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IT News - CxO
10 Things IT Leaders Learned In 2020
InformationWeek, January 26th, 2021
Cynthia Harvey writes in InformationWeek, "No one disagrees that 2020 was a dreadful year. But with vaccinations now being administered, people are becoming somewhat more hopeful and optimistic about this new year. And as IT leaders look back on 2020, many are saying that although the pandemic was incredibly challenging and difficult, it also resulted in some benefits for their organizations.

In its report on how the pandemic affected business operations, McKinsey wrote, "In just a few months' time, the COVID-19 crisis has brought about years of change in the way companies in all sectors and regions do business." It added, "According to a new McKinsey Global Survey of executives, their companies have accelerated the digitization of their customer and supply-chain interactions and of their internal operations by three to four years..."

    Gartner: 2021 IT Spending Rally Could Hit $3.9T
    Networkworld, January 25th, 2021
    Michael Cooney writes in Networkworld, "Gartner projects worldwide IT spending will total $3.9 trillion in 2021, an increase of 6.2% over 2020 when spending declined a little over 3%.

    All IT spending segments - from data-center systems to communications services - are forecast to return to growth in 2021, according to Gartner. Enterprise software is expected to have the strongest rebound, 8.8%, as remote work environments are expanded and improved. The devices segment will see the second highest growth in, 8%, and is projected to reach $705.4 billion..."

    Gartner: IT Budgets Shift To Mature Processes Around Remote Business
    ComputerWeekly, January 26th, 2021
    "IT budgets that were not spent last year are set to drive a rebound in spending in 2021, as CIOs restart digital initiatives put on hold during the pandemic," writes Cliff Saran in ComputerWeekly. ac "Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.9tn in 2021, an increase of 6.2% from 2020, according to the latest forecast by Gartner. Worldwide IT spending declined by 3.2% in 2020 as CIOs prioritised spending on techanology and services that were deemed 'mission-critical' during the first stages of the pandemic..."
    What CIOs Need To Know About The Future Of Hyperautomation
    SearchCIO, January 26th, 2021
    Gabriella Frick writes in SearchCIO, "While most business leaders are adopting emerging technologies as part of their digital transformation initiatives, they may not yet be aware of the future of hyperautomation -- a trend that is bound to make a significant impact in the enterprise.

    Matt Calkins, founder and CEO of the software company Appian, said he thinks hyperautomation -- taking automation and scaling it up at the enterprise level by unifying technologies like robotic process automation (RPA), AI and machine learning -- is set to deliver huge benefits to businesses..."

    IT News - Storage
    Hyperscale Shift To 18 TB, SMR HDDs Top '21 Hard Disk Trends
    SearchStorage, January 25th, 2021
    "The hottest trends and innovations in hard disks in 2021 will center on the nearline drives that hyperscalers and cloud service providers use to beef up capacity," reports Carol Sliwa in SearchStorage.

    "Nearline 3.5-inch hard disk drives (HDDs) that spin at 7,200 RPM continue to account for the bulk of enterprise and data center shipments from Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital, since 10,000 RPM and 15,000 RPM HDDs gave way to faster flash drives..."

    Top 5 Enterprise Hybrid Cloud SDS Block Storage Solutions, January 29th, 2021
    "The growth of SDS is part of a broader transition to the software-defined data center, where infrastructure elements such as compute, storage and networking are abstracted and virtualized.

    Increasing SDS capabilities, along with the demand for flexibility and agility, fuels SDS demand. Trending at a compound growth rate of 27%, the SDS market expects to grow $42.79 billion by 2024..."

    Delegates Win The Day At Storage Field Day 21
    Gestalt IT, January 27th, 2021
    Georgina Ford reports in Gestalt IT, "This was a future-focused event featuring thought-provoking storage solutions from Hammerspace, Intel, NetApp, Pliops, MinIO, Tintri, and Nasuni.

    This Storage Field Day event saw the debut of several new storage concepts and defined 2021's storage buzzwords, including 'storageless data', distributed architectures, and a move to 'faster than flash' approaches. A surprise focus was on integration with specific applications such as SQL and SAP.

    One of the most exciting aspects of Field Day events for presenting companies is the feedback and thought-provoking questions asked by the delegates. Companies enjoy what is essentially a peer-review process, with the delegates' technical knowledge bringing new insight to the presentations..."

    QLC Flash Drives Are Hot '21 Trend, Pressure HDDs On Price
    SearchStorage, January 29th, 2021
    "QLC flash drives that store four bits per cell are on track to become cheaper than age-old spinning disks" writes Carol Sliwa in SearchStorage, "and, increasingly, a popular choice for enterprise storage arrays.

    That's just a sample of the predictions for 2021 and beyond that SearchStorage collected from a panel of prominent industry CTOs and analysts in the storage, memory and solid-state drive (SSD) markets.

    Below are their more detailed -- and sometimes differing -- views on NAND and SSD price trends, quad-level cell (QLC) flash drives and systems, 3D XPoint and Optane memory, and NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) predictions..."

    IT News - AI
    Artificial Intelligence (AI) Project Fails: Stop Blaming The Talent Gap
    The Enterprisers Project, January 25th, 2021
    "Hiring the right technical talent remains a significant roadblock to Artificial Intelligence (AI) adoption for enterprise organizations," opines David Talby in The Enterprisers Project.

    "According to a recent O'Reilly survey, slightly more than one-sixth of respondents cited difficulty in hiring and retaining professionals with AI skills as a significant barrier to AI adoption in their organizations.

    While the talent gap remains a large part of the dialog, this number has decreased from the previous year, signaling that other challenges are becoming top of mind for businesses exploring and deploying AI projects..."

    Demystifying Deep Learning
    TechTalks, January 28th, 2021
    Ben Dickson writes in TechTalks, "Today, deep learning might seem like a manifestation of the saying by British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke: 'Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.' In the past years, deep learning has proven to be capable of creating realistic images of non-existing people, recognize faces and voice commands, synthesize voice that sounds almost natural, and (pretend to) understand natural language..."
      Financial Firms Turning To AI To Fight Fraud In 2021
      aitrends, January 28th, 2021
      aitrends: "'AI is the future of fraud management, irrespective of the system you are using,' stated Svetlana Belyalova, head of operational risk management at Rosbank, Societe Generale Group, during a recent webcast hosted by 'It brings a lot of value in both data management and decision-making.'

      A firm's maturity and operational processes for fraud management are key to selecting the technology that will be right for it, suggested Belyalova. Firms that had taken a more siloed approach by fitting technology to a certain type of fraud, now want to take a more holistic approach and tap the AI capabilities of the fraud systems.,,"

      Gartner: The Future Of AI Is Not As Rosy As Some Might Think
      TechRepublic, January 25th, 2021
      "Gartner has released a series of Predicts 2021 research reports," notes Brandon Vigliarolo in TechRepublic, "including one that outlines the serious, wide-reaching ethical and social problems it predicts artificial intelligence (AI) to cause in the next several years. In Predicts 2021: Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact on People and Society, five Gartner analysts report on different predictions it believes will come to fruition by 2025. The report calls particular attention to what it calls second-order consequences of artificial intelligence that arise as unintended results of new technologies..."
      IT News - Careers
      Top 10 Tech Job Skills Predicted To Grow The Fastest In 2021
      Business 2 Community, January 26th, 2021
      Louis Columbus writes in Business 2 Community, "These and many other fascinating insights are from Skills of Mass Disruption: Pinpointing the 10 Most Disruptive Skills in Tech, Burning Glass Technologies' latest research study published earlier this month.

      Their latest study provides pragmatic, useful insights for tech professionals interested in furthering their careers and earning potential. Burning Glass Technologies is a leading job market analytics provider that delivers job market analytics that empowers employers, workers and educators to make data-driven decisions..."

      vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom February 10th 2021
      Wednesday, February 10th, 2021: 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. I 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

      vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom February 17th 2021
      Wednesday, February 17th, 2021: 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. I 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
      2020 Data Breaches Point To Cybersecurity Trends For 2021
      Government Technology, January 25th, 2021
      "Risk Based Security released their 2020 year-end data breach report this past week," reports Dan Lohrmann in Government Technology, "and despite an overall decline in breach events (security incidents), the number of breached records grew dramatically.

      Other trends included a doubling of ransomware attacks from 2019 to 2020, and data breach severity rising.

      Here are some of the highlights from the report:..."

      2021 Cybersecurity Predictions: Oh, Where Cybersecurity May Go
      SearchSecurity, January 27th, 2021
      "It might be hard to believe," writes Jonathan Meyers in SearchSecurity, "but 2020 is finally in the rearview mirror and 2021 is here. The past year has been a whirlwind of events for everyone, even for the cybersecurity industry, which is typically used to such a rapid state of change. As we see what 2021 brings and reflect on the challenges last year posed, it's important to acknowledge the lessons learned and the road ahead..."
      CSO's Ultimate Guide To Security And Privacy Laws, Regulations, And Compliance
      CSO Online, January 28th, 2021
      "This directory includes laws, regulations and industry guidelines with significant security and privacy impact and requirements. Each entry includes a link to the full text of the law or reg as well as information about what and who is covered..." - CSO Online
      Security's Inevitable Shift To The Edge
      Dark Reading, January 27th, 2021
      "In 2019, Gartner released a paper defining the Secure Access Service Edge as the framework that most enterprises will implement," notes Patrick Sullivan in Dark Reading.

      "SASE offers an elegant solution to many challenges faced by CISOs today, including maintaining security posture during rapid digital transformations, shifts in locations of workers, migrating toward a zero-trust architecture, and protecting the business while more processes shift into DevSecOps.

      Long before the term SASE was coined, security controls began to shift to perform inspection closer to end users. More than a decade ago, we witnessed the migration of security for customer-facing apps out of the enterprise data center to the edge to move security inspection closer to users, rather than forcing traffic to travel to the fixed location where security appliances were deployed. Today the edge is the predominant location for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) mitigation, Web application security, and related controls for public-facing applications. This migration offers lessons as organizations now shift workforce security to the edge..."

      IT News - CRM
      Why CRM Implementations Fail
      Business 2 Community, January 27th, 2021
      Jessica Vionas writes in Business 2 Community, "I have been at different companies that used Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, HubSpot Sales, homegrown systems, and even (horror upon horrors) Excel spreadsheets. Although all systems have their pros and cons, not having a system at all is no longer an option.

      There are two basic scenarios when you are talking about a CRM implementation..."

      IT News - Cloud
      5-Step IaaS Security Checklist For Cloud Customers
      SearchCloudSecurity, January 27th, 2021
      "Many organizations have almost completely replaced virtual data centers, on-premises servers and appliances with IaaS," notes Ed Moyle in SearchCloudSecurity. "This widespread implementation requires a mobilization to secure IaaS environments to match this increased usage.

      With IaaS, the customer has more security responsibilities than in PaaS or SaaS environments. The shared responsibility model stipulates that the lower one goes in the stack, the more operational security tasks the customer takes on. For example, with SaaS, OS-focused tasks, such as OS patching, are out of the customer's control. In the IaaS model, however, the responsibility stays with customers because they have control over the workload -- in this case, a virtual compute image..."

      A Cloud Migration Roadmap For CIOs
      SearchCIO, January 28th, 2021
      "To get the real benefits of the cloud, CIOs need a strategic cloud migration roadmap," writes John Burke in SearchCIO.

      "This may sound obvious, but a surprisingly large number of CIOs continue to migrate to the cloud haphazardly with a minimal plan in place.

      Most enterprises find themselves in a deeply hybridized service delivery environment, with several major and minor services delivered from the cloud as SaaS apps or via IaaS systems. However, the average CIO still has about 40% of IT workloads running in a data center..."

      IT News - Networks
      BGP: What Is Border Gateway Protocol, And How Does It Work?
      Networkworld, January 28th, 2021
      "Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), the routing protocol used by the global internet," writes Keith Shaw in Networkworld, "is used to find the best path by weighing the latest network conditions based on reachability and routing information. BGP manages how data packets get delivered between the large networks that make up the internet and makes it possible for the internet as we know it to operate efficiently.

      What is Border Gateway Protocol?

      BGP has been called the glue of the Internet and the postal service of the internet. One comparison likens BGP to GPS applications on mobile phones. If you were driving from Boston to Los Angeles, the GPS app decides the best route possible using existing knowledge of road conditions, traffic jams, and whether you want to travel on a toll road. Sometimes, the shortest path is not always the best path. BGP is like having a continuously updated map of the internet from which routers choose the best path at the time..."

      Cloud Networking Complexity Includes Visibility And Security
      SearchNetworking, January 29th, 2021
      "In perhaps the least surprising news of early 2021, research firms agree that enterprises have grown more comfortable using public cloud services and running workloads in cloud environments," writes Jennifer English in SearchNetworking.

      "While the familiarity with cloud has grown, so has the complexity.

      More than ever, enterprises require flexible and scalable infrastructure that can enable a rapid response to changing business needs and support a remote workforce. For many enterprises, cloud models offer that support. According to a recent survey conducted by market research firm Enterprise Strategy Group, a division of TechTarget, cloud usage in 2020 was pervasive across the 664 survey respondents, with only 6% saying they didn't use public cloud services..."

      IT News - Technology
      11 Screen-Mirroring Devices For Presenting Wirelessly
      Computerworld, January 28th, 2021
      "Whether you're leading a sales call, a training session, or that hoped-for breakthrough presentation to the higher-ups, why not wow them by wirelessly connecting your laptop, tablet, or phone to the room's projector or large display?" asks Brian Nadel in Computerworld.

      "With the right gear, it's easier than you might think.

      What's that? No one at your company has been to the office in the past 10 months because of a global pandemic? The good news is that some of the same inexpensive devices that stream entertainment media over a home Wi-Fi network - Chromecast, Apple TV, Roku, and others - can also be used in the boardroom. You can practice now while you're working from home, then be ready to hit the ground running later on when vaccines finish rolling out, the pandemic recedes, and offices reopen..."

      Macs Reach 23% Share In U.S. Enterprise, IDC Confirms
      ComputerWorld, January 27th, 2021
      Jonny Evans writes in ComputerWorld, "Apple is experiencing astonishing Mac market growth in the US enterprise markets, according to IDC, where it has seen macOS device use increase around a third since 2019.

      Macs 'growing by many measures'

      "The adoption of Mac usage in the enterprise (1,000+ employees) is growing by many measures," IDC said, according to a Jamf announcement. "In the United States, average penetration of macOS devices is around 23%, compared with 17% in 2019."

      IT News - Database
      What Is Database-As-A-Service?
      VentureBeat, January 25th, 2021
      "The problem:" notes Peter Wayner in VentureBeat, "Buying, installing, and provisioninag computers takes time, money, and space. Installing databases and security upgrades is a chore. To make matters worse, the demand to store and retrieve data will often spike, and that means buying enough to handle te" maximum load, not just the average.

      The solution is to rent what you need - in other words, what some companies call database-as-a-service (DBaaS). Companies are lining up to take a packet of your bits and promise to give you another copy sometime in the future whenever you want. For this, they'll bill the tiniest amount. AWS Glacier, for instance, charges $0.004 per gigabyte per month. Sending them the data costs nothing. But if you want to retrieve a copy, well, that will cost you. If you want a faster response, that will cost more..."

      IT News - Encryption
      Protonmail, Threema, Tresorit And Tutanota Warn EU Lawmakers Over 'Anti-Encryption' Push
      Techcrunch, January 27th, 2021
      "E2e encryption also boosts security by reducing the attack surface area around people's data," writes Natasha Lomas in Techcrunch.

      "However growth in access to e2e encrypted services has, for some half decade or more, been flagged as an issue of concern for law enforcement. This is because it makes it harder for agencies to access decrypted data. Service providers served with a warrant for e2e encrypted user data will only be able to provide it in an unreadable form.

      Last month the EU Council passed a resolution on encryption that's riven with contradiction - calling for 'security through encryption and security despite encryption' - which the four e2e app makers believe is a thinly veiled call to backdoor encryption.

      IT News - Compliance
      Data Privacy In The Crosshairs
      datanami, January 28th, 2021
      Alex Woodie writes in datanami, "This proved to be a windfall in some ways, i.e. acceleration of digital transformation. But it also exacerbated some existing problems, including data privacy (or the lack thereof). In honor of International Data Privacy Day, let us take stock of what we've accomplished in the name of data privacy, and where we may go next.

      We've come a long way from the early 2010s, when the U.S. government was caught indiscriminately snooping on American citizens, with help from major telecommunication companies. Edward Snowden is still in exile for the role that he played in 2013 in exposing the huge data collection and analysis apparatus that was built in the name of national defense. The government tells us that it has stopped with those flagrant abuses of data privacy..."

      How Does GDPR Regulation Help In Data Protection And Data Privacy?
      CISO MAG, January 29th, 2021
      "General Data Protection Regulation Act is a popular and widely accepted EU law that is concerned with the data protection and privacy of citizens of the EU. It is said to be the most stringent data security and privacy law enforced by the EU enforcement directives. Organizations that are subjected to the Regulation need to understand the significance of the two broad categories of compliance, namely Data Protection and Data Privacy for its successful implementation.

      This article covers details on how the GDPR Regulation facilitates data protection and data privacy of citizens of the EU. The article will briefly shed a light on the regulation and explain how Data Protection and Data Privacy are interrelated..." - CISO MAG

      Printing Work Documents At Home Could Land You With A GDPR Fine, January 28th, 2021
      "Employees printing work documents using their home printer could be in breach of GDPR rules, which could ultimately lead to their employer receiving a fine," warns Barclay Ballard in

      A new study by records management firm Go Shred has revealed the extent to which home workers have been printing sensitive workplace documents using personal devices.

      Of greatest concern was the fact that 20% of homeworkers admitted to printing confidential employee information at home, including payroll information, addresses, medical details, and application forms. In 24% of cases, individuals have yet to dispose of these documents, while a further 24% intend to use a home shredder before placing the remnants of the document in their personal waste bins..."

      IT News - Backup
      Why Your Business Needs A Data Backup Strategy
      SmartDataCollective, January 25th, 2021
      "While protecting your data is a matter of paramount importance for ordinary users, there are also considerations for business owners," suggests Sean Mallon in SmartDataCollective.

      "Every viable enterprise has myriads of crucial data that must be protected at all costs, not just by virus protection software but also in a more complex way. Otherwise, hijackers will undoubtedly figure out how to steal and profit from the pillars of information stored on your company's computers and servers. Therefore, to mitigate the risk of losing essential data forever in a data breach or other crisis, every competitive firm should work on its backup strategy to keep such information safe from violation..."

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