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IT News - CxO
5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In February
The Enterprisers Project, February 1st, 2021
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. Check out the curated pieces below, available to readers through the end of February"

  • How to harness the digital transformation of the Covid era
  • Storytelling can make or break your leadership
  • How to win with machine learning
  • How to recover when your career gets derailed
  • Boost your resistance to phishing attacks

Read on for details.

How To Translate Threats And Risk To C-Suite
CIODIVE, February 1st, 2021
"The technical breakdown of the origin of a cyberthreat is noxious with detail, outlining maneuvers in technical jargon the C-suite does not need to know," opines Samantha Schwartz in CIODIVE. "Executives don't want to hear what they can't understand.

"It's tempting for CISOs to present a detailed cyberthreat intelligence (CTI) report to their non-technical counterparts, but that's no longer the role of the CISO. When communicating with the C-suite or shareholders, CISOs have to speak equal parts security and bottom line..."

The IT Leader's New Imperative: Constructing The Culture
InformationWeek, February 2nd, 2021
"The No. 1 question I get from chief information officers is: 'How do I get my team to change the culture and work in a new way?' asks Missy Lawrence-Johnston in InformationWeek"

"CIOs would be better advised instead to ask how they can improve their culture. My answer: Become 'ultra-senior' leaders by applying the science of human behavior dynamics to optimize performance..."

Major Trends That Are Changing The CISO Role
HelpNet Security, February 4th, 2021
"With the research also identifying security as the top priority for businesses after coronavirus, CISOs have never been more integral to business operations.

With this in mind, the research's finding that 76% of business executives rate their organization's IT strategy as excellent or good at protecting against cybersecurity threats seems like positive news. Yet in spite of this, the research also found that this might be misplaced confidence which is leading to complacency, with 84% of executives also saying that their organization had suffered from data loss or a security incident in the last two years - highlighting the enormity of the task that CISOs face..." - HelpNet Security

IT News - Storage
Object Storage Is Heating Up
Gigaom, February 4th, 2021
"If you've followed my work in the last few years," writes Enrico Signoretti in Gigaom, "you know I'm a fan of object storage. I always thought the entire industry wasn't excited enough about object storage, but it finally caught on because of the cloud and the resulting data growth. Object storage is now in every conversation and it is becoming a popular option for a very broad set of use cases.

I'm working on updating my GigaOm Key Criteria and Radar reports for object storage and, without spilling the beans, I can tell you that the sector is now far more popular than ever and is also gaining traction supporting more high-performance workloads, including AI and big data. In fact, this year GigaOm will publish two Radar reports for object storage: one on general-purpose and another on high-performance object stores..."

Annual Update On Enterprise Storage
SearchStorage, February 4th, 2021
Howard Marks writes in SearchStorage, "Hello, and welcome to the Flash Memory Summit. This is our annual update on flash in enterprise storage, session U.1. This year, we've subtitled it "Flash, It's Not Just for Tier 1 Anymore, or Flash Is the New Normal."

I'm sure you're wondering who this guy mumbling on is and so I am your not-so-humble speaker, Howard Marks. I spent about 40 years as an independent consultant and journalist and analyst, basically looking at products, writing about them and telling vendors how they did things wrong. I developed the kind of, "Show that to Howard, he hates everything, he'll find what's wrong with it," attitude. So, recently, that meant I was Chief Scientist at DeepStorage, which was my analyst firm, and the co-host of the "GreyBeards on Storage" podcast..."

Five Key Points About Unstructured Data Storage On-Prem And Cloud
ComputerWeekly, February 4th, 2021
"Unstructured data is proliferating massively," notes Antony Adshead in ComputerWeekly. "It is growing in volume by more than 50% a year, and according to IDC, it will form 80% of all data by 2025 and does so already for some organisations.

That means unstructured data is a potential storage headache, but it is also a valuable source of intelligence.

There is another 80% figure that flies about with regard to unstructured data, which is that four-fifths of all business-relevant information originates in unstructured data, mostly text..."

Final Results Of 2020 WW HDD Market, February 1st, 2021
Client HDD Strength Powers Record Capacity Shipments of 266EB in 4CQ20

Total HDD TAM tops 70 million units, up 11% despite modest rise in enterprise HDD shipments

Top Ten Things You Need To Know About Enterprise Storage Today
SearchStorage, February 4th, 2021
"00:04 Jean: Okay. Hello everybody, and welcome to our annual Flash Memory Summit Top 10 Things panel. This is usually a fun session in which we all weigh in on what we think was really hot and really notable during the year. Well, flash memory has morphed rapidly from an exciting new technology just a few short years ago that had to be justified for special use cases, to becoming really a standard part of on-prem data centers and also cloud provider infrastructure. In this session, we'll examine the top 10 things that our panel has noticed about flash this year..."

  • J. Bozman, R. Davis, D. Eggleston, J. Handy, E. Herzog, T. Coughlin
  • SearchStorage
IT News - FOSS
LibreOffice 7.1 Open-Source Office Suite Officially Released, This Is What's New
9to5Linux, February 4th, 2021
Marius Nestor writes in 9to5Linux, "The big news that The Document Foundation wants to share with us today is that they've released LibreOffice 7.1 Community, a version of the popular office suite that's supported by volunteers and targeted at the general public, not at enterprises.

The labeling of LibreOffice has been discussed a while ago when The Document Foundation explained that splitting its LibreOffice office suite into 'Personal' and 'Enterprise' editions won't affect the software's functionality, availability or license. In fact, it will help evolve the product with new features that you will be able to benefit from..."

IT News - Careers
Being A Java Developer Is Currently The Most Sought-After Job In The US, February 5th, 2021
"A recent analysis of technology job roles has revealed that Java developers enjoy the highest levels of job satisfaction anywhere - leading to the role being the most sought-after position in any industry," reports Mayank Sharma in

"The latest figures from job review and analytics platform Glassdoor found that US-based Java developers gave the role a rating of 4.2 out of 5 in terms of job satisfaction on the platform.

This is despite the fact that a recent survey by GitHub saw Java slip behind JavaScript and Python in terms of popularity across development projects..."

Digital Transformation: In-Demand Skills For 2021
The Enterprisers Project, February 4th, 2021
"As more companies undergo digital transformation," writes S.J. Raj in The Enterprisers Project, "in-demand IT roles are increasingly shifting to focus on advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR), data science, user experience, and the Internet of Things (IoT). And thanks to the workplace changes brought about by COVID-19, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and other areas of expertise are primed to be in high demand in 2021 and beyond..."
It Takes 61 Days To Fill A High-Demand Tech Role, Report Finds
CIODIVE, February 4th, 2021
Roberto Torres writes in CIODIVE, "The study consulted 500 U.S.-based HR professionals between November and December of 2020.

Nearly three-quarters of companies readjusted the role or responsibility of up to half of their workforce in response to the pandemic. This change increased the demand for specialized talent, according to the report.

To attract the talent they require, half of companies say they've loosened or removed location requirements for posted roles. Another 53% of organizations are providing stipends or hiring bonuses for employees who want to set up a home office...

    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

    vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom February 24th 2021
    Wednesday, February 24th, 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
    How To Motivate Employees To Take Cybersecurity Seriously
    HelpNet Security, February 2nd, 2021
    Zeljka Zorz writes in HelpNet Security, "After studying media psychology, focusing her Ph.D. on behavior change, and working towards the treatment of excessive internet use in children and adolescents, nearly ten years ago she opted to join Oxford University as a postdoctoral researcher on cyberculture and online behavior.

    Her research focused on the human factor of cybersecurity, the assessment of cybersecurity awareness campaigns and their impact in changing online behavior and, gradually, it expanded from the user to the offender..."

    Strengthening Zero-Trust Architecture
    Dark Reading, February 1st, 2021
    Carolyn Crandall writes in Dark Reading, "The invention of the term 'zero trust' is generally credited to former Forrester analyst John Kindervag more than a decade ago. Although it's not new, the concept has received renewed interest and market traction amid 2020's widespread shift to remote work and the evolution of the cloud. As a concept, zero trust doesn't refer to a specific piece of technology; instead, it relates to the idea that users should have only the bare minimum access they need to perform their job..."
    Is The End Of The Firewall In Sight?
    Security Intelligence, February 1st, 2021
    David Bisson writes in Security Intelligence, "Grimes reasoned this was because firewalls 'have always been problematic, and today there is almost no reason to have one.'

    Is Grimes right? Is there no more use for firewalls anymore?

    How Do Firewalls Work?

    Traditional firewalls control traffic entering and exiting the network based upon source IP address, destination IP address, port and protocol. These types of solutions define traffic as flow, not isolated packets. Therefore, these tools can apply rules to traffic flow and help security experts make decisions based on them. Firewalls of the past also use packet filtering to inspect ingress and egress traffic (otherwise known as north-south traffic) for connections initiated by potentially suspicious sources along with virtual private networks (VPNs) as a means of gaining secured entry to the network..."

    40+ Terrifying Cybersecurity Statistics You Need To Know For 2021
    Business 2 Community, February 1st, 2021
    Dale Strickland, writes in Business 2 Community, "These cybersecurity statistics from the last 5 years will outline contemporary cybersecurity trends and provide a preview of what is being predicted for the future of cybersecurity.

    Top 10 Cybersecurity Statistics for 2021

    1) 58% of companies have over 1,000 inactive user accounts..

    2) 86% of breaches in 2020 were financially motivated " 3) Global cybercrime is expected to inflict a total of $6 trillion USD in damages in 2021..."

    IT News - BI
    BI-Related Changes You Should Make This Year
    tdwi News, February 1st, 2021
    Amnon Drori writes in tdwi News, "During the past five years business intelligence (BI) has gradually transformed, marking 2020 as a year that solidified the need for automated metadata management. There are two major changes that have been occurring slowly that peaked this year -- the types of users accessing data and the number of systems that house data has skyrocketed.

    In the past, there was a small percentage of BI users across a company and it was sometimes even limited to business intelligence analysts. However, as companies began to rely more on data to make major corporate decisions, the number of BI users has grown exponentially. Additionally, the number of systems that house this data has grown as well..."

    IT News - IoT
    Remote Work Raises Threats From Consumer IoT Devices
    CSO Online, February 2nd, 2021
    "Security researcher Andrei Costin started to work from home many years ago, and when it comes to security internet of things (IoT) devices, he had his fair share of eyebrow-raising moments. 'There were several instances where I had replaced my home routers because the vendor did not provide security fixes nor firmware updates,' Costin says, adding that current security practices are not keeping up with the changing landscape of working from home..." - CSO Online
    IT News - PM
    8 Goals Every Project Manager Should Aspire To Achieve
    CIO, February 4th, 2021
    "While a chief responsibility of a project manager is to deliver projects on time and on budget, that's no longer enough," writes Moira Alexander in CIO. "The pandemic of 2020 has left a lasting worldwide change. Global uncertainty has complicated life for project management offices (PMOs) worldwide. How has this impacted their goals? There's a new reality following the pandemic, requiring project managers to focus on these goals to achieve success..."
    When IT Projects Feel Doomed: 6 Recovery Strategies
    The Enterprisers Project, February 2nd, 2021
    Brian Ahearne writes in The Enterprisers Project, "Every IT organization has seen projects spiral and fail to reach their goal: In a 2017 study by the Project Management Institute, 14 percent of IT projects were deemed failures. The study also found that a significant number of completed projects fell short in budget issues, delays, or meeting strategic goals and benchmarks.

    Understanding and identifying pain points in advance and performing regular check-ins not only help prevent roadblocks, but also help ensure that the project is completed efficiently and effectively. Here are six ways business leaders and team members can adjust and salvage a project that seems doomed..."

    IT News - Cloud
    5 Strategies To Mitigate Disruption When Apps Move To The Cloud
    CIODIVE, February 2nd, 2021
    "With cloud becoming a clearer mandate, the market pushes organizations running on-premise workloads to reach for the cloud in order to compete," writes Roberto Torres in CIODIVE.

    "But fear of disruption complicates the shift for companies still on-premise. One-third of IT decision makers are concerned about disrupting critical business applications while migrating, according to a survey from cloud migration company Next Pathway. The survey, conducted by Propeller Insights on behalf of Next Pathway, polled about 1,000 IT decision makers in North America at companies with 1,000 or more employees..."

      Experts Predict Hot Trends In Cloud Architecture, Infrastructure
      SearchDataCenter, February 1st, 2021
      "Cloud architecture and infrastructure will be hot topics for IT organizations in 2021 as they ramp up their efforts to analyze and gain value from the mountains of data that continue to pile up," opines Carol Sliwa in SearchDataCenter.

      "Some may follow the lead of the hyperscalers on cloud architecture. Others could escalate their hybrid cloud efforts or opt for on-premises IT as a service. Multi-cloud may make sense for some IT shops. AI, containers and composable infrastructure could be important for many as they try to take advantage of their data assets..."

      How A Multi-Cloud Strategy Can Simplify Your Path To The Cloud, February 5th, 2021
      "This year marks my tenth anniversary at VMware," writes Herve Renault in "A lot can change in life, but it pales in comparison to how much technology has changed in a decade. When I first joined in 2010, the conversation around cloud computing was a simple one: public or private.

      Over time, it evolved into a discussion around hybrid cloud, which focused on the idea that enterprises had to choose between an on-premises, public or private cloud environment. The notion that an enterprise could use a variety of different clouds was not even a consideration. In subsequent years we've seen how far from reality that was. As organizations have wrestled with combining their traditional application portfolios and creating cloud native apps, it's become clear that choosing the right cloud environment to support these cloud apps is critical to performance..."

      Top 11 Cloud Security Challenges And How To Combat Them
      SearchCloudSecurity, February 2nd, 2021
      "All the major promises of the cloud -- improved IT efficiency, flexibility and scalability -- come with one major challenge: security," notes Sharon Shea in SearchCloudSecurity.

      "Many organizations can't delineate where cloud service provider (CSP) responsibilities end and their own responsibilities begin, opening them to numerous vulnerabilities. The increased expansiveness of the cloud also increases an organization's potential attack surface. To further complicate the matter, traditional security controls often don't fulfill cloud security needs..."

      IT News - Blockchain
      Money Reimagined: Enterprise Blockchain Isn't Dead
      CoinDesk, February 5th, 2021
      "Welcome to Money Reimagined," writes Michael J. Casey in CoinDesk.

      "A snowy week has left New Yorkers chilly. But ether investors must be feeling cosy. Ethereum's native token has risen more than 25% on the week to clock new record highs and far outpace bitcoin's gain, while Ethereum-centric decentralized finance (DeFi) data showed new records for total value locked in DeFi. The numbers speak volumes about the symbiotic relationship between DeFi and ether but also show how much pressure is on developers to execute on the Ethereum 2.0 upgrade. The congested network is grappling with sky-high transaction fees (as I discuss below)..."

      IT News - ERP
      Top 7 ERP Trends For 2021
      CIO, February 2nd, 2021
      "Between the COVID-19 global pandemic and the subsequent economic upheaval, 2020 was a year when many enterprises were just lucky to survive," opines Neal Weinberg in CIO.

      "As we look ahead to 2021, the vaccine rollout promises an eventual return to normalcy. But organizations aren't simply looking to get back to where things were; they are determined to re-invent their business models, revamp their processes and transform their organizations from top to bottom..."

      IT News - Java
      Oracle sweetens Java SE subscriptions with a spoonful of free 'GraalVM' runtime said to significantly speed Java
      The Register, February 4th, 2021
      Simon Sharwood writes in The Register, "Oracle has sweetened its Java SE subscriptions by tossing in a free entitlement to use GraalVM, a new universal virtual machine that Big Red says runs just about anything faster, anywhere.

      Reader: The Register confesses GraalVM had escaped our attention until today. The project's GitHub page tells us it's 'a universal virtual machine for running applications written in JavaScript, Python, Ruby, R, JVM-based languages like Java, Scala, Clojure, Kotlin, and LLVM-based languages such as C and C++'..."

      IT News - Compliance
      Sneaky Ways Websites Interfere With Your Privacy Online
      PrivacyAffairs, February 4th, 2021
      "In the meantime, the monitoring has gone wild and governments reacted with more stringent data protection laws," opines Petar Todorovski in PrivacyAffairs.

      "The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) of the European Union is the world's most famous data protection law, mostly due to the hefty fines.

      Despite being aware of the law and the risk of fines, though, websites keep tracking users' online behavior against the GDPR..."

      IT News - Backup
      Top 100 Cloud Backup Companies For February 2021, February 4th, 2021
      According to BackupReview, 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 ranking takes notably into consideration news releases companies publish in the preceding month, server stability, reports fro mystery shoppers own reviews, the company's culture and ethics, users' feedback, company corporate blogs, and more.

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