockchain is being implemented in more and more industries," notes Aaron Hurst in Information Age. "It helps users to gain added visibility from supply chains, as well as providing the benefits of enhanced security and the reduced costs that come with a lower amount of necessary third parties than other technologies. But these advantages fail to be substantial if companies don't perfect their blockchain strategy..."
          IT News - Operations
          Enterprises Need To Rethink How End-Of-Life Equipment Is Dealt With
          ComputerWeekly, July 17th, 2020
          Sebastian Klovig Skeltonwrites in ComputerWeekly, "Enterprises are physically destroying IT equipment and unnecessarily sending it to landfill due to outdated security policies and a lack of education, with many believing it is actually 'better for the environment', according to data sanitisation firm Blancco.

          In January 2019, the World Economic Forum and the United Nations E-waste Coalition found that approximately 50 million tonnes of electronic waste, or e-waste, are produced each year - most of which is either incinerated or dumped in the landfills of the world's poorest countries..."

          IT News - Big Data
          6 Best Practices For Business Data Visualization
          Computerworld, July 13th, 2020
          "It's one thing to see a blur of numbers on reports generated by analytics platforms," writes Bob Violino in Computerworld, "It's another thing entirely to view detailed and colorful graphics - also generated by analytics software - that instantly illustrate trends that can be easily grasped by even the most non-technical users..."
          IT News - DevOps
          DevOps Was Supposed To Kill Developer Jobs. Here's Why It Didn't
, July 17th, 2020
          "Development died a long time ago and was replaced by DevOps. Or, at least that was the way it was supposed to happen," notes Bernard Brode in

          "In reality, developers are doing just fine. There are currently almost 150,000 development jobs right now on one major job site, compared with only about 16,000 positions for DevOps. It seems that the revolution in which developers would be replaced with DevOps engineers never actually happened.

          In fact, and as we've previously argued, many people find that having DevOps on their job title actually harms them when it comes to finding the right job. In this article, we'll look at why..."

          IT News - Humor
          Always Ask The Obvious First
          Computerworld, July 14th, 2020
          "It's COVID-19 times, so this pilot fish is seeing a lot more requests for remote assistance, and because meetings depend on videoconferencing, camera issues are among the problems prompting users to call for help..."
          Flashback Friday: He Does Have A Knack For Simplifying Things
          ComputerWorld, July 17th, 2020
          "Company offers a graphics drawing program free for clients to use. It handles simple and slightly complex x/y data, multiple lines, the usual stuff, according to fish.

          But the main users of the program are mostly business types, and the marketing chief tells the software developers, including this pilot fish, that they would love the drawing program to have a new kind of chart for fiscal data..."

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